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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Back in October I ordered a Filofax, the Original Organizer in Patent Nude leather. I was surprised to find myself so fixated on this particular ring binder as I didn't really find them suitable for my current organizing style in the past. But something about the color and simplistic set-up of this one just drew me in.

As soon as I took it out of the box all I could think of was how smooth and compact it felt. I ordered the personal size, so it fits so nicely in the hands.

I'm really looking forward to setting this baby up for the new year. I've already started on my flyleaf and setting up the inserts. More pictures soon to come!

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

This year is finally coming to an end, and wow, so much has happened in these past 12 months. Seriously, where did the time go?

The last two days I spent some quiet time recapping and journaling down all of this year's memorable events. It's weird, yet amazing, to see how much I've changed in 2014. And looking back at my vision board, I can happily say that I've accomplished everything on there. (Moving out of the country didn't happen, but it worked out for the better that way.)

Just a few highlights I made note of:
- Got more involved and consistent with everyday journalings. It's like a second form of daily mediation for me. Art journaling has quickly become a favorite of mine as well.

- Started using my midori journal more and for different reasons, and in the end I realized that it's okay if it's always switching hats. It's meant to be interchangeable.

- While I loved using my Molang planner, I realized that my favorite daily planners to use are the spiral ones.

- The Journal Diaries was born this year, (read the very first post here) and I was so thrilled to have connected with other passionate and creative journalers. And to be honest, I was so surprised to find out that there were sooo many other journal lovers out there, too! It's nice to know that this appeals to both men and women, girls and boys, ranging from all ages, and coming from all different parts of the world.

-Enjoyed making some new penpal friends, and enjoyed continuing the bond with the ones I already had.

-Made my very first zine! That was such a fun and rewarding experience!

- Got hooked on audiobooks. The Alchemist was one that was on constant replay. Some days driving to and from work were the moments I looked forward to.

- Completely gave up on TV. (Thanks to spending all free time packing together snail mail, or blogging) There was a short period where I was hooked on Scandal, but then I snapped out of that hole real quick.

- Visited Korea and loved every moment there. Gosh, I still need to post some of the trip's pictures up here. So behind.

- Visited Washington DC for the first time. There were so many wonderful museums, yet so little time. At least I was able to see all of the popular attractions. That was nice, and the food in that city is amazing!

- Found beauty in the desert throughout my desert hikes and appreciated more of what Arizona has to offer.

- Some days may seem like a struggle, but if other people can get through theirs, I can, too.

On a deeper and more personal level, I also journaled on some of these surrounding thoughts: 
- In 2014, what changes were made (in life, spiritually, emotionally, physically, financially)?
- What were my strengths, weaknesses, and areas to improve?
- What were some beliefs and/or habits that I developed?
- What were some accomplished goals?
- What lessons were learned?
- How was 2014 different than 2013?
- How did I help people? Make a difference? Form a connection?
- What were some highlights from this year?
- How will 2015 be different? What are my goals and plans of action? How can I make things happen? What steps do I need to work towards to accomplish my dreams?

What did 2014 bring for you?
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Monday, December 15, 2014

Hello, friends! How was your weekend? Surprisingly, for me, it was a quiet one. It rained all day here on Saturday so I spent the day cleaning, baking, and wrapping more presents before this holiday season ends. 

As I stopped by the mailbox, these cheerful Christmas cards were just waiting to be opened. It was nice hearing from you girls! Thank you so much Blanca, Victoria, Marisa, and P!

Hope all of you are having a wonderful Holiday Season!

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