Slow and Steady

I am currently reading this book about a guy that rode his horses from Canada to Brazil. It amazes me how this kid, in his early twenties had the amazing ability to work for two years prior to embarking on his journey. He worked two jobs then came home and studied and planned and was able to literally map out his dream.

He of course needed lots of help but was able to put his plan in action and follow through with it. Following his journey from the first he takes you through a series of heart stopping adventure from being scared to death to knock on the first door and ask for shelter and food, to encountering grizzly bears, horse injuries and being taken into a drug lords house for protection.

I am by no means comparing my boring normal life to this dude’s journey. Just a small reflection on how people get through the adversity of day to day life. Some people set the bar high and scale it in spite of the difficulties they will inevitably encounter. So many wait and complain until the bar gets lowered. I don’t need or expect anyone to lower the bar for me and I know in due time when I’ve set my mind to something I too will defeat all the obstacles standing in my way. Yep I can go around the bar, through the bar and may from time to time knock it off the pegs however when it matters I’m getting to the other side on my own terms. We all have this ability it’s just getting the right mind set, don’t you agree?

Slow and steady will still get you there!

My mind reals thinking I am sometimes scared to embark on a little day trip while in the safeties of my car, with gps navigation. What gives some people the drive and motivation to tackle such a huge undertaking? I look around and see people with such amazing talents and abilities yet they have no drive. That’s a shame in my opinion. Then I contemplate my life, and the times when I have risen up and conquered my own fears and doubts were simply out of necessity. I too have wasted so many chances not believing wanting to venture out of my safety nets until I was out of options to just basically cowgirl up. I may not have had to saddle a Bronc per say but I was literally scared to death but had no choice other than gritting my teeth and moving forward.

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” John 14:27

Reflections

It’s good to have Empathy for people, to try to put yourself in their shoes. I find this a very slippery slope because I often tend to go to the extreme by allowing myself to suffer with them or for them. Like let me mirror myself to you. Pain for pain . That is messed up on several levels I know but I go to that every time. My head said nope don’t go there but my heart says you know what it like, come down that path right with them. Misery loves company, eh?

I on the other hand tend to paint a picture my life is always great even though at times it may be far from great. So let’s analyze this. I want to know when my friends are hurting yet I don’t allow them to see my pain! Double edged sword I guess.

Reflections

I think a happy medium would be compassion. Everyone is going through something whether privately or puts it out in the open. Try not to judge because you might find yourself smack dab in the same situation. And lastly forgive others as well as yourself which to me can be the hardest. These times where the news is horrific it’s hard not to get a little discouraged I don’t even know what’s going on because I can’t watch it or even listen to it these days.

1 Peter 5:7-8 Casting all your care on Him, because He cares about you.

Finding Faults

When we look at ourselves we try to forget all our and faults yet somehow when we look toward one another sometimes we cast those failures into the spotlight. No one needs to be reminded of their own shortcomings right?

My opinion on Haters

For me personally I can point out on any given day just how much I’ve failed or disappointed myself in an instant. We should work in building each other not tearing each other down because let’s face it we are all really good at doing this!! So surround yourself with people that uplift and cast you in a good light and not rip ya down. When you project good in others I believe it thrust you upward as well. Have a good rest of your day😘

For who regards you as superior? What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as if you had not received it? I Corinthians 4:7

How You Got There Matters ❤️

Sometimes our journey takes us through a lot of bullshit…

Sometimes we find ourselves having to go through miles and miles of of uncharted territory…

We covered miles this day

Sometimes we encounter storms on our way….

Often times we are afraid of what’s lurking in the murky waters to venture out and grab the beauty waiting for us….

Waders strapped on and machete in hand I got the prize!

So was it worth having to go through uncomfortable situations to get where I’m at, absofreakinlutely!!! Scanning back in the journey through my saved images I realize that I value the experience of going through the difficult times. It made crossing the finish line so much sweeter! Have a great rest of your day as you reflect on your own journey!!

“Even though I walk through the darkest valley,I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. Psalm 23:4

10 things on my list…

Yes I’m a nerd!!!

Somethings I’ve learned about trying new things.

1. New things are always uncomfortable at first.

2. Not everyone will be for you and that’s okay.

3. You will make LOTS of mistakes.

4. If you really want it you will find a way to accomplish it.

5. With all the information readily available to each of us there are no excuses for not being able to tackle that project you’ve been putting off.

6. Acknowledge your supporters and block the haters.

7. When you fall on your face, and trust me you will, get back up and try again.

8. Smile big and laugh hard.

9. Nothing last forever not the good times not the bad, so just take it all in for this too shall pass.

10. Realize this is your life! At the end of it do you really want the regret of have lived it according to someone else?

Just a few things I’ve learned along the way of trying new things. Have a great rest of your day my friends.

Isaiah 43:19 “See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”

Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness

In this troubling time of the world right now it makes one question pretty much everything. Going back to our great country’s constitution the words Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness called out to me. There isn’t a doubt my beliefs are very conservative that being said I tend to look at all the information then I see where the facts point before I form my own opinion instead of jumping on a bandwagon. I think if people would stop and realize we need certain freedoms to actually pursue our own definition of happiness. I fear as Americans we are so spoiled that we don’t even treasure what we have until it is taken away. Nope that’s not right we are throwing it away by giving the government to much power in my opinion. I look around and see the hard left opposition to nearly everything I stand for and think it will be all RIGHT if I stand firm and do NOT waiver on my stance on certain issues. I am unwilling to sit back and let other people’s philosophy change everything I have worked to attain or hope to attain in future endeavors. That being said I don’t ever want to push my own agenda on anyone else for I want them to exercise their rights as well. I hope I have planted a seed in your mind today. How you nurture it and make it bloom is completely up to you my friends. Have a great rest of your day.

Home of the Free

“Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.”2 Corinthians 3:17

New Chapters

I used to be quite content stuck in the day to day rut of my own self induced rituals. Now I’m more willing to go out on a limb and try something different. This blog for example once seemed intimidating now is a breeze.

When I first thought about writing novels I definitely had it in me but second guessed who would even want to read something I wrote. Therefore my first book a young adult selection is sitting on a hard drive just waiting for me to let people discover it. Meanwhile my latest creation has come to life. It’s a contemporary romance that I have allowed my friends to read and I’m happy to have them hooked and waiting for the release of it to read the rest. The difference here was that I was confident enough in my writing and ability to create interesting characters that would intrigue my audience. I know without a shadow of a doubt it’s great and I will not stop until it’s available to my friends that have continued to support me in my latest endeavor.

That being said I tend to start several projects at once and I get sidetracked. Knowing this about myself I am not going down that rabbit hole on this venture but I am thinking about the next project once this book is completed. I am a blogger, check. I am an author, check. (Side note I will soon be published author) <insert drumroll > I think I want to venture into the world of podcasting. Will anyone want to listen to who I want to interview? Maybe, maybe not, but that’s not my focus. What other people think of me isn’t my business it’s following my own destiny and living true that. While some people are probably rolling their eyes reading this others can’t wait thinking I wonder what crazy topics she will approach on a podcast. Who knows!

All I can say is with the extra time off is that if I haven’t started something new it wasn’t time I lacked it was desire and that would be a shame. What about you? Is there something you have put off due to time restrictions? Most of us now have unlimited time on or hands so let’s take hold of the opportunity and go for it. Have a great rest of your day!!!

“Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.“ Isaiah 43:18-19

Life From My Bubble

Anyone that knows me would classify me as a creature of habit. I function well in my own routine. This whole covid 19 has escalated normalcy to a whole new level for the world pretty much. Distance learning has been different but doable, staff meetings via zoom is starting to feel better and the day to day activities has morphed into routine I think. I have socially distanced for the past several years so I’m great here in my bubble. April 25th when Baylee called me and says “Mom don’t panic….. Jacey’s okay but I just called 911 she had a bad seizure.” BUT I’M NOT SUPPOSED TO PANICK OR GET THERE AS FAST AS I CAN? The ER can see a patient but no one else can go in. This isn’t her first episode like this however it was the first one that someone was there to witness it. Thank GOD her dad was there to see what exactly happened and to get help. She did pass out for about 5 minutes and that helped us to better understand what went on when she has her car wreck in 2018. Does it make it less worrisome heck no! The uncertainty of what triggers this, when the next big one will hit, Will my life ever be normal, just a few questions a helpless parent can’t begin to answer. This medical issue is life changing for it takes your freedom away in so many ways. As a mother I have always tried to instill independence in my girls but now Jacey is told to depend on everyone and that has to be frustrating. Silver linings 1-she is ok 2-she has a great support system 3-with the timing of things shutting down we aren’t pressed to be places.

So even though my bubble I live in is the same, a lot has changed. Learning to navigate in it without it popping may seems tricky at times but it will all be okay. As I have discovered change isn’t necessarily a bad thing but it does take me an adjustment period.

I hope you all are finding your new normal and have a great rest of your day!

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6

Freedoms Come With A Price

As a PROUD AMERICAN I value my freedoms. During this whole pandemic I’m looking around thinking we have lost our minds. We have panicked so much and are giving up our liberties on so many fronts. We really need to wake up and realize our freedoms that sometimes taken for granted are on the lines. Don’t get me wrong I am all for being cautious but I see the daily news where farmers are having to pour out milk yet having to do the same amount of work. Millions of chickens are having to be killed without utilizing the meat. Vegetables are not being able to be harvested just tilled back in the earth. Cattle ranchers are watching helplessly as beef skyrockets yet the price at the auctions continue to plunge lower, and to add insult to injury they are being asked to look at culling the herd. Wait this is the most infuriating part, the United Stares is still going ahead an importing beef! If this doesn’t concern you then you have bought into the hype and really need to pay closer attention. The stimulus bill is great for the needy but liberals pushing to go more green faster literally makes me sick. The one that really kills me is the 25 Million bucks to the Kennedy Center while people can’t pay their utilities come on people wake up.

As I close this rant I do want to give a shout out to people that are putting their own lives on the line. The medical profession is top notch for grinding it out daily to save lives. The people that don’t get shout outs that have had to go to work as if nothing had changed and nobody even noticed I salute you as well.

My point for this blog is don’t just take people’s word as the truth or gospel. Do your own fact checking and don’t be so quick to jump in the bandwagon.

“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” Galatians 5:1

Priorities vs. Options

We all have the ability to determine our priorities as well as our options. Responsible people use this principle in life needs vs. wants right? Although I love a campfire and scented candles I prefer not to have to count on them for my daily cooking and being able to see in the dark, I like the modern convenience of flipping a switch for light so I pay my electric bill.

It’s all a matter of personal preference I suppose. I guess some people are fine with being in a category of options, but as for me, I’ll value being prioritized. But remember you have to give as well as receive so just know who treats you this way and simply reciprocate. That’s all I have to say about this. Have a great rest of your day.

“For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Like 12:34