I Need Your Input! And How To Win A $10 iTunes Gift Card…

I need your help. I’m planning topics for the next few months and I’d love to get your input. And one of you will win a $10 gift card, just for sharing your thoughts. Details below.

TEN dollars. That’s right. You’re hanging with the high rollers now.

Our Next Series Is…

The next series that we’ll cover here at Inspired To Action has to do with the post about Kerri Strug from the other day.

Purpose.

We’ll discuss why mom’s need Mission Statements and Yearly Goals. (They’re not just for companies and big organizations.) We’ll help you develop your own and show you how having a very clear focus can simplify your life and allow you to make consistently wise decisions for you and your family.

Sound fun? Ok. Maybe fun isn’t the word.

Sound helpful? I hope so!

I honestly believe it will be an extremely beneficial series. I can’t tell you what a difference it’s made in my life to have a very specific and narrow purpose. I know exactly what to say yes to and what to politely decline (with confidence). I do a lot less than I used to, but I now have the time to do each thing much better.

Future Topics

As for future topics, I’d love your feedback on things you’d like to learn about. Once you tell me what you’re most interested in, I’ll work on interviewing some experts and putting together what I hope will be really useful content, forms, videos etc.

Here are a few topics I’ve thought of. Could you take a minute to list the 3 you find most interesting (you can comment anonymously, if you prefer)? You can also add your own suggestions in the comments. Don’t be shy!

  • How to be a Master Menu Planner (recipes, planning tips etc.)
  • How to be a fit Mom (exercise, nutrition etc)
  • Reviving the Romance (Marriage ideas focused on those with young kids)
  • Home Organization (Learn skills to keep your home organized AND tidy)
  • Home Cleaning Habits (How to easily keep your home clean)
  • How to Create Fun Family Memores (Family fun nights, vacation ideas, traditions etc)
  • Don’t Let Your Money Master You (Personal finance strategies)
  • How to help your children develop their own quiet time habit
  • Developing an Effective Prayer Life (praying for your family, church and others)
  • A Quiet Time Is More Than Just Falling Asleep Reading Your Bible (Tips, ideas, methods etc)

These are just a few ideas. What I really want to know is what YOU are interested in learning about. If a few of these sound interesting to you, please let me know in the comments. Or if you have other topics you’d like us to cover, please share those as well.

$10 iTunes Gift Card

And just to sweeten the deal, I’ll give a $10 iTunes gift card to one randomly selected commenter.

Now go share your ideas…please.

Comments

  1. I’d like to hear more about the last three topics (finances, prayer life, and personal quiet time). I’ve actually been working on developing my prayer life since the New Year, and I’d love to hear what others have found helpful or meaningful.

  2. They all sound great. Honestly though I think the last two FOR SURE would be helpful to me. I already read quite a few blogs that help cover the first seven (not that it isn’t helpful to get more info on the subject), but I haven’t read much to help in the last two areas and those are the two I could use the most help with!
    Thanks so much. :)

  3. 1) Fun Family Memories (for those of us that are seriously challenged in the creativity department)
    2) Effective Prayer Life (would love to have a simple structure/plan to help me cover everything)
    3) Quiet Time Ideas (always need fresh ideas and suggestions)

    The other topics are all intriguing to me as well as I am a very poor manager of my home. I would love input for menu planning, keeping my home clean, etc. I really appreciate your realistic approach to things and you make me feel like things are doable. I chose the ones I did because it just seems like I need to get the major stuff in place too, ya know?

  4. How to get the family involved in organizing

    From your list I’d like to read more about:
    * How to be a fit Mom (exercise, nutrition etc)
    * Developing an Effective Prayer Life (praying for your family, church and others)
    * A Quiet Time Is More Than Just Falling Asleep Reading Your Bible (Tips, ideas, methods etc)
    .-= Joyce @ Keeping Up With The Moys´s last blog ..Review: Chips (Kettle Brand Potato Chips) =-.

  5. Home organization, prayer and quiet time would be my top three choices.
    I’m looking forward to the series on purpose.
    .-= Stasi´s last blog ..Sledding! =-.

  6. I agree they all sound great but for me it would be 1) master menu planner 2) home cleaning habits 3) effective prayer life and ooops! 4) quiet time. Thanks for all the series!

  7. Prayer life, quiet tome, and family memories! Other websites cover the rest pretty well, but I can’t think of more than a handful that really cover these three in innovative ways.

  8. Snapper119 says:

    Fit mom, organization and quiet time for kids. Please & thank you! :)

  9. Nicole Van Tassel says:

    I was just thinking it would be nice to hear more about the guilt us moms feel when trying to be super mom! We all try to be everything to everybody and compare ourselves to each other in the process. We shouldn’t strive to be like anyone else but Christ, yet we are always trying to be the best of the best. It would be nice to hear more on this guilt we all feel!

    As for the other topics, I think they all sound wonderful but especially the being organized and being a fit mom would be beneficial to me! Thanks for this blog it’s been wonderful to read and be encouraged to be a better me!

  10. All the topics seem great. I need as much help as I can get. Your blogs are so inspiring and yet they bring a sense of relieve too. We can still get things accomplished and not kill our selves trying with goals that maybe too hard to reach. Mini steps is the key. Thank you for sharing all that you do

  11. I agree – all look great but I’m most interested in: Quiet Time, Family Fun & Effective Prayer Time ;)
    .-= Tiffany´s last blog ..5 Years ago! =-.

  12. How about “How to Squeeze in a Run When Your Husband Leaves at 5:30, You Can’t Leave Your Children Home Alone, and You’re Exhausted At the End Of the Day Homeschooling and Caring for House and Seven Kids”

    Well, maybe that wouldn’t get many readers, but I sure would be interested. In lieu of a miracle, how about reminding us of the importance of prayer for keeping our sanity and love for Christ and others growing.

  13. I know, this is four, not three, but I like these:

    How to be a fit Mom (exercise, nutrition etc)
    Home Cleaning Habits (How to easily keep your home clean)
    Developing an Effective Prayer Life (praying for your family, church and others)
    A Quiet Time Is More Than Just Falling Asleep Reading Your Bible (Tips, ideas, methods etc)

  14. How to help your children develop their own quiet time habit…love this idea! Also, fun, Christ-centered family traditions for each holidays, and even non-holidays!

  15. I’m interested in learning about *home cleaning HABITS (I need good habits!),
    *How to create fun family memories (especially just enjoying your kids in every day life instead of being burdened by them when they “get in the way”) and also about the holidays, vacations etc.
    *And on how to incorporate scripture memorization into everyday life.
    I NEED good habits in every area so whatever the Lord leads you to do just give lots of practical advice and scriptures to believe and proclaim!
    By His Grace,
    Kim

  16. well, i think i have to go with four like a few others have!

    How to be a fit Mom (exercise, nutrition etc)
    Home Cleaning Habits (How to easily keep your home clean)
    Family memories
    Children’s quiet time – especially with early readers

    excited about the “purpose” focus–and related to that i would love to see related posts about how to simplify–and STAY simplified/focus! i’m really good at paring down–for a little stretch!

  17. I would love to learn more about developing good habits in me and my kids – quiet time, getting and staying organized, and character issues such as showing kindness, putting others first, etc. That may be outside the scope of this series but we sure could use it here!

    Thanks for all the inspiration and encouragement!
    .-= Valerie´s last blog ..Oh Canada! =-.

  18. Your ideas are great and I’m sure I would enjoy a series on any of the topics. A few of the subjects I have been struggling with (and studying) and would love to hear more about are
    -how to raise child to see beyond the influence of our culture (specifically the influence through entertainment)
    -Godly discipline
    -what to do when you and your husband see things differently
    I really appreciate your blog and have gained so much from it already.
    Thanks!

  19. I have really enjoyed your encouragement over the last few weeks! I am not quite successful yet, but we are on the path! I am most interested in: quiet time, prayer time, cleaning habits, and romance. All of your ideas are great though! I’m sure I could benefit from any of them.

  20. I also think Becca had some good ideas- raising kids beyond the influence of culture and what to do when you and your husband see things differently. Thanks!

  21. Ruth Arteaga says:

    The first three are the most interesting to me . . . .

    # How to be a Master Menu Planner (recipes, planning tips etc.)
    # How to be a fit Mom (exercise, nutrition etc)
    # Reviving the Romance (Marriage ideas focused on those with young kids)

  22. Good morning Kat!

    They’re ALL interesting but – my planner, organizer type A personality is screaming out for new ideas/tips/encouragement in those areas so those are my two top preferences.

    Prayer life renewal is a biggie on my personal list right now too.

    Reviving Romance one is interesting but I’m wondering how you’re defining “young” kids. :) I now have 12, 9, and 8 and am not sure if they qualify anymore.

    As for future ideas – well….I wonder about something to do with staying engaged with your kids in the phase that they ARE at the same time preparing for the next one. Case in point – I recently found myself working through a discipline issue with my oldest and two thoughts came crashing down on me.

    1 – I don’t have to bend over or get on my knees to talk to this kid anymore! 2 – “Oh shoot – a time out will. not. work. anymore.!!!” I got caught with nothing in my parenting bag of tricks.

    So now I’m playing catch up a bit. I would prefer NOT to repeat that thankyouverymuch and am needing all the tips I can get balanced with HEAVY doses of prayer. :)
    .-= Faith´s last blog ..Seven Ways to Pray for Your Missionary =-.

  23. My wish list for topics? Reviving the Romance, Making Fun Family Memories, and Helping Kids establish their own quiet time habit.

    One other thing that has been a need in my life is finding a way to make quality one-on-one moments with each child (I have four). I know that mostly you just have to be ready to take those moments when they come, but some helpful ideas and how-to’s on making the most of conversations and teaching opportunities with my kids would be awesome.

    I’ve been a little sporadic about reading and negligent with commenting, but you really have a great thing going here, Kat! Thanks! (And I’m not just saying that for iTunes. :))

  24. Here are my choices although I would enjoy learning about anything on the entire list :)

    How to be a Master Menu Planner
    How to be a fit Mom
    Home Organization

  25. All of the above =)

    I especially need the planning/organizing topics!

  26. All the ideas sound great, but these are the three that appeal most to me personally:

    How to be a fit Mom (exercise, nutrition etc)

    Home Cleaning Habits (How to easily keep your home clean)

    How to help your children develop their own quiet time habit

    Thanks for such an encouraging, helpful blog!

  27. I’m most interested in Developing an Effective Family Prayer Life (yours and the rest of the family too), How to Create Fun Family Memories (on the cheap) and Family Home Organization (To help the whole family learn skills to keep your home organized AND tidy – because we as Moms can’t and shouldn’t do it all ourselves).

  28. Money, Prayer Life and Quiet Time.

    If I had to pick a fourth, I’d say reviving the romance, but my son isn’t real young necessarily (is 10 considered young enough? double digits!) and we just started The Love Dare at church.

  29. My top 3 would be:
    1. Developing an effective prayer life.
    2. Home cleaning and organization
    3. How to be a master menu planner

    For me personally, I have 4 daughters, 3 of which are teenagers and I would like help in helping them have a closer relationship with God. With all the homework they have, I don’t want them to feel like reading the Bible or devotion books is such a chore. I want them to learn the Word but some how make it fun and enjoyable for them. I’m new in my christianity and so I don’t have a lot of learning stored up to help me help them, if that makes sense:)

  30. I think I am with Traci. My wish list for topics is also Reviving the Romance, Making Fun Family Memories, and Helping Kids establish their own quiet time habit. Faith also as a very good point, which is: what about us who don’t have toddler and preschoolers? It seems that everything I read targets that age group, assuming you can put them in bed ad unearthly early hours and they will stay. My 12 years old won’t and frankly, I can’t blame him ; ) Jokes aside, I’d like to hear ideas from the trenches, from parents who have older kids (8,10, 12, 14, etc.) This would apply to both the romance area and the making memories…

    I also need to agree with Traci again, as one hard thing for me to do as well is finding a way to make quality one-on-one moments with each child (I also have four and they are not toddlers or preschoolers, like I said). I am pretty good at taking the ‘teachable moments’ but what about planning a special date with my 12 years old son?

    Finally, although I only have 4 kids and I don’t homeschool, I am all with Jennifer: How about “How to Squeeze in a Run When Your Husband Leaves at 5:30, You Can’t Leave Your Children Home Alone, and You’re Exhausted At the End Of the Day Homeschooling and Caring for House and Seven Kids”? My husband doesn’t leave at 5:30 am but he comes home at 1 am, so he is mush the next morning OR he is out of town OR out of the country, etc. etc. I am still trying to squeeze that run in but the only open slot I seem to have it between 3am and 4 am and I am not sufficiently awake to make good use of that opportunity ; )

    Sorry this is long: I don’t have a chance to comment often, so when I do, I pack it in…

  31. I’m interested in: Menu Planning, Prayer Life, and Home Organization.
    This blog and e-book have been very, very helpful to me. Which is funny, because I am eighteen, finishing my last year of high school (homeschooled), and won’t be married for probably a couple years. But just listening to you all and gleaning such wonderful ideas has been very exciting towards preparing for the future!

  32. Those are all great topics, I would love to hear more about them!

  33. So many great ideas! My top ones are:

    -Home Organization (Learn skills to keep your home organized AND tidy)
    -Home Cleaning Habits (How to easily keep your home clean)
    -Developing an Effective Prayer Life (praying for your family, church and others)
    -Reviving the Romance (Marriage ideas focused on those with young kids)

    Ok, so I picked 4. Hopefully that’s ok :)

  34. Kathy in IN says:

    I think the last two would be helpful to me and they are ones that I don’t see written about very often!

  35. For me:
    1 – How to be a fit Mom (exercise, nutrition etc)
    2 – Developing an Effective Prayer Life (praying for your family, church and others)
    3 – A Quiet Time Is More Than Just Falling Asleep Reading Your Bible (Tips, ideas, methods etc)

    Although I’m probably one of the few here that isn’t a mom, but I feel I can learn and apply to my own life just the same.
    Thank you!

  36. I honestly think I can benefit from learning about any of those topics! But if I had to choose my top 3 it’d be…

    1 – A Quiet Time Is More Than Just Falling Asleep Reading Your Bible (Tips, ideas, methods etc)
    2 – Don’t Let Your Money Master You (Personal finance strategies)
    3 – How to be a fit Mom (exercise, nutrition etc)

  37. I would be most interested in the following 3:
    - helping children establish quiet time habit
    - quiet time more than falling asleep
    - developing an effective prayer life
    with the how to be a fit mom as a close runner-up!

  38. My top choices would be:

    1. Home Organization (Learn skills to keep your home organized AND tidy)
    2. Home Cleaning Habits (How to easily keep your home clean)
    3. How to be a Fit Mom

    All the topics sound wonderful, and I look forward to reading them.

  39. They all sound so good! I can’t even keep it to three – prayer life, quiet time – and also helping my son develop his own quiet time habit as well, and home organization and cleaning habits. See – more than three!

  40. All topics sound good to me. Had ideas of maybe adding a section on disciplining children, and ways/ideas/plans of teaching young children about God or how to serve God.

  41. Blessed Mom says:

    I think you have a great list and hope that you will cover many of those ideas. I had a hard time narrowing it down to three, so here are my top four:
    * Home Organization
    * How to help your children develop their own quiet time habit
    * Developing an Effective Prayer Life
    * A Quiet Time Is More Than Just Falling Asleep Reading Your Bible

  42. Love the meal/menu planner – also would love to hear/learn about daily schedules. I’m feel like I’m always tweaking mine and love to hear how other people handle their days/time – especially the mornings when everyone has to be somewhere at the same time and no matter how organized you are the night before it’s still a little crazy!! Also, what are some good tips for teaching children age-appropriate life skills such as simple meal prep/clean-up, laundry, household chores and when to find the time to teach and show them when school/activities/family time need to come first?

  43. All the choices sound grea, but if I have to narrow it down to four, I would choose:
    1. Reviving the Romance (Marriage ideas focused on those with young kids)
    2. How to Create Fun Family Memores (Family fun nights, vacation ideas, traditions etc)
    3.Developing an Effective Prayer Life (praying for your family, church and others)
    Thank you for the encouragement.

  44. They’re all good topic ideas…and maybe you can eventually get to them all! :)

    But to choose a few, I’d say:
    -Home organization
    -how to help children develop their quiet time
    -how to help me develop my quiet time

    Loving this new blog, Kat. Praying for it’s continued success. Keep it up!
    .-= Lisa H´s last blog ..Snow Day in Texas!!! =-.

  45. I am so excited about this website. I am about to have baby #2 (in a month) so I know trying to accomplish all I want to is going to be hard – but I am going to try. I need a better action plan than the one I have – uh I don’t really have one! I want to be closer to God, a better wife and mother, and a better homemaker. I feel like I am getting by some days and I want to be better than that!

    Topics I would like to see more of:
    Master Menu planner… I feel like I fall very short in this area. I LOVE to cook but it seems like making a plan for the week is so hard.
    Home Cleaning Habits… I feel like I clean all of the time and nothing is every clean!
    Developing an effect Prayer life… I don’t really know how to pray. I mean I do but I don’t. I feel like I limit myself when praying if that makes any sense – I don’t pray for anything I want (my dreams, wishes, hopes) because are you suppose to? I also would LOVE to have an idea of how to teach my toddler to pray. We pray but are there some simple prayers out there that I can work on with her?
    Don’t let your money master you… or a budget for you. I mean I want one for my family but as a SAHM I have a certain amount of money I get each month – how to I budget that? Ideas on budgeting would be awesome. How do we pray for our husband’s (or wives in some cases) who are the bread winners?

    I want to be a better me and I think this is a great kick start and plan:) Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

  46. Menu planning
    Family memories
    House cleaning
    You are amazing that you would be willing to do series on these topics! Whatever you choose to do, I’m sure I will just “eat” it right up! Thank you!

  47. They all sound great!

    My Top 3:
    How to be a fit mom
    Cleaning/Organizing tips
    Helping your kids develop a quiet time/devotions for toddlers
    .-= Dawn´s last blog ..Lilyisms =-.

  48. I would love to learn how to plan nutritious family-friendly snack and meals. I also would like to learn about keeping my house clean and creating family memories for my kids.
    .-= Brianna´s last blog ..Lessons From the Salsa Jar =-.

  49. Menu Planning, Family Memories, and Prayer Life.And a fourth would be quiet times for my children. Any would be good. I really appreciate your efforts. I certainly need some PUSHING.

  50. 1. Menu planner

  51. oops, sorry about the last post! I hit enter and it submitted my post.
    1. Menu Planner
    2. Reviving Romance
    3. Family Memories

    All the ideas sound great, but those are my top 3.

  52. My favorites would be…

    1. Reviving the Romance
    2. developing quiet time for me and my children
    3. Prayer life

    My kids are 7 and 10. Currently our only ‘free’ night is Friday. Between the two kids they have a practice everynight but Wednesday and that is a church night for us I have a hard time scheduling our evenings so that they can easily flow without me rushing them around. I would love to hear tips and ideas on how to schedule everything in from the chores ( I want to try to work these in but as it is now it’s not happening.), homework, quiet time, family time, and just time for them to be kids. My evenings seem to be my hang up.

  53. Home cleaning (I’m organized but it is hard to stay on top of the cleaning)
    Quiet time for kids (Mine is 12yrs)
    Prayer life (God has been showing me different people in my church to commit to praying for each week. I feel like I have much more purpose when I pray.)
    I believe any topic that encourages us to be better is benificial. Thank you for your help Kat!

  54. There are references to this in many of the other comments, but what I’m struggling with and what I’d like some suggestions on is how to manage any of the suggested topics within the reality of a busy family (on a tight budget). I have kids ranging in age from 13 to 1 1/2, so I have both the busyness of activities and the contancy of a toddler who needs attention all day long (and makes LOTS of messes!). No routine, no matter how loosely structured, ever happens consistently around here, so it’s impossibleto maintain things, let alone catch up on things that have been neglected for far too long. I don’t expect things to be perfect, but I sure would like to be able to find field trip permission slips without hunting for 10 minutes or have a lot fewer crumbs on the floors all the time! :)
    .-= Tiff´s last blog ..True Beauty =-.

  55. First of all Thanks for your “Inspiration” I have a suggestion related to the Prayer Calendar. I would love to see one for the children to use to help them achieve the goals set on the Parent Prayer calendar!

  56. I’m interested in ALL the topics you listed, particularly revitalizing one’s marriage, teaching your children to pray, making the most of my quiet time and developing an active prayer life.

  57. Actually I am interested in them all.. but my top would be….

    Don’t Let Your Money Master You (Personal finance strategies)
    How to be a Master Menu Planner (recipes, planning tips etc.)
    How to help your children develop their own quiet time habit
    Developing an Effective Prayer Life (praying for your family, church and others)

  58. Sorry, I am a bit late. I would love to learn more about the last 3 topics, namely helping our children develop their own Godly habits and quiet time.
    .-= hill upon hill´s last blog ..Industrial. =-.

  59. I could really benefit from tips and encouragement for the last three topics as well, especially in helping my children grow spiritually. The other topics sound great too, though :)

  60. Is it a problem if I like the sound of ALL the topics. :)

    Some thoughts that popped into my head – teaching children to help around the house, discipline, scripture memorization, family devotions, relationship growth with hubby – and God…

    Thanks! I’m looking forward to hearing more.
    .-= Tara´s last blog ..Hearty Pox =-.

  61. thatcrazygirl says:

    So many fantastic suggestions girls!

    Time management – how to complete the Cinderella work, get in a workout and still spend quality group and one-on-one time with the children. Oh, and sleep. Menu planning and quick clean-up ideas are a piece of this puzzle.

    Embracing imperfection – there is absolutely a big guilt element for most mom’s – the house isn’t clean enough, the kids need more mommy time, mom doesn’t have time to take care of herself, on and on . . .

    I too would welcome ideas for how to get the kids involved in cleaning – they are 2 and 5 – and ways to keep them active in the winter when it’scold outside.

    The real answer seems to be eliminating the notion/goal of balance from our lives and focusing instead on harmony. Fabulous advice from a friend of mine. We all seem to need to feel peace in our hearts, real peace – with our parenting, our housekeeping, our relationships. How can we manifest what we know spiritually to be true in our hearts and bring true peace and love to our days for us and our children?

  62. Reviving the Romance, How to keep your house clean, and how to help your children develop their own quiet time are the three that resonated most with me – although I would read all of them with interest!

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