Sunday, April 15, 2018

Simplify Everything

Where are my keys?
What are we eating for dinner?
Where is my homework?
Oh gosh, I thought that appointment was tomorrow.

Does any of this sound like you? Keep reading, this post is for YOU!

I normally take about 25-30 trips a year. I travel countless miles in the air, train, subway, and car. Anywhere from Montreal to Georgia and many states in between. I've visited every borough in New York. I've realized people from Staten Island are MUCH different than those from East Orange, NJ. My favorite radio station comes from Philadelphia, PA - WDAS. The best clam chowder is from Boston. Hands down, in my opinion, some of the most diverse cuisines and people are in Manhattan and Toronto.

I can't go further in the email without first thanking my husband, Tyjuan Rice. He sacrificially supports our family and me during all our travel transitions.

My handsome hero - team Rice!

Over the years, of robust travel, I've learned to SIMPLIFY everything in my life. As my sister is launching her new State Farm Agency (shameless plug), I have found myself coaching her on how to prep and simplify. That's my inspiration for this post. If I can help her, I am hoping that some of my simplification tricks can help you too.

Roslyn's Simplify Everything:

  1. Buy in bulk
  • Grocery shopping can be a time waster if you aren't prepared. Preparing a list of meals you want to cook daily and adding the items on a grocery list help you not "miss" any ingredients. Buying in bulk also helps you keep a well stocked pantry. When you find a great item your family uses frequently, buy it in BULK Ex: Nutella was Buy One Get One Free a week ago, I purchased 8 of them so I would stock up on them at their lowest price (NO more running out)
2.  MultiTask
  • While the boys are asking questions about homework, I am preparing dinner. Juggling more than one thing at a time is a timeSAVER. I also pack during touch base calls with my teams (shh, don't tell them) to ensure I don't miss packing necessary items because I am in a rush. Listen to a podcast on your drive to work so you feel empowered and energized to start your work hustle.
3.  Pack Lighter
  • I remember the days of overpacking and it has COST me wear and tear on my body (specifically my shoulders and back) and my suitcases. The lighter you pack, the easier it is to move throughout the city. Now even if you aren't packing for a trip, you are packing a bag to take to the gym, office or school. Your handbags/backpacks should NOT weigh 10 pounds. Take time each week to clean out old receipts and coins to lighten your load.
4. Use A Calendar
  • How many times have you overcommitted and underdelivered? You MUST have a calendar that you use to keep track of all your appointments and schedules. I have a family calendar on my wall with all necessary appointment for the boys and details of my trips. We review the calendar at the start of the week, so no one is "accidentally leaving a child a school without a ride (I know I'm not the only one that has done this). With kids it's important to keep up with those early release dates or teacher planning days so you aren't caught off guard with zero childcare options.
5. Organize The JUNK Drawer
  • This sounds like a silly suggestion, BUT if you live amongst clutter it is a timeWASTER.  Look at your closets, underneath your sink, in your junk drawer - is it a mess? You will spend countless hours looking for everyday necessities like bills, glasses, keys, deodorant, lotion and phone chargers. Put everything in it's place. I run out the door to quickly to wonder where my keys are, that's why I always have them hanging on my key organizer located on the wall to give me peace of mind.
  • Also tear up or delete JUNK mail, not only in your mailbox but also your email. This helps you not miss important information and removes the feeling of being overwhelmed by all the paper in your house.
This road warrior has learned some hard lessons over the years. I have many more tips, but hope each of these 5 items helps jump start you to a life that is just more SIMPLE. (Posted by Roslyn)

Sunday, March 25, 2018

If You Knew

If you knew, in just a matter of hours a brutal beating of your body would take place, what would you do?

If you knew that you would have one last meal with your friends before your horrific death, what would be your demeanor?

If you knew, in only hours, your head would bleed profusely due to a crown of thorns being jammed into it, how would you react?

If you knew your mom would have to witness your back being ripped open and your hands and feet nailed to a cross, could you even sleep?

What about if you knew, your shed blood and broken body would redeem people who would never even say thank you. How would you respond?

If you knew......

I've wondered about the answer to those questions. Today in church our teaching Pastor taught about the excruciating pain Jesus endured before dying on the cross. Simply, it was difficult to hear. It birthed inside of me a spirit of gratitude for His supreme sacrifice. To know that His passion for us was so strong and deep is humbling.

I mean, just think about it. His back was ripped open with a whip that was used as part of His crucifixion. His hands and feet were nailed to a cross with long stakes. Some of us fret at the thought of getting a shot at the doctor's office, yet our Savior took it all, for each of us!

Despite Jesus' knowledge of everything that would take place in just a few hours, the Bible says that He reclined at that the table with His friends. Read with me. Luke 22:14-16.
 
14 When the hour came, Jesus and his apostles reclined at the table. 15 And he said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. 16 For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it finds fulfillment in the kingdom of God.”
 
 
Jesus was reclining at the table!

I love that the Bible gives us that level of detail. Can you picture Jesus reclined while seated around the table with the others? That means He was relaxed and laid back. Not full of anxiety or anguish as one would think.
 
Guess what else, He eagerly desired this time with the disciples. Read verse 15 again. Doesn't that absolutely blow your mind?!?
 
Even in the worst situation, Jesus was relaxed and eager to spend time with the disciples. Just know, He feels the same way today about you. He longs to have quality moments with you. There's no need to fret or worry. He wants you to rest in Him. He's eager and waiting. (Posted by Renee)
 
Matthew 11:28-30 (MSG)
28-30 “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”
 

Sunday, February 11, 2018

We Still Do!

A few weeks ago, I told you I would be attending a marriage conference. Tyjuan and I (by the grace of God) will celebrate 23 years of marriage in October. We have been together for almost three decades and this was our first time participating in a marriage conference. I love that it was on the heels of Valentine's Day. Most men and ladies are gearing up for the "day of love" on Wednesday, February 14th.

This conference was everything I thought and needed it to be. The crescendo of the event was Tyjuan and I renewing our wedding vows. Almost 23 years ago we said them at our wedding ceremony in Orlando, Florida. But this past Saturday was different. We actually knew what we were saying. The day of your actual wedding was pure adrenaline. The dress, the cake, the guests, the minister, the flower, the party, the limo and all of it leaves you wanting more.

ALL that money, ALL that planning and within 4-5 hours it is OVER.




Roslyn and her father
October 28, 1995



Tyjuan, groomsmen and ring bearer

I wanted to share a highlight from the XO conference. It was livestream to over 450 host sites, both domestically and internationally. Many couples shared the date of 2.10.18 as their wedding renewal ceremony.

Marriage, really any relationship, is about being a servant to one another (thank you Jimmy Evans). The union of matrimony is a covenant between husband and wife. I learned that just as Jesus came to serve us, we must serve our spouse in many different ways to be successful. Maybe it's preparing his favorite dinner, partaking in his favorite hobby or just listening to what makes his heart tick. In the same way, he listens and seeks ways to create those special moments for me. Not because we want to or understand the reason for a request, but we serve each other because it's necessary for a happy marriage. There is no "I" spirit in marriage, but a "we" spirit.

February 10, 2018 we choose to say, "we still do"! 


This is us now!
February 10, 2018

How can you take the spirit of Valentine Day and carry it throughout the rest of the year? How can you create a special moment for someone who doesn't have spouse, but is in need of your companionship?

Our world is in desperate need of those willing to NOT just think of themselves. That's what a servant is. Renee and I wish you a loving, caring and safe Valentine Day. May God be present and more importantly, may you know that He is with you. You are His and He is yours. (Posted by Roslyn)

Thursday, February 1, 2018

EXPLORE something new

Happy New Year! This is my first post of 2018 and it's already February. I've missed being with each of you. Maybe you read this blog while commuting, home with a cup of coffee or on your office desktop. Renee and I are deeply honored to be apart of your life and sharing our unique adventures with you.

Today is our 7th year of blogging. We started with our 1st post on 2.1.11. Time just evaporates doesn't it?

Every year my friends and I decide NOT to make resolutions. Instead, we choose ONE word that will help shape and frame our new year. In the past, a list of resolutions would have us defeated in the first week of January. Choosing ONE word allows us to have an anchor and focus in every circumstance we will face in the upcoming months.  My word for 2018 is:

EXPLORE

Wouldn't you agree that with every passing day we are in unchartered waters? Our world and this country is changing fast. Technology is disrupting many industries and our days are often spent wishing we had more hours to complete mundane tasks.

This year will be a year of 1st for me:

  • Son graduating from high school
  • Sister opening her own State Farm agency
  • New role at work
  • Son starting college in August
  • Attending a marriage conference (yup that's a first for me)

Tyler is heading to college
#abrandNEWworld

I can't be afraid to explore the world around me. In all honesty, with all these new 1st I am AFRAID.  Ahh, there is freedom in saying that. But being courageous is not the absence of fear. It's moving forward in the face of fear. I want to be open to the next assignment God has for my life. Being a mother of a child in the home will feel different as I get ready to parent a child leaving my physical home. But I refuse to squelch his excitement because of my own selfish want to keep him home.

Hebrews 13:5 let's me know that God is always with me. He promises never to leave me. He is stronger than any evil force that tries to evoke fear in our world. I daily choose to listen to His voice and not the voice of skepticism and fear. I pray that 2018 will be the year that you and I truly discern when to be silent and when to be bold. I want to learn when to activate or when to stand still. 

Are you ready to scratch that list of resolutions? Aren't you tired of drinking those green smoothies? 😀 Seek to find a word that will frame your 2018. (Posted by Roslyn)

Sunday, January 21, 2018

HOW I LOST 11 POUNDS-PART II

Lunch: Fresh Guac, Tuna Salad & Veggies
Last week I shared about my 11 pound weight loss. I shared four small changes that made a tremendous difference in my health. If you missed it, no worries. Here you go!

Since that post, I've received a few requests to share a little more about my diet during the past few months. Let me just say, I don't believe in diets. They come and go and never seem to work for me. Instead I make healthier choices one meal at a time. About 80% of my meals came from the following list (see below). I'm not a nutritionist and I urge you to consult with your physician before making any changes in your diet and exercise.





Eating off this list made it easy to maintain. I also fully believe in cheating on any plan. Instead of a cheat day, have a cheat item. No matter what you decide, keep it simple!


Meat;
Chicken
Turkey
Salmon
Shrimp
Eggs
Pork
Pepperoni

Side Dish: Roasted Veggies
Veggies:
Squash
Carrots
Arugula
Romaine
Asparagus
Greens
Mushrooms
Spinach
Bell pepper
Onion
Cucumber
Green Beans
Tomato
Cabbage
Zucchini

Carbs:
Sweet Potatoes
Brown or Wild Rice

Fruit:
Apples
Bananas
Blueberries
Lemon
Lime
Nectarines
Orange
Strawberries

Sweetner:
Lunch: Egg salad, Apples & Veggies
Stevia

Drinks:
Green tea
Water lemon

Dairy:
Unsweet Almond Milk

Cooking Oil:
Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Fats:
Avocado
Cashews
Butter

Nuts:
Cashews
Pistachio
Walnuts
Pumpkin Seeds
Sunflower Seeds
Almonds

Sweet:
Cacao (Dark Chocolate)

Remember, small changes lead to BIG results. Don't discount the power of giving up just 200-300 calories each day. Maybe one less soda or sweet treat. Set small goals. Start by giving up one item the first week. Give up a second item the next week in addition to the item that you gave up the first week. Aim to lose 1-2 pounds in a month and in just 6 months, you will be down 6-12 pounds. Even better, in a year, those small changes could total nearly 24 pounds or more! Stay inspired! (Posted by Renee Scott)

3 John 1:2
Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.




Sunday, January 14, 2018

HOW I LOST 11 POUNDS!

BEFORE
I've always embraced my body's curves and edges. A little extra love handle never really freaked me out. I'm comfortable in my own skin and I don't feel the need to be the skinniest chick in the crowd. I exercise, eat fairly healthy and take care of my body. Last year during a routine physical, I was made aware of my blood pressure being on the high side. It wasn't crazy high, but it was elevated. My physician asked me to eat less sodium, continue to exercise and return in three months for a follow up to see if it would make an impact on my numbers.


In a matter of minutes, I quickly realized why high blood pressure is called the "silent killer".




AFTER


I didn't feel sick or anything. I needed to lose weight to help combat this concern. It was time to take action. Over the next few months, I implemented a few things that made a tremendous difference. Before I share, realize there's no silver bullet with weight loss. You've got to do the work. Speak with your physician and find out what eating plan works best with your body. For me, three easy adjustments made it happen. Here they go:

I Ate Less

  • Less sodium
  • Smaller portions
  • Reduced the number of times I ate at restaurants
  • More fresh fruits and veggies cooked at home
  • Kept it simple: good protein source + veggies + fruit + complex carb
  • Reduced sugar intake

I Exercised more

  • Consistency with exercise (4-5 days/week)
  • Variety in exercise (Zumba, Walking, Running, Hip Hop Dancing & Strength Training)

Accountability with Friends & Family

  • My sister held me accountable to workouts and eating less sodium
  • Posted workouts in Facebook accountability workout groups (running & eating groups)
  • Saturday morning runs with a buddy

I quickly realized that sodium was almost like poison to my body. Even with the weight loss, I was prescribed medication to help regulate my pressure. Fortunately my echocardiogram evaluation came back normal indicating there wasn't any permanent damage to my heart. I will continue to keep my sodium intake low, my exercise days consistent and control my portions. Prayerfully this post encourages you to take just one step towards a healthier lifestyle! (Posted by Renee)


Sunday, November 19, 2017

Season Of Gratitude

Thanksgiving is here and that means the 2017 holiday season is in full swing. The level of activity increases for most people. Holiday parties, gifts to buy, recipes to try, family dinners and cards to mail add to our level of stress this time of year.

There is a way to change your mental health during this stressful time of year. Today my Pastor spoke from I Thessalonians 5:16-18 and it has the perfect prescription for success.

Always be joyful.
Keep on praying.
No matter what happens, always be thankful...

Shifting our thoughts to gratitude helps us focus on what is here versus what is missing. It grounds us to truly understand the real reason for the holiday season. Although someone else might win that coveted parking spot at the mall, or skip you in line at the grocery store always be joyful, keep on praying and always be thankful.

This Thanksgiving, can you find at least three reasons to be thankful? 

Well here is my list:


  1. Family
  2. Friendship
  3. Protection
It's that simple. 

What is on your thankful list this holiday

Once you compile it, keep pondering it in your heart. Every morning and night recite at least three things you are thankful for. Sometimes, we can feel we are in a horrible situation only because our focus is solely on the negative circumstance happening. But remember, there is always a reason to give thanks. 

I listened to Pastor Frank that leads First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. He preached a week after a massacre that took 26 of his parishioners, including his 14 year old daughter. His words gave me a newfound belief that gratitude in the midst of hurt and pain DOES exist

He told his congregation one week after the tragic church massacre to "stand, clap and praise the Lord." What incredible spiritual maturity! He understands that in all circumstances to keep on praying, always be joyful and always be thankful. 

From our family to yours, Renee and I wish you a Thanksgiving filled with laughter and gratitude. For those of you experiencing deep loss and sadness we are praying with you for comfort during this tough time of the year. (Posted by Roslyn)