Life Changes

In my extended absence from my blogging chair a number of things have changed in my life, thankfully all of them good. One of the accomplishments reached during my absence has been the completion of my bachelor’s degree—yay me! At the onset of that journey I intended to complete that degree and roll right into a Master’s program to obtain my advance nurse practice degree, in other words, a nurse practitioner. So as I neared the end last December I began the search for the next school. I was so excited when I walked through the doors and into the wing of the nearly new medical building of a local university for an informational session, it felt like the perfect fit. In the spring I submitted my application and went for the interview and began the waiting process.

Then the envelope finally arrived.

I put it on the counter and walked away.

I knew whatever was written on the letter was going to change my life. Getting accepted meant quitting my job, a job I loved, and going to school full-time.

I waited.

All the years of school, months of planning and I chose to wait some more.

Finally I called my husband and told him, it’s here. Of course he asked, “what would that be”, the letter of course…you know the thing that I have been planning and working toward for years, waiting all these weeks to arrive. Oh, he said, well open it.

I can’t, I told him. I know that no matter what those words say it is going to change my(our) lives.

Of course he told me to stop being ridiculous and open the letter. So I did.

Stay Tuned

Share Your World

Thanks Cee for the clever prompts that bring about some thought provoking answers.

What is your favorite time of day?

This is somewhat dependent on what day of the week it is. The early morning hours are my favorite time on Saturday and Sunday but during the work week my favorite time of day is when I climb into my most comfortable bed at the end of a long day!

What’s your favorite charitable cause and why?

I am challenged by this question as I have never thought of a “favorite” charity—I contribute to quite a few on a regular basis; The American Cancer Society, Dress for Success, World Vision, Public Radio, just to name a few. I suppose my favorite is my local church. It is here that I sow not just my tithe but I give of my time most consistently always with an eye toward expanding God’s kingdom.

How do you like to spend a rainy day?

A rainy day is a perfect excuse to waste the entire afternoon reading magazines.

When writing by hand do you prefer to use a pencil or pen?

Oh a pen for sure. I am actually quite pen picky, it needs write in black ink and needs to be a certain kind of pen, smooth roller, dark ink.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I am grateful to have returned home after a wonderful time away with family and look forward to a new week of learning new things and teaching others.

Our daughter and 2 little lovely granddaughters we were visiting.

Our daughter and 2 little lovely granddaughters we were visiting.

Street Art

 

My husband and I recently traveled to the beautiful state of Washington to visit our daughter and granddaughters who moved there last April. They live about an hour outside of Seattle so a day trip to Pike Place was in order. Just as we were arriving I read a FB post from a photographer friend of mine who recently challenged her students to shoot some snaps portraying street art, I thought this venue would offer some great snaps—I wasn’t disappointed.

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Is Letting Go an Act or an Art?

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There are so many leaves. Piles of them.
I take pleasure in their abundance.
More saints than you could ever dream of.
Each one singular. Each one itself.
Red, yellow, orange, parchment.
They sail down in the autumn air like fearless skydivers.
They are so trusting—letting go completely.
Not questioning as I do….Will it be safe?
Will I understand? Will it hurt?
……..Stalling, qualifying, questioning,
instead of releasing and taking to the air.

~Gunilla Norris
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I heard this poem several weeks ago while resting in Savasana at the end of a particularly satisfying yoga practice. The words struck a chord in my soul. I began to ask questions of myself and as so often is the case God began to place other writings into my hands to allow me to dig deeper and discover inner places that need to be surrendered into His sweet and loving hands. I suspect you, like me have ideas, hurts, fears, unfulfilled dreams that should be let go of to be made whole. I want to be like the leaves, fearless skydivers. How about you?

Come Back

Blogging is sharing, developing and stretching ourselves through the shaping of our ideas. Blogging is about the community we become a part of by allowing our lives to become entwined with another. Blogging sharpens our ideas and perhaps gives us new ones. Blogging makes us laugh and sometimes leaves a tear. Blogging is real.

So what happens when one day you wake up and wonder, “why did I stop blogging?”.

Yes, life is busy and at my blogging peak I would spend considerable time in front of the computer reading and writing…often the problem in life is the inability to put down boundaries yet when we pick up a new hobby something in life’s schedule must change or we won’t have the time and ability to develop whatever new thing has caught our eye. I liked writing and I enjoyed reading my fellow blogger’s posts. Recently I had a comment from a fellow blogger just saying hi—even though I had not sat in this chair in over a year someone I “met” in blogosphere reached out and touched me, I find this truly remarkable.

So why not come back?

I am going to make a promise to myself to sit in this chair once to twice a week and write. Share my world with others and let your world influence mine.

~Paige

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