make it happen

Perhaps this isn’t the prime time of the year to talk about resolutions. Usually resolutions are discussed around New Year’s Day. However, it is homeschool convention season, and many good resolutions are made at conventions too.

You hear a workshop that resonates with your heart and you grab hold of an attractive idea with both hands. You decide that you are ready; you will make that change that has been naggling in the back of your mind for a while now. During the meal break you catch yourself imagining what your home might look like with that change in place. In fact, you may even formulate an action plan to be put into effect as soon as you return home.

Then you go to sleep with a smile on your face and dream of all the good that this change will do. An element of peace comes when you have finally made the decision. You are resolved. You are committed. Life is good.

And that’s the dangerous moment.

Power Comes By Doing

Deciding to make a change is an important step, but you can’t stop there. The danger comes when you rest on that good feeling indefinitely.

Good feelings and good resolutions accomplish nothing by themselves. You must put the decision into practice. You must do.

Charlotte Mason stated it this way: “We must not amuse ourselves with the notion that we have done something when we have only formed a good resolution. Power comes by doing and not by resolving” (Vol. 4, Book 1, pp. 208, 209).

Take heart; making the decision is a crucial part of the process. Making the decision can take a lot of effort. You’re past that part now! The danger lies in mistakenly thinking that deciding to change is the only thing you have to do.

You have caught the vision. Good! Your imagination can picture the idea at work in your life. Wonderful! You may even have an action plan. Fabulous!

Now roll up your sleeves and get to work. That’s when you’ll feel the power of your good resolution!

“Power comes by doing and not by resolving.”

SCM at Upcoming Conventions

Here are the upcoming homeschool conventions that Sonya and the SCM team have scheduled. Come be inspired with new ideas to take home and do!

If you cannot make it to one of these conventions, several of Sonya’s workshops are available as mp3s or audio CDs. Her new Five Flavors of Homeschooling workshop can be viewed on our website or on YouTube.

April 11–12, 2014: Duluth, MN
SCM will be at the MACHE Convention

April 24–26, 2014: Cincinnati, OH
SCM will be at the Great Homeschool Convention

May 9–10, 2014: Harrisburg, PA
Sonya will be speaking at the CHAP Convention

May 9–10, 2014: Arlington, TX
SCM will be at the Home School Book Fair

May 15–17, 2014: Washington, D. C.
Sonya will be speaking at the Teach Them Diligently Convention

May 22–24, 2014: Kissimmee, FL
Sonya will be presenting two exhibitor workshops at the FPEA Convention

June 5–7, 2014: Naperville, IL
SCM will be at the ICHE Convention

June 5–7, 2014: Richmond, VA
Sonya will be speaking at the HEAV Convention

June 12–14, 2014: Denver, CO
SCM will be at the Rocky Mountain Super Conference

June 26–28, 2014: Dallas, TX
Sonya will be speaking at the Teach Them Diligently Convention

July 18–19, 2014: East Ridge, TN
Sonya will be speaking at the CSTHEA Curriculum Fair

July 26–28, 2014: The Woodlands, TX
Sonya will be speaking at the THSC Southwest Convention and Family Conference

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