Daily Journal challenge Day 12

What was your favorite plaything as a child? Do you see any connection between your life now and your favorite plaything.
I was more often with my nose in a book rather than playing. I didn’t have a lot of toys and I cannot really remember a specific toy. Isn’t that crazy? When you are a kid, the newest, latest greatest toy is al you think about and now 30 some years later I cannot really remember a single toy I played with. I had a stuffed dog named fluffy that I loved but I spent a lot of time out doors and reading. I can tell you the toys I wanted and never got  but had I received them they would probably be in the list of toys I cannot remember. I don’t know whether it had a connection to who I am today but I know books changed my life. They took me to a place that I couldn’t go in the real world and helped me escape all my troubles. They helped me to survive and they were my best friends when I didn’t have any.
3 Gifts in his word
Christ’s death
Christ’s birth
proverbs

Journal Challenge Day 11

The internet is full of rants. Help tip the balance. Today be simply thankful for something or someone.
I got great news yesterday and that is that I am still cancer free. I am so truly thankful and blessed and one of the lucky ones. I cannot begin to express my thankfulness for this gift. I am also truly thankful for my friends and family. I have the best support system ever. People sending texts, messages, calls notes and just checking to see if I am okay. I am thankful there was nothing to worry about but if there ever was, I know that I would have the village I need to beat it. I am blessed beyond measure and thank god every day for all that I have.
3 Hard Eucharisteo
I am thankful for having a relationship where we can fight and make up and love each other just the same. Sometimes loving just a little more
I am thankful that my son is trying to find his way
I am thankful for a house to live in.

Day 10 Journal Challenge

Education advanced, Love fulfilled, Motherly Love
I am in school and will be finishing next year and then hope to attend the Masters program. Rich and I fall more in love each day and I hope that continues and I hope with love and perseverance, Michael finds his way and starts the journey to his future.
3 gifts moving
Water
Future
Car

Day 9 Journal Challenge

What a twist
Tell us a story — fiction or non-fiction — with a twist we
can’t see coming
I am going to have to think about this one and write more later. I have struggled with this prompt for two days.
3 Gifts framed
My house
My husband’s art
Family pictures

Journal Challenge Catchup Day 6, 7 and 8

September 6
Regrets, I’ve had a few
What’s your biggest regret? How would your life have been
different if you’d made another decision?
I have no regrets because I feel like my life wouldn’t be where it is right now if I changed anything. Have I made mistakes in my life? Absolutely. Did I learn from those mistakes? Absolutely. If I were to name what I thought was a regret it would be not going directly to college after high school but would I have done as well as I did? I don’t think so. Others are making some poor decisions in my youth but I feel like I overcame those obstacles and am a more well-rounded person because of it.
3 Gifts Growing
1. Flowers
2. Trees
3. Love
September 7
Luxurious
What’s the one luxury you can’t live without?
Hmmm, probably hot water. I love a nice hot bath or shower. I love my shoes and jewelry too and books. I guess that would be the luxuries I can’t live without. I do find that the simpler my life is the easier it is.
3 Gifts Given
1. Forgiveness
2. Love
3. Concern

September 8
The excitement never ends
Tell us about the last thing you got excited about —
butterflies-in-the-stomach, giggling, can’t-wait excited.
The last thing I got excited about was going to the beach with my husband. I love spending time with him and hearing the waves. It is so nice to spend time alone catching up and appreciating one another. I still love him as much as I did all those years ago probably even more.
A gift made, masked, marveled
Made
My bed
Masked
My emotions
Marveled
At nature

Journal Challenge Day 5

Pick a person, a couple, or a group and imagine what their lives might be like.
I admit it I am a people watcher and I do this ALL the time. Rich and I will sit and make observations about people’s lives passing us by and what we think they are doing, how long they have been together, etc. It is interesting what we think we can know about a person from the outside when in reality we know nothing at all. If people were to observe me from afar and imagine what my life was like, I wonder what they would think. It actually reminds a bit of facebook and how we put out there what we want people to see, (kind of like the outside of us) and people have an idea of what are lives are like but do they really? I know there are worries to overshare and I definitely am guilty of that but with me you know the good, the bad and the ugly. There are some people that only show the best parts of their life and lead you to believe their life is perfect, others are so negative you just wonder how nothing can go right for them and still others you think might need medication. I laugh with my facebook friends, I cry for them, I pray for them. I am glad there is this outlet for people but I have to wonder how much is real and how much is what they want you to believe. Dang I got deep today 

3 Gifts Autumn
1. Fall plug ins, smells, candles, pumpkin 
2. Cooler weather and beautiful colors
3. Halloween

Things I love Thursday 9-4-14

Good morning everyone, I am a bit worried this morning but trying not to be. I just keep thinking how stupid I will feel when I find out it’s nothing and I have been wasting energy over the last couple weeks worrying. I will be happy to have some news today either way because then I will know how to move forward. This might be a short one because I am having some struggle focusing but I am afraid if I get bad news I won’t be able to do this later.

I love sudden afternoon rain storms. These happen like clockwork in Augusta in the summer, typically during rush hour LOL. If you have been to Disney or Florida, you know what I mean. The sudden rainstorm in the afternoon that passes as quickly as it comes. I love that it cools the air just in time for me to drive home. Now if it is raining on my way home, that is a different story because then I steam to death 

I love soap. Weird huh. I use body wash and ran out so had to use a bar of soap but there is something about the clean smell of soap lingering on your skin. It reminds me of bath time as a kid and the bar of soap falling into the water and coming out with your whole body smelling like soap. Speaking of which why do little kids hair hold the smell of shampoo so much longer or is it just me? Oh my gosh I am a weirdo.
I love my new phone. Its actually Rich’s new phone but it will be so nice to be able to dial a number and it work right away rather than ten minutes later. I also have so many issues with freezing and don’t even have enough room for many apps. His camera is way cooler than mine too.

I love that I am doing a journaling challenge, a photo challenge, 1000 gifts challenge, and a bible study. It might get a bit overwhelming as the days wear on but for right now I have been keeping up with it. Speaking of which, if you haven’t checked out my blog, that is where I am putting my journal challenge and 1000 gifts. I definitely need some work but first things first I am actually writing a blog. I had to stop editing myself in order to do it because that is the only way my TILT works. It’s just me randomly typing my thoughts with no editing, no grammar, and no rereads.

I love all the prayers, texts, calls, etc. People are amazing. I hope you all have a wonderful day.

Love,
Mary

Journal Challenge Day 3

If your day to day responsibilities were taken care of and you
could throw yourself completely behind a cause, what would
it be?
My dream is to lift people up. I spent so long with low self-esteem, not thinking I was good enough and no one can really tell you that you are good enough but I would love to help others realize their worth. I would like to do retreats with amazing speakers and honest connections. I don’t exactly know what that would entail but by helping people feel better about themselves it could cause a chain reaction of kindness through the world. I know this sounds so petty and not really a cause but it is something I feel passionate about.

3 Gifts Yellow
1. The sun
2. lemonade
3. bananas

September 2 Journal Challenge

Do you know the meaning of your name and why your parents chose it? Do you think it suits you? What about your childrens names?

My name is a family name and is four generations. My first name Mary is my grandmas name, my middle name Zoellen is the combination of my great grandma Zoe and my great great grandma Ellen. My mom is also named Mary Zoellen so I am a second of sorts. I am not sure if my name suits me. I remember when I was younger wanting something more exotic like Cassandra Nicolette but Mary is my name and even though its a common name I honestly do not know very many Marys. Isn’t that weird? Our son was named after his two uncles. His first and middle name are there middle names. We went through so many names and wanted something unique but not too unique, in the end we named him Michael which is a pretty common name but I like that he doesn’t go by Mike.

3 Gifts Cut

Flowers
A new haircut
fresh vegetables

September 1 Journal Challenge

Groundhog day
In the comedy “Groundhog Day” Bill Murray experienced
the same day again and again, stuck in a time loop until he
got the day “right.” What day would you choose to repeat
until you got it right? Do you think it’s ever possible to get
life “right”?

I really can’t say there is a day I would do over to get it right. I have had some bad days, good days, sad days, happy days and everything in between but each day and experience added to who I am today. I think each moment good or bad has its place and everything that happens in your day is “right” it is what is supposed to happen, the good, the bad and the ugly. I think of bad choices I made in my youth but without them I wouldn’t have experiences that have helped others or empathy for people in bad situations. No matter what we do, we aren’t going to be perfect so we just need to live life the best we can and learn lessons from the moments that are less than desirable. And honestly I don’t know if I would want to feel the pain from the past again so reliving the day would do more harm than good in my opinion. I have accepted the moment, took what I needed from it, and moved on.

1000 Gifts

3 Gifts Summer

1. Relaxed schedules
2. Beach trips
3. Barbecues and get togethers with friends