Habit of gratitude

“A nail is driven out by another nail; habit is overcome by habit.” Erasmus

“Because that habit of discontentment can only be driven out by hammering in one iron sharper. The sleek pin of gratitude.” Ann Voscamp

Count your blessings, name them one by one… And it will surprise what you what the Lord has done.  Old Hymn by Johnson Oatman, Jr. 1897

One Thousand Gifts (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan, 2010)

If the Bible has changed your heart, this book changes your lense through which everything is viewed. Ann Voscamp accepts a dare from her firend to find 1000 things that she is grateful for; gifts from God.  The journey begins with counting her blessings and ends with the joy that comes from living daily in thankfulness and praise. Actually, the journey doesn’t end but continues in a lifestyle and perspective that keeps our focus on the gifts and blessings all around, if we only open our eyes and see them.

Happiness is a Decision

It's your choice

Dan Sullivan is an amazing, deep thinking writer and entrepreneur who writes in a way that is simple, profound and easy to understand.  I have been reading Dan’s articles for years and recently decided to connect with his team at Strategic Coach. In his blog, Dan wrote that happiness is not the result of things that people do or what happens in our life but how each of us decide to look at each thing. Happiness is a choice. It’s a decision we make each day.  (more…)

Challenges of Setting up Your Own Blogsite

Hmm…I thought I was fairly tech savy. After all, I am a CPA in a large public accounting firm with 35 years of experience behind me. I use more than 20 different applications every day. I am on multiple social media apps. I have edited my own photos and converted them to note cards and posters. I shop online. I research online. I am on a computer or device 16 hours a day, more days than I want to admit. So how hard could it be to set up a little blog? Right? Well, its much harder than I ever dreamed it would be.

The blog setup language is different from anything I use to prepare taxes, or accounting or financial statements or presentations. The choices you need to make before launching your site rival the decisions in building a house. Colors, fonts, backgrounds, buttons, hover color, logos, etc.

I read instructions very well and follow them even better. You have to,if you want to accurately complete a Form 1095C for the IRS reporting of health coverage. (A four page form with 17 pages of instructions!) The instructions for customizing my blog assume I know marketing, branding, programming, graphics, typesetting and publishing. My intuition is trained to know when the financial analysis is off or the client’s office manager is holding something back. I was not prepared for what it takes to get this site up.

I know this can be done. I am not giving up. This is going to take more reading and more research…that I know how to do that.

Breaking Busy

Alli Worthington certainly knows what busy can be. Five boys alone can keep a mom running. Her book, Breaking Busy, is an eye opener to the lies that working moms believe and permission to get off the fast track to enjoy life, family and faith.

Welcome to my WordPress blog!

Welcome! I am excited to be starting my first blog. I will be posting twice each month. Topics will vary but I hope they strike a chord with folks who come here. I hope you are encouraged by what you read. People say I am unique in the way I share hope when situations are really hard.

Reading a Proverb chapter a day is a good way to start or end the day.  There are 31 chapters so you can read one a day. This verse is from Chapter 20.

Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water; but a man of understanding will draw it out.  Proverbs 20:5