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The Respect Dare, Daughters of Sarah and my new Gym buddy! 

Last year I completed a book called The Respect Dare. The 40 days of “dares” are based on research that both men and women need mutual love and respect to have a happy healthy relationship (Gottman).  As a woman who’s been married a long time, (23 years) I find it pretty difficult to be respectful at times, there are habits that annoy me, tendencies that frustrate me and general niggles that all couples face. The Respect Dare helps you focus on the positive, look for ways to encourage your hubby, and work upon your own “issues”, be they childhood, learned behaviors, cultural expectations, or simple pigheadedness! Our relationship with each other and my self awareness and walk with God deepened and grew over the 40 days. So when Nina released a 14 week course to build women and grow relationships both marital and with God, I jumped at the chance to lead a small group. This course is called Daughters of Sarah.

Last week 4 women and I met together in a church office, huddled around a lap top and eagerly anticipating what we could learn and how we would develop. It is a privilege to journey with women of faith, flawed but hopeful, with dreams and visions of the future, with hearts full of love for God and looking to be transformed and become more like Christ. Our relationships with our husbands will be changed forever, our self awareness will be piqued, our faith journey will be nourished as we walk the path together. We’re on week 2, and I’m blown away by the conversations and discussion so far! Here’s looking forward to the next 12 weeks! To find out more information on The Respect Dare or the Daughters of Sarah course, have a look at the Greater Impact website or Nina Roesner’s blog. I can sincerely recommend it. John Gottman‘s research and website is really interesting and helpful too. 

 As for hubs and I, today we joined the gym together, I’m so excited! I have a gym buddy again. Going back to the gym after an almost 2 year hiatus was like coming home! So many hours spent here, friendships and fun memories have been made, as well as kgs gone and iron pumped. I’ve realised that stretching and working out at home isn’t always productive with a dog or 2 year old jumping on your back or licking your face, so back to the gym it is, and I couldn’t be more pumped! 

  

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Lord, I want to be a cheerleader! 

if you’ve been following my blog or know me personally, you’ll know I want it all! I’m not talking money or possessions (unless it’s Black Milk goodies) but I want to live to the fullest, achieve whatever I can in the short years I have on this planet. I want to make a difference, push my boundaries whether it is physical mental or spiritual, see it all, feel it all, do it all! 

 Ahhh here are my favourite Disney twins, singing “I want it all!” (Happy happy place!) 

I get told constantly “you do too much” and I wearily agree, but how do you decide what dreams, passions, commitments need to go, or be put on hold? Obviously my family, home life and work commitments are non negotiables (and I wouldn’t change that for the world). But where does social justice, community involvement, exercise, study, friends and hobbies come into the equation?

My last post was about maximizing my early mornings with my sweet toddler, who gets me up super early and won’t let me out of his sight for at least an hour. This is going really well, my devotions, journaling, Bible reading and stretching are happening. It’s the best way to start the day, along with a hot lemon drink and healthy breakfast. Feeding the body, soul and spirit first thing is awesome! 

  
Still, I want more…

This week I went to a seminar by Melinda Tankard Reist (activist, founder of Collective Shout, Women’s and girls advocate, etc etc) about the sexualisation of young people, called “Too much, too soon”. What can I say? I was blown away! The industries that prey upon the children and adolescents of today need to be brought to reckoning. (I’m going to write another blog on this as it deserves as much attention as possible.) Anyway I came away thinking “What can I do?” “How can I be part of the solution instead of turning a blind eye?” This is my dilemma, so much to do, so many valuable causes and battles to fight, but I am one woman, and I have my limitations. I am surrounded by beautiful amazing women who visit brothels, rescue animals, home school their children, run businesses from home, represent child sponsorship, cook from scratch, represent Australia in ultra marathons, run an organic farm, raise big beautiful families, run soup kitchens, welcome new arrivals to Australia, and the list goes on… women I am privileged to do life with. So I guess my role is to encourage, pray for and support these legends while walking the path and following the destiny set out for me and me alone…..

However i can be a cheerleader! 

I can sign petitions, I can send a note of encouragement or even a text to say I value them and their work, I can donate money or supplies, I can cheer on my girls and help them reach their goals and full potential. I can speak about the great causes and works they are doing. Let’s encourage one another and build each other up! We can’t do everything alone, but we can work together to help our husbands, our children, our extended families, our neighbourhood, our suburb, our country and even the ends of the Earth! Goooooooo Team!!!!! 

 

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