Hello! I’m back although I’m not sure if this is temporary or permanent as I haven’t spoken to my IT guy yet . . . but I tried logging in this morning and it worked so I’m publishing this post which was supposed to go up yesterday. I miss you all and I’m hoping I will be blogging regularly again going forward but if you don’t see me here please know that we are working on the problem.
It’s the last Tuesday of the month and I have put my nose to the grindstone and gotten my January OLW prompt done.
There are always a lot of decisions to make when it comes to documenting a new word. I like to have some things be consistent from month to month, so I always want to make sure that I like how I set things up in January since I’ll be following some of the format for the whole year.
And my first consideration for this year was a big one . . . for me, at least. I have always started a new journal for a new word. However, for this year I had some issues with that. First of all, Ali Edward’s new journal has a horizontal rather than vertical format and I wasn’t super excited about that. Also, I still had quite a bit of room in my Practice journal and I didn’t love the idea of having those pages go to waste. So you know what I did? I continued on in the rainbow stripe journal I was already using and I ordered another one so that I’ll have space when this one runs out in a couple of months. This is how I approach all of my other journaling so I’m pretty comfortable with it even if it does feel a tiny bit weird.
I do want to say, I really enjoy the January prompt. It’s always a lot of writing, which I love. And it really helps me to start thinking about my word and how I want to invite it to enhance my life. I took photos of my January pages and here they are:
I really liked having a selfie on the first page of every month last year so I’m continuing that into this year. It was sort of a hassle last year but I think I’ve figured out a way to print out the correct size for the monthly frame that came with the OLW 2023 kit.
My intentions are on a double page spread. And I used those chipboard flowers that came in the winter mini kit to embellish all of this month’s pages.
And my thoughts about the year ahead round out this month’s prompt. I think bloom is going to be just great and I’m excited to see where it takes me.
Good to see you back in! I was thinking last night that I hoped it was tech stuff and not something serious keeping you quiet. I should know tech things can’t keep Carole from blooming!
I am happy to see you this morning – hope things are fixed. And I love the idea of continuing in your Practice notebook. Just watched the February lesson and can’t wait to begin.
Looks like you are off to a great start with your OLW. Hoping your techie problems are over!
Technology is great when it works, but can be an endless source of frustration when it doesn’t. Glad o see you’re back and off to a great start with Bloom!
I’ll keep my fingers all is well with the technology!
From looking at the pages in your journal, it’s clear that you’re off to a really good start with Bloom. I am really looking forward to seeing where this word takes you.
You’re off to a (ahem) . . . blooming start! You’ve done a lot of good thinking about this word already, Carole! It’ll be fun to follow along with you this year. 🙂