-Do 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
My family and I just got back from a lovely
trip to Mackinac Island in Michigan. The perfect mixture of history,
browsing and relaxing. Since we’ve been back we’ve pursued out
summer fun. We took long bike ride, visited the library, visited
grandparents, had a couple sleepovers, picked some fresh vegetables
at the farmer’s market, walked the trails and looked for birds
at the nature center, played monopoly, ate lunch on a picnic blanket
in the back yard, went to friends for a salad supper, flew kites
and played Frisbee. We intend to enjoy this summer.
Did you plan some fun things to do for summer? Did you
do any of them? What are you waiting for?
Do you have great ideas, but have trouble with follow through?
Are you too scared to pursue the life you really want to live?
Do you need some sort of accountability? We aren’t meant to go
through this life alone. We are meant to need and be needed by
When we share our vulnerabilities, weaknesses
and dreams with others we connect in a more intimate way. We create
strong bonds and a caring community. Our resolve is strengthened.
It’s harder to back out when you know someone is counting on you
to complete your mission.
So how can you create this kind of support system? First,
examine your needs and your desires. If you love to read, try
a book club where members also talk about their lives. If you
feel strongly about a cause, volunteer and get to know other volunteers.
Get involved in a church. Find an online community built around
something you are trying to accomplish like getting organized
or losing weight. When you get into a support system, try to get
involved with positive people that are actually moving forward.
Nothing is more depressing than being involved in a group that
does nothing but gripe, yet chooses not to change.
You may already have a support system in your family and
friends. Continue to encourage them and at the same time ask for
some accountability on goals you are setting. You can have different
support systems for different goals. For example, I have a group
of friends who encourage each other to stay organized, a writing
club to keep us writing, a book club to keep our minds alert,
and a church that I am active in.
You also need a professional support system. Ask around
and make sure you know of a good lawyer, financial planner, dermatologist,
massage therapist, mechanic, banker, accountant, tax preparer,
computer guru, back up babysitter, doctor, personal trainer, professional
organizer, florist, painter, handyperson, marketing expert, graphic
designer, plumber, printer, writer, web designer, travel agent,
realtor, veterinarian, and office assistant. You never know when
you are going to need one.
What are some goals you are interested in pursuing?
Who can support you or what type of people would you need
to support you?
What is one action you can take this month to create a
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Building Bridges with Neighbors (Christian slant): http://christianwomentoday.com/training/buildingbridges.html
Helping an Acquaintance Become a Best Friend: http://christianwomentoday.com/training/acquaintance.html
Weight Loss Support: http://www.thedietchannel.com/activities8.htm
Career Support: http://www.citb.org.uk/careerconstructor/training_support.asp
Self-Care Tips for June:
Get nail polish or a shirt that changes color in the sun
from Del Sol http://www.justaddsun.com/
Buy an under bed storage container for your winter sweaters
Highlight your hair for summer
Sit on a porch or park bench and relax
“…a true Diva knows how to bring fun to every area of her
life, including the work and responsibilities she has chosen”
-from I am Diva by Elena Bates, Maureen O’Crean, Molly Thompson
and Carilyn Vaile
Relationship Ideas for June:
Go on a long drive with your partner
Eat at an outdoor café with a friend
Go berry picking with kids
Buy a DVD or book for someone you love
Dispatch business quickly,
And keep out of long debates and heats . . .
be swift to hear
and slow to speak,
and let it be in the grace,
which seasons all words.
—George Fox quoted in Plain Living by Catherine Whitmire
I encourage you this month to find support, to be thankful
for friends and to have fun!
Contact Beth Dargis
I coach stressed-out people looking for peace, balance and purpose.
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