Tuesday, September 17, 2019


Have you ever struggled with a difficult relationship? Someone you were, or should have been, close to hurt you deeply. You hold on to this pain, or perhaps anger, as it eats away at your heart and robs you of joy. You hear that forgiveness is necessary and would even free you. But the thought of forgiving is inconceivable. You finally get to a moment when you think maybe, just maybe, it will all be okay then suddenly you feel slammed with more heartache.

Author Sarah Mae gets it. She's been there. She knows the pain, the anger, the confusion, the torment, the hopelessness. In her brand new book, The Complicated Heart, she shares personal stories of her relationship with her mom. Sarah is transparent as she tells of all she went through and all she overcame. As you read you will feel like you are sitting down having a deep and open conversation with a friend.

You will not only learn of Sarah's struggles, you’ll travel with her mom as well as you read her mom’s journal entries and letters. You’ll get a rare peek into that mind and heart the person who hurts us.

The Complicated Heart is a must read for anyone who has walked through the pain of a complicated relationship. To pick up your copy, click the banner below:

Monday, September 16, 2019


Continuing to count God's sweet blessings...

2645. A wonderful vacation away with family.

2646. The sound of the ocean waves.

2647. A new plant for my home.

2648. Hints of fall in the air.

2649. Watching my dad race (auto racing) for the first time in a couple of year.

It's your turn! Share something you are praising God for. I would love to rejoice with you.

Monday, September 9, 2019

Feeling More Confident At Work And In Life

Contributed post.

It’s normal to feel a crisis of confidence now and then. Feeling insecure or unsure about yourself can be crippling, and can hold you back from doing the things you really want to do. 
But this doesn’t have to ruin your life. There are ways you can boost your confidence to help you feel more in control of your life, and make sure you succeed in your endeavors.
Start feeling more confident at work and in life with these helpful tips.

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Get more organized

Feeling out of your depth or out of control can lead to stress, anxiety and more. This can affect your confidence and make it difficult to break out of the spiral. However, by becoming more organized and planning in advance, you can help ease some of that stress and feel more confident in what you’re doing at work and in your personal life. 
planner can be an excellent way for you to help keep track of all of your appointments and your to-do lists.

Find a mentor

If you’re looking for a way to develop career confidence, then finding a mentor can certainly help. Some of the benefits of finding a mentor can include learning from someone else’s mistakes and developing important contacts within your industry. A mentor can help you to identify different career goals, as well as an actionable path of how to achieve them. You can find mentors both within or outside of your organization to help give you the boost you need.

Dress the part

Sometimes, looking the part can also help you feel the part. Power dressing is a very real thing, and some changes to your wardrobe or your hairstyle could make a world of difference to how you feel on the inside. Feeling less-than-confident about your smile? Consider some orthodontist work to either straighten or whiten your teeth. Improving your smile will give you the confidence to use it more, helping to make a great first impression and keep those nerves at bay.

Challenge yourself

A lack of confidence can stop you from pushing yourself to do the things you want to do. From being unable to say yes to plans with friends or being afraid to try for a promotion, this anxiety can hold you back. By challenging yourself to try new things, you could help to boost your self-esteem and realize your potential. It starts with some simple milestones to start saying yes more, and not letting anything hold you back.
Growing in confidence is something that can take time, but there are some actions you can take that will help. From speaking out more at work to being spontaneous and trying new things, you could surprise yourself with your new-found confidence. If the thing that’s holding you back is yourself, start looking at ways to turn things around. Nobody should hold you back from doing what you want to do, including yourself.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019


It's launch day! Y'all! I am so excited for the Simplified Planner 2020 launch!

Emily Ley, Simplified, Simplified Planner

Simplified Planner is my absolute favorite planner. Let me tell you why:

This planner was built for life! The hard cover, the thick pages, it truly is meant to last. I have not been easy on my 2019 planner, yet it still looks brand new. I carry it everywhere with me, when I am at home it sits in my kitchen, it's been dropped and thrown, it has really had it, yet it has held up.

Thick pages! The pages of a Simplified Planner are made from Mohawk paper and are 70lbs. If you know anything about paper, you know that is amazing! I generally use gel pens and they never bleed through. I have, on occasion, used Sharpie pens and they don't even bleed through!

Prep work! The Simplified Planner begins with some incredible prep work. Emily Ley, the lovely creator of Simplified, walks you through setting up your year step by step. She walks you through routines, encourages you to create a bucket list, and much more.

Two editions to choose from! I have always loved looking at my entire week at a glance, so I always get a weekly planner. This year, I have decided to move to a daily planner. Emily has both! Simplified weekly planners are hard bound, like a book. Each month has a monthly view, then your week view. Simplified daily planners have a hard cover as well, however the binding is wire, which I love! Dailies have your monthly view then each day has its own page (with the exception of Saturday and Sunday sharing).

Note pages, stickers, and pockets! Both daily and weekly editions have note pages for jotting down important info, a staple grocery list, or whatever you might need. Both editions also have a pocket in the front for keeping important papers, receipts, or a picture of your family! Both editions also come with a page of stickers, perfect for adding a pop to your planning.

Options and matching accessories! Simplified planners come in 6 different cover options. This year there is the signature Happy Stripe, Navy Blooms, Garden Party, Blue Pinstripe, Pink Pineapple, and Mint Tile. They are all gorgeous! Plus, each cover has matching accessories like notebooks and page markers. And you can get other matching accessories. So go all out matchy matchy or mix and match your faves.

Teaching videos! When you purchase a Simplified Planner, you are also getting a coach! Each month you will get a teaching video in your email inbox from Emily. She will help you use your planner to the max.

As you can see, Simplified Planner is an amazing planner. It is well worth every single penny. You will love simplifying and organizing your life with Simplified Planner. The planners launch today at 10am EST. They go fast so be sure to order your planner today!

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Monday, August 26, 2019


Continuing to count God's sweet blessings...

2640. My husband working crazy hours in the heat for our family. I am grateful for a hard working man.

2641. My grandparents who celebrated 62 years of marriage this month.

2642. My parents who celebrated 43 years of marriage this month.

2643. My amazing husband with whom I celebrate 22 years of marriage today.

2644. The life we have built together. It is not always easy, but it is my favorite love story.

It's your turn! Share something you are praising God for. I would love to rejoice with you.