Good Monday All!
I hope you and yours are doing well and found great ways to celebrate the beginning of summer. Some of your comments made me literally laugh out loud. It seems that everyone from the East Coast to the West Coast have been waiting for summer. Some of you jumped in with both feet with this exercise. Swimming, a new adventure, getting haircuts, dying hair, spin class, finding new hobbies, finding a new cause to support and changing eating habits were just a few ways some folks celebrated summer. Thank you for sharing!
Barbecuing was on the top of our list this week and we had a blast! Those who know our family very well know that we love creating new memories at some of the most random or seemingly insignificant moments. We can turn a trip to the gas station into a half hour comedy special - so our first barbecue of the summer was pretty memorable!
I digress… Half of 2015 Is Behind Us!
What were your goals, plans, desires, dreams and expectations for 2015 this past January? What did you plan to focus on? What did you hope to discover? Did you find that cause and committed to supporting it? We are now standing in the middle of the year and have had six months worth of days to accomplish what we set out to do at the beginning of the year. As you look around at your life, your living situation, your purpose, your parenting skills, your marriage, your dating situation, your finances, your passions, your social circle, your heart issues, your health, your work situation, your relationship with God, your health, your fears, your personal achievements, your weaknesses or your strengths, ask yourself: Are you ahead, behind or right on track as you enter the second half of the year?
Life has a way of throwing us curve balls that we did not anticipate, like, want, deserve, need or plan for. Sometimes, the decisions we make (good or bad) will escort us to a place called “here” whether we like it or not. There are certain variables that we cannot predict, explain or do anything about. That is when we have to trust God in those areas and let Him be God in a way that we can’t. However, we have more power over our lives than we sometimes think, believe, want to accept or want to be responsible for because living day to day requires us to do the hard thing, be patient, sacrifice, swim upstream, walk away, stand still or go in another direction. Nevertheless, time is going to keep moving forward no matter what we do. Although the reality is that half of the year is behind is, we also have another half of the year in front of us. So it doesn’t matter if we are ahead, behind or right on track at this point, we still have six months of 2015 to work with. So this week’s exercise comes in the form of a question.
Exercise: Where are you? Are you ahead? Are you behind? Or, are you right on track? No matter what your answer is, forward is the only beneficial and productive direction to move. You are the only one who really knows the answer to this question. Hopefully you will answer by carefully choosing how to proactively move toward your goals, dreams, and desires. As usual, there is no pressure to answer this personal question… it’s your choice. Let’s reconnect next Monday, but in the meantime, I will be the first one to answer the question.
My Answer: One of my goals this year was to make sure my new book was completed and made available to parents, kids and the like, by the end of 2015. There were scheduling and work challenges in the last six month that should have discouraged me but I chose to stay focused, release what was not in my control to God and shift my schedule, my life and my creative energy to accomplishing one goal at a time, one day at a time and one moment at a time. I am happy to report that I am right on track and I expect that My Child is Going to be Rich and Famous: How to Successfully Balance Family, Parenting and Entertainment will be ready and available by the end of 2015, if not sooner! I am so excited to share it with you! Stay tuned for updates!
Have a great week…on purpose!
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