Five Minute Friday: Focus

The rules: Write for five minutes. No editing, revising, or over thinking. Just write.

Today’s Topic: Focus

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Oh, Focus. You and I are but distant acquaintances, not close friends like we should be. I am easily distracted and tend to let my mind wander when I should be focusing.

Just like now.

The more I think about what to write, the less the words come to my head, and then…

Oh, look at that shiny thing over there! I have new mail! There’s a Facebook Notification! I need to check that person’s blog! Oops, I need to pay that bill! When is my next appointment? What should I cook for dinner? I should start on my grocery list!

Yeah, that’s me.

I’m working on it, though. Starting this week, I am following an online Bible study on Contentment that will likely contribute to better Focus. I’m eating better, exercising and living a healthier lifestyle. That’s got to count for something, too! Next I’m going to see about getting more rested sleep or find out what might be causing my restless sleep.

But yes, Focus. See? I almost got off the subject again. It’s a challenge for me!

“We can always choose to perceive things differently. You can focus on what’s wrong in your life, or you can focus on what’s right.” – Marianne Williamson

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Five Minute Friday: Graceful

The rules: Write for five minutes. No editing, revising, or over thinking. Just write.

Today’s Topic: Graceful

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Graceful is a word that no one has ever (or should) use to describe me. I have never been a dainty, balanced, graceful person. I played rough as a small child and ended up in the hospital to get stitches more times than my mother was willing to admit. I vaguely remember trying ballet or dance when I was around 5, but I truly only remember going once or twice. I’m not exactly sure why, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it had something to do with my lack of being graceful. I should ask my mom.

I played soccer when I was in elementary school when it wasn’t cool for girls to play. Several seasons I was the only girl on the team or one of two. I wasn’t necessarily a tom boy or anything, as I loved playing with Barbies, too. I guess it was just a way for me to do something that didn’t require me to be too terribly girlie.

In college, every morning I tripped over the same broken area of tiling in the main building. It happened so often that my college roommate and another friend who would walk to class with us would warn me before getting to that part of the building, and I would STILL trip over it. I’m still that person today who trips over imaginary things on the floor.

But I’m okay with all of this now. Sure, I used to dream of some day being a graceful and elegant woman, but a long time ago I stopped trying to be someone I’m not and decided that I could live a much happier life if I just embraced who I am. It works!

“Women wish to be loved without a why or a wherefore; not because they are pretty, or good, or well-bred, or graceful, or intelligent, but because they are themselves.” – Henri Frederic Amiel 

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Five Minute Friday: Change

The rules: Write for five minutes. No editing, revising, or over thinking. Just write.

Today’s Topic: Change

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We all want things to get better, to be better to live better, everything must be better, but we don’t like Change AT.ALL!  It’s more that we’re reluctant to change because we fear the unfamiliar. We know how things are working right now, so let’s not rock the boat. Change also means learning something new or forming a new habit. No, thank you! I’m not signing up for that!

How do things get better if there’s no change? It’s simple. They don’t. Isn’t there a cliche or quote or something that someone said once, and it’s been repeated a bazillion times? It goes something like, ‘You can’t expect to get the same results if you always do the same thing.’ I’d research it, but this is a 5 minute post 🙂

So we’ve got to get over it and accept that unless we’re complacent with how things are now, then things are going to have to change. Complacency isn’t always bad, of course. If you’re happy and you know it (clap your hands), then maybe change isn’t necessary. However, if you’re only complacent because of fear, then you’ve got to step out of your shell and go for it! Here’s one quote I’ll look up, only because I know exactly where to find it quickly:

“Do one thing every day that scares you.”
― Eleanor Roosevelt

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Five Minute Friday: Stretch

The rules: Write for five minutes. No editing, revising, or over thinking. Just write.

Today’s Topic: Stretch

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I stretch in the morning to waken the muscles that have been asleep all night. I take in a deep breath and yawn. It feels good to get oxygen in my lungs and to my brain.

It’s Friday!

The introvert in me loves Fridays because I get to work from home and have a mostly quiet day, at least from the comings and goings of the office space around me during the rest of the week. I get to move at my own pace. I use my time to catch up on things that got put aside and follow up on the tasks that I started earlier in the week. It feels good to clean out my Inbox.

As the last stretch of the day approaches, I start to cook a healthy meal for my husband and I to enjoy. Tonight’s meal is going to be grilled squash quesadillas. I can’t wait to give this new recipe a try! I love cooking, and I enjoy hearing the feedback.

So I stretch again to get my work day started after thinking of the plans that I have for my day. It’s going to be a good one!

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