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Friday, January 8, 2016

Crafting on Steroids - Silhouette Cameo

I have finally joined the world of my coveted crafty friends!  Santa was good to me and got me a Silhouette Cameo and I am so excited! This little lady is going to hopefully bring my crafty butt out of hibernation.  Well, perhaps time in general was the gift I really needed, but in the mean time this is going to make life way easier.

Here's me acting like I'm 5 on Christmas Day.

And here's my first project.

Instantly this machine has surpassed my previous love with other cutting machines. 

I'm overwhelmed to say the least on all that this beast can do.  Popcorn and YouTube tutorials are in order first but I am sure I'll learn quickly.  Hopefully I can even revive Scrappy Pants on my Etsy store someday.  This will definitely be a helper there.

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Saturday, January 2, 2016

My Content Journal - Bullet Journal

A new year is upon us and I'm excited to start a new organizing adventure.  As part of my effort to manage the content in my life towards more contentment, I needed to find something to keep it all together.

What am I adding? -- My Content Journal

Usually I am annoyed by Pinterest notifications, but when I saw a friend of mine created a new "bullet journal" board I was curious as to what that even was.  Basically it is a notebook planner that you customize as you go.  It is perfect for list makers who still enjoy pen and paper along with a dash of creativity.  Sounds right up my alley.  I have no idea if it will stick with me throughout the year, but it is worth a shot.

My bestie always starts off her year with a disciplined goal setting strategic plan for the year and I am happy to join her with my own planning tool for the year.

I'm not crazy about bullet journal as a name for it, so I'll be referring to mine as...My Content Journal.  Seeing as Content is my word of the year, we'll go with that.

This little journal looks like it just might cover what I'm looking for:
  • A planner
  • A difficult way to do things
  • A creative outlet
  • A place for my thoughts
  • A tangible record of the year
  • A place to list goals
  • A place to put the other 1000 lists I create a year
I've been looking at how to set mine up and I'll be back soon with how I have started mine. 

If you're asking yourself what the hell is a bullet journal anyways, watch this.  Beware though, mine is pretty different thanks to being able to customize it as I choose.

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Friday, January 1, 2016

Hello 2016

Happy New Year! I last left you with how 2015 ended and was pondering where 2016 would begin.

Maybe I do have a word for this year's goal after all:

This past year I did a decent job keeping mindful of the world around me, but I found that I there were still some things in my life that needed tossed or added to.  This has led me to decide to work on evaluating the contents of my life so that I can become content with it.

Just like a good ol' family recipe chalked full of ingredients, that is what makes me who I am, but this year I plan to take a look at just what those ingredients are.
What can I get rid of?
  • Things that don't bring me joy would be a good place to start perhaps this means more restraint on my Target runs.
  • Pounds.  They are always on in the "toss it" pile.
What can I add?
  • Time with loved ones
  • More time with my hobbies 
  • Workouts
What can I replace?
  • Screen time with family time
  • Negative Energy/People  with positive ones
  • Poor Food Choices with nutritious ones
What can I mix together and create?
  • How can I benefit my students more? 
  • What can I learn this year?
  • How can I post more on my blog?
So there you have it.  Here's to another great year ahead.  I'm not feeling empty by any means these days, but this is just one approach to a more positive me.

Saturday, December 19, 2015

2015 - Where did I end up?

Well it is that time again to see where I ended up with my 2015 Goals.

2015 was a pretty great year.  A clouded one, but a good one.

I had the best year of my teaching career thus far thanks to a group of spectacular students that graduated last spring.

Helping clear my mind the second half of 2014 I think really set me up for a clearer mind in 2015. I made this my ONE goal for 2015.

Where did I end up?  Let's take a look...

Mindful of what my negative mind was saying.

Then--You’re not OK 
Now-- Um, actually I am 

I was much kinder to myself this year, and frankly I don't have time to be so hard on myself these days. I didn't seek out validation for my feelings this year like 2014 seemed to consume my mind with. 

Then--You should be doing ________ instead
Now—I need more time!

This was so freeing!  In fact I think I found out more things to add to my plate because I actually enjoyed what I was doing and the choices I was making versus what I think I should be doing. 

Then--I’m worried about them
Now—I’m here for them

Withdrawing myself from drama finally seemed to clear up around spring of 2015.  I removed my judgy pants and only get them down for special occasions now.  The big picture got clearer for me of what I can and can’t control in other people’s lives.  Separating myself from negative situations and really embracing the positive relationships that make me feel good I think has helped with this.  I think I needed to work through this issue a lot and constantly reminding myself about boundaries and perspective really helped me attain it.  The result of this was so much less stress!

Mindful of what my body is saying.

Then—You’re fat and lazy
Now—Could do better, especially at eating your feelings

This, as always is still a work in progress.  I still found my eating habits mirroring my emotions.  Sigh. I played around with a couple of things to try to get my body better this year but things were still not clicking.  However, my OCD tendencies over my body have simmered down.  It is a lot of energy wasted and that then gets me upset, and well, when I am upset I eat.  Vicious cycle.

I did take up the hobby of Tennis and I am loving every minute of that and will be continuing it.
I made some headway on sleeping better, but backtracked a little this past month.  I need to still stay on top of that.

We shall see where this ongoing saga goes this year. 

Mindful of when my heart is full

Then -- I feel great!
Now – I feel great!

Depression isn’t the way I’m ending this year and kept it at bay much more than 2014. 
2015 got pretty frickin’ crazy in the real world with events and this and that happening.  I am trying to keep my head up and going forward, even if I am choosing to put on blinders here and there.  “I can’t hear you….” This will continue into 2016, but to what degree I am not sure yet.

I don’t know if I can keep the 1 word resolution going for 2016. No word is sticking out to me yet and I have a million little things I want to accomplish so I might revert back to a list.  I’ve got two more weeks to chew it over and get back to you all.

So there you have it.  I’d call my performance a win for 2015.  Hope you’ll stick around for 2016 to see where I go.
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Thursday, December 17, 2015

Kids Christmas Gift Ideas

The season is upon us and how my children haven't caught on that the UPS man is Santa, I'll never know.  I started out as I did last year with the small list of ideas, and well, my deal seeking ways got the best of me and they are getting spoiled once again.

Anyways, below is a list of gift ideas for my kids.  Hopefully you can find something that sparks an idea for your little one(s) too.

So there you have it, this years spoils for the littles.  What are your kids getting this year?

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