2016 January

Word of the Year

I don’t know about you but the resolution thing never really seems to work out for me!

Over the years I have taken to choosing a word for the year instead of making resolutions.  I have found it so much easier to keep a single goal in mind rather than a list of hopes (ie. resolutions).  This past year my word for the year was a tri-fold of creating; architect, builder, weaver.  God has really made all of these come alive in fun and exciting ways!

One thing that I have learned over the past year is the difference between desires and goals and how mixing up the two in my mind will bring a lot of what I do NOT want.  A desire, from what I have learned, is a (valuable and worthwhile) hope usually dependent upon others and/or the environment in one way or another in order to manifest.  A goal, on the other hand, is a plan that involves noone else except myself and God.  Obviously a goal is within one’s control whereas a desire is not because it is impossible to control others and their actions.

That being said, my word for 2016 is “preserve.”

Upon thinking about this word I realized that this is not word that I use outside of canning fruit!  I really look forward to see how God manifests “preserve” in my life.  (In the end, it might mean that everyone on my 2016 gift-giving list gets jelly, but I am convinced that it will unveil a whole lot more than that!!)

In the meantime knowing that this is a new year, and as Anne of Green Gables said, “with no mistakes in it” I encourage you to walk forward with your head up and your shoulders back into what awaits!

Joy in your journey!
Monica

PS. – Sweet thank yous to all of you who sent cards and gifts this season.  You are such blessing to me!

Cleaner Air With Plants

I have been contemplating getting a plant for our living room; with so many benefits to live, I am having a hard time coming up with a reason to go fake.  Here are just a few that purify the air…

Wheatgrass – enhances oxygen, generates negative ions

Dwarf/Pygmy Date Palm – removes xylene/ammonia

English Ivy – removes benzene/cigarette smoke/formaldehyde
great for allergies/asthma

Aloe Vera – removes formaldehyde

Most plants are capable of removing 90% of VOCs from the air in just 24hrs!  For maximum effectiveness they say that 2 plants for every 100 sq ft is needed.  And don’t forget…they enjoy classical music and being talked (or sung) to!

Sleep is that golden chain that ties health and our bodies together. -Thomas Dekker

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