Good morning world. It’s Wednesday here in the Northwest part of the US. I am headed out to work, it’s been over a month now in this new position and I am enjoying the challenges and new schedule. I have found when you love the schedule that you create you can enjoy your life on a whole new level. A balanced life allows me to serve my family, partner, children and all those around me so much better.
Summer is so great having all the kids home. The first summer of 4 kids in the house (at times; with the one home from college bouncing around). Having multiple days off now allows for so much more rest and family fun.
Life can be exciting ride; if you focus on the joy and love rather than the struggles. My thoughts today as I tackle my last work day for the week are all about how to enjoy all the chaos life can bring. I am someone who prefers quiet to noise; with 4 kids that can be a challenge. I prefer neat and order; again that can be a hard to come by with numerous feet about; you should see the shoe pile! I like my alone time; you can imagine how much of that I am getting with summer vacation in full swing. But what I am choosing to focus on instead of the things I might “prefer” are the things I love.
I love having a partner who understands me and my idiosyncrasies. Who is home every night, there every morning; who shares all the joys and hardships with me. Having the right partner in life makes a world of difference in how you tackle family life. Being part of a fabulous team is one of my greatest joys these days. I am reminded of a bible phrase I learned as a kid;
“Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up!” Ecclesiastes 4:9-10
I love hearing the kids laugh and play and work together. The noise can get to me as I must have some of the most sensitive ears around which can be a source of frustration. But when I focus on how they all get along (sometimes a challenge with blended families) how they all work together and how much we laugh, the noise doesn’t seem as overwhelming.
I love having fun as a couple and a family. There is a shift inside when you sit back and examine the good. I have been known to say; quite often “like a magnifying glass, what you choose to focus on will become larger and more magnified.“ The more I hold that looking glass over the joys of this life, the more they show up.
This wordy girl loves her life everyday. No matter the struggles, tears, or frustrations. The love, laughter and joys are in more abundance than ever before. Life is good.
I know that I talk about joy often these days. This blog began as an outlet for a very sad and difficult season of my life. As a way to help others that may also be recovering from an abusive relationship. To help those who struggle with finding the good amidst the hard and to help us all feel less alone. As my life has shifted to a new season, my focus has also changed. I want to share more of the joys of life. To focus on encouragement and hope. To continue to offer ways of finding contentment and peace throughout this busy life of family, career and relationships.
I hope to bring you more updates. To write more often. To encourage you in this journey of life. NEVER GIVE UP! The road always bends and twists and can take you some amazing places if you stay the course. Keep working towards the best you. When you lift your head each day, choose to focus on just one thing that can bring you joy today.
I hope that you find something beautiful to focus on today.
Till next time.