why i quit grocery shopping


I quit grocery shopping. 

I mean I quit grocery shopping one time a week... 

I'm going to shop three times a week! Before you judge me up and down and sideways, let me explain...

When I was going the beginning of every week, I not only didn't have any room in my fridge, but a lot of my fresh produce would go bad come the end of the week; even my poor potatoes. This time, I'm going to do 3 mini trips, staying within budget and make these trips fun and enjoyable each time I go. 

My first trip will be in the beginning of the week and my main grocery store trip, but only buying for 3 days out. Mid week, I'm going to bring my cute recyclable bags from Trader Joe's, put on my cutest summer dress, and pick fresh produce from farmers markets and road side stands to supplement us for the next few days more. The last trip is to cover the weekend. What a great time to shop just for the weekend! Plan out an exciting end of the week, invite friends and family and have a bbq or plan a beach trip! Everything will be fresh, you'll be prepared and loving feeding your family and friends. 


I am a mom of eight. Grocery shopping could be a chore I dread. But why not change our perspective? Why not wake-up every morning and profess a beautiful and amazing day--one God has blessed? Let's show our children how wonderful life can be. Show them how to enjoy every second of life making memories in the everyday. 

Let's take back our motherhood!

Moms everywhere loving their shopping days and with their children. Little trips might just be our answer... will you join me? 

*****My errand runner journals are hitting my store soon. Several prints to choose from and all with my original artwork. Follow me on YouTube. You will not want to miss this launch of beautiful books and a HUGE surprise giveaway that you're not going to want to miss.****** 

Blessings to you!

You've Got to Check This Out!!


I am thrilled to announce the opening of my planner store! Now you can write a better story...beautifully. Plan books can be used alone or with a travelers notebook and are one month plan books--so each book is a full month of planning and more. I have 80 pages in my books which allows for scripting your life without any limits! Just script away and plan that life you want!

These books are made using my method: you'll have your month's calendar, a space for all of your month's goals and then a prompt for your day-to-day planning. Let me show you some exciting photos of our plan books and journals...


Here is one of my August plan books. Isn't he the cutest? These plan books are made using my artwork and my son's artwork on the covers and within. I know you'll enjoy using these, they truly are keepsakes.

Here is an example of what greets you in these plan books

Here is your calendar

A close-up of your goal prompt

A look at the red stitching on the bind of these books. It really gives them a vintage feel


Here are some journals to be used for whatever suits your fancy

This wren houses your goals for everything YOU. You need to take care of yourself and these journals make it easy to do. Check out my blog post on "project me" here and my periscope on the subject, which I've uploaded to my youtube channel. I think you'll appreciate it. 
We also have blank inserts with 80 pages of love and bound and stitched in red thread. Beautiful, isn't it?

Each plan book has a velvet thick cover paper that makes my artwork on the cover look like the original. The inside paper is the most wonderful paper made by strathmore and is a 24 lb. cotton that is a dream to script your life in. Absolutely gorgeous paper and takes most mediums very well and most inks, too. You'll love putting pen to paper using these books.

This is just touching the iceberg of what we have to offer. I hope you'll stop by our store and see what else we have. The plan books are set-up to be used using my method of planning. For more on this method and style of planning, click here, I'd love to tell you all about it. 

So please, go take a look around and write a better story...

designsbyplannerperfect.com

write a better story



We're busy--us moms; a little too busy.

Moms sacrifice, we hustle, we wipe tears, we wipe our own tears, we love, we bake cookies, we go on no sleep, we carpool, we take kids to school or choose to educate them at home, we deal with temper tantrums, we make dinner, give baths, kiss, read stories and we do it all again the next day... and the next. We barely have time to eat and shower let alone plan for a life other than what we're entrenched in. I know, I have eight kids. We live a story that's kind of been just, happening. A story we didn't write, but rather, was written for us. Where did the time go?  We plan to keep our lives handed to us in some kind of order but feel always in the rears; peddling fast in life just to keep up. We love our children, we love being their mother--so any feeling of discontent gives us the bitter after taste of guilt and selfishness that we try to shove under the rug, but in the quiet of moments, we still feel it. We feel-- restless. We keep going-- giving, serving; surviving.

What if I told you that it all starts with the simple act to write a better story? This simple act does something amazing. It makes you think. Think about where you're going, where you're headed, what you want to pursue and what you want to leave behind. Get out a blank piece of paper and stare at it. What do you see?

You should see possibility!

Do not be afraid to change things up and move things around to create the life you and your family need in order to truly LIVE! I'm going to tell you a secret: enrolling your kids in a billion different activities does nothing for them, you, or your family life. You now can focus on the kind of life you want to live and then set out to map out that kind of life. You can script a life you envision! Stop reacting to life and instead, make your life happen.

This method of planning prompts you to create a life that you were designed to live. Life is short. Write a better story.

xx jenny






Project Me



Project ME. 

I'm eager to announce that I have declared a proposition for moms everywhere! To start a project. I know, we don't have time for more projects, but fear not, this project will spark your interest and is of vital importance. 

It's all about YOU! 

It's project ME time. We are going to take the time to love, nurture and care for ourselves. We are going to devote some time to identify who we are outside of the roles we play, find our talents (that have been buried under all the diapers and dirty dishes), and proclaim that we can be our children's mother and know who we are outside of that role! We can do and be both--woman and mother. Think of all the possibilities once you understand this simple yet, highly overlooked, insight!

We are in the "serve and nurture" business and that takes a lot of time and a lot of energy. So much so that it seems only logical to put us on the back burner. For instance--this can be my normal: I'm up all night nursing, pull myself out of bed early in the morning to find "me time" only for it to get interrupted, then it's off to the races! Kids need to eat, shower, help to go pee, there's a fight to referee, lunch to make, boys to split-up after some wrestling has gone awry, laundry to do, clean-up, and then before you know it, it's time for dinner. After dinner doesn't slow down, either...there is cleaning up to do, baths to be had and children to unwind. This happens every. single. day. 7 days a week, 365 days a year. I'm sure all you moms can relate? 

I would never trade all the hard work in the world and I have eight homeschooled kids. Hard work for what and whom you love, takes sacrifice and time, and I'm in with both feet, fully present, and take it seriously. Having said that, it is just as important to take care of ourselves. I know for me,  I love guiding my children toward their natural gifts and talents. Understanding their uniqueness help them go toward their dreams; to do what they are called to do.

But what about me? 



I would think about that often and this question all the time "Is it fair that I'm always just behind the scenes?" I love pushing my babies into their dreams--but I felt a tug to care about and use all of me too. I even dealt with mom guilt for even thinking those thoughts..."If I take care of me, will I have time for them?"

 Mom guilt. It's total self-sabatoge. 

There even was a time where I was jealous of my oldest son, Taylor. A born artist with talent that rivals the best-of-the-best. I was oh-so proud of him, yet, I was jealous of him. Jealous of his, time...  I knew then, it was time to begin loving myself, taking care of "me" and nurture the talents I've been given, too. 

So--I started to paint again (my son's a chip off the ol' block!) while my kids hang out and the baby naps. I read more, whenever I sit down or have an extra moment, I educate myself on all my interests, I wash my face at night and use pure ingredients. I implemented eating raw foods and I started a business using my talents. I started clearing out clutter, simplifying my beauty routine, checking in with my subconscious and see what lurked in there. (You'll be surprised!) I lastly got rid of anything and everything in my life that didn't move me or my family toward our goals. 

Moms, take the time for you. Begin a project--#PROJECT ME. So instead of waiting until all the baby birds have left the nest and you hit a identity crisis at age 50 (much later in my case)or worse, a bad medical diagnoses from lack of self-care, let's do it now-- in the midst of motherhood. I declare we know who we are, and take the time to take care of ME.

Here's to us!

xx-Jenny

Follow me on scope, youtube and all other platforms as we dissect what this can look like and hashtag #projectme on Instagram and tag me. Would love to see how you plan to take care of YOU!






what we can learn from the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad days

my 8th baby--blayne lewis

Terrible, horrible, no good, very bad days.

Us moms get them a lot. Our beautifully planned, planner pages of all we wanted to accomplish personally, and for the home, dashed and done. I'm talking full-blown, scratched out, need to start over, days.

I am a mom of many--eight to be exact, and five of them are boys. Yeah, five boys. And if you have any kind of an imagination I'm sure you can get the gist of what my days can look like. I have crazy "bad" days and moments all the time.

Let me give you an example of a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day: it's a day when I have high-hopes and a big, full day planned ahead, and then my toddler decides to wake up way too early. Because he's decided to rise and shine with me, he's cranky and clingy. So my plans, for not only devotions are dashed, but the laundry, the dishes and my shower. The toddler now decides to take a nap earlier then normal, so any errands we were going to run are now pushed to another day. Now this toddler who takes his nap early, wakes groggy, and is grumpy--again. Nice. What else can go wrong? A lot. From toothpaste squeezed out onto the floor, boys wrestling and girls crying, you can see how this qualifies as a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.

But you know what? I embrace them now. You know why?

My betterment.

Yes, the big, bad, horrible days where you just want to jump in bed and put the covers over your head are just as a part of your life and betterment as the good days. We can learn from these bad days. Take them. Embrace them and not let them get the best of you. I used to be the kind of mom who wore it on her sleeve all day. I just felt I deserved to let everyone in my family know, I was the victim here. But I also hated feeling that way all day. Wearing it on my sleeve didn't help anything or anyone. When I decided to change my reactions and mood to bad days, my day ended up not being so bad after all. I mean, yeah...there wasn't any recovery, the day and all that was planned in it was not going to happen, but that's ok. I learn how to be a better mom; a better person when these days happen. I get a chance to grow.

So, when these days happen, I now understand they're short and I don't want to wish them away. These are the days... and you know what? I'm grateful. I'm grateful I'm a mom. I'm grateful that I have so many amazing children and I'm grateful that God entrusted all these lives to me. I can choose to be in a bad mood or make it a teaching moment, I can love my babies and make the best of it, or hate everyone and wear it on my sleeve. So on these, terrible, horrible, no good, very bad days-- I have a choice to make and I choose joy, even in the midst of madness.

Will you, too?

Overwhelmed? I Know How to Fix it.


I truly can be the queen of overwhelmed. Eight kids can do that to you--but quite honestly, so can just  one. Heck, you can be overwhelmed without any kids! But my perspective comes from what I know and understand and that is being overwhelmed, with a ton of kids and a ton of things I COULD be doing and not knowing where, why, or how to start.

I've got a little word for you that I've applied that isn't fancy, new, or ground breaking: FOCUS. Yeah, it's a word we're all familiar with, but before you leave, give me a chance. This word is so dead-on. Without applying this little word we're all familiar with, we're like chickens with our heads cut off: frustrated, unorganized and masters at accomplishing--nothing. When I started focusing, I flourished; I thrived, I completed things! Once I started to really focus on the things I needed to get done and focused on that one task until completion, I would gain momentum. So much so, that I felt that there was nothing I couldn't accomplish.

I've coined a phrase so it's easy to remember: Stop, focus, complete, repeat. See? Easy peasy. So what I would do when the overwhelm would kick-in, I would stop, jot down what I needed to do in order of importance, and would focus on the top thing on my list and wouldn't budge until it was completely done. I'd then move on to the next thing on my list and finish it to completion and repeat. I would do this until I could finally get to the point where I could crinkle that to-do list into a ball in my fists and have the dog fetch it and chew it up. I love nothing more than getting to the point where that stuff isn't hanging over my head. Now, I could do the things I wanted to do.

So if you find yourself overwhelmed with much to-do and the mere thought of tackling it all makes you shut-down--try this: Stop, focus, complete, repeat. Yeah, you've got this! We've all got this!

Do you get overwhelmed? Do you think this will help you, too? Leave a comment and let's discuss...

The Planner Perfect Method. Why it Keeps You Focused on What Matters.


The Planner Perfect Method. 

It's a method that I've created to allow women to live a life built off their goals and the story they want to live. This method was birthed by my mother and brought to life by me and it will not only keep your focus on what matters, but keeps you organized, creative, and prompts you to become a visionary for your own life. My mom used to sit in her favorite chair when I growing up and planned in an ordinary spiral-bound notebook. She had her planner set-up with goals and her dreams and loved to sit and write for long periods of time just dreaming about how she wanted to live. She did not want to live a life of chance, but a life of purpose, and she set to work planning out that kind of life. I remember specifically after each holiday, my mom would sit in her chair with her planner and script out all she wanted to do better for the next holiday. What decor she felt she needed to pick-up, how she wanted her table setting to change, how she might want to implement a spiritual element or bake a different cake. She was a visionary and her life inspired me. I have made this planner to preserve her idea and make it something all women can use with ease. It's life planner that isn't just a planner to harness life's to-dos, but life's dreams, goals and vision. It keeps you focused on what matters.

I want to challenge you to take a look at how you're planning now. Is it filled with just your to-dos? Has decorating your planner become your focus? If you answered yes, I want to teach you how to plan a life that is actually exciting, fulfilling and actually takes YOU somewhere instead of the other way around. You are more than your to-do list! If you don't catch and understand this now, you risk becoming a mom that begins to feel restless and searching for something more. This in turn will make you feel guilty because after all, motherhood is the highest calling there is. But, if you're not careful and you just pour yourself into your motherhood for years and years while subconsciously not understanding the importance of finding your identity outside of motherhood, you'll be lost; restless. If not now, you soon will be. God intended for you to know your purpose outside being your children's mother. This doesn't mean you have to go to work outside the home to fulfill your calling. On the contrary. You can know your purpose, your calling and use your talents and it will fit into your mothering, beautifully. Actually, this takes your motherhood to a whole new level of greatness. You'll be excited that there is even more to you than you even thought and you can use it while home and use it for your family's good, too. Your children and husband get to see a woman and mom with talents and learn from you, perhaps even sharing the same love. You are an influence--be sure to be a woman that knows who God made her to be so you can be equipped to show them that they, too, have a purpose and talents and God has a plan for them too. What a better way to show your children God's plan for each of us by seeing it manifested in YOU!

The Planner Perfect Method and set-up is simple, yet will change your life.  Each month in your planner is sectioned off with your month's calendar, month's goal section and then there is your day-to-day planning. This is how each of your 12 months are set-up and will enable you to plan month specific goals and give you practice each month to be a visionary for your life! For more on how I use my method and plan books, check out my youtube channel where I show you the set-up. After a huge love affair with the ring binder, I now have a love for the Travelers Notebook using my plan books that I've created that implements my method, perfectly. My youtube channel shows you how to use them, be sure to check it out. But don't be dismayed if your a ring-bound, girl. I have a video for you too. Ring-bound planning is part of my humble beginnings, it has a special place in my heart.

If you do not know your identity outside of your motherhood, this needs to be your first objective. By seeking and unearthing your calling, you'll find your planner taking on a whole new level of promise for you, holding you accountable and pushing you toward personal growth. It keeps you focused on what truly matters. Your vision for your life...

Stay-tuned for the next post in the series. So glad you stopped by, we've got a lot to cover.

xx jenny





Sunday, July 17, 2016

why i quit grocery shopping


I quit grocery shopping. 

I mean I quit grocery shopping one time a week... 

I'm going to shop three times a week! Before you judge me up and down and sideways, let me explain...

When I was going the beginning of every week, I not only didn't have any room in my fridge, but a lot of my fresh produce would go bad come the end of the week; even my poor potatoes. This time, I'm going to do 3 mini trips, staying within budget and make these trips fun and enjoyable each time I go. 

My first trip will be in the beginning of the week and my main grocery store trip, but only buying for 3 days out. Mid week, I'm going to bring my cute recyclable bags from Trader Joe's, put on my cutest summer dress, and pick fresh produce from farmers markets and road side stands to supplement us for the next few days more. The last trip is to cover the weekend. What a great time to shop just for the weekend! Plan out an exciting end of the week, invite friends and family and have a bbq or plan a beach trip! Everything will be fresh, you'll be prepared and loving feeding your family and friends. 


I am a mom of eight. Grocery shopping could be a chore I dread. But why not change our perspective? Why not wake-up every morning and profess a beautiful and amazing day--one God has blessed? Let's show our children how wonderful life can be. Show them how to enjoy every second of life making memories in the everyday. 

Let's take back our motherhood!

Moms everywhere loving their shopping days and with their children. Little trips might just be our answer... will you join me? 

*****My errand runner journals are hitting my store soon. Several prints to choose from and all with my original artwork. Follow me on YouTube. You will not want to miss this launch of beautiful books and a HUGE surprise giveaway that you're not going to want to miss.****** 

Blessings to you!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

You've Got to Check This Out!!


I am thrilled to announce the opening of my planner store! Now you can write a better story...beautifully. Plan books can be used alone or with a travelers notebook and are one month plan books--so each book is a full month of planning and more. I have 80 pages in my books which allows for scripting your life without any limits! Just script away and plan that life you want!

These books are made using my method: you'll have your month's calendar, a space for all of your month's goals and then a prompt for your day-to-day planning. Let me show you some exciting photos of our plan books and journals...


Here is one of my August plan books. Isn't he the cutest? These plan books are made using my artwork and my son's artwork on the covers and within. I know you'll enjoy using these, they truly are keepsakes.

Here is an example of what greets you in these plan books

Here is your calendar

A close-up of your goal prompt

A look at the red stitching on the bind of these books. It really gives them a vintage feel


Here are some journals to be used for whatever suits your fancy

This wren houses your goals for everything YOU. You need to take care of yourself and these journals make it easy to do. Check out my blog post on "project me" here and my periscope on the subject, which I've uploaded to my youtube channel. I think you'll appreciate it. 
We also have blank inserts with 80 pages of love and bound and stitched in red thread. Beautiful, isn't it?

Each plan book has a velvet thick cover paper that makes my artwork on the cover look like the original. The inside paper is the most wonderful paper made by strathmore and is a 24 lb. cotton that is a dream to script your life in. Absolutely gorgeous paper and takes most mediums very well and most inks, too. You'll love putting pen to paper using these books.

This is just touching the iceberg of what we have to offer. I hope you'll stop by our store and see what else we have. The plan books are set-up to be used using my method of planning. For more on this method and style of planning, click here, I'd love to tell you all about it. 

So please, go take a look around and write a better story...

designsbyplannerperfect.com

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

write a better story



We're busy--us moms; a little too busy.

Moms sacrifice, we hustle, we wipe tears, we wipe our own tears, we love, we bake cookies, we go on no sleep, we carpool, we take kids to school or choose to educate them at home, we deal with temper tantrums, we make dinner, give baths, kiss, read stories and we do it all again the next day... and the next. We barely have time to eat and shower let alone plan for a life other than what we're entrenched in. I know, I have eight kids. We live a story that's kind of been just, happening. A story we didn't write, but rather, was written for us. Where did the time go?  We plan to keep our lives handed to us in some kind of order but feel always in the rears; peddling fast in life just to keep up. We love our children, we love being their mother--so any feeling of discontent gives us the bitter after taste of guilt and selfishness that we try to shove under the rug, but in the quiet of moments, we still feel it. We feel-- restless. We keep going-- giving, serving; surviving.

What if I told you that it all starts with the simple act to write a better story? This simple act does something amazing. It makes you think. Think about where you're going, where you're headed, what you want to pursue and what you want to leave behind. Get out a blank piece of paper and stare at it. What do you see?

You should see possibility!

Do not be afraid to change things up and move things around to create the life you and your family need in order to truly LIVE! I'm going to tell you a secret: enrolling your kids in a billion different activities does nothing for them, you, or your family life. You now can focus on the kind of life you want to live and then set out to map out that kind of life. You can script a life you envision! Stop reacting to life and instead, make your life happen.

This method of planning prompts you to create a life that you were designed to live. Life is short. Write a better story.

xx jenny






Sunday, March 13, 2016

Project Me



Project ME. 

I'm eager to announce that I have declared a proposition for moms everywhere! To start a project. I know, we don't have time for more projects, but fear not, this project will spark your interest and is of vital importance. 

It's all about YOU! 

It's project ME time. We are going to take the time to love, nurture and care for ourselves. We are going to devote some time to identify who we are outside of the roles we play, find our talents (that have been buried under all the diapers and dirty dishes), and proclaim that we can be our children's mother and know who we are outside of that role! We can do and be both--woman and mother. Think of all the possibilities once you understand this simple yet, highly overlooked, insight!

We are in the "serve and nurture" business and that takes a lot of time and a lot of energy. So much so that it seems only logical to put us on the back burner. For instance--this can be my normal: I'm up all night nursing, pull myself out of bed early in the morning to find "me time" only for it to get interrupted, then it's off to the races! Kids need to eat, shower, help to go pee, there's a fight to referee, lunch to make, boys to split-up after some wrestling has gone awry, laundry to do, clean-up, and then before you know it, it's time for dinner. After dinner doesn't slow down, either...there is cleaning up to do, baths to be had and children to unwind. This happens every. single. day. 7 days a week, 365 days a year. I'm sure all you moms can relate? 

I would never trade all the hard work in the world and I have eight homeschooled kids. Hard work for what and whom you love, takes sacrifice and time, and I'm in with both feet, fully present, and take it seriously. Having said that, it is just as important to take care of ourselves. I know for me,  I love guiding my children toward their natural gifts and talents. Understanding their uniqueness help them go toward their dreams; to do what they are called to do.

But what about me? 



I would think about that often and this question all the time "Is it fair that I'm always just behind the scenes?" I love pushing my babies into their dreams--but I felt a tug to care about and use all of me too. I even dealt with mom guilt for even thinking those thoughts..."If I take care of me, will I have time for them?"

 Mom guilt. It's total self-sabatoge. 

There even was a time where I was jealous of my oldest son, Taylor. A born artist with talent that rivals the best-of-the-best. I was oh-so proud of him, yet, I was jealous of him. Jealous of his, time...  I knew then, it was time to begin loving myself, taking care of "me" and nurture the talents I've been given, too. 

So--I started to paint again (my son's a chip off the ol' block!) while my kids hang out and the baby naps. I read more, whenever I sit down or have an extra moment, I educate myself on all my interests, I wash my face at night and use pure ingredients. I implemented eating raw foods and I started a business using my talents. I started clearing out clutter, simplifying my beauty routine, checking in with my subconscious and see what lurked in there. (You'll be surprised!) I lastly got rid of anything and everything in my life that didn't move me or my family toward our goals. 

Moms, take the time for you. Begin a project--#PROJECT ME. So instead of waiting until all the baby birds have left the nest and you hit a identity crisis at age 50 (much later in my case)or worse, a bad medical diagnoses from lack of self-care, let's do it now-- in the midst of motherhood. I declare we know who we are, and take the time to take care of ME.

Here's to us!

xx-Jenny

Follow me on scope, youtube and all other platforms as we dissect what this can look like and hashtag #projectme on Instagram and tag me. Would love to see how you plan to take care of YOU!






Thursday, February 25, 2016

what we can learn from the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad days

my 8th baby--blayne lewis

Terrible, horrible, no good, very bad days.

Us moms get them a lot. Our beautifully planned, planner pages of all we wanted to accomplish personally, and for the home, dashed and done. I'm talking full-blown, scratched out, need to start over, days.

I am a mom of many--eight to be exact, and five of them are boys. Yeah, five boys. And if you have any kind of an imagination I'm sure you can get the gist of what my days can look like. I have crazy "bad" days and moments all the time.

Let me give you an example of a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day: it's a day when I have high-hopes and a big, full day planned ahead, and then my toddler decides to wake up way too early. Because he's decided to rise and shine with me, he's cranky and clingy. So my plans, for not only devotions are dashed, but the laundry, the dishes and my shower. The toddler now decides to take a nap earlier then normal, so any errands we were going to run are now pushed to another day. Now this toddler who takes his nap early, wakes groggy, and is grumpy--again. Nice. What else can go wrong? A lot. From toothpaste squeezed out onto the floor, boys wrestling and girls crying, you can see how this qualifies as a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.

But you know what? I embrace them now. You know why?

My betterment.

Yes, the big, bad, horrible days where you just want to jump in bed and put the covers over your head are just as a part of your life and betterment as the good days. We can learn from these bad days. Take them. Embrace them and not let them get the best of you. I used to be the kind of mom who wore it on her sleeve all day. I just felt I deserved to let everyone in my family know, I was the victim here. But I also hated feeling that way all day. Wearing it on my sleeve didn't help anything or anyone. When I decided to change my reactions and mood to bad days, my day ended up not being so bad after all. I mean, yeah...there wasn't any recovery, the day and all that was planned in it was not going to happen, but that's ok. I learn how to be a better mom; a better person when these days happen. I get a chance to grow.

So, when these days happen, I now understand they're short and I don't want to wish them away. These are the days... and you know what? I'm grateful. I'm grateful I'm a mom. I'm grateful that I have so many amazing children and I'm grateful that God entrusted all these lives to me. I can choose to be in a bad mood or make it a teaching moment, I can love my babies and make the best of it, or hate everyone and wear it on my sleeve. So on these, terrible, horrible, no good, very bad days-- I have a choice to make and I choose joy, even in the midst of madness.

Will you, too?

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Overwhelmed? I Know How to Fix it.


I truly can be the queen of overwhelmed. Eight kids can do that to you--but quite honestly, so can just  one. Heck, you can be overwhelmed without any kids! But my perspective comes from what I know and understand and that is being overwhelmed, with a ton of kids and a ton of things I COULD be doing and not knowing where, why, or how to start.

I've got a little word for you that I've applied that isn't fancy, new, or ground breaking: FOCUS. Yeah, it's a word we're all familiar with, but before you leave, give me a chance. This word is so dead-on. Without applying this little word we're all familiar with, we're like chickens with our heads cut off: frustrated, unorganized and masters at accomplishing--nothing. When I started focusing, I flourished; I thrived, I completed things! Once I started to really focus on the things I needed to get done and focused on that one task until completion, I would gain momentum. So much so, that I felt that there was nothing I couldn't accomplish.

I've coined a phrase so it's easy to remember: Stop, focus, complete, repeat. See? Easy peasy. So what I would do when the overwhelm would kick-in, I would stop, jot down what I needed to do in order of importance, and would focus on the top thing on my list and wouldn't budge until it was completely done. I'd then move on to the next thing on my list and finish it to completion and repeat. I would do this until I could finally get to the point where I could crinkle that to-do list into a ball in my fists and have the dog fetch it and chew it up. I love nothing more than getting to the point where that stuff isn't hanging over my head. Now, I could do the things I wanted to do.

So if you find yourself overwhelmed with much to-do and the mere thought of tackling it all makes you shut-down--try this: Stop, focus, complete, repeat. Yeah, you've got this! We've all got this!

Do you get overwhelmed? Do you think this will help you, too? Leave a comment and let's discuss...

Thursday, January 21, 2016

The Planner Perfect Method. Why it Keeps You Focused on What Matters.


The Planner Perfect Method. 

It's a method that I've created to allow women to live a life built off their goals and the story they want to live. This method was birthed by my mother and brought to life by me and it will not only keep your focus on what matters, but keeps you organized, creative, and prompts you to become a visionary for your own life. My mom used to sit in her favorite chair when I growing up and planned in an ordinary spiral-bound notebook. She had her planner set-up with goals and her dreams and loved to sit and write for long periods of time just dreaming about how she wanted to live. She did not want to live a life of chance, but a life of purpose, and she set to work planning out that kind of life. I remember specifically after each holiday, my mom would sit in her chair with her planner and script out all she wanted to do better for the next holiday. What decor she felt she needed to pick-up, how she wanted her table setting to change, how she might want to implement a spiritual element or bake a different cake. She was a visionary and her life inspired me. I have made this planner to preserve her idea and make it something all women can use with ease. It's life planner that isn't just a planner to harness life's to-dos, but life's dreams, goals and vision. It keeps you focused on what matters.

I want to challenge you to take a look at how you're planning now. Is it filled with just your to-dos? Has decorating your planner become your focus? If you answered yes, I want to teach you how to plan a life that is actually exciting, fulfilling and actually takes YOU somewhere instead of the other way around. You are more than your to-do list! If you don't catch and understand this now, you risk becoming a mom that begins to feel restless and searching for something more. This in turn will make you feel guilty because after all, motherhood is the highest calling there is. But, if you're not careful and you just pour yourself into your motherhood for years and years while subconsciously not understanding the importance of finding your identity outside of motherhood, you'll be lost; restless. If not now, you soon will be. God intended for you to know your purpose outside being your children's mother. This doesn't mean you have to go to work outside the home to fulfill your calling. On the contrary. You can know your purpose, your calling and use your talents and it will fit into your mothering, beautifully. Actually, this takes your motherhood to a whole new level of greatness. You'll be excited that there is even more to you than you even thought and you can use it while home and use it for your family's good, too. Your children and husband get to see a woman and mom with talents and learn from you, perhaps even sharing the same love. You are an influence--be sure to be a woman that knows who God made her to be so you can be equipped to show them that they, too, have a purpose and talents and God has a plan for them too. What a better way to show your children God's plan for each of us by seeing it manifested in YOU!

The Planner Perfect Method and set-up is simple, yet will change your life.  Each month in your planner is sectioned off with your month's calendar, month's goal section and then there is your day-to-day planning. This is how each of your 12 months are set-up and will enable you to plan month specific goals and give you practice each month to be a visionary for your life! For more on how I use my method and plan books, check out my youtube channel where I show you the set-up. After a huge love affair with the ring binder, I now have a love for the Travelers Notebook using my plan books that I've created that implements my method, perfectly. My youtube channel shows you how to use them, be sure to check it out. But don't be dismayed if your a ring-bound, girl. I have a video for you too. Ring-bound planning is part of my humble beginnings, it has a special place in my heart.

If you do not know your identity outside of your motherhood, this needs to be your first objective. By seeking and unearthing your calling, you'll find your planner taking on a whole new level of promise for you, holding you accountable and pushing you toward personal growth. It keeps you focused on what truly matters. Your vision for your life...

Stay-tuned for the next post in the series. So glad you stopped by, we've got a lot to cover.

xx jenny