2016 Anne of Green Gables Reading Challenge | Final Quarter Intro

It’s October!

Anne of Green Gables October

Fall is here and where I’m at in southwest, it’s cooled off slightly and the highs have gone down to the 80s. *sigh* I miss Autumns like the one in the picture above! That’s why reading Avonlea in the fall and winter is going to be super sweet to me–the homeyness will bring a cozy sense of nostalgia.

We’ve reached the last quarter of the year and this is the time to read anything you’d like by L.M. Montgomery.  I’ve chosen to read these 2 titles for October and November:

  • Emily of New Moon 
  • The Road to Yesterday

I really wanted to read The Blythes are Quoted but I had no idea how hard it would be to get a copy. Soooooo Emily of New Moon it is!

This is the link up post for October and November. December will be a catch up month like September and you can post any books you read during those months as well

I’ll do a final post in December to wrap everything up but until then, continue reading and enjoying your Avonlea adventures!

Here’s the linky:

2016 Anne of Green Gables Reading Challenge | August Round Up


Good afternoon everyone!

We made it! We’ve finished the Anne series. I can’t believe how fast these past eight months have flown by. I’ve so enjoyed revisiting these sweet stories. Now how about some discussion questions?

  1. What do you think of Rilla? Is she like her parents? How is she different?
  2. After returning to Ingleside, Jem tells Rilla that Walter wasn’t scared at the front. Even though Walter was sickened by the thought of war, Jem said that he turned out to be a courageous hero. Why do you think that was? Anticipating a situation and actually being in the moment can be totally different experiences and sometimes bring out surprising reactions. Can you remember a time when this has happened to you? 
  3. There wasn’t much to Rilla’s relationship with Kenneth Ford in terms of time spent together. How do we know that their relationship is going to last?

Aaaannnnd here’s the linky 🙂

This month is catch up month so if you haven’t finished the series by now, you’ve still got plenty of time :).

I’ll be back in a couple of weeks with another post as we continue for the last few months of the challenge!


2016 Anne of Green Gables Reading Challenge | August Introduction


Good morning all!

Well it’s here! We’re at the last book of the series! How are you feeling? I’m a bit sad to tell you the truth! I’ve so enjoyed this 🙂

I haven’t read this book in many a year and the only thing I remember is that I think I cried. And back then, it took a lot for me to cry.

Oh good grief. I cry more easily now soooooooo I’m anticipating tears this go ’round.

Break out the Kleenex y’all! Here’s to the last installment of Anne.

Happy reading 🙂

currently {8.10.16}


Listening to the book of Ephesians on my Bible.me app. I love this app! It’s my favorite for listening to the Word.

Enjoying the solitude of the early morning and my clean desk. Man, was it haaaaaard to get my butt out of bed this morning but the fact that I FINALLY have a clean desk for the first time since I moved was incentive enough to get up!

Feeling equally excited to get married and apprehensive about the wedding. I so can’t wait to marry the Fiancé but I always stress before any big event I’m involved in. The fact that it’s my big day exacerbates that a little. BUT! I’m determined to not just survive this season but truly enjoy it 🙂

Planning new stuff for the blog….I’M SOOOOOO EXCITED 🙂  I have been slack in writing this year but it’s super hard for me to juggle wedding, work, new projects and blog all at the same time. Bear with me.

Waiting for the weather to cool off. IT’S SO HOT -_-


  • Rilla of Ingleside by L.M. Montgomery
  • Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas

2016 Anne of Green Gables Reading Challenge | July Round Up


Y’all, the summer is almost over! I don’t know about y’all, but the past several weeks have been CRAZY for me!! I did manage to finish Rainbow Valley though and I thoroughly enjoyed it 🙂 How about some discussion questions?

  1. This book was totally centered around the Blythe small fry and their friends. Reading about their adventures in Rainbow Valley made me think of Anne’s days with the the Echo Lodge crew in Anne of Avonlea. It also made me think of Camp Laurence from Little Women, as well as sweet Betsy-Tacy moments. The innocence of childhood play is so lovely to read. Do you have any favorite Rainbow Valley moments? Did they remind you of other childhood moments from any other books?
  2. Montgomery likes writing about romance lost (Captain Jim and Lost Margaret) or almost lost forever (Mr. Irving and Miss Lavender). What would you have done in Rosemary’s place? Would you have kept your promise to your sister and refused John Merideth despite loving him?
  3. We’ve said goodbye to Anne’s childhood long ago. This book is a farewell to the sweet childhood of the Blythe clan. This always makes me sad. While being an adult is a wonderful thing in so many ways, childhood always calls to us in one way or another. What do you miss about childhood?   

We’ve made it to August, dear Readers!! Remember, if you’re not caught up, don’t sweat it. September is a catch-up month (much needed for me!). I’ve got some other deadlines to meet so I will be catching up on discussion questions then. The Rill of Ingleside post will be up soon!

In the meantime, here’s the linky:

Happy reading!!

2016 Anne of Green Gables Reading Challenge | June Round Up


Good evening everyone!

I think I’ve set a record for latest round up post yet. Life has been so crazy the past several weeks and it’s promised to stay this way for the next few weeks so reading and blogging have, unfortunately, been shoved to the back burner. I do apologize. Now you know why I tucked in a catch up month in this event cause I knew I’d need it! I’m suffering from a classic case of too many plates spinning and not enough hands to keep up!

For those of you who have finished the book and have continued to the next one, cheers to staying on track!! I so applaud you for keeping up with this challenge 🙂 But enough of the accolades, how about some discussion questions?

  1. Montgomery has some precious episodes in this book about the Blythe children. Do you have a favorite of the Ingleside munchkins? What was your favorite story?
  2. In this book we really get a taste of Anne and Gilbert’s parenting styles. What do you think of Doctor and Mrs. Blythe as parents? Do you have any thoughts about the way their household is run?
  3. Anne fears that Gilbert no longer loves her because he doesn’t seem to be as attentive. Do you think that Gil should have been more cognizant of his behavior or should Anne have voiced her concerns? Was she just being a worry-wort and over-dramatizing things or did she have a legit reason to be concerned/jealous? 

I meant it when I said I need to catch up. I probably won’t be posting my answers until September. But please have at it! And here’s the linky for those of you who are blogging 🙂

Hope y’all are having a fantastic summer so far and are reading all sorts of interesting books 🙂 Have a great night!

Building Your Routine (Harnessing the Power of Habit) | Summer Boot Camp

Good evening! It’s Monday!

If you follow me on Instagram, you might know two things:

  1. my fam moved into a new house
  2. I went on a mini vacation to Chicago to visit some friends this past weekend.

And if you read the blog, you’ll also know that I’m behind in my boot camp. I reeaally wanted to just quit since I’m already behind BUT! there is still time so I’m pressing forward. This third post in my experiment is about building a routine.

3 Building Your Daily Routine

So when I was planning to do this boot camp, I didn’t really factor in moving from one dwelling to another and how much that would impact this process. Oh goodness, have I so quickly forgotten what it’s like to load up your life in boxes and not be able to find anything for days? I own more stuff than I’ve owned in a very long time finding my groove again is slow in coming. This is going to be a difficult week to build a routine.

However, on the flip side, with this move comes a shorter commute to work, more space to work at home if I want to, and more room to do early morning things without disturbing the rest of the house which is a huge plus!

One thing that I’m working on this summer is my morning routine. I wrote about this in my post, The Ultimate War Room Game Changer as well as My 5 Simple Rules for the Best Morning Ever. Mornings are such a great time to get things done if you carve out the time. It’s much easier to roll out of bed just in time to take a quick shower, maybe grab something to eat and rush out the door to my job. It’s much more challenging to wake up early enough to have my quiet time, get in a work out, do some writing, drink water, eat breakfast, and get ready for work.

The benefits are huge but the habit is hard to come by.

This week, I’m going to start building my morning routine again. Now that my life and circumstances have changed, I need to tweak what I’d been doing before. The process is simple:

  1. list the activities I want to get done in the morning
  2. address the trade offs–what needs to be done, given up, or rescheduled in order for me to accomplish these tasks?
  3. plot them out on a schedule
  4. try it out for a set amount of days
  5. tweak as necessary
  6. Don’t give up. Work at it until it’s a habit.

That is my assignment for the next week, maybe two. My family is going out of town for the 4th of July weekend so I’m going to need a little extra time…

As far as habits are concerned, I’ve got a couple of books on my list that deal with early morning as well as habits.

5 AM Miracle

The 5 AM Miracle by Jeff Sanders {Amazon}

I actually started this book earlier this year but haven’t finished it. Sanders also has a podcast by the same name that I’ve listened to for awhile and definitely recommend as well. I’m going to revisit this one during this process :).

better-than-beforeBetter Than Before by Gretchen Rubin {Amazon}

I’ve had my eye on this book for a long time but haven’t pulled the trigger and purchased it yet. But I love Rubin’s podcast, Happier, which she co-hosts with her sister Elizabeth Craft and it’s high time I check this book out. In it, Rubin talks about what she calls the 4 Tendencies and how they relate to habits and living a happy life. You can take the 4 Tendencies quiz HERE on her website. Check out her site, her books and her podcast, she’s got great stuff! I plan to purchase this book before the week is over.

Trade-offs, schedules, and lists. This is some of the stuff of productivity and project and life management. Fun. Hard but fun.

On that note, I’ve got to prep to hit the sack. It’s 8:30 and I need to be in bed in the next half hour if I’m going to get up in time to start re-building my routine. Here we go!

Good night!

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currently {6.15.16}


Searching for my wedding dress. Long before I ever met the Fiancé, when I always wondered how I was ever going to choose a wedding dress! The clock is ticking and I’m still wondering. There are some beeeeeautiful dresses out there and lots of them come with some pretty hefty price tags. Yeah, not trying to spend a fortune, just trying to find a pretty white dress with lace.

Listening to podcasts on Rainmaker FM. It’s a podcast network with a smorgasbord of shows about digital marketing, content creation, writing, entrepreneurship, and everything in between. One of the greatest resources in this area, I LOVE IT! Highly, highly recommend it to anyone who’s interested in these topics.

Packing up the house. My fam is moving to another abode and I’m surrounded by boxes and random items that I can’t pack away until the very last minute. I’ll be somewhat out of boxes from now until the wedding so I don’t have to go through to much of this when I move out my parents’ house. This is going to be the perfect time to really go through all my stuff systematically and get rid off all the junk I don’t need to keep anymore. 

Brainstorming through some ideas I have for projects I want to work on. My brain is always working on something…

Wishing my brain would shut up and shut down when it’s time to sleep. When I’m exhausted, I usually don’t have trouble falling asleep but lately, I’ve had a hard time getting to sleep cause my mind won’t stop running long enough for me to doze off. This is when I wish I came with an ‘off’ switch.  


  • In Defense of a Liberal Education by Fareed Zakaria
  • Anne of Ingleside by L.M. Montgomery

I’m going to be doing Currently Wednesday weekly. I love writing these kinds of posts and I love reading other posts too. Feel free to link your post in the comments, I’d love to see what you’re currently doing! You can either use my prompts or do your own. Each post will have about 6 prompts, and the last will probably always be reading ;).

Embracing the Quarterly Season (Setting Smarter Goals) | Summer Boot Camp

Good Evening! It’s Monday!!

This is supposed to be a morning post but I didn’t have enough time to finish and post before leaving for work. However, it is a Monday post and even though it’s been a looooooong day and I was seriously considering skipping this post, a deadline is a deadline so press forward I shall!

This week, I’m tackling setting smarter goals.

2 Embracing the Quartely Season

Last Monday, I wrote about writing a mission statement and redefining resolutions. I have written my personal mission statement and while I’m still working on my resolutions, I did write my goals for the remainder of the year. With six months left in the year, there is still plenty of time to get a lot done.

In the past, I would just write a list at the beginning of the year with all the goals I wanted to accomplish. Something like this:

  • Exercise every day
  • Learn how to drive a stick shift
  • Learn how to play the guitar
  • Sleep more
  • Read the Bible everyday
  • Blog 3 times a week

Does this look familiar? By the end of the year, I’d maaaybe have one or two things done. The thing about goals is that you can’t just write them down. Goals have to turn into task lists. You have to break them down into actionable items, otherwise they’re just going to sit there and collect dust. So for instance, for exercising, a task list could look something like:

  • Get a gym membership
  • Schedule days during the week to go to the gym
  • By work out clothes and new gym shoes
  • Make a list of pre and post workout shakes
  • Set a fitness goal (weight loss, strength training, etc.)
  • Find a work out buddy
  • Lose 50 pounds
  • Buy new wardrobe when desired goal is reached

You get the idea. But instead of creating task lists for the entire year, break it up into the quarterly seasons (Jan-Mar, Apr-Jun, Jul-Sep, Oct-Dec). Identify what needs to be done for each of your goals and plot those items in the quarter you want to get them done. Don’t try and do everything at once, spread activities out so you’re not overwhelming yourself. Maybe a goal spans en entire year, maybe just one or two seasons. A first quarter schedule could look like this:


  • Set fitness goal
  • Get gym membership
  • Figure out which days work best for working out. Coordinate with work schedule, family responsibilities, social engagements, sleep schedule, etc. (Allow at least two weeks to find a good rhythm)
  • Buy new work out clothes


  • Research pre and post workout shakes
  • Find a work out buddy
  • Track progress through this month


  • Lose 5 pounds this month
  • Research healthy lunches to bring to work and cut out sugary drinks this month and track progress

I’m just throwing out examples, not suggesting any particular order necessarily. You get what I’m saying though. Quarters are good chunks of time to divvy up a task list–not too long to lose steam and not to short that you can’t get a lot done.

The reality of goals is we probably won’t get everything done on a list and that’s okay. Life happens, plans change, you tweak and adjust and move on. The point is to have a good starting point and a framework for planning things out.

There are 2 quarters left in the year–July through Sept and October through December–so this week, I will be writing out my goals some task lists for the next quarter at least.

My to-do list for this week is short and sweet:

  • Write my task lists for the goals I wrote last week.

Right now though, it is way past my bed time and I have a staff meeting at work I have to leave a bit early for!

Good night y’all!

The Ultimate War Room Game Changer (and What You Need to Do to Make it Work)

Last Friday I wrote about the 4 reasons why having a war room isn’t going to change your life. For weeks and weeks after creating my special prayer closet, I didn’t make time to spend with God. This week, I’m going to tell you what has been my game changer. Are you ready for this?

2-War Room Game Changer

It’s quite simple really: I decided I had to change my sleep schedule.

Instead of going to bed late night after night, I set my bed time for 9-9:30 and my wake up time for 5-5:30. This means no more surfing the internet aimlessly ’til 11, falling asleep on the phone, or working on projects ’til my brain hurts and I can hardly keep my eyes open. Instead, I try to schedule my tasks so that I’m in bed at a reasonable hour so I can wake up and have those early morning moments with God.

Now, I can’t lie to you–this is a process. There are days where this works better than others. Sometimes I simply can’t get to sleep that early and wake up that early. Late nights are not only a hard habit to break sometimes they’re unavoidable. Like I mentioned in the last post, new habits are hard to stick to and prayer requires trade-off BUT it’s a process I’ve committed to because I believe in the power of early mornings.

Saying no to late nights and yes to early mornings is like setting a standing appointment with the Lord to meet Him at a time when fewer things can distract me. No text messages, no knocks on my door, no messages needing an immediate answer. I can enjoy the peace in my closet and focus on God-it’s a beautiful thing and it’s worth waking up for!

The Bible has a lot to say about seeking the Lord in the morning. Here are a few verses:

“My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.” Psalm 5:3 KJV

“Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning; for in thee do I trust: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto thee.” KJV

“My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed: I will sing and give praise. Awake up, my glory; awake, psaltery and harp: I myself will awake early. I will praise thee, O Lord, among the people: I will sing unto thee among the nations. For they mercy is great unto the heavens, and thy truth unto the clouds. Be thou exalted O God, above the heavens: let thy glory be above all the earth.” Psalms 57:7-11 KJV

Early in the morning

Even though I’m most definitely a chronic snoozer and like burrowing under the covers ’til the last possible second, I’ve found that waking up early and tackling my top priorities first thing in the morning, makes me feel much better throughout the rest of the day.

So how exactly does one bounce out of those comfy sheets and into the prayer closet? Here are 4 tips to help you get started and make it work:

  1. DON’T HIT SNOOZE. This is the absolute hardest for me. It’s so incredibly habitual. DON’T DO IT. It’s best to have your clock or phone on the other side of the room so you have to get up and turn it off. Whatever you have to do, get yourself out of the bed before your body has a chance to think.
  2. MAKE YOUR BED. It’s easier to stay up when you’ve made your bed. Something clicks in my brain, telling me that sleepy-time is over and the day has begun. If making your bed isn’t a habit, try it and see what happens!
  3. HYDRATE. Seriously. It’s time to wake up physically and mentally. Your body hasn’t had water in several hours and it needs to be hydrated. Don’t shock yourself with cold water, room temp is good or warmed up with some lemon will do you even better!
  4. PREP FOR PRAYER. Don’t go directly from bed to closet. Trust me on this one. If I go straight into prayer upon rising, I fall asleep before getting very far. I usually start out with listening to some worshipful music and reading the Bible. The key is to wake up your brain while preparing yourself for prayer. But don’t check email or social media, don’t catch up on the news, don’t start playing your favorite podcast or reviewing project deadlines. All that can wait. It’s time to focus. This is also a good time to review any prayer requests you may have, either for yourself or someone else.

These are really simple steps but they help. But remember–it’s a process. You’re not going to be good at this right away and that’s okay–all good things take time. Pray about it! Be open about your struggles with the Lord. Ask Him to give you the strength to rise early and stay awake. And on the days that don’t go so well, give yourself some grace. Don’t bully yourself, God certainly won’t. You’re asking Him to change your heart in drawing you into a stronger prayer life, He’ll give you what you need to make the appointments with Him.

Let me just add that there isn’t a right time or a wrong time to pray. Your prayer time might be in the evening when everyone’s asleep for the night or maybe sometime in the middle of the day when everyone else is occupied for an hour and that’s totally fine. I personally think that giving God the first part of the day is preferable and, while it does take plenty of adjustment, it’s a worthy habit to develop!

Check out the blog every Friday morning for the next 4 weeks to read each new post in this series and let me know your thoughts in the comments

Stay blessed!

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