Finally, I am here at the starting gate of 2018. Yes, I know it’s halfway through January, but I feel that I am finally getting some traction to starting the year well. See, back in November/December of 2017, I did start looking into which planner I wanted. I felt alive! Ahead of the game even. I picked out the Panda Planner Weekly 1-Yr and was ready to order but I didn’t at that time because someone (who shall remain anonymous) asked me to send him the link so he could get it for me for Christmas. (How sweet!)
Honestly, I don’t want to seem like I am throwing him under the bus here. I am so appreciative of him and his wanting to get this for me. However, the bottom line is by the time he went to order my planner it was “Sold Out.” GASP! Overall this really is ok. I just printed off a few pdf sheets Panda Planner sent me and pasted them into pages of my current Passion Planner. Problem Solved! Why am I telling you all this? Because I want you to know that I am an extremely patient and forgiving person. HA HA HA! Totally kidding. What I mean to say is that I love planning. It makes me feel that I have control. And I have come to grips over the past few years that I am a control freak (right, honey?)
Another reason I share this is that I am learning that I can print off pdf versions of my fave planners allowing me to craft my own very special and perfect planner. Thus sending me to my happy place (enter “Nerd Zone” here).
Life Skills 101.
Also, I share about being at the starting gate because I had my kids pick out their planners to purchase. We went to the craft store and bought stickers (all on Sale!) and started our planning class the next day! Yep, this is a class we are having in our Homeschool semester. It’s part of Life Skills 101. It is helping them to see what needs to be done in their day and learn how to plan the fun things they want to do along with the school things they have to do.
It also teaches them how to make goals and set them. How to take steps towards accomplishing them. And who doesn’t love to “sticker” things up! So money well spent to teach a life lesson on how to “live the life you love and love the life you live.”
My happy times look like this
- A rainy day (cloudy, drizzly, pouring, you get the idea).
Generally, with this rainy day, I’d love to be curled up on the sofa by the window, with a book and beverage (coffee, wine, whatever– the time of day may or may not matter because I’m not driving anywhere in this rain. Are you crazy?!)
- Or, my happy looks like this (and yes, I mean for happy to serve as a noun in this sentence): my planner, pencil, colored pencils, and stickers.
For example, today’s happy blog comes from my desire to be intentional about my life. I’ve been doing some research on how to make sure I am staying on track with homeschooling (because I do have a fear that I will stupid my kids– and yes, I did that on purpose… to enlist a “shock face” from you. No, I am not serious about using “stupid” as a verb).
I found a blogger who is a homeschool mom of 8 and she has joyous lessons to share her experiences with her family. That’s the name of her blog, Joyous Lessons. Love it!
So I use my love of lists and a blank page in my planner. I titled it “Things I like that others do” and I started to jot down ideas people have or systems they have in place. I wrote down the idea. And broke it down into steps or things I need. For example, one of the examples that Joyous Lessons shares is that of a Morning Basket – “all the work done together as a family.” I love this idea. See, she likes nature drawing and journaling and so I wrote that down because that sounds like something my family would enjoy, and I listed ways to make this happen. (As creatively demonstrated below). I added Binoculars for birdwatching, journal and pencils to document/draw, etc. All I need to add now is snacks and water bottles. And wallah! Let the Happy Begin!
At times, I almost can’t take it. An overwhelmed feeling that something bigger than myself is about to happen to me and I can’t even take it. Such great anticipation. My facial expressions shift from puzzlement to excitement to fear and then circles back. What I am talking about is the season of life I am in. For example, we are homeschooling for the first time, so with that, comes lots of planning. And reading. And internet searching, printing, highlighting and hole punching. Two kids in two different grade levels for a homeschooling newbie often enlists an initial response of deer-in-headlights. Fear of “messing up my kids and making them stupid” rolls across my head like digital message boards. Continue reading “Overwhelmed and loving it!”
About a year ago this idea came to me: “If I had a week – 7 days- and I could incorporate a different job each day, what would my week look like?” Wouldn’t this be fun to ask others as sort of a jumping off point to see what’s in their hearts?
Think about that. I can safely rule out Astronaut because I get big time motion sickness over little things these days. Gone are the days of a tight equilibrium. I think equilibrium changes much like the bladder after pregnancy. (Jumping on a trampline is different now—but whatever. Not the point).
Anyhow, back to the topic at hand: Take my “dream week,” for example… Continue reading “What I want to be when I grow up – A week in the life of my dreams”
Planning. It’s my new passion. And I have a Passion Planner to prove it! You know the old saying “plan your work and work your plan”? It totally swims around my head on a daily basis. My happy place is my planner along side my pens, highlighters and of course, my journal. First of all, that is where the magic happens. From my head to the paper. If it stays in my head, it gets forgotten. Lost. Continue reading “Plan your work and work your plan and all is well with your soul”
I LOVE thinking about the New Year! A fresh, spanking, new year. Full of exciting possibilities. Hopes. Dreams. (Squeal).
I.am.telling.you.. I LOVE thinking about the fact that a new year is like a whole big Do Over. I know technically I can have a “Do Over” at any time, but this just seems like the most obvious way.
So ideas for 2017? Well, the whole “Give it a Rest” thing worked so well in 2016 that I would like to carry that into the new year. I was thinking that I want to bring back my “Pinterest Self Challenge” that I toyed with at some point last year. Or was it the year before? I digress. Anyhoo- I figure given my mentally deranged love for Pinterest -which has totally been like a friend helping me through some emotional times–I could look at it like this: I pick a category I’ve created. And maybe over the course of a month, I totally dive into that category and actually visit those links and read them and take notes to apply to my life– much like the challenges in the book “Loving My Actual Life” by Alexandra Kuykendall. Totally check it out!
For example, I have a category called “Family” and I have been pinning ideas for how to talk to kids about chores, God, self esteem, sex, etc… just a conglomerate of helpful things I want to ponder in the new year. Since I obviously desire fermenting a wonderful relationship with my family, it seems like a great place to start. These guys are the ones who make it all worth while. Gifts God specifically has given to me. So there you have it. Pick a category, one month at a time. See what works/what doesn’t and make good habits. Then the next month, continue with what worked with the previous one and add another category. That’s kinda the gist of the LMAL book.
HA! I did it! The first picture is what happens when you drag a photo from messages. And then I figured it out. But still. This is me… not so tech savvy.
My girl Rylynn and I at our church Christmas party. It was a lot of work to set up the party… but this one was probably my favorite one yet.
So today I am just chillin’. Since I was supposed to have an wellness appt today and it got rescheduled, I am staying in my jammies and listening to Christmas music and recovering from a past two weeks of go go go!
I’m looking forward to actually doing nothing today. Making a point to NOT DO ANY WORK today (well, no “job” work that is). But I am going to make a list of what I need to do today to finalize our own Christmas decor. That’s all for today. Ho Ho Ho!
My brain thinks faster than I physically write. And faster than my fingers can type. Both are frustrating. I feel like I slow myself down in both areas. One, I can’t keep up and then forget what it is I was tryint to say. The other is .. for example, the typo I just left behind ON PURPOSE to demonstrate the 2nd part. Thinking faster than fingers can correct. And faster than autocorrect can figure out
Anyhow… ever since I have been reading the book Loving my actual life: An experiment in relishing what’s in front of me by Alexandra Kuykendall I see almost everything I do as one of those experiments.
Continue reading “My brain thinks faster than I write. And type. Most days.”
Pity party. Party of 1.
Today is my designated writing day. It’s on my calendar. The one I have been trying to use to help me organize my life and enjoy it even.
Going into the day, I had a good feeling about it. Aside from the start of the day that wasn’t part of the normal routine. Taking the kids to CFA because daddy had to go into work early so he couldn’t take them to All Pro Dads this morning at school. Which I could have gone to— mom’s are not discouraged from going— it’s just that the kids opted for going to CFA for chicken mini’s vs. All Pro Dad’s for biscuits.
When I got back home, I had this feeling of dread. So I just prayed. Continue reading “Better than me”
Just now, I was sipping my iced coffee, eyes closed, trying to recall -without looking- the beauty around me. These Gifts, if you will.
Being “in this moment.”
Me, relaxing in my chair, reading the LMAL book (which I am totally convinced she wrote for me at this season of my life), and soaking in the quiet. My mental list of what is happening: Kombucha started. Chickpeas in crockpot (dinner). quiet. sunshine. cool room. I am happy. A gift. Continue reading “Gift paradigm shift”