Stone Soup for Five: BOLD year challenge --update

BOLD year challenge --update

This year I've been participating in the Bold Year challenge, started by MacKenzie, over at Bold Turquoise.  It is a year long journey to help us in our walk with Jesus, our homemaking, our fitness, reading... everything!

So how have I been doing?

We started off the a major focus on menu planning.  How to do it and make it work for our family.  I've been menu planning for years, so that part wasn't too new to me, but when I learned that some people plan months in advance, I thought I'd give that a try and see how it worked for us.  I was a little concerned that maybe we wouldn't want what I had planned, etc, but actually it's turned out pretty good.  


Something especially helpful is that now I can just grab and go.  Before, it seemed that even though I planned menus a week or two in advance, the day always came too quickly where I didn't have a menu planned, and it was the day to run to the store... which meant running with a list in my head of what I thought I would need, or taking 20 min to sit down and plan a menu.  

This way, I know that I have a month ahead planned and when I reach the end of this month, I have the next one already planned, and I can work on the following month.  It's pretty much on auto pilot now, which is awesome!


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Another fun aspect has been the book club.  You can pick and choose which book you want to participate in (or do all, or none).  It's very laid back, but very organized.  Each month our book club leader lets us know what the book selection will be, and designs a printable bookmark with what we are reading each week.  There are weekly discussions with an end of month discussion covering the whole book.  My favorite book so far has been Sally Clarkson's The Ministry of Motherhood.  In fact, I'm re-reading it now with a friend because it is SO PACKED with good stuff, yet reads really quickly.  LOVE this aspect of the Bold Year Challenge. It has definitely helped get me back into the habit of reading!

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The visual Bible study portion is what I'm leading and it has been challenging, but really good.  We're following the 5x5x5 reading plan that gets you through the New Testament in a year, working 5 days a week, for 5 min at a time, with 5 ways to dig deeper.  It's been a great way to work through the New Testament.  I've done a few blog posts on visual Bible journaling here and here, but really it's more about being in the word daily.  If drawing is not your thing, we're making lists.  If making lists are not your thing, we're just reading and talking about it.  Lots of grace, lots of love, lots of encouragement.

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This month we are focusing on hobbies of old--traditional hobbies and activities that maybe we've done earlier in life, but haven't picked up for a while.  For me, that would be crochet.  I used to crochet all the time, starting in high school, but through the years, it's come and gone, and mostly just gone now.  So I grabbed an old skein of cheap yarn I had laying around and started again!  It is SO nice to get back to it!

Other participants have mentioned things they used to do like reading, painting, sewing, etc.  It's so fun to hear how others are getting a few minutes here and there to get back to what brings them happiness and a moment of peace.

(And I'll tell you what... when I'm frustrated at the boys during homeschool, and/or waiting on them, I can crochet pretty fast and furious!)

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Overall, it has been an awesome experience doing this Bold Year Challenge.  There are times when I fall a bit behind on the Bible Study portion, or don't participate in the book club because of time, but it has definitely been worth it!

If you're interested in joining, I encourage you to hop in!  It is going all year and you don't have to join at the beginning to get a lot out of it.  We'll keep going for 8 more months!  You can find all the information here, and we hold most of our discussions on facebook.  We also have monthly live video hangouts on Google plus with tips, encouragement, and our faces (definitely stretching me here!)

So click on over and join us and make this your best year ever!



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