Body, mind, and soul (and everything else)

These are my reflections of what’s happening currently with my body, mind, and soul. I like taking these monthly breaks to evaluate what’s happening in my life. It helps me see where I’ve focused my efforts, what areas I’m excelling at, and what areas need improvement.


I’m 40!

Yes indeed, I hit the big 4-OH and I feel great! Seriously. I wasn’t anxious about turning 40 and I actually feel strangely wise and significant. Does that make any sense?!

 Happy 40th Birthday to Me - The Deliberate Mom


Yes. I’m going to admit, I have been lazy lately. No exercise bike, no aerobic exercise, and very poor eating habits. It must be the winter hibernation thing….

I’m still doing yoga but as I write this I know I have to step it up in the exercise department. Time to put the TIP JAR front and centre and commit to working out… DAILY.

Get paid to work out?! How's that for exercise motivation?! #exercise #fitness #health



My mind has also been thinking about this space lately. 2014 was a fabulous year of growth for The Deliberate Mom. It also took a lot of time, patience, and really hard work to make that growth happen.

Quite frankly, I don’t know if I have the gumption to work on this space like I did in 2014. So I’ve evaluated things and made plans for 2015. I don’t want to be anxious or rush things but then there’s a part of me that just wishes this blog could grow a little faster. If you’re a blogger, I’m sure you can identify with the tug of war of emotions that go with building your blog.

Speaking of blogging, if you haven’t entered the giveaway for a free downloadable 2015 blogger planner from Mama Miss Designs, then you really need to get to it! This planner is amazing and will seriously help you plan for the coming year. You can enter the giveaway by visiting my giveaway post HERE.

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As a reminder, from now until December 25, 2014, I will be donating $0.75 for every newsletter subscriber I gain. I will split $0.75 between three of my favourite charities; Alzheimer’s Canada ($0.25), The Mustard Seed ($0.25), The Edmonton Food Bank ($0.25).

That’s right I’m donating $0.75 for every newsletter subscriber I gain between now and December 25, 2014. I will do this up to a maximum of a $150 total donation. I would love to give that full amount so help me reach that goal and subscribe/tell others to subscribe.


My soul is soaring lately. I recently shared my Love Notes from God and I delighted in sharing this intimate part of my spiritual journey with you. I continue to seek my love notes and I am thankful for every one I receive.

Bible study

Remember how last month I told you I was doing study by Kay Arthur, entitled Lord, Teach Me to Study the Bible in 28 Days? I have loved this study! It actually motivated me to start writing the scriptures. So every day, I have practiced my calligraphy (trust me, I’m terrible at it) and I’m writing out the book of Proverbs.

Writing the scriptures in calligraphy

I do about 6-10 sentences a day. This process has really helped me slow down and meditate on the scriptures.



I can hardly believe that Christmas is in a couple of days!

My mind is on Christmas lately. We are ready. I’m hoping I can get some more baking done before the big day but if I don’t, that’s okay because we’ll have more than enough treats when visiting family throughout the holiday season.


Christmas, although a joyful time for some, can be a heartbreaking time for others.

I lost two people in 2014, my friend and colleague, Dave who tragically and suddenly died at the young age of 27 and my beloved paternal grandmother who died after a long battle with strokes and dementia. This year I’m particularly sensitive to those who may be going through trying times.

Illness, struggles, and death can make the holiday season particularly painful.

My encouragement to you is to be loving, to be caring, and to be gentle with one another.

Illness, death, loss... #Christmas can be a sad time for people. Be gentle with one another. Share on X

Reach out to those who are suffering or in need. Open your heart, your homes, and your lives to people who may be struggling at this time of year. Your kindness could be life changing for someone else.

Christmas wishes and plans

I will be spending the next few days preparing my heart and mind for the season.

However, after Christmas I will be doing a blog pause.

Blog Pause - Final


What’s a blog pause you ask? Well I got the wonderful idea from Robin over at Robin Kramer Writes. I will be publishing a series of posts which highlight a few of my favourite writings from 2014. I have four blog pause days planned for the end of December… so be on the lookout for them.

I will be back to posting new and fresh content in 2015. So, until then Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Wishing you and your loved ones a blessed holiday season.

The front of our family Christmas card
I’m looking forward to catching up with you in the New Year.

Blessings and love.


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Jennifer Bly
Author of My Kitchen, My Classroom: An Introduction to Homeschool and creator of The Deliberate Mom. Jennifer writes about parenting, homeschooling, her faith, and life with her husband and two girls. Jennifer has a Bachelor of Applied Human Service Administration Degree with a specialization in Early Learning in Child Care.

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