Attitude

Here’s my story…

Since 2010, I have been writing my thoughts down. Some have been made them onto these pages. Perhaps you will find a little piece of you in them too.

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Old habits are hard to break

Yesterday, my thoughts were that I was glad I finished the Corporate Cup and wasn’t last. Then, last night as I was doing my sit ups, the old Michelle started to creep in. I told my husband that I feel like I should have run better. I had said I

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New favorite quote

Good morning…I started to re-read Mark Nepo’s, “The Book of Awakening – Having the life you want by being present in the life you have” over the weekend. Within the first few pages, I found a new favorite quote by Helen Luke – “The coming to consciousness is not a

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Goal one – done!

Today, I participated in the Omaha Corporate Cup Run with my running partner. She made me promise to keep going and go as long as I could, so I did and ran at my own pace. We started the race together, but did not run together. I ran most of

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Back to reality

Ok…I am doing well with all of the running thing and this journey thing. Having a great day…then I get thrown back into reality. And frustration and disappointment. Some (if not all) of you know that I am working to lose 30 pounds by October 1st. You will have to

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Magnitude of doing nothing

I know…I am on a roll. Two in one day. Watch out, world. She is up and ready to take you on. There are many times that I write inspirations to myself and put them in my spiral notebook, and forget to post them here. I have a friend (yeah,

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Think vs. Feel

I know I have not written in a good week or so. Lots going on, but just have not had time to sit and write. I started reading another book, in my spare time, that is very insightful. A friend is having a tough week and hence that is why

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Unbelievable

Today was like any other day, but things I did not expect happened. One of my co-workers told me today that she reads this everyday. Every day. I started to tell her something, but she already knew because I had added it to my blog. She made my day. I

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Do you live in a vault?

I did…for too many years. That word was brought up in conversation yesterday as I shared lunch with two gals from work. Our paths do not cross but for every once in a while, and not on a regular basis and certainly not long enough to get past the polite,

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I was so excited!

The other night, I took our youngest son to the first meeting for confirmation this year. I saw our pastor and said hello and briefly mentioned this journey I have been on for the last 8 months. He told me he would love to hear more about it and I

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As women, we…

doubt…we question…we worry…we carry too much. It amazes me how much we can handle and yet how little can break us, too. All these strengths and weaknesses we have are amazing and can also be our downfall. It is very difficult when we fear the unknown or of letting our guard

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Talk about a wake up call

Yesterday, I got back on the path I started on over 8 months ago, but didn’t realize how far off track I had gotten until I got to work yesterday morning. A co-worker called me and however I answered the phone, her reply was, “It’s you!” I told her, “Of

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Re-focused

I have to apologize…my attention has been elsewhere and have needed to come back to this place. You may ask, what lead to this slight delay? As silly as it sounds, it was a scale. My goal to lose 30 pounds will be over on October 1st and for the

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STRT 2DY

Do you know what this says? This is my new license plate and it is a constant reminder about what reoccurring theme has been here throughout this entire journey. This blog is titled on purpose – It Starts Today. I am reenergized about what next steps must be taken as I

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Different People, Same Minds

Someone told me yesterday that I needed to post something for August…when she told me that, I wondered what could I say? Am I running out of things to say? Then, I thought of her and another co-worker who I had visited with briefly earlier in the week and I

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FEAR is a 4 letter word

For being a strong-willed, self-confident woman in her 40’s, I never realized how much fear I have. I believe we all have fear – we cannot be brave all of the time. It can paralyze the best of us into doing nothing and playing it safe. Or, even worse, it

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Constant challenges

They are everywhere. I find myself knowing what needs to be done, but am still being the ever “cautious and play it safe” girl I have always been. Some situations require that, but most of the time it is just in my head. I need to continue to remind myself

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Crazy day – little bit of whining

I know most of us could probably agree that in most cases, Mondays can be crazy for whatever reasons. The day started out normal enough, but then things started happening. Weird, unusual, and out of the ordinary. I was asked by someone new to speak at one their monthly meetings

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Getting frustrated?

I am. It has been a rough week. Physically exhausting for various reasons, emotionally draining, and I am just feeling like I am being run down. These last few days, I have just been feeling like I keep doing things for other people and am not taking time for me.

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Men don’t get it

Ok, before you think this is a men-bashing post, you are wrong. Most, if not all, of you will agree with me. I love my husband dearly as we approach our 21st wedding anniversary next week. If you have been following along since the beginning, you know that I have

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Embrace the journey…

This process began as something unexpected, something new, something exciting, something fearful. In over 6 months, this journey continues to amaze me. Looking back, I am not even sure how I got here. Some of my biggest questions have been, ” How did this happen?”, “Will it go away?”, “Why

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Don’t live your life by the status quo

Are you in a rut? Where you just feel like you do the same old thing, and nothing ever changes? Even once you admit that you are in a rut, do you know how to get out of it? I have decided that the way it’s always been is no

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Determination

Some of you may know that I have been getting up most mornings at 4:45am and jogging/walking, sometimes with a friend. Before that, I cannot tell you the last time I really committed myself to an exercise regimen. Since my boys were born, almost 20 years ago, my priorities have

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Doing something we don’t want to

Yesterday, I shared my thoughts and fears with this friend I spoke about in my previous blog. I was very honest, upset, vulnerable, and just laid it all out there for her. Only she and God know what she thought as I shared some of my deepest thoughts and worries

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Retreat or stay

I could not sleep last night. I am encountering a new frontier and at my age it is something I have not had in almost 42 years. As I look deep into my soul, I realize that I have never really had great, close friends. Sure, I am friendly with

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Try something new

I sit here on Saturday morning thinking about the day ahead of me. Crazy as it may sound, I am trying something new with a friend in a few hours. Most of my life, I have been one who didn’t want to depend on anyone, so I did most everything

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Give a compliment, a smile, or a hug

There are so many times we are too busy to smile at someone you pass in the grocery store aisle or to even give a hug to a loved one. We need to take time to give a smile to perfect strangers or give a new friend a hug. It

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Got burned

Last night, I received some disheartening news. One of the kids I have worked with received new criminal charges. I am not supposed to know so when he tells me for himself next week, I am to act surprised. I am still upset, but ultimately he made a bad choice

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Two in one day!

Post #2. As my wonderful day continued yesterday, May 5th, a colleague stopped by my office as she does just about everyday. We casually say hello and see how things are going. I told her that my day was fantabulous and she said her day was good. I asked her what

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I need to apologize

Someone mentioned to me the other day that it has been some time since I last wrote. It has not been because I have stopped this process. In fact, I have reached a new level which I will share with you in a moment. I have never stopped thinking about

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Attitude is everything

I am more calm than I was a few days ago when I first was asked to speak. I am more excited about it then afraid of it. I have done some research over the weekend and have convinced myself that I need to do this, even if it is

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WOW!!!

The last 24 hours have been almost a whirlwind. I went to lunch with a new friend who is there as I take this journey. It was a lunch we had planned for a week or so and really are enjoying getting to know each other. She asked me one

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Deep breath

I have not written anything for some time and I have felt it everyday since my last post. I carry that in my shoulders and it constantly weighs on my mind. A couple of weeks ago, our oldest son away at college called trying to work out things for this

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A chance

If we are not willing to give ourselves a chance, who will? We cannot be passive in our pursuit to find our purpose in life. As we share our stories and allow others to see where we are headed, we begin to realize we are not alone in our quest.

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Not One More Thing

There is so much that we do during our normal, everyday lives that sometimes we think that we cannot do one more thing. This was brought to my attention by a friend who was feeling like she had had it. We are overwhelmed and tired and want to just stop thinking

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Why me? Why now?

I often ponder why is this happening now? Why to me? If you were to ask me those same questions, I could not answer them. There are days when I am very profound with my words and other days I don’t even write. Its intensity changes, but it never goes

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It Starts Today

This journey actually started on January 4, 2010. It continues today. It started with a casual lunch with a friend where we both decided we have come to that point in our lives where we are questioning our purpose. We have arrived at the same stop, but took very different

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Edge Case: Nested And Mixed Lists

Nested and mixed lists are an interesting beast. It’s a corner case to make sure that Lists within lists do not break the ordered list numbering order Your list styles go deep enough. Ordered – Unordered – Ordered ordered item ordered item unordered unordered ordered item ordered item ordered item

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