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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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A Celiac’s Infographic

Over the past few years, my son experienced several frustrating symptoms that we attributed to a plethora of maladies: tummy aches (he must be eating too much or is playing sick to avoid going to school), feeling sick after eating milk products (he must be lactose intolerant), a resistance to writing (could it be a processing disorder?), moodiness (that must just be his personality…well…except for the fact that he is a fabulous and joyous kid…it didn’t mesh), lack of focus (better get him tested for ADHD), headaches (hmmm….is his eye prescription okay?) and more. I began to read a lot about the possible correlation between ADHD-like symptoms and consuming gluten. I {finally} decided to take him off gluten to see if it would make a difference. Magically, these symptoms disappeared (or were at least significantly reduced)…immediately…like within 24 hours. WHAT?!?! He is more focused and alert in school, he has a newly discovered “can-do” attitude, and he didn’t have a tummy ache for weeks! We are just in the very beginning stages of this new discovery, but so far, it has made a believer out of me (and most certainly out of his teacher!).

Now, we are still investigating whether my son is Celiac or simply has sensitivities, but in my research, I found this fabulous infographic outlining the symptoms of Celiac Disease on glutendude.com and wanted to share it with anyone who is also facing a variety of symptoms that they can’t seem to explain. In some people, the effects of gluten reach farther than most people would ever expect.

Gluten intolerance was so new to us that we didn’t see the writing on the wall. We didn’t even know what we were looking at or what to look for, for that matter. It took personal research, time and thinking ‘outside the box’ to finally figure out why he was suffering. Not once did the doctors “hear” what we were saying nor did they recommend any courses of action related to changing his diet. Most everyone else (including ourselves) jumped to inaccurate conclusions about why he was feeling the way he was. At times, we need to solve our challenges using our own devices. Think – research – probe, then grow.

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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.

 

Grow Where You’re Planted

Have you ever noticed that there are some plants that can grow anywhere? No matter the soil, conditions or amount of tending, they thrive. They produce, they grow and they are beautiful. They are resilient.

Life is a bit like a garden. There are times when flowers and life abound. Everything is right with the world and we feel proud of who we are, what we’ve done and how great the scenery is. But there are also times that no matter how hard we try, the weeds still make their way in and they begin to take over. When we watch it from a distance or let things ‘happen to us’, life’s weeds become a mass of chaos. But when we jump in with the right attitude and begin to tend it, we can manage the chaos and bring back the order and the joy.

Over time, I have realized that it is our reactions to life, not the distractions, that really matter. I am not talking here about major events like death or disease (these are horrible); I am talking about the day to day challenges that life throws our way. Seeing the flowers through the brambles and seeking out the positive in each situation helps us to focus on what is really happening and what is really important.

This sounds cliche, but I have found that if we keep the mindset that ‘everything happens for a reason’, we can seek out the best in any situation and we can ‘make it work.’ Actually, we can do more than ‘make it work’. When we learn to grow where we are planted, we can thrive. We can bloom, we can grow, and we can be beautiful.

This blog is my vehicle for sharing how relishing in life’s happy moments and seeing the good in life’s challenges help us to create the garden we desire of our own life.

Life is truly what you make it – grow where you are planted.

 

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