Plan for 2021 with The Christian Planner— Product Review


Editor’s note: I received this product from The Christian Planner  brand in exchange for an honest review.


Order and organization is important for success (and sanity). The unpredictability of 2020 likely has caused you to get off track with your routine (I’m still out of sync). Life will still be unpredictable going into the next year but one thing you can control is your habits and attitude.

I received the perfect thing to prepare me for getting back to normalcy (if normal was ever a thing)— The Christian Planner: Catholic Edition.

The Catholic Planner

It felt like Christmas morning when the package arrived on my doorstop last week. I love organization. No joke. I highlighted my notes in rainbow color order when I was in school. I have also had experiences with owning several schedulers and planners. But the Christian Planner is unique among them all.

Here were a few ways The Christian Planner distinguishes itself from traditional planners:

Christ Centered Calendar

Jesus isn’t simply the reason for the season. He is the reason for all the seasons! In the first pages, The Christian Planner details out the liturgical year and provides spiritual challenges for each particular season.

Saint Sections

There is a Seeking Sainthood section where you have space to journal or paste images of your favorite holy role models. This was something I found to be a neat feature.

Habit Tracker

Forming new habits takes time and if you’re anything like me you will fail a few times first. The Christian Planner has a daily habit tracker for you to record whether you met or missed your goals. There is also free space for you to note your progress.

Faith and Finance

Money isn’t a fun subject to think about. But good financial habits are essential to have in place for long-term success. At the end of every month, a Monthly Financial Tracker helps you assess your financial health. This is something I’ve never seen before in a daily planner.

I found The Christian Planner: Catholic Edition quite helpful in organizing goals and no doubt it will prove to be a valuable tool for me this upcoming year to form holy habits in 2021. I highly recommend this unique and creative planner! Purchase this product at www.christianplanner.com

 

 

 

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💡 Copywriting tip to improve your results

💡 Copywriting tip— Don’t write run-of-the-mill copy and expect extraordinary results

This doesn’t mean you need to sensationalize your content with hyperbole and “get-rich fast gimmicks”

Your audience will be able to sniff out inauthentic content faster than it takes The Flash to travel the globe (which is really, really fast).

Write like your client’s voice

If you are promoting yourself write like you would talk.

Here’s an example of a whimsical and weird thing I whipped up today (I love imagination and alliteration). ⤵️


My daughter Amelia (telling me about her imaginary friends):

Tornado is 6 and her little brother Polka Dot is 5, and Snowflake is 4.

Me: And Tornado is the oldest right?

Amelia: Nope! Jason is her older brother and he’s 7.

They all share the same birthday (February 19th) and Tornado’s family is moving into our new backyard. 😅


My thoughts afterwards:

1️⃣ One of the names isn’t like the others

2️⃣ What’s the parenting style of Tornado’s imaginary mom and dad?

3️⃣ I wonder how many imaginary dollars I will receive for monthly lawn rent


What words describe your writing style?

How do you avoid creating run-of-the-mill content?

imagination gif

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How Saint Michael Points to Catholic Investments

By: Tom Carroll

Earlier this week, September 29th, was the feast day of Saint Michael. In the familiar picture below, St. Michael is depicted with wings and brandishing a sword. This reflects his status as an angel and the leader of God’s heavenly host. The archangel is engaged in warfare with the devil, who is shown here defeated and under St. Michael’s foot. Oddly enough, this picture got me to thinking about investing (but, then again, lots of things get me thinking about investing 🙂 )

Saint Michael the Archangel

What does the picture, in its most basic form, show? Clearly, this is a battle between good and evil.

Invest in Goodness

How does this relate to investing? Well, if our investments bolster companies that are committing evil acts, on whose side of this pictured battle would you suppose that puts us?

This is precisely why Catholic Investment Strategies offers a clearly faithful way to invest. Built upon the Investment Guidelines of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, companies involved in proscribed activities are avoided. Those that are less than “squeaky clean” are engaged in a dialogue intended to get them to tidy up their acts. And the results of those dialogues have been very impressive, ranging
from hotel companies acting to rid their facilities of child sex rings, to the corporate defunding of Planned Parenthood, to avoiding the use of slave labor in Brazil.

As you think about whether faithful Catholic investing is right for you, remember the words of Jesus in Luke 11:23: “He who is not with me is against me.” Surely, if you act to eliminate evil in the world, you’ll find yourself on the right side.


“For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also” —Luke 12:33-34


About our guest blogger

Tom Carroll spent twenty-six years with Mason Street Advisors, the investment management subsidiary of Northwestern Mutual Life. At Mason Street, Tom headed the company’s foreign equity investment team as Managing Director. Previously, Tom served as an equity portfolio manager and/or analyst at Texas Commerce Bank, MGIC Investment Corporation, and Trust Company of Georgia. Tom is President Catholic Investment Strategies. Learn more about his company by visiting https://www.catholicinvestments.com/

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Communication— the Key to Success

💡Communication is the most essential skill to learn for success in life.

It’s a skill that everyone can learn to improve no matter your age.

My kids have special needs (sons diagnosed with autism-a social/communication disorder) and my older daughter has partial hearing loss.

I’ve had to adapt:

✨ Learn sign language

✨ Advocate for special education services

✨ Take my son to therapy sessions

Today this little girl starts speech therapy!

Yesterday she had a hearing screen done at school for the deaf (we wanted to rule out that her ears weren’t an issue for the speech delay).

At one time I contemplated being a speech pathologist.

💬 Communication is my passion and I love learning new ways to help others.

My experiences helping my kids communication delays helped me improve my ability to tailor message to my audience (writing) and my employees as an assistant manager at a grocery store.

❓How have you improved your communication skills?

#writing #communication #speechtherapy

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Keeping Perspective During a Global Pandemic

The story of Covid-19 is akin to this image:

Perspective

Perspective matters. It colors our vision and understanding of an event.

Lockdowns in hindsight clearly (at least in my mind) caused adverse effects on the economy and equally important to mental health.

The virus is serious enough not ignore it but balance must be the focus.

Like a see-saw going too far left or right the danger is it will fall over the edge. Balance isn’t a pious belief but a necessity in order for our nation to survive.

Please pray for your family, friends, neighbors, municipal leaders, state and federal politicians to be safe with all that’s going on and to engage the election process with discernment.

I will continue to pray America finds balance.

I trust in the Holy Spirit to guide us towards this reality.

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“It is better to rise from life as from a banquet – neither thirsty nor drunken.” —Aristotle

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Why Teaching Your Children to Do the Chores will Save Your Sanity

Dad hack #4— Train the kids early to help clean 🧼 🧽 around the house (it gives me time to post more #dadhacks 🙂)

Avila and a broom

The Muffin Miscreant doing community service to atone for her shenanigans.

This summer my wife and I taught our kids how to:

🧺 Fold the laundry

🗑 Take out the garbage

🧽 Load the dishwasher

😜 Battle the shenanigans of their 18 month old sister

It took a lot of time, patience, modeling good behaviors, and reteaching but I’m glad we did.

Teaching kids chores result in:

Teamwork

Learning a mop was not something you hit your brother in the head with (my daughter may or may not have done this)

 More gratitude

Instill a good work ethic

Play/work balance

How did chores play a role in your childhood and later professional work?

What was your favorite chore (mine was drying the dishes— my brother and I usually made my sister wash 🙂)?

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The Power of Listening

Listen

Listen to understand not to reply. 🤯

It’s not a mind blowing truth.

But the way some companies treat customers and employees it would be information to shatter their worldview.

Silence is something dearly missed in regular routine.

Here are a few tips to improve your ability to listen and limit ‘noise’

🔶Set aside one day of the week to rest.

Sunday is a great day to pause from work.

Go to church or use it for family time.

🔷 Take micro-breaks during the work day

Strategic 2-3 minute breaks to get water or step away from a stressful situation will do wonders for your perspective.

🔶 Be intentional with regular prayer or meditation

My family started praying one decade of the Rosary a night.

It only takes 5-7 minutes but I find myself much calmer (and who doesn’t want to have more peace before going to sleep).

Silent time leads to an improved ability to listen.

❓What would be a fourth tip to add to create more silence in your day?

Share your thoughts 👇

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The Importance of Listening, and Ways to Improve Your Own Skills

5 Ways To Improve Your Listening Skills

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