Saturday, February 4, 2017

February, Creativity, and Looking Ahead

One month of 2017 has evaporated into thin air, only a memory. February is here and it feels a little like winter again but that's not stopping me from dreaming and scheming!  Basically took me the full week to even feel like I had energy again so please beware of the killer virus if you encounter it!

I thought I'd take a minute today to show you my little planners I'm using in two areas of my life for 2017.  I picked them up at Michaels and with a coupon they cost basically ten bucks each.  They are so cute. The inserts in the yellow one are actually a mini Happy Planner that I am using inside the adorable yellow binder. The yellow makes me smile and reminds me that warmer days are ahead!

The blue one is a mini faith journal for 2017. The last two years I used a larger version (The classic Happy Planner) but I decided to mix it up a bit this year. For January I followed a scripture reading plan called Pure Joy.

The yellow one is my planner that I carry with me but honestly with being retired I don't need it as much as I have in the past. On days where I don't have a lot to record I just add something pretty or write a quotation!

I usually set up the week and record appointments, etc and then at the end of the week if there's blanks I add more embellishments, sayings or write any thing noteworthy from the date. Planners are definitely all the craze right now!

I'm excited to be looking ahead and planning a spring break trip to Seattle with Katie and Evan, my grandson. Also in June we will travel to the Badlands, Deadwood and Mount Rushmore. For some reason Evan is really wanting to see Mount Rushmore.  I'm sure I will be cooking up so more adventures for the months ahead so stay tuned!

Monday, January 30, 2017

Killer Virus

I think after this past week, I can say without a doubt that the end of the world will come about from the tiniest of enemies....a virus. When I woke up at 11:00 Wednesday night, I struggled to ignore the rumbling tummy and drifted back to sleep hoping to wake up to a better feeling. Well, that didn't last long....two hours later I was awake again and very aware that this twinge in my stomach was not getting better, only worse. So began my fight with the "virus" that kept me in bed for two days, stripped me of both my health and my dignity, and left me as weak as a kitten. Unfortunately I passed it on to my family, or they got it from wherever it originated from. Poor Evan is home sick today and I am helpless to take away his misery!

Well this post is just full of optimism isn't it?  Well, you know how I love stories and I could totally see a world eviscerated by our tiniest enemies...the virus. I mean everyday people go to the doctor, so sick and walk out with it's a virus and thus has no treatment. I didn't even bother as I could barely lift my head from the pillow for longer than a couple seconds!

The good news is....that now I'm five days out and I can sit up but I still can't eat much or I start to feel a little queasy. So if you come down with this dreaded virus....hold on for a bumpy ride but don't give up.......slowly but surely your body will overcome the merciless invaders.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Blank Slates: Writing the Story of Life

I usually muse about this much earlier in January and alas I did but I'm just now getting around to blogging it. Every year I am presented with the awesome reset of a new year, a blank slate in which we all have opportunities to paint the canvas of our year. Some of us start with grand resolutions that usually fade by the end of January, some of us start with One Little Word to live for the year, some of us just slip into the new year without a lot of forethought.

This year I picked Fearless for my One Little Word. It's not necessarily a word of power but rather one of confidence and resolve. In life, at times, we let our own uncertainties keep us from doing things we would really like to do, whether it's finish that novel, travel through Europe, or start a new degree.  Being fearless is not the same thing as being foolish, care and consideration are always a wise combination but it is the starting point for jumping out of the ordinary and into the extraordinary.

I think the true lesson to learn in 2017 is that what we focus on is what we bring into being. So if we focus on the negatives in our lives those things will grow in stature. However if we focus on the positives and the direction we want to head then the energy of our thoughts will bring those things into being.

I'd love to hear about your blank slate, your one little word, or what you plan to write in the story of your life in 2017.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Squak Mountian

Squak Mountain is a 1545 acre park outside of Issaquah Washington, which is about 15 minutes from Seattle. You might perhaps recognize the name of Issaquah as the place where Ted Bundy abducted two women from Lake Sammamish Park. Yes, Washington and specifically the area around Seattle is known for its serial killers.  But that's a story for another day.
We headed to Squak Mountain on January 2nd, 2017 after walking the Green River Trail (think Green River Killer) the day before. We didn't intend to be on a serial killer "path", it just happens sometimes. None the less Squak Mountain was awe inspiring although certainly isolated.
The fact that we had some lingering snow made it all the more beautiful.
There were places where the green ferns were completely free of snow and other spots like in the photo above the snow glistened and sparkled like a fairy wonderland.
The isolation was both wonderful and a little spooky at the same time. The landscape was a feast for the eyes. The trail was worn but also a bit cumbersome as we maneuvered tree roots, rocks, and the occasional horse droppings.
The trees went on forever, tall and majestic.
The trail went on for miles and we encountered a few other hikers and some horseback riders but not many. As you looked around you got a very real sense that you were the last people left on earth. Alone and silent, the woods stood in testament to the wonders of creation.
We hiked for about two hours and every curve brought new beauty to absorb. A very soul lifting experience and a great way to start 2017.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

July Minds Full: Top Five

As this is posting I'm on vacation, traveling the west in RV style!  I hope this finds all of you well and enjoying your summer. I used to live my life only in the summer months. Something I think people in education tend to do....but life is so much more! But my mind is full so it's time to give you a brief glimpse into what I've been thinking about.

1. Durango Colorado: Visiting a little of the west and starting at Durango.

2. Writing/Blogging: Is it an art? Is it a calling? Is it a curse?  What starts as an enjoyable adventure can at times become overwhelming and start to feel like a REAL JOB.

3. Blog Planner: If you have been reading any of my blogs you have discovered how I LOVE planners. A couple years ago I religiously kept a blog planner and then as so often happens, life just got too busy and I fell away from a great practice and a wonderful way to organize my thoughts....But I'm starting it again this month!

4. Gardens, Goodies, and Healthy Eating: Can I asked you....why do I not have a green thumb?  I love fresh veggies but growing them is just not in my realm of expertise. I start out fine with good plants, rich soil and the intention of being a real gardener and in the end my green thumb does not produce. Thank goodness for gardening friends, farmers markets and Fresh Thyme in O'Fallon Missouri.

5. Living in joy. This is something I have written about many times before and something that I think always deserves a quick reminder. Live in joy, seek good, be the light in the darkness, connect with others that also bring light into your life. We have no way of knowing the time we have, you can waste it or you can live fully.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

One Little Word 2016 Embrace

Oh one little word of the year...I've missed you! For a variety of reason I didn't really "pick" a word for 2016. I justified it by saying I would do a monthly word but that hasn't really been coming together for me.

It's never too late to start living my word! So I'm starting today! Embrace is my word for 2016!

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Minds Full: Top Five

Today I decided to share with you some of the 101 things I have been obsessed with, reflecting on and just have on my mind. This is a "light" serving of my mind because who wants to read about the "heavy" stuff right?

1. Planner (this is the obsessed with item) I've been using a Happy Planner for the last two years which is sort of a combination planner, memory keeper and just fun decorative spot. Then Michaels came out with the new Recollections line and they are sooooo pretty. Personal sized which means tiny but so easy to stick in your purse.

And just so you don't think I'm too obsessed....I bought them at the buy one get one free sale so basically ten bucks apiece! Also the pages are undated so no waste there!

I haven't finished decorating this week yet but just wanted to give you a peek as there are so many different inserts that you can really change things up!

2. Do you want to write smoothly and in vivid colors?  These are great for planners or journals. You can't tell it from the picture but these are the new GEL ink joy pens....way better than the regular ones!

3. In the News....please let's not talk politics or dead gorillas, both are sad. Instead let's talk about "TheSkimm". You can get a daily email that breaks down the latest, hottest topics (with a touch of humor) so you are always "in the know."  You will always have conversation starters if you start your day off reading TheSkimm.

4.  Celebrate. What do we have to celebrate today?


Go ahead pick one or what the heck...get crazy and do BOTH today!

5. Words to Live By....I used to pick a word to live for the year and then I started doing a monthly word and now I try to find words to live by for the week.

 I'm back to blogging and so happy to do frees my soul. I'll be back next week, until then be kind, be honest, and be YOU.