The holidays were lovely, yet filled with weeks & weeks of illness. Something about oxygen & my lungs' addiction to it -- hard to explain, but I really like breathing. So fingers-crossed that this passes soon & my addiction can continue. :)
A great help in the health department was the fact that LatchKey Photography was closed for a majority of the month of December. Technically, it doesn't reopen until tomorrow. Doesn't mean I don't have plenty of work to do, but I learned this year that my family needs to be my top priority, along with my health, and if I'm not allowing time in the schedule to devote to both then the stress will overcome all aspects of life. Frankly it'll lead to misery. So this year will bring big changes to how we run LatchKey Photography. Kinda relieved about them & secretly celebrating them!
I'm also excited by the fact that with 2014 comes a new One-Word focus for me. Though I probably should have chosen NO for my new word, the one I've selected has been heavy on my mind for a couple months now, so it seems only appropriate that it be my new mantra.
My new word is: P R A Y.
In all things, PRAY.
The companion scripture I've selected for this year is Alma 37:37 "Counsel with the Lord in all thy doings, and he will direct thee for good; yea, when thou liest down at night lie down unto the Lord, that he may watch over you in your sleep; and when thou risest in the morning let thy heart be full of thanks unto God; and if ye do these things, ye shall be lifted up at the last day."
It's practically perfect (for me) in every way!
Our stake has chosen a new them for this year as well: "Centering our daily lives on Christ." Lovely theme, in the spirit of which, I've decided to participate in the #BofM365 project on Instagram. If you're interested in reading the Book of Mormon by December 31st, 2014 then you should check it out! In the past I've struggled with feeling like I don't have the kind of time I'd like to pour into my scripture study; the thought of which overwhelms me so I usually give up. (But studying slow & steady beats sporadic studying, or no studying for that matter.) However with this project simple reading prompts, of a few verses to a couple chapters, pop up in my Instagram feed daily. And since it's right at my fingertips with either my smart phone or tablet, just one swipe over are my scriptures as well. Management + access = a win win!
In addition to a new word & new scripture project, I have new callings at church as well. Though I miss my YW, I'm looking forward to a refreshing new adventure. I'm now handling our ward bulletin, managing & updating our missionary bulletin board, and co-teaching the 6 & 7 year olds in Primary. (My co-teacher is Mr LKP's aunt whom I adore very much!) Seems like a lot, but really as long as systems are in place, it will all be quite manageable. Oh how I love systems & protocol! <3 p="">
Considering my OCD leanings, I felt I needed to clean our ward bulletin up, to streamline it really. Plus with all the technological changes that have come about in the past few years (ex: no more printed ward directories every year) added to many new ward members, it seemed important to at least have phone numbers for leadership & other important points of contact in the ward. So in order to meet all of our needs, I went to Pinterest for inspiration (which there is a surprising lack of), then I turned to Excel & went to work. If anyone's interested or looking for a fresh & clean approach to their Ward Bulletin, I'm happy to show what works for me. Message me here if you'd like a copy of the Excel file emailed to you. :)
Happy 2014 everyone!