Sunday, December 31, 2017

TEAM Work ~ What does this mean?

Getting ready to begin a New Year! This post was inspired by my daughter, Bella. She worked hard to become a member of a team where it wasn't always easy to "fit in." All last year she and her other freshman team mates were referred to as "the new girls" and worked hard to gain acceptance. It taught my daughter and I a lot about competitiveness and the true meaning of becoming team players. Here are a few thoughts to take us into 2018. How will you be a team player and inspire others toward making positive changes? #WorldofWriterMomRecommends #WriterMomAdvocate #TEAMWork #HappyNewYear #PositiveChanges #WorldofWriterMom



TEAM Work


T - Treat each person with respect

E - Encourage each person to meet their goals

A - Advocate for each person's opportunities

M - Motivation is achieved through inspiration






Work toward recognizing each person's skills, talents, goals, and contributions.

Observe and accept that somebody may have a different way of accomplishing a task or project. 

Respond and provide insights where required; try waiting until you are asked for assistance. Assume the individual is capable of handling a task.

Keep negative comments and actions out of the process.  Lead by example.



 
 copyright 2017 World of Writer Mom



A New Year ~ A New Look at Opportunities! 

* Career Changes for New Chances?

* Where do you want to live?


* Who do you want in your life?


* Where will these changes take you?


* How do you envision your life for 2018?



My Goal: To help as many people as possible
 acquire the career moves they wish to make in 2018! 


Let me start with you!

More information at:


https://www.facebook.com/writermomcareeradvocate/ 






Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Flip A Coin - Flip A Memory Switch


A Christmas Time Activity ~ 
Holiday Remembrance Time

 



Sometimes I like to activate those memory files that haven't been reviewed for quite some time.  There is a simple and quick activity that instantly transports me back to a specific time, place, or event.

I might even recall people who have had an impact on my life, inspired me, or provided me with insights that ultimately helped me make decisions. 

Some of the memories might be painful or leave me feeling a bit introspective, but overall the experience associated with this activity is one that brings a smile to my face and a warm feeling to my heart.  

Today I will share this secret with you, so you too can add it to your arsenal of memory preservation skills.



Pocket Change






1.  Pick at least one time each week when you can dig out whatever coins you find in your purse, backpack, couch cushions, or car cup holder.  Look at the dates.

 2. Whenever you receive change back at the store, take a moment to look at it or at least hold on to it until you get back to the car.  Check out the dates.

3. If you go to the laundry mat with rolls of quarters, look at the dates before you place them into the machine.
  
4.  Same idea as #3 when you put coins into a snack or drink machine.

5. Check out coins before you hand them over to your children for school snacks or projects.
  
6. If you see a coin (even if it is a penny) lying on the ground, pick it up.  Look at the date.

7. Start a coin bank at home to collect all your loose change that you receive back at the store or find.  You'll be surprised how this adds up.  When you get ready to go to "Coin Star" to cash in your coins, take a moment to look through a few of the dates on the coins and take a memory trip.






Here's a perfect way to visually document your precious memories!
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Now...What to do with all those coins?


1. Look at the dates.


2. Think about details from the year on each coin.


3. What were you doing that year?


 4. Where were you?



5. How old were you?


6. What music did you listen to?


7. Who did you hang out with or meet?


8. Did any life changing event happen? Marriage? Birth of a Child?


9. What was happening in the lives of people you care about?


10.Favorite moments?



I have found that after doing this memory activity a few times just for fun, it has now become a habit that I look forward to when I find a coin, go to the laundry mat, or sift through the change jar for quarters to give to my children.


Sometimes I will make comments to my husband or children about the year on a coin.  This gives us the opportunity to share a story or special moment.  It is also a great way to exercise our memories and enhance our ability to more quickly recall important information.




 

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Thankful for...






1. Family and Friends (Sometimes there's no difference.)
I am grateful to immediate family and to the 
friends who are family in my heart. 


2. The children who continue to challenge the heck
out of me and push me out of my comfort zone.


3. The awesome professional resources I trust to
 advise me regarding the physical, emotional, social,
 and spiritual components of parenting my children. 
 They are my "Team" and I appreciate their insights.


4. The ability to share, collaborate, and process
the many aspects of my life as a writer and parent
with some incredibly talented, inspired, and creative
writers, parents, and other professionals.




As our Thanksgiving 2017 begins to wind down,
and the dishes from the last load 
in the dishwasher are put away,
 I'd like to thank everyone who has taken a moment to...


1. Read a post, tweet, or article.

2. Write a comment or compliment.

3. Like, follow, or share something you've read.

4. Offer encouragement and inspiration.




This writer mom acknowledges all who contribute to my
inspiration, my sanity, and my interest in learning more
about the individuals with whom I share life's adventures.


Sometimes the adventures keep me close to home,
and sometimes those adventures provide insights far away;
but the best part of any adventure or journey includes
expanding your knowledge base.


 Each day is an opportunity to become 
a better individual with an appreciation for
those who are less fortunate, disenfranchised, and in need
of a resource for which they have yet to discover. 


Please consider what resource you can contribute, whether
it is a skill, talent, or donation. I'd love to learn  
how you share your gifts with your community. 
We each have opportunities to either
enhance our interactions with others or
create discord. How will we celebrate and
contribute as 2017 comes to a close?


Notice: The graphics is this article are not my own. If anyone knows the sources 
please contact me so I can properly give credit and/or remove
 if the artist prefers I not use them.  The photos are perfect for the message
 I wanted to convey and I apologize for not knowing their sources.





Wishing all of you a week of adventures, 
solutions to your challenges, and
 answers to your prayers.


Kindest Wishes,
Mary

 
c.2017 World of Writer Mom


 
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Monday, November 20, 2017

Welcome to Monday!


Today's Goals:
 


M - Meditate for at least 5 minutes to help focus on the day


O - Observe what inspires you toward completion of a task


N - Negotiate the terms of your interactions with others


 D - Decide on what you hope to accomplish this week


A - Advocate for yourself and for those who request your help


Y - You are appreciated and an important participant 
in today's events. 



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http://rachaelphillips.me/monday-inspiration-008/
 Monday Inspirations



Wishing all of you a week of adventures, 
solutions to your challenges, and answers to your prayers.


Kindest Wishes,
Mary

 
c.2017 World of Writer Mom


 
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Sunday, November 19, 2017

Welcome to Sunday!


Today's Goals:






S - Savoring these moments of peace
allows us time to
reorganize our thoughts,
prioritize our goals,
and replenish our strength
before the start of a new week.
 

U - Uplifting others who are 
experiencing life's challenges 
is a great way to boost your spirit.


N - Nourishing our body, mind, and soul
provides us with the energy we need
to help ourselves and help others.
Self Care is not "selfish."
Self Care is "self-filled."

(Thanks to: Eric Attard, LPC, Counselor, Licensed Professional Counselor,
Doctoral Candidate, for insights regarding selfish versus self-filled.)
 
 
 D - Defining our goals for the week
begins with a short list.
Find one thing each day to focus on
and write it down.
 
 
A - Avoiding the things that prevent 
successful completion of our daily goals
is another real challenge.
Every time you do something
instead of your main goal, stop!
Remind yourself, 
"This is another avoidance issue for me.
Why am I doing this?"
 
 
Y - YOU can stay on track by:
1.  Keeping your goals short and simple.
2. Giving yourself permission to get things done,
even if it's not perfect. 
3. Stop doing activities that get in the way
of your success. 
 

Wishing all of you another week of adventures, 
solutions to your challenges, 
and answers to your prayers.

 






Kindest Wishes,
Mary


c.2017 World of Writer Mom

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Welcome to Saturday!


Today's Goals:





S - Searching for new ways to accomplish tasks
 can help remove the burden of boredom 
when it comes to repetitious jobs.
(Like cleaning the darn house.) 


A - Accepting that some things
 are just not as important as we thought 
gives us permission to let go 
and enjoy what really matters.
 (Like spending fun time with family 
versus making sure the floor boards are spotless 
or the stove burners sparkle.)


T - Treasuring the moments we have 
with our children while they are still young 
is a wonderful way to build memories. 
Sit down with them on the floor,
 blow bubbles, play with playdoh, 
and laugh at silly jokes.


U - Understanding that perfection is out of reach 
and does not need to be on the short list of weekend goals 
will free us to experience other adventures.


R - Remembering what it was like when we were children 
can provide the insights necessary
 to embrace our own children's need
 for activities and parent time.


D - Directing a few planned moments or surprises 
can enhance the moods and family bonding. 
(A movie, trip to the park, or a special meal 
we create together are a few ideas.)


A - Admitting that we need some scheduled alone time
 to replenish our reserves of patience and inner peace 
is an important component toward improving our relationships. 
When we are worn out and feel
 that we cannot give anymore, 
everyone feels it.
 It's okay to take a few moments for yourself. 


Y - YES does not have to be a first response. 
If saying yes makes your heart race, your stomach churn,
 and your head ache, then it's a sign
 you need to consider more "NO" responses 
and measure what energy you are able to offer.



Wishing all of you a week of adventures, solutions to your challenges, and answers to your prayers.

 




Hope your week has gone well so far! Happy Weekend to You!
 
Kindest Wishes,
Mary


c.2017 World of Writer Mom

Friday, November 17, 2017

Welcome to Friday!

Today's Goals:






F - Find the place that helps you feel at peace
 and calms your spirit.
 It doesn't have to be a physical location. 
It can be something you think about 
as your close your eyes and meditate. 


R - Recognize your strengths, value, and contributions.
It's okay to receive a compliment 
and accept it graciously.


I - Invite others to share their insights and resources. 
Sharing inspirations is a great way 
to push us toward our goals.


D - Decide what is and what is not important 
to the big picture.
 Let go of the things
 that prevent forward motion.


A - Admit mistakes and apologize for oversights. 
It doesn't make you less of a person for being wrong. 
We can't be perfect 100% of the time.


Y - Young people have a lot to offer 
if we'd take a few moments
 to stop what we are doing 
and really listen to their perspectives.


Wishing all of you a week of adventures, solutions to your challenges, and answers to your prayers.

 



Hope your week has gone well so far! Happy Weekend to You!
 
Kindest Wishes,
Mary

c.2017 World of Writer Mom

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Welcome to Thursday!



TODAY'S GOALS



Today's Goals:


T - Thinking about our options and opportunities 
can provide moments of clarity
 when we need to make important decisions.


H - Hearing the entire story, listening to the context of messages, 
and processing information in a non-judgmental way
 can improve our communication skills.


U - Uniting with individuals who can collaborate on projects, 
understand our purpose,
and support our efforts 
takes time and energy.
But it is worth the work when we see results.

 
R - Remembering those who have paved the way 
for the advancement of a cause 
and acknowledging their sacrifices 
inspires us to continue their legacy
 and achieve new goals.

 S - Surrendering the fears, anxieties, and insecurities
 that hold us back can be a huge challenge.
Self awareness paves the way 
toward developing new, more efficient, and healthier
 coping skills that will propel us toward 
solutions to our dilemmas.


D - Developing contacts, 
who can support our goals in a reciprocal way, 
provides the insights you need
 to move forward with our plans.


A - Addressing the road blocks 
hat prevent our forward motion 
will help us to stop making excuses.


Y - Yielding some of our control issues 
is not a sign of failure, 
but an act of strength
that we see the need to let go 
of the things that no longer serve a purpose. 


Wishing all of you a week of adventures, solutions to your challenges, and answers to your prayers.



Kindest Wishes,
Mary


C. 2017 World of Writer 

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I have over 20 years of experience in Early Childhood Development Birth-Age 5 including work in classrooms and as an Infant/Toddler Program Manager.  I have several writing projects in progress including a resource book for parents of infants and infant room teachers in a full day child development (school) program.  The book will provide families with information about what to expect and how to monitor their child's progress in an Infant room.  My second book project involves how to cope with family challenges, lessons in forgiveness, dealing with a spouse's addiction, and reinventing yourself along the way.  I am excited about all of these projects and am currently accepting comments regarding experiences my readers have had placing their child into a full day child care program.  I would also like to hear from Infant room teachers.