Here are 4 key things that can be taken away from the interview that I had with Bridget Deas for Woman of Excellence Wednesday. If you have not seen the video check it out HERE!
- Make things your ownTimes may change but you can still remain yourself or put your own twist on things when trying something “new.” One thing that is guaranteed is change and it seems that it is happening rapidly especially with media influences and impossible standards. However, know that it is okay if it looks different on you or when you do it. It is supposed to you are unique! Make things your own and make sure it fits who you are as a person. At the end of the day there is nothing new under the sun (Ecclesiastes 1:9) trends stop and restart again years later. What is most important is that you feel comfortable with who you are and the decisions that you make.
- Your relationship with God is the answer to work-life balance struggles.Without having relationship with Christ it is harder to maintain that work-life balance. Sometimes we can become so engulfed in our lives and our families lives that we put Christ and our relationship with him on the back burner, forgetting that He is what keeps us balanced! Be intentional about setting aside time to build your relationship with Christ. Meditate, center yourself, pray, listen to what he is directing you to do, and take things one step at a time! Realize that you cannot do EVERYTHING at once with 100% effort. Do one thing until completion and give it your all then move on to the next thing. (Seriously! I learned the hard way even after having this discussion with Bridget and knowing better from experiences, but that’s a story for another day.)
- It is completely okay to say NO.Yes. No. are complete sentences. The Bible says itself in Matthew 5:36-37 AMP“Nor shall you make an oath by your head, for you are not able to make a single hair white or black. But let your statement be, ‘Yes, yes’ or ‘No, no’ [a firm yes or no]; anything more than that comes from the evil one.” You do not have to say “I swear”, “On God,” because you never know what may happen. Just simply say yes or no. The people who love and care for you, know that if you were able to do what they are asking you would and you could. So they will understand when you say NO it means that you do not want to, do not have the time or energy and should not be angry at you for making the best decision for yourself.
- When you feel overwhelmed remember your why.
When you feel depleted God rushes in and rescues you. Sometimes if we do not feel overwhelmed, pushed, have certain experiences we will keep going, and going, and going, like the Energizer Bunny. These things make us stop, take a step back, and analyze why are we in the current position that we are in. When you want to throw in the towel remember why you are doing it. Sometimes, there are people who you are helping that you may not even know. The same people that you are helping will help you as well. If you cannot find good enough reasons why you are continuing with the job, school, relationship, friendship, etc. and it is taking away from you maybe its time to consult with God to see if that is where you are really supposed to be.I hope this interview along with the tips and lessons learned have helped you in some way. If there is anything else that you have learned and you want to add to the discussion, feel free to comment, email, talk about it on the video, site, or Facebook.
Thanks for reading & may everything that you do be victorious!With love,