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This is the main focus of the challenge…paying close attention to what your mind is telling you is possible (or not possible). As you work on recognizing & stopping the old programs you have running through your mind, you can begin to replace them with ANYTHING YOU WANT. There is NO LIMIT when it comes to your mind & all creation begins as a thought. Also, pay attention to what you are “feeding” your mind. Your thoughts are very easily influenced by the people you interact with, by the entertainment you watch, & by the things you read. Get in the habit of asking yourself: Does _______ inspire me to be my best self?

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During this challenge, pay close attention to your thoughts about your body. If they are negative, turn them around & say something positive. Tell yourself that, for the next 30 days, you are going to truly appreciate the body that God has given you. Take a walk, drink more water, go to bed early & get up early so you have some time to yourself. The better care you take of your body, the better you’ll feel about yourself.

I love these quotes on the connection between the mind & the body…

“When a person makes their thoughts pure, they no longer desire impure food.”  – James Allen, As A Man Thinketh

“If you would perfect your body, guard your mind. If you would renew your body, beautify your mind.” – James Allen, As A Man Thinketh

“There is no question that the health of the body affects the spirit…that which affects our bodies also affects our souls.” – Ezra Taft Benson

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Are you nourishing your spirit on a daily basis? Do you have a daily connection with your Heavenly Father? What are your thoughts about God? How do you think He feels about you? One of the best ways to lift your thoughts is to feel connected to your Creator. I love this quote about what a relationship with God can do for you…

“Men and women who turn their lives over to God will discover that He can make a lot more out of their lives than they can. He can deepen their joys, expand their vision, quicken their minds, strengthen their muscles, lift their spirits, multiply their blessings, increase their opportunities, comfort their souls, and pour out peace… Give God your best & His best will come back to you.”  – Ezra Taft Benson

Commit to take time during this challenge to connect with your Heavenly Father. He loves you & wants to help you succeed…

“Never assume that you can make it alone. You need the help of the Lord. Never hesitate to get on your knees in some private place and speak with Him. What a marvelous and wonderful thing is prayer. Think of it. We can actually speak with our Father in Heaven. He will hear and respond, but we need to listen to that response. Nothing is too serious and nothing too unimportant to share with Him.”  – Gordon B. Hinckley

 

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Take 10-15 minutes to read the daily blog posts, consider your own life, & journal about your experience.

 

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I believe that KNOWLEDGE IS POWER & so I just want you to soak up the knowledge about how your thoughts affect you & how to lift your thoughts to a higher place.

By choosing higher thoughts every day, for thirty days, you can develop a new & powerful habit that will help you in every area of your life.

 

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– Wear a rubberband for the next 30 days. Every time you catch yourself thinking a negative thought, pop yourself on the wrist. This will help you become more aware of the thoughts that are running through your mind.

– Keep a tally on a piece of paper. Put a mark every time you think something negative.

*I’ve changed things up a bit! See the UPDATE below!

 

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I’d like to tell you about something that has changed my perspective when it comes to creating new habits, why the number THIRTY is important, & how it can help you.

Years ago, NASA conducted an experiment & made a surprising discovery. They were trying to determine what kind of effect being in a weightless environment for long periods of time would have on astronauts. So they created goggles that literally flipped their world upside down. The astronauts were required to wear these goggles 24/7. For 25 days, nothing changed, and then, on day 26, one of the astronauts had an amazing thing happen…his world turned right-side up again…even though he was still wearing the goggles! Within the next several days, the same thing happened to the others!

NASA was fascinated by the surprising results & realized that they had discovered an amazing thing…the brain had rewired itself by creating new neural pathways in order to adapt to the new input that was coming in.

They decided to continue this experiment, only this time they allowed the goggles to come off for short periods of time during the 30 days. In these experiments, the neural adaptation did not happen! In other words, it took approximately 30 days of constant, consistent, uninterrupted input of new ideas in order for the brain to create new neural pathways & accept it as normal.

 

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Choose to be consistent over the next 30 days by not missing a day. By doing this, you will be re-wiring your brain to pay more attention to your negative thoughts. You will also be training yourself to turn those negative thoughts into more powerful, positive ones. SO, are you committed?

 

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I’m changing up the challenge! One of my good friends, Alisa Hancock, left a comment below with a link to a video about “catching our thoughts”.  After watching it, I’ve decided to change what I told you to do above. Instead of “catching your negative thoughts”, I’m going to have you focus on “counting your positive ones”. Watch THIS VIDEO & you’ll see why…(seriously, go watch it, it’ll make you smile)…CLICKING CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE.

 

Back in August, I was contacted by Epson to see if I would like to try out their Stylus Photo R2000 Inkjet Printer.  This is a wide format printer that prints up to 13″ wide, so of course I said yes! However, soon after it arrived, we found out we were moving & my new printer had to sit in storage for the next 6 months.  I was finally able to break it out & play around with it & I cannot begin to tell you how much I LOVE this printer!  I have found so many fun projects I can make with it & I absolutely love the quality!  I can’t wait to share my projects with you below.  I will be posting about each of these projects in more detail later on this summer….

 

The paper I used for the gift bags & wrapping paper is Epson’s 13×19 Presentation Paper Matte. This is a thinner paper which is why it is perfect for bending & folding.  I also used this paper for the party hats, notebooks, & book covers below.  The colors printed out beautifully!  I absolutely love all the fun things I can do with this paper!  It comes out to about 30 cents a sheet, so its very affordable as well!

 

As I mentioned above I used the Epson’s 13×19 Presentation Paper Matte for this project & was able to fit 2 party hats on each 13×19 paper. Aren’t these so fun?! I can’t wait to use these for my daughter’s birthday party!

 

I am loving these 13×19 posters!  I designed the one on the left for my girls’ room & you can download the design on the right (for free!) from Caravan Shoppe. The paper I used for these posters is Epson’s 13×19 Ultra Premium Presentation Paper Matte. This paper prints out beautifully!!!  The paper is heavy so it’s great for posters & matte prints. It comes out to just under a dollar per page, so it’s also very affordable….and worth every penny!

For this project I used the Mead Black Journal.  I love this notebook because there is a space at top for drawing & then journaling lines for writing.  I knew this would be perfect for my daughter who loves to both draw & write stories.  She was so excited about the cute cover I made for her & has been drawing & writing in it every day.  She said this is one of her favorite journals she’s ever had!  The paper I used is Epson’s 13×19 Presentation Paper Matte.

 

I love wrapping the book that I’m currently reading in bright colors & patterns!  Plus, they look really cute when they’re on the book shelf too. The paper I used is Epson’s 13×19 Presentation Paper Matte.

As a digital scrapbooker, I love being able to print out my pages immediately after I finish them.  Before I got this printer, I very rarely had my pages printed.  Now I get to enjoy them immediately!  The colors & photos are beautiful!  The only colors that I seem to have trouble with are bright, almost neon colors…especially yellow.  They tend to print out duller than on my screen & the yellow almost looks golden.  So for prints with those colors (like on my planner), I use my Kodak printer.  But, as you can see from the layouts above, the colors print bold, beautiful, & vibrant!  I’ve only printed one page, out of about 50, that I didn’t like the way the yellow looked…all the other pages & colors have looked amazing! If you’re a photographer and/or digital scrapbooker, you won’t be disappointed! Epson has 12×12 scrapbook paper which prints well, but I prefer using either the 13×19 Ultra Premium Presentation Paper Matte (that I used above for posters), or Epson’s 13×19 Ultra Premium Photo Paper Luster.  They both look amazing!  If you’re concerned about cost, I would stick with the Matte paper because it is about half the cost & I really have a hard time telling the difference.

 

These 6×12 pages can be used with Becky Higgins’ Project Life 6×12 page protector’s.  I love this size & I love the fact that I can print out three layouts on single sheet of paper!  The pictures in these PL layouts are used courtesy of Charla from CharlaAnne.typepad.com.  If you haven’t seen her blog, you need to! The way she captures her kids’ childhood through photographs is so inspiring…I adore her.

 

The designs in this 12×12 Project Life spread are from my Happy Christmas Collection that I designed in collaboration with my good friend Kristina Proffitt. I love using my Epson printer to print out pictures & 3×4 cards for Project Life!  The Ultra Premium Presentation Paper Matte is easy to write on, so it’s great for printing journaling cards!

 

Okay, this has to be one of my favorite projects ever! I wanted to try out Epson’s Exhibition Canvas Matte 13×20 Roll & I got the idea to print out digital scrapbook paper in the form of pennants for a banner for Valentine’s day.  The colors were gorgeous & it looked so cute in my girls’ room!  I can’t wait to print some more banners for birthday parties & holidays…so fun!

 

For my final project, I also used Epson’s Exhibition Canvas Matte 13×20 Roll & printed out a large picture of my family.  It’s hard to see from this picture, but the canvas texture is beautiful. I love the way it turned out & it was a fraction of what it would have cost me to order a canvas print.

 

If you’ve been thinking about buying a new printer, I highly recommend the Stylus Photo R2000 Inkjet Printer from EPSON. As you can see, there is no limit to the number of beautiful, high quality projects you can create with it! Also, on one more note, I have found that the set of ink cartridges have lasted me through a TON of printing.  I’ve been printing like crazy over the past couple of months & I just recently had to start replacing ink cartridges.  Not only did I print all of the projects above, but countless other pages & projects have been printed as well.  Make sure to read all the instructions before you set up your new printer to get the most out of your ink & paper!  I hope you’ve been inspired by the projects I’ve posted above. Thanks for stopping by!