Thursday, January 22, 2015

Making a Difference in the World



Each morning the first thing I do when I arise is ask God to help me make a difference in someone's life for the day. Because I have made this commitment to myself, I'm always looking for things I can do for others.

·         Complement those you come in contact with.
·         Tell the presenter or your teacher or your boss you enjoyed their presentation.
·         Read or play a game with a child.
·         Listen to a friend.
·         Put a positive message on your social media.
·         Help in your community. Tell the grocer you like the display. Thank the pharmacist for quick service.

Create a list that works for you. Most of these things take less than five minutes, and unexpected benefit of this come back to you an hundred fold.

·         If I smile at someone they smile back, making my day happier.

·         When I give a complement, seeing the delight on the person's face gives me joy.
·         I smile at the thank you that comes when I tell someone 'good job.'
·         Spending time with a child fills my soul with love. There is nothing more rewarding than adding light to a child's life.

·         When I listen to a friend, my life is enriched as I see their strength in struggling through difficulty.
·         My positive social media messages bring retweets on twitter and views to my blog. Maybe someone has connected with my words.
In short, the benefit of the positive energy I give to the world enriches my life a lot more than it does others. It's a great way to live.
What happens when I fall off the wagon and get upset? I:
·         Take a deep breath.
·         Tell myself it's okay.
·         Look at the positive energy I've put into my life that wouldn't otherwise be there.
·         Give myself an attitude adjustment.
·         Smile and start over.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Twisted New Year's Resolutions



Many of us set goals at the beginning of the year, only to forget them before the month of January is gone. Most of our goals center around bettering ourselves. We want to lose some weight, read more books, cook healthier foods, grow our business, etc. 

Would we be more consistent in keeping goals if they were centered on relationships? What would happen if we twisted our goals so that we focused on others and not ourselves?
The joy that comes from being with others could motivate us to persist in keeping our goals. And when we find happiness in others, we make ourselves better.

Twisted Goals:
*To lose weight, find a friend to walk with several times a week, or take a partner to the gym during your lunch hour.
*To read more books, start a neighborhood book club. Ask people to join who would like more interaction with others—like your workaholic neighbor or a shut-in who is lonely.
*To cook healthier foods, make a new dish to share with an unsuspecting friend.
*To grow your business, focus on the helping aspect of your service and work to enrich the lives of others.

Why will this method work? Each goal includes a relationship. We are much more likely to succeed if we involve others in our actions. We benefit and so do our friends.

Friday, December 19, 2014

English Toffee

This time of year I love to make gifts to take to friends and loved ones. This candy is fast and easy to make. AND everyone thinks you're a great cook because it tastes so good. (Butter and sugar always melts in your mouth.)



2 cubes butter which is half a pound (must be AA grade. Lesser grades of butter have water in them and the candy will separate.)
1 cup sugar
5 T. water
1 t. vanilla
Chocolate – use good quality, your favorite
Nuts – any kind you wish.

Put the butter, sugar and water in a frying pan and turn the heat up high. Don’t turn it down. Stir the whole time. It takes about 10 – 15 minutes to make. Cook it until the color turns caramel.


You can see little puffs of smoke coming from the caramel-colored bubbles. Take it off the heat and add the vanilla.
Pour the candy over the sliced almonds or chopped walnuts. I have a marble slab that I pour the candy on, but you can use a cookie sheet set on a bread board. The candy gets so hot, I wouldn’t put the cookie sheet directly on Formica. It might burn through. If you want the candy covered with chocolate, sprinkle pieces on top while it’s hot and let it melt. Spread it out.

Cool, break it into pieces and enjoy. Plan on making several batches. My kids can eat it faster than I can make it.

Happy Holidays! Enjoy!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Holiday Granola



Holiday Granola that blesses our lives all year long.

My husband loves granola, so I've experimented over the years, and this is what we've come up with that we both love. It started as a holiday treat to give family and friends, but we've extended it to last all year long.
It's quick and easy to make!

Bob and Christy's Holiday Granola
12 cups old fashioned oats (use good quality ones)
1 cup wheat germ
2 cups sun flower seeds
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup canola oil
1 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
Add nuts, chopped or whole, as you wish.
I include almonds, cashews, peanuts, walnuts - all unsalted and coarsely chopped

Bake on a cookie sheet at 275 degrees for 15 minutes, stir and bake another 15 minutes.
Add dried fruit you wish.
I add 16 oz raisins and 1 cup of dried pear bits (from the tree in our back yard)

Enjoy!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Book Winner Announced

Congratulations to Kristina, winner of Family Talk.

Thanks to all of you who entered the contest. I am grateful that you visit my blog. Have a great holiday.


Hugs all around! Christy

Friday, November 14, 2014

Book Giveaway Gratitude Hop



Thanks to all those of you who have followed my blog this past year. I appreciate having you for readers and count many of you who keep in touch as dear friends.

All of us have times when it's hard to be positive and upbeat. Dark moments happen in all our lives. Whenever I'm feeling 'less than' or 'down' I write in my gratitude journal. As soon as I begin I am filled with an overwhelming sense of love for God, family, friends, and surroundings.

I am grateful for you as readers, and would like to give my latest book as an appreciation gift for your support.


Praise for Family Talk
The Family Council Guidebook is a vital and necessary addition to every home. In this day and age when emails, chat rooms, and staring at computer screens are rapidly replacing real-time human interaction, what better corrective could there be than a guidebook to how to talk with one another in meaningful, productive and healing ways. Christy Monson knows what she is talking about. It is a great blessing that she is sharing it with all of us.
—Ben Bernstein, PhD, Author of Test Success! and A Teen's Guide to Success

This is a great holiday gift for all the families on your list. It's a lasting present that will help children reach their greatest potential—the gift of a lifetime.


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Monday, November 10, 2014

New Challenges for Kids




Children come in all shapes and sizes, and with different types of personalities. When confronted with a problem, some kids are up for the opportunity to find a solution. Others hang back, afraid to look for an answer, fearing they will be wrong. What type of children do you find in your family? Maybe some of both.

So how do you foster the growth of the solution-oriented child?
How do you help him:
·         Define a problem?
·         Brain storm solutions?
·         Decide the best action to take?
·         Follow through with the plan?



What do you do with the child that just complains and wants you to fix the problem?
How do you help him:
·         Look at his dilemma in a positive way?
·         See that there are several solutions to his problem that could work?
·         Find fulfillment in working out his difficulty?
·         Feel good about himself as he finds resolution?

The answer to these questions and many others can be found in my new book, Family Talk, How to Organize Family Meetings to Solve Problems and Strengthen Relationships.

Praise for Family Talk
The Family Council Guidebook is a vital and necessary addition to every home. In this day and age when emails, chat rooms, and staring at computer screens are rapidly replacing real-time human interaction, what better corrective could there be than a guidebook to how to talk with one another in meaningful, productive and healing ways. Christy Monson knows what she is talking about. It is a great blessing that she is sharing it with all of us.
—Ben Bernstein, PhD, Author of Test Success! and A Teen's Guide to Success



This is a great holiday gift for all the families on your list. It's a lasting present that will help children reach their greatest potential—the gift of a lifetime.

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