Savor the Moments

The best email of the week.

“Barbara…Your Holiday candle is here!”

My daughter laughed as I put this reminder in my calendar. “Only my Mother schedules a candle pickup”, she quipped. Life is not all business. You have to schedule in goodness too.

The lady who sent the email owns a local shoppe and we’ve become friends. She saw me fall in love with the candle last year and when the holidays were over, the candle disappeared.

She promised to get it back in her shoppe this year and said she would email me. She stayed true to her word and in turn, I went to pick it up!

 

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We are only as good as our word.

I’m being careful not to overextend myself this year. To stay present and go with the flow as life unfolds. It’s a matter of slowing the pace and saying, ‘no’ a lot. A fast ‘yes’ is face to face with my daughter, a neighbor, or friend. Connectivity is so important and I’m happy to be still for that.

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It hasn’t been lit yet, but there’s time.

Pumpkins on the front porch and listening to Christmas music as I type. Savor the moments.

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!