Walking to Find Great Finds

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After seeing myself in some very unflattering pictures, I decided it was time for me to lose weight. Living in a large city where parks are rather far away, I had to drive to the park just to take a walk around a large spacious area. To me, it felt like I was defeating the purpose. So, one day, I decided to walk instead of driving to the grocery store a mile away. After all, I was only going to get a few things.

As a lifelong resident of my city, I thought I knew all the best stores and places of interest to patronize until I started my daily walks. Rather than walk on the main streets, I opted to walk on the side streets, away from the hustle and bustle of the big city. On my first walk, I came across a small café nestled in between a row of brownstone homes. I eagerly wanted to stop and sample a fresh cup of flavored coffee, but I had to continue my walk. I entered the store’s phone number into my cell phone to make a note to stop in one day.

A few blocks later, on a tiny curvy street, I came across a store that had some very nice dresses displayed in the window. I was surprised to find that the store had the same dress that I had paid twice the amount for at a department store. Had I known the store existed, I could have saved some money and purchased a matching purse as well. Once again, I entered the store’s phone number into my cell phone and continued my walk.

Thirty minutes later, when I reached my local grocery store, I realized I had actually enjoyed my walk. I felt like I was sightseeing in my city for the first time. I found two stores that I will visit in the future. It was a wonderful adventure that I enjoyed very much. So much that I started to take walks every day for exercise and to explore my city and see what other treasures it holds.

The treasure I have found so far includes a historical landmark that I had once read about in a magazine, an antique shop and a mom-and-pop bookstore. I have lost some weight, which was my main goal. My exercise had paid off in more ways than one. Now, through walking regularly, I get the exercise that I need and can feed my shopping habit as well.

My above article was originally published in 2007 on the former Della Donna Zine. Although I can no longer walk as frequently and as far as I used to, I still find different ways to enjoy myself while discovering this beautiful world around me.

Park the car and take a stroll. You never know what gems you might find.

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A Message from Desiree Future HOPE, FAITH & A SMILE

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When I started this blog earlier this year, my intentions here at the Reading & Writing Spot were to make a place for Christian and inspirational reading. I wanted a place where you could find faith inspired books and articles. Along with that, I also wanted to tell my journey of how I went from self-publishing to seeking traditional publishing with my new contemporary novel.

After writing my twelfth blog for this year, I looked at all the articles I’ve written. Each of them had the same elements. They shared hope, faith, and ended with a smile. But the one difference was the subtitle of my blog which did not fit. Therefore, I’ve changed the subtitle to my website. Not to worry, you can still reach me at www.desireefuture.com. The new subtitle is Hope, Faith & a Smile something I’ve been giving you from the start and will continue to.

See you soon

Desiree Future

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Earlier this week, I had an appointment in an office building where there were metal detectors that you had to go through to access the building. Good morning was the first thing I heard upon entering the building. I arrived at my appointment early and was told to wait against the wall before being allowed entry to the office. As employees entered the building and passed through the metal detectors, I watched their interactions. The two vibrant security guards greeted everyone with such grace and joy that I had to look.

They gave such an energetic Good Morning it was worthy of waking, even Sleeping Beauty herself. Several employees passed through and there were things like “I like your new hairstyle, Bud it’s almost the weekend you can do this and my favorite, have a good day.” They said Have a good day to everyone. This was simply mind-blowing to me because I’ve never seen so much enthusiasm at a security checkpoint before. Upon leaving the building, I told them how I loved their energy and positive vibe.

These young ladies made it their business to put a smile on each person’s face simply by saying two words. Good morning. Imagine what this world could be like if everyone did what they did. This would be a truly amazing place. 

The reason I write is to make people smile. I want my words to touch someone’s soul who might need a little inspiration to keep from diving off that bridge. Or taking those pills. I want my words to encourage, uplift and to give hope. This is how I make people smile. I challenge you to make someone smile. Leave me a comment and let me know how you did it.

Quote of the Month

~A smile can make a heart sing.~

Desiree Future

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