Harmonize Your Home – A Month of Decluttering

Intentionally Refining Your Home with Taryn

We’re beginning a new month and a new decluttering challenge on the Intentionally Refining Your Home Facebook page. If you are interested in joining us for inspiration and encouragement to refresh, reorganize and reveal your home, then follow this link: Intentionally Refining Your Home with Taryn.

Here’s to Harmonizing!

~Helping You to Become Better Today Than Yesterday – and Better Tomorrow Than Today~

Becoming a Better You

How To Develop Your Skills, Influence Positively & Change Your Thinking

Have you ever wondered why some people are so talented? What is it that gave them their extreme abilities? Were they just born with lucky genes?

Genes do play a part in it, but for the most part, luck has nothing to do with it. It turns out, talent, whether you’re talking about writing, playing the piano, or hitting a golf ball, is the result of one thing. Effort. Not just normal, every day effort. Extreme effort.

Why You Need a Friend and Not a Selfie Stick

Selfie sticks are all the rage right now. The awesome gadget allows you to attach your phone to a telescopic tube. When you extend the tube your phone will be several feet away from you, and it will completely remove your forearm from all of your selfies. What an novel idea!

In full disclosure, Taryn and I own a selfie stick, but we aren’t fans because using a selfie stick isn’t worth the things you give up by not using a selfie stick. Here’s a short list that compares the contrast between using a selfie stick and not using a selfie stick:

Remembering 9/11

And a Random Act of Kindness

Today is Sept. 11th.
We all remember what happened this day in 2001, even those that live outside of the United States. The world changed that day.

I offer a challenge to you today. It is simple, but two-fold.

Accountability Partners

Why They Don't Work and What We Should Really Call Them

Accountability partners and accountability groups seem to be pretty popular these days. You decide that you want to commit to changing something about yourself. Maybe you want to exercise every day. You know it will be hard to keep your commitment, so you ask someone to help you and coach you to keep that commitment.

My wife, Taryn, and I have been a part of these types of groups. They sound noble on the surface, but, speaking from experience, here’s why I think accountability partners don’t work.

Fulfill Your Potential by Changing This One Thing

Mindset is an interesting phenomenon. There are countless articles and bits of research that discuss the relationship between how we view ourselves, the opportunities around us, our potential and the quality of our thoughts, psychology, and ultimately our lives as a whole.

A Professor of Psychology at Stanford, Carol Dweck, in her book “Mindset”, said,
“For twenty years, my research has shown that the view you adopt for yourself profoundly affects the way you lead your life. It can determine whether you become the person you want to be and whether you commit to and accomplish the things you value. How does this happen? How can a simple belief have the power to transform your psychology and, as a result, your life?”

3 Truths You Will Learn from Traveling

It started as a casual conversation a few years ago between my husband, Troy, and me. How do you best celebrate a milestone birthday? For me, I knew I wanted to travel. “Let’s go to Paris!” I said, almost as a joke.

Troy didn’t take it as a joke. So, off and on for those few years, we would briefly bring it up and dream about how it would be.

When You’ve Worn Thin, Then What?

When you’ve worn thin, your world looks different. You don’t see things as clearly. You feel helpless, frustrated and sad. You look around and (though it’s not necessarily true) everyone else is happy. You’re not.

I noticed when talking with my close group of friends that all of us are struggling with something. One friend is questioning her relationship with her husband, another is on the brink of divorce, one is struggling so hard financially, and another is frightened and waiting on the results of a medical procedure. I also work one-on-one with a wife whose husband is fighting an addiction to porn. The attacks come in different areas of our lives.

1 Way to Create a Smooth Morning

Breakfast at our house needs to be two things: fast and healthy. I realize that donuts and toaster pastries are fast, but that’s not the kind of food I want to bank on getting me, Troy or our kids through until lunch.

I experiment with different combinations of smoothies just about daily. But no matter how many I find that are so good, I keep coming back to my old standby. I get asked about this smoothie recipe a lot. I call it the “Chocolate Dream” – and it’s loaded with the kind of food that will help jumpstart anyone’s day.

Low in fat and even lower in cholesterol, spinach is high in niacin and zinc, as well as protein, fiber, vitamins A, C, E and K, thiamin, vitamin B6, folate, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, copper, and manganese. Spinach is loaded with good things for just about every part of your body.

It protects your body from free radicals, particularly in the colon. It’s good for your healthy cardiovascular system, and helps lower high blood pressure. Studies also have shown that spinach helps maintain your vigorous brain function, memory and mental clarity.

Avocados are known for helping to fight cardiovascular disease, aid in weight management, diabetes, and have an ability to enhance your body’s absorption of nutrients. They’re also anti-inflammatory and can help protect against liver damage.

A Smooth Move
You can’t go wrong when you fuel your body with these foods and nutrients first thing in the morning. An added bonus is that a smoothie is a gentle wake-up for your digestive system, too.

You know your morning routine? It’s the same thing over and over, right? Switch it up. Try adding this into your routine. Little changes like this make a big difference in your body.  Be intentional about your choices and work toward being #bettertodaythanyesterday .

5 Reasons I Keep My House Clean

To clean or not to clean. Ah. That is the issue that appears on Facebook in the form of memes and quotes almost daily, posted by moms across the world. Do I clean or do I spend time with my kids?

I spend time with my kids every day. I also clean my house every day. I actually don’t mind cleaning. On some days, I would go as far as to say that I actually enjoy it. “How can she do that?” you may ask.