3.30.2012

Book of the Week


The perfect organization book!  Short and sweet tips for each part of your house, every nook and cranny.  I didn't want a book detailing the whys and hows nor the science behind why we are cluttered and how to fix it!  I love this book. 

For National Cleaning Week I've decided to finally tackle my paper clutter.  I'm a note taker and article whorder. I think I've come up with a new system for future note taking and whatnot, but now it's just going through what I've already got and convincing myself I don't need all of it.  Many people have suggested filing it all in the computer via scanning and whatnot, but I'm not convinced I'll use it there rather than in my file cabinet.  ??  It's my goal to finish by the end of the weekend (during General Conference and while my hubby's out of town).  Wish me luck!

By the Way - - be sure to check out the "What's There to Celebrate" tab at the beginning of each month to find some great ideas to bring joy into your days!  April has just been added...

3.28.2012

You Have a Purpose

We just finished reading The Invention of Hugo Cabret as a family.  So good!  Then we watched the movie...Equally good!  This book proves to me that great classics are still made.  :-) 


Here's a quote for thought: 

"Did you ever notice that all machines are made for some reason? . . . They are build to make you laugh...or to tell the time...or to fill you with wonder. . . . I like to imagine the world as one big machine.  You know, machines never have any extra parts.  They have the exact number and type of parts they need.  So I figure it the entire worls is a big machine, I have to be here for some reason.  And that means you have to be here for some reason, too."



Isabelle then asks a question we can all ask ourselves, "Then what's my purpose?"

I don't really believe in accidents.  I believe that we are where we are for a purpose, to influence and be influenced by all those with whom we come into contact.  Knowing that simple truth makes life all the more exciting for me!  I like to ask myself, "Why do I know that person?" and then spend time trying to figure it out.  Like a puzzle.  Like Hugo winding the clocks and fixing the automaton.  There is a purpose, and we get to discover just what that purpose is!

And the Winners Are . . .

Thank you so much for the awesome support and for sharing me with others! 
So, the winners for the drawing are:

Prize #1 (book and plaque) - Kelly
Prize #2 (Wiggle Like a Fish CD's) - NaDell
Prize #3 (10 greeting cards) - Wendy

I know where you all live...so I'll get your prizes to you soon! 
And thanks again to all others who helped me spread the word!
You're Fabulous!

3.19.2012

A Reason to SMILE!!

Welcome!

Did you know it takes more muscles to frown than it does to smile?  Today I want to give you something to smile about.  There are some great prizes to be won!!

Here's what you can win:

 #1 - Fabulous book written by Wendy Christensen entitled, It's the Little Things that Matter and "What's so Great about this?" vinyl lettering plaque




#2 - Two Wiggle Like a Fish CD's featuring the best kids' music out there!




#3 - Set of 8 handmade "SMILE" greeting cards



How to enter the drawing is very simple:

a) Leave a comment below

b) Share Spiritually Minded Motherhood with 3 friends (tell me you did so in your comment)

c) Become a follower of Spiritually Minded Motherhood

d) All of the above and get your name put in three times!

3 Lucky Winners will be chosen on Wednesday, March 28th!

Act Happy Week



If you chance to meet a frown
Do not let it stay!
Quickly turn it upside down
And smile that frown away.

Recently I attended a conference where the speaker said, "Don't hate me because I'm happy."
I loved that!

As mothers it's sometimes all too easy to get together and talk only about the things we are struggling with in regards to our children (me being #1 culprit). My husband laughs at me, actually, saying that I'm always trying to fix something. It almost feels weird when everything is going well and it doesn't seem right to just be happy. Maybe it's because we believe there is opposition in all things and so if we aren't experiencing opposition, we must not really be happy. ?? Maybe it's because if we're happy it will make the other mothers feel bad when they're not. Whatever the reason, this week we have an excuse to Act Happy!
No one likes a frowny face,
Change it for a smile.
Make the world a better place
By smiling all the while!


What our Family is Doing to Celebrate Act Happy Week
I went to the store and purchased happy face stickers. Any time a child (or parent) is caught "Acting Happy" they will get a sticker. We'll try to see who can collect the most stickers by the end of the week.

3.15.2012

Kung Fu Panda: A Lesson on Mentoring

I FINALLY watched Kung Fu Panda with my kids the other night.  I'd heard it was great, but now I know why.  This movie teaches a great lesson for mothers! This is the message I got on how to be a true mentor for your children:

Having the ability to find the inner genius of your child so that you can teach them to believe in themselves. 

It's so easy to look at our children sometimes and wonder if they're ever going to learn what we're trying to teach them.  Just like Master Shifu, we try to teach our children the only way we know how.  We think we need to shape them into the perfect "kung fu masters" the way we did or according to our ideal training plan.  We look at their weaknesses and think, "What am I going to do?" or "Why don't they get what I'm trying to teach them?" 

Master Shifu went to his higher master (we all have one of those!) asking for help, for guidance.  What was he told?  "Promise me you will believe."  Wow!  That promise then caused Shifu to look inward, not only for himself but also for Po, the Panda.  He forced himself to believe, and then had to figure out a way for Po to believe it himself.

Shifu needed to discover Po's inner genius.  What really drove Po to be successful?  Food.  That was the motivator, the inner strength that others had seen only as a weakness beforehand.  This made me want to look at my children with different eyes.  What are their motivators?  Do I view their characteristics as weaknesses or can I better use their attributes to lead them to greatness?  My husband is known to say, "We spend their childhood trying to beat out of them the characteristics that will make them great adults." 
In the end, Po learned to love himself for who he was.  Why?  Because he'd had a mentor who believed in him all along the way.  Can I be that kind of mentor for my children?  I accept the challenge to make it happen!
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