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, February 9, 2017
One Litte Word - February
Be Physically ACTIVE
*Exercised at least 30 minutes 24 days!
Be Spiritually ACTIVE
*Enjoyed Quiet Time and devotional reading 23 days.
*Completed 5 illustrated Bible journal pages.
*Attended Sunday morning worship twice.
Healthy Living ACTIVITY
*Cooked more at home, less eating out & delivery.
*Lots of relaxing evenings at home.
*Completed class materials in the One Little Word class.
*Read and listened to weekly materials, interacted in Facebook group, and participated in the live Q&A sessions for the Chosen Journey.
*Listened to two episodes of the Live Inspired podcast (especially enjoyed Episode 50 with Stacy Julian).
*Read 10 books and attended the library book club discussion.
*Completed 2016 Gratitude Journal.
*Created 5 layouts and 5 cards.
*Created 4 additional cards for the Christmas Card Throwdown Challenge 02.
*Processed digital photos from several months of 2016.
*Published 24 blog posts.
*Participated weekly in Monday's Mail Memo and What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday and the monthly 5 in 5 Photography Meme.
*Had a guest post published on the 1authenticheart.com blog.
Home Improvement ACTIVITY
*Had new Satellite TV receiver installed with Internet access.
*Had gas fireplace cleaned/refurbished.
*Purchased new chair & mat for worktable in craft room.
*Two meet-ups with friends.
*Day out celebrating Daddy's 70th birthday.
*Daily texts & Facetime chats with Brenda.
*Saturday movie out with Robbie.
*Planned Spring Break trip to New Orleans with Robbie's brother & family.
50 Things To Do Before I'm 50 ACTIVITY
*Read 1 Fiction Pulitzer Prize winner.
*Researched cooking classes in New Orleans.
*Watched 14 movies from our collection.
I'm also being ACTIVE by using my stash, so all the items in my One Little Word notebook are things I had on hand. The February focus is Practice, finding one single thing to practice and track each day in February.
Honestly, I'm already tracking quite a bit in my calendar (daily devotional reading, writing in a prayer journal, exercise, water intake) as well as tracking all my eating in the My Fitness Pal app, so I decided to pick something that would supplement my goals and not be too much more right now. I chose to add 200 crunches to my daily exercise.
I'm using the tracking card and reflections card (which I'll fill out at the end of the month) from the OLW digital components in my OLW notebook. I created my title card with white cardstock and washi tapes.
I'm stamping a heart for each day that I complete the crunches. As you can see, I'm doing pretty well so far this month.
I also printed the monthly Actions and Reflections cards onto colored cardstock and completed the January cards.
I cut down two 9-pocket page protectors to use for these monthly cards.
I filled in the February Actions card with some of the things I'll be working on this month.
All-in-all, I'd say it's been a pretty ACTIVE year so far! I like how tracking these items keeps me focused on staying ACTIVE and am considering using that tracking card each month to add a little something extra. How do you track progress on your goals each month?