Tuesday, March 31, 2015

A-Z Blogging Challenge: Theme Reveal!

So the A-Z Blogging Challenge (2015 version!) officially kicks off tomorrow. I hope you're as psyched about what the month will bring as I am! It's a great chance to get creative, write to a theme (or on random topics as long as they're from A-Z), meet new bloggy friends, and build your own readership. What's not to like?

For the first year ever, I've actually gotten my work done ahead of time, which means I can spend less time blogging and more time visiting. Yay, me!

My topic this year - tum-tum-de-dum! - is simplicity, aka living with less, as per my 'word for the year', which I revealed in January. If this is something you're striving for as well, I hope you'll stick with me (and with the process!) and learn a thing or two. Please feel free to share what you're learning on this topic as well; I'm sure I still have volumes to glean, and it's by no means a one-way street.

Looking forward to reading your thoughts and comments on my posts and to visiting your blogs. Happy April; Happy A-Z!

Monday, March 30, 2015


Today I am over at Inscribe where this month's theme was to share our 'eureka' moment. When did we know we wanted to be writers? Was there a moment, or did we always know?

I've shared my story on Inscribe before, but if you missed it or want to read it again, here is a slightly abbreviated version.

Please share your own story in the comments!

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Check-in Sunday

The batteries in our digital scale died last Saturday, so I wasn't able to weigh myself daily as I had previously been doing. The batteries weren't replaced until Friday and I was a bit worried about what number I would see. As it turned out, I managed to maintain my weight, but not drop it. This means at present I have just over a pound to lose every 10 days for the next 33.

I've been reading Gretchen Rubin's Better Than Before, a book on habits. In the section on 'monitoring', she cites a study that reported that 'dieters who kept a food journal six or seven days a week lost twice as much weight as people who did so once a week or not at all.' Further along, she says 'current research suggests that weighing each day...is associated with losing weight and keeping it off.' So my food tracking last week and my usual habit of weighing daily are probably very helpful components of any success I've achieved to date.

Interestingly, Gretchen also notes that 'people weigh their highest on Sunday; their lowest, on Friday morning.' Supposing this is true, from now on I'll be using my Friday morning weight as the achievement (or failure) of the week. I didn't bother to track my intake this week, so I will try to do that again as well.

Hope all of you are staying healthy. Soon we will be able to be more active outdoors. Spring temperatures are just around the corner!


Friday, March 27, 2015

Five Minute Friday: break

Today's five minute free-write is based on the prompt-word 'break'.

Ready, set, here we go!

My husband and I are surely due for a break. The last year and half have been consumed with the challenges of life and people and problems. I don't know if it's because I decided to do the 'word of the year' last year and my word was 'trust' or just because of the nature of life, but it's been pretty stressful. Even though we do trust and we have experienced God's provision in the midst of these times and we know that the plans He has for us are good, we could still use a break. Jesus used to take breaks when the needs of the people became too much and they pressed in on Him. He would go away with his disciples (so they could be witnesses) and go away by Himself to fill up His tank with more of the Father's resources. That's what we need. Our tanks are somewhat depleted and we need to refill. 

We are actually getting a break pretty soon. We'll be going to a few places in the southwestern States, enjoying the beauty of God's creation, communing with nature and enjoying one another's company. We did something like this last year and really felt restored and revived by the time we got back. Unfortunately, it didn't last too long, so my new plan is this: since I'm buying hiking shoes anyway, I might as well maximize their use by taking day hikes when I get home. How's that for a break?


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

You've Got to See This!

At our small group meeting last week, we watched parts of The Harbinger, Decoded. If you watch the film, it will blow you away. Here is the trailer for book and documentary:

Monday, March 23, 2015

Busy Week

Not sure how much I'll be blogging this week, though I'll be back for Five Minute Friday for sure. My week looks like this:

Today - 1.5 hour drive to and from my aunt's to pick up my mom and bring her back to our house. Errands along the way. Song-writing group tonight. Don't want to miss since vocal coach/lyricist will be joining us for learning opportunity.

Tomorrow - hour drive to and from my dentist's for bi-annual visit, plus mom to her cardiologist.

Wednesday - daughter has doctor's appointment in a.m., I work in the afternoon, we have a workshop on wills after work and in the evening I'm going to a writers' workshop

Thursday - work in the morning, pick up kids in my carpool, take car for oil change/ transfer of winter tires for summer ones, make meal for bereaved family, Bible study group in the evening

Friday - take mom to the bank for appointment, work in the afternoon, collapse in the evening

Saturday - church leadership breakfast (I'm head of the creative writing team), housework all afternoon, see a student play in the evening

Doesn't look like much when you spell it all out like that, does it? ;) Guess I better bust a move. Hope your week allows for more freedom than mine!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Check-in Sunday

I'll make up for last week's lengthy post by being extremely brief this morning. Things have gone really well since I last wrote, even though I suffer from...erm...regularity issues from time to time and this has been one of those weeks. Even so, I now only need to lose 2.8 pounds to reach my goal and 39 days in which to achieve it. This means only half a pound per week. Easy-peasy. I hope.

Cutting back on the morning carbs and bedtime snacks, and on the sweets, really helped.

How are things going for you?