So Important to Set Goals

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. 



Starting at Start Again

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

Our 1st Rail to Trail

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!

gary and jennifer

Food for Thought

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!

jennifer and gary and shilo

Our List

My husband and I had the talk last year.  Not anything awful or scary, but excitingly serious!

We decided it was time to make OUR LIST. He made lists and I made my own through our married life, but silly enough, we never thought about putting our ideas together. This was crazy because we talked and hashed everything out till we nearly killed it!

When we came to realize they could be combined, it opened the flood gate to a whole new way of living. This led to goals to work on together, which led to “Our List”.

It ranges from important daily tasks, to business ideas, to life long dreams. By combining the two, we have been more organized with our money and our “trip” into the future. We keep adding to and rewording and revisiting.

I love the sweet little romantic side and so does my husband. That when we make a change, we tell the other by text to check our list. This keeps us connected through the day and we look forward to hearing from one another. Our list, may it last our lifetime together. 

Not to play with my mind

Go out the back, come around,pause, then walk in the door again. Stop and very slowly look around. Close your eyes for just a second and they will appear. Look at their faces,say their names, and  remember the expression in their eyes.  If  you are accepted,  you’ll feel the warmth of their arms,  if any wrong is to be forgiven, then say those words you’d say, because this became  their last day. That time that was suppose to be later became now. And all that is left is their shadow around the corners,thru the halls and up the stairs. Their scent,their sounds of love and laughter too. Enter that room, turn around, and chase those beautiful voices before they are gone. Open your eyes.