Memories from May

May was a sweet month.  It was a month of blessed days, difficult decisions, hard work, and hard play. All in all, I look back with gratefulness on another month of life and the grace of my Jesus.

I did a lot of study, planning, teaching, and general office tasks for work, and those days were often accompanied by extra coffee (see above). The main things I was learning about were leadership and customer service.  I find these two topics fascinating, and absolutely loved my time spent learning in those areas.

  

One day saw me loading up my sweet younger siblings and meeting up with dear friends at the park (photo on left). Several other days I spent some time with a very dear friend and her little ones, playing, cleaning, and having a generally grand time (right photo).

I always, always eat breakfast, even on mornings when I leave for work before the family eats. Hard boiled eggs, energy balls, cheese, and blueberries was on my menu one morning (left). And middle of the day iced coffee accompanied by the sweetest note from my little sis…..well that made my laundry folding and contemplations a little sweeter! (This extra special gesture also happened during a time when I had extra responsibilities and decisions weighing on my mind, and I thought it was so sweet that my little sis, Elizabeth, was encouraging me like that.)

   

I absolutely love interacting with guests at the Inn, and this particular gentleman was so friendly and interesting.  We had a fabulous time chatting in the hotel lobby (right photo)! Several days were spent spring cleaning and painting verses in all the guest rooms. This project was completed on May 31st, per my goal.

My little brother, Josh, also got engaged in May, which was pretty much the most fantastic thing ever! Watching some very special things happen in my siblings’ lives during this month was incredible. I will be doing a special post about that soon.

And that’s my happy little update on May! June, let’s go!

-Allison

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June Goals

Sometimes you just gotta sit down and do a little dreaming and planning for the month ahead.  At least I do.:) So, first an update on how my May Goals went (completed goals in bold, other have explanations in italics at the end):

  1. Finish memorizing Philippians 1 (recite to Liz with no prompts!) This one is almost done, but I need to recite it to Liz yet. I have self-recited it with little issue, so I’m close!
  2. Run 35 miles- gonna try to snag a little quality time with a sister for a few of these miles.:) This was an epic fail due to a leg injury. I ran a few times, but mostly opted for weight training and other workouts.
  3. Read “Follow You Anywhere: 22 Little Lessons for Team Leaders”
  4. Take the little siblings on a park/picnic date
  5. Execute large cleaning + painting project at work
  6. Write 7 encouraging notes
  7. Interview + hire new hotel team member
  8. Do 6 blog posts
  9. Invest $__ (specific amount of money I want to invest this month) Close….had a technical glitch, but the $$ that didn’t get invested was saved instead.
  10. Schedule time to nurture relationships (cleaning for a busy mamma friend, talking over coffee with another friend, having heart to heart talks w/ the siblings, etc.)

And now on to JUNE!!!!

  1. Memorize first 10 verses of Philippians 2
  2. Finish reading “Sacred Singleness”
  3. Take a gift to a friend at church.
  4. Go on a coffee date with Elizabeth.
  5. Finish staff transition + training before June 15.
  6. Help Mother in the garden.
  7. Get a budgeting app.
  8. Go out for breakfast with Grandma.
  9. Joyfully pack for + embark on Summer Tour.
  10. Go out for lunch with sisters + sister-in-loves.

I could go on and on with my “dreaming and scheming” but 10 seems like a good number. And a few things to keep in mind that help me when setting goals like this:

You CAN’T DO IT ALL. Keep it reasonable, keep it real.

Don’t try to list everything, just the top 10 (or however many) that are either especially exciting, or push you a little extra, or whatever. Some that stand out.

Make sure that you include relationships in your goals.

People tend to be the things that get pushed out first if life is really full (at least for me). Making them a big part of my written goals seems to help keep the most important things in focus.

I wanna hear about your goals! Are there any you are especially excited (or scared:) about?

-Allison

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May Goals

 

It is May already, friends.  My heart is full, the days are full, life is full.  Full of blessings, grace, opportunities, and moments to seize.  It is the people that matter, ya’ll.  It’s the moments we really stop to savor, the times we listen to the Holy Spirit even if it seems crazy.  Taking time to call up that friend and meet for coffee, praying for that person who just keeps being on your mind. There’s always a reason, someone who needs love even when you don’t know why or what they’re going through.

Time is a valuable asset.  If we want to make time for people, we have to be intentional.  Life will happen and we won’t know where the days went, unless we seize them with intentionality.

“All we have to do is decide what to do with the time given us.” J.R.R Tolkien

We all have 24 hours a day, but the question is what we will do with it. God gives us time that we may steward it for Him.  He asks us to do everything with all our might, for His glory.  That includes our work, relationships, and even our rest time.

Lack of intentionality with our time breeds regret.

Goal setting is one valuable way to be intentional with the time we’re given. While some people are more goal-oriented than others, I believe it is helpful for everyone to step back from time to time and evaluate where they’re at and where they’re headed.

Today I am going to share with you my 10 key May Goals.  I want to work hard, play hard, and above all, do it all with love. The following are 10 goals that I am setting for this month:

  1. Finish memorizing Philippians 1 (recite to Liz with no prompts!)
  2. Run 35 miles- gonna try to snag a little quality time with a sister for a few of these miles.:)
  3. Read “Follow You Anywhere: 22 Little Lessons for Team Leaders”
  4. Take the little siblings on a park/picnic date
  5. Execute large cleaning + painting project at work
  6. Write 7 encouraging notes
  7. Interview + hire new hotel team member
  8. Do 6 blog posts
  9. Invest $__ (specific amount of money I want to invest this month)
  10. Schedule time to nurture relationships (cleaning for a busy mamma friend, talking over coffee with another friend, having heart to heart talks w/ the siblings, etc.)

What about you?  Do you have any goals for this month?  I would love to hear what you are challenging yourself to do currently!  With Jesus Christ, you are capable of MORE than you know!  He will give us the strength and wisdom to accomplish everything that is His will for us.  I’m cheerin’ for ya!

-Allison

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Why I’m Blogging

Hey friends!  So…….the girl who thought she’d NEVER start a blog is writing her first post.  Here’s why:

-In the past few years of discipling young women, I have found that while there are a number of excellent blogs, books, and resources I can point to on matters of Biblical womanhood, purity, and similar topics, I don’t know of a single resource that addresses issues like finances and fitness from a balanced, Biblical perspective practical to young women.

-There is a need for candid teaching about these things!   Money, food, relationships, schedules, fitness………every area of our lives should be stewarded well.  As ordinary and mundane as these may seem, they matter.  Sometimes we underestimate the “little things”…..thinking that if we pay attention to the “bigger deals”, the mundane will just happen.  The truth is that the littles details of life can actually have a HUGE impact on other areas of our lives.

-Have you ever wondered how to find a sane, consistent, balanced fitness routine?  I’ve been there!  Do you feel like your days are hectic and your life way too busy?  Guess what?  It doesn’t have to be that way!  Does your money seem to slip through your fingertips- never enough, always gone too fast and you wonder where?  Ok…..you get the idea.  I’m here to hopefully give a little sisterly advice.  I can’t wait to chat about whatever is frustrating you currently!  But first I need your help:

What do you want me to write about?  Do you agree that there are some issues that just aren’t getting talked about from a Biblical perspective?  What are some of the biggest ones you wish there was more conversation on?  Leave a comment (above, at the top of the post)……I’m excited to hear your feedback!!!

with love,

Allison

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