Friday, April 15, 2016

Words of Wisdom

I had another birthday this past week... they just keep coming, but as I always say, it beats the alternative!   It was last year this time that I started this blog, and although it hasn't gone where I thought it would, it still has been such a reminder to me to live life to the fullest and make each day count.  Always aspiring to do more, feel more, be more!  To "Be Someone," to be my best ME!  
Yesterday, I made a trip to downtown Houston and this is what I saw on I-45, how timely!!

When I first enjoyed Bob Bufords book "Half Time" I was inspired to make the second half, or in my view My Third Act more significant.  These wise words are from his follow up book "Beyond Halftime" and inscribed on my heart!
 The Adventure of life is to Learn,
The Goal of life is to Grow, 
The Nature of life is to Change, 
The Challenge of life is to Overcome,
The Essence of life is to Care,
The Secret of life is to Dare,
The Beauty of life is to Give
The Joy of life is to Love.

I hope you'll go out today 
and spread some joy to someone else!!

Saturday, February 13, 2016

The Season of Lent... of Gratitude, Giving back and Growing closer to God

Hi Friends!  Okay, so I have been a little neglectful of My Third Act lately... have you missed me?  I've been putting a little more time and energy into my art blog.   I've always concentrated on pen and ink home sketches, but lately, I've been intrigued by watercolor and have been antsy to try and capture some special places. 

The season of Lent is a time of reflection,...for Gratitude, Giving Back and Growing closer to God... the three things that are my primary focus for this blog.  So, I thought I'd share with you a sneak peak of my next post. My second in a series of who-knows-how-many, continuing through Easter Sunday. 
I hope you'll join me there...  


Luke 5:11

Then Jesus said to Simon, "Don't be afraid; from now on you will fish for people." So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him. 

I recently read "Twelve Ordinary Men" by John MacArthur.  It's a great book about the call and ministry of Jesus' apostles.  Twelve regular guys, people like you and me, from various walks of life, chosen to carry on the name of Jesus Christ.  Not the richest or smartest men in their community, and not the ones with celebrity status or best known.... just twelve guys who believed in Christ and were willing to walk away from their livelihoods, and their families to be His hands and His feet going forward.  
So I must ask myself... I'm just an average person, leading a pretty ordinary life...what can I do to advance His Kingdom?

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Life is a "mazing"

"The only time you should ever look back 
is to see how far you've come!"

The journey of life is interesting to say the least...sometimes I have felt like I'm on top of the world, and at times I have felt like I'm stuck in a hole... but lately it's been like I'm walking in circles!  That's when I know it's time to reflect, look back to see how far I've come... and then I can sing out "You've come a long way, baby!"  

All of my past, ALL of it, is what made me the person I am right now, Today.  It is a journey!!  The hardest lessons, the lowest lows, in retrospect, have ultimately been the first step toward some of my biggest blessings!  These circles I walk now...I know are preparing for a giant leap forward...

And for that I am grateful.

Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy New Year

Happy 2016!!

New Year Resolutions.... where would I be without them... probably in exactly the same place that I am now!

This year, I come back to the old favorite...  eat healthy, exercise more and loose ten pounds!  I've had the same resolution for most of my life, every year, same ten pounds!!

I resolve to spend less time on social media, computer games and other time wasting, mindless activities.  I will be present in the moment and with the people I love, read more, learn more and even daydream a little bit more!

I resolve to re-focus my thoughts and activities on Gratitude and Giving Back... and by posting it here, it will keep me accountable and hopefully inspire others to do the same.  It's not that I haven't been grateful or giving, but by not intentionally focusing on it, I haven't felt as fulfilled as I was when I did!

I think it's really true that "we are what we think about" so, to keep in the attitude of gratitude frame of mind I will keep a journal of my favorite gratitude or giving back moment of each day and share it here at the end of each month.   

Care to join me??  

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving

Today is a day to give thanks for all our blessings!  
I am overwhelmed with the blessings of my life, and with my family and friends.  

I hope your day is filled with joy and gratitude...
 and a little bit of turkey for good measure!!   


Tuesday, October 13, 2015

What makes a House, a HOME

Elk family reunion in RMNP

Above the tree line at 12,000 feet on Trail Ridge Road

Majestic Sunset from the back porch in Carbondale

Maroon Bells on a perfect fall day

Last month my husband and I enjoyed a wonderful week-long vacation in Colorado.  Half the time was spent in Rocky Mountain National Park and the other half with friends near Carbondale.  We were relaxed and refreshed.  I had hoped to come back and write in my blog something profound or inspiring and instead we were inspired to come back and put our home up for sale!    So began a couple of intense weeks of sprucing up and cleaning out… of power washing and planting flowers… all to open our doors for complete strangers to come explore every nook and crannie!! 

During my sorting and stashing, a couple trips to Goodwill and the recycle center, I thought about my previous moves.  There have been a lot!!  By my count, I have moved 14 times since I moved out of my sorority house at LSU in 1976.  That’s 14 times in 39 years or by my calculation, every 2.78 years, Oh My!!  My grandpa, the insurance man used to say 3 good moves was equal to one fire, but judging by all my “stuff” I don’t think so!

Most of those moves were filled with joy and bright anticipation of what lies ahead…a few were filled with apprehension and a little fear, like at 35 years old, how would I raise two young girls and pay a mortgage by myself?  But when I reflect on each of these homes and those times I am flooded with only warm memories… bringing my first born home to Westhaven Drive, teaching her to ride a two wheeler on Lanell Lane, and then watching her drive off to college from Tanager Trail.  I remember one Christmas morning on Doliver Drive when the pipes froze, we had a house full of family and no running water but still managed to do the big traditional dinner anyway.  I remember Gumbo and Nellie, the strays… Mercedes, Hillary and Jag, the cats and of course, Penny and Hope, the Goldens.  And best of all, meeting the love of my life and moving my life into his  home on Rolling Stone and eventually to "the orange tree house" that we had admired from the golf course for five years... this house that we dearly love and is ours.  We have such mixed emotions about selling it… our heart says one thing, our head says another so we agreed to just “put it out there and see what happens!”

Fresh oranges every spring free to golfers
Parties with friends and family
Everyone gets to help prepare the holiday feastsl!

 So, the moral of this story… when one looks for a new home, it’s usually about the number of bedrooms and baths, square footage and of course “location, location, location.”  I admit to obsessing over Zillow and Trulia lately but the truth is, where we love is Home.  What I really want is a comfortable home for family and friends to visit, with a guest room that my mom and dad can come and stay for more than just a week at Christmas.  For the “Game-Day” parties where the Gumbo is cooking on the stove while friends are cheering “Geaux Tigers” close by.  I want a happy and fun home where our three grandsons and those future “wishful thinking” grandkids will want to come and spend some time in the summer at Camp Bebe, while together we connive ways to surprise and entertain Grandpa.  And mostly to enjoy a cup of coffee on quiet Sunday mornings with my husband as we count our many blessings…

That’s the Home we'll have, wherever it is. 

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Volunteer final

"I slept and dreamt that life was joy.
I awoke and saw that life was service.
I acted and behold, service was joy."
~Rabindranath Tagore

It is said that the greatest joy comes from giving and serving. Focus on supporting others in your life without expecting anything in return, you'll think less about what you want and find join the act of giving and serving.  This giving, loving, serving person is the real you.

I woke up this morning to this quote on the "Project Happiness" blog.  Whether we give an hour of our time, or years of dedication and commitment to an organization, the common denominator of volunteering and giving back is the joy we receive when giving to others.

I feel like I have barely scratched the surface on volunteering, bu hopefully you have been inspired to dedicate some time and to give back to someone, something, or an organization that stirs your heart!

Community Churches
 The United Way 
Area Hospitals
 Big Brothers Big Sisters
Habitat for Humanity...

I could go on and on.  There are countless organizations that desperately need people, warm human beings to help fulfill their mission.  

You can be that person that makes a difference. 

 "If you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry
    and satisfy the needs of the oppressed,
then your light will rise in the darkness,
    and your night will become like the noonday."
Isaiah 58:10