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.
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.