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4.14.2016

Word of the Year Update

Hi Friends.

It's been a solid thirteen weeks since I shared my Word of the Year- Pursue. I'm here today to offer you an update and hopefully some motivation to keep moving forward to meet your goals too. I'm happy to report that up to this point I have been able to keep Pursuing all my personal goals. I must credit a lot of my current success to the use of my planner system. To lay it out for you, I'll recap my personal goals then what tools I've been using to accomplish each.


For years I've been getting by with status quo while taking care of littles and dealing with medical needs. As of last Fall, I've been free of my major medical issue so I had to figure out what to do with myself without the weekly doctor appointments. It's the strangest feeling going from having to coordinate so many outside activities to not having many reasons to leave the house! My extra time gave me the opportunity to evaluate the next phase in my journey. Basically, that's how I came upon the word Pursue for this year.

The first and foremost I wanted to Pursue was overall health. In order to make this happen, I new I needed a plan. These are the four areas I planned to focus on: Spiritual, Emotional, Physical, and Relational. I also knew these were interdependent and if I could tackle the Spiritual and Emotional in a tangible way the other two would fall into place. My solution was to Write the Word and Journal every day, if possible. I was rapidly growing out of my new Filofax, so I converted it into my Spiritual Journal. As any Filofax user may agree, It's hard to resist having one and not write in it as often as you can. For journaling, I just use a notebook I picked up that had a cute cover.


I strive to write in these every morning to start my day out with a clear mind and conscience. I call it my PB&J time {Prayer, Bible, & Journal}. I'm forgiving if it doesn't happen but will make an effort to get back to it as soon as I can. There is definitely a difference when I miss too many journaling days because I feel anxious if I don't get some things out of my head. Doing this task, even if I don't feel like it, leaves me feeling accomplished. I won't share much about the Physical and Relational because they're too personal for a blog like this. I will say, I'm experiencing progress but they definitely have some built in flexibility as they can fluctuate so easily.

The next two areas I wanted to Pursue were more long term goals. I talked about them a bit in the last two months; you can read more in this post and this post. I have since been officially accepted into our local Community College and still hope to take a class this coming Fall. And Yes, I'm already thinking about my future College Planner! For my shop, GingerPaperCo, I've been working daily on prepping for a Summer Grand Opening. I'm so anxious to get it up and running that I'm considering a soft opening to provide downloadable products.


I ordered this academic Passion Planner when they were offering a clearance on 2015-2016 stock. I figured for the price, it couldn't hurt, but this has really become a very important planner in my arsenal. It was a priority that I maintain a balance between home responsibilities and my pursuit of an Etsy shop. I was starting to struggle a bit but now that I'm mapping out my time hourly, I've gotten so much more done. I use this as my daily Business Planner and I plan my work tasks for the afternoons after all other responsibilities have been accomplished.

I'm so excited to finally share this update! I hope you enjoyed it and maybe got a little motivation. I will be sharing my full planner system in the near future so stayed tuned for that. Don't forget, if you want to be notified by email of the shop opening you can sign up here. Quantities on ready to ship products will be limited when GingerPaperCo opens this summer.
 

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