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My 2018 Word

Determined. That is my word for 2018. My Norwex business has taught me how powerful it is to focus on an outcome that you want and the power of positive mindset. When I first began my Norwex journey, I was weighed down with thoughts of:

“Hearing people say “no” is scary and it means that they don’t like me”

“It’s going to be many many years before you get out of living paycheck to paycheck”.

“Your farming dream will never happen. It’s too expensive and if you DO get land, your desires will have to be limited”.

“I hate sales”.

“Parties are lame and booking them would be hard”.

“You can’t be a good mom AND have a thriving business at the same time”.

You get the picture. One by one, my limiting beliefs were chipped away. Just yesterday another one surfaced that I had to replace with a true one (“you can’t homeschool 6 kids and promote to the top of the company, impossible” was thrown into the gutter and replaced with “I can continue to impact more lives with reducing chemicals while involving my kids and teaching them why we don’t use chemicals and how to share this mission along with me”).

I love January because it’s a time to focus on new beginnings. If I have no parties on my calendar, I can be determined to book some. If I want to play more boardgames with my kids, I can be determined to set time aside to play some. If I want to save money for a new van, I can be determined to put my pennies aside.

I want to be determined to use everyday like it’s my last. To sit and be still. To spend focused time with each child. To serve my husband without expecting anything in return. To help my Norwex team achieve their dreams and goals. To have 120 Norwex parties and help create 600 safe havens. To loose baby weight and become strong again….

What is your word for 2018?

Start Em While They are Young – Part 2

In our previous post we talked about how important it is to instill lessons and values into our children as soon as possible while being careful not to legalistically shove our beliefs down their throats. Really we as parents and teachers need to lead by example.

This memory stays with me from years ago, before I married and had kids. I was traveling somewhere in an airport and I remember looking over at a small child eating candy while sitting next to his mom. Each candy wrapper was nonchalantly thrown onto the floor followed the child popping the treat into his mouth. The parent did nothing. She just sat there and then left the mess on the floor. I was floored! How was this kid supposed to know that the floor/ground is not a garbage can and WHY it’s important not to litter if someone doesn’t guide and teach him?

It’s not hard to see people littering all over the place every time we leave our homes. And boy does it accumulate! We can slap fines on people for littering but I think real change comes from educating and motivating our children to help the problem.

We have woods behind our house with a walking trail that we like to utilize as much as possible. This week my oldest kid (8 years) insisted that she take several garbage bags with her on the walk to clean up the trail and this is what she came back with:

We all can take part in someway to cleanup our communities to make them better for the next generation. What’s it going to be for you?

Start em While They’re Young!! – Part 1

Some people (sometimes I would think most people in our society but I want to stay real and as positive as possible here) think that it’s irresponsible to have many children. I do understand the mindset behind this…”we are in an over population crisis! People are starving all over the world!…People use and wast so much energy in our country…There are landfills popping up everywhere..” and on and on it goes. I’m not saying these points are not valid, they certainly are! However I do not believe that the solution to these problems is making sure our communities have 1.5 children. I personally have seen landfills grow and even took a class in engineering school to learn how to design one to fill MORE garbage. I personally had a grandfather that said the meanest things about me wanting a large family. But here’s the thing, there is power in patiently educating without shoving points down people’s throats.

I do believe that we need to do better. Better in taking care of what has been given to us and being grateful for this earth that we live on. We need to show our kids that these are gifts given to us and to be good stewards of them. What will happen if I shove my believes into them without patiently teaching the HEART of the issue? They’ll flee from it all.

There are so many things that I am personally learning and I’m seeing how much grace I need in this as well. (Like when I’m just too lazy to rinse out the 12th yogurt container so that it can be recycled).

One thing I want to talk about today is instilling responsibility in my kids and teaching them that they need to take part in helping diligently and cheerfully. If I do everything for them, they will grow up believing that things should come to them on a silver platter. First they learn at home so that they can go out in society and apply it there.

Every morning my children are expected to do two chores laid out for them. We have a chore chart on the refrigerator that changes every season. I’m not saying that this is easy. Goodness there are many mornings that I want to run far far away from teaching this chore thing!

Along with these chores, my kids are learning about healthy living and how we keep our home safe from chemicals. They are able to do just about every task because we use Norwex and I don’t need to worry about toxic junk getting on their hands or being consumed.

 

Using Norwex in my home has effected my kids in ways that I don’t always realize. The other day I was trying to get some supplies together to do a craft with the kids. When I asked them if we had any paper towels, my 5 yr old responded by saying “what on earth is a paper towel??! It sounds like a towel made out of paper and that’s weird”. These simple things can have huge impacts for our world and communities. We can all take part in educating in some way!

Join for Free with the Try it, Share it Kit

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Try-It-Share-It-USSelecting this kit will allow you to try the products, receive a 35% discount like any other consultant, and give you the opportunity to start an at home business if you choose.

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Check out the  September Kit Enhancement.

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A Story about a Rooster

Back in March, my husband surprised me with 6 baby chicks. He set up a lovely place for them in our garage until they were ready for the great outdoors. We have a fenced in backyard along with some woods and a creek and we talked about trying to raise some hens in hopes that they would help with the Virginia ticks. Maybe they would even clean up some dog poop piles (crossing our fingers big time on that one) and having an egg or two would be a present from heaven. Anyway, the chicks grew up quickly, revealing their genders. Our yard would have 5 hens and 1 rooster! Perfect!

The kids named the chickens and learned the responsibility of taking care of some farmish animals. The rooster was blessed with the name “Gobbles”. It was fun to hear him learn his “gobble crow” as he grew into an adult rooster. Life was good for our backyard chickens.

One evening I heard our doorbell ring and ring from the shower. I ignored it, thinking it was my boys playing with the doorbell.  When it didn’t stop, I answered the door to find a sheriff standing there and a county animal control truck in the driveway. “Do you have chickens?”…”We got a complaint about a rooster”…”You can’t have a rooster here…”.  Goodness, he gave us TWO days to “take care” of our rooster problem.

After some hemming and hawing with my farmer-at-heart husband, we decided to teach our children to appreciate where our food comes from. I watched as Caleb chopped Gobble’s head off and it was emotional. It wasn’t easy but I’m so glad I experienced that. I appreciate where my food comes from more than I did before and I hope my children do as well.

Backyard farming

I think we should be intensional about teaching our kids these lessons. Our food doesn’t magically show up on our plates. Someone somewhere sacrificed to fill our tummies and how beneficial it is to learn where our food is coming from!

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What are some ways that you are teaching your kids about food and where it comes from?

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