Life is Like…

Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving. ~ Albert Einstein

It is the same with people as it is with riding a bike. Only when moving can one comfortably maintain one’s balance.

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Every Single Day

Every Single Day

Parenting is a delicate balance of convincing your child they can do anything in life,

Simultaneously screaming “Don’t do that!” every three minutes.

You can help your child improve this executive function by building some working memory boosters into his daily life.
  • Work on visualization skills. …
  • Have your child teach you. …
  • Suggest games that use visual memory. …
  • Play cards. …
  • Encourage active reading. …
  • Chunk information into smaller bites. …
  • Make it multisensory.

Work and Life in Balance

img_0878Signs your life and work are in or out of balance. (Forbes)

1. Your body is always in pain. Suffering from chronic headaches or neck and shoulder pain is often a sign that you’re living in a constant state of strain. It means that it’s time to step up your self-care routine…

2. You are always tired. Maybe you’re lucky to get six hours of sleep at night or persistent fatigue could be your brain’s way of saying it’s on overload …

3. Your patience is wearing thin. If you find yourself getting short with others and/or if it happens often, train your mind to focus on the positive.

4. You can’t remember the last time you enjoyed yourself. Think about the last time you had a belly laugh or did something you love.

5. Your relationships are struggling. How long has it been since you spent time with friends or family? A key to relationships BE Genuinely interested in them.

6. Your personal and professional space is a mess. It leads to burnout. Get into the habit of cleaning your desk or home area every day. It will help calm your mind and rebalance.

7. You’re glued to your phone. Instead be glued to where you are… Home, Office, etc.. Be there when there!

8. You’re unclear about your priorities. When you are unclear on your priorities, it can be difficult to balance work&life. Get a really clear vision for your future. Think about whether or not your current work/life balance is making progress toward those goals. If it’s not, reprioritize.

9. You strive for perfection. Everyone wants to succeed, but often perfectionism comes at a cost. Instead of worrying about failing, try to reframe your thinking that you are “failing forward” and every mistake or challenge is an opportunity to learn and grow.

(Forbes – Details from the Article on Balance in Life)

Make Each Day Count

Tips to make each day of your life count.make days count

  • CONNECT..    Nurture personal and professional relationships with unwavering dedication to love and kindness and they will reap their own rewards
  • THINK POSITIVE…  Think about what can be done instead of dwelling on the “what ifs.”
  • LIVE WITH PURPOSE…  Passion is so important to living a fulfilling life.
  • EMBRACE VISION…  Not just what you want to do for work, but how you want to live outside of your career.
  • DON’T BE AFRAID…    Don’t let fear limit what you have to offer the world. Acknowledge fear it, feel it and discover where it comes from, and then move on.
  • FIND BALANCE…     Come to center everyday by engaging in healthy routines that reinvigorate you. A fun, balanced and purpose-driven life will make you feel deeply satisfied.
  • BE PRESENT… Don’t dwell on the past or worry about the future. Give someone your undivided attention.
  • BE CREATIVE…  Creativity does not have to be limited to those with artistic talent. Think outside the box!

Words to Define Your Year

words have powerWhat are the words you want to use to define your new year?

Here are some responses so far:
Alexandra – Creativity, Growth, Simplicity
Martha – Focus, Connect, Momentum
Debbie – Touch, Storytelling, Create
Rebekkah – Reclaim, Rewrite, Renew
Vicki – Passion, Confidence, Balance
Nick – Smile, Fight, Create
Ginny – Basics, Balance and Gratitude.
Marge – Perseverance, well-being, manifest.
Paula – Action, Collaboration, Freedom
Joanna – Love, Passion, Action
Sonya – Publish, Productive, Value
Gail – Write, Speak, Read.
Robin – Ask, Do, Share.
Patti – Grow, Contribute, Action.
Meghan – Mind, Body, Spirit
Margot – Integrate, Connect, Finish
Dana – Creativity, Independence, Outreach.
Jonathan – Quality, Help, and Perseverance.
West – Servitude, Submission, Integrit

Are You Trying to Carry The Load? Let’s Give Our Load To God

Are You Trying to Carry The Load? Let’s Give Our Load To God

The Good Friends Question of the Day: “LIKE” or Comment, if you think “It’s God’s job to carry the load.”  Post your Prayer request a.k.a. your load here today and let’s give it to God to carry 🙂 or call – 1-800-944-8443

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out? Jesus said, “Come to me. You’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me…watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” ~ Matthew 11:28-20

Over Committed or Burned Out: Whether it is work, school or family, sometimes Burnout gets the better of us.

Five (5) tips to help bring balance back in your life.

1. Re-adjust your priorities. Cast aside things that don’t need your immediate attention.
2. Delegate more. Call in the cavalry to help get things done. Consider saying “NO” more and “Yes” less.
3. Invite sensory and calming experiences like music, touch and rest into your day.
4. Bring color and beauty into your world. Buy flowers, look at art, experience nature.
5. Exercise. Get your body moving and breathe, breathe, breathe.

Stress vs. Burnout
Stress
Burnout
Characterized by overengagement Characterized by disengagement
Emotions are overreactive Emotions are blunted
Produces urgency and hyperactivity Produces helplessness and hopelessness
Loss of energy Loss of motivation, ideals, and hope
Leads to anxiety disorders Leads to detachment and depression
Primary damage is physical Primary damage is emotional
May kill you prematurely May make life seem not worth living
Source:Stress and Burnout in Ministry