Keli Gwyn
One Word: Now

Which are you? A do it now or a  for now person?

Alarm Clock with the Word Now

Photo: © A2bb5s |

Sadly, I’m the latter. I don’t even want to think about the number of times I’ve set something down for now, fully intending to return shortly to answer it, file it, process it, shelve it, etc.

My tendency to put things off can create more work, but eventually I must tackle the backlog.

This week I’m doing just that. I’ve got financial records from the past eight months to enter into Quicken.

Yup. You read that right. I set aside eight full months’ worth of invoices, statements and receipts…for now.

Paperwork Pile

Believe it or not, I used to be a bookkeeper who prided herself of keeping a painfully clean desk.

But something happened.

I began writing.

In just a few months, my a place for everything and everything in its place mindset shifted to my present  for now default mode.

And here I am paying the price once again.

You would think I’d learn.

I want to, truly I do. That’s why I’m hiring a friend who runs an organizational business to help me assess my systems–or lack of them.

Admitting I needed help has been humbling, but it’s time to call in a pro.

In the meantime, I’d love to hear your suggestions and tips on how to become a do it now person.

I’d also welcome your commiserations. Surely I’m not alone. Am I?


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One Word: Joy

I wish you a joy-filled celebration of our Savior’s birth.


Christmas can be a tough time. Some of us are dealing with absent loved ones, separated either by distance or by death.

I’m facing both types of separation this season. Our daughter is over in Europe, and Gwyny and I are not. My dad passed away three days after Christmas last year. This is my first Christmas without either of them.

Although I miss my daughter and my dad and am overcome by sadness at times, I’m choosing to embrace joy. It’s a conscious decision, and it’s made a big difference.

No matter what losses, disappointments or setbacks have come your way this year, I pray you’ll experience a measure of joy this Christmas as you reflect on the precious gift we’ve been given.

 Merry Christmas!

Photo credit: © A41cats | – In Capital Letter Written Joy, Glitter Effect Photo
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One Word: Anticipation

Anticipation is in the air this time of year. Can you feel it?

AnticipationWhen I was a child, I would get downright giddy the closer Christmas got.

I looked forward to seeing which of the gifts under the tree were mine
and what they contained, as many kids do, but that wasn’t all.

I loved the sweets, the songs, the shopping, seeing my grandparents–all of it.

This year will be different since our gal is living in Europe and won’t be
coming home. Even so, I’m still looking forward to Christmas.

I anticipate the Christmas Eve Candlelight Service,
time with friends, favorite movies and a yummy meal.

As I look ahead to the New Year, I anticipate
the arrival of a new great niece or nephew,
the release of Family of Her Dreams in June,
a trip to visit our gal in Austria and more.

I’m eager to see what 2015 holds.


What are you looking forward to this Christmas?

What are you anticipating in the New Year?

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