HIP HIP HOORAY!! If you are not cheering along, it may be because you have no idea what I am talking about…Read this history of One Book July that will get you up to speed with this year.
Allow me to be the first, or the first of many, to welcome and introduce you to this wonderful, one month experiment that will help you organize, categorize, calendarize and all around improve productivity!
I will be sharing my journey, using a #bilateralplanning approach, along the way.
Whether you are already well ensconced in a system that works for you, or your system is made up of a thousand pieces of paper and post it notes, I believe One Book July will teach you something new about yourself and your planning routine!
I am excited to see what I learn through the experiement of One Book July this year!
Are you planning on participating? Please find me on social media and tag me, I would love to see what you are doing!
Every month, I like to sit down and design a new postcard image to use for the Birthday Card Ministry at my church.
The current image I am working on utilizes the “junk journal” style of art, which happens to be my favorite form of art, right now. I recently created a couple of journal cards to use in tuck spots in my junk journal and quickly realized I would like to use them as postcards.
I used some older digital printables I had lying around in a stack of paper as the background pieces. I added bits of ephemera that I had cut out of recycled magazines, old sheet music and even packaging from my butter! Nothing is off limits when creating junk journal art. And let’s not forget the textiles, here I added bits of burlap and a doily. Of course not all items are junk, some are simply being repurposed from their original use.
After creating the little cards, I upload them to my computer and modified the size and add any digital artwork before printing them out.
Finally, I decide on making each one unique by using stamps and sometimes stickers. Then a personalized message is included on the back with the address and then it is ready for the post office.
Feel free to download these images, for personal use only. They make great journal cards or can be mailed to a friend. Simply right click on the image and save to your computer.
If you would like to know when I upload more printables:
Thank you for joining me for this “experiment” !!!
Download the “Peaceful” printable by clicking on the image and saving to your computer. Then, watch the first Virtual Bible Study video in this series as I created the art to illustrate this verse:
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7
God. spoke this verse over me near the beginning of the season of my life that was marked by headaches, hospitalizations, and cognitive impairments and it helped me focus on Him and not the anxiety I was experiencing. Yes, I still felt and exhibited the signs of anxiety, however, I knew He was with my and I was not alone.
STEP 1 in this series, after deciding on my inspiration pieces was to decide how to alter the book … trust me this was a hard one as it was not the typical book I take apart.
I like to choose books that are falling apart or have had the pages damaged in some way, however, I could not pass up the title, theme, and condition for a gift that will be given away.
First, I removed some of the pages and glued them back together creating journalling pockets…I hope to have this video for you soon.
I plan to use the removed pages to create embellishments and journalling spots for the book.I am excited to try my hand at this style of junk journal as I have never made an altered book.My preferred style is to remove the entire book block and create signatures.I may use some of the other books, that I found while out “antique/thrifting” to try some other styles.Stay tuned for the next installment in the “Western Junk Journal” series!
This past year brought a lot of healing and a lot of new things. One of those ‘new things’ was using the computer to create images that I used in my devotions. The result is a journal that I can use for sermon notes, journaling, Bible study or a springboard of inspiration.
I have been praying about the next steps with this project and have finally felt lead as to the direction to go and recently shared it on my channel.
You can watch the video here …
Also, I decided to make the first printable available to download. My goal is to have one printable as a FREE download with each Digital/Virtual Bible Study video and will have a link in the description box to the download.
Be sure to use the hashtag #TOMDOTK and tag me on social media with how you use the printables in your self-care, devotional, or arts & crafts!
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Thank you for joining me in this new Bible Study devotional series.
Are you swimwear ready? Whether you are a pageant contestant, current titleholder or not, your personal style begins with good health and fitness.
The Pageant Queen Principles of Health and Fitness begin with exercise. Physical activity is an important part of every morning routine. Studies show exercising first thing in the morning followed by a healthy breakfast is best for elevating the metabolism after a good night’s rest. A higher metabolism throughout the day not only continues to burn calories keeping You appearance ready but also helps you stay energized for all those appearances.
Additional reasons why it is a great idea to work out first thing in the morning include:
Leaves time for other priorities: Now that your workout is done and over with first thing in the morning, you have the rest of your day to complete other tasks.
Increased energy levels during the day: Exercise has been proven to increase energy levels and focus throughout the day. By working out first thing in the morning, you are getting a head start on your day.
You’ll be less likely to skip your workout: It can be easy to get distracted at various points of the day that might sabotage your workout (less motivation, fatigue, overdue school work). By working out first thing in the morning, when your mind has very few things to concentrate on just yet, you will be less likely to skip your workout later. (Source:NIFS)
*BONUS: For every 1 lb. of muscle you gain, your body will burn an extra 6 to 10 calories per day at rest. Gain 10 lbs. of muscle and you could be burning an extra 100 calories while at rest (Source: BuiltLean).
Miss America Serves Day is April 7th this year and titleholders, contestants and volunteers will be serving their communities through their personal platform in addition to raising funds for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMNH).
My personal platform is raising awareness of cognitive impairments and the importance of self-care to decrease the effects of stress on the brain. Volunteering is one form of self-care that I have identified as it helps me to focus on the needs of others and how I can help them.
Volunteering is good for your mind and body as itprovides many benefits to both your mental and physical health.
Volunteering combats depression.
Reducing the risk of depression is an important benefit of volunteering. A key risk factor for depression is social isolation. Volunteering helps you make positive connections, eliminating isolation, and can contribute to your overall happiness.
According to an article from Harvard Health Publishing volunteering has positive implications that go beyond mental health. A growing body of evidence suggests that people who give their time to others might also be rewarded with better physical health—including lower blood pressure and a longer lifespan.
Evidence of volunteerism’s physical effects can be found in a recent study from Carnegie Mellon University, published in Psychology and Aging. Adults over age 50 who volunteered on a regular basis were less likely to develop high blood pressure than non-volunteers. High blood pressure is an important indicator of health because it contributes to heart disease, stroke, and premature death.
This week, during Miss America Serves week, consider ways to improve your health through volunteering. If you would like to help me make miracles with CMNH, you can donate here. All funds raised go to the local CMNH hospitals. Whether it is $1 or $100, every dollar counts and can make the difference in the life of a child or the family of a child who is in the hospital.
Visit CMNH to learn more about Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.