Reflecting and Goal Setting

I love fresh starts and new beginnings! This time of year is one of my favourites, because I love tying up the end of the year, and moving into the new year with great anticipation.There are so many amazing articles and podcasts that lead people through year end reflections and goal setting activities for the new year, and I love to make use of them this time of year!

If you’re like me, and this week after Christmas has you feeling ready for some intentional reflection, here are some of the resources I’ve been enjoying:

End Your Year Intentionally With These 10 Questions (No Sidebar)

20 Questions for New Year’s Eve (The Art of Simple)

How to Create a Personal Life Plan Before 2020 (Building a StoryBrand with Donald Miller)

The Science of Setting and Accomplishing Goals with Michael Hyatt (The Model Health Show – it’s from last year, but it’s a great one!)

I’m trying not to go too crazy with goal setting – I tend to get a bit carried away, but I’ve learned that it’s easier to keep it simple, and only do one or two goals at a time!

For this year, I’ve decided to make daily journaling my goal. I started a couple of weeks ago already, and it feels like something I want to make a permanent part of my daily routine. There’s a lot to say about it, so I’ll write more in a future post. There are many benefits to journaling regularly, and I can’t wait to dig further in to this habit!

I’d love to here what goals you’re setting for the New Year! And let me know if there are any other great resources you’ve come across!

Happy New Year!

Some Good Reads

Hello, Friends! How was your weekend? Ours was somehow full but also relaxing, and I feel all filled up with social happiness – so blessed by all the awesome people God has brought into our life!!

I also feel full of things I’m learning right now – God’s teaching me a bunch of stuff, but I feel as though it’s still marinating, and it’s not time to write about it yet! So today, I’m going to share stuff other people have been writing. I have a Pinterest board called “Good Reads” where I collect all the great things I come across online, and there have been a bunch of good ones lately….

The Day My Son Gave Up On Me – on taking the opportunity right now to spend time with your kids, instead of putting them off until a more convenient time

Why I’m Back to Counting Daily Gifts“Doubt fades and trust grows as I begin to recognize His presence, even in the minutiae of my everyday.”

How to Live an Exceptional Life, Even When Life Doesn’t Feel Exceptional “…Living an exceptional life isn’t just an opportunity that comes along once in a lifetime. It’s an invitation that awaits us every single day.”

How to Quit Sugar in Five Days – Wish I’d had these tips seven years ago when I was quitting sugar!

I Miss the Village – Oh, what to say about this one?! Got a taste of “village” life at camp, and now I’m ruined for normal life! “I miss the village I never had. The one with mothers doing the washing side by side, clucking and laughing hysterically, tired in body but quick in spirit. We’d know each other so well: annoying one another from time to time, but never staying mad long because the truth is, we need each other.”

On Having a Son “He snuggled against my body and wrapped his beautiful hand around my finger. I kissed his little head over and over, tears of joy filling my eyes. At that moment, I knew I couldn’t imagine life any other way, and I didn’t want to.” Ahhh!! It’s only a matter of weeks….:)

And now I have a baby room to put together!! I’ll be back soon with pictures.:)

Anika

 

 

 

A Little Bit Funny, A Little Bit Awesome

I keep a Pinterest board called “Good Reads” as a place to collect all the good articles and blog posts I come across. Every once in a while, I share those with you, in case you need some interesting reading material over the weekend!

Here are a few favorites I haven’t shared before:

13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do

Think Food Doesn’t Affect Behaviour? 

7 Reasons Why Bathrobes Are Cooler Than Yoga Pants

Don’t Chase Happiness. Recognize It.

The Real Truth About Having it All

Have a wonderful weekend!

Some Good Reads and a Give-Away

Hello, Friends!

I’ve been coming across so many great articles and blog posts this week, I feel the urge to share some of them with you!

A little extra reading for what looks like a rainy long weekend:

I’m Still Here: Back Online After a Year Without the Internet : Turns out, distractions are everywhere, even without the internet…

Have American Parents Got it All Backwards? : Some interesting observations on parenting techniques from other cultures….

When You Feel Like Everybody is Bigger, Better, Smarter… : “She would make her life small.” For everyone trying to lay it all down for Jesus…

And because I’ve got a shiny new gift card, here are the books I’m eying these days:

Zero Waste Home: Reusable fresh produce bags, and countless other ideas on how to save money and consume less? I’m in.

Clean Food: A Seasonal Guide to Eating Close to the Source: My friend says it’s amazing, and I’ve been loving Clean Start.

God’s Favorite Place on Earth : “Bethany was the only place on earth where Jesus was completely received.” I love this observation, and it sounds like an awesome book!

The Gift of an Ordinary Day: The very thing I’m so passionate about! This mother writes about savoring the moments we take for granted.

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Finally, because my sister is awesome, and knows the way to my heart, she is providing me with a free copy of my current favorite book, Naked Spirituality, to give away on my blog!

So excited!! Here’s what you have to do to enter the draw:

Let me know what your current favorite book is! You can only enter one favorite, and you have until next week Friday.

Make my gift card decision a little more complicated!

Interrupting “34 Days of Favorites” to Say Thanks

Oh, you guys.

I have to interrupt  my little blog series to tell you all that you’re amazing.

When I started “34 Days of Favorites”, I thought I would write some posts, do a little give-away, and have some fun.

But then you all showed up, and made it so much more than that. First of all, you keep showing up. What??! Thanks for caring. Thanks for the interest you show. Thanks for keeping on reading what I keep writing, and for being here.

Then there’s all the comments. I love them! The suggestions, tips, and favorites shared by all of you have been fantastic. I send out some thoughts on life, and you send back these gifts from your own life, and it’s just great. Really.

And then you comment on each other’s comments, and now….now we have community! I had no idea it could be this much fun!

So thanks for sharing of yourselves. And if you’d rather just enjoy other people’s comments, and not make your own, that’s great, too! No pressure to speak up. But thanks so much for whatever way you’re contributing, because I’m loving it, and can’t wait to read more suggestions and feedback from all of you.

And if you’re just joining in (start here), or missed some favorites along the way, here’s a list of what we’ve covered so far:

Serious Music

Happy Music

Apple Cider Vinegar

Movies

Smiling

TV Show

Books

Clothing