31 days of living free: focus on your strengths

The present is where actions are taken and progress is achieved. // Inspiration & Organizational Tips for Women // Many Sparrows Blog

Every once in awhile, I hear someone speak and think, “YES. MORE OF THAT.”

That’s how I feel every time I listen to Elizabeth Hagen. (She inspired me to write this popular post.) I’m a big fan of Elizabeth’s mother, my loveliest 90-year-old friend from church, and I’m always thrilled when Elizabeth comes to visit. She has a firework personality that’s just so…contagious. She’s just the type of woman who gets things done and encourages you to meet your goals, too. At one point, she was a busy mama to four kids under the age of five. (Reason to love her even more? Her family is a beautiful mix of bio and adopted children.) Now that her kids are grown, she’s a business owner, professional organizer, keynote speaker, and author of multiple bestselling books.

I wish I could introduce you to Elizabeth in person so you could soak up her goodness! I can’t (boo) but how’s a GIVEAWAY for a consolation prize? Elizabeth feels passionately about equipping women and generously gave me a couple copies of her amazing books, Organize with Confidence (a $79 value) and Confidence: Now is Your Time ($20 value). Whether you’re a stay-at-home mom or a business owner or anything in between, her organizational ingenuity will help you succeed while keeping your heart grounded.

To win? I’m going to make it easy — just comment below letting me know something you’re passionate about! I’ll draw two random winners Friday. (Pin the image above and let me know for an extra entry!)

Elizabeth’s encouraging words below will inspire you to focus on your strengths and keep looking forward. Here’s to being women who live free!

Do you ever wonder at the end of the day, “Just exactly what did I do today?

You’re not alone.

I often hear people comment, “There aren’t enough hours in the day.” An unplanned day can allow the time to fly by without getting done what we need to accomplish.

It’s important to realize that there are 24 hours in a day and that this is not going to change any time soon! There is enough time in the day when you focus on doing what’s important.

Figure out what you are really, really good at — where your “expertise” lies. Do those things and either get rid of the other tasks or delegate them to someone else.

Have you noticed when you are doing an activity or work you love that life is good? That you’re happy with yourself? That you’re kinder to others?

Often there is something getting in the way of doing what you love to do. Perhaps you are focusing on an event from the past. Staying focused on the past can keep you paralyzed.

In the Biblical story about Lot and his wife, God told them to leave the sinful towns of Sodom and Gomorrah and not look back. Lot was able to walk away but as his wife left the cities, she turned back and was frozen forever into a pillar of salt.

This is what happens to us when we spend too much time looking back. We become frozen in time.

While it’s important to learn from the past, let’s stop focusing on what’s behind and start moving forward in the present.

Is now the time for you to start looking forward and begin really enjoying your life? I hope so!

Start today with one small step in dealing with a negative past event, making changes for the better, and looking forward positively to the wonderful life you’re creating!

The present is where actions are taken and progress is achieved.

What do you absolutely love to do? How can you do more of this in your life?

Comment below to win a copy of Organize with Confidence (a $79 value) or Confidence: Now is Your Time. (Pin the image above and let us know in the comments know for an extra entry!)

31 Days of Living Free: Rooted Love for Women Who Dream | Many Sparrows Blog

This part of 31 daily posts of living free. Living freely is something we do momentarily, but to fully live free? That’s a transformation — a total change not only in what we’re like, but in who we are. You can find all the 31 Days of Living Free posts here.

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14 thoughts on “31 days of living free: focus on your strengths

  1. I am very much enjoy a “clean” home…not “eat off the floor clean,” but a home with all the clutter put away so anyone who would happen to stop by would feel welcome.

  2. Thanks for this post. I am passionate about my family, and about serving others in the name of Jesus, especially children who live in poverty. I do most of my work in this field with Compassion International. You’re right, the past is the past…..we can only learn from it, and move on to make a better present/future.

    1. Thank you for sharing, Dara! We sponsor two little ones (a little boy in Colombia and a girl in Uganda) and definitely support the work Compassion does in so many hearts and homes around the world.

  3. I’m passionate about Romance – to see the restoration of what man was meant to have & be in the Garden of Eden. To see the restoration of relationship between man & God, and between man & woman. I am passionate about seeing people walk into the fullness of who they were created to be.

  4. I’m passionate about ending hunger in America and meeting the nutritional needs of those here. I’m currently in school studying Dietetics and it is one of the biggest desires of my heart to help people get all the resources they can to have enough nutritious food to eat.

  5. Love this Kayla. And man, could I use some organizational help! 🙂 I’m passionate about encouraging women to live in light of the freedom of the gospel, not a new law or a set of rules, but to live in light of grace day-to-day. I’m trying to do that via writing on my blog at the moment and teaching Bible studies.

  6. I am passionate about the education of my children, teaching them who they are in God’s eyes and to lean on Him to fulfill the purposes He has for their lives.

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