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Ecclesiastes 3 says “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heavens..” I love this verse, it has always been one of my favorites, maybe it’s because it describes my life so well. Not all seasons in our lives are seasons of Spring or Summer, sometimes they are a Winter.

For me, the last six months has been that season of Winter. In March I took on a temporary assignment to help fill the income gap for our monthly budget. At first it was a great relief to have the cash flow but soon it became very apparent I couldn’t “keep all the plates spinning” like I used to. Working all day for the government and working at night designing and managing a house building company was becoming too much.

The ironic thing is, at the beginning of the year, I had planned to focus on learning to be mindful. You see I have always been one of those people who was constantly planning for the next thing, living life mostly in the future. That type of lifestyle only leads to life passing you by as it turns out. Just a minute ago I was 29 years old, balancing a career, a family and a marriage. Now suddenly, I am 58 years old, kids are all grown and have families of their own and my husband and I are now trying to figure out what the next phase of life looks like.

Well after a few months of trying to keep up, I finally decided that it was time to give up the extra job and focus on the new career path God has put in front of me. September 30th was my last day and this week I am celebrating by taking a long over due trip to see our kids in Hawaii. Warm sunny beaches, cold pina colatas and family fun here I come!

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