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Oola Find Balance in an Unbalanced World

I was given a copy of Oola Find Balance in an Unbalanced World for Women in exchange for writing a blog post about it!

 

I had just recently finished their original book Oola Find Balance in an Unbalanced World.

 

This book came at a really good time for me.

At the beginning of this year, I was really fired up and ready to get my business to the next level and get back to blogging on a regular basis.  I sat down, and had everything scheduled and written in my planner.  I was going to CRUSH this year!  And then…. my husband ended up getting a new job and we found out we are pregnant with #6!

That zapped my motivation, determination and energy.

I’ve been so tired that I can barely take care of the five I have.  So picking them all up from school has required a two hour nap on the couch and my eleven year old has been starting dinner before Dad gets home (thank goodness for freezer meals!)  Now that I am feeling better, I feel like I have to play “catch-up.”  The house is a wreck and laundry is backed up.  Instead of crushing this year and getting my business closer to where I want it to be and getting back to blogging, my focus has changed.  Those things are still important to me and I’m still going to go after them, but I realize that God has me in a different season, so my time line is going to look much different than I had planned and anticipated.

This book has helped me prioritize what I need to focus on.  Oola is based on 7 “Fs;” Faith, Family, Field, Fun, Finances, Fitness and Friends.  I really like the Oola Wheel questions in the back of the book, but they do have a more simplified version online, here.  After they describe and share stories of each of the “Fs,” the book dives into Oola Blockers and Accelerators.  Blockers include: fear, guilt, anger, self-sabotage, laziness, envy and focus.  Accelerators are: gratitude, love, discipline, integrity, passion, humility and wisdom.  Every section in this book includes two personal testimonies from ladies dealing with each subject.

I found this book to be very inspirational and easy to relate to.  It helps put you on a path so that it’s easy to take the first step and get started, which is oftentimes the hardest part.

Oola for Women: How to Balance the 7 Key Areas of Life to Have Less Stress, More Purpose, and Reveal the Greatness within You  Oola Find Balance in an Unbalanced World

 

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Our Favorite Christmas Books

Here is a list of our favorite Christmas books!  All but 1 are for children.  These are not necessarily in any specific order!  I will be adding to this post over the next week!

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Usborne That’s Not My… My 3 year old still loves these books!  They have a “touchy-feeling” section on each page!  They  have big, bold illustrations that are able to capture smaller children’s attention, but short enough that you can actually get through the book before they lose interest.  In the video, I said 12 months, but I bet 6 months and up would really enjoy these books.  If you don’t already have an Usborne consultant, check out one of these ladies; they are both my friends and would love to help you!  Orders for Usborne need to be placed by December 3rd or 4th I believe!  Amy & Tamara


I really enjoyed The Greatest Gift last year, so I’m reading it again this year!  (Which is something I usually don’t do!)  I have recommended this book to several people.  There are 25 days of reading with each day averaging around 5 pages of reading.  There are reflection questions for each day.  I thought this book was very thought provoking and I wrote lots of quotes and scriptures on note cards to use as bookmarks throughout the year!

 

We read and started this tradition a couple of years ago and the kids absolutely love it!  Jesus’ gift sits on our fireplace mantle and we add to it throughout the month!  It is the first gift that gets open on Christmas!  This year we appear to be getting “Christmas” out in bundles (so far we have our tree up and some of the lights on the house and that’s it so far)!  We have yet to get The Sparkle Box out and the kids have already asked about it!  Hopefully we can finish getting out our Christmas stuff this weekend and set this on the mantle.

 

We have loved these books for years!  There are  by the same author and illustrator.  These books all rhyme and have big, bold illustrations.  Ours have been very loved and are starting to look rugged.  In fact, we can’t find all of them right now.  I’ve given these as gifts before and always receive rave reviews!  I hope you check them all out!
Jesus, Me, and My Christmas Tree
My Christmas Stocking: Filled with God’s Love
J Is for Jesus: The Sweetest Story Ever Told
A Star for Jesus
My Christmas Gift
Christmas Angels

 

 

This book is so cute!  Our Little Deer is geared towards infants.  It has rhyming text and big, bold illustrations.  This book is all about how a baby makes a home full of love.  While looking at Amazon for this book, I came across another by the same author.  I’ll have to look into getting this I Love You Snow Much!  

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Do You Need to be a Money Making Mom?

 

Do you need to be a Money Making Mom?

Our society says that we always need more.  More will bring us happiness, more will bring us status, more will fulfill us.  However, this isn’t always (hardly ever) true!  (Watch my scope on Chapter 8 of this book HERE) Maybe you really don’t need more!  Maybe just making a point to be grateful for what you have and where you are will be enough.  But how do you know?

 

Know Your WHY

Take the time to really sit down and reflect.  Why do you have the desire to obtain more money?

Is it just to obtain more stuff?  In the intro Crystal says. ” Money doesn’t buy happiness.  Money doesn’t equal fulfillment.  Money doesn’t solve your emotional problems.  Money doesn’t give you purpose.”  I love that last part, “Money doesn’t give you purpose!”  In my Discovering Christ class at church, they had a quote by Jim Carey.  He says “I wish everyone would be rich and famous, so that they would know that it’s not the answer” [to happiness and fulfillment].  So, so true!

Is your desire to have more money just to survive?  Is it a necessity or just a buffer?  A little wiggle room in a budget is a God-send!  Buffer can alleviate a lot of stress and just give you more breathing room.  As Crystal mentions, “Financial freedom has a lot to do with cultivating a deeper perspective of life, a shift in priorities, and a greater significance in your purpose than you may have ever thought about.”

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Is your desire to be able to bring your husband home to work, to be your own boss, or even retire early?  Is your desire about putting your family first instead of being a slave to the 9 to 5?  “We love a simpler pace of life where relationships are much more important than productivity and to-do lists (pg. 10).

Knowing your why is most important!

 

Set Your Goals

Your WHY will determine your goals.  Your WHY will impact your determination and commitment to making money and having influence and impact.  “…if you don’t know where you want to go, how will you know when you’ve gotten there?  If you don’t live with purposeful intention, aimlessness will be the default” (pg. 57).

Times will get tough.  Excitement will wane and determination will falter.  If you do not understand or even have a WHY, there will be nothing to pull you back up.  “Enthusiasm, excitement, and determination won’t get you anywhere if you don’t know where you are going” (pg. 71).  Your why sets your sights on the prize, the goals are your road map to get there!  Your WHY is your destination.

Goals pave the way to success.  Goals give you direction when you ask “What’s next?”  Goals give you focus and something to check off.  Money Making Mom book “…encourages women with practical ways they can increase their income, multiply their impact, and not lose their joy in the process” (pg. 72).  I believe that last part is critical!  We still have to live our life and raise our children.  Our children aren’t going to stop growing just because we have decided to chase after a dream!  Ursela LeGuin said, “It’s good to have an end to journey towards, but it’s the journey that matters in the end.”

 

Will it Serve a Purpose

Will your business serve a purpose?  Will your business keep the lights on and food in the fridge?  Will your business allow you to finally go on a family vacation?

Will your business allow you to help others?  “…We are destined to be stewards, wise managers of not just our money but also our time, our values, and our priorities” (pg. 164).

Will your business fill a need? “You have a unique perspective, experience and insight that can bless and impact others in a way that someone else with a different story might not be able to” (pg. 160).

Will your business add value? “The value that your life can provide to others and the impact you can make on other’s lives is phenomenal-even if it seems as though you don’t have a lot to offer” (pg. 199).

Will your business change the world?  “Because there is only one you, and the world needs what you have to offer” (pg. 21).  “Don’t buy into the belief that says you don’t have anything to offer.  You are the only you in existence.  The world needs your story.  The world needs your gifts.  The world needs you.  May your life be a force that channels change in the world” (pg. 217).

 

So figure out your why.  Maybe you just need to focus on your kids right now, maybe you need to make money, but figure out a why.  Then set your goals and start working while making sure you are living out your purpose for this season of life.  Life is always changing.  If this isn’t a season for making money, maybe the next season is.  This is different for every person and only you can discern what it is.  Ask God for guidance and do His will.  Stay put and be grateful, live in the moments that soon you will miss and enjoy the fulfillment of raising a family.  Or work hard and go after it, but whatever it is, do it with purpose, do it with passion and do it with full intention.

 

Get your copy of Money-Making Mom: How Every Woman Can Earn More and Make a Difference today!

 

 

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