A Bit of Blog History
This blog started to simply be an encouragement. It has taken on different themes over the years, but it originated from my God-story and how He worked in my life in supernatural ways as only He can. It started out to be a comfort to others going through the same type of situation, but many years later, my life has taken on different passions.
It originated in 2008 when I published the long version of the story, God Keeps His Promises – Trusting in the One Who is Faithful When Vows are Broken. The blog title was then called Comfort to Comfort based on 2 Corinthians 1:3-4. Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. (NIV)
You can read the cliff notes here Long Story Short (God's Promises When Your Fairy Tale Fails).
While I still hope to be a comfort by sharing my personal story and bragging on God as my ultimate Comforter, Provider, and the One Who faithfully fights ALL my battles, my goal is to live life to the full - focusing on the fullness and abundance that Jesus promised.
As an older mom that experienced blended family challenges over the years, a stay-at-home mom whose husband faced job cuts a few times, a woman who has struggled internally with the ups and downs of her weight and maintaining healthy eating habits, to feeling totally empowered by setting and achieving both fitness and business related goals, I hope to share my life here and inspire others to build a strong faith, maintain a healthy body, and always keep eternal perspective.
Today, I am more focused on living life to the full and doing my best to stay healthy. In addition to running for exercise, I also run an online business and help others build theirs. I have partnered with a Wilmington, NC company that provides USDA certified organic wellness products, including skin care. I also love to travel and hope to offer more variety in my writing.
Instead of compartmentalizing the different aspects of my life that are important to me and feel that I may add value to others, I've decided to combine them all in one place as Christy Long Living. We will see where God and the keyboard continues to lead us!
Bucket Lists, Dreams & Goals -
Life is Short. Live Long!
For years, when I worked a full-time cubicle job (often with overtime), my dream was to be able to stay home with my kids. I will always be so thankful to God for providing a plan to make that happen. Many times over the years I have had to remind myself in the middle of the never-ending laundry, the pile of dishes in the sink, or the either sticky-hot, or cold, depressing, rainy afternoon car rider line that I am in fact, livin' my dream!
But my oldest is now married, my middle is in college, and my youngest is the only one left in the nest. So the timing was right to add a new bucket item to my list, and that is contributing again to our household income while finding a way to maintain my flexibility to be there for my family. My husband works from home and I really didn't want to leave to go to a job every day. Besides, Hank (my dog) would miss me! I am enjoying the challenge and satisfaction of setting and achieving new goals for myself.
As a CBD advocate, I have been educating myself and others on the many benefits including better sleep, relief from joint discomfort, providing a sense of calm in the stressful world in which we live, and helping with general aches and pains. There are also several books I have found explaining the benefits of CBD, and I used to provide a long list of all the medical conditions that CBD helped with on this site. However, in a careful attempt to NOT make medical claims, I decided it was best to remove that page.
Advocates must adhere to strict guidelines which includes not even making reference to a medical diagnosis or disease. I recommend Googling ______ (ailment) along with "CBD" and doing your own research, and of course check with your doctor or pharmacist to verify that adding CBD to your health regimen will not interact with any medications.
Other than doing your due diligence in deciding if CBD is right for you, the next important thing is to make sure you find a reputable source. It is a highly unregulated industry and finding a pure, certified organic product is imperative or you could do more harm to your body by taking something that is contaminated.
Check out my Health is Wealth page where I will continue to provide links to books and other information to help further CBD education. It is my hope that we can eliminate the stigma that is associated with Hemp/CBD products. I would never advocate for recreational marijuana or promote any product used for purposes of getting high.
What I have personally experienced from using CBD, is sounder, more uninterrupted sleep, leading to better focus and more productivity during the day. Overall, I have more of a calmness and do not panic as much over things that are out of my control. Definitely, feel more of a sense of balance. Also, relief of sore muscles from exercise, which helps me press on physically in order to do what I love!
What's on your bucket list? As I get older, I realize that my window for accomplishing certain items on my list is getting smaller.
I did not become a runner girl until my forties and I am physically in better shape now than when I was in my twenties. I ran my first 5K in 2013, my first 10K in 2018, and completed my first women's triathlon on my birthday in 2019. I completed my first half marathon in December 2019.
I've never been an athlete, never played any sports in school, or was ever a part of a sports team. But now that I'm older and wiser I actually enjoy trying new ways to exercise and making it a priority to be healthy and fit, as opposed to striving to be skinny.
I've stopped worrying so much about the scale and instead am working on checking off those bucket list items. Continually training for the next goal is fun! Sometimes the next thing can be a little scary, but I plan on taking care of my body and aging like a fine wine.
Below are some pics of my first triathlon. I trained with a group of ladies through our local Fleet Feet. It was an awesome experience!
Whatever your health goals may be, keep taking the steps to make them happen! You are worth it.