Am I Living and Enjoying My Life’s Full Potential?

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This morning I started a new devotional reading plan on my Bible app. It is called Giving It All Away and Getting It All Back Again. Apparently, this devotional is from the book, with the same title, written by the founder and CEO of Hobby Lobby, David Green.

Right out of the gate this plan has me thinking already about how I am living my life. I am not just talking about how much I might cuss, or laughing at an inappropriate joke, or asking forgiveness for the road rage I experience from time to time. The part of my life I am thinking about is the legacy of my existence. Do I have the right frame of mind to live my life the way God intended? Happy, loving and giving.

Mr. Green broke out how we think during each stage of our lives. He states we worry about who we will marry or what type of career will we have in our twenties. In our thirties, we ask ourselves how I can grow in my career and will my kids turn out ok? I am in my late thirties, and I would have to agree with Mr. Green because those two items are very top of mind.

When we reach our forties, we start to question if the career we worked so hard for in our twenties and thirties is even the right fit. And wonder why life is so hard? The fifties we start to look backward and forward: “How has my life turned out so far, and what will I do that’s significant in the next twenty-five years?” (David Green)

By our sixties, we began to worry if our bodies will stay healthy and hold up and how often we will see our grandchildren. In the golden years of seventy, we start to look back and ask if everything we’ve done in life so far has been worth it. And more importantly, will anyone remember?

The material things we once held high are no longer relevant in our eighties. We will find our joy in the things you can’t buy.

A phone call from a friend
The touch of your spouse’s hand
A quiet walk observing God’s creation
The presence of your children
The laughter of your grandchildren
(David Green)

What struck me this morning is that the questions we should be asking at the beginning of our lives are the ones we ask at the end. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to be eighty and regret not enjoying life the way God intended. What makes it hard for me to stop and smell the roses is I am always on the go. It is hard for me just to stop and soak in all the blessings around me.

What’s Your Mojo?
How do you live your life to the fullest? Are you like me and struggle to remember to enjoy life instead of always on the go?

This Day In History……May 14th

 

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Today is a very special day for me. Why? Well, because on this day May 14th in 1607 the first permanent English settlement was established in Jamestown, VA.

Oh, and I can’t forget that on this day back in 1787 delegates gathered in Philadelphia to draw up the US constitution. And in 1948 Israel declares independence from under British administration.

Silly me, I need to mention that on this day, May 14, 1796, Edward Jenner, and English country doctor, administers the first inoculation against smallpox, using cowpox pus.

Most importantly May 14th is so special to me is because of one man. He is so funny. It’s Jerry Seinfeld. Today in 1998 the last episode of Seinfeld aired on NBC. Fun Fact: Commercials were $2 million for 30seconds.

I really can’t think of anything else important happened on this day. Wait….let me think….I know there is something else……..

I remember!!!

On this day May 14, 1973, a baby boy was born in Texas. And 44 years later, that baby is a tall, handsome, bearded hunk of man. And he is mine!

 

Happy birthday Rob. You are my best friend and partner in crime. I hope you have a wonderful birthday. XOXI.

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Snap, Crackle, Pop ~ We’re All Free

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Question, how many people still wear their Old Navy Flag shirt from 2002? LOL! Nothing screams 4th of July than that. Just one more reason I love this holiday.

Even though I don’t light off fire crackers, bake apple pie or get crazy drunk at a family barbecue anymore, doesn’t mean I don’t celebrate our Independence. I just look at this holiday a bit more maturely and my son is not a fan of fireworks. Otherwise, I would still probably be outside blowing up coffee cans.

Anywho, today is the National day of the United States. What does that mean? Well, fireworks, barbecues, parades, and family reunions of course. But have you stopped to think about the history of our freedom? It was actually July 2, 1776, during the American Revolution that the Thirteen Colonies received legal separation from Great Britain.

After receiving our freedom, Congress wrote the Declaration of Independence explaining this decision. Thomas Jefferson was the main author. It wasn’t until July 4 the document was finally approved.

It is believed that the first use of the term “Independence Day” was in 1791. And in 1938, the 4th of July became a national paid federal holiday. Thank you, President Roosevelt.

As our country has evolved, the term freedom has changed over the years. To many, freedom is all political. Freedom to vote, freedom or speech, etc. To others it’s financial. The freedom to have credit, savings and debt. Or the freedom from sin by the grace of God. And what about the freedom to dream, grow and be whoever you want to be?

This topic can get a little hairy because freedom means different things to different people. And on this day of freedom, I want to share my thoughts on the subject.

When I was a little girl, I ran free in my backyard. I had my own bedroom, food available whenever I was hungry, a bike to ride, and friends to play with. I got to go to school, watch Saturday morning cartoons, drink chocolate milk and eat ice cream. I had a Christmas tree, birthday parties and a stereo to listen to music. In my childhood days, that was freedom.

In my teenage years, freedom changed from being taken care of by my parents to exploring the world on my own. I had my own car, job and money. I got to make my own decision on what I wanted to wear, who I wanted to hang with and where I wanted to go. That was freedom.

In my early adult life, I got to vote for the first time, pay taxes, get loans, go to college, have my own house and even kids. Regardless of the hard work, it was still freedom.

Today all those freedoms above still hold true. But I can add a few more to the list. Like, the freedom to use the internet, access to medical care, worshipping in a church, and writing this post. Many across our world don’t have the right to these simple freedoms, but I do.

Freedom is far greater than just the right to act however I want. It also stands for allowing equal opportunity for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Freedom begins in the heart.

Where would we be if our founding fathers didn’t have the passion and drive within themselves to fight for a better life for their generation and the many generations to come?

 

Sadly, freedom does come with a price. We’ve all heard the phrase, “Freedom isn’t free.” And that is true. I have to thank all the military men and women who have served and lost their lives to keep mine safe. I believe, with all my heart, that our military is the best there is and they are true heroes. From the War of 1812 to the battles we are still fighting today, no one deserves honor and praise than every single soldier (past and present) fighting to keep me free. The heart and soul of a soldier has the same burning desires as our founding fathers.

On this day, I am thankful for my freedom. I am thankful for peace. I am thankful for God and country. I am not worried about terrorism, who can use what restroom, and which clown is running for President.

So whatever freedom is to you, embrace and celebrate it today. In fact, we should be celebrating it every day! And regardless if we agree on politics, religion or worldly views, we all have one thing in common that will never fade – we are Americans, we are loved by God and we are united. Let freedom ring!

Now go blow stuff up and eat apple pie. Happy 4th of July!

 

 

 

Get Ready For A Beautiful Surprise

13221662_10208455825367183_8776283273778658298_nI never knew I could care so much about the life cycle of a butterfly until it was told by first graders. Today my son was part of his first-grade play called, Becoming A Butterfly.

The play begins on a warm day in early spring. A tiny egg is laying on the leaves. Fred, the frog, is keeping guard of this little egg, keeping the birds from eating it. The birds are hungry, but Fred is persistent on allowing this egg to be left alone because something beautiful shall come from it.

Egg, caterpillar, pupa, butterfly.  

As I watch this performance, my heart was full of joy. Logan looked so cute as Fred the frog and he said his line perfectly, “Get ready for a beautiful surprise!”  To me, this little play meant more to me than the story of a butterfly. It was symbolic for how fast our children grow up.

Like Fred, when our babies are born, we want to keep them safe and sheltered. Then as they grow, we give them a little more freedom. Then before you know it, they are spreading their own wings and flying away, strong and beautiful.

The boy did an amazing job with his three lines. And he wore that frog costume with pride.  I can’t believe my little dude is going to be in second grade.

I am so honored to get to be his mommy.

My Monthly Memories: February

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February has been a crazy month. I started a new job and absolutely love it.

It is hard to believe that about a month ago I was devasted about getting laid off. And now I am learning so many new things in the HVAC industry, plus getting to use my marketing skills. It’s a total win.

I also realized that I am now in a place of employment which actually values and respects my knowledge and opinion. It has boosted my self-esteem and taken my career to a whole other level.

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Before I was laid off, I really thought I had the best job on the planet. That is why I took it so hard when I was let go. The problem with me is the people I work with become like family and it hurt not being part of that family anymore.

However, this experience made me realized when the unexpected happens it doesn’t mean the outcome will be awful. It could mean something fantastic is in store.

I am thankful for this learning experience and look forward to many years at my new job.

 

 

 

You Just Don’t Know How Far You’ve Come Until You See Where You Are Now.

I forgot to post this photo over Christmas. The picture on the left is from 2013 about a week after Mal was diagnosed. When we were at the Wichita Littlest Hero’s Christmas Event, Mallorie wanted to replicate the photo from 2013, so that is the photo on the right. Sometimes you just don’t know how far you’ve come until you can see where you are now. From a straight-haired girl to a curly young lady, we are thankful for such wonderful progress.

 

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Where’s The Happy People At?

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What is happiness? Have you ever stopped to think what being happy really means? Happy is defined as a feeling or showing pleasure or contentment.

I have days, sometimes weeks, where I seemed to lost my happy. Like misplacing a cell phone or car keys. You know you need them, but you just can’t find them. It’s frustrating.

I tend to worry a lot about stupid things. That steals my happiness. But the older I get, I have come to realize happiness is a choice. You chose to be happy. With the newness of 2016, I challenge you to find one good thing a day to be happy about. If you can’t think of one, you’re not thinking hard enough. Here are some examples.

Finding a parking space close to the door.

Not getting any bills in the mail.

Your kid got ready for school without any fuss or drama.

You hit every green light.

You got to take a warm shower.

You have toilet paper.

You heard your favorite song on the radio.

These are just some little things to help motivate your mind to think happy. I am curious  what makes you happy. Please leave a comment of what brings you happiness. My happiness today is we sat down and ate as a family at the table. That is rare in our home. So I am smiling from ear to ear. Now, it’s your turn.

Hugs!