Mastering the Art of Procrastination

procrastination

The art of procrastination is something that I mastered in college. I think everyone who attends college experiences this same phenomenon at some point during their 4-year stint. I was working and schooling, and taking care of life...I worked out my timing so that I was always ready for a test, a final exam, or to turn in a paper...right on time. More often than not, I was doing what needed to be done the night before the test was scheduled or the paper was due. I was always prepared…somehow. This was a fine, somewhat-productive lifestyle for college, but I soon learned that procrastination was not a responsible way to use my time in the "real world". When you have a job, a family, and a home to run it does not go very smoothly when you are cutting deadlines too closely and doing … [Read more...]

Leap of Faith

Leap of Faith

How many times have you been presented with an opportunity that was awesome, but at the same time it made you feel terrified? It could be as simple as being invited to an amusement park as a child (awesome), but getting on that roller coaster made your palms sweat, your heart speed up, and the urge to use the bathroom almost unavoidable (terrified). Maybe you were excited about getting a great job (awesome), but the interview process made you wither (terrified). What about wanting to date that really special boy (awesome), but when he finally asked you out you were a bundle of nerves (terrified)? We all have been there. We want good and fun things in our lives, and sometimes when opportunities for them arrive, we are not mentally prepared. Our nerves kick in. We feel unworthy or … [Read more...]

Which Character Do You Relate To?

Red Hen

My youngest daughter was reading "The Little Red Hen" to me for her bedtime story the other night. What a great classic story! The story is applied in teaching children the virtues of work ethic and personal initiative. If you haven't read this story, here is the brief plot: In the tale, The Little Red Hen finds a grain of wheat and asks for help from the other farmyard animals to plant it. But no animal will volunteer to help her. At each further stage (harvest, threshing, milling the wheat into flour, and baking the flour into bread) the hen again asks for help from the other animals, but again she gets no assistance. Finally, the hen has completed her task, and asks who will help her eat the bread. This time, all the previous non-participants eagerly volunteer. However, she … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

The Little Ants That Could

Hardworking-ant

The other day, as I was heading out the door for a run, I noticed a large mound of sand on our side driveway. I stopped to take a closer look, and I was so intrigued that I stood there watching and contemplating for a good five minutes. This mound of sand and small pebbles was being made by two hard-working ants. As I watched, they moved non-stop. They each were so busy; as one was carrying a pebble out of the ground, the other was returning to the depths of their newly remodeled tunnel. Back and forth they went, around and around they go! I was fascinated by watching their movements. I then, of course, related it to life! Yes, I know that these are mindless, unemotional insects…but we can learn from everything in our world if we open our eyes and minds! These two ants were so … [Read more...]

Your Attitude Determines How High You Can Fly

cloud nine

The two phrases, "Down in the Dumps" and "Floating on Cloud Nine" are quite the opposite, and carry with them some really powerful meanings! Both phrases begin with your attitude towards something or someone. If you are feeling down in the dumps; it means you are feeling low-spirited or melancholy. If you are feeling like you are on cloud nine, you are in a state of total euphoria. Both of these extremes are driven by emotions. Our emotions are driven by our thoughts. Our thoughts are driven by our attitude. They are all interrelated, and cause an upward or downward spiral. We all can get down in the dumps at some point in our lives. Things happen that cause us to feel some depressed emotions. That is a very normal occurrence, and can happen to anyone. Some people get stuck in the … [Read more...]

Give it Your All

Luxurious-Bed

While growing up, my Dad would often remind me and my siblings not to do things "Half-Assed". Some of you may have heard this put in a more politically correct way: "A job worth doing is a job worth doing well!" Some of you never heard either of these phrases growing up, so I will help you understand. My Dad said these phrases often, and it pertained to anything we were doing: Homework, housework, organizing, showering, or playing a sport…you name it; if we could do it…we were expected to give it our all! I'm not too sure that during my childhood I much embraced the notion, because as a child I wanted to just get through the task at hand as quickly and painlessly as possible. I am so thankful now that my Dad taught me to do things thoroughly. When I do any task, I give it my all, and … [Read more...]