Pursue your Passions

Pursue your Passions

Hi Friends!

It’s been a full five months since I’ve had something to say here. I didn’t plan to drop off the blog but life required it for a bit. I had to do some much-needed internal evaluation to move forward with my goals for the remainder of this year. Yep, I’ve continued to work on those and have been blessed with some clarity.

We have entered the last quarter of 2016 so it’s the perfect time to evaluate our progress and prepare for next year. I’d like to welcome you back with some encouragement for you to Pursue your Passion. If you would like to take a look at previous posts about my goals take a look at this one and this one.

Now, I have the feeling a majority of you are familiar with goal setting. I have to confess, this is the first time I have experienced success, long-term. As such, I’d like to share what has worked for me. For those of you who have mastered setting and reaching your goals, but are stuck at the ‘What’s Next’ phase, I’d like to share my Roadmap to Passion/Purpose with you.

Pursue Your Passion with these FREE PrintablesWhat works for me

I have learned over time that lists work really well to help me organize my thoughts. I also realize that in order for me to stick with something I need to know in advance its purpose, the benefits, and the tools to help me succeed. Honestly, most of my setbacks were due to lack of proper evaluation prior to commitment; hindsight is 20/20!

I’d like to share an example to help you visualize my beginning process. I start with an outline similar to the one below. Keep in mind that your personal outline will need to factor in your own journey and current station in life.


~ Meet Responsibilities {short or long-term}
~ Challenge Yourself {in any area}
~ Work toward Passion/Purpose


~ Personal Growth & Maturity {learn what works for you}
~ Plan in place that will meet your Expectations
~ Goals met = Motivation
~ Clarity in your Passion/Purpose

I’m of the opinion that anyone can benefit from taking the time to really find out what matters most to them. I also feel that evaluating your family as a whole is necessary but secondary to establishing your expectations. It’s difficult, if not impossible, to lead your family to success if you don’t know where you want to end up.

On my journey, I’ve been able to fine tune what helps me to be efficient in reaching my goals. This list of tools is the bare bones of what keeps me on track. These are what I come back to when I need to refocus where I should be putting most of my energy.


~ Planner that works for me
~ Goal Mapping Worksheet
~ Roadmap to Passion/Purpose

These links will take you directly to the worksheets. If you need the instructions for the Goal Mapping Worksheet you can read this post.

The Roadmap is my newest resource that I’m really excited to share. This worksheet was birthed out of the necessity to determine my purpose and the passion behind it. This was part of that internal evaluation I mentioned earlier. I was at a place where this blog was doing well and I was rapidly meeting goals but realized I didn’t plan big enough.

I took a step back and wrote a quick draft of what I feel is my vision of the future. I quickly realized what I had been learning about setting and reaching goals lined up with my passion. I dug a little deeper to flesh out my process in order to develop this resource that I’m confident will help you to go farther in your journey than you may have thought possible.

While my process played out in reverse, I’m hopeful you’ll be able to reach your goals sooner by learning from my mistakes. To be clear, I’d like to suggest the following as:

Steps to Success

1. Establish Your Roadmap.
2. Prioritize and Map Your Goals.
3. Discover the tools you need to keep you on track.

That’s it! Three easy steps to propel you to your own personal successes. I wish you the best in your journey.


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Word of the Year Update

Word of the Year Update

Hi Friends.

It’s been a solid thirteen weeks since I shared my Word of the Year- Pursue. I’m here today to offer you an update and hopefully some motivation to keep moving forward to meet your goals too. I’m happy to report that up to this point I have been able to keep Pursuing all my personal goals. I must credit a lot of my current success to the use of my planner system. To lay it out for you, I’ll recap my personal goals then what tools I’ve been using to accomplish each.

For years I’ve been getting by with status quo while taking care of littles and dealing with medical needs. As of last Fall, I’ve been free of my major medical issue so I had to figure out what to do with myself without the weekly doctor appointments. It’s the strangest feeling going from having to coordinate so many outside activities to not having many reasons to leave the house! My extra time gave me the opportunity to evaluate the next phase in my journey. Basically, that’s how I came upon the word Pursue for this year.

The first and foremost I wanted to Pursue was overall health. In order to make this happen, I new I needed a plan. These are the four areas I planned to focus on: Spiritual, Emotional, Physical, and Relational. I also knew these were interdependent and if I could tackle the Spiritual and Emotional in a tangible way the other two would fall into place. My solution was to Write the Word and Journal every day, if possible. I was rapidly growing out of my new Filofax, so I converted it into my Spiritual Journal. As any Filofax user may agree, It’s hard to resist having one and not write in it as often as you can. For journaling, I just use a notebook I picked up that had a cute cover.

I strive to write in these every morning to start my day out with a clear mind and conscience. I call it my PB&J time {Prayer, Bible, & Journal}. I’m forgiving if it doesn’t happen but will make an effort to get back to it as soon as I can. There is definitely a difference when I miss too many journaling days because I feel anxious if I don’t get some things out of my head. Doing this task, even if I don’t feel like it, leaves me feeling accomplished. I won’t share much about the Physical and Relational because they’re too personal for a blog like this. I will say, I’m experiencing progress but they definitely have some built in flexibility as they can fluctuate so easily.

The next two areas I wanted to Pursue were more long term goals. I talked about them a bit in the last two months; you can read more in this post and this post. I have since been officially accepted into our local Community College and still hope to take a class this coming Fall. And Yes, I’m already thinking about my future College Planner! For my shop, GingerPaperCo, I’ve been working daily on prepping for a Summer Grand Opening. I’m so anxious to get it up and running that I’m considering a soft opening to provide downloadable products.

I ordered this academic Passion Planner when they were offering a clearance on 2015-2016 stock. I figured for the price, it couldn’t hurt, but this has really become a very important planner in my arsenal. It was a priority that I maintain a balance between home responsibilities and my pursuit of an Etsy shop. I was starting to struggle a bit but now that I’m mapping out my time hourly, I’ve gotten so much more done. I use this as my daily Business Planner and I plan my work tasks for the afternoons after all other responsibilities have been accomplished.

I’m so excited to finally share this update! I hope you enjoyed it and maybe got a little motivation. I will be sharing my full planner system in the near future so stayed tuned for that. Don’t forget, if you want to be notified by email of the shop opening you can sign up here. Quantities on ready to ship products will be limited when GingerPaperCo opens this summer.

2016 Appointment List Printable~freebie

2016 Appointment List Printable~freebie

Hi There,

I hope you’ve been thinking about your motivational word of the year. This is my second year following this practice and I think it made a difference in some of my choices. We can all agree, self improvement is important to our personal growth. My word this year is Pursue because I’m moving into a new season as a mom with my youngest starting Kindergarten in August. This gives me the opportunity to pursue new adventures and I’m gonna go for it.

This year I will keep moving forward in the areas that are most important to me and my family. As a jump start, I began the application process to start college in the fall and I began prepping for the launch my Etsy shop. I’ve had these ideas lingering in my mind for years but for obvious reasons I had to wait until my boys got older. Eventually, I’m hoping to fund my courses through my shop. I will go into more detail when I have more finished product.

Until then, I want to share a printable I made awhile ago that has been very useful for this time of year. I use this form to log the appointments that each of my family members will need to have based on what is covered through our insurance plans.

Here’s a screen print of what the pdf looks like. I use a personal sized filofax so I made one file for the standard inserts and a second file in the size I like to use, 4×7 for more room. This is the first time I’ve shared a file online so hopefully it will work out right.

Click HERE for the 4×7 2016 Appointment List
Click HERE for the personal size 2016 Appointment List

What you see in the image is what would print on letter size paper. You can print this on the paper of your choice, including scrapbook paper. The outer lines are your cut lines, so it should be easy whether you use scissors or a cutter. You have room to add four family members per sheet; use the dotted lines as your guide for each name. I start my form by marking “N/A” in the slots I don’t have a need for (ie: under the male members for the Women’s Wellness appointments). I use the NOTES for what days work best for each member as a reminder when I make the calls. If needed, while on the call, I verify how much will be required out of pocket and notate accordingly.

This form has helped me keep tabs on what my family needs done while making sure I get what we pay for on our insurance. I hope this is just as useful for you.

Well, that’s it for now. I have several more printables that tie into this one so I may be rolling those out soon too. I’ve also been going through a planner needs change that I may get the time to share eventually but don’t hold me to it yet. 

Happy New Year

Happy New Year

Happy New Year Friends!

I can’t believe how quickly the holidays have gone. There are so many great things that come out of this season that ends with a celebration. I’m really excited for what this new year brings as I have the opportunity to evaluate major and minor goals on my list.

Today I want to quickly share my word of the year that I believe will motivate me to success… Pursue. When I think of this word I get the feeling of being propelled forward; I want to do something to achieve a victory. I like that I don’t feel the burden of a major endeavor but that I’m already succeeding in the forward motion. There’s freedom in taking one step at a time and focusing on the paths directly in front of me. By the end of the day, I’ll have  pursued many things, feel good about myself, and hopefully excited to do it again tomorrow.

That’s it for now, I’m still working on my mental list but I plan to pin down more. I’m hoping to share them soon and hopefully they’ll offer encouragement and motivation to pursue your goals too.
Until then, Have you chosen your word of the year?
Something I Love

Something I Love

Hey There,

I hope you’ve been well. I love the change of seasons but not the allergies that come along with them. I’ve been sick twice within a week, just from spending time in the awesome weather.  Anywho, that’s my reason for lack of #DMIO posts. I figured since I’m behind, that gives me license to choose from the topics I haven’t covered. You can tell by the title what I chose but I’m changing it up a bit to include different areas of interest to me. 

Let’s start with pens! I was once a hoarder of pens but at some point I realized keeping them in a bin was doing them no justice. I’m a bit more selective now and my collection has improved a lot. I have a few faves, such as the Flair Pens and Staedtlers, but my current go to is the Frixion Erasable pen! At the moment, these are the only pens I use (and don’t share). I have never been a fan of my own handwriting so these have been my saving grace in my planners. 

Next in the lineup is my closet office {makeover}; does a makeover qualify? I hope so because I’m loving the process of pulling together my MomCave in a house of boys! I was inspired by the pastel movement but when I found my Kate Spade Gold/Hot-Pink Elyce Brag Book my color pallet developed quickly. My newest addition is a chandelier to replace my current lighting situation. As you can see, my lighting is very poor and inconsistent. If you want to see a few more sneak peeks, browse my planner layout posts or check me out on Instagram. I’m hoping to eventually do a full reveal but, as all things go ,it will take some time to complete. 

I’m including one more item off my list of current loves. As a mom of two young boys, personal enrichment can be vital to my emotional health. I’m fortunate enough to belong to a healthy, vibrant church that encourages community and discipleship. As such, the group of ladies I meet with regularly have started a new study by Priscilla Shirer called Breathe. I have read many books/studies in my time but never has a book transformed the dynamics of my family! I would  fall short of doing it any justice if I tried to explain it to you. Instead, if you feel disconnected, discouraged, or maybe misdirected I want to encourage you to take a look at this book. 

Well, that’s it for tonight. This next week is Fall Break and my hubby took the time off too. So I’m either going to have extra time to write or be fighting for some free time to get it done. Either way, both of those is better than being sick in bed! 
Get to Know Me

Get to Know Me

via Snail Mail Love

Hey There!

I’m so excited to be starting a fun little challenge this month. I love a challenge that falls in line with any of my plans/goals for what I want to be doing. You can find more details on Fab’s blog, Snail Mail Love, here and read her first entry here as well as others at the end of her post.

You can tell from the title of this post today’s topic is getting to know the blogger. I like this prompt because it allows me the freedom to share more about myself than I would normally feel is suitable for this platform. We all know that most people DO NOT like talking about themselves, myself included, so to make this fun I will be sharing what I hope will be fun, interesting, maybe embarrassing, and who knows what else will come up. Let’s get started shall we…

{I have 12 siblings}
Yep, it’s true and no we don’t all have the same mom. Technically, my dad has eleven children! My mom has had six of those; two without my dad! For those of you who like numbers here are a few for you… ’61, ’62, ’63, ’64, ’65, ’67, ’70, ’73, ’75, ’76, ’78, and two after that I don’t know yet. All I can say to this is Rabbits!

{My Love/Hate Relationship}
I love to take pictures but hate HATE being in them. I’m the epitome of ‘the camera adds ten pounds’, only it’s more like 100 lbs! You know, like marshmallow face or something! Did I say HATE yet?!?

{Walt Disney World}
I’m not a mega fan but I did work there! It was my first job and the only one I don’t like to admit to. Here’s why; when you tell people that you were a character at WDW, many many questions ensue and you pretty much end up talking about yourself. Who wants to prompt that kind of attention!?!

{Most Embarrassing}
I’m excited to share this one because I own it, and it includes yummy donuts! When I worked in retail, I was to open the store one fine Sunday, but not before stopping for some chocolate mini donuts. My all time favorite since as along as I can remember!! I’m not sure how long into the morning this occurred but at some point a customer made an odd to me random comment about “stopping the donut truck”. Um, what? Eventually, I got it and if you really need me to tell you the moral of the story let me know.

{I CAN’T kill bugs}
Yeah, this sounds strange, certainly gross, and especially shutter inducing. When I say “can’t”, I mean physically impossible. It’s the noise, the squishing, the potential for goo… all of the above! I go into panic mode if it is down right necessary for me to deal with this situation on my own. I’ve even called friends at home to come rescue me! This is serious stuff in my book.

OK, I that’s enough for now before I do myself some emotional harm. It’s not much but I hope it helps you to know me a little more than the formal stuff you usually read about on info pages. Hey, if you want to read more, don’t forget to check out Fab’s space. You can also follow #DoMoreInOctober on Instagram.

Let’s back it up

Let’s back it up

I told you I would tell you about my planner search and wishlist but I want to back up and share a bit about why I’m here, doing this blog. You see, next year, both of my boys will be in elementary school and I feel it’s very important to be there when they get home from school. I’m very fortunate to have the opportunity to remain home if I chose. But I require myself to justify that choice so I feel pressure to figure some things out. I’m giving myself this year to test out a few of my interests to see if they can fulfill that justification. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity so I’ve put much thought into it. I just really hope I have it in me to make it a success.

I have always been a lover of organization and planning. I’m new to this mega trend of planner life but have always kept a planner of some sort. Actually, I think I use to hide it because it wasn’t cool to be so outwardly in love with your planner. (Hand in the air) Long time nerd here! I digress but you know where I’m headed with this right!?! Yeah, I want to try to make my passion into a resource that will allow me to be there with, and for, my family. I shared my goals on Tuesday, but failed to share some of my aspirations.

Being creative has become a necessity in my life and melding that with my love of planning has been amazing. I want to enhance my abilities and one day be a part of the design team on one of the many brands I love to use. Here’s the truth, I crave the recognition of my abilities. Yikes, I actually put that out there! But isn’t that why so many people go to work every. single. day.? I want creating to be my work!

Naturally, I had to figure out “my plan”. How do I get myself out there? What do I want to invest my time in long term? I think for now this blog is my window of opportunity to show what I’ve got. I figured I could use IG as my microblogging platform and increase my creative endurance. I had a false start here last month because I was a little crushed when a few of my ideas didn’t pan out. Hello, summertime is not the best time to start a blog if you want to develop some consistency.  It’s been eighteen weeks now and I couldn’t wait to put more words to what I’ve been posting. That minor setback is what I needed to build the resolve to make this happen!

I hope that brings us full circle to my intention of sharing this post with you guys. I feel this was necessary to the purpose of my planner search but not suitable for my next post as it will be less personal of an approach.

Thanks for taking the time to hear me out, you’re awesome.