Have you ever stopped and looked at the view from your window? The view from our back window overlooks the rental cabin we started last year surrounded by tall, scaling pine trees. Past that is the grand mountain behind our property that gets covered in snow during this season. I love the end of Fall and the beginning of Winter because there will be times that this mountain behind our property will have a line of snow covering it that comes partially down the slope while we do not have any snow at all. This is the sign of changing of the seasons from Fall to Winter and I love each season and what it brings. It is the perfect amount of time for each season and by the end of each, I am ready for the next. Something about this area that I love are the specific four seasons, unlike my home state of Texas that really has one main season . . . HOT!
There is so much in life to be grateful for . . . so many little things that we take for granted every day. Every once in a while, I will just stand in the shower and think how lucky I am to have a hot shower any time of the day when I want it. To have food on the table every meal . . . even have choices of what I want for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. When I think that there are so many in other countries, or even for some here in the U.S., who don’t have three meals a day, it makes me sad for them but also so grateful that I have never had to worry about being hungry. We have instant access to pretty much any question you have by just typing it into the search engine and immediate contact to family and friends by sending a text with no more having to wait four to seven days to send a letter.
I believe many people have lost sight of what is important in life and how fortunate we truly are. We think about buying a new car when our current one is running just fine. We think about getting a new iPhone just because a newer version is released. We feel we need several more pairs of shoes just because there is a huge sale going on when we already have 20 pairs in our closet!
There are so many things I am thankful for in my life . . . my husband, my furry babies, my family and friends, the home that keeps us warm and safe, my health, the fact that I get up each morning and can walk around our property. Today, I encourage you to take a moment. Take a moment to be thankful for your surroundings and spend three to five minutes making a gratitude list of all the little things you are thankful for in your life. You would be surprised how many things you could put on that list and how truly blessed you are!
Challenge yourself . . .
Do you feel like you are in a funk? Waking up doing the same old thing? Not motivated to do anything? Then I challenge you to set a goal for yourself! It can be a short-term goal, a long-term goal, or both and make it for fitness and personal development!
Setting both short-term and long-term goals are good because it is a feeling of accomplishment when you reach that short-term goal, but you still have your long-term goal to strive for. Your goals could be as simple as cutting back on soda intake if you consumed a lot of soft drinks. You could take a walk for 15 minutes, spend some time reading a good book on personal development, or wake up each morning and do some stretches. The important thing to remember is if you aren't currently doing anything, any of these small changes can help you get motivated to doing something!
I recently completed my 30-day Fitness Challenge where I walked 300,000 steps in less than 30 days. Now I am starting my 90-day Fitness Challenge and will be walking a Half Marathon in 12 weeks. This goal I have set gets me excited for each day's challenge and what I have to do. Is it going to be tough? Sure . . . it is pushing me outside my current fitness comfort level, but I have a great walking plan that makes me excited to tackle each day head on and know I will succeed!
So, what about you? What's stopping you? I recently read a quote in a book I am reading, The Compound Effect, by Darren Hardy that said, "In essence, you make your choices, and then your choices make you." So true! Every choice you make will ultimately effect you in some way down the road. Only you can change the choices you have made. Let's get out there and make it happen! Good luck and if you need someone to help to hold you accountable, put your challenge here or message me and I'll help you stay on track.
Going hand and hand with fitness for your body is working your brain! We have so many activities in our lifestyle these days that do not help us with keeping our brain sharp, but we can make some simple changes in our life can help keep our brain active and aware well into our golden years.
Research shows that memory loss may start as early as age 45 in both men and women. Being 51, this greatly concerns me! How many times have you walked into a room to get something and forgot what you were going to get? I know this happens to me frequently, and I am working to get focused more and develop a routine to working out my brain.
In addition to taking my organic food supplements, here are some tips I found that can help you keep your brain focused and sharp:
1) Pick Up a Book. Reading is so beneficial for your brain! Whether it be for personal development or for pleasure, picking up a good book or even reading it on your table can get your brain working. My goal is to read one book for personal or spiritual development and one book for fun each month. It really doesn't matter if you read for enjoyment or personal growth, just make sure you read!!
2) Complete a Puzzle. Keeping your focus to finish a puzzle these days is challenging!! I can't remember the last time I did a puzzle, but I recently saw a good friend of mine, Taline Manassian, posting on Facebook that she completed a puzzle and it made me want to do one. If you have kiddos, this is great family bonding as well and will keep them busy on those cold weekend days when they can't get out.
3) Word of the Day. Learning new words is great to keep your brain working. There are programs you can sign up for to receive a new word each day. Merriam-Webster word of the day has such a program if you are interested in looking into this.
4) Memorize Mobile Numbers. How many phone numbers do you have memorized? I have hundreds of numbers in my cell phone, but there are only two numbers I have memorized . . . mine and my husband's! How easy it is to let technology handle all our information. What if that phone was lost or destroyed? I hope to at least commit to memory phone numbers for my family and good friends and hope you will consider joining me.
5) Video Games. While I know some of you are saying . . . NO . . . video games that actually work your motor skills and make you use your brain can be very beneficial. Take for instances Words with Friends that is essentially Scrabble online. This game helps me learn new words and create words from tiles that keep me actively using my brain. Another game that is good is Tetris which my husband just got me interested in. It keeps your motor skills working fast as well as decision-making skills to keep your brain sharp!
While these are just a couple of ideas, there are numerous other ways to keep your brain sharp and active! Just look online and you can find many activities that will keep your mind working and developing.
Have you ever thought about accomplishing something . . . whether it was a career choice or personal goal . . . and felt there was no way you could do it? I have had those thoughts often in the past and, honestly, still do sometimes! It is easy to doubt yourself, but I truly believe if you put your mind to anything you really want to do . . . you can do it!
This video was taken during a speech I did for my 10th speech in Toastmasters which is usually presented to try to motivate fellow Toastmaster members and guests (video courtesy of Capital City Toastmasters member, Louis Burns). I hope you enjoy and really listen to the message . . . you can do anything you set your mind to if you just believe in yourself! God bless!
Are you tired of feeling tired? I heard that question just the other day and thought how appropriate. Since turning 50 in 2010, I have done a lot of thinking (maybe that is what we all do when we get to that age) about the direction of my life and where I was heading.
I know that I was trying to be better about what I was eating and doing some sort of exercising, but I wasn't really focused on accomplishing that all the time. Since my birthday in August of this year, I had committed to walking four miles a day (two in the morning and two in the afternoon). I also committed to eating smaller portions as opposed to the "biggy size" that the fast food restaurants seem to push on you every time you order something (not that I eat that much fast food anymore!). Small changes in our lifestyle can make huge differences in how we feel.
I have also recently started taking organic vitamin supplement products. While I have only been on them for two weeks, I know that I can already tell a difference between how my energy level was and how I feel now. I can't wait to see how I feel in two months! Another benefit I am already noticing is that I am sleeping better and while I am not sleeping as many hours, I find myself rested and ready for the new day.
I have to admit, I was skeptical when first hearing about the supplements, but after hearing the testimony of others and doing research on my own, I jumped onboard and I am so glad I did! If you have any interest in hearing about these whole food supplements, please contact me personally at Reynetta@reyofsunshine.com. I hope to hear from you so we can travel this health journey together!
This is a blog I posted on another site I have discontinued, but I really wanted to repost it here. My mom passed away on January 3, 2013, but I know her journey through cancer was brighten on days she received cards from people around the United States whom she had never met. People who just wanted to make a difference in her life. Not only does it touch the person's heart who is going through the situation, it touches their family's heart as well. (I still have all those cards my mom received and I read them often when I miss her.)
Blog from other site submitted May 13, 2012:
It was only a couple of cards, but it meant the world to my mom!! I talk a lot about Making a Difference by small acts of kindness and this story is the perfect example of why it is so important to take time to think of others.
As many of you know, my mom was diagnosed with lung cancer the middle of April 2012. She had her first round of chemo a little over a week ago and at first she seemed to be handling it fine, but as the week went on the side effects started getting to her and she said this last week was a little tough.
On Saturday morning I made my daily phone call to see how she was doing and the joy in her voice (and my dad’s) was overwhelming. She told me first that she had gotten our Mother’s Day card, but not only that card . . . she received several others all mailed from El Paso, Texas. Upon opening each cards, she was overwhelmed by the number of signatures she saw on the cards . . . names she didn’t recognize except for Faynell Poe and Julie Abernathy because she knew those names from me.
You see, Texas ALP (a legal professional organization I have been a member of for over 20 years) had their Annual Meeting this last weekend. At the meeting, many of those members signed several Get Well cards (some sent cards on their own) and mailed them to my mom to give her encouragement and wishes to get well soon. My mom didn’t have the strength to read every name to me, but my dad did. Texas ALP members . . . THANK YOU!! I cannot express the appreciation and love I feel in my heart that you took a moment to think of my mom in her time of need.
If you have the opportunity . . . please take the time to touch someone’s life today. It really only takes a minute, but can bring so much joy into their life!!
I am turning 50 on Monday, August 10. Does it bother me? Not really. I think it is just a number without a lot of meaning. What am I focusing on more? Where I am at in my life . . . that is what really matters!
I have a wonderful life! I am blessed to have a fantastic husband who loves me more than anything. I have a beautiful cabin in the mountains where I get to walk on our eight acres and reflect on the journey of my life. I work from home and have good clients. My life is filled with wonderful friends and family, not to mention my sweet, precious furry babies that make me laugh daily!
But . . . what would I change? What am I passionate about? That is still to be determined. While I am very happy with my life as it is, I do feel that I am missing my calling. What is it that I am really supposed to be doing with my career? I truly don't know. But I do believe that God has given me gifts and a talent that are not being utilized. I also know with God's guidance and direction, I will find my way. It will not be something that changes overnight, but I know I will get there. I will continue to keep the faith and follow the direction that I believe God would like me to go. I know it has something to do with helping others and giving to those in need. Somehow, some way, I will make a priority in my life and get there slowly but surely.
What are your passions? What would you change if you could? You may already be there, but if you aren't . . . I encourage you to listen to your inner voice and start seeking that journey. I am sure you won't be sorry for doing so.
The lady (Amber) in the photo has been lifesaver for me since moving to Washington. There are others, Jean, Jodi, Lisa, Taline, Julie, Teresa, and Diane that also mean the world to me since moving to Washington. I moved to Chewelah, Washington on July 5, 2010 and knew no one except David, but that didn't stop me from seeking my dream of living in the mountains. Here David and I are almost five years later and have no regrets of leaving Texas.
A friend is one of the most important things in my life. She helps me when I need encouragement to go on. She brings me a bouquet of flowers from her garden just because she wants to let me know she is glad we are friends. She sets up Skype meetings with me each week to make sure that I stay on track with my virtual business so I can be successful. She plans a conference call with me each month so I can stay focused on my writing.
Friends . . . they are the reason each of us survive and become better people. Surround yourself with people you love and who love you unconditionally. Thank you ladies for being such an incredible influence in my life and supporting me in all I do!
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!!!