Who You Are

I bought a necklace on Etsy, and wore it everyday. It was a Meme that said, “Life doesn’t sparkle unless you do.” The finish started peeling off from the wear.

I found this one today, and purchased it immediately.

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I was looking for this quote, and found the necklace.

That is the same way I found the other necklace. Just out of curiosity. Is it a Meme, or a necklace? It’s both. I’m excited to give my other one a much needed rest.

I’m learning about stillness. It is hard to find complete stillness. To sit still, or have alone time is one thing, but to tune into your surroundings and everything is completely still, at the same moment?

It’s a magical moment to find out who you really are.

I Killed It

My daughter started with succulents. That was easy because you can get away with ignoring those.

Then she suggested Boston Ferns for the front porch this year. That was scary. You see, I tend to over care. They have always looked intimidating. How could something that beautiful be easy to care for?

They are easy, so I gained confidence, and bought an indoor plant. At the time, it spoke to me for two reasons. It looked the way I felt inside, and it was $2.00. If I killed it, it was not a large investment.

It was going in my bedroom, which was kept cool, and dim. It doesn’t receive a lot of natural light, unless the drapes are opened. They weren’t opened very wide at the time, if at all. We enjoyed the dark.

After about a week, I noticed the plant was loosing it’s rich green color. It wasn’t receiving enough light. so I turned the lamp on for it, but it still looked sad.

It was turning brown, so I took it into the kitchen, and sat it in the sunny window. That was too much light at once, so it fried it. What had I learned?

I took it down from the window sill, and sat it on the counter near the light. Eventually it began new growth, but it was slow. After a couple of weeks of doctoring, I went back to the plant store, and bought a new one to try again with my newfound knowledge. The lady who helps me, looked puzzled because she knew I had already purchased one a month before.

She asked about that one, and I said, “I killed it.”

Handing me the new one, she said, “Try it again.”

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Airplane Mode

When you travel by plane, the stewardess will ask that you put your phone on airplane mode. I use that time for my phone and me to rest, and turn it off.

That setting does come in handy though. I use it every night before bed. If I set the alarm on my phone to wake me up the next day, this setting allows the alarm to do so. The phone operates normally because email, messaging, and social media notifications come in, but are kept quiet. No more being jolted awake by the buzzing of life via phone.

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You have power over your life, but are you in control?

This morning, I grabbed a cup of coffee, and sat in the front porch swing, watching the day begin. A bird has decided to build a nest in one of our Boston Fern hanging baskets. You can read about those here. As I sat there, she flew by with a beak full of twigs, and landed on the chain holding the swing in place, right beside me. As if saying, “Top of the morning to ya!”

There is nothing in my life today that comes before the beauty of a new day. Just sitting quietly, spending time with God, and pondering the days possibilities. I wouldn’t be awake if it wasn’t for Him, so it makes sense to spend time in gratitude for another day.

Life has a natural ebb and flow. Are you in it?

Sleep. That will be another Blog, but I will say this. Listen to your body, and I mean really tap in. My body needs a solid 7 hours a night of rest. If I’ve had a busy week, I don’t set my alarm Friday through Sunday. My body wakes up when it’s ready for the day. Walking across the room, I glance at my phone to see what came in and is waiting, but it can wait.

Airplane mode. It’s not just for airplanes.

When Givers Collide

My hope is that you are a giver, and you are aligning yourself with other givers. No takers allowed.

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The people we choose to have in our inner most circle should resemble watering cans. My daughter and I are very close, and on days that she feels weak, I am strong. This happens often, or when I feel weak, she is the strong one. On those days we care for one another a little more than normal. We give to the other what they may be lacking in that moment.

Be a giver, and surround yourself with the givers of this world. “I water you, you water me, we never drain each other, we just grow.” It’s like magic indeed.

On Waiting Well

The closing of a door.

When one closes, another opens. They close for a reason, and in due season. The difficult part, is leaving it shut. We touched on that in It’s a Start.

But, can a door change? Let’s say we close the door on a relationship. Can it make adjustments, and become a more appealing door? Putting space between you and the individual causes stress. We get to see how well the stressful situation is accepted, but if they are solid within themselves, and their commitment, they will not falter. They wait well.

Acceptance. Does that door hold your hearts desire?

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It’s a Start

New day. New Blog. New me. Same God.

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To come upon a door that is stunningly beautiful requires walking through all it’s predecessors. What’s behind each door will bend us, but God won’t let us break.

Every door is a new beginning. It holds a start, a middle, and an end. The ending depends on time, and how much is needed. We can let the door shut, or wedge something in there before it closes completely. Some will slam shut, but there are tools for that! A hammer, and nails can reinforce it, making it difficult to reopen, but a crowbar can pry it open.

Lay the crowbar aside, rest, and wait for a new door. They become prettier with time, and it will speak to your heart. What’s on the other side serves as practice for what’s next; growing us in strength, and character. Stay the full journey; being mindful, brave and present. Be grateful, and your heart will feel it start to close giving you time to exit gracefully.

A door opened in May 2014 to begin writing at https://letitgocoach.com/ In May 2015, this domain name was established, and you can see God’s timeline in the About section. The past 3 years of writing came from walking through doors, and they were nothing like this beautiful one pictured above.

Someone gave me this door. (The picture) Her name is Sarah, and she is a beautiful soul sister within my journey. She sent this picture via Facebook, and wrote, “Because this is stunning just like you!” She had no idea about this new Blog. Bent Not Broken beholds a beautiful, new door, and it’s exciting to ponder what inside. Hello first post! It’s a start…