Reset button Named Covid-19…Now What?

If the world had a reset button, it could be named COVID-19.

Modern living has become very efficient. We are blessed with so many conveniences.

But then COVID-19 comes and removes all sports, vacations, schools, dining out, movies, shopping, work (for some), visiting friends and family, and even going to the dentist, what do we have left?

We have our families and lots of time.

Hasn’t there been times when this is what you wanted? A chance at doing nothing for a while?

In reality, we are not made for stagnation. We are made for progression.

Here’s a few interesting questions to ask yourself to help you not be stagnant during this time:

With so much being taken away, what is one thing I’ve thought of doing someday that I could try now? (Don’t say I don’t know. Make your mind find an answer. Or ask yourself, what if I did know?)

What is one really great thing I can be doing with my time right now?

What could even be better than that?

Answer these questions, then take action.

Let’s see what resets we can make in our lives and in our world together!

Stay safe and healthy (mentally and physically) my friends!

If you are struggling with anything, check the calendar and let’s chat. I’m giving you 30 minutes of coaching to get you going again. 

3 Keys to Feel Peace Now!

We all probably feel a little uneasy right now. There is so much unknown.

Our minds spin out on the unknown. 

But how can we stop our endless worry?

First take a quick inventory of what is created within you when you are spinning in worry. There’s probably some inner tension, impatience with one another, anxiousness, lots of mindless buffering…just to name a few.

But what if you don’t want this to be your life for the next who-knows-how-long?

Here’s a few tips to help you feel more peace:

1. Write down all your worried thoughts. Writing them down stops them on the paper. Get them all out. Read them and try to see them as options of things to think about but definitely not necessary. Sometimes it feels necessary to think them so we can avoid pain in the future. But really worrying incessantly is just bringing all that possible future pain into today. It isn’t useful or fun.

2. Choose to do something within your control that helps someone else. This can help you focus on someone else and gives you a lift because of how it makes you feel to reach out to someone else.

3. Get in nature…within social distancing guidelines of course. 🙂 There have been numerous studies showing the positive effects of being in nature. Our ability to cope with stress increases as we get out in nature. So, even if you have to bundle up, or carry an umbrella, see what you can do to get out there and breathe it in.

This week was supposed to be our Spring Break and our plans had to be cancelled because of the coronavirus. So I’m taking my own advice this week.

If you are serious about getting to a better place and want a little help, just schedule a free mini-session with me. I only have a few each week, so grab yours today. Here’s my Calendar. Go ahead and grab a spot before they’re filled.

Make the best of it where ever you are and stay healthy ya’ll.

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Never in the history of this world has God NOT been in control. 

Nothing ever surprises Him.

We can trust that He knows us and our needs.

Nothing shocks Him.

He teaches us every chance He gets.

Maybe what we all need is a good dose of TRUST in Him.

I love this hymn! It calms my soul and brings me peace

And this morning as I thought about what to share with you, the 3rd verse came into my mind. 

Please take heart in this time of uncertainty, and REST IN HIM.

What would it look like for you to live without fear today?

Take precaution, but CREATE joy in your life today and trust IN GOD.

The 3 Best Tips to Making Scripture Study Stick!

Most of us have good intentions to study our scriptures. But why is it so hard to form a good study plan and make it a habit?

It has everything to do with what you think about it. If I asked you, “What do you think about studying your scriptures, what would you say? Some answers I’ve heard from my clients who have struggled with this are:

   It’s hard for me to remember to do it.

   Its boring!.. so I put it off.

   I don’t understand some of what I’m reading.

   I’ve read them before and it’s the same stories.

   I know I should, but I usually don’t feel like doing it.

   I do it with my family, isn’t that enough?

   I really don’t get much out of it most of the time.

If you have any of these same thoughts, no wonder it is difficult. What do you do when you have these types of thoughts? Your action always follows what you think and feel about it.

Some people use it as a check list item to get done, and only half-heartedly go through the motions of studying. This may be effective as long as you are making yourself stick to your check list. But it can feel like it’s an empty victory because the enjoyment may not be there.

So what works to really enjoy studying? 

Here’s 3 tips to help you get on track and stay there.

1. Find a thought that feels exciting about what you believe scripture study can do for you. What can you think to thoroughly enjoy and feel motivated to study? Here’s a few thoughts that may help you find one that works for you.

   I’m excited to reap ALL the benefits of good study habits.

   I want to draw close to God!

   My very own personal revelation will come!

   I’m increasing my faith exponentially!

2. Repeat the thought you chose many times a day. Even if the original thoughts return, think of the new thought and bring up the feeling of excitement that can come. Post it on your mirror, in your car, on your phone. Remind yourself of this thought as often as you can.

3. Set a time every day to study. As soon as you can make it a habit, then half of the battle is won. Here are some helpful thought to consider as you find the perfect time for you.

I have found that if you struggle to do it around your waking time or going to bed time, schedule it in conjunction with something else that you do every day. (eating, after work, after school, etc).

When I had young children, the best time for me was during the first nap of the youngest child. Any other time of day I found myself too tired to get much out of it.

For a college student, schedule it in as you would a class and notice that some thoughts to procrastinate may come up, but try to keep your word to yourself even if its only 1 verse.

Expect that it won’t come without some struggle, but keep at it. You will be able to do it if you just keep doing your best to practice these three steps.

President Russell M. Nelson has said: “My dear brothers and sisters, I promise that as you prayerfully study the Book of Mormon every day, you will make better decisions—every day. I promise that as you ponder what you study, the windows of heaven will open, and you will receive answers to your own questions and direction for your own life. I promise that as you daily immerse yourself in the Book of Mormon, you can be immunized against the evils of the day, even the gripping plague of pornography and other mind-numbing addictions”

You Got This! 🙂