Wednesday, July 31, 2013

I'm Smarter than I was on July 1st. And Here's Why.

Lately, months hold so much. As I look back to just four weeks ago I'm amazed at how much has happened in that slice of time. And, for now, that feels so exhilarating. I'm trying to take it all in, to steep in it, and to come out the other side more flavorful, more fun, and more reflective. Right now that process is joy-filled and feeling adventurous.

So, today I document the things I've learned since July 1st and tomorrow I soak in the inaugural day of August.

1. Being brave is rewarding. Brave on all fronts. Mostly, social fronts this month. I made a new friend at a party that is going to come over and hang out. I reached out to one of my favorite bloggers online and she was more beautiful than I expected. I reconnected with decades old friends over a book and loved it.

2. I don't miss shopping as much as I thought. But I'm only three weeks into this five month fast. Oh Lord, help me.

3. Boldness in prayer. Because God listens. And He answers. Sometimes you have to start taking the steps and then He swoops in and blesses that action.

4. As much as I adore weddings for the love and the flowers and the lace, the dancing is undeniably my favorite. Seriously, this girl tore up the dance floor until the live band hit midnight and were done with their set. Talk about a Sad Sally.

5. I've got myself some great genetics... As long as this dementia thing isn't taken into consideration. Seriously though, Mama Bird's going to be 50 folks!

6. My dog's a good one. She's stinky sometimes and she's doing the terrible twos like a professional, but at the end of the day, she puts up with my incessant pictures, me constantly trying to get her to talk, and being picked up like the little puppy she used to be.

7. Louis Armstrong has a voice of golden sunshine. Seriously, it feels to my ears like the warmth of the summer sun on my skin.

8. Growing up a wanted to be a princess. Now, as a grown up, I, more specifically, want to be Princess Kate Middleton who can walk out of an English hospital looking glamorous less than 24 hours after giving birth. Girl, GIVE ME YOUR SECRETS.

9. Passive aggressive behaviors irks me to no end. Especially in men. (Not my husband kind of men, more like in coworkers kind of men) Seriously dude, just say what you want, or don't and get over it.

10. Family vacation is soul-filling. A break from the hum-drum that can make up every day life is necessary. And who better to fill that break with than your own genes. Summer beach trip, you went too fast and you will re-arrive too slow for my taste.

Farewell July. August, here you come. Memories -good and bad- fill you from years past and, yet, I look forward to your adventures.

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  1. What a fun list! Love #3 -- that hit the spot today.

    Stopping by from Emily's. :)

  2. just found your blog through the marvelous flight of cara and i LOVE it. excited to be your newest follower :) i would love for you to sotp by and say hi!


  3. Love Louis Armstrong - He made the world more beautiful.

  4. Yes, yes, yes! Princess Kate was amazing to see so put together and confident outside of the hospital!

  5. Oh the things we learn each day... Such valuable lessons and a great share for us to all learn too. here is what I have learn about you:
    1. You are one brave, strong woman.
    2. You are true and honest and allow yourself to feel all the natural feelings that you encounter.
    3. You are an angel from God.
    4. You rock blonde bangs.
    5. You could definitely be a fashion blogger (teach me these skills).
    6. You have gorgeous arms.
    7. I wish we were real life friends.

    Loving you Mrs Thomas

  6. Hey! Popping over from Emily's link up. I love what I've seen from your blog already :) Learning that we can be bold in our prayer is something the Lord has been teaching me as well lately. Isn't it marvelous that our Father listens, and wants His children to boldly ask!?

    Thanks for posting!


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