Monday, 4 October 2021

Hello Monday October 4

Hello Monday is a semi-regular series where I share my goals and thoughts for the week ahead and embrace the goodness of a new week.


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Monday, 4 January 2021

So Colourful - a bullet journal update

To get back into the habit of photo taking and writing, I'm challenging myself this month to use the Fat Mum Slim January 2021 prompts to inspire me.

 

A new year means a crisp new notebook to write in.

When I looked back on this post, I realised that my bullet journal setup has changed over time, so today I'm sharing my current journal.

I still love to use scrapbook papers throughout my journal.

In fact, these days, I often buy papers solely to use in an upcoming journal.

 
My bullet journal starts with a future log.

This year, I've changed to a monthly view of the future log, as I found the list style I had been using filled up quickly and I would lose track of things. I'm hoping that this style will make it easier to not double book myself.


Every January I like to include the Modern Mrs Darcy Reading Challenge in my journal. It takes me some time to think about what I'd like to read over the year (and until this year, I've never prioritised actually reading the books) so having these pages at the front means I see them regularly until I sit down and fill them out.



Next up, a bunch of collections - books to be read, books I've read, movies watched, TV series watched. A few years ago I found that I was watching TV series more than movies, so when another blogger suggested a movie watching challenge to keep a record, I jumped on the idea, and still do it now. Some months I might only watch one, but others (especially Christmastime) I watch one every day!


I still use a sheet of scrapbooking paper to divide the months, and then insert my monthly calendar. This is the thing I reference almost daily but absolutely every Sunday as part of my reset routine.


My weekly pages have changed slightly - each week now has two bars. I found when I started working, I needed to write down things that were happening next week that I didn't want to forget about this week. This is what has worked best for that.

I start a new journal every quarter, because that allows me to stick as many pages in or take as many notes as I need. Some months and quarters my journal is bursting, and others there's little of note.

How do you keep track of yourself?

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Sunday, 3 January 2021

A Car

To get back into the habit of photo taking and writing, I'm challenging myself this month to use the Fat Mum Slim January 2021 prompts to inspire me.

I met my husband because of a car.

He had one, and I didn't.

There's more to the story than that, but that's where it started.

He had a Bruce Springsteen CD playing, and the back seat was full of crumbs and kid-paraphernalia.

Sounds like my car now, water bottles and crumbs in the back seat, and that shopping bag with a tablecloth tucked inside for spur of the moment park adventures falling out every time I open the boot.

Maybe I'll use this quiet time to clean it out?!

What sort of car do you drive?

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Saturday, 2 January 2021

Paper

To get back into the habit of photo taking and writing, I'm challenging myself this month to use the Fat Mum Slim January 2021 prompts to inspire me.

I started scrapbooking 15 years ago, when I went to an evening crop after attending a card making class.
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Friday, 1 January 2021

This Is Me

To get back into the habit of photo taking and writing, I'm challenging myself this month to use the Fat Mum Slim January 2021 prompts to inspire me.

 I am 46 years old.

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Thursday, 31 December 2020

One Little Word® - Choosing SLOW

One Little Word® is a memory keeping/personal development project and class led by Ali Edwards each year since 2006.

I first chose a word to guide my year in the dying days of 2007.

Since then, I've had moderate success with words as intentions for guidance, with the best years coming when I have worked hard to embrace the word every day.

In 2021, I decided I needed to embrace SLOW.

Mostly, because I need to slow down and focus to ensure I don't make mistakes, but also because I need to remind myself that I don't have to fill every moment of the day with stuff for other people or busy work.

That it's ok to have white space in my days.

That I can be SLOW and still achieve.

I'm excited to see where it leads.

Do you choose a word each year?

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Wednesday, 30 December 2020

20 lessons from 2020

2020 has become a cliche.

In a year of global pandemic, “unprecedented” was the word on everyone’s lips.

But a little closer to home, nothing much changed for me.

Steve was away at work (stuck in Western Australia from March 29 to May ??)

I continued to attend work when kids moved to Learning@Home as all school staff were still required to attend (bringing forth it’s own set of logistical issues - kids at home, me at work, Steve away, who was supervising school work?)

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Tuesday, 27 October 2020

A New Lease on the Backyard

When you've lived in one place as long as we have, sometimes it's easy to become complacent about the space you utilise.

 
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