Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Changes to Spring Edition of Seasonal Planner

The Best Way to Keep up with The Seasonal Planner Updates is to Join
(Preordering will be available some time in January/
Spring Edition will be ready to ship beginning of February)
{Sketches for SBP drawn by Anna Cantrell. All Rights Reserved. 2015}

% The Seasonal Beehive Planner now has specifically marked days each month. Everything from No Housekeeping Day to Zoo Day, from Mother Goose Day and Mother’s Day to Remember the Titanic Day, from PB and J Day to Coffee Day, from appreciating your Librarian to remembering to call your Dentist---these "nationally" marked days make your planning more fun and more personal.  

% The original thought was not to burden you with a list of days that remained empty and useless. I wanted us to have a clean sheet with space to write our daily plans or just a notation of what made that day special. I was torn about leaving wide open spaces for you to have available for your own creativity and productivity versus too many options that cluttered your days. For you, I wanted open spaces that offered endless opportunities to record what was done during the month so you would feel successful and not defeated. But I plainly heard the plea for a day-by-day spread and realized that clear concise prompts can inspire us and don’t have to consume our day. These prompts spur us forward, not backward.
% Rather than have pages for Gratitude-Prayer-Scripture, you now have a place to list these items on each day. There are two days per page. The Seasonal Beehive Planner now has guided-prompts that remind you to pray for someone/be grateful for something/ scripture pause/ place to record meal plans/ water intake/ remember a birthday or anniversary that day.

% Seasonal Reading Log ~ new and improved, found in back of planner. 

% A seasonal motif (a decorative design or pattern) for coloring when you are stuck in traffic, waiting at the doctor office, or simply as therapy to quiet your active life is one of the peaceful cubicles found within The Seasonal Beehive Planner.

% All artwork is by artist Anna Cantrell; specially drawn for The Seasonal Beehive Planner. All rights reserved.

% There is now a DayBook for each week of every month rather than only one per month.

% You still have that heart-pulse list in which to post your daily activities but rather than just a single heart per day you have four hearts to record your most important heart “pulses” of the day and some days have heart notations or reminders of special world events or holy days of the church at large to move you forward with your planning. (See photos above.)

% Rate Your Day ~ at the start of each day you will see five spring flowers.  At the end of the day you rate your day on a scale of 1-5, coloring in as many flowers as you feel your day productive/successful/happy/holy/leisurely. A “low” day here and there is nothing to worry about. Just try to make the next day better. If you have too many “low” days in a row, this will help you see that you are in a slump and need to change the pace of your days.

    0 Each day you see 8 water droplets. This is to keep track of your daily water    
            intake.  For every eight (8) ounce glass/bottle of water you drink, simply color in
            a water droplet.  If you don’t have all eight (8) water droplets colored in by the
           end of the day, don’t be hard on yourself. You are making an intentional goal to
           drink more water. Compete with no one but yourself.

   O Next to your water intake droplets, you will see this oval shape which  
            represents your daily vitamins and probiotic intake.  
           % Some very simple little reminders for mindfully pampering yourself are
            included.  Look for the crinkly message boxes.
{Sketch by Anna Cantrell. All Rights Reserved. 2015}
          %  There is now a simple seasonal recipe sheet and for meal planning per
           season. Your daily meal planning happens on the daily planning date. Each 
           month there is a focus on what is happening seasonally so that you intentionally
           embrace the season within your home. You are able to focus on:
           *a dish you want to try
           *a dish your family loves
           *a sacrificial meal on Fridays
           * a dish for a special occasion
           * a cultural dish  
           % Each month and all the planning pages for that month are distinctly sectioned off.
            All essays, seasonal meditation, the home cabinet, and extra journaling pages relevant
            to the season are located in the back of the Seasonal Beehive Planner.

            There is a clear Liturgical Year presence in the Spring Edition of The Seasonal Planner
            Whatever religion you embrace there is a molting of days that create a season of holy
            intent which guides our spiritual life. The liturgical calendar has seamlessly become
            part of the Western Calendar. Valentine’s Day, Mardi Gras, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter,
            Halloween, Christmas, and others have
            their roots planted in Christian soil. By intentionally observing these holy days,
            we guide our days and intentions towards our Creator in a beautiful mystical
            labyrinth of living.
{Sketch by Anna Cantrell. All Rights Reserved. 2015}









Tuesday, December 8, 2015

How Do We Live Differently? And Why?

All I had to read was Alicia's Welcome Message to know that I was completely pulled in---hook-line-and-sinker---to her new website:

Living Differently

I've had a little time to explore this new website of hers and it does something amazing. Something I've only envisioned in my mind. Something I've tried to capture in my Seasonal Planner in order to give parents/families something to gather up and glean and internalize. Rather than capture our attention with beautiful pictures, which is common nowadays, what captures us first at Alicia's site is the attention to truth thru words.
I'm excited about taking this website apart a little each day and gnawing on every little piece she offers.
We live in such a sad, desperate world. My friends and I have wondered and pondered it together on social media and over the heads of our children, and we contemplate it silently within our homes. And, in the end, we feel we have nowhere to go and nothing to offer.
We fret about the calamity of raising children and grandchildren in this brutal world.
But, in the end, we sigh and do like a host of other citizens. We go on with our lives. We turn back to our kitchen windows.
We make sure our families are fed. We work. We nurse tender young hearts. We read social media. We drink our morning coffee. We turn off the television. We say our prayers. And we go to bed.
I personally find comfort in reading the messages our Holy Father gives us to read. But other than prayer and fasting and heralding us to remain hopeful, one has to decipher the possibilities of what to DO.
It is one thing to act and think and hope and pray. But those things must become good works are they are mere fertilizer heaped on a wagon with unused potential. We can act-think-hope-pray-talk-walk-kneel but what good does that do unless we Live Differently. It is in living differently that shows the rest of the world who we are and who we follow.
I'm afraid, even the good of us, find ourselves stereotyped by prejudices and opinions of the past and others. Do we really, truly walk the walk and talk the talk and live the life we are meant to? Some say others have been brash and rude and intolerant with us so we should be likewise.
But if we are likewise, then we have become like them. Does brash, rude, un-Christian conduct win hearts? souls?
Some people see God in the Storm. There are enough people there to meet them. But that is not my place, nor do I have to make it my place.
When people who lead lives different from me feel able to talk to me or communicate with me through social media, I have to question why they are not approaching the people who are brash and fierce. There is something that makes them comfortable enough to question why I believe what I do...without feeling threatened. We meet in calm waters and, in those waters, I hope they'll let me show them the beauty and fierceness of my Creator.
Alicia's site---Living Differently---is something lovingly do-able that is neither brash or snarky in today's politically incorrect/helicopter hovering/delicate snowflake sensitive world. It's meaningful and simple and matter-of-fact and welcoming.
In this crazy, insanely arrogant, ultra-liberal world; this is more my balance. It's everything (and more) I could have hoped someone would present on the worldwide media.
I've cut down on referring to sites on this blog. I don't refer books anymore, though I would love to do so. My writing here has taken a backseat to real-life family duties, church ministry, and a search for a safe spiritual place in my otherwise busy, turbulent, crowded mid-life years. I'm at largely ok with this. Matter-of-fact, I'm better than ok with it. There are so many things out there. There's enough reading out there, there are way too many clickable links, and other people are more punctual and informative with their reviews than readers waiting on me to follow-up. And I'm blessed to be busy and surrounded by family which pulls me away from blog time.
But I have worried about what God wants of me and where I am called. The new Seasonal Planner allows me the quality and quantity and sharing of something which is precious to me: family life lived within the domestic church and planned throughout the liturgical year. And it's all on paper with just a nice little living room of friends to hold me accountable on this planning pilgrimage: Seasonal Beehive Group
This is where I belong.
In a world where rhetoric rules, Alicia's website is offensive to no one. That, my friends, is pure click on a site that is not out to win or shout the outcast quiet. She is not out to win any argument or over-debate anyone. She is not for-the-win. In a humble outreach (and I really have no idea what her original intent for the site was/is), she invites us all to

Live Differently 

Because it is in living differently that we "win" hearts and souls and lives and we become the people God calls us to be.
I'm thankful for Alicia's work (she's been offering her insight and knowledge in many ways for years) and her sharing it with all of us.  
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In addition, here are:

 56 Ways to Be Merciful During the Jubilee Year of Mercy


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