Training

Do you find that at times in you’re life you’re much more receptive to learning than at other times?  I think we go through stages where we are more prepared to listen and learn than other times.  Perhaps when we aren’t ready it’s because we are too busy with ‘life’ to take the time to learn, even though we may want to.  Raising families can be a challenge.  Working 40+ hours a week can tax our brains and make us too tired to learn.  But there always seems to be a time when you want it……. so you make time for it.

I’ve been very blessed all my married life to not have the 9-5 grind to go to everyday.  I was able to stay home and raise my kids.  I had a couple of businesses that took up my time in a different way, but for the most part I’ve been blessed to be able to set my own schedule.

Now I have a new business that is still allowing me that same schedule.  I guess you could refer to it as ‘freedom of time’.  With that ‘freedom’… I took the opportunity to get some training for my current business this weekend.  I truly believe I am at a stage in my life when I am relishing the learning.

That being said….. it’s hard to believe that most of what I experienced this weekend would not be something that most people would have enjoyed.  I am so blessed to be involved with a company that has the most incredible leadership I have ever seen.  I can’t write fast enough when they speak.  Truly inspiring and motivating.  They inspire me to be my best and to know that what I have to offer through my business is valuable.  Very valuable.

Though this sounds a little pretentious….. one of the most valuable things they anyone could ever know about.  I am grateful for that knowledge.  Grateful for the training that helps me know the importance of my service.

I am Grateful!  How are you?

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My Bed

Ok…. So sleeping in a bed that you are not used to is NOT my favorite thing!  I’m usually ok for a few nights….but then the body starts saying….. “NO! Put me back in the bed I’m used to!”

It’s actually probably way past time for us to buy a new mattress….. but then I’d have to break a new one in!  Not sure I want to do that…. Yet.  How often should you replace your mattress, anyway?  I wish I could remember exactly what year we bought our current one.  I remember WHY we had to get a new mattress!  Do you remember those floatation water beds?  They looked like a regular bed that you used regular sheets on… but they had a water ‘bladder’ in the middle of them.  One night while we were sleeping….I woke up feeling a little wet on my back and wondered if I was ‘sweating’….  Only to realize that the bed was leaking and we were actually quite drenched…. Not just wet!!  It just happened to be my birthday…..so guess what I got for a birthday present that day!  You guessed it… a new mattress!  We’ve had our mattress ever since and I honestly don’t remember how long ago that was!  But it has become my friend…. I like sleeping in my own bed!  Hotel beds are not always the best.  Though the one we are sleeping in right now isn’t terrible…..(I’ve had worse)…. It’s still a little firm for my comfort and I miss my bed!  Today I’m grateful that I have a bed I enjoy sleeping in…. but I will have to miss it for another night!  I am Grateful!  How are you?

Meeting New Friends

Do you enjoy meeting new people?  I do.  I have had the opportunity to make new friends in all kinds of situations.

One of the ways I’ve been blessed to meet people is through my association of theater.  It’s always fun to get to know members of the cast of the show.  New personalities, new adventures…. Great times on stage!  Then the show ends!  Pooh!  Very often I never get the chance to work with those people again.  That’s a sad thing!  But at least social media has allowed me to keep in touch with many of them.

Another way that I have recently had the opportunity to meet people is through my business.  It is so rewarding getting to know others that you are working with and hearing about their lives and how their business affects their lives!  It’s so fun to spend time training together all day and being fed all that great knowledge….then turn around and go out to dinner as new friends and just enjoy learning more about each other!  I am really loving how my business is opening up the new opportunities to make new friends!  You can never have enough friends…… right?    I am Grateful!  How are you?

 

 

Conversation

It’s amazing how a 6 hour trip can seem so short when you are having a conversation with someone!  And to think that you could come up with things to talk about the whole time!

Today I am grateful for the ‘art’ of conversation.  My husband and I were on the road today and had some friends with us as passengers.  We literally spent the entire time talking.  I thought for sure we’d take some ‘snooze’ time and the car would be silent for a while….but no….. we continued talking the entire way!  AND….. I might add….. it was not just the females talking!  We were all engaged in conversation with each other.  There was even a time toward the end of the trip that it became conversation JUST between the men…. You know ‘man talk’….. cars… motorcycles… sports….   ‘man talk’…..  But most of the time it was pleasant talk between all of us.  It’s a good thing I like to talk!!  And it made me feel better about my hubby being behind the wheel the whole time….. at least the conversation didn’t make him drowsy!!  I am Grateful!  How are you?

 

Flexible co-workers

You never know what life will throw at you from day to day.  And because of that, today I am grateful for co-workers who are willing to do a little shifting around at the last minute to accommodate my schedule.

I work as a volunteer in the Jordan River Temple.  In accepting this assignment, you also accept a ‘schedule’ that is given to you to follow so you know where you are needed and when.  These schedules rotate every couple of months.  We work with different people every rotation.  This particular rotation I am in now, the ladies I am partnered with are great!   They have been so willing to switch things around between us as things come up.  Today I needed to leave early to attend a family funeral.  And…. as luck would have it…. it was my turn to rotate into a position that would require me to remain till the end of our shift.  But these Sisters lovingly switched things up with me making it so that I could get away early to get to the funeral.  As a matter of fact….it worked out so that I was actually able run home for a few minutes and take care of a few things first since my day was jam packed with things besides the funeral.  I truly appreciate their willingness to make my life easier!  I hope that I will be able to return the favor for them while we are still working together the next few weeks.  Thanks to all those wonderful volunteers that I work with (and don’t!!)  You are all awesome and will be blessed for being willing to help the Lord further His work!  I am Grateful!  How are you?

One Month down!

This may not be a very exciting topic for my blog….. but I have officially done a daily gratitude blog for one month now!!  Whoot whoot!  My reason for starting this blog was to spend a year looking at my life from an attitude of gratitude…. to stop and notice what I am grateful for.  Stop and smell the roses so to speak.

This will seem like a silly comment…… because I have SO MUCH to be grateful for…… but some days I’ve had a hard time trying to decide what to blog on!  Really?  I can’t think of what I’m grateful for????  I think part of it is that I’ve mentioned things that seem so ‘all inclusive’ that it feels like I’m repeating myself to break it down into pieces!  But that may be what you get!  I’m hoping that this exercise will bring me to a better awareness of what I’m grateful for that doesn’t qualify as ‘things’….  Almost everything I’ve blogged about has been a ‘thing’!  There is so much more to life than possessions!  (People, of course, are a different story…..)  I guess I should refer to people as ‘things’!

But I am grateful to have made it through a whole month!  (BTW… in case you are wondering….. I started this blog the end of December…. just before Christmas…..not the 1st of Jan….)  Somedays I’ve barely made it by the skin of my nose to have my blog done ‘on time’…. in fact….one day I didn’t get it done till the next day….. but I blogged twice to make up for it!!!   Sometimes its a challenge to find the time to sit down and do it.  This coming weekend will be one of those times.  But I will do my best!!  I would welcome suggestions for gratitude topics.  Even though I should be able to come up with them on my own….  a little inspiration never hurt anyone!!  My husband says he’s proud and amazed I’ve done as well as I have.  I guess that’s something to be grateful for too!!  I am Grateful!  How are you?

Historical Fiction

The world is a library!!  Really it is….. but thankfully there are very talented people that can capture some of that world in the form of literature for us all to enjoy!  So many books…. so many topics to choose from…. so many styles.

One of my favorite kinds of books to read is fiction based on history.  I love the idea of getting so wrapped up in a character while seeing that character be a part of history.  Though the characters are sometimes fictional and some of their stories may be a combination of events that happened….. it still makes learning about history fun!  Some of the more interesting historical fiction books I have read are about WWII or the early settlement and struggles of Pioneers.  It’s amazing to me sometimes how creative some people can be in coming up with a story to surround that history.  Even if the moment of history they are writing about is a short period of time….  Just to be able to ‘create’ what it may have been like for the people involved in those events must be an exhausting feat!  Or perhaps it’s so thrilling that you don’t notice you’re exhausted!  Sometimes just these little blogs exhaust my mind!  Can’t imagine writing a book!

Today I’m thankful for people with the creativity to wrap a story around historical facts with compelling characters….. so that I can learn history without even really knowing it!  What a joy!  So what are your favorite historical fiction topics?   I am Grateful!  How are you?

 

Sundays

Do you see Sunday as the start of a week or the end of a week?  According to the calendar…. Sunday is the start of a week.  I’ve always kind of considered it the end of the week.  I’m beginning to think that the idea of it starting the week might not be a bad idea!

I love Sundays.  I love the time to recharge my spirit and take a break from other things that I may do on other days.  I don’t have a problem taking time out of my Sunday to go worship.  After all….. it is HE who gave me everything…. the least I can do is take some time to say ‘thank you’ to Him by being at His house!  And I love the feeling I get while I’m there.  The music, the spoken word, the lessons and of course getting to see people that I care about!  I just wish we had more ‘visiting’ time….. but I suppose that would detract from the spirit a little too much!  Thank heavens for weekday activities that allow more time to try and catch up and mingle a little more.  We had some leaders in our other ward that liked to hold quarterly ‘linger longer’ Sundays so that we did have time to visit.  Great idea…..but not always easy for families with small children that had just sat through 3 hours of meetings!   But I love the associations that we have with one another.

I especially love Sundays when we are able to get together as a family.  It seems that those times are getting farther and farther apart!  As my children have grown and have lives and schedules of their own, it doesn’t happen as often as I’d like.  If I had my way…. it would be EVERY Sunday!!  Nothing better than family gatherings on a Sunday evening!  That makes it a great reason to say Sunday starts the week!  I am Grateful!  How are you?

Drinking Water

Wow….. H2O….this is a BIG one!  Our bodies could not survive without water!  In fact, I’m sure you are aware that our bodies are somewhere between 55% and 78% water.  That’s a lot of water!  It’s no wonder that it’s important to stay hydrated.  I’ve heard it said that you should drink a minimum of 1/2 your weight in oz. of water.  (i.e.  150 lb person should drink 75 oz of water a day)  I know I’m not as good as that as I should be!  How about you?  There are many that will argue that most other liquids don’t really count as your water intake since they are metabolized differently.   I’m not a soda pop fan, so I don’t have trouble with that statement since I don’t need to rationalize that my soda counts as water….  however…. I suppose if someone has consumed a Big Gulp in a days’ time and I’ve only had 12 oz or so of water….. they have probably hydrated themselves better than I!

I do love water.  I know a lot of people have a hard time drinking it.  Well….. I have a hard time understanding why they don’t like it!  Now…. I know that there are areas of the country where the water isn’t so tasty.  Even here in the state of Utah it varies dramatically!  I remember my cousin who lived north of me would come to our house and complain about the taste of our water (mostly because I don’t think our soft water was filtered separate from our drinking water).  But then…. I know I have been to areas south of where I live (which will remain unnamed here….) that have AWFUL tasting water!!  So the taste of water can definitely have something to do with whether or not you enjoy drinking it or not.  Doesn’t that make you grateful for water filters??  I could go on about the wonderful things water does for us, but I won’t.  If you want to look at some very interesting facts about water, check out this link to wikipedia:   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Water       Let’s just say…. that I am grateful for clean good tasting water!  Let’s all do our part to keep it that way!  I am Grateful!  How are you?

Daddy/Daughter Relationships

Daddy’s little girl……. why is there such a special connection between a Dad and his Daughter?  Though I believe that Fathers love their sons just as much….. it’s a special kind of love they feel for their daughters.

Today I witnessed a very sweet experience.  It brought so much joy to my heart!  I have the opportunity of serving my Heavenly Father in His house a couple of days a week.  In the process of serving there, I am able to be a helper on what we call a ‘session’.  A couple is chosen from the congregation to ‘witness’ the covenants made by those in attendance at that meeting.  Today the couple that they happen to asked was a Father and Daughter duo.  It was so cute to see how sweet he was to her and how excited he seemed to be to have that opportunity with his daughter.  I remember thinking to myself as they were chosen from the crowd…. “Ahhhh…. that is SO sweet!  I would have LOVED to have had that opportunity with my Father!”    During the whole meeting my heart was warmed every time they were asked to come forward and he would help her from her seat and graciously help her back to her seat.  Now bare in mind….. this gentleman was probably in his 70’s or 80’s while his daughter I suspect was probably in her 50’s or so.  And there HE is…..helping her up and down!  I had a chance to chat very briefly with the daughter at the end of the session.  I told her how much I enjoyed seeing them as the witness couple.  She noted that she felt that her Dad was missing her Mother a little that day.  I suspect that there’s  a little truth to that….. but I could also sense a deep love for his daughter….. something that I think she’d been blessed to be a part of probably since her birth.

I started thinking about the song “Soliloquy” from the musical CAROUSEL.   It’s interesting to see Billy’s character make a total switch in attitude once he realizes that he may have a daughter and not a son.  After singing about all the things he’ll teach his son…. he starts thinking about the possibility of having a girl and sings:  “You can have fun with a son……But you gotta be a father to a girl!”  Then his whole attitude turns from one of being rough and tough with a son to tender and sweet with a daugther…. “peaches and creme”.  I suspect that’s part of why Father’s and daughters have such a connection.  A Father feels VERY protective of his little angel!

Do you remember having a Daddy Daughter date with your Father?  I do.  I remember being very excited for that night.  It was a ‘big deal’.  A night hosted by my church for girls and their Dads.  I think I was around 10 yrs old when that happened.  I remember dressing up in the nicest clothes we had, going to a party at the church and getting to dance with my Daddy!  I don’t think our church sponsors those days anymore…. at least not in the same way if they do.  Special times.  I also have memories of my hubby spending some sweet time with our daughter too.  I know they have a special connection…. as they should.  Pretty sure she adores her Dad.   Aren’t we girls lucky to have special relationships with our Dad’s?  I am Grateful!   How are you?