Inspire 2015

It’s been so long that I almost forgot how to log on to the blog.

Life has been THAT insane.

2015 started off with a quiet bang. I was getting settled into my new town, a new career as a real estate agent, and trying on my One Word for size.

My One Word for 2015

My One Word for 2015

WOW. I had no idea where Inspire would take me. I spent my 2015 New Year’s Day cutting and glueing my dreams on a piece of poster board. I prayed, I set goals, and I dared to dream a little bigger than I ever have in my whole life.

I imagined a life where my family would be out of debt and we would be settled into a home. I also spent the day holed up setting some pretty crazy professional goals.

Twelve months later….

Check, check, and check.

I still can’t believe it. 2015 has certainly been inspiring.

Some would say it was freak luck, the stars were just aligned, or just that my bad patch had run it’s course.

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One Word 2015

I’m tired of heavy, nose to the grindstone one words. The last three years all of my words, while they were exactly what I needed at the time, honestly they were exhausting.

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Steward in 2011 took great deal of focus and leadership.

Determined in 2012 gave me strength and vision and took me to places personally and physically I thought I would never reach.

Reborn in 2014 grew me spiritually and helped me realize who I truly am meant to be.

This year, I wanted a word that was a little loftier. A word that resonated with my soul. A word that held responsibility and accountability, but also allowed for fun and playfulness.

So here it is. She sits in all her beauty and creative energy.

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Breath Before Spring

Springtime in the Rockies. I really do hate this term. It is usually used to describe the crazy winter weather we get in March and April. You know the go home Colorado you’re drunk snow?

We are having that kind of day today. I’m done with snow. I know I shouldn’t be. I signed up for this trip and it’s part of the fun of living here. I really want to update everyone on how things are going for us in Estes Park, but that will have to come in the next few posts. Instead today, I’m sharing this…

From the Back Deck April 13, 2014

This is the view from our deck today. I’m not kidding. We now live in a postcard. But even though it is beautiful, I still long for warmer weather. Soon.

So I’m really going to put myself out there and share this with you friends. A little poem I wrote exactly a year ago. Evidently it snowed a year ago in Colorado Springs and I was wishing for spring there as well.

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The Name I Don’t Mind Being Called~ Storyteller

I’ve been affirmed by some close peeps lately. The ones that I have found that I am brave enough to say what if to and not worry about what they will think. I eat up their words of encouragement like my puppy Monroe waiting patiently for me to drop meat when I cook. I also know that if my what if sounded lame, they would tell me. It makes their words even sweeter.

Heart

When I was a little girl, if my Grandma Freda called me a storyteller, it was usually a bad thing. It usually meant I was telling a fib.

Today, I’m not ashamed to say my heart grows inside my chest every time I hear the words:

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Gaining Ground Is Inspiring And I’m Giving Away Two Copies

Inspiration for work can hit you in the most unlikely places.

Times of rest, reading, long walks taken away from my actual place of employment have helped me over the years to problem solve. It is uncanny how I almost always have to get away from work to get my head around tough issues and get clarity. Recently, I found inspiration for my work through a surprising source.

I found inspiration for what we do for families at Family Life Services through book about farming. Yes, farming.

Gaining Ground

You see I have this 4-H friend from back in the day that just happens to be a agricultural super hero. I’m not exaggerating. Forrest Pritchard, of Smith Meadows in Virginia is one amazing guy. Over the last 17 years while most of my friends were getting business degrees and moving to suburbia land, he was busy saving his family’s farm and becoming a national advocate for sustainable farming.

A year ago, when our family quit Mickey D’s and actually started eating real food, I was introduced to a foreign world. The farmer’s market. I even wrote a post on being a Farmer’s Market Virgin. My husband and I reconnected through Facebook with Forrest and his witty blog. Forrest was able to chime in and give us some sound advice for shopping local. A year later, he has written a book.

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Be Determined to Make a New Friend in 2013

I received a new gift in the mail this weekend.

When I ripped open the package this was what was in it…

Determined

In honor of my One Word for 2013, she told me she saw it and had to get it for me.

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The Week Between

This week is my favorite of the whole year—this week between Christmas and New Years Day.

Christmas Advent

The week I clean the house, fix hot meals, slow down to actually think.

The week that I journal, and dream up new book ideas that I will not write and watch movies with my kids. I also tend to work out like a mad woman because I ate too much on Christmas.

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What Are You Going to Do About It Today?

Our communities are going through hell.

Being a parent, spouse, employee and citizen has taken on a new demand for our level of engagement.

Watching the news this weekend, I just kept thinking what am I going to do about it?

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A Stewardship Challenge

My Journey

Many of you know that our family has been on an amazing journey since January when my husband got this crazy idea to get healthy. I thought it was going to be all him. Looking back, I too needed to make some personal changes.

It has not always been easy. At the beginning of the year when I chose my one word for 2012 as Steward, I had no idea that this concept would permeate everything.

Work and Family.

How silly of me.

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Never Give Up!

This Saturday abide with these inspired words from Paul:

We know that God, who raised the Lord Jesus, will also raise us with Jesus and present us to himself together with you. (Now that is abiding friends!)

All of this is for your benefit. And as God’s grace reaches more and more people, there will be great thanksgiving, and God will recieve more and more glory. That is why we never give up. Through our bodies are dying, or spirits are being renewed every day.  ~2 Corinthians 4:14-16 NLT

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