Your Purpose and Your Health

Good day to you all, and welcome to Leisure Lane. I hope you are experiencing well-being spiritually, emotionally, and physically.

Well-being is determined by many factors, but an important one, I think, is the ability to not only know your purpose, but to be able to live it. In my October 30th post, I said, “life just needs a reset every so often – taking stock in what we’ve been eating, thinking, feeling, and filling our lives with. Are we fulfilling our purpose? If not, why not? What can we do to ensure we live our lives in the joyful and meaningful way we were designed for?” And we are meant to live life joyfully and meaningfully.

These are important questions to ask ourselves. Now, some of you may be living your life’s purpose, so you understand how much healthier and well-rounded you feel in doing so. Perhaps, you wake every morning with a smile on your face, knowing that you are about to embark on another day’s adventure of making a difference in your life and the lives’ of others. And at night when you get into bed, you fall asleep more easily with the contentment that comes from knowing you did what you are here to do – you used your talents and your resources to the best of your ability and made the world a better place. But, there are many people who are not experiencing the joy of fulfillment because they either don’t know their purpose (yet), or they do know their purpose, but are not able to live it out consistently. And I believe, consistency is key.

Not knowing ones purpose can be quite frustrating. I believe that the biggest clue to finding out what you are meant to do in life has to do with your talents: what comes most naturally to you? what is the thing, or things, you love doing so much that while you’re doing it you have to remind yourself to eat? What is the thing you feel so much joy in doing that it resembles prayer? These are clues to your talents – your passions – and they are very connected to your life’s purpose. If you don’t know the answers to these questions, then take some time with a pad and pen in hand and think about it. You have the answer in you – you only need to bring it to the surface. “Oh, well, Marianne, I don’t have any talents.” I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard that from people over the years. Of course you do! Everyone has a talent in something. Talent is not defined by the arts alone. That’s a common misinterpretation of the word – one I’ve heard over and over. Let me give you an example most people would not associate with the word talent. Waitressing. Now before all of you waitresses out there send me comments with overtones of disdain, let me continue. Waitressing in a diner is a talent, if you love serving people in that capacity. I’ve heard waitresses say they love their work! Now, when I hear that, I’m thinking inside, “Really?!!” I mean, I’m happy they love their jobs, but I’m thinking that because I can’t imagine loving a job like that because that’s not what I’m wired to do (And I’ve done it, too, so I know!). But a waitress who loves her job loves it because that is the way she enjoys ministering to and communicating with others; she gets to affect people in a positive way with her smile, her positive attitude, her desire to serve them a cup of coffee, or a cold drink and a meal after a long journey – and she’s good at it – her talent! And, there are many other reasons she/he may love that profession.

Once, when I was waitressing, I had the early morning shift behind the counter. A man came in for a cup of coffee. I greeted him with a friendly smile and “good morning” and served him his order. When he was getting ready to leave, he told me his mood that morning was very bad, but after seeing my smile, it made him feel better. Now, that’s wonderful! Truly! And some may think that should be enough for me to stick it out as a waitress, but I’m not designed for a job like that long term, because it doesn’t fulfill me on any other level – it’s not my soul’s purpose. And that leads us to another misconception by many. Should our soul’s purpose fulfill us and bring us joy, as well? YES!!  Absolutely! No question about it! To think otherwise, is ignorant of life and certainly of God, but that’s another topic.

So, how do we get to where we are actually knowing, living, enjoying, and serving others with our life’s purpose. This leads us back to the statement I quoted earlier from a former post. “life just needs a reset every so often – taking stock in what we’ve been eating, thinking, feeling, and filling our lives with. Are we fulfilling our purpose? If not, why not? What can we do to ensure we live our lives in the joyful and meaningful way we were designed for?” If you aren’t sure what your life’s purpose is, or you do know, but are having a hard time figuring out the next step to living it out, then perhaps it’s time for a reset in your life. Eating right, moderate exercise, and a daily spiritual connection with God are important ingredients in determining how we think and feel about ourselves and others – about life, itself.  If we’re not putting nutritional things in our body, our mind, or our spirits an imbalance will definitely occur. Stress will increase, our thinking and decision making will become cloudy, confused, and unproductive. And if we’re already under a significant amount of stress that will lead to a breakdown in every area. Proverbs 4:23 says, “Guard your heart with all diligence, for out of it are the issues (the flow) of life.” The original word for “heart” means the mind – thoughts, feelings, emotions. It’s your thoughts that determine your emotions and those determine your actions, as well as determining your health – both mentally and physically. Your thoughts are physical things and will physically change your brain in a negative or positive way – and that will, in turn, affect the well-being of your body.

The bottom line is this…if you love what you’re doing on a daily basis, then you will be happier, and those around you will be happier. You will make a more positive impact on the world immediately around you, which will cause an impact on the world farther from you. Let’s face it, you spend the majority of your week at work – whether it be a job outside of your home or inside your home – and if your job is literally sucking the life out of you with continual stress, anxiety, fear, or emotional numbness, you are not fulfilling your purpose, but rather taking a shortcut to a short life. It’s not what you do that matters, it’s what you love to do that matters. Are you waking up every morning with a smile and eager anticipation, or do you throw the covers over your head dreading the day ahead of you with a sick feeling all over? If the latter is the case, then you need a reset. It may be time to re-evaluate your situation and write down some steps that will put you back on the right track for you and into Life.

I’d love to hear what you think about this topic. Thank you for strolling by the Lane today. I hope you prosper in all good things, and…

Until next time, may happy days abound!



The Midnight Monster: a Children’s Mystery Short Story

Nine-year-old Ben and his twin sister Jen have an eerie mystery on their hands. This is the third night they have been lured from their beds by a hideous bellowing that seems to start at midnight, only to abruptly stop after a while. In their efforts to solve the noisy mystery they find many interesting things, but no monster. Tired, but not discouraged, Ben and Jen, with combined determination and bravery, set out the third night committed to finding the monster. Their efforts lead them to their parents’ room. What surprising turn of events do they find there?

Good day to everyone! Thank you for strolling by Leisure Lane today. I hope you all had a fun Halloween. The sweetest children with the cutest costumes came by for treats – so polite, too, I don’t think any of them would have truly had the heart to trick. AND!! I JUST had a V-8 moment…yes, how silly of me, but I could have printed out some copies of Little Jack’s Big Purpose and handed them out with the candy. It would have been a perfect Halloween extra for them to have long after the chocolate is gone. Maybe next year..eeeee!!! See, this is why I’m looking to get myself together. Oh, well, moving right along…..

Speaking of children, I just published a short story I wrote many years ago called, The Midnight Monster. You can find it on Amazon Kindle. I’m getting together some of my children’s stories I’ve written. I’ll keep you posted for what’s next.

Thank you again, for visiting. May God bless you today and always, and…

Until next time, may happy days abound!



Little Jack’s Big Purpose: a Halloween Tale – New Release

Jack o' lantern idea kindle cover 300 pixelsIt’s a little pumpkin lantern’s first Halloween, and he’s got a big job to do. But when things aren’t turning out the way he expected, feelings of failure enter into Little Jack’s heart. Can Little Jack’s zest be renewed? Perhaps the stars have some wisdom for him…perhaps they have some wisdom for all of us. Find out in Little Jack’s Big Purpose.

Good day to all! I hope you are well and have been enjoying a lovely October. It’s been a very strange 2 months here. So, let it suffice to say, life just needs a reset every so often – taking stock in what we’ve been eating, thinking, feeling, and filling our lives with. Are we fulfilling our purpose? If not, why not? What can we do to ensure we live our lives in the joyful and meaningful way we were designed for? Things of that nature. Perhaps I’ll do a post about this.

Now for the good stuff!  This little story came to me one morning last week while praying before rising from bed. I was just now able to quickly get it up on Amazon Kindle in time for Halloween. I still enjoy Halloween, but the last few years, I’m not into all of that death oriented stuff. Death talk and negative images are not what I desire to fill my soul with anymore. I like to celebrate it with life giving thoughts and decor – pumpkins – happy Jack O ‘Lanterns, sweet black kittens, pretty colored leaves – you get the idea. Little Jack’s Big Purpose, is a sweet Halloween tale and sure to inspire all ages. I hope you like it.

Have a glorious day, a happy Halloween, and a life full of blessings.

Until next time, may happy days abound!


The Empty Little Stocking’s Recent Moving Review

Hello everyone, and welcome to Leisure Lane. I hope you are all well and enjoying lovely days.

I will admit that lately I have been feeling quite empty, much like the little stocking in this Christmas tale, until I noticed a recent heart-felt review that filled me with hope and happiness – the hope and happiness that comes with imagining how this story could have the opportunity to inspire others in a wonderful and positive way; and that makes me very grateful.

The review is as follows: [WOW!] I did not expect such a moving tale.. My heart was so moved by this small tale that I wish to make it a skit/ play at my church. I will share this story over and over. Great insite of a Christmas stocking. You can check out this review and others here.

I wrote a few poems last week. Perhaps I’ll share one or two here in the near future. Thank you for strolling by the Lane today. May God bless you beyond your expectations; may you see things in the light, and share the good inside of you with those who are searching for good. And…

Until next time, may happy days abound!



A Little Love in Your Life

Hello friends,

I hope you are all well. Thank you for stopping by today. I did this over a month ago, and thought I’d share it with you. Painted on board canvas with acrylic craft paints – a bit of a practice run.

May your day be filled with Love, peace, and pretty things, and…

Until next time, may happy days abound.


Buttons and Beads Fun

Hello Friends! Welcome to Leisure Lane today. I am so glad you came by to visit.  I’ve been creatively playing recently, as you know, with little projects here and there…painting and decorating mason jars, making jewelry and now I’ve been happily making some very sweet refrigerator magnets, which I promise to show in my next post.

For today, I’d like to share some of the earrings I’ve made. I’ve always had a ‘thing’ for buttons and it just seemed like a good time to do something creative and functional with them. And of course, who can’t resist a pretty beaded wearable?  I’ve sold a few, which made it even more fun and provided some more materials, and some I may keep for myself.

I worked with some wonderful summer colors.

Sand Dune Flower is so pretty when the sunlight hits it.

I think I’ll be wearing these for the Fall.

And these…

Okay, okay, I know…I promise to give some to friends, as well. That’s all for now. I’m off to make more magnets. Have a blessed day, my friends, and…

Until next time, may happy days abound!



July – Independence Month

Well, I missed posting for July 4th, but since it’s still July – and I’m still celebrating – I thought I’d share my Independence Day decorated mason jar.

Hello, everyone, and thank you for strolling by Leisure Lane today. I hope you are all having a wonderful day full of life, liberty, and happiness. When I made this jar, I liked it so much, I decided to keep it for myself, as I don’t really have any 4th of July decor. I added some Dollar Tree floral delights (I really like the stars and stripes flowers ♥) and a flag for added patriotic flare.

I had prepped the jar with paint and crackle beforehand, then painted a branch with with some stars and stripes draped over it. I added a raffia bow around the top and filled it with a fun and patriotic arrangement.

That’s all for now. I’ve been making earrings the last couple of weeks, so I hope to show them soon. In the meantime, may the joy of God, where, after all, true Liberty begins,  fill your heart, and…

Until next time, may happy days abound!


Country Hen’s New Look

Happy Tuesday, everyone! I hope you are all well.

Today, I’d like to share a sweet country hen thrift store find. It looks like an oil on panel painting and was in a very dark brown box-like frame. I became quite fond of the painting and felt it only needed a revised frame to brighten it up. So, I lovingly repainted and crackled it with a red. The original dark brown color underneath tones down the overcoat making it a wonderful country red and gives the original painting a whole new look.

I just love the way it looks so new, yet still retains that aged country charm.

Adding a couple of hooks on the bottom of the frame makes it more functional for hanging potholders, keys, a favorite teacup or two, etc.  The artist signed it “Kasper”. I did some internet research, but couldn’t find much. If anyone knows about this artist and his/her style, please let me know.  I originally re-purposed this to sell, but after it’s new look, I fell for it so much that if someone doesn’t claim it soon, I’ll just have to keep it 😉

Thank you for visiting today, and I hope you enjoyed this post. You can also follow me on Pinterest  Have a wonderful day, and…

Until next time, may happy days abound!


Two Blah Items into One Pretty Piece

Good day everyone, and welcome to Leisure Lane. Grab your favorite cup o’ and relax as we stroll down another creative path.  About a month ago, I purchased a rather blah glass vase on sale at Tuesday Morning and glass dish at my local thrift store. The glass vase had wonderful potential with the swirling design, but it’s function needed a change. So, I primed it, painted it white, and distressed it.

I “blushed” the underside of the glass dish to bring out the design…light green on the leaves, pink for the flowers, and a light blue for the tiny center flowers. Then I attached the dish to the top of the vase. Now, it’s a perfect dish pedestal for any room and can hold jewelry, potpourri, fruit, cookies, finger sandwiches, or simply pretty on its own – you get the idea.

Well, that’s all for today. I hope you are all well, and you’re inspired to do something that brings some pretty into your life. And speaking of which…

A Little Something Extra

One of my LinkedIn Network friends, Kristen Marie Schmidt, has a mission to help others bring back pretty, and her book, 30 Ways To Bring Pretty Back, is her newest way of inspiring prettiness in everyone’s life. You can check it out on Amazon or check out her Bring Pretty Back website.

Until next time, may happy days abound!


Paris in Summer Mason Jar

Welcome to Leisure Lane today. I’d like to thank everyone for stopping by, and your comments and “likes” are such an encouragement.

Today, I’d like to share a lovely Paris Mason Jar painted and crackled with a beautiful finish before decoupaging a Paris and floral theme. I added a sweet birdcage charm for some charm ;).

Side view

After priming the glass jar, I painted it a serene sea mist color.  After it dried, I added some crackle medium and painted it over with an ivory color.

Back view detail

I just love the weathered look. I don’t think I could have desired a more perfect finish. They all come out differently, which makes the process so much fun.

I hope you enjoyed this post and it inspired you in some way. May your day be blessed with good health and happiness. Look for more creations here soon, and don’t forget to follow me on Pinterest.

Until next time, may happy days abound!



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