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Book Review: The Ultimate Checklist for Life

So, I just finished this devotional yesterday and since I am so far behind on my reading challenge I figured I might as well add this book to the list. It is called The Ultimate Checklist for Life. If you have been in the Christian circle for any length of time then you know about the Checklist for Life books. This one is a compilation of those books. It was on my bookshelf and I needed a new devotional to start so I went for it. 

This one has 8 sections that it is compiled of:

1. Checklist for Life
2. Checklist for Life for Women
3. Checklist for Life for Men
4. Checklist for Life for Teens
5. Checklist for Life for Moms
6. Checklist for Life for Leaders
7. Checklist for Life for Graduates
8. Checklist for Life for Teachers

There were some sections that I did not particularly fall under but I read them anyway because we can all learn from different areas and experiences. I did however skip the men section. I did not really relate to some of those examples and whatnot. 

Pros: It was a great day at a time devotional. It gave me something to think about each day. It was fairly relevant to my life in some ways. It was an easy read. It was not difficult to understand. 

Cons: It was an easy read. It was kind of fluffy. It was super just surface Christianity without getting into the depth of Christianity. At times, it was kind of boring. 

Overall, if you are just looking for something to add to your daily time with God, then this is a good option. However, if you are looking for something to take you deeper into your faith, this is not a good option for you. It is a topical book and not an in depth book. Good read but not for everyone’s current walk. 

Stayed tuned for my March 1st post!

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Here It Comes

Alright, so there is only a couple days until the first 30 Day Challenge starts! I’ll admit, I’m a little nervous just about trying to keep up with them throughout the year. I know it will be so good for my writing but at the same time, life gets so busy apart from this blog. But I am determined! I am also such a people pleaser that the thought of even letting myself down by not keeping up is often times enough to keep me on track. Lol! Please stay tuned to see the awesomeness that is coming along with these blog post challenges! Feel free to keep up too!

On another challenge note, I started that reading challenge a year and a half ago. I have realized how hard it is to read that much. Lol! But I do have another book review coming up soon! I am almost done with this book so you will have to wait and see what it is!

I have a winter sport that I love dearly. Skiing really energizes me and it is so wonderful to ski with my hubby! It is something we really really connect on. Well, I was looking for a summer sport too because as much as I like hiking, it really is not all that exciting. Don’t get me wrong, I love taking my pup, well now pups, out there and enjoying the beauty of nature as well as taking pictures but I wanted something a little more aerobic as well as something a little more exciting! So, over the last two days I have been giving this mountain bike a try. It has only been on some well kept trails and service roads but we are going to be hitting a more fun trail here pretty soon! I think this is definitely going to be my new summer sport. I had so much fun yesterday on our 12.5 mile ride. It was so great to get out with an awesome group of people and get my cardio up as well as doing something fun! I can’t wait to go out again! Unfortunately, we were having so much fun that I may or may not have forgotten to take a picture lol! Next time for sure.

Here comes the challenges!

See you soon!

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Thoughts for the Day

I had my morning devos this morning. I am so thankful that that is becoming more of a normal thing again. Having a cup of coffee and a quiet morning time in The Word is my favorite way to start the day. It really puts me at peace and centered for the rest of the day. I realize on the days I have spent time in the morning I am less critical and less stressed out at work or just in general. Whereas the days that I have not spent time in the morning, I am more critical of people around me and more on edge. So, getting that time is so necessary. This morning I was reading in my devotional book and came across this quote.

How you spend your time is more important than how you spend your money. Money mistakes can be corrected but time is gone forever.

David B. Norris

This was something I really started realizing this year. I was more focused on making money to pay off debt or what have you and not focusing on how I was spending my time. My relationships were not wonderful and my relationship with the Lord was definitely not great. I think that played a huge part in why I made resolutions this year. I want to make sure I am focusing on the right things in life. There is more to life than work and money.

I have still been keeping up with my de-cluttering in February. I went through my shirts which I realized I have a lot of. I got rid of a bunch and then started a “second chance pile” of shirts I had worn but it had been a while so I was willing to give them another chance. So far, 2 out of 3 have made it back into the drawer. I actually looked really good in those two lol! I have gotten some stuff out of my closet and my pantry and bedroom in general. I started tackling the mend pile next to my bed. So, it is going slowly but surely.

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The Desire to Write More Consistently this Year

I am always looking for ways to blog more consistently. Especially during the winter time when I don’t feel like I am doing as much in life. Spring, Summer and Fall always bring more outings and get togethers, where as winter means cold, snow, and ice here in the lovely Denver area. With so many transplants who have not figured out how to drive in the snow, there is no desire to be out on the roads unless absolutely necessary. Thankfully the snow has been half way decent this year so it has been good to stay active in these cold cold months. But this girl is ready for the warmth and sunshine to get out and play in the mountains!

In the meantime, and throughout the rest of the year I have a couple ideas to keep this blog hopping! lol. For the past couple years in April I have taken part in the April A-to-Z Challenge. While that is a fun challenge to partake in, I wanted something different this year. I wanted something soon too! Did not really come up with anything but I had several things I wanted to try in my To-Do list on pinterest. So, I thought I would tackle them throughout the year. So, each month will bring a new 30 Day Challenge! Why not right?! I am finishing out February as is. I am currently working my way through 10 Ways to Pray for Your Husband. ( Sorry, my mouse pad on my mac is glitchy and I was having trouble highlighting the whole thing.) But once March starts, I am diving head first into the categories below. It is part of my new year’s resolutions to get things off of my to-do list so that is killing two birds with one stone.
Should be fun! If you want to take part in any of them alongside me, let me know! I would love to read along with you!

30 Day Challenges:

March: 30 Day Photo Challenge 

April: 30 Day Song Challenge

May: 30 Days to a Better Wife 

June: Blog Every Day in June

July: July Photo Challenge

August: 30 Day Relationship Challenge 

September: 30 Day Book Challenge

October: Florabella Photo Challenge 

November: Novel in a Month

December: Capturing December / Spouse Christmas Countdown

So, I realize the last two months are a little ridiculous but I love those months and I couldn’t help myself lol. Maybe they will be adjusted but for right now I’m feeling ambitious!

See ya!

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Book Review: The Happiness Project

I just read The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. Usually, I take some time to process the book before posting but honestly, I have been processing as I have been reading the book. This book was a really good read! She takes 12 majors areas in her life that she wants to improve her happiness through everyday changes. She makes resolutions for each month and keeps track on how she does everyday. And then when she goes on to the next month, she still attempts to keep up with the previous month but shifts her focus to the resolutions of the current month.

Pros: She made very practical resolutions. They were things that every person could do. She was down to earth and very inspiring. I loved how she took her resolutions seriously but also didn’t and just tried to enjoy life also. She was funny and enjoyable. She had such a great sense of humor. I loved how brutally honest she was about her failures and her victories. It was wonderful! (I also realized I am using the word wonderful a lot!)

Cons: There were aspects of her life that I could not quite relate to. She had young kids and lived in an apartment in NYC. I have pups (which I guess are like kids) and own a house in the suburbs of Denver. Super different. She also made some references I had no idea about but did end up doing a good job of explaining them.

Overall: What a great read! I really do recommend reading the book. It is such a great book to start the year off with. Reading it in January gets you so excited to be a better person and change some things in the upcoming year. I had some vague resolutions for 2014 but while I was reading this book I made them a little more concrete. I started focusing on things weekly. I want to make some changes (moderate) so that I can increase my happiness and well being this year.  I would like to say, so far so good! W00t!

I have knocked a couple things off of my To-Do list. Read a couple books and made a few things. Pictures to come soon!

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Book Review: The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Alright, so I was in between The Name of the Wind and its sequel. (still haven’t started that.) I have a stack of my brother’s books that I borrowed to read and so I grabbed a thin one to bust through. This one was very interesting. I had seen the movie and so I knew the general idea of the book. This is definitely a young adult book. Great for a high school read. Not my favorite book in the world but they can’t all be right? This book is a series of letters from a boy named Charlie and it gives insight into the mind and troubles of a high school mind and life.

Pros: The story was fascinating. It was based in the early 1990s and definitely gave an accurate view of what goes on in the mind and life of a freshman boy. The author definitely did not make the kid seem more adult than he was supposed to be. He had the right voice. One of the letters even opens up with “I love twinkies!” lol. There were great relationships and great conflict.

Cons: It was terrifying to relive the mind of a high school student. Lol. I don’t want to remember how I thought and some of the things that had to be learned about the ways of the world. I know everyone may not see it that way but ya lol. Other than that, it was still a great book!

Overall: It was definitely a quick , good read. High school students would definitely enjoy it or even college. More of a young adult book as opposed to one that is more geared towards adults. Great descriptions and stories. Worth the read either way.

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Book Review: The Name of the Wind

I go through phases of reading lots of fiction or reading lots of non-fiction. I happen to be in a phase of reading a lot of fiction right now. Haha. I had forgotten how much fun it is to get so wrapped up in a story that it is difficult to put the book down. When reading my non-fiction books I can pick it up and put it down with no problem most of the time. However, with this book I had trouble putting it down. I wanted to do nothing else except read this book. (Good thing there is a sequel.) I had never heard of Patrick Rothfuss. Was not familiar with his work at all. A friend from work was reading it and said it was really good so I said I would like to borrow it when he was done. Oh man, The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss is a must read if you like fantasy books. It was so much fun!

Pros: The story was so well written so you got wrapped up in the book and could not put it down. Amazing. The characters were relatable. There were not gaps in the story to where you wondered what in the world was going on. The imagery was wonderful. It was easy to imagine exactly what the author was describing. The creatures and the places and the people had enough description to aid your imagination and then left the rest for your mind to figure out on its own.

Cons: The first 30 pages were a little slow going. It takes you a bit to realize that the main character is telling his life story to someone. After the first 30 pages it picks up. But honestly, you just have to kind of trudge through those first 30 pages. It happens.

Overall: I loved this book. I am so excited to read the sequel. It is not a young adult fantasy. It is something that anyone could enjoy if you enjoy reading that genre. I am honestly hoping that a movie is made out of this. I would love to relive this story over and over. I don’t say that about too many books lol.

I hope you pick it up and read it. It is such a great story!

I am going to try to finish reading The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin before I pick up the sequel but we shall see how that goes.

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