I’ve made calendars in the past with family pictures to give for Christmas gifts to family. Everyone always looked forward to each year’s new calendar with fun pics and each month had a list of birthdays and anniversaries. Sadly, I didn’t make time to get them done in 2014…or 2015. So, this year I was determined to have 2016 calendars done and ready for gifting.
I found the calendars on sale and the 60% off was ending soon, the house was quiet, and I was knocking this task off the Christmas “to-do” list. It was after midnight one night when I finally wrapped up the design and hit the “Order” button. I was done! I got my Christmas cards and calendars on order.
My package arrived December 7 bearing these precious calendars and cards to give for Christmas. I opened my box and flipped through the calendars and right there in the month of May I had typed a caption that read, “Dawn, But, Pap & Abbie”. My sweet mother, whom we call Bug, was labeled as “But”… thankfully, it only had one “t”! I’m thinking.. well, I can put labels over that area. Or, I can use a sharpie.. or we can just all get a good laugh.
Frustrated with myself .. but laughing… (I mean, what else can you do).. I showed this mistake to my kiddos… who flip through the calendar and proceed to tell me.. “Mom, this calendar is 2013.. it’s not even the right year!”
As I’ve said before.. I’m a hot mess… but blessed none the less! Needless to say, I’ve redone the calendars. I had my 11 year old proof read. And, I pressed “Order” again. It’s really not a good deal when you have to order the same thing twice. Thankfully, they were still on sale. So, I bought the same items twice.. once at 60% off and once at 50% off.. I guess that means I ended up paying full price in addition to wasting time. I can’t help but be reminded of the saying, “If you don’t have time to do it right the first time, what makes you think you’ll have time to do it over?” I’m thankful I did have time for a do-over. But, yet again… I’ve learned the hard way that it’s just best to slow down, do it right, and always have a proofreader before hitting “order” or “publish”.
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Hey y’all… you know my blog posts are usually me preaching to myself! Well… here we go… again.
Do I have to workout again? Do I have to fix a healthy meal again? Do I have to go to work again? Do I have to take my vitamins again? Do I have to tell you “I love you” again? Do I have to pray with you … again? Do I have to call you… again? Do I have to make my bed again? Do I have to brush my teeth…. again… and bathe again… for the 100 gazillionth time? Do I have to say “I’m sorry” again. Do I have to forgive you… again? Do I have to do this again? Do I have to do that again? Really? Again?
YES .. yes I do. The outcome I want comes from doing what it takes & doing the right thing…. again. Many things, like saying “I love you” and praying , are things I WANT to do over and over and over again. But some things, like exercising and going to work… I could really skip. But, if I skip exercising I’ll never reach my goal or maintain it. If I skip work I won’t get paid. If I don’t brush my teeth… they will rot out of my head. You get the picture…
I admit, I quit working out for several months. And I can tell! I mean… you’d think that once you attain your desired goals you could quit and maintain the results. Well, it didn’t work that way. Nothing works that way. Health, Relationships, Business… they all take consistent work to achieve the best results and consistent work to maintain the desired results.
OK… I went backwards in my health goal… but I’m getting back up and I’m at it again. I’m committing to do a little something every day toward my goal. I am consistent with my nutritional supplements because they are easy. With my supplements, I crave water and I don’t crave unhealthy drinks and foods. But, I’ve still got to move more. I’ve got to get consistent with my exercise.
I want to encourage you on your journey too… don’t quit on your goals in any area of your life! If you want better results in relationships… be consistent at showing how much you care, speaking kindly, asking forgiveness, forgiving, and doing what it takes to build good relationships. If you want better results in your business… be passionate about it…. work at it .. every day. If you want better physical health… focus on consistent good nutrition and exercise.
Maintaining consistency with a joyful heart is going to require a change in how we speak to ourselves and others. It’s not “Do I have to?” but… “I get to! I’m excited to! and I want to!” I get to workout again! I want to eat healthy again! I am excited to go to work again! I am happy I am filling my body with good nutrition again. I am thrilled to tell you “I LOVE YOU” again. I’m so glad I can pray with you … again. I can’t wait to talk to you again. Thank you Lord for this bed I get to make again and that I get to brush my teeth and take a hot bath again. I am eager to forgive and ask forgiveness and have peace … again. Every day, I am grateful I get to hug my family, move more, and live life joyfully.. again!
Let’s think about the results we want and let’s do what it takes to get there (and stay there)…. AGAIN!
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This is one of my family’s favorite recipes. It’s fabulous for a side dish… And dessert!
Y’all know I’m usually posting healthy stuff… This is not in the healthy category. So in my Tips to Survive the Holidays, I have to add, “Don’t eat too much Sweet Potatoes & Apples”.
SWEET POTATO & APPLE CASSEROLE
3 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and sliced
2 c. sliced peeled apples
3 c. miniature marshmallows
1 c. sugar
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
chopped nuts, optional
2 tbsp. cornstarch
1/2 c warm water
1 tbsp. butter
Place sweet potatoes in buttered baking dish. Add apples; layer with marshmallows. Mix sugar, salt, cinnamon and nuts. Sprinkle over marshmallows. Mix cornstarch with 1/2 c. water until smooth; pour over all. Dot with butter. Cover.
Bake at 350°F for 1 hour.
Yield: 6 servings.
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It was a very rare few days… my husband was out of town on business and my kids were at their grandparents 6 hours away. I was alone. I was alone at home for 3 full days! I really don’t think I had ever been at my house alone for more than one night. I didn’t have to get anyone but myself ready to go anywhere. I didn’t have to check everyone’s schedules and make sure everyone was at their activities on time. I didn’t have to cook for anyone. In fact… I didn’t cook one meal those few days. I was perfectly fine with a peanut butter and banana sandwich or avocado with mozzarella and tomato. It was a very strange feeling to have no one dependent on me taking them somewhere or fixing them meals. To be quite honest… I didn’t like it too much.
When my kiddos returned after being gone, my son asked, “Mom, what did you do while you were home alone? Did you jump on the bed? Did you lay in bed and eat popcorn and watch movies all night?” I laughed so hard… I guess I know what he would do if left alone! He did get me to thinking though… what do I do when no one is watching? Do I make good choices? Do I behave differently because no one is watching?
Who we are when we think no one is watching is the real indicator of who we are. Join me in the quest to be awesome.. all the time. I want to be honest & trustworthy. I want to be kind and helpful to others. I want to live a life of integrity and good character. I want to be healthy and make good nutritional choices whether I’m alone or with others. I want to empower and encourage others to be better. But, that also means I must rise to the challenge myself. I’m sure not perfect… but, I’m working on being the best me I can be… Every day.
So, what did I do when I was alone? I think I actually ate healthier and didn’t snack as much when I didn’t have to fix food everyone else likes. I did my bible study and spent time with God. I worked at the office. I went walking and swimming. I did stay up too late reading books. But, I most definitely did NOT eat popcorn in my bed!
Rise & Shine!