For now, all the girls are close.
They’re in town, really. Two in the same house. Plans changed for one and brought her back to Charlotte. Another will leave for school in the fall, but won’t be far. The youngest? She’s got budding wanderlust in the 37th degree.
I don’t blame her.
She’s the one who has lived in one town. She’s the one who has seen Charlotte – or east Charlotte, anyway – as only a waning wasteland of faltering lifestyle. They all want to see the world. I imagined I’d be the one with a passport and plane ticket next to them.
I realized recently that any globetrotting they do will likely be without me.
I’m grounded by the jobs and commitments that make our lives possible. No regrets, though. Through the years, to see them grow and yearn for surroundings beyond the 704 – or back to it, as was the case for one – is what we want for our kids.
Before the weekend’s up, here are three posts worth checking out on a lazy Sunday.
Keith, of Success Magazine
I had such a rough patch in December. Not much had changed going into January, except for my attitude. I discovered Success Magazine from work. My job is to encourage our Independent Business Owners to keep going. Sometimes, I need that reminder myself!
Your mind is a computer that can be programmed. You can choose whether the software installed is productive or unproductive. Your inner dialogue is the software that programs your attitude, which determines how you present yourself to the world around you. – Keith
Courtney, of Blog Me This
Probably the greatest moment for realizing the value of a friend are those times one isn’t near. Then, stark value of one comes to light in the biggest way. Courtney captures beautifully just what kind of friend is the most golden in your time of need.
There is no judgment, blame or shame. There is an open heart ready to listen. And whatever you tell them will not go any further. It will not be on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram 5 min after you told them. – Courtney
Britt, of Britt Skrabanek
I live best when I live in the moment. It’s important to realize the value of those moments, especially for who and what we love. Britt’s post breaks down how our time isn’t limitless with those we love – and how to make the most of what we have.
Prioritizing time for the things you love is pretty cut and dry—I want more of this in my life, so I’m going to make time for it. What can be harder is choosing not to make time for the things that don’t serve you. Which means, you have to learn to say “no.” – Britt
Let me know what you think of any of these posts in comments!