Gratitude and Goals (March + April)

I had grand plans for April 2016. I was sort of excited and looking forward to what I would accomplish and how I’d get there. But it didn’t happen. At least not how I thought it would.

Sometimes it’s good and sometimes it’s bad. I’m talking about those reasons your plans get pushed aside because of life happenings.

A baby. A new job. A bonus. A new account or a new sale.

But then there’s loss. A failure. A job. A divorce. A death.

April 1st when my baby, my sweet beagle went to the vet for a bad cough. I didn’t think twice about my plan. Life was happening as usual. Or so I thought.

But then on her birthday, April 8th when we were getting an ultra sound to see if the mass had metastasized I wept.

I wept for what would have been.

We were planning her birthday pawty, a real celebration where she’d be showered with treats and presents and everything would have been happy and hopeful.

That was only part of my April plan.

As I think about all the things that I had set my sights on, I’m struck by how it all just changed in a flash.

I guess a part of me mourns what was. How we were before Skylar’s diagnosis. When we had plenty of time, plenty of plans and plenty of hope.

Today my plans are different and so is my hope.

My hope is higher than it’s ever been before. I have hope that God will heal Skylar. I have hope that I fly at a level well above 30,000 feet. Actually, I know that I fly higher because I rest on the wings of Jesus.

I rest in the fact that God has a plan for me and a plan for my sweet beagle. The truth is, I need not worry. Everything will be just as it will be. And I will be fine and so will Skylar.

I can make my plan. But I know the one who has everything already worked out and all for my good.

So here was my plan. My priorities have changed. My time with Skylar is limited so I’ll take every chance I can to be with her, to pet her, to kiss her, to love her.

Time is short and it’s so precious. It’s the one commodity we’ll never get back.

This March…

I was blessed by:
Skylar’s presence (my beagle)

I was surprised by:
A visit from my Dad

Me & My Dad!

I learned:
The meaning of delayed gratification and paid off some debt, and yes it hurt, just look at this!

I learned how to use a new app:
The app called Snapseed at an Instagram-Workshop hosted by Jane Ko of A Taste of Koko Check this out!

Impressed myself:
I made a yumo Easter dinner including this impressive dessert

Made a new blogger friend:
I’m so happy to have had lunch with Bobi Ann Allen who lives in central Texas and blogs over at She’s so inspiring, writes beautifully and vlogs about faith and doing life with God. So glad we’re friends.

This April…

I’m hopeful for:
That one of my blog posts encourages someone and my puppy gets well

I’m excited for:
Celebrating Skylar’s (my beagle) 9th birthday

I’m aiming for:
New Facebook followers and posts that reach people in the Facebook world, will you follow me on Facebook? Click here.

I’m afraid of:
Not taking a step or acting on my goals

April Blog Goals

  • Get home office functioning
  • Connect and network
  • Sleep
  • Change Pinterest to Business Page
  • Increase Facebook following by 100
  • Learn Grammerly
  • Quality Facebook posts

These goals are fine and dandy but my main goal is to spend as much time with Skylar as I can. Life is short. We need to make our priorities count.

What are your goals and dreams for the time left in April 2016? I’d love it if you’d share in the comments here.


  1. So sorry to hear about your sweet Skylar. Keep your chin up, appreciate every day together, and don’t give up hope!


  2. Appreciate your positive attitude to look for the good in times when it seems so hard to find. Praying for you.

  3. Tracy: Your blog is beautiful. We pray that your little girl will beat this nasty illness. The Lord blessed you with such a great and loving friend. The LOVE she has for you is so unconditional. You have been such a beautiful partner for Skylar. You have been so wonderful to her, many animals don’t get a fraction of the love and care you had given her. We also lost our family furry (Ginger), We always think of her and we talk of her loyalty. May the Lord bless you and keep Skylar pain free. Love you and miss you!

    • Thank you Syl! It’s a tough time to watch someone you love go through this. It is a hard process indeed. I love you too! Thank you for reading 🙂

  4. Very well written! Love it!

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