Make Your Bed (And Other Productivity Tips from Mom)

A young woman making the bed and organizing the roomMoms love to make rules. We love to spout advice and impart little words of wisdom on our precious ones. But is anyone even listening? I know I didn’t feel like listening when I was a child. All of my mom’s rules and advice seemed so restrictive and controlling. But now…now that I’m a mom and can see how foolish I was…I know that mom’s advice was spot-on. Even if she didn’t realize it at the time, my mom’s rules helped me develop a good work ethic and create a lifetime of productive habits.

Five Habits Your Mother Was Right About:

Make Your Bed. I used to think making my bed was a waste of time. I figured I would mess it up again each night, and nobody would even see it during the day to know if it was made or not. But I discovered that the act of making the bed actually helps me set the tone for the rest of my day. If I wake up and make my bed then I’ve already accomplished something before the day has even started. I know it sounds strange but when I get dressed and leave my bedroom for the day, a tidy bed translates into an organized state of mind. So now matter how chaotic the day becomes, at least I’ve started with some semblance of order. And – here’s the bonus – when I collapse into bed at night, I’m not reminded of the messy pieces of my life.

Go Outside and Play. If you grew up the same way I did, you spent most of your weekends and summers outdoors. As soon as my chores were finished I left the house to ride bikes, play with friends or explore the woods behind my house. The exercise, fresh air and nature discoveries were abundant. I think that’s a huge part of what made me happy, healthy and creative. It’s not as easy now as it used to be, but I start most of my days outdoors – running or riding a bike. And I try to get outside every evening, even if it’s just to eat dinner on the back porch. Nature has a way of recharging me and giving me a fresh perspective to tackle whatever task I have at hand. [Read more…]

Meet Featured Sister Tina Marie Griffin

MG_3821-1357x1280Last year I found myself at a conference in Colorado where I didn’t know a soul. After only a few sessions, a group of amazing mom entrepreneurs started to form. Among them was a stunningly gorgeous woman who was on fire with a love for Jesus and on a mission to change the message our children receive from the media. This Hollywood actress turned ministry leader is exposing the truth and challenging our youth to go counter-culture! It’s my honor to share her story with you here — and give you a first peek at her newly released CD, Hollywood Exposed.

Meet Featured Sister Tina Marie Griffin

Business Name: Tina Marie Live!

Business Description: I created a show entitled Hollywood Exposed that I’ve been sharing globally for the past 11 years. It gives a behind the scenes look at today’s pop culture and why it’s critical that we make wise media choices. Basing our identity on Christ and not the entertainment industry along with how Satanism is promoted through celebrities and all forms of media, are just some of the hot topics I address in this live show.

Tina’s Story:

My mission is to reveal the deadly consequences of the glamorization of premarital sex, drug and alcohol abuse, suicide, cutting and other self-destructive behaviors portrayed in today’s entertainment. This Hollywood Exposed show educates and encourages the next generation to live with integrity and be culture warriors for Christ.

Showing the masses how to base their identity in Christ and not pop culture is the main mission of this ministry. I saw a huge need among the next generation to be freed from all the negative behaviors our world is teaching them to engage in. People were dying physically, emotionally and spiritually and I knew God was calling me to speak on the very issues of what was causing this huge deception.

How did this all come into fruition? My life went from bailing hay and milking cows on a dairy farm in Wisconsin to working as an actress in Hollywood. At the age of 20, I drove 2,000 miles west and enrolled at California State University – Los Angeles to pursue a film and TV broadcasting degree and start my acting career. Through college connections, I was introduced to several key acting agents and booking agencies who then hired me to work on a variety of TV shows, movies, music videos and live fashion shows.

My goal was to learn as much as possible regarding how the entertainment industry worked. Therefore, I networked and through these relationships, I had the opportunity to work on numerous TV shows like Jimmy Kimmel Live, Young and the Restless, 90210, Melrose Place, Roswell, Boston Legal, Ally McBeal, Lizzie McGuire, Drake and Josh, The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, Malcolm in the Middle. [Read more…]

Why Good Moms Make Great Leaders

Think you have what it takes to be a great leader? If you’re a mom, I’d say you probably do. Somewhere between diapers and diplomas, most moms develop leadership skills that rival any CEO. They earn their honorary degrees on the campus of motherhood. And they’re as competent as their colleagues in the corporate cubicle. Excuse me a moment while I make some assumptions and generalizations. I realize that there are some moms out there who haven’t quite learned these lessons…but I’m not talking about them. I’m talking about YOU! And I want you to know that you’ve got everything it takes to be a great leader.

10 Reasons Moms Make Great Leaders

1. We know how to foster growth. Our job as mothers is to train them up in the way they should go. Whether we’re correcting or conversing, every interaction we have with our children is part of the plan to help them grow and succeed. Wouldn’t it be lovely if every boss felt the same way about helping employees grow?

2. We’ve learned to embrace change. So maybe we cry on the first day of kindergarten and the entire summer before college…but somewhere along the line we accept the fact that change is a good thing. Leaders who recognize this truth are the ones who innovate and evolve in the shifting marketplace.

3. We protect our people. I dare you to say something slanderous about my child or treat her unjustly. I’ll tear you to pieces. (Well, not really.) But at the very least, I’ll make sure my child never has to experience your mean spirit again. Great leaders stand behind their people like an angry mamma.

4. We’re great listeners. I used to think good parenting was about saying all the right things. Now I know it’s more about listening and responding appropriately to each child’s needs. It’s about knowing when to follow the rules and when to follow your heart. And letting my kids come to their own conclusions at times. Imagine if our world leaders listened like that. [Read more…]