Let’s Catch Up! | A New Video and a Discussion About Inaction vs. Action

Friends, I can’t believe I’ve had this video stored, fully edited, in my YouTube account for over a month!! That’s ridiculous. So ignore the fact that I may say “it’s already February” in this video. Just replace that with “it’s almost April!”.

I struggle with perfectionism… and this struggle manifests itself as struggling to make things live when I feel like it’s not the best. Here’s what I mean.

I recorded 3 videos in a row one Friday in early February. I love 2 of them! The third, this one, was the last one I filmed. My hair was rough. And I felt like I rambled. But since it was a “I’m back! Let’s catch up!” type video, and I eluded to it in the other 2, I knew this one had to go live first.

But I didn’t love it.

So I delayed SO LONG in making this live. But it must go live. It just has to. Or else these videos and the effort that went into it are wasted.

That’s the story of my life lately! Having so many videos and posts that are almost there, but not quite perfect. So they sit in draft. Or they just aren’t written. I am just going to commit to taking action instead of inaction.

There are risks and costs to action. But they are far less than the long range risks of comfortable inaction. – John F. Kennedy

So here we go! Action!

What are your struggles? Do you struggle with taking action sometimes? I want to know!

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High Five for Friday #166 | Welcome to the Fairies

 

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Welcome to High Five for Friday – hosted by me, BeckyTif, and Della! Come, read up on what we’ve been up to this week and get to know some amazing bloggers.

How was your week? It was a non-stop week for us, and I’m grateful for the weekend.

1. One of my favorite days at preschool is the Circus Day! The kids put on a little circus show and it’s absolutely adorable! They are jugglers, tight rope walkers, and clowns. It was hard snapping a picture of both Elizabeth and William in their clown outfits, but I snagged one!

2. We had a FUN evening on Saturday! Our teens were doing a Parents Night Out baby sitting fundraiser for their mission trip, so all us parents dropped our kids off for a fun evening, and then we parents came up to our house for a game night. I haven’t laughed that hard in a long time! We just had fun and didn’t have to worry about kids running around. We need to do that again!

3. The first day of Spring wasn’t all that spring-like here in Durham. It was a chilly week, and we even had snow on Wednesday! It was a proper snowfall too! So it’s a very bizarre spring. But I couldn’t help celebrating the first day of Spring. I ordered a little PlayMobil fairy set and set it up in the play room the night before. I also sprinkled some glitter around the house and even outside. Unfortunately, the glitter washed away in the morning thanks to some rain. But the kids loved the little fairy house!

4. Our date night last night was thwarted….. William had some sort of weird fluke stomach bug thing. He didn’t have a fever, but he clearly wasn’t feeling his normal self. We have somehow made it to almost 2 years old without William getting a stomach bug, so I declare that a success. He made it through the night without any incident, but I’m still leary.

5. Our weekend is going to be….. crazy. We’ve got our usual church excitement! And then after church we have a potluck/birthday party. And on Sunday it’s another birthday party! We are busy folks apparently 🙂 But it will be a fun weekend. I love spending time with friends!


This week’s featured blogger is Jess from Just Jess!  First of all, she’s over here in my corner of the world in the Triangle area of NC! Her posts feature her capsule wardrobe journey, her favorite reads and delicious eats! Swing on over and say hello to Jess!

How was your week?? Can’t wait to hear all about it!

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High Five for Friday #165 | Cursing the Time Change

 

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Welcome to High Five for Friday – hosted by me, BeckyTif, and Della! Come, read up on what we’ve been up to this week and get to know some amazing bloggers.

How was your week? This was one that just DRAGGED on!

1. Our weekend was full of family fun! We traveled up to Virginia Beach for our niece’s 4th birthday. The kids had a lot of fun! Is there anything better than a kid’s birthday party? It gives you an excuse to just go all out! But that busy weekend paired with the time change meant for such an exhausting week. Anyone else STILL feeling like they’re dragging still from the time change?  

2. So, on Wednesday, I finally got a hair cut! Let me tell you the story of the hair cut… about a year ago I got my hair cut shorter, and I LOVED it! It was the first time ever that I actually liked my short hair cut. When I went to schedule a trim a few months later, I learned my original, one time stylist, was gone! They didn’t know where she went, but knew she was local. So I got a hair cut from someone random, and… it wasn’t the same. So I spent this entire time trying to figure out where my original stylist went! I only had her once, but once you get a good haircut, you can’t loose them! I stalked the internet for a year and finally found her! So this week, I waltzed in to see her! And it was the haircut I had been waiting for over a year.

3. We celebrated Pi Day on Wednesday evening by heading to our favorite Durham pizza place! It’s delicious pizza AND bonus – they have fish tanks! So we snagged a table right next to a tank and the kids were highly entertained.

4. I’m looking forward to this weekend! It’s another weekend full of friend fun and fellowship time. Our church is also doing a communion and foot washing service this weekend. It’s always special to do that right around Easter time. I recently learned in my Bible study that most churches don’t do a foot washing service! Does your church? I grew up doing the foot washing every time we celebrated communion. It’s such a special experience. Anyway, let me know in the comments if you normally do the foot washing too!

5. William has been living his best life lately… there are no words.


This week’s featured blogger is Christina from The Patricios! She’s a California blogger, sharing her everyday life with her husband and kids. She loves blogging about fashion, books and food, and DisneyLand!! Swing over to say hi to Christina!

How was your week?? Can’t wait to hear all about it!

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High Five for Friday #164 | Ribbons + Sick Days

 

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Welcome to High Five for Friday – hosted by me, BeckyTif, and Della! Come, read up on what we’ve been up to this week and get to know some amazing bloggers.

How was your week? Another week done and in the books.

1. Our weekend was great but SO busy! It was one of those weekends where we wished we had another weekend to recover from our weekend. We started off with our usual church craziness on Saturday. Then in the afternoon we had a kid party. On Sunday, Elizabeth and I attended a baby baptism and then the whole family joined in for the post-baptism lunch! It was so much fun! I know I’ve mentioned that my love language is quality time. And our weekend was FULL of it!

2. The weather here in Durham has been so variable lately. One minute it’s sunny and warm. The next it’s raining and cold. I’m not counting down the days until Spring (because that means Summer is right around the corner. Ugh) but it’s hard doing outdoor stuff when it’s so cold and wet. So we’ve been pining for sunny days around here! This photo was snapped during a rare, sweet moment between these two.

3. I’ve been trying to find time to read more. I also aspire to read a lot. But often something else gets in the way. My latest two books have been on my “to read” list for a while. The Little Book of Hygge has gotten quite a bit of buzz, and it was a good, quick read! It’s a fun book to read for tips on making life happier and cozier. And Gods and Kings is a Biblical historical fiction, based on King Hezikiah. I love historical fiction, and this book is book #1 in a series. I love series! So win win! It’s nice to shake up my reading list with actual grown up books, instead of 4 new stories from Pinkalicious.

4. This week Elizabeth had “Demonstration Day” at her gymnastics class. It was SO CUTE watching Elizabeth and her buds running around showing off their moves. Each child got a ribbon and Elizabeth was just SO proud!

5. But then, Elizabeth got sick this week. Wednesday she definitely didn’t look like herself, so I kept her home from school. Thankfully my husband could stay home with her for an hour because I was hosting a Parents Coffee Hour at preschool. I get my social on! And then yesterday she was even worse! But thankfully as the day went on she perked up. Phew! And just in time. Because this weekend we’re heading up to Virginia Beach to celebrate my niece’s 4th birthday! Can’t be toting Durham Germs.

This week’s featured blogger is K. Elizabeth from Southern Sagittarius! She’s a blogger living in the south, and loves to share her favorites! If you’re looking for some new reads, Elizabeth is your girl! Swing over to say hello!

How was your week?? Can’t wait to hear all about it!

 

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High Five for Friday #163 | Daffodil Time and Sore Feet

 

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Welcome to High Five for Friday – hosted by me, BeckyTif, and Della! Come, read up on what we’ve been up to this week and get to know some amazing bloggers.

First off, our featured blogger this week is our very own Tif!! Yesterday, she gave birth to her sweet baby girl. I’ll let her do the official announcement and introduction, but we are all just so thrilled for her and her family. New babies are glorious! Congratulations Tif!

So clearly this week has been exciting! Let’s dive in!

1. On Sunday it was time for another monthly brunch with our friends! It was just the BEST time. Nothing brings me greater joy than quality time with people. Our kids ran around and got muddy outside. Adults actually enjoyed hot coffee! Friends, I want to encourage you to look at your calendar for the next month and schedule something NOW for quality time with friends or family. Just plan it now. You will never regret that!

2. I am such a history junkie. If there is some sort of historic event going on, I’m glued to the TV. This week I’ve been glued to the TV watching the coverage of Billy Graham’s passing. What an amazing, humble man that did so much for the kingdom of God! I actually went to hear him when he came to Columbus back in the 90s. I don’t remember what he said, but I do remember being in a baseball stadium and seeing so many people at church. So on Wednesday, I watched the service at Captial Hill. It was so moving! It’s amazing to me that one man impacted millions of lives!!

3. This week I learned something about William. The poor kid hates stickers! He came running to me bawling because he had a sticker stuck on his finger! So I took it off and stuck it on my nose. He flipped out! So as a last step, I stuck it on HIS nose! Poor kid.

4. I have been sorting and purging a lot lately! It’s one of my favorite things. I have made 3 trips so far this week. It’s lovely to go room by room, closet by closet, and sort through things. I love it!

5. One of my favorite memories from the week was a walk that never ended. HA! One of my friends suggested a short hike with the kids to see a natural patch of daffodils! We could snap some spring pictures, enjoy the day, and have fun! So we spent about 20 minutes frolicking in the daffodils! And then we decided to keep walking! Almost 2 miles later, we got back to our cars just before darkness set in. Myself and my kids had sore feet because I thought we should wear rain boots since it had been raining so much. I carried William for at least half of that hike! But you know what?? We laughed so much! The kids climbed over fallen trees, picked so many daffodils, and explored so much! We were SO sore the next day but it was high adventure!

 

How was your week?? Can’t wait to hear all about it!

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