I stumbled across a podcast a couple days ago that intrigued me. It’s called Happy Hour by Jamie Ivey. I’ve been really into podcasts for the last 9 months or so. When I’m working out, I’m either listening to a podcast or a training call. Feel like I’m killing two birds with one stone. Give it a try. (You can subscribe to our blog and you’ll get a list of our favorites.)
Goal setting can be difficult. We fear failure. We fear not hitting the mark.
I’ll be honest and let you know I’ve never been very good at goal setting. (Kyle is an expert.) Maybe it’s because I have those fears. But last week I was watching a video of one of the leaders in my business and what she said intrigued me. She shared a simple strategy she has been practicing for years and calls it “Good, Better, Best.” Seemed like this may be my kind of goal setting. (After all, I’m all about positivity.) =)
Let me start by being honest. It’s late. I’m tired. And unprepared. I’m afraid of writing because my brain is foggy. I’m afraid I might say something stupid. I’m afraid I may not catch grammatical errors. I’m afraid, I’m afraid, I’m afraid…
Fear, unfortunately, is natural. We aren’t born brave.
One of my favorites things about Christmas are the traditions. Growing up on Christmas morning, we were allowed to get in our stockings before waking up mom and dad. It was just us kids down in the living room while it was still dark. The boys without fail would get a small box of legos and us girls would get some kind of jewelry or craft thing to keep us busy. (Now I understand the cleverness behind these items, allowing our parents to get a few more minutes of precious sleep.)
With our own kids, we have started a tradition of putting our tree up the day after Thanksgiving. (Everything else is already decorated before Thanksgiving. Don’t even start with me.) We let the kids drink sparkling grape juice, listen to our very favorite Christmas albums, and the house becomes officially ready for Christmas.
When was the last time you were on the receiving end of an act of kindness? I’m not talking about the “random acts of kindness” at the local Starbucks we see a lot of times this year. I’m talking about a face to face experience.
I was on the receiving end last Friday. I’ll set up the scene for you. I walked into my Friday morning bible study and took my usual spot at a round table near the front. The table was empty and as I sat down I grabbed my phone to check my text messages. One of my friends wasn’t able to come because of car trouble and the other was running late. So I sat alone, waiting for the study to begin. Then I heard a sweet voice behind me say,
She’s sitting by herself. I’m going to join her.
Do you ever feel like your family is spinning out of control? Like your words are whiffing and you can’t get on the same page? If so, you might just be speaking a foreign language.
In his book, The 5 Love Languages, Gary Chapman shows how we all have a tank…a love tank. Stay with me. This tank can be “empty” or “full” based on how loved you feel. He describes 5 categories in which we receive and show love.