New Year, New Look.

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*Note: not only is Philippians misspelled, it is also incorrectly cited. The verse comes from 2:3, not 12:16. I got it confused with a different verse I was memorizing. My bad!*

I confess to be NO genius about organization and tidiness and just general together-ness. This last year has been a whirl-wind! So many people and places, so many victories and mistakes, so, so many memories. Life gets better the older you get, but time passes quicker.

As we all head into a new year, it’s a fun time to reflect and assess what worked and what didn’t. I’ve cut out for myself this workspace on the dining room table (because let’s face it, what millennial doesn’t have a super cool dining set that never gets used for dining?!) Today, I’ll be giving a few of my favorite ways to keep up with life, as well as some new year’s revolutions.

This last year I felt fairly productive, and I have an entirely used-up Day Designer to prove it. I love what Whitney English (Oklahoma native, y’all!) is doing to keep us all organized. This year, I purchased a design that came out from Kayce Hughes. Love the floral. This year’s pages are a bit more card-stockier, which is great! They’ve also redesigned the weekend pages AND the full-month pages. Love it! My biggest issue with planners is the to-do lists. My day is already scheduled according to time (thanks, school!), but I do need a bit more help keeping track of my lengthy to-do lists. The Day Designer is perfectly designed for that. I’ll be revealing how I used each section of the pages some time soon!

My planner wouldn’t be complete without color-coding. Everyone knows that I’m a bit OCD when it comes to color coding (see my school scheduling, grading folders, turn-in bins, as well as my entire personal library and my closet as well…). I love my Staedtler pens. I have the set of 10 with some help from a smaller set that gave me purple and gray. Each color means something different. Blue is for school activities and pink is for church/Bible activities. It looks like a gender reveal party on each monthly page.

In the big blue box are the true essentials to a peaceful, organized life: my Bible study materials. I’ll be talking about them more in the months to come, but for now my journaling Bible and my fox journal as well as this 2 Year Bible Reading plan have kept this ship from sinking. Without that, the designed daily life would be absolutely incomplete. (The Philippians reference, which is misspelled, is part of an ongoing memorization project I’ve been doing the last six months, again, more on that later!).

I have some surprises from the classroom and from my little workspace that I hope to be revealing on the blog. I don’t usually get gushy about New Years (it’s another day!), but I am choosing to take this fresh start in ALL areas of my life.

What fresh starts are you venturing into this year?

MM

I got my Mac on with my Macbook Pro.

I recently purchased a MacBook Pro. My old Dell Inspiron Duo processor was on its last leg. But as much as I loved Nellie (that’s what I called her, Nell the Dell), I knew it was time to move on. We parted ways on January 14. I downloaded all of her valuable contents to my massive brick of a hard drive and then back on to my brand-spankin-new MacBook Pro: Alfred.

It wasn’t until Friday evening that I got Microsoft Student and Home. I was eager to make the switch to Mac but not entirely… I’ve been born and bred with a Microsoft state of mind and have built a good mastery of Word processor. And since my school uses Word and most other systems probably use PC and not Mac, I figured I’d stick with the old stuff. Alfred didn’t complain.

I can finally use my Mac for work purposes. And I must say: I love this sucker. It’s fast. It’s compact (I went for the 13″. The nice Genius at the Penn Square Mall complimented me on it). It’s easy to use. And it’s rather sexy — if a computer can be sexy.

All that to say: as a PC’er for life, I’m proud to be a Mac owner now and I recommend the switch to anyone who is on the fence. It’s expensive but it’s great. I feel like tech support is really strong and the learning curve isn’t that bad.

It’s not lame to be working on lesson plans or rubrics on a Sunday night, at least not when Alfred is here.

MK