31 December 2014

Thank you, 2014. Welcome, 2015

Well, it is that time of year. For my teenager, it means Winter Break is winding down. For my preschooler, it means she is going to fight the odds and stay awake long enough to celebrate, although she has no idea what it means to celebrate New Year's Eve. For my oldest, it means yet another day of work, because her pet boarding facility has 24-hour services 365 days a year.

As for me, well, this year the New Year brings about new and different thoughts and feelings.
(Please bear with me on the long, rambling post.)

26 November 2014

365 Days of Journaling [UPDATE]

WOW! It's almost December! I find that truly hard to fathom, and yet there is pumpkin bread smells coming from our kitchen, we are making plans to get together with half the family for this November holiday, and I am making bets on how long it will take me to write the year as "2015!"

Yep.....the New Year is right around the corner. In the meantime, let me update you on some of the discoveries I have had with my journaling.

[NOTE: In 2015, updates like this can be found on my Personal Challenge Blog A Cleansing Rayne.]

01 November 2014

365 Days of Journaling [UPDATE]

Although we did "Trick-o-Treat" last evening, today our family celebrates Halloween/Samhain. We get to top off the holiday with the last football game of the season. It is also Senior Night, which means new halftime show! I thought this would be a good time to reflect back on more than just my ancestors as we head into this fall season.

If there is one thing I have learned about myself and 365 days of journaling, it is that short of breathing and occasionally eating, I really suck at doing anything on a regular basis for an extended period of time.

21 July 2014

What is your desire? [VIDEO]

08 July 2014

iDoneThis [REVIEW]

A few years ago I stumbled onto a website called iDoneThis. I spent a few years knowing I had subscribed, constantly ignoring the email reminders, and really, just not interested. Then, this year, I decided to attempt a 365 Day Challenge for journaling. It was during this challenge I rediscovered this website...almost completely by accident.

01 July 2014

06 June 2014

A New Use for Evernote!

If you have spent any time with me in the last five years, you know I have become a fan of Evernote. Evernote is one of only two digital items I use to manage and run my business.

Since I have been trying to "digitize" my personal life, I started scanning and taking pictures of everything from work expense receipts to the 100-a-day pictures my preschooler draws for me. (I take a picture of each one, put the date in the subject line, and file it under her "Scrapbook" folder.) My latest A-HA moment came to me this morning as I was saving them business card pics to my Business Card folder.

01 June 2014

365 Days of Journaling [UPDATE]

I DID IT!! I completed a Monthly Challenge on 750words.com! FINALLY!

I am ecstatic to report the fact that on 31 May 2014, I successfully completed a monthly challenge on 750words.com. I have made MANY attempts at this over the years. Some months I bail early on, perhaps within the first week. A time or two I got almost to the half-way mark and then ruined my streak. In May, as I neared day #15, I KNEW I had to make it through the month. I had come too far to wipe out. So, I stuck it out and finally completed the challenge. SIDE BONUS: I earned three badges along the way! This monthly challenge accomplishment TOTALLY helped me continue with my 365 Day Challenge.

10 April 2014

365 Days of Journaling [UPDATE]

Well, as of this morning I have been mostly successfully journaling for 100 days. It has been a roller coaster ride for those 100 days. I do not know if I have found my groove yet, but I decided I should at least update my progress and share with you the two biggest lessons I have learned.

02 April 2014

How to Stop a Nightmare [Video]

01 April 2014

Spring Cleaning

My approach to spring cleaning isn't typical, but it works for me. I plan to do finish by April 15 and it involves electronics/life online. I am almost finished with it (amazingly) but I thought I would share.

05 January 2014

My Morning Routine

It has only been within the last few years I have learned to appreciate a Morning Routine. I think humans from birth to death can benefit by some routine in their lives, especially in the morning. I'm working on keeping a routine on the weekends, but it was easier to start forming this routine on week days. Here is my current Morning Routine (subject to adjustments as needed.)

01 January 2014

Here's to a New Year

Have a safe and wonderful New Year! Remember all those dreams you had? THIS is the year to make them happen...