third quarter 2021

Third Quarter 2021 Recap

We’ve come to the end of the third quarter of 2021 so it’s time to do a recap. The best way to do that is to give you a glimpse into my Kitlife Planner. That’s the place where I keep track of everything.  In fact, it even has a quarterly check-in spot.  

The main parts of my Kitlife Daily are…

  • The Big 3 – This helps me prioritize. What three things must I get done today?kitlife planner
  • Self-Care – This is a daily practice. Self-care is so much more than a spa day. It’s little things done daily that fill my cup. 
  • Gratitude – I write down three things each day that I’m grateful for. Some days they are big things but many days they’re the simple things.  
  • Activity – Place to track regular exercise. 
  • Meal Plan – Sometimes this serves as an area for me to note what I eat throughout the day, other times it’s what I plan for dinner. 

There’s also plenty of space for notes or journaling. I often jot down my social media posting schedule here as well as notes from my Bible study or a quote I want to remember.

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So how did July, August, and September 2021 go?

The Highlights

College move in – In August, Ethan moved into a dorm on campus at Indiana University. That was tough, but he’s doing well. Let the next chapter of his life (and my mom life!) begin.

Happy Birthday to me!  I turned 49 on September 20. 

New Book – I connected with Dr. Beth Brombosz who helped me with my first book and is now helping me with the publication of an upcoming devotional. This was a divine appointment. Earlier this year, I began writing my next devotional. During that time, Beth returned to social media after having taken some time off to work on some projects. She was in a spot where she was ready to help me with another book, something I had been praying for. I want this book to be better than the first ones. Now that I’m working with Beth, I believe we’re going to have a great devotional ready for you so you can start it in 2022. 

Some self-care that I practiced

  • Short afternoon nap
  • Reading on a rainy morning
  • Time in the Adoration Chapel
  • Listen to Christmas music
  • Pedicure
  • Shortened my workout
  • Cry
  • Oatmilk latte
  • Massage
  • Morning walk
  • Makeup

Found on my gratitude list

  • Falling asleep without needing sleep meds
  • Progress on my book
  • Health
  • Good run
  • Fun fingernail polish
  • Grocery pickup
  • Sauna light
  • Family
  • Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Scone
  • Zoom calls
  • The Pat McAfee Show for daily laughs and football updates
  • Sunshine
  • Renewed driver’s license without problems
  • Religious Education class


  • Attended my 100th Shelby Roadrunner training run – We meet three times a week, and only a few members actually make it to 100 or more runs each year. We have fun celebrating “Century Club” members. 
  • Biking – I likely logged the largest number of bike miles for 2021 during the third quarter. It was a nice change of pace to give me a little break from running most days. 
  • Running – I increased my long run to 7 miles just to challenge myself a little. Six has been the magic number for quite some time. I also did a couple of races during the third quarter. 
  • Yoga – 10 to 30 minutes every day. I need this for my mind and my body. 
  • Strength training – Metabolic conditioning workouts. This is my favorite way to add in some strength work each week. These workouts are short and often increase heart rate in the process so I get my cardio fix while working my bones and muscles. 

How I used Meal Plan section

  • Actually I didn’t use it much. When I use it, it’s either to plan out weekly dinners or to help me remain mindful of how I’m eating. Just didn’t need it much this quarter. 


  • In Jesus You AreThis study was all about understanding your identity in Christ. Such a good study. Go do it if you haven’t yet!
  • Started Made to Crave Devotional in Faith and Fitness Membership Community – We’re spending September and October going through this 60 day devotional together. 
  • Faith Over Perfection – I’m currently doing this Love God Greatly Bible study about the lives of Abraham and Isaac.

What’s next?

New bookLook for it by the end of October.

Planksgiving Challenge – This will happen mid-November. 

Turn Your Holidays into Holy-Days – Dig out your copy, or buy one if you don’t have one, and get ready for a happy, healthy December! 

Cheers to quarter 4 of 2021!

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