Make A Note Monday: Resolution Tips

Good Evening everyone… the time is ticking away and this year is practically over!! I am glad that we have all made it this far and are moving onward to a new year. I know that a lot of people make new years resolutions about this time for the coming year and I have come across a couple of things that I find will be helpful in this coming year. One focuses on making Jesus more of a priority in the new year from Angela of Good Morning Girls and the other is written by Shannon Kaiser of Mind Body Green focuses on letting go of things you don’t need to take into the new year with you!!! I hope you find them helpful.

Being Intentionally Focused by Angela of goodmorninggirls.org

I’m so excited to announce our upcoming winter study……Intentionally FOCUSED!

I absolutely LOVE new starts, new beginnings so that’s probably why I love the month of January so much! Not because it’s cold but because it’s that special time of year when we make new goals, dream new dreams and make our New Year resolutions! Ohhh yes, I know that making New Year resolutions can be a love-hate relationship for many of us! We love the new start to the year and look forward to what we plan on accomplishing. We start out with high hopes only to get discouraged a few weeks or months into the year when the new year doesn’t seem any different than the year before. But this year lets start it out a little differently. Let’s focus our lives on God this 2014. Let’s take the different areas of our lives and live this year as passionately, as intentionally as if it’s our last. (not to be morbid…..but to be purposeful…..to be focused)

How about you, friend? Do you want to start this year out focusing your life on what really matters? Me too! During our 8 week winter Bible study we will be focusing on:

  • Our spiritual lives
  • Our minds
  • Our marriages
  • Our friendships
  • Our children
  • Our ministries
  • Our health

So what do you think….are you in? I’d so love for you to join us this winter as we focus on God and His Word in these core areas of our lives! I know it’s going to be life changing!

For those of you wondering, we will have enrollment this session which means if you’d like to join a group we will have groups forming starting January 6th and ending January 17th!!! Stay tuned for more details!

Let’s Talk: What are some of your New Year resolutions? Which week of our upcoming study are you most looking forward to and why?

Want to start your own personal group? GREAT! Share this image with your friends and invite them to join you this winter!

Not taking useless worries into the new year by Shannon Kaiser of mindbodygreen.com

Letting go of my worries and stress made a difference for me; of course I still dip in and out of some of my stress jar from time to time, but I’ve found this list a good reminder of what I need to strive for each day in order to reach unlimited happiness.

Here are 20 things to let go of in order to reach unlimited happiness.

1. Let go of all thoughts that don’t make you feel empowered and strong.

2. Let go of feeling guilty for doing what you truly want to do.

3. Let go of the fear of the unknown; take one small step and watch the path reveal itself.

4. Let go of regrets; at one point in your life, that “whatever” was exactly what you wanted.

5. Let go of worrying; worrying is like praying for what you don’t want.

6. Let go of blaming anyone for anything; be accountable for your own life. If you don’t like something, you have two choices, accept it or change it.

7. Let go of thinking you are damaged; you matter, and the world needs you just as you are.

8. Let go of thinking your dreams are not important; always follow your heart.

9. Let go of being the “go-to person” for everyone, all the time; stop blowing yourself off and take care of yourself first … because you matter.

10. Let go of thinking everyone else is happier, more successful or better off than you. You are right where you need to be. Your journey is unfolding perfectly for you.

11. Let go of thinking there’s a right and wrong way to do things or to see the world. Enjoy the contrast and celebrate the diversity and richness of life.

12. Let go of cheating on your future with your past. It’s time to move on and tell a new story.

13. Let go of thinking you are not where you should be. You are right where you need to be to get to where you want to go, so start asking yourself where you want to go.

14. Let go of anger toward ex lovers and family. We all deserve happiness and love; just because it is over doesn’t mean the love was wrong.

15. Let go of the need to do more and be more; for today, you’ve done the best you can, and that’s enough.

16. Let go of thinking you have to know how to make it happen; we learn the way on the way.

17. Let go of your money woes — make a plan to pay off debt and focus on your abundance.

18. Let go of trying to save or change people. Everyone has her own path, and the best thing you can do is work on yourself and stop focusing on others.

19. Let go of trying to fit in and be accepted by everyone. Your uniqueness is what makes you outstanding.

20. Let go of self-hate. You are not the shape of your body or the number on the scale. Who you are matters, and the world needs you as you are. Celebrate you!

Make A Note Monday: Merry Christmas

This week Christmas will be upon us and I found this wonderful video by Cloverton that does a wonderful job of explaining what Christmas is all about. It pretty much gives you the good news of what God did by coming down in human form as Jesus who was born of a virgin in order to save us from sin and death so that we could have everlasting life in heaven. As you spend this time with those you love please don’t forget to give Jesus a Happy Birthday shout out!

 

Merry Christmas and God Bless you all

Terri

Make A Note Monday: Snow Day!!

School is out so we (the hubs and I) decided to go see our favorite people Nate and Bethany and while we were there we had a snow day!! It was so much fun. I made a snow angel and for the first time ever; made a snow man and went sledding! I’m pretty sure I have done everything I’ve ever wanted to do in the snow and can finally just enjoy it from inside from now on, although I may build a snowman again when the kiddos come along.

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Have you experienced a snow day before? What fun things do you do?

Make A Note Monday: Everyone Grieves Differently

Grief. Everyone goes through it at some point in their lives whether they want to or not. And what I have come to learn is that everyone does it differently but that doesn’t make it any less real for the people involved. I personally try to act as though if the trauma never happened and I try to stuff it down until it explodes… I know this about myself and luckily for me and maybe everyone else around me when I explode I’m usually by myself like I am now as I type these very words. The last few years around the holidays have been ridden with death for me and many of my friends and loved ones and some express it with written Facebook statuses, others post pictures, some visit the place of burial as often as they can, and still some cry themselves to sleep every night. But however a person chooses to grieve it’s perfectly natural for the loss they have suffered. Don’t try to change it just let it be and pray for those who are grieving, and maybe offer a shoulder and an ear if you can. As I become overwhelmed with tears I’ll leave you with a few fun pictures of the person I am choosing to remember today… My brother Tegan. He was the biggest teddy bear who loved to dance and had the biggest heart and a goofy laugh and I’m not just saying that because he’s with Jesus either… He really was the life of the party and everyone enjoyed having him around…

This was his 21st birthday and he hated this picture...
This was his 21st birthday and he hated this picture…

 

He was such a good sport, He played baby shower games...
He was such a good sport, He played baby shower games…

 

I'm pretty sure this is around the time he had just cut a piece of my hair...
I’m pretty sure this is around the time he had just cut a piece of my hair…

 

This was a family breakfast that he graced us with his presence...
This was a family breakfast that he graced us with his presence…

 

This was our first road trip as a family... we didn't kill each other and he packed more bags of shoes than everyone else did combined... but we still loved him.
This was our first road trip as a family… we didn’t kill each other and he packed more bags of shoes than everyone else did combined… but we still loved him.

 

So I guess this is the way that I choose to grieve today… I love you Tegan and I miss you more than I’d care to admit. Thank you for ALWAYS being there and for knowing how important family was. Thanks for loving Jesus and telling others about Him, and even though I miss you I’m glad you are getting a head start on hanging with Jesus that way you can show us all around when we get there.

Make A Note Monday: It’s Almost Over

For many of us in school the semester is almost over and there will be nothing short of glorious about taking that last final and turning in that last paper that separate us from winter vacation goodness. I am so excited for it I am actually a bit depressed that we have to go back after such a wonderful long Thanksgiving break (I had a whole five days off)!! As this semester comes to an end I too realize that this year is almost over and with that all of the dreams I thought were going to come true for me in 2013.

I wanted to do something great for my mother’s 50th birthday, I thought we’d be having a baby by now, and I thought we’d have a little more debt paid off among other things… but this year has flown by and I have done some great things like going on two public relations tours, making the dean’s list, starting an online bible study group, going to North Carolina for some spiritual training, getting to know my husband better, and making new friends.

So I guess what I am trying to say is just because things didn’t turn out the way you thought they would this year, that doesn’t mean that you can’t pursue those dreams, goals, or ideas next year AND it doesn’t mean that you can’t finish out this year as strong as ever. So be encouraged and know that as long as you are breathing you have a chance to check something else off of your to-do list.