It’s been a crazy year. There have been so many ups and downs, so many twists and turns that I wasn’t expecting. Some of them have been truly wonderful and fabulous; others have knocked the wind out of my sails and left me wondering where I would turn next.
I think that it’s important that life not stay stationary. If nothing ever changes then one can never grow and evolve as a person. And I really do think that it’s important for that to happen. But sometimes the journey is so challenging along the way that we lose ourselves without even really realizing it.
That’s what happened to me this year. It was a really challenging year in regards to my job, and I didn’t cope in the best of ways. I withdrew from people I cared about, stopped involving myself in things that interested me, and I put on a significant amount of weight. What’s really scary is that it happened both slowly and all at once, and it happened before I realized what was happening. I woke up one morning and realized that I wasn’t sure if I recognized the person in the mirror.
Fortunately, I haven’t fallen so far down the rabbit hole that I can’t find my way out. In fact, I’ve already begun the process. If you were wondering, it’s a slow process, not something that’s going to happen overnight. It’s a lot of hard work to piece oneself back together when one has fallen apart. But I’m really excited about this journey that I find myself on, and I want to share it with all of you.
Keep an eye out for updates.
I love writing letters. Seriously. One of my favorite things to do is to sit down with my fun pens and my bucket of stationery and write letters to the people I love most. It helps that I have a pretty impressive bucket of stationery and an amazing collection of fun pens. Plus, when I’m feeling really special, I have a pretty impressive sticker collection for when I want to get fancy with my envelope sealing.
Today I sat down and wrote thank you notes to some very important people who have done some very important things for me lately. It was nice to pull out my really fancy thank you notes and let them know how much I appreciate them. And tonight I’m also planning to jump into a warm and fuzzy letter writing project that I want to share with my fantastic coworkers.
Warm and fuzzy letters are some of my favorite things to write. I love sitting down and taking the time to tell people how much I appreciate them simply for being them. And in my experience, people really love receiving them. Personally I think that the world would be a much better place if we all took the time to write some warm and fuzzy letters..
So there is my challenge for you lovely people. Take some time to write some warm and fuzzy letters to the people you love most and don’t always tell how much you appreciate them. See the impact that it has. You’ll be amazed.
Happy first day of May everyone. Here the weather is still kind of gray and cold, but I have confidence that it will get better. I’ve set my May goals, and one of the biggest is to fit more writing into my daily life. It’s something that brings me a great sense of calm, and I think I would really benefit from that.
What do you want to focus on more in May?
Yesterday was a whirlwind of shopping and tv and spending time with my amazing momma. Today it was more about sleeping in and lazing around and getting work done.
Grade papers and update my grade book? Check.
Redo my to do lists for May? Check.
Add to the list of prompts for my prompt journal? Check.
Goals for May? Check.
Ready for the week ahead of me? Check.
Today was fabulous. Any day with shopping and good food and nap time is a good day. Any day with my fabulous momma is a good day. And with the school year winding down and life becoming simpler, things are really good.
What goals do you have for May? Are they big or small? Work related or personal? Something creative? I’ll be sharing my goals soon!
I write about positivity a lot. I think it’s important. I also know that I need to be constantly reminding myself to focus on the positive, and if I need that reminder it’s easy to assume that so do others.
Here’s my challenge for you for today. Find some paper and some pens that you like to write with. And brainstorm the things that make you happy and what you can do to achieve them.
See where it takes you. See what you can act on. Share with me.
I don’t think it comes as any sort of surprise that I love bullet journaling. But if it does, my fabulous readers, let me back up and explain.
I’ve always love all things office supplies. And since my life operates around a school year calendar, I’ve always had a planner come July or August that’s been new and exciting and waiting for me. Planners are what keep me organized and happy and on point. If it isn’t in my planner, it isn’t happening.
This year, I bought a new planner in July and used it diligently in July and August. But then I started teaching and my life was super crazy. So crazy that my planer fell to the wayside. This in turn meant that my chaotic life became even more chaotic. Something needed to be done.
I’d read a lot about bullet journals and bullet journaling. And I was intrigued but hadn’t made any type of move to embrace this method. I like having my planners put together for me. I didn’t want to be in charge of creating and filling my planner. But I desperately wanted to try something new. So in January I bit the bullet (no pun intended) and I began my bullet journal.
I love it. I love having my schedule and my to do list all in one place. I love having control over how it looks. I love having my collections in one place. Everything I need (in theory) is all in my bullet journal.
My system isn’t perfect yet. I’m still reading lots of articles about bullet journaling. I’m still trying new things and figuring out what works for me. But I know that this is a system I’m sticking with, and I’ll keep y’all along for the journey.
Mondays are a challenge. Let’s be honest. The weekend is over. You’re trying to get back into the swing of things. There’s that whole getting up early thing. The struggle is real, people.
But Mondays can be really awesome, too. Mondays can be full of new opportunities and adventures. Mondays can be full of happiness and sunshine and rainbows.
Mondays are whatever YOU make them, so make Mondays marvelous!