Monday Motivation: Find a Way or Find an Excuse

I have been part of an accountability group on Facebook this past month as I try to lost these last few pesky baby pounds and this week we were asked to share one of our favorite motivational quotes with the group.  This one automatically jumped out at me and I couldn’t believe I hadn’t used it as a Monday Motivation before.  “If you really want to do something you’ll find a way, if not you’ll find an excuse.”  True words, right? Find a way or find an excuse. […]

Monday Motivation: Enjoy the Sunlight

  Ah…It’s been awhile since I posted a Monday Motivation and I want to start making it a part of my week again.  Not just for my readers necessarily but for me.  I have a box of quotes that I have accumulated since I was a teenager and my baby got into it the other day and spread 3×5 cards all over my room.  As I was cleaning up, I took the time to read them and one in particular jumped out at me.  “Stop seeking out storms and enjoy more fully the sunlight.” -Gordon B. Hinckley The past 5 months have been filled with many ups and downs in my life.  This was a really hard summer.  As hot as it was here in the desert, it was really hard for me to see the sunlight. There have been times when I wondered if I would ever see it come out again.  There have been dark days filled with discouragement, anxiety, stress (lots of stress), and uncertainty. […]

Monday Motivation:7 Rules to Help You Stay Positive

You know how life sometimes has a way of throwing curve balls when you least expect them?  I know you know what I mean because it has happened to all of us at one point or another, right?   We’re standing up to the plate, expecting a straight fast ball and then, boom, the curve ball comes in and throws us completely off our game. […]

Monday Motivation: Mother’s Day Stories

Can you believe that this week marks 1 year that I started my blog?  Well, maybe you can, but I can’t.  That means 1 year of Monday Motivations (minus a few missed weeks when life got in the way). Since Mother’s Day is this weekend I thought it would be fun to go back over the Monday Motivations from this past year and put some of the most popular posts about mothers together in one spot.  To read these Mother’s Day stories,  just click on the link or accompanying picture to take you to the post.  I hope all of you mothers out there feel extra loved this week and realize what a great blessing it is to be a mom. 10 Motivational Mother’s Day Stories […]

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. […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Monday Motivation: Are you a Bouncer or a Splatter?

It’s that time of year again.  Everyone you know will start making “resolutions” to do things differently or to make changes in their lives or to be better than we were last year.  I know our hearts are always in the right place but let me just be honest for a minute. Most of us will fall off the wagon, so to speak, within the next few weeks or months.  It’s going to happen.  Accept it and be prepared for it.  Now, before you think this is a post about how we’re all going to fail on our New Year’s resolutions, let me just ask this questions.  When you fall off the wagon, (and it will happen) or when things don’t go as planned, will you be able to persevere? Will you become a bouncer or a splatter? Well, what’s the difference? A Splatter hits rock bottom, falls apart and sticks like glue. A Bouncer hits rock bottom and bounces back. […]

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