Precious Gifts


Your family is a precious gift.  Think about your life without family.  Your husband or your wife.  Your children.  Your parents.  Your siblings.  Your cousins, aunts and uncles.  Your grandparents.  How empty would your world be without these precious gifts in your life?  Do you tell your family that you love and appreciate them?  If so, how often?  If not, why not?

One of the primary components required for developing healthy family relationships, is thechristmas-present-83119_960_720 expression of admiration towards one another.  Not just when a special occasion arrives, like a birthday or a holiday, but every day.  Every day is a new day and a chance to speak loving thoughts to those that you care about the most.  Can anyone tire from hearing ‘I love you’ or ‘You are beautiful’?  No.  I don’t believe so.  Understand that your expressions of admiration build a fortress that helps guard relationships against difficult times.  Every family faces difficult moments.  Protect your family with a fortress of love.

Your family needs to regularly hear your compliments.  Stay focused on their individual strengths.  Tell each of them what makes you proud of them … today.  Tell each of them what makes you grateful that you have them in your life – today.  Keep speaking your praise towards them and watch what happens.  THEY will achieve greater goals in their lives.  THEY will begin speaking praise over others, including praise over you.

If you cannot find anything complimentary to say, don’t say anything at all.  Smile upon your loved one. Wait until the storm passes within you.  When it does, proceed with expressing your love and your appreciation for them.

Set the example.  Treat your family with respect.  Watch over your children by giving them your undivided attention.  You will unwrap many gifts this holiday season.  Unwrap your most precious gifts, your family, with love and care.

Do you have some thoughts of your own on this topic?  Please leave your comments below.

By, Joanne Henig, President / Co-Founder / Author / #evolution


Let Your Individuality Shine & Own It

My friend Kyra recently shared  a story with me that makes me smile every time I think about it.  We met for a lunch a few months ago once our kids were back in school.  Most of my friends have children and as parents there is always a story or two involved centered around your kids.  In this case it was Mia, her youngest daughter. Mia is a spunky little girl who greets me with a big smile every time I see her.  She is confident, outgoing and somewhat fearless.  She wakes up smiling and loving life.

September is always school picture time at our grade school.  The dreaded school picture with the staged pose and the bland blue or grey background.  There usually isn’t an ounce of creativity or artistic expression involved.  That is, until the photographer met Mia.

Kyra and Mia were discussing what she should wear for picture day and the conversation went something like this.

Kyra: So what are you thinking you’d like to wear for your school picture? Keep in mind you are only going to see from your waist up in the picture.

Mia: Hmm… (Thinking face)

Kyra:  Maybe you could wear a nice bow in your hair.

Mia: A huge smile comes across her face and her eyes light up.  I know!  I’m going to wear my kitty cat ears!

Kyra: Your kitty cat ears? I’m pretty sure she also said something in Spanish under her breath. (Kyra tries to maintain  her composure while pondering how she is going to change Mia’s mind about the cat ears).  How about I make you a nice hair bow with rainbow ribbon? (knowing she loves rainbow colors)

Mia:  Frowns. No I want to wear my kitty cat ears.

Kyra:  You do realize this 3rd grade picture will be in your grade school yearbook for all time.

Mia: Grins, Yep!

Let Your Individuality Shine & Own It

Let Your Individuality Shine & Own It

Most parents like to have a little creative control over what their child wears, especially during the grade school years when it’s a little easier to control.  However, there is something to be said for letting their little lights shine, and you can always say I told you so later.  On a side note, the photographer did ask her if it was okay with her mother for her to wear the kitty cat ears.

I don’t know of a person who hasn’t looked at a past picture of themselves and thought what was I thinking.  This applies to pretty much every picture of me taken during the 80′s.   There are also times you wear something you love and feel confident even though it doesn’t fit a certain norm.  What were your kitty cat ears?  Please share in the comments.

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