Monday, July 6, 2015

Motivation Monday: Weakest Link

I sure hope you all had a wonderful Fourth of July celebration! If your not in the U.S, I hope you had an amazing weekend! I took the weekend off from blogging to spend with the family, and get a few much needed things taken care of. Most of our house stays in order, and relatively clean on a daily basis. HOWEVER, there are few spots that seem to be what I would call "weakest links" in my cleaning routines.

William James once said "A chain is no stronger than it's weakest link, and life after all is a chain." Pretty profound is it not? What if we adapted that same theory to every area of our life? Like, a clean home is only as clean as the "weakest link" (or unclean)!

A couple of weeks ago the twins got a new bunk bed which meant a bedroom overhaul for them! Thanks to the  help of all three kids their twin beds got taken apart, the bunk-bed put together and furniture rearranged. Then... momma got sick, and one of the twins got sick. BUT.. all came together again and we completed deep cleaned their room, de-cluttered, went through clothes that are being passed on to some friends, and organized. I told them if they kept it picked up, I didn't mind making their beds, and vacuuming the floors when I vacuum the house (sometimes daily, sometimes every other day depending on the traffic in the house). For two full weeks they have kept it up very easily! We are very proud of them because it only takes 21 days to make a habit and they have gone 14! There is hope!!

That is ONE week link taken care of!

Saturday we had plans for the evening, but our teenage daughter left in the morning to go to the beach with some other neighbor friends. I had told her the night before that I was going to clean her room while she was gone and she said "Okay." . Not like I was asking for permission but I wanted her to know that I was going to be in her space and do what has been needed for MONTHS! When she came in to get her swimsuit I was reminded of what I had told her (apparently a good night's sleep can make you forget some things you said) and knew that I wanted to stick to what I said. This was  my chance, because I knew she would be gone for hours. I didn't realize it would take me five full hours to tackle that space. The good news... she is thankful, and I again tackled one of those weakest links. That is indeed where the thought came from in the midst of mess that our home is really not clean if we have a room that is completely out of control (aka a weak link). Same goes for saying your cabinets are organized ... yet you have a junk cabinet or one that overflows with Tupperware dishes!

 That is ANOTHER week link taken care of!

This week outside of really buckling down on working on writing my current book, I plan on tackling one last weak link ~ the GARAGE! It comes around every couple of months (about quarterly) the need to de-clutter and rearrange!

This theory really does apply to every area of your life but I am just sharing as far as taking care of our homes. I challenge you today to make a list of some of your "weakest link" areas and choose to start somewhere! You might check out the post I posted  for last Monday's motivation post that discusses out how to optimize your priorities to help get you on track and figure out where to start!

I can't wait to hear your thoughts on those weak links in your home keeping and the creative ways you find to tackle them! Please feel free to post down below in the comments or ... come talk about it on our FACEBOOK page! If you haven't stopped by and clicked "like" I invite you to do so! Thanks for stopping by the blog today! I will have a fast and easy breakfast (or snack) recipe for you tomorrow so be sure to come back!


Friday, July 3, 2015

July Goals

With the month of July comes many aspirations and the stark realization that we are at the midyear mark. Can you believe that?! This is a perfect time to look at the goals you set for yourself this year and see where you are. Are you on target? Are you ahead? Have you even started?! It is never too late to get going or even to set goals to work toward.

NOT having a plan is planning to fail. Choosing to stay and remain where you are and not bettering yourself in one way or another is choosing to accept things as the best they will ever be. I am not saying you have be anal about your plans, and if God leads you to something different along the way know it is the "cards" in His hand for you. I love every aspect of my life,.... but I have learned every day gets better and better! I would not want to stay exactly where I am, like I am for the rest of my life. That would be boring and life would be setting my standards way too low.

Because of that I have decided to start sharing my monthly goals with you (as well as myself) and to commit to return at the end of the month to evaluate all that I have accomplished. I challenge you to do some of your own goal planning and reaching! 

1. The days that the husband works, I will not return to sleep. I have done that some in the month of June and it felt very needed, yet I lost so much of my day. 
2. I will return to more diligent daily routines as I have indeed slacked this last month. NO our  house is not dirty, nasty, or even cluttered but it is not as clean as it could be, or even as much as when I am working. 
3. I want to work on cutting down our grocery budget some by cooking even more of what we eat instead of relying on fast fixes. 
4. Share more on YouTube ~ perhaps two to three videos a week. 

1. I will finish my newest book "Creating a Classroom They Never Want To Leave" before July 31. I am pushing for a release date of around July 28th so that it can get in the hands of teachers before the school year starts. 
2. Blogging daily for a minimum of five days. 
3. Creating a few cheap PDF's to help you get organized in your home, life, and goal setting! 

1. Lose 10 pounds without dieting or obsessing
2. Drink at least 3 bottles of water a day.
3. Get some kind of sun! 

For now those are the goals I want to really achieve and find success in. I will be using  my Erin Condren life planner daily again (it has been "off" for a month too!). 

Have a GREAT goal setting Friday!


Thursday, July 2, 2015

Think Big Thursday: Boldness

It is not often that I share about things my stages of transformation. Not like in a Caitlynn Jenner kind of transformation ... well.. maybe, but hang in there! The boldness I am speaking of is NOT my outside transformation, but instead my inner transformation that truly does change everything about who I am.

The definition of boldness is not hesitating or being fearful the face of actual or possible danger or simply being rebuff, courageous and daring. Someone of boldness is not hesitant to break the rules or propriety; behavior that is socially or morally correct and proper.

Boldness is NOT bossiness. 
2 Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, watching over them—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve; 3 not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock. 4 And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away. 1 Peter 5:2-4
(Lording in this verse means bossiness)

Boldness in truth brings wisdom. 
Whoever speaks on their own does so to gain personal glory, but he who seeks the glory of the one who sent him is a man of truth; there is nothing false about him. John 7:18

Boldness is evidence of strength. 
The wicked flee though no one pursues, but the righteous are as bold as a lion. Proverbs 28:1

I am pretty bold in the things in which I believe in, and the various "God whispers" that I encounter because I believe that they are not just for me, but for others as well. He is removing from me the things that used to fuel me, ~ myself ~ and filling me with more of Him and by doing so .. I am able to be more bold on where I stand in life. Without HIM I can do nothing ... and that my friend is in the scriptures!

30 By myself I can do nothing; I judge only as I hear, and my judgment is just,for I seek not to please myself but him who sent me. John 5:30 NIV

My favorite however is this one: “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. It is found in John 15:5 and really is an area that God is working in and through me. If I am honest this is very true. I couldn't write these blog posts on my own ~ well I could but they wouldn't impact the same. I couldn't feed my family meals that are amazing, well.. I could but they wouldn't enjoy the meas as well as the inspired ones He gives me for the menu list (or those quick hey let's have ...). I wouldn't be able to teach the way I teach, take care of our home, write books, etc. Basically.. I would fail in every area of my life over and over and over, and believe me He has humbled me many times when I get too full of myself. 

So I sit here and tell you that I am a goal setter but through various trials and many errors I realize that unless my goals are in line with God's will for my life, I can't live in boldness with those goals. I get fearful, and indecisive. My boat gets rocked .. and not in a good way. But when I am bold within the boundaries of God's will for my goals and the things He has called me to do, I can walk in His boldness, and in a courageous way. 

So I ask you... where are YOU walking in boldness, and where is HE calling you to do so, yet you are fighting or struggling to do so? Comment below or on our Facebook page, and let's learn to be Bold as He is calling us to!

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