The greatest act of faith is to have a plan.
Dr. Myles Munroe
We all know we should do it – yet the task of mapping out the direction we want to take in life can seem so daunting. Still, the way how quickly time flies these days, it’s mandatory to have a plan, personal, business or otherwise, if not the years can fly by and then we wonder what we’ve really done over the last five years. I can scarcely imagine that it’s almost 10 years that I’ve been teaching. Ten years!!
I think that when we haven’t accomplished certain things in life, instead of looking at our current circumstances and how they may be less than ideal, it’s better to be reflective, and consider what we initially set out to do in order to achieve that thing. Too often we say we are planning to do something. But we aren’t really planning – we’re just thinking about it and hoping things work out. Continue reading
Remember when Pinky used to make this exclamation to his power-hungry partner in the 90s cartoon “Pinky and the Brain”? That’s how I feel when I realise that the year is near done (and that I haven’t posted in sooo long!). It’s so crazy, but we all know that time waits on NO ONE. That being said, now is as good a time as ever to post, and make sure that Merry Sole still has some life in it. The truth is, work had me crazy busy the last few months, and I made a hot mess of managing my time. Having graduated in October made me reflect, “How come I’m doing such a sucky job now and before I used to do all this and still prepare for exams or write a thesis??” Maybe I have to re-adjust to life without the pressure. It makes me think of how the the ground can have cracks forming when layers of overlying rock are removed. (Couldn’t help that one – I teach Geography!)
One thing that has really got my attention now is money. Specifically, how I can improve my financial situation – less debt, more savings, more investments, more peace of mind. I’ve got nearly 100 pins on Pinterest that take me to these great sites with loads of financial advice. But I still haven’t put into action all the advice I read. To be honest, the road to financial freedom seems so scary at times, with all the sacrificing and discipline that will be necessary. But the thought of financial security is so blissful, it makes everything seem worthwhile to achieve it. I just need some help getting on the road and staying on it!
As if I was going to forget Merry Sole’s birthday! It seems like I barely made it, given that I’ve been MIA for the last few months. But I did, and it’s worth celebrating no matter how I got here. Is Merry Sole exactly where I want it to be? Not even close. While my plans on number of posts I’d have written, the number of followers I would have had, and the design of the blog have not reached fruition, I’m so happy to say that despite the distractions and subsequent neglect, that I technically still have a blog.
Now, I didn’t plan to write this part. Honest. But writing the first few lines instantly set off something in my mind. It’s a timely reminder that, personally, I’m not where I would have wanted to be in life by now, but a hopeful, positive attitude goes a loooong way. If I take stock of all that has transpired up to this point, there is still much for which to be thankful. Plus, once I don’t lose sight of the goal, I can still enjoy the process of reaching it!
P.S. I was away for so long because I was finishing my thesis. Thanks be to God that it is finished!! *backflip* *jump up and high five a wall*
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. – Aristotle
They say that you learn something new everyday. That was certainly true last Friday, when I learned, or so I thought, that “trailblaze” is technically incorrect. I went on a walk a few days ago with two friends, Davison and Orien, from work. Every other Friday, we leave school to go on trails, taking in the great scenery of the east coast of Barbados. Part of the trail took us through a field that recently had a fire. Davison made an observation that really struck a chord with me.
There are some names in the Bible that just stand out – Abraham, Jacob, David, Peter, John (the Baptist). To be honest, Elisha was never one of them for me. But after reading a YouVersion Bible plan about him, I realised that he was one of those radical, straight-talking men of God who thought nothing of what people thought of him. His business was simply to do what God told him to do. For those of us who are less forward, we sometimes need some encouragement when we encounter the unexpected. For the ones who are more similar to Elisha, it’s easy to become so focused on what your goals are that you might neglect relationships, or forget about the bigger picture. But regardless of your personality type, you can apply these tips to your everyday lives.
Happy new year, all! It’s nearly the end of a whole month and I’m only now writing my first post of the year. Ha! And the funny thing about it is that I’ve been receiving quite a few emails and pinning several pins, all to do with improving my blogging in 2016. Smh…lol. I have to laugh, otherwise, I might become overwhelmed and become another statistic. I don’t want to be that blogger that couldn’t even make 10 posts, that couldn’t last 6 months, let alone a year.
Speaking of year, 2016 seems to be a pretty hopeful one. Granted, I think most people tend to have a positive outlook when they have to change their calendar. Just the thought of something new is enough to invigorate even the most faithless of hearts. But I think there’s still something special about this year.