Schedule Your 5% First by patty robertson

Hope PicAnd here we are in 2013. As I sit down to write this blog, a flood of thoughts runs through my mind. It was 2003 when Straighten Your Paths was officially formed. I remember thinking, is there enough of a need for this business to succeed? Yes, there is. The disheartening thing to me is that there is now more of a demand than ever for organizational services and coaching. Schedules are more demanding, employers are more demanding, and managing technology and social media has added an additional layer of chaos.

Of course, the new year brings with it the good ol’ resolutions, and I find myself wrestling to practice what I’ve preached for the past 10 years. As many of you know, I accepted a full-time position late in 2012 at Lutheran Church of Hope. As a member of the Missions team at Hope, I couldn’t be more excited to uncover what God has planned for this season of my life. He has made it clear to me that both of my passions are to run parallel to one another. I continue to lead the direction of Straighten Your Paths; however, I will not be working in the field at this time. The only way all of this is possible is due to an incredible group of ladies who are leading the way for Straighten Your Paths.

With my new role at Hope, Jessie Springer has stepped into the strategic role of Marketing and Communications Manager. Jessie has been a member of the Straighten Your Paths team for two years. She not only has experience as a professional organizer, but also holds a Bachelor’s degree from Simpson College in Rhetoric and Speech Communications with minors in Management and Religion.

The opportunities and future are so bright for all of us in spite of an economy, country, and world that seem very frightening at times. Hope is what we must focus on in a world filled with spiritual and social chaos… “Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful,” Hebrews 10:23. During these crazy and exciting times, I encourage you to narrow your thoughts when you are tempted to become overwhelmed. When you sit down to make a list for the day or week, month or year, start first by scheduling your daily quiet time with God. Next make sure your family has the scheduled attention they need. And do not forget to care for yourself. These are three things that we cannot assign to anyone else. The rest … 95% … truly can be delegated if need be. These are all incredible blessings we have been entrusted with and that we will be held accountable for. Keep in mind that by doing this, we are setting an example – an example this world desperately needs.

May your 2013 be filled with God’s richest blessings,


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