Posted on 12.23.2016 by Jody Noland

Do you ever struggle with self-worth? If you’re human, the answer is probably yes.
Granted, for some, it’s an ongoing, seismic struggle. For others, it might be a much more occasional flickering of insecurity.
Self-worth can be affected by so many things: relationships, finances, career, appearance, health. We so easily gain a false sense of worth from our accomplishments and lose it just as quickly with setbacks or failures.
Talk about climbing the ladder of success and realizing that it’s propped up against the wrong wall!

Posted on 12.16.2016 by Jody Noland

Ten days before Christmas. A million and one things to do. And water had begun to leak out of the bottom of my washing machine.
Seriously? It’s been a year of “what will break next” in my world of home ownership. Water heater. Garbage Disposal. Sprinkler system. Air conditioner. Dryer on it’s last legs. And now…the washing machine. Ugh and double ugh.
Yes, my first inclination was to whine. But I quickly remembered what it was like in Uganda helping to hand-wash and hand-wring sheets. That quickly shut down my choruses of “poor me.”

Posted on 12.09.2016 by Jody Noland

Sometimes, I want to cheer. Maybe even have a dance party.
I get exuberant when the message that is at the heart of Leave Nothing Unsaid is shared in a moving way.
Recently, I was dancing and cheering after seeing a new Minute Maid video entitled “The Holiday Store with Nothing to Sell.”

Posted on 12.02.2016 by Jody Noland

What kind of difference can you make with an investment of 47 cents?
Plenty, when that money is spent for a stamp…and that stamp is affixed to a hand-written note.
We live in an age of the digital and the immediate. Text messages have replaced love letters. Email has become the standard for communication. Yes, it’s an instant way to share our sentiments.  But something is lost when all of our interaction becomes electronic.
When was the last time you received a hand-written note? Think back about how you felt.

Posted on 11.24.2016 by Jody Noland

The family had gathered at their Gulf Coast beach cottage for the Thanksgiving holiday.
Everyone in the family needed the renewal and refreshing they gain from spending time there together: talking, sitting in the sun and staring at the aquamarine water.  A time to just be, not to do.
One evening, as they reclined in Adirondack chairs around a crackling fire, their college-aged son posed a question to his parents:
“Would you give a one-word description of each of us?”

Posted on 11.18.2016 by Jody Noland

Words a homeowner never wants to hear.
Especially when the aforementioned “leak” meant that a lot of water was pouring into my carpeted basement due to a failing hot water heater.
Over the last few months, I’ve had a seemingly endless stream (no pun intended) of unexpected home repairs. And this was just one more.

Posted on 11.11.2016 by Jody Noland

Imagine this.

Posted on 11.04.2016 by Jody Noland

Have you ever seen an infinity pool? The water appears to be spilling away, but that’s really just an illusion. In reality, the water is captured in a catch basin and re-circulated.

Such a beautiful architectural design.

And what a picture of life.

Posted on 10.28.2016 by Jody Noland

Sometimes, I think God must be speaking to me through a megaphone. I’ll hear the same message from a variety of sources...a book, a song, a friend. Even for a blonde, it’s impossible to miss.
Recently, the unmistakable message has been to SIMPLIFY.

Posted on 10.21.2016 by Jody Noland

Bittersweet. That’s my word for October. There’s so much I love about this month: changing colors, fall breezes, bright blue skies, beautiful moonlight, football games (when Georgia wins), and all things pumpkin.
October also reminds me of loss, because it is the month when my first hero…my dear dad…was promoted to Heaven.
What I wouldn’t give for one more conversation and one more hug.