Category: overcoming challlenges

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How To Stop Negative Thinking

Left To Tell was written by Immaculee Ilibagiza, who spent 91 days hiding in a bathroom with 7 other people during the Rwanda Holocaust. Her life story is riveting and will put to shame any mompreneur who complains about her current state of life.  If you have access to your children and even have the OPTION to consider being a SAHM your life is beautiful and you should shut up your whining and get busy! Everything else is just your own negative thinking holding you back.

I’ve created a video on How To Stop Negative Thinking to help you move on with your life. If Immaculee Ilibagiza could do it after her devastating sufferings so can you while surrounded by your comforts.

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I Quit My Job-E Brown

My interview with Eddie Brown was fantastic, inspiring and informative!

He talked about the preparation he and his wife made as he went forth to start his own public relations company. I admire this young man who discovered how to take a natural talent and get paid for it!

Listen in as we continue the I Quit My Job series on Blogtalk Radio.

Traveling Across Country-Bus 52

Yesterday I had the privilege to hang out with an inspiring group of young people; Amy Rose, Gelb, Amy, Steve & Chris the team on Bus52.

They have created the awesome challenge of driving to 48 states in 52 weeks and collecting  inspiring examples of community interaction and innovation.  Saturday they came to The Generous Garden to interview the Director Bo Cable and be amazed by the work of volunteers. As the Volunteer Coordinator, I had communicated with over 50ppl who volunteered for that day; but because of the rain we ended with 22. I’m sure they were able to get a great story anyway.

I was inspired by THEIR story! It has been my 8yr DREAM to travel across country in an RV with my children! I decided last summer that I’m going to do it this summer, but after talking with Gelb I see that it’s going to take  A LOT of planning. He spent 2 years planning! I also realized how much I DON’T know. I would love to stay in contact with him and pick his brain when I need it.

It’s sooo totally cool to be young and free to come and go and to travel as you desire. As I stood talking with them I remember having a dream to travel across country even at the age of 16. At age 21 I went on a business trip with a colleague to Las Vegas and we decided to extend our trip. We drove to Mexico and traveled up the west coast, sleeping in the car, all the way to Los Angeles before flying home. What fun!

I pray that these 5 will have safe travels and find much success as they travel on their Bus 52 to inspire America. They have definitely inspired me and made me more determined to live my (other) dream!

I Don’t Sleep

I don’t sleep and I have a problem with that.

No, I’m not an insominac.

No, I don’t have sleep apnea.

No, it doesn’t affect my productivity during the day.

I’ve never required much sleep.

But this is still a problem because all of the latest research, studies, scientists, sleep gurus and children’s books say that we’re suppose to sleep 8 hours a night. The latest information  says if we don’t we will gain weight!



OMGoodness, I sleep 4-5 hours a night! No wonder I can’t lose a pound! I thought it was because I don’t exercise!



So AGAIN, I’m going to do my best to CONSCIOUSLY override my biology, that is obviously set on NIGHT-OWLish and make myself go to bed at  midnight, as opposed to 3am, and wake 8 hours later.

Whenever I engage in this biological tug of war, the results are ALWAYS the same.  I wake up 4 hours later- 4am.


 But hey, I’ve gotten my required sleep so I jump up and think, “Hot dog! The kids won’t be up until 8! I have a whole 1/2 day to myself!”  Happy dance!


I am  enamored with my many opportunities: I can go walking outside or on the threadmill-but my body isn’t as excited about that opportunity; it reminds me that this is bedtime.

I can blog or work on my ebook-but my brain says that requires a little too much thinking, it’s really bedtime.

I can have a intimate, stimulating conversation with my husband. He is usually up because he’s also a nightowl, but around 4am he’s starting to settle down because it’s bedtime.

I can get a jump on the laundry, bleach down the  bathrooms, organize my desk, but my brain challenges me, “why would you get up at 4am to do mundane house work?!”


I walk around relishing my senses in a quiet, dark house.




And as always, I settle down with my favorite thing to do: I sit down to read my Bible, have prayer and meditate. Ahhhhh!

But 30 minutes into it I’m asleep! 10 minutes later I wake up in my chair groggier & sleepier than…the last time I tried to overide my biology!

I stumble back to my bed and collapse onto the mattress. It’s 4:45am, a little later than my regularly scheduled bedtime.

My body now kicks in to get it’s pre-programmed, required 4 hours. It also has to re-calibrate the programmed glitch that I caused when I went to bed at midnight, so it decides to calculate an additional 2hrs of needed sleep.

I don’t wake up until after11am!!

I jump out of bed appalled! How dare the bed molested me into a deep sleep! How did my pillows turn into fluffy clouds and my husband’s piggy sounds melt into angelic songs?!

I’m flabbergasted at my body’s betrayal! I yell at it, “I went to bed at midnight! We are rested! Why did you not get up until 11am? You know all I have to do today!”

And as always, my body responds with the same answer, “I got this. There are some things that are pre-programmed and are going to happen until they are programmed to NOT. The egg released from your ovaries, your breathe, the beating of your heart,  your need to sleep and 10,000 other functions are all handled by me. You’re the fool for thinking that you can control it. The wisdom of the body is created and evolved; it’s greater than the limited thoughts of your changing wants. On this you’ll have to trust ME.”

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MORALE OF THE STORY: Don’t fight it. Go with the flow of life. Pay attention to the patterns and align yourself with those; regardless of what the “experts” say.