Post from: March 2015

Soul Saturday

“For every minute you are angry, you lose sixty seconds of happiness.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Bookfest Friday

This book got its start when the author, Tommy Newberry, simply started passing it out to his friends and family. Soon people were recommending it to others and passing it along to their friends. It gained popularity. The book got picked up by Barnes and Noble. Now, The 4:8 Principle is a New York Times Bestseller. (Love that.)

The premise of the book addresses the importance of our thought life and how ultimately, it leads to our success—or failure. Newberry states that research indicates the average person thinks approximately 50,000 thoughts per day. Each thought moves us either toward our

God-given potential or away from it. The book discusses how a joy-filled life can be found when we direct our thoughts to those characteristics found in the Bible verse of Philippians 4:8 where it reads:

“Finally, bretheren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.”

Our thoughts do affect us. Our thoughts affect us at our jobs, with our families, with our friends and neighbors. Everyday we are building ourselves up with our thoughts or breaking ourselves down— and others as well.

I don’t know of a single person who can’t be helped by a healthy reminder that our thoughts are absolutely influencing us on a daily basis. And, Newberry also tells you ways to change your thoughts if you don’t like what you’re thinking. Get the book. You’ll love it and benefit from the words inside.

Super Mom Monday

In one of my all-time favorite personal growth and development books, Maximum Achievement by Brian Tracy, he discusses seven ingredients for success. The third is loving relationships.

From the book: “[Loving relationships] are relationships with the people you love and care about, and the people who love and care about you. They are the real measure of how well you are doing as a human being. Most of your happiness and unhappiness in life comes from your relationships with others, and it is your relationships with others that make you truly human.”

Sigh of satisfaction. Every time I read that, I’m struck by the truth of those words. He is so right.


Soul Saturday

“What you lack in talent can be made up with desire, hustle and giving 110% all the time.”

-- Don Zimmer, Baseball Manager 

Bookfest Friday

Do you have problems getting done what needs to be done by the time you need to do it? Read on.

We love Brian Tracy at our house, because, well, he’s so effective. Eat That Frog: 21 Days to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time is one of his latest books. It’s no wonder it’s turned into an international best-seller. Who doesn’t want a little more time to do a lot more?

When you read this book and use the principles Tracy shares, you will be able to set goals, make a plan, and accomplish more than you ever thought possible over the course of an hour, a day, a year, or a lifetime.

The book is a short, easy read, but it shouldn’t stop there. You should use the book to actually help you apply the principles. That’s when they make a difference in your life, after all. We’ve used the principles, and they’ve made a difference for us.

We loved this book. If you have some goals you would like to reach, or if you want more organization and structure to your life so you can accomplish all you were meant to do.

Deep Thought Thursday

“A man cannot leave a better legacy to the world than a well-educated family.”                         

Thomas Scott   

Teen Tuesday


“Go for it! Take a chance. There are times you must trust that silent voice inside you. The experts don’t always have the right answers. According to the laws of aerodynamics, the bumble bee cannot fly. I guess no one bothered to tell the bee. Keep flying!”                         

-Mrs. Jackson Brown  

Soul Saturday

I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.

- Maya Angelou,

poet and positve mover

Super Mom Monday

Okay, so I just heard something very interesting about anger and the way humans expel it. Supposedly, according to scientific research, we have four main physical routes of expelling anger from our bodies, and they are through the hands, feet, teeth, and throat. That translates to hitting, kicking, chewing, and screaming as modes for releasing pent up anger-energy.

If you’ve had an extremely stressful day, have you ever felt like ordering a steak so you could chew and chew and chew on it? Or perhaps you felt like hitting fifty golf balls at the driving range? Or like picking up a tennis racket and slamming balls as hard as you could for a while? Maybe you kicked a soccer ball. Maybe you ate more food than normal. Maybe you just wanted to scream. Maybe you actually did scream. The point is, these are all very natural ways of expelling unwanted (sometimes even unrealized) stress, anger, or agitation.

Anger is not, obviously, an emotion we want to keep in our bodies. And it’s highly recommended we find positive routes to get rid of it, rather than blowing up at our families, coworkers, friends, or perhaps perfect strangers at the post office.


“Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.” 

―  UCLA All-Time Winningest Coach John Wooden