Category: Heart Reflections

Aug 23 2016

It was a crazy fun week as we spent fun time with friends visiting from Maine, the girls starting Middle School, and adjusting to the new work schedule.  Thankful for the amazing blessings in my life.  You don’t have to look very far or hard to find something to be grateful for in your life.  It can be a simple smile from a stranger to sharing laughter with a friend or spending quality time with someone you love.

I want to be accountable to you so the following are snip-its of some of the things I am thankful for this past week.

Counting My Blessings – Week In Review:

Monday –Thankful day off work and spend the morning with our friends from Maine.  In the afternoon I was able to hang out with the girls and have fun on their last day of summer.

Tuesday - Thankful that Jake went with me to take the girls to their first day of Middle School.  Glad that their first day went smoothly for them.

Wednesday - Thankful that when Jake travels he takes the time to talk with me and catch up.  It’s not the same as having him at home, but it is always great hearing his voice and chatting about our days.

Thursday - Thankful picked up the girls right when school got out and went “clothes” shopping for new school shorts.  Grateful they are growing, but it doesn’t take long for them to grown out of their shorts.

Friday – Thankful for safety as we traveled, it was rainy and was slowed down multiple times by car accidents, but everyone arrived back home safely.

Saturday - Thankful for a quiet and productive day at home and around town with the family (first Saturday in a long time that we were not traveling or running around with a lot of activities going on).

Sunday - Thankful for a husband who enjoys and is a great cook.  Love it when he pitches in around the kitchen and house.  I am one spoiled chick with him around.

What are you thankful for today?  I encourage you to take the time to write down a few blessings that you have in your life today.  It will help cheer you up and turn your focus on the amazing blessings you encounter each day.

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Aug 06 2016

Heinlein Quote

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Aug 03 2016

Lily - Red & Orange Flower - Mother's Day Gift

What Is a Friend?

  • A friend is one of the nicest things you can have, and one of the best things you can be.
  • A friend is a living treasure, and if you have one, you have one of the most valuable gifts in life.
  • A friend is one who will always be beside you, through all the laughter, and through each and every tear.
  • A friend is the one thing you can always rely on; the someone you can always open up to; the one person who always believes in you in a way that no one else seems to.
  • A friend is a sanctuary.
  • A friend is a smile.
  • A friend is a hand that is always holding yours, no matter where you are, no matter how close or far apart you may be.
  • A friend is someone who is always there and will always-always-care.
  • A friend is a feeling of forever in the heart.
  • A friend is the one door that is always open.
  • A friend is the one to whom you can give your key.
  • A friend is one of the nicest things you can have, and one of the best things you can be.

- Collin McCarty

There are certain qualities in friends that truly stand out more than others.  Some of those characteristics are hard to find while others are more common.  What type of friend are you to others?  Do you stand out and have all or at least some of these characteristics above?

We are not called to be perfect every moment of each day, however, we should be reflecting qualities of positive characteristics in our lives.  We should be walking life with others.  Be real and sharing.  Let’s make sure we are investing in developing good character in ourselves and lasting friendships in our lives.

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Jul 25 2016

It was a little bit of a wild week, but we got through it!  Thankful for my family and the opportunities we’ve had throughout the week. The girls enjoyed a week of Summer Camp at Roper Mountain Science Center.  Glad they were able to learn a lot.  Jake and I had a busy week at work, but were able to get some items accomplished.  This upcoming week I have scaled back my goals list to allow some more free time to spend with my family.  There are only a few more weeks left in the kids summer vacation and I want to have the opportunity to spend some down time with them and Jake.  My main goal for the upcoming couple of weeks is to focus on my family, have fun, and create memories.  I will give you an update on my goals, but next week will be a much slimmer list!  :)  Every once in awhile it is good to have a week like this to refresh and regroup.   Here are my goals for this week:

Last week’s goals

Family Goals

  1. Finish reading The Forgotten Filly by Karle Dickerson to the kids. - have not finished reading it yet
  2. Read 7 more Stories from the Bad Pets on the Loose by Alan Zullo book to the kids. – getting through a few each week
  3. Go through 7 more Brain Quest Flash Cards with the kids. – read some
  4. Read through 7 more pages of History Trivia with the kids. – continuing to read through these with the kids
  5. Reflect on our blessings and prayer time with kids every night.
  6. Plan one special activity with the family
  7. Play a Game with the Kids – did not have a chance to play a board game this week
  8.  Attend After Work Activities
  9. Lunch Boxes packed the night before work & other planned activities
  10. Prep for upcoming Family Adventure(s)
  11. Prep & Figure out Schedule for upcoming Summer Break
  12. Work on family projects together
  13. Daily 15 minute “Speed Clean” for entire family to keep the daily clutter under control
  14. One-on-One Meeting with Jake to go over this week and future events on Calendar

Kid Goals

  1. Have kids do work in their Summer Workbook(s)
  2. Encourage Kids to read independently at least 30 minutes a day
  3. Have kids work on our approved educational websites to encourage growth (at least 2 hours for the week) – we were not home to do these activities
  4. Have kids work for at least 1 hour on this week on improving their typing skills – they did not have a lot of computer time this week
  5. Each kid finish creating at least 2 blogs posts for their Fun with Sis blog
  6. Spend time Monday –Friday encouraging the kids to find creative ways to learn and grown their skills
  7. At least 30 minutes of outside play, fresh air, or activity time a day
  8. Attend Summer Camp – the girls went to Roper Mountain Science Center and had a great time learning!

Personal Goals

  1. Drink 8 glasses of water each day
  2. Keep up with my FitBit Goals – it has been a busy week, came close
  3. Do yoga at least 5 times a week
  4. Go to my Appointments Scheduled this week
  5. Update Counting My Blessings and Other journal entries daily
  6. Tackle some lingering projects on my “to do” list
  7. Read over the kids blog posts

Home (Yard & Pets) Management Goals

  1. All laundry for the week washed, folded, and put away in one day
  2. Weekly Dinner Menu planned out for the week
  3. Clean House (Focus – Family Room) – work in progress
  4. Organize Chaos (Focus – Laundry Room) – made some progress
  5. Yard / Garage Cleanup (Focus – Clean up items under deck – toys, bikes, wood, etc…)
  6. Pet Care (Focus – Refill Goat & Dog Food Bins / Clean Out Pet Water Buckets & Refill)
  7. Repairs – (Focus – Check on Water Heater Recall Notice we received) – on hold

Business Goals

  1. Work on ideas for upcoming blog posts
  2. Respond to Inquiry – Business Relation Emails
  3. Keep up with the day to day items that need my attention
  4. Work completed for clients
  5. Notes typed for work
  6. Folders Labeled for work
  7. Training on new projects
  8. Do at least 5 blog posts this week – didn’t get to all the ones I wanted to this week
  9. Catch up on Hootesuite – hoping to get caught up soon
  10. Upload pictures from last few weeks and update – got it started

Ministry Goals

  1. Meet a friend or family member for Breakfast or Lunch
  2. One-on-one quality time with Jake (talking, date night, or doing an activity together)
  3. One-on-one quality time with Brina (talking, date night, or doing an activity together)
  4. One-on-one quality time with Karlie (talking, date night, or doing an activity together)

Financial Goals

  1. Meet with Jake to go over Finances and Status Update – went over part of it
  2. Sign up for Work 401K program
  3. Schedule a meeting with the Financial Advisor – on my list to schedule for August once our schedule calms down a little bit
  4. Payoff Other Outstanding Debt - made another small payment
  5. Pay Bills & File Paperwork
  6. Go grocery shopping one time this week and stay within budget
  7. Sell, giveaway, donate, or through away items no longer usemade another Goodwill donation this week
  8. Take items to the recycling distributor
  9. Make meals with items from pantry, refrigerator, and freezer to use up what we have and eliminate any extra spending

My goals for the upcoming week

Family Goals

  1. Finish reading The Forgotten Filly by Karle Dickerson to the kids.
  2. Read 7 more Stories from the Bad Pets on the Loose by Alan Zullo book to the kids.
  3. Go through 7 more Brain Quest Flash Cards with the kids.
  4. Read through 7 more pages of History Trivia with the kids.
  5. Reflect on our blessings and prayer time with kids every night.
  6. Plan one special activity with the family
  7. Play a Game with the Kids
  8. Create Memories with the Family
  9. Spend Quality time with each family member
  10. Do a new, unique, or different activity with the family this week

Kid Goals

  1. Spend time Monday –Friday encouraging the kids to find creative ways to learn and grow their skills
  2. At least 30 minutes of outside play, fresh air, or activity time a day

Personal Goals

  1. Drink 8 glasses of water, wear FitBit, and do yoga (or at least stretch out) each day

Home (Yard & Pets) Management Goals

  1. Focusing on my Family not the “to do” list

Business Goals

  1. Focusing on my Family not the “to do” list

Ministry Goals

  1. Quality time with my family

Financial Goals

  1. Focusing on my Family not the “to do” list

I think it is important to share and encourage each other as we seek to improve our lives and the lives of those around us.  I want to live intentionally not just hope all my dreams and goals come true.  When I focus on small steps of improvement I am able to see results as I get closer to my goals.  Some weeks I get closer to the goals I have in my life and other weeks a take a few steps back (life happens, emergencies occur, people get sick).  Once the goals are written down and shared it provides a guideline for what I aim to accomplish this week.

Why Share My Goals?

  • To keep me accountable
  • To share a piece of my life with you as I strive to be a better Child of God, Wife, Mom, Friend, Homemaker, Entrepreneur and the many other roles I have each week
  • To have my goals consistently written down so I can gauge progress more accurately
  • Create healthy habits in my life
  • To encourage you to share your goals with me as you continue to grown and learn

How did you do this week on your goals?  Feel free to share or link to your list of weekly goals.

The picture above is one that I created for my own purposes, however, The “SMART” acronym was originally coined 30 years ago by Peter Drucker in his classic work, Management by Results

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Jul 12 2016

It was a great week with my family.  We had some good fun together while accomplishing a lot of little, but much needed tasks around the house and yard.  The girls have been enjoying their summer adventures too!  Love hearing about their days and what they have been learning at camp and the adventures they are enjoying.   Thankful for an opportunity to have an extra day with my family over the July 4th Holiday.

I want to be accountable to you so the following are snip-its of some of the things I am thankful for this past week.

Counting My Blessings – Week In Review:

Monday –Thankful for a great July 4th Holiday to celebrate our country, time with my family, and a chance to have an extra day at home to get some items done!

Tuesday - Thankful that Jake took the girls into summer camp so I could get into work earlier.  Also, grateful that I was able to get off work at lunch to pick up the girls and spend the afternoon with them.  We had a lot of fun hanging out together.

Wednesday - Thankful for Jake and the girls help getting some items done around the house.

Thursday - Thankful for an opportunity to spend extra time with extended family.  It wasn’t on the schedule until last night, but my Grandma Willa was in town visiting so we had an impromptu dinner with Grandma, my brother & his family, Aunt Pat, and my cousins and their families.  We had a great meal, the kids played well, and a good time of catching up.  Grateful for an opportunity to see family.

Friday – Thankful for the girls summer camp and the adventures that they have been able to enjoy this summer.  They met a lot of neat people this week and was able to get in a lot of biking time (also the importance of staying hydrated on hot summer days in South Carolina).  Both girls were grateful for the camel backs this week.

Saturday - Thankful for some time to catch up on projects around the house and yard.  Grateful for Jake and all he does for our family.

Sunday - Thankful for the freedom to worship and fellowship with other believers.

What are you thankful for today?  I encourage you to take the time to write down a few blessings that you have in your life today.  It will help cheer you up and turn your focus on the amazing blessings you encounter each day.

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