Before you start reading, go down and click on today's Youtube video so you have background music playing while you read. It's one of my favorite 80's hits, it'll make you sweat! Go hit the play button.
Welcome back, is your body moving to the music? Mine is jamming. One of my favorite ways to sweat it out in college was dancing. There used to be a couple bars in my hometown that played the best dance music and I looked forward to heading out on the weekends to burn some calories. My friends and I met and danced until the bars closed, over the past couple decades though, the city of Oswego has eliminated all the good dance places. It's a bummer.
Now if I want to dance, I go to a Zumba class. I'm so TERRIBLE at Zumba BUT I have a ton of fun while laughing and attempting to dance. Last week I went to a Zumba class with my daughter and a friend from work. My daughter can dance, she should look into becoming an instructor so she can earn some extra money while getting her workout in. My friend and I on the other hand, we laughed A LOT! Between the laughter and dancing, I logged over 7,000 steps and burned some calories.
Another way I like to sweat is doing a good cardio and weights workout. The sweat lets me know I'm working and making my heart, mind, and body happy. Sweat is a good thing. According to an article in Men's Health, there are five reasons you'll want to get a good sweat on. Check them out below:
5 Benefits of Sweating
(Click here to read full article)
1. Boosts Immunity
2. Clears Your Skin
3. Body Detox
4. Releases Feel good Hormones
5.Boosts Sexual Attraction
How awesome is this? Just by doing something you love, you can boost your immunity, clear your skin, detox your body, release happy hormones, and boost your attraction! What are you waiting for? It's time for me to hit the gym, have fun getting your sweat on.
What is your favorite SWEATING activity? Why?
Oh happy day! In November, do you share something you are thankful for each day during the month? As I think back to all the positive posts on social media as people shared the people, things, and places they were grateful for. Then comes December and the posts transition into memory making and gift giving. January is known for setting goals and making plans. I'm not sure what February is for, in Central New York, it's known for making babies. LOL Just kidding, it's cold and the weather tends to be nasty so most New Yorkers hunker down.
What does any of this have to do with today's blog? Thank you for asking. What if we chose to have a thankful heart and share something we are thankful for EVERY MONTH, EVERY DAY, AND EVERY YEAR?! How could this change our outlook on life? How would this change your daily attitude? I think it would have a positive impact on us personally and those around us and as people read and watched our grateful posts, then started doing the same thing...do you think you have the ability to change the mood of others? I think you can.
Give it a try, for the next few months, only post positive an gratitude posts and comments with the people you interact with. What is the worst thing that could happen...you have a positive and grateful attitude? I think it's a win-win! Give it a try.
“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgiving,
What are you thankful for today?
It's been a week, how are you doing? I noticed a few have taken advantage of ordering my goal setting book, Goal Setting for a Renewed You: Because You Deserve It. As you work through it, I hope you'll take a few minutes to leave a review on Amazon.com. More importantly, I pray you are setting goals and making a plan to achieve them.
I work in an elementary school in Central New York, we are also a Leader In Me School. Part of being a Leader In Me school is the focus on goals, goal setting, and our plan to achieve our goals. This year, our principal encouraged us to set a WIG, a Wildly Important Goal, we can share with our students and each other. She also encouraged us to share our goal with someone else to hold us accountable. An accountability partner is vital to your success, we all need someone asking, "How are you doing today?"
I thought about a goal I could set and am comfortable sharing with elementary age students, and one they could understand. I decided to set me goal with the number of hours of sleep I'm getting each night. My sleep has been hit or miss, and my lack of quality sleep is creeping into my overall health and mood. So my WIG for school is, "I will get at least 7 hours of sleep 5 nights a week."
I haven't made my tracking chart yet but so far, at-a-glance, I'm doing better than I was, but without my monitor log, I can't share particulars. So, I know what I'll be doing after finishing this blog, it's time to create my monitor log so I can document how successful my WIG is. I also have to set a few things in place to help me achieve my goal. I have other goals to set in different areas of my life: spiritual, physical, emotional, speaking, writing, and publishing.
Yikes, I'm exhausted looking at the work ahead BUT I know it is worth every minute spent. This process helps keep me focused on track throughout the year. Good things don't come to those who sit back and watch the grass grow, they come to those who take the time to keep the lawn mowed, weeds pulled, and landscaping in tip-top shape. If you, or I, want to achieve our goals then it's time to do the work by writing and following the plan.
What is the first goal you wrote down?
I encourage you to take time and think about what your word and verse will be for 2020 and I hope you'll share with us once you've made your decision. This helps to solidify your choice and provides accountability. I post my on a white board in our living room, we need the reminders throughout the year to keep the momentum moving us forward. We are human and getting comfortable can be habitual, I don't want to get in a rut...I want to keep growing and being the best version of myself I can be.
Do you select a word and verse each year?
If so, are you ready to share yours?
If not, what is holding you back?
Through prayer, reflection, and meditation God was able to show me the next step. If I hadn't been as dedicated and obedient to seek God's direction this past year, I may have missed the next step in the journey. As part of my one-word and Bible verse focus for 2020, there is an opportunity before me. I shared it with my husband, unsure of his response but knowing he would be 100% honest and ask good questions. I printed off the information I planned to share so I may be able to answer most of his questions.
Here's the coolest part, I shared my idea and before I could finish he had a question and a statement:
1) This only makes sense and seems like the direction you've been going
2) BUT, you, we, can't invest this kind of money and have you continue to give away your services. If you follow through with this, then you need to charge the going rate
To say my hubby knows me is an understatement. I assured him that pursuing this would enhance my next book and career. With that, full hubby support. We shared the idea with our daughter and she had the same concern as my husband. Now that I know I have their encouragement and support, it's a matter of looking at the monies. It's a BIG investment yet one that would benefit us mentally, physically, and most importantly spiritually for the rest of our lives, even if I couldn't find someone to pay for the service.
On the flip side, just like with my writing, I want to pursue this to be the best version of myself and share this knowledge with others so they can be the best version of themselves too. If you think of me, us, in the next week, please pray for us. We are praying for clarity and clearness from God before committing this type of money. It's a 200 hour and $2,200 to $2,900 investment depending on how I pay. To register by 12/31/19 saves $700, but we'd need to have $2,200 in three days.
We've been praying and talking about this. We won't make a decision in haste, if this is in God's plan then we'll know - as we plan and pray for clarity, your prayers are appreciated. If you listen to my podcast, or have followed the blog for awhile then you go I like to "Keep it Real". The reality is that education and bettering ourselves has a price tag, or two. In addition to tuition and books, there will be overnight stays for the weekend study. We are excited and look forward to how God answers our prayers.
Thank you for joining us in the journey.
Have you stepped out in faith like this before?
Please share in a comment below.
For you, the Eternal’s Word is your happiness.
It is your focus—from dusk to dawn.
You are like a tree, planted by flowing,
cool streams of water that never run dry.
Your fruit ripens in its time;
your leaves never fade or curl in the summer sun.
No matter what you do, you prosper."
We are like this creek. Regardless of the temperature, weather, and situation...with our eyes focused on God, we keep moving.
The question is this, are you moving with the flow of the water pushing through the ice and debris or are you frozen on the edges, left to watch the days go by? I want to encourage you, "...don’t follow the advice of those who delight in wicked schemes...avoid sin’s highway...and don't let judgment and sarcasm beckon you..." Psalm 1:1b Good things are waiting for you when you let go of the icy edge, remember the first part of this verse, "God’s blessings follow you and await you at every turn".
When we let go and go with the flow, God's blessings are "awaiting you at every turn". The only way we can experience and recognize God's blessings is to change our focus from the icy edge and focus on the forward flow of the water, keeping our eyes, hearts, and minds focused on God and all He's called us to be and do.
You have the ability to go with the flow,
when you let Go. When will you let go?
I don't usually do a lot of promoting of my books or other ventures yet as I look to Christmas and keeping it local. I want to share some of the ways you can get goodies for you and those you love this holiday season, and throughout the year.
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As I wrote today's blog and shared about this book, I thought it would be nice to hear from all of you. I'm sure there are other Advent books I (and possibly you) haven't read or heard about. Let's encourage each other this Advent and share some of the great readings and books we use to help draw us closer to God during this special time of year. Who knows, you might share the book that brings the encouragement someone needs to make it through this holiday season. Thank you in advance!
Will you share an Advent favorite or
tradition in a comment below?
I won't say this was wasted time because the new interest and desire to write sparked energy to create my writer's cottage, dedicate daily time to write, and taught my brain to think differently when it comes to writing. For my writing friends, do you dabble in other genres or do you stick to only one?
Last week I shared about a reader coming up to me after reading Where's Heidi? One Sister's Journey for the first time. She read it a couple weeks ago. One of her comments was, "I liked how you wrote from your perspective and how personal it was, it was as if you were writing specifically to me." I thanked her, and lifted a silent prayer to God. We visited a bit longer and she said she heard I'm writing fiction now. This conversation was interesting because my daughter was there and listening, and offered a quiet chuckle.
Let's just say my fiction writing is NOT very good. For this much, it might just be terrible. My daughter continues to encourage me to "stick to nonfiction", I think she is right. I've been working on my next nonfiction book and can't wait to share a snip it. I asked the ladies from my Bible study to pray for me as they felt led and I look forward to having something for them to read in the Spring.
I enjoy the research and digging deep into the heart associated with nonfiction. Fiction is fun yet a challenge for me. I won't say I'll never write fiction but for now, I'll stick to nonfiction and touching people's hearts in a way God's gifted me. If He wants me to write fiction, He has a lot of work to do within me. My prayer, to write what God has for me to write that will touch and change lives, drawing them closer to Him.
Is it okay to try a new genre?
Do you still respect me for abandoning fiction?
This year is a table year. If you need a signed copy of any of my books, you can find me at the Presbyterian Church located on Church Street. There are vendors and crafters at each of the three schools, all the churches, and all the businesses are open. Horse drawn sleigh rides, caroling, food, games, food, and fellowship. It's a great day.
I hope to see you today!
A great way to support local crafters and vendors...
A day full of caroling, shopping, games, food,
a parade, and tree lighting!
Pantry is located at:
Join us for the OPEN HOUSE
Friday December 6th 2019
5:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Normal Pantry Hours
Keeping our pantry running requires thousands of dollars and thousands of pounds of food each month. Regular monetary donations and contributions of food from the community are our lifeblood. We could not function without this support.
Although we receive support from the government and community, our pantry is run entirely by volunteers.
From ordering food, sorting donations and unloading food trucks, to handling paperwork, filling orders and restocking shelves, we rely on volunteers to make things happen.
Our volunteers represent a diverse group: working professionals, craftsmen, young people and retirees all come together to help out.
Some volunteers help every week. Others give their time once a month. Many enjoy socializing with like-minded people dedicated to improving their community.
Whatever amount of time you can give, we are more than willing to train and welcome you.
To inquire about volunteering, visit our volunteer page or contact Martha Sturtz, 315-963-3117.
Click here to visit the website
Make a donation
Monetary contributions are always welcome and allow us to buy needed food items at a steeply reduced price from the Food Bank of Central New York. By making a monetary donation, you let us make your dollars go farther.
Donations can be mailed to Mexico Food Pantry C/O St. Anne, Mother of Mary, PO Box 487, Mexico, NY 13114-0487.
Donations of food are also gladly accepted and can be dropped off during pantry hours.
We suggest the following preferred items:
If you are in the Mexico, New York area, Friday,
December 6th, 2019...TODAY
5:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Stop in to see the pantry
and leave a donation if you feel led!
For the first time in awhile, many schools and colleges in our area closed on Monday due to impending weather. I'm thankful to work for a district that waits to make its decision in the morning. I am probably in the minority, of course you can turn off the alarm if you know the night before but in our neck of the woods, a change in wind direction can alter the effects of a storm.
There are so many kiddos in our area who don't have sufficient heat, food, or warm attire that when I sit in the comfort of my warm home, I pray they remain warm until morning when the school bus picks them up. For this reason, it only makes sense to wait until the last possible moment to cancel school.
When I saw the photo in today's blog I saw the space between the trees, the openness and paths to adventure. Some of you might have noticed the trees first. Which did you see? Do you see roadblocks preventing you from walking straight through or do you see adventure of maneuvering around the trees to reach your destination?
What do the trees and open space have to do with calling a snow day? To be honest, probably not much, other than they both offer opportunities to focus on the road blocks or open our eyes to the adventures aWAITing us?
Do you see the opportunities or the road blocks?
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