Saturday, September 24, 2011
Friday, September 23, 2011
Posted by Tanya at 8:00 PM
Thursday, September 22, 2011
For example, having a lot of children close in age meant that I use to put on a lot of shoes. Instead of lace shoes, I would choose easy and have boots, pull on shoes, Velcro, etc. It was one of the ways I made it easier on myself.
I still need to remember that I can choose easy and instead of being frustrated by and complaining about something, I can do more problem solving because it is empowering and we CEOs need the power to become a Fortune 500 company even if now I am only a one-woman operation!
Posted by Tanya at 5:00 PM
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
I realize that faith and fear cannot coexist, and now I want to be more careful that I don't let my fear block out the faith and thus the view I could have based on that faith.
I have noticed that faith can be the foundation of a lot of great intentions. Like the intention we have to make our wedding plans joyous instead of stressful. Fear seems to evoke stress, but faith grows optimism and joy. Fear creates worry about people and their choices, but faith creates a belief that their journey will take them just where they need to be for their own growth. It just feels so much better to live in faith instead of fear.
Posted by Tanya at 1:42 PM
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
It makes me remember a lesson I learned from my brother years ago right before I got married. Our family was taking an extended vacation into Canada and down the East Coast in a motor home. We tried to see so much and seemed like we were hurrying from one stop to the next when my brother jokingly said, "Let's hurry and get this fun over with!"
Planning this wedding is so much fun, and we don't want to hurry and get this fun over with. We are going to enjoy the journey!
Posted by Tanya at 9:16 PM
Sunday, September 18, 2011
Posted by Tanya at 9:31 PM
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
My mind works like a touch and go landing strip. Thoughts come and then they take off really quickly. Just like when I walk downstairs to do or get something and then think, "Why in the heck am I down here?" Now I have to write this random thought because I forgot some of the other good ones. From now on, I will write my thoughts down while they are still on the runway.
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Posted by Tanya at 6:43 PM
Monday, September 12, 2011
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Sunday, September 11, 2011
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Saturday, September 10, 2011
It was an interesting journey. Close to the falls, I ran into a couple who were confused as to which path to take. (No, it wasn't Alice in Wonderland.) Since it had been a long time since I went all the way to the falls, I became a kind of blind leader figuring it out as we went.
It made me realize that oftentimes we get to lead the way, and if I am going to be put in that position then I had better know where I am going. I also realized that being a leader is a unique opportunity to do be more diligent and determined to find the way and to endure to the end. Rounding the corner and seeing the falls was a great reward and an even better one as I came back and told my little followers that it was just ahead.
P.S. This is the actual picture I took today.
Posted by Tanya at 10:39 PM
Friday, September 9, 2011
The fun is over because the truth is, eating all that fattening food is only temporarily rewarding. I have to start looking at my long-term quality of life and since I don't want to have to purchase one of those lounge chairs that mechanically push me out of it, I will have to start making changes now and make those changes for good.
So now I will say, "I am losing weight weight." And why do I want to loose weight; because it just simply doesn't feel good to carry extra weight that I don't need and want, and it isn't healthy. Yes, there is a certain amount of ego in being thin, but the real motivation should be that I should want to take care of my body and make it as healthy as I can be so I can live a long and vibrant life.
So today, I am starting to lose weight and in order to do that I will drink lots of water, eat lots of colorful vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, fish and lean meats sparingly. As I eat healthy and have more energy, I will really have more fun than there ever was eating a whole bag of chocolate-covered cinnamon bears. At least I will keep telling myself that.
Thursday, September 8, 2011
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
I have found that it really is on that harder path that has knocked the wind out of me that has made room for the lessons I need to learn. Because of the gift of free agency and the fact that Heavenly Father always honors my right to choose, I believe that at some deeper level that I chose some of my difficult paths because I unconsciously knew that I needed the difficulty in order to have that deep lung cleansing to make room for greater lessons and deeper truth. I believe that was what Eve did. She chose a hard path because at some deep level she knew that we would all need to go through difficulties and live outside the perfect garden. Our Heavenly Father allowed her and allows us to make those choices that will at first cause pain but ultimately, with His help to overcome, be our greatest teacher.
With this understanding, it is easier to allow others their free agency and have faith that their journey will also be just what they need. I no longer have to worry, monitor, judge, control, or try to fix. I just get to try and be a good example, pray for, and love them.
Posted by Tanya at 8:16 PM
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
It is going to sound weird but now when I am writing or thinking something that is an enlightening truth, I have noticed that I take in a deep breath. I have gotten in the habit now of noticing it more often and after I write a sentence in my journal that rings true and in which I take in a deep breath, I will finish the thought by typing DB to signify when I spoke truth and took in a deep breath. It seems to help me take more notice of what is important. I mean, I say so much that isn't important that I need some kind of sifter.
Posted by Tanya at 10:49 PM
Monday, September 5, 2011
At the very end, it was interesting how all of a sudden without anyone saying a word, they just miraculously figured out how to undo the knot. It was as if faith took over. In thinking about it yesterday, it also came to me that my life is a lot like that. I can think that struggling, negotiating, and making suggestions will work out the knots in my life, when it is so much better when I just let faith take over.
Posted by Tanya at 10:00 PM
Sunday, September 4, 2011
Seriously though, isn't it nice that we can be warned and learn from other people's mistakes. I am grateful for those people that will mark the troubled spots so those following can avoid them.
Posted by Tanya at 11:18 PM
Saturday, September 3, 2011
I also came away with tremendous gratitude for all the creativity that went into the book and movie and the inspiration that is shared with all of us. It makes me want put my talents to better use. Now if I can only find them...
Posted by Tanya at 6:27 PM