This book called out to me from the moment I saw it. I’ve felt drawn into it, because I feel like it’s been my life. I’ve always done things a bit differently and gone other places from being homeschooled to studying abroad to having my own business.
I love how in this book, showed how we are pilgrims and I could totally relate. I also love how steeped in scripture it was as well!
This would be a wonderful book for anyone who loves adventure, wishes to wander more, and people who are pilgrims in their own ways even if they aren’t traveling the world.
Last week, I went with my parent in-laws to see Trump. He came to Fargo, N.D. so of course we had to go see him.
How often does your President travel to your home city? Not often, so when he comes, you go see him. We waited in line for about four hours and it was HOT.
Even though the wait was long, the experience was great!
My father-in-law really enjoyed it. They really love America and working to come here. That’s one thing that’s really close to my heart. Since I’ve gone through the immigration process with my husband. But I’m all for coming the correct way, because I know how much paper work is involved. So that’s going to be one of Johan and my goals in the next year– to get Johan’s parents here in America.
I’m so thankful to live in America. When I traveled a lot, I noticed how in many countries it’s far and few that you actually see the country’s flags. But here, you basically see one on every corner, store, and street. I’m very patriotic and so thankful that God placed the right people in history at the right time.
I just think America is a miracle. There are so many times in history, where we could have lost or the country wouldn’t be the same as it is today. There were countless times during the Revolutionary War where we could have lost our country. During the Civil War there were times that we could have lost and become two countries.
I’m proud to be an American. I hope you are too. Many people don’t have the same Freedom that was paid for in blood. Our blood runs Red, White, and Blue.
Life has been so crazy busy lately, but I’ve been trying to read more. I recently read Money Problems, Marriage Solutions by Chuck and Ann Bentley, through a blogging program I’m a part of.
I absolutely loved the cover. I mean, look at it?!! What a cool way to illustrate a married couple handling their money, a blue and pink piggy bank. So cute.
This book was good, but It really focused a lot on uniting your marriage first, and aligning your finances through that. Which is good, but I really wish there’d been more on money management and tips for solving those.
Although I did enjoy where they spoke about saving an emergency fund for 15 months, rather than 3-6 months. That seemed smart to me. Another tip I really loved was that they would match however much their children saved. So that would definitely encourage them to save, which is a really good thing.
But, this would be a wonderful book for newlyweds or engaged couples to read. I would definitely read their other books, but was expecting more on solving money problems.
“Oh, I’m too busy.” or “I just can’t at this time.” or “I’ll do it someday.”
Have you ever heard someone say this? Or maybe you’ve thought it yourself?
I just want to stop you there. I want to stop my brain from ever uttering those words ever again. It really BOTHERS me whenever I hear people give all the reasons for why they can’t achieve their dreams. Or why they can’t do something.
As a leader in my company, I’ve noticed this more and more recently. It strikes a chord, because I know I’ve said it at some point In my life as well. But, I’ve been confronting that saying in my life, because I want to accomplish as much as I can in this life I’ve been given.
If I’d given excuses, I wouldn’t have done any of the half marathons I’ve run in. I wouldn’t have studied abroad when I was in college. And I definitely wouldn’t have quite my full-time job to work for myself.
The thing is though, cemeteries are filled with unfulfilled dreams and goals. I don’t care how much work it’s going to take, but you better guess it… I’m going to achieve my goals and dreams!
So, from THIS MOMENT. We aren’t going to make excuses anymore. We are going to achieve and chase after our dreams. Right?
What are you avoiding with excuses?
I want you to take out a notebook and I want you to write up the different things you’ve been avoiding?
Why are you avoiding them?
Most of the time we make excuses because of two things: either we are scared or lazy.
Now, I want you to achieve your goals. Throw out the excuses!!!
I picture myself hiking up a grand mountain surrounded by beautiful trees, chirping birds, and wild animals. That peaceful sound of silence with the wind blowing through my hair. In some areas of the hike, you are the ONLY person on the trail. Revitalizing.
I know from experience when climbing a mountain, you can be overwhelmed by the gorgeousness of nature. That’s a good thing, because it helps you forget about the strenuous activity you are partaking in to scale the mountain.
Last year I came up with a word for 2017. It was reach. (On Wednesday, I’ll be sharing a post on how my 2017 word turned out.) When I started brainstorming what I want to achieve in 2018 and what my word for the New Year could be, I started thinking about climbing a mountain and how peaceful it could be.
And yet how tough climbing a mountain can be. With all the things, I am going to achieve this year, I decided the mountain image was perfect for inspiring my word because amidst how hard climbing a mountain would be, it would all be worth it in the end. I’ll make it to the top and look back, seeing how far I’d climbed. I’ll be happier, healthier, and more successful.
So I decided my one word for 2018 is:
Elevate: | ˈeləˌvāt |
verb [with object]
Raise or lift (something) up to a higher position.• Raise to a more important or impressive level.• Increase the level or amount of (something.)
Over Christmas weekend, I hand-delivered gifts to a nursing home. My husband, sister, mom, and Gma came with as well. We dressed up in fashionable Santa hats and came to town to bring cheer, love, and presents to all of the residents at the rural MN.
It’s so hard to believe that the last year has gone by so fast.
Over the past year, we went through a ton of different things. I love this adventure we are in together. I wouldn’t want to do this life with anyone else.
Wanted to celebrate June 11th (Which was yesterday… I was on the road and couldn’t publish this because I was in and out of WIFI.) and share some pictures from our special day last year!! We had such a lovely day! I’ll forever hold these memories close to my heart! So thankful!
This was originally a post that was published on my old blog. I was preparing my website articles and posts for Google’s SEO change and realized I hadn’t posted this over here yet. Now, I rarely give bad reviews on public pages, but sometimes there are things people need to be warned about. And I feel this one is important! I was revising my novel and wanted more information on revision, follow my journey. Read all the way to the bottom for some GREAT resources on editing.
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As you all know, I’ve been through a ton of revisions with my manuscript.
At first, I had no idea how to go about the whole process. I mucked right into the muddy mess with my rain boots. I like the mental picture of a girl with her rain boots, because I can relate. I remember a time in my life (I was probably 8-years-old) when I was stuck in the middle of the muddy garden in my rain boots. The garden had turned to an ocean of mud from all the rain we’d gotten. I was stuck.
I tried pulling my feet out of the mud, but the suction was too strong, so I started hyperventilating. My foot came flying out of my rain boot. I was a crying little island in the middle of a mud sea.
I pulled my other foot out and ran to the safety of dry land, but my boots stayed behind. They were out there for a few days.
I picture revising a novel a lot like that whole scene.