How I Did In August With My Yearly Goals For 2015


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10 Goals For 2015

My Mind

nobody's cuter than you

1. Read 52 books this year. 

Up to 37 books so far which means I am ahead in my reading goal right now.  My favorite for the month would be Nobody’s Cuter Than You. I really just started it but I am already in love with it. I love all of Melanie Shankle’s  books including Sparkly Green Earrings and The Antelope In The Living Room. They are great for lifting the spirits with good old fashioned belly laughing humor.

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

I am so happy to report that I am caught up again in this goal and I actually am going to finish August a few miles ahead!

me in bike

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

This goal got downsized to a 4 hour bike ride that ended in lunch…then my eldest son came and picked my middle son and I up. The reason for this was mainly the rainy spring and summer that Indiana has had this year. My son and I were not able to get many bike rides in before his soccer season started and now that soccer is in full swing the chances of time to bike are slim.

Still we enjoyed our ride and hope to fit a a longer trip in next year.

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 have entirely changed my eating habit these last few weeks in a last ditch attempt to get rid of a health problem that has plagued me for over a year now. I started researching in depth changes in diet that are suppose to help this particular problem. I did not expect a weight loss from these  changes BUT I lost 5 pounds in two weeks.

I don’t know if I will keep it off but I am very happy about the weight loss and plan to keep up these new eating habits although so far it isn’t helping my problems yet.

My Marriage

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

date day tea and shopping

5. 1 real date a month with my hubby each and every month:  Our date day in August included breakfast at Panera (using a gift card earned through My Points), a tour around a few small towns in the area we have wanted to check out for a while, a look at a few RV’s, lunch at McAlister’s , car test driving (we plan to get a new to us vehicle in spring but we are not sure what yet) and lots of talking along the way.

6. 1 weekend getaway per season just the 2 of us. : We spent an entire week in Jamaica just the two of us in honor of our 20th wedding anniversary in June . It was amazing! If you follow me on instagram you probably saw all the pictures. We are considering this our spring and summer getaway so we won’t go away for the weekend again until fall.

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 am still on the Master Bedroom! I think by the end of September I will finally be done with it thought.

8. Write a 30,000 word ebook.

I put this goal aside for now to work on  a free eBook for email subscribers. I am about 2/3rds of the way through writing it. Stay posted for more details. {did not get further on the free e-book this month}

My Spirit

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

DONE all three words. I am now spending time reading the bible starting from the beginning each and every day.

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.

My husband and I decided to take a big step towards making this goal happen. It is going to take a lot of work to see if our investment will pay off but I think it will.

Did you set any goals for yourself this year? If so tell me about them in the comments.

Do You Want To Set And Reach For Goals But You Are Not Even Sure How To Start?

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This course is not about waking up early, it is about starting your day with intention that carries through until bedtime. The course will teach you how to make realistic goals and see them happen.

I watched all the videos  and even though I have followed a lot of the principles shared in the videos for years, I found the course inspired me to improve and live life with even more intention.  It has challenged me to rethink my evenings (yes evenings) and tweak my morning routine.

$17 is a steal in my books for what the course offers. There are 14 days of videos and work book instruction and several printables included to help you take action, improve your life, reach and obtain your goals. For more info or to grab your copy click here


5 Reasons Why You Might Want To Transform Your Life


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Today only Crystal Paine’s course Make Over Your Mornings is on sale for just $10! This video driven course can transform your life by helping you take control of your days.

However, no course on earth is going to do that if you don’t know why you want to transform your life in the first place.

5 reasons why you might want to transform your life

Before you click over and buy the course, I want you to take just a few minutes to think about your why.

5 Reasons Why You Might Want To Transform Your Life

1.You only get one

One life is all we are given and we are not even guaranteed that it will be a long one. Why waste it by living it below your potential? Grab the course and learn to live your life with intention.

2. People are watching you

I ran my 3 marathons not just for me but for my kids. I wanted to show them that BIG goals can happen even when you have to start at ground level. They watched me struggle running telephone pole to telephone pole and then slowly work my way up to being able to complete a marathon. Was I the fastest? Far from it…but I did it.

Who is watching you? What example are you setting? Do you perhaps need to start setting a better example of how you spend your days? If so, grab the Make Over Your Mornings course, apply its teachings, and watch those watching take notice of the changes in your life for the better.

3. You have dreams

This year I realized something. I had stopped dreaming. 4 deaths of precious loved ones (plus 1 more just recently) in just a few years had made me turn off the dream switch. It is time to turn it back on. These past few weeks I have started dreaming again and am using the principles taught in Crystal’s course to make those dreams reality.

How about you? What dream have you put on the shelf because you felt you didn’t have time or energy to ever pursue it? Grab the course and discover how to finally find the time and successfully set mini goals to reach that dream.

4.  You’re tired of being controlled by fear

As a person who was emotionally abused for much of her young life, fear has a way of rising up like a massive wave and knocking me over. All the horrible words my abuser ever called me rush in and steal my courage.

A few years back I said NO MORE. When I hear the ‘what if’s’ start rushing in I realize right away that I am getting fearful and I push through it. It isn’t comfortable, but it is so worth it.

If  you living in a world of ‘what if’s’ and you are sick of it…pick up the Make Over Your Morning’s course and see how living life with a plan can help you say “no” to fear and “yes” to life.

5. You’re tired of being tired

Living life without a plan sounds exciting until we are actually in the thick of it and realizing that we are getting nowhere.  Suddenly what we thought would be a relaxing and laid back approach to life is causing us to feel like we are stuck in mud and unable to work our way out. We become tired of being tired but are not sure where to find our energy. If a laid back lifestyle doesn’t leave us with energy, then what will?

Crystal’s course will help you make relaxed routines and small goals that leave you time to still enjoy the flexibility you love but also allow you to find the energy you are craving.  Energy found in reaching goals and making dreams come true.

Or perhaps…

Perhaps you don’t find any of my 5 reasons to be motivation to change your life. Well then, you either know already and are applying the knowledge in this course and therefore don’t really need it, or you need to take a few moments and write down your motivation to change.

What is it about your life that you are not happy about? What do you want to change? Why are you not seeing results? Why are you not reaching your goals?

If lack of time is an answer to any of those questions then I strongly recommend you invest $10 in Make Over Your Mornings during today’s sale and learn how to make those changes, those goals, those dreams fit into your day.

Remember the course is on sale for $10  today only { Tuesday August 25th} . Tomorrow it goes back up to $17.

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Time Management Tip: Stop Wasting Time Overdoing The Little Things


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I will never forget the day when someone showed me with great enthusiasm how to fold a plastic bag so it doesn’t take up much space.

Stop wasting time over doing the little things.

I proceeded to shake my head in disbelief that this person would think that spending time folding plastic bags that were just going to be unfolded was good time management.

It takes a lot less time to shove a bag into my bag of bags under my kitchen sink than to fold them. Seriously, who cares if they look neat or not?

Sure I am only gaining a minute per bag by shoving instead of folding, but this is just one example of ‘wasting time by overdoing.’ If you add up little minutes spent overdoing simple tasks each day they can soon grow to significant chunks of time wasted.

I recently was convicted of my own ‘overdoing of the little.’ I was checking my blog stats daily. I claimed it wasn’t taking up that much time, but when I timed it I realized  it took between 5 to 7 minutes each and every day.  That is 2.5 to 3.5 hours a month.

I could do something much more productive in those small chunks of time. Something that could improve those blog stats or improve something that is a priority in my life, like taking time to have meaningful conversations with each member of my family daily.

Chances are that there are more of these 5 to 7 minute overdoing habits in my day, so now I am on the lookout for them.

A Time Management Challenge

This week I want you to note the little things you are doing. Don’t take note of the hour long tasks, instead take note of the 5 to 10 minute ones.

Could some of those tiny  tasks be done less frequently?

Do you need to check Facebook for 5 minutes 5 to 6 times a day, could you get it down to just 5 minutes in the morning and 5 minutes in the night?

Could you delegate them to another person?

If the little things really do need doing, do you need to be the one doing it? If not, then you are wasting time.

A lot of simple household chores fall into this category. Parents {myself included} often forget that children need to realize that they are a part of a family unit that works together to get things done.  A child can easily wipe down the kitchen counter after dinner, take the trash out, or walk the dirty laundry basket down to the laundry room.

Yes, these are all small chores, but when you add up the many small chores that need to be done daily and divide them between your children you can free up a significant chunk of time each day to actually spend more time with them instead of clean up after them.

Here are a few ways I have managed delegating simple household tasks to my children over the years…

Could you eliminate the task all together?

Like the plastic bag example, perhaps the chore your doing doesn’t even really need to be done at all.

If you are still struggling with letting go of the little tasks try this experiment.

Take the amount of time you take each day to do the task and multiply it by 30, that is how much time you could gain each month to work on something more significant, something more fulfilling.

Still not a dramatic enough number for you? Take that new number and times it by 12. That is how many minutes you are wasting in a year.

Never underestimate the power of the small

There is power in the time spent overdoing little tasks that can be yielded to complete bigger tasks in small chunks.

I once read of an author who wrote an award winning novel in 15 minute chunks. I might not write books {yet} but this is exactly how I read most of the 52 books I read each year…in 15 minute chunks here and there.

Stop your small, overdone, time wasters and use those small chunks of time to work on your life priorities, your passions.

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Not sure where to even start the battle of reorganizing your day to make time to pursue your passions? Start with Crystal Paine’s Make Over Your Mornings Course. It really has nothing to do about mornings and everything to do with how to organize your day with intention so you finally find time to pursue those goals and dreams.


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