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Daily Prompt

Write a new post in response to today’s one-word prompt.

I have made no qualms about the fact that I plan to hike the Appalachian Trail.  After about 20 years of telling myself that I could never do it, I have finally said, I CAN. The decision was not easy, or entered into lightly.  It is a 5-6 month commitment away from family, job, and a normal life, walking roughly 2, 168 miles from Georgia to Maine, with all your belongings on your back. Continue reading

Life Is Just So Daily!

dailyYesterday was one of those days where I wish I had just stayed in bed. Surely you know the day I am talking about.

You get up late. You go downstairs to fix a cup of coffee only to find that you forgot to pick up any yesterday on your way home.


You hop in the shower only to have the power go out.


Off to work you go with your hair sopping wet and it is 30 degrees outside and snowing. You looked like you slept in your clothes because you were to lazy to iron them the night before, and with the power out this morning you just ran out of luck.


Once you get on your way, you decide that there is NO way are you going to  make it through the day without coffee. A pit stop at Dunkins it is. Upon pulling into Dunkin you notice there are 10 cars in the drive thru and no one in the lobby. You are short on time, so you wisely make the decision to go inside to get your caffeine fix. However, your least favorite cashier is working the counter today. You know, the GRUMPY one whom you are pretty sure spits in your coffee each morning. Today she takes great pleasure in taking your order and giving it to the “new kid” to fix. What should have been a 2-3 minute stop has now turned into 15 minutes. How hard is it to pour a cup of coffee!!!!????   As you grab your Joe and head out the door you notice the drive-thru is now empty.

Of course it is.

You now have 5 minutes to make the rest of your 8 minute commute to work. As you pour on the speed you get stopped by the first red light. Then the second. Finally the third.


Somehow you make it to work on time. As you grab all your crap to head inside you realize the front door to the office is still locked. No problem. You have a key. Of course you are too lazy to lay everything down, so juggle all the junk into one hand to unlock the door. In doing so, you realize you forgot all about the coffee in your hand and it falls to the ground in a violent rage. You now have no coffee, because it is now on the wrinkled white shirt you are wearing.


You drag your wrinkled and now coffee stained self inside the door and to your desk. Once situated, you begin looking through your emails. At first you don’t see any and you think your day is starting to look up, until you realize you aren’t connected to the server. Once connected you have 120 screaming emails that all need to be answered 5 minutes ago.


You make it to lunch, only to discover that in the chaos of the morning you didn’t make it to the office with the lunch you prepared the night before. You panic and rummage through your desk and thankfully find a pack of pop tarts that you are pretty sure you brought with you on your first day almost 2 years ago.

Oh well, gotta eat.

5 pm finally comes and you can’t get out the door fast enough. You are hungry, cranky, and stinky from the coffee you’ve been wearing all day. You make your way home to get ready for your Zumba class.  You begrudgingly make your way to class, only to discover you not only shake your booty, but you also shake out three dryer sheets that had someway attached themselves to your leggings.

At this point, WHO CARES?!?!?!

FINALLY you go home. Exhausted. Hungry, and now leaking the smells of coffee and sweat combined. You shower, and place your sad, tired body in the bed. Before you drift off you remember you didn’t by any coffee today, so you’ll have to make it to Dunkin again in the am. You didn’t iron your clothes for tomorrow either, but you should be ok. You’ll have plenty of time to do all that tomorrow.

I mean, what could possibly go wrong.

Just another typical Thursday y’all.  Can I get an AMEN?


The Lost Art of Conversing

Daily Prompt
Counting Voices

A lively group discussion, an intimate tête-à-tête, an inner monologue — in your view, when it comes to a good conversation, what’s the ideal number of people?

“I fear the day that technology will surpass our human interaction. The world will have a generation of idiots.” Albert Einstein

Sometimes I believe that Albert Einstein had a look into the future.  Did he know that someday, the very devices that were created to make life easier and more knowledgeable, would instead make us socially awkward?

I love conversation. I love to converse one on one where you can get really real with people, and I love to converse in a group setting, where I can hear different ideas and views different from my own. There is such power in conversation, but I am afraid it has become a lost art.

As you may know by now, I am a highly extroverted individual.  I LOVE being social. Sometimes, I know people wonder if my mouth has an off switch! While I love to talk, I also love to listen. In having the perfect conversation, you have to know how to do both.  I admit that sometimes though, I am a little like Lucy in the cartoon below.

Sadly though our society is becoming a group of individuals who find conversation awkward, or boring.



We are now a society crippled by the very technology we believe makes our lives better.  We text instead of call, Snap Chat instead of chit chat, Tweet instead of talk.

Recently I went to dinner with a friend. While we were totally engrossed in conversation, I looked throughout the restaurant and saw couples sitting in silence as they were fixated on their mobile devices. Children played on iPads, and iPhones instead of being engaged in conversation with their families.

Even our shopping keeps us from being social. No longer do you need to bother speaking with the cashier at the register, you can do all your shopping online and avoid all human contact. And some restaurants have kiosks where you can order your food without having to make eye contact with a human.

Eventually we become so comfortable behind these devices that we come out from behind them, we almost panic. It takes effort to hold a “REAL” conversation.

So let me challenge you.. just for the rest of the day, put down your phone, iPad, tablet, or get your nose out of your computer. Have a REAL conversation with someone. You may be surprised what you’ll find once you bring your eyes up from the screen.

Forever Together

Daily Prompt
Pace Oddity

If you could slow down an action that usually zooms by, or speed up an event that normally drags on, which would you choose, and why?

The possibilities are endless if I had the power to do such things.

Hurry up paydays. Slow down wrinkles.  Winter would come and go in a blink.

However, there is only once clear cut answer to the posed question. It can be answered with the picture below.

This is my fur baby Ellie. For the past 13 years she has been my constant companion, best friend, entertainer, person trainer, biggest fan, and biggest joy.  If I had the power, I would slow down time, so Ellie and I could experience so much more of this life together.

I was never meant to have a dog. I am lazy, selfish, busy, and did I mention lazy? However, 13 years ago, I got the idea in my head, that I would be a noble human and rescue a shelter dog. If it didn’t work out, I could always pawn it off on one of my animal loving friends.

However, God knew I needed to love something more then myself. The tables were turned that cold day in February when I walked out the shelter with this lump of personality and fur.  See, I was the real one rescued that day.

I am totally unaware of when it happened, but suddenly this sassy bundle of energy and love had weaseled her way into  my bed, my Christmas card pictures, and my heart. I was officially a Dog mom.

It’s funny that what started out as a random, totally bad idea, ended up being my saving grace. Oddly enough, I don’t remember much of life before Ellie. Right from the start it was like she had always been there.

Life with my Ellie has been an adventure. She has the same crazy, fun loving personality that I have, so each day is a total laugh.

She has taught me to live life, and not let it pass me by. Who wants to stay in the house when there is this great big world to go explore?

There is still so much of this world to see and experience, but time is no longer our friend. Ellie is no longer a young pup. She is much slower now, and often likes to nap her days away. I know that she had I have limited time together, and sometimes that thought is more then I can bear.

If time would slow down, and my Ellie could spend another 13 years with me, I’d take it. There is still much to see and do. I know that eventually I am going to have to experience things on my own. That is scary and unimaginable for me. Ellie B has shared so much with me, I can’t imagine continuing on with out her by my side.

I know however, that Ellie will not want me to revert back to the sad individual I was before she came along. I promise her that I will continue living life to the fullest, just like she has.


Oh if time could just slow down. But it can’t and it won’t. So Ellie and I will continue to live life to the very fullest TOGETHER while we still can.


You Go Girl!

Daily Prompt
Pat on the Back

Tell someone you’re proud of just how proud you are.

I have been sitting for what seems like hours staring at a blank screen. This prompt really should not be that hard to answer. I have so many I am proud of:

My mother, who raised two daughter totally on her own with VERY little.

My sister, who has defied all the odds and is a local ultra running hero here in our small town. Continue reading

Well, Ain’t I Something!

Daily Prompt
Toot Your Horn

Most of us are excellent at being self-deprecating, and are not so good at the opposite. Tell us your favorite thing about yourself.

Life is hard. At times it can down right brutal. There are days when I would rather not even stick my head out the front door. However, I wake up, pour my cup of coffee, get myself ready for the day, look in the mirror, and repeat the statement below before walking out the door:

Now it is not said in a conceited or vain way. If you know me at all, you know nothing could be further from the truth. It is stated as more of a game day pump up. Imagine the Rocky theme playing in the background as I say it to myself each morning. (Not that I have ever done that or anything…….) I gotta be ready for whatever comes my way, so I better pump myself up!

If there is one trait I have that I value the most, it is that I can find the humor in everything….usually at my own expense. Life is WAY too short to be serious all the time. Crap is going to happen to you. You ARE going to do stupid stuff (like getting your hair caught in a comb because you wanted to see how many times you could wind it around it….. just don’t ask.

Or maybe, you see this really cute hair curling idea on Pintrest that is supposed to be fool proof, and make you gorgeous for Easter. However, you ended up looking more like Ronald McDonald.

Perhaps there was the time you were off to a fun outing outdoors, and you can’t find one of the 15 pairs of sunglasses you own, so you have to wear the bug eyed ones like your mom wore in the 70’s

Or your favorite fast food place opens a day early and you get out of your car to take a selfie to remember this special day!

We only have this one life, and I fully believe God did not mean for it to be ho-hum. Things are going to happen to you that sometimes make you wanna scream.  I am a firm believer that there is humor in each and every moment of our lives.  Who wants to go through their day just ho-hum? NOT ME!  I want to laugh, I want to giggle, I want to have fun!

Sure, I have my days that get to me. Who doesn’t, but even on those days, there is joy somewhere.  When I am old and sitting in my nursing home, I want to be the one that causes trouble. The one that won’t settle down. The one who has a life time of memories to look back on, and can laugh at the ones she remembers.

Enjoy life friends! It is going to happen around you whether you get out of bed in the morning or not.  Find happiness in the ordinary, and in doing so, you will find your extraordinary!

Go on… laugh at yourself. Chances are someone already is… why not join in?!

Pushing On

Have you ever started something, only to get half way through it, and find yourself asking,


Well, that happened to me this weekend. Ok, so it happens to me a lot, but for the purpose of this particular Blog post, we are going to talk about this past weekend.

I have made no qualms that I love to hike.  Being out in nature, just makes me feel so connected to God, and I love the adventure it brings.  This weekend, after several weeks of bad, nasty, cold, snowy weather, we finally had a nice weekend.  Of course I turn to my equally adventure seeking friends, and say, Continue reading

Better Left UNSaid

Daily Prompt
Drawing a Blank

When was the last time your walked away from a discussion, only to think of The Perfect Comeback hours later? Recreate the scene for us, and use your winning line.

I am not going to lie, when I first saw this prompt, I laughed. You see, I don’t have a problem with not knowing what to say and having a witty comeback. My problem is, I don’t know when to be quiet, and leave things well enough alone.

You may be reading this saying, “Man I wish I had that problem!” No, no you don’t. I have damaged more relationships, and built more walls with my tongue then I care to discuss. It is all apart of my DNA, I just have to have the last word, and all too often, I want to make sure it is a stinging one.

As soon as the zing leaves my mouth I am instantly regretful, even if at the time I feel my words are justified. I see the look of hurt in the person’s eyes, and I immediately feel 2 inches tall, and I am reminded of these words from the Bible:

“For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.” Matthew 12.37

Words are powerful. They can build up, and they can tear down. The desire to always be right, leave with the last word, and get my point across aggressively has been an issue my whole life. However, as I have gotten older, I have come to realize that this is not really that important.

I used to feel power getting in my zing, or my point across with the final word, but I now know it takes far more power, courage, and grace to speak with humble spirit. Easier said then done, friends, easier said then done.

This summer my sister and I had to have some dealings with my father’s other children and current wife has he passed away. Ugly things were spoken about us, posted about us on social media, and whispered through town. Of course I was ready to go to battle, defend mine and my sister’s honor! Then Sarah, who suffers from the same issue as I do (imagine those sibling arguments growing up!) sent me the picture below one night:

Those words pierced me like a knife. How true! Sometimes the most effective message I can send is my silence. I want to strive hard to make sure the words I use are not meant to tear down, but to build up. Getting in the final word, or winning the argument is not important. I know this is always going to be a struggle, but maybe I can live out this Proverb:

“There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise, brings healing.” Proverbs 12:18

Oh that I could chose the path of the wise.


Must Change Attitude

If you haven’t already noticed, I have a slight obsession with the artist Mary Engelbreit.  Her cheery drawings and witty quotations just speak to me.  It also doesn’t hurt that one of the main characters she periodically draws is a cute little redhead that looks like me.  🙂


Needless to say I have her art work displayed everywhere.  Seeing it makes me smile, and at times helps keep my perspective in check. Which is exactly what happened today. Continue reading