It's that time of year again when we wrap up our Thanksgiving and start looking to the holidays then the New Year. I know you're going to be busy with the holidays coming up but while you're busy with that, thoughts will be flowing about getting a strong start back Read More
How to Increase Focus and Let Go of What's Stopping You
At the end of the day are you feeling stressed, burned out, out of focus or exhausted, barely able to finish out the high demands of the end of the day? Is it hard to wake up in the morning, when you don’t even feel rested, knowing the demands of the day will press you once again? That’s because you’re either/and/or trying to do too much, you’re overbooked, on sensory overload and multi-tasking.
Don't worry, you're not alone. Parents are carrying a heavy load with taking care of the basic necessities, work, parenting, homeschooling, and life. This is something most people are challenged by. Unless we've been taught how to manage effectively, the challenges arise so we can navigate better. It's not about you being good enough or smart enough, a lot of it is about how we're wired, our environment and navigating in a respectful way. Respectful to others but first to ourselves.
Our brains can only manage so much however with our great technology and innovations making it easier to be plugged in 24/7. Thus, it becomes easier to get run down, have unreal expectations and feel defeated. Before we even realize it we’re reaching for more. We’ve become addicted to multiple stimuli and the adrenaline rush experienced every time we get stimulated by our devices or multi-tasking or split-attention. Our adrenaline bank is not for day to day over-stimulation, it’s for emergencies, and to keep you safe for a quick response when needed.
The only way to break these cycles and get your life back is Read More
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I went through a period of time in my life when my health wasn't so well and I was over weight. I got so stressed about how much weight I had gained, I stopped getting on the scale when I reached the 200 pound mark. I know I gained some after that.
Thankfully I met a very vibrant and gracious woman who told me I should meet the man who helped her cure her breast cancer. I knew that if he helped her with something as serious and advanced as cancer, he could easily help me with weight, allergies and nagging health issues. I was also concerned because I had high blood pressure during the birth of my second child and now pregnant with my third; I wanted to have an uncomplicated home birth.
During my first trimester I met with Verne Varona and he got me on track immediately. In fact now when I look at this picture, I'm amazed because that was just a year after meeting Verne. My little Lauren was born in March 1998, after having met Verne in the September prior and this picture is in following August 1998. I didn't use any fad diets, drinks, or pills and did it while raising my first two children, pregnant, homeschooling, being a housewife and all of life demands. The biggest key was having Verne's expert guidance, accountability and support. Everyone should have someone to help guide them through the process.
Today share with you the importance of homeschooling and raising your children in the middle of life unfolding every day. Handling them with kid gloves, protecting them from seeing you in the different levels of emotions can actually hold them back in life and possibly become a stumbling block for them.
Motherly and Fatherly Love
The bigger portion of homeschooling is parenting. We are with our children mostly 24/7 so we are processing all that comes up with character issues, self-discipline and learning. Remember, learning is relational so this is only natural. It's a sign you're in the right place doing the right thing. Even when it doesn't match in our mind what we expect, it's perfect in what is coming up. Education does not only encompass the mind but the whole person.
Homeschooling can feel like a challenge between Mom and Dad, especially on those days when as a couple you don't agree on how to handle situtations or one parent has a different style that challenges the other parent. This has happened to my husband and I on many occassions. It can feel out of balance but really what’s out of balance is our understanding about how we’re wired for life. To better understand and relate as a family let’s explore motherly and fatherly love.
I can remember homeschooling in the early years trying to do everything right, not really knowing if I was doing it right. I followed inspiration, connected with experts who had homeschooled their children already and I kept myself immersed in anything I could get my hands on. This was back in the early ninety’s when homeschooling was trying to emerge from underground. There was no Google and how-to books were few and far between. But I didn’t let that stop me.
My friends and family didn’t understand the changes I was making in my life and the choices we made as a family. I had my mind set on providing the best education I could for my children and I didn’t look back. I’m proud I was able to stand the test of time.
There are so many unknowns that come to us in the day to day of raising our children and then homeschooling them on top of that. Coupled with anything else you are responsible to do or outside work and commitments; it takes all you’ve got and then some. Little did you know that when you signed up parenting and then homeschooling it's really the ultimate personal development training for the whole family.