My Blogging Inspiration

A few weeks ago I wrote a post here about my 2012 Blogging Goals…

I also shared that there would be a part two to this conversation

about my blogging inspiration….

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First of all, let me start by telling you a bit about how my blog posts are created…

Your brain might work like mine:

I will start my day off with a list of things “To Do”…

Things I’d like to do and things I’d really like to put off for another day (or month, or year!).

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Then, I will get distracted by something else and my brain will go off on a tangent!

Lately, I’ve been trying to be more flexible (oh how it hurts to write that dreaded word!!)

and to let myself go in a different direction than I had originally planned for the day.

I’ve decided to label these moments as “inspired”…

Inspired to work on a project with my kiddos or in my house…

Inspired to create a yummy meal for my family…

Inspired to write a new blog post ~

This is difficult as sometimes I can’t sit down in front of my computer.

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So, I’ve learned to whip out a sheet of paper real quick and just jot down all of the thoughts

that are flying through my brain at that moment (can be scary at times!)….

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I figure that as long as the important stuff gets done around my house in a timely manner,

it’s doesn’t really matter the order that I do it in, right?

Of course, my husband’s opinion on what is “important” may be different than mine :’)

Lately I’ve learned that if I’m feeling inspired to write, I’d better stop what I’m doing and write!

I find that’s when the words flow the smoothest & the quickest…

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I usually start off my day with one of my favorite iPhone apps called Flipboard.

It’s basically an app where I can view my favorite blogs, Facebook & Twitter

in a quick and easy format.

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I also do a lot of surfing on Pinterest!

I’ll share more about my favorite blogs and why they inspire me in a bit…

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I have found that if I start my day off in this way,

I am more apt to get involved in the day’s activities with a good attitude,

looking forward to the time when I can sit down at the computer or with my iPhone

to check out the pages I’ve pinned…

Or maybe I’ve been motivated¬†to be a more organized homeschooling Mom…

or to stay motivated throughout the day to stay on top of all of the menial,

day-to-day tasks that tend to bog me down mentally.

I’m sure you can relate to my routine of getting kids up, getting them ready for school…

keeping them focused & motivated to complete their schoolwork…

doing a million loads of dishes & laundry…

trying to remember to plan out dinner…

cleaning the house…

chauffering kiddos all around town…

the carpooling, errands, meetings, etc., etc., etc.!!!!

Whew!  I need to go take a quick nap, be right back!!

Oh, I forgot, I don’t have time for a nap…

I guess I’ll have to take a short mental break…

Hello Pinterest!

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All kidding aside, I am so thankful that I have the opportunity to be a Stay-at-Home Mom…

I pray that I will continue to be “inspired” to press on

and to fight the daily fight with everyone in blogland!

I so enjoy reading about other bloggers lives

and am so thankful for the time and energy they put into writing good, real,

and useful content to share with those of us who need it!

They are such a blessing to me and I hope, in turn, to be a blessing

and maybe even an inspiration to someone else :’)

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Here are the bloggers who I currently have on my Flipboard and a brief synopsis of each:

1.  Thrifty Decor Chick ~ Sarah gets the #1 spot as she was my very first blogger to follow!

Sarah keeps it real with awesome DIY projects & a style very close to my own…

2.  A Holy Experience ~ Ann Voskamp has a style of writing that is so beautiful!

She posts daily inspiration with words that sear my heart & leave a lasting impression…

I highly recommend her book: “One Thousand Gifts”

3. ¬†The Inspired Room ~ Melissa’s blog is a mix of inspiration & DIY.

You’ll leave her blog feeling like you’ve just made a new friend :’)

4.  Organizing Made Fun ~ Becky, who happens to be a college buddy of mine,

takes you into her beautifully DIY’d home (is that really a term?)

and her sensible style of organizing with a down-to-earth style of writing that I really enjoy.

5.  Tatertots & Jello ~ First off, I love the name of her blog!

Jen’s style is very near to my own and I always find great tutorials & tips on her blog.

6.  Life in Grace ~ Edie is another writer who God has blessed with an amazing gift!

She is a deep-thinking, share-what’s-on-your-heart kind of gal who loves God

and loves to share what he is doing in her life.

She also has a beautiful, new home that was recently built…

Click here¬†and see the amazing rebuilding, one year after a devastating fire…

7. ¬†Nesting Place ~ if you haven’t heard of The Nester

you might have been living under a rock for the past few years!

She combines her unique style, with down-to-earth tips & thoughts

all in a beautifully crafted blog…

8.  Home Stories A 2 Z ~ love her style, easy-going personality, funny stories

and¬†terrific DIY & tutorials…

9.  Centsational Girl ~ I grew up in the area that Kate lives in

and¬†love to see her posts on¬†Northern California & the Wine Country…

She also has an amazing sense of style, creative DIY projects and very helpful tutorials…

10.  Last but certainly not least ~ Tip Junkie!

I don’t know where this gal finds all of the time & energy it must take

to put such helpful content on her blog – and I believe she has more than one blog!

It’s loaded with tons of helpful tips, DIY projects and more…

I could list so many more wonderful blogs

that I love to read (look to the right of this post & scroll up for a list)…

but there’s that dreaded laundry waiting to be done…

dishes needing to be unloaded…

kiddos needing to be tended to..

So that’s all for now!

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My 2012 Goals {Resolutions}

My Family ~ December 2011

I was inspired to write down my goals for 2012 after reading Edie’s post here at her blog Life in Grace. ¬†She says “Make resolutions with reckless abandon. ¬†Kick it up a notch and call them reVolutions! ¬†And show two thousand and twelve what you’re made of.”

I have to admit that I was not quite as enthusiastic as Edie as I sat down to start this process! ¬†I felt like I had so many areas in my life that needed work and the task seemed overwhelming…

The Nester also inspired me with her “Do Less & Be More” slogan for 2012…she reminded me of the verse in Isaiah 43:8 – “Forget the former things…do not dwell on the past.”

I think she hit the nail on the head for me! ¬†I struggle to write down goals for the new year because I am so busy rehashing all the ones I didn’t achieve in the previous year…ugh! ¬†It’s that pesky thing called perfectionism rearing it’s ugly head once again…

Melissa over at The Inspired Room said ”¬†I don‚Äôt always get that balance right, but I know it means I cannot do it all and do it all ‚Äúwell.‚ÄĚ I have to make choices every day.” ¬†Hmm, so I need to stop setting the standard at perfection and learn to make the choice to do things “well”. ¬†She later adds that it all comes down to being “intentional”. ¬†Webster’s definition of intention: “a determination to act in a certain way; resolve.”

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Once I started, I was amazed at how my pen kept flowing across the page until I came up with 10 goals.  I also took some time to break down a few of those goals into some tasks that I would like to complete this year.  I wrote down some homeschooling goals, blogging goals & personal goals and then broke them down into tasks I hope to achieve in the coming year.

I will admit that my biggest fear is my lack of consistency. ¬†God-willing, I will “forget” my past years of inconsistency & perfectionism and instead focus on the things that I can accomplish well this year. ¬†I know the promise “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength, Philippians 4:11” is true as I have experienced His strength, peace & grace so many times through my daily walk with Him (the KEY). ¬†So here’s to a fresh start, a new beginning as we travel into 2012!

I want to leave you with a few thoughts from Ann Voskamp on the subject of contentment:

Contentment isn‚Äôt a state of organization, a weight on the scale, a state of better:better kids, better marriage, better health, better house.¬†Contentment is never a matter of circumstances; contentment is always a state of communion ‚ÄĒ a daily embracing of God.¬†A thankfulness for all the gifts¬†‚Äď and moments and life, just as He gives it.¬†Trying harder may only bring harder trials¬†and contentment, it won‚Äôt be be found in the resolutions, but in the¬†revolutions¬†‚Äď in the turning round to God.

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If not, you are missing out on all sorts of creativity and fun!

I’m new there, but you can follow my boards if you’re interested in seeing a little peek into things I love and links I find around the web!

Click here to check out my boards: “debshearthome

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Here’s what I’ve got pinned on my “Fall” board…

Fall

pumpkin crunch recipe. this looks like the ultimate fall dessert!

Pumpkin crunch recipe. this looks like the ultimate fall dessert!

 

Pumpkin Spice Latte Cupcakes

Pumpkin Spice Latte Cupcakes

101 fall crafts

101 fall crafts

28 DIY Halloween costumes for kids.

28 DIY Halloween costumes for kids.

Branch candle holders

Branch candle holders

Goblin Bait - popcorn, candy corn, M&Ms, white chocolate!

Goblin Bait – popcorn, candy corn, M&Ms, white chocolate!

Acorns....Donut Hole, Pretzel Stick, Nutella (or canned frosting) and chocolate sprinkles.  Easy peasey!

Acorns….Donut Hole, Pretzel Stick, Nutella (or canned frosting) and chocolate sprinkles. Easy peasey!

Make your home smell like fall (with what you have in the pantry). YUM.

Make your home smell like fall (with what you have in the pantry). YUM.

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Love the idea of an initial or monogram on pumpkins in the doorway.

Love the idea of an initial or monogram on pumpkins in the doorway.

Fall 2011 Nesting Party...

Fall 2011 Nesting Party…

Fall nesting party

Fall nesting party

Yummy Apple Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting!

Yummy Apple Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting!

Dollar Store version of William and Sonoma hurricane -- so simple and cheap!

Dollar Store version of William and Sonoma hurricane — so simple and cheap!

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte... if this is really true. Oh. My.

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte… if this is really true. Oh. My.

fall decor - so pretty!f

all decor – so pretty!

Use the hurricane vase from the Dollar Tree, white candles, twin/leaves, and some beans as the filler...so simple and inexpensive @House of Hepworths

Use the hurricane vase from the Dollar Tree, white candles, twin/leaves, and some beans as the filler…so simple and inexpensive @House of Hepworths

#laundry room makeover with burlap and free door! Darling!

#laundry room makeover with burlap and free door! Darling!

lovely #Fall #Pumpkins so pretty!!

lovely #Fall #Pumpkins so pretty!!

Love this mantel with lit up branches

Love this mantel with lit up branches

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Mountains I Can’t Climb…

 

Half Dome, Yosemite National Forest 2009′

 

 

I Will Lift My Eyes
by Bebo Norman

God, my God, I cry out
Your beloved needs You now
God, be near, calm my fear
And take my doubt

Your kindness is what pulls me up
Your love is all that draws me in

I will lift my eyes to the Maker
Of the mountains I can’t climb
I will lift my eyes to the Calmer
Of the oceans raging wild
I will lift my eyes to the Healer
Of the hurt I hold inside
I will lift my eyes, lift my eyes to You

God, my God, let Mercy sing
Her melody over me
God, right here all I bring
Is all of me

‚ÄėCause You are and You were and You will be forever
The Lover I need to save me
‚ÄėCause You fashioned the earth and You hold it together, God
So hold me now

 

 

Bridal Falls, Yosemite National Forest 2009′

2011 ~ The Goals: To Live Authentically & Intentionally

Yosemite 09′


Wow, I can’t believe that it’s been three weeks since my last post!

Between the decorating, celebrating Christmas, spending time with family ~

my parents visited for four days!, opening gifts, eating way too many goodies,

getting over a sinus infection and then getting a cold,

traveling for a mid-week soccer tournament, celebrating New Year’s with family

and taking down the Christmas decorations…whew!

We’ve been just a little busy :’)

It was time to take a break from the computer and blogland

and spend time with the Fam!

 

 


Yosemite 09′ ~ Wow, the kids have changed so much!



While some families are back to their normal school & work routines,

we are still on vacation!

So, in addition to catching up on sleep, it’s a great time for me

to think back on the past year and get organized for the new one.

Besides the usual organizing around the house, getting caught up on laundry

and filling out my new calendars,

I’ve been thinking a lot about who I want to be this year.

 

 


 

 

 


Since I was a teenager my motto has always been “To be who God wants me to be”…

not the person I think I am – weak, inconsistent, not great at any-one-thing,

disorganized…the list goes on and on.

 

I have to constantly remind myself that God didn’t just throw me together

in some haphazard fashion,but that He: “…knit me together in my mother’s womb…

I am fearfully and wonderfully made…Psalm 139:13-14

and that He has a plan for my life: “For I know the plans that I have for you,

declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you,

plans to give you a hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11.


 

 


Half Dome, Yosemite 09″


Our pastor gave us a great reminder this week:

“God does extraordinary things through ordinary people.”

Thank you Jesus!

His advice to us, as we start a new year,was to stop doing what we know not to do

and start doing what we know to do (2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1).

Sounds pretty simple, but it’s not always that easy to get rid of our bad habits

or to start doing the hard things…

His final words of wisdom were: “Offer your ordinary and discover your Genius!”

So, as I travel through another year of life with my Lord, my family & friends

and those who I will cross paths with,

I feel inspired to live a more authentic and intentional life.


To let go of my preconceived ideas of ¬†how to be the perfect wife, mom, teacher, friend…

to learn to give God my ordinary self each morning so that He has the freedom

to use me as He desires and to mold me into the woman that He created me to be.


“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.” Psalm 51:10

 

 

Nester is having a linky party for Home Goals, so if you want to add your own goals, head on over to her blog!

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