Wednesday, April 16, 2014

But I don't know anyone there...


Angie here: Ever wanted to go to an event but been scared because "but I don't know anyone there..."

Yep, me too. And then I went anyway. I'd stick out my hand, shake hands with someone, and say hello. 

Once you meet one person, they tend to introduce you to another as is the case with these two lovely ladies. I met Janalyn Voigt at a completely different conference. We both then attended yet another as speakers, and she brought Melissa Norris along. Now I have another great friend. 

Guess what? That's how the Faith Girls met too. One met and then the next until we had a circle of six. 

Do you have a dream? Are you afraid because, "but I don't know anyone there?" Please, take the first step and meet one. The rest will happen. 

Have you stepped out of your comfort zone and gone to an event that scared but excited you? Did you go alone? Did you meet a new friend? Please share and   encourage others to take a chance. 

Monday, March 31, 2014

It Is Well With Our Souls-Perfume


Lindi here.

Continuing on with the It Is Well With Our Souls series, I'm going to talk about a controversial topic today.

Perfume.

I was at church last Sunday and one of my friends had on the BEST smelling perfume. It reminded me of how much I love a good scent.

I say perfume is a controversial subject because in almost every conference or big meeting type of environment we are all encouraged NOT to wear perfume. And I'm one of those people that can get an instant headache from certain scents.

For me to purchase perfume I have to snag a sample and wear it at least a day before buying. And things can change. I used to be able to wear Eternity, but now, just the faintest whiff and I'm on my way to a headache.

Right now my scent of choice is Lovely, by Sarah Jessica Parker. And last week I doused myself in it.

Yesterday, I ran into my friend again, and she had another great scent on. Seriously, I don't know how many perfumes this gal has, but I need to start taking names. I'm thinking I can wear them because they didn't bother me when I hugged her. No, I just breathed her in.

Wearing perfume makes me feel extra feminine, which is why I posted this in the IIWWMS series. 

Where are you on the perfume fence?

Always?

Never?

Favorite?


Monday, March 24, 2014

It Is Well With Our Souls


It Is Well With Our Souls is a title/label I'm putting on blog posts about relaxing. About being okay with down time or whatever you call that time that refreshes you.

It's time we all need.

But I fear, in this crazy world we live in, that at times we are driven to go, go, go.

Well, we need to add in the rest, rest, rest.

And this rest looks differently to everyone.

One of my ways to 'rest' is to read. I love reading books. It is one of the things that brings me rest. Yes, my mind is working processing the words and envisioning the images, but I'm also soaking in the beauty of the words and 'resting' in them.

The book I'm reading now is The Soul of The Rose by Ruth Trippy.





This book is not only well written, it's good for the soul. (Forgive ALL the puns in that statement!)

At the end of the day, the crazy day usually, I make time to read this book. It's my time to relax and refresh.

So, you know what's next.

That's right.

You tell me how you refresh. And next week consider me your accountability partner for confession time on how you relaxed the previous week.

Rest well!

Refresh!

Lindi P.


Saturday, March 22, 2014

Get Back Time--Let it go

Diana here:

I'm working furiously on this book that's due May 1. I'm going to get there but until then I'm not beyond accepting a little help with ideas for what to blog about. So today when this popped into my inbox from Inspiring Quote I had to use it.

Life becomes easier when you learn to accept an apology you never got.

― Robert Brault
                                              Image credit: jcjgphotography / 123RF Stock Photo Now there's something I've never even considered. Life is easier when you learn to accept the apology you haven't received. 

Not only that, it gives you more time to spend thinking about things that make you happy! 

Or time to do the things that matter to you. Holding onto a hurt for years could add up to --oh let's play math, shall we? Ten years of hurt-holding probably equals 1 year of thinking about something you aren't going to change. 

Unless you do the changing. Give it up! Let it go! 

Not easy I know but I'm thinking if I can take back a year (yes, that was Diana math but it works for me) of my life I'm willing to let go of some things I felt needed an apology.

How about you? 
Can you relate?

*if you want to subscribe to Inspiring Quote here's the link http://thoughtful-mind.com/subscribe.php 

** Angie, thank you so much for the reward eating post. I'm loving the list and planning ahead. Today clementines instead of cookies! I'm rockin the rewards!

Friday, March 21, 2014

Spring!

Missy, here. I didn't get my post put up yesterday. My son has been home this week for spring break, and we've been catching up on hair cuts and eye appointments and doctor appointments, plus my daughter has had 3 tennis matches this week. So my schedule has been crazy!

I thought I'd share a photo with you from yesterday's tennis match. It was a GORGEOUS day to kick off spring. Perfect 66 degrees and sunny. I parked under a Bradford pear tree and had my sun roof open. I enjoyed the breeze and warm sun. And tiny flower petals floated in the open windows.

A soothing, healing afternoon.



Here's a photo I took out of my sun roof. I hope you enjoy a taste of my spring day! What's the weather like where you are?


Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Smart Rewards for Small Goals

Angie here: Smart rewards for small goals means finding little moments to keep on the path to the larger goal. But those small ones can't be something that derails us in other areas either, like health and weight loss.
Whole grain, meaty bacon (not fatty), basil, tomato sandwich.
Salad is Kalamata olives, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, Balsamic drizzled dressing.

Diana wrote a post that brought out an important point. We have to be aware and intentional about those small rewards for small goals.

Well, I'd laugh but I've done the same kind of thing without thinking in the past... The key is to use fresh foods with lots of fruit, veggie, and protein choices as your break/reward foods.


My suggestion: Plan what you're going to eat for the day. 

Plan all your protein, carbs, fruits, veggies, snacks, drinks, etc. for the entire day. (Do it for the week, if you can.) Now instead of grabbing one food like cookies and going overboard, get one of your planned foods. This is called healthy grazing.

Alternate the planned foods with the planned drinks like coffee with a break that is lemon/mint/cucumber water. So you're still getting up for the stretch, you're still getting something refreshing, but you're not adding to the calories. You're using smart rewards for small goals with what you've already planned to eat. Make sense?


Here's what smart rewards for small goals might look like: 

(Since we're writers, I'll use that as an example. But you could use time allotted for any activity instead of word count.)

Foods chosen for rewards: after you've eaten a decent breakfast to fuel your brain and body...Make a sample list with everything on it. Choose a variety of proteins, fruits, veggies, carbs, fats each day to alternate the nutrition. (This list is super small because of blog space.)

  • apple
  • peanut butter
  • mango
  • salad (herb, spinach, kale, etc.)
  • chicken
  • latte
  • sliced almonds
  • cheese
  • sugar snap peas
  • blackberries
  • popcorn
  • Orange
  • watermelon
  • chocolate protein shake
  • Energy drink (mine is XS made from the mix and seltzer)
  • hard boiled eggs (I eat the whites only for protein, I don't like the yolks cooked.)
  • BLT (Usually lunch or dinner, but low-fat Canadian bacon rather than fatty stuff. I use fresh basil as the lettuce or sometimes spinach. High fiber/high protein bread. I don't tend to use mayo or condiments. I like the flavor and crispness without the goo and extra calories.)

(You get the idea)


  • 8am Eat breakfast of choice to follow diet of choice. Mine is often Greek non-fat yogurt, berries, a palm of low-fat/low-cal granola, and drizzled honey.

**After breakfast, I usually do a little on the elliptical and check email or watch a fun show on the machine. (15-30 min.)
  • 9 am Rear in chair – write 500 words (or 60-90 min) with water near me that gets filled all day.
  • 10:30am Break – apple slices with peanut butter (measured)
  • Noon Break – salad with chicken, tomatoes, cucumbers on herbs and sprinkled sliced almonds w/drizzle of dressing.
  • 2 pm Break – XS energy drink, choice of sugar snap peas or popcorn. OR this might be the sugar-free peppermint mocha w/skim milk, 12 oz.
  • 330 pm Break – 1/2 a chocolate protein drink and an orange or berries. Or if I'm not hungry, flavored water with fresh lemon/mint/cucumber. I take a few minutes here to jump on the elliptical.
  • 6 pm – Dinner break to cook and spend time with family. I eat a salad first, then a small serving of whatever is for dinner.
  • 8 pm – Back to writing.
  • 930 pm – Break last snack, usually a protein/fruit or a protein/veggie. But sometimes it's a small bowl of cheerios or mini wheats.
  • Midnight (maybe, lol, or later) Since I'm a night owl, I make sure to drink the flavored water after my last snack. I also like hot green tea during this time.


All this depends on how many calories a day your body should have. Mine ranges 1250-1350 for weight loss and 1600 for maintenance. Right now I'm in weight loss as I'm finally released to begin recovery after an accident. But you need to determine your caloric intake and then build your list of foods and beverages off of that.



Monday, March 17, 2014

Saint Patrick's Day-Are You Going Green?


Lindi here.

It's Saint Patrick's Day and I have a confession to make.

I don't wear green.

It's not that I don't want to wear green, but I don't have a lot of green clothing and I usually don't think about wearing it until I'm out the door. Somehow this festive day of wearing green doesn't fall into my 'must do' categories. I'm not sure why.

I know there are a lot of people who love to celebrate this day. There are parties, festivals, events. Does your town do anything special?

I live outside Atlanta. I know Savannah, Georgia has a huge celebration for St. Pat's day.

What about you? Do you wear green? Do you celebrate this holiday?