Tuesday, December 31, 2019

It's a New Year


Well, almost. But, it is just a few short hours away.  I think there are many people out there who use the new year to reflect on the past year and want to make changes.  I am no exception this year.  Last year, I didn't make any resolutions. When I do make resolutions, they don't tend to last for very long, and I end up feeling guilty, like I have let myself down.  This year has been tough for me, for various reasons, and I have gained almost all the weight back I lost a couple of years ago (50 lbs.) and managed to spend most of the money I had put aside.  Granted, my trip to Scotland was a no holds barred extravaganza, but I still had a good chunk. I frittered most of the rest away. There are other contributing factors as well, and I need to pull myself together.

As a result, I am in the process of setting new intentions for the coming year.  One thing I did was choose a word of the year.  It's a word that you plan to use to funnel decisions through in order to keep you focused on your goals.  My word this year is intentional.  I spent a while thinking about different words, and none of the others reflected what I wanted. I think this word is perfect for me because I want to funnel my eating and financial decisions through this lens of intention.
2020 One-Year PowerSheets Intentional Goal Planner
Another decision I have made to keep me focused is to use this new planner I found a few weeks ago.  It is by a company called Cultivate What Matters.  And here is the link.  Goal Planner.  It is not your regular planner daily or weekly planner, it goes really in depth to help you figure out what you really want for yourself.  It took me about 4 hours over a few days to figure everything out.  I now have a plan that I believe is manageable for me.  I intend to look at this planner every day to help me set my mindset.  It is going to stay in my studio, though, because I don't want to hurt myself carrying it!  It is beautiful, and the covers are hard covered with a sturdy ring binding.  It might be a bit bulky for my school bag.

So, in order to have something I can carry with me, I also use a daily planner that will fit in my purse and is a bit lighter.  I have been using this for a few days and I am enjoying it.  It is called Passion Planner Daily  Right now if you sign up for their emails, you will receive a 3 month printable PDF to try before you buy.

While surfing around on YouTube the other day, I found a video that resonated with me.  It was about why goals don't work, and it was a very thought provoking video.  It talked about how when we set resolutions, we often think of the negative, of what we have to give up.  The author of the video Bobbie Koppe described a method she uses, and has generously shared her worksheets to help us reframe our thinking. She advocates changing your mindset to thinking about what the end result will be in a positive way.  I will be diving into these in the next couple of days.  My mindset is that not everything happens in a day, and I am allowing myself to take this process slowly.  

So that's it for today.  More on my intentional goals next time.

Sunday, July 1, 2018

One more out the door..

Yesterday, my daughter, age 24, moved out of the house into an apartment with a friend.  Yes, I am so happy for her.  She has been ready to fly for a long time now.  Her place is cute, and I love the people she moved in with.  It also makes me sad, though.  She happens to be one of my most favorite people in the world.  We think a lot alike, and we do things together a lot.  We have a strong passion for Harry Potter, and we are going to the Ed Sheeran πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–concert in September at Gillette Stadium.  We like a lot of the same TV shows, and we both love to read.  She is a much deeper thinker than I am.  She likes books that are challenging and make you think. I like books that don't make you think too much, I want to be entertained.  I also have been reading a lot of kid lit lately.  It's part of the job.

So, my daughter has come and gone over the past few years.  The first time she left, she went to college, and that was the hardest.  Each time has been a bit easier, except when she spent a semester in London. That was tough, too.  So this is what I did today to keep myself busy.

I love Stampin' Up! products, and this is made almost exclusively with Stampin' Up! products.  

While today has been pretty good, I know I will miss my girl most during the week, after she gets back from work.  My husband works second shift, so I look forward to seeing her at night.  I will be looking for things to keep me busy after dinner so I don't get too lonely.  

Hope you have a great day!!

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Welcome to my Journey

Hello!  I am so excited that you are joining me on my journey.  My name is Karen Milone.  I am a wife, mother, teacher, reader, crafter, and developing writer. I have been married for almost 26 years, and I have 3 adult children. I am about to have two of my children out of the house.  I feel like having my children start to move out is a journey.  For so long I have been focused on them, and taking care of them.  They don't need me for much these days, and it has been a struggle for me at times.  I am trying to figure out my new role as a mother of adult children. My nutritionist suggested I start a blog.  I am also on a journey through weight loss.  At one point, I was down almost fifty pounds!  At the moment, though I have lost a total of 38 pounds.

 I love to stamp, making cards is my favorite thing to do, and I try to get to my craft room as much as I can.  Here are a couple of my recent cards.
Stampin' Up Paper Pumpkin
Papertrey Ink Blog Hop

I also knit all kinds of things.  I made a sweater for one of my sons, and a blanket for the other. 

I love to read, currently working on the new Bill Clinton and James Patterson book.  The book is full of action, and you can definitely hear Bill Clinton's voice come through as you are reading.  What do you like to read?
The President Is Missing: A Novel

So, what I share will be different all the time.  It could be about a book I just finished, or a project I am working on.  It could be a rant about how much I want chocolate cake.  You will have to follow along as I journey through life!