Plan a-X that out! What plan are we on? No worries, I say. Just get in the shower, pray,pray some more,rinse off,and when you get out, you are allowed to name your future what ever plan you want! The concerns I had 6 months, 3 months, heck, last week, are over and done. Our plans that we discuss and run over back and forth, side to side, do not have to turn out just how we printed them out on the calendar. The traveling will happen eventually, the move we did over the weekend was not to warmer weather. But the dreams we have and the new life changing habits need to start. They need to start regardless of where we are in our minds, hearts, and what home or city we live in. If I end up on Plan x, y, or z in a few months, I just will have to say “Hello, Plan a. Nice to see you again.”
My last post was about Dreams. My dreams. The same dream. Time after T I M E. So now I wonder if because I wrote about my wandering nights, the dream changed? What does this mean? I am at Walmart looking through jeans trying so hard to find my size. Then Gary walks up and starts having me try on very expensive jackets. Jackets that are not colors we like, or the style we would pick out. Then this very elderly man is beside me, handing jackets to me that are too large. Then I am at a creepy mall. But in my dream, I am actually happy because I am on the 2nd floor. Which in my dream, I realize I came up the escalator. I was comforted to still have steps in my night travels.
Still at the mall, Gary says he wants to go on this walking trail that is there. All inside. It has footprints that you follow all along the way. He goes first, and I have to wait my turn. But, I am not wearing any shoes. I have come to the mall in just my socks. (I do have clothes on) HA! Thank goodness. The lady says I may borrow old shoes that have been left and are now in lost and found. Ewwww. But I look through the box, none are my size. I squeeze into a size 5, I’m a 6 1/2. (I don’t dream about numbers or sizes) Then the lady says I have to tell the managers I will offer up a special prayer for them for letting me borrow the shoes. So, I walk over, and the man says, “Don’t worry about it, just buy us new toupee’s”. To which I said, “Alright, I will”. Which sent them into huge fits of laughter.
Then I realize I have to go to the bathroom and I am so lucky that the next place over is a restaurant. I hail down the frightened looking waitress and she says I will find the restroom to the left, but beware! The manager will attack you. He will chase you down if he catches you and realizes you did not pay for food. So I race around the corner and hear him right behind me. I quickly crawl under a table and spot the restroom about 7 feet away. I make a run for it, but stop when I realize the mall is dark and has closed.
I tell my husband, Gary, that I had the same dream AGAIN. He just smiles, but this morning I actually had him laughing. So he has now decided we will read our books and fall asleep to music.
Great. I now remember I used to fall asleep to music as a child and I dreamt of animals chasing and eating me.
They rarely let me rest. Dreams run me, or rather walk me everywhere, all night. Dreams make me wonder, they bring out the very curious creature in me. What is wonderful, is that I seem to remember them each morning. Most people claim to never dream or can not give detail on their evening jaunts in dreamland.
I have done a bit of research on the computer and have also looked in my dream book my mom gave me. Climbing up and down stairs, all different kinds, seem to keep me quite busy. I walk on basement stairs, stairs in homes to reach the next level, all wooden, never carpeted. Outside, I am on cement stairs that are out in the middle of nowhere,freestanding. Most are not very high, but some are 300 feet up in the sky. When I am that high up, I am overlooking neighborhoods, and on my way down.
Neighborhoods are almost a big part of my dreams, but not as often as stairs. I am walking up and down hilly streets. Sometimes, I wander into one of my actual old homes that I lived in at one time in my life.
My biggest dream really adds the stairs,neighborhoods,old homes, a search for a person, and throw in a 100 foot,round as a semi,snake. This one shakes me up the most and most times I wake up crying. I am searching for someone around corners,up stairs,and get a glimpse of them out the window or as I step outside, standing at the top of a staircase. It is usually always raining when I am in the house, running around. Once outside, I can never find this person, and just resume walking,stairs,and more homes and neighborhoods. The enormous snake is hiding in a huge mess of bushes, trees, and vines and to the right side of the street. Sometimes the snake is off a dirt path that leads in to the woods where I absolutely have to go through to finish my search and wanderings.
Always curious to know if anyone out there dreams like me!
Sometimes is seems that life gets so hectic that time just passes so quickly. In fact, with all the new technology available, much of our precious spare time is now filled before we know it. This makes it so important, now as much as ever, to set goals and keep moving forward.
Keeping your eyes on the prize…
Starting out on a journey with no clear understanding of where we want to end up is certain to be full of surprises, both good and bad. Life has enough of those, whether you plan or not. Taking the time to look ahead, both short term and long term is critical to helping not only see the direction you want to travel, but in getting you there.
It is easy to forget…
Ever notice that our days are filled with ideas and thoughts that are so quickly forgotten. Writing down daily thoughts and tasks helps to keep us straight. So it works with writing down goals, and keeping them in plain site. Tape them on your mirror, put them on your tablet or smart phone. The key to remembering is seeing them often enough to keep moving in the right direction.
You are the one you need to make happy…
While it is great to encourage others on their way to achieving goals, never lose sight of what is important to you and those you love. Your goals may be somehat silly to others, or like mine just downright crazy. The fact is you need to make yourself happy. Be honest with yourself on your dreams and where you want to go. Be true to yourself. Oh yeah, and keep moving forward – Walt Disney.
Hard work has always been a wonderful way for me to keep in shape, help others, and make very good money. My residential cleaning business grew quite large and branched into commercial, new construction, and cleaning boats for shows. I met and am still meeting, some very wonderful individuals, that make me feel like part of their family. I was still able to take our four children to school each morning and pick them up each day. I made great use of our crock pot, kept our own home clean, and had nights and weekends, usually, free. I always enjoyed, and still do, having my own business and being a loving family of six.
Lately, Gary and I have been developing new ideas that are very different from our current way of thinking, living, and working. By mid-August, we will be an empty nest. We have found it very exciting to think about being just the two of us.
Then I began to worry what will we do? I admit to being kind of emotional and experiencing some panic. Could I be exciting enough, that my husband would want to start a new chapter in life with me?
I decided. Yes! We are in love. We want to travel our beautiful United States, we want to eat and cook new foods and drinks, we look forward to exercising, bike riding, hiking, swimming, hang gliding, learning to dance, bake, write, photograph, blog, laugh, and take care of each other.
So the title says Starting at Start Again. In a game, that can be discouraging. But in life, that CAN be encouraging! Excited to share pics and blogs about the paths we enjoy together in the second phase of our life. Love. JenlovesGary
A big handshake! A huge smile and many thank-you’s to those who had the vision to change some of our rails to trails. I have always loved hearing and seeing our trains working hard! I truly miss seeing them in action, but if some are no longer in service, I am thankful that the path is still being traveled. It is traveled in a different and slower way than first intended, but the memories and sounds are still there.
My first rail trail to take and enjoy was spent over the 4th of July weekend with my husband and mother-in-law. We walked a total of thirteen miles in three days! We spent the walk enjoying and seeing the wonders of nature all around us and not hearing or seeing the sounds of Bedford,Indiana as it woke up. We greeted other walkers, runners, and bicyclists. The vision of recycling and preserving a railway trail that took strength to build, that has its own memories and stories to tell, has a new look and is ready for travel. The trails help to provide an excellent way for people to get in shape, enjoy peace and quiet, and to meet new people. The Milwaukee Railroad, Indiana’s limestone quarry’s, and the wonderful people that worked so hard to start this path will not be forgotten. People will look up their history and share with their families and friends and those they meet on the rail trail. So! ALL ABOARD!
Food for Thought seems to be said quite a few times to me by my husband. I get so excited because that short sentence is usually followed by another great sentence. One that holds an exciting thought he has been waiting to share all day with me!
I wish I would have written down each Food for Thought Idea he has ever presented to me. There might be one where he would say, if we wore tennis shoes, we could make some laps around the parking lot before we picked up our groceries. Or, if we drove thru the night we could arrive in time to sleep a while on the beach and welcome in the new day. Food for Thought, if we get carry-out, we could go back home and hang out watching a movie and enjoying a fun meal right in front of our television. Or, if we get a motorhome, then you would feel safe to drive it, and we can travel anywhere, and park it right on our property while we build our home. Food for Thought, if we invite the kids over, then we can make some fun foods and then we have seen all of them before we go to Disney. These are small examples of his grand thoughts, but I love them and can’t wait to hear him say those three words!
I looked up Food for Thought. I believed it to mean nourishment for the brain. An idea given a chance to spin off many more ideas. To possibly change our way of thinking on just about anything. To ponder new ways in every single thing in life. To ponder everyday thinking that might just change our future. To gather more knowledge to help us reach our goals, our dreams. To stimulate our brain,to gather more wisdom. It means all of this and more.
Some of our conversations that start out, Food for Thought, do not usually lead to solving major problems. Food for Thought is just a great opener for multiple discussions. His way of making the beginning of 20 year old conversation cards mysterious and exciting!