April Goal Update For 2015 Goals

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10 Goals For 2015

My Mind

1. Read 52 books this year. 

Up to 14 books so far. My favorite that I read in March was “In The Pit With A Lion On A Snowy Day” all about being fearless and chasing your dreams. Very inspiring read. I should be at 17 books read but I am not worried as I read more in summer time.

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 My Health

I had a few health problems pop up last year, that left me thinking I have reached that age where I should be paying more attention to it so I set two goals for my fitness and one goal  for eating habits.

Make A Fitness Goal For This YearHow to set and track a yearly milage goal (med)

2. 1200 Miles Ran in 2015

By the time April closes out on Thursday I will have made 100 miles for April plus one more mile to make for February’s shortage (as of this morning I am at 95.25 miles and need make it to 101 miles  to finish catching up). What is really helping is that now with the good weather my redhead runner and I are running a 10 mile run pretty much every Saturday.

3. Take an overnight, multi-day bike ride trip with my son

I was hoping to at least get our bikes out and ride a few times but it has been so windy and rainy this month that it hasn’t happened, but it will.

6 habits to form this year for healthier eating creating good eating habits one inch at a time (med)

4. Take six small steps over the year to build better eating habits

I did better at charting this month and I went back to doing the ABS Diet. I did really well with it a few years back. It helps me not over eat as the foods on it fill me up for fewer calories, plus I feel like I don’t have to change my eating habits much to make it work for me. This month I was suppose to be concentrating on carrying around water by mid month I finally found a travel mug we own that works really well for me. It fits perfectly in my SUV’s cup holder and the side pocket of my craft bag. I also broke down and bought a case of water just because sometimes I forget until last minute and the pre-filled water bottles are so convenient when I am in a rush.

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My Marriage

These goals are ones I set and made in 2014 and I liked how they strengthened my marriage so much that I am doing them again.

5. 1 real date a month with my hubby each and every month: A meal of BBQ followed by ice cream! YUM

6. 1 weekend getaway per season just the 2 of us. : This seasons getaway will be a honeymoon (we never went on one when we got married 20 years ago) We booked it this month! So excited.

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My Home

52 Weeks To A Simplified Home Decluttering A Home One Inch At A Time (med)

7. Declutter one area of my home each and every week of the year.

Trudging though this goal and although it still is my least favorite task every week the results are really beginning to show. Our home take a lot less time to clean up now.

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My Business

8. Write a 30,000 word ebook.

Up to 35,000 words and going through a first major edit and rewrite. After that I will edit it one more time myself and then ship it off to be professionally edited.

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My Spirit

9. Do a word study in the bible  of the words, discipline, diligence and self control.

DONE all three words so now I moved on to disgrace.

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My Wow Goal

10. I like keeping my wow goal very private as it is so dear to my heart. It is just as big as last year if not bigger.

This is not going well at all. It is like I have hit a ceiling and just can’t make progress but I did something big this month that I think should help.

Did you set any goals for yourself this year? If so tell me about them in the comments. Also consider joining my Snail Pacing Goal Achievers Facebook group where I will be sharing my goal updates as well as creating and environment that will encourage women to reach their goals one inch at a time.

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Goal Update For 2015

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It is hard to believe that we are already almost 1/4  of the way through 2015 already!

goals for 2015You can view my goals for 2015 in full here. Here is how I did with my goals for the month of March.

My Mind

1. Read 52 books this year. 

I have read 11 books so far which means I am currently a bit behind of my goal of one a week. I am not too worried though since when we go camping in summer time I often read several books in one week.

My Health

Make A Fitness Goal For This YearHow to set and track a yearly milage goal (med)2. 1200 Miles Ran in 2015

I ran 106 miles in January and 83 miles in February to get back on track I needed to run 111 miles in March. So  far I have ran 99 3/4  but there are 2 days left in March and I hope to knock out 6 1/4 today which would leave me just 5 miles behind. I will try and make up those 5 miles in April. (view the whole goal here)

3. Take an overnight, multi-day bike ride trip with my son

No progress on this goal yet but I am thinking in April the temperatures should get nice enough to get in a few training bike rides with my son. In these training rides I should see if the problems that plagued me last year are entirely fixed up or not.

6 habits to form this year for healthier eating creating good eating habits one inch at a time (med)4. Take six small steps over the year to build better eating habits

Who would have thought that remembering to grab just one more thing on the way out the door would be so hard. This March and Aprils goal is to bring water with me every where. I am trying but making this a habit is turning out to be tougher than I thought.

I also slipped up on charting calories for 2 whole weeks, which was the goal from January and February. I am back on track though and charted what I ate several days this week. (view all 6 habits here)

My Marriage

These goals are ones I set and made in 2014 and I liked how they strengthened my marriage so much that I am doing them again.

5. 1 real date a month with my hubby each and every month (no quick bite to eat and an errand).

Can I count a trip out of town  to the nearest Fedex to pick up my new to me refurbished iPhone 5C from Ting count? We did have dinner out there, and he did buy me flowers while we shopped at Aldi together. Okay probably not . So failed on this goal in March.

6. 1 weekend getaway per season just the 2 of us.

We had our winter getaway in February and have an extra special getaway planned for late spring.

My Home

52 Weeks To A Simplified Home Decluttering A Home One Inch At A Time (med)7. Declutter one area of my home each and every week of the year.

I am inching along with this goal here on the blog every Tuesday. The whole family is already feeling the benefits . The house is easier to pick up and it is easier to find things.

My Business

8. Write a 30,000 word ebook.

I am so excited to say that I have written 30,000 words and am now shooting for 35,000 to 40,000.

My Spirit

9. Do a word study in the bible  of the words, discipline, diligence and self control.

I took March off from this so that I could March through the Proverbs and I am so glad I did, I always learn so much when I take time to read through the book of Proverbs.

My Wow Goal

10. I like keeping my wow goal very private as it is so dear to my heart. It is just as big as last year if not bigger.

I am working on this goal but progress is going very slow. I am trying to remain positive though.

Did you set any goals for yourself this year? If so tell me about them in the comments. Also consider joining my Snail Pacing Goal Achievers Facebook group where I will be sharing my goal updates as well as creating and environment that will encourage women to reach their goals one inch at a time.

If you find yourself constantly making goals but never pursuing them or reaching them, I recommend reading 21 Days To A More Disciplined Life. An ebook by Crystal Paine that will help you break down your goals and develop the discipline to reach them.

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10 Goals For 2015 Update

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2 months of 2015 are already gone! It seems like every year seems to fly by faster than the last one.

goals for 2015This month I don’t feel like I made a lot of progress on my goals. I blame it on the cold Indiana weather that we have experienced all month long. Freezing temperatures inspire me to wrap up in a blanket with a hot cup of something and dream of warm weather, and that really isn’t in my goal list; perhaps I could add it :) .

10 Goals For 2015

52 plus books read in 2015 (smallest)

My Mind

1. Read 52 books this year. 

I have currently read 8 books so I am right on target for this goal.

My Health

Make A Fitness Goal For This YearHow to set and track a yearly milage goal (med)

2. 1200 Miles Ran in 2015

I didn’t quite hit 100 miles ran for this month.  I ran 84. Indiana weather was against me, for outdoor runs  most of February and I can only take so many miles of what I like to call the dreadmill (aka treadmill) . I am not in a panic over making up the miles though as I ran an extra 6 last month so that means I am just 10 miles behind on this goal, which I think I can make up easily once outdoor running weather returns.

3. Take an overnight, multi-day bike ride trip with my son

This goal won’t happen until late spring or early summer, but I am looking forward to it already.

6 habits to form this year for healthier eating creating good eating habits one inch at a time (med)

4. Take six small steps over the year to build better eating habits

You can read a detailed post on how I am doing with this goal here. It is hard work but I am making progress.

My Marriage

5. 1 real date a month with my hubby each and every month (meaning an errand can’t be the main focus of our time together)

We went out to our favorite BBQ restaurant using a Groupon one evening.

6. 1 weekend getaway per season just the 2 of us.

We finally managed to do our winter getaway night. We kept it thrifty by using the gift cards that I earned from Black Friday shopping for our meals. We paid for most of the hotel room with Christmas money my husband’s parents sent us.

Except for my accident, we had a great time.

My Home

7. Declutter one area of my home each and every week of the year.

It is only because of my readers that I am continuing this goal. I think God is using you to grow discipline in me when it comes to dealing with my clutter mess. Seriously, I am like a whiny baby when it comes to tackling my decluttering area each week and yet when it is done I am always glad I did it.

I am hoping by the end of the year this will become just as natural as working out is for me. I do it because, I know it is worth it in the end.

My Business

8. Write a 30,000 word ebook.

After asking a few times on Facebook what topics people would like to see me write about I realized that I already started and abandoned an ebook years ago that lined up exactly with the topic people were asking me to write. I spent one day in a nearby Panera thanks to a Mypoints earned gift card, and reread through the existing ebook.

Thankfully much of what I had written was  usable and I have already started reworking areas that were not top notch, and adding more information to those areas that I felt I needed to go deeper in. Right now it is around 23,000 words so I have a good start on this goal.

My Spirit

9. Do a word study in the bible  of the words, discipline, diligence and self control.

I just finished the word diligence and am moving on to self control. I won’t make progress on this goal during the month of March though as each and every March I like to “March through the Proverbs” reading one chapter a day all 31 days. I read with a journal in hand, writing down verses that jump out at me. At the end of the month I always feel like I have learned so much and grown closer to the Lord.

My Wow Goal

10. I like keeping my wow goal very private as it is so dear to my heart. It is just as big as last year if not bigger.

This goal is not going well. I just can’t seem to get focused on it. I need a bit of inspiration, just not sure where to find it yet.

Did you set any goals for yourself this year? If so tell me about them in the comments. Also consider joining my Snail Pacing Goal Achievers Facebook group where I am sharing my goal updates as well as creating and environment that will encourage women to reach their goals one inch at a time. (most who have joined so far are doing the 52 Weeks To An Organized Home with me but other goals are welcome)

If you find yourself constantly making goals but never pursuing them or reaching them, I recommend reading 21 Days To A More Disciplined Life. An ebook by Crystal Paine that will help you break down your goals and develop the discipline to reach them.

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2015 Goal Update

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goals for 2015This year I am updating you on my goals the first Monday of every month to hope that having to tell you how I am doing each month will keep me more on track to reaching each and every one this year.  You can view my goals in detail here.

10 Goals For 2015

My Mind

1. Read 52 books this year. 

I read  5 books in January.

My Health

Make A Fitness Goal For This YearHow to set and track a yearly milage goal (med)2. 1200 Miles Ran in 2015

WOW running 100 miles month requires a lot of discipline but I did it! In fact I ran 106 miles total. Some miles were walked but I was okay with that as when I made the goal I told myself I could walk 25% if needed.

3. Take an overnight, multi-day bike ride trip with my son

This goal won’t take place until late spring, but I am doing all I can right now to make sure I get my doctor’s okay, since she is the one who highly recommended I cancel this trip last year which was hard for me; I don’t like being a mom that backs out of plans with my kids.

6 habits to form this year for healthier eating creating good eating habits one inch at a time (med)4. Take six small steps over the year to build better eating habits

The plans for this challenge is to practice a new healthy habit every 2 months until it becomes engrained. January I concentrated on charting calories. I haven’t being doing as well as I hoped on this challenge charting probably on average 4 days out of the week. But it is making a difference in how I eat. I find myself being more mindful about what I am putting in my mouth.

My Marriage

5. 1 real date a month with my hubby each and every month

In January my husband and I attended the RV show together in Indy. We had a lot of fun checking out all the RV’s from the ones not much bigger than a tent to the ones almost as big as our first home as a married couple.

6. 1 weekend getaway per season just the 2 of us.

There just wasn’t a good weekend for us to get away for our winter getaway in January and I don’t see it happening in February either so hopefully early March; after all it is not officially spring until late March.

My Home

52 Weeks To A Simplified Home Decluttering A Home One Inch At A Time (med)

7. Declutter one area of my home each and every week of the year.

I am so glad with all the people who are joining in and decluttering their homes one inch at a time with me. There are currently over 50 people in the Snail Pacing Goal Achievers facebook group and although I made it clear in the description that it was a place for all those working on any goal the majority are in there discussing what they are decluttering and getting cheers and encouragement from others.

I finished the Library room over the month of January and I cannot believe how much larger the room feels; and so it should with 4 boxes off stuff out of it.

My Business

8. Write a 30,000 word ebook.

This is one goal I really have not made much headway on. I asked those who follow me on Facebook, what they would like to see me write about and those that did take time to respond mentioned the same topic I was thinking of writing on, so I guess I know for sure the topic now but that is all.

My Spirit

9. Do a word study in the bible  of the words, discipline, diligence and self control.

I finished studying discipline since I actually started studying it in late November. I am now studying the word diligence.

My Wow Goal

10. I like keeping my wow goal very private as it is so dear to my heart. It is just as big as last year if not bigger.

I feel like I am making good headway in making sure that I meet at least 1 of the 2 parts of my wow goal this year. I need to take more action if I am to reach the second part.

If you find yourself constantly making goals but never pursuing them or reaching them, I recommend reading 21 Days To A More Disciplined Life. An ebook by Crystal Paine that will help you break down your goals and develop the discipline to reach them.

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7 Ways I Help My Body Get A Better Night’s Sleep

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I had always had trouble falling asleep, until I put a routine in place that helps. I have certainly not become one of those people that falls asleep the minute they hit the pillow but I do now fall into a deep slumber within minutes, which is so much better than the hours is use to take me.

7 ways I help my body get a better night's sleepIf I don’t sleep well, I am not productive at all. In order to keep all the balls I am juggling I need my sleep. Here are 7 things I have found that help me not just get more sleep but sleep better

7 Ways I Help My Body Get A Better Night’s Sleep

1. I wait until I am tired to go to bed

In winter especially I  think about how great it would be to curl under the covers with a good book, but for some reason this always messes with my body’s “time for sleep” signals and I fall asleep too early only to wake up three hours later wide awake and unable to get back to sleep.

I also notice if I stay up past being tired, I get a second burst of energy about an hour later and if I should push through tired to that one, sleep that night will not be happening.

2. I turn off screens about 1 hour before sleep

I am not perfect about this but I notice that I get a deeper sleep when I shut down my computer and read a real book and not one on my kindle paperwhite about 1 hour before bed.  Sometimes I break this rule to do some TV watching but I do notice that when I do I don’t sleep as well. I try my best to spend the last hour I am up curled up on the couch  reading in a room without TV.

3. I moved my mug of coffee to first thing in the morning

I use to have a cup of coffee mid afternoon as a wake me up, but I was noticing last year that  I wasn’t sleeping well (I was waking up periodically throughout the night), so I decided to switch my coffee to first thing in the morning and a mug of green tea in the early afternoon. Sure enough I started sleeping well again (age perhaps?).

4. I exercise almost daily

I notice a big difference in my ability to fall sleep and stay asleep on the days I do exercise versus the days I don’t. So much so that I now try to at least fit a 30 minute walk in on my rest days from running and biking.

Of course timing is everything with workouts helping me sleep. If I work out too late in the day, they keep me up. For me I get my workout done by 5 pm at the latest.

5. I keep a gratitude journal

There is just something about writing down a few blessings before bed that takes your mind off your worries and allows you to drift into slumber peacefully.

6. I read a devotional

Right now I am reading Jesus Today, which is good but not as good as Jesus Is Calling which was my last years devotional. I find ending my day with a few words on the word keeps me from letting worries keep me up. (my morning devotion time is when I study God’s word in more depth)

7. I keep only magazines by the bed

If I am still not quite ready to turn out the lights after writing in my gratitude journal and reading my devotional I might read an article or two of a magazine. I don’t allow myself to read books as I find that I am horrible about getting so caught up in the story that I read way way past being tired, and then never do sleep right.

Doing these 7 things over and over helps me get the rest I need to be productive day after day.

 Is there a tip you would add to my list that helps you get a better night sleep?

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52 Weeks To A Simplified Home: Project One

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This week went by really fast, and I will be honest I left my decluttering project until yesterday evening. Honestly this is one New Year’s goal I wouldn’t keep if it wasn’t for all of you that are joining along with me.

Which is why I decided to create a Facebook group for all of us. I am calling it Snail Pace Goal Achievers so that I can use it for those of you who might not be joining me for 52 Weeks To A Simplified Home but might have set a mileage goal or have decided to join along in my quest to eat better this year.  You can find and join it here.

Now for what  I decluttered this week.

bookcase beforeI decided to start in the room we call our library room. I started with the small wooden bookcase that holds the kids books. A lot of these books are too young for my children and others we could easily get at the library if needed.

books for saleI ended up with almost an entire box of books to put away until the annual homeschooler’s second hand curriculum sale I sell at each year. This might seem to go against my “worth $20 or more resell rule” as each book is only worth .50 cents to a dollar at the sale, but this whole box will bring me at least $20 and I already have the date  of the sale saved on the calendar.

book case with spaceThis is what the book case looked like when I was done. Those books on the lower shelf are the read aloud books that we loved reading to our kids so much we just can’t part with them. book shelf refilledThis is what the bookcase looks like now. I took all the books  from my “to read”  pile that I had in a different area of our home and placed them on the shelf. They all fit perfectly, which now opens up that area for something else.

My plan is to not just declutter but to find homes for things as I go.  I am hoping  this will eliminate our embarrassing floor piles for good.

If you are wondering where I got so many books to read, well most of them come from Tyndale Rewards, Paperback Swap, yard sales and thrift stores, I don’t spend much on books.

What area of your home did you declutter this week? Share it in the comments below,  share the URL to an Instagram picture showing the before and after if you want.  Don’t forget to join the Facebook group so we can share our decluttering goal reaching journeys there as well as tips and tricks we learn that help us along the way.

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10 Goals For 2015

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I didn’t do so well with my goals for 2014. Some of it was due to health issues that came about but a lot of it was because I got so concentrated on my wow goal that I put most of the other goals on the back burner so I had more time to reach it.

goals for 2015

It was a bit discouraging to see so many goals left undone, but I don’t really regret it since reaching my wow goal was an amazing feeling. This year however I am going to try to be a bit more balanced and so some of my yearly goals are the same ones I have already achieved in past years, that I think I just need to do year after year to live a well rounded life, like reading 52 books each year.

Other goals are new but I took the time this year to plot out exactly how I was going to pursue each one. Breaking goals down into snail pacing steps gives me a feeling of already succeeding when I have barely begun.

I also didn’t follow my formula for the 3 areas of my life with 3 goals in each, and a wow goal like I did last year.

Instead I just stuck to 10 and really thought about which ones on my “would love to do it” goal storming list I felt the strongest about.

10 Goals For 2015

My Mind

1. Read 52 books this year. 

I truly believe that I grow so much by reading. I also think it sets a good example for my kids, who I want to be life long learners too. Those two things made me want to make 52 books a year one of my permanent yearly goals.

My Health

I had a few health problems pop up last year, that left me thinking I have reached that age where I should be paying more attention to it so I set two goals for my fitness and one goal  for eating habits.

Make A Fitness Goal For This YearHow to set and track a yearly milage goal (med)

2. 1200 Miles Ran in 2015

Thursdays post will explain this goal in more detail but essentially I want to run 100 miles each and every month of 2015.

3. Take an overnight, multi-day bike ride trip with my son

I wanted to do this with my son in 2014, but my doctor told me I had to stay off the bike for a few months during prime biking season. So I am going to make it happen this year, as my son was very disappointed and so was I.

6 habits to form this year for healthier eating creating good eating habits one inch at a time (med)

4. Take six small steps over the year to build better eating habits

Wednesdays post this week will explain my plan for this in more detail but basically I have come up with 6 habits I want to make a part of my life that will fix bad eating habits and instill new good eating habits.

My Marriage

These goals are ones I set and made in 2014 and I liked how they strengthened my marriage so much that I am doing them again.

5. 1 real date a month with my hubby each and every month (no quick bite to eat and an errand).

6. 1 weekend getaway per season just the 2 of us.

My Home

52 Weeks To A Simplified Home Decluttering A Home One Inch At A Time (med)

I am very excited about this goal and I am hoping others will join me. Tomorrow’s post is going to share all the details of my goal and a challenge for you to join me.

7. Declutter one area of my home each and every week of the year.

My Business

8. Write a 30,000 word ebook.

I have had write an ebook on my goal list for years, but never pursue it to the end.  This time though, I have set deadlines for myself from picking the topic, to word counts to hit each week, to when I need to send it to editors and when I want to launch it.

My Spirit

9. Do a word study in the bible  of the words, discipline, diligence and self control.

My Wow Goal

10. I like keeping my wow goal very private as it is so dear to my heart. It is just as big as last year if not bigger.

Did you set any goals for yourself this year? If so tell me about them in the comments. Also consider joining my Snail Pacing Goal Achievers Facebook group where I will be sharing my goal updates as well as creating and environment that will encourage women to reach their goals one inch at a time.

If you find yourself constantly making goals but never pursuing them or reaching them, I recommend reading 21 Days To A More Disciplined Life. An ebook by Crystal Paine that will help you break down your goals and develop the discipline to reach them.

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Giveaway With 3 Winners And Why I Want You To Set A Wow Goal

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Last week something pretty cool happened. I reached the wow goal I set for 2014.

Set A WOW goal for 2015 And the book that will help you make and reach it.

 

what a wow goal is to me

A WOW goal is a goal  so big that you don’t want to tell it to the whole world; not because you fear you might fall flat on your face when you attempt it, but because the enormity of it makes the goal very personal and close to your heart.

A  WOW goal is so big you can only accomplish it if God really did lay it on your heart and therefore He comes in and holds your hand every step of the way, picking you up when you fall, sending you words of encouragement when those voices of doubt say you can’t and patting you on the back when you make it one step closer.

I still remember how I felt when I set it, I thought it wasn’t possible. I really thought I wouldn’t be able to reach it. I didn’t even like saying it out loud to people, or typing it down because I truly thought it wouldn’t happen no matter how badly I wanted it to.

My wow goal would be insignificant to many, but it was significant to me. I wanted to replace my husband’s income from a second job he had to stop doing when he started working in a different department of the hospital, due to the hours of the two positions conflicting with one another.

The loss of that job made our month to month budget pretty tight. I wanted to make our budget go from tight to breathable again. I set my goal at replacing that second job’s take home income.

I knew to do that I needed to make my goal a two part goal, first enlarging my audience and then increasing my sources of income.

With the help of my running partner picking me up when I got down, a few key bloggers  sharing my work and giving me great wisdom and advice, my husband pitching in more around the house, my children learning to cooking more, and God reminding me over and over I was capable,  I did it, WE DID IT.

Today I want to celebrate with you, because truthfully without my readers, I would have never reached my goals. Thanks for coming again and again to visit my site.

I can’t think of a better way to celebrate with you than a giveaway of 3 copies of the book that inspired me to set my wow goal.

My friend Crystal Paine of Money Saving Mom has generously agreed to send 3 winners a copy of her best selling book Say Goodbye To Survival Mode: 9 Strategies To Stress Less, Sleep More and Restore Your Passion For Life.


Say Goodbye To Survival Mode Giveaway

It was Chapter 3, the chapter on goal setting, that when I read it I knew God wanted me to set a wow goal and stick to it.

Which brings me to you, I want you to set a wow goal for 2015.

As I write this there are  just over 5 weeks left in the year. Take some time in those 5 weeks to grab a copy of Crystal’s book and read it . Start thinking of how you can implement the strategies listed in the book. When you do you will find you have time for a wow goal.

Take some time to think of what you want that wow goal to be. Make sure it isn’t easy to reach yet not impossible (even though it seems right now that it is).

When 2015 begins lace up those running shoes and start working your way towards the finish line of your wow goal.

 Giveaway Information

As I stated above my friend Crystal Paine has generously provided 3 copies of her book “Say Goodbye To Survival Mode” to me to giveaway to you.

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5 Ways To Increase Focus And Productivity

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My blog has grown significantly this year, and I am so thankful to all my readers who have helped make that happen. With growth has come more and more daily tasks beyond writing.

5 ways to increase focus and productivity

Lately those growing daily blogging tasks have  left my life a little unbalanced.

I strive in life to maintain balance. It is why I named the blog Snail Pace Transformations. I believe we can make and reach large goals in life without pursuing them at such an intensity that the other areas of our lives fall apart.

I want to be the mom and wife who can look back and say, when I was needed by my children and my husband I was 100% there. Yet, lately that hasn’t been true.

I have found myself nodding my head to whatever my family is saying as I am typing away at the computer, finding out later I missed something that happened in their life that was important enough to them to share it with me and therefore should have been important  enough to me to have given my full attention to.

I needed to put a few boundaries around my blog hours so I could start being more present with my family. I also needed to increase focus and productivity so I could get more done in less time.

5 Ways I have Increased Focus And Productivity

1. I took full advantage of the time change

Instead of adjusting to the “fall back” time change, I simple started getting up at 4:45 instead of my regular 6-ish ,  each morning and going to bed at 8 or 9.

After prayer and devotion time this gives me a solid 1 to 2 hours to work before anyone is up. I try my very best to use this time to write new posts for the blog, although I do also put the final edits on that day’s post, post it, and share it on social media during this time.

2. I changed where I work at home

I love sitting in the family room in the early morning hours before anyone else it up to work,  and had developed a habit of sitting there in the after school hours to work as well. However, this meant I was in the midst of the family action all evening long.

Although, I do want my children to know they always come before my work, this was allowing for too many interruptions.

So  I started moving  up to my  bedroom after our homeschooling day  is over and working there.

When my husband is not home, I work with the bedroom door open to show my children I am always willing to talk to them when they want to talk with me. However, since our bedroom is far away from the main living areas of the house, they really have to think about coming up to talking to me so I am interrupted only about the important things.

(please note this works for me because my children range from age 12 to 18, I know this would not work for moms with younger children)

3. I started working outside the home more often

I had a heart to heart talk with my husband about how I simply needed more focused time to work on the blog and we decided the best thing would be for me to stop hiding up in our bedroom to write when he is home and head out of the home and work.

I have tried several places, and found taking a few extra minutes to drive to a coffee shop not in our hometown works best. Here I can crank out posts at amazing speed. I am not tempted to get up and throw another load of laundry on.  I am not tempted to run into the other room and tell my husband something. Plus my children can’t run into the room and ask me if they can have a snack, even though dad was right downstairs sitting beside them when they decided they needed one.

 4. I moved the fluffy stuff to when I will be interrupted and the harder stuff to when I won’t

I had gotten into the bad habit of doing simple stuff first thing in the morning while leisurely sipping my tea. Problem was that was when I was the least interrupted, and  yet I was doing the stuff that I can easily be interrupted while doing.

Now before I sit down to work  I think to myself, will this be a time when work will be interrupted often, or will it be a time when I can focus without interruptions for 30 minutes or more. I have a mental list of what work can be done while being continually interrupted and what is done best with no interruptions and try to stick to doing these things in the proper time slots.

5. I returned to taking Sundays mostly off the blog

I was doing well with taking Sundays off the blog except for 1 hour in the morning to do absolute essentials but then  summer hit. In summer we are out of the house more during the week, and we go more places on Saturday as a family which is my normal BIG working day. I had to work on Sundays so I could take all the other time off during the week.

However, when fall returned I never went back to Sundays off. I kept trying to play catch up. Working 7 days a week was wearing me out and causing me to be less and less focused in what time I had to work, which was causing a vicious cycle of never catching up.

I have now returned to doing essential only Sunday morning, and then leaving the blog alone for the day, and it feels great! I return Monday focused again.

By implementing these 5 things my  focus and productivity has drastically increased these last few weeks. I now feel like I have returned the blog to it rightful work hours and have gained my family time back.

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Stop Soaking & Start Doing

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A sponge can only soak up so much soapy water before it becomes unable to do the job it was intended to do. A water logged sponge cannot scrub anything.

Stop Soaking and Start Doing

The same applies to people who absorb knowledge but never use it.  Stop soaking and start doing.

This post is as much for me as it is for my readers. I admit I am often more of a soaker than a doer.

I am not saying one shouldn’t research a topic before jumping in, only that there is a point when you must put down the books and simply start.

So much more is learned in the doing than in the researching. We learn from our mistakes. It is in doing, that  we find out what specific areas we really do need to research more and what areas of our ventures seem to come natural to us and therefore we need not waste time researching.

A prime example of this in my life is in blogging. If you read my first post, (yes it is rough and very humbling to read now), you will see that it was my husband that gave me a push to stop soaking and start doing. He gave me a firm deadline, one week to learn all I could about blogging and then get it up and running and press enter.

Oh what I have learned from doing, instead of soaking. I still have a lot more to learn but I am amazed at what I have learned so far and I don’t regret my quick start at all.

I want to encourage you this week, to take some time to think, what areas of your life are you holding back in because you think you don’t know enough about them to jump in fully?

Don’t become the useless sponge, instead soak up just enough to become usable and then learn the rest in the doing.

Stop soaking and start doing.

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