Archive from March, 2014
Mar 18, 2014 - Health, Humor    No Comments

Workout Secrets

Want the secret to the best work out secret ever?

I’ve got it right here!

Ninety seconds of core strengthening, planking, trunk rotation, scapular stability and the cutest work out partner ever.

A four month old.

One dad recorded working out with his daughter and it makes my heart happy. Not only to see a playful baby girl, but to see her adoring father right alongside her, engaging in what she found important and making it playful.

I nearly tear up when daddy tells daughter he loves her and Lilly Ann reaches out to touch his face lovingly. What a beautiful moment which exhibits their relationship. I love that this dad is obviously gushing with delight in his little girl. I love that I know what that feels like. I have a great dad who, had you tube existed when I was little, may have made a similar video!

If you have a great parent, thank them for their “thereness” and time spent with you. If your parental relationships left something wanting, seek to be such a parent to your own children. Or, if you don’t have your own children like me, seek to be a surrogate parent to a friend’s kids and pour your love, attention and delight on them. Be willing to get on the floor and do the Lilly Ann workout.

Your abs and your spirit will thank you.

Mar 15, 2014 - Uncategorized    2 Comments

A Vast, Unending Ocean

I’m not a beach person.

I’m pale, so the sun and I are not friends. I don’t love sand. I hate crowds. And allowing the world to see me in my swimsuit doesn’t rank high on my list either. I go to the beach slathered in 70 spf lotion and covered up!

kelly beach

But I love the ocean. 

I love the enormity and the constancy of the sea. It reminds me of the love of God. Many days I don’t think much about the ocean and its glory. But whether I think of it or not, the ocean is there. Much like days escape me in which I haven’t pondered the love of God or felt near to him.  Sometimes we are far from the ocean and sometimes we are surrounded by it’s depth and vastness, but the ocean is always there. It rolls ever on reaching for us, wanting to surround us.

God’s love is a vast, unending ocean. 

kelly beach feet

It makes me think of “The Love of God” by Frederick Lehman

Could we with ink the ocean fill,

And were the skies of parchment made,

Were every stalk on earth a quill,

And every man a scribe by trade;

To write the love of God above

Would drain the ocean dry;

Nor could the scroll contain the whole,

Though stretched from sky to sky.

Reading words like those makes me love the ocean… and even the beach!

kelly beach hat

Mar 12, 2014 - My Story    No Comments

Monochromatic Pride

One of my little friends colored a picture for me last week. She labored on it with diligence and focus, using the one marker currently available to her.

She laid on the floor for steadiness, stayed within the lines, went over the desires sections again and again until, in her eyes, it was perfect.

Jasmine color

She then presented it to me saying, “Here Miss Kelly! This should go on your fridge!”

She didn’t care that in most people’s eyes it would be ugly. She didn’t care that it looks like Jasmine fell asleep in the tanning bed. She didn’t mind that the birds, fountain and flowers were all the same color. She didn’t mince words or reserve judgment. She thought it was amazing and she wanted me to appreciate it too. She demonstrated monochromatic pride. 

I loved it. 

I loved not only that she wanted to present this to me, but that she told me how amazing it was. She declared it “fridge-worthy” without hesitation. She wasn’t bragging, she was just declaring it’s worth. I promised this monochromatic picture would make its way to my fridge. I loved this picture because I saw my young friend’s beaming smile, her excitement and her declaration of worth. This picture gave me a window into the  freedom and joys of childhood and it made my heart smile.

Kids get celebrating. Adults often don’t. As we age we seem to get less fridge-worthy recognition. Adulthood is full of small victories and long journeys and, at times, I need to look back and appreciate what I’ve achieved. I need people that can help me recognize my “fridge-worthy” moments — whether they’re impressive to anyone else or not.

This picture represents so much to me –it’s on my fridge right now and I think it’s beautiful!

What have you done today that my little friend would declare to be “fridge-worthy”?

Mar 10, 2014 - Health    3 Comments

The Hanging of a Milestone

I’m proud of my hanger. Not just for functioning to keep clothes off of my floor or preventing wrinkles from setting in. I’m proud of my hanger for changing my life.

This ordinary looking hanger changed my life. It was far more than plastic and convenient anti-slip notches. For me, it represented a milestone that I had been working toward for more than two years.

Hanger

 

 

Let me give you a closer look at the milestone. That’s right, the letter M. Gone are the days of XXL labels on my hangers.

hanger close up

 

I bought a shirt with an “M” sticker and an “M” hanger because it was a medium!

This hanger represents years of labor, hours of meal planning, hundreds of miles trodden, and millions of small decisions that have added up to this gigantic change. The size of the importance is inversely related to the size of the garment.

This is no ordinary hanger. It is far from the fanciest. I got it for free (with shirt purchase!) But the weightiness of its importance in my life cannot be overstated. I’m proud of my hanger.

What have you done that you can be proud of? What small marker can help you celebrate your accomplishment?

Mar 6, 2014 - Devotional, Humor    No Comments

Give the World a Reason to Dance

I have recently been introduced to a world changer.

He’s powerful, influential, brilliant… and eight years old.

kid president

He goes by the name Kid President and has a dream, to make the world a nicer place. To fill it with hope and encouragement and lots and lots of dancing. He understands that life isn’t always happy. He was born with osteogenesis imperfecta and has had over seventy bone fractures over his short life span (yes, seventy). But that doesn’t keep him from smiling, dancing, and spreading the joy. He wants to make the world a more awesome place by being nice and treating everyone like it’s their birthday.

Kid president

 

I could learn a lot from him. I want to be an encouragement. I want to dance. I want to make the world a more awesome place!

How about you?

Mar 1, 2014 - Devotional, My Story    No Comments

An Authentic Imitation

This is genius.

A talented singer performs songs in the style of other singers. She’s good. Spot on. And it’s a joy to watch and listen to.

I’m totally impressed how she can change pitch, stance, gestures, facial expressions and trills to mimic famous people.

But my favorite is when she sings as herself. She’s freer, crisper, fluid. That’s when she really shows her talent.

We mimic and impersonate other people  often wanting the world to think of us as more put together, perfect, talented, or accomplished than we feel we are. Technology and social media have heightened the strain to “brand” ourselves and manage our “images.” How much more powerful is it when we use our own voices even if they are frail, cracked, pitchy, and authentic.

Have fun imitating famous people, playing with tone and making others laugh– but when you truly have something to say, use your own voice.

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