Wednesday, April 29, 2015

the lessons april taught me


This one is a day early. But this weekend is busy with family and celebrations and all the things that make for crazy business, so I'm sharing my lessons from April a day early. I really hope there isn't something pertinent to learn tomorrow.


Without further fuss, my lessons from April: 

BULLET JOURNALING IS WORTH THE LEARNING CURVE. 
I was so overwhelmed. SO OVERWHELMED when I first looked at the bullet journaling website. It seemed too versatile and too expansive. But at the same time it fascinated me. Then my mom and I got to talking about bullet journaling and she said she was going to jump in on April 1st. Because we usually try new things together, I decided to give it a go.

I used this video to get myself started. But I've had to adapt things to my own way. It took some effort and patience in understanding the way blank pages might relate to one another. A post to come (hopefully this month) for ya'll who are curious. 

BEING A BETTER READER MAKES FOR BETTER WRITING.
Or at least more interest in the way other writers put words together. I've found myself picking up books that are really not my "type" and unable to put them down because of the ways their words and images just dance me around in a new place.

MOSCOW MULES NEED TARGET'S GINGER BEER AND A SPLASH OF SODA WATER.
When you're out of regular vodka it's worth driving to the store and getting some because substituting peach vodka is disgusting. Also, ginger beer is expensive, yes it is. But Target brand's ginger beer cans are BIG and easily make two, if not three, mules at a time. It is very ginger-spicy, but help tone it down with some soda water.

WHEN GRACE ISN'T EXTENDED, YOU HAVE TO KNOW YOU DID YOUR BEST. 
This hurts to learn, but best to learn it earlier rather than later in life. You can't control everyone else's emotions or reactions, but you can control the way and why of the things you do. So, be a good person regardless of the way you are received.

HERBS GROW BETTER OUT OF THE GROUND.
I actually cannot count the number of times that I've tried to grow herbs in the ground. They always get overtaken by some other plant (usually a weed). But you plant them in a standing pallet or pots or anything that allows them to grow without competition they thrive... Plus, pallets look so pretty.

KEEP A NOTEBOOK OR BLANK NOTE CARD HANDY. 
I read this in Anne Lamott's Bird by Bird. I've seen it all over online. I've heard Podcasts that preach about inspiration striking all over the place. Yes, I've heard it a dozen times. But recently, I've come to understand which has lead to blank note cards all over the house and tucked in my purse and between the covers of books and in kitchen drawers. Yes, everywhere.

Because when in doubt, write it all out. (Sometimes I review what's on those cards and giggle, other times I read them and fall in love all over.)

THERE IS NOTHING LIKE SUPPORT FROM A COMMUNITY.
When Cassie and I talked about launching #morethanaframe we purposely kept expectations low. We told each other this was fun and an awesome idea and that we'd email some trusted friends with hopes for some engagement. Then the day came and we were blown out of the water. There's nothing, NOTHING, like being encouraged and supported by an entire community. So many thank yous are in order because my heart is warm all over it's interior.

And, with much excitement, I'm linking up with Emily Freeman.

24 comments:

  1. I'm very, very intrigued by this bullet journaling you speak of. Seriously. I looked at the link you shared and almost busted at the seams because OVERWHELMED. I'm anxious to hear about it from your perspective, after you adapted and stuck to it. Also, congrats on the absolute success of #morethanaframe! I am really loving the community and have no doubt it'll only get better and better!

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  2. Loooove bullet journaling. Also laughing at your peach vodka mishap, because I have done that so many times. "I'll just throw in whatever I have" quickly turns into throwing out the whole batch.

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  3. STILL BLOWN AWAY BY #MORETHANAFRAME. Also, yes moscow mules and yes to that mangy soccer ball hahaha

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  4. This Bullet Journal thing intrigues me. I will have to know more!

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  5. I'd love to hear more about the bullet journaling!

    & you are beautiful, inside and out my friend! xo.

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  6. This bullet journaling shin dig has caught my attention and I am going to type it into the World Wide Web. Also, I began carrying around and tucking small journals around my life after Bird By Bird as well, which happens to be a great book. Amber, cherish your soul.

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  7. I have never had a Moscow Mule but it's on my list to try! I am so thankful that you and Cassie started the #morethanaframe community. I love it!

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  8. I've been wanting to try bullet journalling forEVS. Gonna check out that video stat.

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  9. I'm so happy to be a part of this community and to have found your blog. I need to look into this bullet journaling because I have no idea what it is and finally, love moscow mules!

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  10. I started Bullet Journalling in April too and it's THE BEST! I was so intimidated by it but now I feel like I have a solid handle on how it works and how I need to tweak it for my needs. I also started making time to read this month and not only does it make me a better writer it totally makes me inspired to write! I missed the first #morethanaframe link up but can't wait to participate this time around! :)

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  11. I've wanted to start journaling in general but this bullet journaling seems like once you get the hang of it, it would be awesome! There really is nothing like community, it's so awesome here in the blogging world! I am loving looking at all of the #morethanaframe posts and pictures!

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  12. I'm going to post about it this week! It is overwhelming at first, but then you'll quickly realize what's important/necessary for you. It's all about tailoring it! :)

    And thank you, thank you for joining. Having such support has been mind blowing and encouraging!

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  13. GIRL, it was disgusting. Like SO MANY KINDS of disgusting. And Jason and I tried SO HARD to like it but, no.

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  14. Girl YES all the blown aways.


    That is Hazel's beloved ball. I've tried to hide it from her... And she manages to find it. Also, it is not allowed in the house. Except it's on the couch in that picture.

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  15. Oh girl, it's delightful. I have a post going live about it this week. It's all about being honest about what's important to you, about what you want to remember, prioritize and such in a day!

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  16. The post for Bullet Journaling goes up this week! :) I have realized how I needed to tailor the content to my life and priorities BUT I promise you'll love it!

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  17. Girl, bullet journaling is divine. It definitely took me the entire month of April to decide how it would best work for me... And I'm sure that I'll continue to learn and change it throughout the course of the year, but the important part is to JUMP in. :)


    You're dear to me. <3

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  18. YES YOU NEED TO TRY A MULE IMMEDIATELY.

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  19. Girl, it's awesome. I have a post going up this week on how it worked for me!

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  20. I'm so so so happy to have you. So happy dear friend.


    Bullet journaling is such a YES for you (I'm positive). I'm going to post about how I use it/do it/organize it this week!

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  21. GIrl, isn't it DIVINE?!?! I have realized the MOST important part is tailoring it to your lifestyle. I was trying to do it the way everyone else did and, well, that's NOT the point! :)


    You can join in #morethanaframe any day you want! :) Can't wait to have you!

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  22. Bullet journaling is really awesome... But isn't like typical journaling. I use it as a planner and organizer more than anything. BUT, I've been writing letters to myself daily. Sitting down and just reflecting on my day by writing to myself and I TOTALLY recommend it to you!

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  23. YES. This is getting me excited.

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  24. You've talked me right into it; I'm jumping in when I get home. Boom shacka lacka.

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