Keeping Track

So life happens and then well life happens.  In all of that sometimes you forget the things that are important that don’t seems quite as important.  Exercise, eating healthy, getting your thoughts in order and written down.

So now I am trying to catch up.  I have some papers to finish grading, some meal planning and grocery shopping to do, some cleaning that didn’t get done.  In addition of course, the dogs need cleaning up after and the rest of the house needs to be picked up.  There is stuff to list on eBay and a few small things that need looking at.

I did manage to get my Third Lesson in my Third Degree at Sacred Mists turned into my grader, which is very exciting as I loved that lesson.  Lesson 4 is going to take a lot of research so I am reading over the questions, have a few books to dig into and a lot of internet time to get started on. I do love the history questions, and they are so important to where we are now as a practice, but sometimes it is hard to get through.

I am not sure if I am on track to actually start my next step in the summer like I thought.  We are buying a house and taking a rather fun vacation (as the oldest child at home is going into the Navy), so money may not make it possible to start the next step until the fall, however it is still my intent to get a degree in spiritual mentoring. Sometimes we have to prioritize differently than we originally planned.

What do you do when things get out of whack?  I still have my planner and I love it.  I have ordered one that looks just a little different but from the same place (personal-planner.com).  I love that I can customize.  I still have some more to do when it arrives, but I am set for what I need/want it to look like.  It will have all the spaces I need.

My favorite planner stickers right now are the Grumble and Kind (Grumble and Kind).  They are fun and whimsical and the shop owner is an amazingly talented and responsive woman.  I have several others as well that I will detail this week.  I am excited to show off some of the planning when the new planner arrives.

How are you doing?  What stickers are you using?  I have a lot to show you this coming week and I can’t wait!

Weekend Work

While binge watching Grimm on Amazon and Playoff Football on network TV (with antennae) I managed to get 90% of my kitchen re-organized and cleaned. The coffee mugs and spices cupboard are left to organize and the stove top is left to clean. Anyone who knows me is aware of what a Herculean task this was. My oldest step-son came out of his cave for sustenance, blinked and said ” we have counter space, everywhere”. I responded “lets try to keep it that way” to which of course I received a blank stare back.

I also made super yummy homemade mac and cheese on Saturday and a great smelling chicken tortilla casserole on Sunday. Now I’m set to meal plan for the week and try to get to the grocery store. That may be tomorrow though. We have plenty of leftovers and my youngest son has a concert for choir this afternoon.

Oh in cleaning I managed to sell multiple appliances for which I will get 1 appliance that replaces them all. So more space in general. This is super exciting. Once I get my new appliance I will have one more single serve blender I can sell.

As someone who loves to practice kitchen witchery I am always relieved when I purge and clean. However, I suck at keeping it that way and then I get overwhelmed. So what are your tips for keeping a kitchen that regularly feeds 5, and has maybe 2 that clean it, clean? Let me know because I could use the tips. I am thinking that in a few months I may want to hire someone that comes every other week to help with bathrooms and general cleaning. Do you have an outside house keeper?

I am most excited because with the kitchen the way it is right now I can also get, a water garden and start growing my herbs again. That was the major motive behind cleaning it as thoroughly as I did. Hydroponic Gardens for the kitchen are super fun and easy and fresh herbs are the best. Do you have one? If so do you love it? What brand is it? Pros and cons?

Okay. Off to check the casserole and get ready for the concert. May your weekend be blessed.

Planning, Planning, Planning

As someone who works hard to be organized, I have discovered some things work and some things don’t.  I can plan all I want, but if I don’t follow through with the planning it just looks pretty.  So I continue to search for a method, a planner, a thought process that will help me actually follow through.  It takes 21 days to set a habit, so I need to follow-through for 21 days to set the habit of continuing to follow through.

With that in mind I have ordered 3 new planners.  I have an amazing one now done by Personal Planner (personal-planner.com) that I love.  You can customize it beyond belief.  It is one of the only places I have discovered you have over how your planner looks.  The only thing is it doesn’t do is make me want to follow through.  I want to fill full of things, stickers, pretty colors, but then I close it up and put it away.  I am going to take it to my classroom where I think it will help me better (along with my Happy Planner and my Erin Condren). Then will make 3 planners and 2 lesson planners in the classroom, so I should be good there.

Now for home, and blogging and cooking and exercising and all the other stuff that happens not in the classroom, where I need more focus.  The 3 new planners I have ordered are the Danielle LaPorte The Desire Map Planner.  I am hoping that the prompts for goals, the easy schedule, how am I doing check-ins will help me.

I am also going to try the Panda Planner.  This is a startup company that I found accidentally when searching Amazon for something that could arrive quickly! I ordered both the Daily Planner and the Weekly Planner.  I am going to use the Weekly Planner for here at home, the blog topics, the times, the exercise, the meal planning and the chores.  I keep thinking if I plan it all I can check it off.  I like the weekly review.  I think that looking back at how well I accomplished what I had planned will help me stay accountable.

I am going to use the daily planner like the weekly except for…well…daily. It again has the week in review as well as daily goals and check ins.  It has some similarities to the Danielle LaPorte, but it has a focus more on positive aspects and outlooks.  What I’m grateful for, what my focus word for the day is.  It has not just the weekly review, but a daily review as well.  Again, hoping that the review piece holds me accountable.  I want to make sure I make all the Sabbats and Esbats, I want to be sure I am on track for my studies for my third degree Priestess graduation as well as my spiritual counseling masters. Goals, plans and life…here we come.

I hope this helps you some.  I will be updating as I go through.  One of the things, not on the goals list, but that will be happening come summer, is one of my closest friends and I are going to start creating pagan/Wicca stickers for planners.  WE are excited about the planning stage, and like with everything else, I am hoping that these planners keep that on track as well.

How are you planning on staying on track this year?  What do you used to keep yourself organized and reach your goals?