Wednesday, January 2, 2013

One Little (but it's really BIG) Word and The Planners

OK-it's time to develop a new routine.
I want to get a bunch of things completed around the house (like cleaning-hahaha) but I also want to be diligent about my blog. Let's start with my

One Little Word for 2013

I went back and looked at previous posts about the words I've chosen over the years...
Focus
Simplify
 (that was a real failure)
Manage
Celebrate
(this one was easy..so much to celebrate and be grateful for this past year)

My word for 2013 came to me very easily

LEARN

Now that I'm fully retired, I want to work on keeping my mind sharp and my health in check.
There is a lot I can and should LEARN to accomplish these goals.
Plus, there are tons of fun things I want to learn, too.
First of all, for the first time, I am actually doing Ali Edward's on-line class entitled
One Little Word.
(read her blog post about this activity here, and know that you don't have to take the class to participate in this challenge...it's just an interesting goal)
The class goes on for the whole year and at the beginning of each month, you're given prompts to get you thinking about how your word is impacting your life and you keep a journal/photo book.

I will write more about my "bucket" learning list as time goes on.

Now, I can never start a new year without some kind of planner. Last year I used this one...

which featured my word for 2012...Celebrate

I found some really nice planners at Target this year and actually decorated 2 of them for friends for Christmas. Both of these friends are experiencing some difficult challenges in their lives right now and I wanted to give them a place to write important appointments and also a place to journal. The planners  have a very sturdy outer acrylic cover and then the cover of the journal is patterned but there is no writing on it. They were a dream to alter.
Mary Ellen's planner...

(the paper label just rips off)



and Jacqueline's...


and my planner...


A work in progress!

This is what the planners look like inside...


Plenty of places to write

OK-off to do some cleaning and organizing and  Planner cover planning...:D

Have a warm and toasty day!
xoxo
Joyce


10 comments:

Jane said...

I like your planners! Also like your word for 2013. I could use that too, having so much to LEARN! I tried FOCUS last year and did focus on many things but didn't get my overall life in focus so must keep plugging away. Will have to decide on my word for this year soon.
Happy New Year!

Jo said...

Such a great word for the year. I can't wait to read all the things in your "bucket" learning list. I'm sure it will be inspiring. I really haven't decided on my word yet, the end of the year kinda came out of nowhere (who would have known that December was the last month of the year?? The nerve...) and didn't start thinking about it til the 28th.

Also, your journal covers are always so lovely. I especially like Jacqueline's with all the squares in the background. Super cute. Makes me want to make a card like that. Have a great day, hope you get lots done!

Celestial Charms said...

Hi Joyce,
Love the altered planners you made, and look forward to seeing your own soon. Thank goodness, there are so many creative people and ideas in blogland...we will never run out of ideas. Happy Wednesday!
Maureen

chris mckinley said...

Your planners are terrific!! And what a great word to choose!

Happy New Year!

chris

GARAGE SALE GAL said...

Very nice planners for your friends!
Love your word! Haven't "picked" mine...yet!
Happy New Year!
Warmly,
deb

Elyse said...

hi joyce!

you're so sweet and of course your planner is so cheerful.

happiest new year wishes

xo
elyse

Mimi Sue said...

Love your planners and your word! So important to keep learning your whole life! I think it's what keeps us young. Happy 2013 to you! Mimi

Linda K. said...

Came from Donna's at Brynwood and read your comment. So glad your hubby is alright after a terrifying ordeal. Will continue to keep you guys in thought and prayer. Blessings,
Linda

Elizabeth Andrus said...

Joyce, What a pleasure to hear from you on my February post. I hope you are enjoying your retirement and find lots of time for your beautiful paper art! Elizabeth

John'aLee said...

I love the way you write. One feels like they are sitting down with you in your kitchen over a cup of coffee, while you share your journals! I'm your newest fan/follower!

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