The 3 Items I’d Place in my Adult Backpack.

The three things in my backpackI’ve heard it said that Fall is like New Year’s for women, especially moms. New beginnings, new routine, and a return to structure have made its way back into our lives. It ’s a time to reevaluate our priorities and goals. It’s time to get back to the things we put off over the long days of summer vacation.

A few weeks ago I found myself at Target in the Back-to-School section. I had the overwhelming feeling of excitement as I walked past post-it notes, folders, pencils and pens.  Scanning the larger amounts of supplies, a certain backpack caught my attention. Before I knew it, I  was in the check-out line with this cute backpack!  

You might be thinking a backpack?

That evening while sitting on my couch with a glass of wine and my backpack I thought about what I would put in it.

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  1. Books I want to read and books yet to finish.
  2. A pretty journal to write down my thoughts, goals, and prayers.
  3. Post-it notes to remind me to take time for myself, of course with a new Sharpie.

To be a good mom, a good wife and to be the best possible me,  it’s important that I take the time to have my own backpack. One that is filled with things that bring me fulfillment and joy and peace-especially in those times I need it most.   

Cause let’s face it we all need that!

So exactly which books will I be placing in my backpack? Here’s a list of a few that I’ll be packing. (maybe a few of them will be of interest to you too! )

Non-Fiction:

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 The Fringe Hours Jessica A. Turner 

The Best YesLysa Terkeurst 

Girl Wash Your Face   Rachel Hollis

 

Fiction: Since we all have a different interest in fiction, I recommend that you read an old Classic that interest you as a child or Pick-up a best seller that you’ve heard people raving about.

Relationships:

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The 5 Love Languages- Gary Chapman

The 5 Love Languages of Kids -Gary Chapman

Boundaries  – John Townsend and Henry Cloud

 

 

 

Devotional:

100 days to Brave; Devotions for unlocking your most courageous self Annie  F. DownsIMG_0410

I admit, a few these I have only skimmed through and some I have read with a pen and highlighter in hand.

It’s been said that a well-read woman is a dangerous creature. I love that and am taking that as my homework assignment this fall. My goal is to read one of these books a month.

I don’t know about you, but I  want to be to a dangerous gal of hope, bravery, grace, love, and beauty, with a  little mystery thrown in.  The right book might just help me do that!

My PW friends, what would you put in your backpack?  Would it be books or something else? Leave a comment below. I’d love to know!

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How I Found my Window Seat of Confidence

How I Found my Window Seat of Confidence

I’m usually not the one who does the travel planning for a trip. I leave that to the experienced travel companion of mine. I just layout where I want to go, the dates we are available and the sights and restaurants I would like to visit. Once I communicate the desired plans to my husband, I can focus on the more important things. Like what to pack! Hey, I have my priorities in check.

A few months ago I took the left seat in planning a trip that was just my daughters and me. It was my youngest daughter’s, Jillian, 21st birthday. She had asked if we could plan a trip to Carmel and Monterey area of California and visit a winery. Once I said yes, I received a detailed list of what my daughter wanted to do and see. With wishlist in hand, it was time for me to get my wheels turning and planning.

My doubtfulness made its arrival

Have you planned something where you have it all mapped from start to finish? Well, I had the arrival of her best friend, Rebecca, to come hours before Jillian was going to get to the house. I envisioned the look of shock as Jillian witnessed her big surprise as she walked into the house.

Unfortunately, that ideal surprise did not play out the way I had hoped. At midnight Rebecca arrived, twelve hours later than expected. I had to adjust a few things to make Rebecca’s arrival a secret and make up an excuse to have Jillian go with me to pick up “a friend” at the airport. Let me just say, Jillian was super surprised! “Mom our family doesn’t do surprises, cause no one can hold a secret” she kept telling me. Little did she know!

IMG_1170With just three hours of sleep that night we woke up excited and ready to enjoy our girls trip. When we finally arrived at our destination, got our rental car and googled mapped our way to our little Air B&B, Jillian said, “Mom, you’re the airport travel queen, you’ve got this down!” What? What they didn’t know was that I was sweating, and my stomach was in knots. The fear of having to do this all by myself scared me!

Why?

1. I didn’t have the security of having Jeff with me.
2. I had to google map everything. I know I can do it, but there is something about having a husband that deals with maps on a daily occurrence.
3. Jeff can navigate his way through any airport all I have to do is follow him.

For me, this trip was a life lesson that I will never forget.

Unpacking the courage I’d been looking for

I’m sure at some point in your life you have heard someone say that they had to travel the world to discover themselves. We all have that desire to find out what it is that makes you, you.

Before this trip was in the planning stages, I found myself praying of what would bring me joy, and renew confidence that I’d lost somewhere between raising kids to having adult children — now. What dreams or goals do I want to accomplish for myself?

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Ever had those thoughts?

I know that I’m not the only PW that struggles with longings of joy and looking for that once lost desire to reach a goal. I know that many of us can’t exactly runaway to California in wishes to discover a new found confidence or yearning we have.

I will say this: I learned a few things about myself, including ~

1. I know that I’m capable of planning a trip from point A to point B. Setting some personal goals that I want to do.
2. Navigating is not as hard as I make it out to be. Just gotta write it out.
3. Don’t be fearful of taking the lead when things are not going as planned.
4. Be flexible in the plan. If what you’re hoping for doesn’t happen as expected, try another way.

With all that being said, doing something that was entirely out of my comfort zone made me discover courage that I didn’t think I had.

We all have that within us, what about you?

Whatever it might be my hope and prayer is that we never stop traveling to find those little discoveries that are deep in our hearts and continue to grow in what God has for us.

I challenge you to find something that will make you get out of your comfort zone. Maybe you need to…

Call a friend that you would like to get to know more.
Start that exercise program that you keep telling yourself that you’re going to do.
Plan a little getaway with your husband.

 

If you are thinking about something, do it! Tell me what it is. I’d love to hear about it.

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