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The lay-off!

Day 1- The news came on Friday-Jeff was being laid off from his pharmaceutical sales specialist job of 15 years! The job that transferred him across the metroplex 6 months after we built our beautiful new house! The house we sold 18 months later bc the commute was brutal and we needed to live closer to his territory! That was just 3 months ago! 😬 Yep- that job!

So Friday was numbing! We found out recently it was coming but hopeful the chopping block wouldn’t come down on him (us). Well, it did! So that was Friday! Fortunately, I was at a business retreat with awesome friends who have known us well for decades and love us! The best place to be when you get bad news is with your friends! To clarify- only if your friends are super encouraging! If your friends aren’t going to make a bad situation better- maybe reconsider. Just sayin’! Choose wisely!

So Jeff came to join us for lunch and rub shoulders with uplifting people- always a good idea! While I remained at the retreat, Jeff drove back to take care of our furry kids- Oliver and Ivy Bichon, and do the only acceptable thing on a Friday night in Texas- go to a high school football game with our daughter and son-law! Friday night lights! Now exactly our experience growing up in a Little Rock, Arkansas. Everything IS bigger in Texas!

The shock didn’t set in til Saturday as we grieved for amazing friends and colleagues who were also “reorganized!” REORGANIZED-that is the word they choose to use because it sounds so much better than downsized! Not really- but what ever makes the decision makers sleep at night! No discussion here about the process – heartless as it may be- bc we aren’t looking back!

Then Sunday—it was a day of refocus, encouragement at Gateway church and an amazing message by Tony Evans. Want to be encouraged to defeat the giants in your life? Here is the link- https://youtu.be/ld7P6DQbDiA

We finished the day with Jeff’s favorite meal at Texas Road House! Because sometimes you need a yummy steak and rolls!!! Yep!!!! CARBS with butter!!!! This was not the day to pass on the rolls!

Hello Monday!!!! ❤️ The first day of a new future and transition is exhausting! Change is hard! Life is hard! Tying up loose ends, closing expense reports, clearing out storage unit, accounting for samples but…the biggest expenditure of energy? Choosing a mindset of moving forward and letting go of the secure! #ivybichon – who usually will prefer to sit with me- was full on therapy dog and loving on her daddy! So rest!!!

Restorative rest! Not for long but in the in between! I’m so proud of Jeff! He has been weighed down for a while and working so hard! The lay-off was certainly not in our plan but the peace we have reminds us of Gods care, protection and covering! He has shown up and gone before us to protect us when we didn’t even know we needed it!

This is not the end – it is a new beginning! But for this minute- rest! Recharge! Renew! And dream big dreams!!!

Have their been times in your life when you have had to recharge? What makes you feel renewed? What is your self care strategy when you are wiped out? If you don’t have one, praying you will look at yourself and see what you can do to rejuvenate! Are you a caregiver for someone else? That is exhausting! Just like on the airplane- when the oxygen mask drops- put it on yourself first! Praying peace and rest for you and new beginnings! Kelly

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What if you are rejected?

Wow!!! This is so true when you see change through the perspective of faith!! Change can be exactly what you need to point you in the right direction! The last few years have been crazy, unsettling and exhausting! We have yearned to find a home in one place and create some long lost stability! The list is long and it has been a season of testing, trials and uncertainty! But-in the midst of it all- there has been protection, healing, growth, new friends, perspective and renewed vision! It has brought wisdom and fresh eyes to see many things as they really are! It is not lost on us that it has been like cracking open the hard shell of expectations to explore what could be inside. Renewal? Hope? What about dreaming a new dream? We are having big conversations about this lately! And, if we needed more earth shattering reality to push us out of our comfort zone- Jeff was laid off from his job Friday! Ouch!!!!

Just when things seemed to be finally settling down as we sold our house & moved closer to his territory to reduce his giant commute across the metroplex!! But, this we know!!! God is still in control! We can see His protection for things headed our way that we didn’t even see! He was already making a way! His dreams for us far exceed ours and we desire His best! Grateful for the encouragement of friends and drops of wisdom that seem to surround us! Can’t wait to see what the future holds!

So today? Let’s be intentional and prepare for the future!

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How to read and drive!

I’ve always considered myself a voracious reader- I can’t even eat cereal without reading the box! But, lately, I can’t seem to sit still long enough to enjoy a good book!!!! It is common knowledge that high achievers and successful people are also big readers. So…. got to figure this out-because…..all the things!!!! Enter www.audible.com

I have fallen in love with the audio book–especially when read by the author. I”m able to multi task while having the book read to me. Driving is the best! We live in the Dallas/Ft. Worth metroplex and I spend LOTS of time in my car. For someone who hates to drive- this has been a big adjustment. I’ve gone from dreading a drive to looking forward to it because I can listen as I drive. Best part- my navigation app http://www.waze.com will give me directions on top of my audio book so I can get from point A to point B. Without WAZE, I’d never find my way home.

This year has been a time of major change in my life and career!!!! Podcasts and books have literally been life giving as I navigate change and push out of my comfort zone to do the things I’ve only been thinking about for years. Connecting with like minded entrepreneurs and hearing their stories of break through and success has been HUGE!!!! You don’t have to navigate this life and business alone. There are amazing entrepreneurs who have blazed a path ahead of you.

Do you have a favorite author or podcast? What do you listen to that lifts you up and challenges you to do more? Here are a few of my favorites! I’m always looking for more. Share those in the comments. I’d love to add to my list. Happy reading -I’m mean…. listening!!! Kelly

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Moving on- literally!

Hey y’all!!! I’m back! I got lost somewhere in cyber space working on my website – got frustrated and walked away from my computer! Sound familiar? Ever want to do that? Yeah- I know you do!!!!

When I went to link my blog so I wouldn’t lose what there was there, I was shocked how long it had been since I’ve been here! Overthink much? I couldn’t believe my blog was still getting any views! I really thought it would be a big fat zero!!!!

So thank you, friend! Thanks for not giving up on this mama!!!! The truth is…life is hard and complicated and frustrating but also exciting and challenging and amazing!!! You never know what a day may bring!!! And….if you don’t grow from staying in the same place ….then I’m set for big growth bc change is happening!!!! If you want to follow, I’ll meet you back here soon!!! Talk to you soon! Kelly