December Goals

Wow, November went by fast! It was such a busy month for us with Kate's birthday, my sister-in-law's wedding, the unexpected stomach bug, and Thanksgiving. I am glad that this week is a semi-normal week for us with a little bit of margin because next week is a doozy. In balancing homeschooling and ministry and family life and personal goals and creative projects, it helps me to keep a simple list of intentions and goals for the upcoming month so that I can prioritize, use my time wisely, and … [Read more...]

November Goals

I can't believe that November is here already. This is an exciting month for the Medlin family! Kate's first birthday is on the 15th and my sister-in-law is getting married on the 22nd. And then there is Thanksgiving and decorating for Christmas. With so much going on, I jotted down a few goals and intentions for the month to help me stay focused and not get too overwhelmed. Weeks 1 & 2: Prepare for Kate's birthday party Paint kitchen island (a DIY that I promise to blog … [Read more...]

5 Things I Am Doing to Bounce Back

Yesterday I shared with you that my life has felt a bit chaotic lately and that I have been struggling as a result. But, I am ready to get my life back in order, so here are five things I am doing to bounce back. I threw out my 2012 planner and bought a pretty new one because it's the little things that make the mundane more fun. With my new planner, I will get back to planning our meals, my daily time with the boys, my blog posts, and all of the other things I want to be intentional about … [Read more...]

Be the Brand

If I had just waited 3 more days to post this, I could pretend that I am writing a 31 day series in November and that I am right on track. Except that November only has 30 days…so I guess I will just stick with the truth. I am going to complete my 31 days series on cultivating a life of intention with a measure of grace. It might extend on into 2013, but I will finish it. Before I jump into the topic of motherhood, I want to talk about one additional way that I try to be intentional in … [Read more...]

Ponder

I, like so many others, came back from Allume full of excitement about moving forward with my ideas, my blog, and my ministry. But I also came back from Allume having received wisdom from those who have “been there and done that.” And a word that I can’t seem to get off my mind is ponder. I feel like the Lord is telling me to still my restless heart and ponder for just a moment. He knows that I have a fire burning inside of me, a passion to go after whatever it is that He has for me. He … [Read more...]

Go For It

Bucket lists, resolutions, life goals, hopes and dreams – whatever you want to call them, we all have things that we would like to accomplish one day. You may have a specific list written down in a journal somewhere, or you may just have some dreams tucked away in your heart and like an old box of photographs, you occasionally pull them off the back shelf, blow the dust from the lid, and smile tenderly as you look at them one by one. Snapshots of a future you hope to have. Is it just me, or … [Read more...]

Quieting the Noise

To really begin this journey of cultivating a life of intention and grace, we must first quiet the noise in our lives in order to lessen the distractions. I’m not talking about locking all of the kids in the playroom for a few hours so that you can just simply put a thought together, although that has crossed my mind a time or two. I’m talking about those things we turn to when we don’t want to think or do. We all have things we turn to when we want to tune out. Books, television, music, … [Read more...]

So, about those 2012 goals…

Source The other day, I shared with you a bit about my goal planning process. So today, I will tell you my goals (i.e. resolutions) for 2012. Keep in mind, some of these are more like focus areas than specific goals. These are also not necessarily my only goals for 2012, but areas that I know I want to focus on initially. As the year progresses, I will re-evaluate and make additions and changes as necessary. I will also include some of the books I plan to read this year as they line up … [Read more...]

My Goal Planning Process

Source   Sometimes I love it, and sometimes I hate it, but  nonetheless, my brain seems wired to see everything in categories and lists. Several times a year, I sit down and do a big "life evaluation" where I re-evaluate my personal goals and create to-do lists to help me reach those goals. I often feel the need to do this after a period of time where life and schedules have been a little crazy like Christmas. So here I am, January 1, 2011. We just got back from visiting my … [Read more...]

I Did It

I joined with 10,000 people to support a great cause, and ran my first 5K this morning! Phillip and the boys came out to support me and my friend Chelsi, and they were cheering us on at the at the finish line. It was a great way to start my Thanksgiving Day and a tradition that I hope to continue each year. Who knows...maybe next year I'll try for the 10K. We had a wonderful Thanksgiving Dinner celebration with my husband's family this evening. And while many are out in the craziness … [Read more...]