Sunday, October 27, 2019

Tips for Working from Home


A lot of people tell me, "you have the dream situation working from home." There are some ways that is true and some ways that it isn't. For those who have never worked from home, it often appears like the easier option. For those who have always worked from home, it often feels confining. For those who have done both, most would say you can't beat the flexibility, but the work/life balance is a lot harder at home.

Think about it. Your "off" hours and your "on" hours take place within the same vicinity. When you work outside the house, it is much easier to leave your work at work, but the stress from your job at home is in the same place that you live. So here are some tips that might help! (This particularly applies to running a business, but could be for any work at home position).

1. Take your work elsewhere. Go outside, go to a coffee shop, go to a friend's house. Maybe you can't do this every day, depending on what you are doing, but once or twice a week it is good to take your computer somewhere outside the home and work. It gives you a fresh perspective and makes the home office less confining.

2. Create a separate workspace. Make sure you have an office that is not in the same room you unwind after a work day. Speaking from experience this is the worst pitfall you can fall in. "Out of sight, out of mind" is so true in this situation. It is important when you are home and not working that your mind turns off work, otherwise you will burn out. Your computer and supplies should be in a different room than where you relax.

3. Stick to a routine. You need to give yourself set hours and reasonable goals. Be like normal people and grocery shop in the evenings or weekends, instead of taking a chunk of the work day and then working at night. Don't set too high standards for yourself. Yes make goals, but put 1-3 things on your list for the day and be proud if you even only accomplished one! If it's hard to stay motivated, try to eliminate things that cause distractions like your phone from your work environment. Consistency is key!

Now that I wrote all these tips, I need to take my own advice! 

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Gifts of Prayer


Adding a new item is always a process over in the shop! You have to design it, create it, photograph it, list it, and share it! And for this holiday season, we added 50 new ones! Head on over to check out the gifts of prayer here but we wanted to feature one of these products on the blog today. October is the month of the Rosary, which Our Lady asked to be prayed for the conversion of sinners. The Chaplet of Conversion, a unique devotion, was also asked by Our Lady to be prayed for those who have lost their way. Here is how you pray this beautiful sacramental:

THE CHAPLET OF CONVERSION

For the first four beads pray one Apostles’ Creed for unbelievers, one Our Father for conversion, one Hail Mary honoring our Lady, and one Hail, Holy Queen.

Repeat the section below five times.

On the first bead pray: “O Holy Mother, I join thee at the foot of thy Son’s Cross to implore mercy and conversion for the souls of the world. With thee I offer the wounds of thy Son Jesus to the Father in atonement for the sins of the world, past, present and to come.”

On the five beads pray:
“Through the sorrowful, bleeding, Immaculate Heat of Mary, and in union with the suffering of her Son Jesus on the Cross, I implore from the Father the grace of conversion for the world.”

At the end of each set, pray one Hail Mary in honor of Mary’s tears of sorrow, followed by this invocation: “Holy Mother Mary, Mediatrix of all graces, obtain for us from God the conversion of the world.”

Conclude with three Glory Be’s in honor of the Blessed Trinity and one Hail, Holy Queen.

This chaplet was requested by Our Lady for the conversion of souls in the world during these difficult times. She gave it to a chosen soul in Ireland, but asked that it be prayed widely.

So if you're looking for a beautiful item to add to your prayer life, click here!

Sunday, October 13, 2019

You Just Know


Does that phrase ever frustrate you? "You just know." Like, how did you realize that person was the one you are meant to marry?" "Oh, you just know." Well, that idea frustrates me, not because I won't know it when I see it, but I don't think it will be a feeling that "you just know."

The closest I felt something like that was when I moved to my new place. I had the feeling that it was "mine" when I first walked in. BUT, it was still a hard decision and there were many factors that led me to make it. My new home was the right size, the right location, the right layout, the right price, etc. It wasn't perfect, but I wasn't looking for perfection...just the right fit for me.

Now for meeting someone special, there has to be a similar thought process, don't you think? They have the right morals, the right personality that fits with yours, the right ideals in life, the right ways to finance, the right relationship with their family. Now by "right" I don't mean it's exactly the same as you, but that it fits with you and you fit with them in these and other ways.

I've had priests or nuns in religious life tell me the same thing about their vocation. "You just know" you fit in a Community. But when I entered the convent, it wasn't because I had some feeling of knowing, it was that I was looking for certain aspects of religious life, had prayers answered in novenas, and doors were opening for me. 

Whether it is for a vocation or other life change, it's about discernment which means weighing pros and cons. While feelings do come into these decisions, they aren't the only basis. So all in favor of eliminating the phrase "you just know" from the English language, raise your hand. I'll "just know" you agree.

Sunday, October 6, 2019

A Solider's Rosary


"The word rosary means 'crown of roses' that is to say that every time people say the rosary devoutly they place a crown of one hundred and fifty-three white roses and sixteen red roses upon the heads of Jesus and Mary. Being heavenly flowers these roses will never fade or lose their exquisite beauty." ~ St Louis de Montfort 

A really beautiful thought on the worth and significance of praying the rosary. I thought as a tribute to Our Lady of the Rosary's feast day tomorrow, I would share this moving song I found about a solider and his rosary.

A Soldier's Rosary
Lyrics by J.E. DEMPSEY
Music by JOSEPH A. BURKE
  
FIRST VERSE

A mother's last words to every soldier
"kneel down at night and say your prayers."
But he's so weary,
Thro' days so dreary,
After all his trials and cares,

Don't worry mother,
He serves his Maker
when he serves his country's needs.

No matter where
each act is a prayer
and they form the links
upon a soldier's beads.

SECOND VERSE

When bells are tolling Our hearts consoling
we seek the chapel o'er the way
When cannons thunder
Would we I wonder,
Ever take the time to pray,

The foe before him,
No shelter o'er him
over head the cold stars shine.

His Maker knows
as onward he goes
that his pray'r is better far
than yours or mine.
  
CHORUS

For his thoughts keep turning homeward
and their pray'rs come drifting back
that's his chaplet and his guide to victory,

But bullets are his beads
and on his knees he pleads
that each one will help to end the misery,

Ev'ry shot a pearl,
each pearl a pray'r
he fights until he falls,

Lost in action comes the message o'er the sea.
And while the nation mourns his loss
his dear old mother bears the cross
that's a soldier's rosary.

Copyright 1918 by A.J. Stasny Music Co., 56 W. 45th St.N.Y.