Not all storms come to disrupt your life. Some come to clear your path. True for you?
Author: Kate @ Did That Just Happen?
Love this idea!
Each time someone crosses your Mind today, hold them in prayer for a moment. It will change your life and theirs.
You would be surprised how often you are thinking about the various people in your life. Sometimes the thoughts are positive, sometimes not.
What will transform your experience of them (and by extension, your experience of life) is if you pause just for a split second to picture a prayer around that person. You do not have to pray for anything for them (in fact, we may not always know what is in the best interest to pray for that person). You can hold them in the energy of prayer, though, before moving on to your next thought.
You will be amazed how often you think of people throughout the day and how a second of prayer transforms your state of Being.
I’ve Left the Busy Life Behind
This popped up and reminded me how much I love living a life where I leave the busy behind!!
I’ve been working very hard at not comparing myself to others. In fact, it was just over a year ago that I shared this journey of growth with you, and it’s not easy, but I’ve worked hard, and while I still slip up, I am happy to admit that I am much better about not judging myself!
Like most things, you don’t always notice what a difference is being made when you make it in small steps. Because I have just been taking baby steps in my self improvement, and because I’ve been so focused on becoming a better Me, I hadn’t realized how far I have actually come…
…until the other day. All of the sudden, every where I went I was hearing people talking to each other.
“Wow, that sounds like a lot”
“You look tired.”
“You look stressed”
“That sounds really busy.”
I even said some of those…
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I saw this post the other day on Pinterest:
That was powerful to me.
I am always organizing things so that they fit better or that they are more out-of-the-way. I’m a big fan of “Oh look at that container, I could organize so much in there!”
It’s time to stop “organizing” and let go of those items that really aren’t bringing value to my life.
I’ve been listening to The Minimalists podcast, it’s in the rotation of all my others, but I’ve really enjoyed how they look at life. It’s not about how little you have – it’s not about saying “I only have 300 items in my house”, it’s more about what you do have and how it impacts you.
I’m learning a lot about how free you become when you remove all of that extra “clutter” in your life – and I know it’s true – I know it is – but I don’t always practice it!
This weekend I did.
It was really hard, but I went through my DVD collection. Now, I don’t go back and watch these DVD’s very often. I have access to Hulu, Netflix, Amazon Prime and several other free movie sites – there is very seldom a need to pull out a DVD. But, I’ve always enjoyed collecting them. They brought me comfort, in a weird sort of way, so I knew that removing them would be a challenge for me.
And a challenge it was! I can honestly admit that I didn’t get rid of as many as I wanted, but I did manage to let go of about 100 DVD’s. Some went home with my sister or parents and some went to a resell shop.
It felt good! I’m not going to lie, I’m ready to go through the rest and really free up space in my house and in my soul!
I have started a donation box.
That’s not new – I donate stuff all of the time.
What’s new is what I put in the donation box.
It looks like an ordinary cordless house phone with built in answering machine. It functions like one… although, this guys hasn’t been used in over 10 years. It has been sitting in my nightstand drawer for over 10 years.
Now, if you guys have followed me at all, you know I did a big de-clutter challenge a few years ago… so why didn’t this phone go? Why was I holding onto this phone?
It has a voice mail on it. It has a voice mail on it that is pretty darn mean. It has a voice mail on it that I have been saving just in case. And not a “this could happen” just in case scenario, but a really far-fetched, “there is never in a million years that this situation could happen but just in case it does, I will have this recording” scenario.
I’ve been carrying this phone around with me, just for that one voicemail, for a situation that would never happen.
Today I let it go.
I didn’t just physically let go of the phone, but I let go of the mental and emotional weight that I’ve associated with that phone.
I didn’t realize just how much “attachment” I had to holding onto that phone, not just the physical reminder, but all of the mental and emotional attachment that I was associating with it.
And you know what?
I don’t miss it!
I look forward to making more decisions around the house! Some people ask “Does this bring me joy?”, but I am liking the “Does this add value?” question. That is really resonating me right now!
It resonates with me, because I like things neat. So I’ve kept all of these boxes from when we gave up cable and went to internet TV – just in case I move, I have the original boxes to pack things back in. The reality is, those boxes take up sooooo much space and if I had to pack, I would decide that they take up too much space! (And maybe I need to be an ambassador for Roku!) Of course, I still had to text Adam twice and make him tell me that I would be okay if I put those in the recycle bin!
In my mind, it was worth keeping those boxes in case I moved – but with my new mind set, I was able to say that they don’t bring me any value and let them go.
So what about you? I know some of you have gone through this recently – any tips or tricks? And how to you manage the clutter at your place? I love knowing what others are doing!
Okay guys, the name of my blog is “Did That Just Happen” because well, you just can’t make up the stuff that happens in my life.
This time; however, I will freely admit that I brought this on myself!
Well over a month ago, I was laying on the couch and a bit irritated at my boyfriend, Adam. It was a combination of all sorts of things, but the underlying factor was – he was leaving. He was moving away. And well, I had had fun with him! I was actually going to miss him – but, I also knew that I wanted to keep dating. I was at a good point in my life and Adam had shown me that it was possible for me to date, and well, that I was date-able!
So, you all know that I did my research… well here is what I left out… I was doing that research before Adam left. I thought that I would just get ahead of the game and fill out my profile in advance, and not activate it until he actually left town.
Yeah, it doesn’t work that way. Before I had even finished filling out my profile, there were dings and bells and notifications going off all over my phone!
Apparently you can’t set up the profile with a time delay!
So, now I have a boyfriend AND an active on-line dating profile!!
Both at the same time.
I wish I could add “Now, in my defense… blah blah blah… justifies this”.
Nope, I have no defense!!
I should have shut it down right then… but I figured it would take time to find someone – so let’s just go with it and see what happens!
Within the week I had Adam on the phone and it came up. So, he has known about it from the very beginning.
Yes, I had boundaries, I was very respectful of the fact that I still had a boyfriend – and guys, he was actually really active in my on-line dating search! All of those screen shots I’ve shared with you – I have them because I had sent them to him first!
It got to the point that if at least once a week I didn’t send him a screen shot and tell him how much I hated him (for leaving me and thus for the fact that I had to start dating again) that he didn’t feel his life was complete!
That was one of the many “I hate you” texts that Adam got from me!
I was having a meeting with some people that I’ve known for years, and the subject came up of how I accidentally signed up for on-line dating before Adam was gone, and they came up with a good idea – we agreed that since Adam was leaving, he should be responsible for finding his replacement!! 😀
I called Adam on the way home from the meeting and told him about our grand plans, he got a good chuckle out of it.
I told Adam that I was totally going to blog about all of this – but not share it until he left, because while he was here for all of it – it’s kinda hard to explain while I’m in the world of on-line dating while I still have a boyfriend – well, it’s hard to explain and not sound cray-cray!!
So, you see, he was involved, and really, really supportive. There was one guy that I thought I could be interested in, but really felt he was out of my league. And I don’t say that about much of anything, but I did about this guy – and Adam disagreed, he felt I should go for it. Seriously guys, it was the sweetest thing!
But, you know what’s coming:
This weekend Adam and I had a great time, we’ve been doing a lot of things he wanted to do before he left; and, after this weekend, we would only have 2 more together, so we are making the most of it. Apparently he had been dropping hints and I was just stepping right on over them. I never noticed. I have spent months getting ready for him to move, that it was my new reality and that was that.
Until all of the sudden the blinders came off, and it hit me.
He wasn’t moving. He was staying after all.
The couple of weeks prior to this, I had kept telling him that it wasn’t fair, because so much of his life had been falling into order, it wasn’t right that he had to leave.
And then, the family issues that were the primary reason he was leaving, well, they resolved themselves, and all of the sudden, he didn’t have to move if he didn’t want to. It actually began to make sense that he stay.
So, we talked. And yes, he is staying. And we’re still together.
When we were talking about him staying, I’m not kidding, I laughed so hard that I had tears rolling down my face when I realized that I had all of these blog posts written, and they HAD to be shared, they were too good not too, and then I was going to have to confess that I was dating while I had a boyfriend!
Yes, that just happened. I was doing the on-line dating scene while I still had a boyfriend! And, while it made for some good blog fodder, y’all, I’m so glad I don’t have to keep doing that!!!
It Gets Better
I’ve been on-line dating for over a month now… and it does get better!
Okay, when I say “it gets better”, I don’t mean that all of the sudden I’ve found the secret formula to attract the right guy, but I say “it gets better” in that I have so much more to share with y’all!
What’s your number babe
And the transition right to “well, let’s hang out then”.
I sent back a page of my schedule that ended with basically, it’s a month before I’ll have any free time. And I fully expected that to be the end of him.
The guy went on to ask me 5,000,000,000 questions.
I’m not even exaggerating!
But, it gets better!
A few days later he messages me again… and very obviously isn’t paying a bit of attention.
Good to know? Good to know? What part of I was sick was good to know? I don’t even have an answer for that one!
Yeah, no. I just can’t even.
But wait – it gets better.
Enter a new beau. And he falls under the category of “Did you just say that?” I mean, I can’t tell you how long I stared at his message in disbelief. It’s not so much whether or not you have religious beliefs, it was just the disrespect he has towards those that do. Take a look.
I sent back to him that I found that comment out of line and didn’t want that attitude in my life. To which he responded “Ok”.
See – I told you it got better!!! I don’t think you can top these! But, rest assured, my fingers are in top form for taking screen shots just in case someone comes along who can top these!!
Speaking of top form – I do have a race this weekend. A 5k for the college my son attends, the alumni put it on every year, and I’m happy to be able to participate! I am not racing this one, I’m just having fun with it, so I hope to take lots of pictures – the school had a poster making day – and I can’t wait to see what they came up with! I’ve been staying at my parents house this week, and they say that hills make you stronger – but I swear the hills in my parents neighborhood are out to kill me.
And welcome to my reality…
You’re from Morocco… that’s nice, thanks for letting me know where you are from. What I care about is where you are now, though. Oh, still in Morocco? Yeah, no.
I’m pretty sure on-line dating isn’t for me! 😀 Through this process I have discovered, I really don’t like people asking me questions. And I really don’t like when they interrupt my day to ask them!
Now, I have messaged back and forth with some nice guys – a few have asked me out and I’ve been tempted, but it just wasn’t right. And there are a few that we are working towards friendship… well, a friendship that will last until I cancel my account! Which is coming. Soon. Very soon…
Not bad as opening lines go – but again, yeah, no.
I texted Adam about this one.
So, seduction guy, guys, I did actually try. He had mentioned lunch time fishing during our picnic at the lake (while he’s feeding me chocolate covered strawberries apparently) and so I messaged back that fishing at lunch time probably wasn’t going to catch us much, we should go in the morning time. I added some more stuff, you know, making general conversation. He came back with another laid back, laying around, relaxing and doing nothing type of message. So, I asked him if he ever actually did anything. He had two boys, but was always talking about just laying around the lake, or the beach and just listening to music and picnics. Did he actually ever do activities? I told him that I was running a 5k that weekend and then going over to a friends house to help out, and then I gave him an idea of my next couple of weekends, which were pretty busy – I told him that was what I was use to, I liked to be out “doing” things. Relaxing was fine, but just not every weekend!
I never heard from him again! 😀 😀 😀
It’s been a week since I started on-line dating.
It feels like it’s been forever.
I went back and looked at the calendar just to make sure.
Only a week.
I did get an email that you could get the “paid” option for 20% off. I paid for one month and set up a reminder to cancel it! The paid option just gives me a bit more information about who is looking at me, and allows me to look at others in “incognito” mode – meaning I can
stalk research and the guys won’t know I’ve visited their profile.
We shall see if either of those options come in handy!
So far, the BEST opening line (with original punctuation):
Roses are red violets are blue. Do you want a fun date or a Starbucks date for two?
Now, how do you resist that?
I responded and we’ve had some good conversations… he is 20 years younger than I am.
RULE #1: You have to be closer to my age than either my son or my parents age.
So far, the worst opening line (with original punctuation):
Good morning will you morning my beautiful city of Fort Worth Texas? You look very wonderful. I would like to be a friend of yours with the potential of being more. I am a fun, loving down to earth type of Guyd. Contact me when you get a chance?
Okay, I am not at all sure what he was trying to say in the beginning, and was that last line really supposed to be a question?
I didn’t respond to that one. There are some that I just haven’t responded to, because just like the one above, it didn’t look like a real person was sending it – call it spam, catfishing, or just fishing, it takes more than that to make me bite!
So far I’ve had several great message conversations, I’ve let a couple know that I didn’t feel we were compatible, and even more that are just sitting there never to be answered! (But I’ll leave them there so I can see if they contact me again!) (Not that I have issues or anything!) (Maybe a few!)
All in all, I feel it’s not bad for for the first week; but wow, it wears me out!! 🙂
Running is better. I switched to a more organic training program. Lots of tips are about “schedule” and I’ve found that I work better if I know what I want to do, and leave some flexibility about when I actually do it! Running a 5k this weekend… can’t wait to see my time!
I Just Deleted 102 Emails
Not even kidding, 102 emails! That was insane!
If you are just joining us, my boyfriend is moving away and I’ve decided that I enjoyed dating him and want to keep dating – and in this day and age, that means, say it with me:
That’s right, Online Dating
I spent the weekend on-line reading every “Top 10 On-Line Dating Sites” article that I could find.
First off, I had no clue there were so many dating sites, and secondly, I had no clue how many articles had been written about them!!! I think my eyes started bleeding at one point, but I read them all!
Okay, no I didn’t, I read about 5 of them, figured that would give me a good sample!!
Now, I new I was ruling out E-Harmony, even though it frequently ranks at the top of the charts, it is more money than I’m willing to invest right now, and I did try that in the past – like 10 years ago – and the form you fill out took me three days! I’m not willing to invest that much time right now, either! Just keeping it real, I want to date, but apparently I don’t want to put in 3 days worth of effort!!
My first priority was looking at low cost/free sites. I know that you run a risk on those of weeding through more weirdo’s, but considering this is my first time to really dive in and mean it – I consider this my wading pool. I want to get my feet wet and not commit to the deep end just yet.
I narrowed it down. Found the site that fit my requirements and spent the time filling out my info, answering their questions and before I could even finish setting up my profile, already I was getting dings!
Okay, I am totally committed to this. I am going to keep an open mind and be engaging and friendly and yes, I am going to accept dates and meet strangers.
And just pray that they don’t shove me in the trunk of their car and kidnap me.
I have since updated my settings so that I don’t get an email every time a message or “like” comes in. It took me several minutes to get rid of all 102 emails! 🙂 Lesson learned!
So, does anyone have good on-line dating stories? Don’t tell me anything that will freak me out!!
Running is hit and miss. Not sure why I’ve struggled lately, okay, yes I do. I know exactly why I struggled. I had been over-training. I have forced myself to slow down, cut back on my mileage again and stop obsessing over the training plan! Well, the problem is that I followed the training plan… and then kept adding in my own miles on top of those… thus the injury and the struggle bus coming by to pick me up! “Slow and Steady wins the Race” is my new motto currently!