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 ~