Tools I Use to Organize My Busy Life

Crazy busy describes my life for the last 17 days.  I have been on call for 17 days, covering extra patient office visits, hospital and nursery rounds, learning new teaching software, and trying to do the normal everyday stuff that is involved with owning a boarding kennel and a athletic training facility – this is one tired girl.

But I wanted to take a minute to share with your some of the tools I use to keep myself organized.

Cozi app – the Cozi app allows me to manage a menu, grocery list, and schedules with my family.  I put together a menu on Sunday and a grocery list for the week.

Kennel Booker – this is the most amazing software for managing our boarding facility.  I am able to set up reservations for family pets and the kennel staff then has real time access.

I also use aNote (Awesome Note). This is an app on my iphone that allows me to keep notes, to-do-list, and create check off list.  This is where I keep notes about topics to write about or research,  thoughts about business plans and even list of my hospital rounds.

I go off call officially at 7 AM tomorrow – this is one tired but happy girl, there is light at the end of the tunnel and hopefully sleep.

I would love to hear what tools you use to mange your life.
Have a great week
~ ConnieKayA ~
A Southern Girl sharing her passion for living an abundantly blessed life

 

Eight tips to achieve your current goals.

As I was reading facebook this morning,  Taylor Bardford of Boss Girl Creative  asked what are we working on this week for our biz.  As I looked at a long list of to-do’s I realized I need to find a way to be more focused and goal oriented.  Below is a list of tips to achieve your current goal.

Eight tips to achieve your current goals or develop new healthy habits.

  • Write down your goals or the habit you want to create.
  • Make a long-term plan for achieving your goal and divide it out into small steps or a flow chart.
  • Have a daily plan. Set reminders in your phone or write appointments on your daily planner. Schedule tasks just like you would any other appointment.
  • Find an accountability partner or group that understands your goals.
  • Post your goal publicly.
  • Remove all distractions. Get rid of all obstructions and distractions that will help prevent you from achieving your goals.
  • Visualize yourself achieving your goal and how you will feel achieving it. Allow yourself thirty seconds each day to breathe and visualize.
  • Educate yourself. Do research on what it will take to reach your goal and use available resources and tools make your journey a little easier.

I would love to hear you about how you achieve your goals.
~ ConnieKayA ~
A Southern Girl sharing her passion for living an abundantly blessed life.

Spiritual Health Is Important.

Lately the Big Man and I have not been attending church.  At first our  my excuse was work, family and just being “too busy” but over time I have found myself questioning organized religion.

My view of church has changed, I once believed that the body of the church would be faithful with work in the community, but over the last couple of years, I see the body of the church as being content to sit in their pew and write a check.

I have watched our church dwindle in numbers, never moving outside of the walls. Yet, thousands of dollars have been poured into maintaining a big old brick structure for a few.  For me that is selfish – I want people to get out, offer a hand (without a check).  There is so much of God’s work to be done in our little community.

So, I haven’t been to Sunday services and I feel bad about not going to church.  I love our pastor, she is one of the most honest, kindest, hard working souls I know.  Her mission in life is to spread the word and focus on God’s work.   But, I have learned in organized religion, you have to follow rules and you should not upset those with the checkbook.

So back to me, what do I do?? How do I give God what he deserves, after all he gave us his son.

God deserves His due place in our lives. Psalm 29:2 calls us to “give unto the Lord the glory due to his name…” He deserves a life of worship, and a small start of that is to spend time in His word, learning more about Him.

So..I have decided that online bible study and quite time with God are how I will give God the time he deserves.

I have started with 30 Days of Gratitude: A Journey Through Exodus

Exodus is not a book I have read. My plan is to read the passage for the day.  I then plan to spend time using the Quieting Your Heart Gratitude Journal 

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Will this process work?  I am not sure what I will gain from the process.  I do know that it is right to give God the time he deserves, so for now it will be me and God doing quite time together.

~ ConnieKayA ~
A Southern Girl sharing her passion for living an abundantly blessed life.

Comparison Is Not Always Bad

I have over the years fought the urge to compare myself to others. There was a time in my life when I survived on 600 calories a day, because I thought I was fat and unattractive.  During my time in the Army Nurse Reserves I would often compare myself to other nurses during PT and push myself to be better.

Comparing ourselves to others is not always bad, especially when it comes to health. Overtime research has proven that there are certain values, limits, ratios that will keep us healthy.

One action step that can help you recognize what you need to focus on is to: Compare Yourself with Recommended Benchmarks – Compare health status with benchmarks for things like Body Mass Index (BMI), physical activity, fruit and vegetable consumption, calories consumed, blood pressure, heart rate, cholesterol values, or hours of rest.

Comparing yourself to standard benchmarks will give you an indication of whether or not your health is where it should be. While a good, balanced diet and exercise certainly helps you stay fit and healthy, so many things are at work in your body simultaneously, it is always a good idea to keep your eye on these important markers that can alert you to some health problems early enough to address them.

When is the last time you did a little comparison?  What is keeping you from making the comparisons?

~ Connie Kay A ~

31 Actions For a Healthier Life

Today is the first day of October and I  am starting a new challenge. I will be participating in the “Write 31 Days Challenge.
take-the-31-dday-challengeThis year I will be sharing with you 31 Actions for a healthier life.
I have three goals for this challenge:
1.  Complete the challenge – Write something daily to help you live a healthier life.
2. Spend the month of October focusing on a healthier lifestyle.
3. Challenge my readers to incorporate 1 or all of the 31 Actions for a life a healthier life.

31I would love to hear how you focus on living a healthy lifestyle. Please visit my site each day and let me know about your healthy lifestyle.

~ Connie Kay A ~
A Southern Girl sharing her passion for living an abundantly blessed life

  1. Recognize the need to change 
  2. Comparison is not always bad
  3. Focusing on Consistency
  4. How to Have Time for A Workout
  5. Spiritual Health Is Important

Everyday is a New Day

Welcome to ConnieKay A, where every day is a new day. My husband (aka the Big Man) says that every minute is a new beginning with me.  I generally have at least three projects going at one time, and another one or two in the planning phase.

Today I am going to talk about how we use Cozi a digital family organizer. I have received no compensation for my thoughts, this is just me sharing what I think about the product.

To help keep us both stay on the same plan we have recently started using the simple digital family organizer, Cozi.  Cozi is easily downloaded to the phone of each family member.cozi_2

Cozi,  helps coordinate and communicate everyone’s schedules and activities, track grocery lists, manage to do lists, plan ahead for dinner, and keep the whole family on the same page.

For us the grocery list has proven to be a prefect match for our shopping habits.  In the past we kept a paper list in the kitchen. Often one of us would stop at the grocery store and not have the list.  We would return home without essentials that we needed.  Now, we keep a running list in Cozi.  After making the weekly menu, I simply add what we need to Cozi and whoever gets to the grocery store has the list at their fingertips.  We also keep our weekly menu in Cozi, this allows the Big Man to know what is going to be on the table for dinner and what we are going to share for lunch (we try to have lunch together Monday – Friday).

Between running my own family practice and a free health clinic, operating our boarding kennel, coordinating care of my dad, writing a weekly column for the local humane society, helping out with my husbands re-election campaign (he is currently a quorum court justice) and keeping our fourteen old rescue dogs healthy and safe, my to-do list is always a mile long and often my husband has no clue what I have on my plate.

Cozi cozi_1allows me to add task to the to-do-list that I can delegate to others.  I can create a personal to do list, a Big Man to-do list, or a list of task for our staff to complete.

The calendar is also a valuable addition for our family.  Our grandsons play baseball and football. Their parents have access to our calendar so they can add the boys’ events. This helps us coordinate our weekly activities, so that we can arrange our schedules to include the boys’ events.

In our very busy world, where every day can be a new beginning using Cozi had helped us become more efficient and better connected as a family team.

If you are looking digital organizer, I suggest Cozi. Cozi is truly a simple digital management solution for busy families.  I would love to hear about the tools you use to simplify your life.
~ Connie Kay A ~

 

 

Hello world!

Welcome to ConnieKayA, my little corner of the digital world.   I am 50-something wife, mother, Nana, vegetarian, nurse practitioner, teacher, & volunteer clinic administrator. I live in the small community of Blytheville, AR. located in the far Northeast corner of the State. My husband and I own and operate Bed and Biscuit Boarding.

I share a home with my husband of 22 years and our 14 four-legged rescue children. Collectively we have five adult near-perfect children, five perfect grandboys and 7 awesome granddogs.  We are also blessed to have my father living with us as he struggles to live with dementia. 

I love learning.  My goal is to learn something new every day. This little space is for others to come and learn from my adverntures, struggles, and blessings. 

I like to challenge myself physically by calling myself a runner.  I love to practice yoga, knit, and scrapbook. I am teaching myself to quilt.  On long weekends, when time allows us, we trout fish at Mammoth Springs, AR.  

I can honestly say, I am living a blessed life in Northeast, Arkansas.
~ Connie ~