Positive Monday (9-18-17)

Good morning and Happy Monday. 
Today started out rough. It’s been one of those days where I am too tired to even think straight let alone get out of bed when the alarm goes off. Not sure why. I bet you know the feeling. 

After getting up late and rushing through the morning Lucy said something about it being a bad morning. My first thought was, “it’s not bad yet, just rough.” Then I wondered what would make it a bad day. I finally decided I don’t want a bad day so I’m not going to let my rough morning get the best of me. Positive thinking. Very positive thinking. 

I have a tendency to not be a  positive person. I’m always thinking worst case scenario and imagining reactions to things that may or may not happen. I also often get overwhelmed and that does not mix well with positive thinking. But today, today I am determined to not make it a bad day. As much as I want to lay down and take a nap (I might do that later) I’m going to plow through this morning. It may be rough but it doesn’t have to be bad. 

There is a quote I like:

“For maximum happiness, peace and contentment may we choose a positive attitude.”                               -Thomas S. Monson

It’s easy to blame a bad day on events or other people. But in reality no one, or thing, can make us have certain thoughts, feelings or actions. Eleanor Roosevelt said, “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” I believe that. I believe you can also say, “No one can make you have a bad day without your consent.”

So as hard as it is for me to think positive, I am going to do my best today to think positive. I want happiness. I want peace. I want contentment. I want you to also have happiness, peace, contentment. So I am not going to give anyone or anything permission to make me have a bad day. Today at least. 

Have a happy Monday friends. Stay positive. 

Love,

Kendra

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Monday Comfort Eating (9-11-17)

Happy Monday!

Have you ever tried treating a bad day with food. I have. Many times. This weekend I rediscovered one of my favorite go to treats. With fall in the air (it’s getting down to the 90’s in the mornings so that counts as fall in Arizona) my mind turns to fall foods, comfort foods. One of my favorites is popcorn balls. I used to make them every year for Halloween so to me they are a fall comfort food. I love them and have the best recipe ever. Because I’m using them to cure feeling low I’m going to share my recipe with you. You can thank me later.

Pop one large bowl of plain popcorn and set aside.

Melt in a large pot one cube of butter and one pack of marshmallows stirring frequently and watched carefully so it doesn’t burn.

When the butter and marshmallows have melted together remove from heat and mix in the popcorn. You may not use all of the popcorn. The more you add the less gooey your popcorn balls will be but you want to add enough to make them workable.

When the popcorn and marshmallows are mixed well you can now form it into balls. I put butter on my hands to keep the popcorn from sticking. Take a handful of popcorn and form into a ball. Be careful though it’s hot. Place on a cookie sheet until cooled then store in an airtight container.

Go make some popcorn balls and have a great week.

Love,

Kendra

Happy Camping Monday (8-4-17)

Hello!We took advantage of the long weekend and took our family up north for some camping and cooler weather. When I say “camping” what I really mean is “trailering”. We really don’t camp we sleep, cook, shower and do everything else in our trailer. It might not be real tent camping but man it’s nice to have a comfy bed at night and a somewhat real toilet. With those luxuries comes the mishaps. And we had plenty on this trip. We blew two tires on our way up, caught a screw in a third and when replacing one of the other three realized a fourth was about to blow. And there was more. One of these things would have me throw my hands up and want to quit. But not my husband. He takes it all in stride. Calm as can be. Just fixes what needs to be fixed and works when he needs to work. To top it off he’s cracking jokes the entire time. It’s something I truly admire about him. And I can learn so much from him. I don’t need to cry when something doesn’t go as planned, just fix it and move on. And maybe throw in a joke or two. 
So, here’s to taking things in stride. To not letting things get to me. To dealing and moving on with whatever comes up. 
Happy Labor Day. 
Love,
Kendra

Keeping It Real Monday (8-28-17)

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This is pretty much me, with getting out of the car while my seatbelt is still on way more than saying and doing smart stuff. Who’s with me? I may seem like a capable, responsible adult but sometimes I just don’t know. For example, me and curbs are best friends. I can’t stay away from them when I drive. I fumble over what I’m going to say 90% of the time. Writing I can do but getting the words that I want to say out of my mouth is another story. And let’s talk about coordination. There is a reason I don’t play sports. But you know what, sometimes I get something right. And when I do I don’t feel quite so awkward and incapable. I try to hang on to those moments and let go of the rest.

My friends, hang on to those good moments when you do something smart and brilliant. Don’t focus on the idiot things we all do sometimes.

Have a wonderful week.                                                                                                                Love,                                                                                                                                               Kendra

Enough Monday (8-21-17)

Good morning,

How are you today my friends? Hopefully great. And if not great then at least well. 
Do you ever feel like you aren’t doing enough? Like all your efforts just aren’t measuring up? I often feel like this. My house just isn’t clean enough. My family isn’t eating healthy enough. I’m not teaching my children enough. My husband doesn’t get enough of my time. I don’t have enough time in the day. I’m just not doing enough. Can you relate?

Recently I was praying to know what Heavenly Father would like me to do. Who I could help, who I can show love and kindness to, also, to be a better person. To know how I can do more. How can I be enough of. I was prepared to feel a prompting to help someone, do something or change someway. Instead, the thoughts that came to my mind were the opposite. 

“Keep doing what you are doing. You’re family needs you. They need what you are doing. Don’t stop. Keep going, keep working and improvement will come.”

I felt, for the first time, that my efforts were enough. My family is getting enough of my time. I am teaching my children enough of what they need to succeed. I am helping others enough. My efforts are enough to do good in this world and in my life. 

Do you remember the time I wrote about being worthy? That we often don’t feel worthy of receiving love, of being happy, of achieving our dreams. I think this goes hand in hand with being enough. I am not only worthy of love but I need to stop worrying because I am also doing enough to show my family love. 

This is hard for me to accept. I can acknowledge and it empowers me to think that I am worthy. But then I think, if I am worthy enough to be loved or to achieve my dreams then I am able to and need to work harder to receive those things. I am worthy of working to be enough. But in reality I am enough. I am doing enough to be worthy. I am worthy. I am enough. 

I want you to know that you are enough. You are doing enough. We are going to do and are doing great things because we are enough. 

You, my friend, are doing amazing things. You are enough. 

Love,
Kendra 

Great Monday (8-14-17)


Hello dear friends,
Do you ever marvel at the genius things other people do and say and come up with? I do. All the time. Just the other day I had another opportunity to marvel. This time it was at my own son. He came up with this quote,

 “Good is not good enough. Great is great enough.”

I asked him what it meant to him. He basically said we are always doing things that are good but we can be doing better. We can keep trying and making changes until we’ve done the best that we can and then it won’t be just good it will be great. 

I’ve been thinking about what Jackson said and I think he’s right. All this coming from my child who has struggled the most in school and has had the most personal challenges. I am happy and his teachers are happy (more like we are thrilled) when he can just get the work done. But Jackson isn’t happy with that. He wants to do it the best. That leads to more frustration because his ability in some areas is immense where his ability in other areas doesn’t come close. But the desire to do the best in all areas is equal. So here is a child who isn’t going to settle for good. He’s going to go and push and work for great. 

One of my favorite quotes says, 

Try a little harder to be a little better. -Gordon B Hinckley

I think this summarizes what Jackson was trying to tell me. We can do better. We can do and be more than just good. Make those little changes. Try again and again and again. 

But it’s hard and it can be scary. Why is it so hard and so scary? One of my sisters framed this quote for me, I think it perfectly answers my question. 

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. 

Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. 

We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous. 

Actually, who are you not to be?

We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.

And as we let our own light shine we unconsciously give other people the permission to do the same.”

Who are we not to be great? Jackson is amazing. You are amazing. We are amazing. We have the potential to be great. To make everyday great or at least better than the day before. We are powerful beyond measure. I truly believe that. And I believe that you are truly great. 

Love,

Kendra 

Back to School Monday (8-7-17)

Good morning friends,

My kids start school today. I’m excited and nervous for them. They are smart and capable, I know they can do hard things. They just have to learn that. 
I think I’m nervous and excited for myself too. I’m excited to do some of the things I haven’t been able to this summer with the kids constantly at home. I’m nervous about keeping things running smoothly. 

Being in a new house it’s easy to make and keep things clean and organized and to make promises of keeping things clean and organized. But in reality I probably won’t be able to do it. I’m trying to be ok with that. And to be ok that my plans, routines and goals might not be reached. Truthfully and if I’m being honest with myself they probably won’t. I’m trying to be ok with that too and to roll with the punches, to make changes and adjustments as I go. 

That is also what I’m hoping my kids will be able to do. Roll with the punches. Make changes and adjustments as they go. I am smart and capable. They are smart and capable. If we can learn together and learn to work together we can totally succeed. And by success I mean long term success. We are going to fail at times so we need to be learning from our many failures. I think that’s where I get stuck. I failed once so I’m a failure. Not true. I just have to make changes and adjustments and jump back at it. So much easier said than done. And so much easier to help my kids do that than it is to help myself do it. 

What do you do to keep yourself going through the little failures? How do you help yourself make changes and adjustments? What are some, or were some, of your back to school traditions? Will you help me in my commitment to roll with the punches, to change and make adjustments instead of dwelling on failing? 

Well, here’s to a new school year! Hang in there. It can be a long year but we can make it a good year. 

Love,
Kendra