Evernote Bonus for Your Best Year Ever

Best Year Ever at SkipperClanThis post contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links, I’ll receive a small commission. All opinions are my own and you can read more on my disclosure page.

It’s that time of year again.

The next few days are some of the most popular for
planning and setting intentions for making the
next 12 months better than the previous 12.

But there is a danger in this as well.

Most people set New Year’s resolutions.

Unfortunately, most people fail – and most
failures happen pretty quick. In fact, studies
show that 25% have abandoned their New Year’s
resolutions after just one week.

That’s about to change for over 4,000+ people this
year (possibly you?). It’s a brand new process
called “5 Days To Your Best Year Ever”.


This proven goal-accomplishing process was
designed by New York Times best-selling author
Michael Hyatt.

It gets better…

If you register before Tuesday at midnight, you’ll
also get another incredible gift – a Goal Tracking
System that works with Evernote.

In this extra bonus, Michael shares:

* 3 reasons why Evernote is a better goal-tracking
solution than more robust, dedicated applications.
(Remember: “Complexity is the enemy of

* 2 simple hacks for using Evernote to keep your
goals visible, so you don’t fall victim to
out-of-sight-out-of-mind syndrome. This is the #1
reason people fail to achieve their goals.

* 4 click-by-click steps for setting up your
personalized Goal Progress-tracking System (GPS).
You can watch him do it on-screen, then do it yourself.

* An importable Evernote template you can use to
track your key motivations, next actions, progress
reports, and random notes for each goal. Simply
double-click on the included file and start

The only “heads up” I’ll share though is that the
Evernote bonus ends on Tuesday (December 30th)
at 11:59pm PST.

So my recommendation is to go get it now while the
Goal Tracking System is still available.


P.S. The bonus will only be made available to
those who purchase before Tuesday at midnight. So
make 2015 your best year ever and get the course
and the bonus today!


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3 Books to Read Before the End of the Year

3 Books to Read Before the End of the Year

There are two ways to approach the end of the year.

You can either lament the fact another year is nearly gone, along with all our its unmet goals, or you can try to cram so much in before you turn the calendar page – that you miss out on the time with family and friends. Reading may be a goal that gets pushed aside during the rest of the year but is easier to fit in when your schedule is more relaxed.

Completing a new book always gives me the feeling of accomplishment, and I have finished several good books lately. These books may help you as you begin to plan goals for 2015.

The Legacy Journey

The Legacy Journey, by Dave Ramsey

You may think another book by Dave Ramsey would just talk about finances. Having read his other books and listening to his show for hours, I can definitely say this book is different. Not only is this book more focused on the babysteps after paying off debt, but reading it is more like reading a devotional than a self-improvement book. I found myself underlining verses and foundational truths throughout the book. Personally, I recommend getting the hardcover instead of the ebook so you can share it after reading. I’m looking forward to being able to give generously like those in Ramsey’s many examples from this book.

It Starts With Food

It Starts With Food, by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig

The website for Whole30 really has all the information you would need to give your body a reset. Shopping lists, scientific explanations, and preparation tips are all there – so why am I recommending the book? The book provides a much deeper explanation of why many foods are completely eliminated for 30 days, when to extend it to 60 or 90 days, and why the Whole30 plan is not a forever-way of eating, although it’s pretty close. The authors know how unlikely it is that you would go the rest of your life without a taste of birthday cake or having an occasional glass of wine. In the book, they also share how to reintroduce foods so you can determine what is best for you in the long run. If you are considering a health change in the new year, I highly recommend It Starts With Food and www.whole30.com.

The 13th Gift

The 13th Gift: A True Story of a Christmas Miracle, Joanne Huist Smith

I know, I know, I’ve recommend a book on finances and health for a little ‘light’ holiday reading! This last book may seem like heavy reading at first glance, but I promise it will encourage your heart. The 13th Gift is based the true story of how the lives of a family who had just suffered the loss of their husband and father were forever changed by a series of anonymous gifts leading up to Christmas Day. The story is well written and quick to read. I found my copy at the local library, but the Kindle version is just a few dollars. I hope it will encourage you to find creative ways to encourage someone you know who is struggling after the loss of a loved one.

I hope you will find yourself somewhere in the middle as you wrap up the end of the year. Finish your goals strong, with the same energy in the last ten days that you give it during the first ten, but finding the kind of harmony with your time that allows you to enjoy the festivities of the season. Let me know if these will be on your list of 3 books to read before the end of the year.

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Simple Christmas Decor

Simple Christmas Decor at SkipperClanDo you have all your Christmas decorations out? Between traveling over Thanksgiving and some family demands, we have been slow to pull out decorations.

SkipperClan found some grapevine on his parents’ property and setup a form so I could make my own wreaths.

Simple Christmas Decor Wreath Form

They turned out simple but nice and I had just hung a few on my kitchen cabinets when my neighbor happened to share a photo of some decor she was selling.

Simple Christmas Decor at SkipperClan

I walked down the street and couldn’t believe it when she told me there were seven of them, the exact number of upper kitchen cabinets we have.

Simple Christmas Decor Cabinets

So one part of my Christmas decorating became super simple.

However, one of the things about moving three times in about three years, is that we have items that don’t work well with our new home. At our previous home, we had porch railing which held our lighted garland. This home has a large window at the front and center of the porch and I felt it was just begging for a huge wreath.

But I hated having decor items we couldn’t use and considering spending even more on decorations. Especially when I saw that large wreaths commonly sold for well over $100!

That SkipperClan guy of mine…he is pretty smart. In fact, it’s usually the simple ideas that he comes up with while I’m busy trying to research a good deal on just buying things ready-made.

Enter, a hula hoop.

Yep! We had just discussed the idea of wrapping our existing lighted garland around a hula hoop when one of our {other} neighbors had a slightly bent hula hoop out for recycling!

I’m not ashamed to say that other people’s trash is sometimes treasure.

Yesterday I wrapped that garland {over and over} around the hula hoop, adjusted the branches so it would lie against the window better and cover as much of the bright pink toy as possible.

Simple Christmas Decor Cabinets

While this photo isn’t the best, I think you get the idea. And it looks beautiful from the street with our roofline lights.

Simple Christmas Decor Hula Hoop Wreath

I am sure I will find a new home for my handmade grapevine wreaths soon, but for now I am content with my budget-friendly, super simple Christmas decor.

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Best Year Ever Earlybird Deadline

Best Year Ever at SkipperClanThis post contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links, I’ll receive a small commission. All opinions are my own and you can read more on my disclosure page.

Today is an important date for your 2015.

If you’re like most, the New Year marks a great time to reflect and reset.

It’s a time when we can craft a plan for making
2015 our best year ever.

The problem is, you and I both know that the average “plan” just doesn’t work.

FUN FACT #1: Did you know that the average person sets the same New Year’s resolution 10 times!

FUN FACT #2: After just one week, a full 25% of people have already given up on their New Year’s resolutions.

Crazy right?

That’s why Thursday is a significant date for you.

Michael Hyatt’s course called 5 Days To Your Best Year Ever will change the “average” outcome. It’s designed to help you get clear and actually accomplish more of what you really want.

The reason Thursday is important is because the discounted price for this course is about to go up
– pretty significantly.

So if you’d like to have your best year ever, I recommend you go register for the course while the discounted Early Bird rate is still available.


All the best.


P.S. The discount on the VIP option is pretty significant so be sure to register before Thursday at midnight and make 2015 your best year ever!


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30 Top Achievers Share Their New Year’s Process

Best Year Ever at SkipperClanThis post contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links, I’ll receive a small commission. All opinions are my own and you can read more on my disclosure page.

What is the most important thing you do at the beginning of each year to set yourself up for your best year ever?

That was the question asked of over 30+ high achievers the replies have been pouring in. It’s a wealth of wisdom and the responses are incredible.

All the answers have been compiled into a single,handy PDF, and you can get it for free here: http://bestyearever.me/a7620/achievers


P.S. Some of the people include Tony Robbins, John Maxwell, Dave Ramsey, Andy Andrews, Jeff Walker, Marie Forleo, Amy Porterfield, Lysa TerKeurst, Andy Stanley, Chalene Johnson, Lewis Howes, (and many others).  Download everything here:

Learn more about Michael Hyatt’s Best Year Ever:

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What The Advent Season Means for Moms

This week I was on the phone with one of my dearest friends in the world. We are almost the same age. She gave birth to her second son a few weeks ago about the time I was registering my youngest for college classes. It is truly hard for me to accept the fact it’s been eighteen years since I last brought home a newborn.

For one thing, it seems like that would automatically make me old, which is of course, impossible.

What the Advent Season Means for Moms at SkipperClan

I remember all the senses of that newborn stage. The joy, the exhaustion, the smells (good and bad, don’t you love the smell of a clean baby?!) I used a baby wrap before anyone tossed around phrases like baby-wearing because it helped me get the laundry done. I worried about schedules, and doing this parenting thing the right way, and how to pay for diapers out of the measly little grocery budget we had.

It seemed like the teenage years were far, far away when we had two cribs in one room.

And now that they are just entering adulthood, the teenage years also seem far away.

It seems like tomorrow they will tell me about their careers, spouses, and their own children. Time really does seem to speed up each year.

Two-thousand fourteen has been full for our Clan.

  • SkipperClan completed his Master’s and we attended his graduation ceremony in Nashville, TN.
  • I achieved a dream with my home business.
  • Our youngest graduated high school.
  • SkipperClan retired from twenty years of military service.
  • We moved for the third time in 38 months.
  • We bought a home.

The list goes on and on really, there were surgeries, cancer diagnosis, and financial challenges. Illnesses, damaged furniture, and approximately 2,876,492 pieces of paperwork to complete.

I may be exaggerating only slightly on the paperwork.

In the midst of all this eventfulness, Thanksgiving arrived. Then I blinked, and it was Christmastime.


The season when we anticipate, wait for, expect the return of our Savior. We celebrate his birth and we read the promises of His second coming. We begin to light the candles around a wreath to serve as a marker, a reminder, of those promises.

I tell you all of this to tell you, that all of these thoughts entered my heart and mind in a moment that first Sunday after Thanksgiving. I sat in a little church in north Florida with my children on each side of me. Beside my son, was a beautiful young woman who holds his heart. Three young people that I prayed for before I knew them. They all love that Savior we are celebrating. They are healthy, they are responsible young adults, they are compassionate, they are generous, they are a joy to be around.

And I sat there almost completely overwhelmed by how blessed I am that God used me to be a part of their lives. When the pastor read over Luke 2:19…

 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.

I was experiencing the meaning of those words in a way I never had.

What does the Advent season mean for moms? To moms who have those newborns, to the moms who have screaming toddlers, inquisitive preschoolers, homework-burdened pre-teens, license-wielding high-schoolers, or wandering prodigals: there is no perfect way to carry, sleep, feed, or schedule your children, there is only a need to raise them to understand the love God has for them.

Anticipate greatness for your children, expect God’s work through their lives, read His promises for those who are faithful {you}.

Merry Christmas Moms, make the most of your Christmas season.

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Your Roadmap to Your Best Year Ever

Best Year Ever at SkipperClan
This post contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links, I’ll receive a small commission. All opinions are my own and you can read more on my disclosure page.

Does the image above make you want to click away immediately?

Don’t go just yet. If you wait til December 26th to plan for your New Year goals, you are likely to fall into that majority of people who fail to reach them. Is there a dream you’ve had for years but it is starting to feel like you are never going to reach it?

Don’t give up just yet.

I’ve successfully used Michael Hyatt’s free resources for several years now, so if you do nothing else, I hope you will click here and utilize those free tools.

But if you are ready to invest in something more, and you understand the following is an affiliate link (which means I will get a small portion of income from the Michael Hyatt team should you purchase), maybe you’re ready for his new coaching program.

Michael Hyatt just released his all-new 5 Days To Your Best Year Ever Coaching Program.

Last year alone over 3,000+ people went through the program – and there are some amazing stories of people experiencing incredible transformations in their life.

You can experience the same:


But there is a catch…

It’s only open for the a very short period of time.  After that, he closes it down to focus on supporting the new class of people going through the program.

If you know deep down that you’re capable of more but have felt stuck not knowing how to experience the kind of breakthrough you deserve, then go check this out:


Praying for YOUR best year ever,

P.S. There is even an extra bonus just on opening day!


P.P.S. The registration for this course is only open for a short period of time so don’t miss out, click the link below:


P.P.P.S Don’t forget there are free tools available to everyone!

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What Happened When I Tried Whole30 for 9 Days

What Happened When I Tried Whole30 for 9 Days

Last week I shared a little about the search that led me to the Whole30 website. I truly never believed I could go nine days without bread and dairy.

I mean, there is being healthy and there is being crazy.

As I mentioned, I had already limited those food for about a week and a half, with great results. By the time I was ready to start nine days of eating according to the Whole30 guidelines, I was giving up very little. I love goal setting and accomplishment too, so it was really the perfect time for the challenge.

I won’t lie, I was hungry the first couple days. Looking back, I genuinely think it was a combination of two things:

  1. I wasn’t drinking as much water because it coincided with a couple of days of cooler weather.
  2. I wasn’t eating enough healthy fats or large enough meals.

Once I adjusted these two areas, I truly was very satisfied after each meal. I was surprised how many times I couldn’t finish as much food as I had routinely eaten just a month earlier. I noticed flavors of the ingredients in my meals more and more each day. I was willing to eat what might seem like extremely random meals, as long as I had protein, vegetables, and a healthy fat on the plate. I drank a ton of water. I only drank water.

I carry most of my extra weight right on my middle. They call it apple-shaped and it is miserable. I can picture my grandmother when I think of this who had great legs and often wore shorts, but was very overweight. Now that I am an adult, I have lived the frustration of seeing nearly every extra ounce land firmly on my waistline. Even when I have been able to do more vigorous exercise routines and been fit, the last place I lost weight was my stomach.

Everything was different this time. With the Whole30 eating guidelines, I no longer snacked and I felt full. But nothing prepared me for the shock of seeing weight come off my waistline first.

Like, fall over, what-is-happening, then jumping-up-and-down, high-fiving, shock that my pants were loose. Very loose.

Whole30 specifically challenges you not to look at the scale during your 30 day experiment. Even though my challenge was just for 9 days, I followed the same guidance. After the 9 days, I’d lost almost five pounds but, more importantly, I’d gone down TWO pant sizes.

Let me repeat, what happened when I tried Whole30 for 9 days was that I went down two pant sizes.

My daughter said my happy dance deserved it’s own event on Facebook.

I don’t know what would happen for you if you challenged yourself to eat this way. I just know that for me, this way of eating is truly what my body seems to be designed to consume. I never planned to eat this way forever although some do. I’ve had several weeks since finishing this first challenge (including Thanksgiving) so I’ll be sharing more about that time soon.

If you are trying to make healthy changes like this, there is probably no greater key to success with Whole30 than to plan ahead and prep for your week. Whether it’s washing and chopping vegetables and fruit, deciding on your sides, or having your favorite refillable water container clean each night for the next day: you absolutely will find yourself eating unhealthy foods if you aren’t prepared. Especially if your workday or other responsibilities take more time than you expected and it is dinnertime.

I also had great online support through my first Whole30 (9) Challenge. Next week I’ll be sharing more about how that group came together and the importance of those women in my success.

Characteristics of Those That Succeed

Best Year Ever at SkipperClan


This post contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links, I’ll receive a small commission. All opinions are my own and you can read more on my disclosure page.

Can we be honest for a second?

It’s not easy making progress against our big goals is it?

Today more than ever there are a million things competing for our attention and I don’t know about you, but life often feels chaotic.

Whether it’s work conflicting with family time or missed appointments and deadlines and feeling like you never have control over your schedule – life can feel disheartening at times can’t it?

It’s like no matter what you do, you always feel like you struggle to find time and the important things are falling through the cracks.

I have good news…

It might be easier than you think to turn things around. Especially after you watch this video from Michael Hyatt outlining the 5 characteristics of those who get what they want.



P.S. This video comes with a free PDF download


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Planning for My Best Year Ever

Best Year Ever at SkipperClan
This post contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links, I’ll receive a small commission. All opinions are my own and you can read more on my disclosure page.

Something big is happening in my life in 2015 and it has me evaluating a lot of areas from fitness to finances. Maybe thinking about New Year goals before Christmas makes you as crazy as seeing Christmas trees up before Thanksgiving, but the alternative means you are giving yourself 6 days to set goals for an entire year!

Every year I turn to Michael Hyatt’s advice for goal setting. I’ve used his Life Plan format for several years now. He’s doing even more this year and because of it, I’ve got a special treat for you.

If you’re wanting to make 2015 your best year ever, then go watch this video from NYT bestselling author Michael Hyatt:


In it Michael shares the four strategies you need to create a solid foundation for success with your goals.

After a few minutes in, you’ll see why so many people struggle to hit the mark when they don’t have these four things in place.

If you’ve ever felt like there was something standing between you and the things you want most in life, don’t miss this series.


P.S.  The videos are so well produced… probably some of the best free content available online.

Take a look for yourself and see:


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