Goals 2017: Faith and Finances

Time for my last three categories of goals.  These three focus around faith and finances.   In case you missed it, last week I shared my goals for health and wellness and the week before relationships.  The finance goals are a bit more challenging for me as it’s not an area I’m terribly interested in, yet I KNOW I need to pay attention and get my finances in order.  Anyone else feel the same way?  So let’s start with faith since it’s much easier.  Faith.  Why?  For me, my faith is something I want to be the center of my life.  I want my faith to be reflected in how I live, the decisions I make and how I treat others.  So, it only makes sense to focus on it, right?  How? Daily devotions (right now I’m working through Savor: Living Abundantly Where You Are, As You Are and like all of Shauna Niequist’s works, I LOVE it), get my family to church regularly, meet with my small group weekly and make sure to give thanks daily for my many blessings. Finances.  Why? I’m getting to that age where I need to be seriously thinking about paying for college, retirement, etc.  I haven’t exactly ignored our finances, but I’m not as on top of them as I could/should be.  How?  Gather all the financial info and decide if each area is in the best shape it could be – if not, make appropriate adjustments; figure out where I’d like to be in ten years; make a plan to get there; execute the plan. Day Job.  Why?   I spend a lot of hours...
Your FREE Holiday Challenge

Your FREE Holiday Challenge

    This Holiday Challenge is SO.MUCH.FUN!  I participated last year (and plan on participating again this year), and I highly recommend signing up!!! Jey is an amazing, intuitive coach with so much knowledge and joy to share.  In fact, I just finished her year long Mentor Masterclass training and learned so much while enjoying every minute! Regardless of whether you are interested in coaching as a career or not, please do yourself a favor and sign up for her free challenge – click on the picture above for all the details! *affiliate links in this...
Let’s SLOW DOWN & Simplify in October

Let’s SLOW DOWN & Simplify in October

As promised, I want to give you time to check out the next month’s books at the library or order them from the bookstore.  So, here’s a little taste of what I’ll be working on/ reviewing in October: So I’ve had this book for a few years now and have “started” it several times but I just don’t follow through.  Which is crazy since many of the chapters delve into EXACTLY what I work on with my clients (the cobbler’s son and all I guess).  Hopefully the accountability of blogging about it will keep me on track this month.  I can’t promise I’ll manage the weekends so this might bleed into November a little bit.  I try very hard to keep my weekends family oriented, so I typically don’t do anything work-related. Another good book that I’ve owned and “tried” to follow a few times in the past year or so.  Once again, I’m hoping accountability will motivate me to complete the entire 30 days.  Some of these tasks are longer (for example, it’s going to take me much longer than 30 minutes to go through my photos ~ chapter 25), so I know this will take me more than the stated 30 days.  However, I will commit to getting through all of it a few chapters a week.  I’ll announce on my Facebook page each Monday which chapters I plan on tackling in case you want to follow along – then we can re-cap on Fridays. In addition, since I just read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing last month (look for...
Jump Start Your Day

Jump Start Your Day

How are your mornings going?  Fully into the back to school routine?  Or are you feeling frazzled and at a loss as to how they fly by with you feeling stressed, yelling and rushing?  If this sounds familiar, I encourage you to watch this replay of my latest Google+ Hangout – it’s only ten minutes and I share my best ideas on how to jump start your day. Ready for the links to the resources I mentioned?  Here you go: Makeover Your Mornings by Crystal Paine – this is a great 14 day e-course.  Crystal gives solid and easy to implement tips and strategies to help you create a better start to your day. Morning Success Ritual by Jeannine Yoder – Jeannine is an intuitive coach who dives deep in this program to help you create a morning ritual to set you up for success throughout the rest of your day. Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time is the book I’m working through this month on the blog.  For some of my thoughts on it so far, check out this post and this one.  It’s a GREAT book to improve productivity and improve your business success! Finally, if you haven’t picked it up yet, get your FREE copy of my 7 favorite ways to create a happier and healthier week!  Get your copy HERE. *affiliate links on this...
Am I REALLY Becoming More Productive?

Am I REALLY Becoming More Productive?

Yes, I think I have been! It’s been a ton of fun working through Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time this month and actually completing the action steps each day.  This book is chock full of terrific tips for improving your productivity and getting the RIGHT things done.  Earlier in the month, I shared my thoughts from the first four chapters, so today I’ll be focusing on days 5 through 12 (remember I’m only reading chapters Monday – Friday). One of my favorite tools so far is using the ABCDE method (Chapter 6).  I have been doing this everyday and it IS helpful to know I can’t start on a B or C item until all the A’s are done.  I do find myself assigning too many A’s (A-1, A-2, etc.) so I need to curb that habit quickly! I also really loved Chapter 8 – Apply the Law of Three.  A few favorite quotes from this chapter: your ultimate goal is to live a long, happy, and healthy life ~Brian Tracy Sounds just like my website tagline! resolve to work all the time you work This is such solid advice.  It’s really easy to say “I worked so many hours today” if you were “at work” for a long time, but the real question is, did you really work those hours, or were they spent chatting, on social media or other non-work related tasks? Finally, Chapter 9 – Prepare Thoroughly Before You Begin had another great rule of thumb: Get it 80% right and then correct it later. Chapter 2 in The 7...
Week 1 Productivity Update

Week 1 Productivity Update

Have you been playing along with me this month?  There is still plenty of time to join!  Check out the details HERE. One week down – am I feeling more productive?  Yes, I actually am.  Even more important, I’m feeling more focused.  Several of the exercises from Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time are really good ones for determining WHAT you should be working on each day.  I will definitely go back and re-do chapters 1, 2 and 3 in late December when I am creating my 2016 annual goals.  On to the review . . . Instead of using a new notebook for this project, I’ve been using the back, blank pages of my daily planner (this is the one I own and I LOVE it – this isn’t an affiliate link, I just think it’s a great planner).  I think this will be a fantastic way for me to keep my projects and tasks forefront and center – even when the month of September is over.  I’ve also created my master list in the back of the planner (thanks to chapter 3) where it is easy for me to add to it, cross things off and refer to it when I’m planning my days and weeks. I created three categories for my master list:  personal, business and day job.  Interesting how my personal list is SO much longer than the other two.  Breaking my desired to-do’s up also helps me to determine what is most important from each category to focus on daily.  I’m a firm believer that to have a...

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