Above, is a picture of one of the many montages I have placed strategically around my bedroom & bathroom. Whenever guests are over & use my bathroom, they often take a little longer than expected, claiming they were reading my list of ‘100 Dreams’ taped to the medicine cabinet or the different quotes of motivation I have penciled on the mirror with lipstick. Hey, it’s something that helps me. I’m in my bathroom first thing in the morning & it’s the last place I am before I get into my bed – so I have to stare at my list & quotes & pictures all of the time. Great reminders of what I am working for, and a picture keeps it in the forefront of my head.
Today was the kind of day that I had 100% booked with a million things to do… and then plans changed unexpectedly all across the board. Thank goodness for frequently educating myself the art of flexibility within my day-to-day schedule! Or I could’ve been a right piece of work & no one would’ve wanted to deal with a nasty bad attitude… oh, how I’ve progressed in the past few months! 🙂
Here is something my mom told me this afternoon as I relayed to her that I felt I was being ‘flaked-on’ and ‘not taken seriously’ and ‘working around the schedule of everyone but myself’ : “Well, you can’t live anyone else’s life but Jen-Jen’s.” Yes, Jen-Jen is one of the many nicknames my parents have for me. But these words hold a lot of truth.
It is true that when you have plans with another person, you need to work together to find a set time & date that works well for both parties. But if someone continually calls you last minute to cancel or regularly ‘forgets’ and doesn’t show up at all… it may be time to move on. This applies to friends, love interests, business clients, etc. For a long time, I’d often bow down to the time of others & let my day mold around everything anyone else needed to take care of – even if it meant multiple changes of plans & constant excuses. I felt like an awkward fish flopping on a deck when they didn’t show up or called to cancel! Here’s an example:
Isn’t it interesting, when we’re out & about… how we will meet a stranger or see a face that sticks with us all day long? Maybe even longer? Perhaps they had an exceptionally kind gesture towards us or just ‘something about them‘…
When I was younger, I used to say to my parents that this phenomenon was ‘Jesus in disguise, daddy!’ or ‘I think that was an angel in the car in front of us who paid for your coffee!’ or ‘I’m sure of it, God was asking him to let us merge into traffic!’
As I grew older, this idea faded into the back of my mind… it was silly.
But I know now that I walk in God’s favor. He is always watching out for me. Like a personal body guard. And His promises are better than any fortune cookie could give me!
Happy to be alive! It has been a thoughtful morning at my desk… and tonight is date night with my beau! Going to a fun restaurant that includes a live show whilst gobbling up some delicious grub. It is a bit of a drive to get there, but well worth it!
Much love, xx
It has been MONTHS since I last blogged… and a busy several months it has been! A summer’s worth of hard work & soul searching. Isn’t it funny how sometimes the things we are so anxious about doing turn out to be the best experiences? Goes to show that stepping out of one’s comfort zone is actually the only way to have the extraordinary things in life!
Writing is something I love. Blogging included, but mostly fiction. Short stories. Poetry. I want to write more. I have begun to use my time more wisely by working on my organization skills & self-discipline. It’s tough work, but well worth it!
Learning to set aside time to do what you love is very important. 🙂
Lots of love,