March 20 2017

If we were having coffee

I’d tell you about how I’m going to work on getting back to the basics in April, #backtobasicsapril. A few years ago, I participated, along with a lot of other journalers and planners, Β in #onebookjuly with Rhomany’s Realm, Carie Harling, and MissVickybee. Since then I’ve participated every year since. This year I can’t wait for July, and there are so many other things in my life that I need to get back to the basics with I knew I needed to do something. Here is the link to the playlist for #onebookjuly.

I mentioned my dilemma in a previous coffee chat, as well as a different video on my YT channel. Many others said they were feeling the same way. Many asked if we could do #onebookjuly early. I don’t see why we couldn’t, but I need to do more than get back to the basics with my journaling and planning, I need to purge, clean, and organize my supplies, my house, my life…especially with Camp NaNoWriMo starting April 1st.

In the spirit of Rhomany, Carie, and Vicky’s #onebookjuly theme, which is getting back to the basics of planning, we thought we’d call our mission for April #backtobasicsapril. Some of us will be getting back to the basics with their budgets, or with their meal planning, their craft/journal/planner supplies, their homes, their planners, journals, or some of those or maybe all of those, as well as a few other things most likely. I am going to start the purging, cleaning, and organizing of my desk this week because I will (hopefully) be getting my new computer built this coming weekend, but everything else starts on April 1st. πŸ˜€

What that means for me is pretty simple. During the month of April, and this might last thru the whole summer, I am going to purge, clean, and organize at least big are of our home each week. The first week might be what’s in our kitchen cabinets, or I might work on my creative room. The second week I might work on the closets, or the bathrooms. Along with that, I’m going to get back to basics with meals and meal planning since I’m going to be really busy because of Camp NaNoWriMo, I’m thinking that I’ll most likely make quite a few crockpot meals, one pot meals, and meals that provide ample left overs so things are easy during April. Let’s face, throwing your meal in a crockpot or one pot to cook while you write, journal, clean, etc. is so much easier than standing over a stove cooking a meal. πŸ˜€

Along those lines, I’m also pairing down my journaling and planning. The premise of #onebookjuly is one book, one pen, one month. I know I won’t be doing that in April, but Β I can pair it down to my supply travel bag, one traveler’s notebook, my Writer’s Bible TN, my Hobonichi A6 for journal prompts, for all of April. That means putting aside my Hobonichi A5, my Hobonichi Weeks, my work bullet journal, and my spiritual/tarot bullet journal. (I don’t think I left anything out but if I did I’ll let you know in an upcoming post.)

I’ve put the link to Rhomany’s intro to #onebookjuly, which I will be participating in this year, as well, in the accompanying video about this. If I could have, I would have just waited for July but with so much going on in April, and having been sick for the past 6 weeks and getting behind in things like my journals, planners (bullet journals), the housework, etc., I knew I needed to do something now.

If we were having coffee, I’d also tell you that this stomach flu is hell. Mr. Rockstar has had it for 7 weeks now, and I’ve had it for 6 weeks, and though we seem to get a break from it for a day or two here and there–it is a pain in the ass (no pun, oh alright pun intended). At least I am not throwing up anymore. Along with the stomach flu, last week I got a cold (we had snow, yes snow, in South Carolina the beginning of March. WTH? No snow in the months that are actually winter around here, like December, January, or February, but in March. My azalea’s had blooms, my roses had buds, and the snow killed them. Not a happy Burgess).

Here is the video about #backtobasicsapril:

I hope y’all have a great week. Hopefully, I’ll have more content soon… Perhaps a Camp NaNoWriMo post or three. πŸ˜€


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Posted March 20, 2017 by Burgess Taylor in category "#backtobasicsapril", "#onebookjuly", "Around Here", "Bullet Journal", "Camp NaNoWriMo", "Coffee", "Coffee Chat", "Creativity", "Goals", "Health", "Hobonichi", "Home", "Journal", "Journal Supplies", "Journaling", "Life", "Living a Creative Life", "Motivation", "Omnijournal", "Planners", "Planning", "Productivity", "Real Life", "Self", "Self-Care", "Writing", "Writing Life

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Hello Y'all! I'm a writer, an art journaler, and a coffee addict. I'm working on a novel and chronicling the process and my progress. Grab a cup of Java (or Tea) and sit a spell. :D