It’s as official as official gets, bagolitas.com will be back up and running on Tuesday, October 18th. I’m trying to get as much done as I can (gulp!), and I have adopted the philosophy that I have to start somewhere… right? You have all been so patient and supportive – thank you so much!
It’s been a bit of a roller coaster to get to this point (well, I’m not going to lie – it’s been a HUGE roller coaster ride!) but there is nothing to do but put our faith in God, no matter what is happening. Easier said than done at times, but oh so true. I came a cross a great saying that I had to share that was so powerful, I now have it posted on the door as we leave our house.
“Worry implies that we don’t quite trust that God is big enough, powerful enough, or loving enough to take care of what’s happening in our lives.” ~Francis Chan
What a great nugget to start each day with!
A girl can dream over a diamond eternity band. I can’t help it, it just lingers in the back of my brain. (No worries honey, I am keeping it in check!) So today, it showed up again as I was waiting for a meeting and looked down at my hand. But this time, it jogged a memory of mine to the very first diamond I was ever given. Granted, it was just some sort of diamond chip, but at the time it meant as much to me as a big m&m sized rock would have. It was given to me my senior year, by my best friend Shawna. We have one of those friendships that withstands the test of time and I would be remise if I didn’t share with you a snapshot of our glory days with mall bangs… Say a prayer of thanks today for the wonderful women that God puts in our lives, they make the journey so much sweeter!
“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy. They are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”
– Marcel Proust
“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.”
Robert Louis Stevenson
It takes courage to reinvent joys, to reinvent opportunities, to reinvent dreams, to reinvent connections, to reinvent hopes that you have set aside.
~Mary Anne Radmacher
Last week was one filled with many tears for me as we announced that Bagolitas would be simplifying to an online store only and we would be saying goodbye to direct sales, our consultants and Studio crew at the end of the year. As timing would have it, this wonderful quote from Helen Keller crossed my desk and spoke to my heart – a beautiful quote from a beautiful soul.
When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.
- Helen Keller
Sunday night is the time I use to set up my hopes and dreams for the week of all that I want to accomplish. I devise a brilliant plan – ALWAYS! Create a beautiful schedule, tell myself this is the week I will commit to something I have been putting off (did someone say, exercise?!).
I find myself using every Monday as a time to start over and find myself saying so often, “This week I will ___________.” Funny (or not so funny) how my actions never seem to follow my intentions or the pretty schedule that I create.
Unfortunately, I haven’t figured out a magical way to break the cycle… but I do know that one of the other words (besides exercise) that I have a love/hate relationship with is discipline and I am pretty sure it plays a significant role in the above scenario. To throw salt on the wound, this was my quote of the day…
“Discipline is making the choice between what you want now and what you want most.”
I think I am going to have to go and noodle on that one!
In life isn’t it so easy to want and wish for things? It’s another thing entirely to work. If you want to grow in an area in your life (personal, motherhood, faith, health & well-being, business, etc.) it requires tremendous dedication, concentration and W-O-R-K!
I stumbled upon one of my favorite quotes as I was flipping through a magazine at the doctor’s office the other morning and just had to share it.
“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”
Wishing doesn’t make whatever you are striving for happen, so consider giving up the unproductive use of your time when you talk about doing something but never begin the task of just getting it done. A little step in the right direction can go a long way!
There is real magic in enthusiasm. It spells the difference between mediocrity and accomplishment.
- Norman Vincent Peale
There is really no way to avoid it. Life is messy which means that we are left to navigate our way through the mess. Your mental health is truly the best weapon. Our society is so focused on physical health (which is important) but just imagine if the same emphasis was spent on creating a beautiful mind and in turn heart! Instead of weight loss commercials and magazines with pictures of “who wore it best,” we’d be checking out what is going on between their ears and reading power books instead of eating power bars.
Just as I find the thought of physical exercise daunting, I am certain that others find the pursuit of mental health an equal challenge, which is why I wanted to share a simple first step that helps keep me back on track.
I try to read as many books as possible, but in my crazy world it goes in spurts and I end up with a nightstand full of good intentions. Many of those same authors have websites that you can sign up to receive snippets of the full version via email. What I love most about getting information this way is I can marinate in it. When I swallow an entire book, it is often hard to know where to start as I look to apply what I have learned to my world.
Favorites mental health emails that I receive are a mixture in order to inspire my spiritual and mental health. They come from:
Joel Osteen Ministries
Walk The Talk
The Secret Daily Teaching of today was this.
“To create your tomorrow, go over you day when you are in bed tonight just before you fall asleep and feel gratitude for the good moments. If there was something you wanted to happen differently, replay it in your mind the way you wanted it to go. As you fall asleep, say, “I will sleep deeply and wake up full of energy. Tomorrow is going to be the most beautiful day of my life.”
A great teaching for me and translates quite nicely to bedtime with the kids. What a beautiful day it is when amidst the mess we shift our focus to gratitude!
As you weigh the many possibilities of your day, measure your action with this question, “How would I most like to remember this?” Your chosen answer becomes your natural action and your unique opportunity for courage.
~Mary Anne Radmacher