Tuesday, June 16, 2015

"Give a man a fish; he eats for a day. Teach a man to fish and he eats for a lifetime."

In this day and age "Quickly" is the way to live. We live in an era where things need to happen and they need to happen FAST also known as the "Microwave Era". Just a few examples: Once I cook I don't want to have to sit over the stove reheating the food again because 3 hours later you got hungry again... Use the microwave; You work out for 3 weeks and see no results so you give up, stop going to the gym, and are stuck with a membership fee; Your relationship isn't going the way you planned so you dump them and on to the next. These are just a few and I know for sure there are many more, please leave your examples below Hahaha... Seriously though, we are all accustomed to things moving fast and if its too slow we give up and move on. Were short on patience and quick to act without properly thinking things through. I've been guilty of this way too many times... Discipline, Education, Patience, Endurance, and Drive are just a few things most of us lack. The quote above made me think of my son, he was trying to learn to tie his shoes for almost 2 months. I would see him every morning before school trying to tie his shoes, getting frustrated and just giving up. I thought to myself I'm going to buy him some shoes that Velcro but that was a fail when I found none that were actually nice. I started to take the time to teach him "create two loops, wrap them together and pull" and I tied my own in front of him so that he could visually see how it was done. I noticed the more he tried the better and better he was doing although he didn't quite get it right away. But once he did, it was the greatest feeling of happiness for the both us! I taught him a skill that he can use for the rest of his life!
I myself am trying to teach myself how to fish (not literally) so that I can eat for a lifetime and not just for a day.
I guess what I'm trying to get across in this post is, if we discipline ourselves to think before we act, have a little more patience with others, educate yourself and others, practice some tolerance, and remain focused you can probably accomplish a lot of what you set out to do in life. 
~Freckled Marie


Wednesday, June 3, 2015



Deciding whats really important can be one of the hardest decisions to make! I used an exclamation point, because I often find myself conflicted trying to figure out whats the right choice. Regardless of what it is, we are often caught having to decide between one thing or another. As a wife, mother, daughter, employee, volunteer of my church and whatever else I am depending on the day I find myself making choices. We've all had the "You need to prioritize your life, start with whats important" talk and usually the first few things that come to mind are Faith, Family, Friends, Work, etc. But when you're being pulled in all different directions by all the things you consider "Important" how do you decide? Should we create a hierarchy chart of some sort and use that? I'll share a quick example of what I mean.... You work a full-time 9-5, have a child in school and enrolled in an after school program along with an extracurricular sport, a husband to love and take care of, have a church you love to be apart of, and amazing family and friends who at some point you have to make time for.... My head hurts just typing that... How do I decide what to do? I used to have a "Want to please everyone" attitude, but when I couldn't please everyone it was like I let myself down. As if my superwoman skills failed me! 

It took me a while to learn that I couldn't please everyone and I couldn't multiply myself to be everywhere at the same time. Saying "NO" to things was okay and less stressful in the end. At the end of the day, some things may be more important than others but they all coincide together. I truly believe there is no real solution to juggling all of life's obstacles, or if there is I obviously haven't found it. I think we should all try to do our best and that should be enough... Don't set such high expectations where you set your self up for failure and say "NO" when you have to. But remember, that all these obstacles are blessings and we really should be thankful for them. :)

~Freckled Marie