Top 5 Resources For Being A More Intentional Mother

I LOVE to read, that’s no secret. I believe in reading I get to experience someone’s else life, heart their heart, receive their guidance and feel encouraged. So when I came across this author I was in awe of her! I just soaked up everything she had to offer, subscribed to her podcast, joined her membership site, attended her virtual tea party, and Amazon primed all of her books. (Yes she’s that good)

Sally Clarkson really shares a passion for being excellent stewards over what God has given us in our spouses and children. She’s cultured, she’s God-fearing and she caused me to find the joy in parenting rather than focus on the chaos. All of my recommendations today are authored by her because she’s had much of a profound effect on me (and I have read LOTS of parenting books).

You can learn more about Sally at sallyclarkson.com or utilize my affiliate links below and add one of her books to your collection. You’ll be a better mom/person because of it!

Educating the WholeHearted Child is all about Christian homeschooling. Every feeling I ever felt about homeschooling but could never put into words was said in this book and more. The Clarkson’s walk us through what it means to set the foundation for biblical learning and across all subjects. They share scriptures to explain how they came to each recommendation and suggestion.  If you’ve been wanting to influence your child’s heart and mind, you’ve got to pick this one up!

The Mission of Motherhood: Touching Your Child’s Heart for Eternity is about understanding our roles as mothers. I don’t need anyone to tell me how to parent but J could always use someone to remind me on the overwhelming days that it’s going to be alright and to find the joy in my role. This book does that for me. Being able to fully understand that magnitude of my job as a mom causes me to look at everything day to day task differently.

The Lifegiving Home invites us into the things that make the Clarkson family unique; their family culture. I don’t naturally sit around and intentionally think about what culture I’m creating for my family but after reading this book I did and still do. What kinds of music, art, literature, food, routines, and rhythms do you create for your family on a consistent basis? What are their outcomes for your family? What can you stand to be better or more consistent with? This book has all the answers!

The Ministry of Motherhood is about understanding your purpose and what you’ve been called to do as a mother. Sally asks:

What purpose do you think God had in mind when he designed the role of mother? Have you ever specifically considered that, in becoming a mother, you have actually been called to a ministry? In what way does that concept change how you think about your role? Read Psalm 127: 3—if possible, in more than one translation. What does this verse imply about the ministry of motherhood?

I read Psalm 127:3 and noticed that my kids are a reward from God. How do we act when we receive a reward? We get excited, we share, we express gratitude, we don’t complain about how much time and energy it requires. Right? Oh, I could go on and on about how many eye-openers we’re in here for me. Sometimes even when we do something well we can stand to be better and Sally calls us to do just that.

Please grab these books and your favorite drink because you’re in for a treat! Be sure to let me know which ones you’re especially excited about and once you’ve dived in come back and share your takeaways with other moms like you.

If you haven’t already downloaded my Empower Your Children E-Book, grab your copy today.


The Beginner’s Guide to Teaching with Google

The Easiest, Quickest Way to Teach Anything

As a teacher, I get tickled trying various teaching tools. I started overthinking my course offerings trying to keep up with the Jones’ and their cool high tech gizmos. I would spend a lot of my time learning the new tools and scrolling through tutorials and training on how to use the tools. Once I became a mom of six I had to find a way to streamline my work to still produce courses quickly. In the past few months, I’ve been using Google and I love it!

Why Use Google

Here’s why I use Google for everything:

  1. I can access my files from anywhere. Whether I’m at the park with my kids and have a great idea or I’m sitting at my desk logged in I can pick right up where I left off!
  2. It’s simple to use. No long time to learn how to use each program, it’s very easy to use.
  3. It’s easily convertible. I can easily turn my Document into a PDF and email to whomever I need. I can add it my collaboration folder for my team or send it to Google drive and share with my subscribers.
  4. I can work offline. If for any reason I’m in an area with terrible reception or don’t have access to the internet I can still work on my documents.
  5. I can use voice to type. This really increases my productivity because I like talking better than typing!

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What is a Cultivator and How do I know if I am One?

Recently you may have heard about my podcast The Called to Cultivate™ Podcast with Regina Coley or heard my invitation to join the Called to Cultivate™ Community and thought to yourself what is a Cultivator™? A Cultivator is a person who educates, empowers, and enriches the lives of others. A Cultivator can teach, speak, or write but it’s through this that s/he challenges others to dig deeper so they can grow.

I wanted to coin a term that accurately explained my heart’s work and the hard work of so many others. So the Cultivator was created!

Who Do Cultivators Cultivate?

Anyone you feel called to serve! It can be your own children, your co-worker, or you can organize and lead a group. Cultivators have a heart for service and helping others to reach and achieve their goals through teaching, writing, and speaking. As it relates to me I cultivate parents and educators on this blog but I serve young women and girls in the community. I find opportunities to teach in everything I do.

Teach

A great Cultivator loves to educate people. You can do this through speaking or writing. You can engage, inspire and motivate your students to learn. I truly believe everyone has something to teach but there are select few that are gifted to teach. In our community, we discuss both types of teaching and support you on the path to discovery for both styles.

Inspire

A great Cultivator loves to inspire people. You wake up every day with a desire in your heart for people! You want to encourage people to strive for their very best. You want to serve as a role model for younger people and an aspiration for your peers.

Create Change

A great Cultivator works to create change. I mean your ultimate goal is to make a difference. You don’t feel at peace knowing that there is something that can be done when you see a need. You are typically the initiator and are full of vision.

Am I Describing You?

If while you read this your felt a leap in your belly you may be a Cultivator! If you are wanting to step into this work then you’re definitely in the right space.  You can hear more about the Cultivator movement in these places:

Called to Cultivate™ Podcast

Called to Cultivate™ Community

Schedule a Clarity Call with me

Sign up for my list to get access to more resources

Watch Teaching Tuesdays to Learn How to Be Fearless and Create Change In The World

Teaching Tuesdays with Regina Coley is a new web resource for parents and educators to have access to tools to teach your children! Every Tuesday you will discuss a new strategy and tool you can learn to use to create change in your children’s attitudes, academic skills, and skill set. We’ll discuss how to overcome overwhelm and build confidence in your ability to teach.

Teaching Tuesdays with Regina Coley will be featured on Facebook LIVE Tuesdays at 11:00 EST/10:00 CST. Our first episode is scheduled for Tuesday May 15, 2018. I’ll be giving away a FREE gift within the first ten minutes of the show. To enter into the running be sure to share this post on your Facebook page and comment below!

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Question: What topic do you want to hear discussed on Teaching Tuesdays?

My Top 10 Podcasts in April 2018

I love listening to podcasts! My iPhone is constantly blinking “storage full” because I have so many media files on my phone. My interests are in becoming a better entrepreneur, steward over purpose and money and mom/wife. I figured I’d share with you what I’m currently listening to in the hopes that you’d find them helpful too.

1. Lead to Win with Michael Hyatt
2. SistaSense Success Podcast
3. Suze Orman’s Women and Money
4. At Home with Sally-Sally Clarkson
5. Making A Business
6. Stuff You Should Know
7. Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations
8. TED Talks Daily
9. REAL TALK with Rachel Luna
10. Redefining Wealth with Patrice Cunningham

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Check out my podcast as well The Called to Cultivate Podcast with Regina E. Coley where I help you cultivate your best business and best life. What about you? Comment with your favorite podcasts below so I can add more to my list.

The Chosen Few

“Many are called but few are chosen.” Matthew 22:14

I believe that there are a select few individuals who have been born into this world to do great things. There are so many individuals who know exactly what needs to be done to successful. They attend workshops, classes, and hear from powerful speakers but only a select few will actually do the work that needs to be done to truly experience success.

Become a woman of action and you will become a woman of success. The chosen ones are the ones who choose to accept the work and responsibility. The chosen ones are the ones who accept the isolation. The chosen ones are the ones who accept the process. Everything that is done comes with a conscious decision to make it happen. I can decide to eat pancakes or eat cereal for breakfast but the decision truly rests in my desire or hunger for that particular food. What you are hungry for determines what you eat. You are what you eat! What do you have an appetite for? What do you crave? Trust me if you want it bad enough you will through hell and high water to get it! That is the mentality of the chosen few. They do what needs to be done.

Your will never be satisfied until you satisfy your hunger. It’s time to sit down and feast! It is your season. You have been predestined to sit at a table and enjoy your harvest! Your name tag is already there and your chair is pulled out for you. All you have to do is show up! Are you going to be the woman who shows up or will you allow all of your excuses to keep you from receiving what has been prepared for you? You were created for this very reason and very purpose and you have been equipped with everything you need to succeed. You have received an invitation and you’re experiencing the stomach pains because you hunger for it daily. Let’s eat! Step up to your position as one of the chosen few. Don’t let those menial things hold you back anymore! Your harvest is waiting for you and your portion of your inheritance has it’s name on it. Go get it!

“In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will.” Ephesians 1:11

What if Money Was No Object?

I hope you enjoyed that video. When I saw it for the first time I sat and thought about if I was truly doing the work I desired. I mean we all say there are certain things we’d do if money was no object, but seriously what would you do? Is it the work you’re currently doing or do you dream of spending your days doing something else? Do you find yourself at your job writing down tasks to complete later? Are you side focusing  on your Book? Your Art? Your Music? That non-profit? Standing on stages sharing your message? Sitting on the couch chatting with Oprah?

Learning to disassociate your self worth from your net worth is the most essential thing you can do for yourself before taking this grand leap of faith.

What you are paid for has no baring on what you are worth as an individual. It doesn’t determine how great you will become or how lazy you will be. It doesn’t decide if you are working in the right field but it certainly controls your life. Money allows even the strongest of individuals to be controlled into saying “This isn’t something I’d continue to do if you chopped my salary in half.” So why are you doing it now? Money is NOT everything! Your sanity and peace of mind is everything. The legacy you pass on to your children, family members, friends, and community   is everything.

We need more people who are willing to be more bold and truly live the lives that desire rather than succumb to the pressures of fitting into a mold. It’s better to have a short life doing what you enjoy doing, than a long life of misery! You can master your passions and the profits will follow. Do not allow yourself to suffer through trying to do what you think is the “American Dream” because the dream has an entirely new definition!

To find the right solutions you must begin to ask the right questions so my question for you today is: What do you desire?

Start where you are and begin to work on that dream daily. You deserve a life of satisfaction. Begin to design your today!