A few years ago, our now eight-year-old son, Cam said that he wanted to be a chef after watching a video of a kid #chef. He had a short stent of fascination with cars and trucks, but never lost the urge to buy toy food. Since we have been in Tillamook, Cam’s library picks usually involve #cookbooks. Yesterday, on the Tillamook County Library bookmobile, Cayla grabbed the cookie cookbook. No surprise to me; she absolutely loves sweets.
I have reasons to make healthy sweets. Although, these books are older, usually, we can kind some satisfying and simple recipes. Being in the health care industry for over 21 years, I feel a consistent and growing responsibility to prepare healthy meals and snacks for my family. Our children take our lead in whatever we do and not just what we say.
How are you preparing for spring and summer meals to help avoid or limit temptation to splurge on unhealthy foods?
Make this life great!
If I do not address disrespectful behaviors while our children are young, then I enable them to disrespect myself and others. The moment we let down our guard is the moment our child will think it is okay. I have learned to not assume that behavior will end in one day. I must be consistent in my actions and words to show them actions that edifies and destroys.
Parenting is a calling, and daily, we need to be there for our children. Corrupt behaviors do not start in adulthood. Often, we deal with adult behaviors that started in childhood. No parent is exempt, and every parent has tests. These tests are to make us a better person, and therefore, a better parent. We must have and show:
compassion (children need direction and purpose grounded in principles that help instead of hurting others)
humility (every one has tests to meet and hopefully transcend)
love (discipline according to our heart and not out of unhealed emotions)
patience (parenting is a lifelong endeavor)
understanding (we are all on a journey and experience life lessons).
Of course, there are more virtues that empower and strengthen us to meet and transcend our experiences.
Make this Life great and your Legacy, too! The generations to come depend on you.
My 3-year daughter wanted to exercise this past Saturday morning. I usually walk on the treadmill on Saturdays, and walking relaxes me. I had a big presentation at my first church that day. So, I wanted to walk on the treadmill for 60 minutes, and that idea was quickly fading away as I was cleaning our house and getting our children prepared for their day. I can do for everyone else and leave myself last.
Our daughter has taken an interest in exercising. Every time I put a P90 CD in or right before bedtime, she tells me she is ready to exercise. On Saturday, when our daughter said “Mom I want to exercise.” I knew she wanted me to put in one of the P90 CDs. I briefly thought that I did not have enough time until I realized that one of my P90 CD’s ( Tim Horton Fitness), is a Saturday morning exercise that is approximately 25 minutes in length. I had 35 minutes to spare before I would start getting ready for my morning Diabetes Presentation.
I was so thankful for our daughter reminding me of one of my favorite truths. There is always a way to get something done. I enjoyed watching both our daughter and son imitating some of the moves, honoring the body with physical activity, and spending some quality family time before my Diabetes Presentation. Overall, Saturday was a great day!!!
Be creative and use your resources. Our reminders are there to help us stick to our goals.
Make today great!
#Trust that the nudge you feel to do something you love is for your greater good and the greater good of the #world. Confession: I have not been spending the time I need to make my dreams a reality. My life’s work will not be a priority in life unless I make it a priority.
Sometimes we may trivialize what we were created for. For many years, we may ask “what am I passionate about?” “What are my gifts and talents?” Yet many times, the answer is right under our noses. We may not be spending enough time with ourselves and always busy doing other things and taking on new projects that keep us far away fro figuring out our true purpose. And even when we know what that is, we may not give it the attention it needs to manifest.
What do you find yourself thinking about the most in those few seconds you are quiet and still? What brings you joy or is the thing that allows you to escape from your busy world? If it did not matter what others thought about you , or if it was not the ” in thing”, what would you do? If you did not have to worry about feeding your family or putting a roof over your head, what would you do?
I believe when we follow our hear-our true purpose, we will be taking care of mentally, physically, and financially.
Being able to provide for ourselves and our family can scare us into doing things that are far from what we enjoy and who we truly are.
However, as I remind myself today, we only get one life. Do I want to waste this life not knowing who I truly am and my purposes in life?
Do you want to waste your time pleasing others and just making money? Or do you want to be authentic and say “wow, this is my true calling. This is what I should be doing with my life.” Whatever it is that you are doing, can you say that it is your true calling? If not, then what is?
Do you want to be connected to something greater than yourself -something that energizes you or attached to something that drains you?
Only we can answer these questions for ourselves. We must take time to get to know who we are and what fills us up and not just our pockets or closets.
What are your gifts and talents that you consider to be a hobby? Why are these gifts and talents just hobbies? Who said you could not use your gifts and talents in your career or even adventure in entrepreneurship?
Here’s to living our best life,
What do you believe about yourself? What if your mom, dad, friends, husband, and others were not the ones holding you back? What if it is what you believe about yourself that is holding you back? Do you see limitations or doors that can be opened? What do you say to yourself every day? Are you calling yourself dumb, stupid, or ignorant? Or, are you being kind to yourself and believing that you will figure things out?