"The quickest way to confidence is to do what you're afraid of." I heard this yesterday. I thibk it's counter intuitive. We spend our lives being told to not take on more than we can handle. We tell our kids this. We live by this. Yet, we underestimate ourselves.
When it comes to my fitness, my mind is my worst enemy. It tells me I can't ALL.THE.TIME. At some point I learned to STOP trusting my instinct in this area, because my instinct is overly cautious and lacks belief in me.
Because I now do things I was once afraid of, I now get results I once thought were only for other people, too. Funny how that happens, huh?
BEST....DAD...EVER!! I have never in my life met a man who has worked as hard as this man!
Up and out the door by 4:30 6-7days a week. As soon as he comes home he takes off his work hat and doenst even set his stuff down before he's "Daddy"!!!! When I'm exhausted and ready for day to be done, he gives ME time to bath while he plays and catches up with the kids. Let's the girls stay up so he can spend more time with them and doenst rest his head till about 10pm every night!! Insane....machine...amazing man!!😍 So much more than I deserve, and yet insane about our krazy family!!!
This is the cover of the NEA magazine. Yes, teachers don't get paid what they're worth. Yes, it is difficult, at times, to raise a family on a teacher's salary. Yes, many teachers take on multiple jobs to help financially. Yes, the two people on this cover look less than enthused about this. Yes, this publication is trying to make a point.
Here's my reality. I have not made tons of money as a teacher. My retirement and college education funds for my girls aren't where I'd like. I can pay my bills, but every month is tight. I chose this. I also made some poor decisions financially in my 20s that too quite some time to recover from.
But guess what? I guess I am one of those "moonlighting" teachers. However, I am not miserable about it. In fact, I'm elated! Truth be told, the financial benefits, to me, are low on the totem pole of why I coach. And, trust me, they are nice! I have used my earnings to take trips I couldn't afford otherwise, save for a family vacation, invest in my health and give in ways that make my heart smile.
Seeing this cover made me realize how lucky I actually am. Did you know I love my teaching job AND I love my coaching job? I am so blessed. I don't view the work I do as "work." No, it's a calling, a passion.
Plus, I don't simply "work" my coach job to make money. The money is just a perk. I work it to change lives. Like really change lives. My challengers get to take control of their health in ways they really doubted they were capable of. My coaches get to tap a leadership side of themselves that was often undervalued or underutilized in their current job.
Plus, I have vision and dreams that drive me. In 2018, I intend to grow my team of coaches by one each month to 12 new successful coaches by the end of this calendar year. I want to work with peoole who have a zest and zeal for life, like I do! Peoole who lift me up! People who value other people! And, perhaps a few people who want to "moonlight," as well. Thinking of this dream gives me goosebumps! I can't wait to see God help me build this dream !!!
We pulled off a move like no other with the help of Jesus. The way we found the new place, and someone to take over the lease over the old place, and the friends in our lives that helped us move so quickly - Jesus is in the details. I was telling a friend it was hard to want things so badly this move (like not paying a break lease fee, even though the move made financial sense either way), but bad theology kept seeping in: That we should expect to pay the break lease fee as “stupid tax” and be thankful for the Lord’s provision in the perfect new home. But that’s dumb guys - Jesus loves us. He loves giving good things to us. That’s truth - not prosperity gospel. There’s no promise of ease or material things but sometimes we need a reminder that GOD IS GOOD and he cares even about “first world problems”. Things may not always look like we want but we can still bring all things - small and large - to him. Regardless of the initial outcome the process is just as important in eternal relationships.
I blew my own mind today! I want to tell you about it! That smile alone shows you it was an amazing morning!
Today was Day 32 in my fitness program. On day 6, I did what I considered to be one of the most challenging cardio workouts I've ever tried. At the end of the workout, my trainer shared that workout would be our workout for the entire 13 weeks. Wait. It gets worse. Then, she said that for phase 1 (first 4 weeks) it would have 4 reps of each move, and in phase 2 it goes up to 6 reps, and phase 3 is 8 reps. I literally thought to myself, "she is trying to kill me." I decided to trust the process. Guess what? Today was Day 32, so the first Saturday workout in the next phase. Not only did I complete the workout, I CRUSHED it! I was confident, mentally strong and physically stronger than on Day 6. I actually did BETTER than I thought I would.
It was difficult for me to press play today. I didn't want to workout because I was scared of it, literally. It didn't sound like "fun." Boy am I thankful I didn't let those negative emotions control my actions!
I am thankful for a man who works so tirelessly to provide for our family, who comes home to play with and hold his boys, does the dishes, and then studies late into the night all with no complaint. I am thankful for a man who changes diapers, cleans messes, and sweeps floors without being asked. I am thankful for a man who pursues his passions and never stops learning. I am thankful for a man who can read me better than I can sometimes and is always quick to encourage when I’m down. I am thankful for the way he can always make me laugh (and laugh at myself) even when I’m stressed. And I am thankful for a man who sends me beautiful flowers when he’s out of town on Valentine’s Day. ❤️ #betterthanideserve#thebestofthebest#ilovemyhusband
Con’t.... The day after my birthday was Sunday. (Obviously) Our church day. We got up and went to church that morning. I fished around in the cubby in the car again, looking for my bracelet, and I mentioned again to my husband how much it meant to me and how sad I was that it was lost.
Well.... I have a “spot” that I park in at church, almost every Sunday, unless someone gets there before me, which is rare. Well, on this Sunday, we get to church and park in my spot, and I open the door to the car and look down on the ground, and THERE IS MY BRACELET!!! It was dirty and had been run over, but it was there!!! I could not believe it! I cannot begin to tell you the praise to God I was aiming when I found it. I have no clue how it got there. It obviously fell out of the car somehow, but I was completely unaware that I had dropped it there in the parking lot.
I was so happy to have found my bracelet. I made sure when I got home after church that I took it off and places it securely in my jewelry box. So very thankful that I had not lost something so dear to me.
Fast forward to today. My husband is almost always a great gift giver, but we don’t usually do big gifts. Well, this morning when I went into the kitchen, I saw a rather large James Avery bag on the kitchen table. I thought it was odd, because charms are small, and don’t typically take up such a large bag. So, I go dig into my bag, and my unbelievably generous husband had gotten not one or two, but ALL of the birthstone heart charms for my bracelet. He is so sweet, and giving. I really don’t know what I did to deserve such a good man.
I love my Valentine.... She always finds a way to help others. Just the other day she heard about someone who was involved in a terrible home situation and was starting over. She found a way to give and made arrangements. The way she cares for others is inspiring, I’m so lucky to have her in my life. Happy Valentines Day ❤️ @natashaniezgoda 😍🔥 #happyvalentinesday#mylove#beautiful#betterthanideserve
Sometimes it's harder to see that things are lies when they're coming from ourself.
"Lord, deliver me from lying lips and a deceitful tongue." Sometimes the 'lying lips' and 'deceitful tongue' are my own . . .sometimes I need to pray that God would deliver me from the lies and deceit I feed myself. . . Lord strip it all away until only you remain. May you be the reason I sing. #simplicity#betterthanideserve#comingbacktomyfirstlove
0 503:19 AM Feb 13, 2018
I want to take a moment to put the spotlight on @jollyjuddy because I know she hates it hahaha
Happy birthday babe. 😉🎊🎉 You are an amazing woman, mother and wife. You do so much more than you realize for our little family. There’s no one else I would rather go through this crazy life of ours with. Thanks for sticking around, I know I’m not the easiest person to be with. We both have our faults but Lord knows we do our best. I don’t tell you enough but I thank God everyday that you are in my life. Happy happy birthday! I love you so much. #birthdaypost#loml#betterthanideserve#emomode
8 753:40 AM Feb 12, 2018
A blessed Sunday! Solid teaching in the Psalms📖, good company, and scenic routes of NZ that are beaut whatever the weather 🌏💜 #betterthanideserve
Getting to spend an hour with #sweettmakes4 filled my heart with joy. I know some people would say that they can't wait to meet their baby, and while of course that is true, I am trying to savor + cherish these days just the two of us. One of the things I grieved most through our 10+ years #secondaryinfertility was not getting to go through pregnancy again. Time + perspective helped to heal my longing heart and I was grateful for the huge blessing of carrying one child in my womb. To have God give me one of the greatest desires of my heart is more than I can understand, but I am so very thankful! #betterthanideserve#togodbetheglory