Wednesday, 2 September 2015

What I learned (or relearned) in August


It feels like only a week or two ago that I was writing my July post! It took me a long time to get my thoughts together to even realise what I have learned or relearned this month. I guess that's a good indication of how full my mind and days have been. So here is my list of the fun, frivolous, serious and deep.


  • I love tulips-we took a family day to the Araluen Botanical Park for the start of the tulip season there. It was a stunning winter's day and a great day out.


  • A funeral can be both gut-wrenching and faith building- I wrote about a recent loss in my July recap. Her funeral was held at the beginning of August. It was one of the most emotional funerals I have been to but also astounded me with how faith filled and encouraged I left it. Faith was the overriding legacy reflected on in the service.

  • A much anticipated sequel to one of your favourite books can leave you sorely disappointed and even crush the original story- I LOVE "To Kill a Mockingbird" and was really excited to see a sequel being released. I now know why Harper Lee was so reluctant to publish it for so long. Not only was the writing completely different from the original, it crushed the integrity and heroic image of a main character. I have advised friends who share my love of the first not to read the second.

  • Cuddling a sick little girl is both wonderful and awful- five days of illness resulted in a very weak and lethargic little girl so lots of cuddles for hours a day. I treasure these cuddles as I know she won't fit on my lap for very much longer but I hate seeing her sick and suffering. I also hate seeing her lose so much weight when she has very little extra to start with!
  • Being intentional about putting in some planning for my blog motivates me to write- getting prepared for the Write 31 Days challenge has made more structure and planning essential for this blog. It may not show up as results until October but I am definitely spending more time getting posts together. I am really looking forward to sharing more thoughts with you and hopefully encouraging someone else.




This post is joining in with Emily Freeman in being intentional in tracking what we learn in our everyday lives. Check out what others have written here.

I'd love to hear what your biggest take away from August was.







14 comments:

  1. Love your clear and easy to read writing style! Looking forward to following your development and listening to the insights of your heart over the months ahead.

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  2. Love your clear and easy to read writing style! Looking forward to following your development and listening to the insights of your heart over the months ahead.

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  3. Hi, Jo. Stopping by from Emily's link-up. I agree with you about funerals. Difficult, yet they can be so faith affirming. I'm planning on doing the write31days too so maybe I'll see you there. Thanks for posting.

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    1. I will look out for you although it looks like quite a number this year already!!

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  4. Nice! Sorry about your loss, and hope your little girlie is feeling so much better! I have ot given enough thought about 31days yet... I'm still waiting for a topic! ;)

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    1. Thanks. I wasn't sure if I was going to do it this year but a topic hit me out of the blue one day. I pray it's the same for you. Last year I chose a topic the day before and did no planning, in fact I had only started my blog that week!

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  5. Jo, great list!! This is the first time I participated in this linkup. This one is so true:"A funeral can be both gut-wrenching and faith building." So much truth. Reminds me of Psalm 30:5 "Weeping may come for the night but joy comes with the morning."

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    1. This is my second time participating and I'm really enjoying it. Being more intentional about stopping and taking stock of each month, not letting the year fly past.
      That verse was one of the ones read at the funeral I attended!

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  6. I love tulips too! I will have to attend a funeral soon, and I am just dreading the overwhelming emotional aspect. I am taking a pass on 31 Days this year, but excited to read everyone else's series!

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    1. I know exactly what you mean about dreading the emotional overwhelm. Praying that you will carry peace with you! You will certainly have more time to read if you're not frantically writing. I very nearly opted out this year.

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  7. I love the "What I Learned" posts! Please, let me know how the blog planning kit goes. I am big fan of Kat Lee. Lastly, that's what I've heard about the Go Set a Watchman. That stinks :(

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    1. I am really loving her planning kit. I use her regular planner as well. I am currently only using the monthly and weekly blog planning sections but love the look of the goal planning and other bits too. One day when I get a chance to block out some time I'll sit and do all of it!
      I heard that she really didn't want to publish it as she didn't think it was good enough but was pushed into it by publishers. How true that is, I don't know. I definitely told friends not to bother.

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