Planner charms going live tomorrow!

The planner charms are going live in the shop, tomorrow at 12pm EST, and I can hardly wait!! I’m always excited when I get to launch a new product and get to share it with you. I feel like I’m getting to share a piece of my own personal journey every time that I do. The ‘It Is Well’, ‘Be Still’, and ‘Grace’ that you see on these planner tassel charms are three things that God is constantly reminding me of in my daily walk with Him.

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When I hear the words ‘It Is Well’ I think of the life of Horatio Spafford and the tragic loss of his children during two separate, tragic events. And through all of that tragedy, he wrote that beautiful hymn, and went on to help children and families in Israel.

When I think of the words ‘Be Still’, I think of the verse in Psalms that says, “Be still, and know that I am God” and Psalm 91:1, “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty”, which are both reminders that I desperately need over and over again.

And ‘Grace’… it’s both a beautiful and powerful word. A word that reminds me of how good God is, and how that grace should reflect off of my life out to others.  Colossians 4:6, “Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.”

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How about you? Do you have a favorite song or verse that helps you remember His promises? 💗

Love,
Julie

 

P.S. How amazing is this pen pouch that holds all of your planner supplies?? Isn’t it the cutest thing ever?! 😍

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Why you need intentional self care

We got some snow over the weekend, and everything got cancelled, so my family and I spent a little extra quiet time together and time catching up around the house. Aside from a few shop things and catching up on laundry I really spent some intentional quality time in with the family and time to do some deep thinking about 2017.

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I mentioned before that my word for 2017 is ‘Intentional’, and there is an awesome quote by Crystal Paine on one of the first pages of my planner that goes along with my word:

“Time doesn’t expand limitlessly. When I say yes to one thing, I must say no to something else.”

It’s so easy to want to do it ALL! And usually it’s a lot of really good things which is usually my problem. I want to be a nutritional expert so I read article after article trying to come up with the perfect menu plan for my husband’s diet change, I want to never get behind on the laundry, I want to send Christmas cards out to our extended family’s extended family (’cause I just love people 💗), I want to make sure I’m spending quality time with my family, I just want to do it all…

But this week I hit a wall. I broke.

Because the reality is, nobody can do it all. We all have gifts and strengths in certain areas, and while we should always be growing and striving to improve, we can’t do it all at once. Yes, there will always be laundry to do, people to contact, and errands that need to be run… but don’t forget to take care of you.

When they go through the emergency protocol for flying on a commercial flight, they always tell you to secure your own air mask first before attempting to help anyone else. There is a reason for that. If you are running on fumes, eventually you will pass out before being able to help the people around you. The same is true in life.

Take care of yourself this week. Those dishes can wait just a little bit. 💗

Love,
Julie

New goals, new year, new words.

Am I the only one that struggles all of January to not write in the previous year’s number??

I’ll go to date a letter, check, or get ready to journal about my new goals, and I can guarantee you that I’ll still be writing in ‘2016’ for the first little bit! 😆Despite my yearly mixup, I really am excited every time we see a new year. New dreams, new goals, new victories… Last year I tried something new. Before I ever started writing down my goals, I picked a word or phrase to focus on, as a overall theme of sorts.

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My words for 2016 were ‘Dream Bigger’. I got to thinking about how often I limit myself and even what I think God can do. I knew in my heart of hearts that God can do more than we can ever imagine, but I would so often freeze up and not take a leap of faith just before things were about to get really good. So with that theme, I focused on asking God to help me let go of my fears and insecurities and help me to trust him when He brought an opportunity along that I was supposed to take.

So with that, I started moving forward, doing things while I was still scared, pushing past my insecurities, and trusting God to grow my faith in the process. I’m so grateful for the growth and opportunities I saw in 2016. It really helped me to realize how often I sell myself short and reaffirmed just how amazing the Lord really is. But with this new energy and confidence, I wanted 2017 to be a new chapter, so this year I chose ‘Intentional’.

I want this year to be a year where I take that confidence, energy, and time, and be intentional about how I apply it to things that God has put on my heart. It’s so easy to get distracted by all the good things we can be doing with our time, that often take away from the great things we are supposed to be doing. Not to say we can’t do other things, but having a theme going into the new year really helps to focus my squirrelly brain!

I hope your new year is full of faith growing experiences, answered prayers, and blessings. If you decide to have a theme, word, or phrase for the year I would love to hear about it! ✨

Love,
Julie

P.S. This beautiful planner is the Brilliant Life Planner! I had the privilege of being on the launch team that get to help pick out the cover options! They gave me a coupon to share with you and you can find it here! 

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