ANTI-PROCRASTINATION

Anti-Procrastination Weekly Update

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Weekly Update

It’s December 6th and I find myself getting a bit anxious with Christmas to-do’s and other things that are on my mind.

I know if I can just get my gifts ordered and a photo book made (a traditional gift I make for a loved one every Christmas) and ordered then I will feel much better. I know when I get a couple of home areas rescued and my laundry put away, I will feel better. I know that if I take some time to walk outdoors and do some yoga I will feel better.

Sometimes keeping a slow mindset is work. When I start to feel the familiar pit of anxiety in my stomach, and will just stop and tell myself small tidbits of truth. Usually it goes a bit like this: “It’s OK” “God’s got it all” “it will happen when it is supposed to happen” “life is not an emergency” “haste makes waste.” These small thoughts along with a deep breath usually does wonders.

Today when I felt overwhelmed, this is what came to mind:

“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.” Ecclesiastes 3:1

The providence of God disposes and arranges every detail of man’s life.

I know that all that needs to happen will happen in the right time and way as I hang out with and hold on to Jesus. I know He has all my little concerns and also my big ones. I know He sees me. I know He has those I love who are suffering in his hands.

Yes, my heart is heavy for those I know and love who are going through hardship and suffering. There are several stories of others that God has placed me in that are just plain hard right now. I hate to see loved ones suffer. I mourn with them.

The above Ecclesiastes verse gives me much comfort. It reminds me that there are seasons and that God has a purpose for it all. He came, was born, to bring us hope, be near and know the details, and show us that He will work it all out in the end.

Now that I have my mindset in check, time to get to gift ordering!

 

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ANTI-PROCRASTINATION

Anti-Procrastination Weekly Update

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Weekly Update

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I’m still giddy about the amazing time that was had both with my extended family and with our own little family. It was so very special this year. I’m not sure why. Maybe because it was at my little sister’s house and she and her hubs have an amazing gift of hospitality. Maybe because I only had to bring the Turkey and my famous Cranberry Sauce. Maybe because I have so very much to be thankful for. Maybe because we saw beloved family members we had not seen in years. Maybe because I continue to slow down and truly give thanks. Yep, it was all those things.

We drove to my sister’s home which is about an hour away. I roasted and carved the turkey early Thanksgiving morning, and savored the quiet morning moments while everyone else was sleeping. I kept the carved turkey in the slow cooker and drizzled it with broth to keep the meat moist while traveling.

We ate around 11, hung out, played games, looked at Black Friday ads and just really enjoyed each others company. I loved taking in the moments. I caught a moment between my sister and my Teagan, sitting on the couch talking and enjoying each others company. Teagan looked so grown up and poised. She is 17 now. Wow.

Another moment was when my nephew who is autistic and in kindergarten, started playing the game with us, even writing down his answers with impressive spelling. It has been amazing to see how far he has come. So much answered prayer!

There was laughter at my Mom who was “warming my backside” by the fire. There was a circle in the kitchen, with hands held and a prayer of thanks before the food. There was great conversation at the table. There was the moment I found my oldest nephew eating and having a tea party with the ‘littles.’ Big cousins loving on little cousins. So. Many. Sweet. Moments.

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We were done around 3, so Todd and I took our 3 girls to see a movie. That was so relaxing!

We had a quick Subway dinner then hit the outlet mall that is off the interstate on the ride home. With 3 teens, shopping is VERY FUN and something they love doing, and we knew we would find great deals.

Finding a parking spot was an adventure, we may even have parked illegally–shh! It was so great to have no expectation, no agenda, no time schedule and just be in the moment watching our girls have a blast shopping.  Todd was a super patient Dad, waiting in long lines with amazing deals that my girls found. I think he was thankful for the podcast in his ears that kept him company! Some of the found deals will be wrapped up and kept for “Santa” to give them for Christmas.

I just love this time of year and so look forward to more time with family time at Christmas!

 

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Creating Space For Teens & Their Friends In Your Home

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We have been very purposeful to create space and activities in our home for teens, so that our teens would invite their friends to hang out here. I vividly remember a conversation Todd and I had a few years ago about what we could do to make our home “teen friendly.” We made a list and got to work, and it has paid off.

 

Welcome Them In

I love seeing teens walk through our front door, and I make sure I make eye contact and welcome them in. I want every person who enters our home to feel cared for and this starts with a genuine greeting.

 

Create A Space Just For Them

Our basement is the designated space we have created for teens in our home. We finished our basement about 10 years ago when we first moved in, but just recently updated it to be a space where teens would thrive. We added a table for games, comfy couches, a TV for movies and video games, and a ping-pong table. We painted and added touches of decor that were simple, modern and would appeal to teens. I will feature our basement in an upcoming post.

 

Let Them Breathe

Yes, getting to know the teens in our home is important, but so is giving them space…lots of space! I know when I was a teen, I loved the presence of my friends parents in their homes, it made me feel safe, but I did not necessarily want them hanging out with us all of the time. Teens are all about learning how to live independently, and Todd and I work really hard at the balance of being present without being all up in their space!

 

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Make Them a Snack

Teens palates are some of my favorite. I can make them popcorn or just set out chips and salsa, and they are happy. I like to keep ingredients for special sweet treats on hand for when a group shows up unexpected.  I love using teens in my home as an excuse to make something sweet that we don’t normally have around.

These no bake Funky Fritos are an example and always a hit with teens and so simple to throw together.

Salty Sweet Peanut Butter Caramel Funky Fritos

1 cup white corn syrup
1 cup white sugar
1 cup peanut butter
1 10.5 ounce bag  Fritos
M&M Chocolate Candies

 

Pour out the Fritos on a large shallow pan lined with greased parchment paper. Combine the corn syrup and sugar and bring to a boil (I use my microwave for this kind of chore – usually takes about 6-8 minutes for the sugar to be dissolved and you’re set!) Then stir in the PB until smooth. Pour the mixture over the chips, sprinkle with candies, and chill for about 30-60 minutes. Break apart and enjoy!

 

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Expect Noise

Teens are loud. They just are. They like music and laughter and talking over each other. Our home is older and their noise drifts up our vents and we find ourselves turning the volume up on our own upstairs television. We find ourselves chuckling when the laughter is continuous. It’s contagious!

 

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Have A Variety Of Things For Them To Do

Like I said above, we have the typical options for teens, like movies and video games. Our ping-pong table is pretty popular, too. We also made sure we added a table that seats at least 6 to encourage interaction and board game playing. Healthy and fun interaction is key to getting teens into our home and having such a positive experience that they keep coming back.

A new game we have that is great for teens is called Escape Room: The Game. I’m sure you have heard of The Escape Room, and now the excitement can be had right in your own home!

There are various themes within the game –Prison Break, Nuclear Countdown, Virus, Temple of the Aztec. Players have 60 minutes to work together, find hidden clues and to solve puzzles to escape from one of the 4 included rooms. To make their escape, players must correctly enter a four key combination into the Chrono Decoder. They must think quick — the clock is ticking!

 

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My nephews recently tested it out and had a fun time putting their heads together to figure out how to escape. I’m happy to report there were no knives involved in the “Prison Break” even though one of our guys is a young entrepreneur and creates high-quality knives!

The game is challenging and takes teamwork and logic. It is for ages 16 and up. Phones can be used in a positive way, as a flashlight, calculator, or for note-taking. You can enhance the game experience by downloading the free Escape Room app on iPhone or Android for thematic background music and to share a photo of their team. You can purchase your own Escape Room here.

 

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Get To Know Them

My 3 teens all have very different personalities from each other. I love their differences, and the friends they invite over all have their own unique personalities, too. It has been so much fun for us to get to know their friends and I am very purposeful responding to each personality that comes into our home in a way that makes them feel most comfortable.

 

Keep It Simple

Teens are the most forgiving of guests. They don’t care if your house isn’t perfectly clean. They are just fine if you just serve them ice water or use paper plates. They don’t notice or care if you decide to get comfy and throw your sweats on even though you have guests. They can sit with a fun board game and make it extra exciting just because they are teens. Don’t have a ping pong table? Don’t worry…teens are great at entertaining themselves.

 

Don’t Blink

Todd and I are well aware of just how quickly time goes by. We cannot believe our 3 teens are now 13, 15 and 17! We are really proud of them, their cousins, & the friends they chose to hang out with–yes, we are even proud of our two oldest girls’ boyfriends! They are great young men. We are so glad we made the decision to create space in our home for teens. We are holding onto every memory made in our home and are trying not to blink!

 

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ANTI-PROCRASTINATION

Anti-Procrastination Tuesday Weekly Plan

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It is a dreary, cloudy Tuesday and I procrastinated getting this post up, so many of you email subscribers will be getting this on Wednesday.

I procrastinated on a Anti-Procrastination post! I’m at peace with that, because I have been practicing self-care. Sometimes self-care means putting aside deadlines and doing an hour of yoga instead.  My anti-cancer meds are causing achy joints, so yoga is my friend right now!

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Help in Suffering

Help in Suffering

“God, I look to you, Your where my help comes from.”

God I Look to You, Bethel Music

 

I listen to this song and it takes me back as often songs do.

A slight ache starts in my inmost being and I remember that time of desperation.

I listened to this song and my soul cried desperately to you.

 

 

You came.

You were there.

You saw.

You hid me under the shadow of your gentle wings. I was covered, hand-held. Never alone.

 

You held and helped me in my suffering.

 

God you reign and so does your timing.

I cried out for you to take it away.

Your timing was not what I desired, but I held on because I was held.

 

I trusted you and you showed me that you are safe,

you’re worthy of my belief,

your plans better and bigger than mine.

 

God I looked to you.

You were and are where my help comes from.

You gave me wisdom and showed me what to do

 

You led me right to  Psalms and to

the right book

the right therapist,

the right medical doctor

and the right medication.

 

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You made my path straight

You brought healing in your time.

You lifted me out of the muck and mire and set my feet firm.

 

Lord, I still need you.

When I cannot stand, help me fall on you.

When I stumble catch me, turn my eyes and face to you.

Help me to keep looking up at you.

 

I will love you all my days.

You have become so very real to me, especially in the trials this life brings.

 

You have not left me alone.

Forever all my days, I will praise you!

 


The time of suffering I mentioned above was when I was in the thick of anxiety. If you are in a season of suffering, hold on! Look to God. He promises to never leave or forsake His children. He is with you and will get your through.

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