Life Itself

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Yesterday, I felt the need to leave my laptop and go take a walk. It’s been a while since I took a walk just to be walking, and yesterday’s walk was more than refreshing. Being outside reminded me of how much I love the outdoors. I always pictured myself living on a ranch with horses, in a ranch-style home with rocking chairs on the porch, and being able to walk outside and ride my horse for hours. Well, I didn’t have a horse to ride yesterday, but my two feet took me around the trail several times. I felt like a different person. I probably had a smile on my face the entire time as I inhaled the fresh air, felt the sun warming my skin, and listened to the birds around me sing. 

Life is a gift – a blessing - a treasure that gets buried under the life we create around it. As we’re busy raising children and grandchildren, serving our spouse, building a career, enlarging our ministry, and accumulating more stuff, the simple joy of life itself creeps by. It’s easy to get lost in life by not taking time to “smell the roses.” I don’t want to work so hard that I don’t have time to enjoy the beauty of life itself. Although I love to write, sometimes I need to look up over my laptop and realize life is passing by. I don’t want my labor to consume my life. 

When I’m on my deathbed, I don’t think I’ll say, “Dang, I wish I had written one more book.” Hermitville (my apartment) is my favorite place, but I need to venture outside of Hermitville a little more often. No, I’m not going to start being a social butterfly, yet I will enjoy the beauty of a butterfly, stop to smell the roses, and simply enjoy life itself. 

Pop Your Skirt

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To all women in their forties and not looking forward to turning 50. I can only speak for myself, but they don't call them *golden years* for nothing. They are the BEST KEPT SECRET. Embrace the older woman in you and welcome her with open arms. She's got quite a few things to tell you and some other people, too! She's loving, but bold. She's quiet, yet speaks her mind when necessary, and when faced with adversity, she just pops her skirt and keeps walkin'. If she's knocking at your door, let her'll love the older woman in you!