Free And Easy Planning Guide Printable

**Don’t miss out on the free and easy planning guide attached below!** “The most reliable way to predict the future is to create it.” –Unknown I am not a natural planner as one of my highest values is freedom and both planning and freedom have always seemed to contradict. But I’ve recently discovered how planning can give you freedom and have worked toward becoming a better planner for this very reason! You see, your day happens to you whether you plan it or not. All the little things that pop up or go neglected because you’ve failed to plan will begin to morph into stressors that can cause overwhelm or even bitterness. I’ve been pleasantly surprised Since learning to better plan each part of my life, I’ve been pleasantly surprised how much better I feel! All areas of mind, soul, and body seem to be working together instead of against each other because I now put thought into each area of my life. I am excited to offer a resource that will help you make intentional plans as well! This isn’t a schedule or meal plan type of planning, but it IS a resource to help you plan your future and seek […]

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How I Have Learned To Respond To Criticism

Isn’t criticism the worst? To me, words are the language of love. A kind word from someone was always the mortar that held me together and kept me strong. But just like words could be used to build me up, they also became the chisel that slowly tore away at me until I crumbled. The criticism I received growing up would often become a wedge between my family and me. The words would freely flow, and I would retreat to my room unable to accept them–even the valid critics. With the door closed and my body tucked beneath the covers of my bed, I felt safe from the unwanted words behind two layers of protection. Never once did I stay long enough to see that some of the words were coming from a loving place. When I got married, my response changed. Barricading myself in my room wasn’t effective because it was now a place I had to share with my husband. So I learned to fight. Yelling and screaming became my first defense instead of my last resort. The person I was becoming seemed foreign, but I was willing to become a monster to shield myself from the criticism I […]

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My Journey Toward Self-Discipline

Parenting is like walking on a balance beam while simultaneously navigating an obstacle course. We are trying to maintain balance while we dodge the unexpected stumbling blocks and jump over hurdles. The balance beam represents my desire for a healthy family in mind, body, and spirit, while the obstacles represent excuses such as lack of time and energy. The goal of the obstacle course is to make us stumble and hinder progress. To make it through the obstacles, we must learn to develop self-discipline. As we do, we begin to overcome the hurdles with ease. But it’s hard to conquer the course when we face a constant battle between desires and excuses. I desire my family and me to be fit and healthy, but there is limited time to exercise, and my lack of cooking experience makes healthy eating feel like a chore. I desire a close relationship with God, but every time I try to sit down for quiet time, my kids have a crisis on their hands that distracts me from my prayer. I desire my kids to have enjoyable learning experiences, but something always happens that ruins planned activities. Well, I’m tired of excuses. So instead of excuses, I am […]

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An Easy Guide To Plan Your Kids’ Capsule Wardrobe

Today, while the kids were playing in their room, I tackled their closets and planned their capsule wardrobes for the next season. I began by sorting through what we already had while making a list of what we still needed. During this process, I was thinking that YOU may want to try this too! So I put together some information and tips to do your own capsule wardrobes. Hope you enjoy and please don’t hesitate to ask for any help planning! Why should you do a capsule wardrobe? Less stress when it comes to getting the kids dressed in the morning. More closet space. Gives kids the freedom to choose their outfits without worrying if they will match!` Laundry is easy because the kids don’t have enough clothes to be changing 2, 3, or even 4 times a day like they would do if they had more clothing options. Helps you stick to a budget (best reason of them all)! 1. The process: The first tip for starting a capsule wardrobe is to always buy a size bigger than you normally would to give yourself the chance to use the items for more than one year. Also, never shop without seeing what you […]

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Tips For Practicing Gratitude

Gratitude is something that should come naturally to most of us. We wake up daily and don’t have to think very hard about the basics we need to survive. We have food, water, shelter, community, and an abundance of our wants satisfied as well. So why is it so hard to remember to be thankful? I don’t know about you guys, but I have to consciously think about gratitude. Entitlement can be dangerous. It’s almost like we expect to be blessed. I spend a lot of time praying but very little time sincerely “thanking” when my prayers are answered. It is easier to express thankfulness when it is something big, but it is harder to praise God for our everyday blessings. During this season. it gets a little easier. I see so much beauty around us. It reminds me of the one who created this beauty and the gifts He offers us through glimpses of His creation. I see families spending more time together making memories. And I learn to be intentional about responding in gratitude. One of the places that I practice being thankful is on our front porch. From there, we have a view of our neighborhood surrounded by beautiful trees, wildlife, and […]

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