It’s the guts that make things GOOD!

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TIME is on my side

The mama across the street sits on the steps with her little girl… practicing flash cards …and me? I can barely keep my eyes open. A smidgen feeling of guilt comes over me just for a minute as I pass by the mirror and catch the vision of myself…still in my nighties. It’s Sunday…and usually by now…I would’ve already taken the puppy out, spent time with God, posted an inspiring post on facebook, made breakfast, showered, dressed the kiddies and myself & be putting lunch together after Church. But…not today. Today…I need time to stand still. I need rest. I need I need I need I need I NEED! It’s just one of those days…when the whirlwind of busyness and overload has to be shut out and if I could…I’d spin myself into a cocoon…and not break through the web until I was ready for everyone who depends on me… ’til I was ready to give them the proper energy they need from me.

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With a full email inbox, orders, deliveries, events and my creativity all mixed in with my kids being out of school for the summer…with no real schedule… I’m realizing that there really is no allotted time for rest. Relaxing just doesn’t get penciled in on the calendar…and so I’ll just have to fit it in when I can. So…my husband sped out to find some crickets, loaded up the kiddies and our new puppy, and headed out fishing. And…for a second…I wished I was going too. But now…with the house quiet and the sun shining in through my cobweb covered windows…I’m already feeling a little rejuvenated. Maybe it’s because there’s noone here to see me doing nothing. …and maybe I need to give myself permission to just do nothing more often…even smack dab right in front of them. <;-That would feel so weird to me though! ūüėČ

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Ha! Just look at my littlest in the above picture. She can conk out anywhere…even under a table on the asphalt at a festival. I think we all should try and be like kids more. Everyday my kids awaken is another day of endless possibilities and even in the midst of all the fun …they can still manage to just zone out and recoup.

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Time alone is crucial for being able to spend enough time with yourself to face yourself. …to see yourself and all the components of your life spinning around you…permeating you. I’m thinking today about things that’ve happened to me and how I’ve reacted to those things. In every event… the times I’ve looked inward and given God room to work instead of reacting to people who’ve hurt me… those times have worked out for my good. And vice versa…when I haven’t given room for God to work…things often work out not the best for me. We all have a soul. It is who we are. It gives power to our personalities. I believe we are all perfect…if we’d just reach inside our hearts, grab the love, and throw it out to everyone in every circumstance. Of course…that’s a difficult thing to do…especially when someone does something …be in words or actions…that hurts us. I try to be better all the time…and remember that to God…we are ALL the apple of His eye. And so…I have to be careful with how I react to others…no matter what…for even if they’ve hurt me…they are still just a soul like I am… and that karma thing that I call God will take care of everything. ….if I could just learn to REST in Him and give Him room to work.

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With an over-analyzing mind like I have… I have to constantly re-focus and remember the good things. As I uncluttered my ottoman to put my feet up….my Athens Magazine fell to the floor and reminded me that while I’m feeling less than good enough today…there is at least one person who thought enough of me to include me in the cover story featuring… ‘Athens Rising Stars.’ While it seems a bit not-true to me…that I’d be thought of this way…especially that I’d be grouped with the others like Hugh Acheson and Rebecca Lang… it does perk me up a bit. I have to admit…it’s also a little embarrassing! I mean…really? a star?? Well…today, I need this little perk me up and I’ll take it! So….for this I am thankful and I am feeling better now…about doing nothing for at least a little while. Although…the sun is terribly alluring…and I might just have to take the bait and move my lazy self outside to the porch!

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So…if you too are having one of those Not-Enough-Time kinda days… re-focus and think back to all the TIME you have spent already…and give yourself a little break. …even if it’s just a few minutes. Pick up a book, your ipod, a photo album…and sit yourself down and look, listen, and reflect a bit. TIME is on your side…really. Trust me! If I could get through the last few months…and still be sorta sane…I know you can too! haha …and also, remember…we are all in this thing called life together. So…OPEN your eyes to the big picture …to the really important things. And…rest in God’s arms a bit. He loves giving hugs!

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…& if it’s raining on your day…put on some silly & make it a great day!
Love y’all,
~angie

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Patience Is A Must-Have

Have you been experiencing challenges…little weighty words said by others…rocks in life that have left your praying knees scraped up? Well…you’re not alone.

Be happy…anyway. For a rough spat in life is like potting soil for patience. Sit in your circumstance for a bit…and let your patience take root. Eventually….with faith, your patience will push up through the muck and feel the warmth of the light and sprout and bloom! And then…your innerds will be ready to face the stuff happening on the outside. If you want to know what God wants you to do, just ask Him. And remember…nothing in life is wasted. Every experience is one for learning…for growing….for enlightening….for glorifying.

I often forget who’s really in charge. I try to analyze and figure out how I can fix what’s broken. Day by day…I am getting better at just being still and practicing patience. It’s been said that patience is a virtue. I say it is a must-have! Without patience, marriages crumble…teachers can’t have a positive impact on their students, children’s spirits are broken….and without patience…the proper time needed for a person to change isn’t allowed. And for all who say people can’t change. I believe differently. When going through difficult times…if we open our eyes to what’s really at the root of it all…what God wants to say…we allow Him to rearrange the stage…and the scene of life plays out divinely. I’d rather be the link that holds souls together than the one who refuses to patiently wait, pray, and believe…and end up making a mess of the work God is busy with. So… here I am, Lord. Use me up! I’m sure there’s someone in my life He’s using to work on me too….and that is just fine. I get those God Winks all the time.

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“Of all powers, love is the most powerful because it alone can conquer that final and most impregnable stronghold which is the human heart.” ~Frederick Buechner

And…while it is unrealistic to never face people and circumstances and deal with stress and experience grief, anxiety, loss, and pain… we CAN be patient and target those not-so-fun areas of our lives with LOVE. …and like the Wilson Phillips song goes… Hold On For One More Day!

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Happyness,
~angie

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Cheer Up!

We’ve all had one of those Daniel Powter ‘Ya Had A Bad Day’ days…. but we all CAN climb up out of the dumps. We may not all climb up the same ladder to rise up out of our gloom…but all of us can find a way to build some steps out of whatever is weighing us down.

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I do a good job (I’m told) of masking over my woes. ….a trait I’m pretty glad I have as I’d rather spread joy than gloom anyway. But…I have to be honest. There are some things I’ve got going on in my world that …if I don’t renew my mind…and get my focus right on track… they can really get on my nerves! …like the bricks that cover my home. I’ve always despised brown brick. It is just boring…and is hard for me to decorate around. So…when I walked outside to find that my littlest chicklet had cutified them…well, I had to giggle! And…now…I’m thinking about encouraging her to finish the whole wall! Why not? I mean…who cares?! I sure don’t! I like a little color… Who am I kidding? I like LOTS of color…

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Just LOOK at me… Before meeting Chef Patric Bell in person the other day… I just HAD to send him a little pic of me in his favorite color… yellow. This pom pom is the first thing I could find…and I found it by tripping over it in my stairwell…one very cluttered stairwell. …cluttered with folded laundry, kids school papers, framed art waiting to be hung up….you name it. It collects there. But yay! I was looking for a way to send a little cheer across the cyber waves…and there it was! So…of course…I tweeted him the picture. He had to adore me already…right?! …and just like that…all my frustration I was feeling with my cluttered home…was like POOF! GONE! Yellow is a nice, uplifting color… hehe!

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Oh look…. There are those boring brown bricks again. ….right behind those adorable children! Yes… how could I ever stay down in the dumps when I have these three cheerful, fun, creative, loving children?? And…why are they smiling in front of those boring bricks with their arms wide open? Well…that was a BIG day for us. After five long months of living here with no grass…just hard, red clay…we got sod! …and they had just gotten home from school and were over-joyed to see the surprise of green COLOR. So yes…again… Color brings JOY!

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And then there are people that inspire me…that help keep me grounded…that remind me that no matter what…I am loved and always have been. I have a box full of letters from my grandmother. We were very close and shared our lives with each other through letters and phone calls all my adult life. She’s looking down on me now…all happy in heaven with my grandfather. And…that is a happy thought for me. When I’m feeling like my work load is too large and all woe is me like….I remember my grandmother…and how selfless she was. I have never met another person to top her generosity of time. Just remembering her and all she did during her life for everyone she came in contact with …and for me… is therapy enough for me to get up and get back to work! …with a little more pep in my step. …and look closely at her letter to me in the picture above. She was dotting her messages with smileys long before texting and the whole cyber world of messaging. Gotta love that! ūüôā

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And…then there are FRIENDS! Friends that know just the right time to call. Friends that know just the right day to treat ya to lunch. Friends that reserve tables in the very very back of one of your favorite eateries….just to be sure to create the perfect environment for ‘fixing’ the messes that have popped up. So…friends, no matter what you may be going through…I hope you all can find a little color to focus on for a minute…and if not…well, then… CREATE SOME COLOR IN YOUR LIFE! It really is true… in the long run… The good things DO out-weigh the bad. Keep on the sunny side!
And…how ironic…that on the day after a really down day…when I needed a pick-me-up… I sat down to good old-fashioned friend therapy…in front of a sign on the wall next to our special ‘secret’ table …that says: Cheer Up! Isn’t it ironic…don’t ‘cha think?!

I love my life!

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Happyness,
~angie

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Imagination

Our minds are a powerful thing. ¬†What we think, we become…and it has lots to do with our imagination. ¬†What we imagine ourselves accomplishing leads to what we actually end up doing. ¬†“Before things are manifested on the outside…they have to be conceived on the inside. ¬†That’s imagination.” ~Andrew Wommack

I love looking through pictures from the past. ¬†I’ve been known to snap lots of pictures of friends, my kids, …people I meet along the road on my sales adventures… Looking back through these pictures reminds me of how much God has blessed me. ¬†Imagination isn’t just for kids….ya know. We use our imagination as adults in many ways…from the way we plan out our day, decorate our homes, plan our meals and parties, the way we remember experiences. ¬†We all have an imagination. ¬†If we choose to focus on and ‘imagine’ negative thoughts…then we become pessimists and miss out on blessings. ¬†Personal experiences and what people say about you to you…can form a negative imagination of yourself. ¬†If you see yourself unable to accomplish things…your imagination will hinder you from the life you are meant to live. ¬†You may even imagine someone to be completely different than they really are…and in turn demolish a healthy relationship. ¬†So… Imagine the best about people and do not worry! ¬†Worry is another form of a negative imagination. ¬†Imagine yourself the way your heavenly Father sees you…and then there will be a perfect peace within you. ¬†SEE yourself happy, well, successful, LOVED. ¬†Use your imagination properly! ¬† ¬†Focus on HEART kinda things. ¬†….the things of LOVE. ¬†…the things our creator meant for us to focus on. ¬†…to glorify Him! ¬†The rest…well, it’ll diminish …covered by your happy dust. ¬†Remembering the things God has done …and being thankful to God are the proper ways to use your IMAGINATION.

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Make Me a Legend

Well…it’s another Monday! ¬†Enjoy a little snippet of inspiration to get your week started.

Just as with most things, legends are not born – they are created! ¬†Legends are not accidents – they are accomplishments. ¬†Legends don’t usually enter this world with a silver spoon in their mouth or some other kind of ¬†‘unfair’ advantage. ¬†Legendary people are gradually forged in the fires of challenge and experience. ¬†They leverage everything and make the most of seasons and moments, extracting wisdom and a skill from every good and bad happenstance. ¬†You’ll never find legends burning up their days grumbling over how life is happening to them. ¬†No way! ¬†Legends harness greatness for the perfect causes in the perfect moments, to create large and lasting change for many. ¬†There is a great need for LEGENDS. ~from the book… ‘Make Me A Legend’ by, Chuck Balsamo

Let’s ‘make the most of seasons and moments, & extract wisdom and skill from every good and bad happenstance…and not spend a day of this new week grumbling over how life is happening to us….and CREATE large and lasting change for many!’ ¬† ¬†Happy Clean Slate Day, friends!

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Chapter One-Purpose

Like Scarlett O’Hara standing in her burned mansion…where her home…her heart once lived.¬† I too find myself in ruins-not quite demolition…but a yearning to simplify my life so I¬†can¬†focus more on my purpose.¬† Everything I’ve built around me…all the pretty things…that I feel once defined me…now seem so insignificant.¬† I am beginning a new phase…finding my purpose and I know it involves my grandmother I never knew.¬† And so, today I begin…Reviving Margaret.

A good story has to have a good beginning…and I am on a mission now to uncover Margaret’s beginning.¬† For one to have been born and live and die and never be spoken of again…especially to have lived -at least in the physical -such a short life…is a tragedy.¬† I believe every life is a story.¬† We are all, as my friend Patty once told me – a link in the chain for the people God places in our path.¬† And for me to have carried with me since a young age, a desperate desire to uncover the secrets of Margaret’s life- I know this is part of my purpose…to be the link that closes the chain – the story of Margaret and the impact her story has had on my life – and when I’m finally able to decipher it all ~I hope this story will give healing, hope, happiness, closure, and an awakening of a relationship between my daddy and his dreams ~that always seem to be on hold.

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