Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Don't Let Others Hold You Back

Do you have dreams? Are there things you would love to do? Or new things you would love to try, but you worry what others might think?  Sometimes it can be hard to try new things, really hard. We can get so comfortable with the way things are that we just aren't sure we should shake things up. But we should sometimes. Shake. Shake. Shake! And we should do it without worrying about what others are going to think about it.

It is good to have dreams! It is fabulous to want to try new things and set new goals. Fabulous!! It doesn't mean we aren't content with what we have. It doesn't mean we aren't super thankful for the blessings we have. I believe God wants us to be adventurous. I believe He gave us that adventurous spirit. Imagine if no one ever followed their dreams and tried new things. We wouldn't have computers or cell phones. We wouldn't have the internet or even be able to fly!

There's No Shame In Starting Over

I think sometimes when we fall behind in something, or completely fall off the wagon, it's easy for us to just give up. We start thinking it would be easier if we just quit altogether. We listen to the little voice that tells us we failed, so why even bother trying again.

Sometimes things happen and we get off track with our goals and plans. I want you to know it's okay. Sometimes we fall behind just out of laziness, it happens. Don't beat yourself up about it and don't listen to that little voice telling you that you will just fail again. That voice is a liar.

When You Look Them in the Eyes

Are you guilty like me? I have a tendency to glance at people, even when I am speaking with someone. I can't say I always look someone in the eye, do you? I have a horrible habit of not giving the person my full attention when we are talking. But do you know what happens when you look someone in the eye, you make them feel special. Even if it is just for that brief moment of conversation, they feel noticed. Listened too. Respected.
I really am trying to be better at this. I know how important it is and I'm working on it. As God's children we are called to love others and if we can't even take the time to look them in the eye, are we really loving them? If I'm talking to someone and the whole time they are looking around the room, paying attention to other conversations and checking out what everyone else is doing, I certainly don't feel like my conversation with them is important. Yet, I've been guilty of this very thing many times. Thank God for grace and forgiveness!
But another thing happens when we look into their eyes....
we can see into their hearts.
You can see joy in eyes. You can see love. You can also see sadness.
Look at this picture of the horse.
Now, look at it again and look in the eye.
At first glance you might just see a close up of a horse's eye, but when we actually take the time to look at it, we see much more. We see the reflection of my daughter taking the picture, we see her hands, the camera and the sky.
There is so much more to see that we might have missed had we not looked into their eyes.
How much are we missing when we just glance at people? What are we missing that could change everything and cause us to stop and truly see them? To truly love them.
Are you a glancer or a looker?

*originally published February 2016 on my former blog

Tips From a Seasoned Trim Healthy Mama

I started my Trim Healthy Mama journey in August 2013, wow, that is 3 years ago!! As I look back on my journey, I can see I've learned a lot along the way. A LOT! I want to share a few of those things with you and maybe make your journey a little easier.

To be very honest, at first I rejected Trim Healthy Mama. I had already learned and applied proper food combining principles and it sounded very similar to me - from what I could read online without actually purchasing the book. I ignored it for months after I'd first heard about it. Then I don't even remember what it was, but something made me buy the book. I joined the Facebook group and started learning what I could while waiting on my book to arrive. Waiting very impatiently, I might add. I'm so thankful I bought the book. I learned so much from that first book and it made SO MUCH sense. Yes, it was similar to proper food combining, but different enough that it really made more sense to me. I never could quite believe the reasoning behind food combining, but this clicked with me. I got it, I understood it and that made me want to follow it. So, my journey began.