New Year 2017

New Year Goals and Plans

January is already half over and I am just beginning to set my goals and purposes for the year.  The holidays were too busy to even bother with what might happen for an entirely new season.  I had to pray!!! My heart was desiring something new (2017), without the complications and constant interruptions of what life has been like for almost two years.  My focus of the year is destiny; what it will look like, how the Spirit will lead me in it, what can I do to help it happen, and renewing my mind and ideas to a “new” thing so I can walk in what I know.

Usually, I start out with my annual “Vision” board full of ideas and themes.  This year I did a small mixed-media painting with basic dreams and inspiration. (See last year’s board below).

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I have high hopes and expectations for this new year.

What is the one word that will keep you inspired and focused these coming days.  I choose one theme word every year like joy, or grace, love, worship, etc. and this year it is the word DARE.  Part of my personality to be pushing through, taking more than risks, and finding freedom in stepping out into the unknown with determination.  I started a new journal for 2017 and one of the first pages I doodled my theme word.

(It reminds my of Brene Brown’s book titled Daring Greatly – excellent read!)

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Bullet Journaling

Something new in my life is bullet journaling.  I’ve journaled most of my life and it has been a wonderful blessing since I can recall all the Lord has spoken to me and seeing my family and me grow in amazing ways!  I love to write!

In journaling though, I was frustrated at times because I had to keep a separate calendar, to-do lists, schedules, and my journaling.  I wanted it to be combined so I could journal thoughts, action plans, quotes, and so much more.  I know I usually come to the party late (meaning I don’t catch on to the latest fad when it starts, but discover things as I go),  and recently I found what I was looking for….Bullet Journaling!

At first it seemed too complex and structured (which I’m normally not) but it kept coming back to me like a boomerang.  People were blogging about it, tons of pins on Pinterest, Youtube videos – literally it was chasing me.  Finally, I looked deeper and I was intrigued by the all-in-one aspect of its purpose.  Going to the website of the originator of Bullet Journaling (bulletjournal.com, click the watch the video button) I wanted to see what birthed this concept.  In watching the video it made me more convinced that I didn’t need that kind of structure in my life, it was so complicated to my way of doing things and said, “I’d never!”  Not one to give up, I kept going in my attempt to understand and watched Kara of Boho Berry’s video: https://youtu.be/QD08sNRQkpk and found a more creative side to all this hubbub, then there is the man’s perspective:  A Dude’s Bullet Journal Walkthrough…Matthew Kent: https://youtu.be/k8tyB7RS284.

You can see Kara’s transition through many months including her second bullet journal, (her life culture is different, but I’m looking at the concept behind the focus re: bullet journaling), and I finally said, “I can do that!”

Not wanting to spend all the money for the supplies that are recommended, especially if I got bored with it, and found out it was more work than I had time for.  So I began by using things I already had (Thanks, Dave Ramsey!).  – a mixed-media art journal with only 60 pages, something limited so I could stick it out to the end (the  paper in this book is heavy enough to stand up to ink bleeds and paint), my favorite pen: Uniball Signo 207 Bold, watercolor paints, stencils, and stamps (so far).  I really am working on my handwriting again, I used to do lots of calligraphy but lost my touch from lack of use, so I get to practice all over again.

Here are a few pages that I have done so far and I’m loving every minute of entries (some pages are edited due to personal information, but you’ll get the content:

This is my old style journaling, with just tidbits of color and just regular journal entries.

 

Sorry, I over edited this page and a cloud screened most of it dark.

January calendar and tasks for the month, Yearly Goals (though it will get longer)!

Three days this week.

I have so many things I want to do in this journal and can’t wait to fill it all in.  Meeting my goals and tasks everyday is really helping me to stay on track and be successful.  I am so happy!!!!  Being accomplished and productive is really healing and inspiring….especially to have more vision and purpose.

Be sure to watch the mentioned videos and know that you don’t have to be perfect, just love what you do .