Seeing Above the Clouds

My sister asked me this morning if I had “gave up on our blog.” If you haven’t noticed, she has kind of been carrying things for awhile.(Thanks for that Jen!) My response to her was that I have been working 10-12 hour days with mentally ill people and they have sucked the inspiration out of me. I’ve pondered on this for awhile and some of my own words have come back to hit me! Such as, “don’t let other people steal your joy,” “nobody can control your feelings, they aren’t that powerful,” “you must take care of yourself in order to truly take care of others.” All great sayings and truths…follow them and you will feel better. Sometimes though I think we get caught up in darkness and forget about all of the sunshine that is really out there…sometimes we have to just¬† move through it.

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I recently took a trip to Georgia. Of course it was a rushed process and it was windy, rainy and cold. None of those helped my mood. After finally taking off I was watching out the window (I ALWAYS have to have a window seat!!!) As we ascended higher and higher we moved through the clouds and soon we were flying above the clouds and it was a beautiful sunny day. I thought “wow, look how easy that was to find the sun!!” From the ground it was gloomy and cold, but just a short way up, the sun WAS shining. I thought that was a great life lesson.I think when things get a little stressful and we start to loose our focus, we start feeling everything around us is is dark and gloomy. I think at this time we have to remember we have our own “Son” right there to fill us with light! I think we would all benefit if we would just remember the light of God is always there to fill us up, just as the bright sunny day is just an airplane ride away. So, the inspiration of this post…look for the light, don’t get caught up in the darkness that the stressors of life can bring. And never forget that you are in control of all of that. So today this counselor had to listen and start to practice a little of what she preaches!! Sometimes the counselor has to look in the mirror and give herself a good talking too. Have a wonderful day and enjoy the sunshine both outside and inside!!

Peace,

Julie

Lessons in Powerlessness

Hi there website world. This is Julie. I have to thank Jennifer for covering for me the last week. My back put me totally out of commission for several days. Lets put it this way…I got a bonus vacation this summer…from Wednesday to Saturday I was in the hospital trying to get things under control (thank GOD it settled down.) Adding insult to injury was the fact that my birthday was on Thursday.For once I had laid out a full day of birthday plans for myself!! I was going to go to the beach, and then head to the Armada Fair to hear my favorite country music star Mr. DeWayne Spaw in concert! So Thursday, the big day, arrives and I still can’t walk. Well..you all know I’m an inspirational kind of lady hence the website :), and I decided it wasn’t going to depress me. So I picked out the positive things of the day. Number one…I was served not only breakfast in bed…but lunch and dinner too!! And it was quiet…no demands, nobody needing me for anything. And they gave me very nice things to help me relax. And my family didn’t forget me or my birthday!!! The day ended with my husband, mom and my two youngest girls and their families showing up with cupcakes and presents. Not the day I had planned, but hey it worked!!! I truly learned the meaning of being powerless last week. Powerless is a topic I talk about a lot in my job. How we sometimes have to just accept that things are what they are and we just have no control. I could have been whiny and pouty or accept what was and deal with it. I chose to deal with it and it made all the difference in the world! So…I guess I am growing too. Now this story kind of has a cool ending because today I was well enough to go to the beach. Doctors orders were to rest and relax and what better place to do it than the beach!! I spent some quality time with my sister and niece and even got to introduce my niece to a little rock collecting (I think I found my rock hunting buddy!!!) We ended the day with a girls only bonfire and smores!!! So while it wasn’t my birthday today, we took the opportunity to just enjoy “being.” It’s important to find time just to “be”!! I encourage you all to try it!!! Hope you all have a wonderful week!! Check out the pictures of our great day!!

Blessings

Julie

Beach day I truly learned the meaning of being powerless last week. Powerless is a topic I talk about a lot in my job. How we sometimes have to just accept that things are what they are and we just have no control. Beach hats Julie and Jen bonfire Liza at Beach