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My Current Life Plan

Updated 1April 2013
Curt's "Ten Pins" Life Plan. I share this publicly for two reason: 1. To hold me accountable. 2. To encourage others to write down their dreams and goals.
Curt’s “Ten Pins” Life Plan.
I share this publicly for two reason:
1. To hold me accountable.
2. To encourage others to write down their dreams and goals.

2013 Life Plan

as of 30Mar2013  on file: 2013April_My Life Plan_Iles.docx

Curt Iles

 

 

What Matters Most:

PIN 1. My Jesus-Walk

 

I want to chase hard after Jesus.  Haraka haraka!

 

         2013 Key Verse:

“When they saw the courage of Peter and John and how they were uneducated common men, they took note that they had been with Jesus.”  Acts 4:13

 

 

 

My life verse:

 

Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you.   -Matthew 6:33

 

My life statement:

 

I want to be:

  • A man God can use
  • and be respected by my wife, sons, daughter-in-laws, and eight (8) grandchildren.

 

6 Words

As of 30Mar013

  • Walk Closely Daily
  • Connect in Relationships
  • Grateful Prayer
  • Simplicity
  • Encourage!
  • LLL   be a Life Long Learner
  • 2013Keyword:Juxtaposition:Comparing/Contrasting

 

Heart Song:

“How Firm a Foundation”

 

“The soul that on Jesus has leaned for repose

I will not, I will not desert to its foes.

That soul, although Hell shall endeavor to shake,

I will not, I will not, no never forsake.”

 

 

 

Bible Books: 

  • Colossians
  • Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7)
  • Acts
  • Proverbs

 

Daily:

  • Pray without Ceasing
  • Hunger and Thirst for Intimacy with Jesus
  • Reflection and Meditation on the Word
  • Journaling.

 

 

 

PIN 2. My sweet wife,DeDe

 

Purpose Statement:

  •  DeDe’s friendship is my most important human relationship, so I will invest my time, love, and money in her.

My Goals:

  • Acts of Service
  • Quality Time
  • Physical Touch

 

Action Steps:

  • Nightly prayer
  • Bible verse after each meal/prayer
  • Monthly date night
  • Walk and Listen!

 

 

Our Marriage Manifesto

 

1. We will seek to have a growing marriage.

2. We will expect the best out of each other.

3. We will keep all lines of communication open.

 

 

 

PIN3:Balance/Stewardship

 

Purpose Statement:

  •   I must take care of myself so I can fully take care of others.
  • I must plan my life or it will plan me.

 

I will live a balanced life as Jesus outlined in Luke 2:52 

 

  • Spiritual   Favor with God
  • Social       Favor with man
  • Physical     Stature
  • Mental        Wisdom

My Goal:

Be a wise steward of all our God-given resources and talents.

 

 My STEWARDSHIP includes: 

  • Finances
  • Time
  • Resources
  • Love
  • Land
  • Talents
  • Energy

Je? Question?

What are the 5 Unbreakable Appointments I have in my life that are horse-high, bull-tough, and pig tight?

 

1.   My daily walk and fellowship with Jesus.

2.   My time in the Word

3.   My growing relationship with DeDe

4.   Being in contact with our Boys and their families

5.   Looking for opportunities to share/pray about Jesus

 

A. STATURE   PHYSICAL HEALTH

 

1.  REST

  • God cannot fully use a tired man.
  • Verse: Come unto me all ye that are heavy-laden and I will give you rest.  Matt. 11:28
  • 7-10 Modules of rest per week

3 consecutive modules per week

  • Jesus withdrew into the wilderness . . .

Mark 1:45

 

 

2.  EXERCISE

Purpose Statement:

I don’t want to rust out while the engine’s still running.

            

My Goal:  Move daily!

Walk/Run 50 minutes daily

Stand up office

Bike ride to Africa

 

3. DIET

I will eat to live, not live to eat.

 

B.   SPIRITUAL HEALTH    See Pin 1

 

Pray 10 Pins

 

 

  • Praying with others in my LifeSpace
  • Finding out where they are with my Jesus

 

DISCIPLESHIP See Pin 6

 

C. MENTAL HEALTH AND WISDOM

Jesus grew in wisdom . . .

See Journal 61  Jesus/ministry/and rest

 

Purpose Statement:

I must live a balanced life due to my Writer’s Soul.

 

THE BALANCED CALENDAR

My current i-calendar can be viewed at ________.

 

My Scheduled Calendar Reviews

 

  • Daily:

Read the Word/Journal the Word and Stories

Share/Zero out Email/Proper Rest/Healthy Reading/Exercise/Meditation on the Word/Prayer without Ceasing

 

  • Weekly    Sabbath modules Goal: 7-10 “modules” per week/3 in a row
  • Luddite Day/Weekly Review/3 blogs: Sat  Tues  Thur

 

  • Monthly     2x Personal Retreats/P and L sheet/Review-update-print life plan/Review-update-print 2013 Iles Calendar

 

  • Quarterly  end of March/June/Sept

 

  • Yearly   week after Christmas

 

 

 

 

1.  OUTDOOR LIVING

 

Purpose Statement:

Being outdoors in nature keeps my feet on the ground.

 

Supporting Verse:

Be still and know that I am God.   Psalms 46:10

 

My Goal:

  • Spend maximum time outdoors
  • Breathing Fresh Air

2.   PLANNING

 

INTROSPECTION

“The examination or observation of one’s own mental and emotional process.”

 

A. QUADRANT II LIVING   Planning and Review

“Closed for inventory” Days

“If have one day to cut down a tree, I spend six hours sharpening my saw.”  -Abraham Lincoln

 

B.  GETTING AWAY

Plan your calendar or it will plan you:

 

 

C.  THE N WORD:

  • “Focus allows you to say NO.”  -Steve Jobs
  • What should I say “NO” to?      Anything that doesn’t help people, lift up Jesus, influence and impact, or involve my family.
  • What are the big “YESES” in my life?    Jesus,

Family,  Influence/impact.

3.   PERSONAL GROWTH   L.L.L.*     *LIFE LONG LEARNING

 

A. Reading goals

What am I currently reading?

 

What is on my dream book list   LINK

 

What’s on my yearly reading list?   LINK

 

B.  Mentoring

  • Who am I mentoring?
  • Who is mentoring me?
  • Who are my accountability group?.
  • INTERNET ACCOUNTABILITY
  • Who is praying for me?
  • Who is speaking truth into my life?
  • Whom am I pouring my life into?

 

C.  WHO IS ON MY SECRET BOARD OF DIRECTORS?

1.   Who is my Barnabas?

2.    Jethro?

3.     CFO?

4.    Luke?

5.    Timothy?

6.

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10.

PINS 4 and 5

SOCIAL HEALTH

LUKE 2:52  “Favor with man  . . . “

 

 

PIN 4.  MY FAMILY

 

Purpose Statement:

Because my greatest legacy will be my family, I will seek to pour my resources (time, love, and money) into their lives.

  • Our sons and daughter in laws
  • I am still a father to my sons. Iron sharpens iron.

Grandchildren

PHONE/VOICE MEMOS/SKYPE/FACETIME/GIFTS/SONGS

 

 

  • PawPaw List

  My PawPaw list is located at

Dropbox:  ______________

Key Item: Journal Bible for each grandchild

  • My Mom
  • My Sisters
  • My Uncles/Aunts

 

  

 

 

5.  My Friends & Big Family

 

Purpose Statement:

 Lord, thank you for my many friends.  Teach me to be a better friend. Amena

 

My Goal:

To stay in close proximity to my friends.

  • I will answer and return emails/phone calls within a reasonable time.
  • Concentric circles   Who are in my circles?
  • DeDe/Boys/Mom  EXTENDED FAMILY
  • Joe, Frank,
  • I will stay in touch with my Uncles/Aunts/Cousins
  • My Community
  • MY Church
  • Lifelong Friends

 

  • We will make all visitors welcome in whatever home God has given us.
  • Guests will be invited in and offered coffee/water

 

A Time to Talk

by Robert Frost

 

When a friend calls to me from the road

And slows his horse to a meaning walk,

I don’t stand still and look around

On all the hills I haven’t hoed,

And shout from where I am, What is it?

No, not as there is a time to talk.

I thrust my hoe in the mellow ground,

Blade-end up and five feet tall,

And plod: I go up to the stone wall

For a friendly visit.

 

 

 

PIN 6: MY WORK

              Updated 30Mar2013

 

1. Language Learning

It is a privilege to learn Swahili.

 

2.  WRITING

 

  • My WRITING purpose is to Influence and Impact lives through entertaining stories that educate, encourage, and inspire.

 

Verse:

 Do you see a man skilled in his work, he will serve before kings.  Proverbs 22:29

 

If you wish to change your world, pick up a pen.

–Martin Luther

 

My Writing World View

  • Life is a spiritual journey.
  • The road is hard but Jesus will walk beside you.
  • Growth is necessary, not optional
  • Better or bitter: the choice is yours.
  • Relationships matter.
  • Nature teaches us.
  • I write for INFLUENCE and IMPACT.

 

 

 

3. INTERNET MINISTRY

 

MY BRAND:

I am a Southern storyteller who has washed ashore on Lake Victoria, Africa.

 

 

 

 

A.  MY INTERNET INFLUENCE

Purpose Statement:

 

 

1. WEBSITE     Julian Q.

  • Change one item daily
  • Add new items weekly

 

2. BLOG  

  • Blog 3x week

 

3. SOCIAL MEDIA

  • FACEBOOK/TWITTER DAILY
  • PODCASTS   2x monthly
  • VIDEO BLOGS
  • Pinterest

 

4.  E-LETTER    Mail Chimp   Weekly     Kari

 

5.  Email  

  • Gmail handle once
  • Zero balance daily:
  • Combine   Gmail/AOL/Company

 

 

6. Use of Electronics

 

I wish to use modern technology (laptop/phone/tablet) as tools for influence/impact and communication.

 

 

  • I own this iPhone. It doesn’t own me.
  • Luddite Day

7. On Mission with God           

updated 7March013

 

My Heart: 

R2G   C2S

Ready to Go    Content to Stay

 

Curt and DeDe Iles: Our Missions Manifesto

  • Serve in East Africa working with the Engagement Team to reach Unreached Unengaged People Groups for Jesus.
  • We will strive to connect and build a relationship bridge for our church (Dry Creek Baptist Church) and Association (Beauregard Baptist) to adopt this group.**
  • Two verses reverberating in our hearts are:

Romans 15:20     “It has always been my ambition to preach the gospel where Christ was not known.”

Revelation 7:9   ” . . . a great multitude . . .  from every nation, tribe, people and language . . .”  

 

 

Supporting Verse:

“But you shall be my witnesses, in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

-Jesus in Acts 1:8

 

EVANGELISM

DISCIPLESHIP

RELATIONSHIPS

  • Jesus
  • Unreached
  • Our team
  • IMB leadership
  • Native Jesus-Followers
  • Non-African partners

 

 

 

MY AFRICAN PRIORITIES

 

 

Pin 8

CHURCH CONNECTIONS

 

Purpose Statement:

We will seek to be connected to Christ’s Church by:

 

  • Dry Creek Baptist Church
  • Beauregard Baptist Association
  • Other US SBC Churches and More
  • National Churches  Kenya/Uganda/South Sudan/DRC
  • Central American Churches

 

Dry Creek Baptist Church

  • exists to glorify God by making disciples who cherish Christ and take the Gospel to the ends of the earth.

 

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Beauregard Baptist Association and Area

 

 

Pin 9.  FINANCIAL HEALTH

 

Purpose Statement:

Our money is to be used as good stewards

 

  • Stay debt free!*
  • Be generous.
  • Be content
  • OPEN HAND LIVING

*When you don’t have debt, you can tell your money what to do instead of it telling you.

–Dave Ramsey

 

Supporting Verse

As you measure, so it shall be measured unto you.

Mark 4

U-cogG    “You can’t outgive God.

 

GIVING IT AWAY: Open Hands/College-Seminary/Endowments/Missions/Grandchildren Trips

 

Open Hands Africa:

  • We will operate this 501c3 ministry with utmost integrity and accountability.
  • All monies will be used directly for missions, including volunteers.

Creekbank Stories              

  • We will operate CBS LLC at a monthly profit
  • We will keep $1000 in checking/$5000 in savings/and plow excess into ministry
  • Weekly family meeting on finances and calendar.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pin 10. LEGACY:

When it’s all said and done.

 

Never lose an opportunity at seeing anything beautiful, for beauty is God’s handwriting.

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

1.MY BUCKET LIST  is found at ___________.

My Kenyan Bucket list is in Journal 61

 

2.  HOW I WISH TO BE REMEMBERED by:

  • DeDe/Boys/Grandchildren  Leave each one a Journal Bible/Community/Friends/Church
  • Readers/African friends

 

3.  Funeral Plans/Obituary/Wills

  • My funeral plans are located in Will folder
  • My obituary is written and recorded on this MacLaptop at obit 2 24 2011
  • Current wills (2011) and Living Wills are on file in firesafe /law office of Ericka Anderson.

 

4.  Finishing Strong

  • I seek to live my life so that when I step into the very presence of God, he will whisper,  “Well done, good and faithful servant.”
  • What is my exit strategy?   “LTWBTYFI” *

* Leave this world better than you found it.

 

Read:

  • Necessary Endings   Henry Cloud
  • Art of Aging  Sherwin Nuland

Looking back, looking ahead, always looking up

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Cairns are piles of rocks left to guide hikers on trails above tree line. My life plan serves as cairns for my life journey and direction.

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What Matters Most:

1. My Walk with Jesus:

 

My life verse

Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you.

-Matthew 6:33

 

My life statement:

  I want to be a man God can use and be respected by my wife, my sons, my daughter-in-laws, and five grandchildren.

                                                                My current life question:

                                                                               Am I doing what I was born to do?

My Goal: 

Walk daily in a sweet growing fellowship with Jesus.

 

Struggles:  Busyness, lack of focus, fatigue

 

New Behaviors:

  • Pray without ceasing
  • Focused and fresh Bible study
  • M’ Cheyne Bible reading plan
  • Spiritual journaling
  • Periodic scheduled fasting
  • Focused Getaways

 

My 2012 Words to Live by:

  • Passion
  • Prayer
  • Commitment
  • Key Word: Encouragement!
  • Compassion
  • Mentor
    An earlier 2012 list made with Wordle

 

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Pin 2      DeDe, my sweet wife

 

August 9, 1979 Thirty-three years ago. A wedding that took eight minutes. Look at the clock on the wall. The ceremony started at 2:00 PM. That’s our nieces, Paige and Brooke.

Purpose Statement:

DeDe’s friendship is is my most important human relationship.  Therefore I will invest my time, love, and money in her.

 

Supporting Verse:

For this reason shall a man leave his mother and father and cleave unto her.   Two shall become one.

 

My Goals:

  • Acts of Service
  • Quality Time
  • Physical Touch

Struggles:  time/busyness/familiarity

 

New Behaviors:

  • Nightly prayer
  • Monthly date night
  • Walk and Listen

 

Our Marriage Manifesto

1. We will seek to have a growing marriage.

2. We will expect the best out of each other.

3. We will keep the lines of communication open and functioning.

 

     Signposts along the road of a happy marriage-  2 shall become 1

Say “I love you” everyday*keep dating*write love notes and cards*hold hands forever*Live a life of forgiveness: build a bridge and get over it*walk and talk together*use a sense of humor*go on trips together*pray together*say “thank you” often*love and accept your spouse’s family (but don’t take their money)*split up the child rearing*love Jesus with all of your heart (Matt. 6:33)*be kind*be trustworthy*be faithful*laugh often (esp. at yourselves!)*get angry and get over it*be the first to say “I was wrong”*lean on each other in the tough times (they will pass)*expect the best from each other*treat your spouse with the same dignity you would extend to a stranger*help each other with the chores*   Finally, make your own list and pass it on.God’s best to you and your marriage!     Curt loves DeDe   8/9/79

 

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Pin 3        STEWARDSHIP: Balanced Living

Landmark Longleaf Pine on Longville Gravel Pit Road
Longleaf pines are balanced and long-lived due to their deep tap roots and thick fire-proof bark. How are you?

 

Purpose Statement:

  I must take care of myself so I can fully take care of others.

‘In the event of loss of cabin pressure, put on your mask first, then . . . .’

 

My Goal: 

Be a wise steward of all my God-given resources and talents.

 

  • Supporting verse:
  •   Jesus withdrew into the wilderness . . .   for the Son of Man did not come unto this world to be served, but to serve and give us life as a ransom for others.    Mark 1/Mark 10:45

 

 

                Reasons:

It’s my calling to minister to others.

I must plan my life or it will plan me.

 

 

Struggles:  fatigue, depression, lack of routine on diet/exercise, undisciplined habits

 

            New Behaviors:

  •  I will live a balanced life as Jesus outlined in Luke 2:52
  • Spiritual   Favor with God
  • Social       Favor with man
  • Physical     Stature
  • Mental        Wisdom

 

I want my body to hold up to my spirit

A. PHYSICAL HEALTH

1.  REST

  • God cannot fully use a tired man.
  • Verse: Come unto me all ye that are heavy-laden and I will give you rest.  Matt. 11:28
  • 7-10 Modules of rest per week   (Piper accountability plan  Morning/Afternoon/Night )
  • 3 consecutive modules  per week

 

New Behaviors:

  • 7 solid hours of sleep nightly/ one 9 hour reservoir night per week
  • Power naps when needed   (use timer)

 

 

2.  EXERCISE

  • Purpose Statement:  I don’t want to rust out while the engine’s still running.

             My Goal:  Move daily!

Stand up office

Exercise/treadmill breaks

Bike ride to Africa

3. DIET

  • Purpose Statement: No food tastes as good as feeling thin.
  • I will eat to live, not live to eat.
  • Envisioned Future:    Healthy weight

My Goal:   190   currently  199

 

Feel Good!

 

Struggles:  Mindless eating

  • New Behaviors: have a plan on eating out   Subway/To Go Box
  • Specific Commitments:  Limited sodas
  •  I will track eating with Lose It.
  • Brush my teeth!

 

4.  Blood Pressure

Keep pressure at steady 120/80 or less

 

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B.  Mental and Emotional Health

Purpose Statement:   I will live a balanced life.

 Struggles:   I struggle with “my writer’s soul.”

  • New Behaviors:
  • Commitments:
  • Take my meds
  • see Doctor 2x yearly/
  • Thursdays with Frank and Mark
  • Prayer and Bible Study

1. OUTDOOR LIVING

         Purpose Statement: Being outdoors in nature keeps my feet on the ground.

  • Supporting Verse:   Be still and know that I am God.   Psalms 46:10

 My Goal:  Spend maximum time outdoors

  • Specific Commitments:
  • Campfires!
  • Luddite Day   every two weeks
  • In Touch:  what phase is the moon in?
  • In touch with the soil: garden/greenhouse/tractor/tree farm
  • My goal is to spend a maximum amount of time outdoors:  walking, hiking, thinking, exploring.
  • Biking with DeDe

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C.  PLANNING

 

INTROSPECTION 

 “The examination or observation of one’s own mental and emotional process.”

 

1. QUADRANT II LIVING   Planning and Review

  • “Closed for inventory” Days
  • “If have one day to cut down a tree, I spend six hours sharpening my saw.”  -Abraham Lincoln
  • Action:  daily
  • Weekly
  • Monthly
  • Quarterly
  • Yearly planning

2. GETTING AWAY

 Plan your calendar or it will plan you:

 

My Goal:   7-10 “modules” per week/3 in a row

Reasons Why:

Struggles:

  • New Behaviors Having “true sabbath.”
  • What is true sabbath?

3.  THE N WORD:  JUST SAY “NO”!

“Focus allows you to say NO.”  -Steve Jobs

  • What should I say “NO” to?      Anything that doesn’t help people, lift up Jesus, influence and impact, or involve my family.
  • What are the big “YESES” in my life?
  • My service to Jesus,
  • Family,
  • Influence/impact.
  • Writing that touches lives.

WHAT IS ON MY NO LIST?

Q. Help!  What can someone else do better than me?      Quicker/easier/cheaper/happier

 Q. What dead horses am I beating?

Quadrant II Living:

What will I do about “Toxic People”?

 

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4. STEWARDSHIP:

Finances

Time

Resources

Love

Land/Possessions

Talents

Energy

Influence
 

D.   PERSONAL GROWTH   L.L.L.*     *LIFE LONG LEARNING

 

1. Reading goals

  • What am I currently reading?
  • What is on my dream book list   LINK
  • What’s on my yearly reading list?   LINK

 

FUTURE BOOKS file://localhost/LIST/  http/::dl.dropbox.com:u:26409968:2012_FUTURE BOOKS-YEARLY BOOK READING LIST.html

 What blogs am I following:    

 Michael Hyatt

Author Media

 

What podcasts am I listening to?

Dave Ramsey

World Cafe

 

2. Travel

 My Goal:  I love to travel and meet new friends and expand my ripple effect.


3.  Mentoring

 Who am I mentoring?

  • Who is mentoring me?
  • Who are my accountability group?.
  • INTERNET ACCOUNTABILITY
  • Who is praying for me?
  • Who is speaking truth into my life?
  • Whom am I pouring my life into?
  • Is what I’m doing REPRODUCIBLE?

 

4.  WHO IS ON MY 10 member SECRET BOARD OF DIRECTORS?

1.  Spiritual

2.  Manhood

3.  Older Man

4. Purity

5.  LLL (Life Long Learning)

6.    Leadership

7. Writing

8. Finances

9. Speaking

10.  Missional


WHAT ARE MY JOBS?   Barnabas/Teacher/empathy/mercy/artist/creativity/hospitality/humor/expressive/friend-maker/name recaller/depression survivor/tearful man/outdoor lover/history buff/story-teller/risk taker/wanderer/mentor/youth-lover/grandpa/father/son/uncle/nephew/cousin/dirt farmer/cross-cultural traveler/smiling fool/nature buff/tree farmer/photographer/social media maven/connector/purple martin landlord/turtle rescuer/sparrow sniper/tin foil chef/tin can griller/campfire philosopher/map reader/soduko addict/visionary planner/walker/snake maven/


Pin 4   MY FAMILY

Purpose Statement: Because my greatest legacy will be my family, I will seek to pour my resources (time, love, and money) into their lives.

2012

I am still a father to my sons. Iron sharpens iron.

1.  PawPaw List

My PawPaw list is located at

Outlook  ___________________

Dropbox:  ______________

Key Item: Journal Bible for each grandchild

Notes:

Skype schedule

Hikes:  beach combing/Dormon Trail/Winnfield/North Shore/Fullterton campout/Mickelson

 

PIN 5.  My Friends & Big Family

 

Purpose Statement:

Lord, thank you for my many friends.  Teach me to be a better friend. Amen

 

My Goal: To stay in close proximity to my friends.

 

  • I will answer and return phone calls within a reasonable time.  Lord, help me on this.  I struggle with it.

Concentric circles   Who are in my circles?

 

It’s important to realize we have concentric circles of friendship, relationships, and influence. We cannot be all things to all men.
  • DeDe/Boys/Mom  EXTENDED FAMILY
  • Mark, Frank, Charlie, John,
  • Joe,
  • I will stay in touch with my uncles/aunts/cousins

MY COMMUNITY

MY CHURCH

LIFELONG FRIENDS

  • We will make all visitors welcome in the nice home God has given us.
  • Every guest will be invited in and offered coffee/water

A Time to Talk

by Robert Frost

When a friend calls to me from the road

And slows his horse to a meaning walk,

I don’t stand still and look around

On all the hills I haven’t hoed,

And shout from where I am, What is it?

No, not as there is a time to talk.

I thrust my hoe in the mellow ground,

Blade-end up and five feet tall,

And plod: I go up to the stone wall

For a friendly visit.

 

“It’s never wasted time when you’re visiting with a friend.”  -Julian Campbell

 

 

 

 

Pin 6     MY WORK

 

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  1. A.  MY WRITING

Purpose Statement:

 My purpose in writing is to write and tell entertaining stories that educate and encourage.

 

Verse: Do you see a man skilled in his work,  he will serve before kings.  Proverbs 22:29 

If you wish to change your world, pick up a pen.  –Martin Luther

My Goal:  60 % writing/40%marketing

Writing Manifesto

April 2012

  • I will continue to be coachable.
  • I will strive to grow in the art and craft of writing.
  • I will take personal responsibility on marketing and platform.
  • I will read, grow, and listen, always searching  for big ideas for great stories.
  • I will not forget that I write for influence and impact.  Everything else is lagniappe.*

 My Writing World View

  • Life is a spiritual journey.
  • The road is hard but Jesus will walk beside you.
  • Growth is necessary not optional
  • Better or bitter: the choice is yours.
  • Relationships matter.
  • Nature teaches us.

 

My Writing Calendar:

I must plan “write aways” to stay on schedule

 

My As You Were Writing Calendar is at _______

 

 My 2012 Writing Projects:

-The Mockingbird’s Midnight Song e book

-As You  Were    Sept  2012

-Christmas Jelly  ready by Sept. 30

 

-eBook:  Learn Before You Leap

 

 Future book ideas list at ______________


B.  MARKETING

 

 

  • “S.M.A.R.T.”       
  • specific, measurable, achievable, r_______, targeted

 Platform is a number:  your speaking, social media, book sales, web visits . et al

  • Who is my target audience:

 

 

MY BRAND:

Curt is a Southern writer who shares stories of the Piney Woods Life.  STAY ON MESSAGE!

My African writing:

A Spent Bullet Marketing Plan: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/26409968/A%20Spent%20Bullet%20MARKETING%20Sept11.html
 

 1.  MY INTERNET INFLUENCE

HAVE AN ACTIVE/ATTRACTIVE MEDIA PAGE   FOR MEDIA, FANS, AND FOLLOWERS

 

  • Purpose Statement:
  • Verse:  Prayer of Jabez  Expand my territory, Lord.

 

 

______1. WEBSITE

Change one item daily

Add new items weekly

 

____2. BLOG

The 3 reasons I blog:  To encourage/ to educate/to encourage.

Blog 3x week

3. SOCIAL MEDIA

 

1 NEWSLETTER MONTHLY

FACEBOOK/TWITTER DAILY

3 BLOGS WEEKLY

PODCASTS

VIDEO BLOGS

 

 

4.  E-LETTER    Mail Chimp   1x monthly

 

5.  Email

Gmail handle once

Zero balance daily:

_____________________
 

 

 

Pin 7. My Mission

R2G   C2S

Ready to Go    Content to Stay

 

Our World Missions Manifesto

Currently, we feel that God is leading our hearts toward:

1. Working with/in support of IMB efforts to  reach an unreached people group.  We are open to serving beside any family/group as teachers/support/and encouragers.

2. We are open to serving wherever but we (and our church) feel a strong pull toward Sub-Saharan Africa.  We are currently looking at projects in East Africa and Sierra Leone.  We are open to how God leads.

3. Our goal would be to reach out to a neighboring/nearby UUPG and serve as a relationship bridge for our church (Dry Creek Baptist Church) and Association (Beauregard Baptist) to adopt this group.**

4. Two verses reverberating in our hearts are:

Romans 15:20     “It has always been my ambition to preach the gospel where Christ was not known.”

Revelation 7:9   ” . . . a great multitude . . .  from every nation, tribe, people and language . . .”

 

  • Supporting Verse:  “But you shall be my witnesses, in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”   -Jesus in Acts 1:8
  • CREATING YOUR PERSONAL LIFE  ACTS 1:8

1. Jerusalem

Community

Hurting people- grief, depression, prison

 

2/3   Judea/Samaria   New Orleans, Ft. Worth, South Dakota

 

3. Ends of the Earth    Africa,  Central America, SE Asia


Pin 8. MY CHURCH

 Our church Purpose Statement:

Dry Creek Baptist Church exists to glorify God by making disciples who cherish Christ and take the Gospel to the ends of the earth.

 

 

Pin 9.  FINANCIAL HEALTH

 

Purpose Statement:

Our money is to be used as good stewards

 

 

Envisioned Future:

Be debt free.

Be generous.

Be content

OPEN HAND LIVING

 

Supporting Verse    As you measure, so it shall be measured unto you.   Mark 4

u-cogG

“You can’t outgive God.”

 Our Goal:

Be content and generous

 

Get out (and stay out) of debt:

When you don’t have debt, you can tell your money what to do instead of it telling you.  –Dave Ramsey

 

 

Struggles:

Not keeping a budget/having a plan

What “Little Foxes” are stealing our grapes?

What “Strong Ants” do we have working for us?

TAXES   Render unto Caesar (but only what is required.)   Pay our share but nothing more.

GIVING IT AWAY: Open Hands/College-Seminary/Endowments/Missions/Grandchildren Trips

 

Specific Commitments:

  • Balance good business and ministry
  • We will live with a wartime simplicity freeing us to be good stewards and go as God leads.
  • Set up and keep a monthly CREEKBANK budget
  • Weekly family meeting on finances and calendar.

 

Profit and Loss Statement

 SEE _______________

 

Ramsey’s Baby Steps

1. $1000 Emergency Fund

2. Snowball Debt

3. 3-6 month emergency fund

4.      College fund

5.     Retirement planning

6.  Give it away and enjoy it.

End of month financial review:

Budget overview

Current month P and L

All credit card activity

Tax prep for Month

 

Financial Planning (Jeff Draughn)

Life Insurance

Cancer Insurance

Long Term Care Insurance

 

Making it Last:

DTI  LTRS

SCI LTRS

SCI  SS

SCI  SBC

Roth IRA

TerryLLC

DTI Drop

 

 

Pin 10. LEGACY:

When it’s all said & done.

 

Never lose an opportunity at seeing anything beautiful, for beauty is God’s handwriting.

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

 

1.MY BUCKET LIST

Read it at ____________

 

Missions

Travel

Family

3.  HOW I WISH TO BE REMEMBERED:

DeDe

Boys

Grandchildren  Leave each one a Journal Bible

Community

Friends

Church

Readers

 

4.  Funeral Plans/Obituary

My funeral plans are located at ______

My obituary is written and recorded at ______

 

5.  Our Wills  

 Current wills (2011) and Living Wills are on file in firesafe and at law office of Ericka Anderson.

 

6.  Finishing  Strong

I seek to live my life so that when I step into the very presence of God, he will whisper,  “Well done, good and faithful servant.”

 

What is my exit strategy?   “LTWBTYFI” *

Read:

Necessary Endings   Henry Cloud

 Looking back, looking ahead, always looking up.

 

* Leave this world better than you found it.

 

I wish for my life, my writing, even this life plan, to serve as cairns on the life journeys of fellow travelers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About Curt Iles

I write to have influence and impact through well-told stories of my Louisiana and African sojourn.

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