Wisdom From The Animals: Day 23

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Wisdom From The Animals: Day 23

With their large canine-like fangs, sea lions are predators of the ocean. They were named sea lions for that reason and because the males sport a mane and both sexes vocalize with a roar. Sea lions also hunt and swallow their prey whole. They rely on their whiskers to aid them in the location of food nearby while swimming in the dark ocean.

“Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” 1 Peter 5:8

Like the prey of a sea lion, I need to be alert and take proactive steps not to fall into the clutches of the devil. I need to avoid areas or things that would put me in danger of being swallowed whole. I also need to adopt an attitude that is not fearful but an attitude of calm watchfulness trusting that God is with me.

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To view all of my posts from the 31 Days Writing Challenge 2015: Wisdom From The Animals, click on the icon above. I hope you’ll come back to visit over and over again. I’d love for you to follow me on the blog or any of my other social media sites. Thanks! 

Blessings,

Mimi

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Welcome to 31 Days of Wisdom From The Animals

Welcome to my 31 Days Writing Challenge 2015! This year my topic is 31 Days of Wisdom From The Animals. I hope you’ll come back to visit over and over again. I’d love for you to follow me on the blog or any of my other social media sites. Thanks! 

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Wisdom From The Animals: Day 1

Isn’t it amazing how a haircut can change your perspective or even change your day? We adopted a pound puppy a little over a year ago. They told us that she was a retriever mix, and yes, she does have some retriever characteristics, but as the months went by her fur kept growing and growing. Delta began to have problems seeing and had to peer out from under her bangs. We tried to help the girl out with cute little bows and ponytails but she just ate them.

I think I’ve tried doing the same thing. Sometimes I let things slide and allow them to affect the way I view the world. These words, behaviors, beliefs, or actions seem small at first but if I don’t pay attention, they often pile up and cause me to see things skewed and through a haze. I’ve even tried to fancy up situations where I don’t have the right view or perspective with cute bows but they’re only bandaids. Paul writes;

“Be very careful, then, how you live -not as unwise but as wise,.” Ephesians 5:15

When I realize that stuff has piled up in my life, I know that the best thing for me to do is get a haircut and clear up my sight. I need to clean house and rid myself of words, behaviors, beliefs, or actions that are not in God’s best interest or mine. Our pound puppy Delta can attest to the importance of a good haircut because once she was blind but now she can see.

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Blessings,

Mimi

A Blogiversary Of Sorts

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April is my blogiversary of sorts. I started blogging in 2009 at the end of April on a private site called A Questionable Mind. Mostly, the site was a journal of written thoughts but what the experience taught me was that I enjoyed writing online. I had always been a notebook/yellow legal pad with a pen kind of girl and had erroneously thought that I would dislike the computer because the creativity wouldn’t flow properly and I wouldn’t be able to type fast enough to capture my thoughts. I was wrong.

In April of 2011, I made my first public blog post under a blogspot site called Change of Plans. I thought I would be writing lots of posts about our house renovations and life as we became empty nesters but like my blog title, my plans were changed.

To reflect the change of focus in my posts, I renamed my blog to State of Hospitality in November of 2012. Yes, I took a year to change the name. I struggled with finding the right one and in my defense, I didn’t post as often back then.

That year, I did begin posting more often and gained a few followers and decided to make the big leap and plunge myself into owning my own domain site. In September of 2013, I moved to WordPress and here I am today. I, also, began another site in 2013, Sweeter Than Honey Ministry, where I share online bible studies, uplifting videos, posts, scripture, and music.

Between all of the name changes and addresses I’ve published 330 posts. A small amount when compared in the blogging community but I’m not writing to win a blogging race — only to share and write about life as I see it. It’s taken me several years of blogging to learn that valuable lesson.

My Most Popular Posts Of All Time

My Favorite Things 2013

My Favorite Things 2014

My page that lists all of my posts from my participation in the 31 Day Challenge.

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This year, the #1 post so far is about my personal stylist.

 

I enjoy this writing medium and as long as I do, I’ll keep showing up. To read and to write.

Blessings,

Mimi

“How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity!” Psalm 133:1 NIV Bible

 

The State of State of Hospitality

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This past week, I’ve been taking inventory of the blog and making plans for this brand spanking new year.  While I was digging around and dusting off, I discovered a few things.  I’d like to share them with you and see if I’m on target to deliver you better blog posts for this year.

What did I discover was the #1 viewed post for the year?

 

Y’all LOVED My Favorite Things 2014.  In fact, 734 of you loved to read that post.  What?!  You missed it?  Catch it here.  The #2 favorite was My Favorite Things 2013 and other posts rounding out the top 10 included posts about house renovation, family events, and Catie’s cooking challenge. ( Thanks for supporting my baby! )

If I’m interpreting this data accurately, y’all would really like to know more about our family life and recommendations of favorite things or the sharing of products I like.  I’ll be writing more on these topics for this year.  To start off in the right direction, I found an awesome clothing company I can’t wait to share with y’all.  I’ll be posting about it soon.  You’ll thank me, I promise!

The time for posting about Christmas and decorations came and went.

christmas tree 2014 1I didn’t decorate much nor did I take many pictures.  Our tree was simple and inexpensive this Christmas.  The big flowers are made from brown paper bags, glitter, and paint.

reading and writing bannerI read 51 books this past year.  Overall, I had an average year as far as books I really enjoyed.  Most were only 3 stars.  I’m hoping for better adventures this year.

  • My favorite classic for 2014:  Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury.  A 5-star book for me about a fireman whose job was to start fires not put them out.  What did they burn? Books.  Books are subversive, books cause people to think, and books are trouble.  The fireman, on a whim, decides to save one and keep it.
  • My favorite reread for 2014: The Giver by Lois Lowry.  I’m ho-hum on the movie but I love the book and the issues for discussion that surface during reading.
  • My favorite memoir for 2014: Good Old Boy by Willie Morris.  He spins a tale about growing up in Yazoo City, MS which was my grandfather’s hometown.  Reading the book was like listening to my grandfather.
  • My favorite collection of stories for 2014: A Touch of Wonder by Arthur Gordon.  The memoir tales are beautifully told pieces of wisdom.
  • My favorite YA for 2014: The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen.  This book is the first in a trilogy.  My credit card will be plunked down quickly for the second book.  This story is categorized under fantasy but the first book, I would not have placed in fantasy.  The story reminds me of Hunger Games meets Sleeping Beauty. Emma Watson has bought the rights and a movie is being developed. Woohoo!
  • My favorite sappy- feel good- predictable Christmas read for 2014: Christmas with Tucker by Greg Kincaid.  A coming of age story about a young boy overcoming tragedy and loving a dog named Tucker.  Yes, tears might be involved so have tissue.
  • My favorite non-fiction for 2014: Mudhouse Sabbath by Lauren Winner.  I loved her other book, girl meets God, and this one was equally good.  Ms. Winner compares and contrasts 11 Jewish practices with Christianity.  A great resource tool.

All of the above books were 4-5 stars for me.  I read others that were good and close to 4 stars but something was amiss in the telling.  I have no favorites in a fiction category for this past year that met the 4-5 star mark.

In writing news, all I can offer is it’s coming — slow, arduous, and procrastinating-ly. (Is that even a word?)  I hope, hope, hope to be finished with the draft by the end of the month.  When that happens, I will share a little more.

Thank you to each and every one of you that choose to share a little time out of your busy lives to read my posts.  You put a smile on my face and gladness in my heart and I hope I do the same for you.

Blessings,

Mimi

“Commit to the LORD, whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.” Proverbs 16:3 NIV Bible

A Few Things Learned in 2014

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To handle the stress of a close New Year’s Day bowl game, I started compiling this list together.  Unfortunately, my team lost but oh, it was so close!  Here’s a few things I learned in 2014.

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1.  The word, dilemma, does not contain an “n”.  I’m gobsmacked.  I could’ve sworn an “n” lurked inside the spelling of the word.  Since I’ve always been proficient at spelling and an English major ( and perhaps want to live in denial of misspelling this word for years!), my only recourse is to assume that I was taught incorrectly and apparently, others were too. This post summed up the confusion over the spelling error.

2.  This simple DIY post was a life changer over the Christmas holidays and created order to my messy wrapping paper rolls.  Who knew a simple toliet paper roll or a paper towel roll when sliced down the side could act as a clamp securing the paper?!  Genius!  Check it out here.

3. I learned that conscious uncoupling is a fancy way of saying divorce.  Does that mean I’ve consciously coupled for thirty years??  Sounds like racy plumbing talk.

4. I took a risk and shared photos free of charge to a local magazine that promised to give me photo credit and they honored their deal in their magazine.  The FB page doesn’t show the credit so I chalked it up to learning a lesson not to share but the magazine does give credit.  All in all, lesson learned is people are unable to please you to your expectations.

5. Writing is painful, consuming, and thoroughly fun all at the same time. I struggle with finding enough time to do it and have totally blown my deadlines I set but I’m still having fun.  I’m hopeful to complete the draft of the bible study this winter.

6. Don’t go to the pound if you don’t want a dog.  Case in point post here.

7. Cohabitating with your adult children, who have moved back in with you, can provide tasty perks.  My daughter has taken over cooking on numerous occasions and blogged about her adventures on my site.

I’m joining Emily and others talking about what we’ve learned at her lovely site, Chatting at the Sky.  Come join in!

Blessings,

Mimi

“Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance,”  Proverbs 1:5 ESV Bible

Friday Fun #6

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The temperature outside is frigid.  I would love to sit all bundled up under a blanket reading but today is a writing day.  I’m making progress on my bible study but the tempo is slow.

  • Beautiful images of our world found here on Distractify.   I couldn’t pick a favorite.  They’re all so stunning.
  • Do you dream of traveling the world to see those beautiful sites in the above link?  How much fun would it be to go around the world meeting and filming a new person each day?  This pair of filmmakers are doing just that. Check it out here.
  • Bored with your job?  Would you like to work for a doggie daycare and be the puppy lifeguard on duty?  Puppy Pool Party here.

     

    A quote from Isak Dinesen:

“The cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears, or the sea.” 

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Blessings,

Mimi

“You are the salt of the earth…”  Matthew 5:13

Some secrets are worth sharing

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Some secrets are worth sharing.  I’ve been keeping one relatively quiet until recently.  No reason.  The only possible one is I’ve been a hermit and therefore, have not seen anyone.  I’ve been writing a bible study.  I’ve written several but I’ve never done a study for publication. This time is different.

I’ve taught bible study at church for almost 20 years.  This fall, I decided not to teach and focus on writing.  Research came first and I did most of it during the spring and summer.  Unknowingly, my Sunday school class was the beneficiary of some of my research and study.  But my words and the actual writing and formatting started in September.

My pastor has been mentoring and encouraging me.  He says of my endless draft tweaking, ” you have to let it go at some point and trust God.”  I keep going in and out of writer’s block, writer’s frustration, writer’s depression, writer’s procrastination, and writer’s envy.  Of the last one, I kept seeing my thoughts on other writers’ pages or my ideas being implemented by another.  Pastor Steve says, “God uses many people with similar messages to get His purpose across.”  I’m believing that to be the case.

I made up a writing schedule complete with target dates.  Pie in the sky.  I didn’t hit my targets but the beauty of it is that I’m the one who set the schedule and I’m totally flexible to continue pushing at the current pace.  I’m hopeful for a January date but I’ve got to complete the draft.  The process and journey with God is far more important than an end date.

Spare writing moments with a busy family are a challenge.  Uninterrupted time a luxury.  That has been my greatest challenge.  I’ve been so thankful for my daughter to keep this blog afloat by writing a post here and there as well as cook meals to give me more time.  I’ll do my best to have a post or 2 each week but I’m not promising.  This season of my life is full and not all the juggled balls can stay up in the air.  I’m going out on a limb and asking you to be patient with the possibility of meaningless blog posts on the horizon in order to keep the site afloat.

I also ask for prayer for this study’s fruition.  I believe that God led me to this particular topic and has a purpose for it.  As the study continues to unfold, I’ll share more details.

Blessings,

Mimi

“He has made everything beautiful in its time.  He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end.” Ecclesiastes 3:11 NIV Bible