“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.
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
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.
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“
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.
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
According to the American Heart Association (AHA), being physically active can play a major role in preventing heart disease and stroke, the No. 1 and No. 5 killers in the United States. So what’s an easy way for you to get up and improve your health? Give a few extra steps of walking each day a try!
When it comes to walking as exercise, there has been a lot of buzz recently about one magic number: 10,000 steps. In an article on PubMed, a widely respected online database of medical journal articles, some experts have weighed in on why that number is so appealing.
“A value of 10,000 steps/day is gaining popularity with the media and in practice and can be traced to Japanese walking clubs…10,000 steps/day appears to be a reasonable estimate of daily activity for apparently healthy adults, and studies are emerging documenting the health benefits of attaining similar levels.”
Reaching 10,000 steps can be a great part of your weekly fitness goals. The AHA and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend getting 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise (e.g., brisk walking) every week. Setting a goal to walk 10,000 steps per day can be great motivation, not to mention can give you something easily measurable. So how do you get out of that office chair and reach the 10,000 steps per day goal? Here are some fun and simple ideas that you can easily add to your daily routine:
How do you work a few extra minutes of walking into your busy schedule?
Good morning, Friends! Today I wanted to write about a little change that can help build up health and wellness for your family. If you’re like me, eating is a social event, and desserts even more so as they often accompany celebrations or special outings. But desserts can also be full of empty calories that fill your body with processed, chemical foods and sugary additives. Here in the States, we desperately need to go back to the basics and begin thinking differently about dessert. Read more
Lately I have been thinking about life. What does it really mean to live a simple life? Can my life truly be considered such? From the outside, my schedule is packed. I work full time at a church, I run a couple small businesses, I am learning to do my own trading and investing, I live at home and help take care of a family of 8, and let’s just be honest in saying that sometimes I am not great at managing stress levels (Stress Away Essential Oil, anyone?). But really, the way I view life is not that complex. Here are some tips to help keep yourself and your mindset in the right place even when things aren’t going as smoothly as you would like. Read more
Saturday. Saturday marked the one month point until Deborah, my 22-year-old sister, leaves the USA for a 10 month missionary journey in Papua New Guinea. The day came and went so quickly that I almost Read more