• 34 Birthday Goals While 34
    GOALS,  LIVING

    Thirty-Four Birthday Goals

    Well, today I turn another year older. I’m not really big on birthday celebrations. I usually like pick what I want to eat and go on a bit of a local-ish adventure. Other than that I often spend the few weeks leading up to my birthday thinking of goals for the next year. Back when I turned twenty-six (a lifetime ago!) I started making a list of goals based on my age. I like doing this larger list of goals because it forces me to be a bit creative and my list ends up including a number of quick and easy ones, some practical ones and some I need to…

  • Thoughts on My Second Annual Social Media Fast
    GOALS,  LIVING,  SIMPLE LIVING

    Thoughts and Results On Yet Another Social Media Fast

    In December I decided to take what has become my second annual month-ish long social media fast. There is a big part of me that wishes I wasn’t on social media at all and then there is another big part that really enjoys a lot of benefits of social media. Last year I had a six week social media fast and shared some of the things I learned after that. For this year I decided to take the entire month of December off of Facebook and Instagram. To be honest, I didn’t miss it at all.     It seemed kind of funny to take a whole month off of…

  • GOALS,  LIVING

    On Planners, Setting Goals and Habit Tracking

    The beginning of the year always has me thinking all things goals, about my one little word, finding the perfect planner for the year and keeping track of some new habits I want to form. I feel like I have tried every planner known to man and still haven’t found the perfect one. There are little bits from various planners that I like so I usually have a hodge podge of a planner. To be honest, if I was more artistic bullet journaling would be my preferred method, but my writing is kind of a disaster and I can’t draw or doodle to save my life.     So, what…

  • Generous: One Little Word for 2020
    GOALS,  LIVING

    My Word for 2020

    Every year I choose one word as a theme for my year. This year is my TENTH year doing so. Yesterday I shared a recap of my word for 2019 (which was adventure) and I mentioned how I was really hoping my word for 2020 would (or could) be rest or a similar such word. Unfortunately, God seemed to have different plans. I usually start thinking of my word a few weeks before the end of the year and generally there are a few different ones that come to mind. I have come up with a lot of good word options over the years but when the right word comes I…

  • GOALS,  LIVING

    2019: The Year of Adventure

    The one word I chose for myself for 2019 was adventure. I struggled a bit with the word initially because it sounded so entitled, but that’s not how I meant it. I have issues with contentment and part of the reason I chose the word was to find the adventure in the every day. When the year began we had a pile of savings that I had initially planned to be for a Europe trip but I knew God was asking us to do something different with the money. Halfway through the year we began the process to start fostering (we used a lot of that Europe money to make a…

  • My Personal, Blogging and Book-ish Goals for 2020
    BOOKS,  GOALS,  LIVING

    My Personal, Blogging & Book-ish 2020 Goals

    The new year is quickly approaching and I thought I would share my goals for 2020. Since there are still a couple of weeks left in the year I may come back and tweak or add to these goals a bit if I think of anything else. I thought of writing a post on how I did on my 2019 goals but it turns out that I failed at almost all of them. Awesome. To keep 2020 from being a complete failure in regards to goals I plan on using my free monthly printables as well creating a bullet journal-style goal trackers. I will either share more about that here…