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Family Comes First

April 10, 2018 Leave a comment

 

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Sleep At The Family Reunion!!!!

 

This has been an interesting year so far. I made some new year’s commitments and set some goals for the first quarter and the rest of the year. Well, my father had some health challenges that took precedent over all other things. His medical challenges were more important than any business goals, any training I planned to host, and anything else. One thing I have learned over the last two years is family comes first. My mom and dad, brothers, sister, aunties, cousins and nieces and nephews are very important to me. How about you?

Can you truly say that you put your family first all of the time? If you don’t, there is no need to feel guilty. Many people unintentionally let other things get in the way when they shouldn’t. All that it takes to start putting your family first is a shift in your priorities.

A great example of this is when you start to work crazy hours. While your objective may be to provide those “extras” for your family, it results in you neglecting them. So you may come home with gifts and new toys, but is that what your family really wants? They would probably prefer to spend more time with you instead. Over the last 6 six years or so I have purposefully traveled with my parents on their bowling tournament trips, especially with my dad. When I travel with them, they go out of their way to make sure that I am having a good time.

One way to put your family first is by being there for them. When your son or daughter has a sports event, or is in the school play, make of point of attending. If a family member gets sick, help them out as much as possible. My God-mother, my mom’s sister, lives in New Orleans, Louisiana about 98 miles from where we live. Every chance I get I go to spend a couple of days with her in her home. She loves it! When I tell her that I am coming, she counts on it.

Creating stability within your family is a good way of putting your family first. Everyone loves to know that they have someone who they can count on. You can easily do this by creating family routines such as:

  • Regular dinner times
  • Chores for each family member
  • Set bed times
  • Movie night

Though, these things may sound trivial they are very important. By creating a structured routine you are also setting expectations for your family. They know that they are expected for dinner at 6pm each day. Or that every Saturday they have to spend an hour or two helping out with chores.

When you put your family first, each family member will start to follow suit. In turn this creates a caring family that will always be around for each other.

Family is important so don’t neglect yours. Yes, work and being social is important, but they shouldn’t always take precedence over your family.

Oh yeah! My next trip with my dad for one of his bowling tournaments is this May. We are going to Detroit, Michigan. We are driving (ha, ha, ha). He is doing much better, we are working on getting is blood numbers up again.

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Ten Things to Do Before Year End

October 28, 2014 4 comments

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We attach significance to the turning of the calendar, and when the calendar turns to a new year, it means more than learning to change a digit when we write a check – we’ve started a new chapter.

It is instructive for us to think about how we can get the most from the end of chapter 2014. Here are my ten recommendations for you:

Reconnect with an old friend or colleague. You know who I mean.  The person who came to your mind as you read that sentence.  Make the effort to call or contact them.  But do more than just say hello.  If they live close, get together for a meal or an evening.  If they live further away, schedule time for a long, relaxed phone call.  However you connect, make sure that you spend time on more than just “the good old days” and the old stories.  Learn about what this person is doing, their goals and dreams.  And see what you can do to help them achieve those things.

Spend one day in service to others.  Volunteer your day to a service organization or a church. Go to a nursing home.  Rake the neighbor’s leaves.  Use your professional skills in a pro bono way.  It doesn’t matter what you do, just do it with a giving heart.

Read one book you’ve wanted to read.  If you are a big reader, you already have a stack to read.  Pick one and commit to getting it read.  I think I will read a “romance novel” before the end of the year. I love “love stories.”  If you read less and don’t have a book in mind, talk to someone you trust and admire and ask them for a suggestion.  It doesn’t matter what the book is; pick it, and read it.

Give someone a book that you have found personally valuable.   Maybe it is the book you are now going to read.  Maybe it is something you read in January.  Again, what the book is doesn’t matter, the joy comes in identifying a person who will enjoy and benefit from it the way that you did.  When you give them the book, make sure you share with them why you are sharing it with them – it will mean so much to them.

Make a list of the things you’ve learned this year.  Hopefully it is a long list!  Don’t try to do this all at one time.  Give yourself a place to write and a couple of days to allow your mind to find these nuggets. Year End Checklist

Identify the top five.  Review the list you made and pull out the five that are most important to you.  Write them down and think about why they are so valuable to you and how you can benefit from them today and in the future.

Make a list of the most fun things you have done this year.   You will have fun making this list – and yes I do mean make a list!

Identify why they were the most fun so you can do more of it next year.  This only makes sense.  Once you have thought about your “most fun”, figure out how to get more of it into your life – whether it is an experience, time with specific people or whatever.

Commit to having another experience before December 31st that you could add to your “most fun” list.  Too often fun gets sidelined, especially near the busy end of the year.  Don’t let it happen.  Make sure that you have some big fun before the end of the year.

Make a list of things you want to learn next year.  Some things in life we learn serendipitously, and those are precious indeed.  But we can also determine what we want to learn and why.  Make some of those determinations now before you turn your calendar to the New Year.

Some of these are forward-looking tasks, some retrospective. That’s intentional.  It is important for us to consistently and regularly reflect, and of course when we look to the future we will see where we are going – and correct our course to get where we want to go.

These items may feel more personal than professional. Actually they are both.  If you are reading this from a professional development perspective, I urge you to do these items.

Year End I Live forThese actions will be supernatural in your life. Your life will be richer and more satisfying and you will be moving in the direction of your potential when you do these things.

The History of Alligators Infographic

October 16, 2014 Leave a comment

Today I watched a replay of one of the Gator Boys shows that airs on Animal Planet. This show is about people who rescue alligators from the backyards and ponds where people live. While watching an episode I remembered that I had an infographic on the history of alligators. Here it is.

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