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Weekend Thoughts

Have you guys checked out the Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell “I bless the rains down in Africa” video yet? I love this for so many reasons, but perhaps most because it affirms my truest belief – Silliness for silliness sake is a bright shiny light in this world.

The purpose of January. In a recent meeting, the conversation turned to January’s role in the calendar year. It can feel so long and brutal, but someone pointed out that she loves it because it’s like a long period of peaceful normalcy. It made me think… maybe I’ve been giving January (and it’s cousin February) too hard of a time. Maybe I just need to give these two months a different purpose.

Do you keep a paper to do list? My daughter has an assignment notebook that she was given by her teacher at the beginning of the year. It’s been collecting dust. We had a big talk about keeping track of things on paper rather than trying to remember them all (and then PANICKING!). So I’m trying to do it in my own planner (which had also been collecting dust) along with her. I’m decently organized but I get a little overwhelmed by the sheer number of ways to keep lists (electronic, paper planners, sheet of paper, sticky notes). Now it’s back to the method of my youth. Wish us luck.

 

Happy Weekend to You!

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Weekend Thoughts:

  • What’s your spiritual gift(s)? I know people who have used their spiritual gifts in amazing and unexpected ways. Cake baking, reading and caring for children, photography, we don’t necessarily think of these things as spiritual gifts, but any talent or gift can be used for a higher purpose… let that settle in because it’s pretty amazing when the two collide.

Not sure what your spiritual gifts are? Find an online assessment or strengths finder tool. But I bet you know in your heart what your gifts are (wink)

  • Do you need a change of scenery? January is such a looong month. This week I sat myself down at a new coffee shop to write. It took a lot longer to drive there, but I just needed a change of scenery. Frustration can settle in so quickly. Perhaps a change of scenery is a tool we can all use to help us break up the cold winter months?
  • Use it up. Recently, I discovered some old (and still cool) notecards with my name on them. What was I saving these for? Who knows… but in the advent of email, I had to place them right out in front. I’m gaining some traction on my 2016 goals – I’m using them up rather than letting them collect dust.

Happy Weekend!

 

 

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End of the Week Thoughts:

This week we had some snow, nothing major, just enough to be pretty. As I was getting into my car I saw the big fat snowflakes falling individually on my black paint. You could see each crystalline structure with all its delicate details. I’m not sure I’ve seen that up close before, just in photographs. Or is it that I just never bothered to take notice? It made me pause. What else have I not noticed over the last 40 years?

While listening to my six-year-old and his buddy playing a game on the iPad, I heard them both agree that Friends are way better than Money. I do not know what prompted this because I swear to you the preceding conversation was about next year’s Halloween costumes (ideas included minions, Indiana Jones, and a piece of cheese). However, it made me smile… They hear us.  Our words and examples sink into their little minds and then find their way out at random times.

Thursday morning we received the gift of a 35 degree day. A friend and I took a walk at our local arboretum, catching up and breathing in the gorgeous morning air. We both agreed what a difference in perspective we have right now. To some this temperature may feel freezing cold, but after highs of five degrees earlier in the week, it was practically tropical. I felt so lucky to have the morning free to just soak in the outside world. Made me realize I need to block out time when the weather is nice to just get outside. I need to schedule it like an appointment.

Have a good weekend!

 

 

 

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Weekend Inspiration:

Is something weighing on you? A big goal? A big demand? Just set it down for the day. Worrying won’t help it (I know this one from experience). Pray about it. Maybe the answer will be revealed tomorrow. Maybe not. But don’t trade today for it. Further reading: Matthew 6:25-34

The world, the weather, the people, we all feel a bit jittery. What can you do this weekend to bring more peace to your household? Simple peace.

Where do you find beauty? In any form? Where do you find inspiration and how can you pull more of it into your life? Let’s all think on that one. Meet back at the club house with ideas next week, okay?

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So. Many. Things… This week was the culmination of soccer season. Combine multiple games on top of our regular weekly commitments, some kid sickness, and the start of a new project for me and, well, we just had to power through each day.

How did you fare this week?

Weekend Instructions

  • Snuggle. It’s an order. Just catch up on snuggles and maybe grab a little extra sleep and breath out the frustrations of the past week.
  • Return stuff sitting in boxes. I’ve had a couple of pairs of shoes from zappos staring at me from the corner of my bedroom. They need to be returned and I just haven’t had the time to print out my mailing labels. Anything in your household that needs to be returned?
  • Savor something pumpkin. Tis the season for pumpkin flavored everything! We baked some pumpkin muffins this week (courtesy of Trader Joe’s pumpkin bread mix – a seasonal item). The smell of pumpkin muffins baking in the oven… oh my.

Enjoy your weekend!

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Weekend Instructions:

  • What are you most looking forward to this school year? Anything new you’re passionate about and want to explore? Or is there anything you’re dreading and want to figure out how to change?
  • Declutter challenge: Go through a kitchen cabinet or pantry shelf and toss stuff you are simply not using. This week I went through a big corner cabinet that’s been collecting odds and ends for nearly six years. It was prompted by the fact that I couldn’t find the cinnamon (turns out I didn’t have any). I felt ridiculously proud of myself after filling a bag of items to be donated. Why did I have a jar of tahini??
  • Find something really good to laugh about this weekend. A movie, a YouTube video, a an old email from a friend. That’s a direct order. Laugh yourself silly at least once this weekend. Got it?

Have a good weekend!

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By the time you read this week’s TGIFlowers, I will be headed home from our vacation! Look for more posts in the coming week about our family travel experiences…

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Weekend Instructions:

Helloooo, August! You seemed like a million miles away and now you’re right in front of me. School is on the horizon, along with block parties, backpacks and last hurrah trips. Are you just relaxing and soaking in the freedom or trying to cram some fun into the next three weeks?

Declutter challenge for the week ahead: Backpacks and school papers. Do you need new backpacks? What about all those old papers you avoided cleaning out at the end of the year? Face your fears and start recycling like a crazy person. I’ve got one pile left and it’s been taunting me from the corner for way too long.

What’s the habit you want your kids to develop this year? Mine is bed making without a parent prompting. We got off track and now I’m doing far more remind/nagging than I would like. What’s the habit you want to develop yourself this year? Mine is breathing and morning stretching. I know it will help me with neck and back issues, but I’ve got to get in the habit.

Enjoy your weekend!

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