Here we are at week 33 and it's already September too. I've been busy making more cards to send out to my list of friends and family members for my #52weeksnailmailchallenge. To help me keep a positive attitude while I reach my goals for 2018 I've been participating in swaps over at my favorite forum MaryJanesFarm. It's a place where like minded women can share their life and take part in fun activities that are all suited for the farm girl at heart organic living lifestyle.
For our 30th wedding anniversary on June 11th our daughter made me a daily scripture journal. You can see the cover of it in the photo on the left side with the whale on the front. She is an artist and I love everything that she draws for me. Our 2018 regional convention was themed "Be Courageous" so that was the appropriate theme she gave this journal gift. Every night I either write a new verse that will help me to maintain a positive attitude or I just read what I've already written and meditate on the ones that I need the most that day.
I also like to surround myself with positive quotes that remind me of just how blessed I am like the "Mother" quote on this towel. There is no greater joy than to be a wife and mother. I get to take care of a family and teach lots of life lessons along the way from the principles I've learned from my daily bible reading. It's the best guide and it's free!
You Are My Happy
The greatest gift a Mother can have is know that she has created a happy place for her family and friends to enjoy every time they enter her home. The smiles on our faces is a true testament to the life we live and enjoy together. It didn't happen by chance it came about from a lot of hard work and from living by the standards of God's word and not the worlds or our own.
Woman's Best Friend
I've always found that you can't trust people who don't like animals or plants. Giggle! That might seem like a bit of an exaggeration but I have always found it to be true. We were created to live on the earth and to take care of the creatures and plants God put here for us to enjoy.
When I work in my garden I feel like I'm in my happy place. When I watch animals play or come to my feeders it gives me the greatest since of fulfillment as a care giver. One of the gifts I was given by my creator. Life isn't all about me. It's about helping and taking care of others as well as myself.
Another gift I was given that I'll share with you, of how I keep a positive attitude so I can reach my goals, is by encouraging others. When I sit down to write a letter on one of my handmade cards I want to upbuild and lift the spirits of the person who will read it. I like to update them on how I'm doing and then tell them all the things they do that I admire about them. I don't want anyone to feel forgotten or to feel lonely or that no one cares. There are people who do care. It's our job to let them know that they are valued to us and to give something of value to them from us in return.
When I read successful people saying things like: "If you are starting a business just to make money you will never be happy or successful." Or, on social media people who are trying to get out of debt saying:
"I'm not any happier now that I paid off my debt than I was while I was in debt."
It reminds me of another reason I have to be thankful each day. And, that is for all the loving family and friends I have in my life. I have true friends and that is not easy to come by these days. So, knowing that helps me to keep a positive attitude and helps me keep going to reach my goals.
That makes me truly happy each and every day!
My number one goal is to declutter my house by the end of 2018. I've been selling things off little by little and I can finally see some progress. I made a worksheet that helps me do a little bit each day.
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