Time Management: Addicted to Busyness

How a 15 Minute Meeting Can Energize Your Life and Family.

Time management is tough for a lot of us.  We are non-stop from the moment we get up and feel like there is never enough time to get everything done.  We shake our heads in disbelief and wonder how other people do it.

To-do: Stop.

Think about your own life for a minute.  With your busy schedule and growing To-Do list, does it feel like your life is energetic or draining?  Bustling or flat-out busy?

If you’re more like the latter of those two options, then maybe this post is for you.

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Killing Comparison

3 ways to protect your marriage from the comparison trap.

Marriage can be tough.  But sometimes we make it much harder than it has to be.  In today’s post, I want to look at one of the ways that we often hurt our marriages unintentionally.  The way that we do this is through a sneaky word:  Comparison.

The Comparison Trap

Comparison is like a sickness or disease in our body.  If left unchecked or untreated, it contaminates everything around it and can cause the sickness to spread.  When it comes to marriage, an unfair comparison is often the root cause of many of the battles that couples face.  We see it’s effects manifested in many ways.

  • bitterness
  • anger
  • jealousy
  • frustration
  • secret romances
  • mistrust
  • disappointment

Protect your marriage from the comparison trap before it gets set.  Here are three ways.

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What Your Wife Needs Most

4 Things She Needs

When I first married my wife, I thought marriage would be pretty simple.  (I know…I know…I’m a dummy!)  In many ways, it was and still is. My wife is very easy going, easy on the eyes, and easy to get along with.  So this should be pretty easy, I thought.  I mean, what could go wrong?

4 Things My Wife Needs Most

Well, me.  I was what went wrong!

I had no idea how hard marriage could be or how selfish I really was.  I was used to life my way.  I wanted shoes put away my way.  I wanted the tv on – but I wanted it on my way.  I expected married life to be an easy thing – and it was – as long as it went my way.

What an idiot!

Fortunately for me, my wife is also an easy forgiver.  She doesn’t hold grudges and moves on quickly.  I am very grateful for that.  Over time, we have learned more and more about each other and how to serve each other better.  We have been married now for almost 13 years and so far, life has been good.  To make sure that it keeps getting better I wanted to look at some ways that show her how special she is to me.

Here are 4 things that I think she needs the most. (more…)

How To Have A Thriving Marriage

7 tips for loving your spouse better

Marriage is an amazing thing.  You fall in love and get to spend the rest of your life with the one person you trust, enjoy, are attracted to, and can’t wait to grow old with.  Of all the people you could choose from, you chose them and they chose you.  It’s a wonderful thing!

Making Marriage Thrive

But things change, don’t they?  Not every day is a walk in the park.  Life can get in the way.  Kids can get in the way.  Money can get in the way.  Stress can get in the way.

Its hard to imagine that this is true before you say, “I do”.  But it does.  We all know the statistics when it comes to how many people are divorcing these days and it’s a tragic thing.  So what can we do?

People don’t get married and believe they will be the next one in line at divorce court.  But it happens every day.  So here are some things to consider that may help you to not only stay together, but thrive in your marriage. (more…)

Husbands, Love Your Wives

Husbands, love your wives.  Got it.  Check!  I do that.  Hopefully, if you’re a husband, you do that too.  But it’s bigger than just loving her, isn’t it?  In fact, here’s the question I want you to consider today if you are a husband (it’s a good question to ask if you’re a wife with a great husband at home, too):

Husbands love your wives

When it comes to being a husband, how do you want to be remembered someday when its all said and done?

I’ll share with you what I’m hoping for in this post and at the end, I’d love to hear what your goal is.  But before we get to that, let me address why I’m writing about this.

My passion and mission here is learning to Thrive at Life.  So let’s face it, if your marriage ain’t right, nothing else matters.  When your home is in order everything else is simply a continuation of the blessings.  But if it’s a mess, so is the rest.

In many ways, getting it right is simply a matter of making a decision to do so.

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7 Ways To Be A Happier Mom At Home

Simple Ways To Improve Your Day

be a happier mom

Finish the sentence for me… “If momma ain’t happy, _____________”.  That’s right, “ain’t nobody happy!”.  While this may be mostly funny, we all know that being a mom is serious work and it isn’t always easy.

Just being a mom, in general, is hard work.  But then add the stresses and demands of being a business owner or entrepreneur along with it and life can get downright tough for everyone.

I am not a mom.  But I was born to an awesome one, have an incredible mom-in-law, and I am married and communicate every day with the best mom I know.  I have seen firsthand the pressure there is to be one and to do so many things:

  • Take care of kids
  • Keep up with household chores
  • Plan meals and grocery shop (my wife hates grocery shopping!)
  • Be a great wife
  • Clean up after the kids
  • Be a 24 hour chaueffer

That’s just to name a few!  On top of that, the pressure is there to do it with a smile.  To be happy the whole time.

While this may be unrealistic, there are some things that you can do to help you reach your goal of being a happier mom at home.

Here are 7 ways:

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50 Things To Do With Your Family This Summer

Low cost ideas to help create more family memories together

things to do with your family

When I was growing up, there was a saying on a picture in our home that said, “The family that prays together, stays together.”  I agree!  But I also like to put my own twist on that saying so I came up with my own.  It says, “The family that plays together, stays together.”  Ok, that’s not copyrighted by me and its been said before, but I love it!

Summer time is one of the best times to create memories with your family and focus on spending quality time with the ones that matter most.  If you’re intentional about it, you can capture some great moments and create as many memories as possible.

Let me do the brainstorming for you!  This list of 50 things to do this summer with your family may help.

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How to keep your family your priority while running your business from home

See what business secret Trace Adkins understands better than you

There is nothing worse than working from home and having your kids come in and give you that look. Have you seen it?  Its that one where they come into your office (or in the bathroom where you’re hiding and just trying to find a few, precious moments to work without interruption) and they give you that sad, cute, puppy dog look.

commit to your family when running your business from home

Yeah, like that one!

It’s so sad to look at that cute, little face like that.  Yet my wife and I see those faces every single day from at least one of our four girls!

Our bright idea

At our house, we had a mud room between the garage and the interior of the home.  So my wife and I thought it would be a good idea to turn that room into our home office.   However, we didn’t want it to feel disconnected from the house like it had as a mud room.  So we came up with this AMAZING idea! We made sure that we got a door made of glass so that it made the house feel like it “flows” naturally from one room to the other.

This, we found out, was a bad idea.

What we now get is sticky handprints all over the lowest part of the door and a constant mix of kids hands and noses squished against the glass, pleading with us to let them in because, “I just have to tell you ONE MORE THING!”

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