Braved the Flooded Footpath

It is the last day of March, so time to review how I did on my goal of living bravely this past month.

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In review, I’d say that I have more of an awareness of how much and which areas of my life I tend to be the laziest or where I’m the least brave. I haven’t made as much progress over changing these tendencies, yet. Honestly, sometimes I follow my habits so easily that I don’t even realize that I’m trapped by then until it is too late. This is especially the case when I hesitate in relationships.

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One of my most enjoyable moments of bravery happened early in the month. Hubby, puppy, and I decided to take advantage of one of the sunny warm pre-Spring days, so we headed to a local park.

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It was a park I’d been wanting to visit for ages, since there is a dam with moving water to photograph. The spray off of the mill was still frozen due to the lower temperatures and frosts.

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There was still snow in the ground in some shaded areas.

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Part of the path involves a cement footbridge across the creek. Almost a foot of water crossed it in some places, caused by debris stuck in the drainage pipes. I had a distinct moment of “I want to cross to see what is on the other side.” However, the water was likely cold and I didn’t want to fall in either.

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The “challenge to do the thing I hesitate against,” pushed me to do it! I rolled up my pants and treaded across. Then, hubby suggested I take Daisy across since my feet were wet anyways.

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I’d worn my faux boat shoes due to cuteness factor, but it turned out to be useful when they quickly dried.

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Out family had fun, even if Daisy did fall into the creek while baying at geese who had flown away from her. Life is so hard as a beagle!

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Here’s to living a life more intentional and less driven by fear or comfort.

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Grown Vegetables From Miracle Gro-Ables

This year I’ve had a renewed interest in meal planning and using vegetables in meals. I want to be healthy and give my body better nutrients to survive the day, etc. BUT vegetables are expensive, and if I don’t have a specific meal plan they go into my refrigerator and quickly die.

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Husband and I have day dreamed about having a small garden for awhile. Being able to live off of what you grow is an important step of independence for him, for me I like the romance of being able to grow things!

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With the weather being warmer and the success of the daffodils that I planted last fall (full post when they bloom more), I felt restless and wanted to attempt a small container garden. I did some research, but decided to view the local stores to see what was available. I was hoping to start from a budding plant, as I figured I’d have more luck with that. To my dismay they had herbs started and other leafy vegetables, but not the two that I particularly wanted. In reading sees packets I learned that it wasn’t really too late to start from seeds, but I still felt hesitant.

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Then, I turned around and I saw these little seed pods from Miracle-Gro. They contain all of the nutrients for the seeds to grow, and its idiot proof to plant at the correct depth. Once I read “guaranteed to grow” I was sold!

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So we bought all of the things! Including a cute blue watering can. It added up quickly, $44 between the pots, soil, plant food, and seeds. Husband remarked that these were going to be some of the pricier vegetables we’ve ever eaten. So much for wanting to save money with planting, but at least I’ll have the experience for when I can look up all of the Pinterest tips to grow a full garden and save money?

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Once the pods were in the containers I realized that I should have purchase two different color containers…whoops. So I attempted to affix the labels to the containers with pretty washi tape. This was a fail. I scrounged my craft bin for something plastic and durable to turn into a plant sign. I found empty shotgun shells waiting to be turned into something and paint markers. B= Bell Pepper and C= Cucumber. (They will probably need a trellis later, but I figure I can get that later).

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It was pretty chilly today, will be for the rest of the week, so the containers are going to stay in the apartment breezeway till it warms up. I can’t wait to meet my yummy vegetables (although it looks like Bell Peppers are a fruit?)!

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Miracle gro tries to make it easier for us newbies as well, there is a “Sprout It” app on their website. You click the type of plants, and where you live, and it helps to guide you through the process. My plants should be ready for harvest around June and July!

Seriously though, feel free to offer any helpful gardening tips. :0)

 

Given Her Everything She Needs To Soar {Blog Hop}

While I’m having monthly goals (this month is to take more challenges/leave my comfort zone) I am also following One Little Word®  prompts, many of which help us to set monthly or yearly goals.

OLW Blog hop hosted

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Last months prompt was sooo much fun! The crafty aspects helped me to “get out of myself/free me from over-thinking” and just embrace the new. Doing the vision board enabled me to return to January’s prompts and flesh the ideas into tangible goals.

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I also finished this second vision board which is hanging next to my bed.

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This month, I get to springboard into even MORE tangible goals. Honestly, I probably could have (maybe SHOULD have) made them more tangible, but it made sense to me to focus on four areas of life again: Spiritual, Physical, Emotional, and Relational.

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(Can I just say that a large reason I completed this prompt, which felt like a rehashing was because I had the accountability as a blog host? Yay for you guys! I just miss the fun pictures….can we go back to that?!)

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My vision board surprised me, in what it did and didn’t focus on. It bored me a little in that it focused so much on the physical things of exercise, eating well, and things that emotionally balance me like laughing and creativity. It seemed like mundane goals. However, it has come to my attention that my personality type relies on bursts of energy to get this done. This explains why sometimes I’m SUPER productive and other times I’m weighed down by the guilt of all the things that I want to do, but aren’t completing. A random phrase “Give her everything she needs to succeed” really resonated with me; the importance of setting myself up for success. Therefore, the biggest give I could give myself was sorting out how the spiritual, physical, emotional, and relational are affecting my energy levels.

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So I wrote it out on another piece of paper first, and then wrote it on the actual sheet. I did colorize it a little to add some POP.

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2015-03-05 19.58.27From the begin I’ve been quick to remind myself that soaring isn’t JUST the fun high of flying free (I’m picture the fun swoops on a roller coaster). True soaring is the day to day flying that birds do. Sometimes it is fun, sometimes it is mundane. In watching birds fly, I’ve realized that when they glide for long periods of time, they aren’t always perfectly straight, their wings waver among the invisible air drifts, and that is what life looks like. Soaring means opening my wings, pushing off from the earth, and daily soaring in the invisible air currents trusting God when things get rocky.

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Bonus Notes:

Its been neat to see how my word morphs. In the community facebook group I see some people worry about connecting with their word, or feeling drawn to another. Neatly, I’m “connected” to the word soar, but within this word the follow resonate with me: Brave/Courage, Balance, Healthy, Open, etc.

Check out some more awesome blogs as they interact with their words and prompts! Link up your blog and join the fun :0)

 

 

Bravely Soared into March

So I just realized that I never actually updated you to my monthly focal point of “relationships” in February, but its really going to be continued in this month anyways.

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Pinteresting quotes for my One Little Word of “Soar” I realized that something that stops me from soaring in my life, is fear.

Fear holds me back from so many things in life: fear of failure, fear of the unknown, fear of what others truly think. Specifically, in this “in between job” phase of my life I’m deeply afraid of is not being purposeful in this life that God has given me. I feel like he’s prepared me with talents, gifts, passions, and education but either the doors aren’t open, or I’m too scared to twist the handle, I’m really not sure.

I’ve complained mentioned my joblessness a lot, but to be honestly I haven’t applied for many jobs. I so deeply want to find the “right” job. One where I can flourish in purpose and relationships. Right now (without a license) I qualify for more of the social work type jobs (the ones infamous for sucking out your soul). I really don’t want to start another job like that, only to have to leave in a few months from burnout. :-/

Also relationships (especially new ones) are challenging for me. So often I feel like I strike out in small talk, when I try to make a joke, or connect with people I don’t know well. This is such a habit for me that despite that I want to engage people, I’ll stand behind a wall instead of sharing.

If I’m not full of fears, then I avoid some opportunities in life in favor of the comfort of home. I think that was the biggest focus of February, saying “yes” to more relational activities.

So, I make this challenge for myself of focusing on intentionally leaving my comfort zone and my fears this month. My goal is each day when I want to shy away from something out of fear or inconvenience, I pick at least one thing and do it anyways.

For example, today this is an example of being brave. It’s more embarrassing to commit to a challenge when everyone can see it. Also opens me up to the possibility that friends might purposely challenge me to things outside of my comfort zone, etc.

Another example of soaring away from fear was enjoying the long nap hubby and I had between church and a dessert reception back at church later in the evening. I’m a control freak, and despite not having a job, I appreciate the chance to do things on Sunday in order to “prepare” for the week. This means starting on laundry, making a meal plan, buying groceries. Instead, I decided to tell my worries about starting the week behind to “take a hike.” I allowed myself to not have a plan, but to simply enjoy resting and relaxing.

(Don’t expect to see me do anything really crazy like jumping out of an airplane). I just want to live less out of habit. I want to focus less on my comfort or insecurities and more on others.

If you’ve got any ideas feel free to let me know!