Some days do you ever wonder if what you do in the day has value?
I know it does, but some days the repetition of it all makes me wonder. I have to stop myself and evaluate where these feelings are coming from.
Am I doing things I should be doing?
Am I focusing on what is truly important?
Am I in the middle of a project that just needs me to push through and finish?
Is the Lord quietly whispering a course change?
Sometimes you just have to push through and finish what needs to be done, even if it's not difficult. Perhaps it was coming home from vacation and the to do list was longer than usual, but I was wondering all those things yesterday. So I pushed through and got to work. It's amazing what a little hard work can do for a person, at least for my. My children are not quite convinced.
Today I'm sharing a few of the unexpected blessings....
One of the blessings in my life is being able to add the testimonies of people who are dear to me to our neighborhood site: www.readingscriptures.org. I create the new reading assignments (with new color schemes each month), add inspirational memes/quotes, and then add their photos and testimonies. Keeping track and trying to get everything planned takes a little thought, but the rewards are tremendous. Especially the testimonies.
As I read, type, and add each testimony sent to me, I am filled spiritually in a way that energizes me. I was brought to tears yesterday as the Spirit quietly confirmed to me again that truthfulness of the Saviors work. What an honor to be the keeper of this record.
I would have never guessed that a planner would be a blessing in my life. Remember I have had a planner since I was a sophomore in high school (see these posts: 35 years of records, planning day, to do list). I was intrigued by the latest scrapbooking form of using a planner as a scrapbook of sorts. I was amazed at how large this "planning" community is. I researched the different planners available now, as I haven't had one in many years, and the idea of using a planner again.
I finally decided on a passion planner for these reasons:
1. I don't like rings or spirals. I have used that system for so many years and found that with my left-handedness I just don't love it. It also drives me crazy when the rings break or become loose or the spiral bend from going in and out of bags.
2. I liked the vertical format of the days. My brain seems to work better this way.
3. Simple set up. Black and white, basic font. I don't want pretty colors or fonts. I want to be able to customize my own way.
4. I purchased the 8.5 x 11 size because there are so many of us I need more space and if I want this to be a little part of personal history I wanted more room to write and doodle.
5. It feels like a moleskine, an immediate plus. Soft cover, sewn and sturdy construction and elastic closure. The paper is a little thicker so it has accommodated the watercolor. The sharpie bled when I tested it, but I still think the paper is good.
6. I think it would be a really great planner if you are wanting to start or work on goals. I have always been very goal oriented so the process they have lined up is something I already do.
One thing I wish they would do is not have the printing be so dark. I would love to have it be more in the back ground and not the focal point so that my notes and such would stand out more, but overall I'm excited to see what will happen as I use the planner for the remainder of the year. I also loved buying it 1/2 off.
As I was cleaning off my desk this morning and getting ready to paint another list while contemplating a family history class I'm going to teach next month. I have received quite a bit of interest in my lists and have been toying with the idea of making a download or two of some illustrated lists to help people get started on this fun little personal history. Still toying with this idea. If you have strong feelings either way, voice them now. These lists have been an unexpected blessing for me.