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Five Ways to Focus on Your Life

“The days are long, but the years are short.”  

-Gretchen Rubin

The word Mindfulness is boldly written in the front of my daily planner as a necessary reminder that it is my word for 2017. I quickly forget in the rush of the hours to concentrate on the moments of my days. Therefore, a focus on how to be mindful is a pursuit worth undertaking.

Learn to be present. Everything I have read this year about mindfulness included breathing. Taking a moment to stop, breath, look around, and concentrate on that moment does a lot for our well being. Being present is noticing the beautiful colors around you, smelling the scents that float through the air, and hearing the birds singing out to each other. It means deeply listening to the person in front of you. Stop right now and use your senses to notice your surroundings. What have you been missing?

Find what lights you up. What can you spend hours doing and still want more? What do you desire to learn more about? What class would you sign up for if you had the time? Discover what you enjoy and making time to do it. This adds a lot of beauty and energy to our lives.

Spend time with people who encourage you. Notice how you feel after encounters with each person you see today. Find those that make you feel happier and lighter. Spend time with people who make you want to be better and do more. Your life will feel much bigger when you spend more time with those who exude positive energy!

Create some space in your days. Margin in our lives is essential if we want to cultivate mindfulness. This means that your schedule leaves time for small moments that are yours to design. Perhaps you like to sip tea, take a long bath, or read a book. What ways can you find space in your day?

Make sure to move. There is so many benefits to adding movement to our lives including helping to clear our minds and keep us healthy. What are your health goals for 2017? What is one thing you can do to move more right now?

Let me encourage you to find one way to focus on your life and live a little more mindfully today!

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Enjoy the View

IMG_9685 (1)2016! What a great time to instill desired habits. Blogging, healthy eating, simplifying, wearing clothing that feels right, dancing, reading, journaling, enjoying the view, and learning to be whole as a woman and a mama.

The goal is to live authentically and inspire that in others. More then ever before, we need to choose vulnerability and love. Speak life and truth in each other. Surrounding ourselves with healthy, safe friends that fill us and limit interactions with those that leave us drained or in pain. Life is about making choices.

What choices are you making for 2016?

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What I’m Into {April 2014}

 

Books:

The only book that I finished in April was A Renaissance Redneck in a Mega-Church Pulpit by Randy Elrod. {Read my short review on GoodReads by click the title link. Follow me, while you’re there!}

 TV:

I am loving Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show! If I can’t make it until 11:30 pm, I watch it on hulu.com. The following lip sync battle with Emma Stone the other night is pure awesomeness …

I am also enjoying The Mindy Project! Mindy’s one-liners are super funny. You have to be listening when she adds things like, “I zero out my fridge every night before I go to bed” at the most hilarious times.

Movies:

I saw Noah. {meh!} I clearly missed a lot of what actually happened in my Bible readings, but I have confidence that Hollywood would not make anything up! {winky face}

Music:

This is my latest favorite:

Other Things I loving…

Fat Mum Slim’s Photo a Day challenge – I have been following along since January. I upload my photo to the free Collect App on my iPhone and then add it to my Instagram (amyconcafe) feed with the tag #fmsphotoaday. Join us, it makes each day exciting!

— Instagram – amyconcafe

– Subscription boxes – Wow, this could become an obsession! Are you into this?

– Jimmy Fallon {oh really, I already mentioned him?}

-The library – I added all my future reads to my library wish list. Here is the problem, when I go in to pick up my pile of desired reads there are also other books at the library. I know! AND, all the new books are close to the check out section, so I usually have to grab a few of those too. It is a lot of reading stress!

-ALSO, the library has a little sale room where they sell donated books and magazines.The magazines run from 25 – 50 cents and some are the brand new! In other words, I will not be buying any full price anymore! Sorry, Target!

What about you? What are you into these days?

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Love Food & Live Well by Chantel Hobbs {Book Review}


Details:

Go ahead. Get passionate about the food you eat!


Don’t fall for the lie that to lose weight you have to endure bland, uninspiring meals—and go hungry most of the time. Starting today you can love delicious food and lose weight at the same time! The secret is knowing when to have carrot cake and when it’s time for just a carrot.


Make food your ally by following Chantel Hobbs’s 80/20 rule. A full 20 percent of the time, splurge on the foods you love and incorporate them into celebrations and social occasions. The remaining 80 percent of the time, choose food that delivers maximum health and fuel for your body.


Using personal inventories, food plans, and new exercises for strength training and aerobic fitness, you will enjoy getting fit and trim. Love Food and Live Well guarantees that you can love what you’re eating while you lose weight.

via Waterbrook Multnomah

My Thoughts:

You cannot help but be motivated by a woman who has been there herself and now, having lost weight, is sharing her story and ideas. If you are like me and need the periodic pep talk to remember what healthy eating looks like and why you need to do it, you will find it here.

Chantel Hobbs encourages us to make changes and shares about the kinds of foods that will benefit our bodies. She even reminds us that we need God for real, lasting change, “surrendering to the living God your life, your own strength, and your ability to change is a daily occurrence. You have to lay down your desire whenever they get in the way of what God wants to do in your life.” (page 57)

Much of what you find between the pages of Love Food & Live Well, you have seen before. This is basically a reminder about calories, carbs, protein, fat, and other basic diet information with her personal push and challenge.  She spells out the 80:20 Rule to help you make the most of your eating and then leaves you with ideas and recipes. There is also a section on exercise with tips for scheduling, actual exercises with photos, and more.

Hobbs writing is easy and fun, plus it is encouraging to learn from a woman who has lost two hundred pounds and kept it off.  If you need a little inspiration, you will want to read Love Food & Live Well.

Are you encouraged by reading books about healthy eating, diet, and exercise?

This book was given to me in exchange for my honest review.  I was not required to write a positive review.



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The Fine Art of Insincerity​ by Angela Hunt {Review and Interview}

a_The-fine-art-of-insincerity1Angela Hunt is one of my favorite fiction authors. She has well crafted stories that follow widely different themes and characters. That takes some serious talent to pull off and Hunt seems to do so effortlessly.

Hunt has the distinct ability to draw the reader into the lives of her characters. In The Fine Art of Insincerity, Angela Hunt shares the lives of three, very diverse sisters who each have demons they are wrestling.  Because those we meet in The Fine Art of Insincerity are messy, it makes them easy to relate to and more realistic. I found myself turning pages wondering the outcome and roads each would choose. Although the issues, some obvious from the start, are hinted at, the manner in which they are resolved is a surprise even to the very end.

Three Southern sisters with nine marriages between them–and more looming on the horizon–travel to St. Simons Island to empty their late grandmother’s house. Ginger, the eldest, wonders if she’s the only one who hasn’t inherited what their family calls “the Grandma Gene”–the tendency to enjoy the casualness of courtship more than the intimacy of marriage. Could it be that her sisters are fated to serially marry, just like their seven-times wed grandmother, Lillian Irene Harper Winslow Goldstein Carey James Bobrinski Gordon George? It takes a “girls only” weekend, closing up Grandma’s memory-filled beach cottage for the last time, for the sisters to unpack their family baggage, examine their relationship DNA, and discover the true legacy their much-marrying grandmother left behind. (summary credit)

Angela Hunt graciously agreed to answer some questions about her book, writing, and how you might connect with her…

1. I have read many of your novels, The Fine Art of Insincerity felt different to me in the way it was told by three different sisters, how did the idea come to be?       I am one of three sisters, so I’ve always wanted to write about that situation. Plus, many of the stories are adapted from my real life. My grandma has a lot in common with Grandma Lillian.

2. When you write, do you know where and how things will wrap up or is it also a discovery for you as well?
It’s about half and half. I always have a vague idea of the ending, but I often struggle with the details up until the very end

3. The Fine Art of Insincerity is an interesting title, what is one lesson in relationships that you learned while writing or that you hope your readers will take away?
That what we think is love often isn’t–it’s responsibility. There’s a huge difference.

4. Can you tell my readers a little about your blog and where else they can connect with you online.      My website is www.angelahuntbooks.com, and my blog, Facebook, and Twitter all spring off from that.       

5. Since this blog is Missional Mama, I was wondering if you would like to share how you are impacted by missions or being missional.
I consider my books my missional statement, and the world my mission field. Sometimes Christians fault me for not being “Christian enough,” but they forget that the world doesn’t speak our language. You have to reach people where they are.

6. Will we see these characters in future books? What other book or books can we look forward to next?
I won’t be working with these characters again, but my next book is also concerned with three sisters. It should release next summer (2012).

I truly enjoyed The Fine Art of Insincerity and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys fiction and especially Christian fiction. Hunt is a fantastic author. Check out what Liz Curtis Higgs wrote, “Only Angela Hunt could write a relationship novel that’s a page-turner!”

What is your favorite Angela Hunt book?

I was given this book by Glass Road Public Relations  in exchange for my honest review and opinions. I was not required to write a positive review.