Tuesday, January 6, 2015

The New Year, New Habits

I'm a do-it-all-at-once person.  I always have been.  Carrying groceries in, yeah I was that girl with seven bags on each arm just so I wouldn't have to make another trip...to the garage.  Even though that usually left half the contents falling from the bags on the kitchen floor, and a mess of groceries on the kitchen table.  How that made me feel accomplished, I'll never know.

But over time I've realized that's what I do with goals.  When I get inspired, I get motivated.  When I get motivated, I don't want to leave anything out. My motivation makes me want to become this ultimate human being all at once, and completely morph into every greatness I could possibly attain.  These things don't happen overnight, which I've always been aware of.  But for some reason I like to start racing ahead, and don't want to leave a single goal behind.  So the next thing I know, I'm at a steady pace with all 11 of them, when one falls behind.  When I turn around to pick up the one I forgot for a day, two others fall out of place.  This kind of goal setting is hard to attain.  It's hard to stay motivated for extended periods of time when it's hard to even keep your head above water.
There are goals I don't want to wait on, so what do I do? As a human being, we have to realize we aren't perfect; we can't balance that many new things all at once and expect them to grow into habits.  That's why so many people roll their eyes when they see so many posts "New Year, New Me," because we hardly even stick to half of our goals.  These goals need to be realistic.  They also need to have enough time to grow into a habit where they become automatic, as long as it's a habit-type goal.  Not a one time event.

Here are some of the goals I have for myself:

  1. Become organized in all areas of living
  2. Become fit - my ideal weight and muscle tone
  3. Reach out to others more either by card or visiting.  One family in particular comes to mind.
  4. Become financially smart: saving, investing, tithing
  5. Eat healthy to become healthy from the inside out
  6. Learn Italian
  7. Learn a type of dance
  8. Learn self-defense
  9. Increase intelligence
  10. Become more mentally tough
  11. Write a particular book
I have tried so many times to take this on.  All at once, however.  I need to make this realistic for myself.  And I know the number one goal I have for myself is to become closer to Christ.  Without my foundation, none of this would work.  So when my dad, one of the most realistic people I know, brought up creating a goal during our Christmas dinner, I knew what mine would be.  Daily time in the word.  Minimum of 5 minutes.  That sounds sad almost.  But when it comes down to it, it won't always be a walk in the park.  Coming home from a game late at night after an early morning, making a trip and always taking it with me (I prefer to hold my actual Bible than read it from my phone).  This is something I want to do daily.  

Maybe for you, it's exercising for 10 minutes at least 3 days a week.  Doing something other than watching television for 2 days in the week.

Whatever goal we make, it needs to be attainable.  That is how habit comes into play.  Otherwise, we begin failing when we try to take on too much at once, we feel overwhelmed, and they slip away from us.  It's hard for me because I see all of those goals listed above and I want to accomplish all of them.  If I'm able to dabble and begin another here and there, then wonderful, but until my first one becomes natural and automatic, I don't want to bombard myself.  

Another thing I do daily, is create a to-do list for the day.  It's a list of at least 3 things that MUST be done that day, and they are things I can cross off.  The ones that have to be done first are in a specific color, and I make sure to get those things done first before I venture on in my list.  This keeps me organized, motivated, and thinking clearly.  

Good luck to you! Let me know what your goal is, and how you are going to realistically attain it. I'm curious to hear them all. :)

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Shoot for the Stars

Walking under a blanket of stars that just seem to surround every ounce of your being and are so close that you can almost touch them makes for a perfect night to get out and have a chat with God. Thanking Him for his incredible forgivenss, soaking in His infinite wisdom, and feeling his immense love that erases any fears the world can put on us. So... I decided to take a step back and look at my life. I've been trying to make a habit of this. Not in a way that I make changes to please people, but to act the way Jesus would, and to love others the way he would. I began to realize there is so much I would like to do and fix. But it can't happen with just the snap of the fingers. There are friendships I want to sizzle and sparkle again, relationships that I want to glow so bright, darkness cannot exist, and there are THINGS I want to do! I have such a wide range of interests that are hard to narrow down. I want to get to that self-actualization stage:) I want to better myself, expand my knowledge, chase my dreams, and become the best well-rounded person I can be. And I want to do it with the Lord next to me every step of the way, dedicating each one to HIM! So with that all said, I decided to make my very own bucket list. I have heard the quote many a time:

"Aim for the moon, if you miss, you will land among the stars."

That sounded pretty good to me. So whether some of my goals seem ridiculous or not, I am going to give them each a shot. Carpe Diem, Seize the Day!

Here is my Bucket List - it will be growing
I recommend you make one too...set goals and shoot for it...You'll make more than you think:)

  1. Make an entire cookbook in a month or given time
  2. Compose/write a song
  3. Name a star
  4. Build a tree fort
  5. Start my own business doing something I love
  6. Run a marathon
  7. Do a triathlon
  8. Let my teachers know that shaped my life
  9. Mentor someone
  10. Let someone who has inspired me greatly know about it
  11. Climb a mountain
  12. Find a four leaf clover
  13. Make a difference in someone’s life
  14. Volunteer for a good cause
  15. Sing to an audience
  16. See the Northern Lights
  17. Go stargazing
  18. Speak publicly in front of a group of people
  19. Throw a huge party
  20. Experience a sunrise
  21. Experience a sunset with someone special
  22. Plant my own tree and watch it grow
  23. Get a little turtle
  24. Get a complete makeover
  25. Learn social etiquette
  26. Matchmake two great people
  27. Play guitar
  28. Be able to play a song on the piano
  29. Read musical notes
  30. Take up dancing
  31. Learn a martial art
  32. Pack my bags and set off for a random location with no itinerary planned at all
  33. Swim with dolphins
  34. Live in a different country for at least 3 months
  35. Act in a film
  36. Knit a scarf
  37. Whip up the best meal ever for my loved ones
  38. Camp in the wild
  39. Visit a waterfall
  40. Eat raw food for 21 days straight
  41. Conquer my biggest fears
  42. Snorkel and see marina up close
  43. Tell at least 10 people about my bucket list and encourage them to do the same
  44. Start a movement on a cause I believe in
  45. Get closure on all my hurt, grievances, and unhappiness from the past
  46. Organize a picnic outing
  47. Do something completely crazy and out of character
  48. Hit a bullseye on a dartboard
  49. Visit a volcano
  50. Have dinner with someone I had only dreamed of meeting
  51. Go on a cruise
  52. Try out being a waitress
  53. Fall in true, deep love
  54. Do a front flip
  55. Do the splits
  56. Learn sign language
  57. Visit a castle in England
  58. Find my relatives in Italy
  59. Go to a costume party and dress up as my fantasy character
  60. See the 7 wonders of the World
  61. Learn Spanish fluently
  62. Lose 15 lbs
  63. Meet Taylor Swift
  64. Read a 25 books in one year
  65. Skinny dip in the moonlight
  66. Write and publish a book
  67. Learn to breakdance
  68. Laugh. A lot
  69. Smile more
  70. Be reliable
  71. Write a message in a bottle
  72. Visit all 50 states
  73. Stretch daily – improve flexibility
  74. Marry the man of my dreams
  75. Own my own horse ranch
  76. Be on a commercial
  77. Translate my name into Chinese
  78. Grow a Bonsai Tree
  79. Make 100 origami and give them to friends
  80. Paint a beautiful painting for someone special
  81. Learn to juggle
  82. Win a photography contest
  83. Bike across America
  84. Catch fireflies and put them in a glass jar
  85. Go in a lighthouse
  86. Fish in Alaska
  87. Swim in the Great Salt Lake
  88. Touch a snake…ew!
  89. Visit the tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington
  90. Visit one of the top zoos in the U.S.
  91. See a Cubbies game at night
  92. Watch turtles hatch and go into the ocean
  93. Publish a cookbook
  94. Publish a poem
  95. Be a model
  96. Adopt a child
  97. Eat fish and chips in London
  98. Collect more recipes
  99. Be my ideal weight
  100. Experience pampering at the spa
  101. Have my teeth straightened
  102. Acquire patience
  103. Become a better listener
  104. Be present in the moment
  105. Have an attitude of gratitude
  106. Find more quotes
  107. Learn how to compliment well
  108. Rescue an animal
  109. Find out how the ship gets in the bottle
  110. Try toast in hot chocolate
  111. Learn to sing
  112. Have my dream wedding at home
  113. Fall madly in love and be loved back
  114. Read the Scriptures daily
  115. Make a hole in one
  116. Learn all I can about John Wooden
  117. Volunteer 1000 hours
  118. Gallop a horse along the beach

Sunday, February 28, 2010

The Beat of my Heart

Within my heart, lies immense passion for others. I care so much, almost to the point where it sometimes gets taken advantage of and definitely taken for granted, yet there is just something about helping others that makes it worth that risk. :) I know Jesus calls us to serve others, and with an unselfish heart. It is so easy to get taken into the daily routine of meeting your needs first, then others. But I don't want that anymore. It doesn't satisfy me, and it just leaves my heart yearning for more. I want to make a difference. And I know I can.

I didn't always know if I wanted to be a teacher. In fact, I was near switching my major. Every single family member of mine had been teachers, and I felt like I was supposed to do more, whatever I meant by that. I hunted for another job that I felt would suit me better. I pursued one very strongly until I pointed out a sign to the Lord that would make it an obvious closed path. Sure enough, He closed it. I was heartbroken, but that next week, I spent a whole week in the classroom of Cleveland Elementary, where I fell in love. Words can't describe how my answer became so clear. I had prayed and prayed, I had spent years in classrooms observing, but it was never so obvious. These children come from broken families, low incomes, and have hearts beaten from the unfairness of life. But the thing is - I need them just as much as they need me.

I have learned from these children that love is what we make it, our attitudes are what we choose it to be, and our lives are better spent loving others than looking into our neighbor's faults.

It's not every job you get asked out twice a day, have a hug from the most mischievous child you've been batting heads with all day, or feel respected and loved for who you are, and the smile you share. But I found where my heart belongs, and now it beats with a beautiful rhythm that I can finally dance along with. :)

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Lend a Hand :)

When it comes to helping people, I am a big fan:)
I know I can definitely do more, and I want to encourage anyone who is willing to do the same as well! :)

Lately I've been sponsoring some soldiers. I started out with one, and got such a heart for them that I wanted to help as many as possible. It's as simple as being a pen pal to them, and letting them know that we care. Care packages can be sent as well:) It gets lonely for them over there, and I couldn't imagine being away from my loved ones for that long. So I encourage everyone to please join and let them know we care! :)

Here's the link you can click:
Then go to the link that says,
"Click Here to Register for Adoption"

Here is another way to help! All you have to do is click and food & water can be donated to the hungry. :) Crazy, but the sponsors pay for it!


There's just something incredibly powerful about worship music. It speaks to the deepest part of me. I feel so alive and in tune with God when I praise Him. It opens my heart, but doesn't stop there. It becomes so much easier to open that part of me that nobody on this earth sees. Working its way through the torn, missing pieces of every broken piece of me, it begins mending and bringing to my attention places in my heart I didn't even know existed. It cleanses me, and makes me weaker and stronger all at the same time. It's the most beautiful connection with my Savior. When I sing, I feel so close to Him - like He's only a whisper away. I can literally feel His presence and His comfort that washes away all the sadness, unforgiveness, guilt, and bitterness.

When we worship in Chapel sometimes I see a hope for a revolution beginning. I know that's what God intends for this place, but we have to be the ones to make it happen. I can see a revolution that brings all people together, nobody better than another, to worship the Lord, and change the world together. If I want to live up to that, it's time I start acting out on it. It's time I start taking time for those that so desperately need it. It's time I start putting my whole heart into everything I do, so I know I gave everything the Lord gave me to bless others. And it's time I become who He wants me to be. I don't want to put this off any longer. It's time for me to step out in faith, in courage, and to actually trust God completely. Let it be your time too! We musn't wait any longer. Today could even be our last day. I sure don't want my last day to come, and me not have given absolutely everything I can to Christ. I pray we can all set our differences aside, and see how alike we all really are, and be the Christians God intended for us to be. I believe. :)

Whoa, so my tangent started with worship. You can see how it really inspires me to do God's will:) I believe it really lets us express our love and adoration to our Savior and at the same time, praising the Lord with our hearts lifted high adds immense power to Scripture and prayer. Praising Him with music seems to do what words cannot, and captures the heart of me. So I encourage you to take that step with me, out in faith, and see the glorious life God has for us. Nothing on this entire earth will compare! :)

I've been listening to "Salvation is Here" by Hillsong United. It's up on the list with my favorite worship songs because after all is said and done, I really do know my God will save the day. He gives me incredible comfort when the world throws me curves, and the love He gives me day in and day out is simply astonishing. Thanks to Him, I do know It's Gonna Be ALRIGHT! :)