Oct 24, 2014

Stupid, Scary, Brave Things (and how to do them)

About three months ago, I pushed down hesitantly on that right mouse button and clicked "SEND" on one of the scariest emails I'd ever sent.

I asked THE Jon Acuff if he would let me write my words on HIS blog. 

If you don't know Jon Acuff, he is the awesome author of two best selling books and the hilarious writer of the Stuff Christians Like blog.  He is the REAL DEAL.  Look him up because EVERYONE can use extra laughter in their day and then a kick in the rear to get your hustle on and do something amazing with your life.

The funny thing is, because of his book START and because of his online Facebook group, 30 days of Hustle, he pretty much asked me to try this.

After a few weeks I forgot about that scary click of the button, until I heard from Jon.  

And he said YES.

Today, my words are all over his blog and you can read them right here:


He titled it "7 ways to do more of everything."

But really it was me, afraid, trying something impossible.
Because honestly, you never know what will happen if you don't try.
Be stupid enough to try.
Scare yourself.
Be brave.

Oct 20, 2014

What's in my Bible Journal?

I am almost through my second Bible journal since I first started doing this in October 2011!

Three years later and I'm still loving both my journals.  My first one was a composition notebook, because it was handy, cheap, and I wasn't sure I'd really stick with it.  It is much worn and loved.  My second is a 8.5 x 11 bound Canson Sketch book with 65 lb paper (a nice weight that minimizes bleed through).  There are only a small handful of pages left in that second journal, so I thought I'd give you an update on what is working, what I've changed and what I have in it.

All the information on the first journal is found in this post here.

And the new one is on the bottom, just as worn, just as loved.

Oct 19, 2014

Book Review--How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare

I chose to receive a copy of Ken Ludwig's "How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare" primarily because I know next to nothing about Shakespeare, and I wanted to see if I could still manage to teach them Shakespeare while learning about his works myself.

Oct 17, 2014

31 Days of Real--Day 17

My biggest, scariest click of the "send" button moments resulted in a YES!

On October 24th, a guest post I wrote will appear on Jon Acuff's blog!  
(If you don't know who Jon Acuff is, check out his blogs at the links below.  He also has two highly recommended books out with a third one in the works!)

Oct 16, 2014

31 Days of Real--Day 16

I'm not really a cat person.

Kitties are fine.

I find cats rude, grumpy, and stuck up.

But I live in a small house with four guys who think cats are the best pet ever.

So now we have three.

Oct 15, 2014

31 days of real--Day 15

For today's REAL I will take you along on a unplanned, impromptu Date Adventure that Mr. Measure and I went on yesterday.

But first, you must know, that I am an "activator".

When I figure out what we're going to do, I want to START RIGHT NOW!  And then figure out all the details while we're DOING.  (Mr. Measure is NOT an activator.)

So, my rough plan was to do a cheap and fun adventure date.

Oct 14, 2014

31 Days of Real--Day 14

Even when I have an upset stomach...
Didn't get enough sleep...
and don't feel like it.

ESPECIALLY when I don't feel like it...

Oct 13, 2014

Plan for the week--What's working and what's not

Going back to my traditional boxes for the Bullet Journal this week.  The Mind Map trial still isn't over, but I find it easy to continue with this box/list version too.

What's working and what's not:

31 Days of Real--Day 12 and 13

Day 12

Sundays are an experiment for me.  I'm trying to be more intentional about real rest on Sunday and not working on what I would normally work on during the week.

It's hard.

Harder than I thought because my mind still refuses to settle in and just enjoy, it's thinking about a million things I could be doing... but I know it will get better.  And yesterday was a good day to read, watch football, and make use of the crockpot.

Oct 11, 2014

31 Days of Real--Day 11

My kind of fun with the boys:  Getting a soda, watching a movie, hanging out and laughing, playing a board game, watching them play video games.


Mr. Measure's kind of fun: Taking a cool picture of the boys...

while they stand atop a deadly precipice of sharp cliff rocks and icy ocean.

Oct 10, 2014

Oct 9, 2014

31 Days of Real--Day 9

Discipline is hard for me.

In fact, since these posts are 31 days of REAL, I'll just go on out there and say it:  Discipline SUCKS.

I hate it.

I hate my lack of it...