Party Time

I promise I’m alive, and here with the final installment for throwing a surprise party!

So to start, with the party itself, you should be talking with the birthday boy or girl, several weeks out laying foundation work so you can manipulate/verify timing. I suggest saying

“hey I got reservations at your favorite restaurant for this time” and then on the day of you can drive to the party location and say “oh I just have to drop something off here…etc”

Basically help be in charge and say oh I’ll invite everyone etc and take care of RSVPs.

Then the night of have a group that you were going to meet up with have everything decorated and set up so when you walk in there’s someone to take pictures!



habit check up

So here’s an update on my goal of healthy habits for 2017. Originally I had a huge list of habits that I decided I did not want to be casual about, so here is my check up for February.

Let me just say it is a wonderful thing to have a planner to keep me on task. Especially being able to discover my best organization strategy with the flexibility of the Passion Planner. My habits rewards strategy has not worked as well as I anticipated, however it has revealed to be beneficial in ways I did not know would happen.

My whole structure was that I would check off the days I did my habits and reward myself with points to use towards certain rewards. The problem is I did not know what my January was going to look like and what time I would and would not have. Things like time to watch tv became moot when there were days my brain was so tired I could not even think (my chaotic 9 straight hours yesterday being one of them).

What has worked is being conscientious of these habits and seeing rewards loose their importance. Working out more consistently – even though most weeks I only make it 2 out of my goal of 3 days – is making me feel good and want to eat better. Cleaning house is frustrating when it feels like no one else contributes, but I choose to consider the emotional state of everyone in the house. I will let it go and worry about my space, but if me picking up the slack means everyone feels better, then why not? Spending consistent time with God is something I want to do, even if I cannot always get my mind in the place I want it, I am seeing the comfort of spiritual discipline and it takes precedence over watching the news in the morning.

I may not be the best at this pursuing a goal thing, but I see myself growing in discipline, awareness of myself, of others, and how these small things will grow into a foundation for health in my life.

Stop giving yourself excuses and get up and make something of your time. Choosing to not be casual about habits does not mean succeeding every week. Instead it means being aware that you are moving forward even when you fall two steps back.

We will see where we are when we hit March 1st!


I’M AN ADULT, therefore I owe it to myself and no one else to create healthy habits. It just makes life feel better. We already deal with so much junk in the world why let something like dirty dishes and trash get in the way of your joy and spiritual growth. You can be so much and do so much if you set yourself up. 

Bad Habits are like ankle weights they drag your feet and create these troughs. You get comfortable where your feet have eroded the dirt over and over. You feel it you know it. One day you look up from your feet and your eyes are at the level of the ground. 

Good habits are like a pulley they give you support the more you use it. They don’t let you get comfortable with the ground you trod, because you don’t notice it anymore. You are more concerned with the sky above and around you to notice you are walking on untouched soil. 

So I challenge you to join me in this journey to develop good habits. I started by making a check list in my Passion Planner for all the things I’m trying to turn into steady habits.

Now, in no way am I perfect. I have already failed at some, but I do not just take it off the list and say well my goals are too big. NO. I leave it there to remind myself I can keep working to get better. Once those others are habits, I still have more work to do.

So to those of you who choose to join me, prayers and blessings as we pursue a foundation for growth in our life!


I’m glad to be back after a week long intensive course! So after sleeping away the morning I took to tea and my planner, because planning has nothing casual about it.

img_4380You do not have to have a big fancy tea set to drink tea fancily! This cup and saucer was at Goodwill.


I chose the Passion Planner this year to help me keep my life organized, set some goals, and also at the same time be flexible. What I love about it is there’s so much room for possibility – in fact there is a section that is the “Space of Infinite Possibilities”!

So today to catch up planning and re-center I pulled out these cute stickers! The colors just pop and they add some great nostalgia to the black and white pages. They can be a great surprise or a marker for special events. I like using them on Mondays when it’s easy to get blue and goal marker dates!


So here’s to planning and goals!