Happy Monday dearest blog readers, stalkers, and anonymous followers! Hoping you all had a fantastic weekend, and are feeling as refreshed and ready to take on this week at full speed like I am! Or maybe not, but positivity is all I’ve got for you this dreary morning!
First, I wanted to remind everyone that I do respond to your comments! I still haven’t gotten the code written in my theme to allow threaded comments, so for now my responses are just at the bottom of the comment list! And, I’m not sure if you’re receiving an email telling you that I responded or not, so for now, just check back to see if I replied.
Before I tell you all about my fabulous weekend, it’s time for Day 8’s recap of my 48 Days To The Work You Love recap. Even if you’re not going through a soul searching, mid-20 someting crisis like I am, I still believe that this book and the inspiration within it are beyond valuable to anyone, at any stage in their life. So, read or don’t read, but I bet you’ll get something out of it at some point 🙂
Today’s chapter centered around defining goals, actually taking steps towards accomplishing those goals, and ridding ourselves of the danger of indecisiveness.
The first few pages in this chapter talk about a topic that really hits me hard. It hits me hard because I know I’m guilty of it, and I know how true it really is.
“Sanctified Ignorance is the belief that if we love God and have committed our lives to Him, everything will work out. And santified ignorance is immature theology. If you get up each morning with a clean slate, being open to whatever may happen that day, you will live a life of mediocrity. It is not the path of accomplishment, or excellence, of maximizing our impact and witness. The path of least resistance-just going where it seems easiest to go- creates very crooked streams and very frustrated Christians. The truly godly life is one of focused purpose, having, like Paul, defined the goal and created a plan of accomplishment.”
This is something I struggle with at times. Yes, I do think that God has a plan, and everything happens for a reason. But, at some point, we are in charge of our own lives, and it is up to us to take what talents and skills He’s gifted us with, make a plan of action, and be productive. He goes on to talk about how if you’re in a negative situation, are unhappy, but are constantly using the excuse of, “I just need to pray about it,” well, you’re really just being indecisive and not making a decision that will better your own circumstance. Not making a decision that will help change your situation is only going to continue the cycle you’re in, and will produce no new results. “Indecision is the greatest thief of opportunity.”-Jim Rohn
None of this is to belittle prayer life in any way. But rather to encourage us to become confident in our decisions and have the strength to take action!
Here are a few more quotes and talking points I highlighted:
-“Only 8% of the general population can identify clear goals and only about 3% ever actually write those down.”
-“If you do not begin to make decisions, you will tend to procrastinate and your history will simply repeat itself.”
-Identify 5 year goals then work backyard to what you need to do today in order to get to where you want to be 5 years from now.
-“It is said that if you read 3 books on any subject, you will be an expert in that topic.”
-Be careful how you start your day. That first hour is the most important part of your day, and will determine what kind of day you will have.
And now, what’s in a name? I’m talking about the name of my blog. Sweet Miles- Running After The Sweet Things in Life.
You may have noticed I haven’t been focusing on running as much lately, but I assure you once I get back into my training, it will be miles and times and sweat galore. However, I want my blog to also be a place where other parts of my life are highlighted and talked about as well. A place where topics that make life “sweet” are freely discussed. Life isn’t all about running, and achieving PR’s, and continually improving and obessing over your physical shape, but in a sense, it really is. Life IS about where you’re going, and how you’re getting there. Life IS about doing your best and setting new goals. Life IS about taking care of yourself so that your mind will remain just as sharp. I believe to do all of this, and to be open on my blog, I ought to have the freedom to talk about the real life struggles and thoughts that go hand in hand with my training, whether that be training for a run, or training myself to be a better person wholly and fully. We’re all deeper than our last workout. So, what’s in a name? What’s in the name of my blog? A lot. Sometimes the sweetest things in life are our personal goals, our inward most thoughts, our thought provoking questions we think about for days at a time, and our dreams that we know could one day be a reality.
If you made it all the way through this post, I suppose you do deserve to read all about my fabulous, uneventful weekend 🙂 Today I’m linking up with Katie or at Healthy Diva Life for another Marvelous Monday.
I forgot to upload my pictures from the weekend, so we’re going to play pretend! Friday night was pizza night again at the Ingle household, and it was my turn to make the pizza. Adam had recently pinned a delicious goat cheese & prosciutto pizza, so I opted to make it immediately! It looked similar to this…except our base was olive oil, and we used a lot more cheese, as well as caramelized onions.
For dessert, Adam whipped up some homemade toffee bars using graham crackers. Of course, mine had chocolate chips. They too looked something like this…
Is your mouth watering yet? Because mine is. This is why every week I look forward to our pizza night tradition. Pizza night is always pretty marvelous.
Saturday morning I took Truckee on a brisk run/walk/jog/sprint/sit for 2 miles, then came home, showered, and went to brunch with Adam and his cousin and her sweet mama who was in town all the way from California. I ate way too much, but I knew I deserved it after my mentally exhausting “run” with Truckee earlier. I’m thinking I could probably just teach Truckee some basic calisthenics instead of forcing her on these runs that she flops out on.
The rest of Saturday was purely marvelous because we spent it cleaning the house, and doing yard work. That may not sound marvelous to you, but oh my goodness it needed to be done, and it felt SO GOOD to finally be home to do it! Saturday evening, I made a trip to Hobby Lobby, made my Christmas decorating list because yes it’s only 4 months away, then came home to fajitas, a night of crafting, and Breaking Bad watching with the hubby. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve already seen my fun crafts! I’ll have to post pictures of them tonight!
Sunday, we went to church, then came home and enjoyed another marvelous day at home- cleaning, lounging, yard working, and editing photos.
Well done, weekend. Well done.
How was your weekend? What part of your life do you consider “sweet?” If you could make a homemade pizza right now, what would you make?