Good Monday morning! I truly believe that we alone can change our circumstances. To see my Motivating Your Monday newsflash I recently did providing more thought to this, click here.
Do you ever have those God moments? The ones where you hear that voice in your head telling you to do something that you really didn't want to do. I had just such an experience last Friday and wanted to share the moment with you . . .
Last week for some reason I was struggling. Can't really tell you any one reason why, but it was just tough. Those feelings of depression, not being smart enough, not doing enough, what is my purpose here on earth . . . can any of you relate to that? It is amazing how the mind works! I know if I get out and walk, my spirits get lifted. I know if I just do some sort of exercise for 10 to 15 minutes, I will get in a better mood. Even listening to a motivational podcast can help in this situation, but I wasn't trying to get better I was just there floating along in my darkness.
Each week I have team calls on Friday morning, but this week I truly did not want to get on that call as I wanted to sit around and wallow in self-pity. I could hear that little voice inside my head saying, "Rey, get on the call." After much reluctance, I got on the call . . . a little late, but I did it. I am so glad!
One of our team members was sharing from her heart about feeling overwhelmed, inadequate, and not up to the tasks she is asked to do sometimes. She referred to Moses doubting God's decision to send him to Egypt and be the voice to Pharaoh to set the Jews free because he didn't feel like he could handle the task. But with God by our side, how could we not accomplish anything we set our minds to?
It was the most powerful team call I had experienced in a while and just what I needed to help get me started out of the state of depression I found myself in. This lady is someone I truly look up to as an inspiration as well as an awesome speaker and presenter at retreats and conventions. To hear her speak of her doubts in herself as well as opening her heart about life experiences, it truly helped me realized all I have and all that I am thankful for! It reminded me that I am here for a purpose and with God by my side I can't fail. I just have to be myself . . . flaws and all! Accepting the times that I am not a "Rey of sunshine" and asking for prayers when I need them.
Being ourselves and being authentic is one of the most important thing we can do. It helps people understand that we all have moments of self-doubt and lack of confidence. We all have moments of feeling sad and alone without a plan for what we are doing here. Being ourselves truly can help those around us see that we all live on an emotional rollercoaster, but believing in ourselves and seeking God's guidance on our daily activities can help us understand the journey He ultimately wants us to follow.
Today I wish you to be your authentic self and encourage you to share with those around you who might need an uplifting story to get them on the right path of being grateful and content in where they are on their journey. God bless and have a wonderful day!
We all know every January millions of Americans will be setting their New Year's resolutions and set goals to improve themselves in some way. Some of the most common resolutions people make are to exercise more, quit smoking, spend more time with family and friends, lose weight, get out of debt... and the list goes on! New Year's resolutions are popular in America with about 40 percent of people make them, but sadly few people succeed at keeping their resolutions.
In a study conducted by the University of Scranton of 200 people who made New Year's resolutions over a two-year period, only 19 percent of those admitted reaching their goal when researchers followed up with them two years later. While this may seem to be a discouraging number, there is some hope as the study also showed that people who made resolutions were more likely to make a positive change in their life compared to people who did not set a New Year's resolution at all!
So how do you make those resolutions stick? Below are some suggestions that might be helpful before you get started.
Making your resolutions. I believe one of the main problems we have when setting goals is setting too many. Creating your New Year's resolution list and having 20 goals throughout the year can be overwhelming and stressful! Realistically one should have three to five main goals they are focusing on at one time in order to be successful. I encourage you to pick three to five areas of your life that you want to focus on for 2019 and write those goals down. I believe writing your goals down on post-its and posting them in several places around the house such as the bathroom mirror, or on the refrigerator, so you see them daily keeps them fresh in your mind and helps you remember to spend time on them daily to achieve them.
Be realistic. One of the most common problems when setting a goal is setting one that is unrealistic. If your goal is to lose 50 pounds during 2019, you must have the right mindset as well as a game plan. Write down 50 pounds for 2019 as your main goal, but also break it down into smaller goals. Maybe you set losing 10 pounds every two months which will give you a buffer in case you miss your mark one of those months. Maybe you set a smaller goal of losing four pounds per month and celebrate each month when you accomplish that goal! Just keep in mind to be realistic when setting your goals.
Have a plan. Once you have your resolutions, think about how you are going to achieve those goals. Just writing down goals on a piece of paper is not going to get you anywhere! Thinking about the resolutions you want to make and what action you will need to take to reach your goals is an important part of succeeding. If you want an incredible guide to making life goals, I would encourage you to read a book I read this quarter by Michael Hyatt and Daniel Harkavy entitled: "Living Forward: A Proven Plan to Stop Drifting and Get the Life You Want."
Share with a friend. One way to achieve your goals is to tell someone who can hold you accountable. Posting on Facebook is also fine as it makes it public to your family and friends that you are setting some yearly goals, but this can be lost in the many posts that people are scrolling through. Finding one to two people in your life that want to help you reach your goals and will remind you of how important your goals are to you is a sure way of keeping on track throughout the year and ultimately reaching them!
Use a calendar. There is something awesome about seeing visual accomplishments. I meditate daily and use an app that shows me the longest consecutive streak I have for daily meditation. I love seeing the calendar with each day marked as an accomplishment! Why not use one for your resolutions? Get a calendar either paper or online and every time you complete your goal for that day or that month, mark it down in big read letters with an "X" or "Accomplished." Seeing all the hard work marked on the calendar will motivate you to keep up the great work!
Be kind. We all know that making changes in our life is going to be difficult so don't be too hard on yourself if you make a mistake. Just pick up and start again the next day! What is the old proverb they taught long ago... ? "If at first you don't success, try, try again!" Just remember, we are all going to have setbacks. We are all going to make mistakes from time to time, but if we accept that it will happen and push on to continue getting to our goal, we will succeed.
What have I found in my research as the take-home message in writing this article? Making a New Year's resolution is a useful tool and, with the proper planning and attitude, can be an effective way to make a positive change in your life.
So, what are your resolutions going to be? I would love to hear them and help you reach them if you want encouragement. Good luck and Happy New Year!
It is that time of the year again for holidays. Some people love them, others do not. For me, I love Thanksgiving! It is probably my favorite time of the year. It is a time to reflect on my life and give thanks for all God has provided for me. Don't get me wrong … my life has definitely had many struggles along the way and I am sure there will be more, but I am so thankful that each day I wake up in Washington state and look outside at the beauty that surrounds me. I wake up healthy and happy free to decide what my day will consist of and how I will act. Will I bring a smile to someone's face today? Will I make someone angry? Or, even worse, will I make someone feel unappreciated? We each have the choice to show those we come in contact with how much we appreciate them, but we tend to be so busy with our own lives that we forget the importance of connecting on a personal level with others in our life whether at work, home, or in the community.
Thanksgiving is also a time to give back as well as a time to make an effort to connect with people. With all the technology and gadgets consuming our time, we forget to look up to experience life as God intended us to. We are so busy watching TV or scrolling Facebook that we are missing the important things in life like talking with your family, taking strolls through the park, or talking with those you see even if it is just a simple hello. I found this video that really says it all and I hope you will watch it to get a perspective of what you may be missing being on a gadget all the time.
So put down those phones! Instead meet up with a friend for a cup of coffee or a glass of wine. This Thanksgiving, I hope you will make a conscious effort to really pay attention to those you are with and ask questions about their life. Play a card game or go for a walk after Thanksgiving turkey and talk. Spend quality time together as opposed to everyone sitting looking at the TV or their phone. You will be amazed at how good you feel connecting on a personal level! God bless and Happy Thanksgiving!
In a survey conducted in 2017 by CRN, it showed that 76% of Americans take vitamin supplements for a variety of reasons . . . more energy, healthy heart, fill nutrient gaps, immune health, overall health and wellness and the list goes on.
But can vitamin supplements really help you? The answer is "Yes." In a recent Time magazine article, it talks about how research shows that vitamins may help fight cancer, heart disease and the ravages of aging.
It is scary to think by the year 2020, three out of four deaths will be caused by heart disease, cancer or diabetes, but that is what has been reported by the C.D.C. and W.H.O. The #1 killer in America is heart disease with the #2 killer being cancer as over 40% of Americans will get cancer sometime in their life. Also according to the CDC, over two-thirds of adults are overweight or obese which leads to the 7th leading case of death, Diabetes. It is an alarming fact that over 70% of Americans are on prescription medication for one reason or another, and most doctors aren't programmed in their training to provide healthy, natural ways to reduce your risk of developing one of these health issues, or they have simply given up as their patients are not listening to them anyway.
Let's be honest, it really isn't all the doctor's fault! We know what is good for us, we know what we should be doing and what we should be eating, but most Americans don't take the time to take care of themselves so even if the doctor provided us with ideas to reduce our chances of having heart problems or Diabetes, most of us simply ignore them and continue down the same path until it is necessary for us to start taking medications which starts a whole other journey of health issues as most prescriptions come with their own list of side effects that could harm us!
You've seen the commercials, right? Take a look at the side effects for Lisinopril 5 mg (the generic form of the brand-name drug Zestril) which is prescribed to treat high blood pressure. The side effects I found listed are cough, dizziness, headache, extreme tiredness, nausea, diarrhea, weakness, sneezing, runny nose, low sex drive, or rash. It also warns for those who are Diabetic and take medicine for that issue be aware as Lisinopril can cause your blood sugar levels to drop. WOW! Why wouldn't you want to get on that prescription?!?
The good news is research also shows that making simple small changes in your diet, exercise, and weight management can help reduce the chances of being a statistic! Ideally, of course, it would be best to get all our nutrients from the food that we eat, but realistically for most people it isn't possible as a lot of Americans are not getting the daily recommended amount of vitamins in their diet. Research shows that 92% of Americans are not eating the daily recommended amount of three servings of whole grains, and 88% of Americans don't even eat five servings of fruits and vegetables. The USDA's Dietary Guidelines recommend adults eat anywhere from 5 to 13 servings of fruits and vegetables per day depending on age, gender, physical activity, and overall health so we are falling way short. Sadly, the one thing we are getting a lot of is sugar as the average American is consuming more than 150 pounds of sugar a year compared to the less than 10 pounds prior to the 20th century. That is over 12 pounds of sugar a month!
Even for those who really try to get the recommended daily amount of servings of whole grains, fruit and vegetables, and fresh fish, we still fall way short! Vitamin supplements can be the answer to help fill the gap between the nutrients you need in your daily diet and the nutrients you are actually getting.
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Some of us spend eight hours or more at our desk and for the most part we are sitting in a chair without any form of exercise. While I know a full workout isn’t possible, we can do some simple stretches and exercises to get in a little activity in our normal sedentary office lifestyle. Here are some examples to get you started.
Let’s start with stretching your arms and back by doing the Reaching for the Stars stretch. Start by interlacing your fingers and reach up towards the ceiling as high as you can, keeping your palms facing up. This helps to release a lot of tension that has built up in your arms, shoulders and back. Next for additional tension release in your shoulders, try doing Shoulder Shrugs move by raising both shoulders up towards your ears and holding for five seconds and release making sure to repeat a few times for full benefit. Next, try the Desk Crawl technique by extending both of your arms out across your desk and moving your chair back as far as you can to help stretch out your back and shoulders. Going down to your legs, try Loving Yourself stretch by bending your right knee to your chest wrapping your arms around it and pulling it as close to your chest as you can. Remember to do both legs and hold for 10 seconds each.
After getting in a little stretching, you can kick it up a bit and get your muscles working right at your desk. So go ahead and mute that conference call you have to be one and let’s get going . . .
To get your blood flowing, how about doing High Knee Lifts or Jogging in Place for 30 seconds repeating two to three times? Next let’s work on the arms and abs a little by doing Push-Ups! No, you don’t have to get on the floor unless you want to. I would suggest keeping a yoga mat at your office to use if you are wanting to get on the floor. If you don’t, modify your Push-Ups by using the wall or the edge of your desk. Start with whatever number of Push-Ups you can do but make sure to put in at least three sets and build up to more. To work those leg muscles, trying doing Squats of at least 10 each time, three different sets.
This is a good start to getting a little exercise into your daily work routine. Taking the time to do such stretches and workout can also help with stress relief during a busy, hectic work schedule! Good luck and let me know how things go!
Do you have dreams? Do you set goals for yourself? Fitness and financial? Short-term and long-term? Goals are an important part of every person's life, but setting them is just part of it. If you don't act on those goals and get them in writing, then that is just what they will stay . . . dreams.
In order to make those dreams a reality, I encourage you to write them down into achievable goals with some short-term and some long-term. If you only have long-term goals, it is easy to be discourage when you don't see results immediately and give up. Setting a weight loss goal of 50 pounds is a great long-term goal if that is what you need to lose but make your short-term goal be 10 pounds in two months as this is a very attainable goal and possibly even something that can be done healthy in less than two months so when you actually get there, you can celebrate!
I also encourage you to share your goals with one to two friends who can hold you accountable, or if you feel so inspired share on your Social Media and help others commit to their own fitness or weight loss goals. Working together to keep each other focused on our goals can be a fun and exciting part of our every day activities.
I recently finished my 90-Day Fitness Challenge and feel great! I feel healthy and in the best shape I have been in years, but completing my 90-Day Fitness Challenge doesn't mean I stop there. I have already decided my next challenge and know it will help me stay active and focus towards my health goals. Life is full of uncompleted goals just waiting to be fulfilled. What are you waiting for?
It is amazing to me the people who immediately shoot down a good product simply because they find out something is a network marketing company. Do you know how many network marketing companies there are just in the United States? Wikipedia list many of the network marketing companies in the U.S. and they have 63 listed . . . that doesn't even include the whole food supplements I am on (don't worry, I know it will be a household name in the near future) who is just been focused in the United States for a couple of years so I know there are probably tons more!
Beachbody, Pampered Chef, LuLaRoe, Discovery Toys, Premier Designs Jewelry just to name a few. Selling all types of items by independent distributors or promoters who believe in their products. They are being their own bosses, working their own hours, and living the lifestyle they want to live. Whether they are part-time or full-time depends on their current circumstance, but one thing is for sure . . . they are dedicated to the future way of sales!
Why people think negatively about network marketing companies is really a very easy answer. In this day and age, many people see great results that some people are having with direct marketing companies. They see the benefits of good money and wish they had it as well. They join thinking they can contact three to five family members or friends and then sit back and reap the benefits! What they don't see are the many long, hard hours that those successful business men or women put into their network marketing business. Can you see starting a new mortar and brick business such as a bakery or hair salon and only putting in an hour a day or two to three weeks and then stop working? What business would survive for one year like that . . . one month for that matter?!? None!
We are not a pyramid scheme. We are a multi-level marketing company with incredible benefits and residual income should you stick out the tough hours and work. You can only get out of the network marketing company what you put in. Go in with the attitude that this is your business, you are the boss, but you have to work long hours to get where you want to be. If you don't give up, if you know your why, you will succeed . . . there is no doubt about that!
Do you believe God answers prayers? Do you truly believe when you ask Him for something, He hears you? There have been so many times in my life that God immediately answered my prayers, and other times where He answered them on His time. It is hard sometimes to wait and have faith that He will answer your prayers, but that is exactly what we have to do.
In September of 2016, my life was going great! It really was. I have the most kindest, loving man in the world who is my husband, we live in Washington state in one of the most beautiful places on earth with good friends who spent time with us, we are in good health, and we are truly blessed. But there seemed to be something missing.
While I have a group of wonderful Christian ladies online in my Building Your Faith Facebook group that share inspiring verses, support each other through prayer, and grow together in Bible studies, I was searching for a deeper relationship with the Lord. I started to pray to the Lord to send me friends who have a deeper understanding and love for the Lord who could help me grow in my relationship with Him.
Never in a million years would I have believed that my MLM family would be just that. Immediately when joining this incredible company in October 2016, I started to see the type of people who worked in the business. From Allan and Nicole, to Julie, Debbie, Mica, Eric, Dena, Stuart, Crystal, Allison, Lacey, Dave, and Shandell (who were all on the same Success Team I was on), I saw a strength in the Lord that I hadn't seen in years. There was a support system not only for our business, but for our faith and growing in Christ. I received texts and messages to just say they were thinking and praying for me if they knew I was in a funky mood. I would receive a call asking for prayers for something they were doing that day when they needed strength. People with this type of faith are so wonderful to have you in your life! They give you strength . . . real strength to stretch yourself in your faith and in your life.
As I continued to grow in my health & wellness business, I attended my first Team Retreat in Chewelah in April 2017 as well as the national convention last July and I saw that this wasn't just a fluke! Listening to Jerry, Kendra, Josh, Chelsey, and Jessica, really every speaker at the retreat and convention expressed their love for God. Did you hear that . . . Every speaker who took the stage gave glory to God! Not just a random comment about God, but a true passion of what He has done for them and continues to do for them in their lives.
I am thankful for so many more in our MLM family . . . too many to name here, but know that I am so happy that God has brought you into my life, and I know He will continue to help us do great things by reaching others.
My favorite time to talk to God is while I am on my morning walk. It helps me focus on my day and get some insight as to His plan for me. If you haven't spent quality time with God in a while, I hope you will take a moment to talk with Him. Take a second right now and tell Him how awesome He is. Tell Him how thankful you are that He is in your life. Put a prayer time on your daily calendar if you have to and make sure to keep it. If you truly can't find time during the day, pray while you are in the bathroom! I know it sounds crazy, but God doesn't care what you are doing as long as you seek to be with Him even if for a few minutes.
If you don't know how to pray, recite the Lord's Prayer from Matthew 6:9-13 or just talk to Him like he is your best friend. I used to be afraid to pray out loud at church because I didn't think I could pray the way my preacher could talk to God, but I have learned it doesn't matter how much I mess up or stumble over my words, God loves it all the same.
God can work miracles, I truly believe that. Prayer is one of the most intimate things we can do to become closer to Him, and I hope you can make daily time for Him. He longs to hear from you. God bless!
Have you ever had one of those God ah-ha moments, but you ignore it because you think it is just your mind wandering? You know the ones I am talking about . . . when the same thought keeps coming back up time and time again in different situations. It seems I have been having a lot of those lately.
I have been feeling a calling to start touching people's lives through workshops that focus on helping others realize the important moments in their lives. To help people notice what really matters in their life as well as growing personally to remember the importance of taking care of themselves. While I have had this feeling for some time, it has taken me years to act on it.
Recently, I sent out a couple of messages to some of my friends at local churches to see if anyone thought there would be any interest in my workshop. One friend I had contacted forwarded over my message to the contact at her church who handles the women's ministries. Several days later I went to service at that church and after the services the lady in front of me turned around to introduce herself. When I told her my name, she said, "Aren't you the lady who is wanting to do something for the women's ministries?" As God would have it, I met the lady who is in charge of women's ministries. Out of all the ladies of that church I visited that day, I met the one person I needed to follow up with regarding my workshop. That is God giving me another ah-ha moment that He truly wants me to focus on this next journey in my life.
Have you had similar situations? What have you done about it? Ignored the feeling or acted on it? Whether it be work related, relationship issues, or just personal time to grow in Christ, I encourage you to open you mind to listen to what God has in store for you. Change is good . . . it can be scary, but with God by our side we can't fail. Trust Him to guide you through whatever journey is in store for you next.
I love spending time with God, writing, reading, snowshoeing, playing country music with my husband, my furry babies, golf, and I am passionate about helping people recognize their potential to live life to its fullest!!!