What I’m Reading, Thinking, Doing – 7/25/15

What I'm Reading, Thinking, Doing 7/25/15 -- jessconnell.com

Done this last month:

  • Culled our library, pulling out books for a garage sale, and for some upcoming giveaways.
  • Worked with a young friend to clean out and organize my craft closet.
  • Finished a writing job. I’m so thankful to be able to work on Bible studies as a side job for extra income.
  • Did a week-long device & media fast. Felt conviction about electronic overusage and am still working through how to practically live that out. Hoping to write more on that, soon. (And yes I’m laughing at myself about this one– Ironic much?)
  • Started drinking unlimited coffee rather than limiting myself to 1-2 cups a day. I’m enjoying it and not having near the effects (mainly, jitteriness) that I anticipated.
  • Started using the paid-version of the “Way of Life” app as a simple way to keep myself on track with daily goals for myself, our home, and family.

To do this upcoming month:

  • Pack and prepare for an upcoming camping trip… my first time to go camping… and doing it with 7 kids — EEEEEK!
  • Go on said camping trip.
  • Prep for our upcoming homeschool year.
  • Restructure our chore chart, adding in Theo as a helper, upgrading and shifting certain responsibilities
  • Start making baby food for my little Mr. Chubster. He’s 5 months old, salivating, eyeing our food, and generally getting ready for solids.
  • Get my fall plans sorted out– babysitters arranged for a conference we’re attending, plans in the works for co-authoring a book, considering what we’ll do for our 15th anniversary in a couple months… lots to think about!
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Jesus-follower, Happy wife, Mom of 8 neat people. Former world-traveler, now settled in Washington. Host of Mom On Purpose podcast (momonpurpose.com). I write and wrangle kids.

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3 Responses

  1. Nicole says:

    Are your other writing projects (Bible studies, etc.) available to the general public? If so, could you share more about them? Thanks!

    • Jess Connell says:

      Thanks for asking, Nicole!

      I wrote with a byline ( meaning, it’s clear what’s from me) last year for a Lifeway publication called “Open Windows.” (http://www.lifeway.com/Keyword/open+windows) For about the last year, I’ve written unattributed devotionals (meaning, they are printed with no byline/attribution so you wouldn’t know which ones are mine v. someone else’s) for a Lifeway devotional magazine for women, called Journey. You can check it out here: http://lifeway.com/n/Product-Family/Journey-Magazine It is focused more on personal inspiration and spiritual growth.

      This most recent project was something I’ve only done once before. Instead of writing the devotionals, I actually have been doing some of the legwork around the devotional that fleshes it out before publication… for example, brainstorming discussion questions for the group doing the study, coming up with visual ideas for the graphic designers to use as a jumping off place for the design work, etc. It’s more conceptual work instead of doing the writing. I enjoy it in a different way from my writing, and it’s been fun to learn the more “behind-the-scenes” work of publishing Bible studies.

      Thanks for asking. :)

  2. Bethany says:

    I need to restructure our chores, too. I’ve been putting in off in the hopes that it would figure itself out, but so far that plan of attack hasn’t been very effective. 😉 I’d love to see your plan if you figure it out before I do.

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