I don’t know a parent out there who doesn’t want good kids. The problem is, we all have different ideas of what “good” looks like. For some it means kids who behave well in public, while for others it means kids who will be successful in school, or will grow up to have a lucrative career. For us, it means kids who love God and love others; who know who they are and aren’t afraid to live it and who desire to have a positive impact in the world. Sounds pretty lofty, doesn’t it? Perhaps, but we believe it is achievable, especially with consistent practice of these five concepts.
Kitchens are one of the busiest rooms in the home and as such, can also become the most cluttered and chaotic. I’ve been trying out things to help keep it clean and simple, so here I share with you my 5 tips to keep a simple kitchen.
1. Clear the fridge. By removing almost everything from the surface of the fridge, it makes a much cleaner kitchen, both in the look of it and the actual surface. Eliminating cards, pictures, and calendars from the fridge can by done by hanging them somewhere else. For me, I chose to look inside the cupboards and that is where I place anything I need quick visual access to. You’re likely opening many cupboards frequently enough that it can also be a great place to put artwork or anything else that makes you smile.
I was looking at my wedding band the other day and realized that I have become so accustomed to wearing it that I rarely look at it or even notice it anymore, it feels like it’s a part of me. On one hand, it shows that I’ve been married for awhile and that through the joy and hardships of life, Cheryl and I are a part of each other. On the other hand, I think I’m not taking full advantage of the power of the ring!
I have a simple technique that will help you to use your wedding ring in a new way; it will help you to see the best in your spouse.
How long have I been a minimalist? Longer than some of you but definitely shorter than Joshua Becker! Does this kind of answer satisfy you? Probably not. And yet, we use it all the time.
How’s the weather? It’s colder than yesterday. Do you like the soup? It’s better than the last batch. Wasn’t that a great movie? I guess, but I didn’t like it as much as the first two in the series.
Why then, with these kind of answers failing to satisfy us, do we insist on comparing?
“If you want to make the world a better place, take a look at yourself and then make a change.” – Michael Jackson
“It’s not you, it’s me.” It’s a cliche line used when breaking up with someone to take the onus for the end of the relationship. It’s also something I’m trying to live by every day.
“It’s not you”, the man who cuts me off in traffic–
“It’s me”, the one who has to let go of anger that surfaces.
“It’s not you”, child who challenges my authority or brings me to my knees in exhaustion–
“it’s me”, a parent who is learning what it means to love unconditionally.
There is a proverb that says “as water reflects a face, so a man’s heart reflects the man.” What kind of reflection do you see today?
Giving advice is often easier than receiving one and applying it! Let it go is a popular saying these days. But what does it mean? For some, it means letting the grieving process run its course. For others, it means letting go of an argument between friends or colleagues; or letting go of a harsh comment someone gave you. It also means letting go of being a perfectionist. I need to work on all of these and I hope that by writing this post, I’ll be able to take my own advice.
You should carefully reread the first paragraph because there are at least ten mistakes in it. If you consider yourself to be a great reader and writer, you should have found some by now. For those of you who are perfectionists, let me stop you right here, I did not intentionally insert ten mistakes. For the rest of you, imagine searching for these mistakes, never finding them but always wondering where they might be or if you found all of them. That is a silly example of how it feels not to let go.
To everything – turn, turn, turn. There is a season – turn, turn, turn. And a time to every purpose under heaven. Cheryl and I found a new purpose this year, sharing our life, our love for life and life lessons we stumble upon along the way.
Stop rationalizing! This is the best advice ever that I can come up with for now. 😉 Rationalization can be good and is actually essential when planning or looking for constructive solutions. Unfortunately, I tend to use rationalization in a different way: it helps me to make excuses! I think we all do.
Suppose you took a small piece of chocolate just because you wanted a snack. You’re still hungry, another little piece won’t hurt. And then another, who can blame you, you deserve it! See how easily it’s done and our minds are amazing at doing it! Some of you might be drooling by now (I apologize), others might not have difficulties resisting food. But we can all think of at least one thing we try to get or do by using rationalization when we know already it is non-constructive or even worse still, destructive.
Goals: we all know what they are but do we actually make a practice of setting, and working towards them, in our lives? Watch this video to learn how to set SMART goals and how to increase your chances of achieving the goals you set for yourself.
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Not sure if your goals are relevant? Read Read 5 Ways to Find Yourself.
Great goals aim for progress, not perfection. Watch this video to learn how to Rethink Perfection.
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Dating doesn’t end with “I do”, rather, spending time alone as a couple is an important part of staying connected. Watch this video to see how we like to keep dating a part of our marriage and how you can too! Go and date your mate! [tweet this]
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