November 29, 2021

How to Plan Your Best Year Ever

November 29, 2021

When I wrote this post in 2017, I was in such a different place. I am amazed to just re-read and see my personal and spiritual growth. This 2022 when you are planning your next year be sure that God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit are in the forefront of your plans.

2021 was filled with so many changes and battles. But what stands out the most is at the highest and lowest I always felt like God was with me. Whether it was a minor day to day nuisance or major life change I knew he was right there holding my hand through it all. 

I want to just encourage you to walk into 2022 with that same understanding. Call out to God. Welcome Him into your day. Leverage the gift of the Holy Spirit. When you fall short remember that Jesus already paid the price for your sins. 

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16 ESV
 
At the end of 2016, I wrote down the goals I wanted to achieve for 2017. Writing down your goals is imperative for holding yourself accountable for achieving your goals. Setting check points to review your goals is essential to staying on track.

I reviewed my goals bi-monthly and I thought it would be fun to do a end of the year goal review. Before I share my goals and progress, I wanted to share the tips that I feel helped me achieve my goals.

Planning

Goal setting is would absolutely nothing without a plan. Great you have a goal but how do you plan to get it done. How are you going to get from $1,000 a month to $2,000 a month, 180 pounds to 160 pounds, receptionist to account specialist? My point is going from a to b doesn't happen simply because you wrote it down on a piece of paper. You have to sit down and brainstorm the actions you need to take in order to create your desired change.

Creating Systems

As crazy as it sounds, creating systems has been imperative to my productivity and success this year. Although creating systems can be time consuming because it does takes trial and error to find what works best for you.

For example, if you have a weight loss goal of 40 lbs. this year understanding your habits and trying different things can make or break your weight loss journey. If you're an early riser on the weekend it would be best to try a 3 day work out plan (i.e., Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday). If you know your office usually have treats that you love or lunch delivered on Friday it's likely best to make Friday a cheat day. 

My point is the best way to create a win-win system is to take note of your environment, know when you at your best, and plan for some fun. For example, I would love to sit down and write 5 blog post in one day but that just not realistic for me so every month I plan for a 3-4 days blog batch session. I always plan it for the middle of the month because I know the beginning and end of the month are hectic times for me.

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Adapting/Changing Course 

Every good planner has a backup plan. Well, I think, every good planner knows how to adapt and readjust their course when necessary. Sometimes you'll find during your plan that it just won't work for your goal. Most of the times it's because of things that are out of are control or knowledge we didn't have when we created the plan. 

But the thing about planning is when you have good habits and you're adaptable, you can still make your goals happen. For example, one of my goals this year was to grow my blog traffic. I did a lot of research, tried a lot of different tactics, but didn't see a lot of results. But I kept going at it anyways even though I wasn't seeing any change. Which actually takes me to my next point.

Putting Myself Out There

I did not see any changes in my blog traffic until I stepped outside of my comfort zone. I put myself out there and began attending blogger meetups. These meetups gave me the opportunity to gain a lot of information in a small amount of time from different people all working within my field. For the record my blog traffic doubled after this meetup and tripled the following month. All because I stepped outside of my comfort zone.

By taking the time to meet new people and being open to learning from others. I was able to adapt my plan and meet my blog traffic goal. Although there is a lot of information available online, book, and from experts. Most people prefer to receive information from someone they know or trust. 

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Chellbee End of the Year Review

  • Improve my relationship with God. This is a continuous journey but I've grown a lot this year. I am looking forward to the journey ahead. 
  • Prioritize spending time with my family. Naturally I'm a hermit so we started doing Sunday Dinners. We eat, laugh, talk, and play spades together. Sunday dinners has become something I always look forward to and think about throughout my week.
  • Publish my first book. The funny thing is I had not planned to release the Faith Journal. The truth is I was writing a completely different book but God had other plans. A month before the release I dropped one idea for His will and it has been a blessing. 
  • Grow my blog and brand. This has been an up and down battle. But I reach several of my longtime goals, readjusted my focus, and am thankful for the opportunities that have been afforded to me this year. More than anything else I'm thankful for every comment, like, tweet, and email from each one of you. 

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Still wondering if you should write down your goals? Here's 3 reasons why you should: 
  1. Create a road map for the year! Taking notes of your lessons learned and roadblocks.
  2. Hold you accountable for taking control of your goals.
  3. Remove the barriers that cause you to repeatedly fall short of completing your goals. You can't fix what you don’t know is broken.

Every day is what you make of it.

So, let's make the commitment together that we're going to make every day absolutely amazing. We're giving everything we have to create the life that we want today.

July 24, 2021

5 ways to Memorize Bible Verses

July 24, 2021
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Since becoming a new mom my bible study routine has fallen apart, to say the least.  So I'm trying to find new ways to strengthen my spiritual relationship.

One of my spiritual goals is to have a pure heart. I was inspired by my reading of Matthew 5:8 ESV says “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God."

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Of course, after reading Matthews as a new Christian I began to search the bible. I had to know how I could make my heart pure.
How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word. With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments! I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you. - Psalm 119:9-11 ESV
Memorizing scriptures is a great way to keep the Lord's word close to your heart. Living according to the word is easier to do when you remember the word.

Create a goal. Be realistic of course. There is nothing worse than setting an unreachable goal to only give up halfway through.

I personally have a few different methods I use to memorize scripture.
 



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5 ways to Memorize Bible Verses

  1. Write it out. The Standards Method
  2. Pray it.
  3. Read it.
  4. Use the verse to create a phone or desktop wallpaper.
  5. Chose short verses, to begin with.


Write it

I write the verse on a chalkboard in my office. That way every day I go to work I recite it.

I also will write the verse in my faith journal. I have a section where I write the verse I want to memorize. Something about writing it down helps me to remember.


After COVID hit I made psalm my memory verse.  
Because you have made the Lord your dwelling place— the Most High, who is my refuge— no evil shall be allowed to befall you, no plague come near your tent. Psalm 91: 9-10


Pray it

I have covered our home in prayer repeatedly reciting that verse while my husband went out every day during the pandemic working to provide for our family as an essential employee.

Use the verse you are trying to remember as a prayer. Recite it.


Read it

I also started putting my scripture cards on my desk. I also keep an encouraging verse on my stand. During those difficult moments during the workday or just those quiet moments.

I read that scripture to myself.

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11


I don’t think there is one sure-to-work method when it comes to memorizing scripture you have to try different things to figure out what works for you.

When I first started trying to memorize scripture I would write it on my hand. But my husband was concerned it isn’t good for you.

If you look down my timeline on Instagram you’ll notice I had verses written on my hand.

Bonus tip I've found an effective way to memorizing scriptures is by creating phone wallpaper. This method is how I memorized Luke 1:27. If you want to that wallpaper for yourself download my Faith Kit now!

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July 23, 2021

How to Cut Cardstock with Silhouette Portrait - Studio Vlog #2

July 23, 2021




When I was researching uses for the Silhouette Portrait 3 I could not find much content about cutting cardstock. In my search I quickly found out Silhouette Cameo is equipped to cut cardstock. 

But I was not ready to spend that type of money on a cutting machine when I was not even sure it would serve its purpose. 

I decided to give the Silhouette Portrait a try, based on the few tutorials I found on cardstock. Electronic cutters are definitely great options for intricate and detailed projects.

Bible verse cards are my most popular product, cutting them does not take a lot of detail work but it is time-consuming to cut them by hand with the paper guillotine. Additionally cutting by hand is less precise and doesn't provide uniform results like the Silhouette Portrait. 

How to Cut Cardstock with Silhouette Portrait

The Silhouette Portrait requires you to utilize their software to identify where the machine will need to cut. I suggest adding registration marks to help the machine identify the cut area.

Silhouette Studio is easy to use and most of all it is free. You can design within the studio or import your design which is what I typically do.

However, I have had a few issues with my cutting machine. Lighting is important when using your cutting machine, dim lighting can lead to your Silhouette Portrait cutting machine failing to read the registration marks. You can remedy this by purchasing a desk light. 

Here is the list of supplies you will need to cut cardstock on the Silhouette Portrait electronic cutter.  

Cutting Cardstock with Silhouette Portrait Supplies

  • Portrait Cutting Machine - easy to use the cutting machine and great bundle with all you need to get started
  • HP Laptop - you will need a laptop to design and send cardstock to the electronic cutting machine
  • Desk light  - key to getting your machine to read registration marks every time
  • Cutting mats - inexpensive cutting mats, thicker than the Silhouette brand. Great for cutting cardstock. 

Step by Step on How to Cut Cardstock with Silhouette Portrait

  1. Import or create your design in Silhouette Studio.
  2. Add your cut areas and create your Page Setup.
  3. Once complete, print your design on desired cardstock.
  4. Stick your printed cardstock design onto your Silhouette Portrait cutting matt.
  5. With your design open in Silhouette Studio, go to the "Send" tab.
  6. Ensure to select cardstock - there are several cardstock paper options.
  7. Initially, send your design using the preset auto blade setting for your desired cardstock. 
    • If the setting doesn't properly cut your item. Try increasing the force by 2-3. 
    • If it still is not properly cut try increasing the blade setting by 1-2.
    • If it still is not properly cut increase the number of passes.

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