Sunday, March 9, 2014

Spiritual Strength Of Women

I wrote recently about a woman coming and talking to the ladies at church and there was something else she said that I just really loved but it didn't fit in with the post I was writing.  But because I loved it so much I wanted to still share it.  It was something that the woman's daughter said to her as they were discussing what she was going to talk to us about.  This is what her daughter said:

There is something frustrating and frightening to the world about a woman who knows what she wants to do, is doing it and is at peace with it.

I've been seeing a lot of quotes being repinned again and again on Pinterest about a woman's strength.  Like the quote above, they all remind me of my own strength and worth, so I thought I would share some of my favorites:

Let her sleep for whens he wakes she will move mountains.

She is clothed in strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future.  Proverbs 11:25

Be the kind of woman that when your feet hit the floor each morning the devil says, oh crap, she's up.

The woman who doesn't require validation from anyone is the most feared individual on the planet.

A strong woman has faith that she is strong enough for the journey -- but a woman of strength has faith that it is in the journey that she will become strong.

Woman of Faith:  in hard times she had learned three things - she was stronger than she ever imagined, Jesus was closer than she ever realized and she was loved more than she ever knew.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

The Heart Rests Too

Resting has always been a hard concept for me to apply in my life.  I don't mind hard work and I love the whole before and after of projects.  But I don't seem to have the energy I used and I have learned to accept that I need to rest in order to be ready to go again.

I have learned so many things over the last few years about rest and recuperation, which was a whole new concept for me.  But everything rests, it is part of the cycle of our daily lives, as noted by Walter B. Cannon in this quote:

Most people have the idea that the heart is working all the time. As a matter of fact, there is a definite rest period after each contraction. When beating at a moderate rate of seventy pulses per minute, the heart is actually working nine hours out of the twenty-four. In the aggregate its rest periods total a full fifteen hours per day.

If the most life producing organ in our body can rest, so can we.  As women and mothers I think sometimes we don't think we can, we feel like we have too much to do and if we don't rest it will never get done.

I remember when I first realized how I would start out at 100%, then the more I pushed through my day that 100% would get less and less.  When you stop to rest, you actually fill yourself back up so that you can go at 100% again, otherwise you find yourself at 80%, then 60%, then 20% until you have nothing left.  So, let's follow the example of our hearts and rest for a moment in between everything we do.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

New Favorite Organization App - 30/30

Last week I was looking over my husband's shoulder as he was working with a new app.  As I watched I became increasingly interested in the app and I asked him what it was.  It is an app called 30/30 and I just love it.  I'm one of those crazy people that love organization things and this app is exactly that, it helps you organize and stay on time with your tasks.  I had been trying to do this with a task app and a timer app, but 30/30 puts it all together for you.

If you have ever heard of a Power Hour, then this app will make even more sense to you.  In a Power Hour you give 100% of your focus for just that hour on certain categories, or just one category if you prefer.  So for my stamping business I like to focus 15 minutes each to four different categories (business, customer care, creating and my team).  In the 30/30 app I can create this so that it will start with the first category and when the time runs out a little alarm goes off letting me know it is time to go to the next category and so on until the list is done.

It also has features where you can add time on the spot if you feel like you need to, or even delete time.  You can also pause it or even say that you are done with that category and it will go on to the next one.  I love also how you can be in a different app and the timer will keep going and even have the alarm play.

I created a list for my morning chores as well with 15 minutes in a few different areas.  I have a tendency to get stuck on one project for a long time, but this lets me do a little in each area so that each room gets touched a little each day.  I'm really have a fun time creating lists and refining them so they work perfectly for me.  I would highly recommend it to anyone who wants help staying on task!

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Keep the Main Thing, The Main Thing

We had a really great Relief Society meeting in January with the theme of "Thrive Not Just Survive."  There was a really great speaker (sorry I can't remember her name) and the title of her speech was "Keep The Main Thing, The Main Thing" which I believe she said she got from an Ensign article.

She brought out a picture of Paul standing on the water walking towards the Savior and asked us about the different things we noticed in the picture.  The first thing that I thought of when I saw the picture was how when we hear or see something that motivates us we just go for it, just like Paul did when he stepped out onto the water with every intention of walking all the way to the Savior.  But then, just like Paul, we loose our faith, our motivation, our belief, and we fall.

Our speaker had us think about the things that our most important to us, our top priorities and to write them down.  I have done this before, so I thought I knew where she was going with this task.  She had us write down the three most important, which for me were my relationship with my Heavenly Father, my relationship with my husband and children and creating.  I put creating as my third because I have found that when I am down when I start creating somewhere along the way I am pulled up.

Next she asked us to come up with a question or questions to see if we are on target with our top priorities.  This is not where I thought she was going, in fact, I had never even thought of something like this and frankly it was kind of hard coming up with a question.  As we all talked and shared I came up with a few possibilities, but none of them seemed quite right.  Then while the closing prayer was being said it came to me, "am I connecting?"

It seemed to fit everything, am I connecting with my Heavenly Father, am I connecting with my husband, with my kids, with friends and family, am I connecting with others through what I creating and so on.  It is the perfect question for me to ask myself daily to see if I am on target with my most important priorities.

So what are your priorities?  What question would you ask yourself to keep you on target for those priorities?