There’s a Time for Everything…but When??

In Holy Matrimony--July 3rd, 2013
In Holy Matrimony–July 3rd, 2013

On Wednesday, Mr. Perfect and I went to a wedding. It was our third wedding of the year. The happy couple included Mr. P.’s best friend, so we both made a special effort to be there and help out where we could. We ran around like chickens trying to procure last minute things for the groom and experienced the last minute glitches up close, but it all came together in the end. I believe the above shot says plenty about the love, joy and fun that this couple poured into their beach wedding. The wedding suited the person I know the groom to be, and the bride was beautiful. I wish them many years of happiness together.

Life for me lately has been pretty hectic, with the amount of people out of work for the entire week last week for the 4th, working on some neglected sections of the book, and getting an idea down on paper before it skips away. I’ve been adding more water into my daily routine, as well as vitamins. I’ve taken the vitamins for three days, and for three days, I haven’t felt quite well after taking them. It’s just little things, and I’m not sure it’s the vitamins, but I’m going to call and make an appointment with my doctor and see if we can figure out if it’s an allergy or all in my head. The ACV is making my skin clearer and I can see the dark spots fading. I am going to add in more physical exercise this week. Wish me luck!

I’ve not updated my book reviews in a while, even though I’ve read quite a few that I want to review. I haven’t been keeping up with my online commitments as much. All the work I’ve done on the book has been on paper, not on the computer, so I have to update my manuscript. I haven’t posted my word of the month post for June yet, either. It’s been go, go, go, since the beginning of the month, yet it doesn’t seem as if I have gotten much accomplished.

Have you ever had a busy time like that, where you are always busy but nothing ever gets done? I’m hoping¬† to turn things around. If I get everything that I have written down typed, I think the book will be just about ready to go to an editor. I have looked into Amazon self-publishing, and it seems fairly easy. I am still not sure if I’m going the self-published route for this book, but at least I have the information to make an informed decision. After seeing how much Mr. Perfect’s friend and his wife got done in a few months from two different states to pull together a gorgeous wedding in a third state, I know that a little dedication and hard work can go a long way.

I visited with another recently married couple yesterday. It was our first time catching up with them since New Year’s Eve/New Year’s Day. We had a good time catching up on what’s been going on with each other lately. They mentioned that they will be going on a marriage retreat this weekend, and I couldn’t help but remember the retreats I went on with the Christian Student Center. I just loved that time. We were almost in Kentucky, in the middle of nowhere, without distractions. It was on one of those retreats that I got really clear on my goal to save myself for marriage. I spent such quiet time alone, just taking in God’s works all around me. I went on walks, rode in a paddle boat, sat underneath a giant cross–all by myself. That time was so precious. I enjoyed and felt blessed by all of the sessions, but for me, that time of stillness and contemplation was more than enough for the retreat to be a success. I want to go on another retreat sometime, to get that same kind of peace and clarity. I hope my friends get a life changing message and unforgettable experience out of their retreat as well.

I think we could all use a retreat from time to time. I have thought about a writer’s retreat for a weekend, to sit in a room by myself and write without distraction. I would fully stock the kitchen with meals that required no more than five minutes of preparation. I wouldn’t have internet and I’d turn off the phone (can’t leave it at home; need it for emergencies). I would just write, then proofread the next morning. I think that this is what my book, and the many other book projects I have going, need.

But where do we find the time in our busy but not productive lives to have a retreat? How do we manage to fit in all of the really  important things, like weddings, babies, books, working on our relationships/marriages, reconnecting with friends, and spending time with God?

 

Erica

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