(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.
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 OtherGot to get the other areas straightened out before I start work on this area.
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.
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.