Happy 2015, friends!
I really mean that. Let’s be happy in 2015.
I have resolutions for this year! But they are flexible, because my Life Resolution is to be happy, peaceful, and full of love, whatever that means. Sometimes that means leaving the dishes in the sink, dipping your pizza in that fake garlic butter sauce, or staying in your pajamas all day. And I’m okay with that.
This year, I will remember my sweet Maggie Dylan Bird when I’m standing in front of a mirror tugging at fat and body parts that are different than what they used to be. I’ll remember that she was worth it, and I’ll remember that she is watching me. I’ll remember that she is my greatest accomplishment, and that to me, she is perfect and amazing in every way. And I’ll remember that some people think that same thing about me too.
This year, I will be more conscious of what I eat and what I feed my family, and I’m hoping it will be mostly healthy. But I also know it will mean we will eat carrot cake and Whataburger sometimes.
This year, I will be more conscious of my health in general, and I’m hoping that means more yoga and water. But I also know it will mean taking naps and watching two movies in a row.
This year, I will allow myself more creativity. I’ll write in my journals, even if what I write is painful to read later. I’ll doodle in my sketchbooks, even if they’re not worth writing home about. I’ll get paint under my fingernails, and glue in my hair.
This year, I will date my boyfriend, Marc, because he has saved both Maggie and me up from despair on more than one occasion. He’s warmed her bottles, and chilled mine. He’s changed her shitty diapers and my shitty attitude. He’s been more of a supportive dad and husband than Mags and I could have ever dreamed of.
This year, I will organize my home so that it’s easy to admire all the things that make our lives easier and happier. I will let go of clutter, and make room for functionality.
My heart has been filled by my family, my job, my home, and the life I’ve been given. How grateful I am for these. I hope your resolutions bring you the happiness and light that I know mine will bring me. Happy New Year to you!
We’re 10 days away from 2015, and I’m totally ready!
I feel like I’m already behind. But I am pretty excited that I have a pretty little planner to help me feel at least somewhat ready for the coming year. I ordered my inkWELL Press liveWELL planner a couple of months ago, and I’ve been staring at it ever since. There are probably a million planner reviews on this planner, so I won’t go into all the details, but I’ll show you the parts that made me push that “Click to Order” button. You’ll see below that you have an option to personalize your planner in gold foil lettering, and there are 12 fonts to choose from. The tabs are laminated, so they won’t tatter easily.
The planner is not a small one, measuring 7.5 x 9.5 inches and about one-inch thick, but this is a good thing it you’re like me, looking at those small ass planners, wondering, “Who the hell are these people that can fit their reminders and appointments in a 1-inch by 1-inch square?”
When you open the planner up, there is a nice little page for your goals, separated into sections: Personal, Social, Financial, Health & Fitness, House Projects, and Dream Big. (Dream Big, are you kidding me? How cute is that?) I like this section because there is something really endearing about seeing your hopes and dreams written out in front of you.
Keep flipping through and there is a handy little “Important Dates” section, with six months on each page, so you can see a spread of big events happening in the upcoming year. I’m going to limit this to anniversaries and birthdays, because I don’t want to crowd this section with things that might overwhelm me when I look at them. I basically want this to be my “Send You a Card” page that makes me smile when I open it up.
The daily section is offered in two different ways: the liveWELL Classic and the liveWELL Flex. The Classic layout has the days broken up into hours. I chose the liveWELL Flex, because I work full time, and most of my day is spent at work where I have a separate planning system that I use. That’s not to say I won’t add work stuff into my planner from time to time, but my main focus for this planner will be for my family, which brings me to the next awesome point of this planner.
There are three little sections off to the right of each day, which are: Meals, Home, and Fitness. These are especially helpful for me because I like to make meal plans for the week, if I can, and this gives me a chance to see what’s coming up. I can’t tell you how many Whataburger trips we’ve taken because I forgot to take something out the night before. The “Home” section is nice too, because for me, it’s a little less overwhelming to see “Hang up Clothes” or “Sweep Kitchen” than it is for me to see “CLEEEEAN,” which is what I’ve done in the past. Maybe it’s stupid that I have to play a mind game with myself, but when the smallest things can be overwhelming, I’ll take any help I can get. Planning baby steps to my bigger goal of a completed house project makes me more motivated to do it, rather than feeling overwhelmed. Then there’s the “Fitness” section, which is super helpful, especially if you’re me and totally counting mental fitness as fitness in 2015. Sure, I’ll probably plan some yoga or a walk around the block, but you bet your butt I’m also planning some naps, hot bubble baths, and crafty time too.
Let’s not forget to mention the paper quality. I’m weird, and I love paper. Like, really. So when I felt this paper, a little piece of me died and went to Heaven. Is that dramatic? Maybe. But this paper is thick enough to make you sing “I’m So Fancy,” and thin enough so it doesn’t feel like you’re writing on cardstock. I dare to you run your fingers over this paper without saying, “Yay!” or “Oooooooh.”
I really feel like inkWELL went out of their way to get inside the minds of the crazy planner people that like walking through the year with a little bit of hand-holding, because not everyone has their shit together as well as those Filofax people do. And look at these sections they added to the back of the planner. (Good Books to Read?! Come on, I’m dying!) Even if I don’t have a ton of time to read these days, a girl can dream, right?
I spent almost $70 on this planner, and before you roll your eyes at me, know this: the good Lord knows I don’t have $70 to be throwing around at will, but I made room in our budget for this thing, because I know that having a planner helps my brain feel organized, and my heart at ease. If you’re a planner nerd, a mom struggling to remember things, starting a business, or just planning for your wellbeing, then REJOICE! my friends. A planner exists for you and me.
What are your big goals for 2015? How do you plan to stay organized?
P.S. Don’t let the super-awesome, proactive planner fool you for one second: I spent my entire Saturday in my pajamas, snuggling with Maggie, and I think I got one load of laundry done, but I can’t even be sure of that. So, yeah, I’m awesome.
Friends of Knowing Lola,
Let me start by saying how much I LOVE YOU for reading this blog for the past 2.5 years. I never thought in a million years that anyone would be interested in hearing what I have to say about anything, but so many people have sent me so much love over the years, and for that, I thank you. Your support has filled my heart. Even the people that have read my blog and hated it, and hated me, I thank you, too, for helping me grow into the writer and person I’ve always wanted to be.
That being said, over the past few years, there were good times and bad times that made me take a few steps back and really evaluate who I was, and I’m so happy to say that all of that searching has gotten me to a really happy place. That, and the love of my family and friends. I’m so glad I had this venue to help me get those thoughts and feelings straightened out in my head and in my heart, and you helped me feel normal. And for that, I thank you, too.
So with all of that soul-searching and soul-finding, I thought it was time for Knowing Lola to start reflecting who I am today, so I decided to start fresh, just like I did in real life. My old posts are tucked away, here on WordPress in a neat little “Private” folder, and in my heart in a neat little “Archive” folder, because those building blocks are still important to me. But for future’s sake, I’m moving on, and I want you to come with me, if you feel so moved.
I hope you read my Post Categories page to find out about the kinds of things I’ll be writing about in the future, and if you like it, I hope you stick around. If you hate it, then go here instead, because no one can possibly hate that video.
Thank you, thank you, thank you for loving me and letting me sing my song. Here’s to second chances, love, and light. CHEERS!
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