by Anna Walker

What really matters is what you do with what you have.

H.G. Wells

Looking over the last several months in retrospect, I have encountered some successes, defining moments, and challenges. As I come to another crossroad on my journey toward purpose, I began to take inventory of what I had and what I did not have; what I had accomplished and what was unaccomplished; dreams realized and dreams deferred. Of course, the list of "don't haves", etc. seemed to be longer than the list of "haves". I realized that the measure of my success was related to this list. That's when that Still Small Voice said, "Focus on what you have, not on what you don't have." Interesting, but I was willing to change my perspective.

This month's newsletter will encourage you to get over yourself, gain a new perspective and focus on what you have.


What Really Matters

Focusing on what you have gives you a healthier perspective on life. It also frees your mind to create new ideas, seek new concepts and gain new insight. Focusing on what you don't have is draining and self-defeating. It also limits your thinking. Be careful to look at the things that are right about yourself, your circumstances and others around you. Surprisingly, you will move forward more quickly. We must ask ourselves what is the lesson in that seeming disappointment, what are the positive things about a challenging relationship, what areas of growth can come out of a task we do not want to do, or what we can learn about ourselves in the meantime. This will enable us to multiply what is good about your life. Yes, there are good things!

Try now by writing down ten things that really matter in your life. These could be your growing relationships with God and others, family relationships, values, and so on. It could also be circumstance oriented- completing a project, attending a class reunion and meeting old friends. Now look at the negative things you have complained about and find something of value in those things- what you have learned or how they increased your faith. Examining them through the lens of what really matters may reveal hidden truths. I encourage you to enter into this new season with a new perspective.

(This exercise was adapted from Laura Fortgang's, Living Your Best Life)


Fall Beauty

Photo by Carther/iStock / Getty Images

Photo by Carther/iStock / Getty Images

s we look forward to fall, we focus on ways to enhance your wardrobe. More to come, but these are the highlights:

  • Cropped Jeans
  • Slimmed Down Shearling Coats
  • Spiked Heel Ankle Boots
  • Classic Black and White
  • Pinks
  • Remixes from the 70's era
  • Longer Skirt Lengths
  • Opulent Prints
  • Wine-Colored Accessories
  • Whimsical Scarves

August 2015 Issue Harper's Bazaar

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Be Blessed and be well,