As you know, Robynn and I are starting our 6-month challenges this week. At first I wasn’t sure what I wanted to focus on. I went through the normal list—be a better mom, save more money, exercise more often, etc. It is easy to think of all the surface level stuff when wanting to ACCOMPLISH something (especially each new year!) but this time I’ve decided to dig a little deeper.
I have always been a worrier. For as long as I can remember the devil has tried to make me anxious about something. In this world that we live in, it is E A S Y to lose sleep over what people think, losing our jobs, or getting diagnosed with cancer. It becomes a vicious cycle and oh, so exhausting!
Over the years I have learned different ways to keep the devil on a diet. He is constantly hungry for more chocolate as I am throwing him Slim-Fast bars as fast as I can. Which brings me to my 6 MoNtH ChALLeNgE: continue to find the best way to keep my worried thoughts at bay. I realize that will be a lifetime struggle for me, but if I can find the tools to know how to control my thoughts, I can live my life with more JoY and keep the devil in the training room :)
Ok, so Lara and I talk about GeTtiNg ReAl and being TrAnSpArEnT. Here goes. . .
Today, the S.u.e.d.e.S.o.f.a. is beginning “The ChAlLeNgE”, a SiX-MoNtH jOuRnEy towards a goal or DrEaM. I have a challenge of my own that I am going to be sharing with you during these next six months and here it is: walking in PeAcE with food. For years I have struggled with overeating resulting in the vicious cycle of gain weight, diet, lose weight, gain weight. I have made a lot of progress, but still, I am not where I desire to be in this area of SeLf-CoNtRoL.
Although I have made great strides in this area, I desire not only to deal with this issue once and for all, but also to help others struggling in this area. In the past, my focus has been a number on the scale, which really was just the symptom of an underlying problem. However, this time around, I am focusing on the real issue – my ChArAcTeR and developing self-control.
My biggest challenge, when it comes to eating is consuming too much food early in the day. I then either have to go through the rest of the day not able to eat, feeling deprived as I watch my family eat, OR I feel hopeless and just give in thinking, “What’s the point?”
My next biggest challenge is thinking that if I go over a little, I may as well blow it and go all out. These are the two bad habits I will be focusing on replacing with the positive habits of using self-control and moderation.
So, how about you? Do you have any goals or dreams you want to PuRsUe? Any NeW hAbiTS you want to form? If so, then come along with us. The journey is a whole lot more EnJoYaBLe when taking it with a friend!!
If you lived in my house you would know around the middle of every month I run around the house looking for my skinny jeans. No matter how hard I look, they don’t seem to come up! I’ve come to the realization that even if I’m eating right or love my new hairdo, there will still be times I won’t feel like a million bucks when I slip (okay squeeze) into my blue jeans. That’s just the way it is sometimes. I’m to the point now where I allow myself a FREE PASS. I know my jeans always turn up after a few days, so there is no need to be so hard on myself! Of course if I’m feeling this way for weeks, months and then years…well, we all know that means I’m in a funk and you’ll need to help pull me out of that one ;) BUT if this is just one of those days, I remind myself that A L L women lose their skinny jeans now and then and that I’m doing a-okay!
Oh the JoYs of being NoRmAL,
I don’t know about you, but one of my least favorite things about taking a trip is packing. It takes me a lot of time and preparation and I just don’t like it. However, I know if I want to have the most enjoyable trip/vacation possible I need to be prepared. The journey on your way to your dreams is no different. It requires a packing list that looks something like this:
S- Specific (You have to know exactly what it is you are going after)
M- Measureable (You must be able to measure your dream by asking, “Did I achieve my dream?” and then be able to answer with a simple “Yes” or “NO”)
R- Relevant (It is something that you really want)
T- Time Specific (When are you going to reach your goal – give a specific date.)
- SUPPORT SYSTEM this includes resources such as books, motivational materials, friends, family and someone that you can be accountable to
- TRACKING SYSTEM to track your progress using a journal or calendar
- BELIEF that you can and will do it
- RELENTLESS PURSUIT to see your dream come to pass – Determination and grit that refuses to quit
How would you like to begin the JoUrNeY towards your dream, not only with cheerleaders on the sideline, but also with others who are pursuing their DREAM as well? “The Challenge” is just that.
In this six-month endeavor there will be weekly tools to help you through the many steps of accomplishing a dream. You will be given input on beginning sTrOnG; overcoming inertia; dealing with adversity, setbacks, and failure; persevering in the face of discouragement; how to find the resources and accountability you need; and just plain ‘ole encouragement and support.
There will be SuCcEsS stories of others who have endured and ultimately overcame. You will be challenged, motivated, and inspired.
We realize that all dreams do not have a six-month time line. You may reach your goal in two months and if you do, that is awesome! Mission accomplished!! However, we know that many dreams take much longer to achieve than just a couple of months or even six months and we want to provide the necessary resources to help you on your journey.
At the end of the six months, you may still have a long way to go, but you will be six months closer to reaching your dream. If you are finally ready to take the L E A P, “The Challenge” can help you fulfill your dreams and your purpose. We hope you will join us in “The Challenge” and look forward to reading your success story!
Kick-start your dream by filling out the packing list now!!
One of my least favorite things to do is exercise. Even though I’m home all day the minutes fill up with to-do’s that give me easy excuses to not find time. One thing I’ve learned is if I put my favorite pair of RUNNING shoes right next to my bed and wear my workout clothes when I go to sleep, I’m more motivated to exercise the next day. When I wake up, the first thing I do is put on my running shoes. All day long I’m constantly reminded, yet prepped and ready to go so when the mood strikes I can literally start running! Sounds like an easy concept, but often the simplest ideas are the ones we overlook. Don’t get me wrong, even with my running shoes on all day, there are times that the clock says 7 p.m. and I still haven’t hit the road running. Regardless, I can guarantee that I was more active around the house just because I had a little BooSt in my step. Just an idea!
When I quit my job as a teacher and became a stay-at-home mom I thought my life was finally going to be everything I wanted it to be. I could hang out in my pajamas all day, didn’t have to keep track of time, and be present for every second of my daughter’s childhood. Sounds like a pretty gReAt LiFe, right?
I don’t know about you but if I have too many days where I’m not being productive or focusing on something that makes me excited I experience, what I call, tHe FuNk! I can go days maybe even weeks where I feel like I’m stuck. I lack MoTiVaTiOn to do anything, I’m not really excited about much, and I tend to focus on all the flaws and negative things going on in my life. This, of course, results in being a harder wife to live with and a mom that isn’t as peppy. There is so much truth to “Happy Wife, Happy Life!”
Even though staying busy makes your life a little more hectic, it can keep your mind from dwelling on the bad. I always tell Doug that I currently work harder than I ever have but I’m also happier than I’ve ever been. If I keep my mind busy on things that satisfy me I am less likely to struggle with self-confidence issues, negative thoughts about others and things that bother me. This of course results in me being a better and happier mom, wife, ChRiStIaN, etc.
Sound familiar? If so, pick yourself up by finding the quickest way you can turn around your day. Whether it is taking a bubble bath or painting your toenails a crazy color, do something to reverse “the funk” and change your way of thinking! If your outfit makes you feel fat, then go put on your skinny jeans! If your house feels dirty start by burning your favorite candle. If you can’t kick a bad thought go turn on a fun song or something to distract your mind for a while! You know the drill—and from there it should become contagious!
What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail? Would you go back to school? Lose weight and make healthy lifestyle changes? Start a nonprofit organization? Improve your spending habits or get out of debt? Form a new habit or overcome an addiction? Turn your hobby into a career?
We’d like to invite you to The Women’s Life Summit on March 26 at the FireEscape Coffeehouse in Chanute, Kansas from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. You can RSVP by going to Women’s Life Summit on Facebook. This event will focus on identifying your life’s purpose and the ways to turn your dreams into a reality. We plan to “get real” with you on topics that most women rarely talk about, like confidence and self-image issues, pressures from society to be perfect, feeling overwhelmed as a parent, and addressing, head-on, that infamous feeling that you’re just not good enough, pretty enough, smart enough, strong enough.
Let’s face it. As women, we’re in this together, but rarely are we transparent enough with the people who may be able to help us the most, people who have been where we are and have felt the same things we feel – other women.
You’ll be empowered, encouraged and get a chance to connect with other women facing the same challenges that you are.
If you’re feeling lost in your purpose, alone, or just need to renew your passion we hope you’ll join us.