Grow Something, Grow Yourself

“Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow”. – Ralph Waldo Emerson When you grow a garden, you grow yourself. My primary occupation is working with clients to improve the value of their lives and their homes through professional landscape design. I help people make the most of what they have, show them how they can make it better and walk with them through the process of creation and beautification. One thing about landscaping, and more specifically, gardening, is that you can’t help but grow yourself. When you try something new or

Momentum Group Read: The Screwtape Letters

“He wants them to learn to walk and must therefore take away His hand; and if only the will to walk is really there He is pleased even with their stumbles.” -Screwtape to his nephew Wormwood, Screwtape Letters, C.S. Lewis A series of letters from an experienced tempter to his devil nephew, The Screwtape Letters is an eye-opening journey into self-awareness. Lewis himself is said to have gone into a deep depression while writing the book. He goes to great lengths to paint a vivid picture of how a devil goes about tempting a poor soul, and how the soul

Momentum Group Read: The Rhythm of Life

Momentum Group for this month is diving into Matthew Kelly’s book, The Rhythm of Life. The beginning of the year is a great time to remember again what you are here for and assess how well you are doing it. Matthew Kelly has a unique perspective concerning dreams and success that collides with society’s view of success. While modern culture would tell you that success is defined by your net worth or your ability to do what you want, Kelly would say that becoming the best-version-of-yourself is the pinnacle of success. Get with the Program. The message is always consistent

The Fly Lady

I guess I should’ve gotten the hint when my mom handed me a copy long ago of the Fly Lady’s Sink Reflections masterpiece on mastering your home routines. I think I still have her copy. It is one of those super practical books that, if followed,  can revolutionize your home maintenance in a way that it is not a burden (Notice the caveat, “if you follow it…”). Owning or reading the book without consistent application is the equivalent of paying for Weight Watchers but choosing to do it your own way. Though I fail pretty consistently at keeping things ordered,

Glass House

“Infinite striving to be the best is man’s duty; it is its own reward. Everything else is in God’s hands.” -Mahatma Ghandi One thing that is tricky with saying you have a solution is that you set yourself up for some scrutiny. I would like to just go ahead and banish any concerns: everything about this planner and this process is a form of therapy for me–because I need it. No soap box here, just a glass house. If you ask my family, they would remember me as a slob, stepping over dirtied laundry to get to my bed every

How to Live with Momentum

Ready to make the most of your time, your talents and your life? Ready to live a life without excuses? Take the Living with Momentum Challenge! It’s simple: For the next 7 days: Set your alarm and start your morning with Momentum. Set aside time to pray and plan Download the Beyond Chaos Intro Packet Grab a planner (either the Living with Momentum planner or any one that you have lying around) Grab a notebook or notepad and start a TASK List Choose 3 Tasks to be your Top Priorities for each day PLAN when you will do the Top

Holiness for Housewives

“The first necessity is to find in your soul a respect for your vocation. Once you have this sense of mission, this sense of dedication to a cause more worthwhile than any purely personal claim, the rest can follow. Prayer, self-sacrifice, loyalty, perseverance, and in fact the whole list, come spontaneously to the soul who concentrates upon the vocation immediately present and refuses to look at the vocation over the hill.” -Dom Hubert Van Zeller   One temptation of the modern woman is to believe that “if only….then” life would be perfect. “If only:” I had a different station in

As A Man Thinketh

As A Man Thinketh, by James Allen, challenges you to discover the power,  or the destruction, that results from your thinking. The saying, “It’s all in your head,” would be an appropriate subtitle for this read. Essentially, when you take the time to evaluate and adjust your thinking, you are able to fundamentally change yourself. In changing your thinking, you are better prepared for life and for achieving the dreams that you have allowed to become buried beneath your negativity, your unbelief or your lack of character. The outside circumstances are a reflection of the order or disorder (harmony or