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Half Way Point

I can’t believe January is half over!  I had to start out this post by working on a post over at 750words.com.  It’s a great way to brain dump, establish priorities, and get some thoughts down on “paper.”  Here are a few things I noticed about the month so far.

1. I put a lot of time, effort, thought, and struggle into work during the 9 working days so far this month.  I did a lot of complaining, but most of it wasn’t without pretty good reason.  The takeaway however, was that I came up with a solution to fix the majority of the problems I was experiencing.  I’m thankful, humbled, and encouraged by the change in direction.

2. I forgot how much I enjoy music.  I have a pretty great collection available to me, and I don’t really have an excuse for not having it playing more often.  I’m going to work on this during the rest of this month.

3. I need to come up with a better way of keeping my thoughts, to-do lists, ideas, and life stuff organized and accessible.  I have Evernote, and I really love it, but I’m not doing a very good job of getting things into it on a daily basis.  I think part of the problem is that I love hand writing lists.  I love to scribble down “reminders” on pieces of paper, but they quickly become “non-reminders” because I never give myself enough information to actually remember what I was trying to remember.  I also typically lose the paper and find it after its lost its relevance.  This is a problem I must find a solution for before the end of the month.

4. I have a new appreciation for living in the moment.  This is part of living with abundance, but it also has a lot to do with not thinking ahead or doing too much planning.  It’s pretty easy for me to make connections and look ahead, but I’m working really hard not to do that in my personal life right now.  I’m happy exactly where I am right now and there is no need for me to jump too far into the future.

5. Scrapbooking makes me really happy.  I already knew that, but getting started with Yesterday & Today over at Big Picture Classes has started to make a big difference.  I’m embracing imperfection and I’m telling my stories.  This is really important to me and it’s really fueling me personally.


Yesterday and Today Title Page

Tall Paper Whites with Flowers

Paper White flowers are tiny and smell sweet


Abundance Didn’t Live Here Today

I complained a lot today.  I did a lot of things without a good attitude today.  I didn’t focus on living my life with abundance.  I let other people bother me.  And I recognize that it was my choice to remain mentally in that place all day.  I’m voicing my disappointment with how I acted today in words because I want the words to haunt me tomorrow.  I want to remember the bad day so I can try to redirect tomorrow.

Tonight I focused on re-aligning my priorities.  I did a few things I didn’t want to do, but really needed to complete.  Welcome satisfaction!  I had a conversation with a friend and tried to moderate my approach and response when I realized I was pushing his buttons.  Welcome giving attitude and friendship!  I read and watched a few things around the internet that gave me a mini spark.  Welcome creativity!

I think I have a voice in my head that asks me for perfection everyday.  I’m so, so very far from perfect, but yet it asks me daily.  I think I’d like to retrain it this year to ask for abundance.  I want that positive One Little Word that I chose to resonate on days like this.  Maybe after a few weeks or months of focusing on abundance, I’ll have the power to shift a day like this mid course, to really adjust my attitude and take the day in a more positive and abundant direction mid stream.  That’s what I want from #olw this year.

And now, the first in a series of photographs of my paper whites.  They were a lovely gift from a wonderful friend.  When they came here on Monday, they were very small bulbs, with almost no green peeking out.  In just 4 days they’ve really started to grow.  Apparently the bulbs will flower and smell very good.  I’m looking forward to that little ray of sunshine in these very grey Pittsburgh days.

Paper Whites - Day 4 at Eryn's Place