Welcome! I'm Melissa Gross, a dynamic and interactive teacher and speaker called to lead and encourage Christian women in their walk with the Lord through classes, workshops and retreats incorporating Bible study, devotionals, illustrated Bible journaling, paper crafting and mixed media projects that merge faith and art bringing God’s Word to life so you can find renewed excitement to dive into the Word, use your creative gifts, and apply the Truth as you draw closer to the Lord and serve Him in your everyday life. This site is where I share my everyday adventures, Bible Journaling pages, scrapbook layouts, handmade cards, and other crafty projects, as well as information on my upcoming workshops and events. I also post photos, ramble about books I'm reading, stuff I'm organizing, and other FUN bits & pieces of my wonderful life.
Thursday, July 7, 2011
Yearly Goals Check In
I've done ok on the goals I set for myself in January, but I must admit that my goals changed a little along the way. I had originally planned not to buy any new supplies or online classes for six months, however I did purchase some supplies (not nearly as much as in the past) and I have taken a few online classes (again not as many as I wanted to). Once Robbie went back to work in early May, I decided to go ahead and take The Mother LOAD class at BPC, even though it began in the middle of Finding Photo Freedom. I had not set a goal to coach in the Finding Photo Freedom workshop, however I really enjoy my Library of Memories system and emailed Stacy early in the year about coaching and was pleasantly surprised to get the opportunity to be involved in such a great class! I've also completed two of the four mini-albums that I had on my list for this year, so all in all I'm pleased with my scrapbooking goals.
One thing extra that I added was creating color pages each month to play along with my sister Brenda as she uses her quilt scraps each month. June was extremely busy, but I am determined to create at least one layout for each color. So, today I sat down and created this June Yellow layout to highlight one of my favorite photos of my twin nieces from our family get-together this past December.
I am currently re-reading all the Harry Potter books in anticipation of the opening of the final movie on July 15th.
Healthy Living Goals
In some ways, I am doing well with my healthy living goals for the year and in other ways I'm off track. I exercised fairly regularly for several months, then barely did anything for several weeks. I eat healthy some weeks and other times I just crave (and cave in to) a Snickers candy bar. My desire and motivation to live a healthy lifestyle continue and I'll just keep plugging along and reporting my progress on Fridays (yes, I've missed a few Fridays lately with the busyness of life!).
I also declared one New Year's resolution this year - "to draw closer to the Lord and follow His guidance in my life." While this is not quite a measurable goal, I feel that I have done a good job this year in my efforts to draw closer to the Lord. I have been consistent with my daily quiet time (I still miss a day here and there), I'm on track with my Read-Through-The-Bible-In-A-Year plan, we attend church regularly, I completed a three day fast in preparation for the Bible study I taught on the book of Esther, and this month I am teaching pre-school Children's Church each Sunday morning. Most of these things are simply the activities that are helping me stay focused on my resolution, the real success is inside me.
How about you? Did you set goals or make resolutions for this year? How are you doing with them?