Motivational

Comfort

I created a photography challenge for myself, and a few friends are participating.  Today’s category is ‘comfort’.  Taking a picture for this challenge inspired a whole domino effect chain reaction type sequence of thoughts, which ran me down a rabbit hole.  Surely you have had similar happen to you at some point.

My first thought was, menopause is a bitch.  I realize I am getting off easy in many respects of menopause, but nonetheless I do not enjoy hot flashes.  Not even a little bit.  As I searched my brain for inspiration to take a picture of ‘comfort’, I landed on the idea of a fan.  My mind was spinning about creativity and photography but my body was screaming ‘go jump in ice’.  Not really; but you get the vivid idea.  SO I played around with my phone and selfies, with a fan, and the picture below is my result.  You may not even be able to tell it is a fan in the photo; but it is and it was turned on.  I was allowing myself a momentary pause from my tasks to cool off and feel some comfort.

Now back to the rabbit hole. Comfort is an amazing thing.  Everybody likes to be comfortable, yes?  I do enjoy air conditioning, no lie.  I enjoy indoor plumbing as well. We all have modern day comforts that make our lifestyles more pleasant.   Some things we could live without, some would perhaps present a hardship.   Right now, my dryer is broken.  This is NOT fun.  However; it has caused me to get out of my routine and as I’ve done that, growth has occurred.

My point is this.  I know it sounds cliche, but life exists outside of your comfort zone.  There is no growth in your comfort zone.  I often tell my kids that they are not entitled to be comfortable 100% of the time.   I usually find myself spouting off those words as they are fighting over the A/C vents in the minivan.

I dare you to get uncomfortable.   Do something different.  If you are sleepwalking through life, stop that.  Wake up.  Shake things up.  Just imagine all of the amazing growth, lessons and rude awakenings that exist outside your cozy space.

As always, make champion choices,
The Healthy Habit Lady

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How Is Your Thinkin’?

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Fear less, hope more; Eat less, chew more; Whine less, breathe more; Hate less, love more …

and all good things are yours.

 And with that in mind …

***By Changing Your Thinking***
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By Changing Your Thinking,
You change your beliefs;

When you change your beliefs,
You change your expectations;

When you change your expectations,
You change your attitude;

When you change your attitude,
You change your behavior;

When you change your behavior,
You change your performance;

When you change your performance;
You Change Your Life!

And like I always tell my children …

Whether you think you CAN or think you CAN’T …
you are probably right.

As Always, Make Champion Choices,
The Healthy Habit Lady

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Words

The most important words we will ever utter are those words we say to ourselves, about ourselves, when we are by ourselves….

God spoke the world into existence.

J.K. Rowling spoke the world of Harry Potter into existence.

What are you speaking into existence?

Words mean things.

Thoughts lead to actions.

Reading and watching and immersing yourself into something leads to your thoughts.

Control your input to control your output.

My son drew this picture below for me.  I am a horrible domestic engineer and honestly rarely sweep (kids do that).  Thus,  I have no idea why there is a broom in my hands,  but I love how he drew a cell phone to my ear.  I clearly speak a lot of words, ALL of the time. Yes, I can be chatty.  Especially during placement season working our foreign exchange student program. Spring and Summer are always super busy for me matching kids from around the world with volunteer host families.  It is my hope and sincere intention that the words we speak to these kids, in our homes, enrich and add to their experiences, as much as they add to and enrich OUR lives in the process.

Who can you speak life to today?  Who can you encourage?
Even if it is yourself.  Do it.

Carry On ~ Be vigilant. Keep the faith.

 

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As Always, Make Champion Choices,
The Healthy Habit Lady

 

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Core Values

What are your core values? Do you even know? Pick FIVE things that are super duper important to you. It doesn’t matter what they are – there is no right or wrong answer. Some people list things like God, Family, Financial Security, Education, Civil Rights, The Environment, Animal Welfare, Holistic Living, Status, Politics, Power … those are just examples … it can be anything that is intrinsically important to your every day life here on Earth. Be brutally honest about this. If you do not know what your top 5 core values are, pick at least 3 … but five is the goal.  Think about it, pray about it if you’re inclined to do so, but don’t take too long.  Usually the first things that pops into the brilliant head of yours are pretty close to the answers you seek.

NOW … once you figure out what these ever elusive core values actually are … align your daily activities with them. Align your finances with them.  Align your attention and your effort to line up with those established core values. If you are not spending your time, energy and money on the things that are important to you at your core, then you are spinning your wheels and wasting your time. I’m not asking that you necessarily share these with me, unless you just want to for accountability.  However, I do highly encourage you to share them with SOMEONE, especially your spouse or life partner, if you have one. Heck, maybe they need to do this too.

Being in balance is an awesome thing, beautiful in fact.  Yet knowledge is key.  You cannot balance your to-do list and core values if you have no clue what they even are in the first place.

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As always, make champion choices,
The Healthy Habit Lady

 

 

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Lessons from Facebook

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This blog post is inspired by a good friend of mine, Chelle.  You know who you are.

I believe we can take lessons from just about anything.  My friend realized some powerful lessons while washing her hair.  I decided to draw some lessons from Facebook.  I’ve been an active member of the Facebook community for about eight years now.  Even back then, I felt I was late to the party.  I’ve watched it grow and change and evolve.  Many new timelines. Some we love, some we hated. Groups were added.  Farmville died.  However; some very special relationships I have today are a result of Facebook; and for that I am eternally appreciative.

So without further adieu, here are lessons you can take from Facebook:

  1. Just because someone pokes you, doesn’t mean you have to poke them back.
  2. You do not have to attend everything you are invited to; including arguments.
  3. Apparently chain letters are still a thing, much to my dismay.
  4. Not all of your friends are actually friends.
  5. Stalkers are real, be careful.
  6. Nothing is private in social media.
  7. Everybody knows how to screen shot, don’t forget that.
  8. There is always a reason to celebrate something.
  9. It is okay to un-follow negativity.
  10. You can pray for people you’ve never met in person.
  11. You can truly love people you’ve never met in person.
  12. You can get a job because of someone you’ve never met in person.
  13. You can learn a lot about someone during elections.
  14. Everybody has an opinion and some are not afraid to use it.
  15. Yes, it is possible to OVER share.
  16. Not everything, is as it seems.
  17. Not every news story is news, or accurate.
  18. There is always more to the story.
  19. It’s okay to log off and take a break.
  20. There’s always that someone who is paying attention, even when you are sure that they are not.

So there ya have it, my musings on Facebook.   What would you add to the list ? I’d love to hear such.  Now, be a dear, and share this to Facebook, won’t ya ?  😉

As always, make champion choices,
The Healthy Habit Lady

 

 

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