Book Report: Educating the WholeHearted Child By Clay & Sally Clarkson

Homeschool is one of those things that I said that I would NEVER, ever, ever, ever…(you get the point) do…along with network marketing. Yep, enjoy the laugh. haha!! #eatingmywords #andlovingit #yumm

The more research I do, the more I’m feeling called in this direction. I have several wise women around me who have been homeschooling for years. I asked them to pray for our family as we look into this option for our kids. One of these ladies suggested that I read this book. And because Amazon is always at my fingertips…and I’m a #bookaholic I ordered it asap.

You know what’s funny, these ladies I mentioned above…they’re the same ones that got me into network marketing too…and I’m SO thankful!!! I’ve been blessed to have fallen into the perfect gig/ministry on my first try! #comfortzonesarebadforyourhealth

SO, here we are researching, praying and talking to everyone we know who homeschools trying to make a decision. I absolutely love what the Clarkson’s are doing in this book, showing the biblical foundations and answering questions.  Basically mentoring you along your journey to decide if homeschooling is right for your family. They also provide a simple path to follow to get started with lots of resources and tips along the way.

We are still in the process of making a final decision for our family, and I’m nowhere near finished with this incredible book, but I look forward to finishing it soon. I know that, as my friend said, with this book and a lot of prayer (and some input from friends who’ve been there) we’ll find our way.

I’d appreciate prayer as we make this decision and would love to hear any tips you may have, positive experiences you’d like to share, or just some encouraging words on the subject. Comment below!

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Book Report: Rich Dad’s Business School for People Who Like to Help People by Robert T. Kiyosaki

If you’re wondering how to make some extra money, maybe even achieve financial and time freedom, you need to read this book.

If you’re thinking about getting another job to make ends meet, you need to read this book.

If you’ve already done pretty well financially, but want to diversify a bit, you need to read this book.

Reading this book has been an education, it’s only about 125 pages long, but full of great advice, tips, and direction. Mr. Kiyosaki shares several different ways to increase wealth and build a financial future, and points out the pros and cons of each. He also gives ideas on what to look for in an opportunity.

“Business Mindset” is something that has been a challenge for me, but thanks to this book and my hubby (he’s read several of Mr. Kiyosaki’s books as well) my mindset is changing for the better. I’m excited about what I learned here! I love that this book has also helped me to be reminded (again)  about how blessed I am to be part of the company that I’m with. All of the values (things to look for in an opportunity) that he lists, our company does a phenomenal job with and I’m so thankful! God has truly blessed us!!

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Health Tip: Is Clutter Keeping You From Reaching Your Health Goals?

I am super excited to have my friend Jill Whaley (The Fifteen Minute Mom) helping me out this week with our health tip!! She has a gift for you at the end of this post, you won’t want to miss out on that!! Be sure to follow her blog as well for more tips!!

 

 

Here’s Jill!

You might be thinking, “Yeah right! My house clutter has NOTHING to do with my health.” I’m here to tell you there might be more to this idea than you ever dreamed! There was a time in my life when I felt totally overwhelmed by just about everything. My house was a mess, my car was a rolling Goodwill, my paperwork was a nightmare, my eating was out of whack, my sleep habits were wonky at best, and my exercise routine was non-existent. Then a friend introduced me to an amazing resource by Marie Kondo: The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up. My friend showed me her neatly organized drawers and closets with EMPTY SHELVES! When I sat down in her living room to visit with her, I felt so calm and collected that it really was like magic!

Inspired and encouraged, I drove home, bought the book on Audible since there were 437 people in line for it at the library, and I began implementing the system right away.

Chaos reigned.

For a few days anyway. Then the magic began to happen in my house too. Everything had a home. I found what ideas in the book worked for me and developed several new systems that serve our family’s needs well. Over a year later, much of my house still stands as it did after that initial decluttering session!

Then… I started going to the gym. For real! Why? I had more time to prioritize things that were important in my life: healthy eating, sleeping, and exercise. Family time. Relationships.

Clutter is a sneaky beast that feels safe and comfortable but is silently robbing you of life and joy!

Now we do periodic decluttering sessions and set some guidelines for our home.

Number 1: if you bring something new home, something old goes.

Number 2: junk mail never makes it past the front door. It is deposited in the outdoor trash can before we come inside.

These type of simple-to-remember rules cut down on a significant amount of clutter so that when we do declutter, it’s done in a matter of minutes instead of hours. Keeping our home clutter free has given me the time and ability to focus on our health goals and has freed up time to spend exploring nature with my girls.

Suggestions for beginning the process:

1. Physical clutter and mental clutter are connected. Write down everything on your “to-do” list on a blank piece of paper. Do a brain dump!

2. Set a timer! You will do MORE in LESS time if you are focused and keeping track.

3. Clean out and organize according to category rather than by room. For instance, focus on just the spices in your kitchen at one time instead of unloading all the cupboards at once. This allows you to stop and start, accomplishing much in short periods of time!

4. Go into this with the mindset of letting go. Strive to let go of ANYTHING that does not serve an immediate purpose in your life or does not bring you joy.

I would love to walk with you step by step through your first month of decluttering. Here is a free copy of my Clear the Clutter ebook with 31 days of specific (mostly) 15 minute activities that will help you go through your home top to bottom. When you are ready to simplify your stuff and increase your free time, download it here: I hope you’ll take the Clear the Clutter Challenge and set the stage for a healthy life, home and mindset! Blessings,

Jill Whaley

Check out her blog here!!

Don’t forget to grab your free copy of our free eBook as well, get it here! Discover a simple (non-torture) way to get healthy!!

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My Vision/Goal Notebook

This is a follow up to my How to Make Sure 2017 ROCKS! Series from last month. I wanted to give you a quick run down and glimpse into what I put into my Vision/Goal Notebook.

I created a vision board for my wall, but wanted to have something portable as well. I based this on Terri Savelle Foy’s book Dream It, Pin It, Live It.

Each Vision/Goal has specific details listed on the page with whatever graphics I’ve found that help me to “see” it.

  • Date the Vision/Goal is being set
  • Specifics of the Vision/Goal (Lose 20 lbs by June 1st, etc)
  • The Plan to Achieve that Vision/Goal (I will exercise 3 times a week, etc.)
  • Scripture Focus
  • Seeds Planted (what have I invested towards meeting this goal)
  • Notes (in order to reach my goal I need to…)
  • Date Achieved

I have BIG goals in here as well as some smaller ones, all of them written out and as many of those details filled out as possible.

Here’s a quick video so you can see what I mean.

 

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Book Report: What to Say When You Talk To Yourself by Shad Helmstetter, Ph.D

You know that saying, “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” It’s true, especially when you talk to yourself.

What?! You don’t talk to yourself?!

I bet you do, most of us do. The question is, what are we telling ourselves and does it make a difference in the overall scheme of things.

According to the Bible, Proverbs 23:7, “As a man thinks in his heart, so is he.” And Luke 6:45, “For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.”

Proverbs 18:21 says, “The tongue has the power of life and death.” Are you speaking life into your life?

Even though I’m not 100% on board with everything Dr. Helmstetter says in his book, there are LOTS of good nuggets in here. I really like how he talks about why most “self help” books don’t work…because we aren’t consistent…there’s that word again. 🙂

He talks about how we are given programming (like a computer) from different sources as we grow up, some good, some bad, and offers suggestions on reprogramming our “systems” in order to be more effective, healthy, successful, etc. I know that this has been true in my life, how I was as a child, what I believed about certain things has definitely changed over the years. And not always for the better. Making the time to be consistent, especially in prayer, is helping me to change some of those negative misconceptions I had about myself and about God specifically.

Dr. Helmstetter is also very thorough in helping you create specific affirmations to overcome some of these challenges and replace the negative “tapes” with positive ones. Chapter 8 is about the 5 steps of Self – Management that help control whether we succeed or fail. John Maxwell talks about this in several of his books as well, self-leadership. Here is a link to my Book Report on John’s book, Good Leaders Ask Great Questions. I have several other books on my list to read this year that are on the subject of mindset and self talk, so be watching for those reports as well.

I’ve combined what I learned from this book along with what I took away from Lara Casey and Terri Savelle Foy‘s books and I believe I’ve put together something that will help me take that next step mentally to creating “success” as it pertains to me and my life. I’ve put together a few videos and posts here on the blog about my system, here is a link to the first in the series in case you missed them.

Enjoy!!

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