If you’ve read any of this blog, you know I love Eureka Springs, Arkansas. It’s likely you have also seen some photos I have taken during visits there. Here is one I don’t think I’ve shared here yet.
I’ve been struggling with what to post. Do I share another experience? A video? A look into my life? What?
How about a photo?
OK. I can do a photo. Here you go.
This was taken at Robber’s Cave State Park in Wilburton, Oklahoma. It’s the stairs at the dam on Lake Carlton. With water rushing over the dam and the stairs,I liked how it looked. You can see how the water landed on the stairs and started cascading down them, too.
First of all, who writes a reset post and then goes on vacation? Apparently, I do. Oops.
Second, here we go. Here’s an introduction to me. Feel free to leave comments either here or on the video over at YouTube.
I decided I wanted to do a photo post today.
This picture was taken at Lake Eufaula in Eufaula, Oklahoma. We had some cousins who were vacationing on a houseboat. We spent the day with them. As we were leaving, we noticed a flock of geese near shore. We stopped and I took a few pictures. This was one of the best.
I had this photo printed on a mouse pad that I still use and on a canvas print for my dad for Father’s Day a couple years ago.
I know I need a routine. It gives my day some structure so I don’t just fluff off a whole day. I’ve done that before. More than once. It’s not a good feeling to realize it’s 10:30 at night, time for bed, and I’ve accomplished absolutely nothing.
That’s what not having a steady, full-time (or even part-time) job can do to you. Er…. To me.
To help establish and maintain a routine, I need some kind of planner system.
I’ve tried the DayPlanner system that you can buy at office supply stores. I use it for a while, then stop because it doesn’t really work for me. It’s not flexible. I can’t add things to it.
Then I tried coming up with my own system. I called it the KNOWS – Keep a Notebook Organizational Working (or Writing) System.It worked, to an extent. I could only use it for one project at a time, though.
I needed something I could customize. Something flexible. Something that I could use for more than one project at a time. That’s how I work. More than one project at a time. I typically have one big project — a novel, perhaps — and several smaller ones — articles, blog posts, etc.
Someone online mentioned this thing called the Bullet Journal. I watched the video by Ryder Carroll and I knew it was exactly what I was looking for — and trying to create myself. Someone had already developed the system, tested it, put it in place, and knew it worked.
After I watched the video, I went to the website and read everything I could to learn how to set it up. Then, in January, I started it. I used it for a while, but since nothing was really happening, I let it slide. Now, since I’m getting back into a routine, my Bullet Journal (aka BuJo) is back. And I’m making things happen. Which is really how it should have been in the first place.
If you decide the Bullet Journal system is for you, I’ve been collecting resources and have run across some great ones. My Bullet Journal is evolving from a plain vanilla notebook that I’m not all that inspired by to something decorated and showcasing me and my life on the page. I like that. I’ll be glad to share my resources with you. And even tell you how it works for me.
But for now, I figure we’re good to go.
Oh, and what kind of notebook do you use? Whatever kind you want! The one in the picture above is my current personal BuJo. I’m working in a larger black one (that I will soon decorate on the outside as well) for my work life (writing, editing, photography, speaking, etc.). It’s so customizable, there is really no wrong way to do it. And that makes it fun.
I have decided that I am going to restart this blog. I am going to cover a wide variety of topics. We will still talk about creativity and the creative journey, but over the past year, I realized something both simple and profound.
All of life influences and informs our creative journey. You can’t look at just one part of it at the expense of everything else.
I am a photographer, writer, editor, fiber artist, cook, and teacher. Some things are still in progress. Some things are in the middle of being done. And still more things are finished.
It’s all a process. We might as well have fun doing it.
I might just make Fridays into Photo Friday here. It’s the end of the week when I have limited brain power and I have a hard time of thinking of something to post.