Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Having fun while learning

A while back while listening to Jim Rohn he said you should carry a notebook to list things that you want to learn more about. Me being a list person of course I had to start doing this. I loved the idea doing this and thought that my list would be a mile long but I guess I was wrong or I am being choosy on want to put on the list. Things I have put on my list are things that I have seen on tv or read in a book that interest me and that I want to know more about. For me this is a fun way of learning. The reason I think this is fun is because no one is telling me I have to do it, nor telling me what I have to learn. Learning is a good thing without it we would not grow as a person. Lately I have also been learning by listening to self help books. Now I am not normally one for doing this but I have found that listening to certain people talk about how to be happier and change my life on my long commute to work has actually helped me to relax in the heavy traffic.

Right now I am listening to Happy for No Reason by Marci Shimoff. If you have a change to either listen to this book or read it you will be happy that you did. I have been learning quite a bit and will be listening to this book more than once to get all out of it that I want, I have also ordered the book so I can read it.

Other things I have on my list to learn more about are: Puritans, Howard Hughes, P. L. Travers, the lost colonies of Hatteras Island, Prayer boxes, Andrew Carnegie to start with.

The Puritans because I read a book by Rebecca DeMarino titled A Place in His Heart and they were Puritans so it spiked my interest. Howard Hughes because we have seen the Aviator a ton of times and he seems like an odd but interesting duck to me. P. L. Travers because I watched Saving Mr. Banks and want to know more about the lady who created the beloved Mary Poppins. The lost colonies of Hatteras Island and prayer boxes because of the book I just finished by Lisa Wingate titled The Prayer Box - the idea of the prayer box just intrigues me. Andrew Carnegie because he was a brilliant man who was very successful in his lifetime.

What are some things that you find fun to learn about?

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Monday, June 23, 2014

Grateful Heart Monday

While I have nothing profound to say or a huge thing to be grateful for but I want to say today I am grateful for my life. I want to start by telling you about a book I am finishing up and you will understand by I feel grateful for my life.

Right now I am finishing up The Prayer Box by Lisa Wingate. The reason I am reading this book is not only because it sounded good but I got picked to be a part of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Book for Lisa's second book The Story Keeper and I figured I better get the first book done before I started the second book. What is the Sisterhood you ask? Well let me tell you about it. It is multiple groups of five ladies each starting with the big sister who reads the book make notes in it then pass it on to the next sister in the group to do the same thing until all five of us have read it. To me this sounded like a great idea to meet other ladies, hear/see their thoughts on the book and just a lot of fun.

While I have read many books over my life I can't say that there has been one that has touched me. I am not one who usually says things like a book touched me, but there is something about this book that did just that. This book has made me stop and think about my life and how grateful I am for it. For what I have, who I am, what I don't have, what I will get and who I will become.

Even though my life has not been as bad as others I have had my good times and bad. Not only does Lisa tell a great story but delivers a strong message hidden within that story. The message is about not letting your past define you and be who you are not who others think you are. I picked up some great lines in reading this book which I will share with you at the end of this post.

Since reading this book I would like to start my own prayer box, now I may  not use a box but my concept will be the same. I want to remember parts of my life that I am grateful for, that I struggle with, that me angry, sad, or happy. Sometimes we can not say the things we want to the people we want to so why not write the to the one person who will not judge you and will listen unconditionally to your concerns and thoughts.

My life consists of a great husband who does upset and anger me at times but that is life and we move past it. I could not ask for a more loving, caring and generous man then him, two kids who sometimes frustrate me but both have good hearts and souls and will one day find what they want in life, my parents while we may not always see eye to on things they have made me who I am today, a sister who can be trying at times but I know she will always be the first one there if I need help, a brother who can always me me laugh even if he can still be the rotten little brother at 37 years old, and last but not least my four nieces and two nephews who will always put a smile on my face when I think of them and know that I am there when they need me.

So in closing be grateful for your life, it is the only one you have and it it yours to live how you want to, if it is not going the way you want, change it - you have all the power to do just that. Life is a gift we are all given - cherish it each and every day.

Here are some quotes I took from the book The Prayer Box by Lisa Wingate:
Some of the hardest things you go through will teach you the most.
Don't let other people tell you who to be.
You gotta do what you gotta do to take care of you.
Prayers are answered in ways we don't choose.
The river of grace bubbles up in unexpected places.

I strongly encourage you to pick up the The Prayer Box by Lisa Wingate and see what you get out of it. It is a great book that I am glad I took the time to read.

Be sure to stop by Ember Grey (click here) to read some other great posts about being grateful.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

52 Lists - Week 11, 12 and 13

This weekend I am on a deadline to finish a book I need to review so I won't be online much and have not decided what I wanted to write about for my one little word post, need to do my happiness project for July and a few other things. So on that note I am going to play a little catch up with my 52 lists project as I have let it slide the last few weeks. So here goes.

Fruit Newton Thin Crisps
Iced Tea
Alone time
Bubble Bath

Cozy bed
Green Grass
Trucks going down the road

More scrapbooks
More cards
Nice dinner
Indian Tacos
Painted Mason Jars
Wall Decorations 
Blessing/Gratitude Jar
Vision Board 

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Monday, June 16, 2014

Grateful Heart Monday

I found this new to me blog post that I am going to start participating in and invite you to join along. It is brought to you by Ember Grey. Here is the link for you join along (click here)

Grateful - what does it mean? Webster's Dictionary says - appreciate of benefits received, thankful. So when you ask someone what they are grateful for the most common answers are family, friends and job. There is absolutely nothing wrong with those answers as we should all be grateful for those things. But I would like to think a little deeper than that and come up with some other things to be grateful for. Part of my changing to become a better, more successful and positive thinking person this year is to find out what I am grateful for. 

In otherwords he is saying be grateful with what you already have. So what am I grateful for this week?

My ability to read and learn. Without those I would be lost in this world. Reading is my life and as you read you will learn. The more you read the more you learn. If it was possible I think I could be a professional student as I enjoy learning about new things. 

My ability to see and hear. Without these you would miss seeing all the beautiful things that nature has created for us to enjoy. Learn to stop and enjoy the scenes around you and relax for a minute. Without the the ability to hear you would miss out on all the great musicians, your loving words from family and friends and so many other great conversations and speakers that can help to motivate you. 

My ability to touch and feel. Without these you would never hold a loved ones hand or feel the soft fluffy fur of a new kitten. There are so many things in this would that you would miss out on if we could not touch or feel. Just think of all the things you like to hold. 

My ability to to think and dream. Without these you have nothing. To not think you will get no where in life. You must think everyday whether it is about what you are going to do with your day or what you need to do to accomplish a task that day. As for dreams we must all have dreams for without our dreams you are lost. You will have nothing to work for or to strive for. Dreams can be big or small, real or fictional but at least dream. Dreams can take you anywhere you want to go. 

In ending I am thankful for my life and all the potential it has for me in the present and the future. 

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Goals, Lists and Dreams OH MY!

Why am I writing about goals, lists and dreams? Well I wanted to show you some things that are important to me and that I am working on. I want to be more diligent in keeping up with my blog posts so I am making a list of things I want to post about. Some posts will be weekly, some monthly and some random but want to say what is on my mind, keep me towards my goal of being more positive and have fun doing it. I am starting to participate in more blog hops so to speak that will give me inspiration on what to write about. I hope you will follow me along my journeys and that I get better at doing this as I go. Thank you for stopping by to see me. 

How many of us have goals we want to reach? We think about goals after listening to a speaker who tells us we need to set goals but do you really list and try to meet your goals? Sometimes we set goals after reading about other's goals, but do you follow through? Well we all need to have goals and follow through with them. I am learning that your goals do not all have to big. You can have big goals, small goals, personal goals, business goals. Whatever you want them to be you just need to have a goal and work towards that goal. Be sure to write your goals down. Start a journal and list your goals and be sure to check them off as you complete them so you will then have a sense of accomplishment in your life. 

Are you a list maker? I am and I am not ashamed to admit it. List making for me can be fun but it can also be a necessary thing to do. One thing I have been participating in is 52 lists - in which I am given a prompt and then I have to make a list from that prompt. Some are harder than others for me to make a list about. Another reason I make a list is to remind me of something. Each week before going to the store I make a grocery list so as not to forget anything because as we all know each time you walk into the store you spend more than you intend. I also have a list for things I want to do or need to get done. Things like what I want to post on my blog, chores I want to accomplish, books I want to read and on and on my list can be endless. 

Dreams what can we say about them? Dreams are necessary for life, you must have a dream whether it be something you want to do, someone you want to see, or somewhere you want to go. Dreams can turn into goals which can better your life. Dreams can take you places where sometimes you might otherwise not be able to go. I have many dreams and yes of course I am going to make them a list and you will probably see them here one day. Some of my dreams are goals for me. I love to be able to dream as that is something that no one can take away from you nor does it cost anything to do. Dare to Dream. 

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Saturday, June 7, 2014

Motivational Speakers - Like or Hate - That is the Question

I don't know about you but I am not a big motivational speaker fan. The thought of having to listen to the likes of Anthony Robbins makes me cringe. In fact it does the opposite of what it is supposed to do - it does not motivate me it makes me almost angry. Well my husband is quite the opposite, he is a pretty big Anthony Robbins fan and is always trying to get me to listen to him or read his books. I thought I had finally convinced him to stop trying but no that was not the case. He came to me and said I want you to listen to this guy. My first thoughts were oh no here we go again - how do I tell him no without making him mad. Next he told me that it is not Anthony Robbins but a guy named Jim Rohn and I really think you will like him. So he gathered our two kids and myself and told us we were going to watch this four hour lecture with him on youtube. None of us were too excited about this but I tried to go in with an open mind since I am trying to change my attitude and the way I think about things. For once I am glad I did so - I have absolutely fell in love with listening to Jim Rohn and since that day about two weeks ago I have listened to about six or eight video lectures by Jim and have taken pages and pages of notes. This is something I never thought I would do. Let me introduce you to Jim Rohn.

Jim Rohn was an only child that grew up on a farm in Idaho. Now he is not anyone special so to speak just an average person. Around the time he was 25 he was broke, had no money, the creditors were calling and as he said he did not even have $2 to buy a box of girl scout cookies. That is when he decided he did not want to live like that anymore and he meant his mentor John Shoaff. John taught Jim how to change his life, you change your thinking, you change the way you do things and how you spend your money and your life will change. Of course I am not giving his story justice by any means. I invite you to listen to his lecture How to Have the Best Life Ever (click here) where you can here him tell you his story. 

Jim has a great way of looking at life and helping you to figure out how to set goals and how this will help you in life. I am not going to tell you all the notes I have made because I want you listen to him yourself and see what you get out of what he has to say. Some of the things I have listened to so far are - Goal Setting Workshop #1 and #2, 10 Great Powers, Three Keys to Greatness and How to Kick the Worry Habit. Jim also has some books out there that I am in the process of getting my hands on to read. You can also check out his website here. Unfortunately Jim passed away in 2009 so all we have is his legacy to carry us on and to learn from. 

Here are Jim's Five Major Pieces to the Life Puzzle - which are what he considers to be the five components of success. 

1 - Philosophy - how you think
2 - Attitude - how you feel
3 - Action - what you do 
4 - Results - measure often to see if you are making progress
5 - Lifestyle - the kind of life you can make for yourself out of the first four pieces

Now I am going to leave you with a few of my favorite Jim Rohn quotes. 

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