Anita Brooks FreshFaith Blog Moved

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Anita Agers-Brooks is a Business Coach, Certified Personality Trainer, Productivity Specialist, Certified Team Training Facilitator, Marketing Specialist, national speaker, and author. She lives in Missouri with her husband Ricky.

She’s passionate about business with integrity, healthy relationships, and issues of identity. She travels the country teaching others from her personal experiences and research.

Something to Look Forward To

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Studies show that those who play are not only happier, but better producers at work. This is one of my success secrets.

I try to schedule at least one thing per month as a motivator to get me through the days I like the least. It might mean a two-day escape with my husband. Maybe it’s a writer’s conference, (I love to learn). Exploring a backyard haven a few miles down the road gives me an energy boost. Hiking through the woods feeds my soul. Going on a photography expedition inspires creative thinking. And this time of year, when exhaustion rolls over me like ocean waves, I sometimes give myself permission to take an entire day off from day job activities and writing, to watch old movies.

Different personalities are energized by different activities. Some gain strength in numbers of people, while a crowd depletes the soul of others. Meaningful work makes some people tick, while a day to do nothing is meaningful enough to other individuals.

Whatever renews your spirit, carve out a few minutes or hours to plan in advance. Having something to look forward to pushes us through tough days. Here’s to fun things to motivate us.

Check this list of 101 Fun Things to Do for ideas.

Anita FreshFaith @ Work

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On Vacay with Hubby

Job 33:28 (NIV)

God has delivered me from going down to the pit, and I shall live to enjoy the light of life.

Anita Agers-Brooks is a Business Coach, Certified Personality Trainer, Productivity Specialist, Certified Team Training Facilitator, Marketing Specialist, national speaker, and author. She lives in Missouri with her husband Ricky.

She’s passionate about business with integrity, healthy relationships, and issues of identity. She travels the country teaching others from her personal experiences and research.

Contact her via website www.brooksanita.com or email anita.freshfaith@gmail.com

The Mentor’s Role

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Mentor’s come to us in many forms. They stay with us varied lengths of time. Some stay for a short period, popping in and out almost before we realize how much they impacted us. Others influence us for decades.

We’ve all been touched by a mentor. Teachers, extended family, friends, elder church members, or someone at work has shaped our world view, and altered the way we react in it. Most mentors make us think deeper and take us to richer experiences by making us look at a familiar situation in a fresh new way.

Sharon is just such a person for me. She started out as my mother’s friend, and I first met her when I was a young girl. My mother had moved to another state, when I reached a point of crucial decision. It started from a life or death situation.

I almost died after donating a kidney to my sister, (a story for another day). After a severe allergic reaction to pain meds, I quickly slid to a volatile state. During those moments, I struggled to get air into my lungs. My oxygen fell to a dangerous level, and my blood pressure bottomed out. I knew if I fell asleep, I’d never wake up again.

But something positive also happened in that crazy place between here and the hereafter. I stopped running from God. In a Denver hospital, I vowed to serve Him the rest of my life. But I had no idea how to turn my decision into reality. The situation called for the important role of a mentor.

Though we hadn’t talked in a long time, when I called Sharon and asked her to meet me at our city park, she immediately said, “Yes.”

She listened, coached, and loved me while I searched for my place in God’s world. A place I’d run away from years before. She encouraged me when I stumbled, cheered me when I shared an exciting experience, and held me when I cried. She also fought with me when spiritual warfare waged. I learned to see others through the eyes of Jesus Christ, because Sharon saw me that way.

I wish there were more Sharon’s in the world. I often remind her of the song, Thank you for giving to the Lord. It captures my heart for a woman who sacrificed her time and energy to invest in someone like me. She helped rescue me from darkness and pulled me into the light.

These days I find myself mentoring others, following the example Sharon provided through prayer and practical applications. Most mentors fill their role in quiet, everyday, nondescript moments. And they change the world one person at a time, by giving of themselves. Without mentors, we’d all live in a much darker place.

Anita FreshFaith @ Work

Sharon & Anita Brooks

My Mentor & Me

Titus 2:3-5 (NIV)

Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. Then they can urge the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.

Anita Agers-Brooks is a Business Coach, Certified Personality Trainer, Productivity Specialist, Certified Team Training Facilitator, Marketing Specialist, national speaker, and author. She lives in Missouri with her husband Ricky.

She’s passionate about business with integrity, healthy relationships, and issues of identity. She travels the country teaching others from her personal experiences and research.

Contact her via website www.brooksanita.com or email anita.freshfaith@gmail.com

Mind Mapping

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Are you a visual learner? Do you ever struggle to make sense of your thoughts? Is it a challenge to communicate your concept in a focused way?

Then you might benefit from creating a Mind Map.

Mind mapping helps you recall memories, clarify thoughts, thread concepts into organized ideas, and connect abstract theories with concrete projects. It’s a way to create notes through a visual graph.

This method of creative brainstorming is traced back to the third century, and enables the user to explore their own potential in unique ways.

Applications are varied, with some of the more popular uses as follows:

  • problem solving
  • outline/framework design
  • structure/relationship representations
  • anonymous collaboration
  • marriage of words and visuals
  • individual expression of creativity
  • condensing material into a concise and memorable format
  • team building or synergy creating activity
  • enhancing work morale

Some personalities are put off by the messy organized structure of a mind map, but for some, the freedom of uninhibited expression allows for greater creativity. How neat or scattered it looks, depends solely on the mapper. Writers, managers, problem solvers, parents, spouses, doctors, artists, engineers, coaches, students, teachers, or anyone else stumped or stuck in a rut, can benefit from mapping out the hidden answers locked in their own minds.

What do you need to unlock and release from your brain?

Mind Map

Mind Mapping in Action

Romans 12:2 (NIV)

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is —his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Anita Agers-Brooks is a Business Coach, Certified Personality Trainer, Productivity Specialist, Certified Team Training Facilitator, Marketing Specialist, national speaker, and author. She lives in Missouri with her husband Ricky.

She’s passionate about business with integrity, healthy relationships, and issues of identity. She travels the country teaching others from her personal experiences and research.

Contact her via website www.brooksanita.com or email anita.freshfaith@gmail.com

Mikey Likes It

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Long, long ago, in a culture, far, far away, life moved at a slower pace.

We had time to breathe. We sat at our tables and ate meals as a family. When we fought, we made up instead of throwing whole relationships away over trivial issues. We even took time to taste our food.

In the spirit of simpler times, here’s a short blast from decades past. Enjoy the nostalgia.

Anita Agers-Brooks is a Business Coach, Certified Personality Trainer, Productivity Specialist, Certified Team Training Facilitator, Marketing Specialist, national speaker, and author. She lives in Missouri with her husband Ricky.

She’s passionate about business with integrity, healthy relationships, and issues of identity. She travels the country teaching others from her personal experiences and research.

Contact her via website www.brooksanita.com or email anita.freshfaith@gmail.com

Happy Birthday to Me

In honor of my birthday — I’m taking the day off to celebrate with my wonderful husband. Enjoy the following funny birthday video of kids trying to blow out their candles. At my age, I’m not even going to try. LOL

I’m thankful to have been created by a loving God.

Psalm 90:2 (NIV)

Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the whole world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.

Anita Agers-Brooks is a Business Coach, Certified Personality Trainer, Productivity Specialist, Certified Team Training Facilitator, Marketing Specialist, national speaker, and author. She lives in Missouri with her husband Ricky.

She’s passionate about business with integrity, healthy relationships, and issues of identity. She travels the country teaching others from her personal experiences and research.

Contact her via website www.brooksanita.com or email anita.freshfaith@gmail.com

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Get ‘Er Done

I am not good at creating websites — even my own. So buckling down to map the layout, approve design, write the content, create tips and tools, and then edit the whole thing is not my idea of a fun day. My stomach felt queasy, a slight headache gripped my temples, and all I wanted to do was lay down. But dragging out my own misery didn’t sound so hot either.

I forced myself to sit still and focus on the task at hand. It took about half the time I assumed it would, and then I emailed the initial information to my web developer. Implementing the data took a few more weeks, because of technical delays.

My biggest nemesis during the process was a temptation to shortcut — especially when I came home from a long work day. But finally, with periodic emails back and forth, a few edits here, and a few tweaks there, the pieces fell into place.

When I calculated the actual time investment, it surprised me to find it took a lot less than I imagined. And that’s the ongoing battle when facing any project I’m uncomfortable with. My mind tries to trick me into believing I can’t do it, or I don’t have enough time, or one of a myriad of other negative reasons I should avoid the situation all together.

My emotions lie to me. And if I listened to them, I’d never face anything difficult. I’d also miss out on the amazing feeling of accomplishment when I overcome discomfort and do what I don’t feel like doing. The harder the task, the more excited I feel when it’s finished.

This is one of the secrets to succeeding at anything. Whether it’s writing a book, following a budget, or obeying my boss’s instructions at work, acting in spite of my feelings puts me in a small percentage of people who are more than hearers, more than talkers, but doers. There’s nothing like the high, when you get ‘er done.

What don’t you like, but feel great about finishing?

Anita FreshFaith @ Work

James 1:22 (NIV)

Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.

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My new website design. Check out the completed version at http://www.brooksanita.com

Anita Agers-Brooks is a Business Coach, Certified Personality Trainer, Productivity Specialist, Certified Team Training Facilitator, Marketing Specialist, national speaker, and author. She lives in Missouri with her husband Ricky.

She’s passionate about business with integrity, healthy relationships, and issues of identity. She travels the country teaching others from her personal experiences and research.

Contact her via website www.brooksanita.com or email anita.freshfaith@gmail.com

**After August 1, 2012, please follow future blog posts at www.brooksanita.com

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