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On the Other Side of Pain

As we approach Christmas, awaiting the gifts from Santa underneath the tree, but most importantly, awaiting the celebration of the birth of Christ, I am seeing more and more each day the word "anticipation." I reflected on anticipation during an advent experience about two weeks ago. I've heard it in church. I've seen it in magazines. I feel as though this is something ordinary that has been discussed every year. Somehow, I feel as though I missed it in years past. This year, that word-it is standing out to me as I await new things. Yet sometimes what we anticipate…

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48 Books I Read in 2016 (And the 3 That Changed My Life!)

At the beginning of 2016/end of 2015, I announced that my goal for 2016 was to read 24 books--two books a month.  While I didn't blow my goal out of the water with 66 like last year, I still was able to get a lot of reading done and ended up doubling by goal by reading 48 books. As a recap, here are the books I completed in 2016: Animal Farm by George Orwell The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne Where Is God When It Hurts? by Philip Yancey Make It Happen: Surrender Your Fear.  Take the Leap.  Live on Purpose.…

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One Word 4.0 {with a FREE Printable!}

Because I am a creature of habit, I decided once again that I must choose a word for 2017 and attempt to live by it as my focus for the year. While the purpose of One Word 365 is to skip the resolutions and focus on the one word, I continue to set goals but keep my focus on this one word throughout the year and continually gauge whether I am on track or not and whether or not my goals align with this one word. I failed miserably last year.  My goal was to live out my year as…

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The 2017 Bucket List

Every year I set goals, yes.  Those are the goals I shared with you on Monday. Apart from goals, there are other things I look forward to each year but don't necessarily classify them as goals.  These are my "would like to dos."  They are good for the family and just overall, they are "bucket list" items for the year.  While many of my bucket list items stayed the same, I have added a couple for this year. Here's what I hope to do this year: Create a valuable memory with the kids Provide 2 (or more!) opportunities for the…

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January 2017 Goals

Well, it's a new year, my friends!  I've set my annual goals, and now I've broken them down into monthly goals.  I hope this year to share with you each month how I'm progressing toward each of my goals.  I hope that you will do this as well, so as we work on this together we will succeed together.  (Here's hoping!) So for the first month of the year, here's what I'm hoping to accomplish: Spiritual: Devotions (at least) 20/31 days Devotions with Princess Anna and Rapunzel (at least) 20/31 days Devotions with Prince Charming (at least) 20/31 days Mental: Journal…

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