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Can you believe January is over…  31 days in the new year gone.

Several questions to ask yourself…

What have you done to make a difference in the life of a person or community?

Have you fallen off your goals yet?

Are you feeling insecure, disappointed, inadequate because you haven’t done what you have set out to do this year?

Chin up folks, yes, 31 days have gone by…(actually 35 days if we count today)… no sweat the good news is: we still have 330 days left!!!  Yep to me that is outstanding.

Now if you have fallen off the wagon just step back on…Here are three tips in helping you achieve your goals –

  • Get a friend who can help keep you accountable.
  • Make up and Acronym or Three Words which sum up your goals
  • Stick up your goals around your office, your home, even in your car on your dashboard.

Make a new sacrifice a month; suggestions:

  • Give up the TV — Pick up a book, Get up and exercise for 30 minutes
  • Give up the world of mobility for a couple of days — Visit with people who you have been wanting to reconnect one on one
  • Give up coffee — Switch to Hot Green Tea, there is caffeine in Tea — I prefer decaf tea — Refresh your body with something beneficial
  • Give up the internet — Spend time with someone special (significant other, child, friend) or quiet time alone

Okay, I know your thinking NO WAY… but just try it I bet in 3 days you’ll feel refreshed and energized!

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Have you ever wanted to do something and attempted to succeed at it but with each attempt weren’t successful.  Well let me explain.


I have a list of blogs that I follow and my peeps have great background, everything is personalized, from the title to their pictures.  I think geesh this must be easy right and it probably is… I find myself rather technical.  I can help others fix their laptops or build a pc; I can learn and help with any software applications, but for some rather odd reason I can’t design or edit or figure out this whole blog thing.

I have two blog spots… this one of course and its through wordpress and then I have created one on blogger but that hasn’t gone anywhere.

I expect that once I get some help … HINT HINT HINT….f rom the world out there and friends, it will be rather easy and I’ll be like oh ya I get it…. hahahaha and be able to laugh with you all reading this who are saying “Really, you don’t get it, geesh”.

You can reach me on FB or email me….

Big Thanks for all you assist me in creating a cool blog spot…..

I was going to write a lengthy post on goals for 2009, and then I realize that I usually get overly ambitious on Jan 1st, and write some extremely specific goals. Then a year later, I look back and feel disappointed over the things that I didn’t quite reach. When I saw this Chris Brogan suggestion to come up with 3 Words, I thought this suited me much better.

For 2009, my 3 words (or phrases) are with a few details of what they stand for:

1. Rubber Band: I want to stretch beyond my comfort zone. Expand my heart in serving others.

Mission/LifeGroup/Women  Relationships

2. Paper Clip: Time Mgmt – Write/Share – Finances

3. Target: Daily Silence – Go Green — Weekly Dates


What are your 3 words for 2009?

Okay so today I enjoyed the quiet time I had to myself while Taylor was at school and Ron at work.  It was great to come home and read the WORD alone and in silence.  It’s amazing how reading the WORD just relaxes you and time flies by.  It draws you in and you can imagine being right there listening to Paul or Peter speaking.  Then you picture your own life with the words their speaking.  Amazing how life changing it is.

After my morning quiet time, I went and picked up Taylor from class and I try and reserve that immediate time with her only with her.  I don’t make calls or take them while I’m with her initially after picking her up.  It’s her time to chat about her exams for the week and work load she has for the immediate school week. I think it’s so important to keep the time with your kids whether little or teens just for them.  At least 30 min is required for them alone.

This afternoon I picked up the boys and Zach drove us home  How crazy is that to think Zach is driving.  I actually felt at peace and he did real well.  Now its working with Jake on his driving us home.  One at a time is good, teaching 2 at a time is much harder. 🙂 Still like Taylor they need that drive home just for them.  So we talk about their day and plans for the week.  We usually discuss dinner and what the evening lies ahead.

Treasure these time with your young ones and your older ones.  They long to connect with you as we do our heavenly Father when we put him first each day.

I even make time for my oldest who isnt at home.  I know she misses me as I miss her.  This week we seem to have those chats a little more and even text awhile.  She won’t be making it here for Thanksgiving, but I totally understand they are just getting on their feet and have a cruise coming up soon.  She’s thinking about heading out early next year to collect her things now.  But I’d like to go out for Jan again to be there for her birthday.  I need to make the time special for her as well.  She doesnt share as easily as she did when she lived at home. She called this weekend in tears and it broke my heart but brought a smile to face as well.  I felt so special that she reached out to me for advice and just needing that hug and reassurance your mom can give you.  I loved it and thank Jesus for making me a mother.

Okay now that I talked about kids/teens lets discuss our spouses.  They are just as important.  They need those special moments too.  We have a date night Friday since all the kids will be at the high school football game.  I’m not sure what we are going to do yet, but quiet time is so great together.  I’m sure we’ll go to dinner and if warm enough to the beach area that I love to walk together.  If not we’ll goto one of our favorite spots… don’t laugh, Borders.  We enjoy going there and just hanging out to check out books and make wish lists.  That’s how I got Tribes and a book report.  🙂 Another thing we do monthly is keep the day we got married on special.  Every 19th we do something for one another, write a sweet note, buy a single flower, leave it on the pillow, a cd/a book, pinic dinner, something for one another that lets us know we remember how special this day is.  So remember keep it holy, dont argue with them, give them a day of rest of your nagging, wait til the following day.  Make his favorite dinner or bake a treat he enjoys.  Something simple always is great.

*** Did I tell you, my grandbaby had puppies this weekend, Sunday morning!!! 7 of them, but one passed.   They have 5 girls and 1 boy…. I really want the oldest, she is a girl…. I can’t wait to see a pictures as she grows…. 🙂 She is black with white spots.. I’m sure she is precious.

Okay off for now, I’ll check in tomorrow….

Okay, so I didnt complete my report for Ron as he suggested for noon today.  But I have 4 pages of quotes that I like from the book.  I have listed several of them here from the first 100 pgs.  I have 50 left to read and gather quotes.  Once I complete this I will start to form my own thoughts from the collection and share it all with you.


  • A tribe is a group of people connected to one another, connected to a leader, and connected to an idea.  A group needs only two things to be a tribe: a shared interest and a way to communicate. Tribes need leadership.  You can’t have a tribe without a leader – and you can’t be a leader without a tribe.
  • One of the most powerful of our survival mechanisms is to be part of a tribe, to contribute to (and take from) a group of like-minded people. We are drawn to leaders and to their ideas, and we can’t resist the rush of belonging and the thrill of the new.
  • In search of a movement; groups of people are just waiting to be energized and transformed.  A movement is thrilling. It’s a work of many people, all connected, all seeking something better.
  • The real power of tribes has nothing to do with the Internet and everything to do with people.  You don’t need a keyboard to lead…you only need the desire to make something happen. Generous and authentic leadership will always defeat the selfish efforts of someone doing it just because they can.
  • Fear of change is built into most organisms, because change is the first sign of risk.
  • Managers have leaders and movements make things happen. Leaders have followers. Managers have employees. Managers make widgets. Leaders make change.
  • Leaders make a ruckus. Skill and attitude are essential. Authority is not.  In fact, authority can just get in the way.
  • If leadership is the ability to create change your tribe believes in, and the market demands change, then the market demands leaders.  Leaders use passion and ideas to lead people as opposed to using threats and bureaucracy to manage them.
  • The movement happens when people talk to one another, when ideas spread within the community.  Great leaders create movements by empowering the tribe to communicate. They establish the foundation for people to make connections, as opposed to commanding people to follow them.
  • There are only three steps:  Motivate, Connect, and Leverage
  • Most organizations spend their time marketing to the crowd. Smart organizations assemble the tribe.
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