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Weekly Devotional – Grounded for Stability

Outside of relationship with God, I am lost. There are no number of Social Activities, Work Engagements or other Commitments that allow me to feel the same satisfaction as having a true and uninhibited relationship with God.

In relationship I find peace, understanding, structure and stability.

I will embrace my uniqueness and seek to fully understand the work that I have been purposed to complete.

The closer I move toward God the more I understand who I am in him.

  • Words of reflection: relationship, satisfaction, uniqueness, uninhibited, purposed, structure, stability
  • Inspiration: Jesus Calling / Page:211
  • Scripture Reference: Psalm 42:1-2; Psalm 34:5; Philippians 2:15

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The Law of Magnetism for Time Management & Organization

This week at Origins of Peace, LLC we’re focusing on Time Management and Organization. My goal is to introduce a few tips and techniques that you can put into action that will hopefully help you maximize your day and add peace to what may be a chaotic daily routine. The tools that I share can be used both personally and professionally.

The first thing that I want you to do is take a brief self-assessment. Circle all of the words below that describe how you are currently feeling or have felt in the past 7 days:

anxious              procrastination              lack of sleep              lack of focus       low energy            missed deadlines           decreased work productivity             overextension

panicky              over-whelm                     lateness                       stress                      irritably                 tardiness                             decreased quality of work                  inability to set and achieve goals

Reflect on the words that you circled as you dive into this week’s materials.

We’re kicking things off by looking at one of the 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership. Proper leadership is important in your personal and professional life. Let’s be real, if you can’t properly lead your own life, you have absolutely no business trying to influence anyone else. The Law of Magnetism says, ‘who you attract is not determined by what you want, it’s determined by who you are. Let’s think about who you are in relation to this law. Are you anxious, panicky, stressed or irritable? Do you procrastinate, have low energy, or feel over-whelmed? If any of these describe how you are feeling or have recently felt, you have to put structure around those negatives in order to transpose them into positives.

Poor Time Management and inefficient Organization are often the cause of many of these symptoms. If you feel erratic, you will attract erratic elements into your life. This includes people, circumstances and feelings.

In your personal life, incorporate activities that allow you to save time and make things more convenient for yourself. I like to utilize Meal Prepping to help me stay on track with healthy eating and to save time. I like to pre-make my meals on Sunday and Wednesday for three days at a time. Meal Prepping allows me to create routine and habit in my life. If nutrition is important to you, give Meal Prepping a try.

I also use Calendars and Planners to help me keep up with appointments and obligations. In the past I’ve always started the year off using these tools but after a few months of documenting my schedule, my consistency waivers. This year I’m using “The Very Busy Planner” by Amy Knapp. This all-inclusive planner has prompts to help you reflect on your goals, tips to keep your happiness elevated and quotes to get you inspired! One of my favorite pages in this planner is the “Lemons to Lemonade” page. It’s an ideation page that provides space for me to jot down activities that promote joy when I’m feeling down.

In your professional life, self-care is important as well as digital transformation.

For self-care I pull out all the stops. When you start a self-care routine it is important to incorporate things that speak to you personally. I incorporate massages, meal prep, sound therapy, time management, daily devotions and self-help rituals. Out of all these things, the most important self-care technique that I incorporate is creating my own personal narrative. I personally believe life is what you make it and how you start doesn’t dictate how things will end for you. You have the power to change your situation and create a new way forward. If you’ve been around here long enough, you’ve heard of a Peace Map. Use the template below to start your journey.

Digital Transformation is a company’s ability to integrate technology into its processes and business structure. If you are a business owner, consider using Google or Microsoft Products to help organize your business and provide structure. You can create and store your files online, facilitate online coaching and consulting sessions and even host group workshops. The number of business opportunities available to you through digital transformation is incredible. To incorporate Digital Transformation, you have to understand your services and the processes used to accomplish them. If you need help achieving this, use the contact form below to set an appointment with me.

This week, through narratives, videos and audio recordings I will share more content to help you refine your Time Management and Organizational Skills. Take the following actions to get access to all of my content:

If you need assistance creating your plan for better Time Management and Organization, contact me using the form below.

 

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Timeout Episode 1 – Daily Devotionals

Hey Hey! You are tuned in to the first Episode of Timeout!

Today I’m talking about Daily Devotionals. As a woman who decided to take a Timeout from the constant chaos, and the daily duties of life in order to focus more on things that add peace, joy & delight to my existence, please accept this as your personal invitation to join me in my quest.

I hope you will listen in and gain inspiration on how to jazz up your reflective time.

When you’re finished, leave me a comment and let me know if this Episode has been helpful for you.

We’re now on YouTube. Click here to subscribe!

Peace,

Melissa

Timeout Episode 1

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Gather Evidence

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4. Gather Evidence

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In the world of Change Management, the third step of the process is to show that you have the knowledge on how to bring out about positive change. This is particularly necessary for Peacemakers because of high emotions during times of unrest and turmoil.

The best way to show that you have the necessary knowledge to implement change is to gather evidence. You and your tribe will need to immerse yourselves completely in the issues to get to the root of the conflict.

2 Ways to Gather Evidence:

  1. Conduct interviews with those who are directly involved in the issues. Get a first-hand account of how they are affected by the crisis. Seek to understand the challenges they are directly facing.
  2. Use observation to study the issues. Pay attention to all involved parties and the part each one plays

The Benefits of Gathering Evidence: 

Gathering evidence provides the foundation to create a workable action plan toward peace. You also have the opportunity to examine conditions before making commitments.

“Balancing optimism and realism, intuition and planning, faith and fact can be very difficult. But that’s what it takes to be effective as a navigating leader.”

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Build Your Tribe

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3. Build Your Tribe

“a group of partners or supporters linked by demographics or interests sharing common goals”

Every good Peacemaker understands the need to have wise counsel. It’s important to surround yourself with people who understand the cause, trust you as a leader and fully support your vision for peace.

Your most essential tribe members are those who have first hand experience with the conflict at hand or those who sincerely empathize and welcome change.

2 Ways to Build Your Tribe

  1. Recruit people who are actively working to make peaceful change in the community
  2. Understand your weaknesses and recruit people who are strong in your weak areas.

The Value of Building Your Tribe

As an individual, you will not appeal to everyone. You need a diverse tribe to reach those that you are unable to reach and to complete your circle of influence. Your tribe will bring out the best in you and help you lead more effectively.

“You can do what I cannot do. I can do what you cannot do. Together we can do great things.” ~Mother Teresa

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Build Trust

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2. Build Trust

“trust is essential for making things run smoothly; keep your word and do what you say you will do.”

As a Peacemaker, building trust among supporters is one of your most import jobs. In times of turmoil, people will look to you for guidance and direction. They will only follow your lead if they feel that you are trustworthy and a person of your word.

2 Ways to Build Trust

  1. Make thoughtful, unbiased decisions.
  2. Be honest.

The value of building trust:

Building trust shows all involved parties that you are commitment to a fair and equal approach to resolving issues.

“The stronger the relationship and connection between individuals, the more likely the follower will want to help the leader.”

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Be Informed

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  1. Be Informed

“focused, intentional effort to increase ones’ knowledge about conflict and how to handle it.”

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One of the most valuable traits of a Peacemaker is their desire to be informed. Through research, study, training and personal experience, the heart of a peacemaker longs to help transform conflicts and bring relief to hurting people and communities.

Two ways in which Peacemakers positon themselves for peace include:

  1. Preparing themselves by acquiring knowledge about conflicts, such as social injustice through community involvement.
  2. Declaring a specific area of expertise and working extensively in that field.

The value of being Informed:

Being informed about issues builds trust and influences others to support  your cause. ~People don’t at first follow worthy causes. They follow worthy leaders who promote causes they can believe in.

If you’re looking to create change and become a Peacemaker…be informed.

Peace In Action,

Melissa

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The Definition of A Peacemaker

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The role of a Peacemaker isn’t easily defined. We can be Advocates, Protestors, Lobbyists, Clergymen, Defenders or a collaboration of all these things. The gifts and talents that we each possess should be used as our contribution to help move society forward.

A Peacemaker is not a person who is passive and unable to take a position. We are people with a deep desire to uncover injustice, create solutions and take action for a better outcome for individuals, communities and organizations.

So what gift or talent do you have that can create change in these tumultuous times?

What are your areas of influence?

Can you organize a peaceful protest, provide training to those in need, develop a youth program, create a men’s ministry or start a women’s empowerment group?

Romans 12:18 Says, “if it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at people with everyone.

We all have a duty to live our lives in constant creation of solutions to the problems faced in today’s society.

For the next 9 days, I am running a campaign entitled “Positioned for Peace.” I will post about the various characteristics required to be an influential Peacemaker and how those traits can help bridge the gap in today’s society.

Peace In Action,

Melissa

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Circle of Admiration

MAYAladies_1024x1024When it comes to achieving goals, the first 21 days are vital. It’s in this 3 week time period that you create a routine, adjust to the new self-imposed requirements and train your mind to accept this new behavior. Studies show that if you can make it through this introductory period, you have a better chance of reaching the finish line.

One way of holding yourself accountable is to create a Circle of Admiration. This can be done by studying the lives and accomplishments of various people in history and using their stories as a way of motivating you to reach those goals that you set for yourself.

Think of it as research.

Whether you’re a student, a corporate climber or an entrepreneur, it’s important to pay attention to those who have taken similar paths as yours.

The intention is not to copy what they’ve done but to make you more aware that there is more than one way to reach a goal.

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The following techniques can be used to create your personal Circle of Admiration:

  1. Research top influencers in your areas of interest. Priscilla Shirer is a great friend of mine, in my mind. I love her books and bible studies. I admire the way that she boldly teaches the word of God in a relatable and easy to follow format. Her life and commitment to live out her dreams is a big motivator for me.
  2. Turn to your community. Role Models and Mentors can be found in your church, at work or in community groups. Some of the greatest community activists are found in local barber and beauty shops. It’s okay to strike up a conversation and get to know who’s next to you in the shopping aisle.
  3. If all else fails virtual is an option. With the popularity of social media, you can take advantage of virtual mentorship. LinkedIn, Facebook and Instagram can give you insight into the professions, academics and hobbies of highly accomplished people.

As always, SUGA Wellness Boutique, LLC is here to give you tips and advice for living a Peaceful and more fulfilled life.

If you would like to talk one on one, contact me for a complimentary discovery call at: sugawellnessboutique@gmail.com

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Find Peace and Be Well.

 

 

 

 

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When The Silence Becomes Too Loud

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In life we experience moments of silence that always seem to last too long. Those times when we’re waiting on God to move in our life and we’re somewhere between Provision and Promise. The silence of uncertainty can get kind of loud!

Are you familiar with LOUD SILENCE?

If you’re familiar with worry, fear, distress or frustration, you know exactly what I’m referring to.

LOUD SILENCE is the extreme opposite of PEACE.

It’s important to recognize the symptoms of Loud Silence before they invade your space and wreck your Peace.

Today I’m giving you three simple action steps to take for reestablishing disrupted peace.
1. Check your perspective: are you viewing the situation from a limited point of view? Even if things aren’t working out how you planned, are you mature enough to understand that your situation will work out exactly how it should.
2. Speak life: always know that your reality is shaped by the words that you speak. You have the power to create love, demolish strongholds and change your mindset simply by speaking words of encouragement and positivity.
3. Lean on Friends: allow those who love you to encourage you. Spend time with family and friends, laugh and laugh some more and wake up each day looking forward to creating new memories.

Find Peace and Be Well,
SuGa