My Happy Planner has been getting lots of love in the past 4 months since I started using (and decorating) it.
I love that it's so quick and easy to throw a weekly layout together in a few minutes and it allows me a small bit of creativity throughout my week.
In days past, I used to keep a home journal that kept track of my daily, weekly and monthly cleaning tasks. It was ugly and it was boring. Really boring. I've now incorporated it into my Happy Planner and love how it's portable and everything is in one place.
It's a joy to use every day.
Here's my initial layout for the week of November 16th through the 22nd.
And here it is with all of my cleaning schedules inserted.
Every day I do my daily list as shown on the right side of my planner.
In this list are the things that need to be done daily (or nearly every day).
My daily and weekly lists are removable and can be used week after week. I've been using this one for about 4 months so far.
At left is my weekly chore list. Sometimes I don't get every task done so I like to think of it as a revolving list. If I miss a certain chore that week I do it the next week, so I know that it will eventually get done sooner than later.
With the weekly list at left and the daily list at right it makes everything easy to find and accesible.
I could clutter up my planner with a ton of individual tasks, but I've found this is the easiest way to streamline my planning.
When I'm finished with my daily routine (I still inadvertently call it a morning routine hence the MR) I simply I check it off.
The same goes for my weekly routine which is abbreviated by WR.
This weekly layout was inspired by a piece of scrap book paper that featured vintage looking tickets and I love the colors in it.
Most of my accents were cut out by hand.
This tab/tip in/ insert is completely for decorative purposes but I can add a picture or quote in the future.
And here are a few more decorative shots...
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You know that worship music that the Lord reaches out and touches your soul through?
That's how it's always been for me while listening to Shane and Shane.
I discovered their music about 6 years ago when we were living in Korea and I traveled the country by train and bus with them playing on my Ipod.
When my husband nearly died a few years ago, their music, which is rooted in the Word of God, was such a great comfort to me to me in my most difficult of times. I really cherish when the Word of God (in both text and song) was most precious in comforting my soul.
They released a new album a few weeks ago and last week I was blessed with the opportunity to worship with them.
It was a very cozy setup with the simplicity of Shane Barnard on guitar and vocals, Shane Everett on vocals and their drummer. No lights. No excess.
Just their wonderful voices singing tight harmony and lifting up the name of the Lord.
Afterwards, I had the joy of meeting them (actually for the second time) and sharing what a wonderful blessing their music has been to me.
If you'd like to listen to one of their songs from their latest release here is one of my favorites.
I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!
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It's no doubt that gratitude can change our attitude, our day and our lives.
Instead of looking to the elusive dreams and wants of what we could have/should have it's nice to take a look at our loved ones and surroundings through eyes of gratefulness.
What is it that makes you grateful today?
We often overlook those wonderful things on a daily basis.
I've been challenged by Jenn to share a few moments that have gotten me through this year. I'd like to expand that to moments and things and I've got 10 of them to share with you today!
1. Can I be grateful for gratitude? Seems a bit redundant, doesn't it?
I am trying to cultivate a daily intentional effort to see past the mundane and see my life through new eyes!
2. Oh how I love music! I play the guitar and piano and have a love of all things acoustic. When I was a young girl, music moved me in a way that words couldn't and it's still the same today. What can be better than poetry and music expressed as a song? I love acoustic/guitar driven worship music that focuses on lifting up the Lord.
3. I've been delving into the world of paper planning and I can clearly see the improvement of my memory and calendar schedule. I was trying to do the digital thing for years but it never reinforced those dates and times into my brain. Writing my dates and to do lists on my monthly spread, on a weekly spread, and referring to it on a daily basis, has helped me see that my memory isn't as bad as I thought! It really makes a difference for me!
5 I love photography and I carry my camera with me everywhere I go. I love to think creatively and see beauty in ordinary every day life. Capturing that 'perfect' moment is something that I strive for and brings me great joy.
6 In March of 2013 I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. I know for many it's a horrible disease with tragic side effects but for me it's been a means to a positive end. I've been able to control my blood sugar levels by diet and my glucose numbers are within normal parameters without any meds or insulin. I've also lost 45 pounds as a result of changing my diet. I'm not glad to say I have diabetes but I am glad that it's caused me to re-evalulate my health and life and make positive changes while avoiding side effects.
7 Clean Eating has been a game changer for me and has revolutionized my life. I was once plagued with asthma, bronchitis, acid reflux, an ulcer, bad knees and being overweight. I still have about 30 more pounds to go but upon changing my diet all of those symptoms and sicknesses that are mentioned above have gone away. I never realized that what we put into our bodies has such an incredible effect on how they function. AMAZING!
8 My wonderful family (both my real family and church family) has been such a blessing to me! I am so grateful for them!
9 Words cannot describe how much I love and appreciate my husband. We've been through so much together and I am so honored to be his wife and companion of over 25 years. He is a wonderful man!
10 My wonderful family (both my real family and church family) has been such a blessing to me! I am so grateful for them!
11 I know this list is 10 things but I'm going to throw in a bonus because this last one is the most important to me. I am so grateful for the Love of God. Time and time again the Lord has proven Himself faithful in so many ways. His wonderful mercy has lifted me out of the depths of despair and He has done wonderful miracles for me.
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Have a Lovely Day!!!
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