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In 2013 I resolve to…

Sunday, January 6th, 2013

Maya and Mom

Enjoy my time spent with Maya.

I want to tear up when she squeals in joy.
I want to miss a beat when she learns something new.
I want to watch her start crawling.
I want to hear and listen to her first words.
I want to be there when she makes her first hesitant step.
I want to run after her when she doesn’t stop running around.
I want to read her stories.
I want to play with her.
I want to be there for her.
I want to be part of her present.
This is my present,
for 2013.

In 2013 I resolve to be there for my little daughter and to enjoy every second of it.

Maya

Despite the lost sleeping hours.
Despite the soreness of breastfeeding.
Despite the occasional frustrations
caused by sickness or unexplained crying.

I want to be there for my Maya,
and I want to enjoy every second of my time with her.

Maya

This is my New Year’s resolution.

What is yours?

Friday Freebie – New Year’s Resolutions Lists (For Succinct Peeps)

Friday, December 30th, 2011

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL MY READERS.
2012 IS GOING TO BE THE YEAR OF AWESOME!



Free Journaling Labels
This week I am sharing another set of New Year’s resolutions lists with you guys (for personal use only).

This list design is shorter and fits a more succinct and “to the point” type of resolutions description. It will also go well as an accent for a New Year layout or in mini books. Another way to use it is by adding it to a “Happy New Year” greeting card… Do you have any more ideas? Do share!

To download it simply click on the image (or the link) and if it doesn’t work try to right-click on it and opt for the “save target as…” option (it may be phrased a bit differently on different operating systems – but do NOT opt for the “save image as” option, as you will get the low resolution tiny preview image).

I hope you like it and have lots and lots and lots of fun with it.

Make sure you didn’t miss the rest of the free printables on Creativity Prompt.

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Freebie – New Year’s Resolutions Lists

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

Free Journaling Labels
Today I am sharing a couple New Year’s Resolutions lists with you guys (for personal use only).

To download it simply click on the image (or the link) and if it doesn’t work try to right-click on it and opt for the “save target as…” option (it may be phrased a bit differently on different operating systems – but do NOT opt for the “save image as” option, as you will get the low resolution tiny preview image).

I hope you like it and have lots and lots and lots of fun with it.

Make sure you didn’t miss the rest of the free printables on Creativity Prompt.

You may also enjoy my New Year’s Resolutions Series A OR New Year’s Resolutions Series B.

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Check out Creativity Prompt’s unique self paced workshop: “Make Your Own Planner”. In this workshop you will make a beautiful handmade planner for 2012. Not only will you get the planner kit for instant download, but you will also get a high resolution video tutorial as well as printable instructions to guide you on each step of the way. Either treat yourself or get it to create wonderful gifts for your family and friends.

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Journaling Prompt – New Year’s Resolutions Series – Step 4: Choose

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009
New Year’s Resolutions Series – Step 4: Pick
[Photo by: Dudley Carr]

This is the last step in making effective new years resolutions. Last but certainly not least.

One of the main problems in following through with the list of resolutions is going after too many resolutions and starting off the year with an unrealistic expectation that will nip any sense of accomplishment in the bud.

Dream far. Wish for the stars, but do not spread your attention too thin. Even a simple resolution such as relaxing more is time consuming and by pairing it with a million more resolutions you destine yourself to fail.

Step 1

Reminisce.

Step 2

Contemplate.

Step 3

List.

Step 4

Go over the list you compiled last week and choose. between one to five resolutions to stick to in 2010. Make it a realistic list. Make sure all the resolutions are feasible and can be done in a course of a year.



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New Year’s Resolutions Series – Step 3: List – Journaling Prompt

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009
New Year’s Resolutions – List
[Photo by: Ayala Moriel]

Step 1

Reminisce.

Step 2

Contemplate.

Step 3

After you have taken a trip down memory lane and analyzed your past successes and achievements, now is the time to create a mindful List.

This is not the time to put boundaries on your thoughts. You need to shut off the inner critic or inner realistic in you and list every dream you come up with. Be it a feasible dream or something which is completely out of reach (such as catching the moon in a jar).

Write a list of 10 resolutions for next year, 100 resolutions or 1,000. It doesn’t matter because in this stage all you do is purge your thoughts into the paper in a form of a list.

Step 4

Choose.

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What is the first resolution on your list (I don’t mean the most important one, just the one that came up first). Share by leaving a comment on this post.



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Journaling Prompt – New Year’s Resolutions Series – Step 2: Contemplate

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009
New Year's Resolution
[Photo by: Keven Law]


I love making lists. I make a lot of lists. Perhaps too many lists. Okay, I make way too many list.

However, a list of resolutions isn’t like any other list. It’s a special list, thus requires a special process ensuring each and every item belongs there and is feasible.

Therefore I am posting this special “New Years Resolutions Series”, to provide a surefire system to compile a successful New Year resolutions list.

Step 1

Reminisce.

Step 2

In this week’s prompt we are going to reflect on the memories we have gathered last week and contemplate.

Go over your notes or list from last week and write down under each resolution or dream:

  1. What had helped you to meet your resolutions in the past/last year?
  2. What had prevented you from fulfilling your wishes in the past/last year?
  3. What do realized resolutions have in common?
  4. What do unsatisfied resolutions have in common?

As you reflect you may come up with some new understandings and self revelations – write them down as well.

Step 3

List.

Step 4

Choose.

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What new understandings and self revelations have you come up with? Share your process by leaving a comment on this post. I love to discuss prompts with you!



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Journaling Prompt – New Year’s Resolutions Series – Step 1: Reminisce

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009
New Year's Resolution
[Photo by: Kat]

December means celebrations, holidays and elevated spirits but it also means the year’s end. If we plan in advance we are already thinking about next year’s resolutions.

Last year I posted a special New Year’s Resolutions Series on Creativity Prompt – offering three different ways to come up with your new year’s resolutions: the traditional way, the clairvoyant way and the action based way.

This year I am posting another series, concentrating on how to choose the best new year’s resolutions.

Step 1

The system includes 4 steps and the first step is to reminisce.

For this step you may go back in time as far as you wish. Either look solely at 2009 or look at the past 5 years, 10 years, 25 years or even look back at your childhood years.

Review your past year or years and take notes. Write down lesson learned, missions accomplished, dreams fulfilled, goals met, etc.

At this stage all you have to do is bring up memories. Don’t analyze. Certainly do not criticize. Don’t replicate goals. Just write down what you remember – resolution-wise – from years past.

Step 2

Contemplate.

Step 3

List.

Step 4

Choose.

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Are you a resolution person? Have you conformed to your past years’ resolutions? Share by leaving a comment on this post. I love discussions!



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Journaling Prompt #31 – New Year’s Resolutions Series – Part 3

Wednesday, December 24th, 2008

Pencils and moleskines
[Photo by: Paul Worthington, @Flickr]

This is the third (and last) prompt in a series of journaling prompts dealing with New Year’s resolutions.

By now we have covered the traditional way of forming new years resolutions and the clairvoyant and more inspirational way of going about it.

This week’s journaling prompt suggests a third method of laying down your new years resolutions, which is the Action Way.

The action way is very effective for a more visual person (like myself) who needs to actually see a picture that stands behind a word in order to get to the bottom of it. This method is also fantastic for anyone who finds it difficult to follow a strictly formed resolution (like myself…) as it yields more amorphous goals, which can be interpreted and changed as life changes through time, but still provide general guidance.

The principle of the action way is to compile a list of “words to live by“, which is a short list of single action words that you would like to do more of in the coming year. The next step is to pick a corresponding picture for each action word and make a vision board – other digitally or on a hard-copy – of your action words and corresponding photos.

I have used Flickr’s mosaic tool to make a mosaic out of my corresponding photos and then downloaded it to my computer and added my action words to each picture with Picasa 3. I printed the edited image with a laser jet printer, cut out each individual image and made a vision board, using Decoupage.

This is my vision board for the year 2009:

New Year's resolutions - the action way - my vision board

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How are you going about making your New Year’s Resolutions?
Which method of the last three journaling prompts did you find most effective for you?
Have you prepared your own vision board for the year 2009?
What is your most prominent resolution for 2009?

Leave a comment and share your thoughts!!!

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Journaling Prompt #30 – New Year’s Resolutions Series – Part 2

Wednesday, December 17th, 2008

Reach [Photo by: James Jordan, @Flickr]

This is the second prompt in a series of journaling prompts on forming your new year’s resolutions.

Last week I have laid down the basics of the traditional and more straightforward way of coming up with a list of goals for the year 2009.

Today I am going to suggest a new way of going about making your new year’s resolutions. As I am a “big picture” kind of a gal, who is not always sure what her next step is going to be but knows exactly where she wants to get to, I have come up with an original way of planning the year to come and I call it: “The Clairvoyant Way“.

This week’s journaling prompt is about how to embark on making your New-Year’s Resolutions, the clairvoyant way

Like its name suggests the clairvoyant way is calling you to foresee your future. Try to form a vision of where you want to see yourself in a year from now -

What accomplishments have you made? what major milestones have you had? How do you feel? Where do you live? Who do you live with? Do you look differently? and so on and so forth.

The more precise and detailed your vision is, the more effective you are going to be in achieving your new year’s goals.

Write down your vision as a short story and read it over and over again during the next year. This story is going to provide you with the inspiration and the motivation you need for actually getting there and live up to your short story.

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Are you thinking of giving the clairvoyant way a try? Do you find it helpful?
If so, what is your visionary story? If not, what faults do you find in it?

Leave a comment and share your very appreciated thoughts with me.

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Journaling Prompt #29 – New Year’s Resolutions Series – Part 1

Wednesday, December 10th, 2008

Out of time
[Photo by:Orvalrochefort @ Flickr]

It is that time of year…

As directorates of corporations all over the world are busy preparing the annual reports and forecasts, we too are pondering on the year that has elapsed and the year that is coming. We too are preparing our annual reports and our forecasts, only we call it: “New Year’s Resolutions”.

In preparation for the year 2009 I have come up with a series of three journaling prompts, each one suggesting a different way to go about our new-year’s planning process:

  1. The traditional way – preparing a catalog of resolutions.
  2. The clairvoyant way - foreseeing the future.
  3. The action way – compiling a list of words to live by.

You may choose any of the above methods, all of them together or a different way altogether which works better for you.

This week’s journaling prompt is about the traditional way to embark on making your New-Year’s Resolutions.

The traditional way is the most straightforward of all methods and is best for people who know exactly what they want to achieve (i.e.: getting fitter) in the coming year or which things to avoid (i.e.: eating junk-food) etc.

Some pointers on how to compile an effective catalog of New-Year’s Resolutions:

  1. Write your resolutions on paper. Putting your goals down to paper anchors them. It gives you a sense of accountability and also gives you something tangible to go to when your resolutions will fade away as time goes by.
  2. Narrow the span of your resolutions. One of the glorious things about the holiday season is the great spirit it casts all over us. The sensation of a new beginning is exhilarating. One of the downfalls of the omnipotence feeling is the tendency of making unfeasible resolutions. Make sure that you choose goals that you can actually reach in the scope of a single year. “Becoming a Billionaire” is sweet, but start with “saving/earning at least [such and such] per annum”.
  3. Focus. This is just a different facet of how to deal with the “New Year’s Omnipotence Syndrome“. After you have narrowed down the scope of your resolutions, reduce the number of goals you wish to achieve. Our lives are hectic enough, don’t overfill your plate. Choose the 10 most prominent goals you are going to achieve in 2009.
  4. Share. The accountability factor is up again. After you have written down your list of resolutions, share them with your significant other, friends, parents, siblings, children or your internet friends – anyone who can make you accountable, and moreover, can support you through thick and thin and make sure you achieve your goals.

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