New Year, New Goals

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Happy New Year!

As we turn over a new calendar we like to sit down and plan for the new year.  What goals do we have?  What new challenges will we face?  What new things will we tackle?  Here are a few posts that discuss different kinds of goals for you to consider.  Several of these posts have free worksheets that you can print off to assist you in your planning, dreaming, and praying.  Enjoy!

Goal Post:  Don’t kick it wide left – take some time to think and pray about your goals!

Goals and ArmorIn order to accomplish our goals, we are going to have to fight!  This is how we suit up for battle and train our kids.  

Growth and Goals: Are you growing in the right direction?

Goals For Your Kids:  Goals – they’re not just for adults anymore!  Click here to find out more about how we are going to help our kids reflect on last year and look forward to the next!  

Marriage and Parenting GoalsPlan to start the year out right! Download our free worksheet to help you discuss your growth areas for this year.  

Career Goals: What are your values?  What small goals do you have?  What huge goals?  What actions are required?  This is a great time to think about these questions.  

Personal Goals:  Personal goals are like a compass – no matter how far off course you get, you always know which way you are going.  


Here are some of the worksheets with the date changed to 2016 if you are a type-A person like Dana and care about those types of details!

2016 Kid’s New Years Eve Interview

2016 Kid’s Goals 

2016 Gals Personal Goals

2016 Guys Personal Goals

Character Traits

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To be purposeful in your parenting it is important to get the right tools in your tool belt. For those who know us personally, you know that we usually have a book, website or folder on about any given topic. It has actually became somewhat of a joke that “of course the Hanson’s have an excel spreadsheet on that!”

Neither Nate nor I claim to know it all…we are far from that, but we do get giddy when we come across new information! (Nate might not use the word giddy, but I do.) We are constantly looking for new resources to deepen our knowledge about God, how to have a better marriage and how to parent our specific children well.

As you have probably gathered, teaching our children different character traits is very important to us. Over the years we have gathered different resources to aid us in this goal. Today I will share some of them with you. Continue Reading…

Purposeful Living Interview: Bill Hauser and Servant Leadership

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What Is Servant Leadership?

I briefly introduced the idea of Servant Leadership 2 weeks ago, but what is it?  In a lot of ways, the term describes itself very well.  But to provide more clarification, James Autry explains that it is “leadership in service to others” in his book The Servant Leader.  The Greenleaf Institute points out that this is a “philosophy and set of practices.”  They also comment:  The servant-leader is servant first… It begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first. Then conscious choice brings one to aspire to lead. That person is sharply different from one who is leader first…”

Another’s Perspective

For today’s post I have chosen to interview a leader who has faithfully modeled Servant Leadership for me in a variety of ways.  Brother Bill Hauser was my pastor growing up, and he graciously agreed to answer some questions for me.  Enjoy!   Continue Reading…

Freezer Meals: Why Do It and Where Do I Begin?

Freezer Meals

I am very grateful that I had a mom who taught me about freezer meals when I was younger. It has been a life saver in this current season of life! Freezing meals can be completely overwhelming if you have never been exposed to it before, so for the next couple of weeks I plan to break it down into steps that will set you up for success. (If you subscribe to our website by putting your email address in the purple box, you will get a bonus email in November to help you do your first cooking day. So sign up today!!)

This week we will be discussing why it is beneficial and what freezes well.

Why do it?

  1. Time Saver
  2. Saves Money
  3. Less Thinking

It is a time saver! This is the most important reason for me in this season of life. You will no longer have to take the time every evening to fully prep a meal and cook it. It also cuts down on the amount of dishes that need to be washed each night. (A huge plus for me!!) It saves money by allowing you to buy in bulk, stock up on items when they are on sale and helps prevent you from eating out on those busy or tiring nights. Last, freezing meals takes the “thinking” out of dinnertime each week. You are able to just pull out supper instead of looking through cookbooks or Pinterest to figure out what sounds good. And a bonus is that it allows you to entertain unexpected guests or bless a family in need without scrambling around trying to throw something together. Continue Reading…

Temet Nosce

Hmmmm.....Who am I and why am I here?

Know Thyself

In order to know your purpose you first have to know yourself.  What are your passions, interests, strengths?   What are your weaknesses, bad habits, destructive tendencies, and areas that can torpedo your effectiveness?  Self-awareness is a prerequisite for purpose.

John Maxwell has often said that “Leadership is Influence.”  That seems like an appropriate way to make the connection between self-awareness and leadership.  Follow the logic with me:

  1. In order to influence others, you need to understand them.
  2. In order to understand and influence others, you need to control yourself.
  3. In order to control yourself, you have to first Know Yourself!

When you begin purposefully learning about yourself then you have started down the road to becoming a leader.      Continue Reading…

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