Posted in Crafting and Cooking, Goal Setting, Personal Wellness, Spiritual Wellness

Finding Balance

I was sitting here today thinking how quickly time goes by. It’s been quite awhile since I’ve written anything for my blog and it seems at times that I can easily forget about writing. Part of achieving complete wellness is finding balance. In the hustle and bustle of today’s world, it is easy to lose sight of this. Think about what it would mean for you to have balance. What’s important to you? How do you spend your free time? For me, having balance incorporates having time for my business, being with my husband, having time alone with the Lord, having time to do things that I enjoy such as cooking, reading, exercising and of course, crocheting. 😊 Of course with that list, setting time in your schedule to do all these things is important.

So, how do you manage your time? How do you fit in what’s important to you and get the average day to day things done that we all need to do and still find time to do the things that you enjoy. Well, I have a little tip that has helped me with this and that involves mapping out my week on paper. Now I have fallen in love with the all the new planners out there in the local craft stores and how they can be used for multi purposes.

In other posts, I have mentioned that I’m a visual person, meaning that it’s easier for me if I am able to write things down so I can see it. Using a calendar or journal to write down the things you need to do in the upcoming week, things that are important to you and things you keep forgetting to do like exercise, spending 15 minutes cleaning out the junk drawer, spending time reading your favorite book and so on. It’s common to hear people say (and yes, I have said it too), “I just don’t have time to…..” Well, planning out your week, writing it down so you can visually see how you manage your time is important.

I hope this simple tip to help you manage your time and your free time helps! Here’s to achieving complete wellness in 2018!!!

Posted in Crafting and Cooking, Goal Setting, Personal Wellness, Positive Thinking, Self-Esteem, Spiritual Wellness

Making the Commitment!!!!

I hope everyone is having an amazing Monday!! When I begin a new week, I think about all the things that I want to achieve in the week ahead. My to do list is HUGE some weeks (as I am sure many of you can relate to).  Of course, thinking about things and turning those thoughts into action are two different things.  I have to laugh at myself because I have so many things that I want to do and then later realize that I barely got to the third thing on my list.

Part of the problem for many is making the commitment to not only doing something but putting that thought it into action.  Think about how many times you or a person you know have said that they have a long to do list and that they got nothing done on their list.  Oftentimes, the dilemma is finding time to do things on the “list” and actually designating time to complete the task.  That is the missing link for many.

So, part of the question lies in how do you put your thoughts into action.  Here are a few tips that have helped me along the way and may help you as well.

  1. Get out your daily or weekly calendar or print one out for free online (there are so many out there to print).
  2. Get out a couple of pens or highlighters of a variety of colors.
  3. We are going to focus just on this week to start.
  4. Assign different tasks with a different color pen or highlighter.  Example – I use orange for exercising, purple for my bible study, green for my business, pink for personal and blue for other (like gardening, crocheting, reading, baking….you catch my drift).
  5. In your calendar, write down in the appropriate color, any current appointments or obligations that you know that you have to do.
  6. Now, schedule time to do other things that you want to get done this week.  For example, if you want to schedule time to go to the gym on Wednesday night at 7pm, write it down in the appropriate color pen and put it in  your calendar.  If you want to spend time reading, put it in your calendar.   If you want to drink 64 ounces of water a day, put it in your daily calendar.
  7. The next thing is to stick with your schedule.  Make the commitment and each week, spend time planning your schedule rather that letting your schedule get away from you.  On average, anything you commit to and put into action for 20 days will become a part of your routine.

Let me know how you are doing with this task.  In accomplishing this, you may feel that you are getting more things done in a week than usual which will give you a sense of accomplishment.  A little tip – that sense of accomplishment will also give you a self-esteem boost too!!!!! 🙂

Posted in Personal Wellness, Relaxation

Enjoying the Moment

It is such a beautiful day today – sunny, not too humid, there is a gentle breeze…you know, one of those days you need to have a cool glass of water or lemonade with you while you are enjoying the sunshine.  It has been so rainy here, that it was refreshing to have a perfect summer day.  So, we did a little gardening & getting some of those stubborn weeds out of our flower beds!!!  It was wonderful to be able to be outside and do one of the things that we love! I consider it a blessing to have the time to be outdoors and rejoice being in the moment.

Sitting here now at the computer, I was thinking about how important it is to be in the moment and savor all the little things in our lives and in our environment.  Today, I enjoyed the sunshine, hearing the birds chirp, seeing the new buds on the flowers, chatting with our neighbors and most importantly, spending time with my spouse.  How nice was today it to in the moment and appreciate my surroundings.

There are so many times, we just go through the motions, rush through life, go from one thing to another and forget the little things, those little moments.  So, today, I want to offer you a few tips to slow things down and spend a little time today, whether it is 5 minutes or a few hours to do something that you love and be in the moment.

Here are a few ideas:

1. Think about something healthy that you enjoy – whether it is sitting outside on your deck, being with a loved one, playing a game of catch with your little one, taking a walk, cooking, gardening, etc.

2. Carve out a few minutes today and put it into your schedule to do that healthy activity that you love.

3. Make the commitment and keep to the time that you carved out for yourself.  See it as time that you have scheduled for  yourself.  It’s a little “me” time.

4. Then go ahead….get out there and do that healthy activity that you love to do but find you never get to fitting it into your schedule.  If it is spending time walking outside, listening to your favorite music station, reading, painting or just spending a few minutes taking some deep breathes….go ahead….do it.

5. Take a few deep breaths, take in the moment…feel your body relax.  Be aware of your surroundings and savor the moment.

I hope you are able to take a moment today to delight in the moment you have created for  yourself.  Hope you have an amazing day!!

Posted in Financial Freedom, Goal Setting, Personal Wellness

What Does Freedom Mean to You?

We are coming on the Fourth of July this weekend and I was thinking about the various freedoms that we have and how thankful I am every day for them.  From the Freedom of Speech, the Freedom of Religion, the Freedom to Assembly and so forth.  I am thankful that I live in a country that allows me to have these freedoms especially in times where people are being persecuted for their beliefs.

That being said, how many people feel like that do not have the freedom to do what they want to on a daily basis?  This could range from feeling like you don’t have the personal freedom to do the things you want to do in your life, to financial freedom which includes the ability to become debt free and not have to worry about whether or not you are going to have enough money to retire.  One area that so many people worry about is will they have enough money to pay their bills, pay their rent or simply buy groceries.  Another area that people worry about is do they truly have the freedom of time, meaning do you have the ability to spend both the quality and quantity of time to be with your family and loved ones.  So many families are stretched thin with time to the point where they have little time to have dinner as a family unit or spend quality time with their loved one or spouse.  More families need to place their little ones in daycare because they feel that they have no other choice and spend an exorbitant amount of money paying for it.

When I reflect about all these freedoms, I have come to a point in my life where having not only the freedoms given to me by the country I live in, but having the ability to work on having financial freedom and time freedom is extremely important to me.  So, the question today centers around what type of freedom do you want in your personal life? When I reflect on my life, I want to be able to know that I have the ability to spend time  as much time with my spouse & close friends and not have anyone telling me or limiting me on what I can and cannot do.  I do not want to have a boss telling me when I can go on vacation and what time I can take my lunch.   I also want financial freedom and the peace of mind knowing that my financial future is secure.

So, as the Fourth of July approaches, I want to thank those who have fought and still fight for our freedom!!! I also want to always be cognizant of other freedoms that I want to have my life and center my goals on achieving them.