Goals for the Gold

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Today I was thinking about my goal-setting habits and realized that I need to refine this habit to be more productive and efficient for my short and long-term goals.  As I was thinking about goal-setting (or my lack thereof lately), I thought about the Olympics.  As much as I love sports, I’m not a fan of the Olympics but this past winter, I was intrigued by the 2018 Winter Olympics for some reason.  You would not believe which sport I watched and kept track of? Definitely not skiing. Bobsledding or as said in the olympic world ‘bobsleigh’.  I’m not sure why I was interested but I tuned in during my morning breaks to catch up or watch live.  I learned so many interesting facts about the sport:

  1. The first push of acceleration is very important.
  2. The pilot and brakeman have to be in sync with one another with timely jumps into the sled.
  3. Flexibility is key as you fit two bodies into a tiny sled. Some on their heels while the driver sits.
  4. Friction can slow you down and cause you to lose the race by hundredths of a second.
  5. The pilot sees everything.  One pilots said he never tells his teammates about what’s ahead and tells them it was a good trip.
  6. Physics plays a huge part in bobsledding. Sledders have to be very careful of their moves to avoid crashing.

So how does this relate to setting goals Tamika? Simple.

1. Pushing yourself to get started on your goals is very important.  The first push propels you; it gets your started.

2. Timeliness is important.  There is nothing like setting a goal to get something completed in a week and you haven’t considered your family, your work schedule, or other things you are working on as well.  Make sure you set realistic goals while considering other tasks on your schedule.

3. When hammering out your plan, be flexible.  If you set out to read daily for 30 minutes and something comes up, find ways to squeeze some time in or spread the extra minutes throughout the week.

4.  What are some things that bring hindrance to your life? Consider the “friction” and find ways to avoid it so that you don’t lose sight of your goal.

5.  This is my favorite one. Who is the pilot in your life? In bobsledding the pilot plays a huge role in the success of the team.  My pilot is God.  He sees everything that lies ahead of us.  He guides our path and gives us what we need to be successful.

6. You have the power to put things in motion.  Just put little force behind it, some motivation that is. We are already in August.  The third quarter of the year is coming to a close soon folks.  What declarations did you make over your life?  What daily affirmations are you telling yourself to push you closer to your dreams?  What goals do you need to set in order to end 2018 with shouting bang?

I know we live in an virtual, online world.  Shopping, chatting, connecting with people are all at our finger tips.  HOWEVER…. There is something about the power of writing.  The formation of the letters as you write.  Write out your goals. The pen, the paper and your brain will connect when you do this.  It’s powerful y’all!

In order to live your best life, you have to stop wishing and start working so take your first step toward your destiny.  Write your goals to win the gold!

Need help with goals for your marriage?  Check out our latest podcast Faith & Marriage: Making Time for Spouse & Self Episode 5.

Need a reality check about your progress? Check out Progress Ain’t Pretty.

Ready to celebrate some successes big or small? Read this post for some ideas/inspiration Celebration Time 4 You! 

Remember, it’s a faith journey y’all!

Blessings, blessings, and more blessings to you!

Tamika W.

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30 DAYS OF FAITH

Keep the Faith

Thank you for your support!  Before our July freebie expires, I wanted to give you an opportunity, if you have not already, to download and save the 30 Days of Faith devotional calendar.  You can start this devotional at any time.  I hope you are inspired to keep the faith while diving into God’s Word for faith inspiration!

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Remember, it’s a faith journey y’all!

Blessings,

Tamika W.

Faith & Marriage: Making Time for Spouse & Self Episode 5

Episode 5

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Welcome to “All about Faith” Episode 5.


In this episode, we chat with Ashley Ligon from Unspoken Vows about the importance of faith, self-care, and time with your spouse.  It’s a real conversation with great tips to make the time intentional and meaningful for you and your spouse on your marriage journey.

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5 Steps to Finding Your Why

I love this topic of finding our ‘why’ or our purpose!  Why? Because everyone has a purpose.  It has been destined before the beginning of time.  We all have a reason that is often bigger than what we think or believe about ourselves.

If you’re feeling a little stuck in figuring out the purpose of your idea or finding your purpose at all, check out these few steps to help you along the way.  And if you’re feeling stuck, you can listen to Episode 3: I’m Stuck for some encouragement.

Because we serve an awesome God, remember, you are destined for greatness!

4 Steps to Finding Your WHY-1

 

As I Look Back, I Can Move Forward

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We are creatures of habit, often looking back over the years at our losses and gains.  How we let go of friendships, but gained a closer circle.  How we let go of bad relationships, but found a closeness with ourselves.  How we lost a battle, but renewed our strength.  I too find myself looking back at some losses but counting my blessings as I move forward.  Life is a continuous journey of learning and growing.  Without this process, we would be like the tree planted but not bearing any fruit.

I recently went on a family vacation to the beach and can I be honest?  I didn’t think about anything related to my blog, podcast social media posts, products, services, etc.  NOTHING! Sometimes you just have to turn it all off.  The weather forecast called for heavy rain and thunder but I thought we left it at the beach.  When I hit the interstate, I could see the storm ahead and it didn’t look anything pretty.  I began to slow down and just pray.  It was that bad.  The wind was howling and the trees were bowing to the ground.  The rain poured so hard I was unable to see.  Cars were passing me full speed ahead but I drove at a steady pace and I just kept whispering Jesus’s name.  What felt like an hour only last 10 minutes.  As I drove out of the storm, the sun broke through the clouds and as I looked ahead, it looked as if the interstate didn’t even encounter a storm.  I looked back in my rear view mirror, and I could see the storm behind me.  One by one cars came out of the storm behind me unharmed. The roads were clear. No water. No debris. I made it through the storm.

The Lord reminded me that my storms are just like the one I described.  On this journey called life, there will be some days we can see the storms coming ahead.  We must keep our minds on Jesus the entire time.  No matter how hard the wind blows. No matter what other people are doing in their lives to pass you by. No matter if there are times we cannot see what lies ahead.  If we keep our minds on Jesus, like it says in the scripture, He will give us peace.  Have you ever seen someone who was in a fight?  Their hair is a mess, clothes all tattered, they are out of breath.  A hot mess I’ll say.  Job 23:10 says “He knows the way I take and when He has tried me, I will come out as pure gold.”  When the storm is over, it won’t even look like we’ve been through a storm.  But we have to keep our focus on Christ. We have to tune our ears, eyes and heart to His words and His promises. I learned a long time ago that I can make all the plans I want to but it is Christ who directs my path (Proverbs 16:9).

I looked back in my rear view mirror and I believe God was reminding me of what He brought me through.  I didn’t look back like Lot’s wife, with a desire to return in my heart, for I had no desire to turn around but it definitely was a reminder that God keeps His promises:

  • He will never leave you nor forsake you (Deuteronomy 31:6)
  • He delivers us from our afflictions (Psalm 34:17-20)
  • He supplies all of our needs (Philippians 4:19)

It’s ok to look back at the storms God delivered you from so that you can praise Him and be prepared for the future storms He’ll carry you through.  The old song says “count your blessings, name them one by one. Count your many blessings to see what God has done!”

On this journey, we will all encounter storms.  Call His name. Stick close to Him. Praise Him.  He will deliver you! How will you honor God, our sovereign Creator, when you look back in order to move forward? I would love to hear some testimonies and praises! Feel free to share!

Remember, it’s a faith journey y’all.  No matter where you are in life, you must have faith!

Tamika W.

PS. I’m excited to announce our Episode 5: Faith & Marriage-How to Make Time for Yourself & Your Spouse.  We will have a Q & A post on our social media outlets Friday so make sure you are following us @1faithjourney on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram to participate.

 

Power of Affirmations: Episode 4

 

Affirmations Available Now

Access this episode here—–>>>>  Episode 4: Power of Affirmations

Welcome to “All about Faith” Episode 4.


In this episode, I share how experiences from the past that have caused me to feel not so great about me and how to use God’s Word as affirmations for any situation.

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Every Mom Longs for Peace

Have you seen the commercial where the mom packs up everything, walks out the door and forgets the kids? I love that commercial because it speaks to the everyday mom. I know our days can be rushed, frazzled, and not enough time to do all that we have to do. We spend so much time making sure the bills are paid, the clothes are folded, the snacks are packed, the children feel loved, the team feels appreciated that we often forget about us. Our plates are indeed full. If you haven’t read that post, I suggest you go back and read it. Click here >>>>> Your Plate is FULL. Please Tell Them No.

As the week comes to a close, I want to remind the busy moms to chill for a bit.  Unrush your life, honor your time, and enjoy you. Now some of these may sting a little bit but I want you to envision some peace in your life. Kind of hard I know. After all, what would your household be without you. We live zombie, chaotic lives with little sleep, brooms in one arm, keys in our mouth, work bags around our necks, hubbies holding our hand, and little ones tugging at our hearts for attention.

Seriously, to be our best, we have to invite some peaceful times in our life or else our best self will be a complete mess. Doing these things will give you time to meditate, get clarity, and chat with God. The word of God tells us to cast our cares on Him and the peace of God will guard your heart and minds in Christ.  I know this to be true.  I’m sure you do too.  When we spend some time in His peace, we rest in knowing that all else will be cared for by our Heavenly father.  Be sure to take these steps and honor some time for yourself.

Remember, it’s a faith journey y’all.  No matter where you are in the hustle of life you must faith!

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