Deep Breath

I had to take a ⒹⒺⒺⓅ ⒷⓇⒺⒶⓉⒽ this morning.🤦‍♀️

When plans don’t go correctly, or another’s lack or delay of decision creates chaos for your morning, its easy to say the first thing that comes to mind. But those words are not always useful or helpful to the situation. 🤷‍♀️

School was canceled this morning due to potential flooding from Tropical Storm Beta…it was canceled after I had already dropped off the boys at school. It would be easy to become a keyboard warrior and blast the district for it’s lack of early action, but those words from me would not be useful or helpful. Instead, I am thankful that we are now all home safe and dry, and school will continue online. 🤗

A ⒹⒺⒺⓅ ⒷⓇⒺⒶⓉⒽ and ᎶᏒᎪᏟᎬ can go a long way!

tomballisd #tomballtx #choosejoy #perspective #momlife

Be Willing to Fail

I’m not much of a basketball fan, but I am a fan of hard work and dedication. After doing some research on Kobe Bryant’s work, I can see that he was truly dedicated to his passion, and put in the hard work required to be one of the greatest. 💯

You have to be willing to fail in order to succeed. You have to be willing to get back up and start again…and again…and again. You have to find your passion of helping others and use it as the motivation to continue. You have to be willing to put in the hard work! 💪

The Unsavory

The other day I was at a restuarant that serves breakfast. While the food was yummy, the smells of breakfast foods… mainly bacon grease, was absorbed into my hair. 🤦‍♀️ Just by being in it’s presence, the unsavory smell was absorbed.

This got me thinking, what else unsavory is absorbed into your life just by being in it’s presence? What unsavory thoughts go through your head just from listening to…..(fill in the blank.) How do the people you surround yourself with influence you? 🙄

What goes in, usually comes out in our lives. We need to be aware of our outside influences in our lives, and be the positive, loving influence to others. 😍

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.
Philippians 4:8

Destined or Determined

We see someone accomplish a goal that we want, and instead of just being happy for them…we think other thoughts. Thoughts like:
Well she is just naturally gifted.
Everything always goes her way.
She just has the golden touch.
She doesn’t have the same struggles I do.
She is just destined for greatness.
While these thoughts may not be bad of themselves, what we are really adding to the end is…BUT I’M NOT.🤦‍♀️

Instead, what we don’t want to admit, is maybe she is more DETERMINED than I am on achieving the goal. Maybe she didn’t procrastinate when I did. Maybe she talked with more people than I did. Maybe she worked harder than I did. 🤷‍♀️

If you are already working as hard as you can towards your goal, and you are determined to achieve it, then just put in the time needed! It will happen for you too! And in will be cheering you in at the finish line! 😍🎉

Determine to Succeed

Does life always go exactly as you plan? No!

Why, because you and other humans are involved. You only have control of yourself! And then sometimes, we just make bad choices, we waste our own time, or we listen to others that should have no influence over our life.🤷‍♀️

However, we can make the choice the pick ourselves back up and keep going. We can do something, anything big or small, to help us continue towards our goal. We can stay determined to succeed! 💪

But it starts with you. Your choice! 💯

You are a Blade

Who do you hang around with? Do they make you a better person? Do they challenge you to be better? Do they support your dreams and goals, cheer you along the way, and give you a real talk when needed? 🎉

Or do they bring you down? Discourage instead of encourage? Bring criticism and negativity into your life? 🤷‍♀️

My team, my tribe, is always sharpening my blade! It was an unexpected blessing that came when I said yes to an opportunity. The women and men who came into my life when I stepped out of my comfort zone help me be a better person. 💯

That opportunity is available to you too…if you’re ready!💪

Moving Forward

Do you know when it is time to change? 🤔

For six years I did business process improvement. During this time, I would evaluate a position’s duties and work with the person or department to help make the task more efficient. It was important to work hand in hand with the employee so the changes would be accepted when the time came.

When I sat with someone, I would ask them, What do you do? WHY do you do it that way? I made sure they knew there was no right or wrong answer, that I was just learning the process. However, if they didn’t know WHY they did a certain task process, or if the answer was, That’s the way we’ve always done it, then the process was open for negotiations later. Why negotiations? Because without their buy-in and acceptance of the change, then it would never change. 🤷‍♀️

It’s time to evaluate HOW you are doing things in your daily life. WHY do you do it that way? HOW is it working for you? WHAT could be changed? Can you ACCEPT the Change?💭‼

Change is hard, but Change is good. Personal growth comes from change. Strength and Knowledge grows with change. Freedom and Flexibility can come from change. Don’t be afraid, it’s time to make the change! 💪⏰😍

Evaluate Your Goals

Have you evaluated your goals to make sure they are your goals? 🤔

I’m not talking about your dreams, but the actual goals to achieve in order to make your dreams come true. Are they yours? Or do they belong to your boss, your team leader, your director, your spouse, your friend, etc? Is the goal something you just think you should be going after because that is what is expected of you? Has your goal changed, but you are afraid to make the change?🤷‍♀️

Use these last few months of the year to evaluate your goals, the direction God wants you to go, and make the necessary changes if needed. Change is hard, but change is good. If your goals haven’t changed, then chase after them hard with discipline and belief! 💪

There are options available to you to help you achieve YOUR goals… some may be in an unfamiliar package, but it is worth checking out! Message me if you want to hear more about these options! 😍

Schedule your Priorities

It’s Friday!🎉

Let’s look back at our week and everything we got done or hoped to get done. What did you accomplish? Not much? 🤷‍♀️

I can relate! It’s something I’m working hard on improving! I want to be more intentional with my time so that I actually get the things done that are a real priority to me.

I know that I work best with a deadline, but that usually only applies when I’m accountable to someone else. When I have an order to fill or a request for help from church, I have no problem getting these things done on a timely basis. However, if it’s a priority for myself, my personal business, or my home, these things usually get pushed to the side because there is no urgency in completing them…even though its important to me.🤦‍♀️

It’s time to take back my schedule. On Sundays I will create a plan of action for the week. I will put on the calendar all of my family priorities such as games or meetings, and then I will start intentionally adding my personal priorities to the schedule. Let’s see what I can actually accomplish by next week when I evaluate how things went. The list of accomplishment has to be longer than this week was. 🤣

Listening Skills

This morning, I was listening to a leader speak about the art of listening, and this question came to mind. Does the way someone talks, impact the way you listen? 🤔

If someone has an accent, do you listen differently? Because southerners speak slowly, are they dumb? No. Because someone has a northern accent, are they mean? No. Because someone is speaking English as a second language, are they clueless? No. Do Californians speak so fast that there is no way they are listening to us since they are already forming their next thought? No.

Yet, as we listen, are we internalizing those thoughts, and therefore it is affecting the way we listen? Daily, even as adults, we must continue to work on our listening skills. Listening is the second part of communication that often is overlooked… yet it’s a critical part! 🗣👂

I want to be a good listener.😍