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...]


Planning and organization is something that comes naturally to me. I used to be in the event planning industry and the first thing I like to do when planning an event is to close my eyes and imagine the event taking place. I take in the big picture – the sights, the sounds, the smell, the atmosphere, the feel of the space. Then I open my eyes and work my way backwards, jotting down the details and to-do’s necessary to turning that mental picture into a reality. My method has always served me … [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...]


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...]

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...]

My “Eclectic” Preschool Plan

After a year of researching four different philosophies of early childhood education, I can only come to the conclusion that our style of home preschool education will have to be labeled "eclectic", because there are things that I like about all four methods. Therefore, I will do my best to combine all of my favorite elements into one plan that works for our family. If you are not familiar with the four methods that I am speaking of (Waldorf, Montessori, Charlotte Mason, and Reggio … [Read more...]