Friday, September 19, 2014

A GREAT 1st Day!

What a GREAT 1st day in sunny California!

Beautiful weather...beautiful scenery...getting to watch amazing volleyball courtesy of my sweet friend Kerri Lee...with my wonderful Mama...all in the 1st 24 hours!

Somebody pinch me!

So very blessed by this day...by the people I got to spend this day with...by the beauty of God's artwork....and blessed that this is my life!

I even got in a good workout!!
After all...I do have a mountain to climb...in less than 3 weeks!  Holy Toledo!!

FORGING ON!

Here is a bit of our day!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Cali Bound

WE ARE HERE...in Cali!!

Long day...stormy ( literally) day...FUN day...Decent flight...only an hour late...

We are ready for a few Zzzzzzz!!!

Tomorrow we will be watching some great volleyball...basking in the sun...oh yes...we WILL be basking...and continuing Mom's birthday extraordinaire!

Tonight...even amid the fatigue...I am so very aware of how blessed I am to be living this Journey...amazes me daily.

More tomorrow!

Here a few pics of the "journey" to get to the airport today!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

No Giving Away My Joy!

Hello to All...

Today has been one of those days that tests my ability to be patient, to remember that we are all children of God and to just be a grown up!

Today I was unceremoniously tossed into the middle of a chaotic situation...one that drained me physically, emotionally and spiritually!

Today I was reminded that people, when driven by insecurities, fear and an unhealthy level of competitiveness...can be and often are, destructive...knowingly and unknowingly.

I was further reminded that I, when I let said people rent space in my head...can be self-destructive.

Today,  I let said persons steal my Joy! DAMMIT! 

As a result...
I am truly exhausted!

Today was tough...not so good choices on my part...

Tomorrow....my challenge...to evict the toxicity from the space in my head...and relet the space to the thoughts and ideals that fortify my spirit....and this Journey.

I am feeling derailed today...

Tomorrow is an opportunity to get back on track...no subletting brain space....no flailing in the chaos...no giving away my joy...DAMMIT!

I think I will start that process now...by turning this brain off!

One last thing...Cali bound tomorrow!  Taking my Mama to the beach for some world class volleyball! 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Open For Business

Actually running on fumes tonight...

Kinda had a derailed Journey kind of day...

Still praying for daily focus and courage...

Feeling a little weary and wayward....

Gotta remember this is not a sprint...

Slow and steady wins the race...

Forge On....

Head Up...

Heart In it....

Can't close my mind to God's plan...

Must stay open for business...

Tomorrow...

Breathe...Pray...Be Present...

Tonight...

Sleep!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Birthday Fun!

Short post...very long day....but a great day to celebrate my Mama's BIRTHDAY!

We are gearing up for our trip to California! We will be celebrating her birthday hanging at the beach...watching a little volleyball!    She will be getting to see Kerri play for the 1st time! 

We both are excited about the trip!

More great memories to make!

In the meantime,  I must sleep...lots to do in a short week!!

Here is my Tone Tone birthday collage!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Forge On-Fully Present

It has been a busy, full weekend.  Lots going on and leading into a very busy week.

I did a 14.5 mile bike ride today followed by church and a pre-birthday lunch for my Momma! All before 2:00 PM!

As I head into this very jammed packed week...my hope is to be attentive to God's voice, eat healthy, finish boot camp strong, sleep well and do my best to be fully present each day...fully present in the blessings of this Journey.

Here is just a quick snapshot of my weekend.  Grateful for the fun...the friends and the family. 

Here's to a productive,  happy, healthy week!

Forge On....Fully Present! 

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Peaks and Valleys

It has been a rollercoaster of a day...highs...lows...a bit bumpy at times...crying...laughing...crying because I was laughing...up, down and everything in between.

Much like this Journey...today was filled with opportunities to fully live life...embrace the day...warts and all! 

This day was like a Journey within the Journey...Truth is...it was stressful...but valuable.  Tiring...yet energizing...painful...with a side of hilarious...and amid the difficulties of the day...this day was one more necessary step forward.

Despite the peaks and valleys of the day...I am grateful.  Grateful for the opportunity to live it...struggle through it...embrace it and ultimately,  change the direction I was heading.

Now I must sleep.

Goodnight.