See How Far You Have Come

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Organize and review your photos. Some of you have shoeboxes full of old photos, some have albums full, organized by year and/or event, some have photos on cd’s, on flash drives, some have them stored in the cloud, stored on social media and/or stored in your phone.

Wherever you have may have them take a few minutes today to take a look what you have from the oldest to newest. Have a notepad handy and make a few notes of things you and other important family members have accomplished. Actually set aside or print off a few that you love and put them in an old-fashioned photo album for you to review as the year goes by.

Sometimes we need a reminder of things we have overcome, places and people we have visited and where we came from. Celebrate who you are and all that God has created you to be. You have come a long way baby!

Jeremiah 29:11

Impromptu Moments

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Mark 6:31

Live your life in a way that allows for moments of reflection, rest and being fully present. Simplify your schedule to create margin for impromptu shopping trips and lazy Saturdays.

When was the last time you decided, on a whim, to do something alone, with a friend or your spouse?  Has you time become so consumed with things to do that you have no time to add anything spur of the moment to it?

Everyday I wake up to list of MORE than 10 things that need to happen that day.  Some of those things are personal and some of them are business.  I spend all week working on things outside the home and then on the weekends I fill my time with things of the home.  I try my best to SQUEEZE in the grandkids, my kids and my husband.  Sadly, even they seem to get leftover time.

Purposefully plan at least one weekend a month that you have NOTHING planned.  Be sure that the house cleaning, grocery shopping and grass cutting are all done before the weekend or choose to skip it this one time.  That morning when you wake up, decide last minute on what your day will consist of.  Go hiking, ride a horse, catch a train, take a bus to a big city, ride a motorcycle, you choose.  Your body, mind and family will thank you and you will be surprised at how excited you will actually be as you rest and enjoy this unscheduled time.

 

Stop Procrastinating.

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If you have ever taken a time management class you know that before your day begins you should make a “to do” list of things you need to accomplish that day. Step two in the process is to prioritize those items on your list from most to least important. Then the last part is to begin completing and checking off items beginning with the most important.
 
It is easy to put the things we hate to do at the bottom of the list or maybe rate them high and skip them as we check off the items we complete. I recommend that you begin with the things you hate the most. Procrastination only delays the inevitable and causes you stress and anxiety. Once you begin the hard task, break it down into several smaller steps. Then reward yourself after completing each step. Each reward will motivate you to move on to the task ending with a completion and a bigger reward. No matter how hard it may seem…YOU CAN DO IT!
 
Proverbs 6:6-11 “Take A Lesson From The Ants”

Take Care of Yourself

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Practice self-care. Invest in your emotional and mental health each day.
 
There are so many demands on our time and attention from family, work, children, friends, and volunteer work. If we don’t take the time to tend to ourselves, our well will dry up rather quickly. We will have nothing left to give.
 
When it comes to things we care about like our family and our work, none of us aim to give the very last leftover bits of ourselves. Rather, we desire to give the very best of ourselves. So when we take care of ourselves, we are filled up, renewed, and restored so we can offer the people around us the very best of who we are.
 
Mark 1:9-13 is an example where Jesus took time to go away and be alone to be refreshed. Today I encourage you to add some time in your calendar daily, or at least weekly, to do something you love that is just for you. It may be reading a book, soaking in a bubble bath, shooting at the range, golfing, camping or walking a trail in the mountains. Whatever you do, do it to take care of you. You will love yourself, your job, and your family more when you do.

No Perfectionism Today

Romans 3:23 No one is perfect (My version)
 
Stop being a perfectionist. It really does hinder you and those around you. Make an effort to be easier on yourself!
 
If God does not expect you to be perfect then why do you have those expectations for yourself? Be careful, because if you are a parent or a leader/manager you may be teaching those who follow you that if you can’t measure up to your standards then maybe they can’t either.
 
Grow in grace today. Messing up is something we all do. It makes you a better person to fall and get up than to never fall at all.
 
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Get Out of A Rut

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Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Studies show that doing some part of your daily routine differently, whether it’s changing your route to work or opening the door with your left instead of right hand, can boost your creativity.

Do you find yourself driving to work the same way every day? Do you have the same routine each morning? Have you drank the same coffee the same way every day for as long as you can remember? What about your night time routine, is it the same as well?

Today, shake things up just a little, as a matter of fact try to shake it up all week long. Check back with me and let me know if adds a little creativity and excitement to your life. Maybe you are in a rut and you have been there so long you don’t even know you are in one.

It can’t hurt to try it!

Stop Reacting

In the social media world of instantaneous opinion sharing, this can be tough. Resist the urge to lash out, and take a deep breath or two before you respond to something that might upset you.
 
Read it, take a breath, pray about it and sleep on it. If after doing those things if you still feel that you should respond to a social media post, ask yourself if your post is true, necessary and kind. If not….skip responding and move on. FYI. You are not required to respond to or acknowledge everything that you read on social media.
 
Ecclesiastes 3:7
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