"Ancora Imparo" - I am still learning ~ Michelangelo
I am a 60-something, 'career-graduate' librarian. One of the items on my life list has been to learn quilting, especially to explore the arena of journal and art quilting. I see that quilting, art journaling, blogging and scrapbooking are all facets of creativity and learning in this phase of my life.
Last month I wrote I was going to establish a new habit: daily art journaling. My plan – simple:
decide/schedule time between 6 A.M. and 6 PM;
keep it visible, track and
I did not achieve that goal: my daily schedule was/is revised a bit. The time I thought I’d devote to creating this new habit was preempted. – which is OK and understandable in that I’d not figured in a factor over which I have no control. So, it’s back to the drawing board … and a different approach.
The key to success, in addition to including the activity on my daily agenda, lies in [my] tying the new habit to an existing one – a technique called habit stacking. So, the revised plan is to:
tie the habit to my M-F 12 Noon Daily Pages activity – which I really enjoy;
have an idea of the day’s focus and supplies at the ready;
keep it simple – therefore doable;
share on this blog and/or Instagram.
Clearly, not everyday will result in achieving the goal as outlined but I’m banking on having more rather than less success at October’s end. Watch this space.
How has your word been manifested this month of September? Please share via the link up and if for any reason you have a problem, do include a link to your post in the comments. Thank you for joining us and sharing your one little word experience.
this second day of autumn has been a real treat: perfect temps – just cool enough for a lightweight shirt; bright sunshine; crystal blue sky; a soft breeze to caress one’s cheeks. and just before the sun sets, the moon.
last thursday I took a quick trip to Barnes and Noble and bought a few books – to add to my ever growing TBR pile. Among them: Marie Kondo’s newest : Joy at Work or how to organize your professional life. I don’t have a professional life but I do like to read books on productivity/time management – sort of a palette cleanser, I suppose. I also purchased Yaa Gyasi’s Transcendent Kingdom, Gretchen Rubin’s next #happierpodcastbookclub selection.
speaking of podcasts, on my walk today I listened to Brene Brown’s “Unlocking Us” on which she shared her feelings about RBG. and yes, I can totally relate…as I’m sure many us can and do.
I am slowly finishing Knips (knitting in progress-or not- projects) – it’s easy to pick them up when watching tv* … and provides good warm up practice for when I return to reknitting the Afghan block I goofed up on a while back.
Bright blue cloudless sky. Birds sing ” caw caw caw” … September’s air feels good against my face. I’m wearing my winter coat and I have on no hat – but that’s OK ! Despite the cooler temps, it is beautiful! I stop, take a look around, capture the sky, sun and also the sound : quiet.
I’ve reached the park. Children’s voices permeate the air along with the sounds of lawn mowers and leaf blowers. I hear the creak, squeak of a swing or two. I’m trying to decide which way do I go: my usual route or forge a new one? Lotsa children at the playground – don’t see too many adults but I do see a rather large dog.
I decide to take my usual route and trek up the hill, gathering just enough speed to get my momentum going. Other than the children, not too many people in the park – usually there are one to four parked at benches, shooting the breeze; others, at a table: writing; reading; sometimes napping …
Tomorrow is the first day of an astrological event: Autumn. It feels good to walk through this park on this last day of summer. In a way, it’s a sanctuary. A sanctuary.
Soon, time to make/take notes for “Simply A Moment.” Hard to believe we’re halfway through the month of September! Today is also Ali Edwards’ Story Theme Day – MORNING! OH YES! [deep sigh]. Mornings – Love, Love, Love them. And I’m so grateful that today is quiet. I sit in my usual spot, at the table. Norman’s still sleep. He needs that. The past few days have been a challenge – his glucose readings high. But with the help of medication, and constant monitoring, he’s getting closer to normal. And that’s a good thing!
I took a Zoom class last night on Gelli (gelatin) plate printing and made not a mark ’cause my paints had all dried up! Frustrating (and also a bit embarrassing). I have access to a replay – so all’s not lost …and now I have an excuse to shop for new paints. Which leads me to contemplate today’s agenda – perhaps a trip to the office supply, Michael’s, a PSL – pumpkin spice latte from Starbucks and a salad – maybe even a chibata bagel – from Panera…
9:15 am! There goes the timer… taking photos for this post of the view before me. Saw Smoke – our resident feral cat – hopping along the back fence – grass is a tad too long and wet for her liking so she gingerly makes her way through. Note to Self: Txt Jason re time to cut lawn. Refresh tea after I finish reading today’s Simple Abundance essay. Light candle. Contemplate breakfast: decide on smoothie and avocado toast.
Watching Ali Edwards monthly Story Kit reveal : MORNINGS. Thinking how perfect could that be?! Every month I’m reinspired by these story ideas and especially this month’s. I think Ali’s quote for this month: one small positive thought in the morning can change your whole day! is just perfect.
Guess I’d better wrap this post up and get a move on…soon the day will be over and I’ll not have made it out of the house.
How was your morning today? I trust as pleasant as mine.
During these next two weeks, Sept 7-18 , weekdays, I am joining Michele GD’s Just Five Things workshop.
For approximately the past 10-11 hours on this, Labor Day, I have been laboring in the task of reviewing, sorting and sifting, notes I’ve written on sundry pieces of papers, trying to get my written life and lists organized … it would probably be easier/easiest if I just threw everything away… but I’m convinced there are gems among these scribbles as well as a long list of check marks = accomplishments! My mom always encouraged us to toot our own horns! And that’s what I decided to do – find those to do things I’ve indeed either done or decided I wasn’t going to do! So I can toot my own horn!
These are the top five things on my list, thus far:
Taste again, for the first time, Bullet Journaling – primarily to better organize my life’s activiites and to do items…I have been back and forth on this and decided to just go ahead and DO IT. I enjoyed BUJO when I did it years ago – don’t ask me why I stopped. I just did …and ever since, have felt/been rudderless…
Implement TimeBlocking. I’ve toyed with the idea and decided to give it a real try. I can (and do) spend much of the day @the table, papers, books, pens, etc spread before me and before I know it, it’s sundown and I’ve made little – if that – progress on my daily goals…
Aim for more Healthful Meals – which means plan weekly menus and shop accordingly – neither of which appeal to me.
Reivse my Daily Walk Habits, aiming for 3 – 20 minutes a day outside. I know I won’t always accomplish that mile marker but doing so is worth the effort.
Resume Dõstädning (clutter clearing), aiming to clear one drawer, shelf, closet, etc a day and get the stuff in the garage ready to donate or discard. I’d held off due to Covid-19 …I’m thinking/hoping books and things can now be recycled.
Another item on my list… to revise my blogging schedule and practices … but that’s fodder for another post, especially since it’s 8 pm and time to hit publish!
Hope you’ve had and/or are having a good day.
PS. About the photo: Sidewalk art discovered on my walk yesterday, Sunday 6 September. Lots of fun!
Last month, I wrote: “A prediction: August will provide more results of my new habit: messy art journaling. Yes? How? Why? Everyday, I not only schedule time for the activity, I spend the time so engaged and that is how a habit is made.”
My focus was to mess around with messy art journaling. Dinna happen. No pudding. No proof. Thinking: why my prediciton didn’t materialize, why I didn’t realize, accomplish my goal, what I did create – instead, I’ve concluded that I am not a messy art creating person … my tendencies lean more towards the other end: perfectionism, and that, I hastily add is also not who or what I am – perfect. I do own up to being, as Brené Brown says ” perfectly imperfect.” I’m OK with that for it keeps me honest and real.
September is just around the corner – can you believe? – and I am thinking ahead to my focus, about the vision I desire. This is how I accomplish -with just a few tweaks- the new habit I aim to create :
change messy art journaling to daily art journaling;
decide/schedule time between 6 A.M. and 6 PM;
keep it visible, track and share! and finally
Begin Today! there is no better time than now!
How has your word shown up for you this month of August? Please share via the link up and if for any reason you have a problem, do include a link to your post in the comments. Thank you for joining us and sharing your one little word experience.
… are like and unlike any other. this morning, at 8:24 am, stillness. the world around appears to still be very much sleeping in. Eventually, the “world will awaken” but for the now, I shall relish these quiet moments.
… as I look out the window, evidence of autumn greets: just the slightest twinge of brown on the leaves of this tree and larger spaces of blue sky show in between branches. against the nearly cloudless sky, red crepe myrtle dot the landscape.
… in this 5th month of Covid-19, the stealthy, incognito, non-discerning, easily transmitted virus continues to devastate … and yet, the grass continues to grow; clouds form, come and go; birds fly, stop to rest on an electric wire or tree branch or fence; squirrels scamper; bees, butterflies and other flying insects flit their way across my vista. in the not too far distance, I see traffic move and even two small dogs out for a walk.
… in the not too distant future, the sky will be more revealed as leaves from this tree begin to drop. soon to be autumn. I hope your Monday morning was as peaceful.
PS. A reminder: tomorrow is share your 2020 August word experience on this blog.
… These are – with the exception of Begin Again by Eddie Glaude – two of the books I bought last Saturday at Barnes & Noble; the other is Roller Skates which had to be ordered and has now arrived. I guess I’ll make a quick trip tomorrow afternoon to pick it up. Roller Skates is a children’s book- one of my childhood faves – set in NYC. I enjoyed fantasizing about skating up n’ down the streets of NYC… Just thought a little trio back in time might be a pleasant antidote during these times of Covid -19.
… I am slowly reviving two knitting projects : the second sock is on the needles and I decided to do both toes at the same time. The other, Diamonds are Forever afghan, is going to receive some TLC beginning next week.
… I think I need a new chair for my computer – one that allows me to adjust the height for sitting when I’m at the “stand-up” – counter height computer desk as well as the “sit down” positions. Counter intuitive? Does such exist? Google search in order…
… I’m not really happy with the new block editor Word Press launched …I resisted using during the trial period- guess it’s just my mind rebelling…perhaps in due time I’ll change my mind. Always hard to teach an old horse new tricks . <smile>
Joining Kat and friends. Gotta have a quick dinner…have a Zoom session at 7 PM, EST.
monday morphs into tuesday… I had the best intentions, plans and ideas yesterday to post … and somehow for some reason, some way, the day got away from me … as it did over the weekend. Perhaps because I was on Zoom, more than off, it seems – I hasten to add, not a complaint, just a fact. I am grateful for Zoom and other similar technologies; not only are we able to keep in touch with family, we’re also enabled to:
connect with friends , including those who perhaps we’ve only met online via our blogs and other social media;
learn new techniques in areas of our own personal interests, etc.
saturday -the 15th- afternoon, I went to Barnes & Noble and managed to spend more than enough on books to keep me company for a bit…more on them tomorrow. t’ws my first visit to a bookstore since February! I also stopped at a local office supply – filled with back to school supplies. In normal times, the inventory would be pretty much decimated. I bought the little guys each their own composition notebook, designed specifically for their ages: 6 and 2 3/4. I know that through the balance of 2020, Chris (6 years) will be doing first grade virtually and Elias, of course, will want to do everything his big bro’ (idol) does. I felt a tinge of sadness as I looked at all the school supplies – memories of back-to-school from my childhood, my nieces, flooded over and floored me as the reality of these times stopped me cold. [deep sigh].
yesterday it rained off -n-on and then of course stormed – just as Norman was putting the trash out for tuesday’s collection. why not? fortunately, tv reception wasn’t affected so we were able to watch the Democratic National Convention.
today was nearly perfect – low 80s ! Unheard of in the middle of August in these parts. I do not complain! Cheers~
PS. A reminder: next Tuesday, August 25 is the monthly one little word linkup on this blog!