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Creating a Life…with just Five Things a Day!

words and thoughts from my journey

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July 2014

Life’s a Beach!

As I get ready to head to the beach for a long weekend, I leave you with this, ” May you always have a shell in your pocket and sand between your toes” and “God so loved the world, he gave us the beach”.

To Chincoteague, VA we go…

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If I knew what I know now…

…when I was 19…

~ I wouldn’t have gotten married. It wasn’t right for me, we weren’t right for each other.

~ I would have completed college, and majored in Psychology.

~ I would have exercised more, and kept up with it!

~ I would have saved my money.

~ I would have quit smoking then… and not eight years later.

~ I would have spent more time with my family and less time with the friends I no longer have. “Don’t waste your time on people who don’t spend time on you.”

~ I would have told my family I love them more times.

~ I would have spent less energy on finding “a guy” and more on ending up with the right guy.

~ I would have kept writing instead of stopping and waiting 10 years to start again.

~ I would have spent less time trying to “fix” other people and more time focused on myself.

~ I would have accepted failure as steps to success.

~ I would have spent more time studying and less time socializing.

~ I would have forgiven more.

~ I would have appreciated the things I had more and less time worrying about the things I didn’t have.

~ I would have prayed more.

 

 

Ten Things I Believe…

1. I believe we each have a path and a purpose.
2. I believe ice cream can make everything better.
3. I believe after every storm there is a rainbow.
4. I believe in silver linings.
5. I believe in fairies and pixie dust.
6. I believe in love.
7. I believe in truth.
8. I believe dreams can come true.
9. I believe a little drama once in awhile keeps life interesting.
10. I believe in faith.

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Race Car Through Life

Racecar through life

Ever feel like your life is a huge Nascar Race? We spend our younger years yearning to grow up and once we become adults all we want is the simplicity of childhood. We take one second to breathe and realize that a whole year, or ten years, has passed. Slow down, savor the moments, take time to learn from mistakes, and take time to love life and all its lessons.

This year I am turning 30 and when I look back over the last ten years I see a lot has happened but I haven’t accomplished the things I wanted to, I haven’t taken time to really enjoy the moments I’ve had, everything has been such a blur. Two weeks ago my Grandmother went into the hospital unexpectedly and it really hit me that I need to make some changes. I need to spend more time on the things, and people, that mean the most to me and less time trying to change the world overnight. My Grandmother said something very important to me one night when I was visiting her – she said, “Stop worrying about everything and just do your best every day. Everything will work out”.  She’s right. So this year as I continue on my journey through life, I will wake up every morning prepared to do the best I can that day and I will trust that God has a plan and that everything will fall into place as it is meant to.

Time to get a cool treat… It’s National Ice Cream Month!!!

In 1984, President Ronald Reagan declared July to be National Ice Cream Month (www.idfa.org)… which is a good thing because I’ve been eating a lot of ice cream this past weekend!

And to celebrate some businesses are offering free treats!!! Check out this link… http://hip2save.com/2013/07/19/national-ice-cream-day-freebies-deals-2/

Some interesting facts about eating ice cream…

  • Americans are the #1 consumers of ice cream worldwide, eating on average 20 quarts a year! New Zealand comes in at #2.
  • About 9% of all milk produced by US Dairy Farmers is used to make ice cream.
  • Vanilla is the most popular flavor, with chocolate coming in at a surprisingly distant 2nd.

 

I’ve created a Pinterest Board dedicated just to ice cream… yum!!! Check it out for some great flavors and recipes!  http://www.pinterest.com/gingergoosebout/national-ice-cream-month/

 

And to top it off with a cherry – this month I will be raffling off an chilly prize inspired by Ice Cream! Share your thoughts about ice cream, your favorite flavors, your recipes and links to get your entry!  (winner will be randomly selected from posts at end of month).

 

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Mantras, Prayers, and Song

The past week has definitely carried its challenges. I’ve been hanging in there though repeating the mantra, “Things are going to be okay, they will get better. I am a strong woman and I will make it through. I am a good person; loving and caring; and I’m doing what I need to do. It will get better, I will figure it out. Everything will be okay.” And then I pray… I pray for the Lord to help others and to save them. And I pray for him to give me strength and patience to see things through and to keep going.

Sometimes it also helps to sing Dorey’s song from Finding Nemo too… “Just keep swimming, just keep swimming…”  ; )

 

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