I don’t know about you but this time of year I feel so overwhelmed with possibilities…possibilities for the new year, a fresh start. This is the time of lists and goals and looking forward to filling in the blank planner that sits on my desk. I have a master calendar that sits in my kitchen (historically everyone used it to record appointments and activities) but I also keep a more private calendar that is just for me. This is the one that has my monthly and yearly goals written in it so I can refer to it often.
Last fall I started recording these goals and private plans in a Happy Planner...I couldn’t resist the half off sale at Michaels. Back in October I began filling its pages and mostly it has become a sort of bullet journal/scrapbook/gratitude journal of my daily activities. It has stickers and colored pens and is way more artsy than anything else I have ever done. I wasn’t sure I would be able to keep it up but over the last three months I have not missed a day yet. I pull it out first in the morning and then again later in the afternoon to just make some quick entries for the day’s happenings. It has been a safe place for me to reflect life’s changes but still see the amazing things happening that have given me encouragement. The act of writing things down has been huge in helping me see answers to prayer, to be accountable for healthy habits, and not miss the little accomplishments I make towards more long term goals.
The fact is…I am enjoying the process of planning and recording the day to day things in my life. With no children in the house at the moment, life is fairly simple.
My word for 2016 has been TRUST. It has been truly a foundation for my experiences as I trust the journey I am taking is going to help me to continue to grow as a mother, wife, and Christian. I am working on a new word for 2017…I will let you know when I decide! I would love to hear your words and how they have helped you through your life this past year. Here is my entry from last December where I talk about Coming to Terms with the changes life brings. I have grown since writing that blog entry. My husband and I have dealt with a lot of changes and have grown in our relationship. We are now facing his retirement in 2017 with a sense of “what will happen now” attitude. The wheels are rolling and I have a feeling that keeping a record of the journey in my planner is going to be something I treasure.
As we turn to a new month and a new year on the calendar, I just want to say thank you to all of you readers and families who have so faithfully read my blog, supported Harmony Fine Arts, and participated in Sketch Tuesday. I know I don’t post as much as I used to when I was actively homeschooling but my wish is that I can in some way encourage you through my experiences both now and from my past.
Hope you are looking forward to 2017 with optimism!