Wednesday, January 1, 2014

{2014} -
done on purpose; deliberate.
I have chosen the word intentional for my 2014 word of the year. 
The year 2014 is about making sure my life is full of purpose. 
So I want to be intentional in…
my prayer life
my quiet time
relationships with family
relationships with friends
my career
my health and wellness
in blogging
in serving others
What is your word of the year?

"We plan the way we want to live, but only God makes us able to live it."
Proverbs 16:9 (The Message)

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

{Gallery Walls}

I was not gifted with the talent of interior design or grouping. It was one of the talents that was not included in my art and creativity genes. With that being said, it has taken me a long time to place anything on my walls because (a) I had no idea what to hang on them and (b) see above disclaimer.

Over Christmas I received several gifts that would require me to face this fear and learn to group and create gallery walls in my home. Here are my two new walls that are not quite complete -

 The artwork on the left was gifted to me by a former student and it hangs above my small desk. On the opposite wall I placed the "It is well…" sign, the red cross and my new print from Pen & Paint. I think I  want to add a wooden initial and maybe another cross and ampersand to this area.

These frames are hung above the TV in my living space on the wall that is adjacent to the staircase. I need two more small frames to add to this area and I think it will be complete.

Once my sister saw them, she said we needed to start her one on the wall adjacent to her stairs. Here is the beginning of her gallery wall. We plan to add a family photo of them and also another cross in the coming weeks.

Overall, I am pretty happy with the ways these walls are taking shape. I have to admit I did google gallery walls and take ideas from photos posted on Pinterest since I had no idea what I was doing trying to group these objects.

Do you have a gallery wall in your home? 

Thanks for stopping by! 

Monday, December 30, 2013

{52 Week Money Challenge}

How many of you have seen the 52 Week Money Challenge?

I already have a savings plan in place each month, but I thought it might be fun to follow this plan to create a savings account for "splurge" items - trips, gifts, clothes, big ticket items, etc. The twist - I am going to follow it backwards! So instead of starting with $1 the first week, I am going to start with $52.

Are you planning to start a savings plans for 2014? Would love to hear your plans!

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, December 28, 2013

{Blessings In A Jar - 2014}

I love the idea of remembering your blessings over the past year. I try to write them each day in my journal, but some days I don't remember to. I found this idea on Pinterest and have created my own "blessings" jar to fill up in 2014!

My jar will sit on the end table next to my couch in my living room so I will see it everyday as a reminder to count my blessings!

How do you record your blessings throughout the year? A jar? A journal? Would love to hear from you!

Friday, December 27, 2013

{Random Acts of Kindness}

You may remember in this post that I shared with you about my plans to R.A.C.K (Random Acts of Kindness) to people during this Christmas season. My inept to post each Tuesday didn't go as planned. I also didn't get to take as many photos as planned, but here is what I did do. I am already looking forward to next year and how I can better capture these acts!

Week One -
  • Gifted five important women in my life with Starbucks gift cards
  • Mailed "What Women Fear" by Angie Smith to a young lady in my life who is beginning her career and had relocated because of her job with a note of encouragement
Week Two - 
  • Left five $1 bills with a note about being R.A.C.K'ed on the RedBox at our local Walgreen's
  • Tipped a waitress the total of my bill times two during dinner one evening!
Week Three - 
  • Left five $5 gift cards on the menus boards at our local Sonic with a R.A.C.K'ed note
  • Paid for the lunch of the car behind me in line at Chick-Fil-A and left a note for them 
Week Four - 
  • Left five $5 gift cards at our local Dunkin Donuts to use towards the purchase of the next five guests in line and notes about being R.A.C.K'ed
  • Sent some friends who lost their baby girl four days after being born a Christmas ornament in support of the Footprints Ministry

Thursday, December 26, 2013

{Christmas Memories}

I hope each of you and your families had a very Merry Christmas! It has been a month full of family, fun and festivities. Here is just a quick recap of my Christmas fun.

My sister and I adopted a local family through my nephew's elementary school and provided them with Christmas. What a blessing to shop for others and gift to them! It was truly one of the highlights of the season.

Both boys have an Elf on the Shelf and they were mischievous leading up to Christmas. My sister and I didn't go all out this year like we have in the past, but the boys did enjoy the things we did this year.

Christmas Eve we made cookies for Santa and sprinkled reindeer food in the front yard!

I also attempted to get one good Christmas Eve photo with the nephews, but you see how that turned out. These pictures are priceless to me though!

My Advocare Spark and a little Harry & David Macadamia Nut Moose Munch were the perfect treats for Christmas Day. 

Both nephews got iPad minis so we sent them on a little Christmas morning scavenger hunt to find them wrapped in the bottom of their parents closet. So fun to watch them run around the house searching for the clues!

Our family attends a Christmas morning church service each year. Yay for a great photo with the nephews on Christmas Day!

And here are a few of my favorite ornaments from this year's trees. I have a tree in the main room of my home that is full of snowmen ornaments. The tree upstairs in my master bedroom contains all my sentimental ornaments and those from vacations, etc.

"The Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; 
The Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace."
Numbers 6:25-26 (NIV)

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