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The Friday 56: SMART Goals!


Turn Your Dreams and Wants into Achievable Smart GoalsThis book is a comprehensive manual on effective goal-setting for entrepreneurs, managers, and parents.

- It offers practical strategies to identify the goals that are meaningful and matter most to you.
- It teaches you to objectively evaluate your goals and eliminate the ones that are not realistic.
- It provides solutions for overcoming challenges that arise as you’re moving along the way to your success.
- It coaches you how to face fears rather than to avoid them.
- It arms you with useful tools and know-hows to empower you to take actions that will ensure the results you desire. 


What I'm Learning


After reading some of the reviews, I see that the author helps one discover how to set realistic goals, how to cope with our mindset to overcome doubt and negativity and stage fright and replace those with self-accountability, self-discipline and self leadership. I like stories that reveal comebacks, second chances, motivation, perseverance and inspirational victories!

The Friday 56 

56% eReader

"Don't wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles, and less than perfect conditions. So what? get started now!" 
          -- Anna Stevens

I'm really looking forward to reading more since it goes beyond a children's picture book (which I'm always reading) and has 124 pages! The book has received lots of praise.

"Anna provides practical information in a format that is easy to follow." -- Bambi S. Bellflowers

"I would recommend the book to anyone needing direction, or someone that just wants to find out more about how they really think or what they believe." -- Jen K

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Turn Your Dreams and Wants into Achievable SMART Goals!


storm leaving the valley

cloud layers over the valley

storm clouds surrounding palm trees

Mostly we have warm daily temperatures here in SoCal, but there are some days where these 'smart layers' of clouds threaten us with a few showers and then they head out towards the mountains. I love this valley view. As you can see, the hills are not very green as we continue to experience drought conditions. The contrast is so huge between us and other parts of the U.S. having a hard winter this year. This week the kids will be on their Spring Break as we head towards Easter.

For more sky photos, visit Skywatch Friday

How is it where you are and what will you be doing for a little April vacation? I went to the Butterfly Exhibit yesterday and can't wait to post some of my pictures. Stay tuned and have a great weekend!



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The Avocado Hummingbird


hummingbird around the perrenials


hummingbird perched on wind chime

Anna Hummingbird rests by the bird feeder

hummingbird perched on wind chime




hummingbird resting on avocado branch

iron hummingbird near lavender bush

I've decided that hummingbirds are just too fast for me to capture with their record breaking speed. There's a remarkable number of them lingering around the fruit tree blossoms and for sure, they're glistening on the avocado tree branches. They seem to be attracted to some of my perennials (Penstemon species) around the yard. I've noticed that the young hummingbird perches itself on one of my wind chimes that is placed near their feeder. I am so intrigued by these sweet, angelic birds. The popular Anna's Hummingbird in SoCal is so graceful and sparkling with its green back and ruby red breast. They seem to like the Sage and Salvia blossoms, too... and especially the avocado!

Do you have them in your area? If so, what camera tips can you share regarding their charming image? I guess I might need to practice zooming closer but sometimes when I do then my image gets blurry. I tried to get close before they vanished from my lens. I hope my iron hummingbird yard stake brought a smile to your face!

Thanks so much for the overwhelming response with last week's post from all the bird watchers. Your feedback is greatly appreciated. 

For more photos, visit Wild Bird Wednesday

Hummingbirds of North America: The Photographic Guide
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Book Review: One Lost Sheep


LadyD Books Review: One Lost Sheep'Step, step, step
up mountain, steep.
Where, oh where,
is that lost sheep?'
The faithful shepherd counts his 100 sheep and realizes that one of them is missing! Under brambles, behind rocks, the shepherd looks until he finds it again. Children will delight in this fun and engaging tale as they learn that God, like the faithful shepherd, will never let them stray.

 

 

About the Author

Rhonda Gowler Green remembers when she started writing - when her four kids all had chicken pox at the same time. It was a very bad week! To keep her sanity, she started writing stories. And she hasn't stopped. Rhonda lives in West Bloomfield, Michigan, with her handsome husband, Gary.

Santiago Cohen has illustrated a variety of projects, from HBO children's specials that have won Emmy and Peabody awards, to episodes of Troubles the Cat for Cartoon Network, as well as children's books for Putnam, Golden Books, and Houghton Mifflin. Santiago lives in Hoboken, NJ with his wife, children, and numerous pets.

Book Review

This beautiful picture book retells Jesus' parable of the lost sheep found in Luke 15:3-4. It has wonderful, warm pastel artwork and delightful rhyme text. Hearts of young children for ages 4-8 will  understand the simple message of a loving shepherd realizing that one of his sheep is missing and leaves the 99 sheep to look for it. This is a fun and engaging book with adorable sheep, attractive shepherd robes and peaceful pasture settings. I especially like that the heart felt theme of the story comforts and reassures little ones that they are loved by Jesus, the true and faithful shepherd.

5/5 stars. Highly recommend!

I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

The Friday 56 

"Shepherd lifts that sheep up high, rejoices with a happy sigh."

I realize this is a picture book with 32 pages but I wanted to participate in this popular book meme. Of course, my favorite line in One Lost Sheep is found on the very last page:

Like that shepherd, God above keeps us in his boundless love.

The Lord God is our shepherd too, watching over... me and you.
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This one is a hit with my grandchildren! :=)

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