ONE WORD 2016…MANAGE

For the 4th year in a row, I will be participating in the ONE WORD 365 challenge. With the ONE WORD challenge, you choose ONE WORD and commit to making it your focus everyday. I also add a corresponding bible verse to round out the challenge. That means you call on that word and verse to guide and plan your day. The ONE WORD challenge puts my goal planning into perspective for the entire year.

“Be very careful, then, how you live – not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.”~Ephesians 5:15-17

As I reflected over my past year, I realized that my life has spiraled out of control. It actually took me several weeks to find the perfect word to bring all these feelings to the surface. I finally settled on the word, MANAGE. In the beginning, I was only thinking about time management because I struggle with finding enough time to complete my personal and business goals each and every day and yet, I have the same 24 hours as the next person. My finances are out of control and yet, I know others that are living debt free with less. My career needs to be revamped and yet, I keep making excuses and I am more than capable. My health numbers need to be improved and yet, I know it can be done because I have done it before. My marriage could use a facelift and yet, I know it does because we have both seen better days. My confidence and mental health need a boost and yet, I continue to live in the world of self-doubt and comparison. With that confession, the word MANAGE was a perfect fit. The word encompasses all I want to MANAGE-my personal goals, my business, my finances, my career, my health, my marriage, my confidence, my mental health and  anything else that needs to be MANAGEd.

This is the biggest ONE WORD challenge for me to date. To avoid overwhelm, I am focusing on making my goals even SMARTER, using tools to help me MANAGE every aspect of my business and life and being consistent. This year, I have decided to use the Passion Planner and Leonie Dawson’s workbooks (affiliate link) to keep me motivated and focused this year.

Here are my other ONE WORD posts:
2015 ONE WORD
2014 ONE WORD

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Are you participating in the #ONEWORD365 Challenge? What is your word? Please share in the comments below.

Bookworm Chronicles-Taming the To-Do List

Taming the To-Do List: How to Choose Your Best Work Every Day

This book (in 3 sentences):

  • will help you take control of your never ending to-do list.
  • helps you uncover the reason for your endless cycle of procrastination.
  • gives practical biblical application to our procrastination issues.

My top 3 highlighted lines of text:

  •  When we ask God for direction, we must trust that He will speak to us.
  • I’m wired to produce and achieve, and when that doesn’t happen to my expectations I doubt myself.
  • I can’t be perfect, but I can be perfectly me.

3 reasons why I think YOU should read this book:

  • Your to-do list is a mile long everyday and you wonder why nothing gets done.
  • Let’s face it, you are a self-proclaimed procrastinator and you are ready to be free.
  • You are ready to trust God with everything (including your to-do list).

Have you read this book? If so, what were your thoughts?

Bookworm Chronicles-Make It Happen

 

Make it Happen by Lara Casey

This book (in 3 sentences):

  • can actually be the turning point in your life that you have been searching for.
  • provides you with self reflection questions to encourage active participation.
  • is a practical guide for stepping out of your fear and into God’s purpose for your life.

 

My top 3 highlighted lines of text:

  • When God says go, then go. Trust that He has a really good plan.
  • God’s version of true happiness is so much better than what our culture presses towards. While everyone around you might be happily overspending, overindulging, or rising to the top of the success ladder at any cost, there is much greater reward for those who follow a different path. The goal is not happiness; the goal is Him.
  • Whatever you are going through right now, if it’s humbling you, making you pray, bringing you to your knees, and making you feel like you cannot do this alone, maybe there is a reason-a glorious beautiful reason.

 

3 reasons why I think YOU should read this book:

  • You are tired. You desire more. You don’t know where to start.
  • You want to take that leap, but you are afraid. You need the courage and faith to move forward.
  • Lara puts it all out there for you to read. She shares the good, the bad, and the ugly. And through this process, she she shows you how to look in the depths of your soul and pull out your own dreams and putting some action behind them.

Have you read this book? If so, what were your thoughts?

Bookworm Chronicles-The Best Yes

The Best Yes by Lysa Terkeurst

This book (in 3 sentences):

  • provides a process to make wisdom-based decisions no matter how big or small.
  • has biblical scripture weaved throughout each chapter.
  • shows you how to be confident when saying no.

My top 3 highlighted lines of text:

  • The one who obeys God’s instruction for today will develop a keen awareness of His direction for tomorrow. (11)
  • Our decisions aren’t just isolated choices. Our decisions point our lives in the directions we’re about to head. Show me a decision and I’ll show you a direction. (69)
  • If God has put an assignment to serve, give, and help in front of us, He will give us what we need to fulfill that assignment. And through serving in that way, we will be refreshed and refueled. (164)

3 reasons why I think YOU should read this book:

  • You will become wise and confident when making decisions about anything from dragging the kids to another birthday party to accepting a new job offer and everything in between.
  • Lysa shares several personal experiences with how her decision-making process allowed her to love others and give them the best of her…hence, The Best Yes.
  • You will add a decision-making process to your bag of tricks that will make the small “no” seem even smaller.

Have you read this book? If so, what were your thoughts?

Bookworm Chronicles-Say Goodbye to Survival Mode

This book (in 3 sentences):

  • just might be a game changer for you as it was for me.
  • will make you stop, drop everything you are doing, and reevaluate your entire life.
  • relates to every busy, underpaid, overwhelmed mom.

My top 3 highlighted lines of text:

  • Just because we are spinning our wheels, rushing from one commitment to the next, doesn’t mean that we are doing anything worthwhile. (16)
  • Either you control the clutter or the clutter will control you. (143)
  • Comparison only leads to discontentment. We put ourselves down. We feel badly. Nothing good can come from it. (167)

3 reasons why I think YOU should read this book:

  • You will have an easy plan to gain control of your “crazy”, unorganized life.
  • You will learn how to evaluate what matters most.
  • The suggested strategies are very clear and easy to implement.

Have you read this book? If so, what were your thoughts?

ONE WORD 2015…DO

I make resolutions. I set goals for myself twice a year in January and August (I’m an educator by heart). Yes, I’m one of those people and each year my goal completion rate increases by staying focused and consistent. For the past couple of years, my friends and I have participated in the One Word 365 Challenge and have chosen to live with purpose and intention (coincidence that those were actual words chosen by some of my friends) with this one word. During those same years (and even now), I have been completely lost and confused with my life. It has been like a premature mid-life crisis. I have dreamed, persevered when I wanted to throw in the towel, and now I’m ready for more. I am ready to DO the hard work. I tell my littles all the time, “Don’t talk about it. Be about it.” It’s time I listen to my own lecture.

I am a researcher and planner. I enjoy the information overload. I will dream about a topic, research it, study it, read about it, plan for it, and stop (drives my husband crazy). That’s it. There is no action on my part. I can come up with a ton of excuses as to why I can’t do something and ignore the fact that coming up with excuses takes just as long as actually doing something. Steve Jobs said it best, “Deciding what not to do is as important as deciding what to do.” Last year, I persevered through some tough breaks personally, but this year will be different because there will be more than pages of plans. There will be actions. I am going to actually GET UP GET OUT AND GET SOMETHING. THE DAYS OF MY LIFE WILL NOT PASS ME BY. (Excuse the Outkast song reference. I had to.)

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.~Philippians 4:13 (NKJV)

As a congregation, every Sunday we recited Philippians 4:13 as we exited church. Logically, I knew what the verse meant. I searched all night for a verse to complement my word. I actually chose another verse and as I started to write this post, Philippians 4:13 popped in my head from years ago. It now has meaning like it never did before. Sigh. I get it, Lord. I get it.

Are you participating in the ONE WORD Challenge? What is your word? Please share in the comments below.

Bookworm Chronicles-Uncommon Marriage

Uncommon Marriage by Tony and Lauren Dungy

This book (in 3 sentences):

  • will show you how to appreciate the personality differences of your spouse.
  • gives practical advice for any marriage.
  • provides personal stories to align with many situations ANYONE in a marriage could face.

My top 3 highlighted lines of text:

  • Early on, we learned to ask God for two things when praying about decisions: first, that He would give us His infinite wisdom and direction, and second, that He would put us on the same page. (pg 24)
  • He had answered our prayers in His own timing. (pg 98-99)
  • Through it all we’ve tried to build an uncommon marriage by following two basic principles: staying focused on each other and letting God lead our marriage. (pg 218)

3 reasons why I think YOU should read this book:

  • You will feel encouraged in your own marriage.
  • You will want to cultivate your marriage into a true partnership.
  • You can actually read this book with your spouse as it gives personal stories from the viewpoint of BOTH Tony AND Lauren Dungy.

Have you read this book? If so, what were your thoughts?