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Jul 11

Here’s How You Are Doing Great!

By Jen Regan | Uncategorized

If you are like me, you rarely stop and appreciate yourself for all that you are doing and have accomplished. Your mind is always focused on what you can do better or what needs to get done next. Our busy lives leave little room for celebration and recognition of accomplishments, especially the millions of small things we make happen each day.

I am here today to remind myself, and you, that every single thing we accomplish each day, even as small as putting a new roll of toilet paper on the dispenser, is an accomplishment worth celebrating. The shear mass of task we put under our belt each day is staggering. You are doing many things right and well. Here are just a few.

You know what is important and you prioritize it! You are faced with a lot of options each day. You are constantly surveying them all then picking and choosing the ones that are right for your life. You are doing a great job!

You invest in the lives of very important people every single day. From the person you nicely waved to go in front of you in traffic to spending one-on-one time with your teenager walking the dog. You take care of others from the moment you wake up to the moment you fall asleep at night. You are a Rock Star!

You make healthy choices every day to take care of yourself. You strive for a good night’s rest, you focus on eating things that will bring you strength and energy, and you try to keep moving every single day. You take care of yourself and keep your body fueled for action. You are a Champion!

Today, let’s not only focus on our areas of improvement, but let’s CELEBRATE all that we already do and succeed at. The list is long and you truly are AMAZING!

Here’s to giving yourself a high-five for making sure your household has toilet paper...and so much more!

Will you remind someone else that they are doing great this week? Ladies simply don’t hear it enough. Think right now about who you could bless with a word of appreciation and go for it!

May 23

4 Ways Amazing Women Rock Out Summer!

By Jen Regan | Uncategorized

We made it to summer! The cold, snowy days are behind us, and it is time to have fun in the sun! If you are from St. Louis, we get to have extra fun cheering on THE BLUES Hockey Team in the Stanley Cup finals! Life is filled with many great things!

Many of you have spent the last few years and months finishing up certifications and degrees. You have now graduated and I want to tell you how proud I am of you. You have worked hard and put in hours that no one else knows about. You have persevered one step at a time and made it to your goal. CONGRATULATIONS!

Summer seems to be the best time of the year to pack up and transition on to a new home. What a job! You make it happen though. One step at a time you pack up box after box, organize garage sales and donate the things you no longer need. You say goodbye to many people and hello to everything new. Moving is a big transition in life, and you make it happen. GREAT JOB!

Summer is also a beautiful time for a wedding. Many of you are putting the finishing touches on the beautiful day for someone you love. What a fun time, but also a time where you want everything to be just perfect. You make it happen one step at a time, and also work through your emotions in the same fashion. Excitement and sadness as you transition someone on to their new life. YOU ARE AMAZING!

Summer is time for VACATIONS. But vacations don’t just happen. They require schedule coordination, planning, planning, planning, them some packing. You make it happen one step at a time working out every detail along the way. You and the ones you love will never forget the memories you share together. Those are priceless and SO ARE YOU!

Whatever your plans are for the next few months, find some time just for yourself, tackle those projects, make great memories with the ones you love, and continue to go after whatever your heart desires one baby step at a time!

Here’s to a great summer!

I can’t wait to hear all of your stories, so don’t hesitate to share them with me in the comments section and on Facebook!

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Apr 25

Stress Relief…Coming Up!

By Jen Regan | Baby Steps , Uncategorized

Regardless of whether you work outside of your home or work as a stay-at-home wife or mom, your day can be filled with stress. You have deadlines and constant demands of your time from your boss, co-workers, students, and family. Is it possible to find stress relief in the middle of your busy day?

Overloaded “to-do” list, cut-throat deadlines and challenging co-workers created a very stressful work environment for me. I enjoyed my job and what I did, but the fear of not meeting deadlines, getting called on the carpet for forgetting something or having to make-up for underperforming coworkers made my days very stressful. I needed relief!

My situation did not have an easy solution, and I suspect that your stressful challenges today don’t either. Two great questions to ask ourselves today are: What do I have control over? What can I change that would bring some stress relief?

One thing I have found to be immensely helpful is to take my “big project”, the challenge with my coworker/loved one, or overloaded “to-do” list and break it down into smaller pieces.

Breaking BIG things down into smaller pieces reduces stress by:

  1. Allowing you to look at and focus on a few “must do” items instead of feeling overwhelmed looking at ALL you have to do or get done. This allows you to give your full focus to a few items and not get distracted by the looming whole.
  2. I have especially found that taking a few minutes at the end of each day to line out my few “must do” tasks for the next day brings more peace and less stress. This allows me to leave work behind, enjoy my evening, helps me sleep better and allows me to hit the ground running first thing in the morning.
  3. Breaking things into smaller pieces, in a well thought out plan, also allows you to better negotiate when more tasks are sent your way. When more tasks are sent your way you can share your game plan with your boss/loved one and work with them to decide what is highest priority, knowing your limited time. Sometimes, they have no clue what is all on your plate. Sharing your game plan shows you are organized, very busy and ultimately allows them to give input on what needs to get done and what does not. I understand this is not easy for us perfectionist control minded individuals, but keeping others aware of our limits is important.
  4. Breaking our tasks down into smaller pieces also shows us the items that we could delegate or even eliminate. As deadlines get closer, we have to be realistic. Sometimes we find a few things that can get chopped or passed on.
  5. Breaking things down also helps us to see how much we really do accomplish in a day. When we are under stress, we need all of the “wins” we can get. Checking a bunch of items off the list feels great!
  6. If you are dealing with a challenging individual, try to take one small step to find out more about them or put yourself in their shoes. I will never forget what I was told a long time ago. “Hurt people, hurt people.” One of my previous co-workers would not trust anyone, including me. This drove me crazy because I work really hard to gain people’s trust. She never shared the stories of her past with me, but after working with her, I realized that she most likely was hurt badly in her past. She no longer felt as though she could trust anyone. This allowed me to give her space to be who she was and not take her lack of trust personally.

Our lives are filled with stress. Let’s take back the control we do have, make the changes we can make, and relieve some of our stress by breaking things down into smaller pieces (a.k.a baby steps).

Here’s to more peace ahead and lots of small baby steps to keep you moving! Never forget, you are UNSTOPPABLE!

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Apr 18

You Have A Can Do Attitude!

By Jen Regan | Can Do Attitiude , Uncategorized

Every single day, busy women live with a “can do” attitude! It may not feel like it all the time especially when motivations is low. I see women everyday doing what has to get done, even those last minute things that get throw on their plates. We get it done!

First and foremost, let’s celebrate all that we have accomplished in our day today, in our week, month and even so far this year. I don’t know about you, but I am not really good at celebrating my accomplishments. There is always more to do, so I keep plugging along. There really is so much to celebrate though. Think about each area of your life and all you have done to keep things running smoothly. You start when you feet hit the ground in the morning, or maybe even before that. You go strong all day,  juggling all of the areas of your life, and keep going until the lights are turned off each night. You accomplish so much in each day, it is worth celebrating! You truly are AMAZING!

How in the world do you get it all done? You use my favorite tool every single day without even knowing it. You deal with the things that come your way one small step at a time. You do it naturally. You ask yourself  “what do I need to do next?” without skipping a beat. Baby steps are how we move through life and get done what we need to get done. You are a natural at it!

How do we keep this “can do” attitude as our lives gets busier and busier? After all, others know that we are “get-it-done” type of a people. What happens is, you are, many times, the first person people turn to to ask more of because you are known to be reliable. As you and I well know, too much can get piled on, then we find ourselves no good at anything.

We naturally “get things done”. Let’s strive also to become pros at knowing when to say enough is enough. This is tough and I struggle with it all of the time. We are great at taking care of and helping others. When others ask more of us, let’s get to the point where we can instinctively ask ourselves:

  • Does this new request fall within what I consider to be most important to me?
  • Will this new request take time away from something else that is more important?
  • Do I have more time and energy to give it?
  • Will this new request be enjoyable and fun?
  • Should someone else really take care of this new request?

Being an amazing “get-it-done” woman requires amazing tenacity to graciously pass on requests that aren’t right for us, those we love and what is most important to us.

Make It Happen Action Step:

  • What can you do  in the next few days to celebrate all that you have accomplished? Do something to celebrate you!
  • Remind yourself of the questions listed above, so when more is requested of you, you can instinctively turn to them to know the right answer.

I celebrate YOU today, and I celebrate ME! We are in this life together doing amazing things. Keep going with your “can do” attitude!

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Apr 11

Be True To Yourself

By Jen Regan | Be True To Yourself , Uncategorized

It is my hope for all of us, this week, to live our lives true to who we are, so that we can be our best for those around us.What does that look like for you?

We live in this world together with a bunch of amazing people, all of which are amazingly unique. We all bring different gifts, traits and experiences that make us who we are. They make us pretty great. It is especially wonderful when we tap into our uniquenesses and allow them to fuel us to be the best we can be for others in our world. We become better neighbors, friends, moms, daughters, co-workers and leaders. Let’s take some time this week to reconnect with what makes us great, them turn around and share that greatness!

There are a number of strengths assessments that are available that bring wonderful insights into who we are. I remember when I took my first assessment called Leading From Your Strengths by Ministry Insights, I was a little freaked out. How could I answer a bunch of multiple choice questions and have a report generated that explained me better than I could explain myself? These reports never claim to be 100%, but mine was right on. My husband had taken the assessment as well, and we started to understand more about each other, and why we each act the way we acted. It was eye opening. Since then I have taken other personality and strengths assessments that have brought even more insight. The biggest thing I take away each time is that I have some pretty cool strengths, and so does everyone else around me. I have learned to appreciate myself, and just as importantly, I have learned to value to strengths of others. I will leave a list of some different assessments at the end of this post. If there is a book that accompanies the assessment, I highly recommend reading it. It will help distill all of the information in the assessment.

Long story short, when we work within our areas of strengths, we tend to feel more energized. When we have to work in an area that we are not strong, it will require a lot more energy and we will become drained faster. Sometimes we do not have a choice, but we also have a lot of control over how our days transpire. Here are a few things to get you started:

  • Are you a morning person, or a night person? When you start to embrace the time of day that you are the most awake, you can focus that positive attention to something that is important to you. I have found that mornings are a great time for me to do some heavy learning and thinking. Right after lunch is the best time for me to write my blog post, work on writing my book or other creative work. Afternoon is a great time for me to move around and get odds and ends done. At 9:00 pm every night I am in bed, much to the dismay of my night-owl husband. He on the other hand can be the most creative late at night. Recognizing the best time for you to focus and the best time for you to sleep will give you energy to be the best for those around you.
  • Are you fast paced, or do you prefer a slower pace? If you love a fast pace, it will drive you crazy to be stuck behind someone who is moving really slow. You love and feel energized by moving and going. If you enjoy a slower pace, you might enjoy taking your time getting ready in the mornings. You feel the energy being drained from you when you are forced to rush. If you are like me, I always forget something when I am rushed. When I am able to work at the pace that is right for me it just feels…right.
  • Are you energized by being around people, or do you need time to yourself to get refreshed? I have been quiet my entire life. I have never been the life of the party. I thought for many years that I was not as good as others who were more outgoing. I have now learned that I have amazing strengths in my quiet life, and one is that I get refueled in solitude. Whichever fuels you…fuel up!
  • Are you an idea generator, or an idea implementor? It is true, some people are great with coming up with amazing, creative ideas. There are others that are at their best making those great ideas a reality. This was the case for one of my favorite jobs. My boss came up with some really great ideas. Sometimes he had so many great ideas we actually started an “idea board” so he could tell me which ones were the highest priority. I was than great at all of the detailed work to make them happen. It was truly one of my favorite jobs because we were both able to appreciate and work within our own strengths.

Make It Happen Action Step: I hope this week, you can recognize a unique strength that makes you who you are…AMAZING!

  • Pay attention to the things that energize you and figure out why they do.
  • Pay attention to the things that drain you and ask yourself why.
  • If you have taken a personality assessment, pull it out and remind yourself of your great strengths and what you have to offer to our world.
  • Grab a book or take a new assessment to learn more about yourself. It is a great investment in YOU and the world around you.

I tell you every week, YOU ARE AMAZING, because you are! You bring so much to our world and the people around you.

Here’s to being true to who you are!


Some Assessments I Have Taken

  • DISC Assessment
  • Myers Briggs Assessment
  • Think, Learn, Succeed by Dr. Caroline Leaf – Book and assessment on the unique way you use your mind and process information. Her website also has great videos to explain the assessment. https://perfectlyyou.com/

Other Assessments That Have Been Recommended To Me

  • Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath –  Book and Assessment

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Feb 21

Your Everyday Investment is Appreciated!

By Jen Regan | Living Life Together , Serving Others , Uncategorized

Day in and day out you invest in others. In many ways, it has become a part of your everyday life. As a wife or partner, you invest in your significant other. If you have children, investing in your children is what you do. As a co-worker, a neighbor, a friend, a daughter, you make a difference in your world and it is much appreciated!

I want to remind you today that you make a HUGE difference in our world through the love you naturally show every single day. Yes, in many ways it is our “job”, but it is so much more than that.

As a wife or partner, you listen to, take care of, encourage and have fun with a very important person in our world. Your positive attitude and investment helps them to be all that they can be. Your investment makes a difference!

As a mom, you are shaping the future by shaping the beautiful life that you have been trusted with. Your positive attitude and investment makes our world, today and tomorrow, a better place. Your investment makes a difference!

As an employee, you work alongside people from all walks of life, carrying all kinds of life challenges. Sometimes a simple good morning smile, asking how they are by name, and both remembering and asking about important life events, can be a day changer for them. Your investment makes a difference!

As a daughter, your time, help with simple tasks, a check-in phone call, or enjoying fun family events can bring joy into the days of your loved one. Sharing life together and your investment makes a difference!

As a friend, your love, encouragement and goofy text messages can fill a day with joy. Even though we have many people around us throughout our day, life can still feel very lonely. Your investment of time with your friends makes a HUGE difference.

Today, I want to remind you that you do make a difference in your world! Many of the things listed above, and more, are just a natural part of who you are. You don’t even think twice about the investment. It is in these simple, sweet, precious ways that lives are impacted and changed forever.

Your investment is much appreciated!

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Feb 07

Imagine The Possibilities

By Jen Regan | Uncategorized

Can you imagine the impact you would have by taking your heart’s BEST work up one notch? You are already having an amazing impact on the people and world around you, think of the possibilities!

Imagine…

  • Having move energy and passion to be more intentional as you love and care for the people closest to you.
  • Having more energy and passion to be more intentional as you share your gifts and talents doing the work that makes your heart happy.
  • Having more energy and passion to be more intentional as you spend time with others who you can empower and receive that empowerment back in return.

You can do all of these things, but a few things may have to be adjusted to make them a reality.

You will have to take care of yourself like you never have before. I mentioned in past blog posts and our Facebook group that I was dedicating 2019 to take my mental and physical health up a notch. In order to do this, I needed to dig into the reason behind some unresolved symptoms I was having after completely changing my diet 5 years ago. Last Wednesday I was diagnosed with an autoimmune condition and it completely took the wind out of my sails for the past four days. Today I woke up and I knew deep down that I want to have more energy and passion in my life. My diagnosis is a stepping stone to move me towards having that energy and passion to do my heart’s BEST work. My diagnosis requires me to take my self care up one notch. Sometimes the steps we know we need to take are overwhelming, but it is never an  option if we want something better tomorrow than what we have today.

You will have to disqualify the “works” that are not a part of your heart’s BEST work. What are the things on your calendar that do not fall into your heart’s BEST work? Are there things that you spend your time on that could be replaced with other BEST things? This decision is individual to you. I personally know a number of ladies who spend time sitting with their significant other as they watch TV. There have been times when all of us have said to ourselves “I could be doing so many other things right now”, but prioritizing time with those we love is a part of our heart’s BEST work. Sometimes sitting around and watching TV does not qualify as our heart’s BEST work, only you can decide. I’m confident that we all have something in our  lives, if we really look close, that can be disqualified to allow time for something that is our BEST. It’s the only way we can take our heart’s BEST work up a notch.

You will have to decide what part of your heart’s BEST work you are going to take up a notch at this point in time. My heart’s BEST work involves my relationship with God, my relationships with my husband, family and friends. It involves encouraging others to be their BEST, and taking care of myself so I can do the same. It can be overwhelming to try to take all of these BEST things up a notch all at once. Decide today what one, or maybe two, BEST things you are ready to take up a notch. Ask yourself, what is one right decision I can make today to take those areas up a notch?

Don’t go at it alone! There is energy and strength in living out our heart’s BEST work with others. Taking our heart’s BEST work up a notch has its ups and downs. It is not only essential to have someone beside you during these times, but it is so much more fun. I have found that I laugh so much more when I am with the ladies in my life. We gain POWER when we are with others who EMPOWER us! Don’t do it alone. Carve out time to surround yourself with amazing people. It is a difference maker!

You are building on your already amazing life. You need extra energy from your self care and extra time carved out of your schedule. 2019 is the time to take the idea of living better and change it into the actions and passion to live better. Are you ready to take your heart’s BEST work up one notch?

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Sep 13

Turning The Tide On Your Healthy Routines

By Jen Regan | Can Do Attitiude , Perseverance , Uncategorized

September is the month to get back to our healthy routines. School is back in session for many who have kids, but even for those of us who don’t, it feels like a time to get refocused. Do you have some healthy habits that went by the wayside over the summer months? Are you ready to turn the tide back in the right direction?

Over Labor Day weekend, I was relaxing around the hotel pool with family watching the kids create a whirlpool in the water. They were having a ton of fun getting the water to move in one direction and feel the current start to pull them along without much effort. What was really fun for us adults who were watching was to see them try to stop and turn in the direction of the current. Their eyes would get really big and the look of surprise came across their faces when they realized how difficult it was going to be, pushing against the tide.

That is exactly how we feel when it is time to get back on track with our healthy habits. We have allowed them to slip a little bit, we have gone along with the current of life, allowing it to pull us long. Now it is time to get back on track, so we turn into the tide.

We have the same reaction my nieces and nephew had in the pool:

  • Their eyes opened up real wide in surprise! I don’t know about you, but when I go back to the gym after a period of time off, I think that I should be able to start right where I left off. Hee Hee! NOPE! Every single time I am surprised by the fact that it feels like I have to start from scratch. Yes, you will probably be surprised when you step back into your healthy habit if you have taken a break for a while, but don’t let that stop you!
  • They actually place one foot behind them to brace themselves against the oncoming current. Because we are starting fresh, it takes a little bit to brace ourselves as we try to get going in a new direction. There will be a time of adjustment, and that is okay! The key is that you are standing firm and not allowing the current to push you backwards. You’ve got this!
  • They leaned forward into the tide. Because you know you can accomplish great things, you lean forward in determination. You look straight ahead with you eye on your goal and you go against the feelings of un-motivation or laziness. You are determined to move forward.
  • They took one difficult step at a time. Your starting to move forward! It is not easy, but you do it! The work is hard, but you feel a sense of accomplishment when you are done!
  • The tide started to turn. Before you know it, your routine becomes easier and easier! You feel the momentum going in the right direction!
  • Watch for tide busters! One of my nephews decided that he wanted to have fun and disrupt the tide the other kids were working so hard to create. They were all having a ton of fun, but it reminded me that there are many things that can stop your momentum. Some are within our control like laziness and excuses. Others are out of our control, like illness. Whatever the tide buster is, the key to success is to get moving back in the right direction as quickly as you can.
  • They turned the tide and so can you! Whatever healthy routine you want to get refocused on, get out there and get going! It might be challenging at first, but you will get back into a great routine and be back on track in no time!

Here’s to having fun splashing around in the tide, but ultimately taking charge of it and turning the tide in the direction you want!

 

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Jul 12

It’s Important to Reboot!

By Jen Regan | Uncategorized

What is our first response when our smartphones or computers start to act quirky or get sluggish? We power them down. You know, you and I need the same thing, and summer is a great time to reboot our lives. Powering down and unplugging allows our minds and bodies to get some much-needed downtime.

Four benefits to powering down:

It allows your mind to rest. I was talking to a friend recently. She set off for a week-long adventure biking across the state of Missouri. She said it took her almost two days to allow her mind to slow down and to not think about her job. She said that once she did, she felt great. It really does feel great to allow our minds to rest and wander. If fact, there is more and more research showing that it is through this time that we allow our minds to wonder and rest when our minds actually grow. Yes, using our mind helps them grow, but over use is detrimental. Using our minds, then resting them, allows them to grow. So many times we forget how important downtime is for our minds, and ultimately, our well-being.

It can be good for your body. So many times, it is during downtime that we find time to do the things that feel good for us. Some of those things can be unhealthy, but some of them can be wonderfully healthy. It is good for your body to take that nap that you never have time to take. It is good for your body to get out on that walk or run that you would love to fit into your everyday life. It is fun to get out and try something that you have never tried before and take an adventure. Reboot your body by doing something that is good for it, even if that is catching up on some sleep.

It can be good for your relationships. Life is hectic and busy. Some days we cross paths with those we love as one is coming and the other is going. Or, like my husband and I, at the end of a work day, we try to put work behind us for the day, therefore we don’t talk much about it. It is during the downtime that we have together that we can really share how things are going, how we feel about things and where we want to go in the future. Downtime is a great time to reconnect with those you love.

It is good for our emotional well-being. I don’t know about you, but sometimes during my work week I really have to hold my emotions together. We all deal with a variety of personalities each day of our lives and boy, they can be challenging. Holding it together at a professional level takes a lot of energy. It is important to remove ourselves from that level of stress on a regular basis. Even more than that, it is important to have fun, be silly, do whatever it is that you enjoy. We all need an emotional break from our day-to-day life.

I could go on and on, but you want to read a blog post, not a dissertation. I hope this post will allow you to see the importance of downtime and allow you to give yourself permission to fit some into your calendar. It is good for you and those you love.

Here’s to some great downtime this summer!

P.S. Start scheduling downtime now for the fall and winter too!

 

Jun 28

The Not So Pretty Side to Busyness

By Jen Regan | Uncategorized

We are all very busy, there is not doubt about it. Some of us enjoy the busy lifestyle and others don’t like it so much. I am starting to see a new trend that comes along with our busyness, that is becoming the new “norm” in our world, and I don’t think it is a good thing. I think we all want to do better!

Our busyness is turning us into not-so-nice people. I know we don’t have any intention of being unpleasant, but when we are busy, all we can do is focus on our world. People outside of that world can be treated poorly and we are too busy to even notice. To top it off, we are teaching our next generation that this is normal.

I want us to think about a few scenarios, and I want you to know that I am pulling right out of the Jen Regan play book. Most of these things I have found myself doing in the midst of my busy life, and they simply feel wrong.

I have been harsh to someone because they mildly inconvenienced me. I drop off my dry cleaning once a week early in the morning so that I can pick it up that evening. I get off of work at 5:00pm and that is when my dry cleaning is scheduled to be ready for pick-up. One night, the delivery person was running late to the dry cleaner and my clothes were not there. I became very frustrated and took it out on the very sweet young lady on the other side of the counter. You might, say “Jen, you had every right to be mad!” Maybe I did, but that is not the type of person I want to be. I want to be patient, just as I want people to be patient with me when I mess up. I looked back on that night and I was trying to fit too many things into a short amount of time. I did not leave any room for inconvenience, so when it hit, I blew up. I want to do better!

I have rushed around the grocery store with a scowl on my face, not caring who I walked in front of to get to the toilet paper isle. Again, I’m very busy and I have a number of things that I need to get done on my way home from work. I’m too busy to let the person walking in with me, go in front of me, so I just barge my way in first. I am in my own world, needing to get in and get out,  that I don’t even realize the people I walk in front of. Then there is the race to the check-out line. I have to tell you, I am kind of embarrassed to admit this stuff, but I have done it, all when I am simply too busy.

I witness on a daily basis a driver whip across three lanes of traffic, almost causing an accident, because they forgot they needed to run by the Pharmacy on the way home. When I am driving, my brain is thinking about a million things. I have driven past my destination numerous times because my mind was somewhere else. Unfortunately, many people remember at the last-minute, swerve across traffic and put many other people in danger in the process. It is not polite at all.

I know this is not my normal positive post, but we need to think about the people that we really want to be. We need to think about the next generation that we are teaching through our example. I think we want to be the smiling, loving, generous people in our world, and busyness is keeping us from living that out many times.

I encourage all of us to think about the kind of person we want to be, slow life down, and be intentional about being that kind of person. I know this post has hit home for me and I need to make some changes. I hope you will join me, too. We all want our world to be a better place, so let’s start with ourselves.

Here’s to slowing down, opening the door for someone else, making their day, and making our day in return.

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