2015 – Words, plans, & goals

Yes, I realize that we are 5 days into the new year and I am slightly behind on the new year post of plans and etc. but I have been crazy busy for the last two weeks. With a trip to my parent’s, Christmas, A trip to Virginia for school through New Year’s, a trip back to my parents house for the Barber family Christmas and then a day of family time and homework, I have not spent any time at my home with my pups and have not had time to think much about the new year. Now that I am home and had an afternoon off, here are my thoughts for my 2015.

Word(s) of the year – Faithful & Challenging

I want to remain faithful to the Lord, myself and my commitments this year.
I want to challenge myself to step out of the box and do things that aren’t just the “easy” things to do. I want to challenge myself to follow through on commitments and be the best that I can be.

-Consistent Bible Study, prayer and journaling
-Go to one new place every month (restaurant, state, landmark, etc)
-No soda
-Live a healthier lifestyle
-Write one note every week (email or card)
-Intentionally blog

Well here’s to hoping for a faithful and challenging 2015!

Grace & peace,
Kelsey Diane


Dreaming Big

I ran across this quote on Pinterest today:

“If Your Dreams Don’t Scare You They’re Not Big Enough.”

Well, my dreams definitely scare me, and I feel like they are way too big for what I can actually accomplish, but I am going to keep trucking on with them.  Dreaming and hoping that one day they one day come to fruition.  I know that the Lord has a big part in my dreams and if they are of Him, then he is going to work them all out for His good.

I could use prayers for my dreams and how to go about making them reality.  Hopefully one day I’ll be able to post that an undisclosed dream or two is becoming a reality in my life.

Catching Fire

Well I have finished book 5 of the year, Catching Fire, by Suzanne Collins.  It was such a good book.  If you enjoyed reading Harry Potter or Twilight, then I suggest that you read the Hunger Games series.  I am on to the final book of the serials Mockingjay.  If anyone wishes to speak to me, then you can probably find me in a corner absorbed in the book.

I think I forgot how much I loved to read after I went to college and didn’t have a whole lot of time to read.  I guess that’s what life post-graduation is all about.

The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe

Well my love for reading and my new dedication to read 52 books this year.  I have now finished 3 books.  The one I finished this morning was The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, by C.S. Lewis.  It was such a good book.  My mom read the first few books of the Narnia series to me when I was little, but I haven’t read them since, so 7 of my books this year are planned to be the Narnia series.  I have finished the first two and love them.  C.S. Lewis is one of my favorite authors and I can’t wait to pick up the next book in the series, but first I am going to read Kisses from Katie, by Katie Davis.

If anyone has any suggestions for books that I should read this year, feel free to let me know.

The Help

So I finished my second book of the year last night, The Help by Kathryn Stockett.  It was such a good book and I recommend it to anyone who likes to read, wants a good read, has or hasn’t seen the movie, or really anyone in general.  I am keeping up with my goal to read a book a week so far and am now starting on my third book, The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, by C.S. Lewis.


The Magician’s Nephew

I have officially finished my first book of 2012, The Magician’s Nephew, by C.S. Lewis, the first in the Chronicles of Narnia series.   It was such a good book and an easy read.  My mom read several of the Narnia books to me when I was younger, but I haven’t read them since then or since I became a Christian.  It is crazy how many little things I picked up on that point to Christ and biblical principles in this book and I know that will be true of the rest of the books in the series too.

Tomorrow I am starting my second book of the year, The Help, before I start part 2 of the Narnia series.  At this rate, maybe I will try to read a book a week, but I’m not going to get too ambitious at this point.  If you have any suggestions of books I should read, let me know.