The Secret to Success in The Wizard of Oz

“At first the Witch was tempted to run away from Dorothy; but she happened to look into the child’s eyes and saw how simple the soul behind them was, and that the little girl did not know of the wonderful power the Silver Shoes gave her. So the Wicked Witch laughed to herself, and thought, “I can still make her my slave, for she does not know how to use her power.”
The Wizard of Oz, p. 145

The secret to success in The Wizard of Oz

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My youngest son and I just finished reading The Wizard of Oz together. I’ve been struck by so many profound things from the story while reading it again after many years.

  • Dorothy wants to go back home to Kansas.
  • The Scarecrow seeks brains.
  • The Tin Woodman wants a heart.
  • The Lion wants courage.

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How to Make Movement a Daily Habit

For good and bad, habits are the invisible architecture of daily life. Research suggests that about 40 percent of our behavior is repeated almost daily, and mostly in the same context. (p.7)

Better than Before, by Gretchen Rubin

The Power of Habit

I’ve finished reading The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg and it was fascinating. There used to be a time in my life when I would have thought of habits as dry and boring. The opposite of habit would have been carefree, spontaneous, and fun to my younger self.

Nowadays though, I’m painfully aware of the internal and external chaos that can fill ones life when there is a lack of order to ones day. I’m also joyfully aware of the peace that can come from carefully choosing good habits that make our lives richer.

How to make movement a daily habit

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Cue – Routine – Reward

Our lives are full of habits – both good and bad. This book breaks down the science behind habits. it is full of the stories behind all of the research. Essentially – there is a three-step loop behind every habit:

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Monthly Goals and Becoming a Morning Person

I’ve been writing down monthly goals  to help me focus in on what is important. Many of the things listed are daily habits I’m seeking to maintain or grow in. The goal is not to obtain perfection, but to make steady progress…and months when there isn’t any progress, to give myself grace and start again the next month. That is my hope for you too as you strive to implement daily/weekly/monthly habits.

July monthly Goals

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RECAP OF GOALS IN June

Things that were challenging in June: tracking expenses for our budget, running twice a week, decluttering in our basement, and our 1:1 dates with our sons.

Things that went well in June: my morning routine, making our bed, keeping my gratitude journal, and getting at least six hours of sleep.

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Five Gifts from My Father

Father’s Day was this past weekend. For the fatherless, there were difficult moments of wishing, sadness, and loss. The anniversary of my father’s death falls very close to Father’s day so there is compounded grief. I usually avoid Facebook for the week, waiting for all the pictures of fathers to get buried in the feed. Father’s Day is bittersweet.

This year marks ten years since my father passed away. While the waves of grief that used to consume me unexpectedly are no longer a regular occurrence, the gifts that my dad passed down to me endure. I don’t have recent photos of my dad and I to share, but I do have these memories.

5 gifts from my father

5 Gifts from my Father

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How to Move from To Do Lists to Priority Based Goals

Do you have a mission statement written? Have you actually thought about and written down what your most important roles and priorities are? Until recently, I hadn’t. Here is how I am moving from to do list goals to priority based goals.

goals with grace priority based goals

I started writing goals on my blog in October 2015. There were daily and weekly habits I was trying to establish, and projects I was trying to complete – and writing them down and publishing them has been helpful for clarity and accountability. There is power and motivation in the simple act of writing down your intention.

Finding and Writing down Your “Why”

Recently, I was able to start a course called Goals with Grace: Goal Planning with Intention & Purpose. It has given me the tools and motivation to go back to thinking about and writing down my “why.” If you’re like me, you have a vague idea of your overarching reasons for the goals that you set, but you’ve never taken the time to sit down and write them down.

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