Chill Your Grind

Walking into small, local businesses makes my heart happy. I receive immediate gratification walking into someone else’s dream. Home schooling my teenage Princess, we yell “Field Trip’ at least once a week and go in search of some local goodness.

290outsideThis morning took us to Giddings, TX wanting to find somewhere quaint for breakfast. Highway 290 runs straight through Giddings where we found 290 Grind. This was the most serene and peaceful place I’ve walked into in a long time.

Clean, simple lines, wood floors and ceiling and every table held a story from the past. Each table was beautifully unique, but all the chairs were solid wood with a black finish which gave them something in common.

Unlike a lot of coffee shops I’ve been in, this one didn’t fall into the “Can I display my stuff here?” The owner of this establishment is staying true to their dream. Giving us a place to sit down and enjoy a cup of coffee and delicious food in an uncluttered atmosphere. 290boardThe first thing I noticed, standing at the counter to order, was the chalkboard menu. We see these often but this one was simply perfection! Just another clue of attention to detail they aspire toward.

290chairsStepping into the dining area, I spotted these magnificent chairs and small table nestled up front with a view. This area is beckoning for two people to enjoy some coffee, one another’s company and people watch all at the same time. Does life get any better than that?

Heading back home I ran into a lady that I hadn’t seen in a while. She recognized me as the Letitgocoach and shared how busy she has been. She went on to imply as long as she’s busy, she doesn’t have to change. I smiled and invited her to connect with me when ready. Taking time to sit with yourself is how you get to know yourself. Some people avoid it, but it’s the best way to become the best you can be.

If you need a simply fabulous place to reconnect with yourself or other’s I highly recommend 290 Grind. Maybe those two inviting looking chairs aren’t for two after all. One could be for you, while the other could be waiting for the new and improved you.

 

One Love

As I picked up the K Cup to pop into the Keurig this morning, I looked at the name and it said, ‘One Love’. Yep…Bob Marley does coffee. Your life should be so good that you can pour love into a mug and drink it.

love1 Corinthians 13:4-6 describes it best. To receive it and believe are simple enough, but to live it is a little more challenging for us mere mortals. I recently met a couple that emanate this kind of love. The kind of love only God can manifest between two. One love.

Patient and kind coupled together is always fun for me. It’s quicker and easier to be anxious and mean, especially to the one dearest to us. This is where I appreciate the part, ‘it keeps no record of wrongdoing’, because my list can be extensive.

That was one of the first things I had to let go of was my record of wrongs. Giving myself permission to let go of all the pain in my heart allowed God to create in me a clean heart. Have you ever walked into a closet that was so full you could barely move? That’s probably how God feels when asked to work on our hearts. He needs room to move. Let it go.

To forgive and forget. Forgiveness is free but to forget as well? By letting go you learn to think of that hurt as a lesson learned and move on. It may still pinch you from time to time, but by letting go of the pain associated with the experience, it becomes a valuable lesson. One you hopefully won’t make again in the near future.

To trust. If God places someone in your path to love, trust Him. God doesn’t make mistakes, and maybe you’re thinking, ‘but I do’. Read the verse in its entirety. It’s okay to make mistakes, and if you have the right one to love, they will keep no record of wrongs.

Love always perseveres. This is not to be confused with breaking up and getting back together over and over again. One love stands strong in adversity. While one of you is weak the other is strong. To have one love, one of you must stand firm on these promises when the other one can’t. God made it that way and it works. It all begins by letting go.

Take Your Time

Going through the Letting Go process, I saw immediate change within me. One of the first things I noticed was, it sloughed away my old skin and left me with new. I had accumulated a lot of learned behaviors over the years. I was ready and willing to let go of old thinking and behaviors that no longer served me. My circumstances had changed, so it was time for me to see what that looked like, change and grow along with them.

timesteveAnother thing I noticed rather quickly was, I had time. I could actually take my time doing things and do things well. It was like I never had time before and this was new to me. God had given me a clean plate and I was going to be very picky about what I put on it.

This life was going to have nourishment! This life I was following my heart, but taking my head with me. Steve Jobs was full of wisdom and I treasure his quotes. Here he says, “Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition, they somehow already know what you truly want to become.” I wanted to help others let go, so here I am.

I knew I was definitely going to take my time. When my daughter and I first started living in our new home, we tended to still feel hurried, like we were on this life or death schedule from before. The Letting Go process gave me the revelation to stop. Just stop everything and enjoy the moment.

If we needed to be somewhere by a certain time, we allowed more time to get ready, so we weren’t rushed getting out the door. Enjoy the moment of getting ready together. We got to know one another on a different level, so much so, there were days we met at the front door wearing the same colors. One of us would always go back and change, but today we call what color we’re wearing beforehand.

Take your time. It’s all we really have and once it’s gone, we can’t get it back. Choose how you spend it and who you share it with. Seek out good things in your life and enjoy every moment. Everything else is secondary.

 

 

Dream Catcher

There may come a time where we need to let go of our dream so someone else can have theirs. We work tirelessly at what seems to be something we want to achieve, but it’s like rolling a boulder uphill using our noses. A friend of mine recently gave up her dream shop after struggling with it for as long as she could. Moving out of her dream shop, opened the door to somebody else’s.

gunpowderWelcome to Bastrop Texas. I love this town and the people in it. One of my daughter and my favorite shop’s to visit was Gunpowder and Lace. It wasn’t so much the shop, which was unique in its own way, but the woman who owned it. She had started her business on Main Street, and moved around the corner to this rustic location.

It has a massive front porch, with a wooden swing in the corner. You could sit in the swing and watch people enter Bastrop Brewhouse, now Neighbors Kitchen and Yard, and Larryland Music. My daughter and I sat there many a time, eating Gelato and enjoying the moment. The Colorado River runs behind these businesses and is tranquil just like this town.

My friend, Robin, has decided to close the doors of Gunpowder and Lace. To this location anyway. Once you have a dream in your heart, it doesn’t leave, but it will move. She was moving to the next town over and I know she is following God. She must be because she answered the prayers of one couple in particular.

This lady had been praying for 3 years for the right location for her husband and her to open their own shop. It would be eclectic, vintage and just anything and everything they loved and wanted to share. They pulled down a side street in Bastrop, TX, and she saw Robin’s shop, Gunpowder and Lace. She looked at her husband and said, “That’s our shop! That is the shop we’ve been praying for!” (Cold chills)

Little did they know, Robin was on her way out in another direction. Long story shortened, I had the pleasure of walking into this shop Friday evening and feel the warmth, love and life of this old building renewed. They are opening their doors Valentine’s Day weekend, and we are so excited for them and Robin. Where one dream moved on, another dream began.

He’s Got This

As I pressed down the handle of the Keurig this morning, for my sunshine in a cup, I glanced over at the K-cup supply. I have them dumped into a red wire basket that I used to gather eggs in when I raised chickens. That was a sweet time in my life, raising chickens, so I enjoy getting to reuse this basket today.

Noticing the supply was getting low, I made a note to pick some up next time in town. Then God reminded me of a box above the microwave, nestled in the cabinet, just waiting for me. backI had purchased a couple of boxes of K-cups last week and only put half in the basket. The other half were in that box in the cabinet. How nice it was to pull that box down and find them rolling around inside just waiting.

Whenever I think of a basic need, it may not be sitting out in front of me, but it’s nearby. I love to meet other people’s needs. If I have something someone else needs, I give it to them. God promises to supply all our needs and He does. In my life, He goes above and beyond just needs, because I don’t know what I need until it arises.

It’s Thursday and I’m still just gonna trust Him. Believe and Receive.

 

 

 

The Next Right Thing

Our daily lives are a series of choices. It can be the simplest of choices, such as going to bed at a reasonable hour, so I don’t oversleep and miss another Monday morning Conference Call, at 6:00 am. To the hardest of choices as to who gets to be in the inner circle part of my life. My daughter and I discuss this quite often and we always decide to do the next right thing, and let God do the rest.

hardI’m reading “No Excuses“, by Brian Tracy and recommend it highly. It’s a refreshing read, reminds me of some things I know, but have forgotten, and Brian is just good. He said something, similar to the subject of this Blog post, but he took it one step further. He’s talking about doing the right thing and he said, “Practice the Universal Maxim of Immanuel Kant: “Resolve to behave as though your every act were to become a universal law for people.”

What kind of world would this be if everyone in it was just like me?

Well, it would be a happy place for sure, but this really made me look hard at myself. Every act become law? I don’t know about you, but I can think of a few things I wouldn’t want the entire world emulating.

So, that was my thought for today out here Inbarbsworld. What are your thoughts on the subject? Please, feel free to comment. I’d love to hear from you.

 

Snap Out Of It

When I wake up each morning, I thank God for waking me up sober, healthy and whole. That is the start of my day. Each day is new, so I treat it as new. There are tasks I want to accomplish each day, and goals to achieve, but there is no certain order. Just start to finish.

daily-routine-get-up-amazing-bedWorking from home has its perks. You can be amazing in yesterday’s clothes and no one will know. I juggle two business, am writing a book, acquiring a third business, homeschool my daughter, take care of two dogs and a cat, and run a household. I love my life and it has no routine or set schedule.

Instead of a schedule, I write down what needs to be accomplished that day. My work is done in segments of time and starts in the morning and is completed by a certain time. If something else needs my attention that morning, I move my business to the afternoon and stay flexible.

I have coffee in the morning and a pot of tea in the early evening. These are things that make my day better and me more pleasant to be around. No set time I just make time for them. I have learned, if it’s important enough to you, you’ll make time for it.

Living this way leaves room for God’s little surprises. I think people get so focused on schedule and routine they miss what God is doing in their day. Sometimes I get so focused on a task, I lose my peace. That means God wants me to do something else. He is done with that task for right now and it’s time to move on to the next. Keep my eyes on Him.

I believe there are no boring people, just boring lives. If they are bored, they have probably been doing the same things for so long they are not fulfilled. When I get overly focused on ‘me’, God always shows me this verse. Isaiah 43:19 “For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.” You cannot see it looking down, so look up and snap out of it!