Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Here's to a fabulous future...

The SPT challenge for the month of August is a great one and I'm sorry that I haven't been able to participate until now, but August has been busy, busy. In recognition of the summer Olympics the challenge for August focused on the ideals of the Olympic motto:
citius, altius, fortius[faster, higher, stronger]. Love that motto!


Yesterday I went to my friend's fabulous smelling house and loved it so much that I stopped at the store on my way home and bought a yummy smelling candle of my own. She inspired me with her wonderfulness and it doesn't matter if her home always smells like that or not (even though I'm pretty sure it does) at that moment I was moved by its loveliness and now my home is blessed because of it. Friends can do that for you. Which is exactly why I love blogging so much. I don't care if by only sharing happy, blessed, and treasured moments people appear to be perfect. I am still made better for it. I don't care if the dinner table pictured beautifully set with fine china, flickering candles and family love notes can normally be found with paper plates, mac-n-cheese or take-out~ if the perfectly pictured baked goods only get made once a year~ or if the happy family playing in the yard together were just grouchy with each other moments before. I am still motivated and inspired by these stories. Knowing that the mundane have-t0-do's and the not so pretty times in life can continually be transformed, and made better through these magic, perfect moments is what makes life exciting to me. I love that each new day promises the opportunity for me to grow faster, higher and stronger and I love how other bloggers help to motivate me through their examples as they strive for the same things. I recently came across the blog of a domestic goddess and oh how excited I was to implement some of her genius into my life, but as I continued to read my inspiration turned to intimidation with her description of the fresh flowers placed on the table each night. Well I have a hard enough time getting dinner on the table each night let alone fresh flowers. I felt discouraged. "I can never be that good." I thought. But then I remembered one of the sayings on my inspirational poster...


"Oh, yes I can!"
I can do anything I put my mind to. So I marched outside and...



Cut some fresh flowers for my table. So take that, little doubting voice in the back of my head.



And that is why I say my life is bliss. Not because it's perfect, but because it is filled with perfect moments that only continue to get better as I work to make myself better. I love the Olympic motto: citius, altius, fortius. I'm adopting it as my own this year. This is a special year for me because I recently turned 39 and I am ridiculously excited about being on the road to 40. I can't wait to be 40 and I want to use this year for personal growth in all areas of my life so I'll reach 40 feeling faster, higher, and stronger than I ever have before. So keep being fabulous you fellow bloggers you. Your stories bless my life and I thank you for it.


8 comments:

arizonamama said...

I love the post, especially the flower vine coming out the side of your head. Your positive attitude is great. Hopefully it'll rub off on me as we all know I need it to. Your flower arrangement is very pretty.

Janiece said...

YOU GO GIRL!
The flowers are beautiful!

Rachel said...

What a great post! I think we listen all too often to our negative sides. It is easier..it takes less effort..so thanks for inpsiring me to better with that!

lelly said...

i love this post!! great way to adopt the motto as your own, especially on the adventure to 40 (i'll be on that road pretty darn soon!)

i've been burning apple spice candles for a week now (waiting patiently until i can burn pumpkin spice.) i wonder if anyone has ever left my home and felt blessed because of that? i will try to feel more blessed because of it myself.

Neighbor Jane Payne said...

What an inspiring post. This line was especially encouraging, "Not because (my life is) perfect, but because it is filled with perfect moments that only continue to get better as I work to make myself better."

Thank you so much for taking the time to write this down!

Darce said...

I found your blog thru Cameo's, and I have to say I love this post! I agree with neighbor jane payne--that line is inspiring and awesome! I need to be a little better about being friendly--I'm sorry it's so hard for me. Thanx for your compliment on Sunday; I really appreciated it.

Sarah said...

What a great post! So very true. I am inspired daily by fellow bloggers. I have learned so very much. Those flowers are gorgeous. I especially love the pitcher they are in.

Chris said...

The flowers are beautiful and I love having a wonderful smelling candle in the home. I too am going to turn 40 next year and am excited about it. I like your motto, might have to beg, borrow and steal it. Hope you have an olympic year!