Attitude

Story {5 Minute Friday}

It’s happening all around you.

Every single day.

What happens today will help determine the future.  Your words, actions, and attitude will shape each and every page. 

It’s always there.  Growing, changing, evolving….

Your story.  The story of your lives.  The story your children will remember and share with their children. 

Will your story be…

  • short or long?
  • depressing or exciting?
  • intertwined with the love of family and friends?
  • full of extraordinary experiences?
  • filled with regret?
  • a paragraph or a novel?
  • your best work or your worst?

There are so many things that make up your story.  What will you do today to shape it, change it, or nurture it? 

The very last page of your story will be your obituary.

Based on today, what do you think it will say? 

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Write for 5 minutes only.  Go ahead, start…..NOW!

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How to accept a compliment.

Do you know how to accept a compliment?

It’s really only one simple step.

Ignore all of your internal thoughts and reactions then say thank you!

Now seriously.   What’s with us?  By us, I mean women mostly.  I’ve never given a guy a compliment and have him slough it off like it was ill deserved they way women do.

I’d venture to say most of us do it.  I’ve done it.  Have you?   <——  tweet

Dedicate an entire day to watching how you react either verbally or even emotionally the next time someone compliments you.

Does it make you feel good?  Do you shy away?  Is there something on the tip of your tongue that you want to say to get the spotlight off of you?

You should feel amazing after someone compliments you.

Do you?

Recently I was in a situation where two older ladies (grandmothers) were talking amongst themselves about me in front of me.  It was really very sweet.  I have a heart for older people.  Both of my grandmothers have passed and other grandmothers often remind me of them.

It was early in the morning.  I was handing over the baby that I night nanny for and they started just talking about me.  They talked about my hair and how beautiful they thought it was.  They said my skin was just glowing and I have a very classic look about me.  I listened, quietly, unsure of how to respond.

In my heart, I was aching because they sounded so much like my own grandmothers.   It was almost as if my grandmothers were speaking through these women.  All of the things I was hearing, I’d heard before when I was younger.  I heard these exact things from my grandmothers who saw me without all the maintenance.

They then turned the conversation to include me.  They told me all of the beautiful words they had just said to me.  To my face.

My initial reaction was to stammer and downplay what they were saying.  After all, it was 7am and I’m sans makeup standing there in my pajamas (which is how I go to work every night).  They were seeing me as me.  No fancy clothes.  No foundation, powder, or mascara.  It was me.

There was nothing I could say except thank you.  I couldn’t explain anything away.  It was truly just me in all my comfy-pant and wild-curly-non-product-filled-hair glory.

You know what?

It felt good to just say thank you.  To accept the compliments as though they were true.  Heck, they were true!!  If this is what they saw, then it must be true.

Who was I to decide that whatever they were telling me wasn’t the truth?

It was then that I realized how hurtful it would be if I just dismissed it like it was nothing.

Wow.

There’s nothing quite like being smacked in the face with a lesson at 7am when you’re exhausted from being on newborn duty!

I’d love to hear the last compliment you received and how you responded!

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Do You See Me & Amazing Sex {Living Proverbs 31}

I love when I’m inspired by a post and then someone else also gets inspired.

This is why we do these features!!

Last week Melinda from Auntie Em’s Guide to Life read one of the features I talked about.  She then expanded on it.  I loved it.

She is right in her piece entitled ‘Do You See Me.‘  It’s hard to work, work, work, and feel like no one notices. <—-tweet

I’ve been there. In fact, I’m still there.  The bottom line is that I’m willing to do whatever it takes to take care of our family.

Melinda’s amazing verses of encouragement remind us that He sees us always.  Having someone here on earth see us isn’t nearly as comforting as knowing that He sees us always.

  • Isaiah 43:1 … I have called you by name. You are mine.
  • John 10:14 … I am the good shepherd. I know my own.
  • Psalm 139: 1-5 … Lord, you have examined me and know me. you know everything I do; from far away you understand all my thoughts. You see me, whether I am working or resting; you know all my actions… You are all around me on every side; you protect me with your power… (there’s lots more that is really good; read this whole chapter!)
  • Psalm 91:14 … He knows my name.

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Back in February, I did a series with a group of amazing ladies.  It was a marriage series and it was so much fun.

We talked about quite a few things but one of the hottest topics was sex. 

I’m highlighting Erin from Mystery 32 for exactly this reason.  I don’t see a lot of positive talk about this across the blog world.  She talks about working together to get it right. 

Her piece ‘Amazing Sex, It Takes Work‘ is spot on in my opinion. 

We seem to live in a world that is all about the now.  Doing it now but doing it safely seems to be a mantra in a lot of minds.  On the other hand there is a lot of hype that waiting will make it perfect.  I like her words here:

My overall point is this: We should encourage those that are not married to stay pure for the wedding night, but that doesn’t mean we pretend it will automatically be amazing right away. We should encourage virginity because of the blessing that it is and what it means for a future marriage. For those that are married, let’s encourage them to press on through the hard times, including the hard times with sex. If you are in a marriage where the sex is not what you expected it to be, hold on. You have the rest of your lives to practice and you can learn to love each other in a way that is amazing for both of you.

Thanks for reminding us that in regards to sex, practice makes perfect!!  <—-tweet

Here are their links to the other pieces from February in case you’d like to check them out as well.  Kayse @ KaysePratt.com,  Monica @ Elevate Ideas,  Emily @ Primitive Roads,  & Jamie @ Brown Paper and Strings.

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How to Keep Friendships Alive {Living Proverbs 31}

Have you ever had a great friendship fizzle out and die off?  Do you find yourself missing your old friend?

Sometimes life gets so crazy, so busy, and so overwhelming that letting friendships sit on the back burner seems like the easiest thing to do.

Friendships need to be nurtured.  They need attention.

Think about the last time a friend sent you a text at just the right time or called to just say hello.  It makes you feel good.  It makes you feel like you are important in their lives. 

A dear friend of mine had a birthday last month.  I slipped a little something in the mail for her.  It was something I knew she needed.  Something she had mentioned.  Something to remind her of how awesome she is. 

Another friend had a birthday recently.  I dropped off a few gifts at her house late in the evening on her birthday.  I wanted her to think I forgot (although I am sure she knows I wouldn’t).  She was so happy!! 

She said she loved that the orchids matched the photo on the front of the Bible.  Don’t tell her this but I didn’t even plan that.  I’ve had the Bible for several months packed away so I didn’t lose it.  I wanted to pick up some flowers to go with it.  I happened to fall in love with the purple orchids at the store.  So guess what happened…I got home and they matched the cover. 

It’s these little things that make friendships so great.  Low on cash?  It can be as simple as a phone call or a card in the mail. 

Now, think about the last time you did that for a friend.  Has it been a while? 

I have a few friends in my life that just make my day.  They know who they are.  Now. 

I didn’t always do this.  I let life get in the way and so did they.  So we drifted apart.  It happens. 

But I’ve learned a lot just in the past few years.   As we get older I think it can be harder and harder to make friends.  At least that is how I’ve felt.  People grow apart, move, have kids, work obligations, family issues.  

I’ve been working hard to nurture the friendships in my life the past few years and keep them alive.  I want them in my life for years to come.  I’m determined to make sure they stay!!

On the other hand, having good friends helps!!  If they aren’t reciprocating it can be really difficult to want to keep in touch.  If they are at all worth it, we must. 

The friends in my life know they are loved.  They know they are appreciated.  They also know that no matter how much time may pass we can always pick up right where we left off. 

Do you have friends like this? 

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