I'm all about Inspiration.
Sometimes, I can do it on my own. Other times, a little prompt or key word will do the trick.
Such is the case for me for this Advent season. I have been following the #AdventWord2017 Challenge on Instagram (take a look HERE), and it's been a fun little way of throwing some thought, preparation, and purpose into my posts.
Up until a couple years ago, a new set of “hands” was added each year to one of our family's Christmas tree skirts. Alas, the skirt ran out of real estate, so the annual #mending ceased. It’s fun to see how our three kids’ hands have changed through the years. I started this tree skirt tradition in 2002, which was our first Christmas back in Iowa (we had been in the East Lansing, MI area for seven years prior).
|Hands of all sizes...mended to the same tree skirt|
|Keep the focus|
|Max is our messenger|
|Watch what you can do when your glass is half full|
...and a Bonus...
I'm gonna go rogue and combine a couple more words into a #BonusFeature, because they reflect what I'm all about, not just this season, but in ALL seasons with my running. The words #Voice and #Wilderness. Our Iowa weather was wickedly cold and windy this week, but on Wednesday, the winds were blowing at 32mph! I kid you not! Momma N's #voice was howling quite loudly, but I chose to ignore it. The two miles that I ran were tough, but certainly not impossible...and I'm glad I didn't stay inside. Then, on Thursday, the temps were similar, but the wind was gone....and I had a tranquil and beautiful run at our town's little lake. Again, I was outside, and got to thoroughly enjoy the #wildnerness while doing what I love...running! I'm a strong advocate for being outside, even if only for a short 1-mile streak run. The fresh air is euphoric!
|Above left...feeling victorious after facing Momma N's fierce wind, and (above), enjoying my run on the trail|
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I'm linking this with Meranda and Lacey and Rachel for the Friday Five 2.0.