How To Ruin Your Life (Without Even Noticing That You Are)

WagginMaster (aka Jerry):

Jeremiah 29:11New International Version (NIV)
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

It took me 30+ years to understand that promise from God.

Originally posted on Thought Catalog:

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Understand that life is not a straight line. Life is not a set timeline of milestones. It is okay if you don’t finish school, get married, find a job that supports you, have a family, make money, and live comfortably all by this age, or that age. It’s okay if you do, as long as you understand that if you’re not married by 25, or a Vice President by 30 — or even happy, for that matter — the world isn’t going to condemn you. You are allowed to backtrack. You are allowed to figure out what inspires you. You are allowed time, and I think we often forget that. We choose a program right out of high school because the proper thing to do is to go straight to University. We choose a job right out of University, even if we didn’t love our program, because we…

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Time Management—Are We Busy or Fruitful?

WagginMaster (aka Jerry):

How many times have you said, “If I could only find more time, I would …” (fill in the blanks). Time is precious here today and gone tomorrow. Time is never lost, only wasted.

Originally posted on Kristen Lamb's Blog:

Image via Flikr Creative Commons, courtesy of elaueverose. Image via Flikr Creative Commons, courtesy of elaueverose.

I do a lot of stuff. Actually too much stuff but I am totally woking on that saying “No” thing. Hey, I’m getting there. Two days ago I finally earned my fourth stripe on my white belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. For those who don’t know, in BJJ, you are a white belt forever. It takes anywhere from a year to a year and a half to earn a blue belt. My next level is blue belt and I am stoked. 

In BJJ, the blue belt is almost as big of a deal as black belt because most people never get that far.

My Jiu Jitsu brothers. My Jiu Jitsu brothers.

But I constantly hear people say things like, “Oh, I’d love to write a book. I just can’t find the time.” “Wow, I’d love to do Jiu Jitsu. If I could only find the time.

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Camera Time

I had fun at the Edith J. Carrier Arboretum the other day.


Lots of trails and paths for exploring.


Thistle bloom. (Is this a weed?)
A weed is a plant considered undesirable in a particular situation, “a plant in the wrong place”.


Hickory and Chestnut forest.


A rickety suspension bridge.


Can’t wait to stroll through this place in the fall and winter.

Then I had more fun editing one of the photos. First, is the original photo. I was captivated by the brilliant orange color in these blooms.


DSC_0443aWhat do you think? Could they pass as twins?

While I was walking around the arboretum snapping photos, my wife was taking an art class Botanical Illustration in Pen and Ink with Artist in Residence Lynda Eades Chandler.

Following is an illustration of a Phalaenopsis Orchid she completed after the class.

Version 2I did not know she had artistic talent. This goes to show, it is never to late to learn about hidden talent.

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Deep Water

WagginMaster (aka Jerry):

Another great post from our family to yours.

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We were covered in sweat and sand as we paddled out from the dock. The sun was high above us as we set out for our second day on the water. We’d found our kayaking groove the afternoon prior, so our confidence soared as we took on our final honeymoon adventure. We were going to row our little boat around the entire island.


A little history for those of you who may not know–sure, this was our honeymoon, but we’ve been married for almost a year. We’d faced plenty of challenges together thus far in our married union, what was a little salt water kayaking? Puh-lease, I thought. We’re adventurers at heart. This will be a piece of cake.

We were prepared for this–no, MADE for this. We were sunscreen-wearing, matching-sunglasses sporting, relatively in shape newlyweds. We were unstoppable.

(Well, almost.)

As we paddled beyond the shallow areas we’d snorkeled…

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Throw Me A Life Ring

You know that feeling you get when it seems like you are not making progress? Are you filled with busyness and feel like you are on autopilot going in circles? My friend Alene has some good practical advice that can help you find rest.

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