Friday, August 18, 2017

Choosing to Be Intentional...

Some of you may remember a few years ago I started talking about being more intentional in my life. Paying more attention to how I live my life and what I choose to do with it, instead of being on auto-pilot, or just focusing on surviving or getting through.

One thing that has really impacted me the most is a devotional that I got a couple of years ago. The title of the devotional was called "Choose Joy". It was just a daily email devotional that came into my inbox, at a time when I really needed to see it. Don't you just love how things like that happen-just when you needed it?!!?

The words really resonated with my heart and I decided I needed to keep it in my inbox as a daily reminder to myself, so that every time I open my email I would see that reminder at the end of the list -choose Joy!

I kept it there for a long long time but then I started to think that maybe there are other things that I could remind myself to choose. So I started a little trial on my Google Calendar. I picked several random things that I wanted to remember to focus on and to choose and put one down for each day for a month right around Thanksgiving last year.

The things I put were very simple, things like- choose humility, choose to trust, choose to listen, choose Thanksgiving, choose gratitude, choose patience, choose understanding,...and so on.

During that one month trial I can't tell you how many times those simple daily reminders were spot-on for what I was going through that day, or what I needed to hear that day. They were all put in ahead of time and I had no idea what type of day I was going to have when I assigned that choice reminder for that day.

After the one month trial, I realize that this was something that could really make a huge impact in my life for the rest of the year. So, I decided to expand it and spread it out over the whole entire year.

Last winter I spoke to the ladies who are in my Christian volleyball league and told them about this and I really felt like at the time God had put on my heart to just encourage them in their daily lives. To remind them that we're not all perfect that we don't all have perfect lives, and that sometimes we go through some tough stuff but the key is to never lose your hope and never give up.

I told them about "choose joy" and how much it has impacted my heart and my life and encouraged them to keep putting one foot in front of the other even when sometimes it feels like it's just impossible to do. I also told them that if they ever need somebody to talk to I'm always here for them or if they need someone to pray for them I'm always here for them.

I was watching their faces because we were standing in a prayer circle at the time getting ready to pray. It was hard to read their faces because so many of them were closed off. A couple were nodding, but most of them were either looking down or not making eye contact.

After we spent some time praying over prayer requests, we separated into our teams and went into the gym to play our games.  One woman hung back and she told me how much what I said had touched her, and she thanked me for sharing. I was content with knowing that it was a positive thing for at least one person. Over the weeks and months many other women came to me trickling in one by one here and there telling me that I gave them something to think about and thanking me for sharing.

Now, it's almost a year since I did that first trial month, I'm still receiving the daily pop ups on my calendar of choices to make and sometimes they're not always applicable to the day but more times than not, they are!

The reminders remind me that there are always choices, and ways to make a negative or bad situation into something positive. They remind me to pay attention and be intentional with every aspect of my life. Sometimes it involves being more present, physically and mentally for people that I love, Sometimes it involves being more kind and patient with people who are irritating. Sometimes it involves taking time to reach out to people who may need a smile or a kind word or two.

The story continues to evolve...a couple of weeks ago, I saw an ad for an online t-shirt place that was selling t-shirts that said "Choose Joy"! Of course, I HAD to order one!! I'll be wearing it a lot, to remind myself to choose-in every circumtance in my life.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Summertime Treasure Hunting

I've only had a few outings so far this summer for treasure hunting, and that's ok. I'm not under pressure to get out there every weekend to hunt for things to sell, and my collections are pretty close to being done/full, so there isn't the urgency of years past.

I have been to the Greenmead Flea, and a few antique malls between Findlay, Ohio and St. Ignace, Mi. I/ve found a few great things that just had to come home with me, and several things that I enjoyed just looking at, so I took pics!

Here are some pics of our garage sale...

Have you seen the ads for the bigger, better, more pizza at little Caesars? They are selling a pizza for $1 more with more pepperoni and more cheese...we tried it and compared it. It really does have more!

Treasure Hunting at Greenmead

Online find to complete my set!! That last bowl took years to find!

These were the centerpieces for the shower...the only pics I thought to take--doh!!

Online finds...super low bids...was shocked I won!

Treasure Hunting in Pellston, Mi

Treasure Hunting in St. Ignace, Mi

Craft show at the Soo...

Found this at the new antique shop in St. Ignace. It was filthy dirty and someone had sewn one edge over to make it into a curtain. It was sewn by hand in bright yellow thread. I quickly pulled it out and set it to soak!

Amazing find in Pellston!!

Who doesn't love Pyrex and penguins?!?

Summertime Pyrex!

Another amazing find in Pellston!! Fire King, and at a super great price!!

One of my mom's friends introduced me to this while we were in the U.P., it's been a fun throwback!

Treasure hunting in Findlay, Ohio at Jeffrey's

This booth was so frustrating! Most of the Pyrex was filthy dirty, like it just got pulled out of an old barn and tossed in the booth. Every third or fourth piece was actually priced-the rest wasn't, and the stuff that was priced was sky-high!! I asked a mall employee about the booth and she said the seller has been problematic, with all of the things I mentioned. She said they have to call her everytime someone is interested and an item isn't prices, and a lot of times they can't even get ahold of her. I'm still shaking my head over that. What's the point of putting your stuff in a booth, and paying rent to not sell it...??

I think this would be amazing for vintage tablecloths!! I wonder if I could get Mr to make me one...

Treasure hunting in Maumee, Oh

What a fun idea for an old treadle sewing machine!!

I still laugh every time I see this sign! Two of my loves on one sign and I'm told NO for one!!

This napkin doll was priced as a candle holder...and was a very low price. I think napkin dolls are pretty rare around here...but amongst my friends, I seem to be the only one who likes them.

Books, cut into letters...not sure how I feel about this...I love books and hate to see them ruined, but the bright colors and shapes are kind of fun...

Maybe the next time my youngest feels the urge to have chickens, we an compromise with something like these...LOL! Less mess and less work for sure!!!

Pyrex is alive and well at the Maumee Antique Mall...some great pieces and then just like anywhere, some DWD pieces, but there was plenty to choose from!

I'm on a turquoise kick right now, and I guess a red kick too! This hanky came home with me.

My first red, white and blue vintage tablecloth! All set for next year!!

A tiny little half stick butter dish...perfect for our family! The whole sticks always end up getting tossed out because they don't get used up before they go bad.

This is such a beauty! Much prettier in person! Green and white!!

Near mint brown and white!!

I LOVE games!! I've bought quite a few old games to play with my guys. This one is for one or more players!

This three tiered tidbit tray came from the upper room at Swan Creek. I think it will be lovely with Christmas cookies and candies on it!

That's all of my summer fun, so far! Today I'm doing some housework, then off the celebrate at my cousin's wedding!! This is the closest wedding and reception we've ever been to, it's only about 10 minutes away!!

Tomorrow, is the Shed 5 Flea at Eastern Market...I'm looking forward to checking out something new and a new area for Treasure Hunting!! Then Monday, is back to work-ugh! I wish I could be on vacation all the time!! I like the work I do, it's just more fun to be on vacation!!

I'll be catching up on all of my blog buddies, but if you don't have a blog, and want to share what you've been up to, send me an email-I'd love to hear from you and see what you've been doing!!