Have you heard people say, “Make it a good day!” That’s a really nice thought I’m not the only one in my day that plays into whether or not it ends up good. Oh, I’d love to send out all my plans and make everyone execute them to perfection so that my day is a good one. BUT... I don’t have the power to make anyone do anything. And so, I am kind of at the mercy of everyone else. Circumstances beyond my control, situations I didn’t expect, and the moods of others play into my ability to “have [...]
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Every morning last week I created Joyful experiences. Years ago it I didn’t know I could create joyful moments. I believed that Joy just happens when you have trudged through enough trials with patience and faith. Not so! I get to choose joy. This is how I did it. I got out of bed at 7:00 and walked. Day 1 - I didn’t want to and I kinda had to kick myself in the butt to get out of bed. I did 1.75 miles. Day 2 - I didn’t WANT to either, but my day was better over all on [...]
Do you ever just feel MEH… That’s me today. I have a huge case of the “I don’t wannas”. I don’t want to do anything productive, responsible or required. Grief and depression are besties. And they’ve come to visit today. I am employing what I know to do to generate moments of JOY in any given situation. There is joy in this process. Here’s what I do. 1 - HONOR MYSELF - give myself GRACE AND PERMISSION to have a meh day. 2 - COMMUNICATE - to key people that my 100% today = radical self care and everything else [...]
Tom’s work requires him to travel a lot! He will be gone for weeks at a time. Then home for a few days and off again. This past trip he has been gone for 3 weeks. These have been some of the most difficult weeks I have passed through in a while. Sometimes when he is gone, and things have been rough, I get locked down into survival mode and rely on myself to make it through. What happens is I push him out of my inner world. He can’t be here and so my heart locks down. It’s [...]
I’ve never written about this journey. Someone just asked me if I have. So, I wrote. It’s still unedited but… I’m about to board a plane to DC and don’t have time to edit before I have to go to airplane mode. So here it is. There’s much more to the story. I’m really excited to continue. As I write I get to see God’s hand in my life again. He is so good! I am so grateful. 2016 The Lump My doctor was concerned about the lump I found under the seat belt bruise. I had been in [...]
There is a scale to gage how big of an emotional storm you are in. 0- You’re awesome and want to be awesome. 1- You’re off but don’t know why 2- You start to recognize a the beginning of a spin, but can quickly push it down. 3 - You’re able to name the emotions. I’m stressed, I’m overwhelmed, I’m anxious. Etc. 4 - You start to try to discharge the emotion. Usually by blaming, (yourself or others). Talk about what has happened with a friend. You find the chocolate to numb out on or you engage in some type [...]
This is a dream I had in 2011 that I'm including in my book. I wrote it down in 2018. I'm so excited that I found it! I saw myself as a child kneeling on the floor about 5 feet from where I was watching. The space around my child self was completely void of light except for the light that was emanating from within her. This light illuminated a present on the floor in front of her. She was just about to unwrap the gift. Throughout the dream, all of the emotions that welled up in her welled [...]
For years I refused to dream. I believed that if I wanted anything more that what life was giving me I was ungrateful. I valued making due with what I had even when I didn’t have enough to make ends meet. I was good at stretching every dollar. I had pride in it. I silently judged those who had abundance. I was better than them because I had grit. I could dig deep and survive. Survival and dreams are like oil and water. They don’t mix. One day I caught a glimpse of what was possible. I can experience the [...]
I’m doing a big thing today. It feels unfamiliar. The growth is stretching me. Looking into the future is both exciting and uncomfortable. I’ve never occupied the space I’m stepping into. The summer before my granddaughter went to preschool, she kept telling me “I’m not really big” and she liked to play like she was a baby. One day she said to me “I’m a little afraid”. I asked her why she was afraid. She was worried about making friends at school. She had never been to school. It was unfamiliar. She was great, and still is, at making [...]
I’ve never had a personalized plate. It was time to renew, and Tom asked me if I wanted one. I started playing with ideas, but nothing stuck. Then Tom suggested this. It’s perfection! JOY can be a part of your everyday life and is a very real power! This is a daily practice I teach. It’s called JOY PWR. J – Joy - Connect to a moment of joy and breathe it in. O - One drop at a time - What action step can I take that will bring me closer to accomplishing a project or goal? Y [...]