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How to get results, thank goodness he fixes things, built in life workouts, a sweet faith reminder from a friend, how to talk to girls, and creative dominoes.
Every week, I make time to connect with the most important people in my life. I have small group, weekly family dinner, Monday phone dates with my best friend, and Skype dates with my prayer partner.
Which is why I want to have a Friday virtual coffee date with you.
I would absolutely love to meet you in person and hear about the ups and downs and in-betweens of your life, but since that’s difficult to manage, the next best thing would be for you to leave me a comment or shoot me an email. I really do care about what’s going on with you! I have an ongoing list in my prayer journal of blog readers who have reached out to me sharing struggles, successes, and just everyday life stuff and I love all of it!
Here’s what’s been going on in my world.
How To Get Results When You Feel Stuck
I have a t-shirt design business on the side that has been steadily growing over the past year. I am always working on it, but I feel like my progress has kind of stalled lately.
The same thing happened to me over and over again on my weight loss journey.
I would be doing good things – eating pretty well and exercising okay – but I just felt like I was on this plateau and couldn’t break through to the next level.
I used the same strategies in my weight loss journey that I used to jump start my t-shirt business.
- Track your progress. When you write things down, it becomes more tangible. You can easily see the things you are getting done…and the things you may have been skillfully avoiding.
- Look for your weak areas. There are probably things you know you should be doing, but have been avoiding. Those things that slip down to the bottom of your priority list because it’s much easier to just procrastinate and think about doing them than actually do them.
- Come up with a plan. So, now that you’ve seen how you’re doing on paper, come up with a plan. Prioritize those things to attack those weak areas. Get specific and actually write it into your schedule.
- Get accountability. Make sure there are people in your life who know your goals and how you are working toward them. Check in with them. When you know someone else will be asking you about how things are going, you tend to stick to your plan much more closely!
So Thankful For A Handyman Husband
So, a week after getting our “new” car after Adam’s accident, the check engine light came on.
While I was busy mentally adding up repair costs, he started researching and ordering new parts.
We’ve always just sent cars to auto shops when they had issues growing up, so I am pretty clueless when it comes to fixing problems like that.
He’s spent hours outside working on that car this week, replacing hoses and such and I am so thankful.
He saved us hundreds of dollars on repairs and I’m just super impressed that he can even do things like that!
Built-In Life Workouts
We’ve had a couple of crazy hailstorms here lately, so with the downed leaves, tree branches, and twigs, there has been quite a bit of yard work to do.
I think sometimes we get so focused on going to the gym, going running, or planning “formal” workouts that we forget there are hundreds of ways to build workouts right into your daily life.
Rake leaves. Mow your lawn. Pull weeds.
You can be creating your own cardio and strength workouts with squats, bending, lifting, pulling…all of the things gym workouts try to mimic, but with added productivity!
It gets you outside, gets things done, and keeps you active. And it can be family bonding time if you work together with your husband and kids!
A Sweet Faith Reminder
A friend from my small group went to a craft fair last weekend and brought this back for me.
“When you feel like you’re drowning in life…don’t worry – your lifeguard walks on water.”
It’s a reminder I need daily, to remember that God is always bigger than my circumstances.
This hangs right next to our kitchen sink so I see it all the time now.
How To Talk To Girls
Adam and I were going thorugh our books the other night, trying to figure out how we were going to combine our two households of books onto one bookshelf.
I have a bunch of sign language interpreting books, studies I’ve been through with small groups, and amish fiction (my favorite genre!).
He has bunch of C.S. Lewis, apologetics, and rock books…and this little gem!
He said one of his siblings gave this to him years ago (best gift ever!). It’s written by a kid, but it has some pretty wise words in there!
My favorite line, “You have to say the right things at the right time. And then you hope that she agrees with you.”
I will remind Adam of this wisdom when he strays. 😉
My nephew is such a smart kid.
He is so good at math, science, and figuring out the way things work. He would make a great engineer one day if that’s what he decides to do!
And he’s also super creative, so the other day when we were playing dominoes, we couldn’t just follow the regular rules. He wanted to combine the pieces to make all kinds of different patterns and shapes.
Sometimes it’s hard to keep up with all of his rule changes, but, man, am I impressed with his creativity!
The Story Behind The Shirt – She Is Clothed In Strength
Every week in my email newsletter, I send a coupon code for 15% off my Christian women’s t-shirt of the week (if you haven’t signed up, there’s a box for you to do that at the end of this post!), but these aren’t just random designs I come up with. There are stories behind each and every one.
This week’s shirt says, “She is clothed in strength, Proverbs 31:25.”
This shirt paired perfectly with the blog post I published this week that gave you 10 Bible Verses on Strength.
This verse is a constant reminder to me that I’m stronger than I think.
Actually, that’s not exactly accurate either.
The Truth is that God is stronger than I think and it’s when I can see my own weakness and lean into Him that I can do great things.
Things that I shouldn’t even be able to do. Things that don’t even make logical sense.
I always think about how God used Moses in such powerful ways to lead people, even when Moses was not a good speaker.
In our society, schools, programs, and company leaders would have told Moses to choose a different path that paired better with his natural gifts.
But God had a different plan.
That story constantly inspires me, motivates me, and sends me to my knees to listen hard to hear the path God wants me to follow.
You are clothed in strength because you are a child of God.
What’s New With You?
Enough about me, I want to hear about YOU.
What’s new in your life?
Do you track your food/water/exercise?
Can you do your own car repairs?
What kind of built-in life workouts have you done this week?
What kind of books are on your bookshelf?
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