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iBloom Life and Business Planner Available as FREE August Sample

Posted by Julie on July 30, 2016 in About Me, encouragement, God's Word, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons |
This is what my iBloom Life and Business Planner Looks like.

This is what my iBloom Life and Business Planner Looks like.

Last month I shared how I was an iBloom lurker and this year took the plunge and bought the planner. I was so sold on it that when there was a call out for women to partner with iBloom, I wanted in.

The iBloom Life and Business Planner has been the one tool I keep using as I move forward as an author and speaker. As a wife and mom. Volunteer. Friend.

Great news is, you can try it for FREE the month of August!

iBloom Life & Business Planner Sample

The iBloom Life & Business Planner:

  • Has enough space for me to fill in all my tasks and activities

  • Has monthly accountability with goals, relationships, victories, and more

  • Weekly, monthly, half-year and yearly goals and how they are going. Space to dream and journal

When I first got my planner in the mail, the first thing I noticed was how organized yet comprehensive it is. Every aspect of my life is covered in the planner, but the planner is organized. I’m not overwhelmed, but inspired. I want to hit those tasks and mark them off, not the planner collect dust.

I wasn’t sure I would use the space above each week, but I do. I use that section to write out sermon notes. Already I’m going back to read them. At the bottom of each day is a box. I know some mark off their workout stats. I use it for business mileage. There is just so much to this planner, right down to a holiday guide to keep track of your purchases.

I hope you’ll grab your free sample of this planner while you can! Follow the link to download your August sample now.

iBloom Life & Business Planner AUGUST 2016 SAMPLE

You won’t be disappointed.

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Book Review: The Plans I Have for You by Amy Parker

Posted by Julie on January 13, 2016 in Book Review, encouragement, God's Word, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons |
The Plans I Have for You Devotional and Journal by Amy Parker

The Plans I Have for You Devotional and Journal by Amy Parker

Book Description:

Part of a new brand in the Zondervan family, The Plans I Have for YOU! is an illustrated 90-day devotional written by bestselling children’s book author Amy Parker and illustrated by Vanessa Brantley Newton, teaching and inspiring kids to dream about their future, to focus on faith, love and joy and recognize that God has a plan and purpose for each and every one of us.

Journal Description:

Part of a new brand in the Zondervan family, The Plans I Have for You journal prompts creative thinking and exploration of the talents and personalities that make us special, and then helps explore how God may use our unique traits to spread love and joy and make the world a better place.

The Plans I Have for You is a great way to teach your 8-12 year old that God cares deeply about you and every aspect of your life. Drawing from Biblical examples, the devotional reminds that God is faithful and He has a wonderful plan for you. Although I felt the devotional was geared toward the younger age, my 12 year old was very drawn to the journal.

Both products are visually stimulated and complement each other well. My daughter loves diary type books so for her, the journal was the bigger draw. However, I went deeper with the devotional and once she knew even more of the stories, she was impressed with the level of faith people took in the Bible when they didn’t know how it would end. I was interested in the message and visuals as well.

I highly recommend The Plans I Have for You. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

To purchase The Plans I Have for You devotional, click here, and for the journal, click here.

I received The Plans I Have for You devotional and journal, sold separately, from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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Saturday Confession: I Like to Hustle

Posted by Julie on February 1, 2014 in About Me, encouragement, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, Saturday Confession, surrender |

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February 1. That means January is done-zo. Weather wise, I’m pretty excited to wave that first month of the year goodbye. The kids had 8 extra days off from school thanks to the cold. We had the polar vortex thingie. Twice.

I’m also pleased because last month I joined a group/challenge/movement and I saw some incredible results.

Jon Acuff asked through his blog if anyone wanted a 30 day challenge to reach goals. I signed up and became a “hustler.” The kind that gets an email everyday with a challenge and the invitation to share on the Facebook group called 30 Days of Hustle. From naming the goal, cutting it in half, finding accountability, measuring goals, learning more from books on the goals, and much more I watched a little goal branch out into many accomplishments I didn’t even see coming.

My original goal was to sit down and talk with my husband. In December I received news that kind of surprised me, and what was even more shocking was how it stunted everything. I felt immobilized and wasn’t bouncing back. But I kept it inside, which didn’t help. So by naming that as my goal and following the challenges, it was achieved.

But there was more.

  • Because of the first talk, we decided another good move would be to talk to my pastor and just share where I’m at and see if he and his wife had any additional feedback. That meeting already took place and really helped break the isolation.
  • I got back on a good eating plan and exercise, even trying Zumba at home. Oh, I’m a hot mess, but it’s fun to try at home.
  • I revised this site. I talked about that in detail last week.
  • I added a gift to newsletter subscribers, scheduled to roll out for Valentine’s Day. It’s a story called Match Made in Heaven with installments set to release throughout the year.
  • I researched podcasts. I’m considering doing this to share surrender testimonies and information I already share when I minister to others.
  • I read a lot of books for reviews that already published or will until mid February. Check my right sidebar to see how many are coming up, and this page for the ones I already reviewed.

Having the Facebook group and community support definitely helped motivate me, and conquering that first goal broke open the isolation and gave me courage to keep moving forward. Although January felt endless with -30 windchills for many days, it was a good month.checklist

Bring on February!

What helps you with goals? What keeps you motivated? Any goals for February?

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My 12 in 12 Update

Posted by Julie on April 12, 2012 in About Me, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, surrender, Writing |

I missed updating my 12 in 12 list for March, so let’s do this.

Here are the things I’m hoping to accomplish in 2012.

 

1. Finish my first manuscript. Oh, I’m getting there.

2. Start the agent process. I need to complete #1, but it remains a prayer.

3. Attend a writer’s conference. There’s actually progress here. I didn’t travel to one, but there was an online conference through the Catholic Writers Guild. I learned a lot and am grateful.

4. Use a passport. Not only did I use it for the cruise, I’ve had a meeting explaining my desire to use it again for a short terms missions trip. Stay tuned.

5. Finish that c25k app. Sigh. I lost the pro app. Installed the free. Tried on laptop. Uninstalled on phone. Installed new app. If I worked out as hard with my legs as I have installing, I’d be an Olympian.

6. Prune.  I went for it. I made cuts in my life that needed it. Not easy, became awkward, but I did what I knew was right in a few places in my life.

7. Be social. It’s coming together. On March 15, approximately 20 women met just to chat and have coffee. No agenda. I made a point to visit with every single person. Next meeting is May 8th. It is not in my comfort zone.

8. Date my husband. This needs work. We did watch “The Proposal,” and even “Courageous.” But that’s about it in two month’s time. Pathetic.

9. Write a book with my daughter. As I stated last month, this is a summer project. She’s already asking about it. I can’t wait!

10. Continue the anonymous wordpress project I have going with my son. Wow, forgot about this one. He had a rough month and just getting through it was a goal, and with God’s grace, we did.

11. Visit our local Rescue Mission. I talked about it, but still haven’t been. Thinking summer.

12. Showcase my nature pictures somehow. I blogged some of them, and plan to try to “pin” the rest on Pinterest.

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My 12 in 12: An Update

Posted by Julie on February 23, 2012 in About Me, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, Nature, photography, surrender |

Well February is flying by and I thought it’s a good time to check in and see how I’m doing with the 12 in 12 I posted last month. This comes from Patty Wysong.

1. Finish my first manuscript. Well, I’m working on it. I took time off for vacation, but I’m back editing. I want so much to master showing and conquer telling. Pray with me, won’t you?

2. Start the agent process. I need to complete #1, but it remains a prayer.

3. Attend a writer’s conference. I’m collecting brochures. Does that count?

4. Use a passport. Whoo hoo! I used one for our cruise three weeks ago. More than that, I came home determined to use one again. Not for the Disney Cruise we want to take in 2013, but to take a short terms missions trip.

5. Finish that c25k app. Pitiful. I need to work on this one.

6. Prune. I made that specific change. I know there’s more to come, but I did it.

7. Be social. The first Greater Youngstown Praise and Coffee Night is scheduled to kick off March 15. So excited!

How I want to take credit for this picture, but my husband took this one!

8. Date my husband. Now that we’re back from vacation, the schedule is a barrier. I DVR’d The Proposal and he accepted my date, but we haven’t watched it yet. We had every plan to attend a marriage ministry meeting where they watched Courageous—but our oldest texted us that he fell down the stairs. He was fine, but we had to go home to make sure. No date night.

9. Write a book with my daughter. As I stated last month, this is a summer project. She’s already asking about it. I can’t wait!

10. Continue the anonymous wordpress project I have going with my son. Wow, forgot about this one. He had a rough month and just getting through it was a goal, and with God’s grace, we did.

11. Visit our local Rescue Mission They had an open house. I didn’t make it. Grr! Need to go.

12. Showcase my nature pictures somehow. I blogged some of them, and plan to try to “pin” the rest on Pinterest.

Hmmm, I’m pleasantly surprised. I’m making progress. I have improvements to make, though.

How about you? How are your 2012 going?

 



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