Goodness me! Has it really been MONTHS since I posted here? Time has just flown by! I have been feeling fantastic – and I guess that’s the biggest reason for no posts. I’ve felt so good and stayed so busy “living” that……well, I just forgot! And honestly, I count that as a HUGE accomplishment.
I’ve been working part-time at the Old Country Club Steak House since May…..just a few nights a week. I started out really just to get up and out and moving…..hoping all along that it wouldn’t be too much…….and while I come home exhausted some nights, it has been a huge blessing for me! I get to work with some FUN and fantastic folks…….we work hard, but we have fun in the process. And I get to see lots and lots of folks!
Unexpectedly, I was approached about going back to work in the insurance business part-time. While I wasn’t really “looking” to go back to work – sometimes, God just opens doors right before your eyes. While I thoroughly enjoyed my time at home – it was time for me to get back at it – and I accepted a job working 3 days a week at Piedmont Security Insurance Co here in town. Need some insurance? Come see me! Now I’ve got 2 jobs working with great folks. God is good!
If I remember correctly, in my last post, I mentioned that I had begun working with a publishing company in hopes of turning my blog into a book. Things were rolling along quite smoothly – until I got called on the carpet for my “potty mouth”. The publisher was ADAMANT that I could NOT use certain words in the book. That makes sense……I totally get that there must be some restrictions, etc. HOWEVER, I had serious issues with not being able to say “gosh”, or “golly” or “crap”. Are you freaking kidding me? !!! After much debate and discussion, they refused to budge and so did I……. and I just said thanks but no thanks. If I totally changed my language to suit them, then I was absolutely not being authentic and true to me! Sooooo……then began the process of deciding what to do next. Fortunately, I was referred to a wonderful publisher here in NC and I’ve submitted all the pieces and parts to them…….and we’re hoping for possibly an Oct/Nov publishing time frame. How exciting! And by the way – she was completely cool with my “potty mouth” – if you can call it that! 🙂
So life has been kinda hectic – but crazy good all at the same time! It’s nice to be “back to normal” – if that’s possible! 🙂 Many would argue I’d never been normal!
The past few days have been difficult ones here in NC with the preparation/anticipation of Hurricane Florence. Fortunately, we did not see much initial damage here – but goodness ya’ll, our friends and neighbors down east and in SC got pounded. It’s been difficult to watch and read about. This storm just sat on top of the NC coast for hours…….delivering devastating winds and rain. So many have been displaced from their homes. It’s just hard to wrap your brain around all the damage and devastation. My thoughts and prayers go out to ALL of the victims and their families. We are truly #NCStrong and we will bounce back from this……but it is going to take a long time. Thankfully so many organizations have stepped up immediately to provide assistance in the relief effort. I urge you to please help in whatever way you can. As I lay in my warm, comfy bed last night – I had trouble sleeping just thinking about all the folks who have lost homes, businesses, etc. I pray that God will see them all through the days and hours ahead. But like Mr. Rogers’ mom told him……..”look for the helpers.” Times like these tend to renew our faith in humanity…….seeing strangers help strangers…….giving and wanting nothing in return……..people truly being the hands and feet of Jesus. And then today……seeing flooded roads all over the state…….but by the end of the day, we were reminded of God’s promise yet again, when he placed not just one, but two beautiful rainbows in the sky.
Here’s wishing you a great week…….do try to find something good in each day. I promise it will make a difference!
Isaiah 43:2 New International Version (NIV)
2 When you pass through the waters,
I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
you will not be burned;
the flames will not set you ablaze.