Jumping into July – We’re Halfway There

Jump into July

Is anyone singing a little Bon Jovi with my blog title? Just me? I can turn just about anything into a song. It keeps me motivated and moving forward. It also gives me a bit of a dance break, which is almost always needed!

So, yes, we are halfway there. It’s July. We are six months into the year and have six months to go until January. How are those new year resolutions coming? Those big bold dreams that I encouraged you to write down all the way back in January. Are they growing? Does a halfway mark encourage and excite you or make you disappointed?

It’s up to you.

You can take this halfway mark as defeat, or you can turn it into motivation.

You’re halfway there on this amazing journey. There doesn’t aways have to be a finish line. Our growth never ends. Our dreams can always get bigger. God has something bigger and better and bolder just waiting for you. You only need to reach for it!

This month, I am challenging all of my followers (that’s you!) to Jump into July with me. What does that mean? Let’s work together for 30 minutes, for 30 days toward our dreams. I’ll give you something to focus on each day. This is not about adding more to our schedule. It’s about shifting our priorities so we can get more accomplished in the same amount of time.

Let’s get our bodies healthy. Our spiritual lives healthy. Let’s make lists of priorities, make vision boards and dream God-sized dreams together!

Then, on July 31st, we celebrate!

To join me on this journey, follow me on Instagram at simplylizsmith and on Facebook at Simply Liz Smith

And like Bon Jovi says, we’re halfway there!

We’re half way there
Livin’ on a prayer
Take my hand and we’ll make it
I swear, livin’ on a prayer


  1. Sabbath: Rest in God’s comfort and love.
  2. Everything Starts with Prayer
  3. Hydrate Your Body
  4. Take Time to Celebrate
  5. Find Your Joy
  6. Put Joy on Your Calendar
  7. Just Do It!


Pausing for Fun, Pictures and BBQ

We were only two hours into our nine-hour drive home. This was after an 8 1/2 hour drive the day before. We were nearing lunch time and Nashville. We would hit traffic for sure. On a whim, we decided to take a long lunch break and explore. We were going to get home late no matter how long our lunch break was. The seven of us would be stuck in the mini van together for 6 more driving hours, which translates to 8 hours.

So, I pulled out my phone (thank you technology) and looked up bar-b-que places in Nashville on Pinterest. I’m pretty sure I added kid-friendly to my search. One of the first posts I came across was for Edley’s Bar-B-Que in the 12 South neighborhood of Nashville. The restaurant had great reviews and had been featured on The Cooking Channel’s Cheap Eats show. There was also a mention about some murals that would make a great picture opp.

Twenty minutes later, we had driven through a very cute neighborhood and parked behind the restaurant. We were there about 10 minutes before opening, so we walked around to the other side and found some great spots for pictures.


We walked in Edley’s just as they were opening for lunch and there was already a line. Ordering at the bar was fast and there was great and affordable food for the whole family. We found a large table to sit at and our food was delivered quickly. By the time our food arrived, the place was packed and there was a long line. The food was delicious (I had the brisket platter), the tea was sweet and the atmosphere was perfect for our family.

While on our little side adventure, we discovered that this little neighborhood had many other murals for pictures as well as a Draper James store, several music/drum stores and Five Daughters Bakery which has 100 layer donuts from heaven!



Two and a half hours had quickly passed as we explored (ate) our way through the 12 South Neighborhood of Nashville. We piled back into the mini van and continued on our very long drive home.

Our lunch stop could have been a quick 30 minute fast food stop. We could have rushed through eating and bathrooms to get back on the road. But a long days drive is still long, even with a short break. So, we chose to pause, eat slowly, and have a little fun.

Where do you need to pause in your busy day to have a little fun? Can you take five minutes? Can you take 30? So often, we are focused on the finish line that we miss the joy in the middle. Don’t skip over that joy because you only see the end. Eat the bar-be-que and enjoy those 100 layers of cupcake. Take some fun pictures along the way and explore something new.

Godis Bigger

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