Happy Easter (and an Announcement!)

HAPPY EASTER!

I hope you had a blessed and wonderful Holy Week and Easter Sunday. Ours was hectic but it was really good at the same time.

ANNOUNCEMENT

So, this may seem a little random but I want to share what is happening and how it will affect the blog.

So, a few weeks ago, I started working with someone as an administrative specialist. Doing that work reawakened in me my love of administrative work. I love serving others and getting things do and I LOVE helping solo business owners gain freedom and focus so they can serve their clients.

Therefore, after a lot of prayer and discernment, I have decided to re-launch my administrative support business. I am very excited about this but in re-opening the business will require some changes. In particular, it will leave less time for this blog and my personal Facebook group.

To be clear, I am not abandoning this ministry, just scaling down. Instead of blogging weekly, I will be blogging at least once a month and hopefully twice a month. It just depends on my time availability. I also will not be doing any coaching – at least for a while. Only God knows what will happen but It will be good!

God bless!

(P.S. My Administrative website isn’t quite updated yet so please be patient. Products, offers, and info coming shortly.)

Back to Our Regularly Scheduled Blogging Plan!

Whew! So I made it through the Write 31 Days writing challenge! I feel a sense of accomplishment having managing to do every day of the challenge except one. At the same time, I am feeling a little tired and ready for a break. 🙂

Back to Our Regularly Scheduled Blogging Plan

Therefore, I am going back to my original blogging plan and will be writing twice a week. I am aiming for Wednesdays and Fridays, for the most part. We will see. However, no matter what, I will be blogging once a week.

I am hoping to start doing videos. I have been wanting to start doing videos for a while but it hasn’t worked out so far; hopefully, it will work out soon. I also have some raw, personal posts that I am writing – I’m just not sure if (or when) I will actually publish them.

Anyway, that is a long way around to say that I won’t be writing as much, mostly once or twice a week. 🙂

God Bless!

A Little Change in Blogging Schedule

Just a heads up that I will be cutting down on my posts each week. Our homeschooling starts soon, I am helping in husband’s business, and I have other projects and responsibilities that will be monopolizing my time. In order to manage everything, I think it is best that I scale down a bit. Therefore, my plan is to blog once a week for sure, and possibly two days a week.

I will still be around on social media and I am hoping to start a Periscope show soon!

Books Read in February 2016

If you read Monday’s post, you know that last week was CRAZY, and now I feel so behind! That is why I am getting this post out in the 2nd week of March instead of the 1st. 🙂

Books Read in February 2016

Amazingly, I did a fair amount of reading in February:

Trim Healthy Mama – very good!

An Amish Year – very good, too.

Choosing Joy – Like I wrote in the post, this one is a MUST READ

How to Get Honest Reviews – This is an excellent book that I hope to implement soon.

The Healing of Families – I’m still not sure how I feel about this book. There were a lot of good points but there were also some areas where I questioned the theology. I need to process this book a little more before making a final judgement.

Feels Like Love: A Snow Valley Romance – This is a Christmas story and although I know Christmas is over, I read it anyway. It is a cute and clean romance story.

Sugar Detox: Uncovering the Guide to a Healthier Lifestyle… – There were a lot of problems in this book including way too much repetition. It also read too much like a commercial. The concept is good and I have personal experience with sugar as an addiction  and the few recipes at that end that I tried were good but not enough to recommend the book.

How I Sold 80,000 Books – Got lots of great marketing ideas from this book!

Book Publishing for Beginners – This book is okay. There are some good ideas but, and I hate to write this, it was kind of boring. It was basically a play-by-play of a few of his book launches without much else. I wouldn’t recommend this book either.

Yes, I really read all those  nine books this month! Several of those books weren’t very long and I had lots of “pockets” of time where I was able to read for a bit.

Books I’m Planning to Read in March

I am not planning to do much reading in March, per se, unless I have unexpected reading time like I did in February. But here are the few (Not including the bible study):

The Power of Broke – I am reading this for the Blogging for Books review program

The Excellent Wife – I am reading this with some fellow homeschooling moms as a book study. So far, it has been very challenging – in a good way!

Living with Intent: How to Choose Joy and Success, and Change Your Life in 7 Days – I found the book free on Amazon and decided to check it out. The title is certainly interesting. 🙂

What are you reading this month? Do share!

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Goals for 2015

Last year, in spite of knowing that I had a busy year before me, I tried to focus on being intentional, rather than Goals for 2015reactive. I have to admit that it was very challenging and I don’t think that I was particularly successful in my attempt. However, that doesn’t mean I am going to give up. This year I am going to try again, and hopefully my 3 Words will help me focus and remind me to pay attention to what is important.

At the same time, things have to get done, so here is an overview of the major things I want to accomplish this year, while trying to be realistic:

Marriage/Parenting/Home Management Goals

1. Have a date night with Michael at least once a month.

2. Send Michael a “love text” at least once a week.

3. Have focused quality time with Andrew at least 3x week (besides homeschooling and usual family time, such as chores, before bed routine, etc.)

4. Finally put up some pictures and decorate our apartment. I am a minimalist at heart, but our place is pretty bare, even by my standards. LOL! I am not much a decorator but it is about time I learn.

Personal Goals

5. Get up at 6am five days a week. Trying to force myself to get up early everyday seems to set me up for failure. So, I am hoping that giving myself grace to sleep in twice a week (Sunday and one other day), I will put less pressure on myself.

6. Spend at least 15 minutes a day reading the bible and praying the rosary daily.

7. Exercise at least 15 minutes a day, 5 times a week. We bought Andrew the Wii U for Christmas this year and it inspired me to break out my Wii Fit, so now I actually look forward to getting up to exercise.

Educational/Blogging/Business Goals

8. Keep up with my course work and graduate in May! I can’t believe it is almost over. I can’t wait!

9. Blog here at Simple Catholic Living at least once a week during school and 3x a week after I graduate.

10. Finish and launch my grammar website (grammarplace.com).

That’s it. I’m sure that these goals may be modified over the year, but I am okay with that. At least I have a guide to help me stay on track.

Now it’s your turn. What are your goals (or resolutions, if your prefer) for 2015?

Weekly Goals

Set GoalsHappy Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception! Our Lady is the patron of America under this title. May she pray for us and bring us to Our Lord! Now, here is how I did last week:

Marriage/Parenting/Home Management Goals

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

2. Create Christmas shopping list and Christmas card list. (Just didn’t get to it…)

3. Spend at least 10 minutes reading with Andrew.

Personal Goals

4. Get up at 6:00 am.

5. Spend at least 15 minutes reading the bible and prayer every morning.

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

Educational Goals

7. Finish final draft of Senior Seminar I paper and submit.

8. Finish Anglo-Saxon final paper and submit. (Finished rough draft, final is due this Wednesday)

Blogging/Writing Goals

9. Write and post book review of A Love Undone. (Read the review here.)

10. Work on the other website I am creating.

This is my plans for this week:

Marriage/Parenting/Home Management Goals

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

2. Create Christmas shopping list and Christmas card list.

3. Spend at least 10 minutes reading with Andrew.

4. Clean out Andrew’s room and get rid of some junk!

Personal Goals

5. Get up at 6:00 am.

6. Spend at least 15 minutes reading the bible and praying Advent devotionals every morning.

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

Educational Goals

8. Finish Anglo-Saxon final paper and submit.

Blogging/Writing Goals

9. Write and post book review of 20 Short Ones.

10. Continue working on the other website I am creating.

Now it’s your turn. Share what you have going on this week in the comments, or join us over at Money Saving Mom with your own goals.

She’s Back…..! (Mostly) and Weekly Goals

Set Goals

Well, I haven’t posted since September 8th. I never planned for that to happen, but the two 7 1/2 week classes turned out to be very labor intensive, along with my other two classes, plus homeschooling Andrew, plus life…you know the drill! Plus, we had changes to my husband’s employment which has been a bit of a life-changer. Also, this Wednesday I have a big presentation for my Anglo-Saxon class, and after that, I’m pretty much good except for a couple of big-project papers and possibly a final. So, hopefully, I will be able to get some regular blogging in – especially since I am WAY past due on some book reviews.

As for goal setting, I pretty much blew it to the wayside for a while; therefore, I am not going to post my previous goals, just the ones for this week. Also, I am only going to start with eight goals, so I can ease back into the goal setting mode.

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. Spend at least 15 minutes reading the bible and prayer every morning.

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

Educational Goals

6. Finish preparing presentation and give to class.

7. Write pre-proposal for my Senior Seminar professor. (She is helping me with some ideas for my final paper.)

Blogging/Writing Goals

8. Write at least one blog post this week (besides this one).

Now it’s your turn. Share what you have going on this week in the comments, or join us over at Money Saving Mom with your own goals.

Weekly Goals

Set GoalsSo happy to have had a good week! Here’s how things went:

Marriage/Parenting/Home Management Goals

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

2. Take Andrew to the pool at least twice this week. (If I include the pool club near where we had our family bbq yesterday, we went to the pool every day except once this week!)

3. Start reading Little Lord Fauntleroy to Andrew.

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

Personal Goals

5. Get up at 6:00 am. (Got up at 6 once, the other days it was more like 7 or 7:30. But, I’m okay with that because I knew last week was to be a bit of a relaxing kind of week.)

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

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

Blogging/Writing Goals

8. Finish reading and write review for Answering Your Kids’ Toughest Questions. (You can read the review here.)

9. Work on the other website I’m creating.

10.  Create a blog schedule and pre-write some posts.

Final week before I start my classes for the fall. I really hope it is a productive week. I want to get ahead start for the fall schedule…

Marriage/Parenting/Home Management Goals

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

2. Host get-together with one of my good friends and her kids.

3. Continue reading Little Lord Fauntleroy to Andrew.

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

Personal Goals

5. Get up at 6:00 am.

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

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

Educational Goals

8. Get books for my upcoming classes, and start reading ahead.

Blogging/Writing Goals

9. Work on the other website I’m creating.

10.  Pre-write some blog posts for the fall.

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

 

Weekly Goals

Set Goals

Here is how I did last week:

Marriage/Parenting/Home Management Goals

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

2. Take Andrew to basketball camp every morning.

Personal Goals

3. Get up at 6:00 am.

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

5. Exercise at least 15 minutes, 5 times this week. Didn’t do much extra exercise, but I am counting the exercise from walking the dog. 🙂

Educational Goals

6. Attend last class!

Blogging/Writing Goals

7. Finish reading and write reviews for The Paleo Manifesto, Answering Your Kids’ Toughest Questions, and Jonah and the Great Big Fish.

8. Work on the other website I’m creating.

9.  Create a blog schedule and pre-write some posts.

I start back to school on the 25th, so I am trying to balance getting a bunch of writing done and taking extra time to just chill. Here are my plans for this week:

Marriage/Parenting/Home Management Goals

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

2. Take Andrew to the pool at least twice this week.

3. Start reading Little Lord Fauntleroy to Andrew.

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

Personal Goals

5. Get up at 6:00 am.

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

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

Blogging/Writing Goals

8. Finish reading and write review for Answering Your Kids’ Toughest Questions.

9. Work on the other website I’m creating.

10.  Create a blog schedule and pre-write some posts.

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

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Weekly Goals

Set Goals

I did really well this week! Here is how it all went down:

Marriage/Parenting/Home Management Goals

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

2. Finish reading Five Children and It to Andrew.

3. Clean out and go through Andrew’s room. (Did what I could but there is more that Andrew has to help me with.)

Personal Goals

4. Get up at 6:00. (Made it to Mass almost every day last week, too – Bonus!!)

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. Read ahead for my class.

Blogging/Writing Goals

8. Write two blog posts.

9. Create/upload a welcome video for website. One of my long-term goals is to get over my fear of video and speaking, so this is a first step. (I did four! One welcome video for the home page, one “Fun Facts” video for my about me page (I’d love for you to check them out and tell me what you think!), one thank you video to new blog subscribers and one welcome video for new blog subscribers.)

10. Finish Red Cross project.

Not sure how things wil go, given that it is 4th of July week, but here are my plans for this coming week:

Marriage/Parenting/Home Management Goals

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

2. Finish reading Five Children and It to Andrew.

3. Finish cleaning out and go through Andrew’s room.

Personal Goals

4. Get up at 6:00 and get to Mass 3x times this week.

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. Continue reading ahead for my class and start next paper.

8. Got to appointment with my career counselor.

Blogging/Writing Goals

9. Write two blog posts.

10. Create/upload one video for website.

Come join us over at Money Saving Mom with your own goals. 🙂

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