Make the Most Out of Your Life Today

Oh my goodness! My challenge is going better than anticipated!

People are sharing, being honest, and even offering wisdom to others they don’t even know.

Wow!

I’m blessed to have a wonderful group of clients and friends who care about each other, making their lives better, and moving in a positive direction to do their best in all areas of their lives.

I can’t wait to continue on and see what growth and results we have by May 1st!

We just started, so it’s not too late to join. Visit the “Step It Up” Challenge page to read more details & sign up – you still can – but TODAY’S the last day!!

Today, in the group, we are listing our goals we want to achieve by the end of the 30 days.

This is our motto for all 30 days (below) – reaching for our personal best!

Reach to do your Make the Most Out of Your Life Today

You can sign up for all the groups in the world, memberships, programs, and even buy products, but if you aren’t willing to get the most out of it and apply what you learn, what’s the point?


Here are some ways you can get the most out of whatever you have signed up for:


1. Invest SOMETHING Into It

Regarding my challenge, it’s free, however, participants are spending their time in the group to absorb the information and establish new relationships and nurture old ones.

Money is a good investment, too – paying for something, especially it’s real value, makes you cherish and take care of it more.

Imagine buying an antique table. You would make sure no one leaves a sweaty glass on it to avoid rings. You would dust it often and maybe even apply a substance to the top of it to help preserve the wood.

So, why would something of value that increases your skills, knowledge, and wisdom be any different? Those things should be valued more than stuff any day.

If you have invested time and/or money, make sure you make the most of the experience and get all you can out of it!


2. Absorb as Much as You Can From It

Did you know we only retain a small fraction of what we read and hear? Einstein, a genius, only retained 13%!

If that’s the case, how much information do you think you absorb after reading a book for the first time?

What about a training DVD?

What about that audio mp3 that was supposed to help you lose weight?

To get the most out of our investments into our personal growth, we need to revisit them often.


3. Add the Program to Your Schedule

We take time for things that matter to us. If you have invested into something, you need to invest yourself, as well.

You can’t learn from something that sits on the shelf and collects dust.

I have so many training materials I’ve invested in, it would probably take me 6 months to a year to fully get through them all and learn actionable steps from each. Could you imagine how many years from now it would be before I worked through them all if I had the attitude of “ah, I’ll just get to it when I can get to it?” That’s just crazy. It’s like saying “I’ll do it tomorrow” and tomorrow never comes.

Plan to use your investment each and every day… until you have totally exhausted it.

Will this take you away from other things? Yes. However, you chose to participate for a reason. What was it? Determine TODAY what you will get out of it and take the steps to add working through it onto your calendar.

Be sure not to fill that time with anything else. Make it a priority.

It’s not too late to join my challenge group and make something great out of your life in April!! Sign up before the doors are closed!

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JessBio200 Make the Most Out of Your Life TodayJessica Stone is a mom of 4 and owner of her own businesses in the fitness, beauty, and essential oils industries. She has 3 special needs children, one which has an undiagnosed neuro-muscular condition that limits her mobility, and her twins are currently receiving therapy for sensory defensiveness, physical mobility, fine motor skills, and speech. She enjoys sharing what she has learned through her trials, experience, research, and tools that have helped her children’s health with other parents who are looking for support, encouragement, and helpful information. Get her FREE gift to you, 30 Easy Snacks Your Kids Will Devour: Eating Healthy Never Got So Simple. Connect with Jess live today on Facebook!

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When Will I Find Time For Me?

All day, it’s been, “Mom, can you do this?” “Mom, can you do that?” “Mom, I can’t find my Jedi costume!” (translation: please help me find it) “Mom, can I have more soap in my bath water?” “Arf!” (translation: the dog needs to go out) “Ahhh!” and “Ahhh!” and “Ahhh!” all said by the boys to each other. (translation: mom needs to break up a fight) “Meem!” (translation: I want to go see Mimi) “Hurt!” (translation: kiss my boo-boo, mommy!)

It’s neverending. Constant noise. Constant asking. Constant needs to be filled. When will there be time for me?

I don’t mind what I do. It doesn’t usually frustrate me. It actually motivates me to keep moving! However, I do know that time for me will help me keep that sane attitude about living in a house with 4 kids, 3 with special needs, which includes two 3-year olds!

When we don’t take time off, our focus shifts. We no longer look at the best in things, but the worst. We no longer see the good and blessing in helping others, but rather the pulling and tugging that it’s placing on you, personally. You get beaten down. You can even slip into depression, thinking no one else knows what you feel or has ever lived in your footsteps. You feel the guilt and shame that tries to jump on you being the parent of a special needs kid, because after all, it is YOUR genes they have and could have gotten their condition from.

However, we are called to a higher life than that with higher thoughts. We are called to think on things that are noble, pure, and lovely. Dwelling on the bad stuff doesn’t help it get any better. It only lets those negative emotions seep deeper and deeper into the soil of your heart until they take root. I don’t want those feelings of shame and guilt taking root. I don’t want to live a life of depression.

I want to live a life that helps people. A life that calls me to come up higher so I can help others come up higher, too.

One critical way I make sure that happens is by finding time for me, no matter what. For some, that time can be spent reading, listening to music, sitting in the quiet, or hanging out with friends. For others, yoga, hiking, walking at a park, or visiting the spa can be a great way to spend that time. No matter what you do during your “me” time, make sure it’s something that feeds your soul… otherwise, it’s wasted time, and you really aren’t bettering yourself. Some of my favorite things are listening to classical music, going out to dinner with friends, and knitting while watching a great show, like Downton Abbey.

Being a martyr and never taking time off is just plain crazy. It doesn’t help people because you run out of steam and have no more to give. We can only offer ourselves to others when we feed ourselves. If we aren’t pouring in, we have nothing to pour out. There is a reason the bible refers to us as vessels. Vessels are used to hold things, then release them. Once they are emptied, they must be refilled before anything can be taken from them again.

Feed your soul. Take time off. For some, it means finding a nice, quiet, peaceful place to rest and relax. For others, it’s getting out of the house with grown-ups, for adult conversation, feeding off the interaction with others. You know what fuels you. You know what motivates you. Do what lifts your spirit, and do it often. Your family will be thankful you did.

They would gladly give up a few hours of your time to have a focused, relaxed, less-stressed mom & dad!

What can you do this weekend to get a break, even if it’s just for an hour or two? What fuels your soul?

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JessBio200 When Will I Find Time For Me?Jessica Stone is a wife, mom to 4, and owner of her own businesses in the fitness and essential oils industries. She has 3 special needs children, one which has an undiagnosed neuro-muscular condition that limits her mobility, and her twins are currently receiving therapy for sensory defensiveness, physical mobility, fine motor skills, and speech. She enjoys sharing what she has learned through her trials, experience, research, and tools that have helped her children’s health with other parents who are looking for support, encouragement, and helpful information. Get her FREE eBooklet Five Steps to Losing Those Last 10 Pounds today for simple steps to help you trim up and fit into those fashionable clothes you’ve always wanted to wear! Connect with Jess live today on Facebook!

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Is Fake Your Reality?

Have you noticed yourself feeling the need to put on a front about your reality? Deep down, do you feel the need to be perfect? Even to the extreme of being fake?

Why is that? What in society tells us we must keep our issues to ourselves? We must come across like everything is fine. We must not burden others with our troubles, or seem as though we can’t handle them.

Have you ever asked yourself where that comes from? Who would want you to do that? Who said that was even the right and best way to behave?

We tend to blindly follow along what the majority is doing, think it’s right. However, are we stopping to evaluate what going along with them does for us?

If it’s regarding behavior, the “majority” is dysfunctional, depressed, stressed, tired constantly, and maybe even seeing a therapist to work through all their unresolved issues.

If it’s regarding health, the majority is overweight, lacking vitality, the sparkle in their eyes, and the pep in their step.

If it’s regarding finances, the majority is broke or headed there rapidly because they aren’t willing to put in the effort it takes to work hard and skills mastery to make an abundance, let alone, make ends meet.

If it’s regarding relationships, how many have been through a divorce?!

If it’s regarding spirituality and living it out, the majority desire “politically correctness” versus the truth and right versus wrong.

So, let me ask you, why do you want to be in the majority? And why on earth are you going along with the flow and doing things as they do. If you do what they do, you will get what they have ~ let’s recap: fatigue, overweight, divorced, depressed, broke, unhappy, and unsuccessful.

Let’s stop letting the majority dictate who we are, how we’ll act, what we do with our children, and how to behave. There are standards to live by, but the majority doesn’t make my standards for me. I certainly don’t live by their standards of success and wealth. I have very different standards of what my kids are allowed to watch and participate in than the majority.

If you are or have been any of the things listed above, don’t look down on yourself. Realize your reality, choose a positive change, and take the steps to make it happen.

And I personally feel that sometimes we NEED to speak the truth of what’s going on in our lives. Afterall, James 5:16 says to confess our sins to one another that we may be healed. You don’t hear a whole lot of that going on. Maybe we haven’t seen so much healing either because of our lack of obedience. I don’t mean you need to totally air out all your dirty laundry with every single person you meet. I don’t think that’s what it means. However, I do think we are in desperate need of taking personal inventory of our lives.

Are we on track? Are we telling the truth in all things? Are we standing and believing for what’s right or going along with what’s happening because it requires just too much effort to fight?

So, what do you need to be “real” about? Where have you been putting on a false front? It doesn’t help anyone… especially you. Sharing how your mess has turned around becomes your message to others!

If you need to get something off your chest now, feel free to leave a comment below!

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JessBio200 Is Fake Your Reality?Jessica Stone is a wife, mom to 4, and owner of her own businesses in the fitness and essential oils industries. She has 3 special needs children, one which has an undiagnosed neuro-muscular condition that limits her mobility, and her twins are currently receiving therapy for sensory defensiveness, physical mobility, fine motor skills, and speech. She enjoys sharing what she has learned through her trials, experience, research, and tools that have helped her children’s health with other parents who are looking for support, encouragement, and helpful information. Get her FREE eBooklet Five Steps to Losing Those Last 10 Pounds today for simple steps to help you trim up and fit into those fashionable clothes you’ve always wanted to wear! Connect with Jess live today on Facebook!

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Knitted Together For a Balanced Life

You may not know that I am a knitter by heart. I love creating a beautiful piece to both look at and wear, and even give away sometimes.

It amazes me that something so gorgeous, like the baby blanket in this photo, can come from a single string of yarn.

It starts out as nothing but a few fibers twisted together to make, what seems like, a thick string. But as the creator of the piece molds it, shapes it, and guides it along the needles, it takes form into something magnificent.

That’s how our lives are. Separated, each section of life seems to be individual strings. You try to fit, place, or “knit” it together to make a wonderful masterpiece. But, just as in blanket-making, if you are missing one or more of the supplies, you will never be able to complete it as wonderfully or beautifully, even if at all, than if everything was used, worked, operated as it should, and built into a lovely finished product.

Having said that, do you have the proper “supplies” in your life and use them the right way? Supplies for life are foods, fitness, relationships, finances, character, etc.

Are you eating well? Exercising regularly? Treating others as you would like them to treat you? Working with integrity? Giving to those in need?

You can’t expect to neglect an area of life and feel great, have a wonderful family life and great friendships, be at your ideal weight, be happy all the time, etc. Our lives are intertwined and require discipline on our part. We have to do what is required of us to have a productive, happy, and fulfilling life. It doesn’t just come to us. It’s worked on, earned, and enjoyed after it’s been diligently planned, structured, and maintained. You can’t expect to automatically be healthy when you aren’t eating healthful foods. You can’t expect to have strong muscles when you aren’t exercising them and pushing them beyond their normal limits. You can’t expect to make friends and have healthy relationships when you never communicate. You can’t expect to stick and follow through on your budget when you don’t take the time to update it.

There are areas each of us can pull up the slack and step it up a notch. There are better ways to treat people. Choosing to have a good attitude. Choosing to forgive. Choosing to eat an apple rather than a bag of chips. Choosing to walk up the stairs to the office than ride the elevator.

Make better choices to help you live a more balanced life!

Look for opportunities to improve. They are around you everywhere, all day long!

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JessBio200 Knitted Together For a Balanced LifeJessica Stone is a wife, mom to 4, and owner of her own business in the fitness industry. She has 3 special needs children, with one child with an undiagnosed neuro-muscular condition that limits her mobility. She enjoys sharing what she has learned through her trials, experience, and research with other parents who are looking for support, encouragement, and helpful information. Get her FREE eBooklet Five Steps to Losing Those Last 10 Pounds today for simple steps to help you trim up and fit into those fashionable clothes you’ve always wanted to wear! Connect with Jess live today on Facebook!

Knitted Together For a Balanced Life