The Journey is…Facebook.

You know you need to take a break from Facebook when….

-You think of your life in the form of status updates.

-You are introduced to a “friend of a friend” in REAL LIFE….and you already recognize them AND know their complete name(including their maiden name).

-Your “just a few minutes on FB” before you go for a run, turns into an hour…as you sit in front of your computer with your running shoes on.  No time for running today.

You repeatedly think that multiple people are referring to you in their status updates.

-You “justify”…make excuses…to tell yourself the precious time wasted is OK.

-You feel that you “have to” post a status once a day…as if it is your job or responsiblity.

-Your 5 year old says, “Momma…please don’t put that on FB.”

or

She asks you to make her a snack & you find yourself saying, “Sure…in just a minute.”  Many times in one week.

-You think that somehow the world will stop, people will be disappointed, or that they need you to be there. It’s not going to….they won’t hardly even notice….and the only one they need is JESUS!

-2012 is going to be your “FINISH YEAR”….it’s December 31st.  You have no plan.  You haven’t even picked out a scripture for the 1st week.  So you consider asking your FB friends what THEIR favorite scripture is so that you can just pick one of those.

-AND…now that you’ve completed this blog post…you imagine what their comments might have been as you resist the urge to “SHARE” it on your wall!

….I think it’s safe to say…my first step to a successful FINISH YEAR is taking a FB break…

~JuliaFinishWhatSheStartsin2012Davis  🙂

The Journey is…FINISH YEAR!

The link below will take you to a blog by Jon Acuff which inspired me to want to FINISH the things I have started (sometimes multiple times) during my life:
Today is the day we all share the goals we’re committing to for FinishYear!    Why are we doing FinishYear?  Because completed dreams change the world.    What are we going to do?
Here is my list of things I want to finish as posted on FB:
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    • Matt’n’Julia Freeman Davis

      ‎1)  Study 52 scriptures this year.  By writing one scripture on a card each week….keeping God’s Word in front of me daily.  Pondering it & making sure it gets in my Spirit man.
    • 2) Be a better steward of what the Lord has blessed me with……by taking the Dave Ramsey books down off my shelf & committing to understand the wisdom contained inside.
    • 3)  Make the time to write one children’s book, and study the steps to have it published.
    • 4)  Valuing others, continuing what I started this last month, by keeping up with my cell phone.
    • 5)  Conquer my battle with food…or love myself more than food.
    • 6)  No excuses.  Train for a half marathon correctly by sticking to the Hal Higdon plan.  I will enjoy the feeling of satisfaction at the finish line this time, as I did after my very first 10k(when I did my very best).
    • 7)  Quit being so hard on myself…continue learning to love ME as much as Jesus does.
    • 8)  Pray for my husband & children daily.
    • 9)  Grasp the concept of Aperture(a photography term that eludes me). #FinishYear
    • December 24, 2011 at 12:54am ·
    •  Marilon Seay  I like them all Julia for me would be to just let go and let God have his way with my life..;)
      December 24, 2011 at 8:03am ·
    • Matt’n’Julia Freeman DavisThat is a very worthy goal Mrs. Marilon!  I know you will accomplish it!  This will be a very good year! For me…these are all things I have started at one point in my life, but never finished.

      December 24, 2011 at 8:40am

The Journey is…LOVE, RESPECT &….cell phones?

It’s true!  People CAN change if they want to!

After YEARS of frustrating my loved ones….I’m proud to say that for 3 weeks now I have(with very few exceptions) kept my cell phone charged, the volume TURNED UP, and with me at all times….and I’ve even answered it when I didn’t recognize the number!  Simple right?  For YOU MAYBE!  But for me, this is a major accomplishment!  I’m proud of myself.  I don’t imagine anyone else cares or has noticed, but it makes me happy.  YAY ME!

Have I enjoyed changing?  NO!  It’s been quite a bother to constantly think about it, keep up with it…and even answer it.  I really DON’T like to talk on the phone!

I’m sure my friends & family don’t see it this way, they loved me despite my “cell phone flaws”, but this my why.  The reason why I made the effort to change.

It’s one way I’m letting them know, “I value you.  I respect your time.  You are more valuable to me than my comfort.  I love you.”

What did this simple example remind me of?

“When we value & respect what we already have

…a whole world of opportunities open.”

I find this principle to be true in MANY areas of my own life.

But, back to the phone…See, I used to joke about wanting an i-phone….but when presented with the opportunity to get one, I would always decline.  My thoughts? It was too expensive a gift for me to damage.  If I wasn’t going to keep it charged, use it correctly or possibly lose or break it…what was the point in acquiring it?  I might as well keep the old free one.

When I valued and respected the people in my life enough to take care of the phone I already have…my thinking began to change.  I’m now thinking…an i-phone might be nice to have after all!

I know it’s just a phone, but it makes me think this…What simple changes can we make daily that will add value to people.  What do I already have in my power that will tell those I love that they are important to me?  What has the Lord already blessed me with for which I can respect & show my gratitude?  In what ways is He wanting to enlarge my thinking?

When you can answer that, then it’s really very simple.  (Keeping this in mind…simple is not equal to EASY.)  Embrace your NOW, find your WHY, make a plan & follow through.  Change is good.  I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised to see the worlds of opportunities it opens up for you NEXT!

Your future is bright!  Embrace it!  Enjoy it!  Live it!

~Julia

The Journey is…Experience: the good, the bad & the ugly.

Many of you have asked about my latest race…the 2011 Vulcan 10k

YAY! I finished! Lovely day...lovely EXPERIENCE.

I haven’t felt inspired to write about it yet…but I’m sure I will.

This is what I jotted down on race day:

-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

-Last year when I finished the Vulcan…I felt SATISFACTION.

-This year I was disappointed & said, “Well, that was a good experience.”

-“If you know you can do better, and you don’t.  You won’t be satisfied.” ~me

-“The good…the bad…and the ugly…”  That about sums up this race.

-I believe the very next day…I saw this video:  http://johnmaxwellteam.com/experience/

“The good, the bad & the ugly….”

The good….there are LOTS of good things I want to share with you.

The bad…I simply did not do my very best.  I did good…but not my best.  But I DID learn something.   SATISFACTION was a much better feeling than….EXPERIENCE.

I’m looking forward once again to training…next time(even though I said the same thing after Talladega)…I guarantee that I WILL PUT MY BEST EFFORT into training for the races ahead.

The ugly…there was NOTHING ugly about it.

I’m just glad to be able to say I was in the race & crossed the finish line!

More to come…

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…