A New Venture

best yearThe new year brings so many new opportunities. So many people are making resolutions or just choosing a word for the year. I personally do both. At our house, we have a vision board, made from an old window from our first home. Each member of my family sets 3 personal goals. We also set some financial and family goals.

This year,  I want to become fit & healthy, devote more time to growing closer to God and have some “me time.” My word for this year is “Thrive!” For so long, I have just felt like I have been surviving or hanging on by a thread. This year I want to bask in what God is doing in my life and Thrive! I want to reach each of my goals through Him and make this year the best year yet.

Another, major area of my life that I want to concentrate on is being more intentional with my blog and what God has given me to say to my readers. I am so excited to announce that I have written my first ebook, “FINDING PEACE WHEN LIFE STINKS.” I hope it is the beginning of many more to come. It is my prayer that anyone who comes across this book will be encouraged and ready to face any challenge life throws at them.

Now it’s your turn! Did you make any resolutions this year? Did you choose a word for the year? If so, share them with me. I would love to hear about your goals and pray with you that God will give you the strength to accomplish them.

If you are interested in purchasing my book. CLICK HERE. I would love to know your thoughts on it.


Be the Mom God Created You to be

Mom Wars I have been a mom for almost 10 years now…really a decade. Seems like just yesterday, I was walking with a waddle and swollen ankles, full of excitement and fear at the prospect of being a mom. The day I held my sweet baby girl has to be one of the most joyful times in my entire life. In my arms was the little life that had been growing inside of me for nine months. She was part me and part my amazing husband. God had chosen us to create her and she was perfect in every way. That single moment gave me a new definition of who I was and where my life would lead. I was no longer Amy Johnson, Graphic Design Consultant for a major banking corporation.  I was now a working mom.

For months I had been planning the arrival of our not so little bundle of joy. I would be home with her for 12 weeks (had excellent benefits at my job), then I would go back to the job that I absolutely loved. However, the day I held her in my arms, something broke inside me. It was a good break. I KNEW, leaving her everyday in someone else’s care would be all but impossible for me to do.

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3 Steps To Overcoming the Overwhelming

overwhelmedDo you ever feel overwhelmed? Like you can’t get it all done? I know the feeling right now. We have decided to sell our home to accelerate our debt-free living plan….yay us! Our church is moving into a new location…..PRAISE GOD! I started a new direct sales business. Add in setting up 501C3 for church, missional training, being a mom and wife….I’m pooped. All this has happened in the last 2 weeks and needs to be completed by July 1. Needless to say, I am struggling a bit to keep my sanity.

We have all had times like this in our lives. Times that are super exciting but super overwhelming at the same time. So how can we keep perspective when the task at hand seems impossible. Here are a few simple steps that will help you when you are feeling like you just can’t manage what life has thrown at you.

You Are Not Alone
While you may feel like you are on this journey all by yourself, we must remember we are not. God is right there holding our hand through the good, bad and ugly. Here are some amazing scriptures to remind us of this special promise to us.

The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song. Psalm 28:7

Have you not known? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. Isaiah 40:28

Make A Plan
Okay, so I heard a statistic the other day about planning and planners in general. It said if you put a pen to paper you are 80% more likely to accomplish the task. So my friends, take that pen out and start writing it down. Write everything down that needs to be done. I love lists! It helps me stay focused and manage the unmanageable. I love the feeling of checking something off. I literally can feel the load being chiseled away. Here is a trick I use to help me get started. Some may call it cheating, I call it encouragement.

When making a list, I strategically add a few things I have already done that needed to be done. That way, I can immediately check things off. That simple act tells my brain that the task at hand is actually possibly. It’s going to take some God sized strength to get it all done so you need to remember: Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Eph. 6:10.

There is no rule that says you have to be the hero and do it all. Find people to help you. Get your kids and husband on board. Recruit friends and family. Make it fun!!! People are often willing and ready to help if we just reach out to them.

So, what has you overwhelmed today? Are you emotionally burdened? Is there big changes for your life on the horizon like me? Are you looking to change jobs? Let’s talk and lean on one another as we face these challenges together.


Couponing 101

couponSo I have read tons of blogs about couponing, took a class on it, got the Sunday paper every week, downloaded coupons and religiously watched Extreme Couponing on TLC. Even after all of this, I struggle with the concepts, the time it takes and all the different lingo. I mean, what’s the difference between manufacturer and store coupons? Stacking, huh, what’s that? And then you get to the drug store deals….help I am overwhelmed with it all. To be honest, I had given up totally on saving a buck or two on my grocery bill. But then steps in Missional Living (A Life On Mission Begin a Missional Lifestyle) and the huge desire to become debt free. So I thought I would try again and see what happens.

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Making Yourself a Priority

relaxI am absolutely the worst at taking time for myself. I have about a million things going on in my head at any given time and hundreds of people who need me. I don’t mind being needed and I love the many roles I have, but that can be taxing on a person. I feel like I never have time to just sit down and chill because of all the things that need to be done. My brain says “If I relax then I am going to have to do twice as much tomorrow.” If I am honest, I am a person that doesn’t really know how to relax. According to my counselor husband, that’s not a very healthy place to be mentally or physically.

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My Journey to Wellness

pexels-photo-27599Earlier this year, my family and I took a two-week vacation. That is one of the perks of being a homeschooling family, you can travel when you want. We visited 9 states and 3 foreign countries. I felt like pooh stinky while I was on that vacation. I had a blast but felt yucky, tired, self-conscious and generally bad. I had gotten to an all time, not pregnant, high in my weight and it was really affecting me.

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Begin a Missional Lifestyle

Untidy cluttered woman wardrobe with clothes and accessories.So you don’t just wake up one day and decide, “I am going to be missional for the rest of my life.” There is a lot more to it than that. To tell a loving world about Jesus through our actions takes commitments and life change. While waking up and deciding that missional living is a good idea, certainly is a start, you will need to dig deeper to truly begin the journey. Last week I shared in my post A Life On Mission what missional living meant, how I became a huge fan of it and an invitation to join myself and my church on this journey.

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Mermaid Birthday Party

Mermaids are super fun and make a great birthday party idea. Here are some quick ideas to make your party a splashing good time for your little one.

This sets the tone of your party and also gives you a theme to for the entire event. It provides colors, concepts and tons of inspiration for a fabulous party that will be remembered for years and years. I have you covered at my Etsy Shop for your invitation. I customize these in 24 to 48 hours and they are sent to you for download and printing. Easy Peasy!!!  Splash Mermaid Birthday Party Invitation

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Celebrating Life

I am so super stoked to announce that my Etsy store is open!!! You can check it out by clicking the link below:

Loving Our Journey Etsy Store

The purpose of my shop is simple….helping you “celebrate life!” This beautiful life God has given you is worth celebrating. I am so proud that God has given me an avenue to minister to others through my artistic and creative abilities. I am excited to see where this goes. So, be on the look-out for blogs on how to use my designs at your life events or in your home.

As my amazing followers, if you have an idea for a creation, don’t hesitate to post. It might just be my next birthday party theme available for purchase. I am also willing to create custom orders as well, so don’t hesitate to contact me. I can’t wait to celebrate life with you.