Where Does the Wind Take You?

Wind

I was taking a mid-morning run on Monday of last week. It was beautiful outside, and I wanted to get some fresh air instead of working out inside. I got all geared-up and the second I stepped outside I began to second guess and doubt my decision to run outside because it was probably the windiest day in Arizona's history. I decided to carry on, as I had already hurtled the hardest part…actually getting dressed. The longer I ran, the stronger the wind became. At one point the headwind was so strong, I felt as if I were barely moving. I was running a large loop in my neighborhood, and as I would round a corner and change my direction, so would the wind. It was hitting me from all directions. Several times, before reaching the "halfway mark", I actually thought about turning around and … [Read more...]

Whose Grass Are You Watering?

The grass is greener

About a year and a half ago, I wrote a blog post entitled, "Comparison is a Dangerous Act!" and it is! So many people compare themselves to others in a not-so-healthy way. Please take a few minutes and read it, as this blog post will build on that topic. I am going to go one step further…to the topic of Envy! Comparison is a negative act, in that you are judging others and yourself. Envy goes further down the negative spiral in that if you are envious of someone, you are coveting and putting more energy into their blessings than into your own. Envy is best defined as a resentful emotion that "occurs when a person lacks another's (perceived) superior quality, achievement or possession and wishes that the other lacked it." That definition of envy is scary in itself, but let's dig a … [Read more...]

The Art of Giving

Giving

The other day I found myself sitting in a restaurant by myself for lunch. I had a full day of errands to complete and a time schedule to keep. I ran in to get a quick bite before heading back to my tasks for the day. As I sat there engrossed in my veggie stir fry, I was approached by a young boy trying to sell me a huge box of pixy stix. He was rattling off a bunch of information as I was simultaneously half listening and devouring my lunch..."support children"..."stay off drugs"..."please help"..."donate". When I finally focused on the boy and his words, I realized he wanted me to give him money to support some children's club for under privileged children, which will help them stay off drugs. Since this was a Wednesday during lunch, I asked him if he attended school. He said he … [Read more...]

Can You Take a Compliment?

compliment

When I was a young child and a teenager, I had my fair share of accomplishments. I was a great student. I was in various sports, and did well in competitions. I won awards and trophies, and was recognized for a variety of achievements. I always felt a little awkward being congratulated and receiving compliments for these successes...I guess because when people complimented me I felt like I was being conceited in saying thank you. As if saying thank you and receiving compliments were bad things. Getting a pat on my back for something I did well was not something I was comfortable with. I think this is a pretty common reaction for children and teenagers, as they lack confidence and are still learning where they fit in. They are changing and growing and learning so much about themselves and … [Read more...]

Back to Basics

Back to Basics

Is your life harried? Are you constantly running around, late to everything? Do you look or feel disheveled? Is your calendar so filled with errands, kid's activities, and juggling your to-do list that you feel like there is no time to breathe? Is your home a mess? Do you feel frustrated a lot of the time? Are there things you would like to do, but you just can't find the time or energy? I know that this is quite common, particularly if you have small children at home. I know that the tasks, chores, and duties pile high and can make you feel overwhelmed, as if you are constantly swimming upstream. It is easy to feel this way, especially when you add school-aged children's extra-curricular activities, homework, and requests to this heap. Dinner needs to be made, laundry needs to be … [Read more...]

What Kids Need the Most!

Time

A Riddle for You: What is more precious than gold but cannot be bought, earned or saved? The more you have of it, the less treasured it is, and no matter how much of it we get, we always end up wanting more. (Try to answer before reading on.) During our discussion time in my Mom's Group this past week, our table got pretty deep with our thoughts and feelings about what our kids need from us. We were asked the question, "If you had one year to live, what would you change about the way you spent your time?" This question brought up a lot of things. We all concurred, that with our busy schedules, we try to fit so many things into our day. We all agreed that making time for our kids is so important, especially during the first five years of their lives…because these are their … [Read more...]

Everything in Moderation

Moderation

"Moderation. Small helpings. Sample a little bit of everything. These are the secrets of happiness and good health." – Julia Child   Most people know that certain things in excess are harmful and even fatal…such as drugs and alcohol. We know that when we over eat, as we do during Thanksgiving dinner, we feel really horrible…but we do it anyway. Most people have heard the saying, "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy." But some people are coined as being "workaholics". So I guess working in excess is harmful also. I know people who take a good thing, like working out, and make it a several-hour-a-day venture. Is that healthy or not? Did you know that you can die from drinking too much water? Yes, you read it right; it's called "water intoxication"! Anything in excess … [Read more...]

Look For Opportunities to Learn and Grow

Learn and Grow

This past week, I found myself in a number of different situations which allowed me to interact with many types of people. I had the privilege of talking with people of different ages, mental states, affluence, education, and social stature. All in the same week, I had the opportunity to substitute teach in a young class of special needs children, I was able to help prepare and serve lunch to over 150 homeless people, and I was lucky enough to socialize with my awesome "Small Group" of friends from church. Talk about all points on the spectrum! As I am a teacher and a positive influence to others, I very often play the "teacher" and "counselor" roles. That is what I do and that is what I love! It makes me happy to no end to see the proverbial light bulb come on. It warms my heart to … [Read more...]

Clear the Clutter

Clutter

I posted something on my Facebook Fan Page last week that said, "When your work space is cluttered, then your mind is cluttered...take a few minutes to organize your work space so your CREATIVITY can flow!" After posting that, I kept having people tell me how unorganized they are and how they just can't get ahead of all the piles and the clutter! So, I thought about it, and I concluded that it isn't just enough to clean the clutter off of our desks, but we need to de-clutter our lives! I watched an inspirational video about this very topic, and in order to have clear intentions and clear creativity, your home must not be cluttered. Think about it, if your living space is not organized, how can you be organized? The man on the video said we must begin with our closet. Your closet … [Read more...]

Just Start

Just Start

This week, from emails, to Facebook, to bumper stickers...everywhere I look I keep getting the same message to "Just Start". Maybe it's because of my ongoing To-Do list, or my goal sheet hanging above my desk, or all the ideas swirling around in my head...but this message, "Just Start" keeps nudging me. Maybe you can relate: When you have multiple things you want to accomplish, it's hard to know where to begin. Sometimes it can be so overwhelming that you just don't do any of the things on your To-Do list. It can cause anxiety and procrastination and a total shut down. It seems to be easier to just get though the day to day items, like brushing your teeth, getting the kids to school, and making dinner. Never mind the extra errands, the additional piles, and your dreams and … [Read more...]