I seriously can’t believe we’re already in November now. This year has gone by way too fast! One of my neighbors already has Christmas lights on their home. (Clearly, they’re not aware of the Stop Premature Christmas Decorating movement.) Anyway, I wanted to pop in and share 3 things I’m loving this month that you’d enjoy too.
For Your Mind \\ Swipes App
The Swipes App is a to do list or task manager that forsakes all the bells and whistles for a minimalist design. I have really come to appreciate this when I’m running around town or don’t have my daily organizer handy, because it’s super easy to quickly jot down a task I need to complete later. As the name hints, you can also give tasks a simple swipe to mark them complete or to set a due date. I often use Swipes when I’m out and about before transferring tasks to my daily organizer later.
For Your Body \\ YouTube Exercise Videos
If you’d told me a few months ago to try online exercise videos, I would have said absolutely not. In fact, I actually did when a few friends recommended them. However, on a whim, I decided to look up a few videos and quickly realized what I’d been missing.
Watching exercise videos online or through an app like YouTube is so convenient. Like so convenient that you really don’t have any excuses for not working out anymore because you can watch videos on your phone, t.v., computer, gaming device, etc. Not only that, but for someone like me who gets bored with exercise routines easily, the diverse choice of videos is amazing. You can find quick 5-minute workouts to grueling 1-hour or longer routines for yoga, CrossFit, Zumba, kickboxing and everything in between. Initially, the amount of choices overwhelmed me (kind of like ordering from the Cheesecake Factory menu). How I solved that problem was selecting a few videos to keep in rotation for a while. My current playlist includes the BeFit Pilates Abs Workout, faith-based fitness instructors Revelation Wellness and Alisa Keeton and this Kid 6 Minute Blaster video that I have the kids do with me. The kids and I are also big fans of the kid-friendly Saskia’s Dansschool videos.
For Your Soul \\ Friends Who Pray Together
Recently, one of my sorority sisters shared with our line some prayer requests she had and asked us to join her in a one-week fast to help saturate those requests with prayer. Before we started the fast, she also asked us to share our prayer requests. Not only did I learn about some of the challenges and dreams my friends had, I also had the gift of sharing one of the challenges in my life. I say gift because I didn’t realize how that challenge had weighed on me by trying to work through it on my own.
This prayer challenge is a much-needed reminder that we are not meant to do life alone. There is so much strength and power in having a band of praying friends along for the journey. If you haven’t found your band yet, please take my advice and round-up a few friends, family members or even coworkers (whether it’s one or 12) who will pray for you and who you’d be willing to cover in prayer as well. Then, be open and share those way-too-big-for you dreams, nagging challenges or other situations in your life and watch how God will move for you all.