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Long time no write! I’ve missed you!

Hi Friends,

It has been awhile! Here’s my question…do people read blogs anymore? I really want to know. Do you read blogs anymore or are they over?

I have been hanging out on Instagram  and Facebook  so if you are not following me over there, click on links and “like” and “follow”! It’s fun! I’m on Twitter too!

I have also been taking a break from podcasting but I do have several people I plan to talk to on the podcast and I can’t wait to share their stories with you. Oh my goodness so many people doing inspiring things! If you are not subscribed to the podcast, head over and subscribe (if you like it, please rate it or comment too if you have a minute!) Here’s the link for iPhone users: Great Big Yes! podcast on iTunes   and  if you don’t have an iPhone, you can find it here: Great Big Yes!  on Sound Cloud 

I just recently came back from another Holy Yoga retreat and OH MY GOSH there are so many layers to our sanctification. (Big word, huh?) But honestly, God continues to reveal Himself to me and He continues to reveal me to myself and it’s amazing. Every retreat I cry and I struggle and I realize and I discover and I confess and I leave a little freer. I’m grateful to get to be in the trenches with Him, watching people get free and stay free and set free. I am close enough to see and it’s an honor.  I think many people go into “ministry” thinking about how they will serve others.  And they will serve others but before we can serve, we have to experience. We can’t teach what we don’t know. I wanted to “do ministry” before I was ready. (Are we ever “ready”?) I started writing a blog before I knew why. I had a longing in my heart for more but I didn’t know how to find it. God is continually revealing more to me and sharpening my focus and my calling. I’m excited about the future and also realize now that there is so much within me yet to be done. I have to be honest, I have days where i think,”What am I doing? I have nothing to say. I don’t know anything.” And others where I’m bursting at the seams to share.  I used to think the sharing happened when it was all together, all wrapped up in a perfect bow but now I think the real story is in the unfolding.  The unraveling, the peeling, the recognition of our real selves in the process of unbecoming.

I started teaching again last week and A TO THE MEN! (that means Amen!) I LOVE IT! I’m teaching in a Gym which I love. I used to be a gym rat. Every day. Treadmill, elliptical, weights. I really do feel comfortable there and motivated there too but hadn’t been in awhile. So…I’m back and teaching where there are props and mirrors and walls and music and lights and it’s so much fun! Come practice with me if you are in Austin! Here’s a link to my Holy Yoga website with all the details. I hope to see you there!

So, we are in the month of Thanksgiving and soon it will be Christmas! I am working on getting my house to smell like Christmas even though I have 2 fake trees.  I’m excited about my essential oils –  Douglas Fir is what I ordered this month. If you are interested in learning more about oils or want to order some Christmas gifts, go here.  I would love to share all the ways I’m learning to use essential oils!

I would love to hear from you. What have YOU been up to? Do you have a passion, a business? Share in the comments here. I would love to know what everyone is up to and be able to support one another as we say YES! to living lives filled with passion and purpose!!

I want to share this poem with you. I am using it as our meditation this month in yoga. I love it and hope you do too.

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Blessings, xo Sue

GRATITUDE

is not a passive response to something given to us, gratitude is being awake in the presence of everything that lives within and without us. Gratitude is not something that is shown after the event, it is the deep, a priori state of attention that shows we understand and are equal to the gifted nature of life. Gratitude is the understanding that many millions of things come together and live together and mesh together and breathe together in order for us to take even one more breath of air, that the underlying gift of life and incarnation as a living, participating human being is privilege, that we are part of something, rather than nothing. Even if that something is temporarily pain or despair, we inhabit a living world, with real faces, real voices, laughter, the color blue, the green of the fields, the freshness of a cold wind, or the tawny hue of a winter landscape. To see the full miraculous essentiality of the color blue is to be grateful with no necessity for a word of thanks. To see fully, the beauty of a daughter’s face is to be fully grateful without having to seek a God to thank him. To sit among friends and strangers, hearing many voices, strange opinions; to intuit inner lives beneath surface lives, to inhabit many worlds at once in this world, to be a someone amongst all other someones, and therefore to make a conversation without saying a word, is to deepen our sense of presence and therefore our natural sense of thankfulness that everything happens both with us and without us, that we are participants and witness all at once. Thankfulness finds its full measure in generosity of presence, both through participation and witness. We sit at the table part of every other person’s world while making our own world without will or effort, this is what is extraordinary and gifted, this is the essence of gratefulness, seeing to the heart of privilege. Thanksgiving happens when our sense of presence meets all other presences. Being unappreciative means we are simply not paying attention.

© David Whyte
November Thoughts 2013

 

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Podcast #19 Grace Miller – Military spouses, spousehood.com

 

I’m excited for you to meet Grace Miller! She is a military spouse and the creator of a new website,  spousehood.com. I loved talking to her about being a military spouse and digging deeper into what that looks like and what kinds of support they need.  The website will offer tips and lifestyle ideas as well as faith based encouragement and inspiration.  For me, this was a whole new topic.  I don’t know many military spouses so it was a great opportunity to ask questions.  I’m in awe of this group of people.   They sacrifice so much.  I met Grace through a Just Moved group at church and I know what it means to move, it’s not easy!   Just realizing they have to do that time and time again makes me feel for them.  And I can’t imagine the fear that comes with being a military spouse.  We touch on all of this and Grace talks about the importance of faith and community for this population.  Listen in and hear her story!

 

HELP! Tell your stories! #unleashoptimism

Friends, great Big YES on Instagram and Facebook will be running stories of hope and optimism. Please share yours!! Tag with #unleashoptimism and @greatbigyes and I will repost on Great Big YES! I know there are MANY amazing stories. They don’t have to be long or perfect just real. Why do you have hope?  Let’s talk about the good stuff! There is so much good in the world!  We can share stories of hope and possibility and faith and optimism. Please join me!  (If you want to just share a story in the comments or email me, I will format and share on social media (mom 🙂 ) also if you don’t understand what I’m talking about let me know and I’ll help you.  All you need is the story.

Where do you find hope? What lessons have you learned from your parents? What do you dream and hope for your kids? What are your favorite parts of this beautiful country? Did you have military family? Are you military? Who was your favorite teacher? What’s your greatest lesson learned? Why are you powerful?  Where do you find God? What brings you joy? What creative pursuits do you love? Why do you fly the flag? What’s your favorite poem? Who is your favorite American author? What American stories do you love? Where do you vacation in America? What do you remember about history and government being taught in school? What lights you up about our freedoms? What makes you happy? What are you grateful for? Who has helped you in your life?

I posted one of mine today on Instagram and Facebook:

 

Claim your freedom. Celebrate! Feeling so grateful for parents who told me I can do anything I want, be anything I want…no limits. And then they showed me what hard work looks like. They taught me manners and discipline and kindness. More than once it was said, “There’s no free lunch” and “be part of the solution” and “be grateful” and “be kind”. We laughed and celebrated and enjoyed each other. Because life is good and God is good and America is the best country on earth. My dad fought in World War 2 and he didn’t have time or patience for disrespect of flag or country. He was an intelligent, kind man who loved God and loved me completely. When I told him that I wanted to marry someone like him because he knew everything, he said “No, you want someone to marry you because YOU know everything.” I never felt limits or fear or anger. Just joy and humility and gratitude and possibility. I had a voice in my family. They believe(d) in me. This will never leave me. I will choose it every day. Darkness has no hold on me. I am the daughter of the King of Kings and the daughter of an earthly father who loved me well. I am free.  #unleashoptimism @greatbigyes

Love you people of light and goodness.  I believe in us. And in the US.