Below are 10 (serious & frivolous) things that I couldn’t stop talking about this year (in no particular order):
1-My She Reads Truth Bible—It was a tough decision to “retire” my old Bible that I had used for so many years, but I just felt like it was time for a journaling Bible as my time with God has grown. I love everything about this Bible (the only thing missing for me is Jesus’ letters in red), but I’ve been highlighting them in pink as I’ve reading.
2-My 1SE APP—An app that captures 1 second of your life from everyday of the year and turns it into a video monologue. My favorite part—it captures all of the beautifully mundane things that tend to slip our memories!
3-Livettes Removable Wallpaper—We redid our kitchen and and bar area this year and this wallpaper gave it just the right amount of personality. Best part? If I’m sick of it in a few years, I can replace it. The designer, Livette, has some incredible designs! Check her out here.
4-Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer—It is a brush and a hair dryer in one! Yes, say goodbye to that annoying round brush! I have ALOT of hair that is in between wavy and straight and has a tendency to get a little frizzy. I must add that my favorite and most frivolous high maintenance thing I do is get blowouts (thank you Jessica & Kate!). But, this truly does give me that same "blowout" look! You can get it here.
5-Starbucks Green Teas—My go-to is a Venti Iced Green Tea, no water, no sweetner, with a splash of lemonade.
6-Crockpot Recipes—In my attempt to get (emphasis on the word attempt) dinner on the table 5 out of 7 days, I try to do at least one crockpot recipe a week, that way we have leftovers and can create another meal out of it. One easy one is chicken tacos. I add a big bag of frozen chicken breasts from Trader Joes and 1 jar of the salsa verde salsa, cook on low for 6-8 hours. Another is this Asian inspired dish from Skinny Taste. Have a favorite? Leave it below.
7-Anchored Press Devotional Planner (duh!)
8-Mark Batterson's Circle Maker—This book has changed my prayer life! Does your prayer life feel flat? Do you find it hard to talk to God? Head to Amazon and grab this book! I promise it will change you!
9-Podcasts—A few of my Go-To’s are, The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey to be inspired, Mom Struggling Well to parent as well as I can, How I Built This for entrepreneurial inspiration, Elevation Church for some mid-week inspiration. Each year I choose a different pastor to learn from, other than my own. I think it's so important to learn from different gifted pastors and teachers. I typically play the sermon mid-week while I work or in my car. I'm still undecided who it will be for 2018 so if you have any good ideas, comment below.
10-Planoly—For all of you business owners out there, this is my social media planning tool that truly does simplify posting to all of you. I've used a few but the way this is set up really works for my brain.
What could you not stop talking about in 2017? Share below!
I enjoy listening to Steven Furtick, too. Others pastors I would recommend…. Louie Giglio, Levi Lusko, Gregg Matte, and Craig Groeschel. They are all so great… I get a bit overwhelmed on who to listen to!
As far as 2018 pastors I have got to recommend my own, Shane Farmer, at Cherry Hills Community Church in Highlands Ranch, Colorado (chcc.org). We’ve had sermon series on Bible reading and breakthrough prayer and your journal and planner are set up perfectly to apply what I’ve learned. I received both as Christmas gifts! God is on the MOVE in our church and community. Would you join us in praying for revival? We’ve been doing a partial fast and corporate prayer to finish out the year and it culminates next weekend to jump start 2018! Blessings, Allyson Klein