Look On The Bright Side

I love to wake up to the sound of birds chirping on my alarm clock. For years, I have been able to use this particular choice of alarm clock sound to wake me up every morning. I did not realize how picking this particular alarm clock sound would not do me any favors in the future.

There have always been a family of cardinals living around my house. The male is always very happy and sings his songs in the early morning daylight hours everyday from the telephone pole behind my house.

Out of the blue, this little guy has changed his morning routine of singing and is now starting in the early morning hours while it is still dark outside (around 5AM).

Like I said, I did not do myself any favors by picking an alarm clock sound that sounded like birds. Guess what? At 5AM when this little cardinal starts his day and sings his little heart out, it wakes me up every single time.

As a result, my sleep cycle has been suddenly interrupted nearly every morning. I am a little more tired than usual everyday. After my normal cup of tea that usually wakes me up, I am still yawning like crazy. I started fixing myself a pot of tea. Drinking a whole pot of tea has the same result. Lol!

Tune In

This week has been harder than I expected in a lot more ways than just being a little more tired than normal. No arrows of the enemy have been flying as thoughts or lies in my head. More like I have felt oppressed. My emotions have been like a hurricane. That is not normal for me. I am more a head than a heart person.

My cousin Amyโ€™s journal

This last Monday, I saw more posts on Instagram about plugging into scripture more. This made me realize that I wasn’t the only person struggling. Yes, I did spend more time reading some scripture.

That night, I still needed something else to lift my spirit. I thought about journaling. Honestly, I did not want to write. All of sudden, I thought of my cousin Amy’s journal (definitely a Spirit thing).

My cousin Amy lived most of her life with M.S.. She was an amazing lady who loved Jesus, had such a kind heart, and loved learning and reading. At her memorial service, I was told that there were around 12 or so boxes of journals. I assume that journaling is how she coped with life. (My parents brought me back a couple of her journals.)

The journal you see up above is filled with quotes, stories, newspaper clippings, pictures from various magazines, and much more. What a priceless gift this has been to me! It was exactly what I needed!

Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations.

(I have always loved this quote!)

The greatest gift that I have experienced in these past months is the time to nurture my soul.

In the mornings, I wake up, fix my tea, meditate on scripture verses, pray, sometimes journal, and read my Bible. That routine looks different everyday. I have the freedom to take as much time as I want or need to spend with God.

This whole time of life has been a game changer for me. I know that is a good thing. I have had the time to evaluate or take inventory of my life. Really re-evaluate the different rhythms of my life to determine what I need to change.

What about you? Is there anything you could do better or different on a day to day basis?

Choose Wisely

Even for me, the past days and weeks have been a struggle to be grateful and positive for life in general. I may be a little more tired. (Thank you, Mr. Cardinal!) My emotions may be a little bit more abnormal. When I shift my focus (or even make myself shift focus) to recognize how blessed I am, I know that life is good!

If we can choose to be more grateful and positive, we can keep ourselves from a downward spiral into negativity, loads of stress and anxiety, and depression.

Let’s choose to look on the bright side!

(‘Look on the Bright Side’ design in my Motivation Collective shop. – Check it out!)

Until Next time…

Bethany ๐Ÿ™‚

 

 

 

 

 

 

To the Graduates of 2020

fullsizeoutput_656“Not all who wander are lost” – J.R.R. Tolkien

I love the scene in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, after the meeting in Rivendell, the fellowship is officially setting off towards Mt. Doom, and Frodo does not know where he is going and has to ask Gandalf.

It is okay to not know where you are going. Life is a journey or an adventure. It is unpredictable and filled with so many ups and downs and twist and turns. Frodo and Sam made so many mistakes along their journey to Mt. Doom. Spoiler alert: Eventually, they made it to Mt. Doom and The Ring was destroyed!

During days like today, the path may not be a clear one. What you thought you knew, you really did not. Dreams you thought were coming true. A college you wanted to attend. That job you had set your sights on. You were confident it was a done deal.

In Reality…

God knows, “…plans to prosper you…” – Jeremiah 29:11

That job you thought was a done deal, or the college you wanted to attend. God knew you were not going to get it or in.

The dreams that you had…God does not want you to lose heart! He knew you were going to have to readjust the dreams you had because now those dreams are going to look different than what you pictured them to be.

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Graduates of 2020…That is okay. You will be okay because God knows best!

The Unexpected Twist and Turns

I graduated from college in the year 2010. The economy had plummeted, and most people that were looking for a job could not find one. (Eventually, I did.)

I thought I wanted to be a graphic designer. I loved designing websites. Years down the road (about 5), I realized that designing graphics or anything else on the job made me so stressed out and miserable. I wanted to enjoy the work I had to complete 8 hours a day and 40 hours a week.

This realization was in the midst of looking for a job. Out of nowhere (Not out of nowhere for God!), I got a call to interview for a graphic design position. In reality, they were interviewing for an instructional design position (writing and designing). I got hired for this position! It was pretty exciting!

The first day I walked into the office, my supervisor explained to me that we were writing and designing presentations for teaching aircraft maintenance. Y’all, I was stunned like a deer in the headlights.

There was a load of questions that flooded my brain. The main question I was pondering was, “Can I do this?” It was overwhelming.

Looking back, I still love that job. Not only was it completely evident and an undeniable blessing from God. It pushed and pulled me in more directions and showed me I would never stop growing or learning in my career. I killed it! It turns out that I was better in an analytical and technical career field compared to any creative field.

Currently, I am retraining myself to transition over into another career field. Growing, learning, and adapting to today’s job economy will never end.

It’s okay to not know.

Really, take the pressure off yourself. Remind yourself that God knows.

I would have never in a million years believed that I would excel in a technical career field. God knew what was best for me!

So…Enjoy the journey! Let it be a constant learning and growing process of living life one day at a time! Give your all for the glory of God and work hard!

Keep in mind…

As I said up above, Frodo and Sam made lots of mistakes in their journey to Mt. Doom. You will too! It is okay to make mistakes because you will learn and grow from them!

Hope you are having a great week! Congratulations! You did it!

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Bethany ๐Ÿ™‚

Bird Watching

The cooler weather has been incredible. I have taken advantage!

Yesterday, I sat outside for about 20mins watching a family of cardinals hanging out around the bird feeders in the backyard.

Cardinals are so so pretty! The male always wakes me up around 6AM singing his little heart out. Every single day I’m thinking, ‘How can you be so perky without caffeine?’. Really?!?

When I was sitting outside today, I saw a blue heron fly on by.

Take some time to enjoy the little things around you like the flowers and the birds.

My mom’s rose bushes have exploded. So beautiful! Wanted to share.

Hope everyone has a lovely weekend!

Until next time…

Bethany ๐Ÿ˜

Spring is Nearly Here

I love winter! Mainly because in Texas it is the only time of the year that I can wear layers, cute sweaters, and scarves.

Spring is a fun season too! Bringing in flowers of all colors and birds of all kinds.

Today, I sat and watched as a handful of different species of birds (cardinals, woodpecker, and finches) ate and ate from the feeders in the backyard. It was so relaxing and entertaining to see all the different birds in action.

In times of uncertainty, it is an amazing reminder of what a creative and faithful God I serve.

(I tried to get a few pics with my Nikon, but the battery was completely dead. Oh,well!)

Until next time…

Bethany ๐Ÿ™‚

Whatโ€™s your word for 2020? (Part 2)

Did you take the test and find what your word is for 2020? Please share with me in the comments section. I would love to know. ๐Ÿ™‚

If not, here is the link again. – Click Here to find your word.

My word for 2020 is ‘Bloom’.

I have learned so much in these last few years. They have been difficult seasons that have resulted in fruitful living. This word is very appropriate for the next season of my life. I know God will continue to grow me in ways that I do not expect.

Let me encourage you in whatever season that you in.

Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you. – 2 Corinthians 13:11

Here is to 2020!

Blessings,

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What’s Your Word for 2020? (Part 1 of 2)

The first time I heard of adopting a ‘word of the year’ was through ‘The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey’ (a podcast). I was not convinced that this was something I was ever going to do. At the time, five or six years ago, I was not a goal setter, list maker, or planner (if you get the picture..lol). If you are going to adopt a word for a whole year, this probably means that you need to work towards some goals in life. Soย I did not go and take the ‘word of the year’ test.

As Instagram became more popular, I started to follow all these podcasters, writer, and artists in my Instagram feed. And…Guess what popped up again?

Yep, what’s your word for 2018?

Finally, I broke down and took the test.

My word for 2018 was joy. It was one of the hardest years to live through. I had to quit my job to move back to the DFW area. Back to job hunting again…I could still not afford to live on my own. My gracious parents let me live at home. Bottom line, this is not the life that I would have ever pictured for myself.

(If you can relate to what I just shared above, I encourage you to do a deep dive chapter study into Jeremiah 29. As you are studying ask the four question – When? Where? Who? Why?)

2018 was filled with disappointments and heartbreak. It was also filled with lots of joy. I discovered that joy is more than a happy mood. It is a choice to trust that God will fulfill his promises. Y’all it took me the whole entire year of 2018 to learn this truth.

Click on the link below if you are interested:

Find your word for 2020

To be continued…

Bethany ๐Ÿ™‚

 

A Week Full of Blessings

This week has been a great week! Lots to celebrate!

I am enjoying my new job. The first three weeks have been all about acclimating to the new job. Learning about all the different aspects and responsibilities. This last week, I have been assigned to multiple projects. I am even getting to take part in a workshop this next week, which is a great way to learn more about the company!

Wednesdays are days I have started to look forward to the most! During lunch on Wednesdays, I get to fellowship with other women that are believers. This last Wednesday was a time to get to know one another while we planted herbs. (1st and 2nd pictures above) We got to choose from a variety of herbs. I picked lavender and rosemary.

Did you know that…

Lavender = Devotion

Rosemary = Remembrance

I knew flowers had different meanings, but I did not know that herbs had different meanings as well.

After Wednesday, I got inspired by planting these herbs. I decided that I wanted some greenery for my desk at work. Just a short trip to Hobby Lobby and I was able to get supplies to create a terrarium. (3rd pic) All the greenery is fake. I still think it livens up my desk. A couple of my coworkers made hilarious comments:

  1. I love young people. They do all the cool stuff.
  2. Are you moving in?

No, obviously I am not moving in at work. I have lots of stuff on my desk because it can be a great conversation starter. I want to be able to get to know the people where I am working.

Lastly, the bonus to working where I am is there is a Starbucks blocks from the office. When we had a cold front come through, of course I needed to go get a hot drink. (last pic) Lol!

Hope y’all are having a marvelous weekend!

Until next time…

Bethany