Sunday, January 29, 2012

Making Your Home Sing: Facebook Isn't The Boss of You

Making your home sing Mondays

Welcome to the Making Your Home Sing Monday meme! Every day you are doing something to make your house into a home for yourself and your family (if you have one). My point with each Monday post is, what are you doing or going to do today to make your home sing?

It can be an attitude or an action. Motivation, our attitude, baking, encouraging our husband or children (if we have either one), organization, cleaning, saving money....the opportunities are endless.

I have a huge confession to make. Huge.

My Christmas decorations aren't put away yet. Oh, they're down. Mostly down. O.k., somewhat down.........

The tree is gone and most of the house decorations are shoved in a corner, waiting for me to put them in their boxes and be done with them. But there are a few of them that I haven't taken down yet.

I usually take them down the day after New Years. But I hurt my back (again) right before Christmas and so when New Years rolled around I was still waiting for it to feel better.

Now it's feeling much better but I'm not feelin' the desire to tackle that project. And besides, Christmas is 330 days away, so what's the hurry?

It's not just Christmas exploding in my house. It's the Christmas boxes, and the thrift store boxes, and the unfolded laundry, and the folded laundry, and the unread magazines piling up, and the......and the.........

Frankly, I'm getting tired of looking around and seeing a mess. I'm getting tired of being afraid of having someone ring my doorbell. I'm getting tired of living in fear that I will have to invite someone in.

Every time that doorbell rings I cringe. I don't like cringing. I like having my house neat so that I don't have to live in fear if the doorbell rings.

Are you living in fear of the doorbell? That doorbell isn't the boss of you, is it? Facebook isn't the boss of you, is it? Pinterest isn't the boss of you, is it? If something is stealing your time and keeping you from doing the stuff you know you need to be doing, take back control and make your home sing this week!

What are you doing or going to do today to make your home sing? Please go here for instructions and/or ideas and come back here to link up to join us today! Please do not put your own "Making Your Home Sing Monday" Linky on your blog. As always, please don't forget to link to this post. Also, please don't forgot to leave me a comment!

If you want to use your blog header or profile picture, use the "from the web" button on your right (after you click to link up). If you want to use a picture from your computer use the button on your left (unless the picture is on your blog). Please let me know if you have any problems with linking up.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Making Your Home Sing: You May Not Get A Do-Over

Making your home sing Mondays


Welcome to the Making Your Home Sing Monday meme! Every day you are doing something to make your house into a home for yourself and your family (if you have one). My point with each Monday post is, what are you doing or going to do today to make your home sing?


It can be an attitude or an action. Motivation, our attitude, baking, encouraging our husband or children (if we have either one), organization, cleaning, saving money....the opportunities are endless.

This morning I learned that my alarm clock works much better if I actually turn it on. Who knew? Last night I made sure that it was set to the correct wake up time but I failed to turn it on.

You know, we can have the best intentions in the world but if we fail to follow through, what good are they?

How many times have we said to ourselves or to someone else "I was going to do that today."

I was going to make that dentist appointment before my tooth started hurting.

I was going to call you right before you called me.

I was going to go see a doctor about it and have it checked, just in case.

I was going to visit my grandmother the day she died.

I was going to pay that bill before it was due.

I was going to put on my seat belt.

I was going to read my child's favorite book to them before they fell asleep.

I was going to leave earlier this morning so that I could be on time.

I was going to say "I'm sorry" later.

I was going to clean it up before I went to bed.

I was going to kiss my husband goodbye before he left for work.

Sometimes we get a do-over. Sometimes we don't.

A few days ago my son's boss was killed. A wonderful man, gone in an instant. A family, friends and co-workers mourning his loss. Heaven rejoicing in welcoming him Home.

Don't leave an important "I was going to...." unsaid or undone today. You may not get that second chance. Hug your husband and babies tighter, tell them you love them one more time. Pick up that phone or get in that car and go visit someone who's been longing to hear from you, and make their home sing today.

What are you doing or going to do today to make your home sing? Please go here for instructions and/or ideas and come back here to link up to join us today! Please do not put your own "Making Your Home Sing Monday" Linky on your blog. As always, please don't forget to link to this post. Also, please don't forgot to leave me a comment!

If you want to use your blog header or profile picture, use the "from the web" button on your right (after you click to link up). If you want to use a picture from your computer use the button on your left (unless the picture is on your blog). Please let me know if you have any problems with linking up.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Making Your Home Sing: Do You Have Things In Your Life That Need Doing?

Making your home sing Mondays

Welcome to the Making Your Home Sing Monday meme! Every day you are doing something to make your house into a home for yourself and your family (if you have one). My point with each Monday post is, what are you doing or going to do today to make your home sing?

It can be an attitude or an action. Motivation, our attitude, baking, encouraging our husband or children (if we have either one), organization, cleaning, saving money....the opportunities are endless.

As much as I've enjoyed my break I figured I probably should come back at some point and start blogging again, lol! We had a lovely Christmas and I hope you did too. I enjoyed having my oldest home from college. Both my boys home in the "nest"....it just doesn't get any better than that, lol! A few weeks relaxing at home while my back was healing and I have lost much of my motivation.

Have you ever given much thought to motivation? Have you ever found yourself lacking in it? Have you ever found yourself wishing or praying for it?

I think that motivation is what gets you going, but determination keeps you going and keeps you committed to accomplishing a goal.

Motivation can be internal or external factors that move you to do something. Determination is a decision you make, you resolve to do something.

Sometimes you can wait a very long time for motivation. Sometimes you just don't "feel" like doing something.

Determination doesn't wait to feel anything. Determination decides what needs to be done and does it. Determination doesn't care if you feel like it or not.

Motivation makes it easier to do it. Motivation makes you excited and want to do it. Motivation makes you get up and do it today.

But motivation can be easily put off until tomorrow. Motivation can easily be discarded for a cookie, a good book, or a friend calling. Motivation knows that there is always tomorrow.

Determination doesn't like to wait until tomorrow. Determination can be firmly resolved to do what needs doing today. Determination can see that it gets done. Determination is willing to wait weeks or longer to accomplish a goal, even in the face of discouragement.

Motivation can often be lost, but quickly regained in the face of determination. Determination can often become weak in the face of an obstacle, but quickly regain strength with motivation. They need each other.

Motivation is nothing without determination. Determination is nothing without motivation.

There has to be a reason or a value to do something, and then there has to be a commitment to keep doing it to the accomplished end.

Do you have things in your life that need doing? Do you have things around your home that need doing? Sure you do, we all do!

Don't ignore the motivation and determining factors in your life. Sometimes motivation is as simple as "We will lose our electricity if I don't pay this bill." That's an easy motivator set by someone else.

Set your own motivator. "If I don't clean the kitchen before I go to bed tonight, I will have to clean up two messes in the morning, breakfast and last night's dinner mess, and then I won't have time to relax with my coffee." Determine to clean the kitchen that night.

Make a list of things that need doing and when you want or need to do them by. Throw in a few fun rewards along the way. Sometimes I will reward myself with ten or fifteen minutes reading time in between cleaning chores that I don't want to do. I make sure and set a timer and I make sure that I put that book down and get moving again when the timer goes off. The book is my motivation, the decision to get up and doing it is my determination in action.

Exercise your motivation and determination muscles and make your home sing this week!

What are you doing or going to do today to make your home sing? Please go here for instructions and/or ideas and come back here to link up to join us today! Please do not put your own "Making Your Home Sing Monday" Linky on your blog. As always, please don't forget to link to this post. Also, please don't forgot to leave me a comment!

If you want to use your blog header or profile picture, use the "from the web" button on your right (after you click to link up). If you want to use a picture from your computer use the button on your left (unless the picture is on your blog). Please let me know if you have any problems with linking up.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Linky Party Page



I am linking up to some of these linky parties today!

Monday

What Joy Is Mine

TheBetterMom.com
MondayswithCountrifiedHicks
mop it up mondaysModest Mom blog button copyThe Life Of Faith
Covered in Grace




Tuesday
 Courtship Connection



Wednesday
  Wise-Woman-Builds

 Thursday


Friday

Missional Women http://christianmommyblogger.com