Hello Advent

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And just like that, the last month of 2017 is upon us!

It’s also the first weekend of Advent, which I am so excited about. Advent is one of, if not my absolute favorite, season of the Church. I actually didn’t know that much about Advent until about two years ago, and since learning more about what it means for us as Christians, I look forward to it all year.

 There is so much joy in the season, but I think oftentimes we forget that it’s also a season of penance. While we are focusing on the joy and happiness that is the baby Jesus entering our world, we are also called to examine ourselves and evaluate where we are in our faith. Are our hearts prepared for this coming of Christ and His next coming? Are we living out our lives in a way that reflects our love of the Gospel and our faith first? Are we allowing others to see Christ in us and do we seek Him in them? Or are we like the women in the readings a few weeks ago, who are unprepared for what is to come?

I know I for one am falling short in a lot of these areas and I regularly find myself unprepared to encounter Christ. But I love that Advent provides an opportunity to take stock of and work to change these things before the joy of Christmas and also a new year. It’s almost like an opportunity to set goals and “resolutions” for your faith for the next year.

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Staying Productive

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Sooo who else struggles with feeling productive all week? Same.

Sometimes I’ll be on a roll and hit the ground running with all the different projects and errands I need to get done, but more often than not, I’m lagging. Whether you work in a traditional office or a creative business, we all hit that point in our day or week where we’re feeling uninspired or unstimulated. When I find myself falling into this slump, I remind myself of my goals and my wins for the last week or month. I’ve also found that implementing these three productivity hacks keeps me focused all week! (In addition to multiple cups of coffee- but that’s a whole other story)

Plan EVERYTHING

 I’m big on planners, to-do lists and calendars-  and I use all of them simultaneously. On Sundays, I like to plan out my week in my planner. I have this one right now but I’m starting to look for 2018-19 (crazy!) planners and I’m liking this one as a possibility. I’ll write out my to-do list of things that need to get done that week and write out important dates or events, like meetings or what day a post needs to go live. That helps to set the tone of what needs to get done.

 Then, every night, I use my handy Google Calendar to color code the next day. And when I say color code, I mean legit timing out each hour of my next day. I block out time to get ready, to go to the gym, to work on the blog and business- even to read at night. It sounds (and probably looks) crazy, but it’s honestly what keeps me on track throughout the day. It makes it way easier to block in time for things I typically make the excuse that I don’t have time to do- workout, read, pray, etc. Extremely efficient.

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