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I Would Love to Hear What Inspires You

Phyllis Inspiration, Lifestyle 44 Comments

Now that it is officially spring, it’s time for another topic request! Not only did you all give me wonderful ideas when we did this a few months ago, but your feedback also opened the door for more conversations among the community we have through this blog. The moments I love most are when I get to connect with you …

Fear

Don’t Let Fear Stop You

Phyllis Lifestyle 21 Comments

I read this the other day and wanted to share it with you. “Courage doesn’t mean you don’t get afraid. Courage means you don’t let fear stop you!” It’s all about the mindset by which we proceed through life. Do you ever feel afraid? Fear can creep in and cause us to doubt ourselves if we let it. Everyone has …

Make Time

Today’s Time is Tomorrow’s Gift

Phyllis Lifestyle 13 Comments

“Ask yourself today if what you are doing is moving you closer to where you want to be tomorrow.” I read that quote this weekend, and it really spoke to me. This time of year is crazy busy for most people, and we find ourselves involved in many wonderful things. But are all our activities and commitments leading us to where …

Courage to Believe

Courage to Believe in Yourself

Phyllis Lifestyle 19 Comments

“Oh, I could never do that!” “I would be scared to try that!” You and I have heard these phrases many times when people admire another person for something they have accomplished. It could be a dish that was prepared from a complicated recipe or a flower arrangement that was made for a luncheon. Oftentimes we shy away from trying …

Distracted from Best Intentions

Distracted from Best Intentions

Phyllis Lifestyle 36 Comments

Like most busy people, I am easily distracted or pulled away from things I intend or want to do. I have a friend named Joan who sends cards to many people for encouragement, birthdays, or just to say, “I love you.” Whatever the occasion, she never misses a chance to send a beautiful card. I am always overwhelmed when I …

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Set in Our Ways

Phyllis Lifestyle 22 Comments

I have heard that little comment come up on several occasions lately—set in our ways. That is really a scary thought that we are set… like concrete, maybe? Being truthful, I guess we all are set in our ways to some extent. Perhaps there is comfort with the familiar in our lives. We talked about changes in another blog a …

Compliment

Notice and Compliment

Phyllis Lifestyle 60 Comments

Women love to be acknowledged. In fact, we thrive on it. A sincere compliment from someone important in our lives is sometimes life changing. I often wish that I had acknowledged someone, but instead I find myself thinking it in my mind and never saying anything. Why didn’t I say it? Why? It would have been so simple to compliment …

Change

Working Through Change

Phyllis Lifestyle 39 Comments

There’s one thing that is for certain in life: everything changes. I hate change. I love going to my favorite restaurant and knowing my favorite dish will be right on the menu, center column, fourth from the top. But the real springer?­ One day I went there, and there was a new menu for the season. Oh no, change! Why …

Enjoying the Moment

Enjoying the Moment

Phyllis Lifestyle 28 Comments

I said to a friend of mine several years ago, “You are so busy planning the future that you are missing today!” I wish I could recall the circumstances of that conversation, but I vividly remember that comment. As I was writing this I just got a call from my grandson. Everything stops when his name pops up on my …

Turn About is Fair Play - The Ribbon In My Journal

Turn About is Fair Play

Phyllis Lifestyle 26 Comments

Well, I see my dear Sister took over the blog while I was out of town. And so many of you loved her responses! I thought it was great. When she picked us up at the airport, we went by to see the progress on the house. Wow! The talented workmen had really accomplished a lot while we were gone. …