Sunday, January 31, 2016

I've Been Naughty!!

2015 Christmas Photo
Mt. Dora, FL
Photo Credits: Delana Brooks

It's been quite some time since I posted.  I looked back and realized that I last posted in November.  I'm so thankful that our blog is a joint effort and my sister held it down for the past few months.  My world is a little chaotic with two kids in sports, finishing up studies for a industry designation all while being a mom, wife, chef, church & community volunteer.  Whew!  I'm tired just thinking of it.

This was supposed to be a post at Christmas but I never found the time to post it.  I still feel inclined to share it so here we go.....

During the holidays, my 7 year old son asked, "Mom, have I been naughty?"  My initial thought was, "of course you have" but I didn't want to crush him.  I figured he was asking because it was the holidays and a common question is, "have you been naughty or nice?"  In the American tradition, Santa Clause knows if you've been naughty or nice.  It would be easy to assume that if you've been naughty, he's not coming to your house for a visit. 

Well that stinks!  I've been naughty.  Heck, we all have.  So now what?

(Yes, All have sinned; all fall short of God's glorious ideal-Romans 3:23 TLB)

That's the problem with conditional love, it's only available when you meet certain terms.  Thank God for Jesus!  His love is unconditional, unfailing, and forever.  It doesn't matter how much you mess up, he still loves you.  He is full of grace!  His love is not dependent on whether or not you read the Bible, attend church or treat your neighbor kind.  All of that is fantastic but his love is deeper than acts of service.  In Psalms 86:5, it shares about this special love.

O Lord, you are so good and kind, so ready to forgive, so full of mercy for ALL who ask your aid.
In this new year, Roslyn and I pray you come into true relationship with Christ.  He's longing to have you receive His LOVE! (Posted by Renee)
Romans 6:23
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Honor and Respect YOUR Journey

With the power of social media, we can be captivated by the lifestyle of others (celebrities, friends, acquaintances, etc.).  When we do this, we lose sight of the journey that has been carved out just for us.  We can mature into a space where we accept where we are (reality) and then decide to make small steps as a catalyst for greater change.

In my last post, we talked about the excuses we use to derail achieving our New Year's Resolutions.  It's been less than 14 days, have you remained true to the goals you set for yourself?  Ok, back to my original point.

When we view our life through the lense of someone else, we lose focus of our own journey. We want to RUSH our results and sidestep our road to success.

We must HONOR AND RESPECT our own journey!

When we finally get to the gym, we can look at the sizes and shapes of those around us.  If we focus on the one that "weighs" less than us or runs faster than us, then we think our body shape or personal time on the treadmill can't ever change.  We must put one foot in front of the other and create our own NEW body.  Run your OWN race.  Don't try and keep up with the pace of someone else.

As you move forward into 2016, don't let the sights and sounds of others derail your own personal growth.  Slow down, listen to the voice inside of you and take small steps towards achieving the goals you set for yourself. (Posted by Roslyn)

Here are a few ways that Renee and I EAT healthier:

  1. COOK for yourself - Let go of fast food (cooking allows you to control the ingredients inside your meal)
  2. PACK a snack - (eating small meals constantly aids in losing weight)
  3. RAW foods ROCK (minimize the amount of foods consumed from packages)
  4. EAT breakfast (give your metabolism a boost even if it is just peanut butter on an apple)
  5. STOP eating 3 hours before bed (laying down on an full stomach - NO good)

Monday, January 4, 2016

Strong Intentions But Failed Attempts

A new year is here - 2016 is in full swing.  It is incredible to be blessed to see another year.  Renee and I took a hiatus from blogging to unplug, refresh and recharge for the new year.  The feeling in the air is a fresh start, a new outlook, strong optimism on the outcome for the many days ahead.  I wish I could bottle all the positive energy in the atmosphere.

Did you make a resolution, set an intention or talk to your loved one about your 2016 goals?

Most people have strong intentions but many failed attempts.  You want to lose weight but just don't feel motivated to start or sustain an exercise regimen.  You want to slash your financial debt, but one of the department stores just had their largest sale of the year and you blew that goal within hours of setting it.  What about wanting to be more organized?  Well, the load of clothes you washed on Saturday still sits in the dryer a week later.

What causes our failed attempts at achieving our goals?

Taking yourself too seriously!  Find a way to make small steps toward your intention.  Yes YOU, STOP making excuses! 

Renee and I are people who enjoy exercise.  We understand that some do not feel the same way.  Here are some of the ways we "secretly" add exercise into our day.

  1. PARK in the furthest parking spot (you'd be amazed how many steps you will add to your NEW tech watch)
  2. WALK during your lunch break (don't overthink it - just go outside and start walking)
  3. DANCE around the house (dance as if no one is watching - more steps)
  4. STAND up and SIT down during every TV commercial (you can do 100 squats during your favorite 30 minute sitcom)
  5. TAKE the stairs instead of the elevator (you got it - more steps)
Let go of all your excuses.  You just need to put one foot in front of the other if your goal was to lose weight.  Do make it so complicated.  You can find a way to add more steps and exercise into your daily routine WITHOUT going to the gym. (Posted by Roslyn)

Happy New Year!