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!

 

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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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Closure and After May 7, 2013

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How many of you are waiting for one chapter or story in your life to close so that another can begin?  Closure can seem like it takes F O R E V E R and then some.  The stresses that come with the need for closure are many, such as anxiety, when is it coming?, how will it come?, will the outcome be what I expect?, what do I expect anyway?, and so on and on…The expectations get raised, all kinds of what-if scenarios are imagined and in many cases, a lot of us think the absolute worst in the possible outcomes.  We create so much worry, angst, and anxiety within ourselves.

 

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In chatting with my sister recently, we realized we are both in a place where we need closure. The closures my sibling and I are seeking are both professional in nature even though we do very different types of work. I work in sales and am awaiting the decision on a contract that has been in play for many months.  My sister waiting for a position at work, a step up, advancement, a new career path that has also been in play for many months, even years.  We are both telling each other to be patient, and just wait.  My sister finally exclaimed “I JUST NEED CLOSURE!!!” and I could not agree more for her situation or for mine. 

 

The exciting and exhilarating, sometimes viewed as scary and terrifying, thing about closure is the AFTER.  You know, the ‘Now What’?’ question that comes into play.  Where do I go from here?  Now what?  For the outcome in closure in many cases can have a heavy impact on future decisions and life scenarios.  And if you are like my sister and I who play the ‘what if this happens, then I will do this, and also do X, Y, and Z, ‘just-in-case’ scenarios and then we worry about all of them.

 

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So, are you awaiting closure on a matter in your life?  I am sure it is a long time coming and I hope your outcome is better than whatever it is that you are expecting.  :-)  Be thinking about your ‘Now What?’, not in a ‘scared of what might happen’ way, but instead be EXCITED and OPTIMISTIC about the POSSIBILITIES way of thinking.   

 

I am consciously trying to think about my ‘Now What?” in a positive light instead of filling myself with worry about the unknown future and all of my worst case scenario what-if stories I spin up.  I am uncovering more and more that life is all about your perception, your thoughts, and the stories that we tell ourselves.  I encourage you to start filling your thoughts with awesome, positive, dream BIG ‘Now What?’ ideas.

 

So, please tell me are you seeking closure in something?  How are you answering your ‘Now What?’ questions?  Do you like the answers you are telling yourself?  If not, then change them!  It really is that easy!

 

Closure is coming, I can feel it….and I am looking forward to the ‘Now What?’ phase to come to fruition!  I hope you are too.

 

Dream Big and then Dream Bigger!

 

XO,

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Take 15 Minutes and Just Do it February 28, 2012

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The current state of my desk is messy, to say the very least.  I probably should be cleaning it off and checking off more things from the never-ending scattered To-Do list, but I decided to write for a few minutes instead. 

 

Here is my desk right now, at this very moment.  10:45pm CST

 

My Desk - What a MESS!

Sorry for the blurry cell phone picture, at night time with horrid lighting!

 

See, I told you MESSY!  A random assortment of things honestly, that end of up piling up on my desk.  It is a wonder I get anything done at all!  HA!  I pride myself on being organized, but I also guess I have to admit that I can be a bit messy.  I need to take a few minutes and just deal with the mess.  File, recycle, and shred papers, compile to-do lists,  put things away in their proper place, etc.  I need to take 15 minutes. 

Earlier this evening I took the few extra minutes to sweep and swiffer our kitchen floor.   It was grungy and I do not enjoy cleaning the floor, but tonight the grunge factor took over and I decided to just deal with the mess. Of course I felt better after it was over, well worth the few minutes. 

Earlier today I finally wrote out the invitations to Cason’s family birthday party that is this Sunday.  Yep, the party is this Sunday and I am just now getting invitations in the mail.  For some reason I have put this task off and have not wanted to get it done.  But today when I sat down and spent less than 15 minutes getting it done, I thought to myself….”why did you put that off…that took no time to take care of!”   I should have done that last week and been done with that small task!  It is amazing what a small item on your to-do list that is looming over you can become bigger and more difficult to tackle in your mind.  Though a bit late in sending them, the invitations are officially in the mail.  I am going to quit beating myself up over the fact that I should have already sent the invitations out and move on!  It did feel good to check that task off the to-do list today.  Next I have the invitations to Cason’s other birthday party the following weekend.  My goal is to be in the mail by Thursday.

Ok, I digressed, sorry! So before this desk gets any messier, I am off to take 15 minutes and just deal with my mess of a desk.  I encourage you to take 15 minutes and deal with something that has been looming on your to-do list or just needs to get done!  I promise you will feel better after! 

 

Hope your week is off to a great start! Take 15 minutes and tell me what you did in the Comments section below!

Iris

 

Words of Wisdom from a Fortune Cookie July 2, 2011

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I have always loved Chinese food.  I also love to read my fortune in my fortune cookie.  I love the little added bonus the fortune cookie provides…you just never know what the fortune might say.  Fortunately, we have two Chinese restaurants within close proximity to our house and typically once a week we order take-out.  Needless to say, I have several plastic Chinese takeout containers and fortune cookies.  I cannot bear to throw the containers away…We have over 50.  Please tell me I am not the only one!

 

A few years ago I had cut out a picture in a magazine that contained a collection of fortunes all pinned to a gigantic cork bulletin board.  All the pins were red thumb tacks and it made a statement.  I wanted to steal the idea.  Over several years I saved over 300 fortunes.  I had a cute little box I kept them in and I was waiting until I had enough fortunes to make my statement piece of art.  It become one of those projects that I wanted to do, just never had the time to do.  A few months ago in my pre-baby cleaning “nesting” mode, I threw all 300 fortunes away.  Sad smile 
I kinda wish I would have kept them.  I know it seems silly to save the
little fortune pieces of paper, but I liked them. 

 

From those 300+ fortune cookies, I did come up with my lottery ticket numbers.  I used to live in Florida where they have the lotto.  I entered into a spreadsheet all the lucky numbers that were printed on the back of each fortune…yes I had a lot of time on my hands.  LOL!  I determined which numbers occurred the most and those became my lucky lotto numbers.  I am aware that officially makes me a dork, but that is ok!  I bought a six-month 2-draw lotto ticket with my numbers and waited patiently to win big….Nothing happened.  The week my ticket ran out, I decided to not purchase a ticket again and of course that came back to bite me!  The next lotto draw had 5 of my 6 numbers!  True story!  Dang it!  I could have been rich!!!  Oh well, life went on. 

 

Yesterday we had Chinese food and my fortune was the following: 

 

“Affirm it, visualize it, believe it, and it will actualize itself.” 

 

I like this fortune…a lot!  So for now I am not keeping the little pieces of paper anymore.  I won’t be making my Fortune Cookie art statement, but I will on occasion pass on the lovely tidbits of wisdom that I glean from the cookies on to you, my lovely readers. 

 

The other fortune cookies we got the other night had the same fortune in both cookies.  Is that a sign?  Should I pay more attention to that fortune cookie wisdom? 

 

“You can’t learn less.”

 

What the heck does that mean anyway!?!?!  Have you gotten an interesting fortune cookie lately?  Do you add “in bed” to the end of your fortune cookie quote?  Sometimes it can be funny!  LOL!

 

Anyways, signing off for the night. It is late. We had a great evening with a nice dip in the pool, good food, and great friends.  Hope your weekend is off to a fabulous start!

 

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