52 Lists-Week 6

Here is my weekly post of my 52 lists weekly challenge for the year 2014. This is week six and the challenge is to “list the ways in which you can love others”. Here is my list:


hugs.kisses.kind words.quotes.send cards.text messages.emails.hand written letters.give compliments.give compliments.send words of encouragement.gifts.make a visit.dinner dates.love notes.thank-you notes.random acts of kindness.listen.offer advice when needed.forgive.smile.make a phone call.say “i loveyou”.be patient.be kind.be thoughtful.give back.mentor.tell others what you appreciate about them.tell others what you admire about them.spend quality time together.understand.accept.surprise them.show support.inspire.motivate.respect.compromise.praise people.be more present.laugh.be honest.be courteous.be positive.


52 Lists-Week 5

Here is my weekly post of my 52 lists weekly challenge for the year 2014. This is week five and the challenge is to “list what you are grateful for”. Here is my list:


sean david.family.friends.trooper.debt free.our home.books.music.healthy food.my career.access to healthcare.law enforcement.firefighters.nurses.military.farmers.education.time spent with loved ones.blog reading.crafts.days off to rejuvenate.family traditions.denahy family farm.hope.opportunity.future.growth.

Chalkboard Art

I have a recent obsession with chalkboard art. Anyone with me?!?! I would change up my chalkboard every day if I had the time. It seems to be somewhat therapeutic for me. It is fun, yet relaxing. A good creative outlet 🙂 I would not claim to be a great artist, but I love the words, messages and quotes that I am able to use. Some of the designs are just for fun, some are motivational and inspiring. Here are some of the pictures of what I have been up to:









52 Lists-Week 4

Here is my weekly post of my 52 lists weekly challenge for the year 2014. This is week four and the challenge is to “list your current & future goals & dreams”. Here is my list:

financial peace.give back.live healthy.visit all MLB stadiums.go to ireland.learn to line dance.open a winery.be married 50+ years.swim with dolphins.go zip-lining.have our own family.attend a cooking class.go to the grand canyon.hot air balloon ride.sleep in a castle.stay at a bed & breakfast.go on a cruise.go to a dallas cowboys game.go snorkeling.build a garden

Here is a link to the week 4 challenge, if you want to join:

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While surfing through Facebook the other day, I stumbled upon this interesting website that is a challenge called “The 52 Lists Project”. It is a 52 week challenge in which the participants are given a list each week to fill out and share with other participants. I am going to have to play catch up […]

I Like Giving 2

Do you believe in signs? I feel like God was sending me one today. Like I mentioned in my previous post, one of my goals for 2014 is giving back. I discovered the I Like Giving movement and read the book. I visited the I Like Giving website to be inspired by others stories of generosity. In the book, Formsma encourages his readers to give freely and seek opportunities to be generous daily. He acknowledges that once you start giving freely, you will become more aware of opportunities to give generously that you may not have previously noticed. I think God presented me with a perfect opportunity today.

This morning it was a frigid -38 degrees with wind chill in Iowa. I had an appointment at the University of Iowa. While leaving the parking garage, the parking garage attendant was all bundled up to bare the cold weather. She struggled to make the change, as her fingers were so cold despite her attempts to keep them warm with her mittens. I accepted the change and began to drive off, feeling sorry for the parking garage attendant, as I believe it was just the beginning of her shift and she already appeared to be freezing. The thought wasn’t going to just leave my head. I thought, what can I do? This is when I remembered that I had the disposable, one-time use hand warmers in my center console of my car. I pulled back around, jumped out of my car, knocked on the glass of the window and handed her the hand warmers. I said, “I think these may be of use to you today”. She looked at me, grabbed the hand warmers, smiled, and said “thank you”. I am sure this girl was thinking, why does this lady randomly have hand warmers in her car? Who knows? However, I think this was God’s sign to me today that those opportunities to give generously really are everywhere. We just need to be willing and aware.


While visiting the I Like Giving website, I came across a link to submit for I Like Giving cards. http://ilikegiving.com/tell-others. The organization sends them to you, free of charge. I received mine in the mail today. Ironically, I received them right after coming home from my appointment at the University of Iowa. The cards are so cute and functional. When
you share your story on the I Like Giving website, there is a concept of
labeling your story “I Like ________”. The cards are labeled that way also. I labeled my story, I Like Hand Warmers. Fitting, huh? The cards will be perfect to attach to more hand warmers to hand out to others trying to bare this frigid cold weather. Along with the cards, I received a letter signed by the founder of the organization and author of the book I Like Giving, Brad Formsma. I am very impressed with this organization. Please visit the I Like Giving website, Facebook page, and consider following them on Twitter. See the links below:

Official website: http://ilikegiving.com/

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ILikeGiving#!/ILikeGiving

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ilikegiving



I Like Giving

One of my favorite gifts from Christmas was a book that my husband, Sean, got for me. I had never heard of it. It wasn’t on my wish list. As part of The Total Money Makeover plan, giving back is something that Dave Ramsey strongly encourages. This is something that Sean and I really want to focus now that we ourselves are debt free. Therefore, this book was very fitting and motivated me to actually make “giving” one of my goals for 2014. The book that Sean got for me is called I Like Giving by Brad Formsma. It is a book full of inspirational stories of giving back and being generous to others. The author even cites several books and studies that discuss how giving back can be good for your own personal happiness and health by the joy you feel when giving.

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One quote that was cited in the book really resonated with me:

“I have one simple message to offer and it’s this: giving is the most potent force on the planet…Give daily, in small ways, and you will be happier. Give and you will be healthier. Give, and you will even live longer.”

–Dr. Post, author of Why Good Things Happen to Good People


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Formsma poses the question: “What if more than 315 million Americans alive today would do something generous for someone else daily, weekly, or even monthly. How powerful could that be? What type of impact would that have on our country and the world? What if everyone in the world started living more generously? How much healthier, happier, and more connected would we all be?”

A very interesting perspective. It only takes one person, one action, one gesture, one kind word…but if we all join together, imagine the impact on making the world a better place. Oh, the possibilities!


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If you want to learn more about the I Like Giving movement, you can do so by visiting the following links:

Official website: http://ilikegiving.com/

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ILikeGiving#!/ILikeGiving

Purchase the book: http://www.amazon.com/Like-Giving-Transforming-Power-Generous/dp/1601425759

I would highly recommend this book to anyone. Giving back is a passion of mine. It makes me feel good, and spreads joy to others. There is no right or wrong way to do it… just GIVE! It can be random, planned, monetary or not, a small or big gesture. Either way, by giving back you are making the world a better place!


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