December, the Month to Wrap it all up.

December, This is the month to think about what did we want to accomplish this last year of 2015, and what can we still do in 31 days.  Unfortunately, there are only four weekends, yet technically five weeks before the new year.

December is not always a joyful month as the sentimental pressure misguides many.  Many create debts on supposed deals, and the problems created are felt months into the new year.  Approaching this month thoughtfully and cautiously can be very freeing.

It is a good time to think about next years goals, monthly, quarterly, seasonable, 1/2 time such as June/July, and end of year accomplishments.  The master lists for the year and all these time periods can be a great guide to refer to so as to reach your goals.  I depend on them.  Is it the day planner or what system that promotes the Master list Theory?  I did not invent it and I may not even have the right words for describing it.  Years ago I learned it from one of those famous planners.  A business tool that can be used in our personal life for greater accomplishment.  Praying about them, looking at them, and working toward their accomplishment makes you feel a little more control in your life.  Living haphazardly has few rewards.

Are there debts you want to pay down?  Are there vacations you want to save for?  Are there physical exams that need to be scheduled?  Have you neglected family members that do not live near you, can you plan to see them or invite them?

If there are school age children at home, school vacations and winter days off, all can be involved in deep cleaning, changing rooms around, assessing clothes in closets and drawers.  Children keep growing and I know you do not need reminding.  If you have a grandchild, niece or nephew in school why not ask the parent if you can take the child shopping for shoes or clothes that will invest in the young persons new growth.  It will help the family with their tight budget to help with these practical needs.  Getting the kids hair cut, new socks and essentials, new school clothes and replenishing their school supplies can be a help to the family.  Being respectful of the parents standards of attire is important.  Then it is a real blessing.

This month is a great time to change things up for your kids.  Remember, the school load of homework, and chores at home can be enough responsibilities for the kids.  Extracurricular activities can burden the parent whom is running the children around, as well as burden the budget.  If the activities are decided on, keep them to a minimum, and remember, you are the adult.  Too many let their children decide on matters.  A lot of children are exhausted with all the homework, activities and long days.  They miss out on helping with chores, keeping good habits, just having good times playing in the yard.  We have been teaching a young girl age 12 how to knit, and her grandma is now teaching her to crochet.   If we can help others with their situation then that is a gift.

Getting the car serviced or deep cleaned is a great gift to self or a family member.  Check the tires, and getting a detailed cleaning on the car when you have a day off is refreshing.

This is the month for wrapping it up for me so I can start 2016 a little less burdened.  I have so many projects that are near done that have been weighing heavy on my mind instead of the satisfaction I should be feeling.  I am just going to pick up a “Near Done”, and finish it.  If you have read my previous articles, then you are aware this is an ongoing challenge for me.

My Aunt Ellie was so kind.  I had written her a letter and told her about how I get aggravated with the piles or clutter I create with all the projects.  She basically said there are people with no clutter and no projects, and their mindset is different than those of us with the creative mind.  We do things, we need the material etc. to do the projects and that is going to create some clutter.  That is very reasonable.

My husband married a writer, painter, photographer, knitter, cook, etc. so there seems to be all the matter around to support those activities.

Good News!  We have been getting some house maintenance issues attended to.  It feels great seeing things get done.  The addition needed painted and a friend new to the area needed a small job.  To the dismay of my mother-in-law, I chose the lightest of tan for the siding, and true red for the trim.  It looks wonderful, although it is only the first coat.

Brock, our 23 year old son has painted and stained the steps and railing.  When I chose terracotta red for the risers, pecan stain for the treads and a cool white with a hue that complements the reddish tones everyone was concerned about the outcome.  They all thought I should stick with the standard of stain it all or use the white on the risers.  It really looks so inviting and tasteful.  Being that the floors are all terracotta, our eyes follow the color right up the stairs.  A visual treat.  It would be nice to have the exterior finished and our minds unburdened.  That is one thing to finish up this month.

Unable to do these things myself, I kept putting them off hoping I would get well enough to do them.  It has become a help that I have accepted that I will not be capable of doing this work on the house and am hiring it out.  This is giving me much relief.

It would be unreal if I did not mention that in this world there are people whom are suffering due to circumstances out of their control.  If there is a family member, workmate, or neighbor that is dealing with illness, caregiver responsibilities, loneliness, hardship, tragedy or loss can we do more than just give them a passing thought?  Besides taking a few moments to say a meaningful prayer for them, is there some practical thing we can do to make their load a little lighter?  Send a card, make a meal, call the power company and pay their bill for the month, call them, give a hug, or offer to spend time with them.  In this age of selfies and instant communication it seems people have lost touch.  Touch someone’s life in a practical way.  If someone has been kind to you, send them a card and thank them.  A text is a bit tacky when someone takes the time to do something kind for you.  Making a card or buying one is a worthy way to express appreciation.  There are still post offices in most towns, and they sell stamps, let us support our post offices by sending a little love and kindness in the mail.  Snail mail is a misnomer.  Mail processes quick enough to delight the person that is surprised when they open the mail box.

Using our next few weeks wisely can enrich our lives as we step into the new year with optimism and joy.

 

 

 

 

November Has Arrived

Overniight, we have gone back in time, and moved into another month.    Whom says the days are shorter,  If our days are shorter, how can we make more of our time?  We may have gained an hour.

There are four ways we can get more of our time.  If we are depressed or discouraged about darkness descending on our day earlier we must come up with an alternate routine.

1.  During this time change why not go to bed an hour earlier, and get up an hour earlier.  What can a person do with an extra hour in the weee mornin’ hours?  An exercize plan can be easily achieved with the extra time.  Domestics, chores, laundry, can be managed more efficiently when done earlier in the day when working an established period of time.  It makes the feeling of accomplishment and optimism a  more common occurrence.

2.  Getting ahead on paperwork, taxes, etc. is great evening work.  Put some good classical music on and organize your paperwork.   So many put off paperwork and get extensions when this last quarter is a great time to get a jump on it.

3.  Free classes online are offered in as many fields as you can imagine. These long nights are a tremendous opportunity to learn more in your field or another.  If you have been interested in a particular subject and have not had the time, now is the time.  I saw a class from Yale on architectural history, and one from Harvard offering Drawing lessons.  You can learn more in the career you practice or you can learn what you need to change careers.

4.  Do not put off your creativity any longer.  Are there projects you have been needing to finish?   Give yourself a couple weeks to work on some of these cast asides and clear them off your to do list.  You will quickley discover why you invested in the material you purchased and the time you already have put into the projects.   Have you wanted to learn a new hobby or craft?  There are many instructive videos online.  Painting, sewing, writing, woodwork, Bible study, and knitting are all activities that are productive and inspiring.  Many are learning hobbies and crafts to enrich their life.   The winter months make it possible to have an evening a week to spend at the local library.   Most Libraries have  activities and social events scheduled, look them up online and see what you might enjoy.

If you have been yearning to get something done or you have put off learning something new, these longer nights or early mornings are a great way to get more done while ending the year with a sense of fulfillment.

Whom is a writer? How to know if your a writer? Whom is not a writer? caution….

A writer is a writer when writing is all the writer wants to do.  When my mind is busy writing while I am walking, working about, driving, and dreaming, my mind is always writing.  I may not realize that I have poor English, and I may be unaware of my poor spelling, yet, my thoughts are rich, and my writing will take you places you never imagined you would go.

How do you know when you are a writer?  When you must write.  Are you a passionate observer of situations around you?  Do you remember with the greatest detail situations that happened decades ago?  Can you still smell, see, and feel?  Do you tend to see the big picture in situations, while minding the minutest of details?  Is there a point to what you want to write and express? What do you hope to accomplish in your writing?  These are all things that affect a writer.  Do you find yourself writing down thoughts, or details, do you write in journals?  Have others told you how great your writing is, and have they said, You should write a book.  Yes, you should be writing.

There is another sort out there, and they have a passion for writing too.  They have excellent sentence structure and spelling.  They recognize great work in an instant.  They just cannot write of their own originality.  There are two outcomes for this type of person, an honorable one, and an unhonorable one.

The honorable person that recognizes great work, understands good material, has great editorial skills.  They make great editors, and those of us writers need you very much.  In fact, there are writing managers with these great skills too, and they make all kinds of successful outcomes for the writer possible.

The unhonorable person is the one that also has excellent English editorial skills.  Yet, they are writing wonnabees.  They do not know how to come up with their own inspiration for writing.  They are quick to recognize talent, and they want that for themselves.  They copy and paste and expand on material to make a name for themselves.  Yet, they do not know how to write.  They surf blogs for inspiration and they steal from other sites. Plagiarism is not a thing of the past.  It is sad.

To the unhonorable person cruising blogs stealing and expanding, become honorable, become a manager so you can make great opportunities for the writers you spy out, and you will become successful yourself.

A creative person is not always the artist whose painting, it is the creative person that sees the inspiration in the work and purchases it to enjoy for themselves.  Creativity needs the artist whom produces, the gallery or manager that promotes, and the buyer whom appreciates.  The creative cycle at work for all.    By Gina of fatfitanfab.com

Creativity, has it’s orgins.

Creativity is an amazing thing.  A family I know, all the young ones are superior artists.  Most can see something inspiring in everyday things.  They also have the techniques down.  There is one whom is very good but just copies other peoples work because her mind just doesn’t recognize a creative venture on her own.

I once knew a twenty year old whom was a great artist and she copied other artists and sold the paintings to people she knew.  One of the artist was living.  I asked her if she asked their permission to copy their work.  She hadn’t.  I told her that I would not want anyone to take my work and capitalize on it.  I asked her why she is not doing her own paintings because her work was beautiful.  She couldn’t think of anything on her own.  I told her, take a picture of an animal or a landscape or a still life and draw or paint it.  Limit yourself to just one color group, like purple, with only the lightest or darkest hues of the color on your palette.  I do not know what she has done since, I hope she took the advise and that she is still painting.

Yes, I do feel it is a form of stealing and I would not want anyone to use my articles to fund their creativity.  Everyone must find their own inspiration.  If I am inspired by someone I mention them in my articles, but my information and the way it is presented is my own.  The experiences that fund my own creativity are priceless and personal.  I write to help inspire anyone to make positive adjustments in their life so that they and those that love them can all be benefitted.

It makes me so happy to hear that my work is appreciated by many.  It saddens me that I have had a couple different ones contact me to say they are using my work to rewrite for their own benefit.  I do not want my work rewritten for someone else to make money, I am working on my own projects and that is definitely a reward I look forward to.  I feel that my work is presented generously, but I do not want it copied or built upon into something bigger where a person used my work to instigate their creativity on topics I present.

If a person is short on inspiration, or creative direction there are many creative workshops out there that help so much.  There are books at the library that help people unlock the artists block.  There are magazines at the Barnes and Noble stores that give a person many opportunities to practice and become productive again.  Of course, personally, I use daily life as my inspiration, making notes at the time and writing up my articles.  Brainstorming is a wonderful creative outlet for me.  If I want to write about any subject, I just thought of the word CLOTHES.  Now my mind thinks of the origin of clothes, Adam an Eve, and their fig leaves.  When did a person decide to start being creative in their own community with their attire.  Standing out as different and not being submissive to the norms set by previous generations could affect their social lives.  And my mind goes on.  Any word, think origin, history, present day, and future, and what is beneficial.  That is a bit of a freebee for anyone out their that might want some inspiration.  Other than that, my work is my own and it is for others to enjoy and benefit from.  Just please, find your own work to write and present.  If you want to do something with my CLOTHES brainstorm, please do, and I would like to know what you did with it.  May success be yours with the clothes article.  Just do some of your own brainstorming and writing on any subject.  Or go to a life management skills coach and they may help you free the writing bee in you.

I have been writing for decades in notebooks and on computers, and now I am branching out and looking forward to publishing.

For anyone whom writes well but does not come up with their own inspiration, you can always be an editor, because you can recognize great work and you can help the writers you work for get their work published and distributed.  That is creativity too.  Agents are people whom look for work or recognize worthy work when presented to them.  Help someone to do something with their work, and you help yourself too.  If a person is determined to be a writer, start writing, be the Norman Rockwell in your life, if you see an odd or quirky situation, write it, every detail, and what is so interesting, why it captivated you, and how are we benefitted with this knowledge.  Paint the picture in our mind so we can see what you see in the words you present, present it in a way that we would want to stay there.  These are my own feelings on the matter.