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Spiritual Truths from Frying an Egg?

God can speak to us in so many different ways. If you are listening, He can lay down some spiritual truth in something as simple as cooking breakfast.

How do you like your eggs?

I’m an over medium girl. Fully cooked whites with a nice sunny, flavorful yolk. Unfortunately if I see any uncooked egg white, I’m done.

At 52 I’ve cooked a lot of eggs, but it wasn’t until a few years ago that I learned how to make a perfect over medium egg.

My friend, Joe, used to be a short order cook. He taught me how to cook eggs the right way. You see the trick to a perfect over medium egg is to break the egg whites. By breaking the egg whites it allows the whites to be more level and to cook more uniformly. Once I learned this my breakfast game just got a lot better.

The “spiritual” truth about over medium eggs

Today my eggs didn’t fare so well. I broke one of the yolks when I flipped it. That’s when it hit me. I realized the reason it broke was because its foundation wasn’t ready. It hadn’t cooked enough on the bottom to hold it all together.

How is my foundation? Is it strong enough to withstand the constant “flipping” of life? If our foundations aren’t solid and strong, we will fail. Just like the egg I flipped, broken.

Build that foundation!

What did I do wrong? It’s really simple. I got impatient. I attempted to flip it before it was ready.

So how do I start my day? Do I spend time in the Word? Do I feed my soul first? Or do I get impatient and just jump into my day with no preparation for what may come my way?

To be completely truthful, I have to say I’m more like the latter. But on those days when I get it right I see such a huge difference in my day! Is everything perfect and sunny? Uh no. Not so much. But guess what, I handle it better. I’m less stressed and more confident.

Priorities, y’all.

How do you start your day? Share with me in the comments.

Self-care

When Hiding is Your Self-Care

I’m going to take a big risk here and be totally transparent. And raw. I have spent a lot of time this summer reflecting. For the most part, I’m a pretty open book. I wear my heart on my sleeve and I don’t have much trouble putting it out there. Then there are those times when I need to close myself off. It’s not a choice, but an absolute necessity. The walls go up. I become distant and even the simplest social setting is exhausting to the point that I need to sleep to recover. I would rather stay home with my husband and kids than venture out into the world.  I guess hiding is a form of self-care for me.

When hiding is your self care.

The me they see

I’m pretty much a “what you see is what you get” person. I’m direct, honest and sometimes a bit blunt. I’m loud. I am opinionated, but can handle others’ opinions in a reasonable dialogue. I’m fairly open about most things. I’m fluent in sarcasm and I find most things in life amusing. Mom always said, “It’s better to have laugh lines than frown lines.” My mom was right. I laugh, a lot.  I can be the life of the party, when I am able.

The me they don’t see

The key phrase is “when I am able”. Truth: I’m not always able. I have spent most of my summer struggling with social situations. I’ve avoided most social events, except for church, Bible study and our usual Saturday club breakfasts.

I did venture out to one activity one night but for the entire first half of the evening I sat glued to my phone. When someone made the comment about several of us being on our phones at a party, I decided to just be completely honest, “This is my wall. I need to stay behind it right now.” We actually had a really great conversation, we got each other. She understood my need for my “wall”. One-on-one was okay, I could deal with those odds. A crowd was too much. Once half the crowd was gone I felt safe to come out from behind the wall. I was even able to relax and enjoy the rest of the evening.

The me that hides

Unfortunately, sitting in a social situation glued to your iPhone is generally considered rude. But if they only knew. The cost of coming out from behind my wall can be so high.

I’ve spent several months withdrawing from an anti-depressant and anti-anxiety medication that is not a healthy choice for me. Please, if you are on medication, do not think I am bashing you, or condemning you. I am not. But I had to look at myself and my personal situation and decide what was best for me. It was a very hard decision and it has been very hard on me both physically and emotionally.

I was prepared for the physical withdrawal. I spent months doing research and reading what others had gone through. I talked with my Nurse Practitioner and we agreed on a plan to wean me off the medication. But nothing, and I mean NOTHING, could have prepared me for the emotional withdrawal. I felt emotions I had forgotten existed. Everything made, and still makes me cry. I hate to cry!

Add to this that I am an HSP, or Highly Sensitive Person and it has all been completely overwhelming. That doesn’t mean I am just sensitive, get triggered easily or get my feelings hurt easily. It’s the way God created me.

The me that shares

I say all this because I know I am not alone. I am not the only person who is sitting on their phone in a crowd, hiding. I am not the only person who cries herself to sleep and can’t explain why. I am not the only person who fears, yes fears, going into social situations where I am expected to be “on.” I am not the only person who has to have quiet for at least a small part of the day to keep it together. I am not the only person who wonders if people hate me because I’m hiding. There are so many of us out there. I want you to know, you are not alone!! And it’s okay. I get you.

Take care of you. Develop some means of self-care, even if it is just taking a nap or taking time to read, take a walk or be creative. It is not selfish – it is necessary. Allow yourself to feel. It’s okay.

For those of you who have no idea what I’m saying, thank God right now that you don’t. You don’t want to understand it, trust me. But if you love someone who does there are things you can do to help them. First, make sure they are getting the help they need. Support them even when you don’t understand. Give them quiet and space. Allow them to cry and don’t expect explanations. You may not get them. It’s not because they don’t want to tell you, but because they may not even be able to explain it themselves. Validate their feelings. Don’t betray their trust in you. Don’t say things implying that they don’t have a reason to cry or that they are overreacting. Encourage them to be open and share how they feel. Pick up on their physical queues – know when they are reaching their limit and it’s time for a break.

For the rest of you, don’t assume the woman on her phone is being rude. She may be hiding. But guess what, she can handle a one-on-one conversation, although she won’t likely initiate one. She is probably nice, funny and would be a good friend. But she is also scared. She probably doesn’t trust easily. It may take some time to really get to know her. But it is probably worth the time.

Children/Parenting, Midlife

The Not Quite Empty Nest

When my kids grow up I am going to have time. I will read and drink coffee without interruption. I will have the cleanest house on the block. The fantasy of the empty nest. Yeah, right.

The first reality

Spilled drinks. Mountains of laundry usually due to said spilled drinks. Stepping on building blocks, toy cars and dolls. The endless meal prep. Driving them to ball games, practice, school and church. Parent teacher conferences. More laundry. Dirty dishes. Lost shoes. Sibling rivalry. More dirty dishes. More laundry.

When I was raising our five kids that was my life. Oddly enough, I enjoyed it. I loved being around my kids! I mean, they really were great kids.

Life was chaotic, but you know, it was my chaos.

When my kids grow up I am going to have time. I will read and drink coffee without interruption. I will have the cleanest house on the block. The fantasy of the empty nest. Yeah right. I must have fallen asleep and been dreaming!

The fantasy

As much as I loved being a mom, especially when I was blessed to be a stay at home mom, I had this fantasy.

Some day, when my  kids were grown, we would have an empty nest. I usually had these fantasies after the 20-minute sibling argument, I had just found ANOTHER dirty glass and I was sitting on the couch nursing my sore foot which had fallen victim to a small airplane. Those hurt the worst by the way. My house was clean. I would only do laundry one day a week. I would not step on anything that wasn’t supposed to be there. The dishes would stay clean. The counter tops would stay clear. There would be no junk laying around the house. I could read a book and enjoy a cup of coffee. I could craft all day. Oh the bliss!

The cold, harsh reality

Wake up!! Oh my! I must have fallen asleep and been dreaming! I wash laundry every day. I trip over my dogs. We don’t want to talk about the dishes, in my current mental state I will probably have a meltdown. Just this week I told my kids, “If you don’t stop leaving your dirty dishes I am going to make you ask permission to use my kitchen. Your car keys will be required as a deposit and you will only get them back when you have washed your dishes and cleaned up the kitchen.” I’m serious, y’all. I. Am. Done.

I have read the same chapter in a book at least six times because I keep forgetting what I read and I keep getting interrupted. I warm my coffee in the microwave an average of four times per cup. Crafts? Uh well I have a new “craft room” that I can barely walk in and I have no idea where anything is. It’s in a box somewhere.

The not-so empty nest

Being a mom of adult children of which four live at home has its challenges. But before you start telling me to kick those little (big) birds out of the nest, you need to know one thing. There is no where for them to go. I live in a small town with very limited rental opportunities. You should see the house we chose to rent when we moved here. It was definitely not what we wanted but it was the best of the four, yes the only four, options that were available.

So for now, this is my reality. I still love being around my kids. They are still great kids, well adults. I just wish they would do their dishes!!

How about you? Are there any not-quite-empty-nesters out there that feel my pain? Anyone? Bueller? Anyone? Let me know in the comments.

Top 5 faves kitchen edition
Cooking, Efficiency, Instant Pot

Top 5 Faves – Kitchen Appliances Edition

What if someone came to you and said that you could only keep five kitchen appliances? Some of you may be thinking, “Do I have to have five?” Not me. I’m a gadget girl! I absolutely must have certain appliances in my kitchen. These are things that make a difference between are we having dinner or cereal tonight? Not that having cereal for dinner is a terrible thing. The original plan is to have a healthy, home-cooked meal on the table every night. However life happens and I have to confess that we still occasionally have cereal nights, it is what it is.

Come along on a tour of my top five faves!

1. The Instant Pot

I just can’t say enough about my Instant Pot! From pot roast to steel cut oats I could, and sometimes do, use this every day. It’s great for those nights when we forgot to set dinner out to thaw or even just when we need a faster fix for dinner. Check out my Instant Pot Egg Salad recipe.

2. My Keurig Keurig

I should have probably listed this first as it is the first thing I reach for in the morning. Coffee, tea, hot chocolate – all in about a minute or less. You just can’t beat that. Oh and that cute little owl holding my coffee pods is actually a candle holder. We have the drawer for the pods but my kitchen cabinets are too low and I just think the owl is cuter.

3. My Spiralizer 

This is my newest purchase and is great for cutting veggies to make noodles or salads. My husband and I are both trying to stick to healthier eating plans that feature low and healthier carbs. This is so helpful and much faster than the manual ones. I have a hard time manipulating those when my hands are hurting and stiff.

4. My Kitchen Aid Mixer 

Several years ago my husband surprised me with this at Christmas. It is still one of my favorite things in my kitchen. Today I used it to shred chicken breasts that I cooked in the Instant Pot. See what I did there?

5. My Ninja Blender

Last but definitely not least, I love my Ninja! I have never been much of a blender person but I use this a lot. From smoothies to healthy shakes this is one busy appliance in my house. This particular model also has the food processor and two single drink attachments.

As I am trying to put healthier meals on the table the one thing I continue to find is that eating healthier requires more work. We have tried to move away from the prepared and processed foods to more whole and fresh foods. Having a well equipped kitchen is key to this. It is not required but it sure makes things easier.

Tell me in the comments what your favorite kitchen appliances are? What makes your meal prep easier? What can’t you live without in your kitchen?

Change, Children/Parenting, Midlife

Finding the Positive

Hi Friends! I thought I would share something that has been life changing for me. Even in a bad situation, I try to find the positive to focus on.

Stress and worry has caused me both emotional and physical problems. Recently I found myself in a very stressful situation. While worrying about what if, as I usually do, I decided to try something a little different.

Worst Case Scenario

I began to question. What is the worst thing that can come from this? What is the absolute worst thing? Will anyone die? Will I lose my husband? What about my kids? I have to give my husband a little credit for this. He has been known to ask me these questions before when he has had to talk me off the proverbial ledge.

With those things out of the way I began to think the situation through to the absolute worst thing that could happen. It was bad. But it was just one more lesson in life – albeit painful, it wasn’t fatal.

What Are The Positives?

I took this a little further and began to wonder, could something positive come from this? From the very worst possible outcome of this particular situation, could there be a silver lining? I decided to look for something positive. I challenged myself to write down five positive things that could come out of the worst case scenario. This is actually kind of embarrassing to admit, but I had five things written down in less than a minute.

Sometimes it takes looking at something from a different perspective to get a more realistic view.

What Do I Do Now?

I still had to deal with the situation. It didn’t play out as bad as I imagined – of course I did imagine the very worst outcome. I did have to step back and take a good hard look at myself and the situation that I had allowed. I had to take some responsibility, actually, a lot of responsibility. I also had to make some changes. And change hurts.

Since then, I have used this process multiple times. I’ve also shared it with my kids. In fact, my word for 2018 is “Positive” and I try to think of five positive things from my day each night before I go to sleep. My outlook on things is definitely better. My attitude is better. Life in general just seems better.

What are some things you do that help you handle difficult situations? Share in the comments.

 

Change

20 Ways to Change the World, Peacefully

We all want to change the world. I made the decision prior to starting my blog that I would refrain from political posts. They are too divisive and quite frankly not with the theme of my blog. However, the recent political and cultural climate is heartbreaking. I have seen news reports and pictures of grown adults acting despicably. They are spewing hate on both sides and instead of trying to engage in meaningful conversation they are resorting to name calling and violence.

What have we become as a country and a society when we fight over everything? What ever happened to talking things out? When did it become ok to destroy public property? I have no problem with protesting something that is wrong or that you feel very strongly about, but act like adults, not petulant toddlers with potty mouths.

My daughter, speaking of the eclipse, said, “Mom it was so awesome. For a few minutes we all stopped hating each other and just stared at the sun.” She is 19. I was so humbled by her wisdom. I just wish we could all see that.

We all want to see change in the world. To quote Michael Jackson, “Let’s start with the man (woman) in the mirror.”

I have compiled a list of 20 things you can do to change the world. Right where you are. None of them involve violence or name calling. None of them involve hate. Most of them are small. Simple things you can do to make a difference right in your own little corner of the world.

  1. Pray. Pray for peace. Pray for your friends. Pray for your enemies. Pray for those you think are your enemies even though they may not be.
  2. Listen. Try to understand the other person’s point of view, even if you don’t agree.
  3. Give. Share with someone less fortunate.
  4. Lower your voice. No one hears you when you are shouting. They only hear noise.
  5. Use your manners. Yes ma’am. No ma’am. Yes sir. No sir. Please. Thank you. Excuse me.
  6. Smile. You never really know the power of a smile to someone who is having a bad day.
  7. Stop. Before you say something think of how it might make the other person feel.
  8. Don’t assume. We are all individuals with our own thoughts, feelings and beliefs. Don’t assume you know someone you don’t.
  9. Realize that everyone has their own story. You don’t know it.
  10. Take someone a meal who can’t get out of the house.
  11. Visit someone in the hospital or nursing home that never has visitors. It’s amazing what a change in perspective will do for you.
  12. Send a care package to a service man or woman. Whether you agree with their mission or not we can all agree they are human and far from home.
  13. Respect law enforcement. Yes there are bad cops but there are bad EVERYTHING.  The good far outweighs the bad.
  14. Vote. If you don’t like the people in power, use your vote to make a difference.
  15. Meet your neighbors. It used to be that when someone fell on hard times or needed something they went to their family, then the church then their neighbors. Everyone pitched in and helped. Most people don’t even know their neighbors these days. We have become closed off and we have lost our sense of community.
  16. Put down your phones. Have real conversations, face to face.
  17. Realize that you don’t have to attend every argument you are invited to. No one really wins an argument.
  18. Suck it up! People will disagree with you. People will offend you. It will happen. It has happened many times to me. I’m still here. It may have hurt my feelings but I’m ok. Disagreeing and being offended are a part of life. It happens. Move on.
  19. Do random acts of kindness. Pay for the person behind you at a drive through. Take cookies to the police, fire, EMTs etc.
  20. LOVE!!!!  Love, honor and respect your parents. Love your children, Love your wife. Love your husband. Love each other.

“If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.  If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing.  If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing. Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out.  Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.

Prophecy and speaking in unknown languages and special knowledge will become useless. But love will last forever! Now our knowledge is partial and incomplete, and even the gift of prophecy reveals only part of the whole picture! But when the time of perfection comes, these partial things will become useless.

When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child. But when I grew up, I put away childish things. Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity.  All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.

Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.”

1 Corinthians 13:1-7, 13 NLT

Share with me in the comments how YOU are going to change the world.

Peace & Grace,

Dianna

Midlife, Organizing, Planning

Back to School – Morning Mayhem Minus the Kids

This week was back to school for me. This actually means back to work. Back to work means morning mayhem.

I love having my summers off but that means that when school starts each year I have to remake my routine. My goal is always to get my routine down regardless of whether I’m working or not. Working just makes it more essential.

I enjoy getting back in the swing of things. But I’d be lying if I said I didn’t miss sleeping late, binge-watching Gilmore Girls and sneaking in naps during the day. I’d also be lying if I didn’t mention that I like food and shelter more. I’ve grown accustomed to such luxuries.

Now that I don’t have any littles around to get ready in the morning my mornings run a little bit smoother. I still manage most days to be running out the door, coffee cup in hand, trying to remember if I remembered everything. I probably should have tried harder today since I forgot my breakfast. A cheese stick is not a good substitute for a breakfast. Just sayin’.

A few things that help my morning run smoother:

 

I don’t wash my hair everyday. That takes way too much time. Remember when our mothers used to wash and set their hair once a week? What happened that caused us to decide we needed to wash our hair everyday. In truth most people can go 2-3 days in between washings. I wash my hair Wednesdays and Sundays unless something happens to get it really dirty in the meantime. It’s long, thick and has a little bit of curl so it usually ends up in a ponytail, clippie or a messy bun.

 

 

Makeup is minimal. Eyeliner, lipstick and blush are a must every day. If I have time I will add in eye shadow and in the winter I will try to add in tinted moisturizer or foundation. Rarely I will add mascara.  I like it, I just usually don’t wear it.  My usual daily makeup routine takes about 3 minutes at the most.

 

 

I make sure to have my coffee ready the night before. The Keurig is filled and the cup is sitting out waiting for me. I must have my coffee to function. Coffee is not an option. I drink coffee for the protection of those around me. If I can get up early enough, and that is my goal, mornings always start better with coffee and Jesus.

 

 

 

 

Breakfast and lunch is ready for me to grab and go or at least toss in the microwave. Theoretically this happens every day. Realistically it happens once or twice a week.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am always looking for ways to step up my game in the morning. Share some of your morning tips in the comments.

Cleaning, Organizing

Medicine Cabinet Clean up

It all started with the search for acetaminophen and ibuprofen to give to my grandson. The medicine cabinet was such a mess I couldn’t find anything.  Since I was obviously not going anywhere today, I decided to let the decluttering begin.

All of this…
…was all stuffed in this small space

We also keep medicine in the linen closet. These are the items we don’t use as much.

The linen closet BEFORE
Another picture of the linen closet. What a mess!!

I am currently involved in a pretty big decluttering project, but this, well, this was manageable. This could actually be completed in one day. In fact, I was able to finish this in about an hour and that included stopping at various points to take pictures. If you have not cleaned out your medicine cabinet lately, grab some supplies and let’s get started.

Let’s clean out this medicine cabinet!!

Bring all your medicines out and put them someplace where it will be easy to work. I chose my couch so I could keep an eye on my grandson while he watched Paw Patrol.

All the medicine I gathered from the linen closet and the kitchen cabinet.

Gather

  • 2 trash bags – preferably different colors. I used a black one for expired meds and a white one for trash like empty boxes, etc.
  • A box or basket to put the medicines in that you will keep

  • A black Sharpie or permanent marker

 

Sort

  • Start with all your prescription drugs. Check the date, is it still good? If it has expired take the marker and mark through any identifying information such as name, birthdate, address and prescription number. Then put it in the expired bag to be disposed of.

  • Next do any OTC (over the counter) medicines. Check the dates and put them in the correct box or bag. If you can’t find a date and can’t remember buying it recently, err on the side of caution and dispose of it. One thing i did to make it easier on me in the future was to write the expiration date on the box or bottle so it would be more noticeable.

  • If the expired medicines were in a box I put the medicines in the expired bag and then put the box in the trash bag.

Here they are all sorted out.

Dispose of
Keep

 

 

 

 

 

 

What you need to do with the expired medicine.

The best thing to do is to call a local pharmacist or the local police department. In the county where I live the Sheriff’s office has a take-back program where expired drugs can be dropped off.

Up until several years ago the accepted way to dispose of medications was to flush them. Now, however, that is no longer recommended. According to the FDA this is the correct way to dispose of expired medications. The article also lists options if your city or town does not have a drug take-back program.

Most over the counter (OTC) medications can be thrown away, however I called my local pharmacy and spoke with the pharmacist and she recommended the disposal options with the Sheriff’s office. Since I do have grandkids and furbabies I wanted to make sure that I handled them the safest way possible.

The final results

 

This is the medicine that will go back into the kitchen cabinet.
This will go back in the linen closet. These are things we don’t use as often.
The cleaned out linen closet. (Stay tuned for my next post where I will finish this closet)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I hope you follow along as I declutter, downsize and organize my house. There is so much to do and I would love to have lots of company. What decluttering projects do you have on your to do list? Share them with me in the comments.

Dianna

 

Parenting and children

College and Careers – My Opinions

Parenting adult children has it’s own challenges. I spent the day with my son visiting a college in Nashville. He spent the day explaining multiple times why he has been out of school for 3 years, and is just now looking at colleges.

Personally I don’t feel that there is anything wrong with that.  I’m not a fan of kids going to college right out of high school. I believe that for some kids they need to live a little. They need to experience what’s out there so they can make a truly educated decision. Sometimes they need to work for minimum wage to realize that it’s impossible to live on that amount of money.

My son works as a security guard at a hospital. For the most part he likes his job, but he is smart enough to realize that this is not the career for him.  It may be for someone else, but not for him. I believe having the opportunity to see what he doesn’t want goes a long way to him finding what he does want.

In contrast my youngest daughter just finished her first year of college in May. She changed her major multiple times in that year before settling on Business with an emphasis in Entrepreneurship. She is her mother’s daughter. I’m pretty sure I hold a record where I started college in major changes. I went back to college in my 40’s and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BS in Human Resources Management. Unfortunately I’m not even using my degree because there is no demand for that in the small rural town we live in.

How many of you have kids who are struggling with the decision of what to major in or when and if to go to college? Do you have kids who graduated knowing exactly what they wanted to do or do you have kids who needed that extra time to decide and figure it all out? Tell me in the comments.

 

Midlife

Change is Good, Change is Inevitable

Hi Friends! It has been 11 days since I posted. It has been a very busy 11 days – physically and emotionally. So much has been going on in my world and it’s not necessarily bad, but there is definitely changing involved.  In fact, several changes are coming.

There has been a lot of focus on change this summer. I have been participating in a wonderful online Bible Study through Womens Bible Cafe which offers small group studies on Facebook. The study is on the book “Overwhelmed” by Kathi Lipp & Cheri Gregory To say this book has been awesome and life-changing for me would be such an understatement. As women, we tend to suffer from an ongoing identity crisis. Or maybe it’s just me. But for the majority of my life I have really struggled with who I am, who I am supposed to be and what I should be doing with my life.

While this book is about the overwhelm we feel in our lives and how to manage and avoid it, it is also about connecting with who we really are and our personality types. So far I have found that my personality type is a Driver and I am an hsp (highly sensitive person.) If you know me personally, none of this should come as any surprise to you. My husband looked at me like, “really?”

Setting Goals

The authors encourage us to set goals and so I set one. Actually I have set several, some before even reading the book. One goal was this blog. I have wanted to start a blog for years, but only recently decided I was brave enough to do so. Incidentally my word for 2017 is Brave. I am not risk tolerant so starting a business with a friend and starting a blog are HUGE for me.

The one big goal I have is to get out of debt and downsize our house. As my kids are moving out and moving on with their lives it’s my turn and my husband’s turn to move on with ours. We have been married 33 years and in that 33 years we have accumulated a lot of STUFF. Tons of stuff. I like stuff and to some degree have an almost unhealthy relationship with stuff. But now, I want to get rid of some of this stuff. Some will go with my kids. Some will go to Goodwill or another donation center, while others will perform double duty and help me reduce our debt and start saving for the house we will eventually buy. My goal is to actually buy the house for cash and then sell this one.

Business Goals

In order to accomplish this goal the business I co-own is also undergoing changes. We are still going to continue on with our vinyl crafts but no longer sell vinyl. It’s all about evaluating the options and seeing what is the most profitable options and where we want to spend our limited time. We have also decided to move from our current location and move our business back home. Again, where is the most profitable place to invest our money? We will also be adding a whole new business model to the mix and that will more than likely overtake the previous one at some point.

Blog Goals

Now for the blog. Certainly you saw that the blog was going to have to change since everything else is changing. Since my blog is new and I have tried to find my niche and where I fit in with the blogging world I have decided that my blog will reflect my life. Life for me right now is about downsizing, organizing, time management, saving money and getting debt free. So that is where Dogwood Lane Diaries is headed. I really hope you will stay along for the ride and please tell your friends. I love friends!!

Change is good! This has been a wonderful summer of self-discovery and change. Hopefully for the better. I really feel like for once I almost have a grasp on the question of who I am.

So tell me, what changes are you making in your life right now? What do you want or need to change? Talk to me!! (As a side note, my blog is set up to let me approve comments. I don’t like spam. So for some reason when people are leaving comments it is giving them an error message. I am actually getting the comments and will approve them ASAP so please be patient and don’t worry about the error message. If you know anything about wordpress and why this may be happening I welcome your input)