• I Keep a Personal Journal
    Life Story

    5 Reasons I Keep a Personal Journal

    I keep a personal journal to… I keep a personal journal to remember. By writing down my experiences, it helps me remember them more clearly. I want to remember the little details I might otherwise forget. Additionally, I include my thoughts and how I felt at the time. I want to remember those happy joyful moments during the hard times. Also, I write about those harder experiences too, because, while they are often painful, I learn so much from them. Writing in my personal journal helps me see my challenges more clearly, so I am better able to work through them or deal with them. Writing the situation down helps…

  • Navigating Journal Options
    Journal,  Life Story

    Types of Journals

    How to Navigate Your Options With several types of journals available, you might wonder how to navigate your options. Here’s a list to help you find what might work best for you right now. While I’ve kept most of these at different times during my life, I have not kept many at the same time. Also, many of these options don’t need to take a lot of time to be beneficial. This list is intended to provide ideas of options available for journal keeping making it easier to find ideas and get started writing. If your just getting started keeping a journal it might be helpful to check out my…

  • Recognizing Wins, Small and Big
    Life Story

    Daily Celebration Journal

    Recognizing Wins, Small and Big Recently, I started keeping a Daily Celebration Journal to help me in recognizing wins, small and big. Incorporating this journal into my routine has created an easy way for me to reflect on my day and my efforts in a positive light. Because sometimes it’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking you are not doing enough, just taking a moment to recognize what you are doing feels renewing. What do I mean by small and big wins? I have chosen to define a “win” as something I have accomplished during the day. Most everything I have written down so far falls into the…

  • 5 Simple Steps to Create a Family Gallery Wall
    Family Story

    Easy Family Photo Gallery

    5 Simple Steps to Create a Family Gallery Wall Here are some easy-to-follow steps to create your own family photo gallery wall. While I have been thinking about writing this post for a while, initially I hesitated to follow through on it. One reason is that there are better curated home galleries that have already been shared. That being said, I thought other people might share a similar perspective to my approach and the steps I used proved simple to follow. Also, I really do like my result. It is what I was aiming to create. 5 Simple Steps: Set aside or create a space for your gallery wall. After…

  • Halloween Pumpkins
    Family Time,  Halloween,  Holiday Fun

    Halloween Pumpkins (NO Carving)

    Carving a pumpkin for Halloween? Sometimes, I prefer to try an alternative idea to traditional jack-o'-lantern carving. While, I have no problems with dedicated jack-o’- lantern carvers and I have enjoyed carving several pumpkins over the years, sometimes, I simply want to try something new. Also, some options are less time consuming and create less mess (which appeals to me more certain years than others).

  • dream big
    Life Story

    DREAM BIG

    DREAM BIG with a DREAM JOURNAL What do I mean by dream journal? I’m not referring to literal dreams, rather aspirations of things you’d like to do or accomplish. These dreams can be large or small in size. How does a dream differ from a goal? Sometimes dreams can be confused with goals as they are both things you want to aspire to. To me, a goal has a clear time frame and is actively being worked on, while a dream carries more of a someday tone. Dreams hold the possibility of becoming goals. Why write your dreams down? From my own experience, I “shelved” (literally and figuratively) my dream…

  • Expressing Gratitude
    Family Time,  Holiday Fun,  Thanksgiving

    Give Thanks

     20 Ideas for Expressing Gratitude “In every thing give thanks.” While I believe most people would agree with me that gratitude supplies joy, I think it’s fair to say that, sometimes, gratitude in every thing can feel challenging. I love the reminder to give thanks in all things. While I am grateful for my challenges, it can be hard, especially in the moment, to feel that or to keep gratitude in mind. It’s the kind of gratitude I want to pass on to my children. With that goal in mind, it’s something I’m consistently working toward. While creating a simple gratitude list is a good expression of giving thanks, there…

  • Scripture Study
    Faith,  Scripture Study

    7 Faith Based Journal Ideas

    Benefits from Keeping Faith Based Journals Through keeping faith-based journals I have been benefited in increasing my understanding of the scriptures, growing in faith, and becoming more intentional in my prayers. Also, I love exploring different options for faith-based journals. It’s worth noting that different styles clarify and/or deepen understanding in varied ways. While I have used most of these faith-based journal ideas in my own journaling, I don’t use them all at once. Additionally, Find what works best for you with your goals and your season of life. Likewise, feel free to combine ideas or create them into something new that works for you.  7 Faith Based Journal Ideas:…

  • Intentional Prayer Journal
    Family Story,  Life Story

    Prayer Journal

    Create a Prayer Journal to Help Increase Intentional Prayer Why create a prayer journal? Keeping a prayer journal may help you to increase intentional prayer. Personally, using a prayer journal has helped me become more intentional by: Firstly, writing down questions or concerns in prayer allows me to see them. Second, and more importantly, I record answers to prayers and recognize blessings that have come through prayer. I’m more aware of the answers when I’m looking for them. Also, to help answers to prayers stand out in the journal, consider circling them or putting a star or something else that helps differentiate them by or around them.  Additionally, writing down…

  • Around the World Dinner (or Dessert) Series
    Around the Wold Dinners,  Family Time

    10 English Cuisine Ideas

    Around the World Dinner (or Dessert) Series 10 English cuisine ideas for an English dinner or dessert, as part of a series of around the world family meals. Share an English dinner (or dessert) with your family. For ideas of when you might plan an English family meal, check out my original post, Around the World Dinner (or Dessert). Definitely, my focus is on creating an experience as a whole rather than being exact with recipes from a specific location. I wan’t to reiterate that I’m not expert in around the world cuisine or English dining. Still, I have collected a list of English recipes and ideas our family uses…

  • Creating a Personal Journal Writing Routine
    Life Story

    When Will I Find Time to Write?

    Creating a personal journal writing routine Creating a personal journal writing routine may seem overwhelming when you’re wondering “When will I find time to write”? The short answer is, it’s essential to create the time. You can start small. Even five minutes set aside for writing can help form a habit that can be built upon later. From my own experiences, I have realized how beneficial keeping a personal journal can be. That being said, my personal journal writing routine has shifted with my life’s circumstances over the years. First, how often would you like to write? Daily? Once a week? Somewhere in between? My suggestion for creating a routine…