my end of summer rant

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Back to school means back to routine! 

And I couldn’t be more thrilled!

 
I completely LOVE summer, so don’t get me wrong, but man, I loveSeptember, too! Speaking as a mom first, I have to say that summers have their downside and August can be one of the more difficult months of the year. I mean, it’s just not fun anymore! August is all about gearing up for the big shift back to school. It’s preparing to get back to structure while simultaneously trying to squeeze in the rest of our summer plans. There’s more summer fun to be had but there is also: Paperwork. Registrations. Shopping. More shopping. The dentist(?) Physicals. There are fall sports and all the necessary equipment that go with them. Then there’s the changing of the kids’ bedtimes and wake up times so that they don’t sleep through the entire first week of classes. Even the kids seem to stop having fun in August, miss seeing their friends every day, and just want school to start.
And I haven’t even begun my rant on how “soft” summer makes them! It seems like all the ground you gained last school year is gone. POOF! By August, they are so used to very little routine and no real hard core responsibility that they are about as stable as a bowl of JELLO! I mean it is literally a 3 month vacation! A 3 month vacation would make anyone soft-myself included. By August, most moms are tired of listening to their kids fight all the time and having to pick after them up or nag them to do it themselves. And then there is the perpetual lounging around while they watch Netflix or play Fortnite! I mean my kids NEVER forget an invitation to go somewhere fun, but have consistently forgotten every invitation to do their chores for the last 8 weeks! (Okay that is a slight exaggeration. They’ve remembered twice. Haha!)
Even with assigned chores and jobs, kids just have way too much free time in the summer. It is a challenge to keep their days structured; and human nature needs structure! (I include myself in that assessment.) Scott and I do our best to set limits and somewhat structure their days, but alas, I am a working mom and cannot track their every move. So, by August, I inevitably realize they are now moving at a turtle’s pace, the simplest of tasks appear to them as climbing Mt. Everest and it is virtually impossible to get them to get out of bed at a reasonable hour! You know it is summer when they protest with outrage at getting up at 8AM! “8 AM? Why so eeeeeeearly?????”

Darn you, Summer! You’ve done it again! 

Moms, can I get an ‘Amen’?
As a business owner, I have a separate beef with summer’s free spirit. Especially in Wisconsin! Our summers are so precious to us that we hang an “Out to Lunch” sign in June and don’t remove it until September! It is difficult to make time to connect, to keep people on task and focused, and even harder to get anyone to commit to anything! If you’ve reached out to someone in the summer, you may not even hear back from them until early September! Hence, why I am thrilled to welcome September. September just changes things. It’s as if the world is set right again…simply by the flip of the calendar.
Okay, maybe I’ve exaggerated a tad, but I have truly seen problems solved and things fall in to place that have been teetering on the edge all summer, just because school is back in! Schedules are instantly structured, moms with kids at home have less to juggle (for a few hours a day anyway), and as we put our beach chairs away, we somehow mentally get back “to business”. We even get back on track with our eating and exercise! You know it’s true! And since it is a real thing, I have learned to embrace this September shift and take FULL advantage of it! Back to school time is a GREAT time for a fresh start! I will be refocusing my goals, re-ordering my time, and taking total advantage of a QUIET HOUSE.
 
Ahhhhhh a quiet house. I just love the ring that has to it! (Quiet house, you and I have some much needed alone time on the way!)
Today is truly a new day, a new beginning, and an opportunity for new intentions and a new focus…that can lead to new RESULTS. And there are some real results I want this fall! And this winter. And next spring. And everything I do during THIS season will determine whether or not I get them.
What kind of results do you want in your life? Are they in your business? Your health? Your finances? Your relationships? Whatever it is that you desire to change or achieve, you can do it by taking advantage of the new season set before you TODAY. You can refocus and set new goals. Whatever you do, don’t try to step into this new season with one foot, while the other foot is in the chaos of the last one. Jump in with both feet! Take that class. Make those calls. Set those appointments. Commit to your health. Go for that promotion. Host that event. Sell that house. Launch that new program! Jump in today.
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Happy Back to School Day! (Isn’t it though?!),
Kimberly

running did not = healthy

 

I was a runner but not necessarily “healthy”. Then I got hit by a car. Can you say perspective change!?! I lived with pain, tons of inflammation, prescription pain meds, limited mobility and I had to rely on others to take care of me. I knew that way of life, albeit temporary, could be a taste of my future if I didn’t tend to my temple NOW. So I made a decision to fully recover and get in the best health of my life and I’m so grateful I did! I’ve learned so much and made some simple changes one by one over time. I used to fear healthy living because it seemed restrictive and boring and honestly, I doubted my ability to be disciplined. But let me tell you, health and vitality in your body is not boring! And making wiser choices is energizing! And I didn’t do it all in one day. It’s a journey.

Now I get to help others make the shift and jump on the journey, too. I get to point people to natural solutions and a community of people who are supportive and excited! I never thought in a million years that this sugar addict, junk food junkie would be drinking green drinks, staying active, detoxing, drinking water and making sleep a priority…or helping others do the same! But when you feel like you’re 20 again, you can’t help but to share!

What are you doing to tend to your temple? How can I help?

xo,

Kimberly

leadership isn’t a position, it’s an action

There have always been highly capable female leaders! Abigail acted quickly and wisely to be a part of the solution in the middle of a big problem that her foolish husband made. By doing so, she became an answer for her whole household (saving all of their lives). She didn’t engage in a quarrel, she didn’t pout or panic, she just took wise & swift action.

Here is John Maxwell’s take on this praiseworthy woman: (taken from his “Leadership Promises” Daily Devotional)

“Then David said to Abigail: ‘Blessed is the Lord God of Israel, who sent you this day to meet me! And blessed is your advice and blessed are you, because you have kept me this day from coming to bloodshed and from avenging myself with my own hand’.” ~1 Samuel 25:32-33

“After Samuel’s death, David moved to the Wilderness of Paran. There he encountered shepherds tending the flocks of the wealthy Nabal – an insolent, rude, and contentious man who happened to be married to a beautiful, intelligent, and intuitive woman named Abigail.

When Nabal offended David, Abigail very quickly took steps to defuse a volatile situation. She gathered a feast and went out to meet David. Abigail’s decisive actions calmed David and diverted him from avenging himself on Nabal’s whole household. Regardless of her husband’s inappropriate behavior, Abigail responded forthrightly and respectfully, and God Himself soon avenged David by removing Nabal from the equation.

David knew a woman of God when he saw one, and after Nabal’s death he married Abigail. David valued Abigail’s strength and felt greatly attracted to this highly capable female leader.”

Take action today to be an answer for your household and community! 💜, Kimberly

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the week I was set FREE!

When God tells you to do something that seems crazy, just do it!

In 2010, after reading about The Feast of Tabernacles, I was invited by God to celebrate my own personal Feast of Tabernacles. I will put that in English for you– God invited me to go back to the places in my past that were painfully devastating and see them through His eyes.

It was so obvious that it was HIM when I sat at my kitchen table and wrote out a list of 8 “graves” from my past and named them — in less time than it took me to make a grocery list. Actually, God named them. I just made the list of geographical locations as they came to me and then names came next. They were places of suffering and sorrow. Places of loss and stinging betrayal.

My childhood home. The home of my abusive teenaged boyfriend. The home I moved in to with my husband as an eighteen-year-old newlywed. My mother’s grave. My son’s grave. The church that persecuted me. The business where I failed. The incredibly romantic spot where Scott asked me to be his wife… and I said no.

 

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As I drove to each grave over the course of that life-changing week, I wasn’t afraid. I was so curious. In fact, I was full of expectation. God told me that as I revisited and remembered, He would turn my mourning into dancing. I was going grave-dancing! Not the kind the world thinks of — where you revel in someone’s death. No, it was a totally different experience. It was the kind where He took me back to the places that were meant to break me, and showed me how He used them to make me. 

It was the most odd and interesting and powerful week in my life. And I would do it all over again. I know God, my Healer, in a whole new way. I see my past and myself in a whole new way. I even see those who wounded me in a whole new way. Because I’m FREE!

Thank you, Lord, for setting me FREE!

He promises you will be FREE, too!

So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. ~John 8:36

Get free with Him! XO! ~Kimberly

 

PS. My book, FREE! will be available on Amazon this Tuesday, July 17th, re-designed, re-edited, and re-released! Get your copy and be inspired to become FREE!

 

 

are you motivated to seek wisdom?

I love that the playing field of wisdom is a level one — you don’t have to be smart, accomplished or even well-educated to get it. Anyone can become wise.
But you do have to seek wisdom. James 1:5 tells us if we need wisdom, we can ask for it and God will give it liberally! Many times in my life, I have felt stretched because the tasks or situation at hand required wisdom that I just didn’t have. Being a mother of many, loving someone with an addiction, straightening up my own messed up thoughts and emotions, and trying to make marriage work are all things that brought me face-to-face with my deep need for wisdom. Even during this season of my life, I am being stretched by my business endeavors and always seem to need more wisdom! I am continually asking for more.
And God has never failed to keep this promise! I have received the wisdom and understanding I’ve needed many, many times. Even when I was slow to ask or slow to hear, eventually, it came. When it comes down to it, I am just a fool who eventually remembers to ask for wisdom. 
No, we don’t become wise by osmosis or with gray hair alone. (I wish!) God’s Word tells us many times we must seek wisdom with a whole heart and treat is like a rare jewel. The Book of Proverbs tells us:
Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you. The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding. 
~Proverbs 4:6-7
 
I think the remarkable story Rick Rigsby tells in this video perfectly demonstrates that verse. What do you think? (You’ll have to watch it to answer.)


Now are you motivated to seek wisdom? I sure am! I pray that this week’s #mondaymotivation lasts you a lifetime.
XOXO,
Kimberly

is my love enough?

Is my love enough?
 
This is a question someone asked me recently. So what do you think? If you are loving someone with all of your strength and ability, is it enough?
NO.
This Wednesday is Valentine’s Day, LOVE Day, as I call it. (I love celebrating LOVE!) We give Valentines & candy hearts to our friends, spouses, children. It is our time to “share the love,” right? Well then, no better time for some real talk about love. Back to my opening question: Is my love enough?
Here’s the real deal with your love: It will run out.
I bet you even know (from experience) what I’m talking about! You work so hard to love, forgive, accept and get along with someone, but it just isn’t enough. Things are just NOT going as planned! Well, maybe, just maybe, it is because the only love you are accessing is your own — and human’s ability to love is limited. But…
What if you allowed God’s unlimited, unconditional love to flow through you instead?
The ONLY way to truly love others, without running out of love, is to love them the way God loves us. (And WOW, His love is insane! I mean, total acceptance, total forgiveness and total selfless sacrifice! His love is ALWAYS enough!) But to love others with this kind of love, you must first receive it for yourself. So, have you?
 
Have you received God’s extravagant & sacrificial love and forgiveness for yourself?
If not, how about making this Valentine’s Day the one you remember for the rest of your life? By inviting God’s Love into your heart, the Love He expressed through His Son’s sacrifice on The Cross, not only will you finally know what unconditional love feels like, but you will be able to give it away when your own love runs out.
I’m not being dramatic when I say, this Love, God’s Love, has saved my life. It has saved relationships in my life that would otherwise be non-existent. It has kept me on the path of Light and Life. This Love, in my opinion, is the best Valentine I could give you, because it is the only way you will have what you need to love your people with a love that will not run out.
“We love because He first loved us.” Or you could say it this way, we CAN love because He first loved us! Happy Valentine’s Day!
With So Much LOVE!
Kimberly XOXO

confidence is beautiful…

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Confidence is beautiful… and confidence in what God says about you is UNBREAKABLE.
Not only is it unbreakable, it is the *secret* to being a confident woman! If I put my confidence in myself… uh-oh. No one knows better how to poke holes in me…than me! In fact, I can more easily talk myself out of being confident than into it! (Can you relate?)
Well, what if I put my confidence in who God says I am? Well then! Now we are talking! This may actually be the only way that I can be a confident woman! If I simply choose to see what He sees, believe what He believes and say what He says about me, then I think I can do this confidence thing! Here’s how:
I am weak, but He sees me as Strong.
I am flawed, but He sees me as Beautiful.
I am broken, but He sees me as Whole.
I am foolish, but He gives me Wisdom.
I am hard on myself, but He shows me Mercy.
I am guilty, but He says I’m Forgiven.
I have failed, but He says I am an Overcomer.
My thoughts are a mess, but He says I have His Mind.
My emotions are fickle, but He says I am Self-Controlled.
I’ve lived in the dark, but He says I’m a Light.
I’ve tried to hide, but He says I’m a City on a Hill.
I’ve been abandoned, but He promises to never Leave.
I’ve been stained by the world, but He says I’m Clean.
I’ve been thrown away, but He says I’m Chosen.
I’ve been rejected, but He pursues my Heart.
I’ve been despised, but He says I am LOVED.
He says I’m His Beloved, His Bride, His Righteousness and His Joy and that He won’t stop His work in me until I look just like Him! He says He loves me just the way I am but He loves me too much to leave me this way! He says I’m growing, being transformed daily and that He will make all things new!
Wow! What’s there NOT to be confident in??
If you are “in Christ,” and He is in you, then there is no reason to struggle with insecurity anymore.
It’s time to walk in our God-given confidence,
Kimberly xo!