What are you doing with your life?

Each of us was born into this life without an agenda, a script or predetermined directions. There are infinite possibilities open to us. No two people have the same pathway; just as no two people have the same fingerprints. In fact, in the entire history of the world no other person has lived your life. […]

via Tell Me, What Is It You Plan to Do With Your One Wild and Precious Life? – Mary Oliver — The Seeds 4 Life

Today, I came across the blog entry above and really liked it, so I decided to share it here on my blog. Please click on the link to read to read it. Hopefully, it will make you stop and ponder the direction your life is heading. If you are where you want to be, are you fully embracing each day and enjoying it? If you find yourself wanting something different, maybe it’s time for you to change the path you are on and go write a new chapter to the story of your life. Either way, life is too short and precious to be unhappy and miserable, so I hope you choose to enjoy each and every day that you are alive. 🙂

New Year, New Goals

Well, hello there! 🙂

You haven’t heard from me in quite awhile, but I am still here and have been living a full and BIG Life since I last posted way back in October 2015. I am working on a few blog posts that will catch everyone up to this current year, but they’re not quite ready for publication yet.

Until then, I wanted to let you know that I have a new goal for 2017 and that is to publish something on my blog at least once per month. Yeah, I know…I leave everyone hanging for nearly 15 months and then expect that I can jump right into monthly posts. A minimum of 12 posts in 2017. Okay, as I type that, it does look a little intimidating, however, I am committing to this goal 100%. This goal will definitely push me out of my comfort zone. I may need to squeeze in a post on the last day of the month (such as today), or I might surprise all of you, and myself, and publish something in the middle of the month. Who knows? I guess everyone will have to keep an eye out for new content popping up here at any time. I have words and photos and I’m not afraid to use them! 😉

As the first month of 2017 comes to a close, I am wondering if any of you have goals for this year that will push you beyond the edges of your comfort zones? If you do, please put them in the comments and we can check in on one another as the year progresses to see how we’re doing.

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Being Intentional About Happiness

Dang! The last time I updated this blog was on September 21, 2014. How can 13 months and 6 days go by so quickly? Hmm…I know! 1) Have a husband start traveling internationally for work. 2) Find out his “temporary” international job is becoming permanent and that he and I will be moving. 3) Try and hold down the fort at home while husband is working abroad and I prepare for our move. 4) Our oldest son left for Basic Training at the end of the summer. 5) Just today, I was with our youngest son as he signed up to begin classes in January for welding at a technical school. Yep, that will surely make the days fly by in a blur!

When life seems to be a bit stressful or weighing down on me, I need to be intentional about finding something good in the situation, something that I can be grateful about, and it helps me refocus my perspective. For example, in the list of what I mentioned above, here’s what I’ve found in each situation that makes me happy/thankful/grateful: 1) I am so thankful for Skype and FaceTime as they help me and the boys stay connected to my husband/their dad while he’s abroad. 2) Hubby and I get to have an amazing adventure living abroad for awhile. Come visit us! 3) The boys and I have learned to work together well as a team and we all pitch in whenever something needs to be taken care of to get the job done. 4) I am so proud of our oldest son’s strength and determination in wanting to serve our country and he is developing his leadership skills. 5) I’m so excited that our youngest son will be beginning a career that he enjoys, he excels at, and it can take him far in life.

See? Being happy is a choice! Let go of what weighs you down and shift your perspective to something positive. You will find that your attitude and outlook on life will benefit from this small change in your thoughts.

I want to hear from you! Have you already tried something like this in your life? Did you find that it improved your attitude? If you haven’t done this, is it something that you would consider trying?