not wish to be anything but what you are and try to be that perfectly.
–St. Francis De Sales
Welcome to Encouraging Words monthly newsletter. This FREE newsletter
is designed to encourage you in creating a life so joyful and
authentic, you radiate. Please pass it along to friends you would
like to inspire
Wow, it’s been a year since I began this newsletter! I am so
glad you have continued on this journey with me.
I just got done with a few big projects, a web site design, and
co-directing our church’s Vacation Bible School. So once those
hectic weeks ended, I made sure I had time to rest. I’ve been
swimming, watched movies, read tons of books and caught up on
some scrapbooking. After a nice slow week, I am back in the saddle
After a hiatus for my web site, I have put it back online and
am updating it. http://pws.chartermi.net/~dargis/
”One’s philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed
in the choices one makes…In the long run, we shape our lives and
we shape ourselves.” –Eleanor Roosevelt
How are you doing on your summer fun list? Have you been creating
your support system?
Running out to the store at the last minute is a big energy drain.
Making do with supplies that aren’t made for the job is frustrating.
This month we are going to do some stocking up and taking inventory.
As we go through lists for various rooms, remember to add items
that are important to you. The goal is to have enough, but not
to have too much in the form of clutter. As you are looking to
stock up, remember to be grateful for what you have and plan for
what you don’t. You may have to cut out on lunches out for a little
bit to put this foundation into your life.
Let’s start with the Appliances.
How are your oven and washer working? How old are your appliances?
This Old House has a chart on the average life span of appliances.
If you are getting close to the life span of some of your appliances,
now is the time to save for a new one. No more “surprises” when
an appliance goes kaput.
Onto the Kitchen. Do
you have all the supplies you need to prepare healthy, delicious
foods? I know there are a few recipes I have that remind me I
need a garlic press. Here is an inventory list for the kitchen:
You may not need all of the items on the list, but it is a good
reminder for things you really could use in your kitchen. Do you
have enough food in the pantry to whip up a few of your favorite
meals? Print out a pantry list: http://www.nutritionexplorations.com/parents/pantry-list.asp
and tape it to the pantry door. Before you go grocery shopping,
check your pantry to make sure you are still stocked up. No more
5:30pm trips to the grocery store for tomato sauce.
In the Family Room,
do you have an abundance of things you love? Does your CD collection
contain music you enjoy listening to? Are there any new CD’s you
would like to put on your birthday list? Do you have your favorite
movies on DVD or VHS? Do you have a stack of books you want to
read? How about space? Do you have enough room to move around
or is there too much clutter?
Now we get to open your Bedroom.
In the closet we usually have plenty of clothes. But,
more often than not we have too much of one type of clothing and
are totally missing other types. Check out this wardrobe list
to see if you have the basics: http://www.mindspring.com/~dedore/wardrobe/basics.htm
Do you have enough tranquil space in your bedroom? Are you getting
enough sleep? Do you get enough quiet time?
I know the place I find myself running out of things too frequently
is the Bathroom. Use
this supply list: http://lifesaverlists.tripod.com/bathroom.html
and add to it any items or particular brands you use. Do you have
all the cleaning supplies you need? http://www.listorganizer.com/housesupplies1.htm
Have you set up a Home Office for paperwork and family organization?
As the secretary of your home office do you have a reserve of
office supplies? http://www.byu.edu/fc/fds/starter/office.html
How prepared are you for an Emergency or just a popped button or loose bolt?
72-Hour Kit: http://www.beprepared.com/Articles/check.htm
First Aid Kit: http://www.listorganizer.com/firstaid1.htm
Sewing Kit: http://sewing.about.com/library/weekly/aa112400a.htm
Tool Kit: http://www.onthehouse.com/tips/20000501
When we have the resources to make our life run smoother, we
will have more time to go after our dreams.
Self-Care Tips for July:
a long walk on the beach or through the woods
your journal, “What do I need more of in my life.”
book for fun
me each day that the race is not always to the swift and that
there is more to life than increasing its speed”
Relationship Ideas for July:
out to somebody today
your family and let them know you love them
candlelight dinner with fresh flowers
long cuddle time with your kids
“People are lonely because they build walls
instead of bridges.”
—Joseph Fort Newton
I am reading a wonderful book called Simple
Steps: 10 Weeks to Getting Control of Your Life by Lisa Lelas,
et al. The book gives you four baby steps each week in the areas
of health, weight, home and spirit. http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0451208625/sweetpetites-20
I have room for some e-mail coaching clients
for three-months of sessions. If you are interested e-mail me
I answer many questions in my coaching FAQ: http://pws.chartermi.net/~dargis/coaching.html
I encourage you this month to be thankful for your abundance,
build a reserve and to slow down.
Written by Life Coach, Beth Dargis
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