Faith

Forget Resolutions, Choose One Word

The beginning of a new year is traditionally a time of reflecting and setting personal or professional resolutions Or goals.

DID YOU KNOW | One-third of those who make a “resolution” for the new year dump it within 2 weeks, and 50% of the rest say “forget about it” within 2 months.

Anyone who has ever failed at a diet made on January 1st knows resolutions are hard to keep. There has to be something better, right? Something to hold your focus for 365 days.

I have followed Ali Edward’s method for One Little Word for the past 5 years. However, this year I found this awesome website called One Word 365. This is a social site, that is quickly becoming a movement. At One Word 365 you can get word ideas, share your word with others, and find your tribe to help keep you focused for the next 365 days. Pretty cool.

THE CONCEPT | Live purposely. Live your life; who you want to be, what you want to do, what you want to focus on. You can choose any word, so long as it is a word that means something to you.

Choosing just one word allows you to focus year around on your goal. I would suggest displaying that word around the house so that it is always in front of you.

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Let’s face it, life gets busy. We “forget” what our goal/word is for the year. It gets shoved to the bottom of the to-do list. If your word is ever present, in front of you, you are more likely to “remember” and not lose your focus.

This could come in the form of a framed quote centered around your word. It could be a hand-stamped word necklace you wear. It could be in the form of home decor sitting on a shelf, or hanging on your wall. Put you word written on sticky notes. Tattoo your word on your forearm. Whatever works for you; I won’t judge.

Some of my One Words that I have chosen in the past:

2009: Be, as in “just be in the moment.”

2010: Faith

2011: Nourish

2012: Explore

2013: Joy

Most years my One Word has “spoke” to me. This year, not so much.

I have chosen to expand this little blog of mine. It’s something I have been wanting and working towards for a few years now. There is a lot to take care of when moving a website. I started blogging to satisfy the voices in my head; the voices that could not speak, but could write. More about my voices later…

It takes a leap of faith that all the writing I have been doing for the past 6 years will pay off. Or, leap off a cliff…

So, after much pondering, my word for 2014 is focused around that goal. Some words that were contenders: Forward, Refocus and {One} Step. But, one word was a clear winner.

My word for 2014: LEAP.

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In the coming weeks I will share this LEAP of expanding this blog. It’s going to be joy-fear kind of thing. You know, when you feel the joy of realizing a goal and the fear of failure collide? That’s joy-fear.

What is your One Little Word for 2014?

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Awesome gift giving guide that does good.

‘Tis the season to give…right? So, what do you get friends and family who have everything? Or, say, “I don’t need anything.” Which is true.

Most of us don’t need a thing. Not so true for others around the world.

The dilemma of the season: Give something special to our loved ones, because we love to give, but also give to those who are in need. The solution? Give gifts that give back in some way.

Here are some ideas to get you thinking this holiday season…drum roll, please… my Awesome Gift Giving Guide That Does Good:

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MERCY HOUSE |  Mercy House Kenya provides a safe place-a guarded home with 12 maternity beds, maternity care for young women with no place to go, provide rape and abuse counseling, spiritual support, job skills and living skills education, women can stay 2-4 years, but the goal is to help the girls get “one their feet”. Full disclosure: This is a charity I support regularly.

GIVE BACK | “Online shopping through the GiveBack Mall provides cash-back to your foundation account for purchases from over 500 online retailers. Merchants reward GiveBack members with 2 to 40% of an item’s purchase price into their account.”

PHILANSHOPIT | “Philanshopit was born when two friends wanted to combine their love of fashion and their passion for philanthropy. Hanna and Aubrey founded the company to allow customers to purchase socially responsible items without sacrificing style.”

HEADBANDS OF HOPE | “Right before my 20th birthday in the summer of 2011, I did an internship at the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central and Western North Carolina.

 
During my internship, I saw that girls loved to wear headbands after losing their hair to chemotherapy. Being a young girl presents many struggles with self-esteem already and losing their hair as a result of a life-threatening illness is traumatic. Not only do they have to face the risk of losing their lives, they feel that they lose a part of their feminine identity. ” Founder, Jessica (Jess) Ekstrom. Buy a stylish headband and $1 is donated to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation to fund life-saving childhood cancer.

ROOZT | “We exist to inspire, empower, and connect brands with everyday people to be catalysts for positive change through online shopping… Because changing the world should be fun!” You can handpick your own collection of items you love, supporting a cause you are passionate about…creating your own movement. Or, visit other like-minded people and purchase a special gift. My movement for Women Empowerment can be found here.

WORLD VISION | World Vision “…provides emergency assistance to children and families affected by natural disasters and civil conflict, work with communities to develop long-term solutions to alleviate poverty, and advocate for justice on behalf of the poor.” Sponsor a child, provide medical care, give a goat, chickens, ducks, clean water, a well, and so much more.

LIVE FASHIONABLE | “The fashionABLE mission is to create sustainable business for Africans so they aren’t dependent upon charity, but instead earn the dignity of a job. We offer opportunity to everyone, with a primary focus on empowering women. When we invest in a woman, statistics demonstrate that she will have a life-changing impact on her family and community… and herself.” Also have an awesome blog for the hip and trendy.

FEED A MOTHER | “Mali is one of the least developed countries in the world. In rural areas, over half of the people are living in poverty and are food insecure. When hunger strikes, women and children are affected the most. Malnourished mothers give birth to malnourished children, draining them of the potential to develop into healthy and productive adults.”  Your gift will feed a pregnant or breastfeeding mother in Mali for an entire year so that her child can grow up healthy and strong.

TOMS MARKETPLACE | Because TOMS believe commerce can be about more than profits, they created a Marketplace for other social entrepreneurs to showcase and sell their products that make a difference.

TOMS SHOES | One for One®. You buy one pair, they give one pair. Pretty simple. They now have winter boots. “On their own, shoes have a limited ability to change a life. But when combined with programs run by our Giving Partners, they can become a powerful tool in helping create opportunities for a better future.”

Although I  post about many different things in my life, the underlining theme of Got2havefaith is faith and giving. It is two things that I try to keep constant in my life, because nothing else is constant in life. I may not talk openly to family and friends about how or where I give.

I give quietly.

But, my desire is always to give back. I have many blessings in my life; and what better way to celebrate and give thanks for that than to help others. Every year I look for unique ways to do that. I hope that you find inspiration in the Awesome Gift Giving Guide That Does Good I have provided above.

There is Black Friday, Small Business Satruday, Cyber Monday and now…Tuesday is #GivingTuesday. Thank you.

*I was not paid for endorsing any of these wonderful do-gooders.

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3 Gifts of Verse

Continuing our month of giving thanks intentionally…

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November 10: 3 thing read in the Bible

1 Corinthians 10:30-31

30 If I partake with thankfulness, why am I denounced because of that for which I give thanks? 31 So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

I turn on the Today Show. How can I give thanks when half a world away a projected 10,000 people are dead from a typhoon? When every time I turn on the TV I am met with tragedy, and  senseless violence? So many things that I feel are out of my control. My little list means nothing in the grand scheme of the hurt of the world. Is it “right” of me to think that coffee is something to be thankful for when people pray that they have a blanket to cover themselves tonight? My head hurts and just because of the news.

Ecclesiastes 3:10-12

10 I have seen the burden God has laid on the human race. 11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. 12 I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live.

And, what can His plan be for the suffering? What is beautiful about the bad news seen every day? How can I be happy with so much hurt in the world? Some days it is so hard to be happy. I am not in a happy mood today.  I have been suffering with severe allergies for two days (and nights) straight. I am in no mood to write down any thing I am thankful for. The TV is too loud. It makes my head hurt more. My head is going to explode…give thanks in that?

Genesis 3-5

“In the days you eat from it your eyes will be open…”

From the beginning, Adam and Eve were not thankful for all they had. They let Satan deceive them into thinking that to eat the fruit is to see the truth. When in reality to eat the fruit is to be blinded. So blinded by all that is bad and wrong in the world. Blinded that they (we) don’t see the good. Blinded so much that we don’t give thanks for the little, happy things.

The first sin in the history of mankind was ungratefulness.

Adam and Eve where ungrateful for what was given to them by God. They tasted the forbidden fruit and wanted more. They didn’t see what they had because they saw everything, good and bad. Satan side tracked them.He filled their head with lies.  I don’t want to pull an Adam and Eve. I want to be grateful…even if it is for my little cup of morning coffee. I push on in spite of my headache.

These 3 verses were read today in unexpected places; when I wasn’t looking for verses. God can be funny that way.

Sometimes thankfulness comes when you least expect it…and in a time when you most need it.

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I am also thankful that I could go back to bed this morning for an hour…for little pink allergy pills that finally took my screaming headache away…the ability to shop at a grocery store (I went to 3 different stores today! *Insert eye-roll here*)…and that my old mini van took me there.

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Giving Thanks Intentionally.

About four years ago we started a November tradition of giving thanks intentionally. To make it more fun for the girls, I try to come up with a different way to display our thankful list.

The first year we made a turkey “stuffed” with blessings. Year two was a thankful tree. Year three was a thanksgiving basket.

This year I was stumped, that is, until I clicked over to a blog I hadn’t read in a long time: A Little Grace and Mercy.

Apparently, her family has the same tradition of giving thanks. So, this is our Gratitude Web. The photos are mine, the idea is all A Little Grace and Mercy.

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Displayed on our dining room wall

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Lots of gratitude

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One of my favorites so far…

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Fun fabric bunting I sewed

We will be adding to the thankful web throughout November. It’s a month of gratitude…intentionally.

>>> Scientific research shows that giving thanks for just 3 things a day makes you 25% happier. A month long giving thanks fest brought to you by the Joy Dare. What are you thankful for? Write it down…and get happier.

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A month of giving thanks

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Scientific research shows that giving thanks for just 3 things a day makes you 25% happier.

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. It’s the calm before the rushed craziness of December. It’s a time of family and friends. It’s a time to openly give thanks for all we have…even if you are struggling financially, have health issues, emotional problems, whatever, there is ALWAYS something to be thankful for. And, November is the perfect month to celebrate that.

November 1 : 3 gifts eaten

  1. Larmar’s chocolate donuts
  2. coffee
  3. breakfast for dinner

November 2: 3 gifts worn

  1. winter coat
  2. Halloween costumes
  3. gloves on Halloween night

November 3: 3 gifts that start with N

  1. sewing pal Neighbor
  2. Nighttime
  3. November

November 4: a gift gathered, given, good

  1. food bank donation (1. Gathered–food; 2. Given–money; 3. Good–good food, not stuff in the back of my cupboard that I won’t ever eat.)

>>> A month long giving thanks fest brought to you by the Joy Dare. What are you thankful for? Write it down…and get happier. >>> Giving thanks quote prints now in the shop. Prints are as low as $6.60 and greeting cards are as low as $2 each.

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7 reasons why I love that my kids love Duck Dynasty

Airing on A&E Wednesday nights, Duck Dynasty is a reality show that follows the antics of a fun loving bearded Louisiana duck call mogul family. The Robertson’s, looking more like a ZZ Top cover band than the millionaires that they are, have a huge fan following.

The numbers don’t lie. This season’s premiere of Duck Dynasty was the most watched non-fiction series in cable television history with 11.8 million viewers.

And, my kids love it!

Most reality shows on TV today are mind-numbing-train-wreck-of-girls-behaving-badly-stab-you-in-the-back-scream-in-your-face-at-high-octives-and-profanity-laced programming. (Think Dance Moms, Real Housewives, anything Kardashian.)

Okay, full disclosure here. My little guilty pleasure is the original Real Housewives of OC, and it’s really just for “research” to see how the other half lives and thinks. (wink) But, I don’t want my kids watching it!

So, why would I love that my girls love a reality show? (Seriously? Didn’t you at least chuckle at that video above?)

  1. I don’t need to have a long discussion about inappropriate or lewd behavior. It’s not your typical reality show as stated above. Actually, they call it a “docu-style sitcom”, and it’s film more like a sitcom.
  2. They value family. The Robertson family loves one another. They bicker without holding a grudge. They tease without meanness in their heart. They irritate without screaming and dropping the f-bomb every other sentence.
  3. They are funny. Scripted, or not, this family, with their Southern charm and sharp wit, is laugh-out-load funny.
  4. The show has a counter-cultural message with its Christian family values, traditional gender roles, and mutual respect  for each other, and their spouses. There is no profanity, no twerking, and no cat-fights. They end each show thanking God for what He has done for them while sitting around the dinner table. Jase Robertson’s personal motto: God. Family. Ducks. In that order.”
  5. It’s a rags to riches story. From dirt poor, addictions, humble beginnings of making duck calls in the backyard shed to running a successful family business, filming a wildly popular TV show, writing books, and managing lucrative merchandising deals. Don’t believe me about the merchandising? Just take a trip to Walmart sometime. It’s the American dream. If these guys can make it big by making, of all things, duck calls, then so can I.
  6. They eat squirrel and frog legs. My inner Missouri country girl smiles.
  7. They are authentic. They claim the show is only “scripted” in the sense that the producers put the Robertson family in situations just to sit back and see how it plays out. It’s long been reported that these guys can be difficult — refusing to recite lines, or go along with a story line – instead they say what they please. And honestly, I don’t care. I am in it for the message.

All this makes for a “Happy, Happy, Happy” Wednesday night in our house.

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