Motivational Monday – Intuition

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I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

Philippians 4:13

I have always believed that womanhood comes with a gift of intuition. We as women seem to naturally have a sixth sense for knowing things that are often beyond our knowledge. Have you ever just felt something in your gut? Sensed something was about to occur and it does? It is something that we all appear to posses, but often ignore in ourselves. We will know something doesn’t feel quite right, yet go for it any way. We will sense something is wrong and ignore all the signs and look back with regret at the end. Or we will feel something is perfect and allow fear to convince us otherwise. Today’s post is about trusting your gut. I urge everyone to start paying that intuition just a little more attention. I’m not suggesting allowing it to run your life, but to allow it to have more of a role in it. Start trusting yourself and your feelings more and stop ignoring that inner voice attempting to direct you.

This week I encourage everyone to listen to themselves. I ask you each to take a moment out to sit down and listen to yourself. Try to figure out what you have been trying to tell yourself, but ignoring. Remember you have the power to change your own life. You just have to trust yourself.

I believe in intuitions and inspirations…I sometimes feel that I am right. I do not know that I am. – Albert Einstein

Kristina

5 Tips for Being a Happier Mommy

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As mothers, it is imperative to maintain a sense of self and find moments of peace whenever possible. It’s hard to find balance with full time jobs and busy schedules. I’ve compiled some tips that have worked for me when I began to feel stressed and overwhelmed.

1. It’s Ok to Say No-When you’re overwhelmed with kids, work, husbands, etc. don’t pile any extra stuff to your to do list. As women we tend to over extend ourselves by trying to please others. Sometimes it’s important to do what’s necessary but say no to things that aren’t essential.

2. Take Mental Health Breaks-Our mental health is essential to our well-being and it’s just as important as physical health. Sometimes you may need to take a sick day to focus on your mental well-being.

3. Don’t Exert Energy on Other People’s Business-It’s really important to mind your own business! It takes a lot of energy to consume yourself with matters that don’t concern you and yours.

4. Have Fun-At times it can seem like we are caught in a rat race! We are always busy and rushing. It’s important to still have fun. A happy mommy= a happy child. Our kids feed off of our energy and they know when we are stressed, sad, and happy.

5. Practice Gratitude-It’s important to appreciate what you already have before you can rise to the next level. You might not have as much money as you want or the job that you want but be grateful for what you have. Just think, some millionaires would spend their entire fortune to have good health or be cancer free. So if you have good health, it is definitely something to be grateful for!

~Kristle (Kodie’s Mommy)

Motivational Monday – Be Thankful

“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.”

1 Chronicles 16:34

There are days where we all feel like we are coming up short. In those moments it’s difficult not to dwell in the the things that we currently don’t have; however, those are the times that we have to be the most thankful. It’s easy to look at what you are missing, rather than seeing all the things that you have. It is imperative to remain thankful in life no matter what your circumstances are, because your thankfulness is what leads you towards positivity and the opportunity to do better. Thankfulness is a form of positive energy and a way of remaining humble and appreciative no matter what your circumstances are.

This week, take a count of all the great things that you have in your life right now. Look at the positive stuff you have coming up and make yourself a plan to thank someone who has done something meaningful for you. Above all know that you always have something to be thankful for.

Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.
Oprah Winfrey

– Kristina

Motivational Monday – Calling All Friends

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Most days we feel like we are running a race. Up early preparing the kids for school and then off to work we go in the mornings. Once we return home it’s homework, dinner, and time to hear all about our partners day. Typically the phone call that we planned to make to our friend has been forgotten and by the time we do remember it, it’s way too late to call and check on them. Once life gets moving, our friends sort of become harder for us to keep up with. We’ll play phone tag for days and plan girls nights that may get cancelled twice before we ever make it out. Where we used to spend nights talking on the phone, we can hardly fit 10 minutes in without someones kid having a meltdown and causing us to hang up. The reality is that we need our friendships, just as much as we need all of the other relationships that we have in our lives.

This week, call a friend that you have been meaning to call, but the two of you have just been too busy to catch up. Plan a brunch out with your college girls, or just a girls day in to just catch up on laughs. The goal is to not just plan the dates, but to stick to them!

“True friendship multiplies the good in life and divides its evils. Strive to have friends, for life without friends is like life on a desert island… to find one real friend in a lifetime is good fortune; to keep him is a blessing.”

– Kristina

Regain Your Control

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The other day I pulled up to my job and just sat in my car for a few extra minutes trying to get myself mentally prepared to enter the building. I sung along with the radio, read my daily devotional, and even wrote my FB post for the morning before getting out of the car. It was not that I did not want to go to work, but that I couldn’t remember the last time that I wasn’t doing something. As a wife, mother, full time employee, part-time employee, and daughter of a parent with health concerns life seems to always be going. No matter how many vacations I take or days off I get, I still always feel as if my light switch is clicked on. I’m sure that there are many other moms that can relate to this.

I was laid in bed thinking….. how can busy women realistically switch off? It’s easy to say take regular breaks, but breaks could break our households; especially for single mom. Many women don’t have time to walk away for even a day, so we have to find reasonable ways to steal ourselves small moments to have to ourselves.

Here is a list of a few ideas of things you can do alone:

1. Take a lunch alone
2. A mid day movie on your own
3. Find a yoga group to decompress at
4. Take extra time in the car between pickups and drop offs
5. Read a book for pleasure
6. Find a hobby you can enjoy on your own
7. Go for a walk
8. Window shop
9. Get a massage
10. Bike riding
11. Fitness classes
12. Take a fun class at Community College

If you noticed, all the above suggestions are things that you are able to complete on your own. That’s because it’s very important for you to find time to connect with yourself. We spend most of our day connecting with everyone else. It’s imperative to do things that we can do no matter who doesn’t show up, or agree with our choices. No matter how much time you have ladies, build in a little extra time for yourselves.

– Kristina – Kristopher’s Mom