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New Beginnings: Resolute Resources

Perhaps one of your resolutions this year was to spend less time on technology, which in my opinion isn’t a bad a resolution! But, at the same time, I think that there are some technological resources available to help you achieve more of your goals this year. I want to share just a few that I have been either looking at or using recently.

1. Exercise

My favorite resource for staying fit so far in 2013 is POP Pilates on Youtube (for girls!). What I really like about this is that there is a wide range of videos that are simple, upbeat, a good workout, and of different lengths. I did complete a month of Insanity earlier this year (which consisted of about 40 minute workouts), and I had stopped that because I simply did not have the time. So, I figured that if I wanted to do something sustainable, I needed to start short. The Pilates videos range from 10-30 minutes, and they do not require any equipment. So, if you are looking for something to get into to help build a habit of working out, I really suggest checking out this channel!!

2. Faith

I had really wanted to find a way to motivate myself to read my Bible more in 2013, and I have really been loving this app from iTunes. Faithlife allows you to connect with other people and follow a Bible Reading plan together (you can choose from several available reading plans.) The app shows you where to read each day and marks when you have finished. You can also add notes and share them with your community group. On top of all of that, there are a lot of in-app resources like pictures, videos, free books, etc.

3. Language

This app is awesome!! Duolingo is one of the best language learning apps I have ever seen. I have really enjoyed it so far for refreshing my Spanish, but I am hoping to start French very soon as well.

4. Social Networking

Maybe this isn’t a goal for you, but I know for myself, I want to get better at keeping up with blogs and twitter for professional development purposes as well as for work on my own blog. So, the app that I have been really enjoying for this purpose is Flipboard. Flipboard takes the blogs, tweeters, RSS feeds, and Youtube channels you follow (as well as other popular or trending topics) and puts them into a beautifully designed layout that is really easy to read quickly and gives you easy access to the original articles as well. If you have an iPad, I especially recommend it as the iPad app is really nicely laid out and useful.

5. Goal-setting

This final resource I wanted to share was one that I stole from my friend over at the Everyday Language Learner. I have actually just signed up tonight, so I can’t give an in depth review yet, but it looks like a pretty cool program. The program is called AskMeEvery. Basically, you sign up for an account, and then you enter questions that you would like to be asked every day. They can be yes or no questions, but they can also be numerical questions. For example, I have entered these questions:

  1. How many pages did you read in Turkish today? 
  2. Did you do pilates?
  3. Did you read your Bible?

You set the time, and every day at that time, the program will send an email asking you those questions. You simply reply to the email, and the program can keep track of your statistics and chart them out over time. I will have to see how the program works out for me, but it sounds like a great idea!

What resources are you using to help yourself achieve your goals this year? I’d love your suggestions!! Leave them in the comments below!

New Beginnings: Change? What’s the Point?

I’ve decided that one way to pursue some of my goals for this blog would best be achieved by blogging on themes each month. I’m pretty excited about it!! I’m going to start off in January with the theme: New Beginnings. My goal is to include several of my own posts, some creative writing, some interviews with other bloggers, and some resources for you to check out. If you’d like to join along and link up your blog or if you’d like to be part of a blogger interview, contact me!

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Change, What’s the Point?

Well, it’s January. I know, from a brief perusal of facebook, twitter, youtube, and the rest of the world wide web, that I’m not the only one who is excited and motivated tochange some things. I’m not the only one to make goals for various areas of my life. I also know that I’m not the only who has already or will soon break some of those goals. How many resolutions have you ever really kept the whole year? I’m not saying that I never keep any resolutions, or that no one does. Rather, we usually find a way to keep one or two, and sooner or later the others fall by the wayside. So, why do we try? Why do we play this game every year? Is it worth setting goals over and over? I think yes, but why?

Let me start with a challenge. When making goals for your life, don’t just look at the things that you aren’t happy with, the things that you want to change. Take a minute to notice the things that you have changed, the areas that you have improved in as well. At times, New Years can become both thrilling, but also disappointing because you notice yourself making all of the same resolutions over again. Be sure to be thankful for the areas of growth and encouraged that you really can make changes.

So, why change? Well, we are human. We aren’t perfect, we haven’t arrived, and we won’t in this lifetime. But, that isn’t an excuse to sit around and let ourselves believe that just because we cannot be perfect, we shouldn’t try to improve in areas that are important to us. Isn’t there a feeling of exhilaration when you actually do start to notice progress in your life towards a goal? Isn’t it exciting? Why not work towards that? We need to also realize that God has given us this life, and everything that we have in it, and we have a responsibility to use this life and these gifts for His glory. When you frame your life by God’s story, then it makes sense why we need to be healthy, why we should be smart with our finances, and why we should strive towards better habits.

Another important factor as to why we should work towards change is that one of the unique factors of being human is that God has given us the capacity to dream and be creative. When God created us in His image, creativity was one of the essences that He gave to us that He did not give to every creature. If God gave that willingly to us, I think that it is safe to say that He intends for us to use it. God is not against us dreaming and striving towards bigger things. The key is that our dreams and goals are in line with his character and glory. Don’t let others limit the dreams that God has given to you.

A final note, is what to do when we fail? Doesn’t that prove that it’s not worth trying to change in the first place? No. It doesn’t. Failing is a blessing in disguise. Of course failing is not what we aim for, but when we fail, it is a gracious reminder that we are human, and that we are now a part of this world that is full of failures and disgraces. The beauty of that is not in the failures, but in the remedy. Christ came because of failure. Christ died because we messed up. Failures remind us of our limitations, our humanity, our shortcomings, and they point us towards a redeemer, a hope, a better Forgiver. By falling, we can get back up.

I hope that you are excited about this new year. I hope you are excited about turning a page in the story and chasing after the things that God has for you in 2013.

What is your biggest goal for 2013? Check back Friday, because I’m going to be sharing some great resources to help you achieve some of your goals this year!!

Happy New Year!!

2013 has descended upon us! Happy New Year! I hope that you enjoyed a blessed New Year and were able to celebrate with friends and family. This is such an exciting time of life, with a blank year laid out before us in which our stories will be unfolded. Isn’t it crazy to look forward on a new year, and realize that you have no idea what will happen, but to acknowledge the fact that you are an actor is this great story of life? I’m excited.

And, of course, what would New Year’s be without new goals and aspirations? You know, I am sometimes hesitant about making goals, simply because I know how bad I can be at keeping them. But, falling isn’t really a reason not to go forward, it’s even more reason to keep trying and pushing and working. What are your goals for 2013? I won’t share all of mine, because I feel like just about every aspect of my life is lacking, and so there are a lot of things I would like to improve, but I will share a few with you.

Goals for 2013:

  1. I would like to submit at least 4 poems or short stories to magazines or competitions this year.
  2. I would like to read and review 50 books. (Sound familiar?)
  3. I would like to build this blog into something a little bigger, a little more user-friendly, and a little more helpful.
  4. I would like to learn how to plan better for meals and home organization.
  5. I would like to become fluent in Turkish!

So, those are a few goals I am hoping to work towards this year. You may have noticed that I have rearranged the blog a little. That was something I’d been hoping to work on for the last week or so, and I finally had time to do it! So, some posts have been deleted, some have been re-categorized, and the tabs at the top of the page are a bit different. I plan to continue writing book reviews frequently, and I would also like to continue to write flash fiction and poetry, but you will find them in the Journal section now. Hopefully the others are mostly self explanatory, with the exception of CIO – Check It Out! This is where I will be putting posts with links or videos that I am sharing from other sites. Finally, I’m hoping to write a bit more on Home (organizing and food) and Travel (tips and stories) this year. So, I just thought I’d give a quick run-down on those so that you knew what to expect.

Well, I’m off to eat some New Year Pancakes and enjoy the day off!! Hope you are all having a great start to 2013. I’m excited about the journey!!