Online Resources for Intentional Living

After talking about blogging and balance last week with four other bloggers, I thought I’d share a few online resources that I’ve found helpful, motivating, encouraging, and well worth the money {ok some of them are free, whatevs they could totally charge if they wanted to}.  Most of these resources can be used by anyone, a few are geared just for bloggers.  So many of you emailed asking for specific, hands on ideas, I thought I’d point you to who I turn to for help with things like my daily chores, simplifying, what I wear, motivation and risk taking, and of course blogging.  It’s kind of a hodge podge but they all have a similar thread: doing something on purpose with intention.


1. The Days Draft, A Daily Planner one Page PDF that you can print out and copy

Provided by Ann Voskamp @ A Holy Experience, farmer’s wife, homeschooling mother of six, best-selling author

For those who want to get things done while focusing on what matters most.  {also for those of us who like to cross things off a list}


2. Maximize Your Mornings A free eBook available when you subscribe to the Inspired to Action blog’s RSS Feed.  Find out more here.

Kat from Inspired to Action wrote this eBook and it is the springboard for the Hello Mornings Challenge you’ve probably seen on twitter

Challenges moms to stop waking up TO their children and start waking up FOR them


3. Scary Hope:: A free eBook available on PDF {kindle version available soon}

Written by Gary Morland @ Gary’s Blog {happens to be my dad, Radio DJ and speaker AKA known to my boys as Poppy}

Encouragement and inspiration to help you have hope, face fear, and get going. For anyone who has a dream and doesn’t know where to begin.  Which is most of us.


4. *One Bite at a Time: 52 Projects for Making Life Simpler A $5 ebook available on Kindle/Nook/PDF

Written by Tsh Oxenreider @ Simple Mom {my simple living mentor} and author of Organized Simplicity

A simple living handbook designed to last the entire year {or if you are impatient like me you can read it all in one sitting, just don’t tell Tsh}



5. The No Brainer Wardrobe Get Dressed With More Confidence and Less Fuss $7.99 downloadable PDF

By Hayley Morgan @ Tiny Twig {who always looks adorable and fuss-less}

For those of us who have a closet full of clothes that we never wear.


6. Simple Blogging:: Less Computer Time. Better Blogging an $8 downloadable PDF eBook

By Rachel Meeks @ Small Notebook the epitome of intentional

For anyone who loves their blog but doesn’t want it to take over their life.  Amen.



7. 31 Days to Build a Better Blog

8. ProBlogger’s Guide to Your First Week of Blogging

9. Blogging For Your Business

By Darren Rowse @ ProBlogger and various trusted contributors.  Years ago I bought ProBlogger’s printed book and read it through a few times {there are updated versions now} I’ve learned so much from both the books and the ProBlogger website.  When Darren came out with 31 Days to Build a Better Blog I signed up to get the emails before it was an ebook.  And that eBook was what spurred me to do the 31 Days of Change Series I’ve done in October for the past 3 years {that over 700 of you joined in this year as well!}.  ProBlogger is the gold standard in learning about how to take your blog to the next businessy level. If you can’t attend a blogging conference, ProBlogger’s books are the next best thing. Click here to visit ProBlogger and read more about his eBooks.

And if you are wondering….


 31 days of change from 2011

participants from 2011 31 Days of Change~note the variety of topics

 my topic and posts from 2011’s 31 Days of Change

Do you recognize a few of these eBook titles from our 31 Day of Change this past October?  Gary and Hayley both took their work and edited it, added to it and created an ebook from their series–maybe you should think about doing that too?  And it’s never too early to start thinking about what your topic will be for this year’s 31 Days of Change.  Won’t you join us?


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  1. I wanted to tell you that I do appreciate the series you and the others did last week. I poured over it all and am trying to implement as much as I can, one step at a time. Right now I’m working on editing photos. You and the others really encouraged me to take a look at my blog with fresh eyes. So I’m trying. Thanks.

  2. We are on the same exact page! I’ve had two conversations the last two days with different people… and “intentional living” was the subject.

    When I became a parent, I wanted to become a “purposeful parent.” It is what I still strive for today with my now older kids ( 20 years-old, 18 years-old and 15 years-old).

    I’m going to be visiting most, if not all, of these links the next couple of days. Thanks for sharing.

  3. I’m a re-born blogger! I appreciate all of your resourcing here and will definitely check them out soon.
    Love your blog!

  4. I get so much inspiration from your blog, but really the first time I’ve commented. Thanks for the great resources, can’t wait to have a few minutes to download the wardrobe book AND the blogging book. Fab!

  5. Thanks Nester!

  6. Thanks so much for all the tips & references!

  7. Thanks! I’ve been looking for more information on creating a better blog. Between last week and this, you have helped. Granted, last week I was on pain meds for a tonsillectomy, but I’m heading to revisit Thursday and Friday, the two days I missed.

  8. Great ideas. Thanks Nester.

  9. This is invaluable info, thank you!

  10. Thank you! This is great info. I found you through the weekly series last week and am starting to get addicted. (In a good way, of course!)
    Oh, I love, love, love this idea! What a great way to set the tone for the year. And UP, perfect – and great movie!
    A few blog friends (we all have small-ish, new-ish blogs) and I introduced a new challenge idea yesterday and it would be so fun if you want to join. If you have a second, check in at to learn more, and feel free to email me if you have any questions!
    Karah @ thespacebetweenblog

  11. Love this post. Perfect for my frame of mind just now! I have a project that I just posted on my blog – yesterday of an organization book I made. I thought of you because it isn’t perfect… I don’t like the pen, the rings are too big but I decided to post it anyway and not let “perfect be the enemy of good”! xo Christiana

  12. Gina in S FL says:

    Thank you. You are so generous! I just got inspired via the link to your dad. He is a gift! You have similar voices and you are both so inspirational. It reminds me that God intends for us to share the gifts he gives us with others. Thanks again for sharing. My turn…after I overcome my fear…of starting a blog.;)

  13. A blogger for 5 years, but wow, these tips will definitely keep me in focus! Thank you!

  14. you’re so good. thanks for this – and for adding to my dwindling reading list…still searching for hunger games at my local goodwill, btw

  15. These and the tips from last week’s series are so helpful. It’s great to find a new resource that others might be using but I don’t even know it exists yet. For example, Hoot Suite. Didn’t even know.


  16. Might I suggest the radio program with Dr. Randy Carlson that is called “Intentional Living”. He offers practical Biblical advice on marraige, child rearing, money, and other life issues we all face. We listen to him on Bott radio. I am always encouraged to live more intentionally though listening to him.

  17. :( bummed I missed out on the book drawing. That looks like a great book. I will have to add it to my reading list. Thanks for your article!

  18. Thanks for sharing all of this! So helpful and I look forward to looking over these more when I have a free moment. Cheers!

  19. Thanks for sharing more great info…

  20. I read the blogging book awhile back and loved it too! They really did have some great information in it and I definitely learned a lot from reading it.

  21. I have a couple of these resources, but thanks for sharing some new ones. :)

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