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Top Posts of 2015

What a year 2015 has been!  I am actually happy to see it go…the accomplishments and the lessons learned.

2016 is a new fresh start for me and I look forward to the excitement and positive energy that will come!

I took a look at my blog stats and thought I would share my top posts, based on reader views!  I did this last year, if you want to check out 2014 top posts The two I don’t count that are highest ranked are my Teaching Schedule, and my Retreat Calendar.  Speaking of…I have one retreat planned for April 15-17, and a few more at the beach again in the works.  I will post a blog soon announcing those!  I hope you join me!

On to the Top Posts of 2015….

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  1. Eulogy – this post beat all the others by thousands of views.  Today marks the last day I saw my dad alive and well.  We met in Blowing Rock for dinner and he fell that night.  A short week later, he passed away.  Thank you again for your flowers, support, comfort and prayers during this first year of grief.  This has been a hard road, and the next week will be trying as well.   I plan to do a lot of praying, a bunch of  yoga, and just leaning on my “rocks.”

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2.  Texting with the Hubs- Part 2.  I seriously laughed out loud when I saw this was in second place.  You can read part one HERE.

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3.  Dealing with Grief.  Thank you for reading and letting me pour my heart out.

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4.  Smoked Sausage and Cauliflower Rice.  Still a favorite in this house!

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5.  Healing and Rebuilding.  Ya’ll loved these grief blogs.  I couldn’t quite bring myself to re-read any of them.  Maybe someday soon…

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6.  Changes.  This was a hard blog to write, but I really wanted to share my story behind the switching gears.  And I am so thankful for the push to make some changes.  I feel really light, valued and challenged.

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7.  37 in 37.  Ahhhh, the bucket list.

 

Seven is a magical lucky number, so I will end it there.   Did you have a favorite post of mine not listed here?  I would love to hear from you!

Hope your 2016 is filled with love, excitement, and an overwhelming sense of peace.  xo

December Photo Challenge: Take Two!

Happy Rainy Thursday!

I am absolutely loving co-hosting this Instagram challenge 2 other leaders in Plexus.  I get a chance to see so many different view points on just one word.  Instagram is so visual, and I love how creative my team is with their photos!

If you missed the first post, click HERE to read.  Or better yet, follow me on Instgram to see the story behind each picture!

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DAY 7: LOVE

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DAY 8: PLEXUS

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DAY 9: NATURE

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DAY 10:  WORK

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DAY 11: PLAY

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DAY 12:  PLEXUS

June Project 12

This month I am spending 12 minutes alone with my husband.  You would think that after being married almost 14 years we would spend way more 12 minutes alone.  Nope.  Jobs, kids, dogs, technology, chores, books, and other people get in the way.

There are some  rules to this whole 12 minute thing.  We can’t be interrupted by kids, and we have to give each other our undivided attention.  No phones, no eating, no doing dishes, no trying to play the piano during the 12 minutes.  A friend of mine gave me this suggestion, and I thought it was a great idea to reconnect to my husband.  I thought it would be easy.  It’s not.

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June 1st 6:32-6:58pm~  I wanted our first 12 minutes to be out on our deck relaxing with a drink.  Instead, it poured down rain, so we sat on our bed after dinner and talked.  This was the worst 12+ minutes of the week because the only thing we came up with to talk about was something that had been bothering us.  The thought crossed my mind about what a dumb idea this is, especially if we can’t even get through the first day without an uncomfortable talk.  This is supposed to make us close and be all googly eyed again.  Instead I was watching the clock ready to go unload the dishwasher.  We went over our 12 mintues, but ended up clearing the air.  Clean air is good air.

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June 2nd 4:35- 4:50pm~ This 12 minutes was mostly spent talking about the weather and my son’s behavior.  I taught at Olde Mecklenburg Brewery’s Yoga on Tap last Tuesday, and it had poured down rain all day long.  This was a huge event…the Charlotte Independence soccer team came and did yoga with us.  Luckily, the rain held out for the hour we did yoga, but during our 12 minutes it was really weighing on my mind.  My son (who is already grounded from screen time for something else) changed the words to the song they sang at school for the volunteers.  The children were supposed to sing, “Volunteers, we thank you…”.  He decided it would be funny to sing, “Volunteers, we hate you…”.  He got his radio taken out of his room so no more books on CD, or dancing to music in the morning.  He basically cannot do anything fun.  If I even catch him trying to catch a smile, I nip it in the bud.  (half kidding.) We went to the pool Saturday and didn’t let him swim.  (I know… my heart is broken, but we have to stick with our guns.  Remember when we took Halloween away?)

June 3rd 8:30-8:50pm~  Little longer again today.  I had a really long, really busy day, and needed my family and some chill time after work.  My daughter and I met my mom and sister for manicures and sushi.  When I got home we had our time.   We mostly talked about my sister’s new house…she is moving here!  She currently lives in Dubai, so I don’t see her and my two nephews near as much as I want.   We also talked about how sweet Toby is. <3

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June 4th whoops.  we missed it.  Kadyn had her big moving up ceremony at school, and Daniel had a softball game.

June 5th whoops.  again…we missed it. I worked all afternoon, and Daniel had a softball game. (these softball games…by the time he gets home, I am fast asleep)

June 6th  6:00-6:30ish~  We made up for the missed days and talked on the couch after dinner.  My son came out in the middle and we scooted him off to his room and told him  we were having our time.  We talked about how big our tomato plants are getting, how Daniel played in his softball game, and how I am subbing a ton of classes this month before our family beach trip.

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June 7th  3:15-3:40~ I wanted to squeeze in our time before I taught my Sunday evening class at Y2 Yoga.  We had some friends in town from Florida, so we had lunch with them and another couple after church.  During our time together, my husband and I talked about how much we miss them, and our church family and how lucky we are to have them.  These friends also told me about the Vermonster from Ben and Jerry’s.  I have not been able to think about anything else since then.  I wish I added it to my #37in37 list. I need 7 friends to commit to tackle this little bit of deliciousness with me this summer.

Give the whole 12 minute thing a whirl.    It doesn’t have to be with your partner…maybe a sibling, friend, or parent.  Give it a try for a week and let me know how it goes.

Happy Monday!  Have an awesome week.  XO

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