Wednesday’s Wisdom

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. -Thomas A. Edison


Wednesday’s Word

Find three hobbies you love. One to make you money, one to keep you in shape, and one to be creative.

Purposeful Planner

You all know how much love I have for my planner, I am super excited to share with you my 2016 planner that just arrived! For 2015 I used a Erin Condren Life Planner thanks to a wonderful recommendation from a friend. I loved it, it is vibrant, lively, and has lots of doodle room. However, I wanted something that would really make me reflect on LIFE and not just what I needed to do and when I needed to do it. So, for 2016 I’m giving the Corie Clark Purposeful Planner a try.

It arrived in a gorgeous black and white striped box with a welcome card and precious inspirational card that says

You were created for a purpose it’s time to start living like it.

I absolutely love it, couldn’t agree more. That’s kinda where I am currently. I have so many to do’s and not even time in the day to get them done. It’s time I start really delving in on more than just a to do list.

Let me go into what makes this planner so special and “purposeful”. Outside of the inside cover being an animal print folder, this planner was created with much thought and love. It begins with a introduction letter from Corie Clark and an explanation of each section of your planner and how to get the most out of it. You begin by completing the “planning with a purpose” page. This lets you reflect on who you are, what are four of the most important hats that you wear? Out of those four roles, how do you want to be successful this year in each? Then, there are additional questions that you answer as a reflection and goal setting tool. The next page is your bucket list. What do you want to do this year? The next two pages are full 2016-2019 calendars.

Each month has it’s own tab and the month starts off with a full calendar. A quote is at the top right and extra room for notes on the left. Followed by the full month spread of two pages, there is a budget page, menu page, master to do list for the month, dreams and goals, and then each day has it’s own full page. YES! Each day has it’s own full page.

Each day has the date listed at the top with a quote. Other important areas on the daily page are “today I will..”, “health”, “water”, and my favorite “Prayer & Praise”. A planner designed with a special place for you to jot down prayers and praises daily! Other areas on the page is the schedule, brain dump, retail therapy, and menu. Each page also has a 15 minutes column with a guideline for each day. Here’s an image of January 1 in my 2016 planner (straight out of the box):

I cannot wait to begin using my purposeful planner. I have my washi tape, stamps, and pens stocked and ready. The one negative is the size, it is a large planner and will not fit in your everyday purse unless you’re carrying  a beach sized bag. With all the information it holds though, I can’t complain about the size.

If you’re interested in ordering your very own Corie Clark Purposeful Planner, visit the website here: Corie Clark (I chose the Coco Stripes Daily Planner, they are also available in other covers and as a weekly planner instead of daily).

Happy Fourth!

I hope each of you have a safe and enjoyable Independence Day weekend. May we all be reminded of why we celebrate this holiday. We are the land of the free because of the brave!

May we think of freedom not as the right to do as we please, but as the opportunity to do what is right. -Peter Marshall

Here’s a sneak from my Fourth of July Mini session with my beauty queen, even if I’m biased.


Thanks for taking a moment to stop by, until next time!

Good Fortune

I am not a fan of Chinese or Asian cuisine but boy are my mini and man, they love it. Nothing against it, just not one of my acquired tastes I don’t guess. Today, when I wanted a place called Newk’s, mini me wanted the new Tin Tin buffet in our area. Pulled a good mom move and went there despite not enjoying that style of food. I do have to say, it was cleaner than most Asian buffets I have been to in the past and there was more of a selection for us non-Chinese loving customers. I did enjoy the hibachi grill. Ate a ginormous plate of grilled brocolli, mini corn, green peppers, and water chestnuts. Can’t complain, had a better experience there than other places in the past. Oh’ and the fruit was fresh and delicious! 

Onto the point of this post.. My fortune cookie was perfect for me and where I am currently in life. It was such a good reminder that in order to succeed you’re going to have to take risks and do things that aren’t necessarily easy. You’re going to have to sacrifice and take chances and in the end, the reward is far greater than you could’ve imagined. Most of all, don’t be afraid to step out in faith when you feel that you can’t. There’s a ton of opportunity out in this world, don’t be afraid to seize it. Xo!


Wednesday Wisdom

Good morning friends and Happy National Walk at Lunch Day!!

Sore (in a good way) muscles means you’re doing something right in the world of fitness. Had to have an early morning mineral soak so that hopefully by lunchtime when I go to the gym, they feel a smidge better. 


I wanted to share some quotes that I find motivating in the journey to a better self. Hope they motivate you as well and keep you grounded because we both know, the journey isn’t easy. If it was, everyone would do it – right? 

“Faith is taking the first step, even when you can’t even see the whole staircase.” -MLK Jr.

“The struggle you’re in today is developing the strength you will need for tomorrow.” -Unknown

“You will never change your life until you change something you do daily.” -John C. Maxwell

“I’m not where I need to be but thank God I’m not where I used to be.” -Unknown 

“Even if you can’t physically see the results in front of you, every single effort is changing your body from the inside. Don’t get discouraged!” -Unknown

I hope those handful of quotes stirred up something in you and motivates you to make at least one positive choice today. Just remember, we all got to where we are in our current situations over time, it’s going to take time and dedication to reverse that. I can do it, you can do it, WE can do it!

Have a positive day, y’all! Xo.