Living Up to Expectations

For most of my life I tried to live up to other people's expectations:  family, friends, teachers, etc. Most of the expectations I was expected to live up to were also directly conflictory with other things I was being told.  For example, "you can be anything you want to be, but you can't do ... ".  … Continue reading Living Up to Expectations

The Power Of…

When I was a child, I used to tell my mother, "When I grow up, I am going to have...)", and I would list off all of the things I wanted for my life.  In true fashion for her, my mother would find ways to denigrate every thing I said, and tell me why I … Continue reading The Power Of…

Sudden Changes

This week I had a sudden, unexpected schedule change at work.  I could look at it as an event that got in the way of my prior plans, or I could see it as a benefit to current issues and events in my life.  I prefer the second viewpoint. While my husband and I did … Continue reading Sudden Changes

Time Flies With the Winds of Change

So many things seem to be happening lately, I am having a hard time keeping up.  This year seems to be flying by.  I can't believe it's June already, and mid-summer is upon us already. There are so many things I want to write about, and so little time  to write with everything going on.  … Continue reading Time Flies With the Winds of Change

Walking a Long Path

It's late.  Or early, depending on which end of the day you are looking at it from.  Personally, I'm trying to wind down from a busy night at work, so I can sleep before my long couple of days coming up.  But, it's giving me time to think, and remember. Many years ago, when I … Continue reading Walking a Long Path

Passions Combined

One of my biggest obstacles over the last several years, regarding creativity has been the lack of passion to create.  I've wanted to, even felt driven to at times.  Even when I sit down to write, I often feel like I'm doing "by rote."  It's a job, and it's been devastating to not be able … Continue reading Passions Combined

What’s In A Marriage?

As often happens, today's post comes from lessons and experiences in my own life, and being a minister who performs weddings regularly, that means there's a lot of experience.  But today's lesson isn't just from performing weddings, it's also from my own personal life....and watching my successes and failures, learning from my mistakes.  But just … Continue reading What’s In A Marriage?

The Value of Friendship

Many of us will remember as children being told what to, and what not to talk about with others.  Many times, I remember being yelled at by my mother for talking about, what to me, seemed like a small incident or occurrence in the house.  What made it worse for me, is that somehow the … Continue reading The Value of Friendship

When We Want a Different Answer…

Often in life, we find ourselves repeating the same behaviors every time certain emotional issues come up.  These behaviors can be damaging, both to ourselves, and to those around us.  We know that these behaviors are not working, and yet, we keep doing the same things expecting a different response - a change somewhere else … Continue reading When We Want a Different Answer…

Feeling Alone

Sometimes when things get truly bad, it feels like we are totally and completely alone.  It is important to remember that even when we are alone in a space, we are never alone.  The Spirit is also with us constantly. It is also important to remember, that no matter what happens, nothing is ever as … Continue reading Feeling Alone