28 Days

“Courage doesn’t always roar.  Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, “I will try again tomorrow.” – Mary Anne Radmacher” One thing I have learned having watched the recovery of an alcoholic is just how hard making a change can be. It begins with a decision that is renewed minute after minute, hour after hour, day after day. The recovering alcoholic says to himself, “I can be sober, just for now. Just for the next hour,” and then renews that commitment again. And again. And again. Until the process becomes a habit without a

Getting in the Big Rocks

The Big Rocks: A paradigm parable There is a story in the self-help world about priorities. It goes something like this: A teacher put a challenge to his students: put a pile of big rocks, small rocks, sand and water into a mason jar, leaving nothing out. The skeptical students tried first by filling the jar with water, then the sand and eventually tried to fit the rocks. The jar could not accommodate the big rocks and the smaller ones were only partially included. After a period of frustration, the teacher stepped in to demonstrate the only way that the

The One Stupid Question

It has been said that there are no stupid questions–. Recently, I realized, however,  that I have made the mistake of asking, as have other people, the one stupid question out there: “How DO you DO it?” We ask the mom of multiple kids (or maybe we are the ones being asked). We ask the great cook, or the meticulous housekeeper. We ask the thin and energetic, and the joyful cancer patient. We ask the grieving mother and the successful executive. We pine after the order that is apparent in the lives of some people and want to know “How

Efficient vs Effective

“We may be very busy, we may be very efficient, but we will also be truly effective only when we begin with the end in mind.” –Stephen Covey Its easy to be “busy” all day long and not accomplish much of anything. It’s possible that we spend our time putting out fires and not doing the most important tasks we have for the day. We also may fall into the trap of being efficient, but not effective. Being “efficient” means doing something with the  least energy possible. It is the quickest way to do something that costs the least in

Square 1

Sometimes in the journey it is necessary to go back to the fundamentals, to the basics. Revisiting the essentials offers you a chance to re-calibrate, to regroup and to make adjustments to start again. It means going back to Square 1. Though there are probably different “basics” for everyone, depending on where they are in their lives, there are a few elements that can make or break your day. Getting them right again can be the difference between living with momentum or merely surviving. Square 1 means going back to 4 things GOD PRIORITIES ATTITUDE GRATITUDE GOD Failing to make

An Alcoholic for a Day

“Lord, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” So what does alcoholism have to do with living an authentic life? If you have ever known a recovered alcoholic, you will recognize a strength that is not found in everyday life. Unless you have loved someone who has struggled with a life-altering addiction, you may not have had the humbling experience of realizing that no one is immune to such addictions. Alcoholism happens to be a pretty obvious and destructive behavior that

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