Our world has COMPLETELY changed – in a matter of months, from something so incredibly microscopic! We didn’t see COVID-19 coming, and it snuck in like a thief in the night – unexpectedly! Now, the world’s stopped – and it’s very uncomfortable.
How does the world cope with such a sudden, drastic, life-changing event?
Well, some have chosen to cope by panicking and stocking up on mounds of toilet paper (toilet paper?!), others deal by pretending nothing is happening, others downplay it, and others cope by taking it one day at a time – with faith in God and His control.
While there are many different ways to manage this change emotionally, the best way we should be coping is to find a balance between panic and taking it one day at a time, trusting God. This balance requires us to be aware, prepared, and to take safety precautions very seriously! How WE cope, could save those who are at high risk for COVID-19. Panicking and not listening to warnings of social distancing is not going to keep them safe!
Our world has entered a new “normal,,” and we can look at this new normal as only a negative thing, or we can choose to look at it as a lesson and opportunity for our world, ourselves, and our relationships with each other and God. Why not make a positive out of a negative/lemonade out of sour lemons?
Below are 4 blessings we can see in this new normal:
Closer to God
The most important blessing that we the world should choose to see in all of this new change is our relationship with God! This virus has made all of us stand at attention and realize we are literally powerless to fix it! Some of us believe that the world and science can heal this, but those of us who know God know who is really in control and who can fix it – if He chooses to!
God knew this was going to happen before we ever did, and that’s such an incredible comfort! Those who already know God see His astonishing power in all of this! They understand how God is using His communion of saints to come closer together in a way like never before! We may not be able to be in a physical church building for our Sunday worship, but we can feel the closeness of communion virtually – and that is certainly better than nothing!
This sad, terrifying situation has brought many people closer to God – praying for Him to heal this sick world, to heal loved ones, to bless them with comfort and peace, and to just be there for them.
Ever More Reminded of Easter and Christ’s Resurrection
We’ve also been made more aware of just how weak and fragile we are. Because of Christ and His death on the cross, we are saved from our sins, and cherished! We see His promises more and that He cares for us and loves us. He doesn’t promise to answer our prayers the way we expect or need, but He does promise to be there for us and is always the same! God never changes, even when our world has!
More Intentional Time Spent with Loved Ones
Since the world has changed so incredibly much recently, many families and loved ones have been spending more time with each other! Why? Because they have literally nothing else to do! This tragic event of COVID-19, while it is very terrible, bodes a blessing in the chance to spend more time with those that we love – intentionally.
It amazes me how creative people have become when push comes to shove in our world – when it comes to trying new things with their families and loved ones to help them bide the time in isolation or lockdown. When the world was the way it was before, families and loved ones were always busy, scurrying around for the next “high” or happy fix, busting their mind and bodies at work, wasting their time and wishing they had more time.
Now that we have been forced to pause and be home with our loved ones, many of us have become grateful for this incredible and rare opportunity and are enjoying it immensely! A lot of the world has found their new “high,” focus, and commitment in what truly matters – spending time with loved ones, intentionally! Truly a blessing!
The “new normal” has many people looking to renew their relationships with people they put aside before all of this occurred. Such a traumatic and uncertain event brings many people to an awareness of how short life is – and this swiftly encourages people to try to mend broken relationships. What an incredible blessing and lesson in forgiveness that has been for others!
Easter and Resurrection Encourage Renewal and Rebirth
This Easter, we are again reminded of how Christ died for us, His children – how He sacrificed Himself because He loves us! This Good Friday, we are also told of Jesus’ resurrection so that WE could be reborn!
How much more should we strive to do the same? To sacrifice our bitterness and anger towards loved ones and try to renew our relationships with them?
We are commanded to forgive those who fix their ways, and when the world comes crashing down, we are ever more humbled to do this and to move forward in life, in peace and love, forgiving the past. Forgiveness is a process and doesn’t happen overnight, but with a spirit of forgiveness, we can accomplish this! Also, while some relationships may not be repairable, we should still always try to forgive – as Christ does!
Have you noticed that ever since the world stood still, that we all have fewer appointments, fewer chances to travel for work, and less stress to be everyone and do all the things? While this world has been dramatically and negatively affected by COVID-19, there is another blessing to be felt in this – a blessing of stillness and peace.
We don’t have a lot of the same obligations and commitments we had before this new normal hit our world – no soccer practices, no dentist appointments, no traveling for work, no rush to get kids on the bus, and so much more!
In fact, this is a time for the world to enjoy the break its been given!
So, enjoy this time of not needing to do it all! You have no other choice, so why not choose to see it as a blessing?
Take this opportunity to read more, to dance until your heart is content, to write that book you keep saying you’re going to publish someday! Take this quiet time to listen to music or your favorite podcast more, to play board games with family and loved ones (this can also be done virtually!), to try your hand at painting, to sort through all of your photos and put them in frames for your home, to learn some yoga – and so much more!
Studies have shown that when you take more time to do the things you love to do (not have to do!), you can become happier!
Enjoy this stillness and plethora of new opportunities because you don’t know how long this “new normal” will last. And please, let’s be careful to never take it for granted!
Use this New Normal to Grow and Transform Your Life
You can choose to worry about the future, you can choose to worship fear and not trust God, you can choose to miss being busy and more – but why would you when you can CHOOSE to see the blessings in the storm we’re going through?!
Use this new normal, even though it’s so uncomfortable and terrifying, to grow and transform your life to be a better child of God, daughter, mother, son, father, grandparent, leader, and more! The opportunity is NOW – allow it to CHANGE you for the better!
Share in the comments below: What is ONE blessing that you have seen in this world’s new normal?
Goal setting is a popular topic, especially towards the beginning of every new year when people come up with their new year’s resolution. There is a reason why so many people want to make goals around this time – because it works! Giving that they stick to their goals, setting them can certainly work!
There are many different goals one can come up with, and you can either choose to do one at a time or a bunch at a time. Regardless of which healthy goal(s) you wish to set, there are so many benefits to having them! It doesn’t matter when you start them either – as long as you START!
Below are 5 reasons why goal setting is healthy:
It Helps Give Your Life Purpose
Having a goal means that you have something to work for and towards, which can help give your life purpose and focus! That’s an incredible benefit! In fact, it’s one of the best!
If you continuously strive after things without setting goals for them, you run the chance of not succeeding and could be left feeling useless with no purpose or plan for yourself. Setting goals is a tool to get your life on track and to start living with purpose!
For example, consider that you love helping people but never have time to fit it in. If you keep using the excuse that time is the culprit, you’re never going to be able to help people and will continue to stay stuck in a lifeless dream!
However, if you set the
goal to help people via baby steps that are reasonable and achievable, you will
see that you do have the time for it (in fact, you always have!)- you just have
to learn how to make the time for it! Goals will help with that!
Imagine if you intentionally set a goal to reach your dream – what purpose you would feel!
It Helps with Success
One of the best ways you can ever achieve success in your life, career, relationships, health, and more, is to set specific goals. The most successful people in the world practice this healthy habit often because they know it helps!
Think about it – are you more likely to succeed with losing weight if you only think about it when the mood strikes or, could you achieve more if you set up a goal to get into shape to help you lose weight, planning to do it in a specific timeline? The latter option is your best!
If you have a goal set, it becomes more realistic, and when something becomes more real, it becomes a large part of your life – sometimes the focal piece of your life! You will find yourself thinking of your goal every day, which will prompt you to go for it more than if you were merely “thinking about it” now and then.
It Helps with Self-Confidence
How often do you take the time to look at where you’ve been in life to where you are now, and what you all accomplished? It’s not often that we do if we don’t set goals. Setting goals can help improve your confidence – especially if you reach the goal you put out there!
Doing something without a goal is possible, and it can leave you feeling happy, but imagine you had a goal that seemed impossible to achieve, and for weeks and months, you fought hard, determined to reach that goal, and finally, you reached it!
Knowing you passed your own test, despite any obstacles that got in the way, gives significant boosts of confidence! Confidence, being a result of you knowing you worked hard for something and crossed the finish line!
Not only will you feel confident right after you accomplish your goal, but even after you’ve celebrated your victory, that goal automatically became a positive, healthy habit in your life that powerfully changed your once-stale mindset! You’ll start to think of life differently and realize that you are worth the goals you set and achieve! You will remember that you set a goal and made it every time! You will feel so incredibly happy and proud of yourself!
It Helps with Staying Organized
Another healthy benefit to goal setting is that it helps you stay organized! Being organized is an incredible benefit for those who struggle with keeping their house tidy and organized. Do you know the added benefits keeping a clean and orderly home provides? Lots!
Being Organized Improves Mood and Much More
When we live day by day in a messy, disorganized home, it can significantly affect our mood, our motivation, our time management, our finances, and definitely our sanity!
If you were to simply just set a goal to clean one room a day for 10 minutes, imagine how good you would feel – how organized and clear-headed! Not to mention – how your family would feel!
Once you feel an improvement in your mood by keeping up with your house cleaning goals, this will enable you to set and achieve more goals!
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It Helps with Motivation
That feeling of confidence, pride, and happiness with yourself after accomplishing a goal is an incredible motivator to want to do more and go after new things!
Motivation not only occurs after you reach a goal but also after you achieve it because, during the time where you are trying to accomplish something you set out to do, motivation kicks in and helps you get there quicker!
Motivation is a great benefit to have because it can help in so many areas of your life and as a person!
Be S.M.A.R.T. with Your GOALS
You may have noticed in this post that I frequently talked about goals only working when followed in a specific way. – when setting goals, always make sure to follow the “S.M.A.R.T” rule!
Specific – Make goals that are well defined and targeted.
Measurable – Make goals that you can easily measure your progress with.
Achievable – Make goals that you know are possible.
Realistic – Make goals that are relevant to your life.
Timely – Make goals that have a timeline for you to follow.
If you follow the “S.M.A.R.T” rules for goal setting, you are off to a great start to become someone who can be successful in achieving what you want!
As previously mentioned, there are many more reasons why goal setting in incredibly healthy and beneficial, but these are the core reasons to consider.
You have the power inside of you to change your life, your world, and your future by setting goals – so why not start today?
Share in the comments below: What is ONE goal you can set for yourself this year?
Back to school season in Pennsylvania is just around the corner! Teachers and students are rushing like mad to get their things organized to prepare for the new season.
For those of you who have kids at home that will be starting school for the first time or going back to school, you’re going to need to get back into the swing of things shortly!
Get your tasks and preparations in order as soon as possible, and start right, because if you don’t, you can get stuck in the trenches of having to rush and you run the risk of not being well enough prepared. Not being prepared is a horrible feeling for starting off a new school year – so start off ready!
We need to also keep in mind those who help
with the unofficial start of the school year, particularly the administrators.
This is also a time of high stress for them as well, and just like the
teachers, students, and parents, they
need to be well prepared too!
Below are 4 things to keep in mind for preparing for back to school season:
Create an Amazing Experience for the Kids
Starting school for the first time or going
back to school is a stressful time for kids, and for some, it can even be scary. It’s essential that those who
help in decorating and preparing the school building, classrooms, and hallways
need to do so with the intent to create a fantastic,
fun experience for the kids. In helping to set up an exciting atmosphere,
the kids can jump into the school year with excitement and eagerness to learn!
Don’t forget to say and show a big
to those who decorate and prepare the school building for the students, because
a lot of their hard work goes into making sure your child starts the year off right and ease!
Check-in on Your Stress Levels
While back to school season can be an exciting time, we shouldn’t deny that it can also be an incredibly stressful time as well! While we need to tend to our children to see how their stress levels are, it’s equally important to ensure we have a good handle on our OWN stress levels. Whether you’re a parent, guardian, or a teacher, you will also be feeling the stress that preparing for back to school can hold and you need to be in tune with it and manage it.
When we are stressed in our lives, the person we forget about the most is ourselves. We often hear about the topic of “relationships” and how vital creating healthy relationships are to our mental and physical health. What we need to remember is that our most important relationship is internal! When we have a positive, healthy internal relationship with ourselves, we have a better chance of being able to have positive relationships externally as well! So, make sure to take great care of yourself because you can’t pour from an empty cup!
Delete, Delegate, Defer, Do
As mentioned above, you can’t pour from an empty cup and therefore you should not expect to do everything yourself. Now is the time to create a to-do list in preparation for the school year and determine where you can solicit for some extra help.
What tasks can you delete that aren’t important?
What tasks can be delegated and to whom?
What tasks can you defer to a later date?
What tasks are ones you can do?
While getting your family ready for the changes coming because of the school year, oftentimes, parents neglect their home. Once the kids are off to school they take a look around their home and it’s as if a tornado went through it.
Don’t let that happen!
Contact your local maid or cleaning service to check off a few tasks on your “honey-do” list. This will ease your mind, reduce your stress, and allow you to get the much-needed rest.
In fact, give Maid For You a call! We’ll gladly clean up the mess while you put your feet up, relax, and enjoy the peace and quiet before the kids get home!
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Empathy goes a long way when a new school year
starts because while there may be stresses you’re
not necessarily feeling, it doesn’t mean others aren’t feeling anxiety in other areas, and they need your
care and compassion.
The start of the school year brings an array
of different emotions for various educators, parents, and students alike, and
all of those emotions need to be accepted as OK!
Many people can get very anxious about starting school or going back to school, and the
change to their routine can be very stressful. Whereas other people can’t wait to start the new school year and
they embrace the routine they had to put on hold in the Summer.
Some parents may feel the excitement that their child is starting a new school year, and yet another parent may feel sadness that their little one isn’t going to be home with them during the day anymore. Some are even faced with the fact that their kids are getting older. Other parents may feel relieved that school is starting up again if they have unruly teenagers in their home, whereas another parent is upset because they had such a great Summer with their child and they hate that the routine has to change.
Some teachers may feel stressed about a new year because they are a new teacher or because
they will have a classroom full of brand new students, and other teachers may
feel exuberant about the adventures
the new school year holds.
One student may be very despaired about school starting because they will miss spending
time with their family and friends as they did over the holidays, or they are fearful of being bullied in school.
Another student may be very excited
about going back to school because of the new friends he or she can make or to
hang out with their old friends they didn’t see over the Summer.
Consider that everyone is going to have different emotions and try your best to
put yourself in their shoes so that you can be there for everyone.
Have a Successful School Year
A fantastic way to ensure you or your loved one has a great start to a new school year is to try very hard to enjoy getting ready for going back to school. Also, plan to have an exciting, successful year for yourself or your child by following a healthy food, sleep, and stress-free lifestyle.
Preparing for the new school year and acknowledging
that it’s going to have some impact
on you and your family is the best thing
you can do to start the back to school season off right and helping the rest of the school year to go smoothly! Try to
build excitement for yourself or your children and practice having a positive mind-set!
Wherever you fit in going back to school this season, take care of yourself, and have a fantastic start to the school year!
Share in the comments below: What is ONE thing you can do today to help you prepare this month for going back to school?