Tis’ the season for giving, and I’m totally excited to share some of my favorite freebies with you today. My hope is that they’ll encourage you during this crazy busy season. It’s way too easy to get distracted and overwhelmed by all the holiday “must-do’s.” I wanted to share some things to make your days a little brighter, your load a little lighter, and fill up your cup with something other than coffee this busy holiday season. Here are some freebies and favorites, my gift to you, my lovelies, this holiday season! 🙂
For Those of Us in a Reflective State of Mind
Oh my stars. If there’s one thing God has taught me this year, it’s that He wants me to slow down and breathe. Stop rushing. Stop striving. Start trusting His timing. And to help me learn how to do that, He led me to Emily P. Freeman.
Girls. Head right over to her site. Her goal is simple and lovely: to help us create room for our souls to breathe. And if just hearing that doesn’t make you drop your shoulders (Ps 46:10!!) and take a deep breath, I don’t know what will. Her podcast is outstanding. Her writing is completely refreshing. Trust me – you’ll want to check out all her stuff.
If the end of the year has you feeling the urge to reflect, I highly recommend her free Reflections pages. I’ll be using these to record what I’ve learned over the past year. (More about this soon!) They’re beautifully simple, and can easily included in a bullet journal, traveler’s notebook, or planner.
For My Fellow Homeschooling Moms
A big part of our homeschool focus is helping the kids develop good, solid habits that will lead them toward living disciplined lives.
Habit training brings so much joy when its going well, and so much angst when it’s not. We seem to swing back and forth on that pendulum way more than I’d like. Helping my kids to develop good habits and strong character is so important, yet feels like the challenge of a lifetime some days.
This post was LIFE-CHANGING for me when I stumbled across it last week. “You become what you focus on.” It’s such a simple sentiment, and it’s so stinking true. When I focus on my kids’ bad behaviors, it’s highlighting the bad. I obsess over the bad, fret over the bad, constantly look for the bad.
Since reading that post, I’ve changed my focus to calling out all the GOOD things that my kids are doing, and it’s completely changing the atmosphere of our home. LOVE.
For Moms Who Needs Encouragement
Whenever I’m feeling lonely, or like a big fat failure at momming, I turn to one person: Lisa-Jo Baker. She’s funny and real and relatable and I love her to death. Her writing is honest and open and usually brings me to tears (of both the happy and sad variety).
AND she has the BEST library of freebies on her website – it’s full of printables, posters, ebooks, and videos that keep me focused and encouraged. For sure check it out. You could definitely print some of these printables out, frame them, and give them as gifts to mom friends. It’s gold, I tell you.
For My Friends Who Want to Kick the Sugar Habit
Holidays = eating all the yummy things, right? I joined an online sugar fast at the verylastmoment last January, and it was AMAZING. (You can read about my experience here.)
What started as a desire to get a little healthier in my eating habits soon became a faith-changing fast. God revealed some hard truths to me during this 40-day sugar fast, and it set the tone for a season of some intense spiritual growth in 2018. Not only did I make some lasting changes to my eating habits, but God really did a number on my heart.
This annual fast is organized by Wendy Speake (a super awesome gal who also wrote Triggers, one of my recommended reads for moms!) and it begins again on January 8, 2019. There is no cost to participate. Woot woot! You’ll receive daily emails to encourage and strengthen you, and access to a private Facebook group. You can sign up here to join in.
Sidenote: Wendy Speake also has GORGEOUS holiday printables that you can download…I am in l-o-v-e with them. Super lovely to display in your abode.
For My Blogging Buddies
When I started my first blog one hundred years ago (or so), I stumbled upon Amy Lynn Andrews, who has remained my most favorite, most trusted blogging resource. Her goal is to make blogging simple – she culls the process down to the basics, does extensive research on all things blogging-related, and gives her unbiased, honest opinions on what to use and what to ignore – which is SO BREATHTAKINGLY REFRESHING in the world of blogging.
If you blog and don’t get her weekly email, The Useletter, I HIGHLY recommend signing up for it STAT. I can honestly say it’s one of the few weekly emails I look forward to receiving. It’s simple, clean cut, to the point, and helpful.
And a quick sidenote: this one’s not a free resource, but Amy’s Knowtbook has hands down been THE best purchase I have made in regards to blogging education. It’s worth one hundred times it’s price. Treat yo’self to that if you’ve got the extra funds. Completely worth every penny.
For All the Busy Moms in the World
My friend Kristina, who blogs at Fireworks and Leftovers, has a heart for busy working mamas and wants to help moms juggle all the things. You can grab her super cute, super simple FREE weekly productivity planner here! You can print some and put them in a binder, or print one and laminate it to reuse over and over. Love this!
OK! So there you have it – some of my favorite freebies from some of my favorite people and places on the internet. I hope you found something that encourages you! 🙂