2 More Weeks Till Earlybird Registration Ends!!


Hey gals!!! If you’re on the fence about attending the Spring Young Women’s Retreat, you should really just make up your mind soon!

You save $25 when you mail your registration by February 28th.

Do it! Have questions? Email me: allison@youngwomensretreat.com

Also, if you are from Pennsylvania and would be interested in carpooling with a gal who may be coming from there, please let me know soon. Again, you can contact me by email at any time.

I hope you make plans to come. It’s going to be an unforgettable time!

You will:


-Meet new friends

-Have an AMAZING getaway

-Grow in your walk with the Lord

-Eat some of the most delicious + gourmet food you can imagine


hope to see you there!


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My 2018 Goals

My 2018 goals have been a journey. Usually I just jot down goals for the year and go with it, but for some reason this time around was different. I started back in December and kept coming back, dreaming bigger, refining the purpose + vision being birthed in my heart for this year.

The goals that made it through the refining process to the “final 10” are all ones that I believe will be extremely valuable as I seek to grow and use this life for the glory of God.

This is pretty personal, but I feel led to share in hopes that you will be encouraged to set some scary, life changing goals as well.

“If you aren’t going forward, you’re going backwards.”

My 2018 Goals:


  1. Schedule a time of fasting weekly
  2. Practice unplugged evenings
  3. Plan undistracted times for relationships + rest


  1. Learn to study the Word of God instead of merely reading it
  2. Run 8 miles straight
  3. Do 2 items from my Bucket List per month
  4. Practice wise stewardship by sticking to my budget and meeting my income/saving/investing goals


  1. Intentionally invest in my team members thru encouragement, incentives, education, and empathy
  2. Go all out in serving my family
  3. Learn to better honor and communicate with my parents as an adult living at home

Obviously some of these goals encompass more, like the Stewardship and Bucket List ones. I have several separate financial goals that I lumped together, and the bucket list contains alot of random things related to personal travel, work, family, education, etc. It is a fun way, apart from my “Big 10” goals, to have a running list of things I want to do.

Additionally, in the coming months, I plan to share more about each goal and practical steps I am taking to accomplish them.

What about you?  What goal are you setting this year that really scares you (like I wrote about here)? Is there a particular goal you are most excited about? I’d love to hear!I’m cheerin’ for you!


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How I Make My Yearly Goals

Happy New Years to all of you!

A new year is always like a fresh page, and this year especially, I am so excited for the days ahead. My heart is fairly bursting with fresh ideas, new dreams, and open doors. 

I am looking forward to sharing my 2018 goals next week, and I plan to continue posting on goals and productivity occasionally throughout the year.

I had a lot of feedback from my readers saying that you all seem to enjoy those posts. I guess it makes sense- I always love to hear about others’ goals and how they prioritize their time.  We all have the same amount of time, but there are so many ways to use that time!

Today I wanted to share just a few thoughts from my goal making progress:

1. Make your goals measurable.

This is really huge. Don’t set vague goals such as “get in shape”. You may want to get more in shape, but what does that mean to you? Set a very specific goal such as “run 12 miles per week” or “lose 10 pounds” or “workout 3 times per week”.

2. Set 10 or less goals.

Everyone is different. If you haven’t done much goal setting in the past, or if you like things to be simple, you may want to start with 2 or 3 goals. Even for a visionary or long time goal setter, more than 10 goals is going to be a lot to manage, track, and remember.

3. Take a risk!

Your goals should scare you! Don’t make goals that are all easy to achieve. I recommend having at least 1 or 2 goals that look really scary to you! As I will share next week, I have a few goals that make me quiver in my boots- in a good way! But I want it that way. If they were all easy and comfortable, it would be pointless. Most of the growth in our lives happens outside of our comfort zone.

4. Choose a mixture of goals.

I don’t want all my goals to be fitness and financial, although I definitely want to work hard in those areas. If you want to be a well rounded individual, it seems reasonable to set a variety of well-rounded goals that will help you become more of the person you want to be this year.

I would love to hear from you! Do you set goals? 

much love,


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Recent Gifts


I am blessed with some of the very kindest of people in my life. Unexpected coffee delivery, a sweet text message, quality time, words of blessing, acts of service…..the list could go on and on. I have been blessed.


God is powerful, creative, and the Giver of all good gifts! Every sunset is unique, a reminder of the care He takes for the smallest details of the world and people He created. It is far too easy to rush through life without thanking Him for even the sunsets. He could have made the sky a boring grey every day, and then from grey to black at night, you know? But He didn’t, and we get to enjoy His creativity and power!


Recently I have been really enjoying the gifts of fresh foods. What a gift it really is! I am grateful for access to an abundance of fresh produce. Salads, veggie stir fries, fruit smoothies, and so much more- what a way to eat!

These Two

Mitchell and Bryn have been such a sweet blessing! They are joyful, grateful, hospitable, and two of the kindest people in the world, I think. This fall I have been living in their apartment and although they are gone many days and nights, they are completely generous with sharing everything they have and when they are home and we get to spend time together it is always a blessing. Mitchell is such an amazing man of God and I love watching how he works hard, leads his wife so well, and continues to invest in others. Bryn has been such a help to me in so many ways- she gives wise advice, brings humor to any situation, and has a heart of pure gold. They say, “Show me your friends and I’ll show you your future”. Hang around people who are kind, generous, thoughtful, selfless, diligent, and Jesus-loving……..they give wise counsel and set a good example.

Sweetest Coworkers

I am truly blessed. I know many people deal with far from ideal work environments but I am blessed to work in a beautiful, peaceful environment with some of the best people. Clients and coworkers alike have blessed my life more than I could say.

Sister Time

Chels has been able to come hang out at the office once or twice a week to do wedding planning. Taking a coffee or lunch break with her and catching up on life and wedding talk have been some very, very sweet memories that I will cherish forever. The Lord is so good. I was trying to be grateful and not disappointed to miss weeks on end of her last days at home but the short + sweet times we have had together have truly been a gift.


Oh, cherish your family! Having near + dear friends experiencing the heartbreak of losing loved ones lately……reminds me of how brief our time with these loved ones really is. If everything else in our schedule has to go, family still needs to be prioritized. I don’t want to look back with regret upon busyness or days poured into others that kept me from these ones nearest to my heart. More than anything else, we should pursue the character of kindest love and sweetest thoughtfulness in our homes.

What about you? What are some recent gifts in your life? The Lord is so good- tell of His EXCELLENT KINDNESS!



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November 2017 Goals

It’s hard to believe that November is here. The last month has literally flown by, and I find myself on the threshold of another month grateful for what the last held and excited for the next. Since so many of you have expressed interest in goals posts, I am planning to make that a monthly feature here on the blog.

Here are my November 2017 Goals:

1. Finish reading “Reading People” and “Raving Fans“.

Reading is something I have really been working to fit in these days. It is really rewarding, and I’m never sorry when I take time to read, even if just for 10 or 15 minutes.

(see my disclosure policy here.)

2. Send a package to my cousin in law school.

3. Complete current hiring process.

4. Plan Chelsy’s bachelorette party (can’t believe it!!!!!)

Oh, this is probably my favorite! As Chelsy’s maid of honor, I am so honored to not only stand beside her on the Big Day, but to bless and serve her however I possibly can in the weeks leading up to her wedding. One way I have always looked forward to doing that is planning her bachelorette party.

5. Practice violin 3x per week.

This one is challenging for me currently, but I really want to make it a priority!

6. Plan December schedule for my team (employees).

7. Send snail mail notes to my siblings and parents.

Since I am not living at home right now, this is a simple way for me to let them know I am thinking of them. It’s also a special gesture that I hope says, “I love you” to them- I mean, who doesn’t love getting mail?

8. Take off work for 4 days to road trip to the National Bible Bee with Mitchell/Bryn + Josh/Cass.

Fully engage in the family time and disconnect from work (except for emergencies).

9. Eat more vegetables!

It’s easy to get into a rut with food (mine would be eating too many sweets or living on meat/eggs/cheese), but intentionally eating for health + wellness is especially important in the winter months. I need to ramp up the veggies!

10. Practice the principle of “Wherever you are, be all there”.

Whether enjoying time with family, working, or resting, to be fully present + engaged in that activity.

“You don’t have to have it all figured out to move forward…just take the next step.”

What are some goals you have for this month? Join the conversation in the comment section- I always love hearing from you!


ps. Thanks for the feedback on my recent reader survey. That was so helpful, and your feedback is so valuable as I brainstorm for upcoming blog content. Always feel free to shoot me an email or comment if you have specific ideas or requests. I always read + appreciate what you have to say!

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