Treasuring The Journey

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

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

 

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Seven Kids February 22, 2012

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Today I had to return a few items to a local store, Bargain Hunt, and when I entered the store and got in line, I encountered a Mom and her seven children ranging in age from less than 1 year old to maybe 12.  It was like a pack of kids.  Overall, I thought they were pretty well behaved, all things considered.  It was just before lunch time and I think the whole pack was hungry and more than ready to go, and of course there was a problem at the register.  In my past life (pre-mommy era) this type of scenario would have annoyed me and probably make me curse under my breath, but today, well today was different. 

As I began to scan the kids, 5 boys, 2 girls, and tried to best guess their ages, I began to think to myself, “Bless this woman.” I know I could not handle that situation as gracefully as she was trying to keep her composure.  The mom, above anyone else, wanted to get the heck out of that store and take her pack with her.  I tried my best to help entertain the little one in the stroller from a comfortable distance, but there was a lot going on and he was easily distracted.  The mom was trying her best to keep her kids corralled together and she was losing the battle.  At any rate, another register opened and I went about my day.  I am sure the mom was glad I was able to go to a different line and I was glad since I no longer had to stand there trying to not look uncomfortable.   The mom and her pack left and I assume got into a large vehicle of some type, probably a 15-passenger van or something similar. 

 

This could be their family bumper sticker on the van…

Family of Nine

 

So, what makes me want to write down this little story about the mom and her seven kids?  Well, so far Cason has been superb, all star baby and I know that at some point the streak will end.  I know that one day (probably sooner than later) Cason, or any other future children will inevitably have a meltdown or major tantrum in a store and I will be the frazzled mom trying desperately to look cool, calm, and collected, but really I just want to cry and run from the store with my kid(s) in tow…and I will want someone to be gracious with me and not be cruel or snippy or stare, etc.  Trust me, I will be wanting to crawl into a black hole when it occurs, so please be kind!  :-)  Today was an exercise of showing someone grace and sending out some karma vibes for when I need some good karma. 

 

And just in case you are curious, Pete and I have no plans to have seven children.  LOL! 

 

Y’all have a nice day!

Iris

 

Today I am… February 20, 2012

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Happy because it is a beautiful spring day.

Excited about our Merengue dance lesson we have later this evening…woo hoo Date Night! 

Thinking about all of the items on our house to-do list….where do we even start?!?

Writing a proposal for work.

Wondering what we are going to eat for dinner.

Thankful we have nice friends who will watch our son for us while we go to dance class.

Considering changing my work hours.

Wishing I could take a nap.

Hopeful we are making the right decision about moving, renovating, and renting.

Vowing to write more on this blog.

 

What about you?  What are you up to today?

 

Have a great week!

Iris

 

Back in the Saddle! June 28, 2011

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Hello Everyone!

I decided to resume blogging after taking a 6-month leave of absence!  I am excited to be back into blogging again and have lots of posts I want to write.  You may be asking what I have been up to the past few months.  One word:  BABY!   Our baby boy, Cason, was born in March and he is such a blessing to me and Pete.  We have been getting the hang of life with an infant and are enjoying each day.  It is hard to believe Cason will be 4 months in a few days!  Here is one picture of Cason for your viewing pleasure.  I will do one post all about Cason later.   As if you couldn’t tell, this baby brings a smile to our face every day from the moment he wakes up in the morning.

So a few things that are going on with life right now.

  • I started back to work part-time about a month ago and so far it is going really well.  It is very busy and I am writing lots of proposals, which is always a good thing.
  • Cason started day-care last week.  So far so good.  The little ladies that watch over the babies are all very sweet and Cason seems to be adjusting just fine.  I will admit it is nice to have some hours to work, run errands, and get other stuff done without having to worry about Cason.
  • I am starting yoga classes tomorrow.  🙂  I have been to a few classes over the years, but this time I want to stick with it.  I had looked up the yoga studio that is 3 blocks from our house on Sunday.  I was muddling over the pricing and was hesitant to get started.  On Monday I saw on Facebook a link to a Yoga special on Tennessee Valley Deals website.  5 yoga classes for $20 – SIGN ME UP!  Woo Hoo.  That is one of life’s little signs that says “Yes, You should do this!”
  • I walked 3 miles tonight.  12 laps around the track in 1 hour and 12 minutes while pushing Cason in the stroller.  My pace may have been slower, but at least I started.  More walking tomorrow, I might even jog!
  • I am thinking about participating in the Susan G. Komen 3-day walk in October.  Some of my co-workers have formed a team and have asked me to join. 60 miles over 3 days is a lot and only 16 weeks to train for it.  Hmmmm, undecided for now on this one, but will think about it some more.  That is a lot of walking!
  • I heard a quote tonight that I really liked from LaRhonda on Extreme Makeover – Weight Loss Edition TV show.  This show is my Biggest Loser substitute for the summer.  LaRhonda looked amazing after her one year transformation!  You go girl!

“I don’t want to be destination happy.  I want to be journey happy.” 

Ok, so enough writing for my first post back.  More to come soon, maybe even tomorrow.  🙂

 

My Top 10 Favorite Things for 2010 November 22, 2010

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Hello Everyone! 

Today I am linking up to 320 Sycamore blog’s Favorite Things Party! Melissa is featuring the party so that bloggers like me can post to our blogs our favorite things and share with other bloggers and readers. Thanks, Melissa, for hosting the party!

For 2010, here are my Top 10 Favorite Things (not in any particular order):

1. Habitat Re-Store – I shop here weekly and always find good deals. I only wish they had a frequent shopper loyalty card or something! LOL! If you have not checked out your local Habitat Re-Store, you are missing out! Go! Now!

2. Canvas Print from Canvas People – I ordered an 18″ x 24″ canvas print when they were running a special for $50 off your order and I L-O-V-E it! I have not figured out where to hang it up yet so for now it is sitting on top of my printer so I can look at it during the day while I work. If you have ever thought about ordering a canvas print, definitely check Canvas People out. Great value for a treasured keepsake. Also great for gifts for others! Here is the print I ordered.

 

3. L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara – I have worn this mascara since I was 16 years old and will always be brand loyal to this product. I like the Carbon Black color with the curved brush and prefer the non-waterproof version. It stays on great, provides great definition, and wonderful length. I always get compliments on my eyelashes and I owe a large portion of it to this great product. I buy mine when they have two-for-one specials at CVS or Walgreen’s and usually stockpile it at that time.

4. Neutrogena Illuminating Whip Moisturizer – I found this moisturizer by mistake and ended up loving it. The only bad side is that Neutrogena is no longer making it! 😦 I have found a few sellers of it on eBay and have 10 stockpiled. I was able to get a discount since I ordered a larger volume. I don’t know what I will do when I run out and can’t find anymore sellers. This moisturizer is great for my Sahara-desert dry skin and does not leave my skin oily. It is light and leaves your skin with a bit of a shimmer/glow to it. And added bonus – it has 20 SPF protection.

5. Folger’s Black Silk Coffee – I love a dark roast cup of coffee and Folger’s Black Silk hits the mark and it is very affordable. It has a smooth flavor and wonderful aroma. I can usually find a coupon online or in the Sunday paper for it. If you like dark coffee, but hate to pay for expensive beans, give Black Silk a try. 🙂

6. Organizational Bins – I love all things organization and Dollar Tree is one place that never fails to offer great organizational bins, baskets, and buckets. My most recent purchase was some cute green bins that I used to reorganize my medicine closet. You can read about that organizational project here. They worked great. At $1 a bin you can’t beat the price.

7. The Internet – The Internet is definitely one of my favorite things and something most of us probably take for granted. The Internet is my link to work for starters. I work from home which requires me to be online everyday Monday – Friday…without the internet I would not have this privilege. Second, I love to email and keep in touch with my friends/family and share jokes, etc. Along the same line of keeping in touch with people is Facebook. Facebook is a great tool and thanks to the internet we have this available to us. Lastly, I would not be able to write my blog nor read all the wonderful blogs that I follow if it weren’t for the internet.

8. Sum and Substance Hostsas – I love this shade-dwelling hosta. It has a bright vibrant green color and they can grow HUGE with enough water and shade. I was introduced to this variety of hosta earlier this year and planted a few in my yard. I cannot wait to see how they grow in the spring. The photo below is not from my yard, but I certainly hope mine end up looking like these!

9. Getting Married – My wedding was earlier this year on May 8th and it was a beautiful event, but not as beautiful as my marriage to Pete. We are a great team and I know without a doubt he is the one for me. 🙂 Pete and I both waited a long time to get married and finally found one another and it was definitely worth the wait!

10. Being Pregnant – I found out on July 1st that I was expecting and it has been a wonderful experience. I have not had any major problems, no morning sickness, not too fatigued, no crazy cravings, and have not gained a huge amount of weight (yet!). I love the feeling of Peanut in my growing belly and aside from getting married, being pregnant this year is my favorite part of 2010. We found out in October we are having a boy and we are just thrilled. Peanut will be here sometime around March 5th! 🙂

What are a few of your favorite things?

Inquiring minds want to know!

~Iris~

 

I finally decided to do it… October 27, 2010

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Hello my name is Iris Williams and I am officially a blogger!  Woo-Hoo! 

I have debated for months on starting a blog and once I decided that, YES, I did want to start a blog, then the hard decisions started.  A title, a theme, what the heck I would write about, how often I would blog, and so on.  The decision on a title was the hardest part.  I had several ideas, but evidently there are many other people with the same ideas and with great minds!  🙂  Many of us are thinking alike.  I have worked on a title for several weeks in my brain, checking Google, and WordPress, to no avail until last night. 

I was reading one of my “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff” books and came across the last entry in the book.  It was entitled “Treasure the Journey” and as soon as I read it I knew that I wanted it to be my blog title.   I kept my fingers crossed that it or something like it would be available.  So this morning I checked on the WordPress site for the availability of  treasuringthejourney@wordpress.com and lucky for me it was available.  I knew it was the one when I also created a separate email account for this blog on Yahoo (treasuringthejourney@yahoo.com).  Here we are! 

A little background about the title “Treasuring the Journey”
I opted for “treasuring” and not simply “treasure” as I want the act of treasuring my journey to be a present act and not simply a statement.  Life can get hectic and chaotic and sometimes I have to remind myself to slow down and look for the small things that make life so great, you know all of life’s little treasures.  Also, upon looking up the exact definition of “treasure”, I knew it was a good fit. 

Treasure as a noun:
1. Accumulated or stored wealth in the form of money, jewels, or other valuables.
2. Valuable or precious possessions of any kind.
3. One considered especially precious or valuable.

Treasure as a verb: treasured, treasuring, treasures
1. To keep or regard as precious; value highly.
2. To accumulate and store away, as for future use.

The title is a good fit in that life is a treasure – it is valuable and precious.  Life is also a journey, not a destination and the journey we take each day should also be treasured, not just life in totality.   I also am working diligently on going through my “treasures” in life and de-cluttering, organizing, and creating a home full of life, love, and laughter, not things.   🙂  

A little about me…Let’s see where to start.
I am recently married (May 2010) to my wonderful husband, Pete, and I must say he is truly a blessing.  We are expecting our first child (a BOY!!!) in March and are ever so ecstatic about it!   We have wonderful families that love and support us (more to come about them in future posts).  We both hail from the deep South, me from Alabama, Pete from Mississippi, and we live in Sweet Home Alabama.   I have some OCD tendencies when it comes to organization, I am a thrift-store/yard-sale scavenger, I love to garden and get a little dirty in the yard, I am a rookie DIYer, and hope to improve upon my skills and tell all of you about my trials and tribulations as I learn more.

More to come tomorrow! Thanks for reading! Hooray! My 1st Post!
Iris