My Head is Spinning!

Please excuse the mind dump here but it has been a strange week and this is me keeping it real! I feel like I have done a 40 days worth of Lent in just 5-6 days. LOL!

My head is spinning!

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If you are an email subscriber and opened the email for your private password for the month, you know that my computer crashed on Monday. I don’t know how it happened because I am very careful and have a very powerful anti-virus software. But it did. I think if I didn’t have the software it would have been worse but I it was bad enough! I wound up having to do a complete system restore to bring the computer back to its factory default. πŸ™

It literally took all week because I had to do all the Windows updates from the last six years which was 260+ (and those didn’t even include the optional updates!). While updating, there were other problems because it was causing a drain on the computer’s RAM. And truthfully, I haven’t technically finished because I still have to reinstall my printers and some software problems.

On top of this, my poor husband’s work truck (18 wheeler) broke down in California. Not just once, however. Oh, no. It broke down THREE times! And the third time it broke down my husband was on one of the LA airport runways! To make it worse, while waiting for the truck to be prepared he feel and had to go to the hospital. It turned out that he “broke” his back. He chipped his tailbone but there is nothing they could do about it but give him some non-drowsy pain meds (so he can drive) and some other meds for sleeping. I just can’t wait for him to get home!

But, the BIGGEST reason my head is spinning is for a good thing! This weekend was the Catholic Writer’s Guild’s annual writer’s conference and I am SO GRATEFUL to God that my computer was fixed in time (mostly)! The conference went from Friday, 8:30am-10:30 pm; Saturday, 8:30am-10:30pm, and Sunday 12 noon-10:30pm! Each session was about an hour long with a half-hour buffer between. Basically, I sat glued to the computer for three days. πŸ™‚

I absorbed A LOT of information and I have a lot to process. The conference covered everything from time management to social media to book cover design to literary revolution! I hope to share some takeaways soon after I’ve had time to go over my notes and make some order out of them.

Anyway, please say a prayer that Michael feels better soon! Thanks and God bless. πŸ™‚

Weekly Goals

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I think this is the first time ever I accomplished all my goals on the list – sort of. It’s been a good week. πŸ™‚

Here are my goals from last week:

1. Daily mass and meditation, and rosary. (I’ve realized that getting to mass every day isn’t possible in this season of life, so I’m changing my goal and aiming to get to Mass 2-3 times each week.)

2. Finish memorizing Ephesians 6:10-11 (“Draw your strength from the Lord and from his mighty power. Put on the armor of God so that you may be able to stand firm against the tactics of the devil.”)

3. Start Memorizing 6:12 (“For our struggle is not with flesh and blood but with the principalities, with the powers, and with the world rulers of this present darkness, with the evil spirits in the heavens.”)

Family/Mothering Goals

4. Write love note for Michael and hide it in his work bag.

5. Read at least 3 books and two chapters a day from the Bible to Andrew. (Haven’t decided which books yet again.)

6. Work on a painting project with Andrew. hopefully we will actually get to this week! (We had a lot of fun with this. We built a small wooden car and Andrew painted it.)

Personal Development

7. Exercise on treadmill for 30 minutes, stretch for 10 minutes.

8. Drink 6 glasses of water each day. (Well, I managed 3-4 glasses of water a day – if you count the herbal tea I drink. I definitely need to be more intentional about this, especially as it gets warmer out.)

Blogging goals

9. Start reading Sons of Cain by Val Bianco and post review. (I’m only a few pages in, but it’s good already!)

10. Continuing posting the 31 Days With Mary Devotions each morning. Stay two days ahead of blogging schedule. (I actually got all the devotions written and pre-posted for the rest of the month! Yay me!)

Here are my goal for this coming week:

1. Daily meditation, bible reading and rosary. Get to mass at least 2x this week.

2. Memorize Ephesians 6:12 (“For our struggle is not with flesh and blood but with the principalities, with the powers, and with the world rulers of this present darkness, with the evil spirits in the heavens.”)

Family/Mothering Goals

3. Write love note for Michael and hide it in his work bag.

4. Read 3-4 stores a day from The Children’s Book of Virtues (Andrew LOVES this book!) and two chapters a day from the Bible to Andrew.

5. Work on the Science Exploration kit with Andrew that he got for his birthday.

Personal Development

6. Exercise on treadmill for 30 minutes, stretch for 10 minutes.

7. Drink 6 glasses of water each day.

Blogging goals

8. Continue reading Sons of Cain by Val Bianco and In Name Only.

9. Start writing project for e-course. More on this in the near future!

10. Add several links to the “Free Resources” section of website.

What are your goals for this week? Feel free to share them here or head over to Money Saving Mom for more goal setting ideas.

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Weekly Goals

Set Goals

Here are my goals from last week:

Spiritual Goals

1. Daily mass and meditation, and rosary.

2. Memorize Ephesians 6:10-11 (“Draw your strength from the Lord and from his mighty power. Put on the armor of God so that you may be able to stand firm against the tactics of the devil.”) My goal is to memorize Eph 6:10-17, but I’m doing it one or two verses at a time. (Finishing this and adding the next verse for next week.)

Family/Mothering Goals

3. Write love note for Michael and hide it in his work bag.

4. Read Flat Stanley, The Boxcar Children #6 and two chapters from the Bible to Andrew.

5. Work on a painting project with Andrew. (Worked on a birthday project for his uncle instead)

Personal Development

6. Exercise on treadmill for 30 minutes, stretch for 10 minutes.

7. Drink at least 5 glasses of water a day.

8. Dinner date with Mom and Sister (Wednesday). Had a great time!

Blogging goals

9. Write and post book review for “Past Suspicion.

10. Continue writing and posting 31 Days With Mary Novena.

Here are my goal for this coming week:

1. Daily mass and meditation, and rosary.

2. Finish memorizing Ephesians 6:10-11 (“Draw your strength from the Lord and from his mighty power. Put on the armor of God so that you may be able to stand firm against the tactics of the devil.”)

3. Start Memorizing 6:12 (“For our struggle is not with flesh and blood but with the principalities, with the powers, and with the world rulers of this present darkness, with the evil spirits in the heavens.”)

Family/Mothering Goals

4. Write love note for Michael and hide it in his work bag.

5. Read at least 3 books and two chapters a day from the Bible to Andrew. (Haven’t decided which books yet again.)

6. Work on a painting project with Andrew. Hopefull we will actually get to this this week!

Personal Development

7. Exercise on treadmill for 30 minutes, stretch for 10 minutes.

8. Drink 6 glasses of water each day.

Blogging goals

9. Start reading Sons of Cain by Val Bianco and post review.

10. Continuing posting the 31 Days With Mary Devotions each morning. Stay two days ahead of blogging schedule.

(I also have some projects in the works. I’m not sure if I’ll get to them this week, so I’m not including them. πŸ™‚

What are your goals for this week? Feel free to share them here or head over to Money Saving Mom for more goal setting ideas.

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Weekly Goals

Set Goals

Here are my goals from last week:

Spiritual Goals

1. Daily mass and meditation, and rosary. Ongoing.

2. Memorize Psalm 62:2-3 (“My soul rests in God alone, from whom comes my salvation. God alone is my rock and salvation, my secure height; I shall never fall.”)

Family/Mothering Goals

3. Write love note for Michael and hide it in his work bag.

4. Read at least 3 books and two chapters from the Bible to Andrew. (Haven’t decided which books yet.)

Personal Development

5. Get ready and go (on Friday) to the Apple Blossom Wine Festival in Virginia with a friend of mine. Having a “girl’s only” weekend with two of my dear friends that’s I’ve known since High School. I am so looking forward to this! We had a blast! We drank wine, walked, chatted, laughed. It was awesome. πŸ™‚

6. Exercise on treadmill for 30 minutes, stretch for 10 minutes.

7. Finish and turn in the short analysis paper for my Short Story class. Complete assignment and quiz for Intro to Lit class. (Got my due dates mixed up. The quiz and due date for the paper is next week. Did get the rough draft done, though!)

8. Drink at least 4 glasses of water a day. (I am terrible as much water as I should, so I’m working my way up.)

Blogging goals

9. Plan posts and writing schedule for the month of May. (Trying to get ahead on this!)

10. Continue reading “Past Suspicion” and write book review.

Here are my goals for this coming week:

Spiritual Goals

1. Daily mass and meditation, and rosary.

2. Memorize Ephesians 6:10-11 (“Draw your strength from the Lord and from his mighty power. Put on the armor of God so that you may be able to stand firm against the tactics of the devil.”) My goal is to memorize Eph 6:10-17, but I’m doing it one or two verses at a time.

Family/Mothering Goals

3. Write love note for Michael and hide it in his work bag.

4. Read at least 3 books and two chapters from the Bible to Andrew. (Haven’t decided which books yet again.)

5. Work on a painting project with Andrew.

Personal Development

6. Exercise on treadmill for 30 minutes, stretch for 10 minutes.

7. Finish and turn in the short analysis paper for my Short Story class. Complete assignment and quiz for Intro to Lit class.

8. Drink at least 5 glasses of water a day.

Blogging goals

9. Plan posts and writing schedule for the month of May.

10. Continue reading “Past Suspicion” and write book review.

What are your goals for this week? Feel free to share them here or head over to Money Saving Mom for more goal setting ideas.

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Weekly Goals

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So, the last time I shared my goals was the beginning of Holy Week. Then Easter came and I took the week off from blogging – except for the Divine Mercy Novena and a guest post – and focused on the family. It turned out to be a much busier week than anticipated, and I didn’t get much done either week. Still, for the sake of transparency, here are my goals from two weeks ago:

1. Besides my daily mass, rosary and bible time, spend some extra time in prayer and reflection on the mysteries being celebrated this week. (ongoing)

2. Help Andrew write out and mail his thank you notes.

3. Keep up with college course work.

4. Plan out blog posts for the month of April. (I do have a general idea of the posts I want to write, but need to get them down on schedule…)

This coming week will also have an abbreviated goals list – only two things to be exact:

1. Work on both analytical papers for both my classes (One for the Intro to Lit class, and one for The Short Story).

2. Get those thank-you cards written and in the mail.

Of course, prayer time and homeschooling are a given so that’s why I didn’t include them. Hopefully next week will get back on track. I’m not a big fan of changes in schedule. πŸ˜‰

What are your goals for this week? Feel free to share them here or head over to Money Saving Mom for more goal setting ideas.

Weekly Goals

How did you do accomplishing your goals this week? I did O.K. but didn’t get done as much as I hoped. My classes are sucking up a lot of time. I don’t know what I’m going to do come fall when I start full time! I’ll worry about it then. For now, here’s how I did;

Spiritual Goals

1. Continue with daily prayers: Mass, rosary, quiet prayer and bible reading/study. (Ongoing. Didn’t make mass much this week but will make a greater effort this week – especially with Lent starting.)

2. Memorize John 6:33. (“I have told you this so that you might have peace in me. In the world you will have trouble, but take courage, I have conquered the world.”)

Spousal Goals

3. Write love note (In St. Valentine’s Day card) for Michael and hide it in his work bag. (We even got an unexpected dateΒ  night!)

4. Try to anticipate Michael’s need and surprise him by doing them.

Mothering goals

5. Continue reading The Mysterious Benedict Society to Andrew (it’s a LONG book) + have Andrew read one short story to me.

6. Continue working with Andrew on character building: Obedience. (Doing this with stories, role-play and lots of practice! More on this to follow in another post.)

Personal Development

7. Start knitting the Kindle touch cover. (I’m adapting this iPad cover that I found, using only one color and adjusting the measurements)

8. Continue to exercise on treadmill or Elliptical for 15 minutes.

9. Read Attack on Planet Falrus (for book review) and the readings for my classes. (Had good intentions, but never got to it again…)

10. Keep up with my course work assignments.

Blogging goals

11. Compose and post second installment on the blog series on marriage.

12. Write first draft for e-book.

Here are my goals for this week:

Spiritual Goals

1. Daily prayers: Mass, rosary, quiet prayer and bible reading/study.

2. Finish memorizing John 6:33. (I almost got it down pat. πŸ™‚ )

Spousal Goals

3. Write love note for Michael and hide it in his work bag.

4. Try to anticipate Michael’s need and surprise him by doing them.

Mothering goals

5. Continue reading The Mysterious Benedict Society to Andrew. It is taking us a while to get through this.Β  Have Andrew read one short story to me.

6. Continue working with Andrew on character building: Obedience. (Doing this with stories, role-play and lots of practice! More on this to follow in another post.)

Personal Development

7. Start knitting the Kindle touch cover. (I’m adapting this iPad cover that I found, using only one color and adjusting the measurements)

8. Continue to exercise on treadmill or Elliptical for 15 minutes.

9. Read Attack on Planet Falrus (for book review) and the readings for my classes.

10. Work on and finish essay for Introduction to Literature class.

Blogging goals

11. Compose and post third installment on the blog series on marriage.

12. Write first draft for e-book.

What are your goals for this week? Feel free to share them here or head over to Money Saving Mom for more goal setting ideas.

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Book Review: Tell Your Time by Amy Lynn Andrews

This is going to be a very short review…

GO GET THIS BOOK NOW! Seriously, it’s THAT good.

Longer version: :mrgreen:

I’m a long-time reader of Blogging with Amy, and as I mentioned before, I kept meaning to get Tell Your Time but never did. Finally, I decided if I was going to get the book, I’m going to get it now, so hopefully it will help me get the new year off to a good start. It was a good decision. πŸ™‚

Why?

First of all, the book can be read quickly. It’s short – just like Amy intended. I read the book in under an hour – and that’s with highlighting snippets I wanted to stand out. I was also able to print out the worksheets and had them completed in less then 30 minutes.

Secondly, I was able to implement the suggestions immediately and already seeing a difference. Not only in getting things done, but more importantly, in how I feel: I’m already beginning to be more at peace and less stressed!

Third, you can’t beat the price. Seriously. It was only $2.99 when I purchased it. To get the content that Amy puts in this book, for this price, is a steal.

What impressed me most about Tell Your Time can be summed up in the preface of the book:

“Many time management techniques do a good job of helping you organize your activities. Few challenge you to think about whether you should be doing those activities in the first place.” (Italics mine)

But Amy does just that. She helps you discover where you are stuck and then gives you the “secret” to managing your time. Using examples from her own life, she outlines how to create a schedule that will work for you, based on the priorities and goals that are important to you and your family.

So, if you are looking to streamline your life and create a schedule that works, I highly recommend you get a copy of this book. πŸ™‚

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