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Be Thankful For How You Were Made: A Thanksgiving Challenge

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With it being Thanksgiving, it is pretty common to be thinking about what you are thankful for.  Often we list family, friends, our needs that have been met (food, shelter, etc).  When was the last time that you thanked God for the way he MADE YOU?  

It is really easy to be hard on ourselves and list off the things that we don’t like about ourselves.  Really easy!  The bible says that we were made in his image.  There are several verses that refer to the way God made us and the talents that he has given us.  When was the last time that you thanked him for them?  Yes, it is easy to thank him for our health, or for being able bodied.  Have you ever thanked him for making you someone that takes control in chaos?  How about for giving you a unique laugh?

Thanksgiving can be a busy day that launches us into an even busier Christmas season.  So I have a challenge for you.  Slow down long enough to appreciate the small things that make you who you are!  Take a few minutes and write down 10 things about you that you are thankful for.  Think about if you were showing your appreciation about someone else?  You would want to be specific, right?  Be specific with your list as well.  It’s not about being prideful.  It is simply about being grateful for being you…...just the way you were made.  Once your list is made, find some quiet space to open your heart to God and lift your words up to him.  

Imagine if one of your kids made a list of qualities that they received from you and they were grateful for?  So go ahead!  Thank him for your ability to cook, or your self awareness to know that you can’t cook.  Thank him for making you sensitive and crying over little things.  Thank him for making you strong to handle the hard things.  After All, you were skillfully and wonderfully made.

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This Thanksgiving I am grateful for all of you!  Thank you for taking the time to read these posts, and for following what I am doing with YourLifeRocks.  Your support and prayers are felt every day!

 

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Your Guide To Weekly Success Planning

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We hear this all the time, but do you really take the time to prepare?  As a working mom that tries to find balance and success in life, I have learned that preparation is critical.  

Being prepared is intentional living at it’s best.  Want to meet your goals?  What to feel successful at the end of the week?  You have to start preparing for success.  Success doesn't just happen.  You have to create the white space in your life for it to happen.  When you properly prepare, you are taking care of the little details that can derail you.  The little things that can clutter that space where your success should be.  They are like little roadblocks.  Just like real roadblocks, you can get around them but it's frustrating and takes longer.  So, what areas of your life do you want success?

With your health?

With your finances?

With your career?

With your kids?

With your marriage?

With your other relationships?

With just being you?

You can have success in all of these areas and more!  You just have to be intentional about it.  For years I have been dedicating time on Sunday to prepare for the week ahead.  When I take that time investment at the beginning of the week, things just go smoother.  There are less obstacles and less excuses in the way of me reaching my goals and sticking to my intentions.

I am human.  There have been weeks that I didn’t take the time on Sunday to get ready for the week ahead.  You know what?  It sucks!  The little details of life can set you up for success or unravel your nerve.  Let me share an example.  Some days look like this for me:

Do my morning routine then take the kids to school.  Once I get through the madness that is elementary drop off, I pray for green lights so that I can get to work on time to make the 8:30 meeting.  But wait, the gas light is on.  How long has that been on?  Now my prayers turn toward getting me to the gas station.  Thank God I got there.  While I’m pumping gas, I text my boss that I will be late.  Once I finally get to work I find out that there is a big project meeting that I was suppose to be presenting at…..totally forgot.  Because of this meeting, I have to juggle things around in my day sacrificing the things that I wanted to do to recognize my team and the proactive report that I wanted to provide to my boss before my next review.  Hey, gotta make yourself look good.  No time for lunch and nothing to eat.  Super.  Go home after work, cell phone died so I didn’t get the message that there was no food in the house for dinner so now we are loading the kids up and going out for food.  By the time we get home, it’s just about bedtime for the kiddos and the youngest reminds me that he has a project due the next day.  Are you kidding me!  This is where my sanity is now gone.  Successful day?  Just the opposite.  Trust me, this is no exaggeration.  This is how my life is when I don’t take the time to prepare!  Can you relate?

I was fed up with living this way so I got really structured with my Sunday routine.  You know what?  That scenario is now a thing of the past!  I am sharing my Sunday prep checklist with you to make life a bit easier for you.  On this checklist there are categories for your home, health, family, and other practical things that really prepare you for the week.  Remember, this list is about removing roadblocks that keep you from success.  There are things on there like put out workout clothes for the week.  Trust me, I will make an excuse that I can’t work out in the morning because I don’t want to wake my husband up while I am looking for my sports bra.  Another thing, you will see “Set my SOP for the week”.  I highly encourage you to go back and read the blog post “6 Weeks To A Life That Rocks”.  It explains what this means.  

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Am I Talking To You? Why Women Like Us Need This

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Have you ever felt on the outside?  Like you were doing it all wrong?  Being a working Christian mom, it comes with the territory and that is why I have created Your Life Rocks.  

Let me explain.  

You go to church and want to get plugged in.  You want to build relationships with other moms.  You know that fellowship and bible study will take you deeper in your faith.  When does the women's  group meet?  9:30am on Thursday.  That is when you have meetings at work.  

What about those mom/kid programs at gyms or community centers?  During the work week, during working hours.  Want to help out with your kids school?  Not so easy when you are a working mom.  

At work there is the push and drive to do more, work more hours, achieve more.  That doesn’t necessarily lead to a balanced and fulfilled life.  Truthfully, trying to get ahead in your career can often lead to things that go against your faith and your family.  Then there is the judgement from other women.  Innocent comments that stir up so much!  “Don’t you miss your kids when you travel for work?”.  These comments and so much more cut to the core.  Seriously, we all need to be supporting each other and lifting each other up.  

All of this can really make us feel that we are not adequate or successful.  Am I talking to you?  If so, we need each other!  Hang out with me!  (Of course we are both too busy to actually hang out.  Subscribe to this blog so we can at least stay connected that way!)

As a working Christian mom, my life was always out of balance.  I never found time to grow myself.  When I would look for resources to help me grow in my career, there is a lot out there, but I found a lot of them did not mesh with my faith or were not built of strengths of women in mind.  As I would look for things to grow my faith or in my role as a mom, I found that it was geared toward stay at home moms.  I decided to create a solution for myself.  Over the years I have developed many different systems and tools to help bring my life into balance.

It is my goal to share these with other women who are looking to build a life that rocks!  I hope to build a community with other women just like me so that we can celebrate the many strengths that we have and grow stronger together.  That is why I have created this website and everything that goes with it.  

It is my heart's desire that if you are like me, you find resources and community here that fit who you are and what you want for your life.  As we build and grow, it is my hope that you are able to find resources to grow your leadership and career.  That you are equipped with tools to create more balance in your life.  That you draw nearer to God and to other women that are like you.  That you are able to build a life that rocks in every single area of your life.

Life is too short and we were not designed to feel that we are not enough or that we don’t belong.  God made you special!  You are destined to do great things!  

What tools and resources would you like to see created?  Comment below and let me know!  

 

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6 Weeks To Building A Life That Rocks

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What if you could build a life that rocks?

So many of us chase this concept of “having it all”.  Really, if we were to define what it is, it is a feeling of being high functioning in all parts of who we are.  I believe that we can create a feeling of having it all and keep raising the bar in how we show up in each area of our life.  After all, it is that feeling of success or failure that affects if we have it all or we are struggling to keep it all together.   It takes proactive strategic work, willpower, and self forgiveness.  Some say that you can have it all, just not all at once.  I use to think this same thing, but then I thought “How can I have a career and not be a mom…..I have children and a job.”  

When we feel awesome about being a mom, does that mean we give up being awesome in another area of life?  Here is one thing that I have learned to be true, we do things (work, parent, take care of our health, have relationships, whatever else) in a habitual way.  These are our personal SOP (Standard Operation Practices).  Only when we focus on improving our habits do we see better results in any given area.  Example:  If you want to focus on getting healthy you might change the way you eat or exercise….chances are that while you are breaking and rebuilding health habits, you are still using everyday habits in how you show up in your marital relationship, work, and how you manage your money.  You are raising the bar in your personal SOP in your health while maintaining the existing SOP in all other areas of life.

What if you could raise your personal SOP in each area your life, making you feel completely awesome and like you have it all?

I have been using a method of goal setting that allows for this kind of focused growth to take place.  While I still have my moments, I have found more peace and success by following this system.  Now it’s your turn!  Put these steps into action for your life over the next 6 weeks.

Before we begin, let’s get clear on a few things.

First, here are the 5 areas of life that we are talking about.

  • Faith
  • Health
  • Work
  • Relationships
  • Finances

Here are some tips to help you get the most out of the next 6 weeks:

  • You will want to schedule 30-60 minutes at the beginning of each week to get the most success from following this system.  I find it best to do mine on Sunday afternoon/night.
  • Select one great notebook to do all your work in.  It really helps to reflect back to the ideas that you have, goals you have set, and the progress that you have made. 
  • Get an accountability partner.  Following a system like this is not part of your SOP right now.  Support will keep you following the system until it becomes part of you.
  • Because we are all about lifting up others here at YourLifeRocks.com, we encourage you to share this with others.  Once you learn it, teach it.

This system should be followed over 6 weeks.  You will be selecting one of the 5 areas to focus in on each week starting on week 2.  But before we get there….

Week one is a critical week! It is your foundation to the rest of this program.  Here are the steps below to get you started:

  1. List out each of the 5 areas on a piece of paper with enough room to write below them.  Now think about how you are currently showing up in each of these areas.  Think back to the last week week and write out your current SOP for each area.
  2. Look ahead 6 weeks.  What would you like to see different in each area?  What would make you feel successful in each area?  What are your goals?  Remember this is just 6 weeks, a month in a half.  It’s not about becoming perfect in every area but just getting better and keeping that excellence consistent.
  3. Compare the two list and find at least one thing that you have going for you in each area that you can build on to get you to the next level.  It can be a skill that you have, a new habit that you started that you can build on, or opportune timing (like a big project at work that will allow you to shine)
  4. Make a vision board.  I know, it takes time, but trust me….this is a powerful exercise to help you get really solid about what you want.  Make it easy on yourself and google what you want and search the images that come up till you find one that speaks to you.  You can then print it out or if you want to make a digital vision board you can save the picture and use a picture collage tool to create.
  5. Make an action board.  It’s great to visualize where you want to go, but it is equally as powerful to visualize the actions needed to get you there.  Want to get in shape?  Post a picture of someone running.  What you focus on you find.  Focus on the right habits and you will find yourself doing them instead of finding an excuse.

Now that you have done the prep work, you are ready to start week 2.

As you begin week 2, you need to pick one of the 5 areas to grow in this week.  Look at the opportunities in the week ahead.  There might be better timing for one category or another.  You might have a personal need to grow in one particular area.  You will get a week for each area.  Now that you have the one area to increase your SOP for the upcoming week, you want to list out the other 4 and a brief one sentence line about your existing SOP for each area.  It is best if you do this exercise in a planner, notebook, or on a piece of paper that you will see daily over the next 7 days.  For the one area that you have selected, you will list out what actions you will take to be awesome in that area in the next week.  What do you need to do to move closer to your goal?  Make a brain dump list of everything that you could do and schedule what is realistic each day over the next week.

Moving through week 3-6 there are two steps each week.  

  1.  Reflect on the previous week.  In your focus area, what did you accomplish?  How are you celebrating that growth?  
  2. Simply repeat everything that you did in the previous week replacing your old SOP from your previous week's focus area with your new habits that you created from in the previous week.  This is important because it will only truly become a habit by continuing to do it each day.

Tips for Success:

  • It is important to review both your SOP and your focus goal with actions each morning.
  • Put both your vision board and action board in places that you see them often.

Share this system with a friend or co worker and do it together.  Accountability plays such a big role in successfully creating change for ourselves.