Welcome back, dear readers. We are still working on getting our website up and running, developing our programs, and establishing community here in Santa Fe.
In developing our programs, our director, Emma Shows, is training as a life coach. Our marketing director, David Commini, is learning more about marketing and pushing our organization through multiple social media platforms (Pinterest, Google+, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and more). As part of our learning, we were asked what our system of services and delivery might look like to our clients.
So, here they are in paragraph form. Continue Reading →
What do we mean by “launching your dreams into action”? Why do we use that particular phrasing?
Dreams. What are they? Continue Reading →
Children’s Games as Found on chestofbooks.com
This section is from the book “If You Live with Little Children”, by Carolyn Kauffman and Patricia Farrell. Also available from Amazon: If You Live with Little Children.
The following games are suitable to preschool-aged children, if they are allowed to play them in their own way. Continue Reading →
Come join us on Saturday, December 5th, at 2 p.m. for an ornament decorating party that will find parents with children making memories, building new traditions, and enjoying time together.
RSVP to Youth Shelters’ Emily Peppin at 505-920-2267 or to Emma at LYDIA, Inc. 505-913-7160.
What traditions do your family observe or implement, year after year?
Who makes the turkey at Thanksgiving?
Who puts up the star each year on the tree?
Where do the stockings go?
Who do you celebrate at Christmas time? Continue Reading →
We have a book that was recently donated to LYDIA, called “the Family Album”. Copyright of 1977, compiled by Arthur and Nancy DeMoss. Photos retrieved from https://stocksnap.io/
We’re hosting a giveaway for 2 free couples’ relationship strengths assessments. Interested parties can comment on our Facebook page at LYDIA, Inc. For more information on the Prepare-Enrich program, visit Prepare-Enrich.
The assessments are free, and our suggested session fee is $35 each. Sessions packages are 6-10 weeks, 10-12 weeks, and 12-15 weeks. Prepare Enrich can be used as a marriage readiness course, a simple “how are we doing gauge”, a marriage and family assessment, and a look at the blending of two families (step-family readiness).
Enter now, don’t delay. Winners will be notified via Facebook PM on 11/16/2015.
We have covered writing checks, balancing a checkbook, and even budgeting before in previous posts. This time, we are going to go over personal bookkeeping. Why? Because being able to keep your own ledger can help you budget your finances as well as itemize properly on your tax return.
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We have been very busy the past few weeks, moving the household, arranging our furniture, and getting back on track with our schedules.
Routines are very important, not just for the children but for yourselves. With a “fluid” routine, you know what’s coming up for the day – what to expect – and what you need to prepare for those activities. You know that you’ll eat 3 large, or 5-6 small meals a day. You know there’s after school activities, or what time you’ll be home from work. You know what time you’ll most likely sleep and what time you awaken each day.
You know the stressors you’ll face, and you know how to overcome them (if you don’t, give us a call. We’ll help you find answers).
Being fluid is also important. Not flexible – as someone once explained to me, flexible = a breaking point. Fluid bends, flows, wraps around and pushes through whatever it faces. Water – liquid/fluid – can cut through stone. It can carry so much weight – imagine being in a pool, or at the beach, and floating on your back. Fluid. Being fluid means that you realize there will be unexpected events, things you have to face that you may not be fully prepared for – and face them anyway.
Sure, there’s some change. Some growth. This is a good thing. It can be scary, at times, and we hesitate to face these new things, these slight interruptions to our routines. But we can learn to welcome them, to embrace the good ones and learn from the irritating interruptions. We learn to be fluid. We learn to let go of these stressors and to embrace all that life brings. We stand in the midst of the storm – the confusion, the doubt, the fear – and we are the peace. We teach our children, our families, even our friends to be fluid. Be fluid. Be at peace.