The Journey is….TBH

To Be Honest:

I am really a grumpy old hag…with high expectations…

…who pouts when things don’t turn out like I planned them to.

I am scatterbrained, disorganized, an awful cook & housekeeper….

…and I burn my family’s favorite clothes items with the iron.

I don’t like pets.

(But secretly I believe that’s because they all die anyway,

and that hurts.)

I put on my happy face when I am in public.

I read my own blog all the time because it reminds me of who I really am,

and who God created me to be.

It is God speaking to me.

I feel like Forrest Gump when I run.

He was frustrated.

He ran.

3 years later he was ok. 

He stopped running.

I will not post this on FB…and why I would blog about it is beyond me.

I know…

the truth is…

the real me is who God says I am.

The real me will be back later.

Jesus loves me anyway.

I’m going to go run now. 

Goodbye.

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The Journey is….thankful.

THANKFUL THURSDAY!

I’m thankful for:

-A man that has chosen the Lord.

In a world where infidelity is somewhat common….I could never be pretty, kind, encouraging, wise or talented enough to meet his every need.  If dwelt on, this could make a girl feel a little insecure.  Only the Lord can bring the fulfillment that so many are searching for.  Knowing that He is faithful first to His Lord…which means he is also faithful to me…this brings great peace to my life.

-Groupon & Living Social

-Birthday Parties, friends, smiles

-Butterflies

-People that minister to my life & my spirit, many times just through a simple conversation we have had or a suggestion they have made.

-Movies & books that make me think.

-My sister.

The Journey is…UNJUST.

Just watched “The Help”

What an emotional movie to watch.

I felt:

Angry & Sad -Although the movie was fictional, these kinds of things truly happened to real people.  UNJUST…is not even a strong enough word to use.

Happy– Yes, change is still needed, but look at the progress that has been made since this era.

Proud–  In both her looks & actions, the redheaded, freckled journalist reminded me of my mother.  Even as a young girl, living in Montgomery, AL…she stood up for her beliefs & the rights of others.  Make a difference where you are!

Thankful– for my parents & the way I was raised.

and, not that it would help…
I felt the need to sayI’m so very sorry that those things happened to you.

“YOU is KIND, YOU is SMART and YOU is IMPORTANT” ~Abileen

The Journey is…embarrasing.

GET HAPPY OR GO TO BED (THANKFUL THURSDAY….on Wednesday…)

RUN. WORK. BALL GAME. RUN. WORK. GROCERY STORE. CHURCH. RUN. WORK. BALL GAME.

*Grumpy face*

“Great.  Tomorrow’s Thursday…now I have to think of something to be thankful for….”

hmmmmm…..don’t think I was well pleasing to my Lord today.
My attitude…MY CHOICE.  At the Davis’ home, bad attitudes are not allowed…seriously…not tolerated.  If you’re going to choose to be grumpy, then you’re choosing to go to your room.  So…put on a happy face, or go to bed.

So…as much as I might like to stay in my room today….I have too much to do.  So here’s my attitude adjustment:

I am thankful for the little things that make up my daily life.

RUN.  Thank you Lord for….the cooler weather…running has been a pleasure this week.

WORK.  Thank you Lord for….Money that we earned to pay for groceries.  We were able to go on vacation this year without putting a strain on our budget…first time ever.  Customers & the opportunity to be a light in their world.  Dedicated employees.  Wisdom to know the next step, courage to step out & do it.  New product ideas.  A growing, successful company.   Hard working husband, dedicated to his family & the dream the Lord has put in his heart.

BALLGAMES. Thank you Lord for….Smiles on my girls face & her teamates…as they WON their game!  Enjoying the great attitudes & teamwork that they displayed, and the life lesson they have learned.   Being a young team the last few years, they have now learned the REWARDS of hard work, even through some tough & dissapointing learning seasons in the past.  They look great out on the court this year.  I am excited for them!

CHURCH.  Thank you Lord for…the gift of your life that lives and dwells in our Spirits. Your WORD that is powerful, freeing the captive. The opportunity to worship, learn, grow & give with family & friends.  Pre-schooler’s to teach that say the funniest things…not to mention this fact….they give THE BEST hugs ever!

….and….

-Friends that write blogs encouraging us to be Thankful.  Thanks Mrs. Tricia!  I appreciate you!  http://twotiarasandasword.blogspot.com/2011/08/thankful-thursday_11.html?spref=fb

 It’s actually embarrasing to think about my ungratefulness.  You just can’t stay grumpy, when you start thinking about HIS GOODNESS!!!

The Journey is….FOCUS

SATISFACTION part 2

Time to get focused.  My Goals for the Vulcan Run 2011 ~ 6.2 miles  http://vulcanrun.com/

Goals:

-Loose 20 lbs by race day, Nov. 5, 2011.  I have lost 2 so far…only 18 to go.  The first thing I see when looking at this year’s race pictures will not be my “mom” stomach.  I have 12 weeks left…I will loose at least 1.5 lbs per week.

-Finish in under 1 hour.  (Last year’s time was 1:06:49  /  10.46 pace)  My pace will be under 10 minutes per mile.

-Beat my family (even Emily)  😉

Plan:

-Wise, healthy food choices.  Portion control.  Cut out the junk food….remembering that I love ME, more than the unhealthy food(or a camera)  Click here for an explanation about the camera:  The Journey is Inspiration

-Training:  http://www.halhigdon.com/10ktraining/10kinter.htm

– I don’t really care if I beat my family, but it is fun trying.

Last years race pictures (you have to have a Facebook account to view these pics)SATISFACTION part 1 ~ The Vulcan Run 2010

The path to the Vulcan 2010 (my first 10k journal)

 

Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best you are capable of becoming. ~John Wooden
‎Running is a big question mark that’s there each and every day. It asks you, ‘Are you going to be a wimp or are you going to be strong today?’ -Peter Maher

The Journey is…Random Running Thoughts

Random thoughts about running(and life) that are racing through my brain…

-When you accomplish your goal & finish a race…you must always have a NEXT in mind.  Otherwise the exhilaration & feeling of accomplishment lends itself to emptiness & lack of motivation.  It would be easy to fall back to square one.

-After last weeks 5k(where my family all ran together)…no one has wanted to run w/me all week!!!  But, I understand…I felt the same way after my first 3 races.  The Lord always sent me some form of encouragement to keep going forward.

-Even when you don’t feel it…take the next step anyway.  Feelings come & go…right choices ultimately take you where you want to be.  I enjoyed having Matt back on the track with me this morning!

-Every race, even if it’s not pretty (ie~my Talladega run)…has it’s own unique triumphs, struggles & meaning.

-Can’t get MILE ELEVEN at the Talladega out of my head.  At a point in life that I had never been past…never ran more than 11 miles at one time(a half marathon is 13.1 miles)…the Lord gave me this song on my i-pod, it started playing exactly as I passed the 11 mile marker.  That moment changed my life.  I am still not able to comprehend completely all that moment meant to me.  That song summarizes my life & my relationship with the Lord.  I now listen to it every time that I run.

I’m sure that I’ll dedicate a blog to each topic someday….but for now…maybe my mind can rest…

The Journey is…love.

THANKFUL THURSDAY! 

I am thankful for God’s grace, love & peace.

Romans 8:38-39

38For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,

39Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

 

Ephesians 3:16-21

16May He grant you out of the rich treasury of His glory to be strengthened and reinforced with mighty power in the inner man by the [Holy] Spirit [Himself indwelling your innermost being and personality].

17May Christ through your faith [actually] dwell (settle down, abide, make His permanent home) in your hearts! May you be rooted deep in love and founded securely on love,

18That you may have the power and be strong to apprehend and grasp with all the saints [God’s devoted people, the experience of that love] what is the breadth and length and height and depth [of it];

19[That you may really come] to know [practically, [e]through experience for yourselves] the love of Christ, which far surpasses [f]mere knowledge [without experience]; that you may be filled [through all your being] [g]unto all the fullness of God [may have the richest measure of the divine Presence, and [h]become a body wholly filled and flooded with God Himself]!

20Now to Him Who, by (in consequence of) the [action of His] power that is at work within us, is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly, far over and above all that we [dare] ask or think [infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes, or dreams]–

21To Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations forever and ever. Amen (so be it).

 

The Journey is…Inspiration

“Find your why…and then live your choice with passion.”

For the last 3 weeks I have been attempting to blog about the things that inspire me to move….mainly…the things that inspire me to run.

It starts out nice enough, it goes something like this:

in·spire [ in spir ]
  1. stimulate somebody to do something: to encourage somebody to greater
    effort, enthusiasm, or creativity
  2. provoke particular feeling: to arouse a particular feeling in somebody
  3. cause creative activity: to stimulate somebody to do something,
    especially creative or artistic work

I have found that there are things in life that inspire me to action.  They inspire me to get out of my comfort zone & change my normal pattern of behavior….typically for the better.

For example:  Stepping on a mouse trap, inspires me to jump around, screaming like a mad woman 🙂  Completely out of character for me…but evidently, from the reaction of my children) quite funny to watch.

I’m fine by the way….


Well, the rest of that blog isn’t coming together.  My thoughts typically are a jumbled up mess in my head, until I sit down & type them out.  This time, they are just staying there…tangled up in my brain.

But during the process, it caused me to contemplate what would inspire me to change my eating habits.  What would make me WANT to do this…because so far, the WANT to eat junk has been greater than the WANT to loose weight.  With very little thought I came up with my answer.  A new camera!  My old one died….on the first day of our family vacation mind you!  I’ll just say…I was very sad.  If you know me well, this would make sense.  If not…you might think I’m a nut.  If someone offered to buy me the camera of my dreams, along with lenses & flashes, etc…if I ate healthy for  xxx # of days…I would without a doubt, have the will power to resist every sweet thing that was offered to me DAILY!  It does seem that everywhere I go there is some kind of delicious food tempting me.  You see…I would then have a “WHY”.  Why would I not eat that?  Because if I made the right choice…I could have the amazing piece of technology to record precious moments of life that will never happen again.  Photographs for us to cherish FOREVER…or at least until Jesus comes back….

Then I think…that’s pitiful.  Is not my own body…my own health & quality of living more important to me than a camera, an object?  So now…every time I think about the food…I think about the camera & MY value…yes…I AM more valuable to myself than a camera.

So here’s to W1D2 (week 1/day 2)!  TWO days of eating healthy(again, for the zillionth time)!!!  YAY ME!!!!

I believe with anything that you value in life, you must find your inspiration.  What is your reason or purpose for doing something…your WHY?  Find your why…and then live your choice with passion.

~Julia

The Journey is…My Children

THANKFUL THURSDAY!  I’m thankful for my children!

I’m thankful for:

-Their loving spirit, and the relationship we have with each other.  Their teenage years are proving to be enjoyable.

-the opportunity to be their mother

-the pleasure of being their taxi driver & that they have places to go

-that the Lord supplies the gas $ to make that possible…however if it were possible to fit them, their friends & all the paraphanalia that accompanies them in a SMART CAR…I might consider getting one.

-interesting conversations with them that “boost my self esteem”…for example:

Daughter:  “Mom, you don’t look like a nerd anymore.”

Mom:  “Thanks?  I think.”

Daughter(in an attempt to make it better):  “Well…at least you used to be a CUTE nerd.”

Mom:  “I wasn’t so cute.  The really bad pictures…I keep hidden.”

It did cause me to think this thought:  “Who you were…is not who you ARE.  See yourself through the eyes of God…that’s the real you.  Know that each day is a new beginning.”  I believe this would minister to each person a different way…so I will leave off my commentary.

For Jessica(my daughter)…and this is still not the worst one…couldn’t bring myself to share them all yet:

"not so cute"

"cute nerd"

"now"