Treasuring The Journey

Treasuring the journey through life, one footstep at a time.

For Your Reading Pleasure July 30, 2013

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Whew, I have been reading a lot of deep, I mean deep, hit-me-to-the-core, sucker punch words lately.  It is like the universe is saying to me “Look up, Listen, and Take Note!”.  Here are a few great blog posts that whispered, screamed, and sang to me all at the same time.  Click the images to read the posts.


Brush Off Your Own Story


I had an ugly cry on Saturday.  I won’t get into the details, but it was needed and a long time coming and I am thankful I had a friend by my side when it happened.  It is so easy to go with the ‘Fine’ answer when asked how you are doing.  When was the last time someone took the time to ask you how you are REALLY doing, you know, the below-the-surface question?  When was the last time that you took the time to answer that below-the-surface question with the true below-the-surface emotional answer? 



Becoming More Positive


Some people seem to be naturally positive people, others seem to be naturally negative or cynical.  I liked to think I am closer to being naturally positive, but I can quickly and easily get closer to being negative than I care to admit, especially when the stress has been turned up a notch or two, or twenty.  I commend Elizabeth for putting her personal story out there for the world to read, but I commend her even more for her commitment to remaining focused on being more positive each and every day.  A great read from an aspiring new author, my best to Elizabeth in her future writing endeavors and to her personal war against depression. 



New Mom Advice


Even though I am not a ‘new’ mom anymore, as my little boy is almost two and a half years old, most of this advice still applies.  A few snippets that still ring true at newborn, two years, 5 years, 15 years, 30 years, forever….

  • Cut yourself some slack.
  • Parent towards the big picture and know many of the things you fret over aren’t as important as they pretend to be.
  • Learn to ditch the mom-guilt fast, if you don’t squash it when they are tiny it will haunt all your mothering.
  • Don’t forget who you are. It’s easy to get lost in parenting. For “you” to get lost.
  • Give yourself grace as you learn the ropes. Give your children grace too.
  • Let yourself mess up and then dare to admit it, and let them do the same.
  • Your only goal is to raise someone who cares about others and can make good decisions.
  • We all feel like we have no business to be doing what we are doing and that we must be messing it all up.
  • Surround yourself with other parents who can build you up, reassure you, and swap stories (and babysitting) as needed.



When you  think your love story is boring


Pete will probably never ever run through an airport professing his love for me, but that is ok.  His consistent ways each day with our little family show his love for me, and for us, even on the days when he drives me bonkers and gets under my skin.  Love is hard, marriage is harder, but very much worth it.  I needed this good reminder about what love really really really is in the grand scheme of things. 


Read anything inspiring, uplifting, funny, or just simply awesome lately? Please share with me in the comments below!


Be awesome today!




For Your Reading Pleasure May 15, 2013

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I found these post to be real, honest, hit-the-nail-on-the-head correct, and witty and funny at the same time.  Hope they give you some entertainment and more importantly, some perspective as well. 



Making Peace With Pinterest



Sometimes we just need to say NO!  Even to Pinterest! I look to Pinterest for my INSPIRATION, not as the example of it has to look EXACTLY like the one they did.  :-)  Perfection is not the goal.  The goal is do something that you enjoy whether it be cooking, crafting, DIY projects, sewing, etc…The goal is to make something, to create something, to put your personal touch on it…make it unique…JUST LIKE YOU!



One Thing Your Daughter Doesn’t Need You To Say

Be the example?  Be a friend?  Be real?  Be you? 




My friend, Carrie-Anne (Hi CAS!), sent me the link to this blog thinking I would like it.  🙂 Oh yes, I have read this blog many many times….amazing, soulful writer.  Good good stuff.  The pressure of being “the example”.  Whew, that is tough..perhaps we need to rethink and rephrase that approach…not just with our daughters or sons, but ourselves as well.



What Do You Have Too Much Of?


Fiesta Plates


After this weekend of packing almost 40 boxes in preparation of our move, I can safely say we have WAY too much stuff…plates, bowls, books, fabric, glass, on and on…..remember my list of collections, I mean my hoard….Whew it is overwhelming.  One would think after packing up 40 boxes that it would look like a dent was made….well maybe a minor dent like a car ding in a parking lot dent….but there is more to pack. HELP!   And you all don’t even have a clue about the stuff that my lovely hubby, Pete, has.  LOL!    What do you have too much of? 


Hope you are having a great week!  It has been beautiful here in lovely north Alabama the past few days.  Get out and enjoy some sunshine.  Read anything inspiring, uplifting, funny, or just simply awesome lately?  Please share in the comments section. 


Be awesome today!




Are you in a Trance? Do you KNOW that you are enough? May 8, 2013

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I am reading a fabulous book with a group of incredible women. I feel changes taking place in my heart and encourage any of you who want to open and explore your heart, your Story, and what you embody to read this book.

The Trance of Scarcity by Victoria Castle

It is a deep book and will require you to dig deep and think about yourself, your life, your story or the stories that you have been told and that you tell yourself. If you are ready to make a change in your life and your way of thinking, then I encourage and challenge you to buy and read this book too!


I am halfway through reading the book and know it is making a difference in my life.  Are you ready for some changes and ready to begin your personal transformation?  This book can help you on your journey.


Order it…Now!  Don’t delay!  Get out of your trance and start really living and thriving.   Click on the image above to go directly to Amazon and purchase the book. 

If you have read this book, I would love to hear your thoughts on the book and how you benefited from reading it. 


You are enough!  XO