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Word of the Year Review: Physical Revive

Posted by Julie on December 28, 2015 in About Me, encouragement, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, Sabbath Sunday |

Revive—As we reach that finish line called 2015, I thought I’d take this week and summarize what I learned this year through the word God gave as the theme:

Revive.

I chewed on this word a lot and I never anticipated the journey it took me on. I thought today I’d share how revive affected me physically.

I think as far as physical things and revive in my life, I think awareness is the best description.

I became VERY aware that I am middle aged. Honestly, I probably passed that mark, but I’ve always struggled with endocrine issues. Metabolism has never been my friend. I have that body type that looks like a lab created apple.

And this year I was aware I’m not losing weight. In fact, it became even easier to gain.

That’s a tough one for me. When I gain weight, it affects my confidence and makes it easier for my knees to dislocate. Not fun. I spent time Googling everything from supplements to lap band surgery. Like any other American, I love that quick fix.

  • As I already know the word or words for 2016, I take with me this awareness.

I also celebrate small victories.

  • Fitbit was an investment into being aware.
As an author who was on deadline most of 2015, it is easy to sit in one place for hours and have no clue how inactive I was. Fitbit and the challenges I had with friends I know from “real” and “cyber” life made me aware. I didn’t always get up and move, but I often did. My exercise routine came back from the dead and I even bought a bike for $5 and used it throughout the fall.

There were other aspects to revive and physical points.

Revive made me aware this year.

Revive made me aware this year.

  • I returned to my roots. Brunette, that is. The red felt too washed out and brassy. When I go brown, my natural red highlights pop, anyway.
  • I ditched my contacts. I am so vain. When you add the weight gain to the picture, wearing glasses was not an easy choice for me. It was another blow for my confidence. However, I ran to Zenni.com and found two sassy pairs that cost less than what one pair would have had the eye doctor. I’ve received so many compliments on them. One pair lost the nose pad but I still have no regrets. Another way I rested this year was playing with the virtual try on page with all kinds of frames. My former eye doctor insisted I didn’t need new contacts despite the dry eyes and pain I was in. It got so bad I couldn’t put contacts in. A year later, I still don’t feel ready to.
There you have it. The different ways revive played a part in my life this year.

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Thankful: Birdseed

Posted by Julie on November 24, 2015 in Julie Arduini, Nature, Thankful November guest blogger |

As you know, each November I use the theme of thankfulness here. Usually guest posters take over, but people just didn’t submit this year. So, here I am.

I’m trying to think of out-of-the-box things I’m thankful for.

Today?

Birdseed.

Yep.

February2015birdfeederWe have a couple feeders in our backyard and one is right outside our kitchen window. I use black oil sunflower seed for that one and the birds just flock there. There’s just something about them visiting that brings me peace.

Cardinals, chickadees, orioles, finches, they all come by. They sing, chirp, hang out in nearby trees, take a bath in the birdbath.

I never would have thought I would have found enjoyment in such a basic thing.

But I do.

 

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Sabbath Sunday: Thankful

Thankful Since we are receiving a Kingdom that is unshakeable, let us be thankful and please God by worshiping Him with holy fear and awe. Hebrews 12:28, NLT

Each year I dedicate my blog to the theme of thankfulness and invite others to share why they are thankful. Children, adults, a paragraph, anything up to 750 words, I’m looking for it all. It doesn’t have to be fancy or professional. Just write why you are thankful.

It’s that easy.

Send your post, signed as you want the world to know you, to me at juliearduini@juliearduini.com and with a bio and optional headshot. If you are an author, you’re welcome to submit your information as long as you remember the main idea is a thankful post.

The slots go fairly fast, so don’t wait. Send your thankful posts now. Let’s combat negativity with hope and inspiration.

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Sabbath Sunday: Thankful

Thankful Since we are receiving a Kingdom that is unshakeable, let us be thankful and please God by worshiping Him with holy fear and awe. Hebrews 12:28, NLT

Each year I dedicate my blog to the theme of thankfulness and invite others to share why they are thankful. Children, adults, a paragraph, anything up to 750 words, I’m looking for it all. It doesn’t have to be fancy or professional. Just write why you are thankful.

It’s that easy.

Send your post, signed as you want the world to know you, to me at juliearduini@juliearduini.com and with a bio and optional headshot. If you are an author, you’re welcome to submit your information as long as you remember the main idea is a thankful post.

The slots go fairly fast, so don’t wait. Send your thankful posts now. Let’s combat negativity with hope and inspiration.

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Sabbath Sunday: When You Lose Your Way

Posted by Julie on September 27, 2015 in About Me, God's Word, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, photography, Sabbath Sunday |

September2015construction Last month I shared that I had to take a detour and although inconvenient, without it I never would have found a beautiful lake at sunset.

The detour is now done and a new bridge constructed. Guess what?

Because I haven’t driven this route in months, I forgot my way.

I had to really focus to remember what lane I needed and how to get to my destination.

Then it hit me.

This year my God-given theme is revive. I learned how burned out I was and took steps to recapture my time with Him and find that revival for me.

I’d let so much of life, even good things like serving, dictate what I was going to do and when. I pushed away devotional time in favor of getting more done. It didn’t take long before I was cranky, tempted and just plain tired. When I tried to fix things myself, I was lost.

I forgot my way.

With the new bridge, there were signs that helped me find my way. Directions to guide me to my destination.

So it is with my life.

Here are steps I’ve taken so I don’t get lost:

  • Daily reading plan on my Bible app. Takes minutes, effects are for a lifetime.

  • Bible studies with the Women’s Bible Café.

  • Verse Mapping. I looked up how to do this on Google and pretty much follow their advice.

  • Verse Art. I’m a terrible artist, but I try to take a word or phrase and on the margin and make that stand out with some kind of lettering or color.

Have you forgotten your way? Ask God to show you His directions to find your way back. He is faithful.

 

Julie Arduini image, Western Reserve Rd., Rte 164 bridge.

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Sabbath Sunday: When You Lose Your Way

Posted by Julie on September 20, 2015 in About Me, God's Word, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, Nature, photography, Sabbath Sunday |

September2015construction Last month I shared that I had to take a detour and although inconvenient, without it I never would have found a beautiful lake at sunset.

The detour is now done and a new bridge constructed. Guess what?

Because I haven’t driven this route in months, I forgot my way.

I had to really focus to remember what lane I needed and how to get to my destination.

Then it hit me.

This year my God-given theme is revive. I learned how burned out I was and took steps to recapture my time with Him and find that revival for me.

I’d let so much of life, even good things like serving, dictate what I was going to do and when. I pushed away devotional time in favor of getting more done. It didn’t take long before I was cranky, tempted and just plain tired. When I tried to fix things myself, I was lost.

I forgot my way.

With the new bridge, there were signs that helped me find my way. Directions to guide me to my destination.

So it is with my life.

Here are steps I’ve taken so I don’t get lost:

  • Daily reading plan on my Bible app. Takes minutes, effects are for a lifetime.

  • Bible studies with the Women’s Bible Café.

  • Verse Mapping. I looked up how to do this on Google and pretty much follow their advice.

  • Verse Art. I’m a terrible artist, but I try to take a word or phrase and on the margin and make that stand out with some kind of lettering or color.

Have you forgotten your way? Ask God to show you His directions to find your way back. He is faithful.

 

Julie Arduini image, Western Reserve Rd., Rte 164 bridge.



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