Monday, October 31, 2011

Relevant 11!!!!

Well its Monday morning and I can not believe Relevant 11 has come and gone. It was amazing and I am not sure how to sum it all up. You see when God speaks to you it can not always be summed up into a neat little blog post. Sometimes you wrestle with Him and it gets messy. Not that He is messy but that I am messy. I had many different emotions all weekend long from the joy of meeting new friends to the heaviness of hearing about the causes like One Verse and Compassion.

So I thought I would just list a few of the highlights but I am sure in the coming weeks there will be more for me to share!

*Lunch at Chili's on Thursday and just getting to know a bunch of ladies I never met before

*Registering for the conference and getting the coolest "goodie bag" filled to overflowing with some really cool stuff(look for giveaways in the near future)

*Friday morning breakfast listening to Sally Clarkson. It was everything I needed to hear and more and then I actually got to sit and talk to her on a couch in the lounge and she is a gem!

*Learning all the ins and outs of blogging and e-books in all the breakout sessions. So much info it will take me weeks to process and implement it all

*Going to many of the wonderful meet-ups(homeschooling, eat pray lose, What's in the Bible, etc...) and meeting some more awesome people and getting some more really cool stuff

*Listening to Christie Wells....her music is so beautiful!!!!

*Ann Voskamps closing message

*The way that God brought me and Maggie Hogan together in the hallway and how she graciously took me into her room and listened to me and prayed with me

*Spending time with my sweet friend Bonni Greiner

I could go on and on but you get the idea. It was an awesome weekend! I can't wait to start implementing some changes on my blog and sharing more with you soon but it is time to take off my blogger hat and put on my homeschooling mom hat for the day!

Have a blessed day!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Need to make a "to do" list?

Life has been moving along here at the speed of light. I have a lot swirling around that empty space under all this bleach blond hair. Every once in a while I start to feel overwhelmed and I know I need to grab a piece of paper and start writing. There is something freeing about the pen hitting the paper and I am able to leave all that has been swirling in my mind there. I am not always a list maker but sometimes it is necessary. It makes things more manageable and I can relax and just do the next thing.

Whenever make my list, I know I then need to come up with a reasonable plan. When I need a reasonable plan to accomplish anything I have a system that came about because I am a procrastinator (have been as long as I can remember). I was the one who crammed for tests and waited until the night before a paper was due to write it. This has its advantages and disadvantages. I used to look at it only in a negative light but I realized having the ability to put some things aside and just enjoy life has its advantages.

Unfortunately if I put too much off and don’t have a plan nothing gets accomplished. So this is what I learned to do:

1. Pray

2. Prioritize

3. Plan

4. Put it into action

I want God to order my "to do" list. I don't want the list to control me but be a guide. If God brings some unexpected thing my way today that is ok too. His word is clear.....

Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed. ~Proverbs 16:3

In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps. ~Proverbs 16:9

This has helped me tremendously when it comes to planning my homeschooling day/week/year. Or when I have a big project or speaking engagement to prepare for. I will even use this as I prepare to go to the Relevant 11 conference next week.

So tonight I am doing some praying, prioritizing, and planning. When I seek God He shows me how to "put it all into action" and I can rest knowing that He is in control!

Have a blessed night.

BTW....want to read something interesting about lists??? Check out this article. I first read about the "six list" in Sarah Mae's book "31 Days to Clean". I thought it was fascinating because I have long practiced this(only mine is often the "25" list:)

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Busy. Busy, Busy....

I didn't go anywhere....I am here. I am at a conference this week. I will be back tonight or tomorrow and I will write more then:)

Hope you are all having a blessed week!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Almost finished....

You know how I said I would be writing over the next couple weeks and I would keep you up on the progress....well I sent it off to the editor tonight!

Can you believe it? Once I started writing I couldn't stop. Right now I am shaking as I type this. It has been such a thrill.

Please join me in praying over the next couple weeks. I am in the process of having a cover made and making a promo video to introduce it.

I can't wait for you all to see it!

God is so good!

Be blessed!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Beauty and the Beast Within

Yes I do believe that is the title I am leaning towards for my new e-book....

Beauty and the Beast Within....21 days to uncovering the truth about weight loss, beauty, and taming the beast within.

Let me know your thoughts:)

Thursday, October 6, 2011

YAHOO!!! God is Good!

The Relevant Conference: I'm Going!

Oh Yes! You saw that right.... I am going to Relevant 11 and could not be more excited! I have been praying for a ticket and this week God was very gracious and provided one for me!

Praise the LORD. Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.
~ Psalm 106:1

He is good and all good things come from Him. I could just think that I got lucky getting this ticket but I know better. He heard my prayer. He has a plan and He blessed me!

Never think that something is too silly to prayer for. He wants to fulfill the desires of our heart. He already knows what we want so why not go ahead and ask Him for it. If He says no it is because He has a greater yes. If He says yes don't forget to thank Him!

Have a blessed day!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

I WANT to win a Relevant 11 Ticket!

Really cool bloggers to meet

Excellant speakers for my ears to hear

Lots of cool new things to learn

Exactly what I could use right now

Very much a dream of mine

Amazing gifts to be shared

Never been before

Told the whole world I want to go and my family hopes I win so they don't need to keep hearing about it

1 of the greastest blogging conferences EVER!!! from what I hear I have never been :(

1 thing that I know will help me fulfill my dreams!

Just a few of the reasons I want to win the ticket to the Relevant 11 Conference! Wish me luck!

Have a blessed day!