My first Bullet Journal

Last couple of days I’ve been running in cycles, disorganized, overwhelmed, stress out, wanting to finish my things and not having the time to finish. By the time it’s night time I’m frustrated, feeling crazy, and I want to scream.

A friend from work mentioned I should have a “bullet journal”. I do have a journal type of a diary, however after I did some research and I find it wasn’t the same. I found a “bullet journal” lets you record, track, and organize your tasks, events, and notes no matter where or when you need to add to your journal. It’s a personal organizer, planner, and calendar all in one.

Immediately, it got my interest. A journal that will keep me organized and not forgetting to make a phone call or an appointment. I got a chance to find examples of others bullet journals and they look pretty, colorful, and fun. I can use my colored pens and stickers. It’s a winner!

I’m starting mine tomorrow, April 1st I think this may work. I hope to keep this type of journal, maybe I stay organized and not forgetting to take my MEDs or make an appointment. Also, I want to keep track of my eating habits, my time for writing, reading, and my to-do list. It will be nice to accomplish my goals.

Do you have a “bullet journal”? What do you think? I hope it works for me.

Gratitude

It has been three years since I read the book “The Magic” by Rhonda Byrne. It says you will attract what you desire and be grateful for the blessings. It’s a 30-day count blessing and teach the person to be consistent in gratitude. Since then my journal is growing with daily gratitude. However, it doesn’t mean my life is perfect. I’m not rich, no dream vacations yet, and my health isn’t 100%.

My husband isn’t a believer. He’s about if you wish for something rather to wait for your desire to come true you work for it. Also, he says if each person who reads the book get their dream comes true the world would be different. They would be no hunger, no wars, and it would be too perfect.

It’s tough to admit when he’s right. Obviously, we need good and bad days it creates balance in our lives. Besides, we can learn from our mistakes, grow as a person, and appreciate our blessings.

I love counting my blessings. It makes me feel gratitude for living another day and be a better person.

Daily Post: Gratitude

First Light

Remember when you wrote down the first thought you had this morning? Great. Now write a post about it.

Sorry there wasn’t a chance of writing this morning. My first thought when I wake up was I can’t handle this pain and I need an ibuprofen. Last week I had an accident at work. I was cooking and training a worker.  We went to drain the pasta and the bucket with the hot water slips from my hand and splash on the lower right side of my pant and got inside my tennis shoe. Oh my God that’s the most painful feeling someone can have.  I got a second degree burn. Since then every day I have been in pain with a few hours of sleep.

So I didn’t write in my journal, but my first thought when I wake up this morning: I’m in pain and need an ibuprofen before I go to work.   

I’m writing this prompt in a hurry for the reason that I’m in pain again.

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Pens and Pencils

When was the last time you wrote something substantive — a letter, a story, a journal entry, etc. — by hand? Could you ever imagine returning to a pre-keyboard era?

(Thanks for the prompt suggestion, KL Caley!

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I write by hand in my daily journal. There is no way I will stop using a notebook and a pen. When I use a pen I like to write whatever comes to my mind and a scratch off it if I want to.  I have a box full of notebooks that I bought when Wal-Mart have them on sale. They’re different styles and colors and the same goes with my pens.  I will write postcards and letters to my family. I still have family members who don’t have a computer and I make sure they received their birthday or Christmas card.

I love the texture of the paper and when I write in my daily journal I let my hand flow. I will sit at my kitchen table with a cup of coffee and write until my brain doesn’t have anything else to say. I carry a small notebook in my purse so I don’t miss anything.

I love using my computer, especially when writing a post for my blog or for my online classes. I think that using the computer is easier. However, it wouldn’t bother me if we go back to the pre-keyboard. I will survive not having a keyboard and for sure everyone else.

Anyhow, I have a lot of notebooks that I bought on sale and it needs to be used. So, I will be okay.

 

Welcome November!

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As you know we just welcome November also known as the month of the thanks and the blessings. It’s the month where we feel more grateful, we give thanks for our blessings, we celebrated Thanksgiving, and get ready for the holidays.

I know we should be thankful daily and I am, however November reminds me and each one how grateful and blessed we are.

My goal is to be thankful not only for the month of November, but for the whole year. Oh yes, the 365 days. I’m teaching my grandkids to have gratitude for everything they have. I went to the store and bought journals for us. This morning we wrote our first blessing and the kids put a lot of thought on it.

Meanwhile, let’s welcome to the month of November. Let’s be thankful and enjoy all the blessings we get daily.

November NaBloPoMo

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NaBloPoMo here I come!

November NaBloPoMo

I’m ready for my latest challenge NaBloPoMo. This is where bloggers agree to blog every day for the month of November.

This challenge it will keep me motivated, it will produce a writing routine, and it will challenge my writings. I made this commitment to improve my writings and my blog.

I will love any feedback, any messages of encouragement that will keep me going.

I’m ready and I will see you through the month of November.

Next time, it will be NaNoWriMo a challenge to write a novel in 30 days!

Positive Life

“You can’t live a positive life with a negative mind”

True. When I read this quote it gives me a reason to make an effort to change my negative feelings. The past couple of days everybody has been talking about Mr. Robin Williams has depression and how he took his own life. When I heard the news I was shocked and started to cry. I felt this awful pain of losing a great and one of my favorite’s actors. I have been thinking the pain his family and friends are feeling and it makes me realize I don’t want my family to experience the same.

This is one of the reasons I have decided to take control of my life. I know it will not be easy; however, with the medication and the help of my family I can do this. I have to be strong for them.

What I’m doing right now beside the medication? I have been starting the day with a prayer and then I count at least five of my daily blessings, it helps. I have been keeping my mind busy with listening to music when I can, reading a book, writing in my journal about my feelings (I do this daily and helps), and watching a good show on TV.

The medication that I’m taking is making my life a little easier and as results my attitude has been improved, the tears are almost gone, and I’m sleeping again.

I can appreciate all the blessings and I’m starting to feel them, too.

Thank you for giving me another day and for the strength to keep moving on. Thank you for keeping me smiling, maintaining a healthy mind, and loving my family especially my grandkids.

Mr. Robin Williams rest in peace and thank you for making me laugh. You will be missed. I will miss your work and your smile. To your family I wish them, peace.

 

 

 

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my daily gratitude

Every morning I list things I’m grateful for and also at night I will thank for all the good things I receive for that day. So I started to check on my daily gratitude for the past few months just to notice some of the things that appear often in my journal are:
1- My husband (married for 31 years)
2- My kids and grandkids
3- My home
4- Food on my plate
5- My job
6- Being able to take care of my elderly dad ( just move into my home for the past two years)
7- Being able to take online classes ( for the past two years and they are free)
8- My health
9- My blog (I love to write but some days I have writers block)
10- My dog (she’s a mix miniature dachshund and Pomeranian, five years old, her name is Taina)

For all this wonderful gifts I’m thankful.
I’m grateful for what I have at this moment and for what I will have tomorrow.

What are you grateful for today?

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My Sunday!

What I love the most on a Sunday is the quiet time I get for myself. Everyone is sleeping and the house is quiet so I pick my three notebooks that I designed for specific work, my daily gratitude journal, my writing notes (quotes, thoughts, and ideas) I’m planning to write short stories and my memories journal (stories of my family and childhood) I want to write a memoir a suggestion coming from my oldest granddaughter who will be ten and want to keep my family history.

I also like to update my blog on Sundays. During the rest of the week I work all day, take care of my family, and chores and my time go quickly. My Sundays are my day to relax and enjoy what I have.

I am truly blessed for having this time for myself and do what I love to do write, write, and write.

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