Friday, October 28, 2011

Step by step....keep climbing

These past few months have been.....beautiful! So richly and painfully filled with growth and frustration. But from this journey over the last few months....over the last YEAR really, have taught me that there will ALWAYS be stairs to climb. Sometimes it feels as though we have fallen down quite a few stairs, and for some it is, but on the stairs that I am on, each step forward is a step forward. There was just no guarantee that the steps ahead were made or carved the same as the ones I travelled before. Sometimes the tread is a bit smaller, sometimes the rise is a lot higher, but it is a step....on a big ol' set of stairs :)

Key lessons gleaned from my travels up the stair case...

It's okay to look at your feet from time to time, but after having gone quite a distance, it's time to look up and set your sights on where it is you want to go.

"Where there is no vision [no redemptive revelation of God], the people perish; but he who keeps the law [of God, which includes that of man]--blessed (happy, fortunate, and enviable) is he.~ Proverbs 29:18 AMP

Know where it is you want to go. If you can't set a big goal, then set a small goal. If you can't set small goals, the set an ultimate goal. And if you have no idea, then at least know where it is that you are at and how you would like for it to change....because there is always change in our lives, but it's good to want good changes. And then SEE what that goal looks like for you. Visualize how it looks and feels to realize that goal with you in the picture. And keep in mind, if you only set your sights to the next step, then you can break down how you are getting onto that step into smaller strategies. If you can't see that clearly, then be preapred for the unexpected and know that you will reach that bigger goal (even in a round about way) certainly builds your gratitude for those steps along the way ;)

You gotta look up if you want to be sure-footed on the stairs.

It's the funniest thing, but on the step that I am standing, I know I have more confidence in my footing than I did many steps ago. But not only that, I have realized that it's not necessarily about where and how I put my feet, but its about why I put my feet one in front of the other in the first place. Walking has become habit, climbing stairs have become routine, but somehow looking forward tends to be forgotten. What am I focused on? My feet or where I want to be at? Keep your goal (your vision, your desire...) in sight at all times. Keep reminders around you. Refer back to your vision as often as possible. Remind yourself of WHY you wanted to climb these particular stairs in the first place.

Taking the stairs is ALWAYS a workout, but you will be fitter and stronger in the end.

Gotta take those stairs. It is worth it! The staircase I climb is my life. It is complete and I just need to keep going....I appreciate each stair that I have managed to get my foot on. Each stair you step on (whether or not you recall it to be good or bad) has helped you in taking the next step. And knowing that your life is just one step at a time, no matter the pace you take, as long as you are climbing and looking up, you will get to see more than just your feet on the way up. :)

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Carrot, Ginger, and Cherry Salad

This morning I decided (after an enjoyable, but indulgent time at a BBQ) that I would commit to eating primarily veggies for the day. For breakfast, I began with a carrot salad and wanted to share the recipe with others.

Serves 1
2 medium carrots, grated
1 teaspoon grated ginger
1/4 cup cherries, pitted and cut in half
1 tablespoon hemp seeds, (shelled)
2 tablespoons sunflower seeds
2 tablespoons pumpkin seeds
1 tablespoon ground flax seed
1 teaspoon raw agave syrup

Grate carrots and ginger into a bowl. Add the remaining ingredients until well mixed and coated. I just thought about this, but I could also add a 1/4 cup of shredded coconut (unsweetened). MMMMMmmmmmmm!! It tastes so good! Enjoy!

Monday, January 10, 2011

Thanks to the snow storm.

It is the same work to blaze your own trail as it is to walk in the path of others.

Inspiration? Snow storm

I forgot that today is my son's snack day for his class. Where he provides the snack and on the list for today: fruit.

Yeah. We're a little low on fruit in the house. That was the thought I had yesterday when we I asked my hubby to stop at the grocery store so I coiuld pick up a pre-cooked chicken for lunch at house church. While I was there, I thought that I should grab some fruit, so I picked up a few bananas, the chicken and headed to the til. My thought was to make it quick. In hindsight, I realize that I should have taken my time to think about the rest of the week as it was at the edge of one of the biggest snow dumps all winter (so for) and I probably should prepare and think ahead.

Well, I headed out the door this morning at 7am and bolted to the grocery store, about a mile away. 13 city blocks if that helps. I followed in the tracks of the cars or trucks that had driven down the back alley, thinking it would make it easier than walking through knee-deep snow. I decided to do interval sprints from bus stop to bus stop. Considering I had to get back in time to walk my kids through this knee deep snow ( I may carry a shovel or a sled LOL) in less than an hours time, I had no time to waste. Not to mention preparing the fruit to be "snack" sized for Kindergarteners. I dashed through the snow, and went and went and made it there pretty quickly to my amazement. Walked in, got fruit and then stopped....Well I might as well think ahead this time and I grabbed extra to accommodate for next's months turn at providing snack. With a HEAVY bag of fruit on my back and a bag in each hand, I charted of on my journey home. I saw that there were people waiting for the bus and decided I would RUN to catch that bus. I hopped on and asked if I could get a ride up the road a bit and the bus driver was so kind to help me out. It saved me valuable time and I took the back alleys again as my route. Following the treads of the tires and slipping as I tried to fit along the path they had set, I looked to the middle of the 2 tracks and decided to walk the big pile of snow instead. It was EASIER! I could lift my foot, make my own steps and strides, not having to worry about fitting into the path that had been set by someone or something else.

I then thought about my own life....trying to accommodate my "steps" in the path or expectations of someone else instead of deciding what is best for ME and what I was really capable of doing. I would like to think that I act in a way that benefits others and why NOT head out confidently, setting my own steps down on a new path instead of following in the steps of others. What if my shoe size is different? What it there stride is too close or too wide for me to land in. What WORK that would be to FIT into the steps of another. I see the direction that others have gone and I know that the direction they are going in may be the direction I want to go as well, but even though we go in the same direction, I don't necessarily have to fit into their shoes. We all have our own shoes to fill.

Well, off to prepare snack for my son's class and enjoy the day, having started it with a huge accomplishment and new insight.