It was a great week writing! Thanks for the prayers. I was able to finish my first draft of my book on Thursday. Eleven chapters written, and now the editing process begins. I was surprised that I was able to finish it, but once I started the words and structure came together. It helps that I have written in my journal almost daily for the past six years. It was very helpful to read back and remind myself of past experiences and thoughts.
One of the things I realized as I went back and looked at my past was how much my life was a non-stop race. I worked too many hours and was constantly striving to move to the next challenge in my life. While we have been intentional at taking vacations and traveling to many fabulous destinations around the world, we also missed slowing down during our normal weeks and enjoying life around us.
Today we took a walk around Como Lake. Even though it is so close to where we live, we had never taken the time to just enjoy it and walk around it. I am learning that my pace of life with work over the past 30 years has kept me from enjoying what is around me as much as I could. We have lived in a beautiful state and city for over 30 years, but there are so many things that we have not taken the time to experience and enjoy.
Life is too short to miss out on enjoying the beauty that God created and has given us to enjoy. I am going to make a commitment to try something new every week. Expand my sense of normal and push myself out of my comfort zone.
What do you need to do this week to slow down and enjoy life to its fullest? What is something you have thought about doing and just never got around to doing it? Make it happen this week! You will never regret creating a memory, but you can never create a memory without taking a step out of your routines.
Next week we plan to announce our next step in life! I hope you will look for our blog and see what journey God is taking us on!