Thursday, January 29, 2015
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
I am finding my sweet spot. My days are chalked full of learning new things. Of moments to research. To implement what I find. To be challenged. To be valued. I'm loved. I'm respected. I fail and I'm an expert.
Its a place we all long for and a respite my soul so desperately needed. I've waited all week to write about it because I wanted to find words to express and define it. I'm still struggling. But I do know a couple things:
- I feel fulfilled. I feel like my time is validated and that the journey to this place has pulled together everything.
- Money is not what makes the difference. Doing what you love does.
- What makes me full in this moment in this place? being creative, getting to be part of strategy building, using all my gifts, learning new skills, making new connections and building new relationships
And, then as we planned and embarked for week 2, I spent a couple hours on Saturday morning working on my interests - passions - gifts/abilities - experiences. I'm continually amazed when I think about our lives being the sum total of all our journeys. Think about it. Who you are at this moment is a sum total of a lot of different things - failures, mistakes, successes, location moves, job changes, relationship successes and relationship breaks, hobbies tried, and experiences gained.
Spectra ministry. One of the ladies shared a painting she had done to depict the Parable of the Signs. We all walk around looking for a sign, anywhere we can see it:
Inspiration: In this parable the people asked Jesus for a sign
Oh how true that is. We, our lives, are not the summation of one moment, but the places we have been, the experiences we had while we were there, the people we met along the way and the way all of those were woven together.
I know I'm kinda known as a girl who "spews sunshine" and I'm ok with that because for the most part my world is full of overly gracious moments. I don't want this to be too far an extreme in that direction. I've had some really tough days, even in the last month. I've had terrible ugly days over the last 2 years and I'm so mad at myself that I didn't properly document them here or in my private journal. But those ugly moments need these days. A reminder that life is so much more full of good than bad. That fulfillment comes from the little things. That journeys have turns and bends that make them more enjoyable and way more beneficial. That feeling successful by feeling "full" is good. And that "BEing" is an ok place to be!
Friday, January 23, 2015
- Some great advice for my single ladies (or people who are curious what single people need to hear)!
- For my #whole30 folks or the rest of us who think...can that veggie stuff really taste good, here are some healthy eating charts.
- And for those who are still melting in the soulmate debate, I think I'm with this guy.
- Shameful or not-so shameful plug for my pal Bachelor Sean since his book, For the Right Reasons, is coming out next week. I've read an early release. Its good. Its good if you're nosy. Its good if you love The Bachelor. Its good if you are curious about the behind the scenes stuff. Its good if you are curious about a man who can turn his life around. Its good if you're in love with love. But, I really liked his list of 10 things he has learned in the first year of marriage that he dropped this week for his first anniversary - lots 'o truth and real observations from a guy who got married in his late 20s and has to live with a girl now! (we are complicated creatures...)
- And, then I loved this little gem from Constant Contact on making the most of Instagram. Of course I'm convinced since we use their email system at work and because my pal Jacqueline Wolven is always bringing it in her webinars, but they have some great resources on their YouTube channel. Who knew!
Friday, January 16, 2015
- A challenge from my friend Jacqueline about 10 Things EVERYONE (she gives a list) should do in 2015!
- I got addicted to podcasts over the holidays. Frankly, I've never been great at downloading them before I hit the road so I was determined in the last half of 2014 to master the podcast...now I'm addicted. The Serial Podcast got me to and from Dallas (don't start it if you need resolution). But this past week, during some social media research, I came across Jay Baer and Convince and Convert. I'm a believer, but the Social Pros Podcast pushed me over the edge to being a convert. Perfect for thought and those in social media, content creation, brand management, or just curious what its all about. Each week, they interview someone out there doing it and just chat about their process. For me, the people they talk to are pros because they are doing it and have figured something out, not all of it!
- Last weekend while in OKC, we celebrated one of my dear friend 39th birthday (yes, the real one, but its not like its the last time we will celebrate her 39th birthday!). We had her special celebration night at Packards in downtown OKC. Loved it. Loved the atmosphere, loved the story, loved that they locally source, loved the customer service and loved the menu. Not sure when I would get back down there, I was certain to make sure I had an experience my flavor palette would not soon forget. I was having a hard time deciding what to get because there were homemade cheese boards involved, including homemade Pimento Cheese. That just about makes any decision super easy for me (especially when the ingredients are locally sourced!)...but there were other things on the menu as well. I proposed a new menu option that would get me everything I wanted. The waiter asked and the chef obliged. I was grateful. And, in turn...I will send everyone of you their way! Worth the drive if you are in the area!
- In reference to the food suggestion above, we also had a Roasted Brussels Sprout appetizer while we were there. I'm kinda obsessed with Brussels Sprouts and theirs were cooked with cashews, Fresno chilies and bacon and then spun around in homemade caramel before they presented them to us. (yes, take a moment....) While I don't have that recipe, I do have this one for Roasted Brussels from Taste of Arkansas courtesy of The Park Wife and they have bacon too!
- I had thought about doing something similar, but my friend Talya is committing to 52 handwritten notes in 2015. Remember when used to sit down and gather cards and write out words with our fingers?
- For those who are in the social media land, curious about the analytics of said land, or just wondering if there is a way to find out anything more, I ran across something new last week. As their title says, Sumall.com is "analytics for everything". And it has proven to teach me several things about the work I do every day. And validate the work I do in my head! How effective is a hashtag...let them show you! (its really good if you are at that "evaluation" time of year...show them how awesome you are)
- Finally, if you are not doing so - follow @chateaugudanes on instagram. I fell upon this account over Christmas break and I enjoy the beautiful photos from this couple renovating a French Chateau. I rarely follow anyone on instagram that I do not know in real life, but I'm already planning a trip in my head to visit my "long lost cousin". (I very convinced she lives here!)
Monday, January 12, 2015
So I bought a necklace this weekend.
One thing I wanted for Christmas, but never really put on a list was a dainty little necklace that I could wear everyday no matter if I was dressy or casual and whether I had on other jewelry. Just a little tiny one that would nestle high in between my collar bone. They always catch my eye when I'm eating lunch with a friend.
Because I didn’t really have it on any list, I didn’t get it. But this weekend, that all changed.
I was in this cute store I love in Oklahoma City called Blue Seven. It’s a hipster’s delight, but it also has great gifts and unique pieces in all departments.
It simply says PEACE in a tiny little circle. And, that’s the exact message I want hanging on my neck!
I love wearing something that has a story and meaning beyond the usual. And sometimes you just have to give yourself something that only you understand.
It’s the exact message I want people to see when they approach me and it’s the message I constantly want to remind myself when I catch a reflection.
That the joy I want hanging around my neck is the message of peace.
A reminder in my time. A reminder to my wandering thoughts. A reminder to my time. A reminder to my joy.