Monday Motivation: He’s Just a Little Boy

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Monday Motivation: You Are Special

You Are Special I’ve been doing a bit of spring cleaning this past month and I came across this book, hiding on one of my bookshelves: You Are Special by Max Lucado.  I received this book from one of my favorite teachers when I graduated high school and as I re-read the note he wrote me in the beginning as well as the rest of the book it brought back a lot of memories and made me want to read this book over and over again to my children.  If there is one thing I want to be sure that they know, it is that they are special, regardless of what other people may say or do to them. […]

Random Acts of Kindness

We’ve all heard the term, “Random Acts of Violence”.  It’s on the news nearly nightly.  A few years ago I came across an article in the newspaper about how different our world would be if we started reporting “Random Acts of Kindness” instead and even more importantly, if we focused on doing random acts of kindness to other people.   Today I was the recipient of an act of kindness and it brought that old newspaper article back into my mind.  And even though it was a simple gesture, it made my day. I got up early today so I could run and do some major, MAJOR grocery shopping while my husband was still home with the kids.  Since we’ve been on Spring Break for the past week and have been traveling and out of town, our house shelves were bare.   I cleaned out everything in the fridge before we left so I wouldn’t have old food to deal with when we got back. So, I’ll admit that I was one of “those” people who spends hours or more in the store loading up the cart to nearly overflowing so that I won’t have to go shopping again for awhile.  I was one of “those” people who really should have made a couple of trips to the car but was determined to fit everything in to one cart.   But I’m also one of “those” people who other people don’t like to stand behind in line at a store. How random acts of kindness made my day […]

Finding the Mother in Me

I remember the day as if it were yesterday.  I was terrified, confused, terrified, anxious, terrified, overwhelmed, terrified, exhausted, and did I mention TERRIFIED?  I remember sitting and crying and wondering “what now?”   But wasn’t this supposed to be one of the happiest days of my life?   Why weren’t my tears actually tears of joy?   I had just brought a beautiful, perfect baby boy home from the hospital, something I had always wanted to do, so why wasn’t I excited?  I didn’t feel like a mother and I was worried that I would have a hard time finding the mother in me. […]

How You Can “Happify” Your Life

A few weeks ago I posted a Monday Motivation titled How to be Happy which was basically saying that we need to stop trying to be perfect and enjoy the life that we have, not the one we think we want and we need to stop waiting for some future date or accomplishment to allow ourselves to be happy. Since that post I’ve had an eye-opening experience in regards to finding daily happiness.  I was invited to be a pioneer for a website called Happify.  Basically Happify is a new website based on the science behind what makes people happy. It provides daily activities that allow you to stop and focus on the things in your life that bring you happiness and it helps you to savor the daily experiences that you have and then share those with other people who are also sharing their happy moments as well.  It is so nice to not see all of the negativity that you find on other social networks.  Happify is currently invite-only but read to the bottom and I have a little gift for a few people. How to be Happy […]

Monday Motivation: It’s Just What Moms Do

It’s Just What Moms Do Last night I was startled awake by a horrible coughing sound coming from my boys’ room.  I was almost instantly on my feet and into their room to see who was sick.  It’s just what moms do. If you are a mom, you know what it feels like to be able to go from peacefully dreaming to wide awake and ready to take action in less than 1.3 seconds while your husband could sleep through a hurricane. Or is that just me? ha! I went into their room and found my 4-year-old coughing so hard his little body was practically folding in half but somehow he was still asleep.  So I went to work and did as any mom would do.  I gave him some cough medicine and a drink, got the humidifier going in his room and rubbed him up with mentholatum, all while he stayed asleep.  (He must get that from his dad 😉 )  And then I rubbed his back and I waited.  I waited for the coughing to subside and I waited for his little body to finally relax so that I could relax. And while I was lying there waiting to make sure the coughing went away, I thought of all of the other moms all over the world who were doing the exact same thing as I was for their babies.  Sitting up, even if it meant all night, to make sure their kids are safe and healthy and then the thought came to me, “That’s just what moms do”.  And it is. It’s just what moms do. […]

Play up the Positive

This past week was a crazy, busy week for me.  I had an awesome opportunity to attend a blogging conference in Utah put on by Six Sister’s Stuff and I learned more about blogging than I ever thought possible.  It left me excited for the endless possibilities out there for this blog but it also left my head spinning and left me with a lot of choices about the direction I want things to go. The keynote speaker was Brooke Walker from Studio 5.  As she talked about using a blog to be a positive influence for our readers it made me really stop and think.  One of the tips she gave was to “Play up the positive” and that one phrase had me thinking all day long.  What does it mean to “play up the positive” in our lives?  I have heard and have even received criticism that bloggers aren’t showing their “real” lives when they post about the fun activities, crafts, etc that they are doing with their kids.  That the lives they are putting forth for the world to see are fake or embellished in some way and that no one really lives like that. […]

How to Reach a Goal : 10 tips for Busy Parents

How to Reach a Goal If you’re anything like me you may have some goals or dreams that you had to push to the back burner because you have kids.   As parents to busy kids, it may seem that we don’t have time to even think about setting and especially don’t have time to worry about how to reach a goal that we’ve set.  Our biggest “goals” for the day may be showering before noon or making sure the kids have matching, clean clothes.  It’s the first week of February and sadly statistics show that 92% of New Years resolutions have probably already failed.  That’s sad! So as a busy parent, how can we set and actually reach real goals?  Do you even remember what your goals/dreams were before you had kids? A couple of weeks ago I was asked to teach a class to the ladies at church on setting and reaching goals.  I was a little surprised when they asked be, because, well my life is complete chaos most of the time but there are a few things I’ve learned over the years that can make reaching goals a bit easier and setting goals has always been important to me. 10 Tips to Help You Reach a Goal […]

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Monday Motivation:Shake it off and Step Up

Today I just want to share a fun little story, The Donkey in the Well, with you that I heard at a conference a couple of years ago.  This goes a long with, Are you a Bouncer or a Splatter, that I posted last week.   Have you ever just had one of those days, weeks, months or maybe even years where it seems like life is just throwing dirt at you?  We’re half way through January and maybe all of those resolutions you made have already been thrown out the window for one reason or another.  Or maybe you were hoping for some big change to come into your life and instead you get frustration or even heartbreak. One thing I’ve found is that sometimes when we start walking towards our goals or our dreams it seems like there is always someone there to throw dirt at us.  Someone trying to keep us down or who is just indifferent, when you want them to be supportive.  If that is how you are feeling right now, I want you to think of a donkey named Jack. The Donkey in the Well […]

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