Weekly Meal Plan

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This week will be known as the week of waiting. We’re supposed to be hearing back from one of the BIG job opportunities by the end of the week and E has an interview on Thursday as well as a meeting with someone else about a job. We may have to make some big decisions before long….it’s exciting…and scary.

The Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle is back!

The next Ultimate Bundle is happening now! The Homemaking bundle is actually my one of my favorites of the ones they put out and I particularly love the cookbooks and other books about food! Here are a few that caught my eye this year:

Gluten Free & Grain Free Breads, Batters, and Doughs – I’m always wanting to hone my grain-free baking skills as I still have a lot to learn in this area!

Treat Yourself: Real Food Desserts – For better or worse, my sweet tooth is the size of Canada. Real food desserts alleviate the guilt at least a little bit. :)

7 Simple Steps to Better Grain-Free Baking – From the sweet and wonderful Kelly at The Nourishing Home! I LOVE her cookbook so I’m excited to see what tips she offers here!

Costco Slow Cooker Freezer Meals – I’ve written before about how slow cooker meals are the stuff of SAHM/WAHM dreams and adding Costco into the mix makes them even more so!

Frugal Real Food Meal Plans – I’ve been interested in these since Tiffanie came out with them a few months ago. She promises real food meal plans on reasonable budgets (something I definitely need to work on!).

As always, the bonuses are fantastic (the She Plans Dinner subscription service is particularly intriguing) and they’re including ecourses and printables in this one as well!

This Week’s Meal Plan

I’m going to include links to the recipes that are available online, otherwise I’ll include links to the resource where I got the recipe. Here’s this week: [Read more…]

Thy Will Be Done

We are not necessarily doubting that God will do the best for us; we are wondering how painful the best will turn out to be. CS Lewis - ahumbleplace.com

I fear God’s will.

It’s something we’re supposed to pray for. Something we’re supposed to include in our daily chats with Him, yet I find myself hesitating when I get to that part of the prayer. “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be……done?”

I hesitate to admit to this fear because it’s such a Christian faux pas. To suggest that my Creator’s will might harm me in some way sounds disobedient at best, and possibly sacrilegious at worst. But it’s true. I fear asking God to do His will because I fear what that really looks like. I fear that He’ll actually do it.

I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for. — Je 29:11

I know God is good. I trust that He knows far better than I do all the intricacies of life and that His will is good. But what if His will hurts? What if I don’t want to face that particular gauntlet even if I believe in my heart that it will lead to better things?

As I’ve gotten older, this fear has grown. This fear of taking a running leap of faith into the black hole of that will and not knowing how the fall is going to be, let alone what will be on the other end of the landing. What if my idea of good and His idea of good are two separate things?

The worst part, though, is that there doesn’t seem to be an end to this fear; I believe it’s something I’ll struggle with the rest of my life. (Though I’d like to believe that in my white hair days, I may have a more relaxed view of the twists and turns life can take. I hope.)

We don’t yet see things clearly. We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We’ll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing him directly just as he knows us!
But for right now, until that completeness, we have three things to do to lead us toward that consummation: Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly. And the best of the three is love. — 1 Co 13:12-13

This is one of my favorite passages in the Bible as it’s so easy to see myself meandering around in a fog, bumping into things.

“Someday you will see…the fog will clear…”

And that’s really what it comes down to. I may fear His will. I may be scared of the things I bump into in this perpetual fog of waiting and the inevitable bruises these collisions cause, but I hold on to the hope that the fog will clear. That someday all of this will make sense and we’ll know that it was worth it. That the journey, in hindsight, was difficult, but the view at the end was well worth the trek.

I hold on to the hope that when the sun breaks through this particular ramble through the haze, that we will be in a better place.

And so I hope for God’s will.

Weekly Meal Plan

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Lots of cookbook and ebook recipes this week….sorry, folks! We’re having company on Tuesday in the form of a visit from E’s mom (hi D!), so I’m sticking with easy comfort foods.

I’m going to include links to the recipes that are available online, otherwise I’ll include links to the resource where I got the recipe. Here’s this week: [Read more…]

How to Become a Virtual Assistant

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Obviously, being a VA is a large part of my life, especially right now as it’s a source of income for our little family during this time of transition.

I started in this line of work with a lot of fear and trepidation and not really knowing how to start or if I could even do it. I didn’t know any VAs personally and wasn’t really sure what this would look like for me. But I knew that I had good, marketable skills, and that I wanted to do something that not only brought in some income, but was also just for me….something that was independent of being a mom or keeping a home.

I mentioned in my What Does a Virtual Assistant Do? post that one of the books I recommend for new VAs is The Bootstrap VA and I continue to offer it up to anyone asking me questions about how to get started. So when the author, Lisa, sent out an email letting all of her affiliates know that she’s no longer going to be updating the book, I was a little sad. However, she also mentioned that she’d be having a bundle sale, specifically for VAs, to celebrate the final edition of the book and I was psyched. I’m a VA junkie and this sounded very promising!

When I saw the final list of resources, I knew that I wanted to not only promote this sale, but also that I wanted to pick up a copy for myself! I honestly with I had had a resource like this when I started!

From Tuesday, April 7, 2015 – Thursday, April 9, 2015, you can purchase an awesome bundle of virtual assistant and work-at-home resources for only $29.95. The bundle includes all three versions (PDF, Kindle, and Nook) of The Bootstrap VA, plus $218.95 of additional resources to help you start and grow your virtual assistant and work-at-home business. You’ll also get another $173 of discounted resources that you’ll only pay $33 for (if you choose to purchase them separately).


Here are all of the resources you’ll receive as a part of the bundle:

And here are all of the resources with discounts you can redeem:

If starting or building your virtual assistant and work-at-home business is on your to-do list for this year, don’t miss out on this special sale. You’ll definitely be kicking yourself if you do.

Click here to learn more about The Bootstrap VA Final Edition Bundle Sale and to grab your bundle.

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