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Day 19- Speak For Yourself

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Hello! Welcome to the 19th day of our focus on self-care. I’m so glad you’re here!


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Today, I’m posting the script of the declaration video so that you can speak them aloud for yourself. I would suggest that you even go a step further and record your voice speaking them, then listen to these truths in your own voice as often as you can!

“Firmly rooted in truth, 

I stand safely in my appointed

time and place; daily, I 

absorb Living Water; grounded in earth;

Connected from afar to it’s red, living core,

I am strong, courageous and whole.

As a sparkling, living, sunny gem, my

Soul is God’s creation, my life a

Gift; I discover, and

Determine my divine path; shining, 

Rising, in the light of each new day,

creativity is my birthright.

I claim the power of my voice; 

the power of decision; the power of 

action; the power to change. I am the

Captain of my soul; on my finger, gleaming and bright,

I wear the Captain’s glistening, golden ring.

As wrapped in silken emerald down,

I am enfolded in divine

Love and abundant grace; In turn, 

My heart flows over with 

streams of

Mercy and Peace.

Safely, I speak- petitioning- 

my wants and needs are

Heard, are honored; effortlessly, with respect and

kindness, I speak my mind in the crisp

blue sky. I decide with

ease and delight!

As lavender gardens reflected in still and quiet pools, 

my tranquil spirit listens for the divine; It’s voice 

prompts my hands to lift, to bless; my

Mind to learning and forges my spirit-

Connection to all living things.

In beauty, my head is crowned with heaven’s sparkling,

diamond light; with face up-turned, 

I give thanks! For each day,

strengthens and instructs;

I act with dignity, for my soul is

Divine. In joy and grace, I wear the

Crown of Creation.”

I wish you heath and happiness that spills over to bless your family and friends.

Be well!

Love,

Day 11- Block Your Time

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Hello my friend, I hope you’re doing well today.

It’s been fun to hear your ideas and questions and experiences. Thank you for joining in the conversation!


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Today’s self-care idea is about easing up the stress in your life by making decisions about what you do each day. {If you’re using the Lioness planner, you will have noticed the pages with a place to plan your “Time Blocking”!}

It’s a concept similar to time management, but in Lioness coaching we call it Time Blocking. It’s just a chunky, flexible way for mom’s to manage tasks and time.

I call it chunky because instead of managing yourself in small increments of time, such as, exercise at 6:00am, shower at 7:00am, start laundry at 7:30am, eat at 7:40am, have dishes done by 8:00am, etc., we make a list of things that need to be done on a given morning or day. This is because we mom’s generally are managing much more than just ourselves right?! And those other selves are kind of unpredictable, tend to mess-making, need to potty at inconvenient times, get hungry off schedule, etc.

So, if I say, “from 6:00am – 12:00pm I plan to have xy&z done on Monday’s” the chance that I will get those specific things done in that chunk of time is better than the tight version of scheduling yourself and your family in minute to minute frames.

If I schedule like I’m the only one that lives here, and I have a sick baby that needs to be rocked from 7:00am-8:30am, I might feel frustrated by the change or like an out-of-control-failure if things aren’t done exactly on time. {At that point you just throw the schedule out right?}

Keeping your life and household scheduled but loosely, usually means that things keep moving forward in some predictable way, even when the unpredictable happens.

I list this as a self-care idea because it gives so much peace!

When you Time Block, you don’t need to decide what you will do everyday, because you already have your work mapped out in chunks of time on certain days.

You don’t have to wait until things are so messy or unclean that they are screaming for attention. Your consistent attention to them means your work will be far easier and take less time and be less of a strain in the long run. {Think of the difference in cleaning a toilet once a week vs. once a month! Much faster and easier if it is done regularly, and it doesn’t sick you out during the time in between!}

The Lioness blog post, Flexible Structure (September 8, 2017) will give you more information on this topic, along with listing other blog posts on the subject if you’d like to read more!

Give yourself the gift of decision. It calms things down. Greatly.

Love and peace to you today!

“The mission of Lioness at the Door is to uplift, strengthen and encourage women of all ages to magnify health, hope and happiness at home. We do so boldly, with humility and gratitude for the opportunity.”

Day 3- Declare It!

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I hope you’re having a great week thus far, and I hope you are enjoying the video and blog post prompts to shift the way you care for yourself.

I’m so glad you’re here!

Today, I want to encourage you to take 10-15 minutes and write out 5-10 declarations that will support you, based on the challenges you are currently facing.

Let me explain.

You’re hearing in the video, declarations of truth about you as a Divine daughter, wife, mother, sister and friend.

I believe that every statement is absolutely true, and that the more you hear them, the more you will believe and then act on them.

What are declarations exactly? Declarations are present-tense, positive statements designed to help you jump past faulty beliefs to clearer, truer beliefs about yourself.

I have found that they are most powerful when they are crafted to meet the obstacle that is before you right now!

For instance, if fear of something is keeping you from moving forward, you might declare a new assertive approach in taking giant leaps forward!

If you feel worried about an upcoming event, you can turn it around and clearly state your faith and trust that things are going to turn out well.

A habitual thought might be:
“I can never stay on top of cleaning this house!”

The declaration you craft to counter that belief might be:
“I love my clean home! I plan my work and work my plan!”

Or you might think to yourself,
“No one appreciates the work I do every day.”
Recognizing the energy-zapping negativity in those words you could instead declare,
“My work is important and I can feel gratitude from my family every day.”

The truth is, we can’t change other people, but we can change our focus which can change our beliefs, which can change our perception!

We can chose to speak of the things we want as if they were present to us, and our minds believe us!

If we spend time worrying, we are using our creative energy backwards!

We are agents, not objects. That means we have been given the power to act instead of waiting to have something or someone act upon or for us.

If we go with the flow of the negativity in our minds, we are being sloppy, lazy and unwise! 
When we hear ourselves singing the song of self-pity or even self-contempt, we can stop and repent! Right now!

And no worries, this exercise doesn’t take long!

Grab a paper and a pencil. Think about something that is giving you grief or that you are wondering how you are going to handle.

Then flip it around and write it out in positive present tense!

“I’m not very good at exercising and heaven knows I need to lose this weight!” Flip!

“I exercise in ways that are fun for me! I love my body and I thank Heaven for it!”

“I don’t know if I can keep up with this self-care challenge…?” Flip!

“I enjoy every minute of learning to better care for myself! I am investing in the health of my whole family when I give myself what I need each day.”

Girl! You’ve got this declaration writing thing!

Now, once you write your personal declarations down, put them to work by repeating them 2-3 times each day. Post them where you will see them. Say them aloud. Sing them at the top of your lungs or say them in a whisper. Just do what it takes to get them in your head!

This I promise you: They. Are. Life. Changing.

Be your fierce, loving, tender, supportive happy self by deciding now to be in charge of the way you think.

You get to chose what conversation is happening in your pretty head!

It takes practice, but you can do it!

Sending you lots of love,

"The mission of Lioness at the Door is to uplift, strengthen and encourage women of all ages to magnify health, hope and happiness at home. We do so boldly, with humility and gratitude for the opportunity."

2019-Here We Come!

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Are you ready to take a little self-care journey with me and the Lionesses who are currently engaged in the 7 Steps to Family Wellness seminar?

{If you want increase the likelihood of your success in this challenge, declare your intention to join us in the comments below! Say, “Count me in!”}

Why self-care? Why is it so crucially important? Here’s a little exercise that may address that question.

Imagine with me, the kind of person with whom you would like your children to spend the most time.

Is she wired? Is she cranky? Is she glaring? Is she insecure?

Is she lovely? Is she kind? Is she solid in the knowledge of who she is and what she values?

Is she humble? Is she gaining wisdom through her teachableness and humility?

The person you imagine, who is lovely and gaining wisdom through the things she is learning is you! Or your very best self!

Can you see yourself with an eye of grace?

Can you see that with self-care practices in place, you can spend your family time being kind, gentle, respectful and firm?

Can you imagine yourself clean, rested, nourished and calm?

Can you visualize yourself gaining a greater sense of where you end and where others begin, or in other words, what responsibilities are yours, and which problems belong to others?

This is the girl we want to uncover, more and more each day with the practice of self-care.

She is the happy and confident person you will continue to develop as your self-care leads to greater self-love, self-knowledge and self-acceptance.

So, let’s begin day one where all your power resides: your soul. You are not your mind. You are not your opinions. You are not your desires. You are not your appetites.

You are the spirit-light that was created by your Heavenly Parents, which is now housed in the body your earthly parents created, that through their love and by their sacrifice, you could experience this physical world! What a gift life is!

It makes sense then that we turn toward light because we are light. Like the flower growing next to my desk, we sense truth and light and we turn toward it for sustenance.

So, the first self-care idea I offer as we begin our 30-day challenge is to spend time every day feeding your soul.

What does that mean to you?

To me, it means connecting to Heaven. Turning my face upward. Giving thanks! Praying to feel God’s love for me. Praying to feel God’s love for everyone else.

It mean pouring out my cares, thoughts, feelings and adoration to Him. Listening for the soft answers that come. For direction of my thoughts. For clarity when my thinking is in error. For patience with myself and my progress.

I pray. I listen. To build and strengthen that connection over and over and over again.

You ask for light when you feel darkness around you.

Ask for power when you need to forgive.

Ask for the strength to be kind when you feel like being harsh.

Ask, “Who am I?” and listen to the Love that answers you back.

Be still.

Take time for stillness. {Even in very small snatches!}

Will this self-care practice be a help to you?

With this connection growing, we will then work on teaching ourselves how we want to think with the instrument of our minds. How we want to feel with the beautiful instruments of the matter that is our physical selves. We will better learn to validate and to be validated!

To help you with this connection, we have created a video for you!

Please take the challenge to watch or listen to it each day. The music was written for the words. The pictures were taken or chosen to compliment the spirit of the words and the music.

It all was created with very specific tones, colors, faces, rhythms and thoughts. We hope it will be a force for good in your life!

Do your best to listen to the phrases. Take them in, digest them and make them yours.

In your imagination, see yourself on the beach. See yourself looking at the sky. See yourself “wrapped in silken, emerald down,” and feel the love! {Have you ever wrapped-up in a down-filled comforter? That is down I’m talking about!}

If you have snatches of insights come to you while you listen, take ten seconds and write them down. Prepare to be changed. Loosen up your mind and let softness and quiet come into your heart.

{To remind yourself of the parameters of this Lioness challenge, refer to the post titled, “The 2019 Self-Care Challenge.”}

Special thanks to Stacy Casperson, photography; Heather Bosshardt, music and voice; Carlin Scott, Lindsey Ipson, Jenny Sullivan, Breanna Fowles, Kami Gardner, Staci Casperson, Marisol and anyone else who helped or participated in this production. My love and thanks to you talented, beautiful women!

The 2019 Self-Care Challenge!

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Drum roll please…

In the 7 Steps to Family Wellness seminar this month, we are working on self-care!

Would you like to join us?


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For the next 30 days, would you like to learn more about caring for yourself? About dispelling the confusion surrounding self-care vs. self-absorption or even self-conceit or vanity?

Starting here on the Lioness blog, on Monday, January 14th, I will challenge you to do these four things for 30 days:

1 Watch or listen to the declaration video that will be launching here on Lioness at the Door.com.
2 Read the Lioness blog each week day where you will find inspiration and new self-care ideas!
3 Do something, large or small, to care for yourself each day, then keep track of what you did and how it helped!
4 Chime in at least once a week {on the Lioness blog} in the comments to share a self-care idea or to report on something you have learned about the importance of taking care of yourself.

Sound like something that might bless your life? I hope so!

In fact, I’m imagining 500 moms doing this challenge together! That would be 500 families who have a mom who is getting stronger and healthier! That would be 500 marriages that would benefit from greater balance of female hormones! That would be 500 women who value themselves more than ever and who are more able to meet the challenges in their lives! And that would be 500 moms who feel less stress and more joy.

Please join us and please invite your friends!

The challenge, while taking very little time, will offer profound results.

I wish you every good thing in the coming year!

"The mission of Lioness at the Door is to uplift. strengthen and encourage women of all ages to magnify health, hope and happiness at home. We do so boldly, with humility and gratitude for the opportunity."