Tammy Helfrich

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Home is Where Your Heart is

What do you think of when you think of “home”?

Does your childhood home come to mind?

Is it being with family?

Your current house?

For most of my life, when I thought of home, I thought of my childhood home. It was where I grew up. Where I lived until my junior year of college. When my Mom sold that house, my heart hurt. There were so many memories from that house. We moved there when I was three. It was where I felt at home.

As time went on, home became my hometown. Even though my Mom lived in a different place, coming home from college or after moving away, I always loved the thought of going home.

Now that I’m older, I love coming home to my family. I travel for work, and while I love seeing other cities and new places, I also love coming home to my boys. It’s where my heart belongs.

That’s also why I am so excited for my friend Andi and her dream of God’s Whisper farm. She is building it. It is her home, but she wants it to be a place where others feel at home. Where they feel relaxed, calm, and disconnect from the distractions of the world.

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Can’t you just visualize the farm from this picture?

A place where you can go to escape the craziness of life.

A place where differences are respected.

A place where you feel loved and valued.

A place of quiet, and space, and nature.

I am so excited to visit Andi’s farm. I dream of taking an outdoor yoga class, campfires, nature walks, and rest.

Andi is living her dream. But she needs our help. She needs us to help her spread the vision of God’s Whisper. To tell our friends about her manifesto. To help her celebrate and build this beautiful farm.

Tomorrow, I’ll give away two copies of Andi’s book, God’s Whisper Manifesto. Just leave a comment below to be entered to win.

I believe in her. I believe in her dream. And I would love it if you would help me spread the message. You can click on the picture above to purchase your own copy, and share it with others. Here’s a great quote you I love.

“The Earth is a gift to us, and we strive to honor it with our lives, our work, our words, and our rest,” @andilit #godswhisper. Tweet that!

What does home feel like to you? What would you want to do if you visited God’s Whisper?

 

Tribe Writers

Are you a writer?

Do you want to start a blog?

Do you want to write a book?

Do you have a message you want others to hear?

I have been watching as Jeff Goins has taken his blog and turned it into his full time business. It has been incredible to watch. You may remember our interview here.

When Jeff said he was launching his Tribe Writers course, it was a crazy busy time for me. I know, when isn’t it? So, I missed the first class. I heard so many people raving about it, so I decided to sign up for his second course. And I will openly admit, I have not gone through every single lesson, nor have I utilized the resources to their fullest extent. However, I have been through a large portion of the course and it has continued to help me learn and evolve in my writing. I am always learning something new from him!

Jeff is launching his new course next week, and TODAY is the last day to sign up.

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Here are my top 5 reasons I would recommend it.

1. It is organized well.

There are written sessions, audio sessions, conference calls and a forum to interact. Jeff gives you everything you need, but your involvement is up to you.

2. Jeff designed it so you can go at your own pace.

Will he pace you through the course and push you? Yes. But, it’s laid out so you can do it at your own pace, which has worked extremely well for my crazy schedule.

3. It’s affordable!

There are MANY courses out there that claim to offer you what Jeff does. Most of them are much more expensive and the content is not nearly as good. This is a great value for your money if you truly want to improve your writing.

4. Jeff offers a money back guarantee, as well as LIFETIME membership.

Unlike many membership courses, it is not a monthly recurring fee. You pay up front and can be involved in the course for as long as you choose. That is a great deal.

5. Jeff truly wants to help.

He is interactive and responsive to your questions. He wants to help you be a better writer and challenge you to ae accomplish your goals.

You can learn more about Tribe Writers here.

Have you considered taking a course like this? What’s stopping you?

 

One choice

Tuesday, I posted “Do You Think You’re Awesome?”

I love thinking about the time when I truly believed I was awesome, and didn’t deal with the constant ups and downs of adult life. I love watching my kids feel awesome at whatever they do, and believe they can take on the world. I love having them flip this switch almost every morning and tell me that I am awesome, and they are choosing to be awesome too.

 

 

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But the truth is, some days I don’t choose to be awesome. Some days, the weight of the world is on my shoulders, and I have a difficult time staying positive. I am irritated, and frustrated, and feel defeated. Sometimes, it takes every ounce of energy just to be average, let alone awesome. Some days I feel like I am stuck in quicksand. Some days, I am most certainly not awesome.

One thing I have learned throughout my journey of choosing to live differently is that no matter where you are or what you are facing, you can always choose something different the next time. The next minute, or the next hour, or even the next day. If you’ve had a bad day, you can choose to do something that lightens your mood. If you are feeling defeated, you can meet with a friend who inspires you. You can go work out. You can do whatever it is that is a better choice for you.

I realized this yesterday. I was having a very bad day. There wasn’t really one main reason why, but I was just choosing to focus on the negative instead of the positive. I had plans to meet a friend who has been doing some really cool recent adventures. She is a classic example of a LifeChanger. It only took about five minutes of talking to her to realize that I was the one causing my bad mood. I was choosing to look at what was wrong with the world instead of what was right. She is doing amazing things, and as I’ve said before, LifeChangers fire me up like nothing else. She made me want to get back to living awesome instead of average.

I think learning to see our own patterns of behavior and trigger points is something that can really help us learn to have many more days living awesome versus living average. It does take time, but it is definitely worth it.

How do you choose to change your attitude? I’d love to hear!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do you think you’re awesome?

“You used to believe you were awesome.”

Jon Acuff

 

What do you think when you hear that?

Do you think you are awesome?

Do you feel excited about your life?

Many people don’t.

Many people feel stuck. They do not feel awesome. They feel tired. And overwhelmed. And disappointed.

What would you add to the list?

Irritated?

Resentful?

Sad?

Mad?

Do you feel anything? Or are you numb?

If you are, it’s okay. I’ve been there. But I want you to try something.

Take a few minutes to think back to to a time when you thought you were awesome. It may have only been a few years ago. Or it may have been in childhood. Think hard.

Do you remember it?

If not, stop and keep thinking.

Did you get it?

What did it feel like?

Did other people have the power to make you feel un-awesome? (yes, I know that’s not a word)

Did you hold your head higher?

Did you believe you could do anything?

Did you feel like you had your whole life ahead of you?

Let’s try an experiment. Keep thinking like this for 24 hours. 1 day. That’s it. Then come back tomorrow and tell me what was different about your day. How you felt. What you did.

What do you think will be the hardest part about this experiment?

I can’t wait to hear from you!

 

 

 

It’s not about the destination

Are you chasing a dream?

I know many of us are.

I have heard this message in different forms from three separate people recently. That usually means it’s something I need to spend some time thinking about.

 

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Jamey Johnson
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I am not the same person I was when I began this dreaming journey.  And while I often get frustrated with the dream process and its windy roads, I know that it is not all about the destination.

Maybe the journey of who I am becoming is just as important as the dream. (Tweet that!)

Has the journey of dreaming changed you?

 

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