Tag: Quotes

You'll Shoot Your Eye Out themed week in my Bullet Journal - Planning for the week before Christmas, handlettered & watercolor painted

December Week 4: Official Red Ryder Air Rifle – You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out

The Theme of the Theme! But Don’t Shoot Your Eye Out! Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah the reason behind A Christmas Story movie – the Official Red Ryder carbon action two-hundred shot range model air rifle. How could I have A Christmas Story movie theme without paying homage to “you’ll shoot your eye out”?! I had a lot more included in the sketch – I had a quote from the original Red Ryder, but the drawing didn’t come out right, so I didn’t include it. Have you seen those gorgeous hand-lettered pieces of art where the text makes the shape of something (in this case, […]

December Weekly: I Triple Dog Dare You!

December Week 3: I Double Dog Dare You -To Get Stuff Done

It’s the Middle of the Month! The To Do List Gets Real! A Busy Week! There’s no time for sticking my tongue to a flagpole, even if I were triple-dog dared. The hubby’s birthday is the end of the week and that means just over a week until Christmas! It’s always about this time of the month that I realize that half the month is gone and if I want to knock out that to do list, I had better get into high gear. It is also about this time the month where I assess my habits and see how […]

December Week 1 - Fragile

December Week 2: Fragile

Fragile: It Must be Italian – Weekly Spread Probably the most iconic scenes from the movie, A Christmas Story: The Leg Lamp “It’s a Major Award”. Of course, my monthly theme from this movie needed a spread dedicated to this fragile mistress. I love how the wife is completely embarrassed. And how the demise of the lamp would be a source of family controversy for years to come. This spread was probably the most fun to draw and yet, the hardest. This Spread was Fragile in so Many Ways! I wanted a long, lean looking leg lamp but it got […]

December Weekly 1: It’s a Pink Nightmare

Fresh Start to the Month: Partial Week If you watched the December set-up video, (click here if you’d like to see it), you would have noticed that I start each month fresh. Meaning I might have a couple of weekly spreads with partial weeks as I start on the first day of the month for a weekly spread. This provides a clean break between months, even if that means I have 2-3 days on a spread. That’s the case for the first week of December. Instead of starting on Sunday in my weekly plans, I  also keep my weekends together. […]

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Hello December! A Christmas Story Theme

December Plans Begin! Hello December! It’s knocking on the door. Do you have your decorations up? We don’t put them up until after Thanksgiving – and take them down the 1st Saturday(ish) after – rarely, if ever, are they up after New Years. Some years my husband ventures to the roof to put up Christmas lights on our house. And other years, the feeling of dread for this task is too great. Last year we didn’t put up the lights on our house. It devastated my kids. They were certain that Santa would skip over our house. He kind of […]

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Life is Happening Now – Layout Your Planner To Keep it on Track

Life is Passing by so Fast! Keep Life on Track. Ah yes. November is zipping by. November is great here in the states because the focus seems to shift to gratitude. A whole month dedicated to gratitude. And food.  But it really is a nice time to reflect on the year gone by. One thing I am thankful for – my planner. It keeps my life on track because I don’t just watch it pass by. I may seem like I have my nose stuck in my planner all day; but in reality, I plan at night when the kids […]

In a habit slump? Do a mid-month habit check to reignite your motivation

Mid-Month Habit Check – October

Need some re-motivation in the middle of the month? Do a Mid-Month Habit Check. I started doing a mid-month habit check a couple of months ago. The beginning of the month I am completely motivated and know that I am going to conquer all of my desires and do all the things. Well, that’s what I intended to do anyway. By the middle of the month, it seems that I have lost steam and I need a boost of motivation. So the middle of the month, I do a quick assessment of my habits which re-motivates me to keep going […]

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Look on the Bright Side – It’s About Perspective | Life in Comics

Life in Perspective So this happened yesterday. No, I did not randomly come across snails painting Mona Lisa portraits, but a painting of mine got smudged by a well-intentioned significant other. It was a painting for someone else. There’s no saving it, I will have to redo it. I went to bed last night trying to control my anger. I tried to keep things in perspective – that there are bigger problems in life. However, my subconscious was serving up dreams that would have said that I was angry. My vibrant dreams were riddled with me running away and crying. Perspective is […]

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Emphasis on the RIGHT Words

I love lettering. That activity propelled me to get into finding and doing things that I love to help me be a better person. What is lettering? Lettering is a form of drawing each letter instead of writing. It’s called many things. Hand-lettering, modern calligraphy, faux calligraphy, lettering etc. There are many ways to letter a word, sentence, or quote by hand. Some choose a font on their computer and print it out. Each person has their own style. There are more fonts in the world than we could ever count. And I am not a pro {yet} by any […]

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Arrows Aim True – if you point them in the right direction

[inlinetweet prefix=”” tweeter=”” suffix=”@chocmusings”]Arrows will only shoot in the direction where they aim.[/inlinetweet] After creating a weekly spread with arrows, I kind of went nuts for the arrows and quotes. I’ve practiced my hand lettering over the past few months and writing quotes is always a fun way to practice! I have a long way to go, but I have come very far. I was getting frustrated for a while – simply not able to make thin upstrokes at all. After doing some research (ok a LOT of research), I found that Tombow Fudenosuke brush pens really helped me develop the light touch I […]

4 ideas for your bullet journal to supercharge your habit tracking

Four Ideas to Supercharge Your Habit Tracker {that you may not have thought of before!}

Implementing any of these 4 items could increase your habit tracker effectiveness – and help you achieve even more! Ever heard the quote “What gets measured, gets managed”? Logging month-to-month totals and/or percentages creates a quick overview of your habits each month. Use it to supercharge your habit tracker. Implementing any of these 4 items could increase your habit tracker effectiveness – and help you achieve even more! Ever heard the quote “What gets measured, gets managed”? Logging month-to-month totals and/or percentages creates a quick overview of your habits each month and facilitates improvement. Want to know how to set […]

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How to Set Up a Habit Tracker in your Planner

Do you like the idea of a Habit Tracker in your Bullet Journal, but don’t know where to start? Do you run out of room when numbering in a month? (Yes, I have done it too.) I’ve put together some best practices for planning, laying out and implementing your horizontal Bullet Journal/Planner Monthly Habit Tracker. Best Practices I like to create my Habit Tracker horizontally (long ways) So since I am starting with the horizontal layout, so I turn my journal the way I will view the habit tracker – it makes it easier to create and visualize what I […]

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I Took My Destiny Back

I woke up last night from a nightmare. I could feel my fear in my dreams. And I could feel the disappointment in myself. I dreamed I was back at my old job, being told that I wasn’t good enough. That no matter how hard I tried, I was ‘not a good fit’, and I would not be able to meet their goals. I quit that job 6 months ago. I didn’t have anywhere else lined up to work except a part-time job. Quitting was probably the best thing for me. I say probably because who knows what other course […]

Paste is Paste…right?

Corbin is my 3-year old: Corbin: “Whats that?” pointing to a can of tomato paste with a spoon sticking out of it. Me: {making Italian food for dinner} “Tomato Paste” Corbin: “Oh! For brushing your teeth?” as he lifts the spoon in the can to his face. Me: “No! For cooking!” Corbin: “Oh” disappointed. I think I should have let him try it, then maybe I wouldn’t have to worry if someone calls glue ‘paste’. He won’t be tempted to brush his teeth with that after the experience of tomato ‘tooth’ paste.

Big rewards

“I ate my Cheerios, now I can eat the gingerbread house.” – Captain Obvious 12/8/12 Apparently, this is the philosophy of my three-year-old who has been begging to eat up the gingerbread house ever since he laid eyes on it. We struggle with him eating in general, he just has no desire to do so since he is too busy. But trying new foods is an even bigger struggle. So the fact that he ate his Cheerios without having any problems evidently deserves a big reward.