Don’t Give Up On Your Bucket List

This Christmas, my mom gave me one of the best gifts I’ve ever received. She mailed me my gifts this year like she does every year since we live in different parts of the country but the feeling I got when I opened the gift was one I’ll never forget.

I picked up the gigantic box from my doorstep and carefully cut it open. Stockings galore stared back at me when I lifted the flaps to look inside. My mom had made a stocking for each one of my children. I pulled out Dylan’s and Hannah’s and Elinor’s and handed each one out to my kids who were jumping up and down at this point. At the very bottom of the box was a big, furry stocking in all of its glamour with three little mice figurines taped to the outside of the stocking. I peeked inside the stocking and pulled out a black book with the words “My Bucket List” on the cover. A huge grin covered my face and immediate feelings of love, gratitude and understanding came over me.

I had my mom on Duo so she was able to watch me open the book. If you know me you know how excited I get about talking about my bucket list, checking things off my bucket list and encouraging others to start their own bucket list. She told me she found the book in a little store while on vacation at the beach and knew I had to have it.

On the front of the stocking those three little mice figurines I told you about were actually holding money. I didn’t see it at first but my mom had rolled money and tucked them inside the mice. It was the cutest thing ever and so meaningful to me. Her message, “Here’s some money to start your next bucket list item.”

It’s never too late to start working on your bucket list. Start by writing down at least one thing you’ve always wanted to do and go from there. Start taking little steps towards making it happen.  I promise you – it’s one of the most thrilling and exciting feelings to see your bucket list dreams come true. I devoted an entire section in my book, “I See You: Helping Moms Go from Overwhelmed to In Control” to the idea behind bucket lists and there is a fun bucket list sheet for you to write in your own ideas.

Learning guitar was on my bucket list and I’m about to start my sixth month of lessons. I’ve been trying to decide what’s next. I guess we’ll see 🙂

 

Teaching Your Kids About New Year’s Resolutions

As the New Year approaches, I find myself thinking about my kids and trying to gauge how much they really understand about the idea behind making New Year’s resolutions. I wrote this article that appears in January’s edition of South Florida Parenting Magazine to teach (myself) and others how to get the message across.

What are your New Year’s resolutions? Have you talked about them with your kids? I bet you’d be surprised to hear what your child’s resolutions are. I know I was!

My New Year’s Resolutions

I don’t put too much pressure on myself when it comes to New Year’s resolutions but I do think it’s important to set some goals for myself each year. As I look back on 2016, I realize how many blessings actually occurred in my life. If you haven’t done this yet, I encourage you to write down at least 5 blessings you can think of off the top of your head. It really puts things in perspective and helps set the tone for the rest of the day – even the next few days. It’s important to keep yourself accountable to not just tangible goals but to mental ones, too. That’s why I’ve decided that one of my goals for the new year will be to fill my head with scripture instead of Facebook.

One of the ways I plan on doing this is to read the Bible in its entirety. Yep. I’m going for it. One of my friends, knowing I wanted to do this in the new year, has lent me a chronological Bible. How did I not know the Bible wasn’t already in chronological order? Did you? I guess that’s a good place for me to start!

A few other goals for 2017:

  • Continue training for my first half and actually run my first half which is in April.
  • Schedule myself at least one speaking event each month (for a total of 12).
  • Sell 100 more books.
  • Get control of my sweets intake. (It’s bad).
  • See my family in Massachusetts.
  • This is a big one (that goes in this spot right here) but I’m not ready to share it yet. I will do a proper announcement when the time is right. Just know that it’s big – something unexpected – something God had planned way before I ever caught wind of it but something I am due diligently working at 100% right now. And NO – I am not pregnant. But, I am looking forward to sharing this great, big news with you when I’m ready.

PS – I am always looking for places, venues, meetings to speak at. If you know someone or are in a group right now that you know I would be a good fit for – please contact me. You can find a list of my specialties under my events tab.