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Waiting for perfect conditions?

thunderstorm clouds If the clouds are full, they pour out rain upon the earth; and whether a tree falls toward the south or toward the north, wherever the tree falls, there it lies. He who watches the wind will not sow and he who looks at the clouds will not reap. Just as you do not know the path of the wind and how bones are formed in the womb of the pregnant woman, so you do not know the activity of God who makes all things.… Eccl. 11:3-5

A few months ago, a new patient came into our office. She was the type of person who researched our office in advanced, was familiar with the services we offered and read every page on our website. While reading our website, she came across the link to my blog.  (Yes, this blog). She admitted that she clicked on the link with much anticipation and excitement only to be very disappointed when she noticed that it was outdated and not current. I hadn’t posted all year. Funny enough, I had forgotten that the blog link was buried somewhere in one of my business website pages.

Although things have been extremely busy, one of my primary reason for not blogging is because I’m no longer able to keep up with a consistent posting schedule and engage with other blogs the way I want to. And because I’m a closet perfectionist, a part of me would rather not blog at all than do it half way. I’ve recently, however, come to the conclusion that if I waited for ideal blogging circumstances, I probably would not publish another post. Ever.

So I decided that I’ll no longer wait for perfect conditions to post. I’m abandoning the schedules, the pressure to be consistent, the worries about blog traffic, comments and even perfect content. There may never be ideal blogging conditions for me. Instead, I’ll just post when I’m compelled to do so or have something I’d like to share. I consider this as my little piece of “real estate” on the internet and I enjoy posting from time to time.

If you’ve been waiting for the perfect condition, time or opportunity to do something that is important to you, I’d like to encourage you to do it now… Instead of waiting for the perfect moment, make this moment perfect by taking the first steps to accomplish what ever it is that you want to.

What should you be doing that you’re putting off until conditions are perfect? How realistic are your expectations?

 

Lazy and Loving it. Oh, and Happy New Year!

What was supposed to be a few weeks blogging break turned into almost a year off…10 months,10 days to be exact. I can’t believe this is the last day of 2014… better late than never…

Although this year turned out to be a whirlwind of activities and demands, I’m grateful for the journey and the lessons that I’ve learned along the way, and there have been many. But I’m especially grateful for the few days during the last week that I was able to slow down, relax and enjoy precious moments with my family and myself. (Ok so that last part didn’t sound right but I enjoy my own company, alone time.)

The entire year has been filled with tight schedules, rigorous routines and a stringent structure. So having a few lazy days were extremely gratifying; and boy did I take full advantage of being lazy. I lounged around, spent moments baking cookies, lounged with the kids and hubby while watching Christmas movies and lounged while watching them at the park. Did I mention just lounging?

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I had a chance to read a few blogs and even write this post. I’m reminded how much I miss occupying this space in blog land. I definitely plan on visiting much more frequently in 2015.

I’m also using this opportunity to wish everyone a Blessed and Prosperous New Year. With the office closed for the weekend, I plan on enjoying a few more lounging, lazy days as I ring in the new year.

May God bless you exceedingly, abundantly above all you may ask or think…__——–_——Ephesians 3:20

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  • Did you have any lazy days over the holidays? How did you spend it?

 

Four Categories of Valentine Folks

So since tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, Just thought I’d have a little fun. I’ve noticed that there are at least four categories of people on Valentine’s Day. There may be more, but these are the ones I’ve noticed. I’ve added some fun facts, but the pictures basically summarizes the categories…

1. The Men Folks

  • 73% of people who buy flowers for Valentine’s Day are men, while only 27 percent are women.
  • Men buy the majority of the millions of boxes of candy and bouquets of flowers given on Valentine’s Day.
  • On average, men spend $130 each on candy, cards, jewelry, flowers and dates.Women spend only about half that amount.

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  • More than 36 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolate are sold each year for Valentine’s Day.
  • Enough candy hearts to stretch from Rome, Italy to Valentine, Arizona 20 times and back again will be produced this year.
  • “According to the Greeting Card Association, 190 million Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged annually, making Valentine’s Day the second most popular greeting card–giving occasion, after Christmas.”

2. The Single Folks. Are you single? Awesome! There are so many pros…

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  • There are 119 single men (never married, widowed or divorced) in their 20’s for every 100 single women of the same age…Imagine that. (Of course the numbers change as the age increases and when you break it down by ethnicity.)
  • Over two million marriages occur in the United States every year…that’s more than 6,000 a day!

3. The “Oh no he didn’t!” Folks These folks EXPECTS to be wined and dined and no excuses are acceptable… “Honey, you are right. Your hug, kiss and excuse was more romantic than roses, chocolate and a necklace, said no woman, Ever.”

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Finally,

4. The “Who Cares!” Folks Personally, I think I fall into this category. I could care less. I love being married to my hubs. We celebrate so many things in February and year round that whether or not he acknowledges Valentines Day doesn’t matter to me. ( Although I can’t remember the last time he didn’t do something special for Valentine’s Day)

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  • What category do you fall into?
  • Do you have something special planned?
  • How do you respond if he or she doesn’t remember it’s Valentines?

 

 

Birthday vlog

Surprise!!! Today I’m Defining Happiness with my fist vlog! Whaaat? Yep. It’s my birthday and I’m trying something new. It’s been on my “to accomplish” list since Joi hosted her first blog challenge, so now I can cross it off.

Not only is it NOT my regular posting day, it was NOT an easy task. The most difficult part for was finding the proper lighting and keeping my eyes from appearing closed -_- . I had to do quite a few takes…I think my voice may actually be an octave lower from talking so much :) .

Once I got the lighting and position down though, it was kinda fun. Check it out. It’s a short 1:22 long clip.

I  encourage you to Define Happiness by visualizing the future you want. Regardless of your current circumstance, envision your dream and write them down.I believe that through Faith and with God’s Grace, He will fulfill your dreams even from seemingly impossible life scenes.

  • Do I look or sound different from what you imagined?
  • Are you where you envisioned you’d be in life?
  • What do you like most/least about vlogging?

DON’T FORGET I’ll be at running Ragnar Keys this weekend. Please send your prayers and positive vibes for our team. This quote sums up what we’re in for.

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Last thing. Please forgive me. I’m behind showing comment love on some of my fav blogs…but I read when every tiny chance I get :)

Martin Luther King Jr….10 facts

In celebration of the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., I’ve decided to compile a list 10 most interesting or “little known” facts about him.

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1. Name change. MLK, Jr. was actually born Michael King Jr. His father later changed both their names to Martin Luther King  — in honor of the German Protestant reformer, Martin Luther —

2. Youngest Peace Prize Winner. In 1964, Dr, King was the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize at the age of 35.

3. Prodigy. He skipped the 9th and 12th grades in high school and entered Morehouse College at the young age of 15. 

4. He graduated from Morehouse at 19 years old and received his * Bachelor of Divinity from Crozer Theological Seminary and his PhD from Boston University at age 25.

5. There are over 700 streets named after Martin Luther King, Jr. around the world. There is at least one MLK Jr. named road in most states in America.

6. He is one of only three people in American history that have national holidays honoring them. The others are George Washington and Christopher Columbus.

7. Aged Heart. Although he was only 39 years old when he died, autopsy results revealed that major stress had taken its toll. The doctor noted that he “had the heart of a 60-year-old”.

8. Grammy award winner. He won a posthumous Grammy award in 1971 for Best Spoken Word Album for “Why I Oppose the War in Vietnam”.

9. Although Martin Luther King, Jr holiday was officially signed into law by President Ronald Reagan in 1983, the last states to officially observe the holiday were Arizona in 1992, New Hampshire in 1999, and Utah in 2000.

10. When Dr. King was shot at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis on April 4, 1968, Lorraine Bailey (the wife of the motel owner and who it was named after), had a heart attack and later died after seeing King shot.

Lorraine was also the switchboard operator so when Rev. Samuel Kyle tried to call an ambulance using the motel room phone, no one was at the switchboard, causing a delay in getting an ambulance.

Rev. Kyle stated:

I ran into the room and picked up the phone to call an operator or to call an ambulance. But, the operator had left the switchboard. There was nobody on the switchboard. I was saying, “Answer the phone, answer the phone, answer the phone.” And there was nobody on the switchboard. So the phone was not answered. (I learned later that the operator had gone out into the courtyard to watch Dr. King. When she saw what happened, she had a heart attack. She was the motel owner’s wife, and she died subsequently.) 

There are so many interesting facts available out there. It was a little difficult to narrow them down. The only one that I was not previously aware of was that of the motel worker having a heart attack after witnessing King being shot.

Was there anything you weren’t already aware of?

*Edited for correction (Thanks Allie)

 

Without my cell phone…

I’m always quick to declare that I’m not technologically savvy nor am I dependent on technology. I’m not one of who has to have my phone with me all the times. In fact, often times I’ll send a text and walk away from my phone forgetting that I’m expecting a response. And I admit that I get a little irritated when someone tries to call me back to back to back and when I finally answer the phone they drill me about not getting in touch with me instead of just stating the reason for their call.

Anyway, I recently discovered that I my so-called “non dependency” on my cell phone existed as long as my phone was present and readily available. Gah!. I hate to admit it, but like the rest of the modern world, I realized that I am pretty dependent on my cell phone (Not addicted though).

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Case in point: Last Friday morning, I attempted to go for a run. On the way to the park, my improperly sealed water bottle spilled on my cell phone. When I arrived at the park, my phone was soaked and already short circuited. I was disappointed that my phone was wet (and still wanted to go for a run), but when I realized that my music was not working due to the moisture, my disappointment quickly escalated to irritation. I decided to go home, disassemble the phone, dry it out, put it in rice, etc.

Because it was water damaged, the insurance would not cover and I’d have to get a new phone. I checked out a few refurbished phones but the reviews were mediocre at best. I soon realized how much I dependent on my phone. Not only could I not make phone calls because I couldn’t remember anyone’s phone number; I couldn’t instantly check my many email accounts (including for my business), set reminders and add events to my calendar, take pictures (which i do A LOT), add to my to-do list, look up info on the web or interact with social media when I felt like it…I could barely remember what day of the week it was, much less remember what my schedule was. I felt disconnected and somewhat prehistoric. I even forgot to attend an important out of town event.

With this planned technology hiatus, I could feel frustration mounting (especially with the way my cell phone carrier responded to my attempts to acquire a new or used phone). I quickly had to shift my focus and calm my mind. And just like that, I let it go. I found my very old Blackberry and transferred my number to it so I could use it in case of emergencies. I became much more present with my activities. I got an unbelievable amount of work done with no distractions of phone, text or social media.

I also realized how little I actually use my computer, iPad or laptop. Sure, they were always available,  but my cell phone was my main connection. When it went away, my other devices remained secondary (because I had to physically go to them, unlike my cell that always came with me).

There’s no denying the impact cell phone have made on society.

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Well, I changed carrier and got a new phone, but this ordeal taught me to

  • memorize my ICE (in case of emergency) numbers
  • make better use of my online back up resources
  • get a land line at home
  • don’t put all my eggs in one cell phone basket, use diverse means of getting things done (ie camera for pictures, pen and paper for to do list)

How dependent are you on your cell phone? Have you ever been forces to go without a cellphone. Do you still memorize phone numbers?

 

Merry Christmas from our family to yours…

“Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; He is Christ the Lord.” ~Luke 2:11

May the spirit of Christmas be yours today and always. May the hopes that you’ve defined (those confident expectations) rapidly come to fruition. Merry Christmas from our family to yours.

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 *Just noticed my daughter’s eyes look crazy. Please don’t hold it against her :)

When twenty-five dollars equals Priceless

Today I am participating in RxFitnessLady Holly Bloggy Christmas Party. If you’ve been following this blog, you know that Joi throws a good blogging party :) . I’m actually very grateful that she thought to physically connect the blogging community. I enjoyed the process.

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A few weeks ago when Carli, the awesome blogger who’s Real Into fitness, fun and a healthy living, contacted me about receiving my name, I had NO idea what was in store.

Three days ago as I was preparing to go to a Zumba class (that a patient of mine twisted my arm convinced me to attend), packing for the family to go out of town and also preparing my things for a race the next morning (with a 4 am wake-up call), a FedEx package arrived for me. I was busy, exhausted, but super excited. Needless to say, there was no hesitation…and I proceeded to open the packet.

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I immediately went for the note that was included…”read last” was written on it. So I moved on to the next thing that caught my eyes….a pen. It was no ordinary pen. It was a four in one. I thought to myself whoa. This is so cool…it was a pen, a stylus, a laser and a light.
There was also a beautiful charm bracelet with…wait for it… a dove. If you haven’t noticed, my blog theme is a dove…I was really digging the gifts.
There was a wooden heart charm. I wasn’t quite sure of the significance, but when I finally read her poem…WOW! It tied everything together and it left me in total awe.

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Blog Christmas partial poem I literally felt chills as I read. It was as if time slowed down and I absorbed and hung on to every word. Carli managed to capture the essence my blog and who I am. It was so beautifully and artistically written. Who knew she was a poet too :)It’s so nice to know that as my life and experiences are transcribed into words, they emanate from my heart to hers. (And I hope others)

This gift was hands down, one of the most symbolic and heart-warming gifts I’ve received in a long time. Thank you so much Carli! Something so seemingly simple as a blog link up has permanently etched a part of you “real into” my heart forever. I even found a special place on my desk to be continually inspired and  reminded why I blog.

Blog Christmas Collage4 While this blog party “gift exchange” had a monetary limit of $25, this gift from a friend I’ve never physically met, was PRICELESS and definitely WORTH THE WAIT!

  • What was an inexpensive gift you received that have had a priceless effect on you?
  • Have you ever received a gift from someone you’ve never physically met?
  • Are you following Carli from Real Into?…If not,  I hope you’ll click the link and make it happen

Blogging Awards…fun or foe

Recently I received my 4th, 5th and 6th nomination for the Liebster Award. I feel honored and I graciously accepted them all by thanking the person who nominated me by responding to their comment. Liebster seems to be a pretty popular blog award. Although there are many blogging awards but I’m gonna focus on the Liebster award for this post (since I received the most nominations). Nomination posts generally makes for a quick and entertaining blog post…. or do they?

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The Liebster (Blogging) Award is a fun way to help new bloggers connect with each other, support and encourage each other and build a sense of community within this huge blogosphere. I think it’s a great idea, but this award comes with rules…specific rules to follow in order to “accept” your nomination.  Is it improper blogging etiquette to break or change some of the rules? I don’t think so. In fact, I think that maybe it’s because of some of the rules why many bloggers choose to completely ignore the nomination. In general, the rules are: (with my rewrite suggestions :) )

  • Link back to the person who nominated you.- seems simple and fair enough
  • Each blogger should post 11 random facts about themselves. – Given that you have to answer the tagger’s questions, I think the random facts should be limited to 3.
  • Answer the 11 questions given to you by your nominator then come up with 11 questions for your nominees to answer. – the concept is a great idea for connecting and getting to know each other but Really? 11. each?  I think it should also be limited to 3.
  • Select 11 bloggers, each with under 200 subscribers, to be nominated for the award.- this is the rule that I have the most issue with. Do I really have time or want to figure out which bloggers have less than 200 followers from one of the many different modes of following? Not really. I understand tagging bloggers is supposed to “keep it going” BUT I think this rule should always be optional and at your discretion.
  • Notify your nominees directly on their blogs.-more achievable when you’re nominating an amount of your choosing

I know…I know… there’s no “pressure” to participate or if you choose to participate, you don’t have to “follow” the rules exactly. But I wonder if after going through ALL that effort, that the nominator has an underlying expectation that at  their nominees with do the same. I also wonder if there’s ever a sense of resentment when they don’t.

As stated earlier, I’ve been nominated (as far as I know) 6 times and only published one post. I hope I haven’t offended anyone by not following through.  I still plan on participating in Liebster Award posts in the future, but I hope you don’t mind if I play by my own rules. Some time ago, I created a page that listed my blog awards, features and link-ups . Although it needs to be updated, I am extremely proud and honored with any blog recognition I receive and will continue to proudly display them there.

  • Have you been nominated for the Liebster Award or other blog awards? How many times?
  • Did you fully follow through on the rules?
  • Are you more likely to participate if there were less rules?
  • Are you offended (even a little) if your nominee ignores the nomination?

Dear Readers…

When I started this blog over a year ago, I had absolutely no clue what I was doing. I knew I enjoyed writing and journaling, and after reading several blogs I decided to take a leap. I enjoyed blogging so much that I wasn’t concerned whether or not anyone was reading.  Sure I had some page views and a few comments here and there, but nothing compared to what I have now.

It wasn’t until I decided to participate in the SITS Girls Fall Blogging challenge that I got a taste of the time and commitment involved in posting consistently and engaging and connecting with my readers. I thought to myself, what in the word have I gotten myself into. But that was the catalyst that breathed new life in to my blog. It was then my readership began to grow and since then I’ve actually established quite a few wonderful friendships with people who I’ve never met.

Once again, I’m participating in another blog challenge sponsored by Joi from Rx Fitness Lady.  Today’s prompt is to write a letter to my readers; how to use my blog.Open book to blog readers

 First, I want to say Thank You to readers like you who continually support this blog. Thank you to those who read and comment on the blog, Facebook or Twitter. Thanks to those of you who migrated with me when I moved from Blogspot to this self hosted Word Press site. Thanks even to those who read and never say a word, I feel your support. If something you’ve read answered a question for you, inspired or encouraged you in any way, I’m grateful. If something triggered additional questions or concerns, I want to hear from you. Please feel free to contact me.

Everything I write about falls into one of the categories listed at the top of my blog. If you want to know more about this blog, click on the ABOUT tab. But if you want to know a little more about the person behind the blog…yours’ truly, click the drop down tab (A Bit About Me) found under the “about” tab.

Many of you know that I’m a Chiropractic Physician. I’ve posted a little about my profession and the work I do in the Hope Chiropractic Tab under the Health and Wellness Category. In addition to sharing my experience, I’d like you to be able to use this blog as a resource for finding encouragement, inspiration and tips for health, running and parenting.

Do you have any suggestions for me to improve this blog? Is there a specific topic that you’d like to read more about?

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