Oh Hi there first day of Summer! I keep seeing pictures of everyone’s trips to the beach and I am going to be completely honest, SUPER jealous! Oh don’t mind us hiding out in our dark, shade drawn apartment… I only wish I was kidding. Guys, we had a break last week where we were in the upper 90s, it was amazing but cruel. Going from 99 degrees for the high one day to 110 or 118 over the next couple of days means there is no adjustment period, which means it just feels that much hotter.This whole Summer thing probably wouldn’t be so bad, or so expensive, if it wasn’t for Peak hours. Peak hours, between noon and 7 pm Monday thru Friday, are the times when we get charged a crazy amount more for using power, aka AC, dishwasher, laundry, water heater (um, don’t have to worry about that one, but I’ll save that for a different post). The idea behind it is that because businesses and offices use a lot of power, mainly AC, during that time, they highly discourage residences from using a ton of power and overloading the grid, then causing blackouts and brownouts, which no one wants. We could opt for a different type of billing, but we would just get charged a mostly crazy rate all day… so we learn to live with Peak hours. Basically, we try to get everything we can done before noon and after 7, like laundry and dishes, and we also turn the temp up on the AC to the low to mid 80s between noon and 7 for as long as we can stand it. To get everything done during the summer while it’s still mostly cool outside, we have to get up early. Like 6am, before the kid or dog gets up, in the Summer early. And even if I gnash and wale at my alarm clock for the first minute or so when I get up… I love my early morning time, before I see 100 degrees flash across the bottom of my watch, and I can drink my warm coffee and have some quiet time to read and plan the day.
I am trying to make it a habit to get up early, which right now is about 6am but will get earlier closer to school starting, so that I will be still able to have this great time once I start teaching again at the beginning of August. I get a chance to sit and enjoy quiet moments, do my Bible Study (5 Habits of a A Woman Who Doesn’t Quit), and take a chance to plan out my day. I love this time before lil man is awake, and it’s not too hot to have the blinds open to enjoy the view. It’s not to say that I don’t throw in a load of laundry right before I sit down, you know all nonessentials shut off at Noon, but I try to take a chance to breath and pray before the day really starts.
As you may or may not already know, I am a paper girl. I love reading off of paper books, and making notes in my Bible study. I make grocery lists in an actual notebook, and I love using a real planner. There are no other distractions, and I’m not connected to the world when I do it. I get a chance to just do one thing. I don’t know if that makes sense to anyone else, but it keeps me sane, even if my hubby thinks it’s crazy. It just so happens, that about a month ago I was asked to try out the Anchored Press Daily Planner for 2016. About this same time, I realized that my planner was ending in July because it was a school year planner for 15-16…oops. Needless to say I jumped at the chance to test drive this beautiful, pink and blue, paper planner wonderland! I love that it has super large squares to plan out the month, a place to write out prayer requests, daily quick devotions, plenty of space to plan for the day, and a specific place to write out my first four, which is a huge plus when I have to plan around peak hours… This planner is heavy duty, and can handle my favorite Sharpie Pens without bleeding through the pages. There is even a space to “pray, ponder, pencil” everyday, which I know my doodling friends would love. It’s really meant to be lived in with memories and prayers recorded. It is meant for wasabi tape and glue sticks, with pictures and colored pencils. My crafty, wannabe artsy, side loves this, but not quite as much as my quiet, wrap my mind around what’s supposed to happen today side. Either way it is beautiful, sturdy, and really well designed. Here’s a bit about how this really cool planner came into being, seriously, I haven’t seen anything like it. Deana said, “Owning a stationery business for three years, while professionally satisfying, brought me little ‘soul growth’ and God, little glory. This fact led me to start writing devotions during my morning quiet time. Two months passed by and I had written over a hundred devotions. GOD GAVE ME THE WORDS and I didn’t know why. But, then the doors started opening, one after another. At this same time, I also realized I really needed a one-stop spot for everything that kept me organized, and my family running smoothly. Over the years, I have turned my day planner into a place to keep my schedule, devotional, prayer journal, meal plan, goals and memory keeping in one tidy place. Well, let me rephrase, one busting at the seams “tidy” place. All that I added into my tool to keep me organized, actually made it appear and feel as if I wasn’t organized at all. So through prayer, and being obedient to walk through the doors God was opening for me, The Anchored Press Planner CAME TO LIFE. The Anchored Press Planner was faithfully designed for women looking for a way to stay organized, and anchored in God’s Word.”
Ok, so who is ready to win one of these? Yes ,I know we are half way through the year, trust me, it’s worth it! Anchored Press is giving away 10 of these beauties, and all you have to do is click the picture below and fill out the form by June 30th. Don’t want to wait to get your hands on one? Head over to the Anchored Press Shop and pick it up for 40% off!
I can’t wait until late August when they release the 2017 planners. I have already been told that there are going to be different color options, two formats, one specifically for prayer journaling! Deana has even worked with some amazing women to write weekly devotions including Christine Caine and Jenni Catron. Keep an eye out on Anchored Press’ Facebook page and Instagram for more information.
Just checked the weather and it’s 105 degrees at 9 o’clock at night! Time to kick the AC down a bit more, and enjoy a very short Netflix marathon of Gilmore Girls, who am I kidding… I’ll be out after one episode.
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