12 Goals for 2015: June Update (and a recap of our very full month!)

Whew! What a month June was! I had fun reviewing everything that happened and also wondering how it all happened in just 4 weeks. God’s grace was so evident to carry us through all of this… and there’s probably a good reason why I’m tired this week. :)

Here are some of the highlights from June:

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We started out the month with a bang by launching my brand-new 14-day online course: Make Over Your Mornings. To date, we have sold over 14,000 courses and fully funded a really cool project in South Africa.

I’m humbly grateful and overwhelmed by you all and your incredible response to this resource. Thank you for the constant stream of emails you’ve been sending me about how it’s impacting your life.

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We also launched something I’ve been wanting to launch for a long time — a weekly email newsletter from me personally. This email newsletter is filled with some behind-the-scenes stories and tidbits that you won’t read on the blog, some personal encouragement from me, plus helpful links and resources.

If you purchased a copy of Make Over Your Mornings, it should land in your inbox every Saturday morning. I’m having so much fun putting it together — and am loving getting to interact with a group of you on a more personal level (well, as personal as email can be!)

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Silas went with me to San Francisco. It was a whirlwind trip, but we had so much fun getting to see new things — like the Golden Gate Bridge!

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I spoke at a homeschool conference in Virginia.

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Our kids went to Pine Cove’s Camp in the City at our church.

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Kaitlynn and I got to see our beloved Jackie Evancho in concert with the Nashville Symphony.

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Jesse and I got to enjoy quite a bit of one-on-one time while our kids were at camp during the day.

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Kathrynne got to go with me to the Atlanta Say Goodbye to Survival Mode Event — and thought the spread in the green room they had for us was pretty amazing (so did I!)

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We celebrated this beautiful girl’s eighth birthday with shopping and more fun one-on-one time fun together.

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I faced some fear gremlins and flew to NYC (by myself!) and recorded a segment on John Stossel’s show on Fox Business.

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We met up with my sister and her family in Atlanta for a few days of fun.

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And then we came home and vegged for a few days before leaving again for a few days in Kansas for the 4th of July.

My 12 Goals for 2015




  • Complete all She Reads Truth 2015 Bible Studies + memory work.
    • Done in January — I absolutely loved the John study.
    • Done in February — I really enjoyed the Esther study.
    • Done in March — The Lent study was so, so good!
    • Done in April — I loved the Timothy study!
    • Done in May — I’m so enjoying the Women in the Word study.
    • Done in June — I’m continuing to enjoy the Women in the Word study!
  • Read 1 fiction book per month.


  • Hire a local personal assistant.
    • Done! And I’m so grateful! My new assistant, Ashley, is amazing!
  • Launch 2 courses.
    • Woot! Woot! We launched Make Over Your Mornings in May!
    • We’re working hard on a free 5-day video course we’ll be launching with my new book, Money-Making Mom.
  • Launch our new product line (slated to soft launch later this year).
  • Release my third book (slated to come out November 2015).
    • We’re in the middle of gearing up for marketing and publicity and are in the midst of the final edits. Can’t wait to tell you more about this book in the coming months!


  • Increase last year’s overall giving totals by 10% in 2015.
    • Part of my going to South Africa was to investigate the possibility of our family personally supporting the work of Take Action. After coming home, we both felt this was the direction we were supposed to take and our partnership with them will allow us to meet this goal. We’re so thrilled with what God is doing there in South Africa and, for those who have joined us in this through the #TenDollarTribe.
  • Finish funding our Rental House #3 Savings Account.
      • We’re at 75%. We’re starting to look at houses in earnest and getting excited about the possibility of buying another rental again.

    How are you doing on YOUR goals for 2015?

    If you set goals for this year, I’d love to hear how you are doing on them! Leave a comment telling us about your progress on them or leave the link to your blog post about them. Here’s to a year of living with purpose, intentional, impact, and meaning!

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DaySpring: Mugs, Tumblers, & Water Bottles as low as $2.98 + shipping!

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DaySpring is holding Flash Sale today and offering their mugs, tumblers, and water bottles on sale Buy One, Get One Free when you add a second one to your cart.

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Plus, you can get an additional 25% off when you use coupon code THANKYOU at checkout. Prices start as low as $7.95, making the prices as low as $2.98 after the Flash Sale and coupon code.Screen Shot 2015-07-07 at 3.34.53 PM

Shipping is free on any order over $50.

Thanks, Cincinnati Cents!

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48-Hour Giveaway: 1-Year Adopt-an-Olive-Tree Subscription (1 Winner)


This is SUCH a unique giveaway and I can’t wait to see who wins!

Pomora’s Adopt an Olive Tree program allows anyone in the UK or US to adopt an olive tree from Italy and enjoy delicious olive oil delivered direct to your door throughout the year. What could be better than olive oil from your very own adopted tree?

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Pomora works with two small, independent growers – Antonio and Carmelo – whose families have grown olives for generations.  They continue to use the traditional production methods which both respect the earth and produce the finest, award-winning olive oils.

Their growers look after your tree throughout the year and harvest and press your olives in autumn. And then they ship your oil direct to your door – no middle men, no messing – just fresh and delicious olive oil.  Yum!

Whether you drizzle it on bruschetta, use it as a base for a fresh salad dressing, or simply as a dip for bread, it will bring a ray of Italian sunshine to your table every day.


Would you like to win a one-year subscription to Pomora’s Adopt an Olive Tree Program? Click on the graphic below and type in your name and email address.

One winner will be chosen and posted next week. This giveaway ends Friday, July 10, at 11:59 pm, CST.

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Sign up for the Self-Publishing Success Summit for FREE!

Sign up for the Self-Publishing Success Summit for FREE!

Have you ever considered writing a book? If so, you’ll want to sign up for the FREE Self-Publishing Success Online Summit being held July 12-23.

This Summit features interviews from 37 different authors and entrepreneurs and will give you lots of valuable information to help you write, market, and publish your book.

Here are the three main topics this online event covers:

Step 1 – Writing You Book – You’ll learn how to easily & effortlessly write your first book and how to overcome the doubts and fears that keep you from writing.

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Sign up for this event for FREE here.

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Sonic: 1/2 Priced Cones all day long on July 9, 2015

Sonic: Half Price Cones at Sonic on July 9, 2015

On July 9, 2015, Sonic is reportedly offering half priced cones all day long at all locations.

Note: This deal has been advertised with signage at various Sonic locations across the country. However, I cannot find any official mention of it online from Sonic. (If you find one, let me know!) So I’d recommend calling your store ahead of time to verify that they are participating.

Thanks, Freebies 4 Mom!

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