My Word for 2017

For the last couple of years, I have followed the example of Chris Brogan and set “3 words” to focus on for each year. This year, I am doing it a little differently. As I was praying for my words, only one word stood out:

COURAGE

No matter how I prayed or thought about it. It is the only word that stood out for me so I guess God is telling me something here!

My Word for 2017

Thus, 2017 will be a year of courage for me. It will be a year of action and a year of getting out of my comfort zone. I don’t know for sure what this will look like but I know it will mean some stretching and growing on my part. It makes me nervous but I know it will be a good thing!

I do know that I want to put myself out there more in an authentic and helpful way. This blog is all about encouraging and supporting women in their journey of faith and I want to do just that. And that leads me to my question:

What do you need? What struggles or questions of faith are you having? Would you be interested in coaching, retreats or courses about our Catholic faith? How do you think you can best be supported in living out a flourishing Catholic life? You don’t have to answer publicly in the comments. Feel free to use the contact page or email me a carol (@) simplecatholiciving (dot) com.

You are All Awesome – Thank You!

Over the last couple of weeks, I have gotten a lot of encouraging emails from readers letting me know that they were praying for me and my family.

Thank you!

I’m not sure what brought all the emails but I am so deeply grateful to each and every one of you! Thank You. It means more than you know.

One of the main reasons I started this blog is because I firmly believe that we are all in it together. We all struggle, have doubts, or feel like we want to give up at times. I believe that there are times when we lose our faith – or at least want to let our faith just go away.

And sometimes, we all need is a little encouragement, even from a stranger or online friend. 🙂 And, that is what the emails (and the comments I receive) did for me. They have encouraged me and blessed me so much. I just hope that through this blog, I can do the same for you and be an encouragement and source of hope to you.

God bless!

A Little Housekeeping and Saint Maximilian

Just a head’s up:

You may or may not have noticed that I have reposted a few “oldies but goodies” blog posts. The reason for this is because I have simplified and changed the blog design and now I am updating the links and images of some old posts. In the process, As I do this, I am reposting some of them (once or twice a week) that have remained popular over the years or that are still relevant (or “evergreen”). Therefore, you may see posts that are posted as “new” but have comments to them.

Speaking of which, today is the optional memorial of St. Maximilian Kolbe. He is a wonderful saint and I encourage you to learn more about him!

Join Us for a Rosary Crusade!

The Rosary Evangelization Apostolate is hosting a 54 day National Rosary Novena. It starts on the Solemnity of the Assumption (August 15) and ends on the Feast of the Holy Rosary (October 7).

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According to the Rosary Evangelization Apostolate, the primary intention of the rosary is “For Family and Marriage,  including for Peace, Sanctity of Human Life & Religious Freedom.”

For more in formation you can go the the Rosary Evangelization Apostolate promotion page, or go to Catholics United 4 Freedom which also gives information on how to pray the rosary.

Please, please help us spread the word! Tweet to your followers, Share on your blog, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram or anywhere else you hang out online. Thanks!

Weekly Goals

Set GoalsWell, adjusting to school turned out more challenging than expected. The two 7 1/2 week semesters is turning out to be more work that even I expected, so as far as goal setting, I didn’t get much else done…

Marriage/Parenting/Home Management Goals

1. Send Michael a “love text” twice this week.

2. Continue reading Little Lord Fauntleroy to Andrew.

3. Organize homeschooling area and  gather materials for new school year.

Personal Goals

4. Get up at 6:00 am. (Mostly got up by 7-7:30. I need to do a better job because getting up earlier will definitely help me manage my time.)

5. Read a chapter each day of the book study I am doing, and spend ten minutes in quiet time.

6. Exercise at least 15 minutes, 5 times this week.

Educational Goals

7. Keep up with reading assignments.

8. Attend first official classes at the Wall campus on Wednesday.

9. Write rough draft of first “close reading” writing assignment.

Blogging/Writing Goals

10. Write two blog posts.

I’ve decided that for the next few months I am going to keep my goal setting to the absolute basics and focus on priorities. As much as I would like to get some extras done, it’s just not going to happen. Therefore, I am going to keep my goals to a minimum, and will just have to let some things slide. Here are my plans:

Marriage/Parenting/Home Management Goals

1. Send Michael a “love text” twice this week.

2. Stay on top of Andrew’s homeschool.

Personal Goals

3. Get up at 6:00 am.

4. Read last two chapters of the book study I am doing, and spend ten minutes in quiet time.

5. Exercise at least 15 minutes, 5 times this week.

Educational Goals

6. Keep up with reading assignments.

7. Write rough drafts of essays for three of my classes.

Blogging/Writing Goals

8. Write at least one blog post a week.

Now it’s your turn. Come join us over at Money Saving Mom with your own goals.

A New Year and a New Focus

A New Year and A New Focus!

Another year is over. Wow. Where did the time go? It went fast, I tell ya. 🙂 In looking back over my goals from 2013, there are many goals achieved, and of course, some that weren’t. In many ways it was a year of growth. I got through two semesters of college and I only have about two more to go! Andrew grew in many ways and accomplished a lot in homeschool. We moved and added a new addition to the family by way of a  dog (we are actually picking him up tomorrow, New Year’s Eve).

Blogging was another story. Classes took up a lot of my time and so the blog suffered post wise. It was what it was and I am okay with that. However, now in looking ahead, I feel called to go in a slightly new direction with the blog. I feel the Lord is calling me to use this blog as a form of ministry to busy Catholic women. I want this blog to be a place of refreshment and spiritually uplifting to women who are pulled into many directions on a daily basis. I also feel the Lord is calling me to challenge women to grow in their faith and in their relationship with Him.

How this new focus will look like in the coming months, I’m not sure. The Lord has been nudging me to share my faith and faith journey is a more personal way. That’s hard though, isn’t it? There is a risk in letting oneself be vulnerable, in showing one’s true self, but if it is what God wants, it is worth the try. 🙂 I also want to find ways to encourage women to read the bible more and will probably offer up my own reflections on scripture from time to time.

One thing for sure, there will be less “filler” posts. I won’t be posting much  about Andrew’s homeschool, recipes or home management tips unless it relates to what I am writing about. I will be sharing about those things on Facebook and Pinterest, though, so if you aren’t following me there, please do! By the way, if you haven’t already, I encourage you to sign up for email updates. I will be sharing exclusive content with subscribers on a regular basis that you won’t want to miss (as well as the free ebook “Six Unique Ways to Find Time for Prayer” you receive when you sign up). To subscribe, fill in your name and email address in the box on the side bar or under this post.

As far as the blogging schedule, I will probably focus on one or two posts a week. Classes start up January 20th so I will feel less pressure (a pressure I put on myself, I know!) to blog or feel (unnecessarily) guilty if I miss a post or two.

My desire for 2014 is to be more intentional, purposeful and to grow and be all the God wants me to me. I want this for you, too. My prayer for each of you during the New Year is that you be filled with all the blessings, joy and peace that only God can bring!

(P.S. If you are regular reader/subscriber to Simple Catholic Living, THANK  YOU! If you commented on the blog or emailed me during the year, THANK YOU. I truly appreciate the opportunity to share with and connect with each of you. 🙂 )

 

Weekly Goals

Set Goals

I got a lot of stuff done this week but not everything from this list:

1. Pray the rosary twice this week.

2. Get up by 6:30 am each morning.

3. Keep up with the readings and assignments for my classes.

4. Keep Andrew on track with his home-school assignments.

5. Blog at least twice  this week. (No blogging done this week except last week’s goals…)

6. Start reading the Catholic Update guide to Mary (affiliate link). (Didn’t finish it, but I got it started at least!)

7. Take Andrew to CCD.

8. Take Andrew to the homeschooling field trip. We are going to the Philly Soft Pretzel Factory! Andrew had a blast! He and his group learned the process of making pretzels, got to try their hand at shaping the dough and of course brought home some pretzels to enjoy. 🙂

I am keeping my goals really small this week. Michael took Andrew on the road with him this week so he will be doing home-schooling with Andrew and I have a few days to focus on my school stuff. It will be a good experience for Andrew to see his daddy in action at work!

1. Pray the rosary at least twice.

2. Get up by 7:00 am each morning.

3. Keep up with the readings and assignments for my classes. Get ahead with some school projects.

4. Blog at least twice.

5. Finish reading the Catholic Update guide to Mary (affiliate link) and write review.

What are your plans for this week? Let us know in the comments or head over to Money Saving Mom and share them with us!

Yikes, it is Going to be Crazy, People!

Some of you know, but for those who don’t, I started my next semester of classes yesterday. I have three online classes and two campus classes. I kind of knew that I was going to be busy. The professor for the Christian Tradition had already posted assignments and reading on Friday, BEFORE the official beginning of the semester. It looks like it is going to be an interesting class. Anyway, I logged on to discover that I have a two-three page response paper due each week for two classes, plus the reading, plus the discussions. I am going to be hopping!

Please pray for me that I will be able to keep up with the classes and do well, keep up with Andrew’s homeschooling and everything else. I am hoping that I will be able to blog at least once a week but I may wind up neglecting the blog for the short term…

So, If you don’t see me around online much you know why. 🙂

Weekly Goals

Set Goals

What a difference a day makes (or a week!). This week was so much better! Got almost everything on my list crossed off and then some. 🙂

1. Read at least one chapter of  the gospel of John per day.

2. Pray the rosary each day.

3. Finish reading Letters to Katie and write review. (You can read the review here.)

4. Continue making and adding items to my Etsy shop. (Added a couple of homeschool items. Check them out here.)

5. Get up by 6:30 am each morning. (Well, I did pretty good here but was up by 7am, not 6:30 but it was still progress!)

6. Spend about half-hour of playtime with Andrew each day.

Here’s hoping for another productive week.

1. Continue reading at least one chapter of the Gospel of John per day.

2. Pray the rosary each day.

3. Finish reading Pope Francis, The Pope from the End of the Earth and write review.

4. Continue making and adding items to my Etsy shop.

5. Get up by 6:30 am each morning.

6. Go to Georgian Court University to get books for fall semester.

7. Blog at least three times.

8. Write some rough drafts for posts to pre-schedule before classes begin.

What are your plans for this week? Let us know in the comments or head over to Money Saving Mom and share them with us!

Weekly Goals

Set Goals

It’s been a long while since I’ve posted weekly goals. Thankfully, I’ve survived my chemistry (although I don’t have my final grade yet) and have a few weeks until school starts up again – full-time. In the meantime, I am going to use the next few weeks to buckle down and accomplish some goals I’ve had to set aside for a while.

Here’s a refresher of the last time I posted my goals:

1. Make time for prayer and bible reading. (I didn’t get hardly any bible reading done, but I did make time for prayer everyday.)

2. School, reading and quality time with Andrew. (I’m not sure if the time spent with Andrew would be considered “quality” time, especially during my stressful times with chemistry, but I did get in some nice cuddle time while we read before bedtime each night.)

3. Keep up with the chemistry work. (All I can say is WHEW! I am so glad this course is over!)

4. Blog 2-3 times a week. (Most of the time it was 1 or two posts a week, and probably not my best posts, but I did my best.)

5. Keep up with house work and laundry. (We are staying with my in-laws for a while so really I didn’t have too much house work to contend with! Still, I did have areas that I was responsible for and being the anal person that I am, I made sure it got done. 🙂 )

Here are the goals for this week. I’m keeping it light, though. I don’t want to get too crazy and risk setting myself up for failure!

1. Pray, read bible and go to daily mass at least 2 times.

2. Do school with Andrew, read to him lots and spend at least 15 – 20 minutes a day just playing with him.

3. Get back into exercising 15-20 minutes, 3-4 times this week.

4. Spend 30 minutes a day writing on my book.

5. Plan out and write at least two blog posts for this week AND plan out a blogging schedule for August. I’m also hoping to pre-write as many posts for August as I can.

6. Think ahead and write out my plan to get through the September through December semester. (More on this in a future post…)

What are your goals for this week? Share them in the comments or head over to the Money Saving Mom link-up and join others sharing their goals for the week.