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6 Things I’ve Learned this Spring

Each season is full of things to learn if only we pay attention. This spring I’ve tried to keep my eyes open and recognize some of the things, big and small, that I’ve learned.

I like teaching. This may be obvious since I went to school for education, but I haven’t taught in a classroom in over 10 years. I’m co-teaching a Bible Study this spring and remembered how lovely it is to be in front of a room full of people eager to learn something new. It challenged me and reminded me of parts of myself I’d forgotten. Plus, I learned new things about the Bible.

I need to seek out joy. My word of the year for 2017 is joy. But I’ve been slacking. I’ve been expecting joy to just come find me. The more I wait the more I realize that may not be how joy works. If I want joy I have to look for it. I’ve started looking. The pictures I’ve shared here are just a few glimpses of joy in my days.

Getting away doesn’t have to be perfect. I celebrated my 19th anniversary this month! Instead of feeling excited I was disheartened because all I wanted was to get away with my husband. I couldn’t seem to make it all work out perfectly. I couldn’t find the perfect destination and the perfect timing and the perfect place to stay and the perfect everything. When I was out walking one day I realized, there is no perfect. I’ll take imperfect time with the man I love over no time. I went home and booked a place close to home so it would work in our time frame. We got away and it was wonderful. Don’t wait for perfect to live your life. Go on the trip!

This time of year is hard. It starts with Easter and it feels like things are in high gear until the kids get out of school in mid-June. I don’t do busy well, so it can be hard. Reminding myself that it is a season helps. And finding making the occasional blank calendar square. 

I can survive without chocolate. This was shocking! The problem was that I was developing a bad habit. It seems I was eating sweets so much that I began craving them all the time. Seriously. I would finish breakfast and wonder what I could have for dessert! I needed to take a break, so I went 10 days with no sweets. I still want chocolate (especially these) but don’t need it every day.

Seasons matter. I could go into the deeper meaning of this, but this is simpler than that. I’m talking about fruit. When things are in season they taste so much better. I’ve been loving berries and mangoes lately. Maybe we’ll look at seasons deeper down the road. For today, I’ll enjoy the fruit.

What fruit do you love in season?

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About Becky Hastings

I am emotional and logical. I am strong and dependent. I am a juxtaposition of head and heart exploring it all through writing. And in all my mixed-up ways I am loved. I'm here to tell you that you are, too. Just the way you are.

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  1. I enjoyed every word of this post, Becky. Right now I’m looking forward to strawberry season — and thinking I should join you on that sweets fast.

    1. Becky Hastings

      Fresh strawberries are the best, especially with whipped cream! πŸ™‚

  2. I love that we’re both sharing lily of the valleys this month, Becky! And thanks for that reminder that seasons matter … for all sorts of reasons.

    Fun to bump into you at Emily’s just now …

    1. Becky Hastings

      Lily of the Valley is stunning! Except when you eat it. Don’t do that. My youngest did once upon a time. Glad that season is over! πŸ™‚

  3. Thanks for this list. It was fun bumping into you at Emily’s too. I share your woes with the love/hate chocolate. I eat sweets for breakfast. Ugh — is that bad? Glad to know I’m not the only one with this struggle! πŸ˜‰

    1. Becky Hastings

      The struggle is real my friend. Oh, so real!

  4. I love your list! So glad to “meet” you through Emily’s link up!

    1. Becky Hastings

      Thanks Kailey! So glad you’re here!

  5. Mangoes, Avocados, Tomatoes. My favorite in-season fruits. I love these crazy lists!!! Could read them all day long!

    1. Becky Hastings

      Yum, yum, and yum! And what is it about these lists?!

  6. I love list posts! God has really taught me about seasons in the last couple of years – I used to hold so so tightly because I never wanted anything to change, but I’m seeing the beauty in how things change according to His plans. Thanks for linking up at #PorchStories.

    1. Becky Hastings

      Yes! You’re so right!

  7. Hmmm…maybe this is a sign I needed today. “Don’t wait for perfect to live your life. Go on the trip!” My husband and I were semi-planning a trip for next week, but last night almost decided it’s not worth it. But perhaps I need to press in a little harder and work towards a plan, even if it’s not perfect! Thanks, Becky.

    1. Becky Hastings

      So….did you go on the trip???

  8. Well, now I want your chocolate. πŸ™‚ I’m not much of a chocolate girl, but I do love caramel. Good for you. I’ve been doing low-carb this month, so I know what you mean. I miss the sweeter things. (FYI, sunbutter (sunflower seed butter) is sweet and yummy and satisfies that sweet craving. πŸ™‚ ) — Happy Anniversary. πŸ™‚ — (I don’t think I can pick a favorite seasonal fruit. All things are so good in season. Perhaps peaches. πŸ™‚ ) — Thanks for sharing, Becky. ((hug))

    1. Becky Hastings

      The struggle is real, isn’t it my friend?! Thanks for your well wishes, and for the sunflower seed butter suggestion!

  9. Loved your observations. Life is short I want to live it well! Be blessed.

    1. Becky Hastings


  10. I found myself nodding at each of your points. Were you in my head? LOL Fun post to read.

    1. Becky Hastings

      I promise, I wasn’t in your head….but maybe we’re all more alike than we realize!

  11. I enjoyed reading about what you learned:) So much fun!

    1. Becky Hastings

      Thanks Julie!

  12. I love raspberries when they are in season and priced great! Love your list of things learned!

    1. Becky Hastings

      Good raspberries at a good price are amazing!

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