Do you need a better perspective before your feet hit the floor in the morning? I stumbled upon this image and thought I would share. These are simple ways to wake up with a smile on your face.
5 Things to Do Before You Get Out of Bed:
1. Express Gratitude.
2. Set Your Intentions.
3. Take Five Long Deep Breaths In and Out
4. Smile For No Reason.
5. Forgive Yourself For Yesterday's Mistakes.
Have a wonderful day Friends!!!
Sometimes I wonder why God chose me to be a Mom.
After all, I am a germ-a-phobe. I have a short temper. I raise my voice a lot. The word NO comes out of my mouth too quickly. I am not consistant with punishments. But most of all, I don't always feel qualified for this job.
I really think I should start a group...a group of Moms who could use some encouragement and support like me. I know I'm not alone and we weren't meant to do life alone.
Here is what I do know.
“Jacob was a cheater, Peter had a temper, David had an affair, Noah got drunk, Jonah ran from God, Paul was a murderer, Gideon was insecure, Miriam was a gossip, Martha was a worrier, Thomas was a doubter, Sara was impatient, Elijah was moody, Moses stuttered, Abraham was old,… and Lazarus was dead. God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the CALLED!”
So this is GREAT news - for me at least! We all have stuff and THAT IS ENCOURAGING. We aren't alone in our suffering. Some days I feel like I fall short. On those days I need to focus on how far I've come and stop letting those voices of defeat take over. This is where a "tribe" might come in handy.
Through my experiences I truly have come a long way.
I'm still a germ-a-phobe but I don't Lysol my castle every week like I used to...WOW did that take up a lot of time! My patience is growing stronger, my voice is softer, I try to take time before giving my answer and I am taking the time to be consistant. I am also giving more HUGS...the kind of hugs with meaning.
You know what I think has helped me most looking back over the years? Not being too busy. Our families and our friends need our attention...our undivided attention. They need us to notice when there's a problem because sometimes they don't even know there IS a problem. They need to know they are important. They need to learn from us that there are boundries we need to set for ourselves. They need to know that we will always fight for them and always have their back. They need our time.
To the Moms that are reading this...you are doing great! Please share this if you know of someone who may be struggling.
We are not meant to do this life alone. Let's start a Mom Club! Message me if you're interested.
Negative thoughts...experiences...and people can get the best of us. Especially around the Holidays. The last few days I've experienced such a profound Power in Prayer that there is NO WAY I could ever NOT have Faith. Faith in God...Faith in Humanity...Faith that God is always working in every situation.
God IS working! Take the time to look for the positive, it will definitely lift your spirits if your down and you'll realize just how Blessed you really are.
I'm Thankful I was able to celebrate another birthday with my Mom...she is 70!
I'm Thankful to spend Thanksgiving with my Husband, my beautiful Daughters and Up North family.
I'm Thankful for answered prayers for a Mother who WAS in ICU and has now been moved to a regular room in the hospital and a possible discharge today.
I'm Thankful for answered prayers for a friend going through a difficult time in marriage (in fact...2 friends)...transformation and new beginnings. LOVE!
I'm Thankful for a good hair dresser! I don't think they realize the impact they can have on ones attitude. Amen for covered grey hairs.
I recently read an article on The Daily Femme and thought some of this advice was too good NOT to share.
What does it means to be successful? Does it mean a high paying job? Owning your own home? Owning a business? Or are you more successful having a happy, healthy family? Or is it as simple as being satisfied and content at the end of each day?
Success has a different meaning for each one of you. No matter what that is...here are some great habits that can help you become what defines you as successful...
1 – She makes time for herself. With schedules running rife filled with meetings and kids soccer matches, a successful woman knows her own value and knows that she needs time out to rejuvenate and just focus on herself. This could be a simple trip to the nail salon or a relaxing bath at home. Perhaps she might even like to just take a walk alone of a morning, as long as she schedules in some time somewhere for herself.
2 – She challenges herself. This can be done in so many ways. She can challenge herself intellectually, physically, mentally… She can set herself goals then push them a little higher. The point is that she is always challenging herself to achieve more…
3 – She educates herself. And I don’t mean she has to have a University degree. Knowledge is power and a successful woman is aware that she needs to be educated. Whether it’s in business or day-to-day life, a successful woman researches, reads and asks questions.
4 – She understands mummy guilt and general woman guilt, acknowledges it, and moves on. Mummy guilt is something we live with everyday, we feel guilty if we go to work, we feel guilty if we stay at home, we feel guilty for just about everything. But we need to acknowledge that we feel this way because we want the best for our children, for our families and for ourselves.
5 – She knows healthy doesn’t always mean going to the gym. Healthy isn’t only exercise and food intake. Healthy is a mindset, it is about our whole life. It encompasses everything we do, everyday. A successful woman knows the importance of her health and makes it a priority.
6 – She is financially savvy. It is vitally important to know the ins and outs of your finances, to be on top of your financial situation. Successful women are successful because they can manage the important areas of their lives. Financial stability is such a massive part of life – and that doesn’t mean that you have to earn a six figure pay check. A successful woman doesn’t live a champagne life on a beer budget.
7 – She smiles. No resting bitch face here. Do you realize how different you feel if you smile. And what about when you smile at someone else? I challenge you to smile at a complete stranger today. Chances are they will smile back. That means your smile just made someone else smile. That’s pretty darn powerful. Successful women know the power of a smile and use it. A successful woman knows that we all get further in this world by being nice and smiling, our mothers taught us so.
8 – She can step away from her job and have a life outside of her workplace. A successful woman knows that work isn’t everything, all the time. Sure, there are times in her life when work needs to come first and that’s okay – but she knows that she can step away and it’s okay. She can switch work off, step away and enjoy herself.
9 – She sets herself goals and methods for keeping track of them. ‘A goal without a plan is just a wish.’ A successful woman knows where she wants to be and has a plan on how to get there. She sets goals for herself and puts into place an action plan to achieve those goals. She measures her success, re-evaluates and sets more goals.
10 – She celebrates the wins, both big and small. A successful woman knows the importance of celebrating the wins. Some days that may be as simple as ticking off items from the to do list or as big as achieving her major goals – either way, she knows that celebrating the wins helps keep her motivated and driven.
11 – She helps others through selfless acts of kindness. The old idea of needing to be ruthless in order to succeed is long gone. A successful woman gives back, she gives and expects nothing in return. She smiles at others, she helps others and she is kind.
Article credit: http://www.dailyfemme.com/2015/05/11-habits-of-successful-women.html
We are all given opportunities and destinations to choose right or wrong. I personally strive to learn and experience something new each day. I humbly accept responsibility for the days I don't make the right choices and learn from those days waking up each day with a new perspective. I can't speak for any other but I will continue to learn, experience and pursue new ways to improve my quality of life. Thought-filled choices and a healthy lifestyle are high on my priority list. How about you?
1. Drink more water. SO important but a daily struggle in my life!
2. Gratitude. It NEVER gets old to hear that you are appreciated.
3. Wake Up. There is something to be said with "The early bird gets the worm". Our inner clock is meant to rise with the sun and it is proven to be the most productive time of day. With time management you can get your work done during the day so you can relax with family and friends in the evening and go to bed at a reasonable hour.
4. Forgiveness. Holding onto a grudge will only cause bitterness in your soul. Let go! Forgiving someone isn't discounting the behavior it just releases you from it. Best. Feeling. Ever.
5. Simplify. I can't say it enough - Declutter your home. Declutter your office. Organize your space and it will bring peace to your heart. I promise.
6. Discernment. Know when to speak up and know when to keep quiet.
7. Journal. This is something I completely suck at. I will say though, when I write down my thoughts, I sure feel something special.
8. Get Rid of the Yuck. Negativity will literally suck the life out of you. Get rid of it and seek out the positive in life. You can put a positive twist on ANY situation.
I think we all long for peace in our homes. A kind of peace that illuminates joy and contentment. We overthink things. We are super critical of ourselves and surroundings. In our chaos, to follow are a few small things we can do to make our houses homes.
Give your little ones a squeeze. Wrap your arms around your big kids. Your man/woman could probably use one too!
It is truly amazing to watch how the tone of a house can turn on a dime with just one small act of kindness. Actions speak louder than words.
Don't take love for granted. We seem to forget because we get comfortable.
Eat together. Pray together. Enjoy each other. Family is FOREVER!
LOL (Laugh Out Loud).
The more you laugh the healthier you will be - physically & emotionally.
Holding a grudge only hurts one person...you! Forgive, forget and move on!
Be a #1 Fan.
We all have a longing to be supported by those we love most. Show your support by going to school concerts, sporting events, extra curricular activities...get involved. Show excitement even it isn't your "thing".
It's time. Create the peace you long for in your home. Let the dust settle and the laundry pile up while you enjoy your people.
If you are struggling with feeling stressed and overwhelmed...keep reading!
I am not one to keep around a lot of clutter, it makes me feel anxious - even in a clean house. We moved into a smaller home so keeping our space clean and organized makes our home feel bigger than it really is. Let's just focus on why I clean off my counters!
1. Clean Counters = More Workspace
2. Because it is so much easier to bake, prepare meals and snacks. We go out less, rely less on convenience and processed foods and eat out less often. This is much better for both our wallets and our health!
3. A clean kitchen is motivation to keep the rest of the house clean and in order. This makes for a happy Wife and Mom!
Bonus...it just feels SO much better to wake up to a clean kitchen. When my kitchen is a mess I dread getting out of bed even more than I already do. Nobody enjoys washing the mugs before you can pour yourself some HOT coffee or having to shove the mail out of the way to make breakfast.
Do you need help simplifying and organizing? I can help! Just give me a call or shoot me an email!
Even though some won't admit it...we all want to improve our lives, our health and maybe our attitudes in some way or another. I know it is a #goal of mine! Here is a list that will jump start the new you! And...remember I can help simplify life - just give me a call!
1. Sleep more, weigh less.
It's true. Being short on sleep can really affect your weight.
2. Drink more water.
I cannot stress enough. Staying hydrated will flush toxins, help clear skin issues and more!
3. Get more exercise.
Keep moving to reduce stress, stay fit and sleep better.
4. Read more.
Family time! Read out loud.
5. Get more organized.
Create a space everyone can relax in. Unorganized & cluttered homes enhance anxiety in all aspects of life.
6. Clean more often.
Choose one chore a day to stay on top of cleaning so it isn't so overwhelming.
7. Explore more.
More family time!!!
8. Relax more.
We all need 'down' time for ourselves - it makes us better people.
9. Have more patience.
Easier said then done.
10. Forget 'Doing more'.
Everyone wants to be a superhero. Behind closed doors it's impossible!
All we can do is JUST try our best. Everyday.
As I sit here, catching up on paperwork and office stuff...I'm waiting for the sun to shine.
1. So I can go take some nice, sunny photos of a new listing.
2. For a tiny glimpse of hope and light in a dark world. Why are people so angry? Why is it so hard to find someone with a smile on their face?
I'm not always in a good mood but I still do my best to remain positive - TRUST me, I have my days where I can barely get myself out of that funk...but why should my bad day ruin another's?
Be HAPPY on purpose friends...Happy can change the world.
Vinegar - A simple ingredient to make cleaning safe and easier (which in turn, means a healthier environment and less time spent cleaning)!
In every solution below (except your coffeepot), add a couple drops of your favorite essential oil to enhance cleaning and to make your home smell wonderful while receiving all the health benefits from the oils.
Use It to Clean Your…
Coffeemaker: Pour equal parts vinegar and water into the machine’s water chamber, then switch on the brew cycle. Halfway through, turn off the coffeemaker and let the solution sit for about an hour. Turn it on again to complete the cycle, then run several cycles with clean water.
Dishwasher: To disinfect the interior of the machine, pour ½ cup vinegar into the reservoir and run an empty cycle, says Hunter. Or place a small bowl filled with vinegar on the bottom rack and run an empty cycle.
Drains: Clean drains―and the pipes they’re attached to―by pouring vinegar down them. After 30 minutes, flush with cold water.
Floors: Add ¼ cup vinegar to a bucket of warm water to clean almost any type of floor except marble (vinegar can scratch it) or wood (vinegar can strip it).
Glassware: For spotless hand-washed glasses, add 1 cup vinegar to the rinse water.
Moldy walls: Spray vinegar on the affected areas. After about 15 minutes, rinse and let dry thoroughly.
Showerheads: To combat mineral deposits, pour vinegar into a plastic grocery bag and knot the handles over the neck of the showerhead, securing with rubber bands. Let soak overnight. Rinse with water in the morning.
Steam iron: To get rid of mineral deposits, fill the iron with equal parts vinegar and water; press the steam button. Turn off, let cool, empty, and rinse.
Windows: Mix ¼ cup vinegar, 2 cups water, and a squirt of liquid Castile soap in a spray bottle. Spritz windows and wipe with a sheet of newspaper.
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