Posts Tagged ‘Blessings’

Feb 05 2020

Big Apples & Beautiful Plants

The big apple and beautiful plant on my desk!

These past couple of weeks I have been in a bit of a funk…. Some little unexpected things happened that I let pile up and bother me. Instead of letting these incidents roll off of me and turning my focus towards the many blessings in my life I let these little disappointments and inconveniences capitalize too much of my energy.

All I have to do is look around me to how truly see blessed I am and yet at times I struggle with being content.  My negative attitude is not benefiting myself nor those who are in close proximity of me (family, friends, co-workers). In reality it is probably pretty toxic to myself and those who have to be in my presence.  While my life is not even close to being “perfect” mostly because I manage to mess it up more than I care to admit, it really isn’t bad by any means either. There are a lot of people that are going through far more challenging situations.

As I was thinking about some of these recent events, situations and incidents that got me into this little funk I was reminded of big apples and beautiful plants.  I know it sounds random, but sometimes it’s silly little objects that help bring clarity and focus to my messes of life. Often times these objects remind me of the person who thoughtfully and gave or made them for me which in return makes me smile.

My husband will randomly get me something that he knows I will enjoy.  An apple is a common fruit found in my work lunch, one day he surprised me with a very large apple as my work snack. It made me laugh because the apple was so big it barely fit in my lunch bag and ended up being part of my snack and lunch.   I love all kinds of plants and flowers, however, I have a black thumb which means it is a miracle if I keep a plant alive for a year or more (yes, I have managed to even kill a cactus….). One day he brought home an adorable potted plant for me.  I took it to work and had so many files on my desk that day that it ended up finding a home next to my monitor and in front of my main work space.  He is thoughtful and knows how to make me smile. The photo above is the day I had the big apple next to my beautiful plant. While these are just two visual examples of ways I am reminded of him and the many blessings in my life there are many more if I take a moment to look around me.

Unfortunately, there are many days when I am busy with tasks that I overlook the big apples, beautiful plants, and the many other little reminders of the multitude of blessings in my life. Some days I get sucked into tackling a variety of “to do” items or choose to focus on disappointments which tend to weigh on me instead of working hard while appreciating the positive blessings all around me.   It’s time to break out of this funk and remember who really is in control of my life.  When left up to myself I get off track, my focus is not on what truly matters in life, and I am not the easiest person to hang around.  I am ready to get back on track, anybody else ready?

A few ways to encourage us to turn our focus towards positive blessings:

  • Look – What do you see around you that makes you smile or brings are certain special person to mind?  You probably have more blessings than realize you once you take a few minutes to look around and think about it.
  • Relax – The to do list is always growing, don’t set unrealistic expectations for yourself.  You can relax every once in awhile without being considered lazy, it’s actually healthy for us.
  • Breathe – Take a few deep breaths, it helps clear your minds and relaxes your body
  • Focus – Choose to focus on the good parts of your life.  The hard times and inconveniences will come, but they do not have to monopolize all your time and energy.
  • Time – Spend quality time with family, friends, and people you love. Life really is short, make a point to invest time in people.

Here’s to a life full of many blessings!  May we always remember what’s truly important and if we forget hopefully we’ll get back on track quickly.

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Nov 01 2016

Counting My Blessings: Week In Review

Happy November!!!  Not sure how 2016 has flown by so quickly, but here we are in November already.  November is a wonderful month to reflect on the blessings that we encounter each and everyday of our lives.  Even if you are going through a tough time and you have to look a little deeper there is always something we can be thankful for throughout the day.  May this month be not only a time of reflection of the blessings in your life, but that we actively show our gratitude to people around us in our life.  Reach out to someone each day this month and genuinely thank them for something they have done that has blessed you or the positive impact they have made or the encouragement that they have been in your life.  Maybe if we make it a habit to do this for a month we’ll develop a habit of naturally looking for the blessings and taking time to say thank you to those in our lives throughout the entire year.

It was a wonderful trip to Kansas to visit my parents and extended family, but it is awesome being back home with Jake and the girls again.  They picked me up at the airport with smiles, treats, and big hugs.  Always nice being back home with the family again.  After getting me at the airport we went to dinner at TGI Friday’s.  Dinner was fun and relaxing as we shared stories about our adventures the past few days.  The girls did homework in the van that way everyone could shower and get ready for the next day as soon as we got home.

I want to be accountable to you so the following are snip-its of some of the things I am thankful for this past week.

Counting My Blessings – Week In Review:

Monday –Thankful for my Mom driving me to the airport, that my flights all went well, and that I was back with Jake and the girls at home once again.

Tuesday – Thankful for a job that allows me to travel occasionally and for co-workers who pitch in to help out while I am gone.

Wednesday – Thankful Jake and everything he does to help out around the house, and with the kids.  Enjoy having some down time and catching up at the end of our day together.

Thursday – Thankful that we got to see Karlie perform in her 1st Orchestra Concert tonight.  She did awesome!  All that practice is starting to pay off.  She just started playing too.  At the concert she was in several duets and small group performances as well as the entire orchestra.

Friday – Thankful that the girls were able to attend the Student Council Leadership Pep Rally today.  They left before school started and got back right as it ended.  They had a fun day meeting other student council members from the area, going to workshops, games, and getting to know their student council team members.  They were exhausting by the end of the day, but had a grand time.  After a long day of work followed by weekly errands with the girls after school it was wonderful to come home and smell dinner cooking and my Handsome Man in the kitchen.  He timed it perfectly by the time we had the groceries carried into the house he was ready with dinner and it was DELICIOUS!!!  Thank you Babe!

Saturday – Thankful that the girls had an opportunity to do Community Service work through their Student Council Committee today.  They scraped and repainted their school’s bases for their flag pole and light posts.  Surprisingly they did not come home completely covered in paint (only a few spots of yellow and purple).  Grateful for a chance to celebrate fall with the family, instead of dressing up and going Trick-R-Treating on Halloween the girls have chosen to do a family Halloween celebration at home – carving pumpkins, making different flavored pumpkin seeds, a special dinner, and an evening to relax and spend together as a family.

Sunday – Thankful for my family, none of us are perfect and we live in a broken world, yet we have so much to be thankful for each day and having a family as well as a place to call home isn’t something everyone has the privilege to enjoy.  Grateful for a chance to hang out with Jake, Brina, and Karlie today as well as prep as we gear up for another busy week ahead.

What are you thankful for today?  I encourage you to take the time to write down a few blessings that you have in your life today.  It will help cheer you up and turn your focus on the amazing blessings you encounter each day.

Oct 25 2016

Counting My Blessings: Week In Review

Thankful for an opportunity to go back to Kansas for a longer weekend to celebrate my Dad and Niece’s Birthdays.   I was able to catch up with a lot of family while back in Kansas.  It was nice to have that time with family.  Grateful for Jake taking care of the girls when I was away visiting family and celebrating.  My flights went smoothly and I arrived safely.

I want to be accountable to you so the following are snip-its of some of the things I am thankful for this past week.

Counting My Blessings – Week In Review:

Monday –Thankful for a job that takes the time to celebrate the special events.  Today all the staff brought in food to share and celebrate Boss’s Day, we had a lot of delicious food!  Grateful for an opportunity to work on a team with great leaders.

Tuesday – Thankful that the girls were able to have fun after school at their Volleyball Tailgating Party.  They went to the tailgating party – played games, ate dinner, and socialized with friends before going to cheer for their friends and team at the game that evening.

Wednesday – Thankful for the girls opportunity to participate in the school’s Diggers Club.  They have been working hard selling pumpkins, weeding the school gardens and grounds, putting out mulch, working in the greenhouse, and more fun activities with the club.  It is a good place to learn more about serving in their school and community as well as how to grow and maintain various grounds, plants, and more!

Thursday – Thankful for being able to fly out to Kansas to spend a long weekend with my parents.  Grateful for Jake picking up the extra kid and household duties while I was away.  My airplane flights went smoothly without too many delays and thankful for my Mom driving all the way to Wichita to pick me up at the airport.  It was nice seeing her and spending some time on the drive back to my parents house to catch up a little bit.

Friday – Thankful for time in Kansas to spend with family.  Was able to spend time with my parents, both sets of grandparents, my siblings, 6 month old niece, and more family while getting some items done with my Mom around the house.

Saturday – Thankful that I was able to be back in Kansas to celebrate my Dad’s 60th Birthday and my niece Annaliese’s 1st Birthday.  They had a wonderful turnout of family and friends.  It was great seeing so many family and friends over the evening during the birthday celebrate.  My sister in law and brother did a lot of prep work to get ready for the party and it turned out awesome.

Sunday – Thankful for a chance to attend my parents church.  It was Pastor Karg’s and his family’s last day at the church and it was good to see them, wish them well in their new adventure, and enjoy playing games & celebrating at their Goodbye Party.  Was able to eat a nice lunch with my grandparents which was good to see them more and catch up a little bit more over the meal.

What are you thankful for today?  I encourage you to take the time to write down a few blessings that you have in your life today.  It will help cheer you up and turn your focus on the amazing blessings you encounter each day.