Challenge Word of the Year

Good morning, friends! I hope you have had a great start to your Tuesday so far. It’s been a very chilly one up here in Michigan!

milk frother for coffee

Please ignore the chapped hands holding that delicious cup of coffee. That was the result of me thinking I’m too cool to wear gloves for a walk to the mail box and back yesterday. I don’t know what I was thinking.

It was below ten degrees out. As in seven degrees. Yeah… I guess you could say it finally feels like a Michigan winter has arrived.

winter in our front yard

It’s a bummer we didn’t get snow for Christmas, but we have had a few snowfalls since the New Year! I’ll be happy if it stays calm with a thin layer on the ground this year. Last year’s Polar Vortex broke both the cold and snowfall records. There’s no need to have a repeat of that, amiright?

I was craving something warm for breakfast today, but wasn’t really feeling oatmeal. I gave my best effort at over medium eggs…

cooking eggs

Which, without a doubt, always turns into in-the-pan scrambling. It’s fine.

eggs and turkey bacon breakfast with fruit and coffee

I paired my eggs with a couple of slices of turkey bacon, grapes, and used a milk frother with a sprinkle of cinnamon to jazz up my coffee. Sometimes I just feel like being fancy like that. It reminds me of getting Starbucks, only at home and not $5 an order. #winning

I’m coming to you a little later than normal today because I’m trying to practice what I preach. Let me explain…

Challenge Word of the Year

(This could also be considered to be a Coffee Talk. Grab a cup and get comforable!)

Back at our church in Orlando, our pastor always gave us a challenge with the start of a new year. During the first service in January, he talked about reflecting on the year we just said goodbye to and asked us to take some time to think about what we really want to get out of the new one.

More than anything else, what is one thing you want to be committed to following through with?

This could be interpreted different ways to different minds, but to mine, this one word becomes my motto for the year. I write it everywhere I can and try to remind myself of it when I catch myself slipping back into old habits.

My word for this year is ENGAGE. And I’m not talking about the kind of engagement you have before two people get married, either.

I’m talking about engaging in the present at that moment in time. I’d like to get over stressing about things that happened in the past, or even things I might be worried about for the future.

I’m also talking about really paying attention to everything that is going on around me and giving my family, friends, conversations, and even phone conversations my absolute full attention.

2015 challenge word of the year

Too many times have I noticed couples or even groups of people out to dinner and one or more of them seems to be attached to their smartphone. As a blogger, I feel connected to mine to have accessible to take photos and such, but I have really given a solid effort at only using it for pictures while we are out of the house lately.

There’s a time and a place to scroll through your social media pages, check into places, and check emails. The couple of hours you gathered to meet with your friends or have a date night with your significant other is not one of those times.

I have gotten pretty good at dropping all of those habits once I get out of the house, but it tugs at my heart when I see other people doing it, especially if I can tell the people surrounding them are annoyed. Or, even worse, if both parties are totally disconnected from interacting with each other because they have both of their noses stuck in their phones.

I see commercials on television showing families doing this exact thing at the dinner table. The mom is on the phone, the dad is checking something on his laptop, and both children are entertaining themselves with either a game or facetime on their own devices. What’s the point of having dinner together if nobody is engaging in what is going on right in front of them?

Like I mentioned above, I have become pretty good at staying off of my phone when I am out to dinner and socializing. Every now and then I catch myself filtering or messing with a photo to post on Instagram while my friends are still around, and I get embarrassed. Things like that can always wait for later.

So, my challenge word for the year is engage. Not just to physically be engaged in what is going on around me, but also mentally. I mostly need to work on enjoying the present by leaving other thoughts of things I need to do when I get home or posts I need to write out of my mind until it comes time to complete those tasks. My challenge is to live in the moment and make the best out of every one I can in 2015.

Questions of the Morning

• What is your challenge word this year?

• What is your favorite way to cook eggs?

I would love to master all of the “over” styles: over easy, medium, and hard. You’d think over hard wouldn’t be that difficult. I should probably give it a try one of these days…

See you back later this afternoon!

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