Tag: #dohardthings

Do Hard Things

At 6:00 am I was sitting on the bathroom floor with a stressed out doggo. There was a tornado warning for our area.

A couple of hours later, the sun is shining, and the birds are chirping. We are enjoying the breeze coming through the screen door, and that little dog that was pacing the house, is laying on her bed completely entertained by a squirrel in the front yard.

That is how suddenly things change.

I’ve been paying attention to my kitchen this week. Since purchasing the planter, to use as a tool caddy, inspiration ensued. Sitting at my kitchen table, I’m beginning to enjoy the view.

This painting was hanging in another part of the house, but I sat it in the kitchen as a much needed reminder.

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I don’t read it as a question. I start with the word ‘You’, and go up to ‘can’ before returning to the statement. For me it reads:

Beautiful Girl. You can do hard things.

Pandemic = Way too much time on Etsy.

These cabinet knobs sparkle from across the room. The Great Blue Heron holds a special place in my heart.

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Things change suddenly my darling, and you can do hard things.

I’m Seeing Red

The color red, coming back into my life.

Someone said, “You have a boldness to you, but a sweet heart.”  Then Bossman at the pizza place said, “You’re blossoming Barb!”

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Red has been my favorite color most of my adult life, but somewhere along the path I lost that color. I leaned toward the more neutral, softer colors and felt I had lost my boldness.

Red is loud and vibrant which were words used to describe me, but without realizing it, I had become quiet and soft spoken. That’s not me.

The first time it resonated was in December. I wanted some new house shoes and saw these booties. I had seen women wear them to Yoga, so they would have dual purpose.

booties

What I didn’t realize at the time of purchase is that they are hand knitted, so they didn’t arrive in time for Christmas. No lovely, they arrived in January which was fitting to have them in this new year.

I wear them all the time!

Then came blanket with balls.

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When I bought this blanket, I had a choice between pale pink or red. I have gravitated toward pink this year, but the red one spoke to me more.

Well lovely….Pink is a pale red and that is how I felt. Like my red had faded to pink.

After the blanket, Foxy showed up and I placed him in this planter. When I learned how to make memes, I used a fox quite often in the picture.

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I’ve noticed a change in my voice from working at the pizza place. My job there is to love on people, but some people need a lot of love.

A couple of weeks ago, Bossman asked me to call a dissatisfied customer. We needed to make him happy with our services so Boss said, “Don’t use your big Barb voice. Use your sweet one.”

As I made my bed this morning, I noticed at some point this year I placed these two pillows there. These pillows have with me for over ten years, but they were packed away during our last move. I bought a new pillow, (the one with the bugs) and it has sprinkles of red, but the other two are a nice pale red. Red has always been my color.

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Don’t allow life or people to fade your color.

Don’t shrink yourself to fit others needs.

I’m grateful the color red has come back into my life and my being. God made me to be bold and I lost it for a while, but today I’m seeing red.

Good For Me

Something happens when I step into this virtual world of Blogging. As soon as I enter, it feels like home.

You can always come here to find encouragement.

My purpose in life is to love people and help them along their journey. I don’t claim to have all the answers, just sharing my heart and what God is showing me today.

We can walk this life together, which is so much better than alone. This life is our gift and it’s meant to be opened and enjoyed daily. How we use it directs our path, but I thank God today, I stumble and don’t fall.

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This is one of the first memes I made.

The first few I made have words on them out of a journal I carry around all the time. When God tells me something, I write it down. It may be something I’ve heard before, or something original. Any worthwhile thought goes in the journal.

God prompted me months ago to start making memes. I looked at free software online and was discouraged rather quickly. I’m not super technical, but I can usually figure things out. Some of these software’s are not meant to be figured out. They are merely there to frustrate. The one I chose is called Picfont.

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So when is something ‘good for you’?

When it feeds your soul. There are going to be lessons in life, but should life be one continuous lesson? I think not. If that were the case, I’d feel beat up, worn down and defeated, which is the complete opposite of who I am. I wouldn’t be able lift people up if I were down.

If something is good for you, it can be good to you in a loving manner. My mother was good to me and what she taught me was good for me, but eating all those veggies when I was little did not feel like love to me.

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This meme is my mantra for my life. It’s what I had to tell myself everyday for a year until I could look comfortably in the mirror and own it. It wasn’t easy, but it laid the foundation of who I am today.

Picfont is good to me and is set up to lovingly assist. I will grow and get better at making memes and eventually try more challenging software. It will need to be good to me, to be good for me, or I will not stick with it.

Challenge is good and helps us grow, but it needs to do so with love.