Category: Reach 2013

Jun 12

Organizing 2013

After working on this today, I can finally show you my 2013 planner. This is picture heavy, but I wanted to show as many components as possible. The planner is a work in progress — I intend to use it as a complement to my iphone calendar and Evernote app.

I purchased the iHeartOrganizing pages on Etsy:

Personalized planner PDF pages purchased from iheartorganizing via Etsy.

Personalized planner PDF pages purchased from iheartorganizing via Etsy.

This system requires the use of a special hole punch to insert the pages, but you’re not limited to that format — it just happens to be the one I chose. I used an ARC Notebook (disc-based system) for some of my classes a few semesters ago and I liked it. I definitely prefer it over a 3-ring binder for a notebook in which I’m actively working. In the photo below, there are two postcards that I punched and placed in the front of my binder as a reminder to do specific things. I’ll just take them out and throw them away after I use them:

I happened to get a care package from Japan not too long ago, and it included some really cute page markers/tabs:

Page Tabs: Sheep! Thank you, Chica!

Page Tabs: Sheep! Thank you, Chica!

I picked up some removable sticky tabs to color code certain items:

Removable tabs for color coding

Removable tabs for color coding

Here is one of the areas in which I need to improve — meal planning and grocery shopping. I’ve been inspired to cook more at home (thanks to Mark Bittman’s Kindle single: Cooking Solves Everything) and I’m hoping that this helps with implementation:

Meal Planning (blank for now, of course): the area that most challenges me

Meal Planning (blank for now, of course): the area that most challenges me

And finally, here’s what each monthly calendar looks like:

Monthly overview.

Monthly overview.

For additional inspiration:

So KnitPicky’s “Smarc”

Jen of iHeartOrganizing’s own version of the Martha Stewart Discbound system

A fun video featuring K&Company’s SMASH book 

 

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May 26

Where things stand

I’ve been so anxious to return to blogging and am finally taking the time to catch up here. Thank you all so much for the comments, emails, and expressions of sympathy for my mom. It is not only tough to lose her, but there has been a perfect storm of other personal issues and family issues that I’m dealing with right now. I still try to count my blessings every day and just be grateful for everything that comes into my life — good and bad. Even the unpleasant things that happen provide some rich learning experiences.

Thankful thing #1 – I’m learning to reach out more, ask for help more often, and stay connected to people who care about me.

Thankful thing #2 – I finished my (2) classes earlier this month!

Ceramics Final

In addition to Texas Government (an online class), I also took Ceramics I for a visual and performing arts credit. It was challenging (not nearly as easy as it looks), but very rewarding. The photo above is from my final — and included several required techniques and projects as well as a critical essay about Ai Weiwei.

Thankful thing #3 – More time working at the shop — it’s instantly calming to walk in and see (and touch!) yarn and fiber, and to spend time with friends.

There are some changes brewing that will involve my engaging more with my blog readers, friends, and like-minded fiber fanatics. I hope to share more soon. (Hint: It might involve occasional videos).

Thank you, as always, for reading my blog and for sticking around!

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Feb 18

Fretful : A Sock Story

Knitting, as a hobby rather than livelihood, makes no demands. Yarn doesn’t jockey for position or ask to be used, even though guilt (and shame?) sometimes suggests otherwise. It is just . . . there. When I started knitting it was to make something special for somebody, but it was also to engage in something with my hands in order to keep my attention on positive things. Stated in another way, I knit to stay out of trouble. And after almost ten years, I return to knitting over and over again for those same reasons.

Last week, I was feeling fretful and without much forethought, I began rummaging in my sock yarn bin. I have plenty of projects on the needles, but nothing I wanted to knit while I was fretful — gifts for others and baby blankets require (I think) a more positive mindset. I only wear socks a handful of times in any given year since it doesn’t get very cold here, so I don’t feel an urgency to knit them in order to keep my feet warm. I just knit socks because I love it.

And starting a sock turned out to be the right choice.

I’d made a deliberate decision to use the needles my daughter gifted me several years ago:

Sox Stix & Jansdotter Journal

The ebony 2.25 mm DPNs are probably my top choice for knitting socks — not too pointy, just the right length. But I avoid them because I’m afraid to break them (I’ve snapped expensive Lantern Moon DPNs before). I definitely wanted to knit with wood though, so I risked it. My intention was to pick up and knit the sock every time I felt anxious or worried. But I hardly put it down in the three days it took to finish it — I thought it would be on the needles for weeks (the second sock might).

A recent accomplishment . . .

The yarn is Phydeaux Designs fingering weight Soie – a silk and merino blend – in “Sugared Plum.” I took this photo indoors at sunset and you can really see the shiny silk:

Latest project . . . closer

Brenda’s yarns are beautiful. I also have the same yarn in the “Sansa” colorway.

I didn’t decide on a pattern until I knit two inches of plain K2, P2 ribbing. I’d used the cable twist in another project and thought the twisted bundles would be what I would focus on while I was knitting — as a mindfulness exercise. Following this urge even while I had many other projects on the needles was exactly what I needed — not just for relieving some of my worries, but also for daydreaming and planning — something that anxious feelings often keep me from doing.

One thing I decided NOT to fret about so much is how much yarn I have. I’ll release some of it and enjoy the rest and remember that there are worse things I could be doing to excess.

UPDATE: I’ve published the pattern and it’s available for purchase and download on Ravelry. Until March 23, 2013 the end of the day on March 19, 2013, the pattern is FREE.

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Jan 16

2013 – Reach

Put your heart on the page

Reach

Along with my 2013 “theme” word, I’m sharing a quote from what has become an early favorite among my newest writing books, What If? Writing Exercises for Fiction Writers, by Anne Bernays and Pamela Painter. I had checked out the library book first in order to determine if I wanted to purchase it. It was highly recommended by my writing professor and at first read, I was slightly cynical, but it’s become my favorite.

This page was one that somebody dog-eared. It’s fascinating to me what readers choose to mark in a book and this one spoke right to me. When I got my own copy, I dog-eared it too. (Do you write in and mark up your books? I do!)

Putting my own heart on the page doesn’t necessarily mean that I do it in a way that invites public consumption. I think it’s a way of dealing with strong emotion by writing through it — pre-writing perhaps.

And this is where my theme word comes in. I’m facing a number of “heart” issues right now and to say it’s rendered me ineffective as a writer (blog, writing journal, short stories) is an understatement. So, I’m acknowledging it, writing through it and reaching. I have a feeling my theme for 2013 is going to manifest itself in many ways. It already has.

Next up: actual knitting content

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