Overload!

Overload

Good Morning Everyone!

This post is coming a little late because frankly, I couldn’t for the life of me think of an earth shattering, highly inspiring, wonderful story to share. I’m thinking maybe because my brain is on such overload that it’s frozen? Ever felt that way? Sometimes I wish that I could just plug my brain in and download some of the unneeded items. I know I’m getting older, but I sure seem to be forgetting a lot of things lately. My cousin posted in Facebook yesterday about going to do something, getting distracted, doing about 6 other things and by the end forgetting what it was she was originally going to do. I had to laugh because that is so me! Sometimes I try to figure out, am I ADHD, or just on overload. And then I go over my schedule in my head and I think it’s overload. I have so many things rolling around in my brain to keep track of that I think I do just end up in overload. Having a job with unpredictable hours and never knowing if the schedule is going to go as planned: trying to work in seeing my 4 grandchildren; trying to figure out how and when I can get back to Georgia to see my other grandchildren; trying to make the older kids softball/baseball games and work getting in the way; how am I going to get the house cleaned, outside stuff done and don’t forget the laundry. I have my own lunch to pack every day which for some reason seems to take a long time. And there we go, what am I going to put in that lunch, because last night I got home from work at 8:30 which meant no dinner, so no leftovers. Heaven help me if I actually had children at home to be taking care of. Kudos to the mom’s out there doing this and taking care of kids. My daughter called at 8:00 last night and I said I was “resting.” She asked why I would be napping at 8. Well, it was so I could stay awake until bedtime. In addition to all of the above I also have something called fibromyalgia which causes chronic pain and lack of sleep, and that is a whole other story. So see? This is why I want to “download” some of this. My brain just feels full. Despite all of this I really try hard to never forget to hav fun. Having fun is so important. It IS a priority to me. (Refer back to getting house cleaned, laundry, etc. not getting done because I will always pick fun!) My sister is such the opposite of me. She is organized and cleans a lot. I asked her the other day, why are you cleaning again. Isn’t there something more fun to do. It seems she doesn’t always get enough fun. We constantly try and plan things but just can’t seem to find time.

Okay, so where am I going with all this? I told you it would be rambling. It’s my life right now. Do I dream of having all the time in the world to do what I want, when I want…well sure I do. But truthfully, after a few days of that I would probably be bored to death. This is who I am, who I’ve always been and probably will always be. After all, every day this is what I try and teach my clients. Be who you are. You are the boss of you. Take care of yourself and ALWAYS be sure to put some fun in your life.!

I just wonder if anyone else out there can relate with these ramblings! Maybe I will consider those lists my sister is always talking about…maybe it would help…but knowing me, I would just lose the list!!

I hope you all have a great day!!

Julie

P.S. Forgot about keeping up with social media, keeping up with my little games and trying to keep the 2000 emails out of my inbox!!!

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

Words of Peace and Hope

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Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV)

When I come across a Bible verse that personally speaks to me, I write it in a little notebook that I keep in my desk.  I find myself going back to that notebook over and over to re-read these special verses.

Today was just one of those difficult days we all encounter in life. fraught with stress and tension.  I needed to find some peace for my soul and this verse really spoke to me.  God’s word does that for me, brings me back to a place of peace and hope.

Do you have a favorite verse you like to meditate on?  We would love to have you share it!  I am continually discovering verses that bring me comfort.

~Blessings,

Jen

 

The God Box

Greetings on this blustery snowy day in Michigan!!

I wanted to share with you something our Pastor did during children’s time last Sunday. A gracious man from our church made these beautiful little wood boxes that the pastor handed out to all of the children. He called them “God Boxes,” and explained how anytime something was bothering them, they could write it down and put it in the box. I noticed a few adults around me shaking their heads and indicated they thought it a great idea. I said to my neighbor, “I might need a little bigger box!”

So as I thought more about this I thought, this is REALLY a great idea! How many times do we all just let things rattle around in our heads, struggle with them, and let them stress us out, when all we really need to do is turn them over to God. I thought the box would be a great reminder to do this and I’ve found it very satisfying just writing it down, putting in the box for God to handle, and letting go. It is peaceful and made me feel good to get it off my mind.

I found a box at Hobby Lobby that seemed perfect for what I was looking for, but you could use almost anything you want. I kind of wanted mine to look special, and as I said, I needed a little bigger box than the kids. So here is my box!

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Have a great day!

Julie

Be Inspired To Listen

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” Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own;  you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.”  

                                                                                                           1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (NIV)

I have been dealing with a back injury since February of this year.  At the time of the injury, I thought I could just work through it and it would go away, but it didn’t.  Ten months later I am finally starting to feel better.  This journey to healing has been a frustrating one, but I have learned a lot about listening to my body.  I have had to learn to be patient with myself and give my body time to heal.

Up until this injury, I was pretty active and ran five days a week.  After the injury, I kept running for four months despite the pain.  I kept thinking it would get better and I could just run through the pain.  The old adage of “no pain, no gain” was not working for me. I finally decided to seek some help, trying a few different options, until I eventually ended up with a prescription for physical therapy. One of the first directions my physical therapist gave me was to stop running.  This was a tough one to follow,  I had never had an injury that kept me from doing the things I wanted to do.  For me, running is not only a great form of exercise but it is also helps me to stay mentally fit!

Over the course of my treatment, my physical therapist taught me exercises that would help strengthen my back and improve my pain level.  I had a few setbacks during the course of treatment, when I would try to run and then realize my body wasn’t ready for that type of exercise yet. (I can be a slow learner sometimes!)  Over the weeks, I learned to really stop and listen to my body.  If I was in pain, I would try to listen to my body and  if  it was telling me I needed a  more gentle exercise or even rest, then that was what I needed to do!  It was a very hard lesson for me, to slow down and listen, but it was definitely one I needed to learn!

I started thinking about how listening to our body is something that often gets lost in this busy, fast-paced world.  I know I am guilty of rushing through my day, not always getting enough sleep or nourishing my body with healthy food.  When I really stopped to think about it, why wouldn’t I listen and care for myself?  Why would I take for granted this most precious gift of life from God?  I started thinking about how intricately God designed us, all that goes on inside our bodies each day from our beating hearts to the gift of sight and sound and all of the other many systems within that allow us to live each day.  This motivates me to want to take better care of myself.  In doing so, I can honor God and live my best life, a life of service to the One who created me.

I am human and I know I won’t always listen like I should, but I am going to try.  If I am tired, I will get some rest, if I am in pain, I will slow down and care for myself .  When I am feeling stressed, I will take a deep breath and try to manage it better.  If I feel like jumping for joy, I think I will do that too!  These are just a few of the things I can do to listen and take care of myself.  In a month where we focus on thankfulness, I can’t help but reflect on and be so very  thankful for this beautiful gift of life God has given me!

~Blessings,

Jen