Happy New Yr’s Resolutions!

Been neglecting this blog to work on a new one. That one is much more specific as it’s about me schooling my girls at home, so if you want the link, just hit me up.Β I’m trying to remain anonymous on that one, though, so if you hop on over, just dont address me or the girls by name, kplzthnx! πŸ˜€

I think that between the FlyLady, reading all the homeschooling mom blogs and reading organizing junkie blogs, things are finally beginning to sink in. I decided I have to stop thinking and talking about what I want to do and JUST DO IT. (Wow, what a concept. :P)

To that end, I put together my list of 2012 resolutions, and I started using a daily To-Do List to dump my brain and check off what I’m actually accomplishing.

The Daily Docket (pic is linked) is great,

but I’ve been usingΒ The Pocket Docket:Β 

Either one works if you’re a list person. But, then I realized that even with my lovely Home Management Binder (still a work-in-progress), I’d have to keep printing multiple copies of these dockets and shoving them into my binder only to throw them away by the end of the yr.

I didnt want to do that.

So, I decided to bite the bullet and buy a planner! =O I just havent done that in yrs. Not since I was in college and definitely not after discovering Google Calendar! πŸ˜› But, even though I put all of my appointments on Google Calendar, I dont use the Task function for my To-Do’s. Plus, I dont want to have to always access my phone or computer for the next item on the list. So I put my foot down (against myself) and decided to purchase this:

I’m hoping it’ll be worth it. Even if for just the daily to-do lists and the stickers. πŸ˜› But, honestly, I hope I love it because then I’ll get one every yr and not have to print off list after list or even use notepad after notepad, post-it after post-it (though post-its work wonderfully for my husband and I’m not knocking them!), you get the idea. And I can use my Home Management Notebook for other things, like menu planning. I’m going to get very serious about that this yr. If for no other reason than to practice for the day when we wont be living with my inlaws (really crossing my fingers here), and I cant rely on my MIL for dinner every night. Anyways, I should be taking care of breakfast and lunch, so I’ll start there. I want to provide my husband a nutritious meal to take with him to work. Actually, a few meals. He doesnt eat breakfast at home, and he works 12 hr shifts most days, so he really needs breakfast, lunch and a satiating snack. Once I get that down, I can focus on dinners and eventually meals with both my kids. To that end, aside from the numerous cookbooks and foodie sites I peruse, I went with the FlyLady’s recommendation and bought this:

I had had a sample on my Nook, but again decided to bite the bullet and just BUY IT! I need to start somewhere and it might as well be there. Luckily I have a wonderful Mother’s Helper with me these first few months with Baby Ruth here and she is a great cook who can help me learn some good Chines cooking as well as assist me in trying Western Recipes. (Thanks, T!) I am trying to take advantage of this time to learn to cook, and also to eat better and stay healthy as I breastfeed and attempt to get down to a healthier weight. My husband needs to get healthier, too. And we need to save money so I’d rather we stop buying when I can make stuff. Cant wait to bake bread! πŸ˜€

Ok, on to my goals for this yr. Here’s my list:

1. SPIRITUAL GOALS:

a) Word – Finish last yr’s BSF study on Isaiah by March and finish the Acts/Epistles study from several yrs ago (get notes from friends)

b) Worship – Minimum 10mins/day

c) Prayer –Β Minimum 10mins/day (May start keeping a journal again – I have a moleskin.)

2. FAMILY GOALS:

a) Homeschool Jelly Bean starting in March (17mths old) and keep new blog on it

b) Meal Plan and cook

c) Learn how to encourage/support my husband better (Love Dare Journal & Date Nights)

3. WORK/CAREER GOALS:

a) Find a way to make money from home

b) Work on BIG PROJECT following the Timeline

c) Become Debt-Free – read Dave Ramsey’s Money Makeover

4. MINISTRY GOALS:

a) IGNITE! development

b) Future steps for my English congregation

5. PHYSICAL/HEALTH GOALS:

a) Water, vitamins and enough sleep each day

b) Weight Watchers – join in March

c) Join a YMCA or other family gym for me and Jelly Bean

6. SOCIAL GOALS:

a) Play dates for Jelly Bean with other moms

b) Intentional follow-up with my English congregation (hm, they need a new name)

7. PERSONAL GOALS:

a) Read as many books/magazines as I can (too many lying around here)

b) Get and STAY organized (Home Management Binder and Mom Planner)

c) Stick to goals and commitments

Now that I have everything clearly laid out, including some of the time-frames for each, I feel a lot better. I’m hoping to check everything off this list by Dec 30, 2012. Wish me luck! πŸ˜€

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[Books] 2010 Reading List – Update VI

Revised and Updated in Categories

CELL GROUP Ministry Books for Church

PARENTING

BIBLICAL EQUALITY/MARRIAGE

SPIRITUAL DISCIPLINES

FICTION

[Books] 2010 Reading List – Update V

Some revisions have been made. Two books have been replaced, which I’m in the middle of reading now. And I havent even listed the pregnancy and childbirth books I’m reading along the way!! πŸ˜›

[Books] 2010 Reading List – Update IV

[Books] 2010 Reading List – Update III

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I’m a little obsessed these days with reclaiming my journal writing days. There’s even a blog I subscribe to called Inkophile which is dedicated to journals and writing. I’ve also been looking around at handwriting books online to prepare for future homeschooling. I see the state of my students’ handwriting at work and it makes me so disgusted. I mean, really! How can they learn the value of writing Chinese characters well when they have lost the thrill of the art of handwriting all together?! American public school education is very disappointing… But, I digress.

I went out and bought my very first Moleskin journal from B&N right after I returned from URBANA. It’s huge and blank with graph-paper-like tiny grids and I LOVE IT! ^_^ I love the graph paper for keeping things neat. And I’m loving this journal for transferring my loose notes into a coherent book. I’m not consistent with writing in it, but that’s not really the point of it all. After all, I have at least 2 blogs… >_>, my email and a host of other places where ‘memories’ are recorded and stored. I dont need to keep everything in there like I used to do with my journals of old. I have already transferred my notes from the Hillsong Conference this past summer and I’m almost done transferring my URBANA notes. It’s actually really fun to be WRITING again. As opposed to typing, I mean, which I do ALL THE TIME. (A product of my generation, no doubt.)

I plan to use it also to record some of my thoughts and feelings about my pregnancy. I almost want to write my baby notes! Maybe I will and compile them later into that digital scrapbook I was talking about last time. (For Sushi — thanks for the link! I need software for my MAC, like Photoshop, in order to put it all together. Argh!)

As I’ve had to drop my seminary course this semester, I cant use my new journal for one of the purposes I bought it — to record my seminary course notes. BUT, I figure this is God giving me a way to still use the money ppl gave for my seminary class (which I will hopefully be refunded soon), to take these 3 other courses (cheaper and self-paced correspondence) for my PASTORAL LICENSE.Β  (More on that in a future blog.) I will definitely use my journal to record the notes from those courses b/c they’re very self-counseling in nature and I’m sure that I’ll discover a lot.

Going back to what I was talking about in the beginning, one thing I’m definitely going to use this journal for is practicing my handwriting. I am looking at Write Now, which is the adult version of the kids’ curriculum (Getty-Dubay Italic) that I want to use with my own kids. I was thinking of buying a copy, but the link above will take you to the Google open version of the book and almost everything is right there for the reading! So, yay! Saves me $40! πŸ˜€ The Portland State U site also has sample pages to download which I’ve printed to actually practice on. There are also practice copy books you can get with the Italic series, so you can practice writing things that actually have purpose.

Just writing about it makes me want to pick it up again! To make things even more interesting for my writing, I’m also using my Muji pens! It doesnt get better than this. πŸ˜‰

[Books] 2010 Reading List – Update II

Decided to lump the Twilight series together. I’m on Eclipse right now.

[Books] 2010 Reading List – Update I

Update on Reading List.

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My Sunday blogs are dedicated to Books, Rest and Health. I guess I should call it a Sabbath post since that’s more in line with what I want to achieve this yr – sabbath. I’m hoping that blogging about my struggles to rest will keep me accountable to actually achieving that rest. Books are a major factor in resting. If I’m reading, then I’m relaxed. And I’m not talking about reading my Google Reader! πŸ˜› I do that EVERYDAY. -__- I mean, reading good books, even e-books. As long as they’re books. Resting can also include napping or sitting quietly. Even reading the Bible or a devotional. And Health is all about how trying to achieve this sabbath will help stave off my anxiety attacks and improve my sleep. Need to get myself healthy. I’m 32 and I want to have healthy babies… πŸ˜‰

[Rest] Lack Thereof

Didnt do too much resting this past wk – or today, for that matter. Overall, it was a suck-ass wk for me. I cant even believe the crap that happened even though it started so nicely with the celebration of my birthday. Having my laptop stolen was bad enough, but then my students drew me over the edge with their incessant whining. -__- I’m not kidding. Can anyone say MANIPULATION? Tears are like blackmail and they know it. I dont want that class to ever speak to me again.

Oh yea – rest. So, I have been trying to get myself more organized this yr so that I can spend more time doing the things I NEED to do – rest, as well as the things I want to do. I even downloaded a free e-book from some other blog I cant remember, but the site is called Inspired to Action. It’s really for busy moms, but I found it helpful, too, even if it is a bit simplistic. I plan to look it over again. She gives nice charts and handouts to help you start organizing your morning routine. I dont know if I really have the motivation to do it, but honestly I feel like it’s what I should’ve been doing for the past x-number of yrs now. And if I dont make it a habit soon, it’ll be worse once I start having kids.

I’ve been keeping up so far with half of my New Yr’s Resolutions. The ones that have to do with reading anyway. πŸ˜› And I love how God even ties them in with what I need to speak on or mention at church. I’m a bit behind on My Utmost for His Highest, but since that’s a daily devo, I dont mind skipping a few days. They arent consecutive in theme or thought. Hubby and I have also missed a few days of Love Dare Journal. But those are very simple, too. We can catch up tonite. And speaking of night — I have to start going to bed earlier. Sigh. Rest and sleep. They’re sorta related.

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My Sunday blogs are dedicated to Books, Rest and Health. I guess I should call it a Sabbath post since that’s more in line with what I want to achieve this yr – sabbath. I’m hoping that blogging about my struggles to rest will keep me accountable to actually achieving that rest. Books are a major factor in resting. If I’m reading, then I’m relaxed. And I’m not talking about reading my Google Reader! πŸ˜› I do that EVERYDAY. -__- I mean, reading good books, even e-books. As long as they’re books. Resting can also include napping or sitting quietly. Even reading the Bible or a devotional. And Health is all about how trying to achieve this sabbath will help stave off my anxiety attacks and improve my sleep. Need to get myself healthy. I’m 32 and I want to have healthy babies… πŸ˜‰

[Books] 2010 Reading List

In an attempt to keep my blogging consistent this yr – which is not a New Yr’s Resolution, but still something good to do – I am going to try to create templates of each topic. They will be posted in italics on the bottom so that you can see the flow. I’m stealing this idea from my good friend Hosive. Imitation is the highest form of flattery, my friend. πŸ˜‰

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I blogged about my Bible readings earlier this morning. Two posts in one day! Wow – must be my birthday! πŸ˜› (Yes, I turn 32 tomorrow. Woot-woot!) But, I wanted to make a list of the books I wanted to get read this yr. There’s a challenge going on called 52 books in 52 weeks. Dude. I’d be all over that if not for full-time teaching, part-time seminary and part-time pastoring. 😦 So, while trying not to overdo it, I still have books I need to get read. Here they are, and I will check them off as I go:

Side-note: I also made a sub-calendar for Prayer in my Google Calendar to help me remember to pray through what I’m reading (processing and applying are super-important), as well as name the ppl I need to lift up on a daily basis.

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My Sunday blogs are dedicated to Books, Rest and Health. I guess I should call it a Sabbath post since that’s more in line with what I want to achieve this yr – sabbath. I’m hoping that blogging about my struggles to rest will keep me accountable to actually achieving that rest. Books are a major factor in resting. If I’m reading, then I’m relaxed. And I’m not talking about reading my Google Reader! πŸ˜› I do that EVERYDAY. -__- I mean, reading good books, even e-books. As long as they’re books. Resting can also include napping or sitting quietly. Even reading the Bible or a devotional. And Health is all about how trying to achieve this sabbath will help stave off my anxiety attacks and improve my sleep. Need to get myself healthy. I’m 32 and I want to have healthy babies… πŸ˜‰