March 18, 2014

purposefully single.

Last July, I created my 101 in 1001 list.  It's so hard for me to believe that just eight months ago, my life was turned around as I went through a breakup. During the time following I was looking for hope and the opportunity to live my life the way I had always dreamed.  To some extent, I had lost my identity. I needed something to encourage me, I needed a community to develop friendships, and I needed to refocus my energy on my family and the life I wanted to live. 

I have always loved reading blogs and many of them motivate me to keep this little space when there seems to be no inspiration to write. I had seen other bloggers with their 101 in 1001 lists and was truly inspired. As I tried to develop a list of 101 things...I struggled.  I had forgotten about the little things in life that made me happy. I didn't know how to make myself a stronger woman when I felt so broken inside.

Developing my 101 in 1001 list gave me reminded me that life isn't just worth living, it is meant to be fun and exciting, full of happiness and joy. Some of my goals have been life long bucket list items while others were created to help me become a stronger woman...something that I so desperately needed. 

One of my goals was to be purposefully single for at least 3 months. Creating this list was spurred by the breakup and was something that had been on my heart during that time of my life.  It had been several years since I was truly single. I wanted to focus on my relationship with the Lord, finding ways to serve Him while I was waiting.  

The past nine months of my life have been filled with utter joy and happiness. There were some struggles...but my life isn't perfect and never will be. The tough moments were overcome by the overflowing of good memories.  I have found a church family that encourages me in my walk with Christ.  I have found several ladies that fill my heart with with wisdom, love, and laughter.  I have re-kindled friendships, found happiness in the littlest things, and have been places I never thought I would go. 

When I look back on the past nine months, I have seen growth and progression.  I feel independence and freedom. I look around and feel so incredibly blessed with my life. These moments are some that I will never forget...some that have changed my life and some that have brought me back to my roots. It's been a beautiful healing process, that's for sure.

Another 101 in 1001 goal completed!

 5. Be purposefully single for 3 months (3/3)  DONE! (03/18/2014) 

March 14, 2014

high five for friday.

Y'all, I couldn't ask for a better blessed life than the one I am living right now. What makes it even better is that it's Friday and I have plans with a wonderful person this evening!

Anyways...on to the good stuff. 

1. Last week I had the opportunity to travel for work.  Cheminova works in both the crop and non-crop sides of the agriculture industry, so I spent some time in mosquito control.  I was blessed to learn a lot from some of the best in the industry. We stayed at a lovely resort off the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland.  Even though there was lots of snow, it was one of the most breathtaking views.

2. I had one of the best po' boys I have ever had in my life.  A catfish po' boy with sweet potato fries was the last meal I ate in Maryland...and was good.

3. On our way back to the airport, we stopped in Annapolis to explore the city a little bit.  Next time, I plan on taking a little more time to explore the Naval Academy.  It looks like a beautiful campus with so much rich history!

4. We were super close to Delaware, so we crossed the line and ate some supper just to say I had been to Delaware!

5.We went to this really cool ice cream joint called Annapolis Ice Cream Company.  Not only did they have amazing ice cream (I had oatmeal raisin cookie), but we were able to decorate a plastic spoon.  They had thousands of spoons hung up on the walls which made it really fun to see where everyone was from.  

 Did you do anything exciting this week? 

March 12, 2014

take it easy...take it easy.

Ummm...where did February go? 

A couple of weeks ago was a rough week in the office.  We are at the beginning of our busy season (which is great!) but, by the end of most weeks I feel like many of us need someone to drag our tired and exhausted bodies out of the office. One of my co-workers and great friend had been wanting to see the Eagles for months.  We looked at tickets at the end of last year and realized that we just couldn't justify spending $300- $600 to see the Eagles, no matter how amazing they were speculated to be.

Well, that Friday morning we glanced at ticket prices again and saw that we were able to get lower level tickets for about $100.  Still pricey for a concert ticket, but it was the Eagles and a once in a lifetime we bit the bullet and purchased five tickets.  Four co-workers and a great friend of mine spent Friday night "Taking it Easy" and living that "Peaceful Easy Feeling". The concert was some of the best $100 I had spent in a long time...we sang, and danced, and just soaked up every minute of the night. I think it was one of the best concerts I have ever seen.

Well, not but a week later, my friend Genia and I had plans to see Casting Crowns in concert.  I have been a huge Casting Crowns fan for almost 10 years and love going to their concerts.  They always put on a great show but an even better time of worship.  They played for about three and a half hours and by the end of the night, my voice was gone.  I can't imagine traveling around the country and singing every single night like they's pretty amazing.  

Both of the concerts were followed up by visits to one of my favorite fast-food joints: Cookout. Good music, great friends, fun nights and a trip to cookout for two weekends in a row has made my life a little crazy, but pretty enjoyable! I seem to see concerts in concentrated periods of time...just last October I went to Chris Tomlin and Joe Nichols.

What is the best concert you have ever been to?