Making God Laugh

Woody Allen once said, “If you want to make God laugh, tell him about your plans.”

My last job contract ended a year ago. I wanted to take a couple of months off, but continued to look for work. It was very quiet, and the couple of months turned into a lot of months. I did work several small contract jobs but it wasn’t enough to pay the mortgage. So I decided I was going to jump into the deep end of the pool and make my company (Diane Beason Communications LLC) a full-time gig.

For the last few months I’ve been working on a plan to provide communication solutions (i.e., social media, writing, and marketing) to small churches and small businesses. I was getting close to launching my new business when….I got a full-time job.

Yeah, I think I hear some snickering from above.

The offer was unexpected. I had quit looking for full-time work when on Thursday (9/11) I received an email from a former co-worker telling me about a job opening at her company. The job looked interesting, so after thinking about it for a few minutes, I decided to apply “for the heck of it.” In less than a half hour, Human Resources called asking if I could come in for an interview on Monday (9/15).

Wow, okay… In a nutshell, the interview was a lot of fun, the job fits me very well, and the benefits are good. Beginning Monday, October 6th I will be the Senior Procedure & Operations Analyst at Salal Credit Union.

I’m celebrating and I’m grieving. In this new job, I will get to use my love of writing AND training. So many details have fallen into place, you have to know that God had a hand in making this all work out. I am in awe and amazed. But I will miss my flexible schedule and lifestyle. Except for the lack of a paycheck, my life has been absolutely fabulous. (I am going to make a GREAT retiree someday…)

Someone somewhere has a funny sense of humor, though. After I accepted the job offer, I went out for some Chinese food. This was my fortune:

"An enjoyable vacation is awaiting you."

Someone has a sense of humor…

Yeah, it’s probably God. Still laughing.

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Book review: Living Beyond Your Chronic Pain

When you sign up to review books, you never know what you’re going to get…

When I received Living Beyond Your Chronic Pain: 8 Simple Steps to a Pain-Free and Healthy Life (Destiny Image, September 2014) by Joseph Christiano, ND, to review, I planned to share it with family and friends who are in pain every day. But as I read it, I realized anyone with aches and pains – no matter how minor – should read this in order to stop them before they become worse.

Christiano, author of several books, speaks from personal experience. He too suffered from excruciating and chronic physical pain. He uses his story and proven research to discuss a variety of things one can do to avoid expensive medications and surgery. Topics include changing your thought process, changing your diet, alternative medicine (acupuncture, chiropractic, etc.), and a few things I wasn’t aware of.

He does not dissuade people from seeing their medical doctor or taking prescription medicine, but suggests trying natural methods first.

His goal in this book is to provide hope to pain sufferers through natural methods. If it doesn’t work, we can go ahead and have surgery. But if we can become pain-free in a more natural way, why wouldn’t we try it?

If you are in pain or know someone who is, get the book.

I received a free book from Destiny Image through The Book Club Network, Inc. in exchange for an unbiased review.

Book Review: Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good

The latest in the Mitford series.

Well, don’t say I didn’t warn you. More reviews to follow…

Oh, Mitford…I have missed you so much! How wonderful it is to be able to spend time with Father Tim, Cynthia, Dooley, Lacey and the rest of the neighborhood.

When I received “Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good” by Jan Karon – the latest in her Mitford series, I did the happy dance. And this book did not disappoint…I’m now doing a very contented happy dance, if that’s possible.

Things in Mitford have not changed a lot, but Father Tim is having trouble deciding what he wants to do in his retirement. Fortunately for us, there are many things he can do to keep busy and to continue meeting the needs of the people in his life and in Mitford. And there are many needs – illnesses, deaths, new babies, accidents, new relationships, secrets uncovered…oh, you’ll just have to read it.

I don’t want to give anything away but I was happy to see a few unfinished stories – just like real life – so I’m hoping that this means there will be another book (or several) to follow. I’ll be waiting!

Disclosure: I received a free book from the publisher in exchange for an unbiased review.

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