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Grow Where You're Planted

Life is like a garden and is filled with both flowers and weeds. It can be a beautiful. It can be unpredictable. Grow where you're planted.

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Bullet Journaling – Organization for Creatives

Okay, I have a confession to make. I am forever trying to figure out how to stay more organized. While I LOVE organization and truly desire to be the type of person who has a tidy desk, clean house, and uncluttered purse, I am just not organized by nature. So, I have to work hard at it. Very hard. I have tried binders, sticky notes, calendars, ecalendars, etc. But there never seems to be one method that is a catch all for all of life’s going-ons.

I gave a tour to a prospective parent the other day at my preschool, and when I presented her with a few dates to come in for her visitation day, she pulled out this very nifty little journal. She opened it up and jotted in the appointment. I began to investigate and ask numerous questions about this little book she had. It had dates, notes, calendars…and even an INDEX! WHAT?!?!? She was eager to share about her “Bullet Journal” and even sent me the link on how to create one for myself.

That night, I looked up the video link she sent, and then went off on the bunny trail of endless YouTubes on the subject of “Bullet Journaling.” It definitely isn’t for everyone, but I think it is definitely something that will appeal to many of you creatives out there. This is an analog system (pencil and paper) in an age where most things are digital. I work in a preschool, so everything we do is about hands-on experiences and creativity. Using the Bullet Journal system, you can organize, doodle, draw, track, make appointments, set goals, create collections of ideas, and so much more!

Check it out for yourself:

Click here for the original Bullet Journal video. (This is about 5 minutes)

Click here for another link to a more creative, colorful, and truly beautiful journal. Both a great…just different. (This is about 20 minutes…and there are ENDLESS links to others on the side bar!)

Again, this isn’t for everyone, but I know a few of you will be as interested as I was. For me, this is an opportunity to grow in an area that challenges me. Happy investigating!

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Happiness in Small Moments

My son loves birds, so for Christmas we bought him a bird feeder. After weeks of rain, we finally had a chance to hang it. We set it in a place where we could see the feeder from our family room couch.

In the quiet of the morning, before everyone was up and the activity of the day began, my son and I watched several little birds bouncing back and forth from the tree to the feeder, enjoying a morning snack. We giggled together as they enjoyed the feeder and had fun trying to figure out what types of birds they were. We even found a great website for bird identification and enjoyed learning about our local birds.

In the moment, I realized just how much these little moments count. Create them, cherish them, remember them. Happiness can be found in small moments.

 

Live, Learn and Journey On

Over the years, “Keep Calm and Carry On” has become a motto of sorts. I also live by old adage that there is a season for everything and a purpose for everyone. I am a wife, a mother, and an educator. This blog is definitely a reflection of my here-and-now, my own experiences in education and in raising kids, my ‘what’s trending’ now, school days, parties, fun and pain. It is a reflection that how we react to life is greater than what life throws at us.

Though this journey called life provides enough fodder to fill many pages of this blog, the main reason for starting this blog was the realization too many times we get caught up in the little stuff and let it take over the big stuff. People often ask how I can stay so “calm” when the bigger challenges come along. Simple – I see the forest through the trees. I look at the big picture and realize that there is a reason for everything…even is we aren’t privy to that information yet.

A few years ago, our school principal told me that we may want to consider ADHD meds for my son. I was not totally opposed, but the thought of him being on meds for the rest of his life was a tad devastating. As a last ditch effort, we¬†tested out removing gluten from my son’s diet as we suspected that gluten was exacerbating some of his symptoms. We took him off gluten and he had a profound transformation. Not only did his focus improve (somewhat), his stomach aches went away (he was throwing up several times per week), his mood improved, he was happier and the spring in his step returned to his life. His instant transformation was so profound that it made me step back and think how one challenge led us down a path to discovering a food sensitivity that had been negatively impacting our lives for YEARS. In the end, this challenge ended up improving our quality of living and it restored emotional balance, health, and happiness in my son. Living gluten-free presents its own challenges, of course, but the blessing of health and happiness outweighs that struggle by leaps and bounds. We found the flower amidst the weeds.

 

 

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