Author Archives: Michele Kearns

Weekend Wisdom: Vacation

Welcome to the last weekend of summer.

“A vacation is what you take when you can no longer take what you’ve been taking.” – Earl Wilson

Earl Wilson

There is a lot of truth to this quote. I can no longer take dealing with the flooded basement clean up and sorting through boxes and plastic tubs.

So Weekend Wisdom is going on vacation.

See you Tuesday with thoughts about grief and memories.

Bio: Michele Kearns is the founder and HUG© (Hope Unites Globally) Award-Winner of JoyReturns. She shares her widowhood adventures hoping to inspire widows to move through grief and rebuild their lives. A graduate of Kent State University with a Bachelor’s degree in communications, she’s currently using those skills as a virtual logistics contact center representative for a Fortune 100 company. She’s also managed call center teams, co-facilitated a grief support group, and helped small businesses with various writing assignments. Michele is a bookworm, and a lover of history, music, chocolate, red roses, and golden retrievers. She is also the amateur photographer behind the blog OgleOhio.com

The Powerful Purpose of Introverts by Holley Gerth (Review)

I pre-ordered The Powerful Purpose of Introvert, Why The World Needs You To Be You, by Holley Gerth, as soon as I saw it available on Amazon back in March. Then about 8 weeks ago I received an email about being on the launch team and I jumped at the chance. I knew from reading some of Holley’s other books that this would be filled with valuable information and be very encouraging. (Disclaimer: I received a free digital copy of the book to read in advance of the launch date 9/15).

The book is well researched and filled with stories, tools and resources for taking a deeper look at why God created you to be an introvert. So for this review, I am listing few tools and resources for us introverts.

Some of the tools and resources are:

  • Myers-Briggs (I’m an INFP – Introversion, Intuition, Feeling, Perception)
  • Enneagram (I’m a #4 – Romantic – I strive to keep from being like anyone else)
  • A Social Isolation quiz (pg 50)
  • 12 Ways Solitude Makes You Stronger (pg 55)
  • Sacred Pathways (pg 84) – Naturalist – Loving God Outdoors

Being a Naturalist also explains why I love walking parks in Northeast Ohio and capturing pictures of God’s creation. Being out in nature makes me feel grounded.

The picture below was taken at my sacred place – my deck overlooking my backyard and the woods.

You will find me at my sacred place this weekend after the restoration company removes all the trash, furniture and their equipment from my formerly water-logged basement. I need to spend some time here with my Bible and Holley’s book. (It will not look this pristine when I get done rereading it. Books are meant to be marked up with pen, highlighter and sticky notes.)

Statement of Purpose

One of the most intriguing tools, is in chapter 12 Live Your Powerful Purpose where Holley walks you through creating a Introvert Purpose Statement.

The purpose statement you’ll create is a starting point. Not perfect. Not final. You don’t even have to like it. What’s helpful is going through the process.

The Powerful Purpose of Introverts, Why The World Needs You To Be You; Holley Gerth (pg 161)

Now you do not have to do this in order to finish the book. You can come back to it later, which is what I will do.

There are many more tools and resources in the book. Also, Holley has created additional tools available at HolleyGerth.com/introverts.

Moving Forward

The Powerful Purpose of Introverts, Why The World Needs You To Be You is yet another encouraging and informative book by Holley Gerth that needs to be read by both introverts and extroverts.

It also needs to be read by women who are making a new life because they were widowed. It will help you look inward and figure out the strengths given to you by God so you live His purpose as you move forward with life.

Additional Reading: Sacred Pathways; Discover Your Soul’s Path to God by Gary Thomas

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The Legal Pad #2: I received a free digital copy of the book to read in advance of the launch date 9/15).

Bio: Michele Kearns is the founder and HUG© (Hope Unites Globally) Award-Winner of JoyReturns. She shares her widowhood adventures hoping to inspire widows to move through grief and rebuild their lives. A graduate of Kent State University with a Bachelor’s degree in communications, she’s currently using those skills as a virtual logistics contact center representative for a Fortune 100 company. She’s also managed call center teams, co-facilitated a grief support group, and helped small businesses with various writing assignments. Michele is a bookworm, and a lover of history, music, chocolate, red roses, and golden retrievers. She is also the amateur photographer behind the blog OgleOhio.com

Labor Day Flood – A Stinky Post

Labor Day was quite interesting in Northeast Ohio and I can do without this type of interesting.

Down once more to the dungeon of my black despair

Down we plunge to the prison of my mind

Down that path into darkness deep as hell!

Sung by the Phantom in Andrew Lloyd Weber’s The Phantom of the Opera

These lyrics sum up how I felt on Labor Day as my basement flooded again. However, when you get approximately 4 inches of rain, what else can you expect to happen? The storm sewers can’t handle that much rain.

I woke up Monday morning at 7 a.m. and immediately started grumbling about the darkness. Is it really suppose to be THIS dark at 7 a.m. already? I accessed the weather app on my phone and the first thing I see is “Special Weather Statement.” It called for winds over 40 mph and pea-sized hail in this severe storm. I looked at the radar and saw this big red blob moving into my area.

So I sprang out of bed and started making breakfast, getting dressed and checked who the supervisor was on duty as I expected to be in the basement before signing into work. Well I made into work on time and then the clouds burst open and the rain poured down like Niagara Falls.

Everything was well with the basement at break, but while fixing lunch I heard bubbling and knew instantly what had happened. I looked down the stairs and saw water everywhere. Upon going down the steps I found this in the laundry room.

Well the damage was done. Nothing I could do until the rain stopped. So I worked the rest of the day listening to the torrential rain. It was so bad the National Weather Service told people to stay home, if possible. Once it was over I called the insurance company and started the ball rolling on the cleanup.

Besides my basement being turned into a lake, the River Kearns made another appearance in the backyard. The drain opening installed by my neighbor, in his fence, is big but not big enough to handle this amount of water in the gully.

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The River Kearns

The River Kearns has receded but the river bottom is still mushy.

Raking the riverbed on a prior encounter with the River Kearns

There is no correlation between the appearance of the River Kearns and my basement flooding.

This 5 second video was taken about 7:20ish on Monday morning before the deluge began. I did not use a light so you can get a feeling for the blackness. It was like this all of the day. The little bit of white you see in the video is one of the posts for the aluminum awing.

You should be seeing the woods behind my house along with the deck and the white post.

This storm gave me a 2-day break in my work week.

While the restoration company cleaned, I sorted through stuff and pitched a lot.

Trash

But it was emotionally overwhelming finding pictures of Joe and other loved ones who have moved to heaven. I had to walk away a couple of times to take a deep breath and regroup.

The drying out of the basement is almost complete thanks to two industrial strength dehumidifies and a half dozen or so industrial strength fans. Also anti-mold and fungal stuff has been sprayed twice.

A flooded basement is Just the next hurdle to jump. It is a good thing I was great at jumping hurdles in grade school as it prepared me to deal with all the different life situations I’ve encountered. Blessed that God is jumping life’s hurdles with me.

“It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.”
—Deuteronomy 31:8

Coming Attraction: Thursday September 17 – Review of The Powerful Purpose of Introverts by Holley Gerth

Bio: Michele Kearns is the founder and HUG© (Hope Unites Globally) Award-Winner of JoyReturns. She shares her widowhood adventures hoping to inspire widows to move through grief and rebuild their lives. A graduate of Kent State University with a Bachelor’s degree in communications, she’s currently using those skills as a virtual logistics contact center representative for a Fortune 100 company. She’s also managed call center teams, co-facilitated a grief support group, and helped small businesses with various writing assignments. Michele is a bookworm, and a lover of history, music, chocolate, red roses, and golden retrievers. She is also the amateur photographer behind the blog OgleOhio.com

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