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Family Peace of Mind



“Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best you are capable of becoming.” John Wooden



Updated: 2018-03-06T02:51:27.569-07:00

 



Have Some Grace Little One

2014-03-19T16:44:24.291-06:00

While reading Psalm 139:7-12 I was immediately brought back to sitting on my son's bed reading him a popular classic bedtime story, Runaway Bunny.  This story is about a little bunny who wants to run away.  He thinks he may be able to go hide, up in the mountains, as a rock, as a fish in a trout stream, a crocus in a hidden garden or as a bird.  As a steadfast loving mom does, she creates a clever ways to find him and will not rest until her baby is in her arms safe.This is what God does for us. As a grown up mom, there are days when I would like to hide, when the world get's a little crowded and heavy.  Where craving a little hiding spot or mom time out sounds healing.  No matter where we go to hide, His spirit is waiting there for us, he'd find us in a minute, in our darkness, we are never out of His sight.  He is the mountain climber, the fisherman, fishing us out of the trout stream, the gardener,  The Lord understands Mom time-outs, He is there to pluck us out of the darkness, we feel swallowed by the madness.  At the end of the story, the little bunny decides he might as well stay with his mom and she offers him a carrot.  At the end of our time-out, we find God sitting with us and instead of a carrot, we have Grace.  This Grace renews us and gives us just what we need to feel safe and start again. I hope I can find the strength to simply enjoy His grace without always needing to have him come find me.  This is a lesson I learn almost daily.  Psalm 139:7-12~Is there any place I can go to avoid your Spirit?    to be out of your sight?If I climb to the sky, you’re there!    If I go underground, you’re there!If I flew on morning’s wings    to the far western horizon,You’d find me in a minute—    you’re already there waiting!Then I said to myself, “Oh, he even sees me in the dark!    At night I’m immersed in the light!”It’s a fact: darkness isn’t dark to you;    night and day, darkness and light, they’re all the same to you.”  (The Message)[...]



God's word alive in the Aspen's

2014-02-19T21:31:26.023-07:00

Psalm 1:2-3 (NIV)2 but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,    and who meditates on his law day and night.3 That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,    which yields its fruit in seasonand whose leaf does not wither—    whatever they do prospers.I read these verses and my mind takes me to a day snowshoeing with my friend Jerry in Colorado.  We trekked along in deep snow past a spring winding down the mountain.  We stopped at a spot where the water puddled and a grove of Aspen tree's thrived.  These Aspen's were unlike any I had ever seen.  The girth of their trunks were unbelievable to imagine, let alone witness in person, touch and eventually wrap my arms around.  These trees were continually fed, minute by minute by the trickling water and their trunks swelled with life. I grew up and live in AZ, where Aspen's are sort of spindly, not quite as profound.  This Psalms verse comes ALIVE knowing the possibility of what His healing waters can create on this earth and within my soul.  "Whatever they do prospers".... not some things, he chose the words whatever they do. How great we can become, simply by allowing ourselves to be fed by His stream.   His beautiful word flowing through us minute by minute, helping us to grow so strong.  Strong winds of change cannot tear us down, only root us deeper within Him.  [...]



Desired Things, Wisdom of yesterday!

2011-07-05T15:28:35.439-06:00

Up on a tucked away shelf in our cabin sits this really neat plaque.  The cabin came furnished, so whomever lived here before must have left it.  It says at the bottom, Found in Old Saint Paul's Church, Baltimore; Dated 1692, which is when the church was founded. It is written by — Max Ehrmann Desiderata (desired things): A Poem for a Way of Life,  published in 1927. Go placidly amid the noise and haste,and remember what peace there may be in silence.As far as possible without surrenderbe on good terms with all persons.Speak your truth quietly and clearly;and listen to others,even the dull and the ignorant;they too have their story.Avoid loud and aggressive persons,they are vexations to the spirit.If you compare yourself with others,you may become vain or bitter;for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.Keep interested in your own career, however humble;it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.Exercise caution in your business affairs;for the world is full of trickery.But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;many persons strive for high ideals;and everywhere life is full of heroism.Be yourself.Especially, do not feign affection.Neither be cynical about love;for in the face of all aridity and disenchantmentit is as perennial as the grass.Take kindly the counsel of the years,gracefully surrendering the things of youth.Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.Beyond a wholesome discipline,be gentle with yourself.You are a child of the universe,no less than the trees and the stars;you have a right to be here.And whether or not it is clear to you,no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.Therefore be at peace with God,whatever you conceive Him to be,and whatever your labors and aspirations,in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,it is still a beautiful world.Be cheerful.Strive to be happy.[edit]I think I will dwell on this for awhile! :)[...]



Taking Sorry Like a Man!

2011-04-19T12:10:57.915-06:00

Game night Life Lessons  



The kids seem to often choose the game Sorry!.  Well we all know Sorry has a little bit of a torturous spirit, you work hard buzzing around the board hoping to get all your men home before someone sends you back to the start with the famous Sorry!!!!  Ugh, now you have to start ALL over. Their pride of being ahead in the game could quickly be smashed to tears the moment a Sorry came flying their way.  It can be a little rough for kids that LOVE to win, but it is great to teach kids that life happens and not everything is going to be fair in life, sometimes you have to make lemonade out of those lemons. 


We incorporated a couple things that have since really changed the kids spirit about playing any game.  When Sorry would start to sting, we would say in a silly joking fun lighthearted way, "Take Sorry like a Man"... translation, be strong, accept what is coming your way, remember it is just a game and not the end of the world.  We have been able to utilize "taking sorry like a man" with many little daily things that are "not fair".  When something doesn't go their way, we just whip out "Take Sorry Like a Man" and the kids typically smile and let it go. 


The other tradition we added to board game night, was that the winner was the "cleaner upper".  I was amazed at how quickly a happy game winner would get the game picked up.  It did not take away from the win and made the rest of us feel better that we got our butts kicked and could just walk away from the crazy game without any more torture of then having to clean it all up, at least till next game night!




What About Now?

2011-04-11T15:25:42.126-06:00

I have always been proud of my "go with the flow spirit", throw something at me... I can handle it.... Life was all about play and enjoying myself, manana, no worries, life is good.

Well life is still really good, but somehow with bearing a child, I also bore a big worry wort in myself!! Will I get back to my pre-baby weight, will my baby die in his sleep, will he have autism, is he going to be a good person when he grows up, is someone going to smash into me at this light and hurt us, will he feel abandoned when I drop him off for an hour at the church daycare, what if my husband dies, will I ever stop worrying?

Ugh... It is so tedious, even thinking about it wears me out. So I have been doing yoga to quiet my mind, while in my final resting pose, blocking out my mind jabber is like ignoring a incessantly barking dog, while trying to sleep. It is a challenge, but I am motivated.

I have also been listening to Walk in the Word by James McDonald, to get a bite of the bible each day, feed my soul great healing bites, while trying to lose the weight of my worry. A recent cast explained how we are not built to handle all the worry we carry.

Matthew 6:34 "Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own."

Mc Donald suggested letting go and trusting God. Start thinking of life, as three TV channel's, Channel 1 "the past", Channel 2 is "now", Channel 3 is the "future" and he said to always stay on channel 2. I am not a big TV person, but this makes it so clear to me. I can keep myself in check by consistently asking myself this question.

When my husband and I chat at night before bed, instead of rambling on and on about a bunch of stuff that likely may not even happen, I just ask myself what channel I am on... Usually not channel 2.

I feel lighter already, it has opened up a whole world of NOW to enjoy. Exhale!!!



The Prayer That Changed My Life

2011-03-25T11:05:48.156-06:00

I wrote this on an airplane, on my way home for Christmas. It was 2008, my mom and dad flew me home for a week to spend the holidays with them. At that time, I half appreciated it, which was the story of most of my life, trying to be a good person, for all the wrong reasons and really never letting this good person soak in the joys of how great life can really be. I led a self centered life, holding tight to this "comfortable" life, even though it was lonesome and tiring, just getting through each day, uninspired. Not too long before this prayer, I had been cracking my heart's door to let little bits of God back into my life. I took the time to write this prayer in my journal, it was my little way of "testing"this God of mine. He answered in a huge way....Dear God,So glad I finally re-found you! What a huge change I have felt in my heart. Finally, there is someone bigger than me and what my selfish life once contained. Since I found you, I can now strive for more, more love, more happiness, more growth. You have opened my eyes to a whole new world, a beautiful, free and open hearted world. Please continue to guide me toward all that is healthy and filled with light, guide me toward deep friendships and love beyond any that I have known.Thank you for not giving up on me, when I gave up on you, thank you for the endless blessings that make-up my days; sunshine, mountains, dog kisses and knowing that I am never alone. I will strive each day to further shed the skins of my darker days, the days when I thought I had all the answers. Thank you for trying to surround me with people that loved me, even when I didn’t always see their light. Thank you for hope, faith, honesty, forgiveness and love. I look forward to each new day you bring me, you fill my soul, thank you.AmenWhile home on that trip, I reconnected with my now husband and love of my life, we have a gorgeous family and I had no idea when I wrote that prayer the kind of love God had in store for me. My pain-filled, black and white life had become HD. Words could never be enough to thank him, so I will do my best to glorify him in my everyday life by being his hands and feet. [...]



True Love!

2011-03-11T15:43:05.640-07:00

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For many of my hikes, I would collect heart shape rocks. Do not tell the city of Phoenix, Scottsdale, Flagstaff or countless locations in Colorado, because I think they frown upon removing things from the wild frontier. I have moved these boxes of rocks with me from town to town, state to state, my friends who have helped me move in the past never questioned why they had to unload a box of rocks....yet again.

I always knew as I collected them, that someday they would have a comfy place to rest on top of the earth again, adored daily by those who take the time to look around. Each one had a place in my soul, a fun memory associated with it, but now they sort of blend together in my mind. My most coveted is one I found with Bobby, while "off trail" in Flagstaff and it is petrified wood and very special to me.

I have them placed up against our homes foundation, as you walk up to our front door. I am amazed at how many people come to our front door and do not notice them or say anything. It's ok, I did not place them there for everyone else, just those that take the time to look around.


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My husband has jumped on my heart rock collecting bandwagon, he has become quite a pro at finding them...

He also carries them for me, True Love!




10 Simple Ways to Live Inspired!

2011-04-13T13:19:26.491-06:00

Ahhh.... life... Life is WILD!! A new day a new adventure, how do you cope? I surrounded myself with inspiration sometimes without even knowing it and it is such a breath of fresh air. Today, I was slapping lotion on my arms and legs and read my lotion bottle. It was a gift from our Aunt Laura (she is such an inspiration, without even knowing it). Who knew that I would find my inspiration of the day in a lotion bottle! Whatever works.... Pure Grace body lotion by Philosophy, here is what it says: "one of the best tools for longevity and good health is not just taking a walk outdoors but taking your walk while holding the hand of God. when we walk in gratitude for each and every moment, we empower ourselves by empowering our spirits. when we breathe in nature through our eyes, ears and lips, we become certain that not only are our souls eternal, but that God knows how to manage our lives, our troubles, our worries and our days better than we do. so today and everyday 'let go and let God'."10 simple ways to surround yourself with inspiration:Write your favorite quote on your screensaverPaint a canvas with an inspirational phrase...even if you are not an artistFrame a picture of yourself being silly with friends or familySign up for quote of the day to be emailed to youUse a paper calendar that inspires youCut out something from your favorite magazine that move you, pin it to a cork boardBookmark inspiring blogsKeep a journal of simple words or phrases that move youPaint a wall you see often with chalkboard paintLeave a quote under your email signature, maybe it will be just what someone needs to hear as well. [...]



Hi My Name is Zane and I am addicted to my Woombie!

2011-04-13T13:16:15.513-06:00

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I don't remember much while being at the hospital after our little Zane was born, but I do remember the nurse saying "swaddle your baby if you want him to feel happy and sleep more". Sleep more? Did you say sleep more? Okay where do I sign?

Enter Woombie, our BFF! At first, Zane fought being wrapped up as tight as a Chipolte burrito, but before too long he began to love it. Just the mere sight of Woombie meant sleepy time, he would rub his eyes and almost be out by the time we zipped that little bag of happiness up to his chin. One time it was just on the bed and he saw it, pulled it over and about fell asleep. And so began his Woombie addiction.

He has literally mastered this Woombie! He has gained a core of steel, he can sit up from laying down without the help of hands, from sitting, he can lean himself down and pick up his Nuk in his mouth without hands. He has created his own sport, I will coin woombnastics, a blast to watch but something about a napless kid does not equal a good time.

Zane is now in the biggest Woombie made "Mega Baby" size, which means his days of snuggly happiness are about to come to an abrupt end. I have been searching on the internet how to wean my little man out of this cozy nest. Experts say (all Mom's are experts in my book) "start with one leg out"... Sounds easy enough, one leg out..... I zip him all in, except for his leg and he fights sleep, rolls around like a fish out of water for awhile... I watch the clock and after forty minutes of wasted nap time, I give in, zip in his leg and he is out....immediately.

Ugh.... I have tried to "fake him out" and wrap him in his blanket instead of my once BFF Woombie, he quickly figures it out and takes full advantage of his newfound freedom by climbing around his bed, bouncing and chatting endlessly with a big fat smile on his face and a nap nowhere in sight. This is all super fun to watch, except when you remember how fun a nap-less child is.

I picture Zane in his 30's trying to find a wife who will let him sleep on his side of the bed, all snuggled up in a man size Woombie and it freaks me out. I gotta get him out of this thing. I am going to have to bite the bullet of the 10+ hour a night sleep and let him fend for himself in the big open world, Woombie-less.... To be continued....



Note To Self:

2010-12-21T12:29:10.784-07:00

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Good morning, this is God.
I will be handling all of your problems today.
I will not need your help, so have a miraculous day!



The Art of the Positive Tattle

2010-12-20T21:33:04.071-07:00

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So I married the man of my dreams and he happened to have two kids. Becoming a Mom is hard enough, but to join in on the party when the kids are 5 & 4, you have more than a little catching up to do. So sometimes you make calls without really thinking because you are in "preserve your sanity" mode. Hasty decision's can be some of the most dumpy and negative decisions you have ever made and you wish you could have a re-do, but believe it or not, on rare occasions, those hasty decisions can turn out pretty cool.

So on our way home from school one day, the kids were just being tattling monsters. "He hit me, she won't stop singing..." Just so you know, preserve the sanity mode does not always come from a sane place in itself, but for one brief moment of my life it actually worked. I said, "If you have nothing nice to tattle, then you may not tattle, PERIOD". My quick cry for "just a little silence" turned into a pretty darn good idea, The Positive Tattle! I have always prided myself on being a "positive tattler", when I have great service, I write down their name and call managers to brag about their staff. Life is so short and people need to be appreciated!

The art of this positive tattle business took on a life of it's own! Not only would the kids dig and search for something nice to say about each other, they would try to out-do each other's tattle. Some mornings at breakfast we have to put a hold on the positive tattling, just so they will finish eating and we can get in the can to get to school. Bliss!! Kids actually noticing and appreciating the little things in life that others do, is a priceless gift.

In all the wildness of being a parent, on occasion you have a gleaming moment of pride and jubilation, when something truly positive sinks in. I hope the kids grow up positive tattling their little head off and I hope they pass it on.



Life Lessons of 2010

2010-12-15T13:19:07.660-07:00

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2010 has come and gone, here are a few things I learned!


  • Careful what you wish for, you just may get all of it... all at once!!
  • Hormones don't really do me or anyone around me any favors.
  • Babies rule, literally and figuratively.
  • Parenthood is a permanent state of anxiety.
  • Teething Bites.
  • Love begets Love and it really IS the answer to everything.
  • Follow your gut, but not towards the food.
  • Family First, even when they are kinda crazy.
  • Learn to love being loved.
  • Time flies, so make sure you have a great pilot.

**What did you learn this year? Please comment and share hot life tips, 2011 is hot on our tails.



Cherish Your Blessings!

2010-12-10T13:36:49.659-07:00

Art by Shaun Ellsworth, CA (I think)The bad news is that time flies. The good news is that God is the pilot!Surprise surprise that my last post was before Zane was born! Eight and a half months later and my feet are officially on the ground. Never has time flown so fast for me, never have I made the most of every moment like I have this year. I have learned that the key to my happiness is a couple very simple things, knowing God and appreciating my blessings!A few of my blessings!Knowing GodSupportive HusbandKid GigglesFamily to Lean OnHealthSunshineFamily RitualsSuccessful BusinessChai TeaIntrinsic GrowthHome Sweet HomeGlass of WineFat Baby FeetOpen Mouth SmilesFriendsFeeling Love EverydayLouie DogA Bumpy PastAnswered PrayersThis verse has been so comforting to me as a Mom!Isaiah 40:11 1 He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young.Peace of mind comes from knowing the many blessings that surround your life, especially knowing that God is at the helm! Thank you God for shining a brilliant light on my path, wish I would have thought to know You sooner, life has never been better. Love You, SJ[...]



Week 31 of Pregnancy

2010-01-26T12:35:20.223-07:00

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So I am 31 weeks preggo, 2 months till the big due date. Things that are officially getting hard to do include:
--rolling over in bed
--getting up off the couch
--tying my shoes
--picking things up off the ground
--shaving
--stair master at the gym
--passing my bed without "laying down for just a minute"
--keeping my tummy fully covered

Weird things:
--taking deep breaths is like work
--my tummy growls up by my lungs now
--never burped so much in my life
--wondering if my boobs will go back to somewhat normal
--heartburn from popsicles
--going through tubs of body butter to avoid "the badge of honor"
--actually missing doing sit-ups (remind me that after I have the baby)
--feeling my boobs on my tummy
--still praying for a stork delivery

Treats:
--fluffy hair without special expensive shampoo's
--great nails that grow incredibly fast
--dreams of touching his sweet baby skin
--feeling him move and kick to his Daddy's voice
--already feeling like he is the smartest, cutest baby ever conceived
--knowing how incredibly loved he will be
--feeling Makenna hug and kiss the baby through my belly
--no cankles yet :)
--hearing that you are going to be an incredible Mom

Hard to believe that it has been 7 months, time has flown by. Everyone rolls their eyes when I tell them that I special ordered a sweet, calm easy baby that doesn't cry much. :) I will let you know how that goes, a girl can dream right??? Hopefully I have time to blog, post baby.

A new baby is like the beginning of all things-wonder, hope, a dream of possibilities.
Eda J. Le Shan








Are you conscious of your treasures??

2009-11-25T19:25:54.336-07:00

I have no kids tonight, my husband is playing basketball with the boys, no bible study due to the holiday tomorrow… sounds like my favorite time to journal. Let’s see I will need a few things: Candle…. Check Chick Tunes… Check Comfy clothes…Check Dogs snuggled by my feet… Check Water… to take the place of wine becuz I am pregnant J I saw this quote today and it inspired me: “We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures” Thornton Wilder I once spent a lot of time in my past with the grass is greener syndrome, wishing I had better everything, cuter guy, more money, more friends, more fame… After my last relationship fell apart---for the final time ;) I spent a little time on my own, something I had never really done. I just buried my head in my business, lived in one room most of the day, just working. I was “over” men and comfy cozy with the fact that it may just be me. I was not interested in going through the motions to find another love for awhile. Mr. Right was going to have to just come knocking on my door. My friends hassled me saying that I should get on an online dating site, ugh… but I was just not up for the “work” of it, to find just another dumb guy that didn’t love me for whom I was. While spending time in my room and in my business, I quickly became interested in the social media craze of twitter, meeting lots of fun-nice people, but still perfectly happy to just dance around the outside of real intimate connections. I was motivated to be memorable, in case somewhere down the line, these connections would help my business. On my quest to be memorable, I decided that I had better start acting thankful and appreciative of people’s time and energy. Little by little, I just became a new person. More light hearted, more appreciative of the small things, instead of praying to God for what I wanted, I would thank him for all the amazing things he has already given me. Things like the sun, snow, mountains, breezes, hiking trails, horse noses and dog snores. I have truly noticed that opening my eyes to blessings just seemed to breed more blessings. I used to giggle about the power of attraction and the hocus pocus of it all, but in a way, it is true. Positivity and appreciation has just surrounded my heart, I have more meaningful people in my life than I ever have. I enjoy more moments, look for the good, go out of my way to be memorable… but because it fills my soul to make people smile, instead of hoping they have something for me in return. As this year draws to a close, I think of all the incredible changes that have been made this year. My blessings have snowballed into this truly phenomenal life. When I wish my friends a happy birthday, I always wish for them to have “their best year ever”, I finally know what that feels like. The best part about it, is next year is going to top it all. **Thank you God for eyes to see the beauty in people and the world. Ears to hear music and the words I love you. Hands to hug, touch, wave and email those I love. A sense of smell to bring back memories, enjoy new baby memories when he comes and feel at home when I am truly home. I am so blessed, lucky and conscience of my treasures! [...]



Enter Unicorns & Butterflies Stage Right!

2009-10-08T18:43:34.165-06:00

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Alright... alright.... so I am here, alive on the verge of feeling human again. All the books were right, lucky for me... there IS a light at the end of the first trimester tunnel o' hell! Enter unicorns and butterflies leaping about! I am in my 14th week (the whole weeks thing confuses me still). If you ask me, I no longer need to wear the Pregzilla shirt, only on occasion maybe.

Let's see what feels better :)
---Nausea=gone
---Dizziness=gone
---Bitchiness=gone-ish ;)
---Sleepiness=gone-mostly ish
---New found boobs=not as painful
---Intense sense of smell=bearable
---Having to pee all the time=better for the moment


I am having the craziest dreams, each night just get's more weird than the next. For awhile they were about food and/or having to pee. I am proud to say that in my many dreams of finding a bathroom and peeing the longest pee of my life, I have yet to pee the bed---thank you GOD! My clothes are starting to get tight and not as fun to sit in, my Mom has found me all kinds of maternity clothes, but they all look so big... gunna be glad about that I would imagine... but not yet. :) I am going to try to hold out.

I found out that there is a good chance that in this bump is a little boy, weee!! Now for the naming process.... this name is forever, wish us luck!









Just Add Hormones!

2009-09-02T10:01:16.979-06:00

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Are you feeling normal, happy, comfy in your feminine skin? Is your life finally settling in and headed in a direction that feels great? Are you emotionally fairly stable and easy going? Well, that sounds waaaay to easy... Wanna really kick life up a notch?

Just add hormones!!

Simply flood your body with progesterone with a pregnancy and try to get through your day. Not only will it challenge you, it will challenge every one's life you touch, like you never knew possible.

Pregnancy gives those you love a real chance to love you unconditionally, because you will be a moody, sappy, non-pooping, disaster of a female armed with a sense of smell that could beat a bloodhound, sporting a free boob job you always dreamed of, but they hurt too much to touch. This is the person that has been giving women a bad rap for all these years. Ah... that crazy one...

I feel a bit jaded. Many women have gone before me, bearing children. I always viewed pregnancy is such a joyous occasion, all the glowing and happiness, unicorns and butterflies everywhere. I must have missed something, because it has been more like a chronic hangover minus all the margarita's, girly giggles and man bashing.

So, here I am in week 8+ of my pregnancy... staring off into the distance at week 40 in utter fear. Some pioneers promise that it will go away after the first trimester, well I am your girl. I will shoot straight and if the unicorns & butterflies enter stage right in Act II, you will be the first to know. In the mean time... unfortunately for my husband, preg-zilla reins. A sleepy, moody, emotionally neurotic, waste of space. Apparently, it helps you prepare for the baby.... Lord help us!!

Thanks to www.2chix.com for being brilliant and coming up with the preg-zilla tee-shirt, we need all the comic relief we can find.





Start Your Someday's...Today!

2009-03-13T14:32:03.476-06:00

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Start Your Somedays Today

Have you ever put something off, 
Because your timing wasn't just exact.
Maybe you refused to take the first step,
As fear stopped you in your tracks. 

How about refusing to begin your dreams;
Putting things off for awhile,
Have you ever said "maybe tomorrow"?
Have you ever said "someday I'll"?

Consider the intelligent lady,
With the ability to make good grades,
She said she'd further her education, 
Once the bills were paid.

Or how about the older gentlemen,
Who wanted to travel the world around.
He said he'd begin his journey, 
Once his schedule began to slow down.

What about the aspiring young lad,
Who had that novel written in his mind. 
He said he'd put it on paper,
Whenever he could possibly find the time.

And finally, that love-struck person;
With secret admiration for that guy.
She would let him know her true feelings,
When she wasn't feeling all that shy.

The message of these examples, 
I hope is crystal clear. 
The time to start your aspiration,
Is now---not next year. 

Because the bills--may never get paid,
Your schedule won't slow down.
Extra time won't somehow appear,
Complete confidence--won't be found.

So if you wait to take all those risks,
Until all the signals say "go", 
Your someday I'll's will never come;
Your dreams---you'll never know.

So begin that job, or go back to school,
Start to smile and remove that frown.
"Because sometimes you will have to jump off that cliff;
And build your wings---on the way down."

Chris P. Neck




She's Outta Here Moving Company

2009-02-12T13:56:00.941-07:00

(There She Goes song by the La La's playing in the background) 

So my friends have quickly learned one thing about me... NEVER write my address in pen---PENCIL ONLY, because it will change, often... like men change their underwear.  

My Mom said many years ago, that I should start my own trucking company for woman that fall madly in love, move to 
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another state with a boy... then it goes awry and they need a major bailout.  Well, the good thing is that I have time to perfect the business plan through much R&D. :)

The company name will be She's Outta Here Trucking Co. We will hire sexy, glistening, perfectly fit, single, sensitive men (think Kirby Atwood of Lipstick Jungle)  to come to your house and pack your items and load your truck up.  While you and your girlfriends sip mimosa's, take down curtains (curtains are not cheap, yes take them) and burn pictures.  

Book today and we will throw in a box of the lotion Kleenex and some champagne to Christen the truck for your next most perfect journey. 

I am still working on the details, but keep me in mind during your next relationship disaster, if you need over the road moving help. :)  She's Outta Here is also hard at work on a cocktail line, new address cards and are working on sponsorships by www.dontdatehimgirl.com/   


Sheila Siffermann
CEO/She's Outta Here Inc. 

P.S. Wink Wink... this post is simply for amusement purposes only!  



The Joy of Forgiveness

2009-02-03T07:56:31.756-07:00

The Joy of Forgiveness**Forgiveness is freeing up and putting to better use the energy once consumed by holding grudges, harboring resentments and nursing unhealed wounds. It is rediscovering the strengths we always had and relocating our limitless capacity to understand and accept other people and ourselves. What are you harboring? How much emotional energy is being sapped, by holding on to this crap instead of simply forgiving?I was crabbing to my roommate one day about my 6yr love gone awry and after our conversation, she calmly suggested that I search and find some bible verses or quotes on forgiveness. That was a huge clue for me that, I had some issues to clear up. She said it so sweetly, but immediately I realized that I was SO not over this, even though I felt like I was.After a quick search online, I found the quote above; it hit me like a brick. After I re-read this quote over a few times, I realized the magnitude of negativity that not being able to forgive can have in your life. Not only did it surface in regular friendly discussions, but that tiny vein of negativity pulsed through every corner of my life. It would rear its ugly head while I was trying to build a business, network, grow, heal... every little bite of my life was being affected by this little lack of letting go.If you had asked me in the past, I was always pretty proud of my forgiving abilities... I was a self proclaimed “forgiver and forgetter.” This time was different, although I had a pretty happy face; I had a wound that was sapping me of my emotional strength, which in turn resonated throughout the rest of my life. The most important thing I have realized is that, it was not completely about forgiving him. The toughest part was forgiving myself. Forgiving myself for feeling like a dumb girl, for going back and trying things over again, for not heeding all the signs that were right up in my face. My brain kept saying, "impending pain and rough times ahead, proceed with caution." If I have learned anything about myself over the years, I have learned that my errant heart is pretty brave, sometimes a hopeless romantic and surely doesn’t listen too well. My brain, like the big brother, made sure to punch my heart in the arm and say "I told you so", ouch...Today, little by little, I am getting there. I know this, because of all the extra energy I have. I am quickly finding my limitless capacity to forgive other people and most of all myself! Take a minute and do a forgiveness check, make sure you have your heart open to all the possibilities life has to offer, the extra energy is a shot in the arm! Who are you going to forgive today?[...]



Explorer's Creed

2009-01-26T17:39:33.297-07:00

Have you ever had times when you felt fat, then months later wished you could fit back in those jeans because now you are "really feeling fat?"  Ugh, I used to hate that... I would be so mad at myself, looking back knowing that "I was fine and now look at me", why couldn't I just love myself how I was instead of feeling so imperfect?  If I have learned anything in life, it is to just love myself where I am at and just to know that I am exactly where I need to be today!!It is really easy to get into a habit of looking at life wishing you were thinner, happier, smarter... What is tougher, yet more fulfilling is just to accept yourself right where you are at, knowing that you are headed in the right direction, with all the tools necessary!  Never settle :)Here is a favorite poem of mine by Jana StanfieldExplorer's CreedI am exactly where I need to be today.I have more than enough of everything I needto meet the challenges of this day.I am right on schedule,growing at my own pace.As I come to appreciate the importance ofmy own pace, I am less likely to compare my pace,faster or slower, with anyone else's pace.What I am learning today is preparing me forall the good and all the challenge that lies ahead.I can be excellent without being perfect.I now find comfort in constant progress.I am rich because my life is rich.I am investing my energy in the people,places and things I care aboutduring this short time I have in this world.I don't need to see the big pictureto know that my role is important.I don't have to know the destination to knowI'm headed in the right direction.Though I may not know where I'm going,I'm not lost, I'm exploring. [...]



What color is the sky in your world?

2009-01-21T13:34:59.082-07:00

A few years ago, my Mom gave me a pair of sunglasses that had pink lenses.  She said, whenever things got rough, just to throw them on and look at the world through different eyes.  They always made me laugh, I keep them in my car for any potential road rage or if my day is a little tilted. I quickly realized that how you see your world, definitely has a huge impact on how you live.  Today those sunglasses are less than stylish, but serve a great purpose and daily reminder of making sure I see my world through big positive eyes!When I got into business for myself, I decided to surround myself with "big dogs", smart, grounded, brilliant, inspiring people with billion dollar goals, those that had been around a block or two in the business world.   Twitter has been wonderful for that, it has allowed me pretty connected access to some incredible people, that I may never have had the chance to meet.  My first follow was Tony on Zappos.com, where else would you have your finger on the pulse of a million dollar CEO? Turns out, he mostly tweets about funny stuff like what he is eating for dinner. :) But he reminds me to keep life simple, despite your goals or how large your company becomes. So what color is the sky in your world, who do you consciously choose to surround yourself with? If you are going to spend your time circling the world, make sure it is time well spent, seek out exceptional views to take in and strive to find the most empowering people to share your world, make your ride worthwhile!  Here are a couple quotes that I found inspiring! "Interestingly, koi, when put in a fish bowl, will only growup to three inches. When this same fish is placed in a largetank, it will grow to about nine inches long. In a pond koican reach lengths of eighteen inches. Amazingly, when placedin a lake, koi can grow to three feet long. The metaphor isobvious. You are limited by how you see the world."-- Vince Poscente "Nurture your mind with great thoughts, for you will never go any higher than you think."Benjamin Disraeli[...]



Learning to Love Being Loved

2009-01-20T07:55:49.955-07:00

Sounds simple enough, easy breezy....  Just be loved, how can that be hard when it feels so good! With my wild adventurous 2008, I decided to make my 2009 mantra, Learning to Love Being Loved. Little did I know that I would find myself in spots where I was actually going to have to make a conscience effort to attain that very basic need. 

I believe as a woman, we are constantly trying to prove ourselves.  In work, in friendship, in love.  Look at us...we are succeeding, happy,  busy, an incredible Mom and wife.  We are superwoman, we can sustain life easily, constantly taking care of everyone else.  But, after awhile that love tank gets dipped till it is empty and we don't know quite how it happened. 

Today I am going to Love Being Loved!!  I am going to soak in it, let people help me, accept the compliments they give me, admire my path, when someone asks me how I am, I want to say... I think I am fantastic!  

Here is a favorite quote of mine: 

You learn to speak by speaking, to study by studying, to run by running, to work by working; in just the same way, you learn to love by loving. St. Francis de Sales

So, love and be loved!! I would appreciate sharing your journey and the changes you feel after opening your heart to truly accepting love.  Go for it, you will feel like a million bucks!!!




7 Things You May or May Not Know About Me.

2008-12-22T12:16:52.543-07:00

1. I know the firing order to a small block Chevy, one of those dumb things I learned from hanging out with my brothers friends who always worked on their hot rod cars and it is impossible for me to forget. 1,8,4,3,6,5,7,2. 

2. I am a John Denver fan, not sure there is anyone who sings today, who can write/sing like he did.  One of my fave's is "Annie's Song" also like "Guess he'd rather be in Colorado" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QPOvcSlnLyg

3. I have 2 adopted dogs Mia & Louie, got the first one when my friend went to Iraq the first time, the second dog after he left the second time and when he left a third time, made me promise... no more dogs, which was a good plan.

4. I once owned and operated a 250acre equestrian center, planted and baled our my hay and used to drive a Minneapolis Moline tractor.  Sexy huh ;) I love the city, but am a country girl at heart!

5. Being able to ski all Winter is the only thing that helps me survive Winter, cuz I hate to be cold, I grew up in AZ, what can I say. 

6. My parents have worked 9-5 all their lives and have a hard time understanding where I got my entrepreneurial spirit. 

7. One of my most favorite things on the planet is a warm towel from the dryer when I get out of the shower.  That is a little bit of heaven. :) Toasty happiness! 

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For the Love of Dog....

2008-11-12T21:04:07.316-07:00

(image) I decided they invented the saying "let sleeping dogs lie" especially for me. It does not matter where they lay, it always looks like one of the most comfy places on the planet. I have to tuck them in, cover them with blankets, take pictures of them, lay with them, pet their soft fur. I love watching them run in their dreams, hear them snore or try to bark. I love looking at their lips and how they smile while they are laying there.

I used to say that I rescued them from a shelter and today I realize that they have rescued me, over and over. When they lay their chins on my lap while I am working on the computer, I melt. The wag itself is simply a gift from God. My favorite place to kiss them is the spot between their nose and lips and how they roll onto their back when you pat them with your hand or how they way they hop around you when you get home, what more could you want in life? There is a saying "Lord please help me to be the person my dog thinks I am". It just says it all.

My dogs have taught me the art of unconditional love, they have taught me to trust and to follow my gut. They remind me to live simply, find a cozy spot in the sun's rays and to never let my friends forget how much I love them. They show me that it is ok to lean on those you love and to simply live for the moment. They have taught me to pull out all the stops when it means a treat, not just sit, but roll-over, belly crawl, and throw in a high five, all within seconds! Thank God for my dogs, everyday they rescue me, they have no idea!