Here's SEVEN things I've been doing in the past week:
2. Black Friday:
Started off with 4 a.m. shopping at Target. I went in, grabbed the single item I was there for, paid and left. And while I got what I went for, I'm hoping to not repeat that experience next year. It was insane! I was home by 4:45 and did the bulk of my Christmas shopping online with Black Friday specials, finished by 5:30 a.m. and managed to spend some seriously big dollars in less than an hour. Definitely doing my part for the economy!
Tales from the scale - I weighed in a half pound up from the prior week. Given the large slice of apple pie and ice cream, I'm not surprised! But I lost it by Monday and am back on track.
Body Wars - Improvement! At Physical Therapy, measurements showed that my flexibility and range of motion are definitely better. Several inches closer to being able to touch finger tips to the floor! I've been officially discharged for knee issues and am now treating for just my back, with increased exercises. Public service announcement: Have YOU stretched today???
3. Happy Birthday to My Guy:
4. Blogging for Bliss Round Robin - The book is packaged up, postage paid, and will be dropped in the mail tomorrow morning on my way to work. Participants will go in the following order: First Bliss will go cross country to California to visit Sandy. Then it'll do a quick tour of the U.S. via Melissa and Rachel. A short border hop will take Bliss over to Lee in Canada. From there it'll fly across an ocean to visit Jacky, Cheryl, and Mel in the U.K. Another ocean crossing will take Bliss over to Amy in Australia, before making its way back home.
5. And speaking of blogs... last week (while I was MIA) Melissa was kind enough to award me the "Stylish Blogger" Award. Thanks so much Melissa! Since this post is already ridiculously long and you'll learn eight things about me reading it, let's just say I pass the award on to the eight lovely ladies linked to in the Blogging for Bliss paragraph above? You all deserve it! And if you want to play along properly, you can read the rules on Melissa's blog here.
6. Journal Your Christmas/December Daily/Picture the Holidays.
Seriously - is it December ALREADY? I'm still in a dither about the way this year's album will be constructed. I have a 5.5 x 8.5 three ring binder with page protectors. I know I am combining thoughts/ideas/prompts from all three venues. But digital, paper or hybrid? What color scheme? Any unifying elements? I have no clue! I do know that I ADORED Shimelle's Christmas Manifesto. Here's what I did with it:
"Impressions of Festivities" kit from Scrapbookgraphics. If you are into digital, this is a huge kit for only $7.99. I've linked to it if you want to check it out. I agree with every statement in the Manifesto, so I didn't feel the need to reinvent at all! I have printed the Manifesto in 8.5 x 11 for my bulletin board (where I will see it every day) and in 5.5 x 8.5 for my album. Love it!
Today as I was browsing through my Google Reader, this kept popping up. First I saw it on Ali Edward's blog. She learned about it from a twitter by Tracey Clark, teacher extraordinaire of Picture the Holidays over at Big Picture Classes. Then Sally G. posted about it. These are all women that I greatly admire and I trust them when they say this is going to be good! So I hopped over to the web site and signed myself up. But it didn't end there. Shortly after I signed up, I saw posts from Susannah Conway and Lee Currie who are also playing along! I feel I am in great company and this should be a wonderful journey and fit in nicely with JYC and Picture the Holidays as well!
Today's prompt is:
December 1 One Word.My "One Little Word" for 2010 was "Wholehearted". I embraced living wholeheartedly in many ways, jumping into photography, a self-exploration journey, and fitness with my whole heart. I read books by Brene Brown and Gretchen Rubin and more, participated in the Unravelling courses with Susannah Conway and more online classes and challenges than I can count, and joined My Fitness Pal and began to seriously address my health issues. I deepened relationships with online friends, and concentrated on being more "present" in the moment at home.
Encapsulate the year 2010 in one word. Explain why you’re choosing that word. Now, imagine it’s one year from today, what would you like the word to be that captures 2011 for you? (Author: Gwen Bell)
I feel like it has been a banner year in terms of personal growth. But if I have to sum up all of 2010 in a single word... it has to be GRATITUDE. Because everything I did throughout 2010 just made me realize how Grateful I am for my family, my friends, my world. Funny I should come to that word when it also happens to be today's prompt for Picture the Holidays! So here's me, totally grateful for 2010.
Looking forward to 2011, I haven't fully crystallized the picture of what I want to manifest next year. It definitely involves more FOCUS (but Fit and Fab and Fantastic are also good "F" words, all of which I'd like to be manifesting in 2011). Focus means limiting the classes I take so I can fully engage in each one (which will be ridiculously difficult for me). Focus means continuing to work on and improve my photography and Photoshop skills. Focus means single-tasking and finishing projects that I start. And that's a good beginning to manifesting what I want for 2011. But it needs polishing, more thought, more... well... focus.