13 Month Journey

(My word for 2017 is “Bold” so I am writing periodically about “Bold” decisions that I make)

Thirteen months from today will be my 25th wedding anniversary.

Notice I did not say “our” anniversary.

While Joe and I are no longer married, it is still the anniversary of when I legally joined the Kearns family – and that deserves to be celebrated. It will be a quiet celebration between me, God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. I do not expect a shindig.

Double Milestone

When the 25th anniversary arrives, the 10th anniversary of Joe’s passing will have come and gone (3/29).

A decade without him and what accomplishments do I have to show for the past 10 years? Not much. There is this blog, my photography blog and taking care of Rommie until her passing. But there have been more failures than successes. These failures, mostly career related, have left a lot of bumps and bruises on my heart, mind and soul.

However, my current life is in shambles. Most of the 8 areas of life stink. –  career does not stink as I started a wonderful job, working for a wonderful company.

I just came up with the idea for this journey 24 hours ago, so there is no grand plan for the following areas – yet.

  • Growing career helping people solve problems and/or rebuild their life.
  • Staying in this home.
  • Getting as physically fit as a superhero.
  • Get mentally fit (this means faith). The rest of my mental self is well.
  • Get back to photography (my shutter quit after 9 years).
  • Spend more time with family/friends.
  • Be more financially secure.
  • Romance/Significant Other   Got to get the other areas straightened out before I start work on this area.

Good News

The good news is you can always begin again, right where you are at, with what you have, on any given day, in any area of life.  God’s mercies are new every morning.

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

Lamentations 3:22-23


The Countdown Begins

So I have 13 months to finally get my act together and turn this life around so it honors and glorifies God, and honors Joe’s memory.

Come with me on this journey. I will post on the 19th of every month, unless that is a Sunday as I do not want to interrupt the 52 Bible Verses For A Joy Filled Year series.




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. You can view her photographs at OgleOhio.com because one blog is not enough.

52 Bible Verses for a Joy Filled Year – Week 9

It’s Sunday again and time for a new verse to focus on this week. John 10:10 is a wonderful one to keep in your heart and mind, especially since Lent starts on Wednesday. 

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

John 10:10

What is a full life, an abundant life?

It is green pastures, still waters, banquet tables, overflowing cups, and lying down in peace at night. (Psalm 23 and Psalm 4:8)

We have a full, abundant life now and for all eternity because Jesus went to the cross for us. 

Focus on the abundance you already have and give thanks for it. 



Weekend Wisdom: Comfort in Election Insanity

My blog posts will fit into one of 5 blog categories – joy, grief, career, life and W.O.O. This is an example of a “life” post -just general thoughts, ramblings, and adventures about life. 


Stressed out, fed up, tired and weary of the election craziness already? Join the club.

Thursday night was the first Republican Debate I watched because it is the one closest to Ohio’s primary on 3/15.

Oh my heavens. The adjectives that come to mind are disgusting, childish, and pathetic. All were a disgrace to the Republican party – except for Governor John Kasich. Thank you Mr. Governor  for being the only adult on stage Thursday night.

Theme Song

There was one song that kept running through my mind as I watched the “bar room brawl” between Trump, Rubio and Cruz – Garth Brooks’ Friends In Low Places, not sure why guess it is because they lacked “social graces.”       😉

My Only Comfort

My only comfort in all this insanity comes from John 16:33 (ESV).

33 I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

Yes, we will get through all the insanity of the primary and general elections because Jesus overcame the world so there is no one who will “trump” Jesus. (pun intended)

Now off to go pray some more for our country and this election.


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