Inspiration and Courage

TGIF everyone!

Today I am grateful for life and breath. A heart beat. A beautiful day in S. Texas.

As I gathered my gumption to get unstuck from a family drama, I came across this quote on Entrepreneur.com. Kathleen Davis’ column.

It was liberating, inspiring, and relatable.

Enjoy your weekend!

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Nurturing Thurs – Unbecome

Great post that I had to share as I am “un-becoming”, and realizing who I am to my mother, and why what she thinks does not define me. Thanks Becca for another great thought provoking piece.

"On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea"

10-23-14

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What is Nurturing Thursday, you ask?

In this amazingly competitive society of ours, how many of us truly feel good about ourselves? How often do we extend to ourselves … the same courtesies, considerations, nurturing, forgiveness and understanding we would a loved one, a friend, or even a stranger?

Our culture tells us we need to be special and above average to feel good about ourselves. Yet, it is not possible for all of us to be above average at the same time. Don’t we usually know of someone richer, more attractive, “more together” or successful than we are? Even if we discount the material aspects and consider…

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A blast from the past

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Professionally, I am on Linked In. I enjoy seeing client updates, industry news, and motivational stories.

I got an invitation from someone completely out of the blue. A friend from college, who asked me to never contact her again.

The details are complicated, and almost 12 years old, but she asked that I exit her life.

I did with much sorrow.

Today, I got the invitation to connect on Linked In. She has divorced and remarried, and reached out.

Do I accept?

I’m very conflicted.

She is in my thoughts and prayers continually. One of the clearest messages I ever got from the Lord was concerning her. He said that she would go through great sorrow, but that she would come back into my life again.

What would you do? I would enjoy hearing some feedback.

I don’t want to chase someone who could cut me out of their lives again….but God said something to me about her.

I just don’t know.

Hard working young man

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photo credit ZLH Iphone

My youngest boy….isn’t he handsome?  A momma can say such things about her boys.

My son recently celebrated his 3rd year on his job at Discount Tire.  What a great company to work for.  He has done well in such a fantastic business culture.

We required our boys to work if they wanted to drive, pay for their insurance and gas.  Get accustom to the fact that things cost money, and how working pays for the things you want to have in life.  I know that seems odd to many folks, but life skills can only be learned by doing, in my opinion, so we set our course and stuck to it.

He is standing in the parking lot, sweaty, face full of tire dust, and satisfied after a good day at work.  He took a little ‘selfie’.  What a ‘selfie’.  The perspective is fantastic with the clouds in the back ground.

I have to say, my young man doesn’t shirk his work, nor does he ever turn down his dad when he asks him to do the yucky job of scooping up the doggy droppings in the back yard before a bbq.  He is funny, kind, loves music and is comfortable around old folks and babies.  How did I ever get to have such a child?  It is a firm example that God is merciful to those who don’t deserve it.

I am a blessed momma.

Today I am thankful that my men are such awesome examples of good natured, humorous, hard working, faithful, loving human beings.

I am humbled and honored to be the momma.

Rare existence

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Oscar Wilde he was a character, and he certainly “lived”.

So taking some of his advice, my course for this weekend is to live, watch my attitude, and enjoy.

I hope your weekend brings you joy.

What’s the password?

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Photo credit: blameitonthevoices.com

Ah the cell phone.
Business requirement: 6 apps
Personal connection : phone numbers, pictures
Creative outlet: word press app
Recreation: all my silly games

Recently, have you noticed the number of updates?
They happen all of a sudden, and then something on your phone changes.
An application is moved, or changes faces.

This year, 2014, I challenged myself to learn something new. So I gave up my IPhone and decided to learn the Android way of communicating.

It went reasonably well. The sound quality was hit and miss. It was more difficult to download music between my ITunes, and the android app I was using. I did enjoy the photos the Galaxy 3S took, and I found that I the Galaxy 3S was easier to put down.

What I wasn’t expecting Saturday morning was a new feature after a software upgrade.

My Galaxy3s required a password. I stood looking at the screen perplexed. My business apps all require passwords to use, so I never password protected the initial screen. There is no financial apps on the phone, and I am not that interesting that I would lock my husband out of my phone. I am not a big text user, and my (make believe) boyfriend only speaks Japanese. My husband would never suspect, or understand what was being said. I am clever that way.😝

So back to this password requirement…..I had no clue. I tried my usual suspects, nothing. After the 5th failed attempt….locked out.

I contacted my carrier, and to my surprise they didn’t know why the password requirement appeared either. The only remedy they could offer was a “factory restart”.

That would mean wiping the phone clean. Fortunately, I had most of my goodies were backed up, and retrievable. But I would have to get with my IT dept immediately Monday morning to initiate the business apps so that I could work.

I got through the factory restart on Saturday, and I restored my contacts and photos. BUT! Nothing worked the way it worked before. The speaker went out, and no one could hear me. It would shut down mysteriously. By Sunday all sound was gone on the phone, no ringing, no keyboard, no speaker, nothing.

So what did I do first thing yesterday? I went and got myself an IPhone 5s. I would have had to wait 3 days for the 6 to be shipped, and I had projects due this week. Got to work, after all.

So what did all this “learning something new” teach me this year? I learned to stick with the IPhone.

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You notice that I made it out of the building before writing about it?

Today I am grateful for things that work.

Spanish wine

Of all places to pick up a reasonably priced Rioja, I was surprised that my 8.99 purchase at Costco was a treasure.

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It was bright and well balanced, not overly fruity, or rough, as some Rioja I’ve tried. A lovely medium bodied red wine disappeared between the 3 of us. The cheeky exclamation point on the cork should have given us a hint at the enthusiasm with which we enjoyed it. Definitely one of the silkiest Riojas in that price range.

It went beautifully with our surf and turf. Not too weak for the steak, not to overbearing for the lobster. I especially liked the wine with our veggies, sweet potato and roasted Brussels sprouts. We had a great midweek celebration as our oldest was home for a visit, and our youngest just had a birthday.

I am grateful for family laughter around our table, good wine, good food, and great conversation with my young men. I am a blessed woman.

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Quote from Bable.