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24 Hours

We all get 24 hours in a day.  In a way each of us decides how to spend it. Also in a way we only react to what happens to and around us during those 24 hours.

I can only fit in so much.

But even if I let the ball drop on something, I am still accomplishing something else.

I am still moving FOREWARD.

Don’t count all of the things you didn’t accomplish today.

Count what you DID.

Do What You Can

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Here are my daily healthy actions so far:

Drink more water.  Drink less pop.

Climb the stairs 10 extra times today.

Eat more vegetables.

Exercise each morning in which I am off work.

Get new frames for my glasses (that have not been sat on and bent!)

Prepare enough water bottles to freeze in order to keep cool throughout the day.

Eat some fruit today.

Listen to nature sounds and to soothe and calm.

Care for my nails.

These actions are far from glamourous. They are in no way monumental.  Each action is a reflection of the areas in which I tend to neglect myself and my commitment to give myself more attention.  “Start where you are.  Use what you have.  Do what you can.”

Each of these goals are simple, achievable-yet, I didn’t get to each day’s action.  So I try again the next day.  You can do this too.  Do what you can.  Set the bar a little higher every day, but never so high that it is impossible for you to reach.  Any goal you achieve proves how INCREDIBLE YOU ARE.  Not someone ELSE’S goals. Not someone ELSE’S expectations. YOURS.  You rock!

“Be patient.  God’s not finished with me yet.” -quote

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Phillipians 4:13

Thunderstorms

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My healthy action that I chose for this day was to listen to nature sounds.  It is more of an action of self care.  It turned out that I did not need YouTube or Pandora or the like.  There was a thunderstorm, and all I needed was to watch and to listen.  God knows exactly what we want.  Sometimes, it’s exactly what we get.

I Am Heroic

“The stories I tell myself are either limiting or expanding my potential.”-Intention Inspired, I Am Heroic

I came across the 30 Days Of Brave Challenge from Intention Inspired on Instagram and on a whim, I thought I would check it out.  I have now completed one 30 Day Challenge and am now on Day 7 of a new 30 Day I Am Brave Challenge.

Last time I focused on overcoming procrastination.  This time I am adding in my health as an aspect.  My goal is to make a healthier decision for myself each day.  Because today’s affirmation is I Am Heroic, I wanted to revisit my hope and intention in beginning this blogging journey-helping others to believe in themselves and in their own power to make a positive impact and to be heroic.

My daily action for today is to blog my progress in making healthier decisions hopefully, in the process, I will inspire you to make Healthier Decisions in your Own Life.

You Are HEROIC!

 

Collosians 3:23 “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters,”

The best advice I have recieved at work has nothing to do with my actual job but it has everything to do with life.               “[Company name] is not my employer.  God is.”  When things get tough at work for me, its not because there is a lot going on and I’m struggling to get it all done and done right at that.  It’s proving to others, and to myself, that I am worth more than the menial tasks I perform. Today someone told me something that hurt, but something true: that especially in the work world, people aren’t looking out for others, but are looking out for themselves.  That I should do everything I can to do my best, but also to keep trying to get my ideas across, not in the same old ways that haven’t worked, but in different ways.  Keep striving.  God is her reason to come to work everyday and I have to find mine.

I agree with her.  I just have to continuously remind myself.  God is my employer and my reason to do my best at work.  No matter how inadequate and insignificant I feel, I am everything to Him.

Whatever you do in life, you are a Child of God.  In God’s eyes, you are already a success.

 

Sharing or Complaining?

On my list of goals for this year is “Write in blog at least twice per week.”

Crickets.

Every time I think “Oh, I should write about this in my blog,” I don’t.  Yes, writing takes effort, especially when it is not a part of my habit, but I am not sure the effort is the part that holds me back.

I think I’m afraid.

I’m afraid to admit my mistakes, my shortcomings, my downfalls.  But even more so, I am afraid to admit my discontentedness.  Vocabulary.com defines discontentedness as

“a longing for something better than the present situation.”

I would almost say I feel ashamed of it.

I have incredible, healthy, children who are loved and well-cared for.  I have a family, a house, a car, a job (an infinitely better situation than the grueling two job schedule I had before)…I have a lot of things that so many people do not. Yet I still feel compelled to come here and have the guts to complain about some aspect of my job or my life that is unfair. I may justify it by sharing what I am learning being in a certain situation. By thinking I can help someone else who has struggled with a similar issue. Maybe I can.  But first, I have to be humble.  I have to examine my reasons for sharing. Am I wanting to truly help others or am I looking for an outlet to complain and gather sympathy?

Once I’ve conquered that, then, maybe, I can share what I’ve learned.

 

 

 

Busted!

I got busted today.
My first day on a new committee where I should have been setting the examples, and I got caught following the crowd.
Wow, it did not feel good.
Although I was embarrassed, my brain got right to work rationalizing my actions.  “Well, that is why the system should be different, so I don’t have to resort to doing it this way.”  Guess what. I just plain messed up.
I am going to use this experience as not only a lesson in being a better example, but also a lesson in humility.  Am I proud of myself for working hard and proving myself a worthy candidate? Of course!  Yet I am also guilty of forgetting that it is not by my own merits, but by the hand of God working in my life.  Getting called out on my taking the easy way out reminds me that although I am in a position of authority, I am not above anyone, and I am not above making mistakes.
“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves.” Phillipians 2:3
“When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.”  Proverbs 11:2
I can only hope that I am wiser now than before and will not quickly fall back into that type of thinking anytime soon!

Decisions

“Waiting hurts. Forgetting hurts. But not knowing which decision to take can sometimes be the most painful…” ― José N. Harris, MI VIDA: A Story of Faith, Hope and Love

I love quotes.  They can help us put feelings into words when we are unable or when none of our own words seem adequate.   There are so many to sift through and choose from that we are bound to find at least one that resonates with us.  This quote describes how I feel about a decision that I must make: “not knowing” and “painful” being the keywords here.  One decision greatly benefits me with a chance of inconvenience to others, and another presents no change to others or myself: but that no chance of change would be extremely detrimental for me and the changes I am trying very hard to make.  One decision self-ISH, one decision self-LESS.  Which one is right?  Which one will cause the least pain?  Which will cause the most regret?
What do you do when attempting to make a decision?  Do you think of others first, or yourself?  Do you look to others for advice, or do you handle it on your own?  Do you make any decision at all or do you procrastinate until it’s too late?
I am asking others for advice, mostly, so I don’t feel alone.  I am asking for prayer.  I am praying for God to show me the direction He wants my life to take. Earlier this week, I wrote about being brave.  I definetly need to be brave in making my decision.
Be Brave when it comes time to make a decision for you.  I am praying for you!

Be Brave

http://tinybuddha.com/blog/5-principles-to-live-by-when-life-doesnt-go-your-way/

Be Brave.  Be Honest.  Be Open.  Be Gentle and Kind.  Be Trusting.

This is the advice I found when I typed into the search box “when life doesn’t go your way.”  While the article’s author, Lesh Karan, was in the midst of a heartbreaking reality that I would not wish upon my worst enemy, I, however, was simply feeling disheartened. Disheartened because following the adrenaline rush of possibilities the new year will bring, the crushing weight of reality crashes down like an anvil on my heart.  Changing the eager anticipation into bleakness.

How do I get that zeal back when it seems a million miles away rather than just the other day?  Be Brave.  That first phrase caught my attention.  Be Brave?  I have never really applied being brave to my life.  But how often do each of us know exactly what is going to happen to us that day when we wake up in the morning?  We all plunge (or reluctantly saunter, rather) into the unknown every day.  So we all must Be Brave every day, as we act and as we react to events, from the most mundane to the most unexpected, woven into this phenomenon called Life.

I’d like to explore all of the points this article has to offer.  For now I’ll just start with Be Brave.  Thank you Lesh, for Being Brave, sharing your story, and impacting my life for the better.

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