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One Foot In Front Of The Other  💛Navigating life with faith, hope, and humour. 📚Learning lessons. Sometimes the hard way. 👣Keeping my feet moving.

Under a cloudless morning sky...
#heartfull #albertablue #mountainashberries

After a winter of chemo, very little physical activity, and a steady diet of bagels, toast and pasta (all great foods for quashing queasiness!) I managed to GAIN weight these last six months. Which, of course, is now biting me in my extra-large butt.

But Spring arrived in Calgary last week! Endless weeks of freezing weather has been replaced by sunshine, blue skies and rapid snow melt. And I’ve managed to get out walking almost every day since.

The last few days I’ve also added these stairs to my walk. The first day only up once... a few days later, twice... and today I went up and down three times! There’s actually another set of stairs you can’t see just beyond these which is also part of my route.

It’s all about baby steps. Pushing myself a little bit out of my comfort zone each day. But Oh. So. Hard. I am out of shape!!! I’ve resurrected my old mantra “Nothing that is good for me is easy.” Also, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Here’s to a new and improved me one stair and step at a time!
#springhassprung #walking #bluesky #freshair #outofshape #notforlong #myclljourney #onefootinfrontoftheother

I’ve been reading a digital copy of this book on my computer, but there is just something about feeling the paper slip between my fingers, sitting in a cozy place.

I can’t wait to curl up with the actual book!

@aliajoy - I am completely moved and overwhelmed by this thoughtful package. Also, Kudos to Kaia for her creative input. 👏🏼 The Canadian deliveries always seem to take ages, but it’s finally here! “Weakness is a holy invitation for grace to do its work.” ❤️
#gloriousweaknessbook #gloriousweakness #aliajoy

“Why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are.” ~Matthew 6:28-29

#naturalbeauty #riotofcolour #yourebeautiful #stopstriving

I’m filing this one under “Interesting.” I’m not sure how I feel about it beyond that.

The Enchanted place is an ancient stone prison. Its inhabitants remain nameless.

The warden, a kind man, walking through his own grief.

The lady, a private investigator, hired to look into lives and histories that would exonerate those on death row.

The fallen priest, tasked with caring for the souls of the inmates.

An unnamed prisoner with an intuition that allows him to sense things that go on within the walls of the prison and the lives of its inmates and visitors.

There are other characters who come and go, dynamics that play out—some are graphic, but I imagine accurate reflections of prison life.

The story is haunting; though the characters remain nameless, the reader can still come to know them.

The writing itself is lovely, but I keep getting tripped up on the subject matter.

Perhaps I would have enjoyed it more had I not finished Just Mercy right before this one?

That non-fiction memoir account of death row inmates and a real life lawyer who works to exonerate those unjustly convicted—perhaps took the lustre off this fictional tale.
#bookstagram #lovetoread #sharethelove #theenchanted #renedenfield #jdilgerreads #jdilgerreads2019 #2019reads📚

The temperatures are warming up and the air smells like Spring. It’s time to come out of hibernation. 😎 🏃🏼‍♀️💕 #freshair #bluesky #ohcanada #timeforspring

“Ultimately, dreams are audacious, hope-winged leaps inspired by a future that awaits us. Dreaming takes courage.”
~Lucretia Berry

I’m Friday-morning-dreaming today. How about you?
#cultivatingcourage #100daystobrave #onefootinfrontoftheother #happyfriday

People don’t often realize that I’m an introvert.

I don’t come across as quiet as shy. I can be composed and create the illusion of confident even.

I’m way better one on one than in a crowd. Crowds make me want to run away. Withdraw. Hide. You get the picture.

Yes, my introvert tendencies mean I need time to disconnect and recharge, but are they really behind my impulse to run and hide?

Or is it Fear that drives me? I’m working on finding out, because I haven’t always been this way and it’s not a place I’m comfortable staying.

This is a journey I’ve been on since January in two separate places... #100daystobrave by @anniefdowns —100 daily devotions to unlocking your most courageous self.

And #cultivatingcourage by @melissadyer_

Step by step. One foot in front of the other. One small, brave action at a time.

Can you relate? What scares you? What are the things you do to overcome fear?

#introvertorscaredycat #100daystobrave #cultivatingcourage #onefootinfrontoftheother

So, avid reader that I am, those who follow #jdilgerreads will notice that I generally gravitate to contemporary fiction, historical/biographical fiction and memoir, with a side of self-help, often spiritual in nature.

For reasons I won’t get into here, I usually run the other direction from Romance and almost always avoid Christian lit—It hasn’t always been this way, I cut my “avid reader teeth” on Danielle Steele in the 80s and read my fair share of Janette Oakes as a young girl.

So, when @lauracthomas announced she’d written a *Christian Romance* I confess I hesitated for a few days before asking to join her launch team.

People, I’m hooked! This mystery/suspense has wrapped its delicate little fingers around me and I can’t put it down. Yes, it’s a Romance. Yes, it’s Christian lit. But it seems to be just the thing for me right now.

If you need a great beach read for Spring Break, this is it! Building tension—both in the budding relationship between Madison and Luke, and in the plot—no spoilers—Laura hits a lot of great notes.
The Glass Bottom Boat officially releases TOMORROW! Tuesday, March 12, 2019
#theglassbottomboatbook #cantputitdown #needtoknowwhathappens

If these photos are any indication, this team is going to have an incredible season!

#provincialchampions #fabulous #squadgoals #kssc #killarneysynchro

They’re out of their natural habitat and missing one, but these girls are such an amazing bunch!

They rolled with the punches this weekend, demonstrating resilience with a last minute injury and the stress that comes with juggling spots.

And they still managed to pull off a solid second place finish. Way to go Tribe! 🧜🏻‍♀️🎉🎉
#synchro #friendsforlife #teamtribal #kssc #killarneysynchro #synchromom

Weekend view.

It’s been a crazy few weeks! After taking the better part of the last 18 months off to focus on my health, I took on some volunteer work, which ended up looking like me diving back into “life” full-on this weekend.

Honestly though, it felt so good to flex my creative “work” muscles again.

Here’s the truth: we are not made to be idle or isolated.

Our bodies were designed to move; our minds intended to be filled, stretched, challenged; our human nature is naturally wired for community.

I’ve missed these things—especially over the past six months while I’ve been in treatment.

I’m exhausted, but so grateful for the perspective this opportunity has provided.

We are made for more.💕 #synchrocompetition #poolview #volunteering #goodfortheheart #myclljourney #livingwithcancer #lifeaftercancer #recoverymode

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