Life is TOO short!
It’s too short to live less than our best! Too short to settle and believing things can’t get better!
6 weeks ago (before UltraCell (CBD):
I was still dealing with hip pain that I had been a part of my daily life for 2.5 years!
I would hit a wall in the afternoon, trying to muster up the energy to get through the rest of the evening.
I felt bloated and “thicker” than I would have liked, pretty much EVERY day and chalked that up to just being a woman!
TODAY (6 weeks after beginning UltraCell):
NO hip pain!
NO afternoon lull!
NO more bloat!
And 4 lbs down! WHAT????
When I say, UltraCell is a game changer, I’m not kidding.
I had heard a lot of buzz about CBD but didn’t take the time to learn about it because I thought it was Marjiuana! I lacked knowledge & education but, now, I have knowledge and I am activating it to not only improve my daily life but working to share it to help others improve their lives too!
What are you waiting for? Your Story is waiting to be written!
I’m here to help!!
Why are we so afraid?
So recently I had a huge revelation! One that literally made me laugh out loud and ask myself WHY?
The revelation was this: If I am NOT selling a product I can talk about it, promote it and share it without the slightest bit of hesitation. But, when I decide to start selling a product, I truly believe in, I feel like I should be careful how, when and if I share it because I don’t want people to think I am an obnoxious network marketer who is only focused on making a buck. Can you relate?
Here are a few examples:
1.) I absolutely LOVE the Rodan & Fields product “Lash Boost”! It has grown my eyelashes like crazy and I never hesitate to share it with anyone and everyone when I am asked about how my eyelashes got so long.
2.) Stella & Dot is one of my all time FAVORITE jewelry lines! I am always wearing a piece I have purchased and proudly share it with anyone who asks; without hesitation.
3.) I’m not a shopper but I LOVE Stitch Fix! I mean for us non-shoppers, having clothes delivered right to your front door is a DREAM come true! Again, I will shout it from the rooftops!
See what I mean? It’s easy when you can share without the risk of people thinking you have an agenda! Right?
Now on the other hand, recently I have been introduced to CBD oil (that is THC FREE otherwise I wouldn’t have considered even trying it). And after first hand experience with it improving hip pain that I have dealt with for over two years, I became a believer! I decided to join the company, because frankly the thought of this product being able to help other people the way it is helping me truly excites me! But I haven’t shared about it yet; hmmmm, interesting.
I’ve been hesitant to share because I don’t want to annoy others or be thought of as an icky, salesperson!
But here is the truth, Yes, I joined the company, Zilis and have a desire to build a business by sharing the UltraCell products because I believe in the products and am living proof of how they could potentially help other people improve their lives. And by pouring in to others, I plan to build a fun and successful career. I’m not sure why I feel like I should hide or feel bad about that fact. It’s crazy!
I do agree that how we share is the key! I’m not in the business of selling anyone. I am all about sharing what works for ME, how my life is improving and my desire to help others who have a desire to improve their lives. Whether a person decides they want to be a consumer or are interested in building their own business makes me no difference, the opportunity to choose is theirs. And my biggest goal is to keep God at the center and just be me, sharing my life openly and honestly!
So, there it is! My revelation…maybe you can relate to it as well!
Here’s a little secret…when you see me share about UltraCell, what I am learning about the benefits of CBD oil and how it is helping me, it’s my story that I hope will help you! I’m not gonna be that icky salesperson….just know if you questions or need help, I am here!
How did this Happen?
When did we begin to allow our worth to be wrapped up in how many people like our posts, follow us, or even publicly give us “shoutouts” when it is our birthday? I mean if it isn’t on Facebook or IG it can’t be matter, right?
I love social media for so many reasons but I also detest it for just as many! I fell in to the trap. For years, I focused on who followed, commented, liked and shared what I had to say. Putting myself as the priority! Wanting to be “known”! It was exhausting! All consuming! And frankly, unhealthy! But I couldn’t see that at the time. My goals were big and I was determined to reach them!
God had much different plans! I was so worried about “others” and myself that I was putting aside the ONLY one that truly matters! And God finally said, “No more, Christy! I will get your attention one way or another!” And boy He has my attention now!
I have been a Christian since I was 7 years old. I love Jesus! But, let me be the first to say, it was WAY to easy to allow my mindset to be so focused on worldly things, that I misplaced HIS importance and my NEED for Him in my life! OUCH! It truly pains me to write this but it is the truth, and something tells me I am not alone!
Guess what? We are KNOWN. We are LOVED. We are ACCEPTED….By our Father in Heaven. And HE is the only one that really matters! Jesus is the purpose! Our purpose, and He should be the main point in ALL we do!
I no longer care how many likes I get! I no longer care if I have tons of followers! I no longer am focused on being known! My name isn’t the name the matters! Jesus’s is! And if one person is encouraged by what God puts on my heart to share then, Hallelujah! I’m successful in what God has called me to do. Allowing God’s light to shine through me so others can, hopefully and prayerfully, be led to Him….that is my point and my purpose!
If you are like me and can relate to what I am saying, stop and pray! Ask God to help you refocus and forget about the worldly things so you don’t miss the heavenly things He has just for you! He sees you! He Knows you! He LOVES you!
Stay true to who HE created you to be!
Raising children is the HARDEST job I have ever experienced. I can remember as a young girl dreaming about being a Mom and how blissful it would be! Ignorance truly is BLISS! What I didn’t know, while I was dreaming, is how much work, prayer, and guidance I would need to have any success at all.
Recently, I faced a very difficult parenting moment with my youngest son, Walker. He was involved in a situation where he made a very wrong choice. As I learned about this event, he and I sat down and he shared that he had done what I was told and that he was really sorry. I could see the remorse in his eyes and the sadness in his heart but there was still more to discuss. He needed to understand why his choice was so wrong and how choices like this would lead to huge consequences as he continues to get older. We talked about the “Y” in the road that we face where we either make the right decision or the wrong one.
And then I asked him this question. “Walker, What would Jesus Do, in this same situation?” He paused and answered, “Not what I did, Mommy!”
One of the consequences of his choice was to sit and write “What would Jesus Do” 100 times. I feel like having the powerful question, engrained in his subconscious will help him navigate the decision and situations he will face for the rest of his life.
And this got me thinking, this question can serve us, as adults, well too! I know there are many times that if I had stopped and asked myself this question, my choice would have been different. It’s funny how when we are in the thick of parenting and working to teach our kids, we are also being taught ourselves.
So, I not only want to help my boys carry this question around with them, but I want to make sure it is one that I ask every time I am faced with a situation or a decision. Because, there is no doubt, Jesus will always point us in the right direction.
Every step we take is Progress, and it Matters!
What is your “GREAT” Project? As you answer that question, pause to follow your evaluation up with this one: Are you giving your absolute BEST to your great project?
I have had a lot of good projects in my life. Things I have accomplished and completed! Projects that felt good and served others. Recently, I was reading my morning devotional in the She works HIS way app, and this very question came up. What is your “Great” project that God has placed in your life?
Well, hands down I knew immediately what my answer was. Raising my two boys! They are my great project! They are the most important project I will EVER have the privilege & honor of working on. I mean, I am raising humans who I pray with every fiber of my soul will one day be amazing men.
Now, in order to give them my absolute best, there are some things I MUST do. In my world, these aren’t negotiable. They aren’t options! They are how I know I can ensure that my boys will get the best mom possible on a daily basis. Do I get it right every second of every day? Unfortunately, No! But when I stay on track with these 5 things, I come out ahead more times than not and I can see the fruit in my boys.
I want to share my 5 tips with you. Now, your “great” project might be different than mine but these 5 things can be applied no matter what your great project is! I am listing them below. If you want a more detailed description or to dive deeper in to this conversation, in this week’s Progress Matters Podcast I expand on each of these tips. You can listen to it by clicking here: https://progress-matters.com/podcast
5 Tips to ensure your BEST is what you give to your “Great” Project every day!
1.) Daily Quiet Time: Spend time with God every day. Be in His word, pray, sit in silence, and LISTEN! Allowing scripture, His wisdom and guidance to pour over you and be the living water you need to show up 110%!
2.) Sleep: Yes, I said sleep! Getting adequate sleep in crucial to making sure you are rested and ready for what each new day brings. We all know, when we are tired we are less patient, more agitated and not our best self. We have to be intentional in this area to take care of ourselves so we can give our best to our “great” project!
3.) Healthy Nutritional Eating: Now, I will be the first to admit I LOVE all the junk! But I also know that if I were to eat it day in and day out I wouldn’t be my best. I would be sluggish, tired, short tempered; and that won’t serve anyone well. So, I make sure I am eating protein, healthy fats, and veggies most of the time. And yes, I throw in the occasional “treat” every now and then.
4.) Move that Body: I am not saying you have to do “Insanity” to keep you body healthy and active but we do need to move! Walking, running, riding a bike, going to a gym or working out at home are a few ideas but there are many more. The bottom line is, when we move and physically work our body and muscles we are stronger and more alive. We are most definitely healthier. And when we are all of these things, we can absolutely show up daily. My boys have always been SO BUSY! And as they grow, that doesn’t change. The activities just get bigger. If I want to be able to participate in life WITH them, then I must make sure I am taking time 5-6 days a week to keep up with my own fitness.
5.) Forget Perfection: Whatever your “great” project is, perfection should never be the goal. We are human. We will stumble, fail, disappoint, lose our patience and so many other things. We must give ourselves grace every day. Focus on making progress instead of being perfect! I know, my kids are much better off when I am real and admit my mistakes while they also watch me continue to work to be my best!
Again, I ask you: What is your “Great” Project that God has placed in your life for you to show up for every day. And are you putting your “best” in to it?
I pray this encourages you and that you find these tips helpful as your strive to make progress!
Reminder: If you want to tune in for a more detailed chat about this, you can listen to this week’s podcast by clicking below: