Keep Calm, Carry On

When will things return to normal? That’s a question I think we’re all asking, and in this uncertainty, it can be difficult to keep moving forward. But, we’re not the first people to experience difficult times and I’ve seen others really make the most of the time they have this year, and you can too.

Here are some tips to help you stay motivated:

1) Remember Your Why. Take a minute each day to think about your why, why do you do what you do? With all the noise we hear in the media, it can be easy to forget the things most precious to us. Is it your kids? Your faith? If you were on your death bed today, what is the one thing you wish you spent more of your life doing? Work towards that! And remind yourself why it’s important. Haven’t discovered your why yet? Commit yourself to discovering it! Everyone has a purpose. You have a purpose. Seek it out!

2) Define your family’s normal. Stop letting the world and its fears dictate your life! While we can’t make the world do what we want it to, we can have a big impact on our own households. As a family, develop a schedule that works for your family and stick to it. Studies show having a scheduled family meal time each night, where you actually sit TOGETHER at a table with no TV, kids are significantly more successful.  Speaking of kids, don’t leave them out of this process! It will make your kiddo’s day when they get to help pick times for intentional playtime throughout the week and it’ll help you schedule in downtime for yourself. Make a plan today!

3) Shake things up. While it’s important to develop normalcy at home, if something is not working, shake it up! Too often we always do the same thing, expecting different results. Maybe it’s starting your day earlier, setting an exercise goal for yourself or scheduling a fun family night. A little change can go a long way! You’ll also earn serious mom/dad points if you surprise your kids with popcorn and a movie they love in place of bath night. If you’ve been job searching, take a different approach. Research a different job or company than what you’ve been looking for. Instead of applying on Indeed, email or call a company you’re interested in and see if you can ask them about what their company is like.

4) Have grace! After about 5 minutes of looking at news headlines I usually feel ready to put the world in a big timeout. You know that guy on Facebook? Whose posts make you want to throw your phone through a window? People just plain stink sometimes. But... I’m often reminded of how much I stink sometimes too, and how often I’ve gotten things wrong before (and still get things wrong today!). But I also know what it’s like to receive grace, and I hope you do too. Share that with others! How much better would life be if we extended grace to others, ESPECIALLY when they don’t deserve it. "Bitterness is like drinking poison, expecting the other person to die”, in the end, we’re the ones who suffer when we don’t offer grace. Give people room to be upset, show compassion and inject hope. Trust me, you’ll be much better off for it!

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