you were made to be great

Six months from tomorrow I will turn 32.  I thought I'd be further along in life by now.  Alas, worrying and contemplating the lack of forward motion in the past will only prolong my (or anyone's) sedentary state.

Rather than pining for years that are gone, never more to come, I must choose to push forward and make life happen from here.  Secondly, I must do it.  Action is require.  Courage is needed.  It's not enough to declare things will change.  If I want it done, I have to do it.  I must muster every bit of courage and will power and make the future happen.

Here's the thing, I'm called to be great.  You are called to be great too.  I cannot convince you of your calling, but that does not negate your calling.  You are called to be great.  Greatness comes to people who choose to be great.  Those people are courageous.  They are people of integrity.  The have high morals.  And, very often, they set goals.

Now, I know we've all see the "30 Before 30" lists and the monthly goal lists.  In some ways, this is one of those lists.  It's a list of some of the things I want to do in the next six months.  At the end of the next six months there will be another list, but for now I'm going to set my mind on making this list happen.

1.  Lose 50 lbs.  (I'm already 8 lbs down. Go me!)
2.  Attend the If:Gathering 2015.  It's February 6th and 7th in Austin, Tx and registration opens today.
3.  Save $2,000.
4.  Go on a cruise or at least to a beach.  Either one is fine with me.
5.  Work on making Christmas at CrossPoint a success.
6.  Continue to go my eBay business.  (Hey, I've got to save that $2,000 somehow.)
7.  Go to the gym at least three times a week.
8.  Visit the Philbrook.
9.  Visit Gilcrease.
10.  Read three books.  (I know it's not that many, but I've got a lot to do.)
11.  Launch Kyrie Coffee. (More details to come.)
12.  Spend more intentional time with Jesus.
13.  Purchase a new vehicle.
14.  Attend the Influence Conference.
15.  Get the iPhone gold.
16.  I'd like to go to the Yellow Conference too.
17.  Enjoy a half day...or a full the Berkshire salon.

It seems like my list has a lot of things on it that require money like 3 conferences, a spa day, and a vacation, and that's only the ones I listed.  That's kind of scary, but here's the thing...I'm ready to live and to be great.  I 'm ready to be great at loving Jesus and loving people.

See you tomorrow for Short & Sweet!

What about you?  Do you have anything you want to get done in the next six months?

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"Read His words and you find His heart. Obey His words and you do His will."  

While I can't say that I've always been faithful to deep Scripture reading or to obeying His words, my heart longs to know Him.  To find Him and to know Him.

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He loved you and me, against all odds, and He will love you and me for an eternity.


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Earlier this past summer, I stepped away from the real world and into a world of friends--true friends who see who you are and who you can be.  After that weekend I felt new.

In spending time with these women, I began to remember who I want to be.  I began to remember who I'm called to be.  All it took was one weekend, two days, a long car ride, and 48 hours of deep conversation.

That's true friendship...true community.  And that's what I desire.

Time has gone on.  We have new babies, new relationships, new experiences among us, but I can't wait for our get away next year.

Build relationships that make you stronger.  Don't give up because it's difficult.  Stick it out for the long haul.  You'll eventually realize that people are always worth the cost.

longing for a lazy morning

The last couple of weeks have been days and days on unfinished crafting projects, unmade recipes, and un-acted upon plans.  It leaves me with this reality.  Sometimes life gets in the way of, well, life. So today I only have a picture to leave you with.  It's not a picture that I took.  I actually found it through Pinterest.  It's a picture of a desire...a desire for a little bit slower morning...a desire to slow down and enjoy a morning and to maybe have a cup of coffee, in the morning, at home.

Here's hoping some of those projects get finished this week.

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dawns & twilights

Last night I felt it. Honestly, I was slightly surprised. It's been gone for nearly a year, but last night I felt the cool wind of Autumn and I knew she was near.

Autumn brings a great many things with her.  There's the family events soon to come and, of course, the famed Pumpkin Spice Latta. In my life she brings the return of Christmas rehearsals and busy week nights. But more than that, She marks an end that's approaching.

Autumn brings the rain and I love the rain.  She brings the cool.  She brings the color. She brings the warmth of a sweater. She brings family and I love family.

And somehow in the ending I find a new beginning.

Life is much the same way, full of dawns and twilights--the dawning of a new day, the closing of another--but in them all some how there's beauty.

So as twilight begins, just before the long night's sleep, I'll enjoy the rain and the cool and the color and the warmth. I'll enjoy the community of family and the sisterhood of friends. And then, when night creeps in I'll sleep in peace.
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