HI! {I’m sorry I’m shouting I’m just so excited. And I can’t hide it.}

to do's and to be's

Hi friends!

I sure missed you, but thanks for being gracious and letting me spend some time away.

That being said, I am SO excited about what the Lord taught me while I took a break and where He’s leading Greater Than Rubies.

Honestly, I’ve felt disjointed since the challenge ended in December and struggled with what GTR should look like. I wrote this post, and still wanted to write about those things, but I didn’t feel focused and it stressed me out. Honestly, I wasn’t sure if I was supposed to continue blogging or not.

But during my little break, God used a conversation with a friend about ‘to do’ lists and ‘to be’ lists to transform my plans for this blog.

I’ve always struggled with being mastered by my to do list, and while we were talking about that during coffee not too long ago, my accountability partner shared the idea of a ‘to be’ list. What sort of person do I want to become? If I don’t think about and make plans for those things, there’s a greater likelihood I’ll end up far from those goals.

I couldn’t stop thinking about the idea and one night, the Lord poured tons of ideas into my head and gave me the words to capture what I’m passionate about sharing: simplifying the to do’s and focusing on the to be’s.

There are things on our to do lists that just have to get done- but that’s not what our lives should be centered around. How can we be good stewards of what we’ve been given? Accomplish things more efficiently? Spend more time focusing on the people God is making us into?

I’m planning to research and share ways to simplify:

  • cooking and meal planning;
  • family finances;
  • housekeeping and cleaning;
  • time management and schedule;
  • & wardrobe and beauty-

All so that more time will be focused on who we’re becoming. So GTR will also feature what I discover about thought and behavior patterns, goal planning, and take a closer look at some admirable to be’s.

I’m so excited about where the Lord is leading and I hope you’ll take this journey with me!

Thanks again for your sweet words while I was away. Y’all are the best!

PS If you’re in the DFW area, come out to our Fashion Show benefitting Cornerstone NCT tonight!

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  • Selah March 4, 2013 at 4:02 PM

    Yay! I’m SO glad you’re back! I think your new ideas for the blog sound great and very in keeping with Proverbs 31. All of the areas you mentioned are ones I have been working on, and need to continue to work on, so I’m excited! I LOVE the idea of a “To Be” list.

    • Caitlin March 7, 2013 at 6:42 AM

      Thanks Selah! I’m glad to be back, too! Thanks for your encouragement, sweet friend!

  • Iris March 4, 2013 at 5:14 PM

    hi caitlyn! this is great! i’m kinda in the same boat as you. i’ve been trying to find some balance in my life with all the different areas. i like the idea of a “to be” list. i think you and i are similar in many ways – i’m constantly planning and organizing and journaling – trying to be a good steward with things that God has given me. i think that’s why i enjoy your blog so much. thank you for your friendship. i hope i can encourage you as you encourage me. keep it up – i’m proud of you for putting thought into this now (before you have kids!) with that being said, i need to get dinner out of the oven, corral the kids, fold/wash a load of laundry before hubby comes home from a meeting and i go to women’s Bible study tonight! phew! then i get to come home to a stack of papers to grade. but it’s all good!

    • Caitlin March 7, 2013 at 6:43 AM

      Hi Iris! You are so sweet. I’m blessed more than you could know by your friendship- I hope you know how much you encourage me!

  • Aubree March 4, 2013 at 7:13 PM

    I really love this. It goes right along with my thinking about my own blog (I have the “Be of the Month Club” where I focus on something that I want to be each month. I am currently writing my post for March). I do hope that you continue to share your cute outfits. Earlier today I was thinking that it had been awhile since you posted so I am glad you are back. Can’t wait to see what you come up with!

    • Caitlin March 7, 2013 at 6:44 AM

      Aubree- I love that! I need to hop over and read about your March ‘be’! I will definitely have some posts with outfits (right now I’m working on a travel remix.) Thanks for your sweet words!

  • jessicaisbaking March 4, 2013 at 7:43 PM

    Beautiful! I have love when you share things outside fashion. Follow your instincts, you have much to share with the world!

    • Caitlin March 7, 2013 at 6:44 AM

      Jessica, you are so kind. Thank you for your sweet words!

  • Lauren March 4, 2013 at 8:40 PM

    Yay! So excited about your tips for “to do’s” and “to be’s”!!

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