What I Learned – February 2019

I started keeping a bullet journal this month and as part of my month end migration, I put together a short list of the things I learned this month. With doing a daily reflection, it’s easy to see what happened!

2019 Vision Board
  • I learned how to do a bullet journal! It still needs tweaking, but it’s a good answer to not needing a daily planner with my new retired life.
  • I put together a vision board for the first time ever. I use the One Little Word class with Ali Edwards, but have never done the vision boards in the past. I’m not sure I’ll do it again – they really don’t appeal to me nor do I have the wall space to hang it up because of too many bookshelves. It was fun to try though.
  • I also clarified what I want to explore (a new life) – that stumped me for a little when I started working on the vision board. Of course, had I reread the January exercises first, I’d already had that answer.
  • I tried some new software – Trello, a digital organizer using an index card-type format as well as Dropbox Business for cloud backup. Trello didn’t work the way I needed, but Dropbox is doing awesome. I also relearned some things I haven’t done for a while – how to print photos on my Canon Pixma and how to use the laminator.
  • I found that two walks a day with the beagle makes us both really tired. Neither of us are young anymore. But we’re still doing it on the nice days. It won’t be long before it’s too hot again.
  • I’m trying two on-line book clubs. I’ve not done this before, so next month I’ll have to let you know how it goes. One is weekly for twelve weeks and uses Julia Cameron’s, “It’s Never Too Late to Begin Again“. The other is monthly for ten months and is reading Ingrid Fetell Lee’s book, “Joyful: The Surprising Power of Ordinary Things to Create Extraordinary Happiness“.

How about you? What did you learn this month?

10 Comments

    1. Jeanne – Thank you for the kind words! I took a quick look at your own blog and see that we have Butch Dean and his wife, Bonnie, in common. We’ve encouraged each other for a long time now and it’s been fun having friends in WordPress.

  1. Charlee: “Hmm … I learned that the plastic wand toy with the feathered mouse on the end is even more fun after the feathered mouse comes off and it’s just plastic.”
    Chaplin: “And I learned that Charlee is cuckoo.”

  2. That is a good question. I think I learned to use my long lens again on my trip to see the Burrowing Owls. Had not used it for months and months, now it feels familiar again. You did a lot in February!

    1. It’s so frustrating to have a piece of equipment that you used to know so well and then you forget all that knowledge because you’re not using it enough. I’m retired a year now and am amazed at how much I’ve forgotten about using Microsoft Excel. On the other hand, I’m much more comfortable with using Photoshop that I’ve ever been in my life!

      I did do a lot in February. Unfortunately as May is going, I’m not writing it down anymore. Insert an eye roll. We have been busy though.

  3. I like the bullet points and might give it a try. I have made vision boards in the past and find them very useful. I couldn’t bring them with me to Spain but they said a lot about me and my goals. I used them when helping people job search to get them on track. Hubby had a back operation last month so I take Dot for three walks a day now and I actually feel better for it. So I guess I learned that I need more exercise! Enjoy your retirement!!

    1. I found Ryder Carrol’s book to a worthwhile investment. I’d initially borrowed it from the library and ended up getting my own copy.

      As for your vision boards – if you didn’t throw them out – ask your granddaughter to take pictures to send you. I scanned mine (I did it on 8.5 x 11) and then printed it to 5 x 7 to paste into my bullet journal. Having a picture really helps for reference.

      I hope your husband is feeling better. And I bet you and & Dot had some great adventures on your walks!

      Nancy

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