Running Behind

In this Traveling Circus we call family, there are so many rings going at any given time that I can barely keep up. Throw in some technology snafus (like my WordPress app still not working-hey WordPress people, can you hear me? Is anybody out there?), a book deadline, my busy season at work, the end of the summer and hopefully the end of all the wrangling we’ve been doing with the VA to get Mr. Wonderful’s rating sorted out, and truth be told I’m plumb wore out.

I also find that the more I’m writing for my book, the less juice I have to out in the page here. Thus, I’ve been fairly neglectful of story-telling and encouraging and even reading everyone’s blogs. Please catch me up!

How are you? What’s been going on in your worlds blog friends? I’ve missed you and I’m dying for an update!

I swear I’m having so many technology issues I just want to throw my hands up and say fine, you win! I accidentally even posted this already before it’s been finished or proofed or anything. Sorry if you read the incomplete piece and assumed I have gotten stupider over the last few weeks!

I admit it’s possible….

I’m really writing to say I’m still here, I care so much about all y’all and appreciate how you just keep coming back and supporting a hot mess like myself! Please comment updates in case my reader isn’t working again as well!!

Much love and I can’t wait to catch up with you!

(photo credit Meredith Shafer 2015. Don’t worry, we were stopped to eat at a drive thru. They always wear seatbelt a when we’re actually driving!) ©Copyright Meredith Shafer 2015

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Regret

The saddest words I’ve ever heard: I wish I had….

Don’t regret inaction. Tomorrow, what will you wish that you had done today? Every day is a blessing; there are no throwaway days. We’re not even promised tomorrow so today is the day to take the risk you’ll regret not having taken tomorrow. Even if you’re not sure of the way, the words, the path.

What reconciliation, risk, leap, jump, conversation, calling, or change are you scared to make? If you’re a little (or a lot) petrified, it might just be the right risk.

You can be scared today or filled with regret tomorrow.

You choose.
#ChaseYourDreams #workhard #success #nevergiveup

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Monday Coffee Quote

It’s here again friends! Monday: a chance to start your week right, do things better than last week, be awesome.

Let’s get ‘er done!
#Monday #coffeeisforclosers
#MotivationMonday

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Perspective

How we see things is all a matter of perspective I guess. How do you see yourself? Your life? Your purpose?

At times our perspective can be clouded by our past or blurry because of future fears. But just for today, maybe just for this moment, take time to look around and appreciate where you are. Who you are.

Because gratitude can change your journey into joy.
#gratitude #encouragement
#stoptosmelltheroses

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Coffee Quote

This. Is. Me. Exactly!

Anyone else having trouble getting started on this gloomy morning?? We can do this! I’m pretty sure we can do this. Y’all go ahead and do this without me…I’ll catch up with you later…😴😴😴
#coffee #procrastination #letsgobacktobed

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Let’s Do This!

Hello Monday!

Time for fresh starts, new mercies, needed beginnings. Time to move forward–slow or fast, by inches or miles.

It’s time to stretch your arms to the heavens, take in the beauty around you, and say thanks. Thanks for all that has been, all that is and all that will come.

Leap out of bed, let your feet hit the floor already moving, grab your cuppa Joe and then grab this day and don’t let go until you’ve accomplished what you’ve set out to do! #Monday #coffeeisforclosers #hitthegroundrunning #gratitude

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Keep Going

Sometimes survival is the word of the day. Are you just surviving? Are you drowning or overwhelmed today?

Some days, weeks, months, seasons are just too much. But when you’re in the middle of too much, remind yourself to…

Breathe. Rest. Then keep going.

It doesn’t matter if you go fast or slow, it just matters that you don’t quit. Keep pushing, keep trying, keep moving forward.

You are strong and brave and today you are closer to your God-given destiny than you were yesterday.

#NeverGiveUp #PTSD #inspire

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Coffee Quote

A day late and a dollar short, but here it is! Thanks for your patience, hope you have a blessed day!

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Keeping It Real

As the Ringmaster of my Traveling Circus, I often find myself in the midst of weird situations. My daughter has this imaginary friend named Jake. From State Farm. And he’s “got brown skin like bubba.”

Then there’s the tween-turning-teen-too-rapidly-for-me who has just started enjoying the fun of sleepovers. This means a herd of boys come through my kitchen, wipe out my pantry in a swarm of biblical proportion locusts, and leave only wrappers, crumbs, and a boy funk that doesn’t dissipate as soon as I would like.

Sweet baby boy has become ever more curious, enjoying opening every drawer, door and cupboard he can find. We’ve quickly learned that all outside doors must be locked or he’ll end up outside with only Charlie the Service Dog as his canine babysitter.

The seven year old is trying his hardest to do all the “school” we have him in this summer: speech therapy, occupational therapy. He looked at me one day and said, “Mama, I thought it was supposed to be summer!”

Me too, little man.

And of course, we have weekly wrestling matches with the VA, the doctors, the counselors and the Vet Center to help Mr. Wonderful and I find our way through this maze and haze of PTSD. It’s a really steep learning curve with lots of pop quizzes. I’m usually an A student, but this one has me stumped lots of days.

I have this terrific job that lets me work from home and meet awesome people in my community. I executive direct a foundation that I’ve loved for a dozen years and hope to continue at for many more.

Oh, and I’m trying to come back from taking a month off from book publicity, marketing events, signings, speaking engagements, much to my publisher’s chagrin. I took time off to be with family, which will always be my first priority. The powers that be didn’t think that would be the best idea but I know in my heart if I keep the important stuff at the top of the list, I won’t regret it, no matter how many books I sell or don’t.

Things have been even more circus-y around here than usual, and I’ve been needed at home. Period. There’s no worry or wishes or way I would’ve done this time any different. I know it’s not the way you should do things if you want to sell books. But I want my kids to grow from amazing little humans to amazing big humans and this summer I just needed to make sure I was present.

Here.

Available for all my kiddos and Mr. Wonderful.

The rest will fall into place, working it’s way into our five ring Traveling Circus however it will. And I am beyond positive I’m going to look back on this time and be so glad that I made these choices.

Anything going on with y’all that has involved choices that others disagreed with? Leave me a comment, I’d love to hear that I’m not alone!

Blessings friends:)

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Calling All Techies!

My WordPress app isn’t working on my phone! This is a disaster as I write all my blog posts from my phone in between taking kids to therapy appointments, ballgames, sno cone runs and the like. And also because I’m so technologically challenged that I’m scared to try and fix it😁😁😁

Anyone out there who can walk me through what I should do? I have an iPhone if that helps anything…

Thanks in advance!

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