Tammy Barnett

What Fills Your Soul?

“When you recover or discover something that nourishes your soul and brings you joy, care enough about yourself to make room for it in your life” – Jean Shinoda Bolen

I sat across the room in a straight back chair facing my doctor.  It had been one of those mornings.  I got off to a late start, was feeling exhausted from a night of restless sleep and my sweet Golden Retriever had died just a few days earlier. Sadness loomed over me.

When I arrived at my doctor’s office late, I was ushered in by the nurse who asked me to step on the scale. Perfect….I  was up several pounds from the previous year. 

What Are You Waiting For?

“Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today.”  -Benjamin Franklin and My Mom

Growing up I cannot count the number of times my mom told me, “Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today.”  I believe this was my mom’s nice way of saying, “you better get up and do what I told you to do!” 😊

Last week I was having a conversation about life with a group of friends.  A wise friend who I always enjoy gaining insight from said, “If my life ends today, I don’t want to be caught waiting.” All week long I have thought about these words and the idea of waiting for someday before I start living the life I desire.

Keep Moving Forward

I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead !           Philippians 3:13

I grew up in the Midwest but for the last 21 years my home has been on the gulf coast of Florida.  As I recall my life growing up, the Labor Day holiday was marked by public swimming pools closing, going back to school, putting away any clothing that was white and saying goodbye to summer!

My experience in Florida has been a little different. Swimming pools remain open all year long, school resumes in August before Labor Day, wearing white is totally acceptable anytime of the year, and our weather allows us to remain in summer always!

Lessons From a Friend

“Life can either be a burden and a chore or a challenge and a joy”
                                                                                              -As We Understood

One thing I know for sure is we will all have challenges in life and sometimes these challenges come in bundles called seasons of life. My last 2 weeks have been filled with challenges. At the top of the list was learning news about a cherished loved one’s failing health.

My 11-year old Golden Retriever, Addie was diagnosed with kidney disease 3 years ago and until the last couple of weeks had been doing quite well.  This new turn began at mealtime.  I would place yummy homemade food in Addie’s bowl and instead of lapping up every delicious bite as she normally does,

Just Breathe!

“Conscious breathing heightens awareness and deepens relaxation.” – Dan Brule

The other day I walked into a small local store to purchase my monthly vitamins and supplements.  Once the door closed behind me, I unconsciously let out a deep sigh.  A friendly employee appeared close by and asked, “what was that all about”?  Not understanding her question, I replied, “what do you mean”?  “That really deep sigh,” she said.  “Was a tiger chasing you outside or are you that stressed”?  Wow…. That was a wake up call!

When was the last time you were consciously aware of your sighs?  When was the last time you were consciously aware of your breathing? When was the last time you were consciously aware of just this very moment?