Thursday, August 21, 2014

The importance of REST

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Until yesterday morning, I really did not know the personal benefits of what REST really means for me. Those who know me know I am like a little Chihuahua ~ high energy and very annoying at times. I am one of those go go go go kind of people and well.. this week I have been PUT IN MY PLACE! I was taught a valid lesson yesterday and I realize why. I can't elevate to the next level in my life unless I learned one truth. REST is important!

Restorative
Energizing
Stabilizing
Timely

Rest is Restorative! Not only to the body (also know as physically), but mentally, emotionally, creatively, and spiritually. When life feels overwhelming we need to ask ourselves if we have been running on low (or empty) to any of the areas above ~ most importantly physically and spiritually. Those two are what help spin the rest of you! I for one was physically exhausted. And sore! After two days of a good workout.. physically my body was screaming for rest. I shared a little bit of that yesterday. By yesterday evening my back was really bothering me. So I found myself laying in the floor and one of the twins karate chopping my back, and relieving me of pain for just a bit. Then not long after that the teenager came in and I had her do the same but she took it to another level. She walked on my back and was amused at how much it popped. IMMEDIATELY I felt relief! This morning I took another physical rest day from working out.

Rest is energizing! If you are waking up still tired, then I can assure you that you did not rest well. Have you ever woke up ready for the day? Then you indeed rested! That is me this morning. I can feel the world of difference and KNOW with all that I am, that I did indeed rest well and I am energized for the day ahead!

Rest is Stabilizing! Sounds like a weird word to use in coalition with rest but good rest does indeed stabilize your emotions, your energy levels, and believe it or not it helps to make decision making more stable rather than sporadic. More impulse purchases are made when we are exhausted. Relationship trouble often happens when one is exhausted ~ whether it be emotional or physical exhaustion. All exhaustion effects the brain the same way.

Rest is timely. There is a difference between someone needing rest and someone choosing to just be lazy. Knowing the difference will bring balance into your life.

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Schedules, Deadlines, Sore Muscles and REST!

Schedules
Boy Howdee! Talk about a busy busy schedule! Going from full force summer to full force work schedule truly did send me into a tailspin of sorts! And my own children aren't even in school yet ... though this week is chocked full of different meetings to run to after work to get those final things taken care of. I by no means am complaining though yesterday I really felt like whining. I do have to say .... that today, the middle of my first week back to school I feel like the next few weeks are promising! Between football for the twins, drill team for the girl, working a full time schedule, keeping the house clean, all the things a busy mom does really is going to keep my schedule full. But can I let you in on a little secret? I love every minute of it! Yesterday I was in tears, but it was simply because I was overwhelmed and needed to take a deep breath.


Deadlines
I have given myself a deadline or two lately. I have ordered a few copies of You Are More to pass out to a few local women's ministries to introduce this message of YOU ARE MORE as step of faith to what I feel God is calling me to. I was almost grieving yesterday in my prayer time on the way to work because I LOVE teaching ... but in my heart I truly feel like God is leading me and calling me out of that comfort zone and telling me in his own way "You are More than a preschool teacher". He has given me my first "message" to share in a large group setting and I am believing that one day I will be sharing His goodness with millions of women world wide. But .. I must be prepared. So, the first deadline I must meet is this Friday. I must have that message ready as those books will be received then .Saturday I will put them in the mail to their prospective hands of the next step in this journey. The second deadline I gave myself is I want to have written and RELEASED the second book in the Ladies of Cotton Lake series "Moment by Moment" for the week of Thanksgiving!

Sore Muscles
With the return of a work week I decided it was a GREAT time to also allow my daily workouts to return! While I had a GREAT workout Monday, I woke up sore and pushed myself on Tuesday. When I got up in the middle of the night last night I could barely move!! So this morning was a rest day. It was the most logical and best choice that I could have made. I will be better prepared for a good workout tomorrow and again on Friday. Using my fitbit to monitor my activity level I probably almost double if not triple my activity on work days vs weekends.

REST
Which leads me to this topic. REST! A busy schedule MUST include rest! I used to feel guilty for sitting around a few hours on a day off. Uhm..... not anymore! I am moving from the time I get up until almost the time I go to bed if you remove the commute time to and from work. I didn't want to skip this mornings workout but listening to my aching body is a good idea. I can't risk the injury that could come from pushing myself beyond my body's capability. This school year I also get every other Friday off!! This will be a nice time to devote to writing, taking care of the family's errands, and maybe even just scheduling some lunch in with a friend or two! I also believe that God will use those Friday's to perhaps travel and share HIS word that He has given me to share!


As I transition into this new "normal" that is set ahead for me for the next nine months and three weeks I ask that you understand if there are days between blog posts. It isn't because I don't want to post, or I don't have anything to share ~ but my days are just really full!

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Motivation for your Monday: Applying productivity to your To Do List

It's not just Monday.. but it's my first day of school Monday! (My own children have ONE more week of Summer but with that comes a couple of extra evening meetings and events for me to go to after work.) Can we say busy? For that I am thankful for knowing how important it is to have a plan of action in hand. Some can call it a to do list some can call it a productivity chart. For me... it's just a part of my brain on a piece of paper so that I can know at the end of the day that I did indeed get the things done I needed to do before bedtime.


I wanted to share my "To Do" list today as I do not always do that. (I work an 8 hour day so this is a list of things that will be done before and after work.)

*Fix hubby's breakfast & lunch
*Defrost Vension for dinner
*Morning workout
*Shower/Hair/Makeup/Dress
*Deep Clean Master Bathroom
*Change Sheets in Master Bedroom
* 1 load of laundry washed and dried
*Kids breakfast cooked and lunch plan written out.
*Sweep kitchen
*Vacuum
*Fold laundry in dryer and put away
*Cook dinner (Chicken Fried Vension, mashed potatoes, veggies)
*Clean kitchen
*Set coffee pot for Tuesday
*20 minutes of reading before bed


In this I also need to write out a blog post for Tuesday. I would normally add writing in that list but being the first day of school, I know that it may be one of those evenings where I am ready to crash by 9 o'clock. Now in a week from now , there will be an added list of things because indeed the kids will be back to school and that means football practice/games, drill team practice, etc. But my hours may change and will free up more of my afternoon leaving me to switch a few things around as needed with more productivity in the afternoon/evening vs the morning.


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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Sweet Word Sunday: Preparation


God has really been working in my life a ton this Summer. Do you know why? Because I am allowing Him to be the sole one who leads me to various pod-casts/lessons/sermons. I am loving the variety as of late and I can tell you something. In my professional and personal life I am learning that this: Even when we allow God to have control over our lives we still have to take personal responsibility. Does that make sense? Allowing yourself to trust God AND do the work He is calling you to do is an amazing thing. So this morning and throughout this week, God has placed the word preparation on my heart. It has filled my mind and in some sense I am seeing various areas that God is asking me to be even more diligent in the way in which I am preparing for the days ahead.

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Even scripture gives us a good lesson on the reason we work on being more prepared! Here take a look at this:

You lazy fool, look at an ant.
    Watch it closely; let it teach you a thing or two.
Nobody has to tell it what to do.
    All summer it stores up food;
    at harvest it stockpiles provisions.
So how long are you going to laze around doing nothing?
    How long before you get out of bed?
A nap here, a nap there, a day off here, a day off there,
    sit back, take it easy—do you know what comes next?
Just this: You can look forward to a dirt-poor life,
    poverty your permanent houseguest! Proverbs 6:6-11 MSG


Neat huh?! I don't know about you but it always amazes me that God used a tiny little ant to teach us a big lesson! God does create the ant to know what to do, how to prepare, and the funny thing is the ants do not need any motivational speaker, book, or long lecture to get them to understand how important it is to be prepared. Now I am not saying we are more important than an ant but God did give us a LOT MORE than He did ants. He gave us a different kind of life and I can almost bet that He didn't expect us to need a motivational speaker, book, or long lecture to understand how important it is to be prepared. Now, He knew we might need a good reminder and that is why He put it in His word but let's be real. How many of us have become so slack in being prepared?!

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I have been guilty for a while myself of not taking the steps and preparing myself for what's ahead. Sure I do well as far as lesson plans and such goes because in reality that is part of my job description. But what about my job description as a wife and a mother? What about as a successful human being?


Put your outdoor work in order
    and get your fields ready;
    after that, build your house Proverbs 24:27 NIV


Normally this would be in one of my "Motivation for your Monday" posts but again, God has led me to share the importance of this word today. Let's look at what the word "preparation" means.

Preparation: The action or process of making ready or being  made ready for use or consideration.

What is it that God is trying to make you ready for? What is He wanting to use you for? And ... what about this? What is He wanting to consider you for? Do you even know?

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And we must go beyond just preparing ourselves! If we have children, we must teach them how to prepare themselves and why it's important to not always leave your life up to chance. That is not necessarily a biblical approach. If we are married, together we must prepare as a couple for various activities together such as buying a house, a car, life insurance, etc.


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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Not walking by Sight!

Have you ever had a dream that you worked hard to achieve yet it felt like even though you thought you achieved it .... you can't quite see it yet?

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I am in a place where I am fighting discouragement and I know it is really all a part of the test. Part of the test is fighting for what matters most and working to see my dreams come into full fruition. How bad do I want it? Do I want to continue pushing forward even when it seems like things are not going as I visioned or do I simply give up and allow the dreams to die.  I can tell you something. I am not giving up! The dreams and goals I have are something that God has put there and if I give up on them because they are not going as well as I first hoped, I would be acting like a spoiled brat and storming off to pout. I am not going to do that!

You Are More is now out at Amazon. I chose to self publish in order to get it in production quickly and to allow God to begin using His message of "You are More" to His people. So far, 4 people have received this message into their hands and I have heard great feedback! I have to remember that while YES it is my dream to become a published author of many books, renowned public motivational speaker, and encouragement to women who are in the busy season of their life.... if this book touched ONE life I am blessed!

In fact as I am writing this blog post I hop over real quick to check Facebook and see t his quote from Terri Savelle Foy:

Your destiny is prepared everyday by the words you speak. Speak words of life, love, and faith regardless of how you feel.

This is a VERY timely word for me! Discouragement means I am walking by sight and not by faith! My faith is MUCH bigger than the sight I have!

"Let your dreams be bigger than your fears, your actions louder than your words, and your faith stronger than your feelings!" ~ Unknown

I love what the message bible says :

 That’s why we live with such good cheer. You won’t see us drooping our heads or dragging our feet! Cramped conditions here don’t get us down. They only remind us of the spacious living conditions ahead. It’s what we trust in but don’t yet see that keeps us going. Do you suppose a few ruts in the road or rocks in the path are going to stop us? When the time comes, we’ll be plenty ready to exchange exile for homecoming. 2 Corinthians 5:6-8

So, if you are going through something right now where it feels like your faith is only being stirred by what is in your sight .... remember live by faith, work hard, and know that in the end it will be as has been willed by Him.

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Friday, August 15, 2014

Fountain of Youth Friday!

This has been quite the week! In the last seven days I can't tell you all the times I have had people tell me how young I look! I LOVE that! What woman wouldn't?


I saw pictures of myself from almost 20 years ago and you know something. Not much has changed! I had coworkers who did not know a lot about me, completely surprised that I was even old enough to have a 15 year old. I had a clerk surprised that I was a teacher, because again I did not apparently look "old enough" to be a teacher.

I am 40 people! Well.. in reality in two weeks I will be turning 41! I give God all that glory because in reality I should have skin problems but I do not. You would think as much time as I have spent in the sun this summer I would look aged, I am not. I could use some more water in my system, but water is not my favorite choice.

What I have come to figure out is that I am loving my life. I love waking up and with exception for today, I have been getting up much easier this week. Last night, due to open house last night at the preschool, I was up later than usual and in reality  my whole evening schedule was completely away from normal.

When you truly are living out your God given purpose in life you indeed appear to be younger both in looks and in spirit. I am still a bit tired this evening but I now have the next six weeks for school planned and the planning  mess cleaned up. THAT alone feels like a pretty hefty weight has been lifted off. Now... this evening I plan on reading and beginning book 2 of The Ladies of Cotton Lake series.

Are you feeling haggard? Weathered? Aged? Check into how your living your day to day life. If you are NOT in the Will of God for your life ... it can indeed effect all of that!


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Thursday, August 14, 2014

What season are YOU in?

Do you know what SEASON of life your in? Did you know that you can hit 'Spring' more than once? And honestly at first I was going to say that you can be in different seasons of your life in various areas but I am not so sure that is true. Now, please know that this is just my thoughts and blogging is often a way that I personally process some things.


About a week or two ago I began to feel like I was indeed approaching a season of harvest. :) Harvest is nice and it takes so much work to get there. It takes a lot of toiling, sewing, fighting against the external forces, and even against your own personal choices. Harvest doesn't come easy. Harvest..... is also not so long lasting because it is after all just a season.


I felt it in my personal life ~ in the relationships that are closest to me. I also began to feel it in reaching my own goals and finding myself again after burying it under other people's expectations for a good four years. I felt it deep within. I haven't felt this good, this free, this .... wonderful in a very long time.


Fast forward to this week. I returned to work, to face a new school year. Honestly I feel like this has been one of those very productive weeks where not only are we finally becoming more unified as a whole, every single part of our program has grown! Harvest! After three years of a gender unbalance one way or another, as of today it is even Steven. We are prepared and for once ... I don't feel overwhelmed or exhausted to start the year!


Harvest!

As a verb, to harvest something is to gather, trap, or cull it. You can harvest a soybean crop, you can harvest beaver pelts, or you can harvest tissues or organs for transplants.(via vocabulary.com

So, again I ask you! What season are YOU in? Do you know?


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