Pocket Scrapbooking with Project Life

Cultivate a good life and record it.



good life with renee workman

Part of cultivating a good life is to make a plan!

From the time my husband and I were first married about 14 years ago, we have always regularly sat down together to make a 5-year plan. This has been so important to us. We try to live by the motto that Becky talks a lot about: Begin with the end in mind. In order to get to where we wish to go, we must first determine what is important to us and where we want to end up.

In the beginning, our plans were fairly simple, but as we started our own business and as each of our 6 children arrived, our regular planning meetings have become more frequent and more important in helping us maintain balance in our life. We have used these planning sessions to prioritize and establish what is good, better, and best for our family in all areas: faith, work, school, vacations, sports, physical health, relationships, projects, etc. Always having a plan gives us the direction we need to make our everyday choices. Life is full of good things and important things, but we just can’t do it all! So we try to focus on fewer things of greatest importance…the things that really matter most!

We definitely still get overwhelmed and overscheduled. Life is uncertain and has surprised us with health challenges, injuries, loss of loved ones, and other difficult situations. Surprises and difficulties will continue to come, but as we regularly meet together, we can make the necessary adjustments, realign our current position, and continue on toward the goals we’ve set. It is so gratifying to keep these plans to look back on and really see the progress we’ve made. As the old proverb goes, “The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” It’s never too early or too late to start and even though we might fall short on some of our goals, just continuing the journey has made us better today than we were yesterday and will make us better tomorrow than we are today.

Bright, colorful pens and notebooks always make planning a lot more fun, too!

a note from becky

My friend Renee and her husband are a shining example of giving of themselves and serving those around them. After reading what Renee has shared here (such a fantastic message!), I have no doubt that their regular planning meetings play a significant role in helping them stay focused on what’s most important to them — including serving others on top of their family and business. On a more personal note, did you catch the mention of 6 kids? Whew! And yet I’ve never known Renee to be anything other than the coolest cucumber. Honestly. 



5 Responses

  1. Wendy says:

    Renee, I love you friend. You are one of the most amazing women I know. Thank you being such a terrific example of Mother hood!

  2. Candi says:

    Such great advice! I agree with all of it, even if I’m not too good at it! Thanks my birthday friend!

  3. Kaitlynn M says:

    This post came at such the perfect time. Thank you so much for it. I would love to see how your goals/plans are recorded!!

    Thank you again.

  4. Rhonda says:

    This is GREAT advice!!!!! Love it!!!