New Season

Hello Readers!

I’ve been MIA for several weeks and I have to apologize. I’ve got so much on my plate right now that unfortunately, posting on the blog has been placed on the back burner. But! much has been happening behind the scenes and I do an announcement.

First off, I’m launching a brand new blog! Aside from maaaaaybe one or two more posts, I will no longer be posting on this blog. Purple Ink Studios will still exist but it will go through some MAJOR overhaul later next year and all my bloggy, reading challenge stuff will happen on the new site.

The new site is ElyssaNalani.com. I have been planning this since for a loooooong time and I’m so excited to share a new season of life with you!

I wasn’t planning on an awkward, all-of-a-sudden launch but things didn’t work out as I’d planned and I knew if I didn’t post tonight, it would never happen this year!

You can read my first post here.

Goodnight and happy dreams, everyone! And see you in my new space!

2016 Anne of Green Gables Reading Challenge | August Round Up

RILLA OF INGLESIDE 2

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!

Goodnight!

currently {8.10.16}

listening/enjoying/feeling/planning/waiting/reading

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 -_-

Reading:

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

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/listening/packing/brainstorming/wishing/reading

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.  

Reading:

  • 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:

January:

  • 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

February

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

March

  • 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!

currently wednesday {6.8.16}

writing/watching/choosing/thinking/wondering/reading

Writing lists. Lists for church activities. Lists for the wedding. Lists for the blog. So much to do, so very much to do!

Watching Little House on the Prairie. I have seasons 1 & 2 on DVD and I’ve been revisiting Walnut Grove this evening as I’m knocking tasks off my to-do lists. One of my favorites 🙂

Choosing items for the wedding registry with The Fiancé. It’s such fun planning our new life together! Looking forward to being a Mrs.!! ^.^

Thinking of what to bring to lunch tomorrow. I’ve brought my lunch twice this week already which, considering my usual eating habits, is pretty good! I’m going to try and plan out all of next week so there’s no guesswork 🙂

Wondering if I want to use a Happy Planner (Amazon) next year or if I should try something different. I really like my Happy Planner buuuuuut there are so many other systems to try out. Buuuuut Me & My Big Ideas just came out with some beeeeautiful new editions and, oh goodness, I can’t decide!

Reading:

  • Anne of Ingleside by L.M. Montgomery
  • The Battle Plan for Prayer by Stephen & Alex Kendrick

What are you currently up to?

Writing Your Personal Mission Statement (Redefining Your Resolutions) | Summer Boot Camp

Good Morning! It’s Monday!!!

It’s also June. Can you believe how fast this year is flying? Not too long ago, I sat and reviewed the past few months and compared them to the things I want to accomplish this year, I couldn’t help feeling a tad overwhelmed.

“How in the world am I going to get all of this done?!”

“Forget it, I’ll never get any of this done.”

Does this happen to you? You get to the middle of the year and feel like those resolutions you wrote in January are now so unachievable and maybe even a tad bit ridiculous. You didn’t exercise the way you wanted to, you’re still eating junk food, and you’re not getting enough rest. You’re still glued to those bad habits and your desire to be more patient flies out the window when that stupid driver cuts you off on the way to work. Yeeeah, I know, me too.

After looking at my list a second time, I decided that my goals are not ridiculous and I should give it another go. When you’ve failed at your new years resolutions, you don’t despair, you just revisit and redefine them.

What to do When You've Failed at Your New Years Resolutions

So this month I’m doing a summer bootcamp for myself. I did a bootcamp in December to prep for the upcoming resolutions I was going to make (you can check out that post here.) It was a rather successful attempt at setting myself up for the new year but now it’s June and it’s time to go back to the drawing board. It’s time for another bootcamp.

This is totally experimental–I’m not writing from expertise. Over the next several weeks, on Monday morning, I’m going to write about an aspect of goal setting that I want to address in my life this summer. At the end of each post, I’ll write my goal(s) for the week.

Part of this personal bootcamp is making myself publicly accountable so I’m going to share my 4 topics right here:

  1. Writing a Personal Mission Statement
  2. Embracing the Quarterly Seasons
  3. Building Your Daily Routine
  4. Getting in Gear for the Next Season

Okay, enough of the prologue, let’s talk about mission statements and redefining resolutions!

1 Writing Your Personal Mission Statement

First of all, what is a mission statement?  Well, in a company or an organization, a mission statement explains why the organization exists and its focus. This is important for decision making. When you know what your focus is, you can better filter opportunities. You know better when to say yes and when to say no. For some example mission statements, check out this article.

A personal mission statement is the same. It also states a focus. When you’re able to express your life focus, you can better filter your opportunities. You also know how to better respond to unexpected situations. You know when to say yes and no. This doesn’t mean you never make mistakes, but it does give you a home base to start from and come back to when you’ve veered off course.

This statement doesn’t have to be profound or fancy, it just has to be you. It has to reflect your passions, your priorities, your beliefs, and your direction.

Now, what does a mission statement have to do with resolutions? Well, what does the word resolve mean? Resolve means to determine to do something. When you know what your life focus is, in the form of a mission statement, you can break that down or expound on it in the form of resolutions. What are you determined to accomplish? What do you want people to remember you by? What chances do you want to take? What you need less of? More of? What changes do you need to make? All of this is reflected in your resolutions.

Here’s where it’s important to not confuse resolutions with goal setting. They seem similar but I like to think that resolutions are big picture and goal setting is more detailed work. What do I mean by that? For instance,

Resolution: Commit to a healthy, balanced lifestyle.

Goal: Drink 8 glasses of water every day. 

Goal: Work out at least 3 times a week.

Resolution: Spend quality time with my family

Goal: Plan family vacation

Goal: Have family fun night once a week

Goal: Eat dinner together at least 3 times a week

See the difference? And from goals, you build tasks lists:

  • Bring water bottle to work
  • Check off bottles finished as I drink

 

  • Set out workout clothes every night before bed
  • Make after-workout smoothie

 

  • Don’t schedule anymore Thursday afternoon meetings
  • Start family vacation fund

Goals & tasks sometimes ‘look alike’ and there’s no right or wrong, the point is to break things down into actionable items so they get done. It can be easy to get something on paper but action can be a totally different story!

So as you go through and review your failed resolutions, consider starting with the bigger picture–your life. Instead of writing another list of resolutions, write a life mission statement. After that, follow it up with a life resolution list. From there, write down the goals you want to accomplish to fulfill those resolutions. From there, you can construct your daily, weekly, monthly task lists.

For some example mission statements, check out this article

LifeMission Statement

My goals for this week are to:

  • Write my personal mission statement
  • Write my life resolutions
  • Write my goal list for the rest of the year

I’ll report my progress next Monday on my next post about using the quarterly seasons to organize and plan your goals rather than having them scattered haphazardly across an entire year.

If you’d like to explore mission statements, resolutions, and life planning further, then I HIGHLY recommend Michael Hyatt’s new book Living Forward (Amazon). I just finished the audiobook recently and it’s very good!

Living Forward Book

Have a great Monday y’all!

currently wednesday {5.25.16}

surviving/finishing/looking/needing/wishing/reading

Surviving my 9-5 sleep schedule. I took a picture of my after-work self for last week’s post but no way do you need to see my 5 a.m. self. Went to bed at about 9:30 last night but didn’t sleep until almost an hour later. . . Okay, okay, I was on the phone. I did manage to wake up at 5:30 so not bad. This continues to be really hard but it’s so worth the extra time before I leave for work.

Finishing up my editorial calendar for the summer. Yes, I have summer plans for the blog! I’ve never had an editorial calendar this long or extensive before and I’m really excited to try it out!

Looking forward to summer travel. I’m taking a trip to my hometown to see my three best friends from childhood next month! I sooooo cannot wait for a vacation! I haven’t been back home in awhile and I’m excited to catch up with old friends

Needing to start planning my lunches for real next month. I spend entirely too much grabbing food on the go. And I’m needing to start a good fitness plan in prep for my wedding! I really just need to start treating my body better overall.

Wishing life would slow down just a bit. I don’t like feeling like I never catch up. I’m going to start planning my priorities for next year so that 1). I don’t overload myself and I’ll know exactly when I can say a guiltless and unapologetic no and 2). so I’ll be more open for whatever God sends my way and not feel too bogged down to follow through.

Reading:

  • Living Forward by Michael Hyatt and Daniel Harkavy
  • The Battle Plan for Prayer by Stephen & Alex Kendrick
  • Manage Your Day-to-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus & Sharpen Your Creative Mind edited by Jocelyn K. Glei

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 ;).

 

currently wednesday {5.18.16}

trying/wearing/working/listening/planning/reading

Trying to lock down my sleep/wake up schedule this week. Early to bed, early to rise is my new motto and I’m slowly getting used to a new 9 to 5– 9pm to 5am that is. IT. IS. HARD.

Wearing my scrubs from work cause I’ve been too lazy to change after getting in from work. Oh, and as you can see from the pic above, I’m also wearing no makeup. I wouldn’t mind so much cause I’m comfortable going bare-faced but my eyebrows…I need to get them back in shape -_-.

Working on my summer plans for the blog. Can you believe the summer will be here soon? This will be my first summer as a non-student so I’m looking forward to having some fun (even with my full-time job). Some of that fun will be happening here on the blog so I’m excited! I haven’t been blogging regularly this year and it’s been hard to get on a consistent schedule BUT it’s getting there! 🙂

Listening to Trashin’ the Camp from Tarzan, the Phil Collins/N’Sync version.  Disney playlist on Spotify. Feeling nostalgic this afternoon. And duh, was it not the jam? Lol.

Planning a dual baby shower with my cousin for some friends of ours. A movie night. VBS. Oh yeah, and a wedding! Overwhelmed doesn’t quite do what I’m feeling justice.

Reading 

  • The Battle Plan for Prayer by Stephen & Alex Kendrick
  • Anne’s House of Dreams by L.M. Montgomery
  • Manage Your Day-to-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus & Sharpen Your Creative Mind edited by Jocelyn K. Glei (the photo above is from this book :))
  • Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

Yeah cause I can’t just read one book at a time.


So about blogging consistently, I’m going to be doing Currently Wednesday every week from now on. I love writing these kinds of posts and I love reading other posts too. I used to follow another blog that did this weekly but they don’t do it anymore so I’m going to start my own. 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 ;).

Hope ya’ll are having a fantastic week so far!