Archive for September, 2009

FM: Managing Your Moods

Mini #95
A Faith Matters Study

It is no secret that women tend to experience a wide variety of emotions. Within a single day we can go from upbeat to discouraged and then some. Inviting God’s presence and God’s word to guide us can enable us to increase positive, growth-providing emotions and decrease those that are harmful and limiting to both ourselves and those around us. This Faith Matters Study will guide you through self-reflection, insight from scripture, and finding God’s wisdom for managing your moods and emotions.

Going Green

Mini #95

Eco, earth-friendly, recyling, green-living… all buzzwords of recent times.  What’s it all about? The Green Initiative shares some hard realization about they way we are currently growing and consuming resources… “According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the world population is expanding at a mind-boggling rate. The world reached 1 billion people in 1800; 2 billion by 1922; and over 6 billion by 2000. It is estimated that the population will swell to over 9 billion by 2050. That means that if the world’s natural resources were evenly distributed, people in 2050 will only have 25% of the resources per capita that people in 1950 had.”

Going green is a step each of us can take to help preserve the earth for our children and their children. It is a great example for any parents with children at home to set. Beyond the global impact, becoming “greener” offers additional benefits–primarily by improving your health and providing many ways to save money.

The big challenge is deciding where to start! What steps can you take that improve health, help the environment, and save money that don’t cost an arm and a leg? This Mini will walk you through a 30 day action plan in effective green-strategies that help you save instead of spend, and promote a healthier lifestyle.

Audio Mini - Staying the Course: How to handle life’s interuptions

Mini #94
This is an audio mini you can download onto your computer or mp3 player or listen to online.

It has been said that, “Life is what happens while you are busy making plans.” Often when we create a plan or chart a course, shortly after our first few steps “life interrupts.” Sometimes these interuptions or unexpected changes are easy to adapt to. Sometimes they are overwhelming, life-changing, and seem like an insurmountable hurdle.  Losing a job, an unexpected change in finances, the end of a relationship, the loss of a loved one, the loss of a pet, an unforseen health challenge, a legal issue, a move– there are just a few examples of big life changes that can shake our foundation. Then there are many smaller-scale challenges that happen more often: a two-week illness that leaves you tired, a disagreement, new demands on your time that interfere with your plan, something breaks that you did not budget to replace–I am sure you can add a few of your own.

The truth is these challenges are part of life. As long as we are living we will have unforseen and unwelcome changes come our way. In order to thrive and get the most out of life, we need to build our resilience and skillset for handling unexpected twists and turns.  In this audio Mini I share a handful of examples on interuptions from my own life, strategies for maintaing healthy thinking during times of change, tips for keeping events in perspective, and exercises you can use to put things back together when they seem to be falling apart.

Creating Your Holiday Notebook

Mini #93

A holiday notebook can be a great organizer, celebration enhancer and stress-reducer over the holiday season. Each year you can organize and plan your holiday celebrations in a notebook, creating a quick-reference guide for common holiday tasks, activities and plans such as: sending cards, entertaining, gift ideas/sizes/likes, recipes, favorite stores (best deals), games and entertainment, favorite memories and more.

In this Mini you are provided templates for building your holiday notebook and tips for using each template.

NOTE: If you plan to take the 10 Weeks of Christmas Course (starting October 12) you will receive this information throughout the 10 week course.

Staging a Home

Mini #92
Includes worksheets to build your action plan

WikiHow suggests that a well staged home can sell 30-50% faster than a home that is not stage (or not staged well). Staging your home can be simply defined as: Preparing your home, in detail, to make it more attractive, welcoming, inviting, and appealing to the potential buyers. If a buyer is interested in more than one home, eight times out of ten, the chosen home will  have been a staged home. Staged homes are welcoming, warm, and open.

The process of staging a home is not only for home-sellers. Staging techniques are valuable for streamlining, organizing, decluttering, and creating a welcoming atmosphere for any residence–home, condo, apartment, etc. For those of you who own your residence, in the event you need to sell down the road, performing a “staging sequence” periodically will have you many steps ahead in the competitive real estate market. 

Statistics reveal most of us will sell at least two homes– or be in charge of selling a home (such as a parents house). While there are professional home-stagers for hire, you can easily learn to work through the staging sequence on your own by learning the skills and process outlined in this Mini.

This Mini is divided into seven sections:
1. Initial Prep Work and Walk Through
2. “Updates” Check
3. Decluttering
4. Arranging Furniture
5. The Entryway
6. Curb Appeal
7. Master Plan

For each section you will work through a walk-through exercise and then in the seventh section we create an action-oriented