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Because Storms Will Come

It’s FRIDAY you guuysss!!! We made it. This was a short work week for me. We had a storm and then we didn’t have a storm. Some parts of my country felt the effects more than the rest of the island. Me? I had to work and what they don’t tell you about four-day weeks is that you have to make up for the lost day. But it’s Five Minute Friday time and our word prompt this week is STEADY

You can join in too. The rules are pretty simple – write for 5 minutes on the word prompt for the week and post to your blog, then add your post to the linky party over at the Five Minute Friday community.

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We started the week here in Trinidad under a Tropical Storm watch. All day Monday, weather updates got scarier and scarier. The storm was expected to hit around 2:00 a.m. and we should start feeling the impact around 9:00 p.m. the evening before.

Needless to say, Monday, a holiday, was spent getting prepared for the storm. Not much of a holiday if you ask me. Check list in hand, we went through each item: Did we have enough food? Yes. Check! All devices charged? Yes. Check! Was everything secure in the yard? Yes. Check! Down the list we went, until we were sure that we were ready for whatever came our way.

The rain started well before 9:00 p.m. and with it, came the wind. That scared me the most. There was something in my neighbour’s yard that wasn’t properly secured that made a horrible banging noise. And I was sure that whatever it was would be the cause of serious damage.

By 2:00 a.m. the rain was not heavy but it was still a steady downpour.  The wind never let up. I went to bed sometime around 3:00 a.m. said my prayers and hoped to get at least two hours sleep before I had to get up for work.  The storm was over.

And yes, I went to work on time, because, life goes on, storm or no storm. The whole thing was a reminder that storms will come and you have to be prepared. You also have to be ready to move on when it passes.

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It’s time for another Five Minute Friday link-up and the word prompt this week is WORTHI will admit, when I saw this week’s prompt I was a little intimidated. I have been finding, when I only have five minutes to write, what comes up is usually stuff I that I would never tell another soul.

The minute I saw the word “WORTH” I knew that what would come up would be some deep seated personal insecurities. So I delayed in sitting down to write. I managed to spend the entire day successfully avoiding thinking about the word. But I have this commitment to write every day this month so I have to get into it. So here goes.

You can join in too. The rules are pretty simple – write for 5 minutes on the word prompt for the week and post to your blog, then add your post to the linky party over at the Five Minute Friday community.

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I was chatting with a friend on Wednesday evening and we got to talking about travel. He wanted to know how I did the solo travel thing so well. And I told him, because it was worth it. Solo travel is probably the best way to get to know yourself.

Like I always suspected that I was kinda awesome, but I didn’t really know just how awesome I really was, until I got lost in a city I didn’t know and had to find my own way back to my hotel. Not once, not twice…

Good times I tell you.

Of course, when I said this to him I was more than half joking.

My secret? I really wasn’t joking. I actually do think that I pretty awesome. Some of the time.

Not always.

Sometimes, I hover somewhere between this is enough, I am enough and whose life is this anyway?

Is this okay?

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Today’s post is brought to you by a rocking soundtrack as I prepared to write this by  Sinach no shame that I needed to remind myself of exactly who I am and who I belong to.  

Full disclosure: I sat staring into space after I wrote that last line and the timer buzzed me out of my reverie. I suppose it’s just as well, because I have no clue where this post was headed.

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Hey you guys, TGIF amiright!!! And it’s time for another Five Minute Friday link-up. I hope this week was productive for you and if it wasn’t, I hope that at least it was well spent. The word prompt this week is EXPECT.

Of course you can join in too. The rules are pretty simple – write for 5 minutes on the word prompt for the week and post to your blog, then add your post to the linky party over at the Five Minute Friday community.

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Expect Good Things.

When life seems hard.

When you start doubting the path that you’re on.

When the way forward may not seem clear.

When you start thinking that maybe, just maybe, you are doing this whole adulting thing all wrong.

The minute you wake up and realize that you’re still in the land of the living.

Because you stand on His word, and He came so that you can have life and live it to the fullest.

Just because.

Expect Good Things.

Expect Good Things.

Expect Good Things.

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Today’s post is brought to you by this online timer I just found. Feel free to check it out here. 

It is amazing to me, what comes up when you only have five minutes to write. I’m cheating a bit and adding these extra words, because I wanted to put this week’s response in context.

This has been an especially hard week for me. The minute I read today’s word, the first words that came to me was “expect good things” and I have been repeating it to myself over and over since.

And I will repeat it until I believe it.

‘I have come that they may have life and may have if abundantly.’ ~ John 10:10 

Stand on His word. Expect Good Things.

This is my first Five Minute Friday link up since 2014! I cannot believe that it has been so long! AAAAAHHH I feel blessed to rejoin this group of writers. This week I’m going write a note to my future self.

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Hey Future Self, it’s me, your younger, less hot self! I’m sending you lots of love.

I know that the decisions I make today are leading me towards you and while sometimes I cannot see things clearly, my track record thus far has been pretty great. Whatever it is, whatever it looks like, no matter how bad it gets, YOU GOT THIS.

Every day that I wake up, I try to be mindful that you, the future me, depends on who I decide to be today, in this moment. And the woman I am today, decides to make the most of her time here, with what she has, right where she is, exactly as she it. Because that is always enough.

I hope I make you proud.

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After I wrote this post I did a quick Google search and found this amazing website that makes it super easy to write a note to your future self. Feel free to check it out here. 

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I’m linking up with the awesome Kate and the other equally talented writers of the Five Minute Friday community.

This is the GRAND FINALE of Five Minute Friday for 2014 {imagine that}!

Click on the button to the right for more details on what this challenge is all about and how you can participate {it’s not too late to join in}.

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You’re checking off lists and checking them twice, preparing for guests, planning menus and braving long lines to ensure we have absolutely everything that you might need to ensure that everyone has the best holiday season.

When do you stop to catch your breath?

Is it in the quiet of the morning, before everyone else wakes up?

I took a walk at lunchtime today because my building was cold and felt I needed the sun on my skin to help me thaw out. As I strolled through Downtown, Port of Spain, all the streets were alive with shoppers.

It seemed like everybody was carrying a bag or in line at a cashier to fill a bag. Most of the faces in the lines had a look of frustration or tiredness and it made my resolve to opt out of gift-buying around this time of year even stronger.

Instead of spending time in lines, I am looking forward to investing quality time with my family and close friends.

As I looked at the tired faces around me or people lugging around huge bags of stuff I had to wonder, why?

For one day? Or in our case here in Trinidad we have a long weekend…so I suppose people are preparing for hordes of family and friends visiting? Maybe?

I get that…but when do you take care of you? When do you make time to cherish yourself during the busyness of the season?

The reason we are sometimes so overwhelmed by everything merry and bright is because we forget that before we can take care of anyone else, we have to take care of ourselves first.

Honor yourself first because you are no good to anyone if you are no good to yourself.

My wish today for all those shoppers and people caught up in the bustle of this festive time of year: Remember to take care of yourself. There is life after the holiday season.

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Short and sweet this week. Happy Everything to my FMF Family! I wish you nothing but the very best! See you in 2015