Taking a Leap and Learning to Soar

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This new year has gotten off to such a great start!

I am so excited to see all that is ahead of me this year, and as January comes to an end I am putting the quote above into action in some very real ways in my own life.

There are so many things that I avoid because I feel that I am not qualified.

I have allowed the enemy to whisper in my ear the very lies I have been known to repeat to myself over and over again until I am so tangled by the lies that I become paralyzed.

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You’ll never make it.

You are not good enough.

Who do you think you are?

You can’t do that?

No one will listen to you.

Do any of those sound familiar to you?

This one thing has kept me from moving forward in my own life in so many ways.

I have a feeling that I am not the only one that struggles with feeling inadequate, even if it is only in a specific area and not an overall kind of feeling.

It’s so easy to stay in your comfort zone where things are manageable and unscary. My comfort zone is where I can ignore the seemingly constant reminder of where I come from and who I once was.

It’s time I start reminding myself of who I really am today.

I recently read an article that suggested that there are so many of us that have unknowingly become fear worshippers. I for one will admit that this is so true for me.

Fear of failure is mine.

Up until recently, I would rather stay where I was if it meant I could say I was successful at my life than take a leap into the unknown where the fear of failure was taunting me.17705886_s (1)

This year I decided I was no longer going to stay in my safe place.

I took a leap!

I am building my wings with the feathers of those who have gone before me.

That’s the thing about this journey.

There is nothing that you are going through now that someone else hasn’t been through.

That means that you can get through it too.

In fact those who are already soaring are offering you their feathers so you can soar too!

Look around for the feathers, the ones that are falling around you to show you the way.

If someone offers you a feather, be sure to accept it….

Are you ready to take the leap with me?

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Isaiah 40:31 But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

Psalm 91:4 He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.

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Weekly Menu Plan 1/26

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weekly menu planI hope by now you are getting the hang of how I do my weekly meal planning.

As I have shared before, this is the very first step that I recommend when trying to regain control of your budget.

If you take 15 minutes at the beginning of your week to plan your menu you will save money when your shopping because you will already know exactly what it is that you need to buy.  This saves me from buying things I am not sure I will need just in case I do.

It will also save you time.

Spending 15 minutes now can save you valuable time all week long trying to think up a dinner or checking to see if you have the ingredients you need.

Get the whole family involved and it will take some of the planning burden off you.  I always ask each member of the family to come up with one meal idea.

This trick leaves me with only 4 meals to plan myself.

Now on to this weeks menu plan.

Breakfast and lunch is pretty much the same around my house which is why that part of the menu never changes.

Breakfasts – consists of oatmeal, cold cereal, fruit smoothies, toast & poached eggs.

Lunches – consists of soups, peanut butter or tuna sandwiches, and dinner leftovers.

Dinners – I will try to include lots of veggies this week.

~ Monday ~

Beef Barley Stew

~ Tuesday ~

Baked Cod, Broccoli and Brown Rice

~ Wednesday ~

Chicken Soft Tacos

~ Thursday ~

Roast, Potatoes and Carrots

~ Friday ~

Chicken Stir Fry

~ Saturday ~

Lasagna and Spinach Salad

~ Sunday ~

Usually we have a very late lunch and just find something small for dinner. Either way I don’t plan because I like to be flexible for anything that pops up.

Restaurant Coupons

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If you plan on eating at a restaurant any time soon you will definitely want to check out this list of coupons to save on your bill.

5 Ways to Save on Your Restaurant Bill

Top Restaurant Coupons:

Au Bon Pain – $1 Off $5 Purchase (exp: 2/2/2015)
Black Angus Steakhouse – $17.99 Top Sirloin Steak & Grilled Prawns Meal (exp: 2/12/2015)
Blimpie – Free Regular Sub When You Buy Regular Sub & Drink (exp: 12/31/2015)
Bob Evans – Buy 1 Get 1 Free Breakfast Entree When You Buy 2 Drinks (exp: 1/31/2015)
Carrabbas – 15% Off Entire Meal Purchase (exp: 3/15/2015)
Daphnes Greek Cafe – $2 Off Any Entree (exp: 1/31/2015)
Del Taco – Free Turkey Taco with Any Purchase (exp: 1/29/2015)
Dennys – $5 Off $20 Purchase (exp: 1/25/2015)
Dickeys Barbecue Pit – Buy 1 Get 1 Free Sandwich Plate (exp: 1/28/2015)
Einstein Bros Bagels – 20% Off Any Purchase (exp: 2/4/2015)
Macaroni Grill – $10 for 2 Express Lunch Entrees (exp: 1/25/2015)
Maggianos – $5 Off Lighter Taker Menu (exp: 2/10/2015)
Marie Callenders – $5 Off $20 Purchase (exp: 3/1/2015)
Mimis Cafe – Buy 1 Get 1 Free Entree When You Buy 2 Drinks (exp: 2/1/2015)
Quiznos – 99¢ Small Soup When You Buy Regular or Large Sub (exp: 1/28/2015)
Souplantation – 25% Off Dinner Family Combo (exp: 1/28/2015)
Sweet Tomatoes – 25% Off Dinner Family Combo (exp: 1/28/2015)
Wendys – Free Jr. Frosty with Purchase for a Year When You Buy Frosty Key Tag (exp: 6/1/2015)

Thanks to Surviving the Stores for this list!

Printable Organic Coupons

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organic couponsHere’s a round-up of the best natural and organic coupons of the week, compliments of All Natural Savings. New additions and reset coupons are shown below. For the full list of current natural and organic coupons, click here.

$1 off any Alexia product

$1 off any Amy’s Kitchen product

$1 off any Bear Naked granola

$2 off Earth’s Best diapers (zip code 22901)

$.55 off any Horizon mac and cheese or snacks

$.50 off any Pamela’s product

$1 off any Pamela’s product (share and sign up for emails)

$1 off any Silk half gallon

$2 off any Spectrum Naturals product

Buy 1 Zarbee’s Naturals Daily Bees Gummies, get 1 FREE

Buy 1 Zarbee’s Naturals Mighty Bee Gummies, 21 ct, get 1 FREE

Click here to see the entire list of natural and organic coupons available this week.

Printable Retail Coupons

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If you are planning on doing any shopping this weekend you will want to check out this list of printable coupons that you can use to save even more.

Not planning to go anywhere but still want to shop online and save?  Check out the Online Coupon Codes Database and find coupons for all your favorite stores!

Thanks to Surviving the Stores for this weeks list of Printable Retail Coupons.

Top Retail Store Coupons:

Bealls – $10 Off $25 Purchase (exp: 1/27/2015)
Bonton – $10 Off $25 Regular or Sale Price Purchase (exp: 1/25/2015)
Carters – 20% Off $40 Purchase or 15% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 1/28/2015)
Dress Barn – 20% Off Already Reduced Items 50% or More (exp: 1/25/2015)
Express – $15 Off $30, $30 Off $100 or $40 Off $120 Purchase (exp: 3/1/2015)
Justice – 40% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 2/2/2015)
Kohls – $10 Off $30 Baby Gear, Furniture, Apparel & Maternity Purchase (exp: 1/25/2015)
Lord and Taylor – 15% Off Regular & Sale Price Items (exp: 2/3/2015)
Osh Kosh BGosh – 20% Off $40 Purchase or 15% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 1/28/2015)
Yankee Candle – Buy 2 Large Jar, Tumbler or Vase Candles Get 1 Free (exp: 2/16/2015)