Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Happy New Year 2020, and Happy New Life - Here I Come! :D

Happy New Year 2020! 
And Happy New Life, Here I Come! :D

Hello world! :D Corine here. Writing in behalf of myself, and occasionally Miles, too. ;) We hope you had a wonderful Christmas and New Year, and that life is GREAT!

As for me, I am about to become living proof, that after several years of crazy busy, too busy to blog or socialize or even breathe well enough to exercise - even when you love moving and socializing, next to life itself... THERE IS HOPE TO GET YOUR LIFE BACK!

Because friends and family,   

I'm taking my life back! :D 

It's gonna be a good GREAT life! :D

Miles and I felt like slaves last year... working on an audit and letting some important things fall through the cracks. Like exercising, and socializing, and just about everything else. lol (Not!) :o BUT... We did have some really good things happen despite that. Including having a son marry and give us a wonderful new daughter! :D We love you, so much, Chloe!!! :D

I could go on and on about that wonderful girl! :) But to stay on task, taking my life back... 

After a long time of Miles and I doing what the world demanded of us and almost nothing more, we figure it's time to get healthy again and do the things that make life great! Not just physically, but also intellectually, spiritually, and socially. We both desire to get on track with our own personal life missions so we can really contribute and make life fulfilling and wonderful for ourselves as well.

We wanted to get intentional about all these things (because otherwise, some just don't happen). So we set some new year's resolutions about the way we spend our time, individually and as a couple. And started working on them immediately.

Our goals are simple. But exciting. :) I went for a jog/walk a few days ago, in preparation for the running I knew I would soon be doing regularly again. :) And I ran today! :D Baby steps. Sigh. Baby steps. Miles has been hand cycling while I jog or run. Nothing far or terribly fast yet, but we are DOING it! :) You know what we say... Just keep moving forward! :D

I also Gladly said yes to a friend who asked for help serving food at her daughter's wedding reception on Saturday. "Socialize" and "service," the first week of the new year: Check! Check! ;)

And decided to also start blogging; going on more mini vacations; and (after a year of hibernating to do paperwork), actually socialize with people in person again, too! :)

I set some other New Years Resolutions, too, and started working on them immediately. Three days ago I spent the day in fasting and prayer for help to make changes in my life. I was inspired to make a weekly schedule to work my goals into my life in ways I have never done before; and I'm following it. :) With flexibility, but also with commitment and wisdom. I'm waking earlier, even when I don't want to. Going to sleep earlier. Doing the really important things right away/putting them most important things FIRST (including daily scripture study and communicating with the Lord through prayer). And I'm actually doing it! 

Due to our new goals and schedules, Miles and I are already doing several things again that we haven't done regularly for a while! I'm so happy to be DOING/LIVING again! :D

I have other goals, too, which I have YET to start, but I know these seemingly small daily habits I have already begun will greatly increase the odds of my success in the bigger things. :D Life is again filled with purpose and hope. Sigh. :)

I'm super excited about the new year and all the good things it will bring as we change habits and regain good health, in every way! :) We are creating a wonderful life!
I'm so excited, because I KNOW we are truly committed to DOING what it takes to create our desires, and to not just wish our lives would become more.

OK. Time to get Personal... To understand why this is a big deal to me, I will tell or remind you; I stayed in mother's womb for near 11 months. And even then I did not turn, so was born breech, feet first. This is the way much of my life has gone. I often wonder if my spirit was afraid to come, kicking and screaming up in heaven, "I'm not ready! Teach me more before I go!" I am a voracious learner, and made it a habit of not thinking I don't know enough to move onto the next step, so I have made it a solid habit to procrastinate taking the next step. 

But I recently realized that belief has been limiting my ability to learn more and continue growing. So now I am telling myself, "You never think you are good enough or ready, so stop waiting! Besides, an imperfect action is worth a lot more than the lack of it! And I can guarantee, you won't get better at something by waiting to do it"  Sigh. So true. OK. Even if I don't feel ready. Even if I'm afraid. I will "keep moving forward."And then I will be ready. :)

So I have a few more goals yet to start... I'm also going to go back to school, and continue my education in nutrition, so I can better prepare learn more to help people more. But I'm not waiting until I'm done with this to help people. I'm done waiting. The time is now. I will be creating another blog to share some of what I now know, (which, despite the many things I do not yet know, is STILL, QUITE valuable), so what was I waiting for? What I know helps me, doesn't it? So it can help others, too! For a health blog, which title sounds better to you... Leaders in Vitality, or Moore Vitality? I think my blog will be "Moore Vitality." :) Me sharing what I do to have more vitality in my life. ;) I also hope to work at a nutrition store a few hours a week to learn more and contribute to my community, now.
Cross your fingers and say your prayers that I succeed at these goals! I pray they prove to be blessings for me, and for you, and for many others. :)

If you want to follow my health blog stay tuned for the link! I hope you subscribe and follow! I promise to keep them short enough to read in a couple minutes. I know life is busy! :)  Please feel welcome to come by and chat with me here, and there, and to share the blogs with others if you would like to. The more friends the merrier, I always say! :)

Thank you so much for loving us!!! :D
Hugs and love, back,
Corine and Miles :)

Monday, October 7, 2019

You Can Do Something

Hello world. :D

I say hello world, because I don't know who will read this. Sometimes I address these posts to my "dear friends," but the truth of the matter is... my friends probably don't remember this blog exists. I have been out of blogging and tell no one when I do occasionally write. However, I have never met a person who I did not like. I'm sure we can be friends! ;) Whoever you are, welcome! :D

I am super happy this morning! :D Life is GOOD!

It has been A LOT of work. And a struggle for me to balance work, medication, and play (and everything else for that matter!) I am really trying (to do more than work!. And God knows this. He knows that I am doing all I can. And that sometimes I need help... So He keeps sending it. In his own way. In His own time. I don't determine that. I just patiently keep moving forward the best that I can, having faith that things will work out. And they do. :)

Yes, He has sent another miracle to our home! :D

For the past several/many years we have lived with concrete floors. Our dishwasher flooded years ago, destroying our carpet. We didn't have the money to replace it, and didn't think of insurance until we pulled the carpet ourselves, making it impossible for insurance to know it really was an accident. So we never contacted them. We just kept on living, knowing that one day the floors would be near the top of the priority list, and we would have the money for flooring. And, this summer, we purchased tile! :D Only, we were still so busy working we couldn't seem to find time to lay it down.

Then our good bishop found out about it. We were in a hurry to do it so we could have the house well enough off for a home inspection worthy of a refinance loan, and he knew it. So he told my husband he wanted to send someone over to help with the project. The man he sent over did quite a lot. We did the prep work and he laid tile in our main living area, dining room, and hall. Miles felt strongly that we should do the kitchen now, as well, so he worked hard to remove two layers of laminate and glue. I am now tiling the kitchen, and we are working together on repairs before grouting. Though it is not done, it is beautiful! It will be done very soon. Here are a few photos taken during this process. I will post again when it is done...

The help given has made it possible for us to finish the work before winter so we can refinance. All this work, these miracles, the new flooring... they are all going to help us have more time and money and a better environment, so will help us socially (we will have an easier time inviting people over, lol), as well as financially (home refinanced).

Our Father in Heaven has been so good to us! He always has been. He doesn't take away our trials, but He gives us the support and strength we need to work through them and to learn to be happy in the midst of them.

I feel I have no room for complaints now. The past couple of days I watched General Conference and a video that reminded me of all the real suffering in the world, and of how truly blessed I am. I don't think I can ever complain again. Because I know that if I look for the evidence, I will always see that He is in my life. He mourns with me. He suffers with me. And He helps me to endure. He  comforts me. And in time, and after many beautiful and refining moments, He relieves my suffering. And He does this through others who are each willing to do something, too.

I think this beautiful video will portray this better than I can...

We often hear the phrase, "How can ___ do nothing, when there is so much hunger, pain and evil in the world?" Do we expect others to do something? Or do we expect it of ourselves? God does SO MUCH for each and every one of us. He inspires and enables so many charities and support groups. He comforts, heals, and strengthens. The REAL question we should all be asking ourselves is this, "What am I doing to relieve suffering?"

20 And behold, even at this time, ye have been calling on his name, and begging for a aremission of your sins. And has he suffered that ye have begged in vain? Nay; he has poured out his bSpirit upon you, and has caused that your hearts should be filled with cjoy, and has caused that your mouths should be stopped that ye could not find utterance, so exceedingly great was your joy.
21 And now, if God, who has created you, on whom you are dependent for your lives and for all that ye have and are, doth grant unto you whatsoever ye ask that is right, in faith, believing that ye shall receive, O then, how ye ought to aimpart of the substance that ye have one to another.
22 And if ye ajudge the man who putteth up his petition to you for your substance that he perish not, and condemn him, how much more just will be your bcondemnation for withholding your substance, which doth not belong to you but to God, to whom also your life cbelongeth; and yet ye put up no petition, nor repent of the thing which thou hast done.
Mosiah 4:20-22

I feel SO BLESSED, and I'm really excited to do MORE, to help my Father in Heaven to answer the prayers of others, and to bless them as He has blessed me. I think I'm going to make it a habit to go to Latter Day Saint Charities.orgJust, and other sites, to be inspired and find more ways to serve. And to be consistent in praying to notice and meet needs in my neighborhood and community. I'm so inspired! :D I hope you are inspired to serve, too!

Happy Serving!
Corine :)

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Sunday, October 6, 2019

Keeping the Faith. Keeping the Vision. EnJOYing Life Amidst the Chaos! :)

July 21, 2019 Sunday afternoon

Dear friends,

I love you and I miss you!!! :D I know we have been really busy and you may be wondering what has been going on in the Moore house...

So here is a quick update of what has been going on in our lives. And more importantly, an effort to reach out to you and let you know that you are in our thoughts and prayers, and that we care about what is happening in YOUR life. Please feel free to call, write, or come by, ANY TIME! :) We love you!

As you probably already know, last year we began working on improving our home and making major adjustments to our business so we can improve our financial situation. We still need to get organized, but we did the hard part of beginning to lay the infrastructure! :D

We really did have great success with that! Though I sometimes seem to forget the progress, allowing myself to miss out on finding joy in all we have accomplished while foolishly focusing on what still needs to be done. I was reminded today of how much better it is to step back and look at what has been accomplished, and revel in and admire the progress! For Pete's sake, find joy in the journey!! :D

Hey, good idea! :D So here is a moment to revel a bit more. ;) Last year, we also began the process of making our home a little more recreation friendly. We got a new BBQ pit, and a Bad-mitten set! In addition, a reliable car with which to go places and take vacations! And for around town, fixed bikes so everyone has a bike to ride. :D Aren't these wonderful blessings! We feel so blessed! :)

I feel so blessed and relieved to realize that again this morning! You see, we have been sort of drowning in work for the past couple years, and this year, in January, we were told we have an audit to add icing to injury. Due to computer crashes, moving the business, etc. etc., we had to start from scratch, digging and searching for the required documentation, and quite frankly, it sucked so much time and energy that we were busy with that rather than on finishing the work we began last year. The goal we had of finishing getting our house and business in order in the early spring was put on hold. Summer is upon us, and we still have all that work to finish, in addition we are still working on the audit. But hopefully close to finishing. Having huge work protects before us has gone on so long that at times we have stopped looking at all that was accomplished, and became very overwhelmed with all that was still before us. Whenever we would do this, it took a lot of joy from our hearts and lives and at times, brought in a lot of stress and tension as well. 

I wish it was better at remembering and keeping my focus, but since this has been a struggle, the Lord just keeps waking me up and helping me to re frame or refocus my life and my thoughts. Rather than continuing to feel so overwhelmed with “all I have to do” and failing to make/take time to socialize; I am continually empowered with the truth that there is enough time and to spare! This mental change doesn't happen fully until I act in faith, and just DO the most important things, even if it seems I don't have time. Each time I decide to go ahead and try the “impossible,” our loving Father in Heaven makes the “impossible,” “possible,” and gives me eyes to see... As long as I continue doing what I can, I continue making progress in my goals and the Lord sets miracles in place to help me accomplish them. This is a huge relief! I am SO thankful to Him for blessing me with faith and courage to act in faith! Only then can the miracles come; "faith proceeds the miracle." 

Yep! :) I finally decided I am DONE waiting for some big project or event in life to get behind me to LIVE with purpose and passion, and to acquire a social life! :) I finally realize that life will just keep being busy. The type of busy just changes. I can't let being busy keep me from doing things that make life happy and good.

So, I made some decisions. I know things won't change all at once, overnight. But as my mind and habits change, so does my life. So I decided...

I am visiting friends again. 
I am inviting people to my home again. 
I am starting another aspect to our business, now instead of later. 
I am choosing a school to attend to continue my education as a Holistic Nutritionist. 
I am living/enjoying life, now, not after the next big project is finished. 

I'm no longer waiting for life to feel less busy to get on with doing the things that make life joyful.

Rest assured... Every one of my big important tasks on my "to do" list, will get done! And, NO, I'm not going to list them here. I'm done micro-focusing on that!

Rather than focus on the big "to do" list, I'm choosing to focus on the mental visions I desire to create in life. There are many. I will share one, less important than many, but simple, pleasant, and wonderful all the same...

  • I WILL one day find myself sitting on a hammock in my beautiful yard while reading; and enjoying bad-mitten and BBQ's with friends! :D It really will happen!

No matter how busy life may be, we DON'T have to miss out on the things that matter most! There is time enough, and to spare, for scripture study, prayers and meditation, exercise, wholesome recreation, service, and socializing... among many other things! Life is about Faith, Family, and Friends! :)

So please, dear loved ones, count us in when planning social outings and activities! You matter. We matter. Our relationships with God and with each other matter.

I pray God opens up the way and that we let nothing keep us from living productive, faith filled, meaningful lives.

Rather than focusing on our “to-do” list, and all the distant goals and assuming joy is to be found in the final destination, I purpose we relax, and Enjoy the journey! :) We can be happy NOW, TODAY, and in ANY circumstance, as long as we strive to align ourselves with God's will, and allow ourselves to see, and focus on our blessings, and on being thankful for them in whatever shape they come in. Since many blessings at first appear to be curses, I just keep remembering to apply the scriptural advice to, “thank the Lord in ALL things.” ;)

I know I can do this! We can do this! We are children of God who loves us, and created us to be happy! :D  So I'm just going to "keep on keeping on" and enjoying life! :D I hope you are happy and keep your focus on Christ and the good things in life so you can feel happy, too! :)

I pray you have a very blessed day and life! :)

In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen. :)


BELIEVE... "All things are possible to him that believth."
Mark 9:23

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Meet the Robinson's (And the Moore's)

Hello world! :D

I know I haven't been here in a VERY LONG time. So, I don't know if I have any followers after 3-4 years of inactivity. But, I saw my blog today, and it made me want to watch "Meet the Robinson's." And then I felt like writing. So, for whoever finds this... here I am! ;)

I feel happy! :D

So, yes. I just finished watching “Meet the Robinson's.” 

It is such an inspiring movie, that always makes me appreciate my life, including the things that happen that I would never wish for. It makes me realize that our past, even the parts we cringe at the thought of, in all their seemingly ugliness - is what make the beauty of the future possible. :) 

"Keep moving Forward" became my motto, and "Keep Moving Forward! Meet the Robinson's (and the Moore's!)" became my email signature several years ago when this movie first inspired me. It has gotten me through some really rough times, and I'm so thankful for it!

And of course, I'm not saying my past is ugly at all. It is just, that there is so much of beauty and ashes in each of our lives. What life looks like, really depends on what we focus on. What becomes of us and of our lives, really depends on what we focus on and what we make it.

For the past few months, I have focus too much, on the parts that I could, wish were not there.
  • The 4 year audit that I still need to finish preparing for after a computer crash.
  • The work that still needs to be done so we can have more than just concrete for floors.
  • The garden that isn't planted.
  • The shed that needs organizing. & the closets, and rest of the house and business supplies. Lol
(I could go on and on and on, really!)

Or I could focus on all that has improved in my life. All I have learned. New opportunities. A future I get to create. All I can become. And the people that I love and who love me, now and in the future...

THAT is what makes life good. Zooming into view the small moments that give life meaning and joy. The small things that make life what it is and what it can be!

I'm taking life as it comes now. That is what I decided tonight. I'm not going to worry about the list of to do's that seem so big. I'm going to just prioritize, and do the things that matter most, while attacking that list of to do's during my designated “tackle the list of to do's” time. :) 

The rest of my life is mine for the living! And I choose to take so I can make it! I hope you do, too!

All my love,
Corine :)

PS. I think I will begin writing here again. :) 
I like writing and socializing. :)