April 24, 2017

A very newsy news edition.

Caterpillar Grape Kabobs – aren’t they fun?!

Happy last day of August! I loved the summer, but I am so ready for pumpkin spice coffee, pumpkin creamer, pumpkin chili, pumpkin colors… as well as football games, jeans & boots, and hopefully some more hiking! What are some of YOUR favorite things about fall?

 

There are two thought-provoking articles that I want to share with you this week. And they both kind of speak about the same area: online communication. That could be communication on blogs, facebook, twitter, or even just email. But the principles shared in these articles apply to it all, one specifically toward writing and the other towards reading:

Who’s Judgy? – Barefoot Hippie Girl

This article offers some great thoughts regarding online communication. For instance, don’t forget to be discerning, or to practice discretion. Remember to build each other up. Don’t take everything personally. And a favorite of mine – if you don’t like what someone has to say, you don’t need to keep reading!

Also, check out her redesigned site! I’m loving the new colors and header she created!

 

Spending Information – Allume

Just as we must be careful what we write – we need to think
more about what we’re reading. And this article poses the question: what do you do with what you read? There is so much information available today, and not just on blogs (although that’s what the article emphasizes). But too often we simply sit there and take it all in – and forget about spending it. We read great ideas for frugal living, but never try any of them. We read how to grow in godliness, but never put any of it into practice. The closing sentence sums it up well:

“Information doesn’t become revelation until it causes transformation.”

 

In other news…

I’ve been trying to go walking in the mornings, thanks to the inspiration of a few Twitter friends (Molly, Angie, Becky) – but some mornings are obviously harder than others. And added to that are the unique challenges of fighting a long-term illness. So I’m wondering if y’all could help me out a little:

  1. Do you have any great tips for staying motivated to workout in the mornings? I’d love to read them in the comments!
  2. Do you juggle chronic health problems and regular exercise? I’d love to connect with you via facebook or email!

Also, I’ve made some major progress on my ebook! It should be available for YOU in just a few weeks. Hmm, maybe I’ll give you a sneak preview of the cover (designed by yours truly!):

It will be free for any subscribers – so if you get my posts by email or RSS, you’ll get the book when it comes out. If not, you should sign up now!

If you want to read and review it on your blog (or facebook page) sometime during the last week of September, I would love to send you a copy in advance!  Send me an email if you’re interested.

 

Things I’m especially thankful for this week:

    • a great blogging group to offer feedback and encouragement
    • having that instant connection when you meet other Christians
    • books that convict, motivate, or inspire you to change
    • getting to write every day, and having people to read it
    • confidence in knowing that God never makes any mistakes
    • peace that nothing happens outside His permission
    • a refreshing and hilarious family vacation in the mountains of TN
    • parents, siblings, and grandparents who pray for each other
    • homemade cinnamon rolls (thanks Jenn!)
    • family recipes that get passed down through generations

 

What are YOU thankful for today? Also, don’t forget to share your favorite things about fall, or any tips you might have for staying motivated to exercise!

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Comments

  1. Elizabeth, as someone who has gotten up to exercise for over 14 years now, I truly have to say, it doesn’t get much easier. One thing I find rewarding is the great start to the day. You get those endorphins flowing. Plus you get a ton done before you may normally even get moving. And I love the coolness of the morning (in the spring summer and fall-not so much the winter.=)) Sometimes you aren’t motivated-then you just have to get up and move, because that is what you have to do. This morning I so did not want to get out of bed. But I did. And I woke up about 10 laps into my swim.=)
    This is my voice of laziness or old age talking-sometimes the benefits of sleep out weigh the benefits of exercise. And only you know that point for yourself.
    I could be an accountability partner for you. And you could make sure I am getting 3 swims in a week. (except for next week because it is Labor day)
    Thanks so much for sharing my link! I appreciate you taking the time to do that most weeks! I need to take a page from you maybe, and start a feature. Saturdays would be a great day to share line for my faves.=)

  2. Where were you in the E. TN Mountains?!?! Were you close to Johnson City??? It might not be forgivable to have you that close and not have met. 😉 Love your list!

  3. I’ve been using temperatures to motivate me out of bed in the morning. I think to myself, “Self, this is the coolest it’s going to be all day. If you don’t go now it’s going to be much more painful later.” So far it’s working. Please don’t ask what I’m going to do when Fall temps are officially here.
    But I agree with barefoothippiegirl, it is also a nice way to start the day.
    I’ve also read if you do the hardest things first, your sense of accomplishment will carry you through as you tackle the rest of the day. I’ve definitely found that to be true when it comes to running in the morning!
    Keep up the good work and don’t stress too much if you take days off. Your body needs rest is just as much as it needs activity.

  4. Excited to read your Ebook. I can’t wait for sweater weather and the cranberry harvest!