Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Going Back.

Can you actually go back? To a time and place where all seemed well in the world... I don't think so, I think things change. I believe we constantly look back at memories and times gone by, through rose coloured glasses. We choose to forget all of the issues happening at that time and remember only the good things. I don't think that is a bad thing, I just think, being a very nostalgic person, that it can be dangerous for me.

So today, I'm lonesome for Vietnam and our life there, it seemed simple... but instead of wishing I were there, or longing for those days,  I brewed myself a little Vietnamese coffee and I'm enjoying one of the things I loved most while inVietnam-  right here and now in my pjs, on our couch, in our new place.

I drink the same brand of coffee now, as I did in Vietnam. I used to pack Kicking Horse Coffee 454 Horsepower by the kilo, so technically it's exactly the same thing- but I brewed it differently there.

Here in Canada, I throw it in my coffee maker and let it go, a pout of 6 cups, bubbling away in 5 minutes all 6 cups are ready, and I am ready for it. But there... it was time consuming, brewed one cup at a time, lots of waiting... but oh my goodness it never disappointed. Today I am enjoying the perfect cup of coffee...Brewed like in our Vietnam home.

So do I think we can go back? no... I think the past is only perfect in our minds. But do I believe we can enjoy the past, think about it, relive happy memories? YES!  I am so totally nostalgic for things gone by that when I catch myself longing... I have to remind myself, that here and now is the place to be... the past was awesome, but also gone... the future is bright and beautiful, but this moment, right here, sipping my coffee, is the place to be. So be right here.

Happy Tuesday!
Be here now.
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M.

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Tuesday, July 30, 2019

They say that breaking up is hard to do

Life is good, change is good, and breaking up is hard to do. Now before we go any further, I am not talking about a relationship breakup with my husband. For him, we are on to 18 years of marital bliss-ters on the 4th of August. I'm definitely not breaking up with him.

I'm talking about breaking up with things in my life that no longer bring me peace, joy, creativity, hope, and are not pointing me in the direction I want to go.

I'm talking about the hard conversations with friends that you are in business with, working for, helping out, the "I don't want to do this anymore" conversations, the ones that weigh on your heart and mind, the ones that make it impossible to sleep because anxiety is crushing your chest... the ones you pray will be able to end, but not end a friendship. Those things... yup, the big things.

I hate to disappoint people, and I am such a cheerleader for my friends and their projects that I often feel like all of a sudden their projects become my projects and now I am running the show. I don't want to do that anymore, I do not want your personal projects to become mine. I have my own.

But... sometimes it happens... and then my projects get put on the back burner. My second book is just waiting to be illustrated... but I have been spread thin working and helping out others that I haven't even thought about my own project (except to say, now is not the time, I guess... because there is no time).

Now having said all of that does not mean I am no longer going to help my friends achieve their goals! are you kidding that is one of my greatest joys in life seeing my friends succeed and knowing that I got to help in some teeny tiny way.

I think I just need to get better at saying no. BIG No. I can say it for so many things, but when you need help, and I have the ability to help, I feel like I need to help. This. is. a. problem. This is my problem.

My goals are to get back to my creative work, my creative counselling, my blog, and my main goal with all of this is to bring awareness and support to Eagles Wings Children's Village as well as To Africa With Love Baby Home... my heart was left in Africa with these children, my goal is to point people towards getting away from thinking inwardly, and start thinking outward...

The shift in my mindset when I was working for the children, was incredible, there was a peace knowing I was doing the right thing, that I was working for something greater than coin in the bank, but that I was working so more children could eat, more children could go to school, and in some little way, their successes in life, their ability to live and be loved- I am part of that.

So I'm back baby. I'm back, I feel a renewed sense of commitment to myself, my creativity, my art, my being, my husband... I was floating in a sea that was 200 miles wide and 1 inch deep for a long time, being spread too thin to even think straight. Well things are changing, and I am so excited to see what God will do with me in these moments of time... where He will take me, take my art, and my heart.


So, yes, breaking up is hard to do, disappointing people is hard to do, it hurts me, and I hate it, but sometimes you've got to put the breaks on and stop doing everything and anything. You've got to make a commitment to yourself to work on the things important to your heart, because God put them there. Move forward and trust that He has a plan, and walk in that plan. He's got this, I don't need to worry, I just need to move forward...

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M.

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Friday, June 21, 2019

Life. Is. Good.

It's weird how we go through stages... somedays all seems dim, and other days all seems well. I know for a fact that we can change our mindsets to believe what we choose. I really do believe happiness stems from a heart of gratefulness. Imagine if we woke up every day and the first thing we though was how blessed we are to be alive, to have a warm bed, food to eat, clothes to wear, hot water for a shower... a job to go to... perhaps you have children, parents, grandparents who are part of your life. There are a million little things to be grateful for, we just have to remember to speak them. Speak the gratitude, shift the attitude and just wait and see that Life is indeed good.

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M.

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Friday, May 24, 2019

Slacker. Am I really?

I really do feel like a slacker, but I am not necessarily slacking. I just feel like everyone else has it all on the ball and I'm just trudging along on my own little path to nowhere.

I'm turning 41 in 1 week and 1 day. I'm excited for my birthday. 41 doesn't seem daunting, or uninvited, it's just arriving, and I'm good with that. I've been, as I seem to always be, re-evaluating what is important and what has value in my life.

I think I am a collector of stuff (physical stuff, I mean I have a lot. AND for those of you Mari Kondoing your stuff- understand that I like what I have, it brings me joy, except my hair, I want it gone, because it drives me nuts- but I digress)... rather than a collector of goals. I need some new goals, I feel very much like I NEED to be doing something but I have no idea what that ought to be.

Yes I have a job at a gift shop, and yes I still do my graphics, and yes I am part owner of a vending machine company... so I have a lot on the go, but I guess nothing is bringing me great joy... accept the idea of going back to Uganda in 2020. That has me excited... but I also know, until I buy my ticket I will not get too serious about it.  So until those tickets are bought, and it is set in stone... I feel like I'm floating around doing everyone else's work but my own. Helping other's achieve their goals, when in reality I need some of my own. AND I hope that the people I have been helping to achieve their goals will get on board with me to help me achieve mine.

What are your goals? Do you constantly re-evaluate and edit? I can't be the only one who feels like they are slacking in their own life, on their own personal goals, can I? How do you stay focused? How do you make sure your goals are so glittery that you just can't help but focus on them?

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M.


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Monday, April 15, 2019

Take a little less, Give a little more.



Last night we went to a concert, Tim and the Glory Boys. They are a little hillbilly, bluegrass, folksy... all of which I love. We had a great time. One of their missions in their concerts is to bring awareness to the plight of the orphan and refugee children, oh my heart. They speak my language.



My hubby and I have been talking a lot lately about budgets and what we are planning, thinking retirement (we've got 20 years- but no time like the present to plan for a good one). With all of the budgeting talk, and looking over our finances... it's apparent that we've fallen into this consumer world quite quickly. We've only been home from Vietnam for a year, and already we can see just how consumer driven our society is, and sadly, we have fallen into it.



We are not in debt, (thank goodness for Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace course that changed out lives) but many people are. Although we are not in debt, we have not been budgeting like we used to, not telling our money where to go... instead just watching it fly on our the window.... on stupid stuff like coffee, lunch out, the dog (I spoil him, it's me, not him ;).



With all of these budgeting, giving, saving, retirement,  thoughts at the forefront of our conversations - it's no wonder this lyric struck me to the core... Take a little less, give a little more.



The Hubby and I are in the talks to planning our next trip back to Uganda to serve... in order for us to do that, we need to Take a little less, and give a little more, in everything.



This is my motto for the year... This is my heart. Of course I will need constant reminders... no matter how hard we try sometimes, we still forget.



This print is for me, it's my reminder... but if your heart is to take less, and give more, then this one is for you too!



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M.










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