Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Forward Progress Prompt 8 and An "Oh My!!!!"

It's already Wednesday, which is really my Friday! Confused? After work today, I'm heading back to the Howard Hilton with my dd, Keri, and my mom, trying to get in some quality girl time before Keri heads back to Georgia in a few weeks. Keri has always loved our little home away from home so we decided to spend our time there. Sure wish the Howard Hilton had a rewards system. I would have racked up a considerable sum this year! LOL! This is the most time I've spent there in years and I'm lovin' it. Bad news is the lack of internet service! Grrrrr! I'm gonna have to talk to the powers that be about that!

Soooo, you just have to check out Forward Progress today! Prompt #8 is going up and it is a really good one! This time we were asked to take stock of where we are now. Here is what I came up with.

I had this quote (author unknown) in one of my inspiration journals and it struck a chord with me. Heal the Past. Live the Present. Dream the Future.

I had given so much thought to where I'm at, exploring every aspect of my life. You know, goals, dreams, etc. I thought about big things and little things. But I kept coming back to this quote. The more I thought about it the more I realized this really is my "Now".

Once I decided to go with this, the journaling came quickly. It reads, " This is my today. Working to be more than a product of my Past in order to be the best I can be in the Future. But fully living in the Present."

I'm hoping you all will pay us a visit and see what the other team members have done with this prompt. I have been a follower of this blog for quite some time now and it is one of those things I "feel". It speaks to me. KWIM? I love how it makes me think. Makes me take a closer look at myself and see what I can do to become a better me. I would love to see each of you play along with us by submitting a layout. But if time is running from you much like it is for me these days, please try to "play" along in thought. I know many have expressed that this is "so deep" that it is hard to put your feelings out there for all the world to see. No worries. Just leave us a comment letting us know you are thinking about the current prompt. And if you are comfortable bearing your soul...then we want nothing more than to lend an ear!

I think, as women, the biggest disservice we do to ourselves is ignore where we are and who we are. We often get lost in the hustle and bustle of our day-to-day activities. Take it from the girl who's world has been turned upside down by divorce and children growing up and fleeing the nest. The day eventually comes in everyone's life when you are left wondering who you are and what are you gonna do with yourself. It is a powerful and liberating experience to finally discover yourself and Forward Progress is about trying to help you reach that nirvana!

Now for an "Oh My"! Actually, make that an "OH MY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" Yesterday morning I received an email from Julie. It was a very interesting email! She asked me to join her and her fellow team mates at "These Are A Few of My Favorite Things" challenge blog! This is a new challenge blog that Julie has created and I think it is going to be Fab-U-Lous! Their first prompt goes up today and you just know you want to go see what they have for you! I won't be an official member until August 15th, but Julie gave me permission to share the news now. Good thing too. I'm usually very good at keeping secrets, but this was gonna be a tough one!!!

I plan to have one more post this week with my LO's for the DT. That is if the wireless service at the campground cooperates. If not, I will see you guys first thing Monday morning. Have a wonderful, wonderful Wednesday!

{hugs & love}


  1. Lisa, I love what you wrote. I'm in the question mode myself for quite a while now. I find that some period, everything goes in the flow but for the past few weeks, things are not going as I wish they would be. I've started destroying papers I accumulated for so many years now, thinking maybe I'll need them. Not anymore. They are shredded, gone. The past is gone, can't change it. As for the futur? I keep faith. Today, I will try to focus on each moment, make it the best. I hope you have a great time at the Howard Hilton.I will check out Foward Progress and These are a few of my favorite things.

  2. CONGRATULATIONS Lisa!!!!!!! Wow, you're on a roll these days, you're in demand LOL. I for one love seeing your name pop up on all these sites! Can't wait to see what this new site will bring.
    I love your take on the FP prompt, you do give us enough food for thought! Living in the present is something my husband is still trying to teach me. I tend to dwell on the past and worry about the future. I'm making progress though, my husband's philosophy on life is slowly but surely rubbing off on me (he's one of those guys who walk through life without a worry in the world aaargghhhhh!!!)
    Enjoy your time at the Howard Hilton my sweet friend!
    Love xxx Peggy

  3. Congratulations!!! That is awesome!!! Enjoy your time away, that will be so fun!

    I love your posts so much, they always get me thinking!

  4. I just adore the LO...what a terrific job you did with this one, you wicked talented artist!!!!! Yippee for you and your new DT!!!!! I am so happy for you and I would do the Happy Dance.....but my head might go through the top of the RV!!!! Love you sweet friend and wish I were going with you this weekend!!!!! Smiles to you!!! Love you!!!! :)

  5. I have given you a blog award, when you get a moment pop by and collect it. hugs Jay xx

  6. Yayyyyy, We are on a DT together. I am so excited. I love the layout you mad and that qoute I may have to steal. so true!!! Hugs my friend and have a fabulous time at the Howard Hilton!!!!! AAAAAAAAAhhhhhhhhhhhhh.....Yayyyyyyyyyyyyyy!!!!

  7. Congrats on the DT gig! How awesome! I also love yours for Forward Progress--your journaling and how heartfelt everything is always gets me!

  8. Great layout. Hope you have a good time at HH and don't forget your camera and your lessons!

  9. Congrats on your new position, how cool is that?!?!

    I love your LO too, it's gorgeous.

    Enjoy your time away! Hope you have a wonderful time!

  10. WoW, nice going girl! Congrats to you!!!! Well deserved I might add!
    This layout is awesome - LOVE the journaling!!!! Hope you have a great rest of the week in HH!!!
    love deb

  11. Great layout! And congrats on the new Team!!

  12. oh congrats on the new team, how exciting to be asked

    I love the journal on this page. Fabulous idea.

  13. Hi Lisa,
    So Great I get to know you!Huge congrats on the looking forward to work with you!
    Love what you made for Forward Progress...have to take a look at that site....Love your true!

  14. Congrats Lisa!
    That is a fabulous layout and that photo is awesome!

    I love challenge sites, they really make you think about things you might not have thought about otherwise.

    Big Hugs!

  15. ♥ that quote! Beautiful photo & LO, too!

    Have a GREAT Girls Weekend! Hopefully it doesn't involve any 2-hour drives for ice cream. At least you know all the store hours & locations, if you need some though! :-)

    So HAPPY to have you on our team! It will be fun, fun, fun! :-)

  16. i agree with deana... great quote and beautiful photo!!!

    i'm so thrilled to hear that you're on the team!!! and of course, it's gonna be TONS OF FUN! :) i can't wait to see your work.

    have a great day,

  17. Congrats Lisa, for being on that wonderful DT!!!! Wish I could be joining you ;-)))
    LOVE your layout, and that journaling is sooo true!!
    The Howard Hilton, wow, that sounds GREAT!!! Enjoy your stay!!

  18. Thank you for this lovely post. It is so inspirational and really made me dig deep. I see that you are having some great stuff goin on and that is fantastic.
    Enjoy yourself...sounds like tons of fun!!
    I will be back!!
    Hugs xOxO, Nerina :)

  19. Congrats on the "OH MY" news! Your work is always so amazing and inspiring. I love your LO and what you have to say about it. You are absolutely right. As women we always lose ourselves in the hustle and bustle of the day! Thanks for reminding us to take time for ourselves and remember who we are:)

  20. ABSOLUTELY AMAZING LO!!!! WOW WOW WOW!!! LOVEEEEEEEEEEE the quote and journaling!!!!! When is the challenge due???? I might be able to squeeze it in!!!! AND YAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY for SAYING YES TO ME!!! I am sooooooooooooooooo EXCITED that U are on our TEAM!! YAYAYAYAY! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

  21. Hi Lisa- congrats! Looks like things have been busy for you! You better not duck out on our little challenge, LOL!! You know I am so happy for you and I will be following along with them all. Hope I can keep up!! You have fun this weekend with Keri and your mom!

  22. Congratulations!!! That's great news. I'm going to have to take a look at some of these layout challenges. I need the motivation to do some pages.

    Have a great time this weekend. I sure wish I could go camping. I'm going to try to figure something out for later in August. We'll need after all of the wedding stuff this summer!

    Your page is indeed thought provoking. I don't think I'm ready to go there at this time. My life has turned so many corners in the last few years. I don't think I've actually dealt with all of them.


  23. Congrats on your new postion!!! Gorgeous LO too!!

  24. Whooo hoo!!! congratulations girl!!!!
    Have fun this weekend!!!

  25. Congrats!!!!!! Woohoo!!!
    And I love this layout!

  26. amen, sista!
    couldn't say it better myself. i can't say enough about what holding myself accountable for these goals has done for me.

    i love that photo on your layout, too! and congrats ;) ;) ;) woot woot!

  27. WOW! I love the take on the challenge. How about I get mines loaded lol .. girl I loved your post so much insight.. loved it ..

    hugs and oh yah CONGRATS girl .. and girl .. you ROCK.


  28. CONGRATS Lisa on the challenge blog DT!!That is fabulous!!! I'm going to have to check it out.I love that layout of yours, so pretty. The photo is fantastic and I love that flourish that you added!!

    And thanks SO much for always leaving sweet comments on my blog. It seriously makes my day, puts a big smile on my face! Have a GREAT weekend!!!

  29. I hope you had/have a fabulous time!! Your layout is gorgeous! I love the picture on it too, beautiful!!
    Happy Weekend! :D

  30. Oh my goodness! Congrats!! You are on a roll, girl!!

  31. Huge congrats on the new challenge blog DT! I'm loving the layouts you've been posting! I haven't been around much due to this, that, and the FLU of all things last week, and I am totally missing your blog! Hopefully I can catch up this week w/ my blogging friends.

  32. YAY Lisa!! Thats great news!! Your LO is just gorgeous! I wish I could take a leaf out of your book and journal more!! Love the swirl and the tag!!

  33. very cool news :) congrats. i love those flowers and the fill in the blank white (are they stickers?) where you've written "me here now"

  34. Lisa, Congratulations!! My oh my, you are on a roll!!! You have some great forward momentum, maybe from thinking about and acting on your own Forward Progress! I wish the best and am sure you'll have fun......and of course, continue to share your adventures with us! :> Hope you have been enjoying your time with your daughter and your Mom!!


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