3 FREE ways to earn money on your phone

We all have different reasons for making some side money. Maybe you’re trying to pay off debt. Maybe you’re doing alright financially, but you want a bit more margin between income and budget. Maybe you want to treat yourself without dipping into your usual income. No matter the reason I think we can all agree a bit of extra is never a bad thing!

You’re here because you saw there’s FREE ways to earn money from your phone — you are a smart cookie! Apps are a beautiful thing and do you know what’s even more fantastic!? You’ll be earning money by doing things you’re likely already doing! So might as well get paid, right!? That’s a no brainer. Lets get these apps downloaded and you on your way to earning some cash!

#1 Ibotta

Yes, you’ve heard about this one before because it was one of my October Favorites! If you aren’t familiar with Ibotta you can go to that post to learn a bit more about it, but basically it’s an app that gives rebates for shopping certain items. Not every single store is available, but it’s a good bet you do shop with at least one of the stores.

Create your shopping list (I usually just do this for groceries, but places like Target, Amazon, and Kohls are on there as well) and then check which items are offered on Ibotta — simple! I make my list first so I’m not adding in a bunch of unnecessary items which would defeat the purpose. Pay attention to the available bonuses as well. You can earn additional bonuses depending on things like number of offers redeemed, certain products purchased, and referring friends to earn money through rebates too!

After 2 shopping trips I earned $37.25 by taking advantage of the Ibotta offers and bonuses. You can withdraw your earnings by cash (Venmo or Paypal) or various giftcards. Almost $40 for something I need to do anyways?? Yes, please!

If you’d like to try Ibotta you can sign up through the link here! A $10 welcome gift is waiting for you!

#2 Swagbucks

This app/website is super easy money! It’s easy, but it’s not quick money. It does require some work and attention, but otherwise it’s very simple. You earn “swagbucks” (1 swagbuck = 1 penny) through various activities such as watching videos, answering surveys, shopping sites from Swagbucks, entering swag codes and participating in site wide challenges.

A penny at a time doesn’t sound like it would add up to much, but it does! Since starting in late October (and not really taking it “seriously” until November) I have earned a $25 Amazon gift card which went towards a Christmas present 😉 You’re surfing the web or on your phone pretty much 99% of the time, might as well earn some spending money in the background.

When I have downtime I’ll open a tab for Swagbucks to run the videos or set aside some time to focus on attempting a survey. I will tell you that I don’t qualify for many of the surveys, but overall I’ve had good success with them. They don’t take much time, so it’s definitely worth a shot.

There’s more tips and tricks I can share with you personally if you’re interested — I’ve picked up on some helpful things along the way that’s helping me earn more and make the most of my free time!

If you’re interested in earning some extra money for the holidays coming up or just as a treat for yourself, try it out by signing up here! You’ll get a $3 bonus once you earn 300SB.

#3 Achievement

This is an app I actually found through Swagbucks and I like it! I do wish I could earn money faster, but the reason I use it is because I’m earning money for something I would be doing anyways, similar to the thought behind using Ibotta.

Achievement rewards you for healthy activities! I linked it to my Fitbit, so it automatically syncs each day based on my healthy activities. I’ve been earning points (that go towards earning cash) from my sleep, water, and steps. Every so often there are available offers that you can earn points from as well.

10,000 points can be redeemed for $10. It’ll take some time to earn that, but if you’re wearing a fitness tracker anyways, might as well connect it to the app and start earning towards your $10. It’s mindless as far as work put into the app, so I’m okay with it taking longer. Ready to set it and forget it?? Get started with Achievement by signing up here! You’ll get 500 points right off the bat just for signing up! 🙂

What are your favorite free apps or websites for earning some extra money!? 

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A time for letting go

I am not a fan of the cold weather. Usually about this time of year I start craving spring for its warmth (even though we just got out of the heat…) and fresh life. But each year I start appreciating fall a bit more.

I enjoy change. I’m not always good at it, but I welcome it. It’s nice to move into a new season. Plus haven’t we missed the pumpkin flavored everything!?

Each season brings different messages and teaches us new things. One season will never last forever! In order to grow into our potential we need to move through the seasons and be open to the lessons.

Something I’m learning more and more about this season is letting go.

Surrender.

As we walk through life, we pick up and carry things. Some of these things are beautiful. Sweet memories. Relationships. Love. Achievements. Some we wish we could forget — ones that are no longer serving us. But it’s hard to let things go. Even when we really want to.

I struggle with letting go. Letting go of the mess in my house in favor of rest. Letting go of the need to be right in favor of repairing the relationship. Letting go of hurt in favor of forgiving and moving on. Letting go of the comparisons in favor of peace and contentment. I hold so tightly to the things that aren’t serving me that I don’t have the space for the things that do. Why can’t I just let go??

Because it’s hard. Messy. Scary. I don’t know how to let go. And what if when I do it’s not any better? I’ll feel out of control, but still in the same spot. Maybe I’ll even be worse off. Maybe it’s not worth it. Maybe I just can’t do it. So maybe I’ll continue to hold on…

I don’t want to deal with it. Isn’t it just easier that way? Continue to push it back as it gets heavier and heavier. But it needs to be dealt with. The baggage, whatever I need to let go of, never just affects me. It leaks out.

Right now, the leaves are demonstrating how it’s done. It’s an expected part of the season and it’s beautiful.

Let go of my self doubts and limiting beliefs.

Let go of my unrealistic expectations of myself and those around me.

Let go of that weight I’ve been carrying.

I will walk lighter and it’ll feel good. It’s not our natural tendency to surrender. If you’re a self proclaimed control freak like me, that’s the hardest thing to do. But there’s beauty and freedom in the surrender.

It’s not my job to carry it around until it’s fixed. I don’t think that’s how it even works. It only becomes heavier and heavier. But I know what will work. If I learn from it and lay it down at His feet. Let go. Surrender.

Enjoy the season of letting go. As you’re admiring the vibrant leaves falling everywhere, ask yourself “what do I need to let go?” You don’t have to carry it any longer. What you carry with you will never be able to compare to what Jesus gives you. Peace, joy, freedom are with Him. Freedom is so much sweeter than our own baggage prison ❤

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5 steps to survive a busy season

Busy seasons — we’ve all been there. Maybe it’s college finals, planning a wedding, going back to school, a career change, or anything else that demands most of your time and attention.

They often lead to that burnout feeling. We’re exhausted, we’re drained, we’re weak. I’ve been there and I’m back in the busy season right now. I don’t always do it gracefully or avoid burnout completely, but I have learned lessons along the way that help me keep it together. Here are my top 5 steps to survive a busy season without (or at least with minimal) burnout.

#1: Take care of yourself!

This is number one because it’s absolutely the most important! You can’t do anything well if you aren’t first taking care of yourself. You know the ole mask on an airplane thing — if the plane has an emergency put your oxygen mask on before helping others. You can’t be much good to anyone else if you’re passed out, or in this case, burnt out.

Focus on the 3 major areas: sleep, nutrition/water, exercise. I know exactly what you’re thinking because its gone through my mind too… “I don’t have time!” I’m going to help you find more time in the next few steps, but first lets transform that mindset. When you’re extremely busy, likely the first thing to go will be one (or all) of those 3 things. We’re busy so we stay up extra late, grab drive through dinner, and skip any sort of exercise. How does that make you feel though?? It makes me feel even worse. I’m not saying you have to spend 2 hours in the gym, fix up a fancy meal, and sleep 12 hours, but you should do the bare minimum of what makes you feel best.

Keep a water bottle with you to refill throughout your day. Water actually does make us feel more energized and the hydration is good for your entire system! Incorporate easy, healthy meals into your days — maybe salads with different ingredients you have on hand or a crockpot chili. Those won’t take up too much extra time, but you’ll feel so much better AND save time and money in the process by avoiding the drive through lines. An intense workout may not be what your body needs when it’s super busy, but a 20-30 minute walk can do the trick. Download a good podcast and get some fresh air. It’ll clear your mind and even help you sleep better at night.

#2: Plan ahead

Plan your clothes and meals. This is the biggest time saver for me! Each day that I have a commitment to be somewhere (work, class, an event, etc) I prepare my outfit and my meals the night before. At the foot of our bed I lay out everything I need for my outfit including shoes and accessories. This saves an enormous amount of time in the morning when I’m getting ready. What takes me max 5 minutes at night could take me 20 minutes or more in the morning if I’m unprepared. Have you ever tried to pick out an outfit when you’re in a rush?? It’s nearly impossible and you just make yourself late and frustrated, which is the last thing you need in a busy season!

Same thing goes for my meals. First, I determine which meals I’ll need to eat out of the house. I prefer to eat breakfast later in the day, so usually I need to pack at least breakfast and lunch for a work day. Lately I’ve also had night classes right after work, so I need dinner too. Next, I put together my food in my lunch box and leave it in the fridge to be grabbed in the morning. I used to just leave all food items in the fridge individually, but I feel much more organized and am less likely to forget something when I pack it all together ahead of time.

This is also where meal prepping comes in! I usually spend some time on Sunday preparing food that can be eaten throughout the week and I’ll put meals together as much as I can. Frozen food options and go to meals are your best friend! Meal planning and prepping deserves its own blog post, what do you think?? 

#3: Automate what you can

For us, the big one here is bill payments. I think I finally have as many of our bills as I can on auto draft! There are still a few that I pay manually for whatever reason, but the majority are drafted from our account automatically. I still check our accounts each day, but this keeps me from having to actually log into every bill account and manually pay. Doesn’t seem like much, but I’m all about saving time and energy wherever I can!

If you’re anything like me, you can become a bit scattered when you’re super busy and the days fly by. You don’t want to wake up one day and the shower won’t turn on because you accidentally forgot to pay the water bill (this has happened to us once and never again).

There may be other tasks in your day-to-day that you can automate as well. I encourage it, especially in this busy season! What other areas do you or will you automate to free up time? I’d love to hear any of your tips in the comments!

#4: Say “no” more often

I know this sounds harsh, but you cannot do everything. It’s hard to say no, but it’s important to protect your precious time and energy. When you say yes to one thing, you’re saying no to everything else. In a busy season, be extra sure that you’re reserving your “yes” for the very best things.

You may even need to back out of accepted commitments. I’m not a fan of going back on your word or standing someone up, but there are times that it’s necessary. If you decide you need to change a “yes” to a “no,” do it as early as possible and be honest. Most people will understand. Try to avoid doing that in the future by checking your calendar and being absolutely sure before agreeing to something.

You’re probably in or close to survival mode in a busy season and time is your most valuable asset. If you do find yourself with extra time, it’s helpful to have already set your priorities (such as taking care of yourself and spending time with your spouse). You know best, so spend your time wisely.

#5: Weekly recharge & listen

Schedule a weekly recharge for yourself and listen to what your body needs. Depending on your personality type or how your week has been, this recharge may be some quiet time alone or a fun afternoon out with friends. There is no right or wrong answer here! Having a recharge on your calendar each week will give you something to look forward to and help keep burnout at bay. You’re not likely to burnout when you’re re-energized, right!?

This recharge might be a date with your spouse, a relaxing bubble bath, an afternoon of hiking, a gym class, time to be creative with writing or art — maybe even try something different each week. The possibilities are endless! The important thing is to actually schedule it. Look at your calendar for the week and carve out an hour or 2 by making an appointment with yourself. This can even tie into step 1 because it’s something you’re doing to care for yourself. See how I did that?? 😉


I know it’s not always this clear-cut and simple to do, but do the best you can. You’re more capable than you know and I’m sure you’ll flourish no matter how crazy it gets! No season, no matter how busy it is, can last forever. You know what they say… this too shall pass. You CAN do it! I’m walking with you through it and cheering you on every step of the way.

Lets help each other. I’d love to hear any of your busy season tips and tricks in the comments. It becomes a bit easier when we do it together. 

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Oct Progress & Nov Goals

Welcome, November!

The weather here in North Carolina is finally starting to get on board with fall, although it’s currently 73 degress… still trying to make sweater weather work. Halloween has come and gone which means it’s the beginning of the holiday thrill!! This is my favorite time of year: Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years/my birthday! Lots of family time, holiday parties, and full schedules are coming, but there’s still plenty of time to make progress on your goals before 2018! So, here we go Powersheets!!

October Progress

Monthly Goals

  • Contentment — Contentment in my life is still going strong. I feel like I’m breaking the chains that materialism had on me. I used to feel the need to buy (impulsive purchases were the worst). By focusing on this and setting goals with Eric, I’ve put a gap between me and the need to spend. Although there are things I want, I am content with what I have.
  • Wise finances — This goes hand in hand contentment. We were mostly wise in our spending, much better than months in the past. We’re focusing on the big picture goal and using that as a guide instead of going with the immediate gratification. Win!
  • Let go! Surrender — I am not the best at surrendering. In fact, I really prefer being in control. But I did make progress each day letting go of the things I cannot control and giving it to God. It’s slowly sinking in that it’s not all up to me.
  • Blog growth opportunity — I’m really excited about this one! I absolutely love blogging and connecting with you through my words here on this platform. I had fallen off a bit, unsure of the direction, but over the last month I’ve gained clarity and knowledge about WordPress. I’m thrilled to see how this blog and community evolves!
  • Cultivate community — I’ve been working on creating community both in person and online. This blog serves as a form of commuity and I’ve relaunched my Facebook “like page” to cultivate community in that space as well. I connected with friends by getting together in person, phone calls, texts, etc and made new friends. Community is so important to me and I want to surround myself with amazing people.
  • Prepare for small group — So excited for this! It’s interesting that these monthly goals really compliment each other well. To further cultivate community, my husband and I alongside another married couple will be launching a new small group in January! It’s something I’ve never done before, but I’m so grateful for the opportunity to co-lead. We’ve gotten details ironed out and met with our area pastor for some fellowship and training. It’s going to be awesome!!

Weekly Goals

  • Connect with Eric — This is challenging with our busy schedules, but we did our best. Often times it meant late night chats after work or Netflix episodes (we’re finally getting into Stranger Things!) when we should be sleeping, but we’re making it work.
  • Drink only water (at least 100oz/day) — I didn’t drink only water like the first half of the goal stated, but I did focus on my water consumption and met my 100oz goal most days.
  • Morning routine — Still a challenge for me, so it’s getting moved to the “daily goal” section for November. My morning varies day to day depending on which community I’m working in and what I have going on after work. I think it would help me if I better determined what this morning routine should look like, so I’ll put that together today. All in all, I was happy if I did my devotional and took a walk with Stella and Eric. Working on getting rid of the phone habit first thing.
  • Enthusiasm & growth at work — I’m learning more and more each day! I’m settled into my two communities, so now I’m focused on learning more about them and how I can better serve our customers in their home search.

Daily Goals

  • Worship & Praise — Achieved 30/31 days
  • Active body — Achieved 27/31 days
  • Meditate — Achieved 28/31 days
  • Nurture plants — Achieved 23/31 days

I feel good about these daily goals. None of them were perfectly completed, but that’s totally okay because the point isn’t to be perfect. The point is to make progress and I definitely believe I did. Instead of getting too caught up in the details, I’m focusing on overall wellness and joy. Worship & praise and being active may look a bit different every day, but I think the flexibility is what’s keeping me going instead of being too rigid and shutting down. Sometimes our goals don’t get accomplished in the way we expected.

October had the potential to be really hectic, and I guess in some ways it was, but it was also so good! I’m loving the fall weather and true change in season. Fall reminds us that it’s important to let go of what’s old to make space for what’s to come. We can trust in the goodness ahead!

November Goals

Monthly Goals

  • Surrender — Let go!
  • Gratitude
  • Small group prep
  • Pay off credit cards
  • $1,000 in savings — Emergency Fund
  • Post Licensing classes (2)
  • 2,000 likes on blog’s Like Page

Weekly Goals

  • Love Eric well
  • Encourage someone
  • Increase knowledge + confidence at work
  • Blog post

Daily Goals

  • Active body
  • Morning routine
  • Prayer
  • Meditate
  • Plant care

I’m so ready to FLOURISH in November and make progress on these goals! I’m moving closer and closer to the big goals I have and that’s so exciting. Remember, little by little progress adds up. If you keep taking one step after another you will get where you want to be as long as you don’t stop. You got this!!!

What are you working towards accomplishing in November!?

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How to Set Up Your Budget

Budgeting isn’t sexy or fun, but it is oh so necessary… Unless you want to continue wondering where all your hard earned money went! Because you’re here, I know you’re the kind of person that wants to flourish in every area of your life — finances are a major component that flows into every other area!

Ask anyone who has gotten out of debt and built wealth what the biggest key to their success is and they will tell you the same thing: budget. Creating and sticking to a budget gives you the control to tell your money where you want it to go instead of it going where it wants (which is usually out of your wallet).

I am not a budget expert, but I have incorporated a budget into my life that I’ve stuck with for the last 3 or so years. It has changed and evolved of course, but I’ve remained friends with my trusty budget and it’s literally paid off throughout life’s changes.

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A glimpse at our monthly budget without the dollar amounts

Now lets get your budget created! To start, grab a piece of paper and a pen — we’re going to set up the outline to your budget by answering 6 questions. Are you ready!?

  1. Are you creating this budget for yourself or your family? Another way to ask is, are you married or single? Either way, the overall idea will be the same, but depending on your situation, the individual elements will be different. For example, if you’re married and your spouse has a car payment, that item needs to be on your family budget, but your boyfriend’s car payment wouldn’t be on your budget — make sense? This answer will also come into play with #6.
  2. What income do you bring in? Our income varies each month because Eric works as a server and mine can vary with commission. We have a base line amount and track what we’re actually bringing in each week. This is important because your income must outweigh your budget with any excess going towards your goals. Your income to budget ratio may tell you that you need to pick up a side job. Knowledge is power!
  3. What are your bills? What are their amounts and due dates? If this is your first time putting everything down on paper it may be hard to think about, but just start writing down every payment you can think of. This includes things like utilities, rent/mortgage, student loan payment, phone plan, insurance, gas, groceries — any payment you need to make each month. I make note if the bill is set up with auto draft (by using an asterik*), if it’s a varied or fixed amount (pinkish purple box), and I list them in order of their due date. You may prefer to list in order of priority. Either way will work.
  4. What debt do you owe? This is scary to do, but it’s important to know what you’re up against. Calcuate all of your debt. Student loans, car loans, credit cards, etc. Once you shed the light on your debt monster, you’ll be better prepared to attack it! This amount will shrink each month and you’ll be able to watch your progress.
  5. What are you spending? Sometimes we find ourselves wondering: where the heck did all that money go?? Track your spending. Tracking will allow you to identify where you can cut back and where each dollar is actually going. A lot of your money may be going towards bills, but if you’re not making progress on your financial goals, the excess is likely going everywhere else. Another benefit of tracking is that it’ll hold you more accountable to your budget — do you really want to spend that extra money on shoes or a meal out when it could be better used towards debt??
  6. What are your financial goals? I’ve mentioned goals throughout the previous questions, so they must be important. Set your goals! Do you want to be debt free by a certain date? Do you want to have a certain amount of money saved up? Do you want to pay off your house or car? I’m sure you have dreams, but until you write down your goals, they will continue to stay just that- dreams. I want to see those dreams become reality for you! 

This is the blueprint, but actually creating the foundation is up to you! It doesn’t matter how you create and manage your budget as long as you are consistant in sticking to it. A spreadsheet in GoogleDocs (as seen above) is what works for us, but we have friends that prefer using an app such as Every Dollar, Mint, You Need a Budget, and Good Budget. They all have the same purpose, so try something out to see what works. It may take some time to work out the kinks, but stick with it. It’ll take about 3 months for you to really nail down your budget and get comfortable, so if it’s not clicking right away, don’t worry!

Also, don’t be afraid to adjust as necessary based on your progress towards your goals. Things may come up where you have to tighten the budget or you meet goals and can relax a bit. Push yourself, but not so intensly that you give up. Consistency is key here!! Check in with your budget often and roll with it. I know you can do it!

Budgeting is the #1 way to financial freedom. It’s a plan that’ll take you from where you are now to where you want to be. Freedom, peace, ease, joy, relaxation — these can be your truth when you’re financially healthy. You have everything you need to be successful! Are you ready for it!?

Share: Do you have a budget? If not, when will you set aside time to answer these questions and create one? You’re on your way to financial freedom!

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Monthly Favorites | October

One of my favorite ways to discover new things that make my life easier and more enjoyable is through personal referrals. We cut cable over a year ago, so I’m exposed to a lot less commercials. It’s wonderful, but I also feel out of the loop when it comes to what’s “new.” So I thought this would be a fun series to do each month as I’m finding and using things I love. This is not sponsored (although wouldn’t that be nice??), just sharing my opinion in hopes that it helps you! 

With that being said, each month I’ll share a handful of my favorite things — these may be podcasts, apps, beauty products, books, music, food, restaurants — the opportunities are endless. In the spirit of supporting one another, I’d love to read your favorites in the comments below. Enjoy this month’s favorites!

App: Simple Habit

I’ve been trying to get into a routine of meditation for a while now and was having a hard time finding something I can stick with. I enjoy guided meditations since I’m still very new to mindfulness and need the guidance. I wanted something that wasn’t going to be too long, but also feel effective in the time spent.

Simple Habit fits the search. Most of the meditations are about 5 minutes — the perfect amount of time because I always can find an extra 5 minutes in my day. There are different focuses such as meditation to boost energy, sleep better, ease anxiety and even ones to learn how to meditate. Learning the basics has been especially helpful for me so I can feel more confident during my practice.

When developing a new habit, the most important thing is consistency. The app tracks your current day strek, total sessions, and total minutes of meditation. Being able to see my progress and get “awards” for hitting certain day streaks motivates me to keep going. The app is free, but you can purchase a membership to unlock unlimited access to all the meditations. I’ve been happy with the free one so far, but have been thinking about investing in the unlimited.

App: MinimaList

I am a huge list person. I love making to do lists mostly because if I don’t, I’ll forget everything. There is way too much going on inside my head for me to remember most of the time. Instead of worrying about it and constantly trying to recall things I need to remember, I make a list. I don’t usually have paper and pen on me, but I always have my phone!

I discovered this app a while ago and I’m especially loving it in this busy season of life. There’s not extra frills and fluff that would get in your way, just a quick and easy place to jot down anything you need to. Plus it gives you the satisfaction of crossing items out when they’re complete! I have it set as a widget on my iPhone’s side screen, so it’s super accessible.

Items big or small I’m able to get out of my head and down to somewhere that I’ll actually remember. I reference this list a lot to make sure I don’t miss anything. It’s helped me stay more organized and on top of things — if I have free time I look at my list to see what I can accomplish and nothing gets forgotten. Win win!

App: Ibotta

I’m really into apps this month apparently, but when used wisely, they make life so much better! Ibotta is an app I use to get money back on my shopping trips. I actually signed up for an account 4 years ago, but for whatever reason I didn’t get into it back then. I’m kicking myself now for all the cash rebates I’ve missed out on since then!

It’s really easy to use! You can find different cash rebates available on products at your favorite stores. Make your shopping list and then just add the items you want to “my offers” and shop! Of course every item you’re needing won’t have a rebate, but I’m sure many of your needed grocery items are included. Once you’re done shopping, redeem your receipt. You’ll just need to take a picture of your receipt and then verify the offers by scanning the barcodes of the items. Don’t worry, it sounds complicated, but the app walks you through it!

I used it yesterday and got $4 in rebates at Harris Teeter. Doesn’t sound like much, but I go grocery shopping at least once weekly and that all adds up! You can even use it while you’re shopping online. You’re going to be shopping, might as well get rewarded for it! If you’d like to try Ibotta you can sign up through the link here. That is a referral link for me and $10 welcome gift for you 🙂

Fitbit: Charge 2 HR

It’s safe to say I’m obsessed with my Fitbit. Health and wellness are really important to me and what you track improves. I got an Apple Watch for Christmas last year and while it was cool and looked nice, it didn’t offer the fitness tracking features I wanted. My Fitbit offers everything I wanted at a more afforable price.

I mainly use it for tracking my steps and activity, but it does so much more than that. Every hour it buzzes to remind me to move if I haven’t gotten at least 250 steps in that hour which I love because some days I’m so busy or focused that I don’t realize how little I’ve moved. It also celebrates with confetti when I’ve hit my daily step goal (11,000 steps!) I love the encouragement! Through the Fitbit app I’m able to participate in challenges with other Fitbit friends so that adds a little healthy competition. Sleeping has been a struggle for me whether I’m just going to bed too late or waking up too many times in the night. My sleep is monitored and I’m able to track progress and get a better idea of what happened when I wake up exhausted or well rested.

I definitely move a lot more and do a better job with my wellness in general by using my Fitbit regularly. My movement, sleep, water consumption, and stress levels have improved. It’s nice to have a device that’ll keep track of it for me and hold me accountable.

Podcast: The Dave Ramsey Show

I’ve heard of Dave Ramsey and I’m familiar with his Financial Peace University program, but I’ve recently become an avid listener of his podcast. He takes calls from listeners that have financial based questions and he answers them without sugar coating anything. His personality can be a bit abrasive to some, but he definitely knows what he’s talking about and isn’t afraid to give the tough love to people that need it.

My mind is being transformed by his principles and I’m starting to see money and our future in a totally different way. It’s a bit overwhelming to take it all in, but it’s given me hope that we can build a healthy and abundant financial life. Money is one of the biggest strains on marriage and I want to avoid that stress as much as we possibly can. Eric and I are learning to work together towards a common goal and use will power when it comes to spending. We’re a team and although we’re not yet where we want to be, it’s an amazing feeling to look ahead and know we can get there! We also ordered his book Total Money Makeover, so it’s lots of Dave in our house.

If you’re needing money guidance (lets be real, we all do) give this show a listen. You can listen on the podcast app on your phone and it’s also on some radio stations (people local to Raleigh, it’s usually on 106.1 around 6pm). Be educated and encouraged in your finances!

 

Well that’s all for October! I hope this is beneficial for you — so much fun for me to put together and I look foward to sharing next month. What favorites do you have!? Leave a comment — I’d love to check it out ❤ 

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Book Review | Love That Lasts

I’ve never done anything like this before, but I’m so excited to share this with you because this book is seriously good! I came across the Bethke’s (the husband/wife author duo of Love That Lasts) initially through Jeff’s spoken word videos that were blowing up on YouTube. Many spoken word videos, books, and other videos later, I’m still following and learning from the Bethke’s.

Love That Lasts is full of heart, light, honesty, and truth. It’s about “how we discovered God’s better way for love, dating, marriage, and sex” and it certainly delivers. Every single one of us has been through a situation (or many) and/or picked up different beliefs along the way that aren’t aligned with truth. We’ve been broken and hurt by the world and that can lead to disfunctional ways of going about relationships. This book highlights the struggles we face as imperfect men and women, but it doesn’t stop there — it gives hope.

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This isn’t a marriage book or a dating book or even a singles book — it’s a relationship book. To have healthy relationships (with ourself and with our partner), we have to identify and reconstruct the damaging beliefs and patterns. No matter where you are in terms of dating or marriage, you will get valuable insight from this book. It speaks to every life stage — take what you need and store away the extra for what’s to come.

I’m planning on rereading this book since I got through it so quickly the first time! It’s filled with personal stories, encouragement, and God’s truth — I had a hard time putting it down. I appreciate how vulnerable Jeff and Alyssa were with their stories and I love how they tooks turns writing each chapter. I was able to relate to both authors throughout the book and it was interesting to hear both sides of the relationship story.

Love That Lasts challenged me and pointed out old wounds and past hurts that maybe I had been avoiding. I was able to work through this book and apply their wisdom to help make my marriage more fruitful and bring peace to my past.

There was one part in particular that jumped out at me. Growing up with Disney and fairytale, we develop this belief that each girl has her Prince Charming. The idea of soulmates and “the one” become a heavy burden. What if I can’t find my “one”?? Jeff hit the nail on the head with this topic. He lifted that burden and helped me see the real picture of being and finding “the one” in marriage.

 

I’d love to see a movie where at the altar the two people say, “I could marry someone else, I don’t believe in the concept of ‘the one,’ but I do believe in choosing one person to love and serve for the rest of my life, and I choose you.”

– Jeff Bethke, Love That Lasts

It may not be romantic, but doesn’t that seem a lot more life giving!? When we take the weight off of finding the one, we can focus on finding a great person that we will love and serve well who will strive to do the same in exchange. That’s a better expectation of marriage. I look forward to reading through this book again and uncovering other truth bombs. The right things will hit you when you need them, so lets see how much growth

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Do you have a relationship you’d like to improve? Do you have old beliefs about relationships or marriage that you’d like to work through? Do you want raw and honest instead of sugar coated when it comes to love, dating, marriage, and sex?

Pick up this book and learn through it. If somehow I’ve led you wrong, Jeff said he’ll personally refund your money. What do you have to lose?

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** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the publisher.
All opinions are my own. **