One Word for 2018

I’ve been thinking about my word for 2018.  I wasn’t certain what it was going to be.  But tonight at the FMF Twitter Party, I had several ideas that were sparked.  Most of it revolving around the new year.

So, I’m in the process of changing career fields and jobs.  Dale thinks I should write about the whole thing.  I’m not sure how many people will find resume writing a fascinating blog to read about, but he may have a valid idea.

And the Renaissance Festival has a new director and possibly a new King Henry.  And may be going in a new direction where it is more historically accurate.

And there have been so many changes this past year, that I feel like I need a new beginning, a clean slate, a fresh start.

And then I was offered a verse:

18 “Forget the former things;
    do not dwell on the past.
19 See, I am doing a new thing!
    Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
    and streams in the wasteland.

Isaiah 43:18-19 (NIV)

“See, I am doing a new thing!”  Maybe my word for 2018 needs to be NEW.  I don’t know for certain, but I will be thinking about it for the next few days.

Do you have a Word?


Photo by Dana Marin on Unsplash


FMF – Motivate

This post is the first FMF of the new year.  This is Five Minute Friday, a flash mob of writers who gets together every week to write for five minutes at a time on a given one word prompt.  For more information, join us over here.  This week’s prompt is Motivate.  


It’s a new year.  It’s a fresh start and a new beginning and a clean slate.  (Thanks Mollie.)  It’s time to find your motivation and start anew.

So what motivates you?  Is it money?  Power?  Fame?  (I’m gonna live forever.)

Or better yet, why do you need a fresh start?  Clean Slate?  What mistakes or problems or traumas happened in 2017 that makes you desire a fresh start in 2018?  For me, the last two weeks have been rough.  I’ve been sick for over a month, my dogs got into a huge fight, and I lost my great uncle on Dec 31.  I want a new beginning.

What motivates you? Is it family?  Is it love?

Or is it God?

I think my biggest mistake this past year is in allowing myself to draw away from a relationship with our heavenly Father.  I find myself missing that, missing Him.  But He didn’t move, I did.

So my motivation for 2018 is to draw close to God.  To not shirk away from being His child, and to be brave in Him.

For years, my favorite Bible verse has been “whatever you do in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord.”  (Colossians 3:17)  This year, I will try to focus on that, to focus on Him.

Because He is my motivation.


May the new year find you blessed with a clean slate.


Sick Day

I hate getting sick.  I’ve gotten a cold and have been fighting it all week.  Which means no work.

But I’ve been trying to take advantage of the time.  I’m using it to study.  I’ve done more in the past 3 days than the past 3 weeks.

Dale suggested that I use my blog to write about my experiences.  My studies, my job search, all of it.  Hmm…. I guess I can do that, right?

I’ll have to go back to start from the beginning, but for right now, a little anecdote.  I was filling out a profile for a head hunting agency.  The question was, “What is the most interesting thing about you?”

UGH!  I dislike this question so very much.  So I asked on Facebook.  Within 2 minutes, I was told, I’m special because I turn bright red when embarrassed.

So, I’m asking you.  What is the most interesting thing about you?


Reasons I love Dale:

155.  He gives good back rubs.  He finds the knots in my shoulders and gets them out.
156.  He takes care of the messy stuff if I ask him.  Like plumbers.
157.  He likes to explain IT stuff.  I sure do need it right now.
158.  He loves our girls.
159.  He works hard.
160.  He loves music.
161.  He has an active imagination that just a few people get to see.
162.  He walks on his tiptoes.

That’s all I have for right now.


P.S.  The picture in the header is of Dale’s hands when we went to breakfast the other day.

Study Time

I am at a unique point in my life.  I am going back to work and making a career for the first time in my life.  And I get to choose what I want to do with my life.

So, Dale found a program called IVMF and I signed up.  It’s a program designed to help military veterans (or their families) further their careers.  It’s primarily IT focused.  I had a wide range of topics to choose from, and I chose Cloud Services.  My classes start November 20.  And I will be working to get a CompTIA Cloud+ certificate.

Reasons I love Dale:

147.  He encourages me in just about every thing I’ve ever wanted to do or try.

148.  He’s the one who found the IVMF program for me to apply to.  He researched a lot of my options and helped me decide what direction I need to go in.

149.  He’s answering all the questions I have about networking and cloud processes and everything IT related.

150.  He’s very patient with me.

151.  He eats a lot of leftovers.  I know this doesn’t seem like much, but I have a hard time eating them.  I’m grateful he does so without much complaint.

152.  He’s very logical and methodical.

153.  He has a servant’s heart.  He sees what needs to be done and does it.

154.  He’s actually fairly introverted.  Believe it or not, I love that about him.  We balance each other nicely.

Well, that’s all for tonight.  I’m watching Princess play a video game.  She’s fun to learn from.  Plus, it gives us a bit of bonding time.


Family night

We’ve started having family night on Mondays. Tonight we played D&D as a family. Boo was our DM.

Reasons I love Dale:

143. He has a twisted sense of humor sometimes.

144. He can calm me down when I lose my temper.

145. He loves our girls. All 3 of them.

146. He’s willing to be flexible as needed.

I’m sorry. I’m falling asleep while writing. I’ll need to stop here.