Monday, February 8, 2016

Monday's Motivation

Noble and I went to Omaha shopping on Friday. Of course we had to stop at her favorite store, Barnes and Noble, which I enjoy also, but have trouble resisting the siren call of new books.

Here's one I picked up:

You'd think that by age 58 I'd have conquered my weaknesses. You'd think. Sadly, I'm flawed.

I began reading when we got home and think, (believe, have faith, hope) that I can change, conquer my laziness and achieve my goals.

The author's definition is this, "Self-discipline is the ability to do what you should do, when you should do it, whether you feel like it or not."

Brian Tracy writes in a conversational way, very personable and engaging. He includes lots of personal anecdotes and examples. I've read another of his books about leadership. He is a good writer, as well as prolific!

Some more quotes from the book:
Success is not an accident. Sadly, failure is not an accident either. . . . What happens to you is simply a matter of law--the law of cause and effect.
Which reminded me of a scripture--"There is a law, irrevocably decreed in heaven before the foundations of this world, upon which all blessings are predicated. And when we obtain any blessing from God, it is by obedience to that law upon which it is predicated. (Doctrine and Covenants 130:20-21)
Study the values you admire. You learn values by studying them closely. The Law of Concentration says that "whatever you dwell upon grows and increases in your life."
Sounds very similar to this verse--"For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he:" (Proverbs 23:7)

I am making notes in the margins of the scriptures I'm reminded of. It made me think of something I heard or read years ago about the Bible being the greatest motivation and success literature ever. Which make sense because the scriptures are God's guidebooks for us. It's nice though to have someone distill it into a single accessible volume.

So, I'm off to do what I know I should, when I should, even though I don't feel like it! LOL

What motivates you?

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Sunday's Spiritual Thought

Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is not something ethereal, floating loosely in the air. Faith does not fall upon us by chance or stay with us by birthright. It is, as the scriptures say, "substance . . . , the evidence of things not seen." (Hebrews 11:1) Faith emits a spiritual light, and that light is discernible. (Alma 32:35) Faith in Jesus Christ is a gift from heaven that comes as we choose to believe and as we seek it and hold on to it. Your faith is either growing stronger or becoming weaker. Faith is a principle of power, important not only in this life but also in our progression beyond the veil. By the grace of Christ, we will one day be saved through faith on His name. (Ephesians 2:8) The future of your faith is not by chance, but by choice.
Elder Neil L. Andersen, of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, from an address given in General Conference October 2015; Ensign, November 2015, page 65.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Friday's Frugal Roundup

I’ve been keeping track of my frugal accomplishments, or the things I’ve done this week (actually the past two weeks) to spend less, not spend at all, or otherwise save money. In no particular order here goes.

Gave TopDad a haircut
Fixed a pair of reading glasses (the arm had fallen off and the hinge was tricky!)
Turned down the heat
Found three future birthday presents at the thrift store (can’t show or tell because the recipients read the blog)
Ground wheat, baked five loaves of bread and made a quadruple batch of cookies.
Froze six bananas that were overripe to use in smoothies
Ate out only once! (TopDad likes to eat out more than I do)
Used up all the leftovers, didn’t waste any food
On sunny days opened all the blinds and curtains to let the sun warm the house
Turned the laundry detergent bottle upside down to drain the last of it, then rinsed it out to get the very last of it for another load; did the same with the dishwashing soap (or detergent)

Some frugal things are so habitual for me that I don’t even think about them, such as measuring dish detergent instead of simply squirting it in the sink; or squeezing the toothpaste tube for a week past when I think it is all gone, then cutting it open and using the very last dregs; drinking tap water instead of bottled; using a silicone spatula to get all the food out of a pan, bowl or container; turning off lights when I leave a room.

I like to read what other people do because there is always some new trick to learn. 

What did you do to save money this week?