Arlene Pellicane – Christian Speaker and Author

Archive for September 2011

It’s been a few weeks since I attended the “Over the Top” Women of Faith conference in Anaheim.  I was so touched by the conference this year and many themes have stayed with me. 

Sometimes people wonder, “Is it worth it to go to a motivational conference?  Won’t I hear the same things?  What lasting change comes of it anyway?”

Well, I am here to say quality conferences are SO WORTH IT! 

Themes that spoke to me were:

Grow up!  Stop whining and start acting!  (this of course was said in a very palatable way and illustrated beautifully at the conference)

People matter.  Prayer matters.  Change can be good.

I need quality friendships with other women.  

Perspective brings calm.

Andy Andrews and Patsy Clairmont said what I needed to hear over and over again throughout Women of Faith.  When I felt stuck and unmotivated last week, I picked up Andy Andrews’ book The Traveler’s Gift and read this:

I am a person of action.

No longer will I dwell in a pit of despair, moaning over squandered time and lost opportunity.  I can do nothing about my past.  My future is immediate.  I will grasp it in both hands and carry it with running feet.  When I am faced with the choice of doing nothing or doing something, I will always choose to act! …

Knowing laziness is a sin, I will create a habit of lively behavior.  I will walk with a spring in my step and a smile on my face.  The lifeblood rushing through my veins is urging me upward and forward into activity and accomplishment.  Wealth and prosperity hide from the sluggard, but rich rewards come to the person who moves quickly.  (p. 69, The Traveler’s Gift by Andy Andrews)

Read that aloud once or twice and you’ll be fighting back in no time!

When my friend Gail Romaine shared this picture with me, I had to ask her, “Can I post this?”

I’m glad she and her mom said yes!  This is Gail’s 87 year old mother Betty Perritt who went skydiving to celebrate her 87th birthday.  She did her skydive on September 5, 2011.  Now that’s a birthday to remember!  How could you forget???

What an inspiration to keep dreaming and having adventures!  Gail says,

“My mom is almost blind with macular degeneration.  She says God gave her special eyesight that day to enjoy the view.  She is my greatest reminder that you’re never too old to dream!”

 

My friend Kay Laboda is featured in my book 31 Days to a Younger You:  No Surgery, No Diets, No Kidding.  One look at Kay and you’ll know why.  She’s hip, happy, and young at heart!  The super grandma! 

I interviewed Kay about having breast cancer and how a special prayer quilt made a big difference in her life.  Now she’s quilting to bless others.  Listen to the podcast titled “Cancer, Quilts and the Fountain of Youth with Kay Laboda” about her healing journey plus some fun fashion tips to look great at every age!

Now that I have your attention…allow me to introduce you to the newest member of the family.  This is Bertha from Ecuador and she is my new beautiful World Vision child!  She is similar in age to my daughter Lucy. 

Sitting in the arena at Women of Faith in Anaheim, I knew the Lord was asking me to adopt a child.  Such a small sacrifice ($35 a month) to help one child have a better life.  I can’t imagine my children having to walk for hours just for water that’s not even safe to drink.  Reading World Vision President’s Rich Stearns book A Hole in Our Gospel has really challenged me to remember to the poor and consider my role to help.  I think it’s a must read for every Christian.

Praise God for World Vision so that we here in America can reach so far into the world to share life with those who so desparately need it!

Praise God for Women of Faith who wholeheartedly endorses the mission of World Vision in aiding children around the world!

My kids attend a dual immersion school in Chula Vista which means the majority of their instruction is in Spanish.  Here’s my daughter Noelle and I in her kindergarten classroom.  I am so happy to see her thrive in her new environment. 

She has an oral presentation tomorrow and I have been practicing with her for 2 weeks.  But it just wasn’t clicking!  She could answer the questions in English without a problem, but in Spanish?  She kept asking me, “What does that mean mom?”

Enter the secret weapon.  My 2nd grader Ethan who speaks Spanish very well.  We hired him as Noelle’s tutor.  Amazing what a dollar will do to motivate a brother to serve his sister!

Ethan and Noelle made flashcards of the oral presentation.  They got to work and within 2 days, she had it!

When you’re learning a new language (or any new skill), get the help of someone who knows more than you do.  Following that tutor, mentor, leader, friend will make all the difference in the world!

Is that Ethan in front of a TV truck?  Yup!  What a fun morning we had with NBC reporter Megan Tevrizian (even though it started at 4:30 am!). 

I did two live “Back to School” segments about preparing your kids for the school day.  Noelle’s kindergarten backpack took center stage around 5:15 am. 

Ethan was the star of the 6:15 segment illustrating how our kids can learn a morning routine, pack their own lunch, and check their homework. 

Ethan says he likes doing TV and may want to be a science reporter someday.  Way to go Ethan!

My sister-in-law introduced me to the wonder of hot rollers.  Put your hair up for a few minutes, remove rollers and voila!  Hair is done!  I love it. 

Well, one of my clips has been slowing losing each of its teeth.  Every time I go on a trip and put the clip in the suitcase, I think it comes back with a little less clip.

As you can see, it’s barely got any teeth to grab my hair and the hot roller!  But dutifully, I kept using it, trying to see how long I could get it to do the job. 

Finally, I am giving up.  I am throwing the clip away. 

Isn’t it funny how we can try the same thing that isn’t working over and over again?  Duh, the roller kept on falling out of the clip because there were no teeth to hold it.  I should have thrown the clip away a week ago. 

We cling to routines – even routines that aren’t working.  That’s insanity! 

What in your life needs to be tossed and exchanged for something that works?


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