Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Angie here.

Are you having a busy time of life? Kids? Work? Personal commitment?

I'm finding a little help with it by taking time out in the morning to think. It sounds counterproductive to stop and think for half an hour when I have a multitude of to-do lists going. But it's turning out to be very profitable.

I'm running a month long interview series on my blog with 30 beauty queens. and trying to coordinate with 30 other people's schedules is a mad house! Then coding it and uploading over 60 photos... whew! But I'm learning about their experiences with courage, confidence, and commitment to change the world.

This two week period is zany due to transitions. Our family business is a heating company. I've worked with my husband and son now for almost 12 years as the CFO. However, my daily duties are ending as I move into a new position with Full Spirit Magazine. I'll be the business development for this new non-profit outreach quarterly magazine. Thrilled and excited doesn't even scratch the surface!

This change means building an office in my spare room, teaching what's been in my head for years to others, hiring a new support assistant (bookkeeper/dispatcher) and learning what to let go of in the process. All the while, learning about my new position :-)

As Mrs. Montana International 2009, my volunteer commitment is to help with the Go Red For Women Luncheon and campaign. I'm so glad I did a lot of this prior, however, I'm calling and collecting auction items for the silent auction on Feb. 25th. All due to the American Heart Association office Nov. 18th.

In the meantime, Courageous Beauty is my next inspirational non-fiction project. Hence the interviews. I finished working on one last night and fatigue hit so hard that as I tilted my head, I realized I honestly couldn't lift my fingers to type any more. They were THAT heavy.

Yes, it's a challenge. But I know it's a short-term sacrifice for a long-term prize.

My biggest tip during this super busy time on how to achieve a high production load? Take 30 minutes every day to prioritize and think. During that time, I say prayers and ask for God to help me achieve today only what He has planned for me. I know it will be everything that was supposed to get done.

That 30 minutes somehow organizes my thoughts and gives me purpose rather than stealing precious time. On the days I don't do it? Yep, you got it! It's a flurry of non-productivity.

Think of it this way: When you are on fire-Stop, Drop, and Roll. Same with the sense of busy making you feel like you're on fire... Stop the frenetic race, Drop to your seat and pray and think, then Roll (your pen on paper with the day's plan.)



  1. Hi Angie,

    My goodness, you are one busy woman! Congratulations on your new position with Full Spirit! I'm sure you will do an awesome job!


  2. Angie,
    i like the idea of taking 30 minutes in the day to pray and let God get in control of our organization.