this much I know is true

They say walking is therapy for the soul, and I’m starting to believe them. Who “they” are is a mystery, but I’ve read it so often lately that I have to give in and jump on board. I just got back from a 2+ mile walk on the most beautiful morning we’ve had yet this summer, and feel like everything is going to be okay.

Clarity, if you will.

It’s the most wonderful feeling after weeks of turmoil, confusion and loss. Summer does this to me every year, and I have to learn compassion for my self and the others around me. Maybe changing everything about my life isn’t the answer I need right now. Maybe learning to accept (and love) what I have at this moment, and know that God will change things when He thinks I need it is what I need right now.

Sometimes the answers are right in front of you too.

Life is so much more than work and making money. Sure, we can’t live without them, but at some point we have to make sure that the life we are living is about love rather than obligation. I know I’ve written about this before, it’s a recurring theme in my life, and yet I so easily get off the path every single year. It’s as if the fork in the road is taunting me now. Damn path.

So while I was walking I was making a mental list of things I needed to love my life…and here is what I came up with.

  • family
  • friends
  • writing (and backing it up)
  • faith
  • health
  • iPad 🙂

Half the battle is knowing what you need. Once you can figure that out, the rest is like a rollercoaster ride. Yes, there will be hills, twists and turns that feel far, far away from the path, but soon enough you will find your way back if you stick to what you love.

Work is just that… work. Don’t make it your life. And trust that you are exactly where you are supposed to be right now.

Now, head outside and go on a long walk. You’ll be glad you did…

this much I know is true

They say walking is therapy for the soul, and I’m starting to believe them. Who “they” are is a mystery, but I’ve read it so often lately that I have to give in and jump on board. I just got back from a 2+ mile walk on the most beautiful morning we’ve had yet this summer, and feel like everything is going to be okay.

Clarity, if you will.

It’s the most wonderful feeling after weeks of turmoil, confusion and loss. Summer does this to me every year, and I have to learn compassion for my self and the others around me. Maybe changing everything about my life isn’t the answer I need right now. Maybe learning to accept (and love) what I have at this moment, and know that God will change things when He thinks I need it is what I need right now.

Sometimes the answers are right in front of you too.

Life is so much more than work and making money. Sure, we can’t live without them, but at some point we have to make sure that the life we are living is about love rather than obligation. I know I’ve written about this before, it’s a recurring theme in my life, and yet I so easily get off the path every single year. It’s as if the fork in the road is taunting me now. Damn path.

So while I was walking I was making a mental list of things I needed to love my life…and here is what I came up with.

  • family
  • friends
  • writing (and backing it up)
  • faith
  • health
  • iPad 🙂

Half the battle is knowing what you need. Once you can figure that out, the rest is like a rollercoaster ride. Yes, there will be hills, twists and turns that feel far, far away from the path, but soon enough you will find your way back if you stick to what you love.

Work is just that… work. Don’t make it your life. And trust that you are exactly where you are supposed to be right now.

Now, head outside and go on a long walk. You’ll be glad you did…

Friday Reads

This blog is going to be a combination of the two things I love… writing and books. I have come to figure out that I can’t go too long without either of them in my life, and days are considerably better when I have both. For a long time I had two blogs, and now I feel like the one is a perfect picture of who I am. I still have the Bitter Party of One moments, but forgiveness is a powerful thing and I choose that.

Every Friday on Twitter, I will see post after post of what everyone is reading (this happens when you mostly follow writers) under the hashtag #fridayreads. I have always loved to see what others are reading and why. What’s a good book and which ones to pass on. I thought, what a perfect way to honor books like this. However, I’m going to post in my own way, and hopefully pass along some good books along the way.

After suffering through Laura Hillenbrand’s book, Unbroken, I needed some much needed relief. And by suffering, I mean I went through the war with her. I felt beaten, battered, and renewed at the end. The book is beautifully written, brutally honest, and filled with faith. I recommend it only to the thick skinned. It will stick with me for a while.

So back to the lightness.

I picked up a book I have been wanting to read for months, but just had never gotten. Okay, I’ll be honest, I didn’t really want to spend the money on it, but when I saw that BN Nook offered it at almost 50% discounted, I went for it. The book is Stories I Only Tell My Friends by Rob Lowe. I started it a couple days ago, and it is just what the Doctor ordered. Apparently, he’s not just a pretty face. The boy can write too.

So I will plunk myself down in a cozy chair this weekend and finish this book. It reads almost like an issue of Us Weekly. It’s a who’s who of Hollywood Royalty. I love a good story.

I hope you find yourself reading something good as well…Have a fabulous weekend!

Friday Reads

This blog is going to be a combination of the two things I love… writing and books. I have come to figure out that I can’t go too long without either of them in my life, and days are considerably better when I have both. For a long time I had two blogs, and now I feel like the one is a perfect picture of who I am. I still have the Bitter Party of One moments, but forgiveness is a powerful thing and I choose that.

Every Friday on Twitter, I will see post after post of what everyone is reading (this happens when you mostly follow writers) under the hashtag #fridayreads. I have always loved to see what others are reading and why. What’s a good book and which ones to pass on. I thought, what a perfect way to honor books like this. However, I’m going to post in my own way, and hopefully pass along some good books along the way.

After suffering through Laura Hillenbrand’s book, Unbroken, I needed some much needed relief. And by suffering, I mean I went through the war with her. I felt beaten, battered, and renewed at the end. The book is beautifully written, brutally honest, and filled with faith. I recommend it only to the thick skinned. It will stick with me for a while.

So back to the lightness.

I picked up a book I have been wanting to read for months, but just had never gotten. Okay, I’ll be honest, I didn’t really want to spend the money on it, but when I saw that BN Nook offered it at almost 50% discounted, I went for it. The book is Stories I Only Tell My Friends by Rob Lowe. I started it a couple days ago, and it is just what the Doctor ordered. Apparently, he’s not just a pretty face. The boy can write too.

So I will plunk myself down in a cozy chair this weekend and finish this book. It reads almost like an issue of Us Weekly. It’s a who’s who of Hollywood Royalty. I love a good story.

I hope you find yourself reading something good as well…Have a fabulous weekend!

Life is too short

So a few years back, Linda and I would play email tag with the topic of Life is too short to…
And we would fill in the blank. We would go about our day and when we thought of a good one we would send an email back. At one point one of us thought a book should be made, but of course that never happened.

This past week has been a Life is too short week. With the passing of an amazing dad on Father’s Day, sometimes you just have to sit back and realize why we really are here. And then you have to figure out what needs to be in your life and what doesn’t. Here is my list for today:
Life is too short to…

  • not write that book
  • be on a diet.
  • get mad at your son for deleting 2 blogs 🙁
  • read a book you don’t love
  • not see the beauty around you
  • stay in a job you hate
  • not go after what you want
  • not do something because you never have
  • think that it won’t happen to you
  • do a 30 day shred
  • watch The Bachelorette (I mean really?? Bently???)
  • get stuck in the past
  • not have a cookie… out of the oven
  • waste on things you don’t love
  • get mad at people who JUST DON’T GET IT

You get my drift. What is on your list?

Life is too short

So a few years back, Linda and I would play email tag with the topic of Life is too short to…
And we would fill in the blank. We would go about our day and when we thought of a good one we would send an email back. At one point one of us thought a book should be made, but of course that never happened.

This past week has been a Life is too short week. With the passing of an amazing dad on Father’s Day, sometimes you just have to sit back and realize why we really are here. And then you have to figure out what needs to be in your life and what doesn’t. Here is my list for today:
Life is too short to…

  • not write that book
  • be on a diet.
  • get mad at your son for deleting 2 blogs 🙁
  • read a book you don’t love
  • not see the beauty around you
  • stay in a job you hate
  • not go after what you want
  • not do something because you never have
  • think that it won’t happen to you
  • do a 30 day shred
  • watch The Bachelorette (I mean really?? Bently???)
  • get stuck in the past
  • not have a cookie… out of the oven
  • waste on things you don’t love
  • get mad at people who JUST DON’T GET IT

You get my drift. What is on your list?

Beginning again…

To say I was devastated would be an understatement.

I can’t even relate it to anything, because nothing like this has happened to me before. I know you’re thinking “who died?” (and sadly, someone did, but not because of this), so you’ll probably think I’ve gone off the deep end when you realize that I’m this upset over losing my two blogs from over at Blogspot. To me, it feels like a death.

I had the Write Away blog for 5 years and really, it’s how I found my voice. I had recently updated it to be more of a Books I’ve Read kind of site, and now it’s gone. The Words To Live By (blogspot version) had been up and running for a year now, and I was just at a point where I felt that I could share it with everyone (not just the trusted few) and had even registered it on Facebook with their networked blogs. I’m ready to share what I have to say, and more importantly, I’m not worried about what they think any longer. I loved that blog, and now that’s gone too.

I’m not sure what happened. I posted yesterday morning about, oddly enough, the book Unbroken. Ironic, I know. I’m not worried about trying something new, and actually I kind of like the change. What makes me sick to my stomach is that all my writings are gone. I am trying to get them back, but my hopes at this point are not high.

So, please bear with me as I try to muddle through the changes of getting used to a new site. I will keep writing, because at this point, I couldn’t not write. George Santayana once said “Wisdom comes by disillusionment,” and I can only hope that at the end of this drama, I’ll be wiser.

Let’s start a new road together…

Beginning again…

To say I was devastated would be an understatement.

I can’t even relate it to anything, because nothing like this has happened to me before. I know you’re thinking “who died?” (and sadly, someone did, but not because of this), so you’ll probably think I’ve gone off the deep end when you realize that I’m this upset over losing my two blogs from over at Blogspot. To me, it feels like a death.

I had the Write Away blog for 5 years and really, it’s how I found my voice. I had recently updated it to be more of a Books I’ve Read kind of site, and now it’s gone. The Words To Live By (blogspot version) had been up and running for a year now, and I was just at a point where I felt that I could share it with everyone (not just the trusted few) and had even registered it on Facebook with their networked blogs. I’m ready to share what I have to say, and more importantly, I’m not worried about what they think any longer. I loved that blog, and now that’s gone too.

I’m not sure what happened. I posted yesterday morning about, oddly enough, the book Unbroken. Ironic, I know. I’m not worried about trying something new, and actually I kind of like the change. What makes me sick to my stomach is that all my writings are gone. I am trying to get them back, but my hopes at this point are not high.

So, please bear with me as I try to muddle through the changes of getting used to a new site. I will keep writing, because at this point, I couldn’t not write. George Santayana once said “Wisdom comes by disillusionment,” and I can only hope that at the end of this drama, I’ll be wiser.

Let’s start a new road together…

Living life one page at a time.