Monday, June 6, 2016

Motivational Monday - "You Don't Want to be the Woman Who Almost...."

Happy Monday!!

Do you need a little motivation today to get through the work week?

Here's some motivation in honor of Muhammad Ali.

I was 8 years old when Ali won the heavyweight boxing title.  Obviously at 8 years old, I was not a fan of boxing but I still hear Ali's words "Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee" and "I'm the greatest there ever will be,"  spoken in that famous gravely voice of his.

Granted, looking back over his life, I'm not a fan of every decision he made.  However I can appreciate some of his very motivational quotes that haven't gotten as much attention.

"Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth."

"He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing."

"A man who views the world the same at 50 as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life."

"It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe."

"Only a man who knows what it is like to be defeated can reach down to the bottom of his soul and come up with the extra ounce of power it takes to win when the match is even."

I recently attended a meeting where the keynote speaker showed the following TED Talk.  I loved it!!  It's the story of Tori Murden McClure who ended up being the first woman who rowed across the Atlantic Ocean.  However, Tori wouldn't have been if wasn't for Muhammad Ali.

Watch all 10 minutes of this video to hear the whole story.  I promise you, it will motivate you to get up from disappointment and try again.  After all, "you don't want to be the woman who almost....."

Live the Happy Camper Life!

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Sunday Worship - Are You a Control Freak?

Happy beautiful Sunday morning!

It is absolutely gorgeous here in Missouri!  I just love this time of year!

As I sit here thinking about and making plans for the upcoming week, I am reflecting back over this past week.  Do I use my time wisely?  Did I make progress on my goals?  As I reflect, I think back to a situation that occurred just the day before.  I had my day planned out - I was going to do this, this, this.  I was tired on not making progress in certain areas and by golly I was going to!  Then my husband came in and wanted to me to help him do something.  It wasn't going to take too long but boy did I go into it with a bad attitude!  This was not what I wanted to do - this was not on my schedule!

Looking back I realized something about myself that's not real pretty - I am a control freak at times.  I want things to go my way - in the way I scheduled them - in the timeframe I think they should occur.

It reminds me of a little child who wants their way and throws a fit when they don't get it.  I didn't throw a fit yesterday but inside it wasn't pretty.

I think we are all that way towards God at times.  We schedule our lives and expect things to go our way, expecting God is give us what we want.  Then like spoiled children, we throw fits when we don't get it - saying things like "God doesn't love me or else why would I be going through this."

So as I plan my week out, I will keep in my mind that something better might come along and that's OK!  I will not act like a child throwing a fit!

"Thy kingdom come, they will be done, on earth as it in heaven."  Matthew 6:10

Live a Happy Camper Life!

Sunday, May 8, 2016

(Un)Happy Mother's Day

It's Mother's Day - a day when we are to be happy about what a wonderful job we've done as mothers - right?

You can't miss it - it's everywhere.  It's on every social media post, on every commercial, everywhere - pictures of perfect children perfectly dressed perfectly presenting their mothers with special gifts.

It's proof that we're wonderful mothers right?  Perfect children with perfect grades with perfect behavior with perfect futures ahead of them right?


What if my children are not perfectly dressed with perfect grades with perfect behavior with perfect futures ahead of them?  That means I have failed as a mother then doesn't it?

I read all these blog posts and Facebook posts and Instagram pictures of people and their families and I will be honest - I don't feel like I measure up.

I'm a failure.

My life is not perfect.

I look back and think about how I could have done things differently....better....and then maybe I would be happy with the perfect family.


then I think about the mother who lost two children in a car accident


the mother who is battling cancer and may not spend another mother's day on this earth with her children


the woman who has tried for years to become a mother with no luck



I decide that it's ok if my life isn't perfect, that my child isn't perfect


life isn't perfect.

I don't have to have a perfect life with a perfect husband and a perfect child to be happy.

Happiness is a choice.

So don't look at others and judge whether or not you're happy.

Decide to be happy today.

Be happy through imperfection.

I will be happy
and rejoice
in your faithfulness
you noticed my pain
you are aware
of how distressed I am.
Psalm 31:7

HAPPY Mother's Day