2017 Thoughts

©  I wrote this excerpt on December 19, 2017, as I reminisced about this year by looking at pictures and journal entries 🙂
Today was another calm day. It is funny though because I watched my crazy puppy while balancing my day with my older dog, reading a book under a shared blanket as she took a nap. It’s the little things. I have allowed myself to stay calm despite the craziness. I have made time to turn sorrow into joy, I have enjoyed a good book, getting lost in the world of fantasies and unparalleled experiences. I have learned the precious element of peace. As the bible states, “Be still and know” Throughout 2017, I struggled with this concept all to entirely, thinking that havoc would equate to a sense of calmness. Using this mentality of switching between the acknowledgment of stillness and a strong desire to push past my limits, I have seen so much growth, growth that I never imagined possible. There is this sense of a ghost of my past self as I shed the past hang-ups and regain certain levels of achievement. I managed to take four classes over the spring semester, two 8-week summer classes, and three fall classes, one class being honors both spring and fall. I managed to experience some of the most amazing memories as I cultivated friendships.  Not to mention helping care for a puppy, starting at ten weeks of age, who filled our home with joy and a new sense of appreciation for vitality and freedom. She is now four months, and life has taken quite a stir. For this upcoming year, grab a cup of coffee and engage in my lessons as I stir up some cream to lighten the mood!

©  Kiki Mueller 2017

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  1. T. R. Noble says:

    Love the picture of you! This year has been full of a lot of things for me, and I hope next year is less stressful. 🙂 Psalm 46:10, “Be still and know that I am God,” is one of my favorite scriptures.

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    1. I hope you have a lovely year! I’m routing for you! You are such a beautiful soul! 😍 You deserve a year of peace and happiness! Blessings! Xoxo

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      1. T. R. Noble says:

        Thank you 🙂 that really brightens my day!

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  2. T.R. is right… that’s a beautiful photo of you… I love the way the light is pouring through the window and the candid nature of the shot! Lovely! And I do hope that your new year continues and capitalizes on the very best of 2017! Being still and yet moving forward… sounds like you found a wonderful balance! Looking forward to hearing more.

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    1. Thank you so much! I’m a work in progress! Haha I truly appreciate your kind words. I also hope you have a blessed year! I look forward to hearing your thoughts, as well! Blessings! Xoxo

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  3. Wow, it sounds like you’ve had a year of great personal growth! I hope 2018 is great for you xxx

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    1. Thank you so much! Same to you! I look forward to reading your blogs! Blessings! Xoxo

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  4. I love the idea of stillness as an entry point to both our deep soul and the fulless of thise present moment free of past pain or sorrow. I love this piece of writing and am wishing you much joy in 2018. Thank you for your kinds words of support during 2017. Much love Deborah ❤

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    1. Of course! You’re writing was so beautiful and had so much depth! I absolutely loved reading your thoughts! Stillness is such a great concept and is often overlooked and I hope to take advantage of making the most of the calm by focusing on God’s promises! You have been so sweet! I will continue supporting you and wishing you the best! Blessings! Xoxo

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      1. You too. Be still and know. I Just love that and I often just break it down Be, Be Still, Be Still and, Be Still and Know _: contemplating each parr of that statement is a meditation in itself. ❤

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      2. Yes! That’s a big part of what I focused on in 2017!!! ❤️

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  5. It looks like you had some pretty awesome experiences last year! I pray next year will be an even better one as you draw more near to God! Many Blessings, Grace. xx

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    1. I did! At the same time, there was a lot of growth. So it’s a win-win, I presume! 🙂 I pray for your upcoming year and beyond and your journey with God! Blessings! Xoxo

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