50% off all Notebooks
That’s a great deal. No. It’s a beautimous, fantabulous, spectabulous, fabulistic deal!!!!! They make wonderful gifts — birthday, teacher appreciation, I love you, & just because — gifts. So it’s time to stock up.
I mean, really, how can you resist these cuties at such a ridiculously low price? It’s time to stock up!!!!
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Woot! Woot! 🎉🎉🎉 Today is my birthday!! 🎂 🎂🎂🍾 I celebrate all day. Actually I celebrate all month. I am so grateful to be celebrating another birthday. There are so many people in this world whose lives are short and they don’t have the privilege of celebrating each and every birthday as they live longer.
I don’t get people who say it’s just another day. It’s NOT just another day. It’s a day to celebrate you! And celebrate all of your talents, gifts, quirks and uniqueness. There has never been anyone like you and there never will be again. Now that’s something to celebrate.
And then there are those who say they don’t want anymore birthdays. Well, now... here’s the thing about that. If you aren’t having birthdays that means you are not alive....you are dead. And while I am not afraid to die, I’m just not ready yet. I have many many things to do before that time comes. There’s so much to do, so many lessons to learn, and so much life to live.
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So I was going to write this high falootin’ blog about the commercialization of Valentines Day by the greeting card industry and the candy industry and the restaurant industry and the .....
And how we should embrace a simpler, more heartfelt expression of our love for our special someones. And how we should be expressing our love everyday through acts of compassion and kindness.
All that is what I truly believe. But you know what? I don’t want to contribute another blog post to the World Wide Web that tells you how to live your life and what you “should” be doing and what you “shouldn’t” be doing. It’s your life. Do what you think is the best version of you.
Oh.... and Happy Valentines Day from my heart to yours. ❤️❤️❤️
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With All My Love
Let me just say it.... I feel like a failure. There I said it. Out loud.
Now let me explain. I love old fashioned paper planners. I used them during my corporate America years and I continued to use them when the world switched to digital calendars and planners.
I have always used weekly layouts to see what my week looks like. I have my schedule of appointments and my list of To Dos and my meal planning and my exercise trackers. I may change the weekly layout but it was all there.
But when I started selling notebooks and notebook accessories over on Etsy, I thought I needed more detail and more structure. Because it’s not just selling stuff on Etsy. It’s managing (well, first learning, then managing) social media content, it’s bookkeeping, it’s learning SEO ( crap! I had no idea what Search Engine Optimization was much less how to optimize it, sigh) it’s posting layout ideas.... It’s. So. Much. More!
What better way to keep uber organized than incorporating daily layouts into my planner? So that’s what I did. On Sunday afternoon I would create my weekly layout for the week. Then I would create my daily layout for Monday. I only did one daily layout at a time as things always change. All the things I thought I would get done on Monday probably didn’t get done so I needed to slide the leftovers onto Tuesday. You see how that works, right? So part of Monday evening was laying out Tuesday, part of Tuesday evening was laying out Wednesday, etc. etc. etc.
So while I will be admiring all those beautiful planner layouts I see on the web and I’ll even be pinning them to my Pinterest boards, I will be using a very minimalist layout to get my sh*t done. And I feel ever so much better about that.
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What are the chances of this happening again anytime soon? I just wish the moon actually turned blue when it’s a blue moon. Wouldn’t that be awesome?
So if you read my previous post, it was about setting softer
gentler intentions for 2018 instead of those hard demanding “resolutions.” But....
Even with intentions, I need a game plan. Anyone who knows
me knows I like to break anything I want to accomplish --
projects, chores, errands, crafts, goals, intentions, you-name-it --
into small doable tasks. VERY. SMALL. TASKS. Then I include some (not too many or I’m overwhelmed &
nothing gets done😁) of these tasks on my Daily To Do List.
So this is how I get sh*t done.
1. What do you want to get done this year?—what are your main intentions for the year? Write them down.
These are large intentions. Maybe 4 — 6 Intentions.
My number 1 intention is “Good Health” or having a healthier lifestyle.
2. What activities do you want to do to make each intention happen? Here’s how I think of them.
If you accomplished most of these activities by the end of the year it would give you the sense that
your intention is in place and you are on the road.
Before you move onto the next step take a look at all of your activities.
Do you think it’s doable? Yes, you have a year to do it, but life happens.
Don’t set yourself up for failure. If you need to scale back on your
intentions and activities so you can see progress, then do that.
3. What do you have to do to complete your activities? If you look at the picture
of my 2018 Intentions layout above, you’ll see I have broken my activities down
even further into tasks. Like I said I like to break down everything into
tiny tasks. Then I can schedule a few of these tasks each day. This is what
works for me. I like to accomplish small tasks that I know are supporting
my overall intentions. I love to check off these tasks in my planner each day.
Then I can look back and see the progress I am making. I can also see
what is working and what’s not working so well.
So this is how I come up with my weekly layout. Look closely at the first picture above and you will see that I have a column that is set up to support my 2018 Intentions. The next photo shows my weekly layout completed for this week. I don't know if you can tell but most of my to-do items are in pencil. That way I can move them around or change them as the week progresses.
I have just begun to work with daily layouts. It is more work to set up each day (usually the night before.
I tried setting up all the daily layouts for the week, but stuff happens and things need to be changed. I find it easier to set up one day at a time.) But I leave lots of wiggle room so I can add appointments, errands, etc. I like having each day laid out. It may only be a "suggestion" for the day, one never knows what a day will actually be like. But I have my list so I stay on track as best I can.
Oh here's something important for me to say. I don't beat myself up if I don't get everything (or anything) on my daily layout completed. I just see what I can move to the next day or the day after that and keep moving.
How to accomplish that really large intention you set for this year? One little task at a time, baby, just one little task at a time.
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Do you have the same resolutions every year—They go something like this:
• Lose Weight and Get Fit
• Quit Smoking
• Learn Something New
• Eat Healthier and Diet
• Get Out of Debt and Save Money
• Spend More Time with Family
• Travel to New Places
• Be Less Stressed
• Drink Less
Courtesy of Time Magazine
As Oscar Wilde said, “New Year’s resolutions go in one year and out another.”
Yes, indeedy. How long do you last before you throw your hands up in the air, grab a cookie (or several), head to the couch to binge watch something and consider yourself a miserable failure — again!? We’ve all been there.
There’s got to be a better way. A way to accomplish goals without all the shame and beating-myself-up that seems to go hand-in-hand with “New Year resolutions.” A way to feel good about what I do get accomplished instead of beating myself up about what I don’t get done — again.
Perhaps we should think about New Year intentions.
An intention recognizes that you are good enough as you are, that your desires and wants are there to lead you to what you most need to know. Instead of coming from a place of judgment and pressure, come from a place of curiosity and meaning.
Hmmmm. Now that’s something I think I can work with. Instead of setting a resolution that is loaded with negativity & self-flagellation maybe I could set an intention that is loaded with positivity and enjoyment.
I’m thinking the distinction between a resolution and an intention is mindset. Instead of setting a resolution to fix a flaw, maybe I could have an intention to improve myself. Instead of an all-or-nothing resolution (I’m going to lose that 20 pounds this year!) how about an intention to have a healthier lifestyle?
Since I like to eat healthier food, I’m already on the path of enjoying a healthier lifestyle.
How are your New Year Resolutions going? Is it time to switch to New Year Intentions?
In my next blog post I’m going to talk about my system for implementing small activities & tasks into my day that support my New Year Intentions.
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Happy New Year,
PS -- It's going to be incredibly cold in many parts of the US, including where I live. Stay warm.
During this time of year, when folks find out I’m a buddhist, one of the first questions they ask is, “do you celebrate Christmas?” And my reply is a resounding “Of course!”
Like most western buddhists I was not born or raised in the buddhist traditions and teachings. I was raised in a christian home which was over the top, all about Christmas. So the sights and sounds of Christmas are very dear to me.
Christmas time is a season of love, kindness & generosity — these are Buddhist virtues as well as Christian. I love this time of year. People seem a little friendlier & a little kinder. There seems to be joy in the air. Who wouldn’t celebrate, “Peace on earth, goodwill to all”?
Many Buddhists believe Jesus was a “Bodhisattva”, which is one who forgoes their own benefit to help others and has compassion, kindness, and love for all beings. Jesus showed the world immense compassion, kindness and love. He taught people how to incorporate love and kindness into their lives. Many Buddhists, including me, see Jesus as a blessing to the earth and all beings and have no problems celebrating the birth of such a being.
In the spirit of the season, here are some things a buddhist might do to celebrate.
Give small thoughtful gifts. So many of us are fed up with the commercialization of Christmas. But when you listen to a person and understand what they truly want, a small gift is very appropriate. Do you have a friend who is struggling this time of year? A great gift to them might be just giving them some of your time & undivided attention. Do you have a friend who is a deeply religious Christian? A small gift acknowledging and honoring their faith would be very meaningful to them.
Helping people in need. My friends & family used to give me a hard time when I would give money to people begging in the streets. I have several thoughts on this....”but for the grace of God, there go I” or “thank God I don’t have to make money by begging to feed my family” or “Who am I to judge?” or “I’m so grateful I am able to spare a few bucks to help this person.”
To me, giving a helping hand in whatever way you can is the spirit of Christmas
Simple acts of kindness. And in that same light, doing simple acts of kindness are a great way to be in the spirit of the season. Holding the door open for someone, smiling at people, saying please & thank you, helping someone carry their groceries, or helping them load their groceries into their car.... the list of acts of kindness is endless
So, as you can see, celebrating Christmas as a buddhist is easy. I just hope some of us will continue celebrating the love & compassion of Christmas throughout the new year.
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Merry Christmas & Happy New Year