Thursday, January 2, 2014

Setting Goals

One thing that I want to do this year is set some attainable goals.  I think that the biggest reason why New Years' Resolutions aren't kept is that they are to generalized.  I also think that the majority of us want to have achieved those resolutions by the end of January.  So, I thought I'd walk through setting my goals and maybe that will help you set yours.

I started off by thinking of the basic things I want:

I want to grow in my faith.
I want to be a better wife and a better mom.
I want to be healthier.

Then, I broke those things down even more.

I want to spend more time in the Word and in prayer. I want to find an accountability/group.partner.

I want to respond better to my Sweetheart, both in general and when we disagree. I want to be more attentive to him and his needs. I want to put him first. I also want us to really be a team.

I want to not yell so much and be more consistent with discipline. I also want to really be "here" when I am at home.

I want to eat better and start exercising more. I spend way too much time working out the glutes. Time to get up and get moving.

From here I am planning simple habits to start each month that will build up to a whole new me by next December.  For example, in January I am going to get myself off of coffee. I am starting with this one because it will be the hardest to break. I will follow this with soda in February. I am also planning a garden for spring so we can start growing our own yummy foods.  I'm still mapping out my monthly, weekly and daily plans to accomplish my goals for this year, but this is pretty much the easiest way I have found to set goals. If you're not a natural planner, Pinterest has some great worksheets and ideas.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

New Years' Revolution!

Welcome to 2014!

I've spent the last week really reflecting on the last year.  As I look back, I see all the things that were unpleasant turning beautiful. I can see that God has been working in my life, even when I was too fearful to acknowledge Him.  Here is 2013 in a glance:

-Found out I was pregnant 2/13/13.
-Bought my first home 6/1/13. Ian is obsessed with dogs.

-Adopted Lily, an American Stratfordshire Terrier (a.k.a. pit-bull) 7/26/13.   I also lost my job this day.
-Delivered my beautiful baby girl 7/27/13, she was 2 months early.
-Brought  my pretty princess home 8/23/13.
-Got a new job 10/28/13.  The company I work for is beyond awesome, as are the people I work with!
-Went with a co-worker to pick up her foster dog. 12/23/13.
-Sweetheart took our oldest son to pick out a dog to rescue.  Brought home Penni, a pitbull mix (we think hound) 12/29/13.

As you can see, 2013 was pretty great.  But in the midst I couldn't see all the great things that were happening.  I was so afraid that if I continued to trust God that He would let me down and everything would fall apart if I let go of my control.

So, I am going to allow God to revolutionize my soul. I want Him to make a sudden, complete, and marked change within me. This is something only He can do!

Isaiah 43:10 is my verse for this year.
“You are my witnesses,” declares the Lord,
    “and my servant whom I have chosen,
so that you may know and believe me
    and understand that I am he.
Before me no god was formed,
    nor will there be one after me.

Monday, December 9, 2013


Welcome to my Blog!  I am so glad you are here.  Really, I am.  If you've been here before, you may notice some glaring differences.

The most obvious being that this is the only post.  I have archived all my old stuff, changed the name of this blog and the direction. So, for now consider  Insert Title Here under construction.

You may have noticed that my Title is Insert Title Here. That is not a typo.  I've spent many hours trying to come up with a clever name for this blog. Problem is that I'm not really that clever and nothing I've thought of really seems to fit, well, me.

When I first started writing it was cathartic.  I need a place to put my chaotic thoughts; a place to sort through some tough times; a place to start the healing process.  That led to some very personal posts.  I'm still healing from those old wounds, but felt it was time to move on. Hence the reason why everything prior to today is gone.  The question now is, where do I go from here?  I'm not really sure, but there can be as much fun is the journey itself as in the destination.  So, join me! We can wander together

The Tabs
Ah, tabs.   The first one is kind of obvious. It's all about Me!  *insert ridiculously cheesy grin here*  I have a hard time talking about myself. I don't think that I'm all that great. My Sweetheart disagrees.  So do my kids. That's really all that matters to me.  At the same time, I tend to divulge to much about myself.  What can I say? I'm a walking contradiction!
The other tabs are the things I'm interested in.  Those will remain under permanent construction. As I post things pertaining to those topics, I will try to conveniently link them there.  It's mostly for me, so I don't forget what I've written, but it may come in handy for you too!

What you don't see...
You probably won't read many posts on marriage.  My Sweetheart prefers to stay out of the limelight. So, to respect his wishes, our marriage will be private.
You probably won't see much on parenting either.  I'm still in the toddler trenches. I most certainly don't have all the answers.  I also believe that every child is different and no two families are alike.  Mostly, you won't see posts on parenting because I think really suck at it and I would feel so hypocritical giving out parenting tips and advice.

You will see posts of a Christian nature.  I am a Christian.  Most of my Christian-related posts are going to be aimed at the Christian community. Not that I think I'm superior. I know for certain that I am not  better-than-you or holier-than-thou. I will not apologize for my faith, nor will I compromise. Nor will I condemn. I could not care less what race, religion, or sexual-orientation you are. You are a person and I promise to treat you as such. Period.

All that being said, I hope that despite my flaws, you feel encouraged, informed and welcomed (for lack of a better word) after stopping by.