Wednesday, November 30, 2016

November Reading

This month has been absolutely crazy.  I have not been able to read as much as I would like.  However I did make some time to read these two books.  

I really enjoyed reading 168 Hours You Have More Time Than You Think by Laura Vanderkam. I wrote some of my thoughts from the beginning of the book at the end of October.   

We find space and time for what really matters.
This is the main point of the book.  If it is important to you than you need to be willing to make major changes in your life, give us some TV time, give up some computer time, find some time during your lunch hour.  You have to find time to make thinks happen.  

If you want to be healthy you must exercise 3 to 5 hours a week to see real change.  Make 5 hours your goal.  
To me this is the most important thing I need to do for myself.  I need to make myself a priority and exercise DAILY! I am working on this now!  

I'm in charge of me.  Everything I do every minute I spend is my choice.
This I struggle with because there are so many things and people I want to do I have a hard time focusing and getting things done.  

Things I do best:  Mom/Grandma, organizing, teaching and creative projects.  

My kids know that if they call me I will drop everything and help them and that is the way it should be however sometimes it takes over every moment of my life and I have nothing left for myself.  

I need to find balance and structure in my life.  I liked the idea of creating a weekly schedule.  

This book is well written and gives you a lot to think about.  I would give this book 4 stars.  

The second book I read was Winter Stroll by Elin Hilderbrand.   I read through the book quickly over the Thanksgiving weekend.  What I didn't know when I started this book is that it is part 2 in a three part series.  So I felt  little lost at first and didn't understand some of the situations.  I would give this book 3 stars.  

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

My Third Bullet Journal

My time with my second Bullet Journal is almost over.  I love this journal I have so many good notes in it I hate to see it go.  I will miss seeing the Eiffel Tower everyday as well.   

I have to be honest, my Bullet Journal is not like the fancy ones you see on Pinterest. In fact I don't actually follow the Bullet Journal guidelines.  My last two journals I just took two cute notes and started to map out things and my weekly schedule in them.  
Here is a sample of my weekly layout page.  I have my daily trackers on top and then my to do lists.  It is nothing great and I always write in pencil. I think that is the first grade teacher in me.   However I like writing in pencil because events and my to do list are always changing.  Pencil allows for easy changes.  

My third Bullet Journal will be an Official Leuchtturm 1917 Notebook. I purchased one to see what all the hype is about.  My first impressions are I love the color and size of it.  I am not sure if I like the space between the dots.  It is a little small for me. However I have to give it a try before I really give feedback.   

 Each month I have a list of Events/Appointments.  A new page I am adding is an exercise tracker where I can record my daily results from my fitbit. I am trying to make exercise a priority in my life. 
I also created a page to track when I post on social media for my blogs.  I have to be honest, I am not the best at posting yet. My goal is to try to post something at least three times a week for now. 

I also moved my goals page by itself.  I want to break down my goals into five areas: Personal, Home, Blogs, School, and Projects.   I will also record my monthly blog stats there as well.  
I am continuing my Gratitude page.  I think it is important to take a moment each day and reflect and be thankful for the blessings that I have been given to me.  

My blogging page has been amazing.  I take a few minutes each month and try to brainstorm and plan some possible ideas for posts.  It makes it a lot easier to focus and write. 
 I am leaving my weekly layout the same.  It works for me.  What I am adding to my third bullet journal is color.  I don't have time to draw out fancy pages however I have tons of stickers.  So I decided to use some of my sticker collection to add some fun into my bullet journal.  
Another page I am adding is a Monthly Memory Page.  A place to put a couple photos and write down some important events, milestones or quotes.  I am excited to see what ends up on this page. 

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

New Arrival

The past week and a half have been crazy,  I have been running between my house and my son's house to get ready for our newest family member, Noah.  

He is so tiny....compared to his sister.  We have been so busy painting and getting his room ready.  Luckily we finished the basics in the room when we did because he come one day earlier than we planned. 

We do need to add some decorations in the room yet.  My son and his wife want to make the room a sports theme room for their little baby boy.  They found baby sheets on Amazon..

Now we need to find some room decorations.  I found some cute ideas on Etsy for my son and his wife to look at.

$65  source
$75 source




I already found a wire basket for the the balls at Target.  Now I am looking for pillow balls to go in it.  I found a large basketball at Ikea and my son already had a soccer ball.  I found a soft GB Packer ball at Target.  Now I need to search on Amazon to find a pillow baseball.  

This is a super cute idea for the the balls of his big moment.

Friday, November 4, 2016

November Week 1 Updating Address Book/Email List/Holiday Binder

It's that time of year when I start thinking and planning ahead. Just like everyone else we have a lot going on. We have four birthdays in our family and the new baby will make it five then add Thanksgiving and Christmas all within a two months.  So a couple of years ago I created a Holiday Binder to help me keep everything organized for the next two months.    

Now my Holiday Binder is one of those 1/2 size binders nothing fancy but I like to have all my notes and ideas in one place. As you read this you need to understand that my children are grown up.  Two are married and expecting and two are single.  So when I refer to one per family, I mean my child plus anyone else in their family.  

I have six pocket dividers, one for each of my categories:
  • Birthdays
    I have the dates for the parties, gift ideas and what food I         offered to bring.   
  • Thanksgiving
     I have a list of dinner guests, the menu, and our favorite          recipes from over the years.  
  • St. Nick
     Ideas for stocking stuffers.  I give one large stocking per          family.  
  • Dec. 24
    This day is a double celebration in our family we have a             birthday and we celebrate Christmas together. In this section I     have the menu and recipes.  I also have a list of our family         favorite Christmas cookies and recipes. My children are very         pecticular about their Christmas cookies.    
  • Friends
    I have a list of all my friends at school.  I like to come up       with a creative gift to make for everyone.  
  • Family
    First I have a list of the gifts for the extended family and         anything else we need and times for Christmas Day.  I keep all       gift receipts in separate envelopes for my extended family.  

    For my immediate family I have a  pocket folder for my husband       and each of my children.  I keep all my receipts for them and       their family member in their pocket folder, including birthday       receipts.  
Not many people have phone books anymore, however I still use our book for a couple of things.  I do keep updated addresses for our friends and family.  It nice to have them at your finger tips when someone calls, you can just look it up and give the answer.   We also have all our friends and family's addresses on the computer as well.  By updating this early it gives my a count of how many Christmas Cards I will need to order.  

Finally my goal this week is to pin down my family for a date to take a Christmas Picture.  This will be a challenge, we want the new baby in the picture so we have to wait until after Nov. 8th.  Then my other son has two retreats and is moving before Thanksgiving. 

Every year the family picture becomes a big project plus with 10 of us now the picture looks best outside so we need good weather.  

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

What I Learned in October 2016


I feel as though I have been running in circles the entire month and I have nothing to show for it. 
I have been letting others and their priorities dictate what I do and my list of TO DO things are not getting done.  

I am only half way through the book 168 Hours You Have More Than You Think by Laura Vanderkam and I have already taken a moment to reflect on two things.  

My Core Competencies..or as I called them a couple years ago My Purpose Statement.   

It took me a while to find this Purpose Statement on my computer and as I reread them I find them to be true today.  So no since reinventing the wheel. I added them to the front of my life journal.
The frustration I am experiencing this month is that I am not taking steps to get healthy each day. 
Another suggestion Laura V. had was to schedule out your week and see what time you are working with....I did this and I found a lot of time I am wasting.  Mainly on Pinterest and reading a lot of blogs about teaching.  

My main focus for doing this schedule was to find time to exercise and I did find time in the morning for my back exercises and in the afternoon for a little bit as well.  In fact I found plenty of time if I give up TV.   

"We find time and space 
for what really matters."  
Laura Vanderkam

What I cannot give up or anticipate is when my children come to visit.  Most evenings and the weekends someone will stop  by or we will go see our grand baby and that time is free for a reason because we love our family time.  That is why we try to get everything done during the week. 

I am excited to read the rest of the book.