New Starts

Happy New Year!

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New Starts was today’s prompt from Capture Your 365. And it was the perfect prompt for me. I need a new start and I’m trying hard to start new. I’m starting with a new planner (Filofax personal size with DIYfish inserts) and a new plan. I wasted a lot of time last year – well, in my defense we did do a whole lot of traveling so that took up some (a lot) of time. But I still wasted time. I didn’t get as much done as I wanted to. When I had time I mostly felt scattered and not really sure what I want to do. But I have new goals this year and I’m hoping with my new planner I can accomplish these goals.

My word for 2016 is STRETCH. I need to stretch myself in the things I already do and stretch myself to try new things. I also need to stretch literally, like do yoga.

My goals for 2016 are:

  • Research my family using ancestry.com and other tools
  • Document the travel we will be doing this year
  • Document my life – maybe Project Life, maybe some other way
  • Read More (I want to read at least 52 books this year)
  • Handle money better
  • Make art quilts
  • Become healthier (eat better, move more)
  • Create a cozy and colorful home
  • Study Wicca
  • Blog on a regular basis

And finally, my hobbies for this year (I have to put a limit here because I tend to want to try everything and I end up doing nothing):

  • writing
  • photography
  • quilting
  • art journaling
  • project life or something like that

Planning 2014

Last year (well, the end of last year) I made a planner for myself with an old Circa binder I had and supplies I had laying around. While I really liked that planner, after surfing the web way too long looking at Filofax blogs and Pinterest pins, I got hooked on a Midori Traveler’s Notebook. I asked for and received one for Christmas and that’s what I’m going to use for my planner this year.

The Midori is basically a piece of leather with some bands in the middle to handle insertable notebooks and a band on the outside to hold everything together. It comes with a lined notebook that I am using for a daily journal. I had to buy a planner to go in and the only planner notebooks that I could find that fit in the Midori were undated, which I didn’t really see as a problem. Banditapple makes a planner that would fit in the journal and it was a lot cheaper than the Midori one but I really liked the Midori layout better so that’s what I went with. I liked the week (starting with Monday) on the left side and the blank page on the right. Lots of room to write appointments and To Do’s.

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The Midori planner has only 6 months in each book so you need to buy two books for the whole year. I only bought one to start and to make sure that I really liked the format. I’ll order a second one later in the year. I made tabs for the months and attached them at the top. They were easy to make in Photoshop since it’s just a rectangle with the month on both sides.20140110-IMG_0684

So far I’m very happy with this setup, although it has only been 10 days.

Weekly Wrap – Accomplishments

When I thought about writing this post I thought about all of the things I hadn’t done, hadn’t accomplished, hadn’t crossed off my list. But then I decided to be more positive – maybe it was starting up on The Artist’s Way that helped. So, in that vein, here is all I accomplished in this short week that started the new year.

  • I went to a party, talked to people and had a good time. (That’s actually a very large accomplishment for me as I don’t like parties and never know what to say to someone in person. I usually stand by the food table and eat.)
  • I blogged every day this week – if we consider this week to only be the days in January.
  • I created my first 2014 digital collage.jan_4
  • I got one of my 52 items accomplished: I watched a movie! It was One for the Money which is based on a Janet Evanovich book. My sister had wanted to go see this movie when it first came out, as she’s as much a fan of the Stephanie Plum books as I am, but I had read the reviews and they were really bad. I then mostly forgot about it until this year when I was going through Netflix and Amazon Instant to find movies for the first of my 52 this year and I ran across this one. It wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be but it wasn’t really that good. The Irish actor who played Joe Morelli was really distracting (I kept expecting him to start talking with an Irish brogue), but the actor who played Ranger was not as bad as fans of the book had made out. Any way, I watched it.
  • I started Project Life and got the opening page done and part of this week done. I think I will go with a page a week unless we’re traveling (and I have more to report on) or something is going on that week.
  • I organized my daily art supplies – now it is much easier to find that tool I need when I need it. Yay me!
  • As I mentioned above, I started back on The Artist’s Way. I had kept up on the morning pages, I just hadn’t done any reading since before Christmas.
  • And, last but certainly not least, I got my new Midori planner all set up and ready to go.

Finding Focus

I think I got a bit carried away this year. It’s only January 4th and so far, I’ve signed up for Root: A Thirty Day Journal Project, The Documented Life and Art Journey Caravan 2014. I have a large Midori planner and a small Midori planner, I’m doing Project Life this year, I’m doing morning pages ala The Arist’s Way and I’ve started writing at night before I go to bed. I want to have a visual journal in addition to Project Life (why?) and I have To Do lists in practically every journal book I own! I have completely overwhelmed myself and I think it’s time to find some sort of focus and balance. I don’t know what that balance will be but I can’t really keep up with all of this activity and still get anything else done.I need to focus on the stuff that’s really important to me: writing, collage and reading. I haven’t even left myself time to read and one of my goals is to read 52 books this year.

I need to learn to focus and stop getting distracted by all of the new things out there: the new journal class or the new collage class. I need to stay off Pinterest! I need to plan my day better and stick with my plan (hence the two planners, but do I really need two of them and my main To Do list isn’t even in either one of those books!)

I don’t really know how I’m going to solve this problem. Maybe I don’t have to solve it right this minute. Maybe I just need to work on my focus everyday and see what happens. I need to explore what’s important to me and do what’s important. The other stuff will wait.