Taking a step back

Yesterday left me with questions and frustrations. I guess mainly because I have been very content lately with life that I haven’t dug deeper into some areas and it pushed me over the limit. Maybe I just need to go for a long run to clear my head or maybe I just need some quiet time. Either way here are my thoughts…

There are times we need to take a step back and look at ourselves from the outside and ask questions:

Do we like what we see? Are we who we want to be? Have we accomplished everything we wanted? Is there something missing?

Sometimes the little things in life make the biggest impact and sometimes the littlest things can cause the biggest harm. You never know what the outcome may be or how the dice may be rolled, you just need to take your chances. If you want something, go after it. If you are good at something, be thankful. If you need to improve on something, find a way to improve on it.

Everyone has some question or other to ask themselves. It is all part of growth. However, it is when we ask the questions and leave them unanswered that growth does not occur and we find ourselves stuck in a continuous circle that will lead us nowhere.

Today, I am going to try and carve out time to answer my questions. I may not find all possible solutions but at least I will have started to find the hidden meaning.

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State of the year as I know it

State of the year as of date… Well there has been a few road blocks thus far but I am managing to come through the detours and am coming back onto the highway we call life again, slowly.

-I’ve blown out my knee for the third time in my life and had knee surgery. So far so good, knock on wood that it stays healthy.
-We are registered for a half-marathon in November and training for that goal. This is moving right along just hoping the knee stays healthy. 😳
-It has been a full year since I have been out of a job but I am ok. I have done a great deal of healing in that time and feel phenomenal. Now that I am out of the environment I was in it has made a huge difference.
-I have an interview and I am looking forward to getting back to work.
-I have been able to sit down and write and meet new people. This is a huge plus.
-I have order again in my house. Some times when you get that needed break in life you can come back to what needs to be fixed, or in our case finished around the house. I’ve finished more projects this year alone than I have in 10 years.
– I am happy. There is a lot to say about being happy in ones life. Some days may not be all that they are suppose to be but in general it is what it is. They are not life changing days like they were a year ago, so for me I am thankful that there is a different outlook.

So my state of the year is positive right now. Keeping my fingers crossed for a brighter tomorrow but if it doesn’t come then I am content with who I am today.

In response to the Daily Prompt: State of Your Year

Life- Nice and simple

Your life without a computer: what does it look like?

This is easy: my life after blogging right now is very simple. Most days it is me and my dog. I take care of the family, the house, myself. I go to the gym and I run. I write here and there a little at a time and do my own thing, but mostly I enjoy what life has to offer right now.

I can’t complain, it has been fairly nice lately. In fact, I am going to go out back, sit in a chair and enjoy the sun with my dog, a book and a nice cool glass of water.

Life is good.

In response to the Daily Prompt: Life After Blogs

My subject of choice

If you could take a break from your life and go back to school to master a subject, what would it be?

I’ve contemplated this topic several times and would love to go back and get another degree in History with an emphasis on World War II.

I am fascinated with two main topics during this time: Pearl Harbor and the round up that took place in Europe. I don’t know if I will ever get to this next step in my life, but maybe some day.

In response to the Daily Prompt: Back to School

My Closest friends are…

Finish this sentence: “My closest friend is…”

I’ve talked about friends before in my blog. I have a warped view on friendship, maybe because I’ve been burned by friends or those who call themselves my friends so I’m a little gun shy when it comes to trusting people. However, when asked who my closest friend is I would have to say that I do not have just one – I have two. Each has their own special qualities and I love them each for who they are. One will shop with me, listen to all my woes, go to movies and make me laugh until I cry. The other will walk with me, drink with me, help me with everything, and go shoot with me. Both make a day brighter even if it is cloudy and grey.

Then there is my trusty dog who is always by my side, under my feet, next to me every day all day long. She doesn’t talk back but will turn her back on me if she is mad. Mind of her own I guess.

So my closest friends know who they are and I hope they know I appreciate them for who they are every day.

In response to the Daily Prompt: A Friend In Need

The day I met my sledgehammer

Today has been an interesting day. It started with a lovely trip to the dental office for myself and my son. There are always joyful moments at the dental office. I followed this up with a trip to find a gift for my sons birthday. I found something, but need something else. All this was before 11a.m. I still had the whole day. Damn!!!

I cleaned the house and applied for a job today. Boring tasks but they needed to be done. Oh, did i mention I bought a sledgehammer.

This was the highlight of my day. Well that and finding out that today is National Tequila Day. By far two fabulous things in one day. YES!!!

So my sledgehammer is for breaking up our brick in the backyard. We plan to have the yard landscaped later this summer and we are taking some things out before we get this done and cutting costs. The release of energy when that hammer dropped was AWESOME. I love it! I could not stop today. I wanted to keep going but my husband wanted to share in the joy of demolishing the brick as well😞. It’s okay. I’ll share because when I was done I honored National Tequila Day with a shot and a beer. There is more brick for tomorrow and then it is time to rip into the deck.

There is nothing like finishing some hard work than with a cold one and a shot. Thank you for a sledgehammer and National Tequila Day. They couldn’t have come together on a better day.

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ME on a Plate

I decided to respond to both the Weekly Writing Challenge and Daily Prompt for the day all in one as they were quite similar to one another the past two days. So here is my recipe for ME.

This recipe is not for those wishing to have a light and stress-free meal. You must have gumption, balls, willpower, and be able to stand your ground after making it. It will knock you on your a** if you aren’t careful.

Ingredients:

1c Love
1/4c Playful
1/4c Motivation
1/2c Responsibility
1/2c Determination
1/4c Giving Soul
1tbls. Sarcasm (optional)
1pinch Sassiness
2oz. Buckshot
13.1oz. Run-Forest-Run

Cooking Instructions:

Preheat environment to a 75-100 degree day (must have sunshine and a breeze for ideal results). Combine LOVE, MOTIVATION, RESPONSIBILITY, and DETERMINATION. Be sure to mix these ingredients well. Slowly add GIVING SOUL (if too much GIVING SOUL is added at one time, you better make sure there is some giving in return. You do not want GRUMPY SOUL to arise from the mixture). Now add PLAYFUL and SASSINESS. Make sure that the ingredients are mixed well. You may need to add a pinch more SASSINESS as desired for added spice. Then add in all RUN-FOREST-RUN. Stir until the consistency is to your liking.

If you are the adventurous type and want really spicy, then add the SARCASM. This is the only warning you will get and you are adding at your own risk.

Don’t forget to finish off with the BUCKSHOT. Sprinkle on top for added flavor. Cook for a good 2-3 hours until nice and happy.

Serve with wine, beer, or tequila.

Yield: 1

In response to the Weekly Writing Challenge: A Pinch of You

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In response to the Daily Prompt: You, The Sandwich