Monday, January 27, 2014

Happy Yellow Monday! And Goal Setting….

What on earth? Happy Yellow Monday?

My husband and I started this a few years ago…. Isn't Monday the worst day of the week? Coming in from a weekend off (well, I know, not for everyone). Brian would always be in a bad mood on a Mondays, so one day I decided to wear a yellow shirt and I put a yellow bandana in my hair and I declared it a Happy Day! 
You know, ever since then, it's been MUCH better! 

Try it. It's the little things in life that mean the most.

So this timer thing is working out GREAT for me! I decide what I'm going to do, then set the timer for an hour and have at it. I'm not allowed to veer off the path and I LOVE all the stuff I'm getting done. I did get the stock room cleaned up and I'm able to actually get some work done in it now instead of tripping over things.

I like to get up in the morning, and then decide what I'm going to do with my day. It really depends on how I feel, how much energy I have etc. I know lots of people think about it and make a schedule up the night before. 

What works for you? 

Recently I spent some time working on Goals. I got out a BIG pad and wrote down everything I wanted to accomplish. Little things (short term goals) and BIG things that would take weeks, months or longer. Then I prioritized them in order of importance, placing an A, B or C next to each goal. For example I placed an A next to "Get the tax papers in order". I placed a C next to clean out the upstairs closets. 

The next thing I did was map out a plan to accomplish my long term goals. I broke them down into manageable steps:

Make phone calls
Do research
Etc.

I keep my Goal pad near my Daily Planner and pluck off a few things from the A, B and C list and plug them into the "TO DO" column on my weekly Calendar. I am TRYING do at least one thing off each A, B and C goal sheet each day.

I will keep you posted on my progress!

Please share if you have any wonderful ideas on how to be productive, I would LOVE to hear from you!

Time to get to work, hope you have a blessed day!

jeri




Friday, January 24, 2014

Disappointment Doesn't have to Turn into Discouragement

Good morning! 

So of course, in my attempt to get organized, I'm trying to be more careful with my time. But let's take it to another level.

Well, this morning I was reading…. I get this little monthly booklet from Dr Charles Stanley. He was talking about planning things out, and one thought led to another and I wrote this note to friend that I thought might need a little encouraging. She's been trying to get her craft room cleaned up and not having much luck.

I thought it could also be applied to relationships that aren't working for one reason or another. So here you have it….


We can all think of something (or someone) that has disappointed us.... 

"Disappointment" is our emotional response to a failed expectation.

The negative reaction that comes from not being able to deal with disappointment is:

Discouragement

We experience disappointment when we can't finish (or start) cleaning our messy rooms or when someone we love does something we can't understand and we allow it to fester in us and then we become Discouraged.

Do not give in to the feelings of discouragement. It's a feeling that we do not have to accept. Instead we need to ask the Lord for His encouragement and continue to plug along.

What we need to do is plan. Planning is a very important part of life. (see, this is where my organization theme comes in!)
David and Goliath for example. David planned his attack on Goliath and the outcome was good.

So, make a plan of attack for your disappointment (decide you are not going to let another persons bad decisions get YOU down, or plan out (in small increments if need be) how you will do a project that has been driving you mad). Then proceed. Don't allow yourself to become discouraged, fight back!

There you have it, lesson for the day! LOL

After I thought about all this for awhile, I put the timer on in my kitchen and went straight to my "stock" room where I keep all my "For Sale" items. It's a MESS. So I'm working for one hour… I already feel great and have accomplished a lot.

I hope something I've said here helps you rethink how you are doing things too. 

Jeri
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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Keep Doing What You're Doing and Keep Getting What You're Getting

Or, a New Year, a New You?

So who am I and why should/would you read my blog? I won't go into the long details here of who I am, you can read my "About Me" on the right side of this note to see that stuff. But why on earth would you want to read my blog? 

I don't know, you may not, but I have a need to do this. So read it, don't read it, I've had a LONG year and I'm trying to recuperate from it and pouring out my soul to someone might help. I'm told that blogging is like journaling and I love to journal. (remind me later to have one of my kids promise to burn that book when I die) 

AND I plan on sharing some artsy stuff with you too and that might be fun. I also used to own a Bead shop, (for 12 years) which I did not share in my "About Me" and I LOVED meeting new people and sharing all my ideas and I LOVED seeing all the creative things that people made. It was Serious Fun. Bad health forced me to retire from that before my time. But we won't talk about that now…. 

Ok, so another part of my New Year thing is I wanted to get more organized. So I got this Daily Calendar thing and I have to be honest, I LOVE it! I not only write down appointments, I also write what I actually did that day because most of the time it's not what I wanted to do and I really have a need to see that I'm doing something productive each day. So here it is. 



It's in a spiral notebook format as you can see and the first page has "important dates to remember". Well, I've had so many grand babies in the past year, I thought I better write all that down or I'll never keep it straight…. The next section has three columns:
Do ~ Call ~ Buy

Did I mention I love it?

So I'm so totally not "doing what I was doing, so I won't keep getting what I was getting". Right?

I've already seen a Huge improvement in my life. I'm getting stuff done! I opened an Etsy shop and will be selling my artsy stuff and the items that I have left over from my bead shop days. (One can only use so many beads, tools etc themselves!) and I have yarns and books and and and… 

I also joined Flickr and started posting some of my work from years gone by as well as my new things. Maybe this is the spot to put a link so you can see? Hey, sidebar here… I've never blogged before so have patience with me.

https://www.etsy.com/shop/MyArtsandParts

Flickr myartsandparts

I also joined Ravelry, you guessed it, under myartsandparts. 


Let's change the subject. Let's talk about what I did today. (actually started this last night)

So today was a snow day here in PA, as a matter of fact, it's still snowing now…. it's so pretty. So hub is out (he does snow removal) and I'm home alone. I haven't told you yet that I'm kinda impulsive. When I get an idea to do something, I can hardly contain myself. 

So recently I have been thinking about making paper. I make these paper flowers, so far I have used recycled papers and fabrics to make the flowers but I was thinking (my hub shakes when I say "I was thinking") that I might like to actually make the paper…. so I've been asking hub to make me the set up. He's a carpenter and has wood and nails so who better, right? Nope. He's been busy with all this snow we've been having and so I got impatient last night, and I can never follow directions either… so I get out an aluminum roasting pan, a piece of old door screen (fiberglass) and a blender that one of my kids donated to the cause. I run around grabbing for some old junk paper that would have gotten tossed and start ripping. (Be sure to soak it in some hot water for a few minutes first) 

I throw it in the blender along with plenty of water and bllllleeennnddd on high speed. (I think I may You tube this, that's another whole story) 




Guess what? It was serious FUN! And isn't this pretty?! This particular batch has some yellow construction paper in it. C'mon…. seriously, I know you wanna try this!

Of course Hub is there trying to direct, but I'm like this whirling dervish when I'm creating, so outta my way bud! LOL

So I made some paper last night, just some flat stuff though (isn't paper supposed to be flat Jer?) This morning…. I wake up with a MILLION ideas and I am going to share with you what I wound up doing.

If you want to see more, go to my Flickr site. 




I think I've rambled on long enough. Please consider following me. I think I put a link on the side…. remember I'm new at this. And please leave comments too, I think I set that up as well.

Jeri