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Big Jake Cotton – JAKE JUMPS!

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Big Jake Cotton is in training to become my service dog. Please visit the Paws 4 Hope LCA and Arkansas Paws in Prison Facebook pages for more information. Paws 4 Hope LCA specializes in connecting people with assistance & service dogs. The Arkansas Paws in Prison program saves the dogs and prepares them for adoption, while providing inmates new skills and opportunities to do something positive for the state while incarcerated.
If you are considering adopting a family dog – or, if you would like to learn more about either of these programs – please LIKE their pages.

Jake currently is working on mastering more than 40 basic commands. He is an amazing dog in so many ways – this video is a wonderful tribute to one of Big Jake’s best qualities – Big Jake Cotton is generous with his JOY! He loves life!

Thanks Andrea Kirtley Carrie Kessler , Pam and Miranda – and, all of the people involved in these programs.

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53 Days of Gratitude: Day 48 – Today I am grateful for “Pink Beads”.

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Ella June's "pink beads" of Friendship

This is a photo of Ella June the daughter of Jennifer Dacus and Max Dacus. A few weeks ago she gave me these “pink beads” as a symbol of our friendship. Ella June is 6. Allyson is 53. I love these pink beads. I wear them a lot. I wore them to church this morning and throughout the day. Like tying a string on your finger, or placing a rubber band on your wrist… when I wear Ella June’s pink beads – they remind me of the importance and joy and happiness of friendship.

Just a moment ago, I held Ella June’s pink beads in my hand and I prayed for each one of you reading this post.

I prayed for God to provide:

- wisdom
- joy
- peace
- strength
- love
- mercy
- direction
- and, hope

I am re-discovering hope.

Over the last year and a half as various circumstances have crushed in around my life – my friends (young and old) have stood in the gap. My friends – like you – have prayed for me, cooked for me, sent texts, letters and emails. You have taken me to Sonic for “Mini-M&M Blasts”. You have decorated my home. You have shared your hopes and dreams. You have laughed with me and you have cried with me.

You, my friends have encouraged me and loved me. Your prayers and friendship are definitely a big part of my recovery.

These “pink beads” simply serve as a symbol for how our friendships are made up of many people like you.

Friends are amazing gifts from God.

Today I am grateful for my friends. Thank you Ella June for being my friend.

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Luke 10:27 (ESV)
27 And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.”

Matthew 22:37 (ESV)
37 And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.

Matthew 25:34-40 (ESV)
34 Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ 37 Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? 38 And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? 39 And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ 40 And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers,[a] you did it to me.’

 — with Jennifer Dacus and 2 others.(5 photos)

Experience MORE Gratitude / Share MORE Hope

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53 Days of Gratitude: Day 44 – Today I am grateful for MORE gratitude!

 

Do you want MORE out of life?

- Choose to be grateful.

 

Writing these Gratitude posts are a 3 Step Process:

First I have to think about what I am grateful for

Second, I have to write down what I am grateful for and find an appropriate photo

Finally, I have to DO Gratitude – I have to life a life of gratitude regardless of the circumstances.

 

Gratitude is life-changing.

 

When I typed in “define gratitude in Greek” this is what I found in Strong’s Concordance : euxáristos from eú, “well” and xarízomai, “grant freely” –  thankful for God’s grace working out what is (eternally) good ; grateful, thankful for God’s grace.

 

“…thankful for God’s grace working out what is eternally good.”

“…thankful for God’s peace

It’s ok to have an Attitude of Gratitude.   But it is much harder to DO GRATITUDE. When we practice gratitude – it is a process – a journey.  We are thankful for “working out” what is eternally good.  Working it out – does not meat we are bystanders as life is passing by.  Working it out – takes work.  Work is a constant journey.  That is what life is.

Today I am grateful you are joining this community on a journey of LIFE.  God is good.

 

Allyson Lewis

www.AllysonLewis.com

Prioritize, Organize & Simplify

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Now is the time to prioritize, organize & simplify your life at work and at home. Make sure you join The 7 Minute Life Community and receive FREE access to 20+ time strategies in our MEMBER TOOLS area located on our corporate website:

www.The7MinuteLife.com

Where Do You Belong?

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As I travel in different cities, groups, and types of settings, I have realized that belonging is so much more than a concept. There are places I walk in and instantly feel welcome, included, valued, and given the privilege of being “one of the gang.”  I like that. I realized a few years ago that part of my MORE existence would be to have that feeling more often in my life. Do you do the things you enjoy doing? Do you choose to spend time with the people who matter most to you? Are you living experiences daily, weekly, seasonally that mean MORE to you than the daily work you do?

What is your MORE place? Where do you belong?

As I defined that my purpose was to learn and to share what I learned, I found that I sought to be with other people who love learning. The settings are widely varied, but loving to learn places have taken me to fascinating experiences. Look around you, where do you belong? Is it a place that looks different from where you are? Is it where you are but living it differently? What small changes can you make where you are that will make large differences in your daily existence. One of my friends lately discovered that even the clothes she chose had a huge impact on her creative spirit. She had forgotten how much simply wearing colors she loved, surrounding herself with colors she loved changes her daily existence. Don’t we all do such things? We get so busy doing the “must do’s” that we often leave out the “can do’s”. As I researched and journeyed through the writing as I developed The 7 Minute Solution’s manuscript, I began to list the MORE moments that brought me joy. How I realized, as I wrote that simply affirming awareness of what my joy ingredients include, I realized that just the simple identification allowed the strategy of how to make those things happen more often in life.  The five before eleven section on the Daily Progress Report Planner is a direct answer to my own desire to engage in the MORE activities that add high value to my life. These activities for me are making sure that I am where I belong, the places I highly value in my daily life.  My children’s presence, time with my beloved pets, my community’s activities, time with my husband, and the service based opportunities I so believe in.  They make my heart happy, they encourage my spirit, and I live in a more peaceful existence when those activities are engaged in my daily life. I know I “belong” with each of those activities.

Where do you belong? My hope is that The 7 Minute Solution and the Daily Progress Report will provide you the tools to assist you in living your MORE life.  The first chapter of the book is available as are the free Member Tools for a truthful taste of experience with our planner.  You are not limited in how many times you download the planner and they are pre-dated for your convenience. We want you to know that it works for you!

~Allyson

 

Your Life is the Sum Total of What You Focus On…

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I want my life to matter…and it is my hope that the book, planner and tools we’re creating will make a difference in allowing you to live the life you want to live too!

~Allyson

Moving the Bump…

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Are you so busy looking ahead that you forget that where you are is a good place to be?  Is what you are doing right now to support your future neglecting your now life? Have you ever had a moment where you realized you just repeated something unpleasant over and over again that could be changed?  I had a chair once that sat just a bit far in the walkway of our home. Each time I would try to leave quietly or early for a trip or flight out I would manage to hit the edge of the chair’s wooden arms and end up with a sore bruise on my hip the next day  It only took me about nine times over a period of months to figure out something needed to change.  I know…sometimes I am so busy doing what I do that I don’t wake up to the easy things that I could choose to change.  In my case it was simply move the chair forward about a foot and it was out of the walkway I needed to walk to get to the car for a trip.

We are creatures of habit, but sometimes we create a habit that is simply unhealthy, unhappy, or doesn’t work for us. Can I hear an amen? We get so busy working on a tomorrow that we forget we also are living today…and today matters.

One of the reasons we have five before eleven is to help train our brains to do meaningful small steps that create a fab life for us today.  Maybe your need is to connect to your children or husband more. Maybe a project is overwhelming you and just doing an action step towards solving it each day will make the dragon go away. How many of us would solve, end, or greatly take the power from any problem we have if we addressed it 450 times in 90 days?  Now in the 7 minute life we ask for 5 different items before 11….so really that is 5 x 450 items or 2250 steps closer to solving or engaging in your MORE meaningful life every 90 days. Could you see the value of doing something simple but repeating the steps until 2250 times you’ve solved it in 90 days?

Think of the possibilities:

  • Decluttering your home
  • Taking a walk
  • Setting aside quality time for your loved ones
  • Volunteering at a local garden
  • Reading from your favorite reading list
  • Exercising your dog…and your self

The 7 Minute Solution isn’t about the “fix”, its about awareness and how to focus activities and emphasis on where you want to be, how to support your values in daily life.  The tools are for you, they are free…enjoy them! www.the7minutelife.com   Today I’ll be in Northwest Arkanasas doing a book signing at Sam’s Club in Bentonville.  I hope if you’re in the area you’ll join me! It begins at 6:00 pm central time. I am just loving seeing everyone come and share their stories…and  no, those cute babies you had yesterday cannot be the big kids you keep showing me at the signing….surely I’m not old enough to see your babies bring babies of their own to show off for you….what a joy it is to see you all!

~Allyson

 

High Value Change

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This weekend my family, friends, and I chose to pursue a high value activity in our life.  Time together.  As you start each day, week and ninety day period in The 7 Minute Life, one of the continuing asks is that you begin to focus on what are the high value activities in your life? One of our first activities in the beginning of  the book, The 7 Minute Solution, as well as in the free Member Tools is to take a quick check off exam to identify and rank your meaningful priorities.  We all value different things, and our values influence our actions, our attitudes, and the choices we make in life.  When we take time to realize what is most important to us, we begin to focus our actions to reflect our values.  Seven minutes is enough time to change the world. Most adults have a maximum ability to remain focused for approximately 7 minutes.  Doesn’t sound like long does it? But think of it, most of the important decisions, actions, and directions you focus on take much much less time than that.  Do I pull into traffic? Do I touch the hot stove? Do I push start on the washer? Computer? Enter?  I know so often i convince myself that change takes much much longer than seven minutes, but the truth of my own experiences is I simply am teasing myself….most tasks are accomplished in shorter time periods. Who knew that you could empty an inbox in 7 minutes (well, maybe not if you’d let it get to 21,351…which a blogger recently shared) Dishwasher emptied? 4 minutes, etc. Do we talk ourselves into believing change isn’t within our grasp?

Today you may have had a weekend out of town like our family did. You may be overwhelmed by a project deadline, as we were during the pre-launch days. You may be focused on starting new actions that will become habits for 2012.  in our Daily Progress Reports Planner I ask you to focus on 5 before 11.  That means to choose 5 high value activities that you will intentionally engage before 11 a.m.  In the book, we saw Reverend John Arnold choose to change his home’s clutter level in removing clutter each day for 90 days.  Talk about a huge difference in 90 days…ANY action we consistently do 450 times produces results.  What are the results you want to see in your life to make it a MORE meaningful existence?  For me it is about MORE family time, MORE giving, MORE respect for my physical body’s need for rest.  What are your WHY’s for 2012?  What values are you seeking to be supported through your actions to support what you believe? Those items will become part of your 5 before 11 in some way each day or a part of your “7 Minute Life” Connections each day.

It’s Monday, but truthfully EVERY day is a new day, change begins the moment you decide to engage change.  Will you begin today? We’re so excited about the MORE’s shared on our Facebook wall. Won’t you join us?

~Allyson
P.S. Don’t forget!!

Daily Progress Report

 

 

There’s a new one just for you each day PRE-DATED!!!


 

It’s been a wonderful week!

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The joy of my work is meeting and hearing the stories of other’s lives. I am so humbled by the knowledge that in some small way these books I am writing and our team is so diligent to help the books get to where they go…are making a difference.  What personal  joy that brings to my heart. Thank you to everyone who has helped with this project. I can in no way be responsible for all that is happening…

~Allyson

It’s Why, not What…

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Are you so busy doing the “What nexts” that you miss the gorgeous encounters of the “Why” life? New media offers twenty four hour a day inputting into our brains. Phones rarely stop ringing, buzzing, or texting.   If we are  not intentional, we can easily spend our entire day allowing whatever is before us explore us and simply never consciously decide or focus on anything.  Once upon a time we had interruptions at work of the telephone and meetings.  Those could be scheduled, and secretaries could screen when calls went through to your office.  We took mid day breaks and lunch, but for the most part, we had hour and a half shots at getting work done.

That’s not today’s world.

Today we have smart phones that beckon to us through messages, video, calls, and text throughout the twenty-four hours we all a day. Our computers often tell us of incoming messages throughout our work time. We work virtually, traditionally, and via satellite.  We can watch entertainment at home, on phone, or at work. The hours are becoming universal as the tasks for work are literally carried with us where ever we go….when do we turn off working?

What makes a MORE life? Why isn’t simply scheduling time enough?  In the past work was work and home was home, why isn’t that working any more? Why do most people change jobs at least four times in their career now? It’s often because they are not being emotionally fed by succeeding at a task. Too often financial goals or security goals are being met by employment, but the person has “sold out” their emotional goals.  To feel safe, appreciated, cared for, approved, meaningful, are desired emotions that each individual should engage when he/she works.  To have activities in life that utilize their gifts, talents, and ignite one’s passion for living is invigorating, yet so many people do not choose to engage in high value activities that produce those feelings. What is your Why?  Why do you do what you do? Why does it matter to you? Why aren’t you choosing differently if your answer is “my work isn’t fulfilling to me?”

Recently I met with an old acquaintance, I asked, what do you do?  His facial tone immediately changed, a somber face responded, ” I do what I need to do to keep my wife happy, my kids in “things” and I gave up the concept of doing anything that mattered to me.” My heart sank. As the conversation continued I remembered the moment that my why happened again, when my best friend shared she had cancer. Why mattered alot more to me when I realized my time is limited and my gifts and talents valuable to others. I started that day to Prioritize, Organize, and Simplify what would matter to me if my life was to end. I wanted to matter.  I wanted MORE giving, MORE doing, MORE involvement with people I love, MORE time with children, MORE opportunities to grow, learn, and share. I wanted MORE than the “what” I was doing.

The exercises I went through were helpful to me in figuring out my “why” in life.  Its a popular business topic,  “What’s YOUR Why” but its not always as easy to figure out. The boundaries have to change. The masks of “should do’s” have to be dropped. You have to look in the mirror and ask “Are the rules and boundaries I am living by truly supportive of my values and my life?”

Very often the answer is “NO.”

Change begins the instant you decide to change. It happens when we take the time to focus our attention on the activities we are doing. Too often we simply do more of the same without ever truly considering the options.  The Daily Progress Report is a direct result of my own focus on making sure that I created MORE time for high value activities, MORE appreciation for important people in my life, MORE effort to finish things that hung over me like a dead weight, MORE desire to “keep up” with the life I wanted to live, not just talk the talk.

What is your “Why” for 2012….What does your MORE life look life?  I hope you’ll share yours with me here or on our facebook wall. We’re beginning a discussion that I am sure will be a continuing one, about the things that hold you back from your “Why’s” and how to facilitate change of your “Whats”.

The dogs are ready to change my “what” I’ am doing, time to get them outdoors to play a bit!

~Allyson

@Allyson7Minutes

P.S. Don’t forget!!

Daily Progress Report

 

 

There’s a new one just for you each day PRE-DATED!!!


 

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