Vision Boards help people clarify their desires, quiet their negative voices, and keep focused when willpower wanes. And they're fun to make. The start of a new year, when we're looking ahead to creating a better lifestyle, is a great time to make Vision Boards, and the ways to do it are endless. I wanted my first vision board to represent my priorities of my faith, my family, and my … [Read more...] about Vision Boards: The Why and How
On the 1st of each month, we feature a story of someone putting their "Faith & Sweat" into action. Meet Sarah Hey. Imagine driving between red rock formations, through valleys and towns, and over mountain passes. Slowly, you ascend the steep, curving roadway, then pump the brakes as you descend the other side of each purple mountain majesty. You inhale sunshine, clouds, and sky, … [Read more...] about Faith and Sweat: Adventures and Affordable Housing
We stare at magazines, secretly wishing we looked like someone else, wanting to be more of this, or less of that. We compare ourselves to others, never truly knowing what's going on in their lives, but knowing it must be better than ours. We start diets and then stop, ultimately gaining more than we lost. We sit in front of the television after dinner instead of taking a walk around the block to … [Read more...] about You are Awesome: A Manifesto
Like many little kids, I played sports through local youth recreation leagues. Some of my favorite memories came on a softball field. Because the coach never sent me to right field (thanks, Dad!) and I made some key plays, I thought I must be a pretty good fielder. I was a decent batter. But when it came to my base running, my speed never was in doubt. I was slow. My sophomore year of … [Read more...] about Field of Dreams: Examining What Keeps Us Down
Despite being trained as a journalist and having worked for newspapers, I rarely turn on the television news or thoroughly read a newspaper anymore. What gets reported largely is what happened in the past, and I cannot change what happened. I can only react to it and let it affect me. Because much of it is negative or sad, and even confrontational, it affects me negatively. It … [Read more...] about Who Do You Give Access to Your Mind?
If I’m going to be running, something will be chasing me! That used to be my saying. And then popcorn season came. I had been going to the gym for a few months, and on the days I didn’t go to the gym I walked in our neighborhood for mental clarity and some extra cardio. I didn’t always love it, but I kept doing it. One afternoon, my boys decided to go out and sell Boy Scout popcorn in our … [Read more...] about Chased By Lightning