New Year, New You

New Year, New You

Tools To Help Guide the Way

Last year I wanted to make some changes in my life. I dove deeper into the bible and created a profound and meaningful relationship with Jesus. I also started reading and listening to books that would change my mindset. I realized the things I struggle with, self-doubt, being authentic, and being vulnerable in any form, and I am working towards correcting them. I have been doing a lot of self-reflection and, though I am still a work in progress, I have learned so much about myself and why I feel and think the way I do. I wanted to share a few resources that helped me to be a better version of myself!

One app that really helped me to dive deeper in to the bible was my, You Version Bible App. The app is awesome because not only can you read the bible from your phone, but you can listen, highlight, make notes, and create images out of the scriptures. They offer tons of bible plans, for all ages, that you can choose to do alone or with friends. Juliet and I use it in our home school bible class and the boys and I do our own bible plans at night before bed. You Version also tracks your bible activity so you can see how many days you spend in the bible. This has helped me stay on track with my bible reading goals.

One of my favorite books that has helped me see my self in a new light is the audio book, Girl, Stop Apologizing. As I mentioned in one of my previous posts, this book was such an eye-opener for me in many ways. The book is narrated by the author, Rachel Hollis, and she does a wonderful job at knocking you upside the head with convicting truth about why we, as women, need to get out of our comfort zones and start chasing the things we desire so we can live our best lives. She is so motivating and so relatable that she makes it easy to hear these things about ourselves. I have to admit, at some points, I felt like she was speaking directly to me! I think every woman should read this, and if you are a man who needs some encouragement jammed into your head as well, this book will do it!

I just finished an Audible original called, Take Control of Your Life, by Mel Robbins. In this audio book, Mel takes us along as she dives deep into coaching sessions with six individuals and gives us awesome takeaways that we can apply to our own lives to help us stop living in fear and start changing our mindsets! I learned so much about myself listening to this audio book. Mel asks us to name our biggest fear and to recognize what our bodies do in response so we can change our reaction to fear. I saw a little of myself in all the sessions and learned some great tips on how to move forward in different situations.

If you are looking to start your new year off on the right foot, I recommend these resources. The first step in changing your direction in this new year is carving out time to spend in God’s word and learning practical ways to apply it to your everyday life. After that, do some self reflection and take a look at yourself, admit what needs to be changed, then arm your self with the tools to get it done. Lastly, motivation is key, but you can leave that part to Rachel and Mel!

Sunset on the lake

Happy New Year

Happy New Year

I hope everyone enjoyed their holidays, I took a little time off to focus on my family and travel back to New Mexico for Christmas. I am so ready for this new year and all the blessings coming. I have to brag on myself a little because this last year is the first year I resolved to do something and stuck with it. I suppose I should thank my Jesus for giving me the hunger for his word and gracefully keeping me on track with little nudges of conviction when I would start to drag my feet. I should thank him for the wilderness and for removing all the distractions because He knew I needed to completely focus on him.

I am still out here in the wilderness. Out here in nowhere Oklahoma, but I am happy to be here knowing that God has a plan and he has great things in store for us this year. I am so excited for the big changes coming our way. Many of you know that we have been on the road for about 4 years and our time on the road has been really rough on my girls. We decided that this would most likely be the last year we do this because this lifestyle is just not working for them anymore. Juliet is a teen now and she wants stability and friends. Tatyana is at a place where she just needs to have more of us more often so we are working on getting back home. God knows what we desire and what is best for us all so I am trusting him to lead us there. I think its good timing for my boys as well because they are getting bigger and I am not sure how much more this RV can take of these wildlings!

This will be a huge change in our lives and I am not sure if I will long for the road or never want to leave my house again, lol, but I am excited for the next part of our adventure and I am going to enjoy the heck out of this last year as a full time RV’r!