Since The Kids Are Back To School, I'm Doing a Different Kind of Home Reno Project

Since The Kids Are Back To School, I'm Doing a Different Kind of Home Reno Project
Back to school learning isn't just for the kids. The world IS wonderful!

You know how it is. Finally. The kids are back to school. It's amazing to me that we spend all of our childhood years wishing we didn't have to go back to school, loving the idea of endless summers with carefree days poolside with friends, or traveling to fun, exciting places.  Then, we grow up, go to college and get the good jobs we so desperately wanted and knew we'd land, only to find that summer as a kid was the best time of life.  Ah, the joy of youth.

And yet, I don't know about you, I loved the excitement of back-t0-school season. Seeing the football team practice in the heat meant fun Fall games ahead, and it was just something energizing about going back to school. I loved getting my supplies. I loved getting new clothes. I loved having a new teacher. I loved all that went along with a new school year. Then adulthood rolled around and life seemed to be about making our kids' dreams come true while we get stuck in the proverbial rat race.

Well, no more for me. I realized that I am a lifelong learner, and just like there is a sense of wonder and awe for the new school year for my daughters, I plan to renew my mind right along with theirs. One of the ways I have recently expanded my mindset is my newfound addiction to HGTV. Now this is a channel that I thought was for artists or old folks or I don't know who, but I ABSOLUTELY LOVE HGTV! It brings me great delight to watch the "demo" and to consider how much to invest in the "reno" and it doesn't matter to me whether it's in the desert or the Delta, I wanna see it! I think it's because it excites me to consider all the possibilities. It makes me realize there's a gem anywhere if you're willing to put in some sweat equity to get more bang for your buck. But you gotsta have those bucks!

I also love the show about relocating to places within the Caribbean. I watch people moving to some far away remote island and am just captivated by their courage. I love to travel, but to move to a foreign place seems bizarre and brave. And I can't help but think to myself, "What a wonderful world."

Now that the last of my six daughters are back in school, I am committing to myself to expand my consciousness with the same zeal for learning and untiring work ethic I'd like to see within them.  I have been really convicted lately about my stagnancy which I attributed to a myriad of reasons, only to come full circle with the realization that "I am the problem. I am the solution." This is my new mantra.  I don't simply want to expect the best for my kids while I myself demonstrate stagnancy. I know I can operate at a higher level than I have been. How? Because I'm watching other people have budgets of hundreds of thousands of dollars while I still struggle to make ends meet. This must end. I must change.

I am recognizing that I was so focused on memorizing concepts and skills as a student that I never fully learned to apply the knowledge I'd gained. Now today, I use each day as a celebration of life to be the person I expect them to be, and that is: hard working, faithful, hopeful, and persistent. I do know that with God all things are possible, but God is not a magician or one to show favoritism so if there are others who can purchase a home, do a "demo" and a "reno", flip it, and then move to some far away exotic, beautiful far away land, then damnit, I can too. This is the lesson I am learning, teaching, gaining, and expecting of myself. As I learned at one of the many empowerment seminars I attended:

The biggest room in your home should be the room for self-improvement.

Oddly enough, I never learned that in school.

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About Me: I'm a wife and mom of six daughters known as "The Fitness Evangelist" because of my ability to take ordinary fitness classes and turn them into worshipful experiences. I have graduate degrees in Writing and Exercise Science and Health Promotion, and I'm also a certified fitness instructor through the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America. I help people with their health and fitness goals any where in the world through my business with Total Life Changes. For more information about me, you can visit my website at or go directly to my TLC website for product information IBO #8154411.

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    I am a wife and mother blessed to have six daughters who fill my home with love and laughter. My passion is writing and teaching, but most especially inspiring people to live healthy lives in my faith-filled fitness classes. My dream is to have my own faith and fitness TV show where people from all the world collectively join together on our "temple" building project of enjoying optimal health. I am a certified group fitness instructor by the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA), and earned graduate degrees in Writing from DePaul University, in addition to a degree in Exercise Science and Health Promotion from the California University of Pennsylvania. I have seen and experienced the hand of God work and move in my life, and consider it an honor and blessing to be saved to serve.

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