Being grateful

This weeks facebook challenge was to talk about 3 things you are grateful for, for one week. Day 2 has arrived and I finally posted. It took a minute to unlock my personal self pity party to realize I’ve got so much to be grateful for.
Life is all about how you view your current situation, while my current situation isn’t perfect it is far from unlivable. I say this after listening to a young lady pour her heart out at the tax auction. Her story was one we have all heard before. Her plea was to allow her family to buy back the house during her sale. The sad part is several online bidders continued to bid causing the Amount to grow. We all sat on pins and needles hoping the family would win the bid. The bidding war ran the price up over $60,000 in our opinion the house is more than likely not worth the 60k but this family was willing to do whatever it takes to keep their home. The story ends with the family keeping the home. The mortal of my story is, to be grateful for what you have and there is always a story worse than yours.

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Writing 101: Measuring Your Success

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Before Writing 201 gets underway on Monday, we thought we’d take a look back at 101. You were a prolific bunch, and seeing just how much you accomplished feels great and an is excellent way to get motivated for 201.

*Blogging U. challenges are open to everyone including self-hosted, Tumblr, and Blogger bloggers, who we can’t analyze.

Ready for some numbers? During Writing 101, the 1275 bloggers we’re able to track* got nearly half a million pageviews — 442,717 to be precise — and were responsible for:

Overview

This comes from your publishing 66% more posts than you did pre-Writing 101 — 92% of you posted twice as much. Not too shabby, considering that the main goal of Writing 101 was simply to help you develop a regular writing habit, whether you chose to publish your writing or not!

And what about your individual blogs? When we took a look at Writing 101 participants’ blogs in the month…

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Reinvent me–now is the time to focus on what’s really important.

It’s been a whole month since I’ve written on my blog. Why you ask? Once again wallowing in my own selfish state of depression. Once again life has handed me a bushel of lemons. Instead of making lemonade i sucked them and made funny faces.
The funny faces were useless and solved nothing. Today in had a conversation with my life coach (therapist) she told me I’ve retreated back to a state of being that I climbed out of last year. She asked why did I go backwards not forward. After that awkward pregnant pause I said, I lost sight of me. I fell into a depression I had no desire to get out of. All I wanted to do was sleep. She then stated let’s start all over again. We started with questions. Where do I want to be?What do I want out of my life?
And how will I get there? The answers are not easy so I decided to reinvent me. Now let’s not be alarmed I’m not going to date women or cut off all my hair, or turn into a flaming B. Instead I’m going to do any and everything I’ve wanted to do for the last few years. I’m going to worry first about me, take time to really love me, and ,most importantly put little expectations on others. In 30 days I will be the new and improved Janine.

Stay tuned changes are coming!!!

One thing

One thing I have desired of the Lord, That will I seek: That I may dwell in the house of the Lord All the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the Lord, And to inquire in His temple. Psalms 27:4

We tend it make the relationship with god complicated. To seek The Lord is to spend time In His presence, in order to experience the goodness and grace associated with it. The time spent will enable us to hear clearly, think wisely and act accordingly.
What I’ve learned so far is God will speak to you if you take the time to learn and dwell the presence of the Holy Spirit. Reading the word, prayer time and worship only encourage the growth of the relationship.
To behold the beauty is to understand the simple things. After a very rough week of disappointment,sadness and regret I got out of the bed grudgingly, slowly dressed while wallowing in my depressed state I hopped into the car headed for a routine physical. All the while my, Mind you my body was saying stay in bed and listen to the last of the rain. Well the rain stopped and the sun was coming out. During the drive right in front of me was a rainbow. It was faint, I had to look twice to see it. As I focused it became clearer. The lesson there was that God can speak and send a message no matter how large or small the storm. My focus to see the rainbow confirms focusing can make things much clearer. My depressed state lifted, my mood changed and I felt Renewed and was able to behold the beauty of The Lord. All I could say is Thank You!

Vision board

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I recently started seeing my life coach again. The purpose was to reevaluate my life. For the last 3 years I’ve been consumed with grand-babies that felt more like babies of my own. Now that things have changed and  I’m ready to focus on me. Oddly enough that’s a hard thing to do. We all think we are ok in our own right, however the  reality is most of us are pretty much off our rocker. 

The first thing she asked me is what do I want out of my life…. dead silence… the silence was broken by the wheels of my mind turning rapidly. Most of the things I’ve done have been for others. I pondered a little longer. She interrupted my momentary departure and said, why don’t you work on your vision board. EUREKA what a great idea. A vision board to get a better idea of the things I want in my life and things I want to do before I kick the bucket. The only rule it had to be only about me. Once again a difficult task. 

The vision board has forced me to determine what things are important and what things are just a blatant waste of time. 

Three things I realized.. Tomorrow isn’t promised, life is to short to focus on pleasing others, I am recapturing my life in pictures  and words!! What a great feeling…. I feel a new found freedom of expression. my vision board 

 

 

 

*My One Blessing*

Amorelle - Just Keeping it Real

My One Blessing, but still counting…

So many have multiple wardrobes in multiple houses.

While so many sisters have to rotate their one skirt and few blouses,

So many have multiple savings accounts and investment schemes.

while so many have only seen the inside of a bank in their dreams,

So many collect millions falsely and on it they thrive,

While so many can’t even access a small loan to help them survive.

When I review it all and when all is said and done,

There are some like me whose blessing may never be more than one.

I only have one mother who has given birth to me,

I only have one breath which I use each day for free.

I only have one salvation that Jesus bought with His blood,

And I only have one life which is hid with Christ in God.

I only have one job…

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Rants and Raves

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Today’s rant and rave is to Ms. Beyonce Carter…

Dear Ms. Carter,

Must we be inflcited with you ongoing wailing about your drunken love with your husband. Have you heard the saying we don’t kiss and tell? The ongoing tale of how you and Mr. Carter “Go all night” is fine for an married couple. THe average couple would hope to kiss one another good night before the other falls a sleep. THe average person doesn’t have a 50 million dollar home that can be violated daily. And to think little “blu eats her Cherrios, off of the same counter you and Mr. Carter have… well, soiled. I don’t negate the talent, as it take great talent to hang upside down on a chair and sing. I will thank you for not twerking. We are much to old to twerk. We are subject to wind up in traction. I say this to raise the point on what sells. Is it the sexy wailing done with Mrs. Carter’s “Drunkin Love” or is it the fact we get a sneak peak into the private/not so private lives of the Carters.