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thriving thursday reading your bible

One of my goals this year is to FINALLY read my Bible allllll the way through. I actually found a great reading plan on Pinterest and Huff the Hubs and I have been reading the passages at night, together. I’m telling you, if you want to help build up the foundation of your marriage–read your Bible together. Its done wonders for HtH and I. Now, there have been some nights we’ve missed reading them together. Sometimes kids need extra cuddles at night, lunches need to be prepped for the next day, or one of us is so exhausted we pass out before the other one comes to bed.

When those situations happen, I’ve been improvising when I feel rushed. The ONE moment in the day I get peace is when I shower. Mostly because I make a conscience effort to do it while the kids have their allotted tablet time. They have their screens and I have a nice, hot, uninterrupted shower. I’ve been opening my Bible app and listening to the audio of the Scripture while I shower. I’m able to focus and really hear what’s being said. Its awesome!

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Maybe your goal isn’t to read the Bible more, maybe you want to work on your prayer life. There are a ton of prayer challenges and resources on Pinterest (like the ones here, here, here, and here).

Maybe there are a lot of things you have on your mind and feel like there is no way you can possibly remember all of them when you’re finally in a quiet place to pray. Last year, I wanted to be sure I prayed for my family–immediate and extended–as much as possible. I grabbed a few popsicle sticks and wrote their names on them. I placed them in a small jar by my bed and every day I’d grab a few sticks out of the jar. I pray over each person by name. Then, when every stick had been taken out of the jar, I placed them back in and started over the next day.

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I also added in other things I wanted covered in prayer (wisdom for our finances, friends, and anytime I got a prayer request for someone who was ill I added their name as well) and put them in the jar. This was a great way for me to stay disciplined and also just to remember everyone!

The Bible app also has several daily devotionals and reading plans that can help you with whatever your spiritual goals are this year. I hope and pray that you reach your goals and feel uplifted by whatever plan you choose!

Do you have any goals related to your spiritual walk? Share in the comments below!

 

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Thriving Thursday Weight Loss

 

Every Thursday this month, I’m going to be discussing various New Year’s resolutions along with tips and tricks to help you (and I!) achieve those goals. This week, we’re talking about health and wellness!

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Now, I’m not just talking about losing weight. I’m talking about all-around health. Maybe you want to try to drink more water in the new year or make one meal a day the epitome of health or you want to start hitting a certain number of steps per day. Whatever your goal is, start small and make a plan.

 

Nutrition Goals

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There are a ton of apps that you can use to track your nutrition, such as: Sparkpeople (that’s what I use), My Fitness Pal, and My Diet Coach. Water tracking apps like Plant Nanny make drinking water actually fun! This app gives you a virtual plant that you care for through how many cups of water you drink in a day. Its basically a Tamogachi with added health benefits! You can even find some great printables to help you stay on track here and here!

 

 

Taking Care of YOU

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If you’re wanting to make self-care a priority in the new year, Aloe Bud is great for that! It sends reminders throughout the day to get up and move, reach out to a friend, and helps you celebrate small victories. Another app called #SelfCare lets you pretend you’re able to stay in bed all day! Throwing mindless scrolling to the wayside, this app helps you take breaks throughout the day and just relax!

 

 

Mental Health

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As someone who has struggled with anxiety, depression, and OCD most of my life, anytime I find new, healthy ways to cope I’m totally onboard with. Apps such as HelloMind, Calm, and Headspace can help you make great strides if you struggle with anxiety or panic disorders and help you achieve some peace! Plus, never underestimate the power of simply writing out your thoughts/fears/worries/blessings in a journal.

 

Whatever your health and wellness goals are for 2019, I hope you achieve them and celebrate the fact that you are working to be the healthiest in body, mind, and spirit that you can be! Share your goals in the comments below!

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Thriving Thursday Friendships

 

This month, every Thursday I’m highlighting goals I have set for myself this year. Last week, I talked about saving money consistently throughout the year. Today, I’m going to talk about another goal: be more intentional with my friendships.

Motherhood (heck, just adulthood) can be isolating at times. You’re either working your tail off at your 9-5, doing chores around the house, or spending time with your nuclear family. And, of course, there’s other things going on like sleep, hobbies, exercise, etc. How are we also supposed to maintain deep, meaningful friendships when we barely have enough time to sit down and eat a healthy meal?!

Its really difficult for my girlfriends and I to sync up our schedules because most of us have kiddos and chances are, those kiddos are in sports, dance, or some kind of extracurricular. While Christmas shopping on Amazon, I found these awesome friendship postcards and HAD to buy them!

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My goal is to send a friend a postcard every month, just letting them know, “Hey, I’m thinking about you and I’m so glad we’re friends even if we don’t get to see each other that often!”

There are other ways to show your friends they’re on your mind, too! Blogger Christie Zimmer has some awesome printables in her freebie section and one is titled: “10 Minutes to Celebrate a Friendship“. Print it out, fill it out, and mail it to your buddy! Maybe pop a $5 Sonic gift card in there so they can get a slushie? Or a $5 Starbucks card so she can read over your paper while she enjoys a caramel machiatto in the school pickup line! By taking just a few minutes out of your day, you can let others know how treasured they are.

And, honestly, it isn’t that difficult if you think about it. With Facebook, Facetime, texting, and Snapchat there are a ton of ways to stay in touch. We may not always be able to be in the same room with one another,  but its very important to let your gal pals know how much you cherish them and their friendship!

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Thriving Thursday Saving Money

 

Welcome to the inaugural Thriving Thursday! This idea came about when I started thinking about resolutions for 2019 and how I wanted to talk about some things that have worked for me in the past, mistakes I’ve learned from, and maybe offer some help/direction for anyone else looking to make positive changes this year! Each Thursday in January, I will be discussing some of my resolutions as well as tips and tricks to help you (if you’ve made similar ones) and also check in throughout the year to keep up with progress!

Among the goals I have set for myself for the next twelve months was to consistently save money and cut down needless spending. Last year, I gave it a try and I feel like I did A LOT better than in years past, but there’s always room for improvement.

In December 2017, I found a year-long savings plan that would help me save money throughout the year without making the BIG deposits during the most expensive months of the year (November and December).

I actually did pretty well with this! That is, until the summer.

I decided not to work during the summer months at the Mother’s Day Out program where I teach during the school year because I wanted to be able to have the freedom to go and do things with my kiddos/visit with family as much as possible. It was a fun summer, but I felt the pinch of my purse strings quite a bit.

This year, however, I’m determined to complete this challenge!

Here is my savings plan:

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I know it doesn’t seem like much, considering what most households are able to save with two, full-time incomes, however for a stay-at-home-mom like myself, this is will come in very handy!

Do you have a money saving plan? What are some resources you use? Share in the comments below!