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The Very Beginning 2009

This is the beginning.

The beginning of what? I am not quite sure.

I left my full-time job a few weeks ago prepared to pursue too many things. I found myself characteristically darting in several directions with no real focus. I was frustrated, stressed, and anxiously overwhelmed.

Sure, I am busy, but am I being fruitful?

Is it supposed to be like this! My joy, peace, and sanity were residing elsewhere. This is not what I want life to be. How could everything be so helplessly out of order?

We recently returned to our home after spending 6 months in the Dallas area. In a poor attempt at organization, I emptied out all the boxes from our move so I was forced to deal with the mess. It looked just like my life, absolute chaos.

Piles of cookbooks were packed with winter coats and umbrellas. And how did that belt my wardrobe has difficulty living without get in a box of cookbooks?

Nothing was fitting together and what do I do with all of these pieces? Where do I start?

It didn’t take long for the mess to become unbearable. I can't keep ignoring it. I need to find the bountiful life I’ve been searching for.

Step 1 – Start with a plan Step 2 – Divide the plan into actionable steps Step 3 – Execute

This is the start of my journey, a passageway to discovering life with purpose, fullness, and my struggle to find true joy.

THE PLAN: 1. Make more time in my life for God – get to know Him as I would a best friend 2. Make my home a haven for my family and friends 3. Lose weight so I am healthier and have more energy 4. Embrace the world around me through travel, cooking, and learning about other cultures 5. Learn to balance life without becoming overwhelmed

So here we go with my eyes fixed forward ready to see where the path leads!

UPDATE 2022: I cannot stop being amazed by God's goodness and faithfulness. From where I stand in 2022 I have accomplished all of these goals I set in 2009. He has shown me how to live bountifully, He has shown me what is essential. He has shown me how to have order and find joy amid suffering and trials. He has shown me how to take good care of this earthly body and I am sharing all of this journey with you! Learn more by checking out the blog or the Bountiful Living podcast.


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