Moving to the Next Bullet Journal

Moving to the Next Bullet Journal

I’ve been bullet journaling since before it was even called that, keeping notebooks for years, and pre-digital age I always kept a paper calendar. I’m so glad I discovered #bujo-ing. It’s definitely helped me stay on task, plan for the future and write every day. For me, the tactile feel of paper and writing with pen/pencil is grounding and soothing. As we move into August, I’m transitioning to my third bullet journal this year. What is a bullet journal? Essentially it’s just a notebook that you set up any way you want. The original concept was coined by Ryder Carroll and you can learn a little more about him and how it all started here. My bullet journal changes all the time but it always changes to reflect my needs (and whims). In it I keep some sort of calendar page, whether it be daily or weekly. I keep track of work. I journal. I sketch. I also take notes about things I’m learning. I dream a little...
A Story About Loss, Compassion and Pursuing Your Dreams

A Story About Loss, Compassion and Pursuing Your Dreams

I want to tell you a little story, only it’s really not about me unless I make it about me. It is, however, about a huge part of me because it’s about my daughter, the one human I will always be intertwined with. . . . I have cried a lot over the past year. So many changes and challenges for our family. I got real acquainted with grief, compassion, surrender … as well as sensing energy and judgement. We truly only understand our own lives and experiences, even if we listen deeply and try to be empathetic toward others. On the same day that my mom told me she was giving up her fight with cancer, just two months before she took her final breath, Maddie came home and announced her intention to transfer schools. I had a choice: to fight or surrender; to feel sorry for myself or do the best thing for my only child, knowing life would never be the same. I am sharing this story about my amazing daughter because it is inspiring. SHE is inspiring. She is special, driven, thoughtful and passionate. She makes hard decisions because they are right for her, and she constantly listens to that voice inside that says, “keep going; you can do it.” I am in awe of her strength and so extremely proud. “Life can only be understood backwards but it must be lived forward.” . . . Here is a spotlight story about this beautiful girl I call my...
A Quiet Writing Weekend

A Quiet Writing Weekend

  Work has been full so I told myself I’d spend the weekend writing. I want to finish this book, partly because I’m changing quickly and fear that it won’t flow from beginning to end, but also because it’s just time. It’s now Sunday morning. I was up at 6:30a yesterday and I’m up at 6:30a again today. The dogs and I are relaxing on the deck before it gets too hot and I #amwriting. I tend to procrastinate more often than I should but those days end now. As Mary Oliver said, “what will you do with your one wild and precious life?” I will live and breathe and write. I will do my part to make a difference and to leave a legacy. I will be as mindful as I am humanly able. Whatever your goals, go get’m...