Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Parenthood Pact

Parenthood is not easy. Some days I feel like a failure. Some days seem like proof that I should NOT be the adult in charge. Some days my kids cry, and I comfort them. Other days I cry, and they comfort me. Some days we have nice homemade lunches, other days they are lucky to find a granola bar to grab so they don't starve. Some days they are well dressed, clean and neat, and other times they go to school in the clothes they slept in. Some days we sit together at the kitchen counter and do homework, other times homework is neglected and we barely see each other all week. Some days I cheer for their accomplishments, other times I feel like their misses are really my misses. 

Back-to-school time brings so many mixed emotions. I get nervous for them, excited for them, but always -- I pray for them -- because during the school year, the world gets my children for more hours than I do. 


I ask all of you in this big wide world, please be gentle and kind with my little humans. Whether they are the "quiet one", the "talkative one", the "loud one", the "class clown", the "smartalic", the "good friend", the "rambunctious one", the "sad one" or the "outgoing one", the "smart one", the "shy kid", the "straight-A student", the "brown nose", the "back talker" or the "pleasant one", please remember they may be any or all of these things -- but they are also MORE. The interactions they have with the adults in their lives can guide, inspire, motivate, encourage and bless them -- or scar them. 

So let's make a pact to LIFT the children in our world, so each child has a cheerleader, a friend, a mentor, an advocate and a teacher who cares. Here's to the new school year -- and to the little ones who are in our hearts even when they are not in our homes. Love my kiddos.


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Thursday, January 21, 2016

Articles to Inspire Your Life

"Act Inspired."
-- Jodi Orgill Brown

“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one.” 
― George R.R. MartinA Dance with Dragons

Something is not truly inspirational unless it is powerful enough to motivate you to act, to make a change, to DO something. Need a change? Read a great article today!

Books to Inspire Your Life

"Act Inspired."
-- Jodi Orgill Brown

“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one.” 
― George R.R. MartinA Dance with Dragons


Something is not truly inspirational unless it is powerful enough to motivate you to act, to make a change, to DO something. Need a change? Read a great book today!

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Videos and Podcasts to Inspire Your Life


Inspiration
"Act Inspired."
-- Jodi Orgill Brown

Something is not truly inspirational unless it is powerful enough to motivate you to act, to make a change, to DO something.

Thomas Edison said, "Genius is 99% perspiration and 1% inspiration". Just think about his inspiration that was so strong that though it was only 1% the cause of his achievements, it motivated him to act until the other 99% of the time until his results matched his dreams!

Do not settle to merely be inspired, but act inspired. 


(Listed in no particular order)

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Movies To Inspire Your Life


"Act Inspired."
-- Jodi Orgill Brown

Something is not truly inspirational unless it is powerful enough to motivate you to act. True inspiration causes you to act, to make a change, to DO something.

Sometimes we need to look at things through a different lens to SEE LIFE MORE CLEARLY. Movies and books can give us such a glimpse, and help us gain the perspective we need.

Movies can inspire. They can make you think out of box. Sometimes they can make you question yourself and look back at your life or perhaps even see your future. Want to get inspired? Check out one of the following movies:

(Listed in no particular order)

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Finisher!

I start dozens of projects every year, maybe hundreds. More than that I get ideas for thousands of projects. The projects are always good ideas, everything from ways to help my kids with homework time, organize my house, study, pack homemade (healthy) lunches, paint a room, be more healthy, to implementing ideas and methods that would make me a better spouse and parent. My website is a great example. I started the 12 Days of Mas Christ last month, but by post 6, I was bogged down in projects for Christmas, community, school, church, etc. and I never finished my series of posts.


One thing I've come to realize about myself however is 

I have good, if not great intentions, for all of these so-called projects 

but the reality is

 Time is precious and I need to learn to use it more wisely

I just can't get every project done. Sometimes I am doing nothing more than creating extra work for myself which results in more piles to be organized, more things left undone, more frustration and more running around. This year, part of my resolution is to choose my projects, tasks, and activities more carefully so I am electing to use my time for the most worthwhile tasks. 


I want to be a FINISHER

Monday, December 7, 2015

12 days of Mas Christ, Day 6: Say a Kind Word

Mas Christ.
More Christ.

For the 12 days of Christmas this year I am going to do 12 days of Mas Christ, or More Christ. Each day will feature a simple way we can show more Christlike love to those around us and those in need.

DAY 5

Say a Kind Word



What was the last kind comment someone made to you? Compliments and kind words can lift, brighten, and help us feel better, feel loved, cared for, or simply keep going. A thoughtful word, a sincere compliment, and even a poignant wish can make all the difference. Show someone that Jesus loves them and give them a kind word today.

12 days of Mas Christ, Day 5: Give Away Excess

Mas Christ.
More Christ.

For the 12 days of Christmas this year I am going to do 12 days of Mas Christ, or More Christ. Each day will feature a simple way we can show more Christlike love to those around us and those in need.

DAY 5

Give Away Excess



Most of us in the United States don't really need anything for Christmas. Many homes are so full, families rent storage unites to hold more stuff. We certainly don't have the problem of   not enough. This Christmas, help others, and help yourself, by slimming down the excess. It will be less to clean, less to store, and less to worry about—and it will bless the lives of those who really do have needs!