Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
I call myself a "one word woman."
For years I followed the New Year's Resolution crowd. I wrote a list of do's and don'ts for the upcoming new year before I finished watching the lighted ball drop in New York's Times Square.
Now I'm all about one word -- that's right -- one word. 2014 will be the ninth year that I focus on one word for an entire year. Yes, I know what my word is for the upcoming year -- it's hidden in the quote in the photo at the beginning of this blog. But before I tell you what next year's word is, here's a review of my words for the past eight years:
- 2006: gratitude - I kept a gratitude journal and found my "glass half empty" attitude revolutionized.
- 2007: simplify - A severe illness turned this word into survival. I embraced simpler things in ways I never imagined.
- 2008: content - as in "be content with such things as you have." (Hebrews 13:5) I bought a lot less that year!
- 2009 & 2010: forgiveness - I had a lot to learn and unlearn about forgiveness.
- 2011: hope - A word I clung to when life hurt or when my heart ached for others who were hurting. There where times I could have asked, "Why?" Instead, I asked myself, "Are you going to abandon hope? My answer: No.
- 2012: trust - During a year of change, I faced doubting vs. trusting -- and chose to trust. I also began posting trust quotes on my Facebook page to encore myself and others.
- 2013: confidence - I feel so much stronger emotionally after keeping my heart and mind set on "not throwing away my confidence." (Hebrews 10:35-36) And yes, I continued the tradition of posting confidence quotes on my FB page.
- Be patient. Listen and wait for God repeating himself to you through His Word.
- Wait for confirmation. Sometimes God confirms a certain word -- a focus for the upcoming year -- through a song or through a book I'm reading or through conversations I have with those who know me best (family/close friends).
- Consider these 3. I always like to have 3 things for my word: a word, a Scripture verse, and some sort of visual reminder.
- Read these books: My One Word by Mike Ashcraft and One Perfect Word by Debbie Macomber.
Thursday, December 12, 2013
Soon, both Andrea and James must face the reality that God may have a far different purpose for their lives—and that five days in Skye will forever change their outlook on life and love.
I hope this piques your interest in Five Days in Skye. It's one of the best books I've read this year. And like I said earlier, reading it has whetted my appetite to see Scotland. Check out Carla's pictures of her beautiful setting here.
Comment question: Have you ever been to Skye or Scotland and if not, is it on your bucket list?
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Tuesday, December 10, 2013
- Like to plan out most aspect of their life
- Don’t work well with distractions
- Tend toward step-by-step learning
- Zero in on details rather than the overall pattern
- Like a structured environment
- Make decisions based on logic, facts, and reason
- Like to do one thing at a time
- Enjoy learning when facts and numbers are presented
- Learn best when new information is presented in sequential form
- Have only the most general of ideas of where their story is going
- They are spontaneous in how they live their life, as well as how they write
- They make decisions based on intuition and emotion
- They expect your characters to explain what they’re going to do next
- They don’t mind if the story diverges from what they expected
- They learn best when information is presented in anecdotal or story form
- Respond better to lessons that can relate to on a personal level rather an an abstract level
- Respond well to visual learning
- Can work with distractions
After reading this article I’ve decided I am definitely left brained with some right brained tendencies. By understanding how we think, we can take advantage of our strengths and plan for our weaknesses.
Thursday, December 5, 2013
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Thursday, November 21, 2013
The first chance I got, I purchased some silver polish and began polishing the black box. It wasn’t long before the black rubbed right off and exposed a beautiful silver finish. I still don’t think it’s highly valuable, but it’s a great deal more beautiful with the silver shining instead of the tarnish.
(Note: due to technical difficulties, this is not the actual box. The box I inherited is much more beautiful.)
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
I'm not talking about assembly line, cookie cutter type writing, just small ways to make your time at the computer more productive. And some of these things may only work for me.