July 2017 – Playing with Paint – 2

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There is special joy in celebrating others.


Playing with Paint is a Monthly Project for July 2017. You can read more about my projects for 2017 here.

July 2017 – Playing with Paint – 1

For July, I decided I wanted to do more painting. I missed painting. But I wasn’t sure I’d have enough time so I decided to pick a small size, give myself 15 mins and do whatever I could. I love the way they turned out.

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Spread your love around like confetti.


Playing with Paint is a Monthly Project for July 2017. You can read more about my projects for 2017 here.

June 2017 – Rock Notes – All

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And here we are. Another month is over. This one was a lot of fun!

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Onward to July!


Rock Notes is a Monthly Project for June 2017. You can read more about my projects for 2017 here.

Books I Read This Week 2017 – 26

I read The Bright Hour on the airplane to Sydney. It was sad but beautiful and I really enjoyed it. It also reminded me to be grateful for my life. More and more.

I then read Do Not Become Alarmed without knowing much about it. I’d read Meloy’s short stories years ago and they were sad. This book wasn’t as sad but it was still really sad and I am not sure that I am glad I read it.

I knew nothing about Meredith Maran but Anne Lammot has a blurb on the cover and I love her so I checked out  The New Old Me. It was okay. It made me feel hopeful but it definitely wasn’t as wonderful as Anne Lammot’s non-fiction. To be fair, that’s a really high bar.

I then read The Answers but it was really weird. I kept thinking about putting it down the whole time. But I didn’t. In the end I am not sure I liked it. Interesting in places but not worth all the time in the end.

Can’t wait to read some great books again.


Books I Read this Week 2017 is a year-long project for 2017. You can read more about my projects for 2017 here.

June 2017 – Rock Notes – 20

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Rock Notes is a Monthly Project for June 2017. You can read more about my projects for 2017 here.

June 2017 – Rock Notes – 19

You can read about the start of this project here.

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Rock Notes is a Monthly Project for June 2017. You can read more about my projects for 2017 here.

June 2017 – Rock Notes – 18

You can read about the start of this project here.

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Rock Notes is a Monthly Project for June 2017. You can read more about my projects for 2017 here.

2017 Stories – 26 – Traveler’s Notebook

 

Over the years, I’ve had many different notebooks where I keep track of my life and my todos. For the last 5-6 years, I’d been using the Moleskine grid notebooks and I still love them. They are big enough to fit my needs but small enough to carry in my purse. But I always find myself looking at other options just to see what others use and see if I might want to try new things.

Over the last year, I kept coming back to the traveler’s notebook posts on pinterest, instagram, etc. I didn’t want to buy it just for the sake of buying since I’m pretty happy with my existing system and my one foray into planner-land last year reminded me that I like my system and I can easily spend a lot of money on a different system which ends up being a huge waste and I can’t stand wasting money. (or food!) 

After hemming and hawing for months, I finally decided to give it a try. I bought a notebook that seemed reasonably priced. I bought three inserts: grid, weekly planner, and blank (which I had read would be great for watercolor – it is not.) I told myself I could buy more if I used this for a month and liked it. 

After three weeks, I broke down and bought a few more things. The zipper pouch so I could store my pen and they wouldn’t keep falling off,  the note holder for my stickers, a few little pockets, and the watercolor insert.  All in all, it was still a lot less money (and time) than I invested into my planner which is sitting in a box. (Actually I have three planners, all of which are not being used.)

I’ve used the watercolor insert for my July (or august) art project.

I’ve used the grid insert for journaling and the weekly planner, you can see above. And here’s the pouch below. I only put 4-5 pens inside and it adds very minimal bulk to my notebook.

So far, I love love love this notebook and it’s making me really happy. For my trip to Sydney, I have some big plans for it so we’ll see if that works but even if it doesn’t, I love that I can have different books for different things I like to do. We’ll see if this system sticks around or if I go back to my trusty Moleskines.


Stories from 2017 is a year-long project for 2017. You can read more about my projects for 2017 here.

June 2017 – Rock Notes – 17

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Rock Notes is a Monthly Project for June 2017. You can read more about my projects for 2017 here.

June 2017 – Rock Notes – 16

You can read about the start of this project here.

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Rock Notes is a Monthly Project for June 2017. You can read more about my projects for 2017 here.

Books I Read This Week 2017 – 25

I really enjoyed Standard Deviation as a pleasant surprise. It was sweet, easy and yet not simple. A lovely book.

I then read Overcoming the Five Dysfunctions of a Team for book club at work. I enjoyed this book even more than the original “Five Dysfunctions of a Team” and found the practical tips to be fantastic.

I had a bunch of other books waiting but I decided to read Touch which which was really lovely and endearing and a quick, easy read. 

I finished White Fur on the airplane. I am not sure what I think of it. Mixed feelings, I guess. I will have to sit with it for a while and then see how I feel.

Not many this week and I expect the next few weeks will be the same. 


Books I Read this Week 2017 is a year-long project for 2017. You can read more about my projects for 2017 here.

June 2017 – Rock Notes – 15

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Rock Notes is a Monthly Project for June 2017. You can read more about my projects for 2017 here.