Tip #32: Do something and see Abolitionists the movie | Ask Angela

I went to see The Abolitionists last night – it’s a documentary about Tim Ballard and his team of abolitionists who are fighting to end the trafficking of children. 

For me, it was a moving film. I was moved by how much Ballard involved his faith in his quest as well as the ability of young rescued children to still find meaning and hope in their lives after enduring such terrible circumstances. 

I was also moved by the facts about how large the problem is – Human trafficking is the fastest growing international crime you can read more here.

Like most people in the audience I left the movie thinking a variety of things – 

  1. How can I help? Like, help for real?

  2. Even if I did help, would that help make a difference?

  3. Are my problems even real?? Comparatively speaking?

I don’t have answers for these, I’m still thinking. But a very powerful thought that I had all night last night was the idea that while we can’t do everything, we can do something. And a big and powerful focus of our lives can be to do something. This applies to challenges as large and as pervasive as human trafficking, but it also applies to the simple struggles that you face in your daily life. Maybe it all can’t be changed, fixed, or improved at once. But you can still do something. 

So what do you want to do?

Share your thoughts in the comments, and I’ll see you tomorrow!

 

Love,

Angela

Tip #31: Cherish your siblings

I’d post a picture of my siblings to accompany this post but that would violate Unspoken Family Rule #26: Don’t post pictures of anyone without approval. Interestingly enough, Unspoken Family Rule #27 is “don’t ask anyone for permission to post pictures of them online, just know that they don’t want that.”

Lol. We all have family rules, some necessary, some ridiculous, we all have them. I want to remind you to cherish these little rules, and more importantly, cherish each other.

Short and sweet.

Love,

Angela

The Ask Angela Podcast Is here!!!

I do want to share something with you…this is something I’m trying and it’s really new, but I’d love for you to listen and tell me what you think. 

I love writing little daily tips that are fun and totally relevant (ie. don’t eat dinner at your computer every night – although I find I do this way more than I thought!) so I decided to start recording some of them. So far I only have a few, but you can listen to the play list or just one. 

Let me know what you think:

 

4 Tips for when you wake up angry

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This happens to me every now and again. I’ll wake up with an onslaught of really negative thoughts: “You’re wasting your life” “Time is running out” “You’ll never be a wife or a mother” “What are you EVEN doing??”

Yeah, scary stuff.

In the past, I’ve let these thoughts completely ruin my day. Here are 4 things you can do to turn that bad mood around: 

  1. Pray and/or meditate – These thoughts might be showing up in place of something else. Are you in an unhealthy relationships? Are you feeling bad about how you’re treating a family member? Have you been less active from church and neglecting your spiritual responsibilities? Bad thoughts sometimes show up when we know we’re not doing something we’re supposed to. Spend sometime figuring out what that is.

  2. Eat something or go back to sleep – 94% of my bad moods are because I’m hungry or tired. Sometimes you just weren’t ready to get up. 

  3. Make a plan – If something is nagging you this morning, that was nagging you yesterday and the day before…you’ve got to make a plan to change it. Set a date for when thing will be different and every day do something towards that goal. 

  4. Do something for someone else – These thoughts really may just be the devil trying to bring us down. Fortify your mind by engaging in Christlike activities. The quickest way to do that is by any act of service for anyone. 

 

These are a few to try – what do you typically do when you wake up angry? Share in the comments and join the Ask Angela Facebook community.

 

Love,

Angela

 

Tip #29: If there has just been a snow storm, only park in the spot that you shoveled out. Anything else is so rude.

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The best way to survive a blizzard is to eat a lot of food and watch a lot of Netflix. The best way to survive after a blizzard is to mind your manners – especially where automobiles are concerned.

Writing this on the off chance that my neighbor (and perhaps your neighbor needs this message too) is reading this.

Love,

Angela