Motivators, Reminders & Enthusers

365 Project: Day 36 Three of my most favorite magazines are Runner’s World, Writer’s Digest, and Food Network Magazine. I started asking for subscriptions to them as birthday or Christmas gifts because then it helps me feel better about the money it takes to have them show up in the mailbox each month. I think it’s important to make time for leisure reading. I read my Bible and other books, but I also really enjoy flipping through the pages of a magazine.  I had never thought about this before, but when two of the three magazines arrived in the mail yesterday, it dawned on me that my magazine subscriptions are not only extensions of things I love, but are also part of my daily goals: Exercising–and keeping fit Writing–and sharpening my skills Eating well–and making good food for my family When any of those three magazines show up every month, they are continual reminders, motivators, and enthusers (I made that word up :)) for me to keep on track and committed to the goals and objectives that I’ve set for myself. The content in them is always timely because it comes at a specific time of year when most people are thinking about the same thing. For example, the January issues of many magazines talk about getting back control of your life, health, body, time, etc. (i.e. resolutions), because that’s what’s on everyone’s mind this time of year. Winter, spring, summer, and fall contain seasonal content, which isn’t always something you’ll read in a book at just the time you need it. Because of that, I encourage magazine-subscribing if it helps you. If you’re tempted to feel bad for spending the money on doing that, go put it on your birthday or Christmas list right NOW! Let someone else assist you in reaching your goals if you can’t justify the cost. Psalm 28:7 ~ The Lord is my strength and shield. I trust Him with all my heart. He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy. I burst out in songs of thanksgiving. Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all. ~ Dale...

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A good compromise

365 Project: Day 35 After a few days of having the Christmas decorations down, I’m still surprised every time I open the front door and see the rails and banisters stripped of lighted garland, or walk up the steps and see the living room treeless. Our furniture has been in the very same configuration for many years, except when we have to squish everything together during Christmas, but I’ve always really liked it. We purposely bought each piece to fit a certain way since we have some funky angles to work with in the living room. It has never really seemed rearrange-able, so when Jon and Hannah talked of moving things around, I emphatically resisted (and even had to hold my tongue a couple times). When we took the Christmas tree down this time, they brainstormed and used their angle-thinking skills, and we did end up making a few little tweaks in the arrangement. We took out the light-blocking ficus tree, moved a chair and side table from the wall and put it at an angle… and all of a sudden, ba-da-bing… just like that, it feels brand new! “My” chair is the one closest to the railing (with the ottoman). I’m a creature of habit, so I reeeeeally didn’t want my chair to be moved. My request to keep my same spot in the new design was, for lack of better words, granted. 🙂 One thing at a time! You can only handle so much change all at once, right? Everyone’s happy, so I think we won’t need to rearrange anything for awhile....

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She’s a thinker

365 Project: Day 34 While almost everyone else has gone back to school, Hannah is still on vacation until next week. During the school year, she is so busy with theater and homework, so I love seeing her kick back and have so much spare time for these couple weeks.  She’s gone out and done fun things with friends during her break, like swing-dancing, but she’s also been doing great things with her brain… like a lot of reading, Sudoku, and putting together jigsaw puzzles. We all have a complex bundle of brain cells, and seeing Hannah’s at work inspires me. She and I are different in so many ways. She and Jon are often on the same wavelength, and it seems like I’m on another planet and don’t get it half the time. (Good thing I like to laugh at myself.) She takes after Jon with the way she thinks critically, analyzes, and likes to problem-solve. No wonder she wants to be an engineer… or an architect… or something else really awesome and technical like that. We saw that in her from the time she could sort crayons and play with Legos, so it’ll be fun to see how God continues to not only develop her character, but lead her into the thing that is perfectly suited for her interests and abilities. There’s nothing like watching your child exercise her noggin–without even telling her she should. 🙂 I’m a proud momma. Proverbs 20:12 ~ Ears to hear and eyes to see—both are gifts from the Lord. Proverbs 2:10 ~ For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your...

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It’s a holiday!

365 Project: Day 33 I truly enjoyed everything about this Christmas vacation because I actually completely broke myself free from anything work-related and vacationed for the entire time… something I’m not accustomed to or disciplined in doing. For almost three years since I’ve been working, it’s always been challenging for me to take time off when it’s available. If the work isn’t done, I can’t stop thinking about it until I can check it off my list. No one’s fault but my own, but I DID actually succeed for the very first time. I was really proud of myself.  I didn’t feel ready to go back to work. I just felt like I needed at least ONE more day. One of a few things I hadn’t gotten done over break was filling in the family calendar, which I usually have done by October or November. But here we were… January 2nd… and it’s still blank. Sigh.   Mondays feel like fresh starts every week, but this was the first Monday of the new year, so it felt like the slate was extra clean! I’m probably in the minority, but I really like Mondays for that reason. I woke up early, as I usually do, and not long afterwards, I got to work. Since I work from home on Mondays, I sat down at my computer and got busy. Vacation was officially OVER! Jon woke up a few hours after me, got showered and ready for the day, I handed him his lunch, and he was out the door to work. About an hour later, I heard the garage door open, and in walks Jon. He drove all the way in to work, and arrived to an empty parking lot, with only a police car patrolling the area. Everyone else was still at home, snug in their beds. We both somehow ‘missed the memo’ that the church offices were closed on January 2nd. Haha! We’re funny. I wasn’t going to waste time feeling foolish. With all my attention to detail, I don’t know how that happened, but it didn’t take me long to close up shop and effortlessly slip back into vacation-mode. I love holidays, especially when you didn’t know you had one! I couldn’t help but thank God for it. I knew that was His grace to me. It was such a huge blessing and an answer to a prayer that I didn’t even pray. My discretionary time just got multiplied! I got the family calendar filled out, stuck it on the fridge, and spent the day fully enjoying my unexpected holiday! Ephesians. 2:7 ~ Now God has us where he wants us, with all the time in this world and the next to shower grace and kindness upon us in Christ Jesus.  Psalm 67:1 ~ May God show loving-kindness toward us and bring good to us. May He make His face shine upon...

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