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!

Working and “Working”

 

So today I wanted to take a moment to address those who take on much,  not necessarily  too much, but maybe sometimes we take it all on.  I know that I work full-time as a high school teacher, who gives my personal number to the kids and other teachers, as well as email of course. I am also part of an amazing online magickal school, Sacred Mists.

I have been a part of Sacred Mists for 6 years.  I have completed my Level One and Level Two Priestess courses and am currently working on my Level Three.  With that move up and time spent there it brings more and more responsibility.  I have taken on a number of leadership roles in the past year at Sacred Mists and find myself often “working” on these things.

One of the questions I recently had to ask myself, as I stepped up to take on even more responsibility at the online school, was when is it too much?  At what point does it interfere with family, with personal time, with “real” work? Now that I am having weekly meetings, FB groups and real responsibilities, along with my own studies and of course my family and paying job, can I continue in the place that I have found myself?

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Fortunately for me I have all these organizers now to help me keep my plans moving forward.  I have discovered, that while I don’t have a “ton” of extra time, I have enough time to do all the things I want to do and still have time to make sure I am moving forward on my own path.  I am excited as my path is becoming clearer to me.  Who I am is beginning to crystalize and it involves all the things that matter to me.

Today I got to spend quality time with my family.  I was able to just be.  Dinner at the table with all the boys, time with the Navy Recruiter to set a date for swear in for my oldest step-son and a Costco trip with my youngest step-son.  With 4 boys it is nice to be able to have time with them.  And of course the family time with all 3 that live at home still is always a blessing.  Busy boys make it hard for us to do every night.

Now I am doing the “work”.  Whether it is for me, or for Sacred Mists, or even a little for school.  There is time for it all (including a little with my husband later).

How are you balancing everything?

 

Feeling Successful – Falsely

Today was a great day!  I set out to do 6 things on my list and I got them all done!  I am a success! Yes! I’m Great!

Wouldn’t that be an awesome thing to say and think and feel.  Well for me it is true.  I did get everything done today that I set out to do, including going to my tattoo appointment alone, something I hadn’t done before.  I am having my entire back and butt covered with a personal image the artist plucked from my mind.  I hate pain and this is my first tattoo, so usually my amazing man goes with me.  Today he was sleeping (he works night and worked last night and then again tonight), so off I went on my own.

When I got home and checked things off on my list I realized I was flying high.  I had gotten almost everything done.  What was left? The blog and the Instagram Challenge.  I asked myself if I needed to do them, since I had gotten everything else done and some of them had been hard and time consuming.  After all, a majority of it got done and now I’m tired.

The answer of course is yes, it must get done.  I was riding high on this successful feeling and trying to give myself a grace period, on Day 3 of the goal setting.  ?  Yep…and it is my experience that this is how the slide begins.  We get most of it done, so that’s good enough right?  After all tomorrow’s list of to-dos is less so we could add a few to there, right?  NO!!! Now, if you have to move something because someone else is supposed to help, or you need them to do something, different then giving yourself a “break” for getting almost everything done.

I told myself to stay the course, karma will come for me, and that intent is big.  My words have power, and right now that power is keeping me on the right path.mywordshavepower

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?