52 Bible Verses for a Joy Filled Year – Week 40

This week’s scripture coincides with the start of the annual Write 31 Days Challenge. It is where bloggers come together and write and publish a post every day for a month.

Oh, how I debated on whether or not to participate this year. I came up with several topics:

  • 31 Days of Smelling The Roses
  • 31 Days of Wild Living (based on the book 1,001 ways to Live WILD: A LITTLE BOOK OF EVERYDAY ADVENTURES by barbara ann kipfer.)
  • 31 Days of Living Fully and Loving Bravely (based on Holley Gerth’s new book Fiercedhearted: Live Fully, Love Bravely releasing October 3rd).
  • 31 Days of Changes

So am I going to do it?

I do not know. I will publish another post today to let you know.

In the meantime, here is the verse you and I need to focus on this week.

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Bio: Michele Kearns is the founder and HUG© (Hope Unites Globally) Award-Winner of JoyReturns. She shares her widowhood adventures hoping to encourage widows to move through grief and rebuild their lives by seizing new opportunities. A graduate of Kent State University with a Bachelor’s degree in communications, she’s used her skills while working as a call center team leader, facilitating a grief support group and helping small businesses with various writing and administrative assignments. Michele is a bookworm, lover of golden retrievers, an amateur photographer and currently a member of Holley Gerth’s book launch team for Fiercehearted: Live Fully, Love Bravely.

 

 

My Virtual Call Center Representative Career

In mid-May, I started working a seasonal virtual call center job. It is rewarding and yet frustrating. It is a community and yet it is aloneness. I started out working with customers and then got trained to work in the logistics department. After training, I jumped at the opportunity to work in logistics.

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My Rules 

Once I got this position, I instituted a few rules:

  • Do not work from bed
  • Shower
  • Wash Hair
  • Put Makeup on
  • Style Hair
  • Jeans, Capri’s, Shorts are allowed
  • Sandals, Slippers and Bare Feet are allowed.
  • Must put on a blouse, top that I would wear to an office job. How you are dressed comes across on the phone.
  • Be ready 1/2 hour before start time.
  • Eat small meals
  • Drink small amounts – break and lunch is strictly regulated and there is not a lot of “potty break” time
  • Pray upon awakening and as I sit down to my desk (which is a 6ft long table)
  • Stand up during meetings. (sitting 8 hours a day is not healthy)
  • Walk away from the computer during breaks and lunch – get outside. This way the neighbors know I am still alive.
  • Stock up on healthy snacks – mozzarella sticks, turkey pepperoni, fruit etc…

There are 2 rules I have not broken –

  • Do not work from bed
  • Jeans, Capri’s and shorts

The rest I have broken on occasion.

My Challenges

Working from home does not come without its challenges.

Right now my work schedule is Friday – Tuesday but that can change any given second. It is Wednesday night as I write this and when I go back on Friday I could find out I’m working a different schedule, that I am on a new team, or that I will be in a different department.

Another challenge is isolation. Working Friday -Tuesday makes the challenge of isolation harder because I miss out on church, community, and family events. Being off Wednesday and Thursday means whatever I do, I will probably be doing it alone (with the exception of Bible Study and lunch with the gang afterward).

My office is also a challenge. I had to move my office from the small bedroom with 2 outside walls to the bigger middle room with only one outside wall. My environment must be distraction free. It needs to be painted and rearranged, however, that is not going to happen until next spring. I had hoped it would happen before fall but alas, more plans went astray.

The final challenge is housework. I attempt to get it done on lunches, or before and after work as I do not want to spend my days off in the house (unless it is snowing out). Like everything else, I’ve had some success with this plan.

Final Thoughts

While the pay is not what I need to keep my covenant promises to my creditors, it is consistent work with no commute in a car with 115,000 miles on it. So I will keep my job and hopefully build a career managing a team of logistics specialists.

P.S. I am on schedule to convert to a regular employee in November.

 

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Bio: Michele Kearns is the founder and HUG© (Hope Unites Globally) Award-Winner of JoyReturns. She shares her widowhood adventures hoping to encourage widows to move through grief and rebuild their lives by seizing new opportunities. A graduate of Kent State University with a Bachelor’s degree in communications, she’s used her skills while working as a call center team leader, facilitating a grief support group and helping small businesses with various writing and administrative assignments. Michele is a bookworm, lover of golden retrievers and an amateur photographer.

 

Dad’s Folded Flag

My father’s folded flag is in a case on the cedar chest I inherited from my maternal grandmother. I’m not sure how many people have seen a flag like this up close and personal.

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My father served in the Navy from 1952 – 1956 and was a cook on the USS Moore (destroyer escort) and a secretary for an admiral in Alaska.

I heard the infamous story about how his ship was on the way to the Korean war when the armistice was signed, ending the conflict. So they turned around and went to Hawaii.

I was blessed to receive this flag at his 2011 funeral service. However, there have been and will be many other daughters, sons, wives, husbands, fathers, mothers, sisters and brothers who will receive a folded flag at a younger age than me.

Thank you, Dad, for serving this great country.

Thank you also to Dad #2, Uncle D., Great Uncle R. and any other family members I may have missed.

Finally, thank you to all the service men and women who have fought and died for our freedom.

 

 

 

 

52 Bible Verses for a Joy Filled Year – Week 39

This picture was taken this week as the sun rose up over the house. Once I saw this week’s verse I knew I had to use this picture.

The Lord IS light, strength, and salvation. May you and I remember this as we go through this week and may we see an example of all three in our lives.

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Bio: Michele Kearns is the founder and HUG© (Hope Unites Globally) Award-Winner of JoyReturns. She shares her widowhood adventures hoping to encourage widows to move through grief and rebuild their lives by seizing new opportunities. A graduate of Kent State University with a Bachelor’s degree in communications, she’s used her skills while working as a call center team leader, facilitating a grief support group and helping small businesses with various writing and administrative assignments. Michele is a bookworm, lover of golden retrievers and an amateur photographer.

 

52 Bible Verses for a Joy Filled Year – Week 38

Good Sunday morning to you. I hope you are well and your day is filled with joy.

Interesting Fact

My English Standard Version (ESV) indicates Paul took this line from a hymn to the god Zeus by Epimenides of Crete. Only Paul meant “Him” is Jesus. He was using a phrase familiar to the Greeks.

Just thought you would find that interesting.

Have a wonderful week and remember to think about this verse and pray God will use it in your life this week.

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Photo taken at Mapleside Farms in Brunswick, OH where I go every fall to get 1 caramel apple – already had mine for this season. Also picked up a peck of gala apples so I can have some toasted cheddar and apple sandwiches.

Bio: Michele Kearns is the founder and HUG© (Hope Unites Globally) Award-Winner of JoyReturns. She shares her widowhood adventures hoping to encourage widows to move through grief and rebuild their lives by seizing new opportunities. A graduate of Kent State University with a Bachelor’s degree in communications, she’s used those skills while working as a call center team leader, facilitating a grief support group and helping small businesses with various writing and administrative assignments. Michele is a bookworm, lover of golden retrievers and an amateur photographer.

A New Tagline For A New Site

One of the recent changes to the site,  besides the design and adding Instagram,  is the tagline.

Oldie But A Goodie

The old tag line was

“Michele’s Adventures Through Widowhoood.”

It implies an end to widowhood. However, my widowhood will come to an end only by marrying again or walking through the gates of heaven.

I’ve not had a date in the 9 1/2 years since Joe’s passing so marriage is not an option and I am fine with staying single. What I need a man for is his brute strength to mow the yard, fix plumbing issues and other house hold chores this klutz has no business doing.

In With The New

The new tagline is

“A Fiercehearted Widow Living a Joy Filled Broken and Bittersweet Life.”  

The tagline incorporates words from some of my favorite books:

Changing my tagline to something more positive will hopefully help me be more upbeat and fierce about life and see joy even though I am broken and life is filled with lots of bitter moments. (a.k.a. rebuilding a career)

Sweet From The Bitter

Here are just a few bitter moments:

Those bitter moments lead to the following sweet moments:

  • Launching this blog.
  • Co-facilitating a grief support group for 5 years.
  • Meeting new people – (J.T., Jeff, Jennifer, Katherine, Gina, Valerie and Mary – just to name a few).
  • Working a seasonal virtual call center position – hopefully, I convert to permanent in November.

These are just a few of the sweet moments God has brought about through my bitter experiences.

Headed For The Future

Not sure what the future hold as I attempt to live out my tag line, but come along with me as I continue to head for a new place, a new life, one step at a time.

 

(Disclosure: I am on Holley Gerth’s book launch team for Fiercehearted: Living Fully, Loving Bravely. I was also on Ann Voskamp’s book launch team for The Broken Way: A Daring Path into the Abundant Life.)

 

Bio: Michele Kearns is the founder and HUG© (Hope Unites Globally) Award-Winner of JoyReturns. She shares her widowhood adventures hoping to encourage widows to move through grief and rebuild their lives by seizing new opportunities. A graduate of Kent State University with a Bachelor’s degree in communications, she’s used those skills while working as a call center team leader, facilitating a grief support group and helping small businesses with various writing and administrative assignments. Michele is a bookworm, lover of golden retrievers and an amateur photographer.

 

My Fiercehearted Journey Begins 

Holley Gerth’s new book Fiercehearted:Living Fully, Loving Bravely arrived yesterday. It releases October 3rd, but I received an advance copy because I am a member of her book launch team.

I read two chapters last night before the sinus infection told me to go to bed. It is already marked up with hilighter and notes penciled in the margins.

Guilty As Charged

The sentence pictured above is what I am guilty of doing sometimes when I get angry. Even though my temper is inherited, that is not a valid reason for slipping into the abyss of darkness, bitterness and hardness. I am aware of my weakness, so I must control my response to anger.

I do control my anger and moodiness better than previous generations, but there is always room for improvement.      😀

More, More, More

Look for more posts inspired by Holly’s book in the weeks to come. There will also be a full review once I finish reading it.

You can learn more about the book and pre-order it at Fiercehearted.com.

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