I wasn’t going to post today.
I was going to take a break. Rest. But after hearing some inspiration this morning I’ve got this heavy on my mind and had to share with you.
It’s about joy.
Do you know what joy is? Have you experienced it? Do you feel joy now?
The problem with joy is that we have misinterpreted it in our culture today. We allow society to manipulate us into materialistic things that we think will bring us joy.
And while that may make us happy, it isn’t true joy.
True joy is something inside of us.
It can’t be bought. It can’t be watched. It can’t be mimicked.
Purpose that keeps us going. Makes us decide to wake up every morning.
Once we find our purpose, joy will come.
I know as far as myself, it’s not easy. It’s not just black and white or straightforward. But that is the formula. And once it’s reached, its a feeling that could never be bought.
I feel that life moves in too fast of motion sometimes and I want it to slow down.
Work, school, kids, extra curricular activities, and then volunteer work like me, who just had to say yes when I was asked to be president of our school P.T.S.O.
I love fall and long for it every year…hats, coats, boots, warm drinks, pumpkin patches, Halloween, warm days and cool evenings… but sometimes I do miss summer days when you could go two days in a row and not have anything planned. And somehow since its summer its okay. Because summer days are supposed to be lazy, right?
Fall days to me = fast. But I guess in some sort of way I love the hustle and bustle, since I long for this time of the year.
Every year I swear I’m going to get more organized. The house more clean. The kids in more routine (we actually do a really well job at this already)… the point is, every fall its like a mini New Year’s eve… resolutions that probably stress me out more than not. After all, the house will be dirty 10 minutes after I pick up. The kids papers will still pile, and I know there will be ones I’m not sure what to do with. And routines are fabulous, but sometimes you gotta go with the flow.
The experiences we share.
After all, the kids won’t remember that night when the dishes didn’t get done. What they will remember was that one soccer game when Mom and Dad cheered as they made their first goal.
They won’t recall the pile of laundry left on the couch. What they will recall is that time when we all rode on a hayride or found our way through a corn maze and picked out pumpkins to carve.
I have to tell myself these things everyday. In doing so I hope that I can take things one at a time and have things slow down a bit.
What do you have to remind yourself of everyday?
This 10 year old. Stuck in the middle of childhood and on the verge of growing up. Sometimes I look at her and realize that there isn’t many more years of make believe left in her. I love her imagination. Somewhere between those teenage years we loose our imaginations, our dreams. We grow up.
I don’t want her to grow up.
She is a reader. She always has been. I love that about her.
She read Anne of Green Gables. A classic. I remember reading it.
We borrowed the movies. If you haven’t seen them, they are older, slow paced, and nothing exciting. But they can let a little girl’s imagination fly into a world so vastly different than the one we have today.
She was enthralled in it. It doesn’t hurt that Anne too had bright red hair and was ‘too skinny’ as well.
Sitting there watching that movie brought back my own imagination.
I don’t want to grow up either.
Just some thoughts on life.
I have been thinking a lot lately. My mind swirls around in circles with ideas, problems, possible solutions, and dreams.
I have so many wishes of things I want to accomplish in my life – but unless I get the thoughts out of my head and onto paper nothing will become concrete.
I’m so happy with what I’ve become on my life’s journey, yet I feel that this is merely only the beginning of greater things to come, in my personal life and in this blog.
I see this blog as a window of opportunity to create a grander life from. I’ve already been blessed with some wonderful opportunities like Dinner Parties from Local Plate, Adventures from the Portland Aquarium, and Dinner Dates from In Good Taste...and I can see nothing but progress from here.
Will you join me? Will you read along as I create, simplify, and aspire to inspire while living my life?
What are you thinking about lately?
So excited! It’s finally here! But now, it’s just the beginning!
We all know her – that woman we look up to and aspire to be like. Maybe she’s your best friend who works two jobs while attending college full time, or your sister who manages to raise four kids and run her own business. Maybe you haven’t even ‘met’ your mentor, but you follow her religiously through her blog.
What makes a “WonderFul Woman”?
“WonderFul woman come in all shapes, sizes, ages, demographics. What unifies them is their passion and drive; the way we watch them creating their life in front of us that inspires us and motivates us in our own way.”
Often times these women don’t get the recognition they deserve, but continue to try their hardest day after day; they never give up.
It’s time we showed them how much we appreciate them, and acknowledge them. The WonderFul Woman Movement will do just that.Every month one woman will be selected as the Woman of the Month, and her story will be shared with all of us.
The WonderFul Woman of the Month will have her photo/link on Willamette Valley Wonder Woman’s main blog page for the entire month.
The WonderFul Woman’s story will be featured at the beginning of the month and then she will have the opportunity to have one guest post during her month of recognition. This post’s content will be entirely up to her – she can share a story, recipe, craft, – something that will inspire us.
Also, as the WonderFul Woman of the Month, she will also receive a small token of appreciation in the mail. <3
What I need:
YOU. I want you to submit your nominations directly to me. These nominations should include a detailed (2-4 paragraph) summary of your nominee to share with us, as well as the following questions to be answered:
1. In your opinion, what makes this woman so wonderful?
2. How does she go above and beyond everyday?
3. What has she done (knowingly or not) to motivate you in some way?
Submissions should include your name, contact information as well as:
Nominee’s full name
Contact information (the more the better ex, blog, website, FB, Twitter, Email….)
Please send all nominations to:
Subject: WonderFul Woman
I will do my best to respond to all submissions and will notify you if yours is selected. If your nominee is chosen you will also receive 30 days of ad space to Willamette Valley Wonder Woman Free.
This movement is made possible by you! Help keep it going!
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