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Five Ways to Stay Fit When You Work at Home

Found this article and I can very much relate and appreciate the tips written here.

As a mompreneur myself, most of the time I’m looking for time to squeeze in some exercise not for weight loss or anything but more to release stress. But more often than not is unable to find time, and find myself exhausted and close to burnout.

Just want to share this here…

Five Ways to Stay Fit When You Work at Home by Theresa Ceniccola

If you’re running a home business while raising a family, you probably feel like you have two full-time jobs. For many mompreneurs, the last thing on the list of priorities is an exercise routine. In fact, a recent study published in the journal Pediatrics found that new mothers exercise less than childless women their age. Add to that a new business, and you have a recipe for an exhausted, unhealthy mom.

So we agree that work-at-home moms have unique challenges when it comes to maintaining a fitness routine. But chances are, one of the reasons you chose to start a business while raising a family is so you could create a more balanced life. So you could earn a living doing what you love while remaining present at home for your family. When you ignore your own health and fitness, you can’t possibly live a balanced life. And while you may be physically present for your family, you may not be the most pleasant mom (Trust me – I’ve been the cranky mom many times!).

Regular exercise gives you more energy to keep up with your children and your busy schedule. It helps you stay focused and productive in the office. Exercise relieves stress and endorphins that help you feel better about yourself, your business and life in general. And it creates a healthier home because a happy mommy is a good mommy.

So how can you create time for fitness when you’re running a business and taking care of your children? Try these fitness tips for mompreneurs:

Five Fitness Tips for Busy Mom Entrepreneurs

1. First Things First. Have you ever read the book Eat That Frog by Brian Tracy? It’s about procrastination and the idea of tackling your highest priority task first thing in the day (your “frog”). For me, that’s exercise. I discovered long ago that the only excuse I have the morning is that I want to sleep longer. As the day progresses, the excuse list gets longer. Life gets in the way. So I know I have to knock it out first thing. You may have better results with an evening routine or lunchtime workout, but try to choose a time of day and make it part of your regular schedule. Then you don’t have to figure out where to squeeze in a workout. It’s already part of your day.

2. Follow Your Heart. Exercise doesn’t have to be grueling and painful. In fact, if you want to stick with it, you should choose something fun. If you’re not into running or hanging out at a gym, then take a look at other options. Try Zumba, yoga, swimming or belly dancing. Take a class in rock climbing or stand-up paddle boards. Go hiking, biking or in line skating. If you’re having fun, you’ll want to do it again.

3. Set a Goal. As an entrepreneur, you’re probably used to measuring results. For some people, the motivation comes from the monitoring this progress along a journey to improve something specific. To lose weight. To get stronger or faster. To live longer. To be happier and less stressed. Get in touch with your own personal motivation. What is it that you hope to accomplish through exercise? It doesn’t have to be a number on the scale or a certain size jeans. It could simply be that you want to have energy every morning. Or perhaps you want to be able to keep up with your dog on a hike or walk that you take. Or maybe you want to run a 5k for a charity. Whatever it is, write down your goal and keep it someplace visible for motivation.

4. Find a Partner. What’s the reason Weight Watchers is so successful? Accountability. There is someone waiting for you to show up each week and get on that scale. Having an exercise partner gives you that same accountability. Just knowing that someone is waiting for you and counting on you to show up can be a powerful motivator. I’ve run a marathon, completed several bike centuries and competed in many triathlons. I know for certain I never would have made it to the starting line in any of those events without a training partner. Here’s a tip about choosing your exercise partner: find someone who is slightly faster, stronger or more skilled in the activity than you. This will ensure that you are challenged but not completely outmatched, which would leave you both frustrated and discouraged.

5. Honor Your Commitment. Once you’ve decided to make fitness a part of your daily routine then give yourself permission to spend the time you need to workout. This may require hiring a babysitter or letting go of another obligation. It may mean that something else simply doesn’t get done perfectly (like laundry or housecleaning). Take some time to explain to your family why you are exercising and how important it is to you. Help them understand that you need their support and encouragement if you are going to keep it up. Ask them to respect your need for dedicated workout time. You may even decide to include your family in your exercise program!

It’s your turn. What are your tips and tricks for staying fit while working from home? Please share them with us here

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Jesus: Career Counselor: How To Find (and Keep) The Perfect Work

God intends for your work to be about much more than just doing a job well. Work should be about a vocation – a whole lifestyle in which you honor God, contribute to the world in the ways you were uniquely designed to help others, and enjoy the process.

So don’t settle for work that’s anything less. If you’re bored, frustrated, or confused about your career, go to the ultimate Counselor – Jesus – to help you make the best career decisions.

Here’s how:

Consider the guideposts Jesus has placed in your life. Noticing markers that point the way toward God’s plans for you will help you find your vocation. Explore your mission by writing out your core values and creating a mission statement to express them. Assess your personality type by taking personality profile tests and asking friends and family members to comment on how they see you. Discover your four greatest talents by asking yourself what people tell you that you’re good at doing, and what you love to do. Write a vision statement for yourself by imagining that you no longer have to work for money, but are free to contribute to society through any type of work you’d like to choose. Then write a description of what kind of work you’d decide to do, and what goals you’d like to accomplish through that work.

Develop strong leadership skills. Get rid of your fears, insecurities, and excuses so you can rise to pursue God’s dreams for your life and career. Pray and think about where God may want you to move upward in your career, such as by seeking a promotion, gaining more education, viewing yourself in a more confident way, or applying yourself more to your current on-the-job tasks. Be willing to take whatever career risks God calls you to take. Keep in mind that when you do, God will change you for the better, from the inside out. Pray for the discernment to know what risks God wants you take, and to understand what fears may be holding you back. Break down the steps you need to take into small tasks on a to-do list so they don’t seem overwhelming. Pray for the courage you need to take action on them. Don’t hesitate to speak up whenever you need to bring attention to the value of your work or a situation that you think needs to be changed. Go ahead and talk with your boss, coworkers, and customers about critical issues rather than avoiding them because you feel uncomfortable. Get out of your comfort zone and make your voice heard.

Develop strong relationship skills. Make time regularly to reflect on what is most important to you, and why. Every day, consider who you are, and ask yourself: “Am I the person God wants me to become?”. Then make your career decisions accordingly. Pray about your career often, listening carefully for God’s wisdom. Renew your career in whatever ways God leads you, such as developing a fresh attitude or a new set of skills. Get enough sleep each night and observe a weekly Sabbath day of rest from work. Thank Jesus for restoring you spiritually by using your work to help others who need restoration in some way – working to help meet their needs as God leads you.

Develop strong character traits and habits. Be willing to remain in the same place in your career for as long as God wants you there, rather than trying to move along prematurely and miss the growth blessings God has for you. If you’ve strayed from your career mission, ask God to help you return to it and fully use the gifts He has given you to fulfill that mission. If you find that the work you’re currently doing doesn’t represent what you truly love to do, regenerate your career, in ways such as: taking on new projects, meeting with a mentor, offering to mentor someone else, and learning something new that will help you approach your job in fresh ways. If a negative event has impacted your career, remember that: God is still on the job when you’ve been laid off; God is never idle when you’re retired; God stands by when you’ve been fired; God remembers when you’ve been forgotten; and God sees when you’ve been passed up. So open yourself up to the all the possibilities of a better career, and expect God to help you when you place your trust in Him.

Develop strong creativity and innovation skills. If you’ve lost your enthusiasm, drive, or energy to do your best in your work, ask God to revive you and breathe new life into your career. Purposefully release all of your gifts into the world through your work rather than burying some of them out of fear. Make whatever career changes you need to make to ensure that you’re in a job that allows you to fully release your gifts. Don’t hold onto any job position you’ve grown comfortable in if it’s keeping you from being optimally productive. Release any bitterness that’s interfering with your growth by forgiving the people who have hurt or offended you. Rejoice by frequently celebrating the ways God is at work through the work you do for Him. Instead of viewing your work as drudgery you have to do, ask God to help you see it as something valuable and fulfilling that you want to do. Enjoy spontaneous moments of joy and humor with your coworkers. Thank God often for giving you great work to do and empowering you to do it well.

-Howards Books, 2010

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Quotes on Work and Calling

“Emptiness is a symptom that you are not living creatively. You either have no goal that is important enough to you, or you are not using your talents and efforts in striving toward an important goal.” — Maxwell Maltz, 1899 – 1975

“God has always led me of himself – The first idea I can recollect when I was a child was a desire to nurse the sick. My day dreams were all of hospitals and I visited them whenever I could. I never communicated it to anyone, it would have been laughed at; but I thought God had called me to serve Him in that way.” — Florence Nightingale, Curriculum Vitae, 1851

“I felt as though I was about to fill a space in the world that was meant for me and had long awaited me, a mold, as it were, made for me alone, but discerned by me only this very moment.” — Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, The Oak and the Calf.

“If a man love the labor of any trade, apart from any question of success or fame, then God has called him.” — Robert Louis Stevenson

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Christmas Wish Bazaar

Come visit SUNDRENCH and SHOPHOUSE!

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Shop Now for Christmas

Only 67 days until Christmas. Time flies, doesn’t it?

Have you done your Christmas shopping?

Avoid the rush. Avoid the hassle. Shop early.

Shop online at Sundrench and Shophouse.

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Swamped…

…and sleepless.

As I’ve written in a previous entry, “ber” months are busy months for me. And I can definitely feel the extra “busy-ness” since last week…

♦ Have a video to finish by tomorrow.
♦ Will be starting our first session of a scheduled community seminar on Thursday, where hubby and I are tasked to be facilitators, and will run for nine weeks (every Thursday night).
♦ Have 100pcs of ordered invitations and tags to finish by end September (or preferably earlier).
♦ Have a booth design/layout to finalize by this week (not to mention, that includes doing a mock setup to check what else will be needed).
♦ Need to finish design of our calling cards, new product tags, tarps and booth signages for next month, so we can have them printed already as early as now.
♦ Have to canvas and shop for supplies lacking.
♦ Need to continuously create more product designs as we need to build up our stocks for the next months.
♦ Have a meeting this Saturday (as section representative of our daughter’s class) with the school’s parents association officers to start planning the Family Day in November.
♦ Need to get some Zzzzzzzzz!

Did I miss anything? Oh, of course these are on top of my usual household tasks. And these are also the more urgent ones… especially the Zzzzzs! LOL 😀

I wasn’t too glad about missing this week’s photohunt (wild)… but need to set my priorities.

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