31 Days of Finishing – Day 24: Copy Some Moves

Mom, has the mailman come yet?”  This was a common question my youngsters asked during the holidays.

Day 24 - Watching and copying the moves of the right people can improve our lives. Today I am motivated to sopy 2 women so that I may connect better with some important people in my life.

Day 24 – Watching and copying the moves of the right people can improve our lives. Today I am motivated to copy 2 women so that I may connect better with some important people in my life.

My Mom and Gran (by marriage) were great at sending holiday cards. They even sent individual cards to both children. Of course the kiddos loved the theme specific greeting and the note tucked inside. They felt special. They felt connected to their grandma and great grandma.

When I think about how this simple act made such a big impact, it makes me want to copy their actions. I want to cross off this item on my to-do list today: “Buy and send Halloween cards to Emily (friend in the hospital), Kadie (niece away at university), Lennon (godson), and Sofia (grand-daughter).”

Moral of the story? I want them to feel special. I want us to connect. Therefore I am motivated to shop, write, and mail the cards today!

During this month of October I am joining LOTS of bloggers hosted by The Nester who will be writing every day about a topic. My topic is about finishing. I will spend 31 minutes each day on a to-do item (from the secondary list).

I will write about it and share any productivity tips I find helpful to FINISHING things.

Go here for the Landing Page with all the posts (which go live as they are written). The list is towards the bottom of the page.

Your Turn . . .

  • Do you send holiday cards to folks on a regular basis? Why or why not?
  • Does watching other people’s actions motivate you? Share the last time this happened.
  • What did you cross off your secondary to-do list?

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31 Days of Finishing – Day 23: Get Motivation From Your Roots

Day 21 - Reading about an ancestor is interesting and motivating. Since Benjamin devoted so much time and energy to politics, the least I can do is to be an informed voter.

Day 21 – Reading about an ancestor is interesting and motivating. Since Benjamin devoted so much time and energy to politics, the least I can do is be an informed voter.

Do you know anyone related to . . . .

I do, me! And I’ve heard we are related to Adlai E. Stevenson as well. But at the moment I do not have documented proof.

Researching and reading about my ancestors has made me really think about my life. What contributions I am or am not making. What I’ve done (or haven’t done) for my country. How sacrificial I have been (or not) regarding reaching the goals God has planned for me.

With all that great “political” blood in me, you’d think I’d be more political. Alas, I am not.

Moral of the story? I can use this information about my ancestors to motivate me. I can do something of note. I can be an informed voter. The election  is coming up soon and I am using today’s 31 minutes to read and decide how I am voting.

This simple but powerful action is good for my state and country. And maybe my ancestors would be a little proud of me.

During this month of October I am joining LOTS of bloggers hosted by The Nester who will be writing every day about a topic. My topic is about finishing. I will spend 31 minutes each day on a to-do item (from the secondary list).

I will write about it and share any productivity tips I find helpful to FINISHING things.

Go here for the Landing Page with all the posts (which go live as they are written). The list is towards the bottom of the page. Click the following link to go to Day 24: Copy Some Moves

Your Turn . . .

  • Do you know your ancestry? Has it impacted you at all?
  • How well-educated are you for state and national elections?
  • What did you cross off today’s list?

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31 Days of Finishing – Day 20: Be a Blabber Mouth and Listening Ear

Day 20 - Talking and talking and talking is not my usual way of relating. But it sure is when I am with this gal. Do you have someone you TALK to?

Day 20 – Talking and talking and talking is not my usual way of relating. But it sure is when I am with this gal. Do you have someone you TALK to?

Are you good at staying connected to friends? I know a lot of women who for various reasons do not have friends in their current life. They used to have great friendships when they were younger, but now that life is more complicated and busier, spending time with friends has not been a priority.

Too many times I also don’t make cultivating friendships a priority. That goes onto my secondary or even never do to-do list. But tonight I spent time connecting with a former room-mate.  We were serious and soulful, solving problems globally, locally and personally.  And we encouraged one another to stay faithful to the calling God has for us.

Moral of the story? It is good for me to pour out my heart to a safe person. It is good for me to receive the out pourings from a friend. This helps me to stay faithful and feel connected. I know this does the same for my friend. We are both re-energized to tackle at least tomorrow’s agenda. And that’s all we really have to worry about, right?

During this month of October I am joining LOTS of bloggers hosted by The Nester who will be writing every day about a topic. My topic is about finishing. I will spend 31 minutes each day on a to-do item (from the secondary list).

I will write about it and share any productivity tips I find helpful to FINISHING things.

Go here for the Landing Page with all the posts (which go live as they are written). The list is towards the bottom of the page.

Your Turn . . .

  • When was the last time you spent time with a friend connecting and having fun? Is that something you want to make more of a priority?
  • Is your secondary list still a scary collection of to-do’s or are you getting things crossed off?

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31 Days of Finishing – Day 19: Share Your Life

Day 19 - Music is a great way to connect with others. When was the last time you made music with someone?

Day 19 – Music is a great way to connect with others. When was the last time you shared music with someone?

How good are you at sharing your life with people you don’t live with, especially family members? I let myself get too busy to snapchat a niece, send a card to a sister-in-law, or drive several hours to spend time with a cousin. I don’t see my kiddos often enough. And I surely do not spend enough time with my grand daughter.

Doing all these things are on my secondary to-do list. I finally did something about it. I created a private FaceBook group for family mini-video projects. Each month will have a theme. I’ve invited the family members to participate. And since most of us have smart phones, making and posting a video should be easy. In fact, if I can do it, anyone can.

October’s theme is music. My daughter and I filmed “Old MacDonald Had a Farm” because it is my grand daughter’s fave song. I hope others in the family post videos as I really want to see them more and get to know them better. I want them to share their lives with me.

Moral of the story? This video is silly and not very musically wonderful. But it is us sharing our life with other family members. A way to connect. A way to say, “Hello.” And I hope it brings a smile to their faces because it brought many to my face while we were making this.

During this month of October I am joining LOTS of bloggers hosted by The Nester who will be writing every day about a topic. My topic is about finishing. I will spend 31 minutes each day on a to-do item (from the secondary list).

I will write about it and share any productivity tips I find helpful to FINISHING things.

Go here for the Landing Page with all the posts (which go live as they are written). The list is towards the bottom of the page.

Your Turn . . .

  • Do you have a private FaceBook group just for your family? Or is there some other way that y’all connect as a whole family?
  • What kind of mini music video would you create?
  • How are you doing with finishing things on your to-do list?

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31 Days of Finishing – Day 18: Pamper Yourself

Day 18 - This foot soak and scrub did not turn my feet blue like the last time I did this.

Day 18 – This foot soak and scrub did not turn my feet blue like the last time. But it felt just as marvelous.

What types of things go onto your secondary to-do list? What things do you hope will get done and if/when they do life is easier, happier, more streamlined. But if they don’t get done nothing earth-shattering will happen (like eviction, loss of a great deal, or serious health condition).

Is pampering yourself even on this secondary list? I say it should be an important part of this list.

Things don’t have to change the world to be important,” (Steve Jobs).

I  have been on my feet more than usual this week. Each night as I lay in bed, my feet have “voiced” their displeasure by throbbing me to sleep. So today I soaked my feet and sandals in a mini white tub full of suds, lemon slices and Scope.

Ahhhhh, that felt so good. And I pampered my sandals by scrubbing them clean. It only took 31 minutes to accomplish this pampering.

Moral of the story? Personal pampering not only gives you more energy,  it makes you look better, and it improves your mood. Win-win for you and all those around you! ;)

NOTE: To be totally honest, I should acknowledge that my daughter scrubbed my left foot. Due to a hip spur I cannot move my hands close enough to my feet to even clip the nails. But I still did not go over the 31 minutes of pampering.

During this month of October I am joining LOTS of bloggers hosted by The Nester who will be writing every day about a topic. My topic is about finishing. I will spend 31 minutes each day on a to-do item (from the secondary list).

I will write about it and share any productivity tips I find helpful to FINISHING things.

Go here for the Landing Page with all the posts (which go live as they are written). The list is towards the bottom of the page.

Your Turn . . .

  • Is pampering on your to-do list? Why or why not?
  • When was the last time you pampered yourself? Tell us about it.
  • Do you ever clean your shoes? I should do this more often. After I saw how clean they were afterwards, I wondered how dirty they must have been before.

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31 Days of Finishing – Day 17: Advance Your Dreams

Day 17 - Working on items from my DREAMS list always energizes me to do the more mundane things on my to-do list. Spending time in language study is one such energizer.

Day 17 – Working on items from my DREAMS list always energizes me to do the more mundane things on my to-do list. Spending time in language study is one such energizer.

Agree or disagree? “All work and no play make Jack a dull boy.”

It might not make him a dull boy, but I sure bet that Jack lacks motivation to complete his secondary to-do list. Because face it, our main to-do’s are NEVER done and often drain us of energy. Our secondary to-do’s don’t contribute to SUCCESS, but these can contribute to the fun, mystery, and meaningfulness of life.

Yesterday I mentioned that giving love often energizes us to do things we don’t really want to do. Likewise I said here that having fun also energizes us to do the same.

And I think that spending time on our DREAMS list also energizes our actions, mood, and thinking.

Today I made up a DREAMS 2014 list by looking at Buckets Lists I’ve written and posted here. Some dreams are not on my bucket lists, but are always on my mind. I.e. “Buy a tiny house” and  “Learn to speak Spanish fluently.”

Moral of the story? I always feel energized and proud of myself when I spend time doing a “dream” item. Awhile ago I was memorizing The Lord’s Prayer in Spanish. I am going to spend time today doing that. And then I will attack the table piles!

During this month of October I am joining LOTS of bloggers hosted by The Nester who will be writing every day about a topic. My topic is about finishing. I will spend 31 minutes each day on a to-do item (from the secondary list).

I will write about it and share any productivity tips I find helpful to FINISHING things.

Go here for the Landing Page with all the posts (which go live as they are written). The list is towards the bottom of the page. Go to the following link for Day 18: Pamper Yourself.

Your Turn . . .

  • Do you have a DREAMS list? How often do you do something from that list? Why not today?
  • How are you doing on your own to-do lists?

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31 Days of Finishing – Day 16: Give Some Love

Day 16 - Here is some card "love" that I have received in the months few months. . . . Whenever I take to time to give love, I feel so energized.

Day 16 – Here is some card “love” that I have received in the past few months. . . . Whenever I take to time to give love, I feel so energized.

You know those days when you are lacking energy to move forward on a project that doesn’t HAVE to be done today? But if you spent some time on it, that would be MARVELOUS!  What is your best tip for combating, the “I Don’t Want to Do That” blues?

Mine is to give some love. After I’ve done this I feel all kinds of energetic and I’m READY to tackle that project! Some examples include . . .

  • I buy a pizza for a gal who is a single mom.
  • I call a friend with the purpose of listening to whatever she wants/needs to say.
  • I carpool some kiddos even though none of my kiddos are in this carpool .
  • I help someone with one of their to-do’s.
  • I write a letter and send it to someone in need of some FUN mail.

Today I wrote out cards. . . . Thank you . . . encouragement . . . and get well. I fell pretty energetic right now.

The moral of the story? After spending time thinking about and loving on some folks, I now have extra energy to spend 31 minutes on my table! Another pile is going to be attacked. conquered. and demolished!

During this month of October I am joining LOTS of bloggers hosted by The Nester who will be writing every day about a topic. My topic is about finishing. I will spend 31 minutes each day on a to-do item (from the secondary list).

I will write about it and share any productivity tips I find helpful to FINISHING things.

Go here for the Landing Page with all the posts (which go live as they are written). The list is towards the bottom of the page. Go to the following link for Day 17: Advance Your Dreams.

Your Turn . . .

  • Have you ever used “love” to get you motivated to tackle a project?
  • When was the last time you sent a card? Was it for a purpose or just because?
  • When was the last time you received a card? How did it make you feel?
  • What item did you cross off your secondary to-do list today?

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Pie Record – 55 Pies in 52 Weeks

1. Raspberry Freeze Pie
2. Derby Pie
3. Apple Pie
4. Dark Chocolate Cream Pie
5. Strawberry Yogurt Pie
6. Toll House Pie
7. Tamale Pie
8. Turtle Pecan Pie
9. GF, DF Apple Crumble
10. Upside Down Apple Pie

Creative Endeavors – 55 in 52 Weeks

1. Planted Spring boxes.
2. Played Scrabble in Spanish.
3. Created Salt Clay Crosses.
4. Making Mother's Day gifts for the ladies in our church.
5. Copied 2 cards at a card party.
6. Wrote rough draft.
7. Cut a hardback book into a Kindle cover
8. Boiled cans of sweetened condensed milk to make dulce de leche twice.
9. & 10. Met 2 more times to make Mother's Day gifts for church ladies.
11. Hemmed pants - Hey, it involved a thread & needle.
12. Sewed a lime green felt piggy bank. Filling it with quarters. This is for Women' s Retreat 2015.
13. Made Chai ice cream & ginger cookies for India DInner Fundraiser. (Thanks, Gillian.)
14. Researched & prepped initial dragonfly project for CM at work. (Thanks Trudy for doing the rest!)
15. Built a table (with my daughter).
16. Decoupaged the table.
17. Assembled candy bar with specialized wrappers.
18. Baked Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars
19. Decorated my daughter's Christmas Tree
20. Decorated a wreath
21. Made thumbprint snowman ornaments
22. Decorated my Christmas tree
23. Cooked up bottles of fudge and butterscotch sauce
24. Created a melted crayon picture
25. Baked Earl Grey Cookies
26. Created Sharpie art on my white mug
27. Made a candle in a tea cup
28. Whipped up some cream cheese mints
29. Hand sewed 6 heart shaped tea bags to hold Russian Morning #24.
30. Hand sewed 6 heart shaped tea bags to hold Masala Chai.
31. Baked Lemon Marshmallow cookies
32. Put together a mini teacup pincushion
33. Hand-tied a no-sew fleece baby blanket
34. Decoupaged eyeballs to bottom of glass
35. Glued together a teacup birdfeeder.
36. Designed a diaper bag name tag holder (for nursery at church).
37. Hand tied a no sew fleece baby blanket
38. Weaved 4 ribbon book markers
39. Made another teacup candle
40. Designed and helped assemble magnets for the Women's Annual Tea
41. Sewed 7 teabags for Earl Grey Tea
42. Chalkboard lids for cute jars

Book Record – 55 Books in 52 Weeks

1. Fearfully & Wonderfully Made by Dr. Paul Brand & Philip Yancey
2. Acts of Love: The Power of Encouragement by David Jeremiah
3. Plan B by Anne Lamott
4. The Mysterious Voyage of Captain Kidd by A.B.C. Whipple
5. The Summer of the Swans by Betsy Byars
6. Mister God, This is Anna by Fynn
7. Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George
8. The Ragamuffin Gospel by Brennan Manning
9. Johannes Kepler: Giant of Faith and Science by John Tiner
10.The Quest for Character by Charles Swindoll
11. Masters of Mystery: 56 Short Stories of Mystery, Intrigue, & Suspense (by different authors)
12. Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller
13. The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
14. Secrets of the Vine for Women: Breaking Through to Abundance by Darlene Wilkinson
15. Out of Solitude by Henri Nouwen
16. Wholly Sanctified by A.B. Simpson
17. The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo
18. Teaching Kids Authentic Worship: How to Keep Them Close to God for LIFE by Kathleen Chapman
19. A Shorter Life of Christ by Donald Guthrie
20. Whole Prayer: Speaking and Listening to God by Walter Wangerin Jr.
21. Carpe Mañana by Leonard Sweet
22. Sadako and the Thousand Paper cranes by Eleanor Coerr
23. Captains Courageous by Rudyard Kipling
24. In His Steps by Chalres Sheldon
25. Chicken Soup for the Soul: 101 Stories to Open the Heart and Rekindle the Spirit Written & Compiled by Jack Canfield and Mark Hansen
26. Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent
In My Father's House by Corrie ten Boom with C. C. Carlson
27. Abba's Child: The Cry of the Heart for Intimate Belonging by Brennan Manning
28. The King in the Window by Adam Gopnik
29. In the Eye of the Storm by Max Lucado
30. Valhalla Rising by Clive Cussler
31. Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
32. Unleashing Your Potential: Discovering Your God-Given Opportunities for Ministry by Frank Tillapaugh
33. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
34. Princess Academy by Shannon Hale
35. The Telling by Ursella Le Guin (library)
36. The Caves of Steel by Isaac Asimov (library)
37. Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan (library)
38. Traveling Light by Max Lucado
39. Hinds' Feet on High Places by Hannah Hurnard
40. Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhug h
41. The Accused by Nancy Rue
42. Daniel Boone: Wilderness Scout, A story of the greatest frontiersman by Stewart Edward White
43. Seven Guides to Effective Prayer by Colin Whittaker
44. Prayer: Life's Limitless Reach by Jack R. Taylor
45. The Magnitude of Prayer by Kermit R. Olsen
46. Prayer Changes Things by Charles L. Allen
47. How to Make Prayer Exciting! by Bill & Pam Malone
48. If God Already Knows, Why Pray? by Douglas F. Kelly
49. Praying Together by Rosalind Rinker

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