Real Simplicity. Life on the Fast Lane or Life in Slow Motion?

 

Everyday has now become a blur of fast-paced activities and need to complete to-do-lists. With technology all around us, they all encourage us to multi-task – read while watching news on TV, while waiting for dinner to simmer, while sitting with the kids doing homework, all while your mind gives you a list of what you might have missed to do today.

I know it wasn’t chance when I got my hand on the book Real Simplicity written by Rozanne and Randy Frazee. The similarities with this author is just uncanny. Author had four kids, juggling parenting, work, home and everything in between. Don’t get me wrong. I am not in any way complaining. If I were to have a chance to relive my life, I am definitely sure I would have made the same decision to have chosen the life I am living now. What with four differently gifted, brilliant kids, a loving husband, the best spiritual family and the best and yet most mom-friendly job I can have, there is nothing else to ask for. Today’s cherry on top came with good news that my eldest passed the exams for a Science High School.

So I went on asking God : what do I believe Him for, for 2016? For today’s post, we will look at just one word Simplify.

Real Simplicity. Get Creative. Memories need not be Expensive.
One does not need to step out of the house to have utmost fun. I always write that the best moments I have in my memory bank are those that I have spent at home. So on weekends where I get to have full days with the kids, we get the drawing materials out and build dreams. Kyle dreams of taking a Science course (it is a mix of Industrial Pharmacy and Marine Biology). It is fun to watch him weave and draw fictional stories with made up characters, away from Science which he usually tackles most parts of the day in school. It is the talking over coloring/drawing part that I enjoy the most. It takes me to a level of familiarity and comfortability that I get just enjoying how my kids are so different from each other.

 

Real Simplicity. Get Moving. Memories need not be Noisy.
With gadgets and electronics keeping our kids attention away from meaningful conversations, we can always opt to do activities that do not require any sound. Yep. Like biking around the village while enjoying everything around you. David who has recently learned how to play bike and now never fails to be out of the house keeps me encouraged. Just the other day, he has learned to get one of his (bigger) playmates on his bike while he drives.

 

Real Simplicity. Get Playing. Memories are not always with Toys.
Last Christmas, we found ourselves with family games we can play right at the comfort of our homes. Games where we can introduce sportsmanship, values that say It is okay to lose or we can’t always win at everything, we gather around Uno cards, Stacko, Skribbage and even loombands!

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It is our prayer for this year that no matter how busy our life gets, we will never miss to pause and enjoy family and relationships around us. After all, Jesus did not just move in yesterday, He has always been in our homes and all it takes is to introduce Him and His peace/comfort to everyone.

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Climbing the Ladder in Stilettos

I have always raved about the book “Climbing the Ladder in Stilettos” authored by Lynette Lewis. Although I have read the book several years ago, all parts of it still ring true to this working mom. Also, the years have somehow given me a different perspective on each page of the book. Pretty much how you would be amazed at getting new personal message from God as you pick up and read the same passages from your Bible.

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Lynette has accurately given us a picture of what moms are about, we wear different kinds of shoes for different reasons. We wear flats or even sneakers for errands, change to another pair when we get to work (one that can be worn without the public commute or the MRT crowd), then change back to something more comfy when we travel home, then change into slippers or soft soles to get us ready for the tasks at home.

It was also the book that gave me my first challenge of finding real meaning for work and from work. It has calibrated me to see that it is not always about money or bigger paycheck. It is one that allows you to juggle your other roles while delivering the best performance you can give while serving God through serving your bosses at work.

Lynette has also helped me create my purpose statement for life and work. And if you have not drafted one yet, start by answering the questions below.

1. When people explain why they want me involved or why they referred someone to me, what do they say?

2. Which of my abilities and gifts are most often noted and affirmed by my colleagues?

3. What activities bring me the most joy and satisfaction?

4. What could I be passionate about doing for the next ten years?

5. If I could have any role/position at my current organization or elsewhere, what would I do?

6. Given my life experiences, my education, and my gifts, what unique attributes set me apart from others?

Indeed, this has gotten started what I thank God for Mondays at work. It is essentially thanking God not just for workdays but also for the things that you can positively affect or change at work.

 

God’s Encouragement For You!

rsz_1mbp_pinkNovember officially starts and this gets everyone counting the days till Christmas. First November weekend was family weekend. For us, November 1 and 2 meant spending time with things that last, meeting up with my hubby’s and my extended families. It also meant playing all the games we can play with the kids while we are off work. We have nothing against trick or treats but my kiddos and I have also opted to spend the weekend with bringing home chicks (which never stop chirping!), go to the movies, all while taking the time to celebrate the life and blessings of one great woman I look up to (Ate Pazee!) and visit one of our favorite newly-weds at their new home. Yep, creating late night visit traditions to all our wedding inaanaks (will get to everyone on the list soonest). May seem trivial to most but these are what make up fabulous weekends for this working blogger mom. Loving my job so much but I love it even more when it creates opportunities for me to balance life outside of work (Number 1 Telstra advocate here, thanks to the fabulous Assurance Team!). Just as I have completed my me-time for the week (thanks to my handsome hubby for me-time-budgets, wink wink!), I got creative and used our own gallery of pictures to share God’s encouragement to all my readers. Read along and feel free to let me know which encouragement you are most thankful to God for.

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You may be wrapping too many gifts this Christmas and will surely receive several, too, but the greatest gifts we have received are those that do not come wrapped in boxes. We have God to thank for answered prayers, kiddos milestones for the year and of course, the lessons learned from 2015.
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May seem like nothing is happening with the things you are believing God for, but God is never late and never too early. Look back at 2015 by end of December and you will realize you do not have enough space to write on the countless blessings you and your family have received for the year!
My youngest David on his first picture, wrapped in blanket from the Nursery.  Points me to the fact that our children have a great future ahead that God has planned even before we give birth to them!
My youngest David on his first picture, wrapped in blanket from the Nursery. Points me to the fact that our children have a great future ahead that God has planned even before we have given birth to them!
flowers from my husband - thankful for the gift of marriage, friendships, work, kids, and yes, even for the things that did not go the way we planned them to be. God is a purposeful God who keeps us safe in the shelter of His own embrace.
flowers from my husband – thankful for the gift of marriage, friendships, work, kids, and yes, even for the things that did not go the way we planned them to be. God is a purposeful God who keeps us safe in the shelter of His own embrace.
At the end of the day, whatever we focus on will define everything in life. What we focus on will define our future destination. At the end of the day, our strongest display of our hearts are never our words, never our pictures or never the size of our followings, but it is going to be our own kids, our marriage, our homes and our relationships.
At the end of the day, whatever we focus on will define everything in life. What we focus on will define our future destination. At the end of the day, our strongest display of our hearts are never our words, never our pictures or never the size of our followings, but it is going to be our own kids, our marriage, our homes and our relationships. It is God who will take you away from unnecessary distractions and unwanted influences. Never miss to count the blessings around you.
Our smiles are an extension of our joy at home, our vigor at work and our assurance from God. Be generous with your smile and never consider yourself better than others. Celebrate each other and ask each day why did I do the things I did today? And if the answers point us to anything other than our primary priorities (God, family and our calling), calibrate with God and never miss the chance of letting go of unnecessary roles you may be playing.
Our smiles are an extension of our joy at home, our vigor at work and our assurance from God. Be generous with your smile and never consider yourself better than others. Celebrate each other and ask each day why did I do the things I did today? And if the answers point us to anything other than our primary priorities (God, family and our calling), calibrate with God and never miss the chance of letting go of unnecessary roles you may be playing.
Recently changed directions? Do not fret because you may be in the brink of a breakthrough. Life's delay does not mean failure, it can mean fruitful waiting time we can spend in joyful worship. Remember that there were survivors of 911 who had to be late for the day (one stopped for doughnuts for his turn to buy breakfast in the office, the other one had to stop to buy bandages for his sore feet, and then there was the other one who was caught in traffic).  You just don't know what greater things God may be preparing you for.
Recently changed directions? Do not fret because you may be in the brink of a breakthrough. Life’s delay does not mean failure, it can mean fruitful waiting time we can spend in joyful worship. Remember that there were survivors of 911 who had to be late for the day (one stopped for doughnuts for his turn to buy breakfast in the office, the other one had to stop to buy bandages for his sore feet, and then there was the other one who was caught in traffic). You just don’t know what greater things God may be preparing you for.
write from your own heart, hear from  your conversations with God, and it will quiet your fears and it will grant you 200% peace to be joyful at all times.
write from your own heart, hear from your conversations with God, and it will quiet your fears and it will grant you 200% peace to be joyful at all times.

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