My heart is full of inspiration, adventure and stories. Last week I took a trip alone to a yoga and wellness retreat in the Riviera Maya for a time of renewal and rejuvenation. When I initially told my friends and family of my plans to travel alone, I received encouragement from some and fearful skepticism (and truthfully a bit of judgement) from others. As it happened, six of the eight of us at the retreat came on our own, traveling from all over the US – initially strangers and later friends for life by the end of our stay.
Continue reading “My Solo Adventure”
Yesterday I was in yoga class and had a great practice. I’ve recently started working out again, and this class was more physically challenging than the classes I have attempted in recent weeks. My practice certainly is not the same as it was 15 years ago and neither is my body. I’ve had a child and a few injuries since then, and I’m not quite as agile, but I do okay. As I was rolling up my mat to leave, feeling very satisfied, I heard the teacher and a student discussing what a “beautiful practice” a particular student had. Enter my ego. My satisfaction with my great practice suddenly disappeared and turned into something that looked a little bit like envy. I thought to myself, “well, I used to have a beautiful practice, and I will again!” Just as I got in the car to leave and turned on the radio, a DJ read a quote about spiritual growth. “When your ego goes away, that’s when growth happens.” Ouch. Okay God. Message received.
Continue reading “Surrender”
A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. Proverbs 18:24
I love my friends. Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve been very social and friendships have meant the world to me. My mother swears she put me in preschool and went to work because I cried every day when we passed the school. I longed to be with the other kids.
I am blessed to have a some very close friends and a great sister whom I adore. I’ve known some of the girls in these pics for more than 30 years! We have laughed together, cried together, celebrated birthdays, thrown showers for each other, attended funerals, and held each other’s hands when words were futile. We’ve been mad at each other, sad at each other, but we’ve forgiven and moved on. Our friendships have weathered the storms of life – divorces, miscarriages, illnesses, job losses and moving out-of-state. Each woman brings out a unique characteristic in me — the big sister, the sister in Christ, the fashionista, the jokester, the foodie and wine lover, the adventurer, the yogi… I pray that I have added to the lives of those around me as they have added to mine. Continue reading “Friendship…It’s What You Give…”
On my flight home from vacation, I had a terrible toothache. I decided to order a glass of wine, which abated the pain for about an hour. However, as the soothing effect of the wine wore off, the pain returned. It gave me pause to me think about the things we do to mask pain in our lives and how once those things dissipate, the pain remains, and we are eventually forced to face our problems. If we aren’t careful, escaping can be the norm before we even realize it.
Anyone who knows me knows that I love a good glass of red wine. Years ago, I worked briefly at a boutique wine store that specializes in small production Napa Valley wines. I learned a lot about wine, and It was a fun place to work. Who’s grumpy when they are shopping for wine? My husband and I are foodies; we love to entertain and have taken a few trips to Napa. But admittedly there have been times when I’ve heard that still small voice and had to check myself and my consumption and take a little break.
Continue reading “Abstinence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder”
My family recently took a brief trip to sunny Puerto Vallarta, Mexico to escape the cold weather for a few days. Our main goal was simply to exhale, relax and reconnect. As I mentioned in my last post, its been a crazy, stressful year, so it was much-needed — even if it was just a quick jaunt. My in-laws own a condo in Nuevo Vallarta with sweeping views of the Banderas Bay surrounded by beautiful mountains. The property is private, tucked among miles of all-inclusive resorts and condo developments, a perfect vacation spot.
As I write this, I’m reading my journal notes that I jotted down on a gorgeous, sunny day while sitting by the pool overlooking the beach. I’m back in Texas now, and its been raining all day. I’m back to my job as Head Manager of Homework and CEO of the Kitchen and Laundry Room…grateful for the break, but wishing it was a bit longer and finding myself still waiting on God to give us direction on the best course of treatment for a family member’s illness. I’ve thought a lot about the times I’ve so clearly heard God’s voice and the maddening times He’s just silent. I do believe He speaks to us through His Word, other people, circumstances or a still, small voice in our soul. Continue reading “Waiting to Hear from God…”
January has passed, and like many others, I contemplated what changes I’d like to see in the new year for myself and my family. For some it’s eating healthier, working out more, drinking less or maybe learning a new skill. While all those things are beneficial, as I find myself in a difficult season, I have thought a lot about how we can become so focused on problems that it can rob us of joy. As a mom, I’m painfully aware that my attitude permeates the atmosphere of my home and profoundly shapes my child. I also know that if I’m miserable on the inside, no exercise program, shopping trip or beauty treatment can fix that. So, the focus for me and for my family in 2018 is joy. Continue reading “Choosing Joy”
Thanks for joining me! I’ve been journaling off and on for several years and following God’s prompting, have finally decided to share my story, or at least part of it. My hope is that you will be encouraged in your journey along the way as I share mine.
1 Thessalonians 5:11
Therefore encourage one another and build each other up…