Be Single. Be Brave. – Christina Faith

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You’re single.

You’re lonely.

You desire a relationship.

You want to share this life with someone.

You believe that a mate is going to solve your problems.

I am so sorry to tell you that being lonely and single has nothing to do with you being single.

I do know where you are. I was there. When I was there I battled depression, loneliness, coveting and selfishness, and maybe you do as well.

I find that most singles have an issue with singleness because they have not discovered the purpose of their singleness.

Being single is a gift. It’s a gift that will no longer be available to you once you are married.

It’s a gift that you currently take for granted.

Right now you have the ability to spend massive amounts of time roaming the city, travel, sleep over friend’s houses, budget your finances how you want, and invest in what you want without running these things by your spouse.

Singleness is a gift. It’s a gift you have to start appreciating. It’s a gift that continues to give you the ability to work on you.

It’s a gift that wants to teach you about you. It’s a gift that wants you to spend more time with the Lord and His Word.

It’s a gift I exhausted while single.

Walk with your head up high knowing that you are worth the wait and developing into the true authentic you while you wait in your singleness.

Be brave. Enjoy your singleness. Embrace the gift. Love being single.

Creativity Stems From “Doing” A Lot – Ryan Bonaparte

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If you’ve ever tried to be creative, it’s probably looked something like this:

“I’m going to be creative now!”

[Do something for a little while]

“That doesn’t look creative. How disappointing.”

Sound familiar? Well at the very least, that’s how my attempts look in the beginning.

While trying new things is definitely a key element to becoming more creative, the other key element is practice.

Practicing leads to hours and hours spent on an activity. This leads to hundreds of trials and (what appears to be) failures. But each time you practice and produce, you learn a little bit more about your craft. And you learn a little bit more about yourself.

You learn what you like and don’t like. You learn how changing just one thing during your practice runs tweaks your ideas and thoughts. And then you build on that change even further.

Let me give you an example that might seem a little out there at first, but hear me out.

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Two Minute Rule: Quick Way to Get Things Done – Kirby Ingles

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The two minute rule is a simple and productive strategy that leads to reduced stress and an extraordinary life. David Allen originally comes up with the technique in Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress Free Productivity. The two minute rule is a simple process, but you have to use your judgement and make quick decisions to be effective.

Deciding what meets the two minute rule.

You have to decide if something will only take you two minutes to complete. If you decide it will take longer than two minutes, then you should delegate the task or defer it to a later time. I do not have anyone to delegate to, which means I have to prioritize and schedule tasks based on personal priorities. Organizing, listing, and scheduling items that take longer than two minutes is part of my two minute rule. In that moment, I decide how important the task is and when it needs to get done. I may add it to my to-do list or calendar when I have free time during the week, but most things can wait until the following week. Everything is not urgent and you should control the chaos by determining what is important. Do not get caught in the grocery store looking at 100 different varieties of salad dressing on the shelf. You will be standing there for 15 minutes trying to decide. How effective would that be? If you can not make a decision, do not procrastinate. Move on and schedule it later.

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