Stone Soup for Five

Jan 29, 2016

Lead and lag indicators and why unicorns are jerks

I just finished reading The 12 Week Year and gleaned great information that will change how I complete my goals this year!  But today I want to talk about unicorns and warthogs... or how two terms in that book really impacted me and changed how I view the long, tedious process of meeting goals.


Jan 24, 2016

Bullet Journal Weekly Review


 The first three weeks of January are done and I thought I'd share my Bullet Journal pages with you.  Besides the weekly layout pages, I've also taken notes from books I've been reading, notes for co-op class, and more notes on goals and blog stuff I'd like to do.  But I thought I'd share the last three week's layouts and my menu calendar page for January.

Jan 21, 2016

My friend's goals for 2016

I am so inspired when I read other people's goals.  Especially other people like me, who are real life people with families and kids who are just trying to do this life as best as they can.

I'm trying to talk a few of them into sharing their goals with all of us, and couple have agreed.... some make huge goals (like this friend) and some set smaller ones, but all are very exciting to read.  When I think of a new year, a whole 12 months rolled out in front of me, I get excited! I hope you're as inspired as I am to always keep pushing to improve and to strive to do a little better each year.


Jan 4, 2016

My main goals for 2016


I set big goals last year, and met about three of them. Seriously.  As I was wrapping up 2015 with a review (that I'm still not done with) I realized a lot of the goals were not specific or actionable enough.  So this year I tried to be a little better with that aspect.  And I wrote down my reason WHY I want to achieve the goals, so when it becomes a drudgery (by January 8th usually), hopefully it will encourage me to keep pushing on.  Here are a few of my goals... just the main ones I want to focus on for 2016 and then a breakdown of what I'll do in January.

Dec 28, 2015

Most read posts of 2015

It's always fun to see which posts resonated most with people over the year, and here are the top 10 posts from 2015:



Dec 21, 2015

Are you too comfortable? A year end review.

I need to step back for a second and take a look at my comfort levels in some areas and figure out where I'm too comfortable.  Then I need to be intentional and work out a plan to increase the urgency in the areas of life that are too important to live by default.  In this culture of convenience, comfort, and entitlement, I need to purposefully check myself regularly to make sure I'm living this one life the best I can.


Dec 7, 2015

Handmade Christmas Ideas that you don't have to make!

I love handmade Christmas gifts, especially those that I don't have to make!  So I gathered a few for you from my lovely sponsors, and elsewhere on the internet!

1.  Sue Kemnitz has items made out of some of her wonderful art including a pillow or bag, iPhone case, or framed art.

Dec 4, 2015

The Promises Weekly Wrap Up

The Promises Bible study released last week and we've started reading the prophecies and fulfillments of Jesus, journaling, and coloring pages over on the Facebook group.

It's been SO fun to go on the page and see all the wonderful things people are doing!  I realize some of you don't have facebook, so I got permission from the Journal and Doodlers to share their pages and thoughts with you here.

Some people are doing their study in a binder, with added pages to journal on...


Nov 23, 2015

TONIGHT! The Promises Advent Study releases!

Tonight is the release date for the new Christmas Bible Study through the prophecies of Jesus in the Old Testament and how He fulfilled them in the New!

Nov 17, 2015

The Promises: a Christmas Advent Study, available NEXT WEEK!

My editor and I have been working hard for the last couple months to bring you a totally different kind of Advent study for Christmas this year, and it's almost done!


Nov 6, 2015

Support women in business all around the world!

Many of you are familiar with Penny Bennett and her awesome Bible totes and other great bags.  This month Penny is going to donate $5 from each purchase from my readers to World Vision's Micro Business Fund that helps entrepreneurs in other countries start their own businesses (be sure to watch the video, it's so inspiring!)

And the cool part is that Penny has some great new items for you to choose too... and it's not too early to think about Christmas gifts either!