We’re a quarter of the way through 2012. How are those New Year’s resolutions working out? Are they the pillars of your life, set in stone? Or do you even remember what you decided to do this year?
For some, it’s impossible to forget, as lingering health problems haven’t gone away or are getting worse. In our quest to discover who we are and where we’re going, we’re held back by aches and pains, and even worse, emotional pain like guilt for not doing what we know we should.
But there is a place that holds many answers to your problems. It’s not a naturopath, shrink, counselor or church.
It’s your local library.
If you’ve resolved to support yourself better this year, consider your library as the building block to all you want to accomplish and as a symbol of a new way of living.
Because you need more exercise, walk to your library. But that’s over 3 miles you say. Walk one way and arrange for a family member or friend to pick you up.
At the library, check out a book on exercise and weight loss. You’ll feel great knowing you already got started on your new exercise regime because you walked there.
Because you want to eat healthier and save money by eating at home, check out a cookbook. Make a small goal of trying one or two new recipes.
If you wanted to be more charitable this year, volunteer at the library. You could read out loud, teach a class, help sort books or offer to do whatever the library staff needs. Maybe they need reviewers and people to write recommendations. Get creative. Science has proven that when you’re creative, you’re more positive. When you’re more positive, your general health improves.
If you’ve been diagnosed with a medical condition or suspect you have one, check out a book on the subject. Knowledge is power. Knowing treatment options and that you’re not alone, brings hope. Hope is another factor for better health.
If you are able to walk back home, don’t forget to bring your reusable bags for toting your books. Every other block, do a few bicep curls with your book bag.
The library is a beautiful place which holds much power for better living. Simply by walking to the library, you’ve improved your health, enjoyed fresh air, not taxed the environment, educated yourself and supported a local resource.
I don’t know too many places that hold as many benefits. Do you?
What free resource do you use that makes your life better?
I thoroughly enjoyed Lorilee Craker’s Money Secrets of the Amish. The subtitle aptly describes the content: Finding true abundance in simplicity, sharing and saving.
The older I get, the more interested I become in downsizing, simplifying and giving. Or maybe it’s the older my sons get, as the oldest went to college this year.
The money saving tips in this book are presented clearly and are simple and practical. The book shows how to recycle and gave new ideas for repurposing.
My favorite idea from the book is to save pieces of your children’s clothes to have made into a quilt, which you present at graduation or other special milestones in their life.
I will of course, be giving this book to some dear friends, who I know will pass it on to others. This is a great read for everyone, no matter what their bank account shows.
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Today we hosted our first ever garage sale. We drew an interesting crowd with unusual questions and comments. Prominent signs displayed that all of our proceeds are going to help people in Costa Rica.
"Do you have any guns, 22's, empty shell casings, any hunting supplies at all or any magnums?"
Me: Yes, right over in the baby section. Oh wait, where did that section go? I guess we're clean out.
"Do you have any swing sets?" She asked surveying our driveway.
Me: Yes, several in that tiny box right there on the corner.
"Do you have any broken lap tops?"
"Any working ones?"
Me: Several, but they aren't for sale.
"Do you have any cosmetic jewelry broken or otherwise?"
Me: We've got a whole box of otherwise, but I don't think there is any jewelry in there.
"Why should I help the children of Costa Rica?" He bellowed.
My son: Because I'm going on a mission trip, we are running a Bible camp and helping less fortunate children.
"I think they should help themselves," he said as he walked off without putting a dime in the contributions box.
It made me feel like we should pray for him. So I prayed:
I pray your brakes go out runnin’ down a hill
I pray a flowerpot falls from a window sill and knocks you in the head like I’d like to
I pray your birthday comes and nobody calls
I pray you’re flyin’ high when your engine stalls
I pray all your dreams never come true
Just know whereever you are, near or far, I pray for you
From "I Pray For You," by Jaron and the Long Road to Love
; ) Okay, we didn't do that. But we wanted to.
Macy's is back this year with their BELIEVE Campaign. Drop off a letter to Santa at any Macy's and they will make a donation to the Make -A- Wish foundation.
And now I'll help make one of your Christmas dreams come true. I'm giving away two $25 gift cards to Macy's. Simply leave a comment describing how you've made Christmas better for someone else this year. I will randomly draw from all entrants on Friday December 18.
Update: Lisa B and Lance are the winners. Thanks to all who commented and for giving me new ideas on how to make Christmas better for others.
Macy's and the Make-A-Wish Foundation are making wishes come true by asking for letters to Santa. For every letter you drop off in the Santa Mail box at Macy's, they will donate $1.00 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Hurry over to the Believe Campaign to watch as they make a million dreams come true!
Today I am going to tackle a small area of my home that has been a big mess for precisely one year. No time like the anniversary of a mess to finally get it cleaned up. The picture below is from our master bath, those are clothes, pictures, albums, weights,shoes, air cleaners and dust bunnies. Oh yes, and somewhere underneath everything is a treadmill. Notice the towels hanging on the arms of the treadmill, they have been there for a year just in case I decide to take a walk on the wild side.
To clean this up I did the following:
Here is the end result and it feels so good every time I walk in there! By the way and because it is one of my favorite bargains of all time, I got the big picture on the wall for $33.00 at a model home sale. Now we can enjoy it!
Head on over to 5 Minutes for Mom to see what everyone else is tackling this week.
Good morning! It’s finally Friday and I have some blog business to attend to!
Got a call from Mom this morning. She knows all things. She didn’t understand my post "The Big Giver" and if mom don’t understand it, ain’t nobody going to understand it. Also, the link to Angela Harts blog was broken, it is now fixed in the previous post as well as in this one. So let’s try this again.
There is a woman in our community that has recently left a domestic violence situation. She has three children, an apartment and nothing else. Our community recently gave her some items such as clothes, beds, towels, silverware,etc. When I saw on Angela’s blog that she was giving away money to one charity, I entered this woman who is desperately trying to make a new life for herself and her children. Two weeks later, Angela chose my entry and now she is giving $500 to this family. Please go to her blog Angle of Repose for the story and to thank Angela for her generous donation.
Mom thought I was keeping the money! Sorry for the confusion friends. Now go make yourself some tea and play a few rounds of Free Rice!
Sometimes you just wake up and life is good. This morning I was stunned to come down to my computer and find out that I had won a charity give away from Angela Hart in Nashville. She calls her post the "The Little Give." Let me say Angela, "there ain’t nothin’ little about what you have done." Amen?
Please visit Angela’s awesome blog and let her know how much she is appreciated.
There is an amazing woman that has taken her three young children and left a domestic violence situation. We can only imagine what your gift is going to do. These are the kind of things that change the world. You just gave so many people, reasons to dream.