Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Simplify to Thrive: Summer Goals

Ooooh y'all. Are you feeling that summer heat yet? We certainly are in Texas! It has been in the upper 90's, and it's just going to keep on climbing. Maybe that's why I'm headed for the coast on Friday ;) The escape is about to be much needed.

In this half year (or so) of sporadic blogging, the most consistent thing I've done is shared my goals for 2017 --and by most consistent I mean sometimes it's the only blog post I manage to get up in a month! Eek! What I'm excited to share with you today is the summer goal refresh I've done to set myself up for success in the next few months.

One of my favorite pages in the 2017 PowerSheets!

I am a die-hard fan and faithful user of Lara Casey's PowerSheets, and I have been since the summer of 2013. They were a great tool to launch my first post-grad dreams, and they have been a consistent help and encouragement to make what matters happen in life no matter how my seasons have changed over the years. They've just sold out of the 2017 PowerSheets, but have no fear! Next year's workbooks will release in the fall!

Now for the summer refresh! I took a look at my 2017 goals and my spring refresh, simplifying (hey-o word of the year!) to five goals for the summer.

Summer Simplified: A Goal Refresh

1. In the Word daily! This is a habit and love I want to cultivate in every season, and I know it's one that can easily fly out the window when my schedule varies from day-to-day with travels and events (and the occasional snooze until noon...). I also don't want to over-complicate this; if I do it will make this less likely to happen on a regular basis. For my travels I am planning to use the Illustrated Faith "I Am" devotional and some basic Bible journaling supplies. You can find the devotional and follow along HERE.

2. Heart healthy habits! This one may be the most challenging to implement with so much traveling, but I plan to at least attempt it! I want to get my steps in every day and cut down on carbs and sugars as much as I can, making healthier choices when eating out is our only option. We are also AirBnB-ing quite a bit, so I'm hoping we can pick up some breakfast foods and snacks that will set us up for success.

3. Build a budget! Mmmmm.... money matters are not my favorite, but I have some specific savings and debt-releated goals that I want to work toward, so why not start this summer? I am working up a budget for each of my trips and accounting for monthly expenses to stay on top of those while I'm gone. I also have a certain amount I want in my savings account before the end of August, and I'm moving into a house the first of that month which will bring rent down immensely! If you are looking for a good budgeting resource, I am using the worksheets by Ruth Soukup she offers through her blog.

4. Read, rest, refuel! Summer is a glorious thing, and I certainly needed it after my first year of teaching! While making things happen is important and planning ahead is not bad either, I want to make time to do those things that fill me up and refuel my tank before starting year two in the fall. I'm on track to read 75 books this year (see my reads so far HERE!), and thanks to the Modern Mrs. Darcy's daily kindle deals I've prepped my e-book collection for the month ahead! I am also looking to implement downtime in the midst of my travels. This introvert heart of mine can only be so on for so long.

5. Simplify social media! Anyone else addicted to their smartphone? I got the Moment app and oof! Was that an eye-opener! Anywho, now that I am incredibly overwhelmed and embarrassed by the amount of time I spend on social media, my goal is to simplify for the summer. I plan to take plenty of pictures as I travel, but I plan to only post one or two during the day instead of 92472920 so I can stay more present in the moment with my friends. Plus, you'll have more to read about here when I share the trip on the blog! Also, I want to go back through my various feeds and clean them out again. The comparison game has been going strong for quite some time, and it's time to hit the mute button.


Exclamation points and stickers just make everything so much more exciting, don't they? ;) You can also see a peek at how I used the rest of the goal refresh sheets in the picture above. I've decided to color code these goals to help implement them on my tending lists, so I used the blank spaces to brainstorm possible action steps for each of the goals. I will then mark them off as they are completed over the next few months!

Now it's time to soak up the summer and sign off for a bit.
What are you planning to make happen this summer?!


Saturday, June 10, 2017

Dear June | The Little Letter Link Up

I was looking for a fun way to jump back in this month, and Kristin's Little Letter Link Up sounded like the perfect fit! Let's see how June has been treating me so far ;) 


Dear June, how did you get here so fast? This first year teacher --now second year!-- is oh so thankful, but it's still pretty startling. One minute I'm writing finals and submitting grades, then the next I'm in the thick of summer. This feels pretty fantastic.

Dear Love Bailey Jean, I'm still trying to figure out what to do with you. I love and miss blogging, but I have not had the energy or made the time to do much beyond Instagram this year. I'm looking to change that this summer, so stay tuned! Today is the first step on the next leg of our eight year (?!?!?) journey.

Dear faithful readers,  hello, it's me.... *insert more Adele lyrics here*. Thank you for hanging around and dropping in from time to time! It's been so fun to connect on social media while this space has taken a bit of a nap, but I promise I'm coming back with some fun new content and more consistent posts as the summer goes on.

Dear purple polkadot suitcase, thank you to the moon and back for holding all the things on all the trips I've taken (and will take) this summer. In New York City you packed plenty of options for some seriously bipolar weather, and on the way back from Seattle you landed at 50lbs on the dot to safely carry all the books and clothes I bought back home. Now, mom and I may disagree on your color (you are a shade of PURPLE not pink, I tell you!) but we can probably both agree that you have been a truly faithful companion over the last four years. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Dear Wonder Woman, you were just as amazing and inspiring as I hoped you would be! Talk about some motivation to get up, get active, get into shape, and get moving on some big dreams and schemes! Seeing you in XD (not 3D) was definitely a great choice, and I do plan to see you again so soon!

Dear Chris Pine, thank you for being just as wonderful as ever. I fell head over heels during Princess Diaries 2 and have swooned ever since.

Dear Seattle, it was lovely to see you again. You really showed off your summer sun and colors -your best kept secret!- in full force while I was in town. Thanks a million! I loved exploring the market with friends who had never been and meeting up with old friends and favorites from years gone by. How has it been three years since I moved away from you?!

Dear BCS, it's creeping up on the one year mark (this August) since I moved here, and it feels like I've already lived a lifetime in this tiny college town. Actually, I wouldn't say you're tiny, especially in comparison to the last tiny college town I lived in for grad school. Thank you for having all the things I need: Target, Chick-fil-a, Cracker Barrel, Hobby Lobby... you know, the basics. ;)

Dear friend, thanks for dropping by. You mean the world to me.
xoxo,    
Bailey Jean


Jump on in over at Taz & Belly for The Little Letter Link Up. You can find her post (and others) HERE!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Simplify: May 2017 Goals

Is it any wonder that the May goal update is coming in the final days? Y'all should know me all enough to understand it's a miracle that they're up at all! May meant the wrapping up of my first year of teaching, and OH MY STARS it feels so good to be finished! I haven't truly had time to process it all, but my oh my I'm so relieved to have that first year under my belt.

Plenty of other things were on the agenda for this month, so let's take a look at what the goals were to begin with and how I did as things went along!


Monthly Goals:
1. Go to NYC with RHS Choir & Theatre. What a trip! If you were following along on instagram, you'll have seen our wild airport adventures as well as the pizza tour that was AH-mazing. We had such a good time and the students handled it all so well. We also saw three amazing shows: Wicked, School of Rock, and A Bronx Tale. Honestly it was such a blast that it deserves its own post in the very near future.

2. Go to Seattle for the Illustrated Faith Retreat. I have been on the Illustrated Faith creative team for around two years now, and these woman mean oh so much to me. I joked about having a team retreat probably on week one, and this last weekend we finally had it! I'm currently in Seattle, basking in the beauty of our time together, as I write this. The retreat was more than anything I could have asked for! It also deserves its own post, so stay tuned.

3. Finish the school year strongEveryone says that their first year of teaching was the most difficult, so I have a feeling my year at RHS will fall into that category. The good certainly outweighed the difficult, but there were more than a few struggles along the way. However, I will say that I finished the year strong as planned! We had a lovely theatre banquet (even though I totally dropped the ball on student directed shows) and celebrations in our classes at the end of the year. I'll see a handful of my upperclassmen next week to see a musical together, so the goodbyes weren't too hard.

4. Take and pass my teaching exam. Done and done! I was a bit more worried about this exam since I did not study any of the topics in college, but with a few practice tests and online modules, I was good to go! I have passed and I am ALMOST finished with my certification program.

5. Post DaySpring Gift Guides. I had two gift guide collaborations with DaySpring that were oh so fun. The first was for Mother's Day and you can find it HERE. The second was for Graduation which can be found HERE.

6. Read 5+ books. This did not quite happen... I started several books, but only completed one, A Court of Thorns & Roses. I'm definitely hoping to pick back up on this one next month!


Weekly Goals:
1. Active 3x's per week. Eh. Not so much.
2. Finish a book. Only once.
3. Sold a Young Living Kit. Twice!
4. Essay for Savor Your Season. Once!

Daily Goals:
In the Word + Active + No $ spent + YoungLiving 
 + Up @ 6:00 + Ketogenic + Top 3 Done

Overall May was a bit of a mess, but I'm covering it all with grace! May was full and busy and delightful even though not every box got checked off, and I have a feeling that June will be much the same.

How did your May turn out?
What goal are you working on this week?

*Please note, this post contains some affiliate links. They won't cost you a penny more, but they might help this first year teacher to an extra Sonic run after rehearsal ;)

Monday, May 29, 2017

Congrats Grad! A Gift Guide with DaySpring

*This post contains affiliate links and was sponsored by DaySpring. I hope you enjoy the collaboration as much as I did!

Is anyone else doing a happy dance that school is out?! I know some of my west coast gals are wrapping up their final quarters, so to that I say "You go girls!" This was my first year of teaching but that didn't mean I was any less attached to the seniors saying goodbye and starting off on their next adventures!

Today I've partnered with DaySpring again to bring you a fun gift guide for those high school or college grads in your life to send them off with a smile!



A Graduation Gift Guide with DaySpring

1. Let's All Be Brave Gift Set. This book + mug set is great for the gal setting off on her next adventure! I love Annie's heart and wisdom in this book, and the mug is too cute to boot!

2. NIV Holy Bible Journal Edition. My favorite journaling Bible is the leather bound kind, and this single-column edition is the one I am currently using. It is perfect for that fresh heart season and a great translation for anyone just starting out.

3. "Your Future is Bright" Cards. Who doesn't love a happy yellow greeting card? Send a love note to your grad with some fun encouragement on the front!

4. Illustrated Faith "Wow God!" Correspondence Cards. Anyone else love snail mail? These notecards by Illustrated Faith would be great for a graduate who loves to write and wants to keep up with family and friends as a pen pal.

5. Thankful Clothesline Clipboard. Hello, beautiful! This picture board is a great way to keep those memories and familiar faces front and center, and it's perfect for adding in new ones as the adventure continues!

It was so hard to narrow it to my five favorites, but I think there's something for everyone here! 
Be sure to order by Monday, May 29th to make use of the Memorial Day code MEMORIAL20 for $20 off a $60 order!

What's your favorite of the five? 
Is there one your grad would just love?!


Friday, May 5, 2017

Celebrating Mom: A Gift Guide with DaySpring

*This post contains affiliate links and was sponsored by DaySpring. I hope you enjoy the collaboration as much as I did!

April showers bring May flowers, and May brings a certain holiday to celebrate a special lady! To be honest, I haven't always been able to make it home on Mother's Day to be with family (I remember a particularly windy *ahem TORNADO-Y* one spent in the basement of my apartment out of state), but no matter where you are I think it is totally possible to shower the mothers in you life with love and reminders of how grateful we are for them!

Today I've partnered with DaySpring to bring you a fun gift guide of a few things that will brighten Mom's workday and space this Mother's Day!


A Mother's Day Gift Guide with DaySpring

1. She Believed Vintage Floral Tumbler. This travel tumbler is great for on-the-go and for making staying hydrated throughout the day way more fun! It's insulated, so it won't leave water droplets on the table, and it's gorgeous to boot! The side of it reads "She believed in His plan even when she couldn't see His path." 

2. Sweeter than Honey Coloring Book. Is anyone else excited that "adult art therapy" is so in right now? I have had all the heart eyes for this coloring book by Lindsay Letters for a while, and it is just as beautiful and inspiring in person as her art prints are! This is perfect for the mom looking to relax and unwind while keeping scripture up close and personal.

3. Bless Our Home Windchimes. My mom has a great view from her office of a nook in our backyard for bird watching, and she recently perched some comfy chairs out front to enjoy the spring weather. These wind chimes dance magically in the wind and the sound is simply lovely! It would be a great addition (and incentive to spend some time in the cool air!) to any outdoor area.

4. So Very Blessed Jumbo Mug. Any coffee drinkers out there? This gorgeous jumbo mug is painted so prettily to remind us of just how blessed we are. Talk about an extra pick me up in the morning! It would make a great gift for any mother in your life, and it may be tempting enough to get one for yourself, too... or is that just me? ;)

5. He Will Rejoice Over You Scroll Banner. What a stunning wall hanging! This one isn't technically in their Mother's Day collection, but it was too beautiful not to include. It features the verse Zephaniah 3:17 that says, "The Lord your God is with you, the mighty warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; He will quiet you with His love and will rejoice over you with singing." Plus the calligraphy is swoon worthy, don't you think?!

It was so hard to narrow it to my five favorites, but I think there's something for everyone here! 
Be sure to order by Monday, May 8th to guarantee Mother's Day delivery!

What's your favorite of the five? 
Is there one your Mom would just love?!
I'd love to know!

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