Going Green Mar14

Going Green

Everybody wants us to be green. What I found is that as I started to become green (environmentally responsible), I also got to keep more green (as in saving money)! All of the tips below are lifestyle changes I have personally made. They are both good for the environment and your...

I Don’t Know What I Want To Be When I Grow Up! Mar11

I Don’t Know What I Want To Be When I Grow Up!

Perhaps you think you’re the only one who says, “I don’t know what I want to be when I grow up.” Actually, it’s more common than you think. I even heard the phrase from two 50-somethings this week. If you are asking deep questions about who you are, what you’re good at, or what you REALLY want to do, you’re not alone. We all desire to know who we are and what work will be fun and fulfilling. Some people don’t know because they’ve focused on others, like their kids. Some have let life push them instead of them pushing life. Some have spent all their energy working for a paycheck, or have perhaps never given themselves permission to ask, “What would I really like to do?” How about you? Get Control Of Your Life is not about giving you formulas or steps. There are enough web sites, book authors and motivational speakers already out there with 5 or 10 simple steps to success. I think life is more complex, so here you will find no magic bullets for life, secret recipes for success, or easy plans. We all get to figure stuff out for ourselves. However, there is help. Here are some principles that have served me: Look for patterns Know thyself Inform thyself Motivate thyself Connect thyself Submit thyself Look for patterns Think about what you’ve enjoyed doing throughout your life. What were the projects or initiatives that were really fun, fulfilling, made you feel good about yourself, and gave you the sense that you made a difference? Take some time alone to reflect on this question. Go for a walk. Get quiet. Get out some paper and make a list. You may be surprised at what you unveil. When I look back on my life, I see patterns. I love communication. I enjoy making videos for non-profits. I like to write. I love to influence people. I adore teaching, and I realized that everything I do has a teaching motivation, whether it’s speaking, writing, or producing. I’m a news junkie, and I love to tell stories. I love the challenge of trying to represent God accurately and without all the religious baggage. It was only as I began to create Get Control Of Your Life that I remembered some things I did as a child. Wow, I found patterns! As a little blond-headed girl of maybe 8 or 9, I decided to publish a newspaper. (See me in the cover photo of this post.) I apparently wrote some articles and glued the tiny comic from bubble gum or Cracker Jack (caramel coated popcorn and peanuts with a “prize”) for the comic section of my “paper.” I then posted the paper on the light pole in front of our house. Years later, as an adult, I was the copy editor on a hospital ship called The Anastasis. With a typewriter (we’re talking 1982-83) and a lousy photocopier, I “published” The Daily Plan-It, a takeoff on The Daily Planet where Clark Kent (Superman) and Lois Lane worked. It was great fun, and I loved informing my shipmates of key announcements and putting a smile on their faces with little anecdotes and jokes. Another thing I did as a kid was pretend to be a news anchor, and one night I performed the news in front of my parents and grandparents. I must have been quite young because it was that night I learned what a weather forecast is! As a graduate student in the late 1980s, I worked on a weekly newscast on The Family Channel and got to be a real news anchor. In the 1990s I worked for two news stations in Dallas. Now I’m a bona fide blogger and soon-to-be podcaster. I’m writing, telling stories, connecting others to resources, and sharing ideas What patterns and connections do you see in your life? Know thyself Take...

Spiritual Adjustment

Self-reflection penitence are long-standing traditions in many faiths and cultures. There seems to be a common understanding that human beings are flawed and need periodic adjustments to live good and faithful lives. This week marks the beginning of the Christian season of Lent. Lent includes the 47 days leading up to Easter, when Christians celebrate the resurrection of Christ. It is actually 40 days plus seven Sundays. (Remember that 40 is the number of days Jesus fasted and spent time in the dessert seeking God.) Other faiths have similar traditions. Muslims celebrate Ramadan, a month of fasting, charitable giving and prayer in the 9th month of the Islamic calendar. It is also during this time that many make their pilgrimage to Mecca to participate in the Hajj, a trip every Muslim must make at least once during their lifetime. During the Hajj, Muslims engage in purification and unity. The Arabic word Tawbah literally means, “turning around.” In addition to celebrating Passover, Jews participate in the Days of Awe, ten days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. This is a time for serious reflection, a chance to consider the previous year, and to repent. The Scriptures (what Christians call the Old Testament) concept of repentance means to literally a 180-degree turn towards God. According to the website, Judaism 101, “Among the customs of this time, it is common to seek reconciliation with people you may have wronged during the course of the year. The Talmud maintains that Yom Kippur atones only for sins between man and G-d. To atone for sins against another person, you must first seek reconciliation with that person, righting the wrongs you committed against them if possible.”* During Lent, many people (especially Catholics) give up something they enjoy, like sugar, alcohol or movies. These are types of fasts. Lent is not a time to prove to God that you love Him (or manipulate Him to love you–because She/He already does), rather it’s a time to reflect, search your soul, and make amends. If fasting is something that is meaningful to you, then do it. But more important is to reflect, pray, and perhaps engage in rituals (such as Lenten services). It might be a good time to go on a spiritual retreat. Take time. Find a resource that will be helpful for reflection and meditation. It’s good to take time to reconnect with your spiritual center, reflect on the past and renew your soul.   * http://www.jewfaq.org/holiday3.htm Image from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prostration...

Happy Anniversary!

Today marks the one-year anniversary of Get Control Of Your Life! In that time we have posted 80 articles to help you succeed in your life. My guest writers and I care about you being healthy in every aspect of your life, including your career, health and fitness, money, relationships, spirituality, and most especially, personal development. I always have ideas for new articles running around in my head. I want to explore more personal development tools, like various the Myers-Briggs and Strengths Finder. I’m always on the lookout for fresh spiritual expressions, tips on having a healthy body, and suggestions for succeeding in vocation and relationships. The blog is not about quick fixes, so we avoid lists of surface tips. Instead, it’s about fostering and encouraging personal growth for a happy and fulfilling life. You can only give out as much as you’ve got. And each reader has incredibly profound contributions to make to the world. I want this site (and the upcoming podcast series) to be successful and beneficial. Which articles have you found the most helpful? What would you like to see addressed? What recommendations do you have for more resources? Please take a moment to make a brief comment on the site or Facebook page; your feedback is valued. It takes time to build an audience. In one year, we’ve only had 3248 visits by 1636 unique visitors. Because of budget constraints, a few bumper stickers, business cards and Facebook posts have been the totality of our promotional efforts. The site relies on word –of-mouth promotion by those who like it. What suggestions do you have to increase traffic? Make a great suggestion and you could win a prize!   Image by Michael Lorenzo; retrieved at...