I’ve felt very busy lately. Busier than normal even. It seems I’m only able to focus on the present and not able to consider the larger picture and what comes next. I love this reminder to make time for the important, even if it doesn’t seem there is time.
I’m making a list of what’s important and am going to focus on making those a priority. I’m guessing that time won’t feel like being busy.
What’s important to you?
Today is/was my birthday. And while I’ve been on the earth a bit longer than 29 years, I was pleasantly surprised to know my Real Age is 29.1. What a perfect thing to see when you’re struggling to blow out candles that cover the cake!
Frankly, I was pretty surprised my age was this low. After all, my husband teases me that I’m 80 years old! Why? I don’t eat the recommended servings of fruits and veggies. I have a few minor health concerns. I don’t exercise like I should. And as a result, my BMI is higher than it should be. When I add this all up, I think I’m aging myself. However, the Real Age test considers so many additional factors. Factors that must be in my favor!
Have you ever taken a health risk assessment? Are you afraid of what your number might be? Try it! You might be pleasantly surprised like I was. Either way, you’ll get a list of recommendations bound to give you a shot at seeing your next few birthdays.
There are many ways to thank a soldier including literally saying “Thank you for your service!” when you cross their path. Last week, I learned an even more poignant way to drive this reminder home every day. It came from Lt. Col. Rob “Waldo” Waldman who was giving the keynote address at our organization’s quarterly leadership development institute.
By the way, if you need an excellent motivational speaker, hire Waldo! He received rave reviews from the crowd for good reason.
I’ve long been a fan of Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana (CSNI). But longer than that, I’ve been a family member of someone with cancer. Because the cause is personal for me, I am walking in support of CSNI at Lapper 2013 in memory of my great-grandfather and two grandpas who died of cancer.
I had the privilege of being with each of these men in their last days and hours. Those precious times are ones I recall regularly. However, I don’t have to remember the impact their disease had on their wives as my grandmother’s still live with the loss cancer created.
The impact cancer has on the caregivers is one of the reasons I love CSNI. They have resources for the patient but also for the family. When my grandpa was diagnosed, I had confidence referring my grandma to the team at Cancer Services as I knew she’d have an advocate to work with them and she’d have access to items that would provide comfort and care.
I’m walking as part of Team Contagious Community and we have a big goal of raising $1,500. If you feel so inclined, I’d love to have your support! Click here to donate.
Sometimes you need a pick-me-up. Whether it’s lipstick, a new shade of nail polish or sparkly accessory, it can be the little thing that makes a big difference.
Today, I decided my most used accessory needed the extra boost. Thanks to Target’s new grab-and-gift aisle, this pick-me-up was only $15. Not bad for a burst of color on a blustery day when all you want is the warmth of Summer.
Inspiring account of the good that is found in times of crisis. I can’t help but think my own community would respond in the same way. I certainly hope we would.
Take a moment and learn from the love in KC.
No, I’m not giving up water for Lent. I am giving water for Lent.
Full disclosure, I’ve never participated in Lent before now. While half of my family is Catholic, we did not celebrate the Lenten season in my home. As an adult, I’ve seen others of many faiths choose something to give up for Lent. (Not always connected to a religious or faith observance.) I think because I’ve never fully understood it, I’ve never participated.
Until today that is when my friend Kristen shared a post on Facebook encouraging others to take part in 40 Days of Water. It was immediately what I needed for several reasons. The first is
a bit selfish. I desperately need to increase my water intake for health reasons. What a better way to jump-start the effort than by creating a habit to support a great effort. But, as I learned more about it I realized that selfishness is exactly why I should be sacrificing and observing Lent.
40 Days of Water encourages individuals to give up their coffee, tea, and soda habits and drink tap water for the 40 days of Lent. This isn’t just a concept born out of slacktivism. Each week, Blood Water Mission asks you to donate back the amount you would’ve spent on these not-so-healthy and expensive beverages. Talk about putting your money where your mouth is. The money you donate supports clean water projects in Uganda. (I believe this to be a true mission since my friend Kristen (mentioned above) personally knows the founder.)
Here is another reason I love this campaign so much. They’ve thought of everything! How do you know how much you should contribute? Because they’ve given you online and mobile tools to track your would-be consumption daily. They also know that giving is contagious so they’ve created social tools where you can share your progress and invite others to join you. (Click Here to View My Profile)
I cannot wait to see what the results are (health and dollars) at the end of my 40 Days of Water. If you see me around carrying my glass of water, I hope you’ll encourage me in this effort!
Do you observe Lent? Will you join me in 40 Days of Water?
I’ve decided the anticipation you get from expecting a baby is similar to the anticipation you get when you are building a house. You wonder will it be a boy or will it be a girl? Will he or she be healthy? What will their personality be like?
This morning, we have the opportunity to go and have our first ultrasound so to speak. We are heading to the architect’s to see their first concepts at the floor plan, site plan and the 3-D of the outside of the home. There is excitement, but also present is that nervous anticipation you experience prior to the doctor’s visit where you get to see your baby for the first time or hear the heartbeat. At that moment, you know the baby is healthy and you’re on track for success.
Those feelings are what I’m feeling today. I’m excited but I’m also nervous and really looking forward to the completion of the home build. For us, this will be a long gestational period. You see, even a year from today we still won’t be in our finished home. We are purposefully extending the building timeline to fit our needs.
In other words, this baby is going to take a while to deliver and while we’re waiting you shouldn’t expect this blog turn into a design blog. Do expect a few updates now and then about the process of selling our current house and the building process. We’re really enjoying looking forward and working with the local team we’ve assembled to build our forever home. It’s going to be a great addition to our Team.
A huge shout out to Jon Swanson for this inspiration. I enjoy reading Jon’s blog “300 words a day” for his wisdom. This post however, hit the nail on the head for me.
You see, I realized I hadn’t done my Three Words for 2013 yet and was struggling to generate any resolutions. And I was pretty ok with that. What I learned last year is that “big goals” don’t always work for me. I need actionable change that I can do incrementally, as I have time, that transform into habits.
Enter Jon’s list of items to select from every Monday. The result: 52 actions. In a row.
I’m on it. How about you?
There is still time to make this statement: “I’ve done this every Monday in 2013.”
All you have to do is one of these:
- Tell your child/children you are grateful they are alive.
- Ask God for wisdom for the decisions you have to make this week.
- Drink a large glass of water.
- Read Psalm 19.
- Write an encouraging email to a friend.
- On a scrap of paper, write one thing you want to implement from a sermon you heard on Sunday. Tape it to your monitor.
- Look at the sunrise. Or sunset.
- Read one chapter from the book that is on the top of your reading pile.
- Look in the mirror and say, “I glad that God made you.”
- Eat 100 calories less than you otherwise would.
- Hand $5 to someone that you don’t own money to.
- Unsubscribe from an e-newsletter that isn’t helping you as much anymore.
- Make a list of six things that have to be done by Friday.
- On a scrap of paper, write the name of one person you want to ask God to help. Tape it to your mirror.
- Extra difficulty: On a scrap of paper, write the name of one person who annoys you (or is trying to undermine you) and tape it to your mirror. Then ask God to bless them.
- Put a 90 minute appointment for thinking and writing on NEXT Monday’s calendar. (It’s too late for the 90 minutes today. But you can schedule it.)
- Clean one pile off your desk.
- Defer to someone else’s wishes for one specific thing.
- Unprocrastinate on one project.
- Stop. For 15 minutes.
You can fill in your own action. Just pick something. This offer expires at midnight, your time, on January 7, 2013. But if you start on January 14, you can still say “I’ve done this almost every Monday in 2013.”
The result? 52 actions. In a row.