January 11, 2012

Wake Up Wednesday

Before we get started, the Sodee Natural winner is: the Partain Family who said, "I would love to try the Eczema cream. I have a 7 month old son who gets patches of it on his arms. I haven't found anything over the counter that I can use on him, so I feel so helpless when I can tell it's bothering him and I can't do anything for him. :("  Drop me an email and we'll get you set.

Our challenge from two weeks ago was to celebrate your 2011 victories.  I think many of us can be hard on ourselves.  I could definitely and easily rattle off the things I need to work on, but I believe it's important to see how far we've come.  

I thought of three victories I've had this year.  They are a bit personal, but we're friends :)

1) I've come to appreciate my boys even more.  If you've been reading a while, you know we've been trying to get pregnant for over a year now.  While there have been many moments of frustration, I really feel that it's made me appreciate the children I do have so much more.  I've been trying to cherish the little moments with them more.

2) I've learned to reach out more.  Believe it or not, I'm kind of an introvert.  When I added Wake Up Wednesday last year it was because I felt compelled to reach beyond my comfort zone and to give more of myself.  While I still have a long way to go, I feel like I've also come along way and have started many unique friendships I never would have.

3) Balancing.  Don't get me wrong.  This is really a work in progress.  However, when I was asked to take on a big responsibility at church this year (primary president) I wasn't sure everything could possibly fit in my life.  I kind of thought it might all come crashing down.  Well, it didn't.  After nine months of it I am loving it and I have about 30 new very young friends.  I've been helped a lot to make everything fit.

Now this week's challenge is one of my very favorite challenges we did last year at this time.  Give compliments to strangers.  This one if so easy and often has a big payoff.  It's so fun to watch someone's expression totally change as you point out the good in them.  I will be heading off to New York this weekend, so I'm excited to have lots of opportunities to try this one out.

So, did any of you celebrate your victories?  I would love to hear about it.  Thanks for being here.


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