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Motivation Monday

What better motivation can a parent have than kids that get up on a Monday without poking, prodding, yelling, screaming, crying and fake illnesses?

It has been a busy weekend with electrical work being done, roofers hanging around and a graduation party for my niece. So busy that we were heading to bed at 9:30 Sunday evening. So busy that we were so tired we never heard the rain storm during the night.

Being that tired actually guarantees a great night sleep. I woke up and finished the reading I needed to do. I got my children off to school, wrote the second last chapter of my book and off to the gym I went. Unfortunately, my great night sleep did nothing to relieve the soreness in my bones from the constant go, go, go of the weekend.

Other than occasionally my children, what inspires me? Thank you for asking…

Music – for example, a very dear friend of mine posted a good morning song this morning from YouTube and that will probably be part of my morning ritual. My current work in progress was written almost entirely while listening to Christian music. I love to dance around the house while cleaning and I cannot get through a workout without upbeat music.

Reading – I read inspirational books and blogs. I belong to a few inspirational groups on Facebook and most of my friends are great about posting messages that I really need to hear that day.

Writing – just the act of writing inspires me. The words flow freely as if they are fed to me from God himself.

My husband – my husband is not a church goer or bible reader but his relationship with God is pure nature. His gift with the camera has inspired every book cover I’ve ever created.

Surround yourself with people who are most like the person you’d like to be and you will always be inspired and motivated to use your gifts for the purpose they were intended.

Every morning I have my coffee on the porch. First my hubby leaves for work. Then my son is picked up by his bus. And finally my girls leave to take the youngest to Summer School. It has been pretty relaxing getting everyone up, ready and out the door.

This morning however, the older gentleman across the street (not elderly just older than I) starts talking to me about his trip to the store. I am a good neighbor and usually talk to my neighbors but this guy and his female friend seem to be in a perpetual state of drunk and/or high. As he’s talking to me he suddenly realizes that he doesn’t remember where his female friend lives. He sees the hammock on the porch and comments that he’s sure that’s the house because he sleeps on the hammock but he can’t go on a strangers porch and turned around and walked away.

It seems very sad to me that people feel they need a daily dose of drugs and alcohol to get through the day. I know about the pain killer addiction and I get it, I really do I have been dealing with my own pain issues for the past 10 months or so.

What I don’t understand is the people who think they need drugs or alcohol to deal with the daily struggles of life. I feel like they should know that relying on these things will cause even more problems before they start. I have addicts in my family and I understand that addiction is an illness but I also believe that the initial choice to start drinking or start using was just that a choice that was made. We are all taught that the use of drugs and alcohol can lead to addiction.

It just makes me sad that people walk this path everyday and refuse to seek help. Parents are burying children they didn’t realize had problems. Children are becoming self sufficient and caring for parents because they don’t know what else they can do.

So for now I just shake my head at every tenant it seems of that upstairs apartment that seems to be from the same drug circle.

What else can we do?

Peace and Quiet

I am currently in the middle of a crazy, crazy life. Summer is supposed to be a time of relaxing and rejuvenation. Instead I am living in a construction zone. My husband has my kitchen mostly gutted and my friend has torn off and rebuilt my roof. Shingles come today.

In all this chaos I look forward to my morning coffee on the porch. A time of solace and reflection before the roofers show up and break the silence. We are a family that needs and deserves the updates that finally have come our way.

We would do anything in our power to be sure others have what they need even if it meant giving up ours. Now we have been provided for and it feels really good.

The sun is shining, the birds are chirping and shingles are being put on my roof today. So, during this time of peace and quiet, I am thanking God for providing us with these updates that we so desperately needed.

What are you thankful for today?

A lot has happened since my last post because, well, that’s life. I am changing my priorities and will be devoting more time to writing this summer.

Sometimes when you don’t listen to the whispering, fail to reach for your goals, let life get in the way instead of grabbing it by the horns and controlling your surroundings; sometimes you are given an opportunity for a do-over.

I am always looking for ways to learn and grow. I have joined a group called The Summer of Being in the hopes to take some steps to…
Become a better me,
Become the me I am suppose to be,
Become the me that fear is hiding inside.

A lot of people talk about a fear of failure. I am certain that I can accomplish everything I set out to do. I fear the person I might become in doing so. I don’t want to be that successful person that is snobby and condescending. My purpose in life is to uplift and empower others to be their best self. To rise above their circumstances and be who they want to be.

My goals for this summer?

Funny you should ask… I am going to finish this book and get ready for this vendor fair in September.

Simple enough right? Yup. Except that I haven’t charged my laptop in about two weeks. My house is in a construction zone and my kids seem to like it that way. I do, however, have a plan.

Don’t worry, my summer isn’t all about work either. I have a trip for Thirty-One Conference at the end of June and mid-August I get to volunteer at church camp. I also, have a few day trips planned also that are both work and play.

My summer of becoming is in full swing.

What are your plans this summer?

Is it possible?

Today on Financial Friday I bring to you the beginning of my journey to claw my way out of the paycheck to paycheck struggle.

Have you ever heard the phrase there is too much week left at the end of my paycheck?

Maybe like myself and millions of other Americans this describes your financial life to a tee.

At the beginning of the year I vowed to do something about this. I put pencil to paper and worked on a very tight budget. I decided in order to pay my monthly bills I needed to set aside $90 a week so I set an automatic transfer from my checking to savings.

Most weeks I or more often my husband has overspent and blown through this cushion I have tried to create. So I pushed back, grounded him from use of the account without asking first if money is available and took steps to get this under control.

My first step was to open an account in only my name that I will deposit part of my pay into. This account will become my emergency account. This is a no fee account that I was introduced to from the Pennyhoarder blog. The name of the bank is Aspirations.

I have just today changed my payroll to put most of my check into our main account (where my husband’s payroll is also direct deposited), a small portion into this new account and a very small set amount onto a netspend card that my daughter has saved and earned for a school trip she is taking in two weeks.

Today my main savings account has 2 weeks of savings in it and I am excited that I can finally make this work the way it is supposed to.

Wish me luck, I am inspired. I will update in two weeks. A look forward to next Friday will be fitness Friday where I will share the sleep remedy that has jump started my new weight loss regimen.

Matthew 5:3-16

3- ‘Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

4- ‘Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

5- ‘Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.

6- ‘Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.

7- ‘Blessed are the merciful, for they will have mercy.

8- ‘Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.

9- ‘Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.

10- ‘Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness sake, for theirs will be the kingdom of heaven.

11- ‘Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.

12- Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

13- ‘You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no good for anything but is thrown out and trampled underfoot.

14- ‘You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15-No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16-In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.

 

OK, I know you all know it… sing it with me…

This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine.

This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine.

This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine.

 

Every child of God has her light. No matter the age you are, you have the same light. Sometimes we put it on the back burner and everything else in life may hide it. It is always there and the more you seek God the brighter it becomes. Others may try to dim that light with their judgement and ridicule. No matter the troubles you face, seek the Lord and let your light shine brighter still.

Proverbs 31:25-26 “She is clothed in strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come. She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue.”

Every woman was brought into the world with the same light, the same strength, the same courage to overcome the persecution of others. Let your light shine brightly. Let the Spirit of the Lord guide you through the mysteries of your journey and give you the strength to overcome your trials.

 

I used to be afraid to tell my story. I was afraid of hurting others the way I had been hurt. One day it became perfectly clear that what is done is done and it was done to me. I was abused. I did not ask for that to happen but it is my truth. I have forgiven all my abusers. I have learned from my personal life lessons. I have let my light dim because of the words and actions of others. Today, my light shines brighter than it ever has. God guides my steps (I don’t always follow) but the guidance is there and the path is always there when I stray. Pull your light out, allow it to brighten your path. Allow it to show you the way. Find the person that is fighting to come out.

 

Move the mountains that are stopping you from achieving the you of your dreams. You have a purpose and your light will help you find the way.

 

YOLO!!!

I have been reliving some old memories as part of an assignment given to me so I thought I would share this again. 

I have a feeling it might help someone close to me.
https://becomeawomanofstrength.wordpress.com/2012/08/28/yolo/?preview=true

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