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In the interest of full disclosure, I must tell you I am Kathi Lipp’s first stalker. See, I was heading to my first ever MOPS convention. As a stay-at-home mom with two kids under 2, I was feeling pretty excited to get away, I mean, explore my full role in motherhood. As part of my research (crazy, late night, online sessions learning everything possible about the convention sessions, hotel layout, local restaurants, etc.) I found a list of vendors. I clicked on Kathi’s link to The Husband Project and was so impressed I immediately emailed her to tell her how much I loved her book concept. She emailed me back. I said I would see her at the convention and she christened me her first stalker!
I own all 3 of Kathi’s books and I love them all. They share a similar layout: each one is full of 21 daily projects to help you focus on one specific area of your life. Each of the 21 chapters is bite-sized, perfect for busy women. Kathi’s writing style is “girlfriend-over-coffee-chat” style. It cracks me up! She is so funny and so real, sharing her very real struggles…ones that she’s overcome and ones she continues to work on.
In The Me Project, Kathi asks us to really take time to develop our God-given dreams. Pretty huge goal for 21 days, right? Well, this book is designed to get you started, get the ball rolling, to focus on your dreams. This isn’t simply a book to read, it is a book to DO.
Kathi suggests starting small…learn to decorate cakes, walk a 5K, plant a garden, or redecorate a room. I decided I wanted to do something splashy…either plant a garden or decorate a room (there is no “re” in my house…we’ve lived here two years and we have exactly 2 pictures on the walls…nothing to “re”decorate here). Oh, and maybe lose weight since I had been attending Weight Watchers for over a month with dire results. I prayed about it and thought about it and really tried to decide on the best project. Wouldn’t it be great to have lovely vegetables sprouting and perhaps a small cutting garden? Or finally decorate the dreaded “long room?” When I spoke with Mr. Mouthy, he bluntly stated I needed to focus on my health. He wasn’t trying to be mean. He knows, and I do to, that diabetes runs in my family. I’ve been told by a doctor that it isn’t a matter of “if” but a matter of “when.” In January, I had declared my word of the year to be HEALTH. He was only saying what I didn’t want to admit. Think about it…if you had an extra grand, would you rather decorate a room (I know, that’s an IKEA/Walmart budget) or install a new hot water heater? I would pick the splashy project. However, sometimes you just need to replace the hot water heater.
So, with my project selected (get healthy, more specifically, lose weight and begin a workout routine), I began the 21 projects.
One of the first projects is to really seek God’s guidance and confirmation on your selected project. This was a tricky one for me…would God be against me getting healthy? I suppose He might, if it’s in an unhealthy manner or taking time away from my family. But in general, I think He’s okay with it. My only complaint about this book is that there was little differentiation between small and large projects. I think the concept of a Board of Directors is a fantastic idea for a large, life-changing project, like completely switching careers, but for a smaller goal, like the suggestions in the book, it seems excessive.
Many of the projects were very helpful. For example, how can I find time to pursue my goal? What resources do I need? There were lots of suggestions for getting the support you need…finding accountability partners, building a mentor relationship, setting up a Board of Directors, etc. All very helpful. There were lots of small steps suggested…even if you can’t charge after your goal, can you create a list of 20 minute projects to move you forward?
How did this impact me? Before I started The Me Project, I had attended Weight Watchers for about 6 weeks and lost exactly 2 pounds. Sad. In reality, I had lost more than that, but I had gained a lot too, so a net loss of 2 pounds. Once I started, I lost over 2 pounds in my first week! I set up a daily accountability email with one of my fellow Weight Watchers. I set up a mentoring relationship with a fitness expert, one of my co-workers. She is a tremendous resource on fitness. In addition, several years ago her weight was similar to mine, so she’s very inspiring as a role model, as well. I’m only a few weeks in, but I can already see a difference. Taking small steps every day really will help me meet my goal.
Beyond that, The Me Project really helped me see the bigger picture. I don’t simply want to lose weight to look good, I want to be healthy to see my girls grow up and have their own kids. I want to have energy and stamina to be an active Mommy. I want to BEAT diabetes and make that doctor eat his words…in a nice way, of course.
The Me Project is more than a book, it’s a resource. I anticipate pulling out this book any time I am facing a challenge or want to jump-start a project. This is the kind of book that will be dog eared and well worn over time.
(San Jose, CA) Has that rush to make (and break) New Year’s resolutions already waned? According to Daniel Pink, author of Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, taking small steps every day will not only help you stay committed to your goal, “but will also help you ultimately achieve that goal when obstacles come up. Author Kathi Lipp wants you and your friends to live out those dreams—and have some fun along the way.
From the Publisher:
As women, we forget the goals and dreams of our younger years. The busyness of everyday life gets â€¨in the way. To-do lists replace goals. The Me Project provides women with fun and creative ways to bring back the sense of purpose and vitality that comes with living out the plans and dreams God has planted in our hearts. Kathi Lipp’s warm tone and laugh-out-loud humor motivates women to take daily steps toward intentional goals. The end result? We get back our lives and enjoy living in the confidence of a purposeful life in spite of our chaotic schedules.
This handy guide coaches women to do one simple thing toward achieving our goals each day for three weeks. A woman experiencing the exhilaration of a rediscovered life offers more as a wife, mother, friend, volunteer, career woman.
Finding the balance between living day-to-day with purpose while pursuing the passions God has placed in our hearts is a delicate pursuit. In this refreshing, insightful book, â€¨Kathi lays out a doable plan that makes sense and helps make our God-given dreams â€¨a reality. Never stop dreaming, because women who dare to dream do make the world â€¨a better place.
author of MomSense: A Common Sense Guide to Confident Mothering
Publishing Manager, MOPS International www.MOPS.org
About the author:
Kathi Lipp is a busy conference and retreat speaker, currently speaking each year to thousands of women throughout the United States. She is the author of The Husband Project and The Marriage Project, serves as food writer for Nickelodeon, and has had articles published in several magazines, including Today’s Christian Woman and Discipleship Journal. Kathi and her husband, Roger, live in California and are the parents of four teenagers and young adults. For more information visit her website: www.kathilipp.com
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Three Super-Simple Kick Starts for Living Your Dreams
– in the next 15 minutes
by Kathi Lipp
Is there a dream that God has given you, but you are waiting until the kids are grown and you have money in the bank before you get started? You may not be able to enroll in a month long pastry making class or take a week off of work to get started on your novel, but today you can take three little baby steps to making your dream a day-to-day reality.
1.Go Public with It
It’s a little scary to tell the world what you want to do when you grow up—but this is one little step could get you closer to living your dream than almost any other. Plus—it takes very little time and you don’t have to raid your kid’s college fund to make it happen.
When you gather up all your courage and tell your best friend, “I want to learn how to paint,” suddenly she remembers an old art book she has laying around she would love to give you, or her friend from church who teaches art classes. The people you know and love want to be a resource. Give them the privilege of being a part of making your dream happen.
2.Join an Online Group
This is one of the simplest—and cheapest—ways to start exploring your passion. Find out who else is talking about restoring antiques and listen to their conversation. Start by Googling your interest along with the term “online groups.” You will be amazed with the number of people who want to talk about the proper way to care for 1950’s lunchboxes as much as you do.
3. Don’t be Afraid to Pray
I remember the first time I put an offer in on a house—I wanted it more than I had wanted almost anything else in my life. While I knew that I had dozens of other people praying on my behalf, I was too scared to pray.
I didn’t want God to tell me no. I was afraid to pray until my co-worker Kim asked me (in a loving, kind way), why I didn’t believe that God wanted His best for me. Don’t be
afraid to pray—as with anything amazing in my life, the path is never what I expected,
but it has always been obvious that God’s hand has been on it the whole way.
Find Your Fabulous,
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