Reminders of God’s Faithfulness at the State Fair of TX

Last year, on October 12, we visited the State Fair of Texas as a family. Everyone was there–Dad, Mom, and six “kids.” We did our typical things: attended a few shows, went to see the butter sculpture, watched the Marine Drum & Bugle Corps perform, and of course stayed to see the parade and the Illumination Sensation light show at the end. In 2016, it was during those last two that Dad starting having pain in his stomach. We thought it was from eating poorly by having one of those dollar dogs at the fair for dinner (other than planning for that splurge, we always bring our own food and snacks)…

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Your Story and Mine: Oola for Women NEW Book is available tomorrow!

When I first received the news that I would be getting an advanced copy of the new book, Oola for Women, I knew it was a gift from the Lord for this time in my life. I have been a fan of the Oola Guys for several years now, re-reading the Oola book every year around January. Working through Oola helps me to analyze the past year and think about all that the Lord can do in the next if I focus on serving and following Him with passion.

This year in particular, I have struggled in seeing my purpose and feeling able to accomplish it. I have felt like a failure–in my job, at home, as a daughter and sister, and in so many other ways. In a word, I was UNBALANCED. Oola is defined as that state of awesomeness which is marked by “a life that is balanced and growing in the key areas of health, finances, career, relationships and well-being.” The idea is that, when we focus too much of our time and energy on just one area of life, other aspects of life are often neglected. When one area is neglected, that affects every other area of life as well. Success is not about being the best at one thing, like our career, to the detriment of another, like our family life–true success is found only when we can balance the 7 areas of life and keep away Oola blockers (things that keep us from reaching our full potential as we strive to be better in our faith, family, fitness, finance, field, friends, and even fun).

Oola for Women does much the same thing for me as the original Oola book, except in a slightly different way. In addition to reading about Dave and Troy’s stories, this new book includes personal testimony from women across the country who are living the #oolalife in their own way. You’ll hear from greats like Lindsey Elmore (@thefarmacistala), Debra Rayburn, and Sarah Robbins, as well as many other “normal” wives, mothers, and entrepreneurs etc. These stories are encouraging and varied, and they bring the ideal of an Oola life a bit closer to the reality and practicality of daily life. In essence, Oola for Women takes what was laid out in the Oola book and shows us more specifically HOW living the #oolalife is possible for us. The stories help us realize we are not alone in our daily struggles, and they also uplift us and make us believe we can unlock the greatness God has put in us and live the #oolalife too.

Have you read the original Oola book? Great! Oola for Women will still be an awesome addition to your library! Are you new and wondering what this whole Oola thing is about? Oola for Women is for you too. It stands on its own as well as it sits complementary to the original. Do you need a reminder about what is important in life? Are you working hard without feeling like you’re gaining ground or growing closer to the potential within ypurself? Are you successful but tired all the time, trying to take care of so many things and in need of a bit of encouragement? Do you take care of all the to-do’s but forget to spend time growing in your faith? I recommend you go buy this book today so you can receive it ASAP. It officially releases tomorrow, May 2!

Oola for Women can be purchased at the following sites (40% off if you order before midnight) and would be great as a mother’s day gift, teacher thank-you, or summer read for yourself or a friend.

Barnes and Noble

Amazon

As the guys always say–

Be grateful, have faith, and go get your OolaLife!

The Challenge May Be Over, But The Journey Continues

Wow. So much has happened since I last wrote anything here. In October, my dad almost died twice (from an initially misdiagnosed abdominal aneurysm and then from the aftermath effects of coiling the artery, which cut off all blood flow to the liver). When I got back to work and life in November, we were in the midst of my craziest time of year at work–planning Disciple Now for January, not to mention the busyness that comes along with the holiday season generally. As always, God was so good and faithful to pull me through and pour Himself out during the event in a big way.

Post D-Now is always a bit hard for me, and with all the emotional trauma I had experienced during Dad’s scare, I knew I was going to have to hit it hard with some old fashioned exercise and detoxing. (Of course, this would be in addition to monitoring my food a bit more carefully, and making time for those green smoothies again–if you know me you know life is busy when I haven’t had my smoothie!)

Enter Slique in 60, a challenge to wellness put out by Young Living. Buy a couple months of products (that I want to use anyway) to support my wellness, use them, and get tips for living a healthy lifestyle weekly…sounds good! Check! Signed up for that, and started Jan 9.

Enter Cottonwood’s Chase Pastor John Mark Chellenge Jan 22. Here was my thought process for entering this challenge: “Well, I’m already in the Slique challenge, and I’ve already decided to step it up for that, plus I should support it anyway as a Cottonwood staff person, and I do already have a tracker……I don’t have to go crazy over it, but maybe I can stay in top 20 if I do like 15,000 steps a day…I guess it’s a win win situation, right?” Yeah, that all sounded good and reasonable. Haha!

Little did I know that during that first 6 days I would hit 20 thousand steps in a day and would average above 16 thousand daily! The big turning point didn’t come until that Sunday (day 7 of 38 in the challenge) though, when our assistant to the children’s pastor walked past me and very casually said that he was coming for me. Well, that was it. Game on. I had been working hard not to let my naturally competitive nature take over, but the following weeks proved that turning off that side of me is much easier said than done. 

On February 4, I hit 40,000 steps a day.

On February 8, I hit 58,000.

On February 11, I hit 66,000 to claim first place!

On February 25, I hit 70,000 steps. (This was an effort to reclaim the highest steps per day in the challenge record, which I believe still stands. :-))

This morning, the challenge roster was officially closed to anyone who had not synced the last day (February 28), and results are now final. Ryan Solt (my children’s ministry counterpart) and I ended up tying for #FIRSTplace! Several other friends did really well too!

Now before you start giving me grief about why we tied, hear me out. I am not a runner in any way, shape, or form. I have never participated in any athletic challenge in my entire life, other than running a couple 5Ks where I was in it to be with friends more than to actually win. Believe me when I say, there is NO WAY ON EARTH that I would have made it to first place without Ryan pushing me there all the way to the end. He got sick, I got sick, he had shin splits, I hurt an ankle and had about a million blisters…but the point is, we made it to the top together, and we had so much support from others along the way as well! (If you think you’re seeing a lesson here, you are.) 

There’s also the fact that if we hadn’t agreed to tie we probably would have both ended up with multiple injuries. #competitivemuch 😉

But really, if there’s one thing I’ve learned from this whole experience, it is that WE CAN DO SO MUCH MORE THAN WE THINK WE CAN. It just takes someone to call it out in us and to walk (or run!) with us on our way there. Sometimes, the potential we see in someone else may be completely unrealized by them as of yet–so give them time, but don’t give up on them. You never know when you might just awaken a part of someone that they didn’t even know existed.

Throwing Away “What’s New”

“So what’s new?”  The question was well-merited, as it had come from a former co-worker who I had not seen in almost a year.  My standard answer of, “You know, same old, same old…” came out readily, automatically almost. This question was one I had heard a lot recently.  Why is it that every time I answered, I felt so discouraged?

Fast forward a week to when my dad gifted me the book Quitter by John Acuff.  In the first few chapters, I read about something that hit home immediately.  Our American culture celebrates change, but not consistency.  John Maxwell also talks about this as one of the laws of growth–doing small things consistently over time to get big results.  Consistency just doesn’t feel worthy of celebration.  We hold goodbye parties when someone leaves work for another position.  We like to ask friends and family what’s new because it is so much more “fun” to talk about that than the same old thing.  It’s not often we get a party or even a thank you for just “staying put.”  I just had my 4th anniversary at the church where I work, and while I got several LinkedIn congratulations from friends, not one person at work actually said anything about it.  (To be fair, I do not remember or praise work anniversaries either. ;-))  Staying put at a job where the income is less than stellar and the role is so demanding has not always been easy, and I have certainly had other offers throughout the years that looked appealing.  Yet being content and consistently pursuing the things God has called us to is one of the biggest and best things we can do with our lives.  Did you get that?  Being content and consistent in pursuing our calling is one of the biggest and best things we can do in life.  Staying put is worthy of celebration, too!  Have you been working at the same job for 5, 10, even 20 years?  Congratulations!  In a culture where change is so celebrated and where we (especially young adults) have such a hard time settling down and sticking to, well, anything, you have managed to stay put and do a great job with what has been given to you.

Don’t let culture define who you are or your ability to stick with it and grow in your calling.  Of course, if change is necessary, I pray you find the strength to know when it should happen and the courage to pursue it without hesitation.  Just don’t go for it because society thinks you should or because it is easier to move on.  Remember, sometimes staying put is the real challenge and what will grow you more than that shiny, new opportunity or adventure.

Always Keep Growing

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If I have learned one thing throughout the last two years, it has been the importance of taking time out from the craziness of the world we live in to refocus and spend time in personal development.  This includes, of course, centering in on my relationship with the Lord, but it also means sitting under and learning from people who have spent time studying the world, people, and how we can best serve others with out lives.

John Maxwell’s works have had a great influence on me, so I am very excited about his new project geared specifically toward those in the network marketing industry. Even more exciting is that Adam and Vanessa Green will be some of the presenters at the September class.

We never stop learning and growing–what will you do today to become a better leader, friend, parent, or team player today?

To buy tickets for the September 30 event (to see it live in GA or to watch virtually), go here: https://leadersmultiply.com/?ref=R76F894Y

New Essential Rewards Plan

Two days ago, Young Living rolled out a new Essential Rewards plan, and I am so excited to share it with you! The new tiers of points back will be 10%, 20%, and 25% back (instead of 10%, 15%, and 20%), and the time frame in which you can start saving, much quicker.  After just three months on ER, you will start getting 20% back!

NOW is the time to join Essential Rewards and start saving. All points you receive can be used to purchase FREE product (you only pay shipping) online.

2016 ER Updates

Remember, you have one month off each year, so don’t worry.  If things are tight, just log in and navigate to the Essential Rewards page, then click on “Skip this month” to have the current month be your month off.

*For those already on ER, your level of % credit will be based on your total time already in the program

 

Thursday’s Tip of the Day: Replacement Purchasing

Hi Friends!  I hope your week has gone well so far and that you enjoyed the beautiful weather today.  After last week’s crazy weather and all the damage and cleanup my home city of Wylie has been dealing with, it was nice taking a break, sitting down on a shaded bench, listening to the gentle lapping of water, and thinking about what I wanted to share with you today.

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This past weekend, I took Friday evening and all day Saturday off from the crazy insurance calls, climbing up on rooftops, and talking to repair shops (I even tried to stop thinking about work and our upcoming golf tournament Monday—praise the Lord for holding the rain off just enough for us to have it), and I went to Continue reading

Thursday’s Tip of the Day: The Freshness of Spring for Your Whole Home!

Once again, Young Living has shared a tip that I wish I could take credit for.  Even though this is not my own idea, it is so great that I wanted to share it with you all.  For that Spring cleaning freshness in the home, place a few drops of Citrus Fresh or your favorite Spring scent on your home’s air filter whenever you’re replacing it.

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This is what YL shared with the above picture:

“Warm weather means it’s time to change out the air filter in your home. While you’re at it, add a few drops of essential oil to the filter to freshen your whole home! ‪#‎citrusfresh

Thursday’s Tip of the Day: When you run out of Thieves Drops…

Hi Friends!

Last week, people were getting sick left and right (and even I had to take a day off after getting a toxic overload from too many paint fumes after a sleepless night). Of course, I diffused constantly and kept my Thieves drops and hand sanitizer/spray on hand every day. Thieves drops are a bit strong for the kiddos, but I like them a lot and have found they’re a great addition to my wellness regimen. When I ran out mid week, though, and knew that my order would not come in for another week or so, I figured I should probably have something else on hand.

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Seeing Clearly: What is your central focus?

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Visiting with some dear friends!

Yes, I’ve been absent for far too long. Two out of the three weeks I missed, however, were due to being with family and not wanting to miss out on those special moments together.

So my tip of the day this week? Hang on to those moments, and remember them often. If you are working and growing a business like I am, it is incredibly important to remember that our families
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