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The Girl’s Guide to Conquering Life

Such a fun book for me and my girls!

I was very excited about reading this book as I have teen and pre-teen girls in my home and the ideas presented in the book seemed to be directly connected to what I am attempting to help them learn as they prepare to be adults. The topics of the book covered such a wide area of life stuff that it almost seems to be comprehensive.

IMG_3183Honestly, not every area of life is covered, but this book was very thorough.  My one thought as I read was “I wish I had a book like this when I was a teen!”

Even as a parenting adult who is consistently learning how to interact with my kids, this was helpful. Written in a way that it was easy to read, enjoyable, and helpful. This might be one of my new favorite gifts for the teen girls I know. And now, I am eager to check out the other books by these authors.

The Girl’s Guide to Conquering Life by Erica and Jonathan Catherman provide such a fun resource for teen girls in this book which covers things from knowing how to introduce your friends to others to doing laundry to throwing a football! The easy to read chapters are divided into various sections of life: social interactions, money management, work and ethics, health and beauty, sports, tools and fix-it, and several more.

Thank you Cathermans for such a great resource!

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five minute friday

include

write-4Each Friday, the Five Minute Friday community gets together online and writes for five minutes. Timed and unedited we write, then post.

My hope is that for you these five minutes bring encouragement and direction as you seek to live a faith-filled and purposeful life.

include

(tr.v) 1. To contain or take in as a part, element, or member; 2. To consider as part of or allow into a group or class

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to be a part of something – to have something be a part of you

As we walk through life seeking to be purposeful – it is important to remember that you can choose what to include in your life.

Some activities and task move you along in what you are seeking to do.
Some do not.

Somethings help you to be better, healthy, stronger.
Some do not.

Are you living aware of what you are seeking to include in your life? Are you aware of how what you are including is affecting you? Does it move you along in your purpose? Does is it aid you in faith-filled living?

Asking these questions can be tough.

Sometimes it is reassuring that we are doing the right things. Confidence is born and renewed in the light of evaluation and you see that what you are including is what you need right now.

Yet sometimes we don’t like the answers for they reveal there are things we need to leave behind. Good things, enjoyable activities may not always be helpful to us in our endeavors. These good things may be keeping us from the better things for which we are searching.

includeAs you move through life today, I encourage you to evaluate something – not everything – just one thing. Does it need to be included in your life? The reasoning for it does not need to be profound. It could be as simple as this book makes me laugh which allows me to relax and helps me to be more rested for the activities of tomorrow.

Then tomorrow, evaluate something else. Each thing we do, great or small, moves us toward something. Is that not reason enough to consider whether they are moving us to where we desire to go?

Let us consider whether what we include in our lives really does move us forward.

If yes, keep at it!!

If no, why not release it? Free your space, energy and time.

Let us be people who include in our lives those activities and tasks that enable us to be more purposeful.

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So much of the writing that I do, is simply me processing the realities of my unpredictable life. Yet, even as I process, I greatly desire to help and encourage you as you learn how to include well those things in your life that move you forward. If you are desiring to live more purposefully – if faith-filled intention is a reality you desire to grow in your life, I invite you to join me on the journey. I don’t have all the answers, but those that I have, I promise to share. And you can know that I am praying for you and cheering you on as you seek to walk a faith-filled, purposeful life.

I interact regularly on Instagram @inspiretosimple or you can send me a message here. To receive weekly notice of postings here, along with my seasonal newsletter, let me know here how best to reach you via email.

five minute friday

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write-4Each Friday, the Five Minute Friday community gets together online and writes for five minutes. Timed and unedited we write, then post.

My hope is that for you these five minutes bring encouragement and direction as you seek to live a faith-filled and purposeful life.

adapt

(v.tr.) 1. To make suitable to or fit for a specific use or situation: adapted the novel into a movie; 2. To cause to be able to survive and reproduce under certain conditions

(v.intr.) To become adapted

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to make suitable for a situation, to cause to survive under certain circumstances

Well, this weeks prompt couldn’t be more accurate for the way I have felt about this week. Things have not been routine with last minute schedule changes and kids home sick from school and getting projects done in our home. Routines have not been normal and I have certainly had to adapt to keep from stressing about it all.

To adapt is often something we fight. We think that things are set up to be a certain way and that’s the way they should be. Well, at least people who are wired to process life in ways that are similar to the way I am wired. I know there are those that thrive on the last minute changes and the slight chaos that comes from not really know what is coming next. Those people can have their fun!! I don’t enjoy living life like that, though I admire their flexibility and capacity to adapt.

And yet, to live in a way that rigid and unmoving is highly stressful! To not be able to adapt as life comes has the potential to create a lot of unpleasantness for all those involved. (Don’t ask how I know this.)

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continuing on . . .

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To survive, and survive well do we not need to be adaptable? Isn’t the ability to be able to accommodate the changing circumstances and situations of life a valuable quality. Yet, if we are always adapting where to do we ever stand? How do we do well the life we are to live if that life is ever changing?

I don’t know where I stand on this conundrum. Or if it is even a thing to consider too seriously. But, I think that it is important as we seek to live lives of purpose and faith that we have those areas that are firm. The non-negotiables. Don’t let everything be unmoveable, though. We all have to interact with the world around us, and the world is unpredictable. We do need to be able to adapt.

So today, whether you are stressed from trying to keep things always a certain way when you really need to adapt or whether you are worn out because nothing is ever the same and you are constantly adapting, let us choose just a couple of areas where we will stand firm. Determine your priority spaces of life, stand firm in those, and then let us together seek the wisdom and willingness to adapt as it is required.  


So much of the writing that I do, is simply me processing the realities of my unpredictable life. Yet, even as I process, I greatly desire to help and encourage you as you learn to adapt to your life. If you are desiring to live more purposefully – if faith-filled intention is a reality you desire to grow in your life, I invite you to join me on the journey. I don’t have all the answers, but those that I have, I promise to share. And you can know that I am praying for you and cheering you on as you seek to walk a faith-filled, purposeful life.

I interact regularly on Instagram @inspiretosimple or you can send me a message here. To receive weekly notice of postings here, along with my seasonal newsletter, let me know here how best to reach you via email.