Happy Friday! This is one of those Fridays that seemed so far away. All week I’ve been asking myself what day it is. Even though it’s been a full work week, it’s been surreal because we have teleworked all week due to a spike in COVID cases. Last week was weird for me as well. Even with the whole week off, I stayed extremely busy. Having a pecan orchard can make November to January a busy time. It’s actually my parent’s orchard, but my brother and I help out. We’ve decide we are all too old for this and we have to find a better way to gather nuts next year. I didn’t share any favorites last Friday, but I did share the top ten posts and products of 2020 and my favorite Amazon purchases of 2020 last week.
Some bloggers have continued to roll out top everything of 2020 in every category you can imagine, but I’m kind of over it. Anyone else? Let’s move on.
I do want to share some favorites from last year that don’t fit into my other two round ups but were personal favorites that I am carrying with me into this year.
I began a Write the Word habit last year.
In 2019, I read the entire Bible with the help of the Bible App. I wanted to continue a daily study and stumbled across the “write the word” concept on Pinterest. If you google “Write the Word” you will most likely get links to Cultivate What Matters and their plans and journals. I don’t know where the concept came from first, but I came across it on Pinterest. You can find plans by topic/ subject or by month. I pick a month’s topic/plan and then read each day’s scripture and then write the scripture in a blank journal. I usually try to find a Bible app devotional that goes along with my theme for the month as well. Spending this time in God’s Word sets the tone to my day and I’m all out of kilter if I miss it, so it’s my favorite part of the day.
I began journaling.
After my devotion, I write out another journal entry. I’ve never been much on journaling and I hated it when it was forced upon me in school, but sometimes it helps to just get stuff out, or to explore topics and see what you discover about yourself. I started with Amy Blake’s 100 Days of Self Exploration and now I’m on 100 Days of Gratefulness. Self exploration is great for getting you to think about things you might not otherwise think about and I love the structured questions of the gratefulness journal. A blank “gratitude” journal doesn’t cut it for me. I find it canned and meaningless to just list things without the “why” behind them.
I grew eyelashes!
YA”LL!!! This stuff works. I splurged on a two for one deal on Neulash serum during the Nordstrom Anniversary sale. I used it nightly for about six months, and now I can use it two or three times a week and maintain. It’s really hard to capture in photos, but they are both longer and fuller. I’m amazed. I thought I’d be wasting my money, but it works.
I also discovered this awesome $5 mascara. It really works too.
I started a planner habit/hobby.
Is it a habit? hobby? Creating layouts in my Happy Planner is SO. MUCH. FUN. Using a planner is also something I could not get into as a younger woman and my calendar has never been so full that I couldn’t keep up, but I have always been a list maker. My sister in law gave me a daily planner Christmas 2019, and it took me through about six months. At that point, I had become hooked on using my planner for my to do list, so I bought a Happy Planner and haven’t looked back.
Do you use a planner? What’s your favorite planner system?
If you use the Happy Planner, check out this hack I discovered this week for adding in your own sheets without the special hole punch.
Be sure to check out Things I’m Loving in January.
That’s all for this week! Have a great weekend.
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