Saturday, January 17, 2015

Another week of Shalom

As this week comes to an end and we start a new week - I am amazed at how quickly the week has gone by, how much I have tackled this week, and the fact that I am still focused on my one little word - Shalom ( a feeling of contentment, completeness, wholeness, well being and harmony).

The Big Man got the toilet and the sink set in our Kennel building. We got to use the classroom in the kennel building for the first time to host a concealed firearm safety class. We have had boarders four out of seven nights at Bed and Biscuit Boarding   My family practice is growing. My teaching obligation is moving along,  Pops (my 86 year old father who now lives with us) had a fairly good week, the kids and grandboys are doing well, and the fur-babies haven't been ill. Oh - and the Big Man and I have had some great conversations walking dogs.

I had a little down time at lunch on Friday so I decided to catch-up reading post at Arkansas Women Bloggers.  Jeanetta Darley is my new hero. She shared some of her gardening resources - you know spring is just around the corner.  If you are a gardener - you should check-out Jeanetta's post Beginning the Garden Discussion. I have fallen in love with Smart Gardener, a digital garden planner she shared in her post.  I have started picking plants, I even named my garden "Birds and Blooms Haven." 

I can't wait for Spring, the Big Man and I are going to measure off some space tomorrow for the garden. I am hoping to include my new chicken coop near the garden space. 

Remember to keep checking back in 2015, as I focus on the meaning behind my One Little Word -

~ Shalom ~ a feeling of contentment, completeness, wholeness, well being and harmony! 
~ Connie ~

Monday, January 12, 2015

New Start Everyday

I am always energized at the start of a new year - full of plans for the next 12 months.  This year I am just as energized but I am looking at 2015 in a different way. 

The next minute, 2 hours from now, tomorrow or next week all offer a new start. This new perspective comes from my word for 2015 - Shalom.

Shalom  a Hebrew word meaning peace..  Hebrew words go beyond their spoken pronunciation. Each Hebrew word conveys feeling, intent and emotion. Shalom is more then just simply peace; it is a complete peace. It is a feeling of contentment, completeness, wholeness, well being and harmony.

As I struggle to run a family practice, operate a boarding kennel, manage a free health clinic, enjoy my four-legged babies, care for my 86 year-old father (who has moved in with us), spend time with those most important in my life, and try to understand God's Plan for me - I am going to focus on complete peace.

Will life be perfect all the time, it depends on me.  What I define as perfect, not what others define as perfect. 

Here are a few of my goals for 2015.
1. Follow God's Plan.
2. Severe where there is a need and an open door.
3. Be healthy (started tonight with a short run and a Pilates class).
4. Support my family in all their needs.

Hang around in 2015, see where I find my peace, contentment, wholeness and harmony.
~ Connie ~

Monday, November 10, 2014

Finding Balance & Moving Ahead

These past few months have been crazy - setting up a new family practice, moving my 86 year old father from Texas to live with us, running my husband's quorum court justice re-election campaign, buying 2 acres, building a new we can open Bed and Biscuit Boarding Kennels
Today I decided to unplug and start my morning enjoying Mother Nature
                                             I simply sat and enjoyed my morning coffee. 
My Dad enjoyed his Sunday morning napping with his Little Dog - They are blending into our house and routine well.  I never in my wildest dreams ever imagined my Dad living with us.  He is a very independent person.  So, I am having to find a balance between taking care of him and letting him have his independence.
Dad and Little Dog
I spent time this afternoon trying out recipes for dog biscuits - each four-legged visitor boarding with us will have a homemade biscuit on their pillow when they get to their kennel.
Check-out our new Bed & Biscuit Boarding Blog
Check back frequently to see if I am finding balance and moving ahead.
~ Connie ~

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Training Tuesday - Time to take control

Training Tuesday -  Time to take control and get back on the healthy wagon.  I use to run everyday...
Me, Lisa and Max Running for the Humane Society 
I have been working on my diet, with great results.  I am within 12 lbs of my goal weight.  Now it is time to add exercise back into my daily routine. I have used every excuse you or I either one can think of not to, family illnesses, school, graduation, new job.... no time.  
The real issues is - I hate to exercise.  I love the results, but absolutely hate the effort it takes to get started.
I need structure.  In the past when I ran or exercised I had a partner, the Big Man (aka my husband).  We met on a group run... I fell in love with him that night. Over the last 5 years his health has started to decline and he is no longer able to exercise with me. I have a plan.
Now to focus on the motivation..  Stay tuned, cheer me long the way... I am going to do this for me and the Big Man.

~ Connie ~

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

I Run...So I will not have regrets

My routine since finishing school and starting a new family practice has been to get up between 2 AM and 4 AM with my four-legged babies to potty, going back to bed and sleeping till 6 AM when I wake-up the Big Man and he takes over the kennel duties.  
I sleep in our toss and turn till 7:30... today I changed.

I got up and hit the treadmill.  It felt great.  I got in 30 minutes!  It was a walk / run but I was moving.  
I loved every minute of the activity. 

I Run so I will not have regrets.... 
I meet my husband running.  After 25 years of law enforcement (he was the entry person for the swat team) he developed COPD (chronic bronchitis), diabetes, and had to have knee replacement. He can no longer run.  I run because I know how quickly something you love can be taken away from you.
Enjoy every minute of life while you can....
~ Connie ~ 

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Weekly Roundup - more like a monthly round up!

I guess you have noticed I have been missing in action.  Life has been really busy - but I guess everyone's' life is busy in one way or another. 

I have been working hard to build my family practice. It is amazing how many people do not know that I am in practice, even though we live in a small town where everyone knows the most recent gossip.  Maybe that is good - I am not the center of gossip

I created a new blog.
and a new face book page
Connie Family Practice 
When I read about something that interests me, I want to know more about it.  That is one of the joys of being a life-long student.  Connie's Family Practice Blog will contain info from mainstream sources such as the CDC, The National Institutes of Health, The World Health Organization, The American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners to help you live a healthy life. 

As for my personal life - My Dad came to visit, we have started clearing the land we purchased for the new boarding kennel (yes, a business, not part of our rescue) and we have been playing baseball (well watching our grandsons play) almost every night.

My Dad
Oh, and we have been fostering kittens.  Last Sunday night someone left 2 kittens in my yard, not a very smart thing to do considering we have 14 rescue dogs.  But, the Big Man heard them before the dogs did and they are safe.  Anyone need a kitten??? I will travel anywhere in Arkansas if they can have a great home. 
For those wondering - no running this month, no biking this month, a little yoga and always vegetarian.
Have a Great Week
~ Connie ~ 

Sunday, March 16, 2014

First Week in Family Practice

 It is official - after 18 years of formal education (Associate, Bachelors, and a Master's Degrees, Doctorate - all but dissertation, and a post Master's Certificate) - I am a Nurse Practitioner, my name is on the door.
Seeing the first patient was exciting and scary at the same time. Exciting because,  I am finally doing what  God has lead me to do.  Scary because I suddenly realized, I am making decisions that could harm a patient if I don't get it correct.
As a Nurse Practitioner I do have a safety-net my collaborative physician is in the next hallway. If I have a question he is there. 
My family has been very supportive throughout this process. Everyday my boys (3 sons) and the Big Man text me to see how I am doing - they ask about how many patients I have seen or have scheduled. They know I am a little anxious about getting started and growing my patient population.
My baby-girl sent me the most awesome plant.
I know the next six months is going to be rocky trying to find my groove, getting some structure to my day.  But, I know I have a strong support system and I am where God wants me to be.
Have a Great Week
~ Connie ~