Sunday, June 26, 2016

Trying Something New ~ Start Planner

 The New Start Planner

First, let me tell you why I am trying something different than my beloved planner pad.  I HAVE LOVED/continue to love my planner pad.  I love how it makes sense to my big picture, big idea, right brain.  Over the past several years it has taught me how to create the habit of consistency with a planner.  I am grateful for my planner pad experience!


I am in a new season where I am wanting to weave personal goals into my planning.  (I have been listing them in my bible journal, but then it gets lost as I continue to journal out other things)  The planner pad helped me to manage business and basic family responsibilities; it has helped me manage my responsibility to other people, but not so much for me personally. (Just not enough room)

I had actually considered purchasing TWO planner pads this year.  One for my meal planning and one for basic life.  (I still think that would work)


several weeks ago I came across this little ad on Facebook for this new Start Planner and decided to watch the video.  I liked it!  I was intrigued!  I was a little overwhelmed.  I was preparing to go on the road to work events in Alabama and Cocoa Beach and so my brain could not handle thinking about doing something new.  But something weird happened.  While my friend was driving I found myself sneaking over to the website to read about the three planners they offered.  I began looking at testimonies.  I watched youtube videos. Essentially, I became secretly obsessed with this new little planner that had come into my world.

Let me tell you why I decided to give it a try:

1-I love that it has a goal section.  It gives you a place to dream in color.

2-Behind the big goal page are a few pages to break down how to accomplish the goals.

3-I love how the monthly spread is on two pages.   (My right brain needs to see it all together)

4-There is a daily page that I will take a picture of as soon as I use it.  It gives you 7 places to write every single day:

a)  Your actual schedule.  (Begins at 8am and goes until 9pm)
b)  15 lines for your to-do list
c)  The first three lines are in a box at the top of the page and called your, "TOP THREE"
d)  A place to write what you're going to make for dinner at the bottom
e)  A box to write ideas
f)  A place to check off supplements and water intake
g)  A journaling space called, "MY DAY".  (I plan to journal the next morning about the big things that happened the day before.  It will be fun to go back years from now and see snippets of life. 

5-At the beginning of every month it has a place to record your health statistics and grocery list.  

I have hacked this section.  Even though there is a lot of room it would not be big enough for my large family. (4 big boys, a husband, a mom, and a grandma that we make dinner for often)  

Instead, I listed all my dinners for the month on one side, side dish ideas on the far other side, and I left the middle open for new recipes or ideas that come my way.  This way I can just look at the list when I set up my week. 

One of my concerns was size.  It fits perfectly in my purse and I don't find it heavy.  It's thicker than my planner pad, but that's because I am going from a weekly planner to a daily planner.  Only time will let me know truly if it's a good fit.

So, here is where I'm at:

1-I'm excited about the idea of having a daily place of goal setting and accountability.
2-I'm nervous about the learning curve.  (Can I be consistent daily?)
3-I'm really excited about the health aspect of planning meals, recording statistics, vitamins, etc.,)
4-I LOVE that it has pockets in the front and the back.
5-It makes my heart happy to support two women who are dreaming big and taking a chance financially to follow their dreams.


1-There are three planners to choose from:  Fancy Pants, Hustle, (mine)  Legit!
2-They began this one year ago and there first launch sold out in two days.
3-Those that started with them seem to stay with them and love them.
4-The creators are super connected to feedback and helping you figure out how to personalize.

Here is their website:


Going from victim to VICTORIOUS!

We are not victims to situations where we feel unfairly treated. I have a dear friend whose daughter was unfairly treated in a college situation just this week. People gave their word, signed paperwork, and even confirmed, and then backed out at the last minute. It has left them in a very frustrating position. I've prayed and pondered this situation for my precious friend and her beloved daughter all week. THEN this morning I came across tJohn 19:10-11

PILATE TALKING TO JESUS: "Are you not aware that I have the authority either to free you or to crucify you?"

JESUS RESPONDING: "Any authority you have over me comes from above."

Sometimes the Lord allows unfair things to happen, but it is always for His glory. He sees our tomorrows but we only see today. His focus is not on our earthly gains, but the gains that cannot be measured with human eyes. Thank you Lord for your faithfulness. Your Word endures forever!


What To Do When Offended...


"A mind focused on the flesh is doomed to death, but a mind focused on the Spirit will find full life and complete peace" --- Romans 8:6

Oh how many times have I built up cases in my head and in my heart when there is a bigger root?  This action brings death. We are not victims to our feelings or the actions of others..."The enemy comes to steal, kill, and destroy, but JESUS COMES TO GIVE LIFE! 

What does the Word tell me brings LIFE:

"Trust in and RELY CONFIDENTLY ON THE LORD with all your heart And do not rely on your own insight or understanding. In all your ways know and ACKNOWLEDGE AND RECOGNIZE HIM, And He will make your paths straight and smooth [removing obstacles that block your way]." Proverbs 3:5-6

"The Lord will fight for you while you [only need to] keep silent and remain calm.”--Exodus 14:14

"Again I say , don't get involved in foolish, ignorant arguments that only starts fights. A SERVANT OF THE LORD MUST NOT QUARREL BUT BE KIND TO EVERYONE, be able to teach, and BE PATIENT (yikes) with difficult people. "---"2 Timothy 2:23-24  


Saturday, April 30, 2016

Seeing CLEARLY...

"For now, we can only see a dim and blurry picture of things, as when we stare into polished metal. I realize that everything I know is only part of the big picture. But one day, when Jesus arrives, we will see clearly, face-to-face. In that day, I will fully know just as I have been wholly known by God." -- 1 Corinthians 13:12

This week I had a Jesus moment sitting in the opticians chair.  

This past year I have really noticed my eyesight getting worse.  Though I've used readers for the past few years it has slowly become more difficult. Then one morning I woke up and was supposed to start a new prescription.  As I tried to read the directions on the bottle I could NOT make out what it was saying. (No matter how far I held it from my face) It was a wake-up call.  I decided it was time to call in the professionals.  

After a thorough eye exam we discovered that I have stage one cataracts and that my eyes definitely needed some help in both reading and distance.  It took a little over a week before my glasses were ready to be picked up.  I was not prepared for how much this was going to change my life. 

OH.MY.WORD!  When my optician slide the glasses on my face and I gazed out at the office area I could not believe the difference.  I had NO IDEA that I had been living in a dimmed down world.  I had been viewing everything through a very subtle murkiness.  As I gazed through my new beautiful lenses my world was brighter, crisper and clearer.  I had no idea that I'd been walking around not seeing things clearly.

As I've begun living in this new brighter, crisper, clearer world I've wondered how many times I've walked around doing the same thing in my spiritual life.  Are there times when my spiritual eyesight is not what it should be?   In busyness does truth become law and grace become works.  Is it possible that in certain seasons or situations I am walking in a dimmed down spiritual state and I don't even know it?  


As I am entering a new season of rest and I am letting go of "things" and "responsibilities" I am finding my spiritual hunger is being stirred up and renewed.  It changes how I think, how I act, how I respond.  It fills me with a JOY that is not based on circumstances.  It breathes NEW LIFE into every part of my being.  I think of the promise in Psalm 103:

"When your soul is famished and withering, HE FILLS YOU with GOOD and BEAUTIFUL things....satisfying you as long as you live"! -- Psalm 103:5

Lord, help me to see you clearly.  Remind me that apart from YOU I can do NOTHING.  Help me to faithfully put on my spiritual glasses (The Word) every single day so that it brings a clarity and crispness to my life.  

Mary, do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are unseen; for the things which are visible are temporal [just brief and fleeting], but the things which are invisible are everlasting and imperishable.-- 2 Corinthians 4:18


Friday, March 25, 2016

My Younique Testimony!

It has been such a long time since I've posted in my beloved blog.  I've missed it, but have been so busy that I didn't want to post just for the sake of posting.  I wanted to have authentic things to share. Today was the first day in almost two years that I've felt a stirring to share my heart here.

Seven months ago the Lord led me to begin a new journey as an independent contractor with Younique skincare and cosmetics.  It's a home based business that I was just going to do to earn free product. (grinning as I type)   It has turned into something so much more.  

As I was reading through Genesis the other day the Lord spoke to my heart and I wanted to share my testimony:

"What's more, I am with you and I will protect you wherever you go, ONE DAY I WILL BRING YOU BACK to this land, I will not leave you until I have finished giving you everything I have promised." --- Genesis 28:15

I love how God's timing is not our own.  My heart is so incredibly thankful that I can trust Him with my future.  I see today, but He sees tomorrow.  Please know that I realize that my little application I'm about to share is nothing compared to what God did for Jacob, but it's MY God story.

In 1998 I was going hog wild with my Mary Kay business.  I LOVED it.  I BREATHED it!  I WORKED it!  I had two small children and it was a place for me to play with adults.  The problem was that it was not the season. (I didn't know that at the time...I was young and had convinced myself that it was okay)   I had worked my way up to my second month of qualifying for my free car and was winning all kinds of awards.  To a 29 year old's heart that was so affirming and exciting.  And then...God sent me to this homeschooling orientation and it rocked my world. As Kim Coley poured out the vision of home education I knew, that I knew, that I knew, that I had been born to homeschool my children.  (I was as surprised as everyone else in my life)  

I thought I could do both, but suddenly Mary Kay lost it's excitement and glitter.  I was literally at an event in Tampa receiving a big award and when the gal handed me the microphone to say something, I heard the Lord whisper to my heart that it was time to lay down and pull in.  What?!  I looked out at an audience of over 1000 women and I could hear Him telling me that apart from Him the things of this world are temporal and fleeting.  I knew in that moment He was asking me to put it down.  After long conversations with my husband and many tears it was obvious that it was indeed His voice and I had to let my Mary Kay director know.  She was a believer and graciously accepted this even though it was going to greatly impact her life.  

Fast forward 17 years later.  I am getting to the end of this wonderful season of homeschooling and what does God do? He brings me to Younique.  I wasn't looking for it, but I had begun to think about what I would do next.  There was a stirring in my soul.  I was not prepared that God was going to give me something even better! (for me)   The JOY of doing something I LOVE in a season that fits has been unspeakable.  Laying down my Mary Kay business all those years ago felt hard and painful, but right.  However, God knew my future and that 17 years later He would give me the desire of my heart.  As Genesis 28:15 says, "ONE DAY I WILL BRING YOU BACK"   YES!  Yes, He will.  

With this new season comes a 47 year old woman who has had ample opportunity (through many many mistakes) to learn how to keep the main thing the main thing.  I've learned/am learning how to have fun, but how to catch myself when I begin to become distracted by the shiny things of this world.  His timing is unfathomable and PERFECT!   I have certainly not arrived, but God is giving me a chance to practice keeping my eyes on Him while doing what I LOVE to do!  I hold 1 John close to my heart...

"Mary, do not love this world or the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you.  For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions.  These are not from the Father, but from the world.  And this world is quickly fading away, along with everything that people crave.  But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever."

1 John 2:15-17


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Morning Meditation--Clinging To Him


I now realize that all I gained and thought was important was nothing but yesterday’s garbage compared to knowing the Anointed Jesus my Lord. For Him I have thrown everything aside—it’s nothing but a pile of waste—so that I may gain Him.  When it counts, I want to be found belonging to Him, not clinging to my own righteousness based on law, but actively relying on the faithfulness of the Anointed One. This is true righteousness, supplied by God, acquired by faith.
---Philippians 3:8-9


Sunday, August 17, 2014

Look what I did today!

Four weeks ago I was introduced to Lisa Dunn of "Thrive Wellness & Nutrition Center".  Whoa!  She is helping me change my life and that of my entire family.  She uses applied kinesiology to discover where your body most needs healing.  (Kinesiology is also called Muscle testing)  The purpose of muscle testing is to discover which organ most needs help.

Lisa (right) discovered that it was my parathyroid that was causing all kinds of problems.  It is what regulates calcium and magnesium blood levels.  Lisa was not even aware that I had any kidney stones, much less over 30.  She also didn't know that last December I ended up being admitted to St. Anthony's hospital due to low magnesium levels which gave me an irregular EKG.  

My doctors were treating my symptoms and were supplementing my magnesium. The truth is that when my parathyroid is working fully it will do exactly what it's supposed to and regulate those levels for me.  

Through muscle testing we discovered that my body, my parathyroid in particular, desperately needed this particular supplement.  (Please note that I take other supplements but this one is specifically for my parathyroid) 

Because Lisa tests each supplement on each person individually, she is able to recommend a very specific and personal plan for each client.   When she told me to consume 6 capsules per day I about fell off the table.  (I hate taking anything)  However, I desperately desire to be well.  

Ten days on program I woke up to extreme dizziness, palpitations, and thirst.  I didn't want to worry my husband and so I drove myself to the urgent care clinic while he was at work.  I went in thinking I was very sick and walked out with tears of JOY.  In just ten days my body was healing to the point of needing to wean off my blood pressure medicine. (I've taken it for 6 years)  

I was sick because I was overmedicating with my prescription meds.  My body no longer needed so much help.  In addition, my blood sugar was a little low (93) after eating breakfast. I found this intriguing because my last official blood work (April) showed my fasting blood sugar was 143 which is considered diabetic.

Whole Foods Workshop

In addition to muscle testing Lisa also coaches others nutritionally.  Today she had a workshop aimed at teaching us how to cook and feed our families healthy easy recipes so that they we can all experience optimal health.  Let me just say they were SO GOOD!

She made us so many different meals.  I actually forgot to snap shots of my favorites because Ummm....I was enjoying myself. wink  Though I loved this salad what I really loved was her homemade dressing of balsalmic vinegar, olive oil, and celtic sea salt.  No more processed dressings!  This stuff was GOOD!

I wish I had taken a picture of the inside of this paeleo wrap.  There was fresh diced veggies and avacado.  It was so good.  Scott doesn't like the coconut flavor of the wraps, but I sure do!

This was a vegetable stew made with healthy homemade broth.  It was incredible and actually Scott's favorite.  He liked it so much we had to stop on the way home to buy supplies:

Grahams Produce Stand

Scott loves to make shakes and one of the things we fell in love with was the chocolate banana peanut butter madness. 

As a matter of fact, we loved our shakes and smoothies so much that we came home and bought a refurbished blend tech.  We are learning how helpful having the right tools can be when making permanent changes.  I see the chocolate peanut butter shake as a breakfast staple in our home!

If you live locally and would like to learn more about how Lisa and Thrive Nutrition and Wellness can help you change your life you can contact her at: 

Never for one moment do I forget that Jehovah Rapha is my healer.  He formed and made every intricate part of my body.  I am simply grateful that HE uses others to surround me and bless me with their passions!

Your thoughts and plans are treasures to me, O God! I cherish each and every one of them---Psalm 139:17 (The voice)