This weekend I came back from the marriage seminar that Karl and I presented, to find an absolute mess in the kitchen and two boys still in pajamas. Lovely. The girl was nowhere in sight. She went to hang out with friends on the block instead of hanging out with her brothers that were doing nothing but living in pajamas all day. Can’t blame her for that one.
Last night, I was presented with a box of my favorite chocolates by the oldest. Michael made a big deal of it. I told him he had redeemed himself. The funny thing – he got the chocolates to say that he knows I’m going through a lot physically right now and he can see it’s really rough on me – yet I still do all the mom stuff. He smiled sheepishly that it wasn’t apology for the mess in the kitchen.
To me, it doesn’t really matter. Just the thoughtfulness of getting the chocolates for me. How often does a teenage boy go out of his way to buy expensive chocolates for his mom – when it’s not Valentine’s Day yet or Christmas or birthday or anything like that? I consider myself blessed. I savor every bite of my collection that includes Ferrero Rondnoir, Raffaello and Ferrero Rocher. Sweet!
My husband was sharing one of the latest “aha moments” he has had based on a podcast by Michael Hyatt. He started referring to words from the blog – “This is your life…” I of course have heard it many times and was able to finish it. “Are you who you want to be?”
It really is a simple melody and not that difficult to grasp, which is a good thing. Because it keeps the message easily in your mind. “This is your life. Are you who you want to be?” Well, are you?
Well, actually Sharon, I’d rather be 30 pounds lighter. Then what are you going to do about it? Someone might say they want to spend more time with their kids. Sounds great, but when are you going to make it a priority instead of just a distant vision?
Start today. Change one of your “someday I want to” dreams into a “today I will” reality. Is it a bigger project? Great! Start scheduling the various phases of that project today. Put it on your calendar today. Make time for it today. Go to Michael Hyatt’s blog and listen to the melody on his podcasts a few times. Get it stuck in your brain and then make your life what you want it to be!
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I am all for accountability! It really works. My husband is back on his weight loss goals and we have the chart out again. He loves to hear the excitement of the kids each day when he lowers the number on the board. Hooray for daddy! The encouragement keeps him going.
As a woman, I can tell you right now that I have no intention of putting my weight on the chart each day. Karl has invited me to join him in his motivation tool, but I know my kids. They tell everything! What could I do?
Finally God revealed the perfect idea to me. Getting Down with Me Money!
I made a chart for the days of the week and a simple motivation tool. Each day that I put a down arrow on the chart (meaning my weight went down, however great or small the amount), that equals one Me Dollar – money I can spend on myself. I have the accountability of the public chart and the encouragement of the kids, but not the constant fear that one of them will reveal my weight at school to their friends. I also have a great motivator tool. You see, I always feel guilty about spending money on myself. You know; there are bills to pay, donations to give and always something more important than splurging on a little thing for yourself. My family will encourage me to use those Me Dollars and to keep getting down arrows on my chart.
I put my first down arrow on the chart today. Here is to many more down arrows and safe accountability.