Abundantly Grateful 2017

2017 feels like a significant year for me. I am making a concerted effort to make meaningful goals this year. This year I have also added some themes. One of my themes is:

Abundant Living

I hung an illustration that has a quote saying “Ginny refused to worry” next to my desk today as a reminder to myself that there is no need to worry. The Universe is abundant and there will always be more good things coming my way even if I use my pretty craft paper today I may find even prettier paper tomorrow. The picture is also a keepsake; an illustration saved from a vintage book that I made into a journal for my friend’s daughter Julia. The book was titled Ginny and the Missing Heirloom, a mystery published in 1950. The cover and illustrations from the book made a beautiful junk journal. My husband helped me bind it by drilling holes into the pages and helping me to incorporate a rosary that was intertwined in the binding while the cross acted as a bookmark:

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I really enjoyed making this custom journal, it made my day yesterday when my friend shared a picture with me of her daughter opening the journal for the first time:

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Another theme is:

Living in the Flow

One of my goals this year is to achieve a great deal of personal growth. One of the ways I plan on doing this is by reading several nonfiction books on topics that are important to me. Topics like creativity, happiness, and success. I recently finished reading a book about living creatively called Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert. This book inspired me to release more of my work into the eye of the public. The book made me want to take risks. That is why I recently listed what I like to call my manifestation journals. These are junk journals made from file folders that include collages and sometimes ink or paint. In both of the ones I have listed there are several messages written within, either on pages or in pockets that let the recipient of the journal know that the Universe or some other higher power loves them, cares for them, and wants only the best for them.

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You may find these journals and more at my Etsy shop

I think my most important theme this year is:

Consciously Evolving

I chose this theme to give myself some room to change over time. I plan on revisiting each goal and each theme throughout the year, reflecting and deciding whether I want to move forward with it or if I want to move on to something else. I believe that goals are living things and as such they need to grow. Also sometimes I have found that a certain goal that I had was no longer serving me and that it was time to let it go. I like to try to be flexible.

Today I worked on making vision pages in my personal junk journal. These are similar to vision boards. In case you are wondering what my vision is for Old School Jenny:

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Finally, I just had to include an affirmation for 2017 in with all of this. It is about being awake in the dream and it is one of my favorites of all time:

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Celebrating the Solstice

I have made it my goal to spread light with my words and my deeds during this holiday season that concludes what was a difficult year for many.

People have many ways of coping with difficult times. For me, I turn to my journal. I have added many holiday pages to my 2016 junk journal:

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I have been giving some thought to how I want to record the holiday this year. I have been taking photos of my decorations. Many of my keepsakes are still at my old house, so I have had to decorate in a new way and keep things very simple.

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I have been reflecting on 2016 and trying to decide which memories I want to carry forward into the new year. I know I developed some healthy rituals such as practicing journaling daily that I want to continue in the new year. I am also very pleased that I decided to take something I love doing, journaling and working with paper, and make it into a business on Etsy: Old School Jenny

My shop is currently in vacation mode while I dedicate the following weeks to caring for myself and for my family. Meanwhile I have some projects going on to prepare for the reopening in January. I would like for the new focus of my shop to be custom junk journals. I experienced immense joy creating a junk planner for one customer:

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After that I made myself a personal junk planner, one that I plan on writing down only positive memories as well as dreams and intentions in:

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I would love to make similar journals for other people. I really do love making them.

I hope you are having a good holiday season and that you find a positive way to celebrate the holiday in a way that is meaningful for you.