Sep 26 2011

Feel Energetic and Refreshed

How you feel today is very much a result of how you spent your yesterday.

Maybe you do this too.  I wake up in the morning and the first thing is to stumble into the kitchen to get that first cup of coffee.  Around lunch time grab my Diet Dr. Pepper, and finally, late afternoon coffee again before I head home. 

I don’t like always feeling groggy in the morning and sluggish in the evening.  I want to be that energetic mom for my kids.  I want to feel refreshed. 

I realize it’s my own fault, but you know the old saying, 'if mama ain’t nobody’s happy.'  I need to take better care of myself. There is so much I want to accomplish.  I want to raise my kids to love and serve God.  I want us to make a difference as a family.   How are we going to do that if we are always tired?  Life never slows down.  My pastor recently said, “the biggest lie you can ever tell yourself is that life will slow down after this.” 

My mom emailed me an article that said, “How you feel today is very much a result of how you spent your yesterday.” 

It’s not just for my kids that I want to be refreshed and energetic, I want to be that way too.  Like you, I want to make a difference, but I have to be ready and alert for when the opportunity comes. 

So to make tomorrow a better day, we have to have to impliment what they called, “a ritual of good healthy habits” today.  I hate to give you another list but they make things easier.  

Here is the stuff that you probably already know:

·      Get more sleep

·      No Caffeine after 3pm

·      Eat smaller meals and drink mostly water throughout your day.

·      Work out. 

There were some new things that I saw:

·      Eat a banana at breakfast.  Researchers say you’ll increase your energy 20% for two hours straight because it stimulates muscles, nerves, and brain cells to function at their peak.

·      Get into the light.  When you have breakfast, open the windows or sit outside.  It wakes you up and makes you more alert.

·      Pop in a stick of peppermint gum instead of that afternoon coffee or soda.  It boosts your alertness within 3 minutes. 

Our family deserves us to be more energetic and refreshed, you deserve it, and God does too.  Tell me how you can impliment this today for a better tomorrow.


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Sep 23 2011

Free To Be Happy

I don’t know about your mom, but mine is always right.

My typical routine at night is after the kids go to sleep I call friends and family so I don’t feel alone.

Last night, I called mom, and had one of those long talks.  As we were about to hang up, she out of the blue says…“You know Amanda, you are free to be happy.” 

I cried.  She reminded me that I made it through a valley recently.  I may have little things to complain about at the end of the day.  I may be tired, a little lonely and my kids may be “spirited”, but I have the choice to be happy.  You do too. 

We are all free to be happy. 

I am reminded every day about that life I want to lead by my baby girl, Zoe Grace.  She’s the third, I call her my “Exclamation Point!”  She’s a bold red head full of life.

Her first name, Zoe, means Abundant Life.  Her middle name, Grace, means Unmerited Favor.  

I want that Abundant Life that God has planned for us.  It’s a choice you can make everyday, not to dwell on the bad stuff.  You are free to be happy!  So smile!

At the end of the week we all have things we can complain about.  Tell me what you have to be happy about.

For King & Country and Humpty Dumpty

Had a great time with the guys from the new band, "For King & Country" today in the studio!  They are most known for being Christian artist, Rebecca St. James', little brothers.  Now they are trying to make a name for themselves, and they did so because of "Humpty Dumpty". Seriously, that story inspired their band name, and their new song, "Busted Heart."  Listen to the full interview to find out what "Humpty Dumpty" has to do with it!  If you're looking for the book that a lister called about it's here: May I see the King? by Julie Daubenspeck.  

For King & Country Interview

Rebecca St. James little brothers

Band Naming 101

"Busted Heart"

Behind the Scenes with For King & Country...

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