About the Author

Kathi lives with Roger and a bunch of chickens in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California. There they host writer retreats, and Kathi writes about how to do life with God a little closer today than yesterday. She’s a best-selling author and absolutely loves her Clutter Free Community on Facebook.

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  1. Ahh planning ahead comes easy for some and is a learned skill for others. Either way, it serves us well and I love hearing these stories here of your adventures and how you value a plan now. Would LOVE a copy of this book! My grown young adult children and I talk often about buying land for us ALL to live on and homestead together.

  2. Planning, alongside patience, is not one of my best virtues; but I’m still learning

  3. This is just what I needed to read on a Tuesday morning, when I was playing a little catch up myself! Thanks, Kathi!

  4. Just retired, my husband and I are planning to move closer to our daughter and her family. Love Proverbs 16:3

  5. Your book sounds like a great read! My daughter and her husband recently bought a log cabin in the woods, I’d love to share your experiences with them. I’m sure there is much to learn in the pages!

  6. I know when I plan ahead, things seem to go so much smoother. However, most days I feel like I’m constantly playing catch-up! I definitely needed this reminder!

  7. Giving up dreaming because of not being in a place to help any of it happen completely resonates with me but I am inspired and intrigued by your article and want to learn more about your journey to see if I can apply what you’ve learned about God-given dreams to my life! Thank you for sharing!

  8. That’s me – always playing catch up and no energy to dream. I would Love to read this book! Thanks for the encouragement.

  9. I feel like I have done the complete opposite. I have always been considered organized and someone who likes to plan. All my ducks, not necessarily in a row, but in the same pond. People saw me as a resource on how to plan and stay organized. I found myself helping to plan parties and weddings, organizing community events, managing projects at work, and teaching a project management class to teens. I enjoyed helping people get a bit more organized in their life and offering solutions to prevent the feeling of running around with your hair on fire. For me, less chaos = more peace. Life happens. Seasons change, and now it seems as if I’m flying by the seat of my pants in some areas of life. There is balance – knowing when to plan to prevent the craziness later is key. I often ask myself when I want to be more whimsical and carefree – will you regret this later if you don’t plan ahead. I have to decide when it’s worth and not.

  10. I am a planner married to a non-planner! We have learned to meet in the middle to make life work. I would love to read your new book!

  11. I like to think I’m organized and a planner, but moving to a small basement apartment challenges that. I realize I stopped dreaming many years ago and just go day to day. Boy, does this need to change. Your book and your style of writing encourages me (too bad I live outside the States to take advantage of your offer!). Blessings

  12. I sometimes vacillate between over planning and wanting to go with the flow. It’s great to read how others handle that. I have often thought about living in the woods, so I’m looking forward to your book. Would love to get a copy to keep . God bless.

  13. As a new homeowner this sounds like a great book! Kathi’s style makes me want to curl up under a blanket & give it my full attention.

  14. I would love to win this book. We recently moved to town after our house was destroyed, so now I have found myself in the process of dreaming and planning a new “homestead”. Thank you for encouraging me to dream, not just plan, and to remember to look to God to be my “Master Planner and Builder”.

  15. I don’t care if I don’t win a copy of the book. Kathi I love all your reading you write on incourage and this one. I can see what you are saying in this one. Why you said what you said in this why you wrote the book you wrote. That sounds so brilliant and so good. About how to make room for your big dreams. Especially if they are what God wants for you to do in your life. I have friends in my Church Enniskillen Salvation Army that I belong to that late Dad got a vision that he was to come to live in Enniskillen from England. They made it a reality Him the wife and Daughter. They have son who is Married with kids so they stayed in England. It is lovely God helps people to make there dream a reality as it also God plan for them too. But God has not told me or my Husband to do anything like that in our lives. We are just thank full to God. For every day we have in the we house we have just the two of where we live. God wakes us up every day to enjoy it. Gives my Husband the strength to help clean it and keep it nice I do the cooking and the ironing. We are thank full on God for that. My Husband has job to pay the bill to keep it. I can go Monday to Friday to do my elderly Dad Home Help for him. God gives me the strength to do that for my elderly Dad. I am thank full. Yes I could have big dreams and ask God to help me make them big. But I just thank full for what I have. What God has already given me and the things he has given me. Like all the Nieces and Nephews he has blessed me with through my Sister’s and their Husband’s. As got no kids of my own. Not brave enough to have any. I love them to pieces. I pray for their salvation. As none of them saved. Nor my Sister’s and their Husband’s nor my elderly Dad. But I live my life for Jesus in front of them. If was God will to have big dream God would plant it in my heart and my Husband’s and God would make it come true for us. But we just happy with the we life we have and the we house we have. My Husband working for our local Council cleaning the toilet in our local town. As my late Nanny my Mum’s Mum used to say some one has to do that job. She was save she said God bless for your Husband for doing that job. Plus bin men who empty our bins for us. We need them all. How true that is. Like me doing my Dad’s Home help. We both are thank full on God we are able to do them on to Him. I say Amen. I am also thank full God made your big dream come true. Plus you wrote your book too. I love the sound of it. Love today’s reading by you. Love Dawn Ferguson-Little xx keeping you all incourage in my prayers ♥️

  16. Aloha Kathi, your words are just what I need today. I’ve struggled over the years with being less than tidy because I’m a pile-it kind of person; putting stuff in a pile and then moving on to doing the fun things like sewing or Card-making or watching YouTubes or______fill in the blank. I’m grateful for incourage and each of you who share your everyday, relateable, personal experiences and how God transforms, shifts, teaches and uses you in extraordinary ways. I often share your emails with my sisters-in-Christ and I just learned to share on Facebook with my friends. (I received a thank you for sharing just yesterday) I praise God for this ministry and know that God will use you for His Glory.☝️✝️❤️‍♀️

  17. This sentence resonated with me. “I never let myself dream about what I wanted because I was so busy hustling for what I needed.”

    I haven’t dared to dream for years. Having reached an age and season where dreaming seems almost silly, my heart longs for a God-sized dream. I need to try this recipe of dreaming and wisdom and planning. Thank you for the encouragement!

  18. Can a dream and a mission be the same thing? Not sure where I’ve been all my life, but I heard at church that every Christian has a mission (whether they know it or not). And it’s related to their spiritual gifts. The dreaming and planning business sound like they might go hand in hand with whatever missions God’s given each of us!

  19. I used to be really good at planning. Then one by one my children got diagnosed with the same genetic disease and they got sick. Now it’s hard to know what we can do on any given day so right now we tend to be pretty spontaneous and have to cancel plans or change them around. But I’m learning to have back up plans and to go wherever God leads me.

  20. Kathi,

    I’m a planner thanks to God. You will find me making lists & spreadsheet analyses of what ifs. As I age I dislike the hustle & bustle that comes with unpreparedness Love smooth transitions through out my day & life. One of my dreams is to retire from medical work & do something different. Maybe start a business, who knows? Only God!! Love the title of your book.

    Blessings 🙂

  21. I can’t wait to read this! We’re “homesteading” too – on our tiny 1 acre land (mostly trees)