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Running on Empty? 3 Tips to Actually Find Calm on the Go

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A couple Sundays ago, I sat in church and was bowled over by all the messages I received about God being there for us 24/7. The problem is …we’re not there for God.

Yep …let that sink in.

A lot of what Father Cronin said made complete sense …yes, I was running around like a top spinning endlessly until I fell on my side, immobile. Or if I’m going to be honest, I AM exhausting myself in the name of “supposed to.” Can you relate?

I was reminded of God taking rest on the 7th day. Yet, that seldom happens for me. How about you? Do you always put everything or everyone before yourself?

For some reason, giving Him 2 hours on Sunday morning with a pit stop of prayer each morning and evening was my repertoire. Why do we do that?

Yes, I know things need to change, but “slowing down” isn’t easy for me. How about you?

Which begs the question …slow down for what?? And…why am I talking to you about it now?

Because I know I’m not the only one making these choices. Right?

And the fact remains that choice is what rules the day.
Are you ready to make some different choices?

I am. I admit it. It’s a struggle. But let’s face it …it is what we make it.

As long as we keep the unsatisfactory line-up of priorities as more important than what feeds, nourishes us, and keeps us strong, then we are less than what God intended us to be.

Doubt, fear, shame, guilt, and worry are simply a waste of our time and weapons used against us to keep us from attaining what really soothes and satisfies us. (For the record, we are probably our own worst enemies of wielding these particular weapons against ourselves.)

So why do we sign up for shoulda, coulda, woulda over and over again?

Answer is…

Because we’ve quite simply programmed ourselves. You’ve heard it said, “21 days of consistent behavior will create a habit.” How long, exactly, have you been doing the same things over and over that aren’t delivering joy, satisfaction, and rejuvenation? I’ll bet it’s longer than a habit-forming, 21 days!

I confess!!! For me? Things seriously need to change. I cannot keep burning the candle at both ends and be in any condition to serve anyone, let alone our Lord.

Do you need a respite of calm, a few minutes of true connection with those you love? I do, and I’m ready to do something about it.

Father Cronin urged us all to slow down. Unplug from the chronic commotion and pause. Pause long enough to wait on the Lord. To hear His voice. To gain a little peace by taking our foot off the pedal, so to speak, to stop and smell the roses. Since we’re all constantly on the go, he suggested putting our electronics down and using time spent in the car for the following:

  • Conversation with our friends and family,
  • A place where life lessons can be shared, taught, and discussed with our kids,
  • If alone, a place for stillness and prayer.

He also suggested having a no-electronics zone—like meal times and “outside” time where time is spent in nature …even if you simply lie on the lawn and watch the clouds.

I’m ready for a change, are you?

Let’s do it! Share your ideas below with each other. Let’s gain a little calm while connecting with those we love, including our Lord.

You can do this… I believe in you!

MoneySavvyWoman, Inc. © 2015

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Creating HarMoney™ with Food, Fun, and Finance

1546417_10152142532347878_1079704578_nWhen it comes to living life to its fullest, food is often a part of that experience. What I’ve found is, meals need to meet three criteria: simple to make, easy to serve, and interesting, right? If not, chances are the stress of making something to eat after a crazy day will cause one to vere off course. The result often winds up being a trip through the drive-thru, pulling up to the bar or restaurant.

Keeping to a food budget can be impossible when it’s constantly sabotaged by “life” happening. Eating out too often can rip the heart of any well-intentioned financial goal. Many don’t even realize the total amount they’re spending.

Here are some money-saving tips to keep you on budget while having yummy food and keeping stress under control.

 

  1. Get a plan. Plan for EZ! Crock pot meals are the bomb …you come home and the house smells GREAT. In most cases, you simply grab plates and utensils and chow down!
  2. Set-up Saturday or Sunday. After shopping, find the prep cooks in the house (cue for kids) and slice, dice, and bag veggies, meat, and snacks. My friend, Naomi, taught me to bag meats with sauces, tomatoes, onions, spices, and oil, and freeze. Take the bags out of the freezer a couple days in advance. Most can be made in 30 minutes or less when paired with pasta, rice, or potatoes.
  3. Share the fun. One night a week, let the older kids, spouse, or house mate make the dinner and bag lunches. They can choose the menu leaving you to kick back and relax for a bit before enjoying something prepared by someone else. You’d be amazed how great your kids can be in the kitchen when given the ground rules and opportunity.
  4. Seek out new recipes to try. Allrecipes.com, Food.com and others will enable you to find recipes that are new and interesting using what’s on hand. I love these sites …as does my hubby. We’re never bored.
  5. And lastly, start practicing Fridge Fridays. Check out what’s left in the fridge at the end of the week. Lots of times, there are left overs, both prepared and raw, sitting in there waiting to die a slow death …and along with it, wasting your food and money. It’s easy to make a soup or pasta dish with left over veggies and protein, that can be served as a light lunch after a late breakfast Saturday or Sunday, or even frozen to take to work as lunch.


Food is a requirement. Making it fun and interesting keeps your money under your control, enabling you to put it towards the things you want, including a weekly family night out. (Gotta reward yourself for good behavior, right??)


It’s your money, your rules, your way! You can do it! I believe in YOU!

Money Savvy Woman, Inc. © 2015