Ever needed a lift? Sure you have, we all have. I recently found a ‘lift’ that I use over and over again. And it sure has been helping. What am I talking about? Why, only the coolest, greatest iPad app to come along called Lift. Let me backtrack here a bit. I love New Year’s Resolutions. I love goals. I love dreaming up new things to do and accomplish. But, and this is a big but ….. I, like 96% of the rest of the population, haven’t been great at keeping those resolutions or accomplishing those goals.
This is where Lift comes in (and no, I’m not a paid spokesman for the company), you set up your account, add the habits you want to start incorporating; say like flossing at night. And when you do remember to floss, you check it off on the list. It gives you a spot to make a comment if you like, and others can give you props for accomplishing your goal or even make a friendly comment on your list. Unlike other to-do apps tho, these will stay there day after day. The ones checked off showing up in green with a big neon sign that says: look at me, I made progress. No, not really, but that’s what it feels like. And the others just waiting to be crossed off.
The app also sends you a daily email tracking your progress and giving you kudos and an inspiring quote to help keep you tracking. I love it. I look at it often during the day, since I’m an iPad fiend anyway, might as well. And by looking at it, it reminds me of the habits I want to tackle. I have one for taking my multi vitamin, something I was always forgetting to do. Now its almost second nature. I have another for memorizing scripture. Another goal is to write for 30 minutes and I have several that have to do with walking and fitness goals. I even have a goal for spending time outside. I don’t mark every goal off each day, but since starting to use Lift I have become much more consistant in several areas of my life.
As I said, I use it on my iPad. Not sure if its available for other tablets/phones or on the web, but if you’re interested you could google it and see. If you already use Lift or start, you can follow me or see my Lift goals.
So how ‘bout you? Do you set goals for yourself? Habits you want to incorporate? And how do you track your progress? I’d love to hear.
....oh, so you don't believe that. Well, the truth is alot more boring and mundane. Sure you don't want to go with the little green men story? No? ok, but I warned you.
The more boring reason the blog has been quiet is life got busy, and blogging kept sinking lower and lower on the to-do list. There were times when I thought about posting but had trouble even figuring out what to talk about. But I used my blogroll to keep up with reading others blogs. Then even that trickled away to nothing. I think I got bored with blogging and reading blogs or maybe I simply lost interest in that way of communicating on the web. Weird, huh?
Of course, part of it might have been the fact that my mom gave me her old iPad when she upgraded. Now I had a bright shiny toy to play around with. I fell in love with all the apps out there and exploring all that you can do with them. An iPad isn't the best way to surf the web, so I never got on my blog or others with my iPad and it became practicallly all I used. We also found that my son who has Angelman's syndrome took to the iPad like any fish in or out of water. He LOVED it, and was able to utilize it. He found youtube videos about dinosaurs faster than the speed of light. So with the extra money I had been saving up for a new laptop I bought myself a new iPad instead and gave Josiah the hand me down. So now we are 2 peas in a pod hunkered down over our iPads enjoying apple technology.
One thing I've really enjoyed doing is taking photos with my iPad. It has a great camera and I love how I can immediately see in full screen mode what I'm shooting. I have found a half dozen apps besides instagram to tweak said photos and post on facebook and twitter. I had let my picture taking days slide as it was such a hassle to upload the photos onto my computer and then mess around with them. Now its a breeze.
To be fair tho, there were other factors. Pinterest comes to mind. Boy, is that an addictive sight. I love it! And I don't just pin items, I go back and use those pins. I've made some great recipes from it, tried some cleaning and organizing tips, found a few new hairstyles to experiment with along with new nail polish colors and tricks. Everything a girl could want.
At the beginning of the year, I also quit playing a silly online game that had taken up alot of my time and made it a priority to get into the Word daily. That was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I found a rhythm that works for me: reading a passage and writing down my thoughts about what it is saying to me, then writing out my prayer requests for family and friends and finishing with prayer. I got so hooked on it that I was even able to continue with it thru the summer when the Joe-boy was home. I just made sure I got up before he did and had my time of quiet then.
The goal of having a consistent quiet time had been on my heart for quite some time. I'm glad I finally gave it priority in my life. If you have been pondering the idea of pursuing a more deliberate time in the Word and prayer, I would wholeheartedly encourage you to go for it! You'll be so glad you did.
Just in the last couple weeks I've added praying for countries around the world. I'm using the book "Operation World" to guide me as I pray. The book is split up into 365 days for the year to pray over a different country. It gives you an overview of the country as well as specific prayer needs for the people and the pastors and workers in the country.
And lastly, I've been doing more walking. My doc wants me to walk daily, but I usually get in a 30 min walk 3x a week. We had a lovely fall this year and walking gave me an opportunity for some great photo shoots.
So that's my boring life. How has your year gone? Been abducted by aliens?
Til next time ....
Back in September I wrote about how I started back with the Cash Envelope System. I loved getting back into the cash routine, and 5 months later I still love it!
The categories I use for my cash envelopes are:
~~Groceries ~~Eating Out & Entertainment ~~Gasolene and Bridge Tickets ~~Household Needs ~~Babysitting $$ ~~Gifts ~~Haircuts, pedicures, other personal stuff ~~Allowance $$ for the Hubster and I (We give ourselves an allowance to use for whatever we want, no questions asked and no need to keep a record) ~~Clothing Fund
For you, there might be other categories you would include or exclude. It's great that you can customize it to your needs.
When I started using cash again, I also started using a budget sheet every two weeks. Because we get paid every two weeks. I budget how much I'm going to put in my envelopes for each category for that two week pay period, making sure that I have more money than bills. At the beginning, there was a bit of guessing going on, but as we've lived this out the last few months, we've found a rhythm to how much we need for each cash category. I've been able to trim our gas fund and grocery fund a bit whereas our gift fund went up significantly over the holidays.
Now going into 2012, I have a better sense how much to save in my envelopes for those longer term funds like gifts, vacations, household needs (like a new club chair) as well as those funds that are spent every month like groceries, gasolene and eating out.
As I was talking about this with my husband the other day, I realized that what I really love about this system is just how much I feel in control of our outgo now. I like seeing it on paper and seeing the cash in the envelopes. I like knowing that there are cash funds that are building up over several months to purchase bigger items that are on our wish lists and not getting spent on frivolous items we dont' really want or need. I guess what I like is it keeps me disciplined and on target, both shortterm and longterm.
I did this back in October and had so much fun with it that I thought I'd do it again. Want to join along? Just copy and paste the questions and answer them on your blog. I'd love to see what you are currently up to.
Current Books: Finishing up the Hunger Games trilogy. I'm on the last book 'Mockingjay'. Its riveting. Have a couple on the nightstand ready to go when I finish this one that look good: The Life Ready Woman, and PrayFit. Don't those sound like interesting titles?
Current Playlist: Adele. Got her cd for Christmas. she's got an amazing voice.
Current Color: Red, red, red! I love red
Current Drink: Coffee with Peppermint coffee creamer--yumm!
Current Food: none right now, kind of overloaded from the holidays. enjoying simple fair after the indulgences of late.
Current Wishlist: a comfy chair for our living room. have my eye on one from cost plus world market.
Current Needs: a haircut! and color!!
Current Triumph: I'm really happy that I got back into a regular devotion schedule instead of hit and miss. Its been wonderful to have some quiet time with the Lord each morning.
Current Bane of my Existence: the 6:30 alarm! I AM NOT a morning person, but the world seems to be. Why can't school start at 10am instead of 8am? huh? why? is there any earthly reason not to let us night owls get some much needed rest? huh? sigh .... I know I'll never change this world, but if I could .....
Current Indulgence: a nap! see above ...
Current Mood: sleepy! (not really). Happy, content.
Current #1 Blessing: Being at peace.
Current Outfit: Jeans, long sleeve black t-shirt, purple jersey knit swing jacket/cardigan? I love it.
Current Excitement: Plans to visit my sister in Denver this spring.
ECLECTIC: a perfect mix of contradiction ...
i love the Lord, my dh, my son, my extended family and friends. i am a wife, mother, daughter, sister and follower of Christ. i have gone thru many challenges but try to look at them as adventures the Lord has sent my way. adventures in trusting Him, loving Him, growing closer to Him.