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In Inspiration on
December 13, 2017

Learning how to live more in the moment

Recently, I have found myself on my phone a lot more. Trying to grow your online presence and following comes at a cost and takes time, but do I want to spend all of my time consumed in it? I realized lately that I may be missing some of the little moments with my son and that is something I am not willing to compromise on. I want to be present- fully present.


How do I plan to do this?

Here are 5 steps towards becoming a better you, not only for yourself but for your family and friends.


1. Practice mindfullness

It is so easy to get distracted now a days between work, the news, and social media, to name a few. No wonder why our mind waders so easily. Try to look past these every day distractions. Take some time in the morning or late afternoon to yourself. Whether this may be time to read a devotional book, time for prayer, or simply a quiet time spent looking out the window while drinking your a.m coffee. Pay attention to your breathing and your senses.  Take this time in your day to tap into your senses and rebalance your mind. 

2. Be more aware

Become more aware of your surroundings. When you are walking to work or in line for your morning coffee at your local Starbucks, take a second to look around you. We, all to often, have our head in our phones and dare to look up. Be aware of the situations and people around you. Try to focus on paying more attention to things.  Take notice of smells, the feeling of things, textures, even the colors on the wall. By being more aware, you are more present in the moment and you can enjoy EVERYTHING more.

3. Re-focus

When you get caught up in IG’s latest stories or get consumed in a heated phone call with your girlfriend about her latest date (and it will happen) remember to re-focus. It is okay to get lost once in a while, we are all human, but then get yourself back on track. What is most important at this current time? Try to focus all of your efforts on that.

4. Take advantage of time

Use every moment as an opportunity. Whether it be spending time playing with your child or baking with your grandmother, be focused on just that. You can catch up with friends later, when the baby is down for a nap or you are on your drive home. Value face-to-face interactions, save the screen time for later. Be intentional with your time and you will start to see improvements in the present.

5. Be grateful

Develop an attitude of gratitude. Try to smile and laugh more. Be grateful for the little things– such as your husband taking out the trash or doing the dishes. Appreciate the small things that people do for you- such as holding the door or putting on the coffee pot on at work. Be being thankful for what you have right now at this very moment, not what you think you want or will need later.


This holiday season I am going to challenge myself to put down the phone and be more present. I am going to challenge myself to be more mindful, more focused and self-aware, more intentional with my time and lastly, more grateful. Will you join me?

In Inspiration on
November 15, 2017

10 Ways to Show Gratitude this Thanksgiving

What better way to kick of the holiday season than by showing others how much we care. This time of year always seems to bring out the best in people, so why not take that grateful spirit and help make a difference in the lives of those around us?

It’s not always easy to show gratitude in our daily lives- since, let’s be honest, it is so easy to get distracted and caught up in the business of our everyday lives. Can we make some time in our schedule to focus on putting a smile on someone’s face and trying our best to brighten up their day? Let’s join together to spread some kindness to others and let them know that we care, we are there for them and that they are special.


10 ways that YOU can show gratitude this Thanksgiving:

  1. Drive through difference – Have you ever done this? I heard about the DTD on the radio and was intrigued. Next time you are in line at the drive through, pay for the person behind you. When I did this, the cashier was like, “Wait, really?” and I was like “Yes!”. This really can make a big impact in someone’s day. Could you imagine someone just picking up your tab? How sweet and heartwarming. If you are more comfortable printing out a letter to pass along, you can find one here!
  2. Write a letter – Call, email or write your closest five people in your life and let them know how thankful you are for them and why.
  3. Put those cooking skills to good use – Make a friend their favorite meal. Drop it off on a day that you know they are so busy and could use a night of free cooking. Just imagine how thankful your friend will be to come home, eat a yummy meal and then relax!
  4. Sign up to serve – There is no better way to make a difference than to serve someone. If you are connected with a church, ask around if there are any projects needed to be done. See if your local community needs help setting up for an event, or sign up to serve a meal at your local soup kitchen. Maybe even arrange to walk your neighbors dog for them for a week. Any time that you can put aside will be so appreciated!
  5. Donate – Time some time to go through your garage. Rumage through your closests. Pick out some clothes that you no longer wear and are willing to part with. Have some extra toys lying around that your kid no longer uses? Have any old books that you are finished reading? Donate them to your local hopeless shelter or call your local GoodWill.
  6. Send a care package – Send a holiday care package to a soldier abroad. There are many websites out there with information on what is needed and where to send boxes. You can find different organizations here. Go shopping for a soldier this holiday season.
  7. Sponsor a family in need – TJ and I sponsor two children, Edwing from Nicaragua and Guiliana from Bolivia. It has been such an amazing experience being able to financially assist these children and their families. The best part is that we have created a special bond through back and forth letters. We love sponsoring and encourage you to do the same! Organizations like World Vision and Compassion International are great places to start!
  8. Host a Friendsgiving – Bless your friends this November by hosting a special dinner party. Don’t expect them to bring anything but themselves. Before dinner starts, go around the table and tell each friend why you are thankful to have them in your lives.
  9. Donate a Thanksgiving meal to a family in need – Donate that free turkey that you get from Shop Rite each year! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Whatever you plan to make for your family this year, double. Ask your local church where you can donate food or if there is a family in need of a warm Thanksgiving meal.
  10. Get active – Pick an organization that you are passionate about. Gather a group of close friends or co-workers and sign up! Run or walk for a good cause.

I personally am going to try to do all of these this holiday season. Just think what an impact it could make! Will you join me?

Have any suggestions to add to this list? Leave your comments below!