Time’s Ticking Away!

Wasted time is worse than wasted money. (1)Back when I was in high school, I loved having a planner to keep track of my homework assignments & extracurricular activities.  By the time I was in my first full-time job as an executive director I had a planner to help keep track of my commitments but honestly did not schedule out each portion of my work-day.  In the past year, I’ve been working to find a planner that I really like for purposes of scheduling my days as an entrepreneur and mother to 4.  What I’ve learned is there is probably no perfect planner for me.  No matter how pricey or inexpensive the planner is it still requires ME to sit down and actually plan my time, which involves honest reflection and commitment.

Are you committed to making time to manage your time instead of letting life manage you?  I really feel that the exercise of scheduling your day is a discipline which will open your eyes to how you are investing your time…are you investing it in reading an excess number of blog articles or facebook posts or tweets that make you feel more anxious or stressed or just help you pass the time?  Are you spending time investing in your family and friends?  Relationships take work and that work must be done outside of social media if it is to make a lasting difference in the lives of those you love.  Are you Netflix bingeing more than you are reading and growing your mind?  Are you taking time to plan what you are eating so you are less tempted to order take-out which can end up hurting your health?  Ouch!  Reflection on how you spend your time can be a painful process.

Here are a couple of my favorite planners for you to consider trying as you get more intentional about planning your days (and no, you don’t have to wait until the first of the year to make this a new habit.  Start NOW and begin to reap the benefits of using your time wisely.)

  1.  The Passion Planner:  Pluses I’ve found to this planner is the price & the ease of use.  It comes in a compact size and a classic size.  I love that it has spaces to plan, doodle & dream incorporated in the typical planner design. Check Out the Passion Planner By Clicking Here!

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2.  Erin Condren Planners:  I love that these come in a variety of fun designs!   I appreciate that the spaces provided for day to day planning are bigger than those provided in the compact planner from Passion Planner.    You can choose horizontal, vertical or hourly layout design.  Check Erin Condren Life Planners Out By Clicking Here!


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Ready to get intentional about your days?  Your business, relationships & health will grow from this experience!

Happy planning!

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3 Tips for Naturally Spicing Up Chilly Nights

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This is the time of year that couples often are looking for a little extra romance in their marriage! Here are 3 ways that my husband and I have found help to spice up winter nights (and the tips work for year round, too).

(1) Less screen time. I know…I know…this can be a controversial tip.  I know a lot of couples say they bond over Netflix.  Well, I agree it can be fun as a couple to watch TcouplesV together or share a hobby or do something together but when we are spending more time watching TV than making eye contact with each other, holding hands or kissing…when we know more about our favorite TV show than about how our mate is doing or feeling….well, that is troubling to me.  I think as a society we also have a problem with checking our hand-held devices/cell phones more than we are checking up on the status of our relationship.  How incredibly radical would it be if we regularly checked on how we are doing with communication with our husband or wife?  How are we doing with responding to our wife’s/husband’s love language/individual needs?  I think these activities would do more to rev up our relationships’ level of intimacy than spending time watching TV ever will.

(2) More Massage & Touch:  Do you hug or kiss (or both!) before you leave for work or go to run errands?  This is a habit that helps build intimacy. To read more about the benefits of kissing, click here.

Massage can be a calming way to end your day.  Foot massages or back/neck massages can help you prepare for sleep or can help create excitement before intimacy.  Essential oils are so versatile that you can find ones that can promote either goal.  What are my favorite oils for spicing up your marriage?

Sensation Oil Blend or Sensation Massage Oil:  Sensation™ is a wonderfully fragrant, powerfully romantic blend that is extremely uplifting and refreshing. It was formulated to enhance the enjoyment of special moments.

     Shutran: An empowering essential oil blend specially formulated for men to boost feelings of masculinity and confidence, Shutran™ is perfect for use as a cologne that appeals to both men and women. I have confirmed that women like to uhm use this personally as well as men do.  Wink wink!

3.  Diffusing: You can diffuse an essential oil before bedtime that may foster more intimacy.  Light the Fire or Rose or Ylang Ylang are three more of my favorite oils which might be ideal for spicing it up in your bedroom. The warm, spicy aroma of Light the Fire™ includes Mastrante and Northern Lights Black Spruce from Young Living’s Ecuador and Canada farms, along with Nutmeg, Cassia, Ocotea, Canadian Fleabane, Lemon, Pepper, and Hinoki.  Rose (Rosa damascena) has a beautiful, strong floral and sweet fragrance that is intoxicating and highly romantic. It helps bring balance and harmony with stimulating and uplifting properties that create a sense of well-being and self-confidence.  Ylang Ylang essential oil has a rich, pleasing, and romantic floral scent.


How can you get started in having essential oils in your life (and your bedroom?)

Check out information here.  And feel free to contact me for your own personal consult!

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