What I've Learned From Being A Nanny

Friday, July 28, 2017 No comments

Other than some time spent working in a local coffee shop, I have been a nanny since I graduated college in 2013. I never planned on being a nanny. I always thought I'd work at a newspaper, magazine, or something similar. However, I took a nanny job in August 2013 in an attempt to escape a part-time job I hated, and it ended up being a path I would be on for the following four years.

Nannying is a challenge. It has the ability to bring out my flaws, push my limits, and make me want to pull out my own hair. But it also brings about the sweet hugs and kisses from adorable little people, wonderful opportunities to share the love of Christ, and lots of fun memories.

There's a lot of things I've learned about myself and life from being a nanny, and today I decided to highlight a few of them.

My Patience Needs Work

I'm pretty sure most of you know this by now, but my patience is sub-par at best. I get frustrated by things that probably shouldn't frustrate me, and even though I don't let my anger take over outwardly, I often feel like I am going to blow a gasket on the inside. And there's nothing like taking care of a two year old to test your patience.
I have known for a while now that my patience needs some work, but as a nanny I am very aware that it needs a lot more work.

Sometimes the Little Things Are Big Things

On a more positive note, one thing being a nanny has taught me is that sometimes the little things end up being the big things. The willingness to run through the sprinklers even though I don't have a change of clothes. The choice to sing his favorite song for the 12,000th time. Or the kindness to growl like a dinosaur with him even though we've already been growling for 10 minutes. Those little things make Mr. T feel loved and let him know that he is cared for. When we've had a bad day the day before, when I come in the next morning he is usually glad to see me. He typically has forgotten the bad day and instead, he remembers the care I have chosen to give him.

When we take the time to participate and show kindness in the little things- to listen, pay attention, and play with them- we are investing in bigger ways than we know.

Sometimes I Just Want My Mommy Too

I'd be lying if I said that it was never frustrating for a kid to constantly ask where their mama is, but at the end of the day I totally understand. I want my mommy too, kid. Maybe if we both lay on the floor and cry together both of our moms will show up at the same time 😋

Eating Healthy Doesn't Have To Be Hard

Mr. T and his mom are vegan (minus eggs). This means that snacks and meals consist of things like hummus and carrots, edamame, and lots of fruit in order to get the nutrients that he needs.

Even though I am a big believer in meat remaining in a persons diet if it can be helped, I will totally admit that their lifestyle keeps junk food at bay and Mr. T doesn't feel like he is missing a thing. He loves the foods that his mom buys him and he eats it right up.

It just goes to show you, if there's no junk food in the house to eat, then you are bound to eat healthier options (and like it).

Everyone Is Different

Being a nanny to different kids over the years has allowed me to see that no one child is the same. Just because I am caring for a boy doesn't mean he will be anything like the last boy I cared for, and just because two little girls are the same age doesn't mean they will function at the same level.

I think most of us understand this when it comes to kids. But for whatever reason, when it comes to adults we expect everyone to be just like us, think just like us, agree with all of our quirks and preferences, and function on the exact same level that we do. But if kids don't work that way, then why do we expect adults to? Why do we adjust the way we do things depending on the kid, but when it comes to adults we ditch the grace that we would give to a child?

I'm not saying that adults should be allowed to act like a child without being confronted, but what I am saying is that if someone struggles in a particular area that we don't, or if we function differently than someone we work with, we should remember that just as every child needs the grace to grow and learn, so do adults. This is something that I struggle to remember, but it's certainly an important lesson.

Being a nanny is challenging, but it is also rewarding. It's nothing something that I want to do for the rest of my life (or for very much longer, for that matter), but it is a job that teaches me important lessons and that allows me to be a witness in the lives of little, impressionable people. It doesn't always feel like a blessing, but it is, and I am thankful for the lessons being a nanny has taught me.

Why I Love Being A Virtual Assistant

Tuesday, July 25, 2017 No comments

When I have a day off from my nanny job, most of the time I am still working for part of it. There's always blog work to be done for myself, but as a part-time virtual assistant, I also have clients to tend to and make sure everything is in order for them.

Sometimes it feels like all I do is sleep, work, eat, and work some more when I get home. But since I am working towards growing my client base and going full-time as a VA, I have to stay on top of things and be diligent in the pursuit of that goal. And I am totally fine with that. I know that I have to hustle hard now, if I want my goals to come true. And ultimately, once those goals are accomplished, I will have more freedom in the way that I work, where I work, and how I structure my workday.

Being a blogger is not easy and neither is being a virtual assistant. It's still hard work and can be very time-consuming. However, both are rewarding to me and I really enjoy both tasks.

I've explained why I love blogging, but today I would like to share with you why I love being a VA, and why I think it's a great job. Keep reading to learn more.

I love being a virtual assistant! It can be hard work but there are some prime benefits to being in this field. Read the full post to find out what they are!

I Set My Hours

Even though I check to make sure my clients don't need me to work at certain times of the day or certain days of the week, my job as a VA usually allows me to work at any time that I chose, as long as my work gets done. This frees me up to do the fun things I want to do and choose my hours for the day accordingly. I love that, and I look forward to going full-time as a VA so I can work within that freedom more fully.

I Help People Achieve Their Dreams

I love helping people. I tend to have a "fix it" mentality and always want to fix people's problems for them. And while that isn't always a good thing when it comes to relationships with friends and family, it can be very good when dealing with a business.

The ability to help people reach their biz and blog dreams is such a wonderful thing. Being able to use my skills to help them get to where they want to go is a big and exciting task!

I Grow In My Abilities That Help My Own Blog

As I schedule and manage my clients' social media accounts, help them edit their ebooks, and whatever else they may need, I am simultaneously growing my own social media and editing skills. When I learn new things for my VA work, it will usually carry straight over to my own blog.

Being able to learn things that will also prepare me to reach my own blog and biz goals while helping someone else do the same is incredibly helpful!

Being a virtual assistant is hard work. It's not rainbows and unicorns all the time and it can get frustrating occasionally (just like any other job). There are always some tasks that are more challenging than others, and there is always room for improvement.

And just to be clear, being a virtual assistant is still a real job. You can't just decide to be a VA, half-do everything, and expect to make oodles of money. Like anything else, being a VA requires time, energy, and perseverance.

However, being a virtual assistant is something that I enjoy, learn from, and that allows me to make a difference. Other than blogging, it's my favorite way to earn money, and I am thankful that I have some really amazing clients to work with.

Need a virtual assistant? I am taking on part-time clients now with the ability to go full-time starting in September. I would love to help you with your blog, business, and social media needs.
Let me use my skills and passions to help you best utilize yours!

Being a Virtual Assistant is hard work, but it's also rewarding! Read the full post to find out why I love it and the benefits of being a virtual assistant.

A Place Prepared: Praise God In The Hallway

Tuesday, July 18, 2017 No comments
***This Post Contains Affiliate Links. All opinions are my own***

When all is well in life, it's much easier for a Christian to praise God. We are thankful for finances that are in order, a blessed marriage, good kids, a good job, etc. But when we lose our job, our house is repossessed, our loved ones get sick or disappoint us, or our children turn to destructive habits, it's not as easy.

As a kid, I never realized how blessed I was- not really anyway. No, things weren't perfect, but I really didn't have too much to worry about. My parents were together, supported me, took care of me, and taught me important things. I was also supported by my grandparents, and extended family. I had good friends and mostly positive life experiences.

And while all of that is really still true, I have learned more about what it means to struggle- and I have become more aware of the struggles of others too.
It's hard when you hit that point in life when you realize that you truly can't fix anything. I want to fix my own problems and the problems of others too. But at the end of the day all I can do is work hard, do my best, and leave the rest to God.

I wish I could tell you that this comforted me, because it should. But since I tend to have a controlling and "fix it" nature, I have a hard time remembering that I can only do so much. But what's amazing is that God has a plan and purpose for everything.

Even when I have to wait. Even when I can't fix it (whatever it is), and even when the wait feels far too long, God has a plan. And that is a comforting truth.

About a month ago, my sweet friend Julie of The Hallway Initiative published an ebook on this very subject. I had the pleasure of doing some of the editing for it and I am so thankful for her, for that experience, and for her book. She truly knows what it means to have to wait. To not be able to fix the problems she desperately wants to fix. To learn what it means to praise God in the hallway when no doors are opening.

Julie wasn't expecting all the trials she would have to face, but each one prepared her well for the next, and God has had a perfect plan for it all. The same is true for every follower of Jesus. The wait and the trial is not fun, but there is a purpose. So today I want to share a few truths and quotes from A Place Prepared  (Julie's Book) with you. I hope they will encourage you to keep on praising God no matter what life has looked like for you lately.

A Place Prepared: Finding Peace in God's Perfect Plan

By: Julie More

"I hadn’t yet learned that there can be a kind of beauty in learning to wait well."

"Most of all, I know from God’s Word that everything He does is for our good and His glory.  I’ve had to learn to be content in knowing that God is working all things for my good, whether or not He answers my “why.” 

"Without even being asked, Pastor came over with a damp towel and began cleaning my hand, removing all traces of the blood and the mess. His quiet, unassuming manner and the way in which he simply served where needed gave me a powerful picture of Christ washing His disciples’ feet.

Washing my bloody hand wasn’t a pleasant job; I’m not sure I could have done it for someone else in my place. But it was, once again, a clear reminder that no matter how yucky life is, the Lord is there, revealing Himself in ways I’d never dream of."

"Here on Earth, it doesn’t matter whether or not we learn the answers to our questions.  What matters is that we keep our eyes on Christ, that we trust Him to hold whatever answers we seek, and that we wait with patience when He chooses not to immediately reveal those answers." 

Friends, I don't know what you are going through, and I am not going to pretend I have all the answers. Neither does Julie. But God does. And I firmly believe that God blessed Julie's writing of this book, and I believe it will be (and has already been) a blessing to others.

God really does have a plan, even when we cannot see it. God really does offer His peace to us no matter what we are going through- we just need to reach out and grab it. God really does prepare us in advance for all that will come at us. And there is always reason to praise God in the hallway!

If you are interested in Julie's book, A Place Prepared, you can click this link to get your copy. She is awesome, her book is awesome, and you won't regret buying it!

God is worthy of praise always. He prepares us for everything that happens to us in life and he has a plan even when we don't understand.

Take Back Time With Routines

Friday, July 14, 2017 18 comments

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Friends, I am so excited to have my sweet blog AND real life friend, Vanessa of Pursue Simple Joy as a guest today. She is kind, thoughtful, smart, talented, knowledgeable, and an awesome lady of the Lord. Today Vanessa will be talking about how we can take back our time by getting into a routine. Enjoy!

Is this you? You're slumped over your keyboard, scrolling through Facebook. You glance at the tiny clock on your computer screen and see 4:30pm glaring at you. "HOW?" You think with a start. "It feels like I just had lunch?!" This is me more times than I like to admit. As I started out the new year, I made it my goal to take back time and be more intentional. So far, I've done much better than I have in the past and that is in large part because of integrating routines into the rhythm of my days.

When I was in the military, you were expected to be early to just about everything. If you were on time... you were considered late. One of the more "famous" quotes in my unit was "Hurry up and wait" because inevitably you'd arrive at your destination early but still have to wait for hours before anything happened. Don't get me started on how that was a huge waste of time in most cases!

Reclaim the hours in your day (your time) by practicing routine!

Finding Your Rhythm

When I first started my homemaking/stay at home mom/work at home mom journey, I realized the way I managed my time had to change. I was wasting so much of it pouring into activities that weren't helping me reach my goals as a wife, mom, and entrepreneur. I started using my Bullet Journal to help me monitor how much time I was spending doing different activities throughout my day. Obviously, each day will look different depending on whether or not you have an appointment or Church, errands etc. Track about a week or two of your days and figure out your average time spent doing certain things. This was eye-opening because I was able to identify the pockets of time that I would generally waste instead of utilizing it more responsibly. This is still a work in progress but I'm a firm believer that knowledge is power! Participating in this activity will greatly help identify black holes and make you see what you can cut out so you have more time to reach your goals.

Time to Implement

This is the hard part. Actually making changes! Now that you've identified how you're spending your time (to include sitting on the toilet scrolling through Instagram) you'll finally be able to figure out what your time sucks are and how to streamline your workflow. I highly recommend picking only 1 thing to change at a time so you're not overwhelmed and give up! Not that I can speak from experience or anything...

My first course of action was going to sleep and waking up at the same time every day, with the exception of weekends. There are people that believe you should wake up the same time every single day, but I really need to use the weekend to give myself some grace and extra 30 mins/hour of sleep. I feel refreshed the rest of the week when I do that. If it's too hard for you to get back into the swing of things on Monday, maybe waking up the same time on the weekends will work better for you. You do you, boo!
Ever since I started this one seemingly inconsequential habit, my productivity has increased! I have my habit formed and it makes it so much easier to start the day. Once you've nailed down one habit, move on to the next. Remember, keep habits that help you reach your goals, not suck time and keep you away from your goals!

Prepare the Night Before

Preparing for the next day the night before has hands down been a game changer for me. I started by figuring out what I'm going to have for breakfast (if you eat breakfast!) and get my coffee ready to go so all I have to do is press the button for it to make my elixir of life. I lay out my clothes the night before so I don't have to think about it when I wake up stumbling out of bed. I write down my top 3 priorities to do the next day so I don't have to think about that either! After becoming a mom, I've realized how much brain space I waste on things that don't matter. Even if you aren't a mom, dumping your plans for the next day the night before will help you fall asleep faster (so I don't have it bouncing around my head as I'm trying to fall asleep) and it helps get the day started on the right foot. I'm also a huge proponent of meal planning: have your meat thawing in the fridge the night before, if you can, chop up what needs to be chopped up before you go to bed so when you get home from work or dinner time rolls around you can just pull it out and "voila!" it's ready for you. I like not having to think 😉

Establish Good Habits for Your Routines

Once you establish one good habit, rolling into the next one shouldn't be as difficult as the first. You might find yourself more motivated to make this positive change because you're starting to make steps toward your goals faster! Identify the pitfalls in your day and discipline yourself to avoid them as much as possible. Your Daily Rhythm could look something like this:
  • Wake Up
  • Brush Teeth/Get Dressed
  • Coffee/Breakfast
  • Blog
  • Lunch
  • Errands
  • Blog
  • Dinner Prep/Dinner
  • Clean up
  • Chill/Exercise
  • Get Ready for Next Day
  • Bedtime Routine
  • Sleep
  • Rinse and Repeat
That's generally what my day looks like and it helps not having hard and fast times to "lock me in" and pressure me. The rhythm and routine of the day take care of itself and provides me the freedom that I need in order to accomplish what goals and To Do's I have for the day. Then insert taking care of a soon-to-be toddler into the daily mix for some extra fun! 😉

Don't Be a Slave to Time

One of my favorite life management books is Life Management for Busy Women by Elizabeth George. She goes into depth about redeeming your time and I have highlighted and underlined pretty much the entire chapter. One of my favorite quotes (it's fairly lengthy, #sorrynotsorry) and I can't word it any better than she can:
"We redeem time when... we purposefully and prayerfully ask God for His wisdom regarding how we can reclaim, recover, retrieve, rescue, and regain the minutes, hours, and days of our life for God and His glory. We redeem time when...we realize we cannot manage time. Time is unmanageable, unrelenting, and ever flowing toward eternity. We can only manage our self. (And that calls for great discipline!)" (pg 233)
Wow. The most impactful part of the quote for me is, "Time is unmanageable, unrelenting, and ever flowing toward eternity. We can only manage our self." As I sat and pondered what that meant, it gave me so much encouragement knowing that I can do this! With discipline, I'm able to reclaim my time and use it for God's Glory. Every single person on this planet has the same 24 hours you do. (Duh, but it's a good reminder!) After cutting out a lot of the fluff from my life and focusing on what truly matters, I've been able to take big steps toward my goals for my life. I know that the same can happen for you.

Identify where your time is being spent. Prepare the night before. Establish good habits that propel you toward your goals. Don't be a slave to time! Last but not least, give yourself grace. You'll get there!    

Take back the time you have in a day by using routines.

Vanessa is the author and creator of Pursue Simple Joy- a blog all about learning to cultivate simple solutions for a joy-filled life. You can learn more about Vanessa here, and you can also follow her on her socials below 😊

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An International Giveaway Just For You!

Monday, July 10, 2017 7 comments
I've mentioned before that one of my favorite things about blogging is connecting with other bloggers. I love that you can easily go from complete strangers to people who support one another every day. I have quite a few of those friends, but today, I'm thinking of Kristin Thompson of The Blush Blonde.

Kristin is a strong, intelligent woman who fights through the challenges in her life in order to pursue her goals. She blogs about beauty, skincare, and what it's like living with a chronic illness. I might also mention that Kristin spells her name the right way. 😉😋

Why am I talking about Kristin today? Because this week, she is celebrating her 4 year blogging anniversary, and to celebrate, she is having an awesome international giveaway, which I am co-hosting.

So, if you love pretty things and free things, this is for you! Keep scrolling so you can enter, and be sure to hop over to The Blush Blonde and wish Kristin a happy 4 years of blogging!

Giveaway Time!

To celebrate The Blush Blonde’s 4th Blogiversary we are bringing you a giveaway made for summer.  This giveaway includes a straw handbag, pool floatie, beauty products specially picked for the warm weather, and a gift card to Nordstrom!  Here are all of the goodies you have a chance to win:

Mar Y Sol Tybee Tote- This summery Mar Y Sol handbag is detailed with bright contrast stripes and a strand of pom-poms.

BIGMOUTH INC. Shell Pool Float- If you can't be a mermaid, at least you can lounge like one in this giant pink shell floatie.

$45.00 Nordstrom Gift Card- This is included to buy any other summer essentials you might need!

Sephora Favorites Safe Sun on the FlyA five-piece set of Sephora’s favorite sun care products in convenient travel sizes, featuring sunscreen, moisturizer, lip treatment, and CC cream with SPF—plus a waterproof, reusable bag that’s perfect for your summer adventures.

Fine Print: 
This is open internationally, pending shipping laws/restrictions. You must be 18 or older, or have a parents permission to enter. This giveaway is open for exactly one week. Winner must respond within 48-hours or a new winner will be chosen. Your form of entry will be double-checked.

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Good luck in the giveaway!

July Goals

Friday, July 7, 2017 10 comments

Hiya friends! I hope all of my US readers had an awesome 4th of July, all my cool Canada readers had an amazing Canada Day, and that the rest of you are just doing fantabulously!

In the past month, I've finished my job with baby E (I miss that little booger more than I can say), started a new job, gotten my first tattoo, and spent as much time as possible with friends and family. I've also been working hard to expand my virtual assistant business, learning a lot about different ways to grow my blog and social media, and working towards a healthier lifestyle. Honestly, the month seemed to drag by for me in some ways, but in other ways it flew by. I feel like that often, but it was especially true of June.

But now it's officially July and it's time to refocus, get into the groove of my new job, and continue to work towards growth in all areas of life. Easier said than done? Yup. Worth it? Absolutely!

So if you'd like to know what my goals are for the month of July, keep reading!

July Goals: Things to Achieve, my month in review, and things I want to improve upon.


Drink At Least 64oz. of Water Every Day

Here in Charlotte, it gets muy caliente (HOT). And not only has it been getting hotter and hotter, but I have also been exercising more. These things add up to mean that my body desperately needs me to up my water intake. So at the very least, 64 oz. is my goal, but I am going to try for between 80 and 100.

Walk At Least 6 Miles Per Week

Mr. T (my new nanny kid) is incredibly active. My first full week watching him, we walked over 6 miles together, which is a whole lot more than I am used to these days. I'm not gonna lie- it's been hard. But I am thankful to have something that is basically forcing me to follow up with my commitment to take better care of my body.

Finish Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

I have been loving the Harry Potter series so far, but I have gotten out of the habit of reading again so I haven't made much headway in the past month. I am halfway through this book and I would at least like to finish it by the end of July.

Blogging and Business

Increase All Stats

I know that sounds vague, but I am trying not to worry about numbers as much. I have my numbers logged and I have a goal number written down, and I'll check at the end of the month. But for the most part, I want to keep trucking along, keep learning, and keep being myself and being my own brand with God as the lead of it all.

Update More Pins

I've been hearing from some awesome bloggers that long pins are where it's at these days, and I am slowly trying to update mine.

Secure Another Virtual Assistant Client

My new job is only for the Summer. And while I'll do what I have to do, my goal is to work from home as a full-time virtual assistant after my nanny job ends. So, I'd like to secure another client this month and continue to grow through the month of August.

Be Consistent

If you missed my newsletter, this month I am scaling back my posting schedule as I adjust to my new job. Even though posting twice a week is less than I typically try to do, I still want to make sure I am remaining consistent which is sometimes easier said than done.

Goals are best accomplished with the help of some coffee and a lot of Jesus!

July is going to hold a pretty big learning curve for me. I am nervous about how much adjusting there will be, but I know that it is possible with a good amount of coffee and a whole lot of Jesus!

What does your July look like? Are you having to learn new things and adjust your schedule too, or does July look like a breeze? I hope it's the latter, but either way, tell me about it in the comments! 😊

July Goals: Things to Achieve, my month in review, and things I want to improve upon.

How to Be Faithful in the Little Things (+ Why We Should Be)

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 13 comments

I tend to go through a vicious cycle with my dreams and goals. One minute, I'm working hard and really proud of myself for my work. But then something happens. Sometimes it's laziness- Netflix starts calling my name, ya know? Sometimes it's life- I get sick, I have to work late, or I decide to have a much-needed date with the hubby. Life happens, and some things are more important than getting every single task marked off my to-do list.

But oftentimes, the reason things don't get done is because I am a professional time-waster. Sure, I get the things done that I am getting paid for, but that still leaves all my blog goals, just sitting there. And why are they sitting there? Because I chose Netflix. Because I chose a nap. Because I chose Harry Potter. Because I chose a bubble bath.

Don't get me wrong- I am a big believer in taking "me time", and I think it's important. But when "me time" is all the time and hard work on my goals is barely-there, priorities need to be shifted.

I think one of the reasons I let myself play too much is because I don't always believe that I will succeed. So I let myself play now because I subconsciously don't believe if I work now I'll get to play later. But then that mindset continues the vicious cycle because then I slack on things that could help me achieve my dreams because I don't believe I'll really ever get there.

Now, that's not the only reason I become unfaithful in the little things. I just naturally like to play way more than I should anyway. I have low energy and when I get tired I often give into the naps and Netflix. But, recognizing that both of those things cause me to be unfaithful in the little things is a game-changer.

As a Christian, I know that I am called to be faithful with the little things before I can be truly trusted with the bigger things. God isn't typically going to hand over something huge to us if we keep showing Him that we aren't even willing to do solid work when it comes to smaller projects. And who could blame Him? Why should He trust us with the huge things we beg Him for if, when He gives us smaller tasks that will lead us to where we desire, we don't utilize them at all?!

How and why we should be faithful in the little things!

Show Up

The first step to being faithful in the little things is to just show up. To your meeting at work, to your video chat with your mentor, to the time you scheduled out to work on your blog posts, to the volunteer job you signed up for at church- whatever it is, show up.

Stay Consistent

I struggle to be consistent with things- especially things that don't seem very important at the time. I don't have to write that newsletter tonight, right? I don't have to finish that post this morning, do I? But then if I am not consistent and I don't dive right in to the tasks at hand, I end up stressed out, unproductive, and less creative. Being consistent helps avoid those things and helps me take steps in the right direction.

Be On Time

Guys, I am ALWAYS late. Always. It is a terrible habit, but it's true. But if we are going to truly be faithful in the little things, we need to try our very best to be on time to our obligations.

Some people are always going to struggle with time more than others. I am one of those people. But nothing says, "I don't really care about this like someone who is always late to the same task consistently. And us late people may not even feel that way, but it's certainly how it comes across when we are always the ones holding up the group, causing people to have to rearrange their schedules, or making ourselves fall behind because we couldn't show up for our own to-do lists on time.

Put in the Effort

Okay, now that we are here, consistently, and on time, we need to put in effort. No slacking off. No checking our phones every 3 minutes. No excuses. No half-doing a job because we are tired.

Honestly, if we aren't willing to put in work now, we aren't going to be willing to put in work when we have more responsibilities and more on our plates. It doesn't get easier when we reach our goals, because we still have to maintain whatever we've built. So thinking we can cruise through the little tasks is a terrible mindset.

The little tasks are preparation for the big tasks!

Work Now, Play Later

My friend Summer of Coffee with Summer recently posted about how to beat blogger envy. In the post she quoted her husband saying "pay now, play later". What he meant was that we have to be willing to work our butts off now, if we want the freedom to play and do more fun things in the future. This was a great reminder for me, and I think it's a reminder that all of us need every now and then.

Honestly friends, we are capable of so much more than we think we are. But when we start believing that we aren't, or we get sucked into the trap of laziness and instant gratification, we are not living fully as the peculiar treasures God created us to be. We were meant to thrive and do great things- but that just isn't going to happen if we aren't willing to work hard and be faithful in the little things. The little tasks in our home, our work, our relationships, and our dreams are what will prepare us and push us towards the grander things we hope for in life. Be willing to be all there in the little things, and there's a much better chance that you will reach the bigger things you are longing for!

How to be faithful in the little things and why it is so important for us to be!