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Chalkboard Calendars for Autumn and Winter

I really just post these for myself, and I don’t think anyone that wanders over here really cares to read a looooooong list of the little things I did each season, but it does make me feel good to chronicle it. It’s kind of like journaling, and I don’t ever go back and reread what I wrote years ago. Though, I stopped journaling long ago because I only wrote when I was sad or mad and it was depressing to revisit, and these lists are not good or bad, just facts of things that happen, without any commentary on impressions and opinions. It’s nice when people come over, they seem to enjoy reading down the list. Also, when I can often get down on myself about not being busy or productive enough, it’s nice when I post these and can see visually that it’s just not the case.

Seasonal chalkboards

Seasonal chalkboards

This fall and winter were quite an adventure, where Matt quit his job at NIU after working there for about a decade, and decided to start working in trucking again… Car Hauling to be specific. It’s an exciting time and we are both very happy.

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Summer 2018 Chalkboard

I have so much catching up to do, here on my blog and even on instagram.

Last week my website was getting attacked so it was put down for a few days until we could deal with it, and now that it is back up I was looking and realized I never shared this calendar.

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Whenever people ask “So, what have you been up to lately?” I go completely blank. I’ll say nothing, and then conversation turns awkward. I’d honestly believe nothing happened, if it weren’t for me keeping these boards. I look back and think “Holy cow, I was so busy!” The fall board is already down to the bottom again already.

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Spring 2018 Chalkboard and Fitbit Anniversary

Spring 2018 Chalkboard Calendar

It is not out of the ordinary that I don’t get around to sharing my previous season’s chalkboard until fairly late, BUT usually I have taken the picture and already moved on to the next board by the time I post it. This time around, I still haven’t even erased the spring board, and I feel super guilty about it. I’m gonna have to use my phone (going through pictures I’ve taken) to try and remember all the things that have happened so far this summer.

One thing that I will have to share on the Summer chalkboard is that I just had my 5 year Fitbit Anniversary. On the evening of my anniversary I had 19, 976, 371 steps. That averages to 10,945 steps per day, and almost 4 million steps a year.
Fitbit anniversary

I posted to my blog on previous anniversaries, like here, and I have been averaging almost 4 million steps per year.

I am so glad I found fitbit and I love my One. As I’ve said over and over and over again, I always wanted to be able to track 10K steps per day. Since the late 90s I would get a pedometer here or there, always the old school click, click, click type, and they were bad. I would think they worked, but then I’d get home and realize that I had only walked 2K steps the whole day. I was certain that the 10K steps per day idea was only for people who are runners, not the average person, like it’s aimed at. Then Fitbit comes into my life, and lo and behold it tracks actual steps AND while getting 10K steps a day isn’t always easy, it is totally feasible. I don’t know how or why I’ve been able to stick with it for 5 years, but I am so grateful for this tool.

That being said, I’m about to get negative with Fitbit because they discontinued my device last year without any announcement, and I’m devastated.

Hello, fitbit

I’m not exactly sure why the bracelet type pedometers have really taken off, but they have, and so companies are ready to take in as much money off of the trend as possible. My device, the One, was a clip on, that I wear discretely clipped to the center of my bra. Some people just wear it on a waistband or hold it in their pocket. I just don’t like the idea of having to wear a bracelet all the time and even though reviews show the bracelets to be very accurate against the One. I just don’t understand how my arm movements won’t get tracked as steps. My mom says her steps ARE NOT tracked on a bracelet if she is walking with a shopping cart at the grocery store, so I’m guessing there are plenty of other circumstances that are similar.  The One is rechargeable and holds that charge for about 10 days. It can be used to track sleep, and counts flights of stairs.

Meanwhile, the clip type fitbit that they kept on the market, the Zip, is half the price of the One. Let me just tell you from experience, DO NOT BUY THE Fitbit ZIP! It only takes batteries, so you have to replace them regularly. It doesn’t automatically sync to your devices either. We bought one for our mom and it was the worst. I think it died and had to be replaced 2 or 3 times before we just decided to upgrade her to the Flex. The zip does not count flights of stairs, and neither does the Flex, so the One was really a great product. People have complained many times online about their discontinuing the One, but they just shut down the threads and refuse to respond other than to say that they have made up their mind. That being said, when I looked up the link for the One, it redirected me to the zip automatically, BUT it looks like they are still selling the One in Europe. I wonder if it was more popular there? I keep hoping that maybe if this bracelet fad kinda dies down a bit they will realize they need to have at least one quality clip pedometer to their brand and the Zip is NOT it. Fitbit has SEVEN different bracelet trackers and only the one clip. What a bummer.

Rant over.

Winter Chalkboard 2017-2018

Chalkboard winter 2017- 2018

This is loooong overdue. I was actually really bad about writing down things on the board over the winter, so the list is short. No worries, I’m making up for it on the spring board, which still has a month to go until Summer begins but is nearly full. Highlights for this winter board include knitting my first sock, getting into 2 magazines, and finishing another Pattern January.

In January, while daily pattern making, I got into a REALLY horrible sleep pattern. By the end of the month I had gotten into this bad place where I was sleeping in shifts… a few hours (3-4) of sleep at night and a couple hours of napping after work. For someone who knows I need 8-9 hours of sleep, getting 6 hours is not enough, let alone broken up like it was. I’m a creative night owl, so while I was super happy to be productive and creative, I was also sleep deprived and feeling lousy, and I knew it wasn’t healthy. In February I set a goal for myself to focus on getting on a proper sleep schedule. It probably took me a complete month to get back on track. I had to be at work at 6 am, and it was really starting to break me. When I feel I can’t get into a creative groove until after 10 p.m., why bother? The motto of February and March felt like “I can be creative, OR I can be well rested, but the twain shall never meet.” So it was very hard to go from being so productive and creative, to feeling like the soul nourishing part of me was dashed away. Fortunately, my hours were shifted slightly and now I go in at 7 am. Oh, the difference an hour makes!

It’s also kind of funny that since I got my sleep squared away, I have noticed that my creativity has been taking the form of exploration. Where a year ago, I would have said “no, I can’t try that new thing, I need to focus strictly on pattern making/stationery design/collage and mixed media art, now I have found myself knitting, sewing, and trying all sorts of different projects. I feel like I am replenishing the well. I also see myself using some of these new techniques to bring back to my main focuses and hopefully strengthen my work overall.

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Autumn Chalkboard 2017

Chalkboard calendar fall 2017

Yikes, I’m really late sharing this! I haven’t even erased it either, to begin the winter one, so I’m gonna have to try and recall everything that might have happened since late December. Things of note from the fall:

We continued sleeping outside in our tent until mid October, (I think!) From August to October, almost entirely sleeping in the tent at night. We should just build a yurt in our backyard. Our neighbors probably think we are CRAZY. All the same, as Matt is trying to rush to spring, and I’m not there yet (I would still appreciate a couple more good snows), I realized the other night that I do have one thing to look forward to as it gets warmer, and that is sleeping out in our yard again.

I went to the Dr. for regular check ups, like a real grown up adult! This is huge for me, as I didn’t have regular Dr.s for the longest time because I’m a hypochondriac AND terrified of going to the Dr. I can’t stress how important this is for me, and how much peace of mind it brings.

Finally Finished my Art-0-mat series and ordered boxes to send them in. Right now I’m wrapping up photographing and documenting them. I’d like to make a little video to promote this series, like last time.

I had the best day! I finally got to do something I've wanted to do for SEVEN YEARS! Ever since #docrwells was a baby I wanted to get pictures taken with him in a real photobooth, but as they are a dying technology and fewer and farther between, I literal

I got to take my niece and nephews to a real photobooth for my birthday! This is something I had been wanting to do since my oldest nephew (turning 8 soon) was a toddler.

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Summer 2017 Chalkboard list

Summer 2017 chalkboard

The summer was crazy! I almost ran out of room on the board.

Recently I listened to an episode of the Happier Podcast (episode 134) and a listener shared the idea of a “Ta-Da List”. Gretchen spoke about “monitoring” where you pay attention to your actions and this can aid you in regulating and modifying behavior as well as thought patterns. If you tend to beat yourself up about doing (or not doing things) you may be pleasantly (or not so pleasantly) surprised to see your actions when monitored. The idea of the ta-da list is that you write the things that you have done and accomplished after the fact, rather than things you need to do (like on a to-do list).

While I do love a to-do list, Gretchen said that a ta-da list might be especially helpful to Rebels (from her book The Four Tendencies) who might otherwise resist to-do lists. For the record when I took the four tendencies quiz I got Rebel, and as a true to Rebel I have doubted it but then refused to double confirm it, which pretty much solidifies my rebel status that much more (insert laugh cry emoji here). A quality of rebels is resisting internal and external expectations, and that is pretty much me in a nutshell.

If I remember correctly, I started doing these seasonal chalkboard lists for lack of any other chronicle of my life. I love a good scrapbook, but I had to admit to myself, it’s just not happening. I used to keep journals when I was younger, but at one point when I went back and started rereading, I realized that I had the tendency to only write when I was mad or upset and it gave a very skewed idea of what my life was like and it was REALLY depressing, so I stopped writing. These chalkboards help remind me of how productive I was, as well as bring back the memories of those events.

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Spring Chalkboard 2017

Spring 2017 Chalkboard

Summer is probably halfway through and I haven’t erased the spring board yet, ooops.

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Winter 2016-17 Chalkboard

Winter chalkboard

As usual, I am only getting around to posting my seasonal chalkboard well after the new season is on its way. Winter was filled with so many great things!

My friend BZedan was inspired by my seasonal chalkboard and started one of their own. I love that their board also has a list of songs that were on rotation during that season. I keep annual playlists, but often forget to add songs to it until the end of the year. A second list per season might help me with that.

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Autumn 2016 Chalkboard

Chalkboard calendar autumn 2016

Of course it wouldn’t be fully into the next season before I post last season’s chalkboard. This year has been SO full and busy.

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Spring 2016 Chalkboard

Spring 2016 chalkboard

The chalkboard for this spring is probably a bust. I had a wedding shower for my best friend and used my chalkboards as displays and then neglected to break down the party (held in a room in our basement) for weeks, so by the time I brought the chalkboard back up, most of spring had passed. Then I was just trying to remember what happened.

The biggest things were probably:

-Erica got married
-I’ve been working on #the100dayproject
-Going to Zumba

Time to erase the board and remember what has happened over the last few weeks of summer and catch up!

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