It is that time of year again, when we start making resolutions and plans for what we hope to accomplish in the new year. Last year, I had a few goals, which were to go deeper into my bible study, have a great family vacation and improve my running. I accomplished all, but improve my running. Life and a broken toe hindered my running goal. I must say, I never thought it would take 3 months for the bone to heal and then another month to begin to feel comfortable in my shoes. Well, regardless, that is behind me. I am ready to move forward!
For 2016, I have only a few goals.
- Enjoy a great family summer vacation.
- Improve my health through exercise and cleaner eating.
- Complete a few home projects in the master bath, kitchen, and front landscaping.
Under each of these, I have set mini goals and time frames to help guide and mark my progress. I will refer you to my post from last year on how to set goals for more information.
So, take some time to consider and pray about what you want to accomplish in 2016. Write it down, include your strategies to achieve it, and deadlines. I am using a small notebook to keep organized and on track. I am really excited about these goals, especially the home projects and will be sharing updates with you in the coming months. God willing, you and I can achieve all that He has planned for us in 2016.
Let’s have a Marvalous 2016!
I cannot believe that today the Everyday Marvalous blog is 1 year old! It has been an amazing year! My first post, “The Gift” on December 31, 2014, I used to introduce myself to you through a fictional story regarding how I see myself with the Lord. I have truly enjoyed the opportunity to share my thoughts on how to bring beauty and joy to everyday life. Being that the ultimate source of true joy is the Almighty God, His presence permeates through my blog posts. I do believe that when we allow His light and love to shine through us, we experience His peace, draw ourselves and even others closer to Him. To demonstrate how far His light and love has shined through me, my blog has reached readers outside of the United States in Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Russia, and the United Kingdom. WOW!
Here are some of my favorite images from the past year.
Singing happy birthday to the boys.
The children’s bedroom.
The boy’s black and white themed birthday party, 2015.
The year 2016, I plan to continue to update the content with the home tour, adding new and interesting topics to share, and all more frequently. I look forward to further growing the readership of Everyday Marvalous, sharing my walk with the Lord, and hopefully inspiring you to join me in enjoying the beauty in our lives.
Thank you and God Bless!
I am creature of habit. Once, I find a product that works, I will become a loyalist to the brand for years. On a whim, I strayed from my usual brand of nail polish and purchased some of the Sally Hansen Miracle Gel polishes. This products touts a 14-day wear and not needing light to dry the polish. I tried waiting the 14 days. However, I like to change polish weekly. So I was able to hold out for 10 days before changing the color. I was really impressed with the long wear of the polish. There were only slight imperfections on the 10th day, I could have gone longer. I have purchased more colors. In the picture below, I am wearing Game of Chromes, a nice color to ring in the New Year.
You apply two coats of color followed by the clear top coat, i.e. the black bottle in the photo above. I love the ease of application, the fast frying, and the long wear. The only obstacle was that I needed acetone nail polish to remove the color. I normally use one without acetone. These You may even find some on sale for less. Target (in stores) and Ulta (on-line, possibly in stores) has a twin pack with the polish and the top coat for $15.99. You can read more about this product at the Sally Hansen website below and view the color options.
I hope that you all have had a wonderful Christmas Day! Our Christmas celebration began on Christmas Eve, attending the candlelight worship service. I was really inspired to continue to allow God’s light to shine through me and felt thankful for the gift of Christ, His birth, death, and resurrection. We sang traditional Christmas songs of worship. In my heart, I sang an old song that I learned in elementary school, God is so good. He really is! When I think of how He has blessed me, guided me, loves me, cares for me, and I could go on and on. I just want to sing, “God is so good. Oh so good to me!”
My children are older now and Santa was not a major player in celebration this year, as in the past. They are appreciating more the “reason for the season.” And the magic of Christmas is still palpable. I enjoy sharing this time with my family, attending service, gift giving, sharing the Christmas breakfast (our new tradition). It was such a wonderful opportunity to just love and be loved. Below are some highlights from our family celebration of Christmas.
The greatest gift is Christ, our Savior. We can show our appreciation by how we serve and love others, as He does for us. Give the gift of love. Merry Christmas!