Motivate ~ Five Minute Friday


It’s been a while since I took this challenge on. Things just kind of took over but I’m going to try to make it a part of my week once more. Five minutes of edit free writing, just letting the thoughts flow. So, here goes with the prompt word MOTIVATE.


Motivate. What is that? What does it mean? What does it imply?

Action and choices being made. Doing something. Doing something specific, not just anything.

A song around here that we have heard (A LOT) lately is Do Something by Matthew West. My girls love listening to his music and this particular song is pretty powerful. It talks about getting mad at God for the way things are in the world, shaking a fist at God and asking why he doesn’t do something about it. God’s answer? I did. I created you.

Umm – I better get moving. And how do I best do that?


Not kidding at all. I am a list maker. Right now, I have several lists that I need to combine. I like physical lists. I like being able to cross something off of it physically. That is what motivates me. Knowing I have made progress.

Lists also allow me to be more intentional. By choosing to write it down, I am making a choice about the place the action will hold in my life. There are several reasons something will make a list – needs done (like housework and dishes), educationally related (homeschooling and helping the girls learn), Godly living (church activity, spiritual living, encouragement of others, personal growth). Those are my big three reasons for putting something on the list and not in that order, necessarily. I need to include a place for things I want to do, just for me. Honestly, though, that falls off the list more often than I care to admit.

So, using my lists, I find a way to motivate myself.

What is your way of finding motivation? I am curious.


At Home.



8 thoughts on “Motivate ~ Five Minute Friday

  1. Gabriele January 5, 2018 at 10:06 am Reply

    I like lists. I even put things on my list that I have already done so that I can cross them off. It was nice to meet you and thanks for sharing a bit about your life.

    • 3gigglygirlsathome January 5, 2018 at 4:07 pm Reply

      I do that, too, Gabriele. It is part of that motivation factor – seeing what I have accomplished! Thanks for dropping by and commenting.

  2. Lesley January 5, 2018 at 10:10 am Reply

    I am a big fan of lists too! I think just taking the time to think through all that we need to do and what we need to prioritise can be really helpful. Visiting from FMF #19.

    • 3gigglygirlsathome January 5, 2018 at 4:06 pm Reply

      Yes! I have a friend that calls getting it all down on paper a “brain dump” and that is a good description for me because, as you stated, it is easier to prioritize.

  3. cmjenniferm January 5, 2018 at 11:20 am Reply

    Progress is motivating to me. I make lists on my iPad notepad now, and delete the things completed. I don’t think that’s as motivating as seeing a written list with items checked off or marked through,m

    • 3gigglygirlsathome January 5, 2018 at 4:05 pm Reply

      I have found that I do better with the paper lists for that very reason.

  4. Annette Tinholt Vellenga January 5, 2018 at 12:16 pm Reply

    I wish that when I made less I didn’t overextend myself so I tend not to make list I am very glad they work for you though

    • 3gigglygirlsathome January 5, 2018 at 4:05 pm Reply

      Yes. Lists do not work for everyone. I don’t feel like I have to cross everything off, though; just make progress.

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