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Jul 30, 2015 - My Story    1 Comment

Time, Energy, and Money

You have a few resources always at your disposal. These items are frustratingly limited: time, energy, and money.

At most, you can have two of these resources at a time. Sometimes you have just one, but very rarely do all three show up concurrently!

When you are young and fresh you have scads of energy and oodles of time. But no money. You save up in your piggy bank and think life will be better when you have money.

And then a few years passes and you get a job. What an exciting day! You’re working and that’s a good thing and you get a paycheck which puts your allowance to shame. You have some money and still a good amount of energy, but no time. You’re in the throes of careers and parenthood and time is your most limited resource. This is how I feel currently. Bemoaning the busyness of my schedule!

And then a few more years pass, and you likely have some money saved up and you enter this magical time called retirement where you suddenly have free time again… but no energy. Years in the work force and raising kids, and the anxieties of life have stolen your pep. And you think back over these resources in your life and realize the true greenness of grass on each side of the fence!

 

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As I think about this common predicament, I long to live a balanced life with at least some of each resource because in many cases they are related. If I work overtime, I have more money, but less free time. If I sign up for a race, I have more energy (after training!), but less money (races are expensive) and less free time (because it takes a long time to run 10 miles!) If I take a vacation, I have unspoken-for time and renewed energy, but less money.

I long to live a balanced life and have a bit of each resource at my disposal. I do not want to be skewed or owned by any of them, but to use my time, energy, and money to the best of my ability wherever the Lord leads me. But how to do this still evades me… any tips?

What is your most limited resource currently?

 

Legacy

“Kelly, what will your legacy be?”

That question as posed to me recently at work. We had a department-wide meeting during which we made a “legacy quilt”. We were each charged to write a sentence on a square of decorative paper which would be knit together to form a paper quilt of quotes and desires.

One sentence.

One phrase.

Once idea.

That’s all the space we had!

I’ve practiced occupational therapy for a decade. I was in grad school for years. I have worked with hundreds of patients of all ages and I just get one sentence to encompass all of that?!

As a writer, this was an especially challenging task– after all, words are my friends! I want to use them, as many as possible! I wasted several sheets trying to write the longest, most hyphenated, run-on sentence ever created in order to jam pack the more ideas into my small paper square.

But that’s not what I really wanted. Medical jargon doesn’t change lives. My skills and metrics are important and I should consistently work on them, but they aren’t my legacy. My employment epitaph shall not read, “Kelly knew every trigger point release in the upper trunk.”

It shall not read, “Kelly achieved productivity every day.”

It shall not read, “Kelly read more peer-reviewed articles than anyone else in the department.”

No. I finally knew what I wanted my legacy quilt to say. It was so simple, I don’t know why I’d tried to hard to write such a complicated sentence! In the end my paper simply read, “Life Matters.”

That’s what I want my legacy to be. People are important. People have dignity. People are made in the Image of God and are worthy of my best efforts every day. I want this to be true for every infant, child, family member, coworker and person with whom I interact.

Hello, dear reader. You are important! You matter!

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“The future is purchased by the present.” Dr. Samuel Johnson

What will your legacy be?

Jul 22, 2015 - Crafting    No Comments

Crafting for a Cause!

Number of bag, boxes and containers full of flair for craft fair on Saturday: two dozen.

Number of items still wishing to make: hundreds! (but realistically 10)

Number of trips to Hobby Lobby: 4 (this week alone!)

I’m busy preparing for my craft fair, The Little Ears Expo, this Saturday!

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I love creating things. I get so excited to assemble, craft, and create jewelry and hair flair! It gives me an outlet unlike anything else. I love coming home putting on a movie and working with my hands. I love seeing my creations bedecking the necks, wrists, ears, and locks of my friends.

Crafting helps me share one of my life philosophies: celebrate every day. I believe in celebrating small victories and little goals. One of the most important skills I learned in six years of occupational therapy schooling was how to break down items into their smallest component parts. I once wrote a ten page paper on the skills necessary to change the batteries in a remote. Fine motor skills, pincer grasp, visual perceptual skills, and the cognitive ability to realize the dead batteries are the culprit in the first place. When we don’t breakdown tasks into their component parts, we have more difficulty seeing progress, which causes us not to celebrate enough.

Creating flair lets me have a tiny celebration every day.

I wear royal blue scrubs everyday. And while this allows me to mindlessly get dressed in the dark without fear of mismatched clothing, it doesn’t create much opportunity for individuality or excitement. So I started making Flair. Everyday I get to celebrate in two small ways: I get to choose a flower for my hair and dress-code approved earrings (which often match my funky socks).

Life is pretty amazing. Creating Flair is one way I celebrate.

How do you celebrate the everyday?

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