Thursday, January 30, 2014

100 Days To A Better You

To improve yourself, put aside mind numbing activities such as too much time on the computer, social networking, and watching TV, and do something to improve your mind:

read a book
take a free class
learn to do something you have always wanted to do
 play a board game with your family
go for a walk

Use your mind, don't waste it.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

100 Days To A Better You, Serve

One of the best ways to be a better you is to serve others. When we take our focus off of ourselves and put it on others, our lives change. 

Want to work on a a better you? 

Give your time to helping others out.  Your life will definitely change because of investing in others!  

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

100 Days To A Better Life

What if you took the next 100 days to make some changes, even one change, in your life?  What would you work on?  

It doesn't have to be life shattering, just take some small steps to make a better you.  

In the next few days, I will post some ideas.  Please post some of yours, as well. 

Friday, January 17, 2014

Importance of Words

Words are important. Choose them carefully. Speak words of encouragement, grace, love, & strength.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Do You Need to Break This Addiction?

Do you need to break this habit? Living a life focused on joy is such a better option than focusing on our problems.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Life Theme for 2014

I posted the below post a year ago today.  I chose overcome for my 2013 theme, and I had many moments of overcoming.  I overcame some habits, I started to work out and reached goals in working out that I never imagined I would reach.  I haven't lost much weight, but I am stronger, feel better, and am continuing to build my strength. I overcame a fear of heights over water by walking across a swinging bridge that was close to 150 feet long and 100 feet high.  I overcame past hurts and found peace.  I could go on, but you get the idea.  

How about you?  Did you choose a word or theme last year?  How did yours go?  

What about this year?  Have you chosen a theme to live by for 2014?  I am sticking with overcome, and adding in intentional.  I want to be very intentional this year in relationships, in things I want to accomplish, and in the way I live my life.  

Join me, and share your theme/word.  I would love to hear your story!

From 2013:

What one word can become your focus for this year?  What one word do you want to be your life theme,  do you want to strive for, to describe your life in the year ahead? Put that word up in front of you, like on a mirror, a wall, your refrigerator, in your car, and live that word out each day.  Read books on that subject, look up quotes and verses that will inspire you to live that word out and make it your theme for changing something in yourself this year. 

My word is overcome.  It applies to many areas of my life already this year. 

Words have great power to change our lives.  

Here are a few words that may inspire you:

Courage     Hope     Overcome     Joy     Passion     Purpose     Forgiving    Worthy 

    Change     Discipline     Intentional     Empowered     Grateful     Transformation 

  Bold     Trust     Thankful     Health     Wisdom     Compassion   Balance 

     Perseverance     Simplify     Listen     Restore     Whole     Gentleness     Integrity

Fearless     Worship     Transparent     Friend     Quiet     Focus    Beauty

     Surrender     Humble     Action     Mercy     Laughter     Love     Grace     Peace

Selfless     Give     Content     Obedience   Truth    Faithful    

Worry-free     Organized     Strength

Self-esteem     Rest    Relentless

It doesn't matter if you haven't chosen a word yet this year, choose it now.  What is your word?  What will you do to live it out, to change things about your life?  Please share with me what word you will make your theme for 2013. 

Keep Going!

We are a week into the new year. 

How are you doing on your goals? 

Keep pursuing them! 

It's worth it! 

You are worth it!

Monday, January 6, 2014

You Are Not Here By Mistake

Are you living out your calling? What steps do you need to take to pursue your passion and calling in life?  Your life has great purpose and meaning.  You are not here by mistake, you are here for a reason.  Pursue your life's purpose today, and delve into the things that bring your heart great joy.  

Love.  Give.  Serve.  

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Overcome The Lies

"I'm too old, it's too late, I can't" are all lies that the longer we believe, the truer they become. It's time to overcome those lies. As long as you have breath, you have a purpose! Don't waste your life!

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Make A Difference, Work For Your Goals

“I am so thoroughly convinced that if we don’t set goals… and learn how to master the technique of living to reach our goals, we can reach a ripe old age and look back on our life only to see that we reached but a small part of our full potential. When you learn to master the principle of setting a goal, you will then be able to make a great difference in the results you attain.” –M. Russell Ballard

Have you set any goals yet this year?  Goal setting doesn't have to start at the beginning of the year.  As a matter of fact, it's best to set goals all year long.  A new year just reminds us of new beginnings, so it is a great time to set some goals.  

The way I am setting goals right now is month by month, broken down by the week.  Yes, I have long term goals, but I am focusing more on the short term, to achieve small steps of success in a shorter time.  When I look back in a few months, I hope to see many goals reached.  

I sat down last night and wrote out fitness, health, home, and personal goals.  I need to write out my goals on what I want to achieve in my faith life, my marriage, and occupationally.  I am sure I will come up with other areas, as well, but those are my main areas right now.  What are some areas you are focusing on?

I am writing my goals on 4 x 6 cards.  A couple of them focus on fitness.  I wrote out what I did at the gym long and how many strides on the elliptical, how many weighted crunches I did, the amount of weights I lifted and the number of reps, and how long I punched the punching bag.  I took those numbers and wrote out what I want to achieve within a week, then I wrote out what I want to achieve by the end of the month.  I kept my goals realistic, but not easy, because growth shouldn't be easy.  I took these same principles and applied them to what I want to achieve in my goals personally, in my home, and in improving my health.  

It's not difficult, it just requires taking the first step and writing down your goals, whether in a notebook, on cards, in your computer, or phone.  It is important to write them down and have them in a spot that is visible to keep them in front of you.  Goals require action, and follow through.  They  require effort, but the effort is so worth it.  

One way to write out your goals is to use the SMART acronym.  Are your goals:

S = Specific

M = Measurable

A = Attainable

R = Realistic

T = Timely

Will you join me in setting some smart goals this year, this month, this week?  Don't just go through your life, live out your purpose and live passionately.  Don't waste the precious gift of each new day that you are given.   You have a great potential to make a difference in this world, so start today!  You won't regret living out each moment of your life to the fullest.