Respect & Repeat

I’m finally starting to see through the “blog fog”. After journaling my own thoughts for years and aspiring to one day publish, I began this site with low expectations. Not on you the reader, but for myself. I had lost confidence in beginning new challenges. The feeling of defeat seemed to creep into my mindset. And then I became a part of the WordPress community. The salve of encouragement and the daily dose of comradeship has soothed the sting of our new reality.

Encouragement is the trait that seems to naturally be a part of me. Isn’t that what we should be in life? Encouragers? We all have gifts and talents. And it seems the blogging community, in addition to sharing their own writing talents, thrive in encouraging others. No, my writing isn’t going to be everyone’s “cup of tea”. No, my beliefs may not align with everyone. But yes, we are all human~and the kindred spirits seem to congregate.

The Liebster and Ideal Inspiration Blogger Awards

There are many opinions about awards. And for the sake of time, I understand. When I think back to my first year teaching I remember fondly the veterans who helped me build on the small steps of success (and oh boy, do I recall those who taught me quickly, and a bit painfully, how NOT to motivate others). For me, accepting these awards, as I begin my life in the blogosphere, is an important step to recognize other “newbies” and respect the chain of gratitude.

In a struggle to find balance between the layers of current life and create a writing routine, the acceptance posts can seem daunting. Yet, I believe them to be the jumpstart to fertilize the rich soil of dreamers like me. So to those of you that have thousands of followers and are following me, thank you. I’m humbled. And to those that have just started and have fewer followers, be encouraged and thank you for joining me. With time, and faith, connections will occur. It’s only human.

I want to thank Janet @ endless-rivers.com for nominating me for the Liebster Award. It is really humbling~sincerely it is. Janet has been a wonderful supporter and I encourage you to check out her site. You have to know her story! It’s truly an inspiration. You must know how she became an overcomer. 💚


RULES
• Thank the blogger who nominated you, and provide a link to their blog.
• Answer the 11 questions given to you.
• Share 11 facts about yourself.
• Nominate 5-11 other bloggers.
• Ask your nominees 11 questions.
• Notify your nominees once you have uploaded your post

Answers to Endless Rivers questions:

  1. What is your greatest life lesson so far? I’ve had so many. Keep going, keep my faith, ultimately God has me.
  2. What’s your favorite Car Karaoke song to sing? All of them~but rap! Music is my life 🎶
  3. Name one habit you would like to quit, and one you would like to start? Stop apologizing so much and start a habit of writing more each week.
  4. What has been your greatest challenge in the past month? Life hasn’t altered too much in regards to social distancing. However, not falling into the fear among the masses has been challenging. I keep faith and reality in my holsters at all times.
  5. Share one thing you’ve never shared before about yourself. I love counting things. It’s weird.
  6. What are you most afraid of? Distracted drivers and hate
  7. Have you ever been mistaken for someone else? Yes! I’m a twin!
  8. What’s missing in your life? Being near my kids and grandchild. But I know they’re in my heart and Im thankful for technology. Otherwise, I’m beyond blessed.
  9. What is the number ONE thing on your bucket list? Visit Jerusalem
  10. Would you rather camp or do a five star hotel? Camp!
  11. Are you an introvert or an extrovert? I’m an ambivert. I had to be extroverted in my career and can handle small spurts. But I love my alone time and do not like big crowds.
Thank you Rising Star ⭐️

It is such an honor to humbly accept the Ideal Inspiration Award from Rising Star ⭐️ @ idealinspiration.blog He is truly a well of positivity! From resources to help your site, to beautiful pictures, and ways to just do daily life and /or grow your business! Please check out the site.

Answers to Rising Star’s questions:
  1. What is your best inspiration source? The Bible and my journals. There are many inspiring authors/bloggers that I read that inspire me.
  2. What is the main purpose of your blog? To encourage and inspire, but also to share a bit of my RV life and legacies in my own family.
  3. What inspires you to write? Simply stories of faith and also deep thoughts about the human mysteries.
  4. How often do you write? Not enough right now! But I try to publish once a week.
  5. What is your best time of creativity? It hits at different times and a lot while I’m trying to sleep. Lol.
And my nominations are (insert drum roll)…

Each and every person on this list has impacted me. If you need encouragement please visit them. Nominees, do not feel pressured to accept. I only want you to know the impact you’ve had on me.

In lieu of answering 11 questions choose 11 words that describe you (it could be a noun, adjective, verb,….any word that is YOUR word). For example, two of mine would be music and nature. Thank you to all of my followers and readers. You truly make the blogosphere ~and this writer~feel encouraged.

Have faith 💚

In the Middle

I’m not the first born, nor the last. I’m in the middle (within five minutes of my birth, I beckoned my twin to follow 😉). Today is Wednesday, the middle of the week. For sake of argument, let’s pretend that Missouri is right in the middle of the States (supposedly we are “Midwestern”).

To add to my medium (writing that is….), I’m middle-aged. Being in the middle has had its shares of ups and downs. Honestly, I don’t mind being in the middle…..at all.

There were times I put myself in the middle of situations I shouldn’t~and times I was put there without extra work on my part. Haven’t we all been placed “in the middle” at times? The middle of…

  • arguments
  • politics
  • work situations
  • birth order
  • relationships

Recently, I submitted an article to a magazine located in the West (I will NOT name it). A few weeks transpired before a message was sent. To paraphrase, “Your writing is not OUR style. BUT I think you will find the right platform.” To paraphrase the paraphrase, “You’re not liberal enough.”

Another recent submission was for an essay contest (publishing company located in the EAST). The response was eloquent, detailed, and encouraging. Yes, a rejection~but, oh so sweet with feedback. To quote specifically, “You have a story to tell. Keep writing and keep submitting.” But as I read what they DO publish, I can tell my stories don’t have a political “flavor”.

A friend told me, “your writing is typical to what I’ve read in Reader’s Digest.” She nailed it in many ways. In my twenties I wrote an essay about my Grandfather Wilson (to note, Grandpa “scared the hell out of me”~thankfully, Grandma was there to ease the sting and soften the life-changing commitment I made to follow Christ) Reader’s Digest never published the essay. Nor did I “make it” as a children’s book author as I had dreamed. Rejection started early. To say it doesn’t sting would be false. There was a time in my life that the feeling of rejection took its toll. It’s wasn’t “good” and it wasn’t “bad”…..well, I was in the middle. I guess it was just “ok”.

It’s been preached that you can’t be in the middle. Take a stand! Choose a side! “If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything”,….yada, yada, yada. Just because I choose to stay in the middle doesn’t mean I don’t take a stand on truth.

I’m just a small-town girl that has traveled to the far West. And to the East. And to some other countries. I choose to sometimes stand in the middle of the road. I might get ran over by the left~or ran over by the right. It would encourage me immensely to find others that choose to stand in a position where they can see each direction. Sadly, some don’t even really choose (using their own mind) where they stand based on belief~but what media says or what others say is the right direction. To some folks, being in the middle is not…..extreme enough.

A breakdown of a recent conversation with Jesus.

“Whom do you love?” , I ask.

“Everyone”, he replies. “Don’t get me wrong, there are things I hate.” I used to gulp with guilt when he said this. Not anymore.

“Do you want me to the right or to the left Jesus”?, I ask confusingly.

Softly, he replies with a smile, “I don’t care which side you’re on, as long as you’re on my side.” 🤍

I stand in the middle of life loving what’s to the right & what’s to the left~as long as it aligns with the love of Christ. I feel comfort in the middle. It’s here that I’ve grown the most. In every pic below, I’m in the middle. The middle of my sons, the trail, cute baby goats I once owned, the country, the roads, the river, the air, and friends. Don’t worry if you’re in the middle of something. It’s ok. And know this~embracing the uncertainty of being in the “middle” might lead you to the best life yet.

Have faith 💚