So since I am all into listing and anything lists, I am super excited that The Positive Muslimah sent out this challenge.
20 Fun Things About Me
20. I love creating things.
19. I have a hot temper. I usually don't share it.
18. I'm a California girl at heart.
17. I was a total nerd in school.
16. I prefer mascara and lip gloss to make up.
15. I have an irrational fear of heights.
14. I'm a people watcher.
13. I cry at emotional things. some commercials get me every time.
12. I yearn for calm.
11. I have an adventerous heart but sometimes fear gets in the way.
10. I like to eat at resteraunts. My family does not.
9. I tell my girls to follow their dreams even though I don't always follow my own advice.
8. I am a loyal friend,but I am a tough but to crack.
7. I would rather read middle grade and young adult fiction.
6. I dislike ice cream.
5. I don't like confrontation.
4. I love my girls and wish they wanted to spend more time with their mom.
3. I would go back to school if I could just focus.
2. I wish people would just ask the questions they have about who I am.
1. I'm worth it.
"If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail." - Benjamin Franklin
The above quote from Benjamin Franklin sums up exactly why I have hit walls in my personal and professional life. Actually, I managed deadlines, appointments, and tasks really well until I turned 40. Something happened at this milestone that prompted me to begin making "to-do" lists. I just couldn't seem to remember things like I used to. List making for me was pretty futile in the beginning. Lists would magically disappear , and I would be left not knowing what I was supposed to be on top of. It was a process of learning how to organize my lists and plans in such a way that I wouldn't find myself sorting through a pile of paper to find a list that held important time sensitive information. So, I thought I would share some of the things that have made planning more manageable for me.
1. Erin Condren Planners https://www.erincondren.com/
2. Kikki K Planners http://www.kikki-k.com/diaries-calendars
3. Filo Fax Planners http://www.filofaxusa.com/
I completely fell in love with bullet journaling the first time I saw it. It took my to-do lists and made them completely manageable. Since I don't take my planner with me everwhere, my bullet journal is just the right size to throw in my purse and go. I also liked being able to use the countless journals I have accumulated over the years for this task. It's especially nice to be able to go back to any given day or week and see what tasks I have accomplished. You will find a video below that takes you through the step by step set up of a Bullet Journal. You also may wish to look at the Midori system of Journals. I have left links below. Finally, Etsy has several sellers that sell a Fauxdori that is comparable to the Japanese version.
Midori Traveler's Notebook Resources
Etsy (search Fauxdori) - https://www.etsy.com/
Midori Traveler's Notebook - http://www.midori-japan.co.jp/tr/english/
#Listersgottalist - Lists
These lists are a form of therapy for me. They are fun and creative and help me get thoughts down on paper. Having given prompts by @theresetgirl from instagram each month is an added bonus. . I will link her webpage below if you are interested in getting started on this. I found this cute little scrapbook at Hobby Lobby in their clearance section, and I am having so much fun putting together the pages each night. Need inspiration follow #listersgottalist on Instagram.
#listersgottalist - http://www.listersgottalist.com/
Planning, journaling, and listing have truly allowed me to organize my time and thoughts more effectively. I have seen changes in my mood, focus, and money management. I can't wait to take what I have learned this summer and put it to use at work. The thing I love about systems is that you can adjust them to meet individual needs. I am currently researching Islamic planners on the market written with the Muslim in mind. If you have any leads on such products please share in a comment below. I would love to hear if you have any tips on planning or are aware of any planning resources online. Feedback is always welcome!
"In an age like ours, which is not given to letter-writing, we forget what an important part it used to play in people's lives." Anatole Broyard
I decided several years a go that I wanted to start writing letters. I really thought that I would. However, it became a buried idea. This is one of the many things I had aspired to do but let fall to the wayside. Now that the summer has returned and I have more time on my hands, I feel that maybe it is time to really begin revisiting this idea of sharing a part of myself through the letters that I will pen. I am fascinated by the history of letter writing, and have found great delight in reading other people's coorespondences that have been published in books.
Some say that the eyes are the gateway to the soul, but I believe something different. I believe that letters written on pristine white paper are truly the enterance into the thoughts and beliefs of another. It is through such exchanges that we truly get a glimpse into the context of time and circumstance. While I learn more about the practice of letter writing, I will occasionally drop in to share my findings with you all. I am currently reading the book Writing Personal Notes and Letter by Jennifer Williams. I have also found some magnificent envelope art on pinterest and will begin a board there to pin all things "Letter Writing - Envelope Art." Lastly, if you are interested in striking up a snail mail coorespondence, please submit a request through the contact tab. Just leave an address and I will get a letter out to you ASAP.
"Please write again soon. Though my own life is filled with activity, letters encourage momentary escape into others lives and I come back to my own with greater contentment." Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey