Monday, August 31, 2015

Currently - July and August Updates and Grateful #1

This blog post is brought to you by Kristin at Rukristin (click here to visit). I like her idea of telling your story one week at a time. I am going to tweek mine a little and tell you my story one month at a time and give you a recap at the end of the month.

My kids and I have been on a Game of Thrones kick. I am new to this show and we are now on season two and I am really enjoying it. The more I watch the more I am sucked into it. I also have been watching Beach Flip on HGTV and I am happy that the team I was going for won, I loved their house. Flea Market Flip is another shop that I watch as much as possible. I like to see how the teams take junk and turn them into treasures. I also watched the mini series Tut about King Tut - it was not a bad show. Next up was the mini series The Making of the Mob - New York - this too was a good show and told the history of the old mafia members. One day I binged watched Rachel v. Guy: Kids Cook Off - I was so amazed at how well these kids can cook - the show just sucked me in. I also have been watching the new season of Who Do You Think You Are - this is where people help stars trace their family history. I only wish my family history was as easy to find as their's is. Some of them have some great stories. 

The last two months I have had been able to read a lot of books, most of them good a couple not so much.

In July I read -  A Wedding on Primrose Street by Sheila Roberts - this is the newest book in her Icicle Falls series. I have loved each of the books in this series. The Newcomer and The Hero by Robyn Carr - these are two books in her newest series - Thunder Valley - she is one of my go to authors. To Capture Her Heart by Rebecca DeMarino - this is the second book in her Southold Chronicles and a very good historical fiction book. Paris Letters by Janice Macleod and Seven Letters From Paris by Samantha Verant were both very good memoirs about finding love in Paris. The Seakeeper's Daughter by Lisa Wingate - this is the third book in her Carolina Heirlooms series - I have loved each of these books and they are some of the books I would highly recommend. The books in this series can be read as stand alone books. 

In August I read - The Great Estate by Sherri Browning - this is the third book in her Thornbrook Park series and a very enjoyable romance series. Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer and Matters of the Heart by Danielle Steel were both disappointing books for me. Room for Improvement by Stacey Ballis - this was a fun chick lit book. Murder She Barked by Krista Davis - this is the first book in her Paws and Claws cozy mystery series and a cute book. Klondike Medicine Woman by Linda Ford - this was an ok historical fiction book. The Wednesday Letters by Jason F. Wright - this has to be one of the best books I have read. 

The last two months have been very stressufl and at times I have almost felt overwhelmed. Finances have been tight which always causes stress. My daughter is getting ready for surgery which has caused worry for me. On a good note my son's job is going well, my husband escaped layoffs at work, my daughter turned 20, my niece celebrated her first anniversary and we have our health. So there are have also been some joys this month. 

In the last couple of months I have enjoyed looking at other's coloring in a new adult coloring group I joined on Facebook so that has got me motivated to do some more coloring of my own. I also joined a group on Facebook for pen addicts and I have enjoyed seeing other's collections and now know my collection is not as bad as some others is. I have been trying to find more family time with my kids and have been enjoying the time I have been spending with them. As adults your kids don't always want to do things with mom but I am glad my kids still do. I am also enjoying seeing all the back to school pictures of family and friend's kids. 

Grateful Heart w/ Ember Grey

I am going to join in on Ember Grey's linkup where you write what you are grateful each day this week. Be sure to stop by her site if you would like to join in. 

Today I am grateful that Hurricane Erika has disbanned and is now just a tropical storm. So instead of getting hurricane force winds and rain we are just getting thunderstorms. I do not like storms and did not want to have to go through a hurricane. 

Sunday, August 30, 2015

One Little Word DREAM - June

Image credit to Ali Edwards. You can check out her website and learn more about One Little Word by clicking here

I let myself get a couple of months behind with my One Little Word project and it was because I let stress get to me and therefore just let this project fall by the wayside. Instead I chose to do more reading and less writing or working on my project. For awhile I felt as if I chose the wrong word and was thinking about choosing a new word and therefore start the entire project over. Then I decided that even though life has thrown some curve balls at me I really want to stick to my work as it can really be a sort of therapy to me to remember that I can still have dreams, focus on dreams and work towards my dreams even though I have stressful things going on around me. I can use this as an escape. 

The month of June's activiity is to fill out a question and answer worksheet. I feel confident that this will be just what I need to get back on track. 

In one or two words your OLW experience so far has been - 
When I first started this project I was so excited and felt as if I was actually getting more out of it this year than I did last year. Then I took a break. I was able to follow one dream and thought it would lead immediately to another which it did not for two reasons. Life got in the way and my self confidence was not where it should be. So now I am back at it and feel as if the whol experience has been fulfilling and good for me. 

What has surprised you most so far this year?
The fact that I have been able to dig more deeply to connect with my word (Dream) than I have in the past. 

What are you most proud of related to your word?
The fact that I was able to follow a dream that took some courage for me. I dreamed of quitting my job as it was not a good place for me to be emotionally. It was a place that really brought me down and was a very negative atmosphere. I was afraid if I quit I would be a failure and my family would suffer due to the lose of my income. My family actually helped to encourage me to leave the job as they could see what it was doing to me. Since leaving we have adjusted to the income change and now I am here when my family needs me and this year it has been a lot. So I am glad that I made the decision to leave a negative environment. 

Three things you've enjoyed about this word:
- learning to follow my dreams
- deciding what my dreams really are
- being open to new journeys

Three challenges you've faced related to your word: (what's been difficult, what's been toucher than you expected)
- having the courage to follow a dream
- keeping on track to follow the dream
- remembering that all will be ok and work out for the best

Has this word had an impact on your relationship with others? (family, friends)
Yes my word has had an impact on my family especially. They stood behind me in my dream to quit my job, support me while I look for a new job, and encourage me to follow my other dream of writing a book. I would have to say it also impacted one friend. At work I had become very good friends with one lady. In fact it was someone that I felt close to and actually was the only reason I looked forward to going to work was so we could visit. When I left my job she talked about how we would stay in touch and get together occasionally. Well that has not happened at all. I have tried contacting her more than one time and she does not respond. She has a couple of times sent me a message and when I respond to her she does not respond back. So I have lost what I thought was a very good friend. 

Often in his process there are companion words that join us on our walk with our words. Are there any specific words that keep popping up in your journey this year?
I have a few companion words that I think about often. In fact I have thought about doing this project for those words as well. If nothing else one of these words may be a word for a future year. My words are: focus, courage, happiness and positivity. 

Have you developed any specific practices related to your word? Do you have something you say to yourself over and over or an action you take to help your actions in alignment with your word?
I  find myself thinking of my word quite often and how I can use it use it every day. One of my dreams I really want to do is to write a book. I have not started yet and I htink it is a feat thing, but I keep telling myself that I can do this. I just need to have the confidence to start. I buy books to help me find inspiration and encouragment as well as I am always looking on the internet for things to help me out. I keep telling myself you can do this - you got it. 

What is stopping you from fully embaracing your word and your intentions for yourself this year?
The biggest thing for me is a fear of failure. I think that if I do not follow my dreams the right way things will not turn our. I also think I need to learn to have more confidence in myself to do all I want to do. 

What one specific action will you take this month to move you forward?
Listen - Listen to my heart, listion to my mind, listen to all who are encouraging me. Once I start listening then I can start doing the things I am dreaming of. 

Three things you'd like to accomplish by the end of the year:
- begin writing 
- find a job I like
- have more confidence in myself

Anything else you want to document about your word right now. 
When I first started on my journey with the word dream I was not sure what to expect but I knew I was excited that this word chose me. But as I have progressed on this journey I feel as if this word has made me look deeper at things I want to do in life. 

Other thoughts to consider-

What are you currently feeding yourself - emotionally, visually and by your senses?
I would have to say I try to feed myself positive thoughts and sayings. I am also feeding myself with doses of encouragment whether it be by telling myself I can do this or by just talking about it and having others give me encouragement. 

What limiting statement are you repeating and what can you replace those with instead? (replace the negative with the positive)
I think what if no one likes what I write when I should be thinking about what if people like what I write. I think what happens if our move does not happen and should be thinking I can't wait for this move to happen. I think I can't when I should think I can. 

Friday, August 28, 2015

Hurricanes - Not a fan

This weekend we are preparing for the possible hit by a hurricane. At the very least we will have high winds and lots of rain with possible flooding. For me I tend to get a little stressed out wondering how bad it will. Scott on the other hand says oh it will not be bad. Luckily we are able to get good weather reports from his job and it does look like it will just be the high winds and rain. I still am not happy. 

So what do you do while you wait for a hurricane - you prepare. There are many different ways to prepare for it. You need to make sure you have water, flashlights and non-perishable foods. For me I also want to make sure I have plenty to read. 

This is one of the few reasons why I do not like living in Florida. Normally you do not have many hurricanes but there is always that chance. Our hurricane season runs from June to November so you are always on the look out during that time. 

So until the time I am forced to stay put in the house due to weather I am going to get out and run some errands and get prepared both phsically and mentally. 

Tuesday, August 25, 2015


Today is a day I am going to sit down and do some writing. I am going to start by responding to my pen pal letters so I can get them in the mail tomorrow. Then I need to do my Happiness Journal for the day. I am also thinking about catching up with my One Little Word project. While I am doing my writing I like to listen to podcasts so I am also catching up on them. This week I found a new podcast that I want to try out - The Pen Addict. Yes it is what it sounds like a podcast talking about pens. Today is going to be a good day. 

It is a lot of fun when you go to your mailbox and see letters from pen pals around the world. Other countries has such neat stamps with beautiful images compared to the stamps we have to use for our international letters. I would love to have choices for international stamps. I don't know why but I just do not like the stamps I have to use. They just seem so plain to me. 

Today my letters I am sending out will be going to Arizona, Australia, Canada and Norway. Well on to writing for me. 

Sunday, August 16, 2015


Lately I have been doing a lot of thinking about a lot of different things. Do you ever have times where it seems that you are deep in thought more than normal? I think that it is a good thing to take time to take the time to think things through. It can be a good thing to think before you say or do that way you do not say something you regret or doing something the wrong way. Whenever I have a quiet moment especially at bedtime my mind seems to wander. What have I been thinking about you ask?

One of the things that I have been thinking about the most lately is my Grandma Mayberry. I lost her nine years ago and it still seems as if it was just yesterday. I have taken to talking to her each night before I go to sleep. When she was still with us I would go to her house just to visit. We would talk about books, TV shows, family or whatever but I was able to talk to her about anything. So I have been using this time to get things off my chest and not hold things in so much. It has really helped me with stress and I find myself looking forward to the end of the day so I can tell her about things that are bothering me or that I am excited about. Do you have anyone that you wish you could still talk to?

I recently read a book call The Wednesday Letters by Jason Wright and in it the character wrote a letter every Wednesday to his wife. This has got me to thinking I would like to do this. But who do I write the letter to, I want to write to my grandma and my husband so do I do both? For me I think I am going to do the letter in a journal and I am going to do it on a Monday or a Friday.  I think if I use one of these days then I can give a recap of my thoughts for the week. Also I think by writing them in a journal will be good so they are all in one place. The letter writing format to me I think will make the journal writing even easier. 

Another big thing on my mind is moving. As a family we have been discussing moving to a new state. We are not happy living here in Florida anymore for a number of reasons. Therefore we are looking at a few different places we would like to live. The top three choices are Alaska, Colorado and Northern Georgia. We have a few criteria that we are looking at for our big move. Mine are I want four seasons, a place to do outdoor activities, a minimum of three bedrooms (prefer four) and two bathrooms. Scott wants to move where he can do gold prospecting. The kids are good with what we chose as they just do not want to live here. We are also looking at the cost of living and the availability of jobs and the rate of pay. So we have been doing a lot of research and thinking about what would be best for our family. 

Lastly I have been just thinking about life in general. We seem to have some things stressing us lately and we are trying to work through them. The big one is money and jobs. I have been trying to look for a job a little more and money seems to have been a big issue lately. My mother in law, grandma and sister in law are coming for a visit in October and I have been thinking about what we are going to do when they are here. My anniversary is in December and we have been deciding what we want to do this year. Rachel is having a surgery in the next month or so and I keep thinking and worrying about that and how it will effect her life. I think of things I need to do - what to have for supper, doctor's appointments that needs made, pen pal letters to write, etc. It is a good thing for you to take a few minutes each day to think.