Making it back…..to blogging!

We won’t talk about how long it has been since I have posted…..or how I so didn’t make my goal of keeping up the blog or even come close to maintaining this *simple* once a week post last year….nope, not going to talk about it.

Just going to start new.

Fresh.

As Anne Shirley says, “Tomorrow is always fresh, with no mistakes in it.”

I think the same applies to new years and to empty blog pages.

And as Henry Ford said, “Failure is only the opportunity to begin again, only this time more wisely.”

So here’s to beginning again – setting a new goal, this time more wisely and striving to make it count!

FOR TODAY

January 2, 2011

Outside my window…

a beautiful morning…..although it looks like it might rain…..which is okay, we need it!

I am thinking…

about all that this year holds. Trying to listen for my “one word” for the year. So far only “focus” has come to mind….

Also, thinking about new opportunities….more to come on this later……

I am thankful for…

new years. new weeks. new days. new minutes. new moments. new mercies.

And a new little life debuting in April!

From the learning rooms…

working on those schedules, curriculum lists and resource lists, handouts and seminars, calendars and plans….

some things never change!

From the kitchen…

peppermint tea with honey. Fighting off a sore throat and stuffy nose with a headache. Been with too many *sickies* this week.

I am wearing…

pj’s…. =)

I am creating…

a master-calendar of the comings and goings of the Calvert family for 2011. We are all over the place world this year – literally!

I am going…

to church at noon, if the headache settles down….if not, I’ll watch North Point online – it is great. always.

http://northpointonline.tv

I am reading…

Living on the Edge by Chip Ingram. Will probably re-read Good to Great by the same author this week, too. It is a great book for goal setting and the new year….impacted my life greatly. Did I mention it’s great?

I am hoping…

to ward off this “sniffley” thing and to be ready – in all areas – for our first teacher’s meeting of the year on Tuesday. Lots to do….

I am hearing…

Robbie Seay – Shine Your Light on Us –  on my Pandora channel…….

Around the house…

packing up Christmas – well, trying to! Still have the beast to tackle……on today’s list!

One of my favorite things…

Dreaming and planning……been doing a little of that this week…..plan to do much in the next one or two…..waiting for my annual inspiration event to happen……see next….

A few plans for the rest of the week:

Meetings – working – AND my favorite way to start the year……Linda Werner’s New Year, New Goals, New YOU! Seminar!

If you are in the Orlando area,  consider joining us next Saturday, January 8th – Linda will also be speaking in the Tampa area on Saturday, January 15th – find out more at the Legacy Principles website –

www.legacyprinciples.com

Here is picture for a thought I am sharing…


Missing this girl already – she has started a new year long adventure in Colorado and will be missing this boy as he leaves tomorrow to return to his adventure in Boston and then the UK!

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Longing for simple things…..but simply loving my life!

FOR TODAY

April 3, 2010

Outside my window…

a beautiful morning…..

I am thinking…

about Jesus. What His sacrifice meant for me. How He must simply love me. Completely.

I am thankful for…

the cross and all that was done there for me. for us. for the world.

From the learning rooms…

still working on those curriculum lists and resource lists, handouts and seminars, calendars and plans….to be completed soon.

From the kitchen…

hmm….still contemplating if I should cook tomorrow or do we go out for Easter Brunch????

I am wearing…

yoga pants (never done yoga!), tank, & hoodie…..and my “holy” Vera bedroom slippers…..hoping for a new pair for Mother’s Day!😉

I am creating…

a workout plan – a training plan – a little over a month until the “tri”…..gulp!

I am going…

to workout out this morning – then might get in a little shopping – and then a bridal shower tonight!

I am reading…

Great Moments – in “Good to Great” – great book!

I am hoping…

to lose 5 lbs before the hubs comes home in 10 days! Gained it back when I was sick the last week or so….

The plan – no sugar, workout 5x a week and ride the bike everyday!

I am hearing…

Chris Tomlin on my itunes…..love his music and the message! And Amy Grant of course!

Around the house…

working on the garage and bedroom closets….those are the last two areas that need tweaking (or major overhauls!) before the hubby hits home…

One of my favorite things…

EMILY!!!! She is home! Oh how I missed this wonderful being!

She colors my day!

A few plans for the rest of the week:

Celebrate His magnificent resurrection tomorrow – love so amazing! He LIVES!!!

Here is picture for a thought I am sharing…

Sweet memories of Easter long ago……love my little chickadees! Seems like just yesterday…..Easter dresses & hats, shirts & ties, new shoes, lots of eggs to dye and baskets to fill…..and learning about what Jesus did for us…..

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Life has been anything but simple lately, but that’s okay.

I love my crazy, busy life!

FOR TODAY

February 27, 2010

Outside my window…

the sun is beginning to rise. It is cold….still. But I love it…..

I am thinking…

about all I need to accomplish this weekend to prepare for our HUGE Family/Parent Meeting on Tuesday. I love BIG!

I am thankful for…

my work. And who I work for. Got a very nice surprise this week. I love my work – it is not a job, it is a calling that I happen to get paid for. I am blessed!

From the learning rooms…

working on curriculum lists and resource lists, handouts and seminars, calendars and plans….

From the kitchen…

what’s that? Oh you mean that place I get my coffee and morning bagel???? I guess it is doing okay – I only visited it once a day – early in the morning…. =)

I am wearing…

pjs….and socks. It is cold. Did I mention that already???

I am creating…

display boards for Tuesday night. I love to create….once I get going at it that is!

I am going…

to a baby shower this morning – round 2 for sweet Lis G and then to get my hair done. I hate being “trapped in the chair” – but as I always told my girls – “it hurts to be beautiful”!!!

I am reading…

Lemonade to Leadership – a new curriculum/program I am introducing this week to our families….

I am hoping…

to sanely accomplish everything I need to and to stay healthy and sleep….I tend to pull an all-nighter when its crunch time like this…..getting too old for that!

I am hearing…

quiet. and the birds outside my window.

Around the house…

haven’t been around the house much this week. Busy week with twelve teacher interviews, three Open Houses, two SHARE Fairs, a Good to Great session, an Anniversary in there somewhere, teacher evaluation conversations, a nice surprise or two sprinkled in the week, one big meeting with over 30 new teacher prospects…..I have slept and showered here. That’s about it!

One of my favorite things…

children. At our “SHARE” Fair this week, one little girl did her project on “What I love about HOUSE”…..and she listed me! “One of  favorite things about HOUSE is Mrs. Calvert. I love her and she trades pins with me“……MADE. MY. DAY. WEEK. MONTH. YEAR. This is what life is about.

A few plans for the rest of the week:

not much left to the week – but so much to do! See above!

Here is picture for a thought I am sharing…

Celebrated another year of being married to my best friend  on Tuesday. Another anniversary apart – but not in our hearts…..53 days to go until he’ll be home!!

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Simple Woman’s Daybook Wk3

This year I have challenged myself to participate weekly in

“The Simple Woman’s Daybook” writings…..

Here is the third of what I hope to be many….52 to be exact.

FOR TODAY

January 21, 2009

Outside my window…

the sun is trying to peek through what looks to be the start of a very cloudy day…..

I am thinking…

about my daughter on the other side of the world. Chatted online with her for a few minutes this morning….she “sounds” good….which is good.

I am thankful for…

my children. They are each unique beings and have taught me so much about life.

From the learning rooms…

working on two seminars I am presenting on Saturday…..

From the kitchen…

Green Mountain Breakfast Blend coffee with just plain ole’ creamer. Bleh. Someone needs to get to the grocery store….for creamer – flavored creamer – that is. Been a busy week….no time for grocery shopping….

I am wearing…

gray sweater, black tank, gray/black slacks….work clothes. Up and ready for the day….

I am creating…

more plans for our K-8 students….the “extra-curriculars” – in other words, the FUN stuff!

I am going…

to see AMY GRANT tonight!!! CANNOT WAIT!! Her music speaks to me – always has!  We clean house around here to “Heart in Motion”….her song “Ask Me” has always been instrumental in letting go of hurts from my childhood. I want “My Father’s Eyes” sang at my funeral.

I am reading…

my oldest daughter’s new blog!  http://www.ebwrites.blogspot.com/ Love to read her thoughts and words!

I am hoping…

to take down the beast this weekend. Yep, the Christmas tree is STIIL UP!!

I am hearing…

Brandon Heath singing “I’m Not Who I Was” on Pandora….playing on my phone….

Amy Grant Worship is my station choice this morning….

love this song….kinda a theme song for my life….

Around the house…

still Christmas decorations aching to be put away – Sunday….maybe.

One of my favorite things…

skyping with my husband. Helps the 187 days that we have been apart tug at my heart a little less….can’t wait to see him in April!!!

A few plans for the rest of the week:

three more “Focus On” meetings with Circle….we got a “YES” to our dream facility last week!

AMY GRANT!!!

Books & Beyond Seminar….

more planning and developing for the new year!

Here is picture for a thought I am sharing…

From the Ford & Edison Museum…..love Henry Ford’s thoughts on children and dancing….and “social courtesies”….this is my tagline for a new Circle program I am dreaming about!


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The Simple Woman’s Daybook Wk 2

This year I have challenged myself to participate weekly in

“The Simple Woman’s Daybook” writings…..

Here is the second of what I hope to be many….52 to be exact.

FOR TODAY

January 10, 2009

Outside my window…

a beautiful yet VERY cold sunny Sunday morning….and Christmas decorations, that yes, are still up….

I am “coming off Christmas” s-l-o-w-l-y…..

I am thinking…

about my plans and thoughts for the new year.

I purposely waited until after the New Year, New Goals, New You Seminar yesterday to begin serious ponder of 2010.

I am glad I did. Going in a different direction that I had originally anticipated….

all good!

I am thankful for…

the cold weather we are experiencing here in Florida.

Weird, I know, compared to other Floridians but I am much more a turtleneck & boots gal than tank-tops and flip-flops. And yes, I grew up here in the sunshine state although I was born in Virginia. I think my heart and body temp/fashion sense lies a little northward.

From the learning rooms…

still working on development plans for the 2010/11 school year….

working on an assignment from my boss – “what do I want to “be” to our organization in 2010”…….

a new financial plan for our family/2010….

From the kitchen…

Green Mountain Breakfast Blend Coffee with loads of creamer –

and a bowl of maple and brown sugar oatmeal with yes, more creamer….

I am a cream-a-holic.

I am wearing…

my new midnight blue snowflake flannel pjs – after Christmas bargain sale find! They are perfect for the “snow days” we are experiencing. It “snowed” in Florida yesterday….and seems cold enough again today for a repeat!

I am creating…

my  “10 for ’10” lists….lots of thinking and dreaming and planning and pondering!

I am going…

to take down “the beast” aka the Christmas tree today….or at least start. Maybe.

It’s 12 feet tall and is a story in itself.

I am also going to the New Year, New Goals, New You Seminar again later today….

not too late to join us…..check it out….

I am reading…

and reviewing several chapters “From Good to Great in God’s Eyes” by Chip Ingram – to help with my “10 for ’10” lists….hoped to have them done by today….

continuing my reads from last week…..I read from a different book each day.

usually takes me two to three weeks to finish 6 or 7 books–

depending how many I have going and how much I have going on…..

books are my friends and constant companions!

I am hoping…

and praying for a big “YES!” this week as our organization finalizes talks with a new facility.

so many BIG, NEW DREAMS could begin there…..

I am hearing…

Chris Tomlin singing “Our Great is our God” on Pandora….playing on my computer….

Hymns for Worship is my station choice this morning….

love this song….

Around the house…

there are still loads of Christmas decorations to be taken down and put away….and still not stressed by it.

been working on “getting back to normal” a little each morning.

although to me “normal” is pretty boring! I love decorations – holiday, seasonal, you name it!

again, like this fellow blogger says – I am coming off Christmas slowly!

One of my favorite things…

spending time with dear friends.

the “four friends” had lunch together yesterday….

first time in almost a year…..and sadly we didn’t schedule another “date”…..

hopefully, it won’t be a another year before we enjoy each other’s company again……

A few plans for the rest of the week:

the return of two more programs…

more development meetings….

an answer to our facility hunt…

my appointment for the annual “smashing”…….aka the much dreaded mammogram.

Here is picture for a thought I am sharing…

The Beast!!


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Stop your whining!

This week, at one of the programs I direct for homeschool students, we began a new activity….for the new year…..with a big new goal….a resolution of sorts….a habit-forming program….a “pie-in-the-sky-over -the -top” decree…..

The “Complaint Free World” challenge.

Oh my.

The challenge is to wear the Complaint Free World bracelet on your right wrist – continuously – for 21 days. Thus creating a new habit of not complaining. Because  “they” say it takes 21 days to form a new habit. And it typically takes 4-6 months for a CFW participant to hit the 21 consecutive days goal. Proof that forming a new habit from nothing takes 21 days and breaking a bad habit takes FOREVER.

So each participant, in our case the students and teachers, received a purple bracelet stamped with the words “A Complaint Free World.Org”. The bracelet is to be worn on your right wrist – until you complain – then it is moved to the left wrist. We passed out our bracelets during our General Assembly and did some “role playing” on what are factual statements – i.e. “I am cold” versus in your best whiny voice “I-am-soooo-cold-why-does-it-have-to-beeeeeee-soooooo-cold!!!!” (Did I mention it was 30 degrees this morning in central FLORIDA????) The kids then vowed to do their best to “not whine but shine in 2010” and off to class they went at 9:20am with no complaining in sight….

I made it about an hour.

Busted by 10:30.

<Sigh>

The students (ages 6-12) were quite encouraging to me that I would do better tomorrow. Many of them made it the entire day without losing to the left. And one little guy even cleaned up his friend’s lunch “mess” because he didn’t want to complain about it.

This may work.

For the kids that is…..

To learn more about the Complaint Free World Challenge visit their website – and you can order yourself a purple bracelet too!

And let me know how you do on your first day….

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The Simple Woman’s Daybook….

This year I have challenged myself to participate weekly in

“The Simple Woman’s Daybook” writings…..

Here is the first of what I hope to be many….52 to be exact.

FOR TODAY

January 3, 2009

Outside my window…

a beautiful yet cold sunny Sunday morning….

I am thinking…

about my husband. He sent me the most wonderful, loving email this morning….

telling me 100 things he loves about me.

I love and miss him so very much.

I am thankful for…

a new year. A clean slate. I love fresh starts….

From the learning rooms…

working on development plans for the 2010/11 school year….

Signing up for my MAC classes – finally!

From the kitchen…

Starbucks Christmas Blend Coffee with Cinnamon Vanilla Creamer – yumm!

– made in my Keurig that I dearly love!

I am wearing…

black yoga pants, white turtleneck and my navy blue “Wizard of OZ” sweatshirt that I bought with Emily during our road trip through Kansas…..at the Wizard of Oz Museum…..on our way to Colorado….

for her to begin her new life’s journey…..

she has one too….a sweatshirt that is. and well, a new journey too…

it makes me miss her and also feel close to her when I wear it….

I really miss her but I know she is where God wants her – even if it is on the other side of the world….

I am creating…

my “10 for ’10” lists….lots of thinking and dreaming and planning and pondering!

one down – nine to go!

I am going…

to church at Summit. I love the 12:15 service….no Sunday morning rush.

wish this had been an option when I had five little ones….we might have made it to church more regularly and without the “get ready” tears that always seemed to happen on Sunday mornings….you know – the shoes that always seem to get lost on Sunday mornings, the “church clothes” that somehow never fit from the week before, the runs in the tights, the first one dressed was the first one to spill something on them or have a really “dirty diaper”…..

ah, those were the days….so thankful for my new season in life!

I am reading…

….finishing “From Good to Great in God’s Eyes” by Chip Ingram this week…

Starting several new reads:

The Literary Guide to Your Well-Read Life by Steve Leveen

A Prairie Tale by Melissa Gilbert

The Change Your Life Challenge by Brook Noel

Sanity Secrets for Stressed Out Women by Sue Augustine

The Eighth Habit by Steven Covey

The One Minute Manager & The One Minute Teacher by Blanchard & Johnson

I am hoping…

that Elizabeth can stay for the New Year, New Goals, New You Seminar…

and that several other friends will join us for this inspiring day!

I am hearing…

the heater! and just quiet…..which is very nice….

Around the house…

there are loads of Christmas decorations to be taken down and put away. I refused to be stressed by this – but will graciously embrace the opportunity (when it arises) to pack up the memories of yet another Christmas.

Each one we spend together – however  “we” and “together” are defined – is a true gift.

One of my favorite things…

spending time with family and friends. Especially friends with new babies!

I have made the effort to fully engage when I have the opportunity to “be” with either or both.

I like this…..a lot.

A few plans for the rest of the week:

gearing up for the return of “work weeks” and classes/programs to resume…..

meetings, meetings, and more meetings – but that’s okay, I happen to like meetings!

attending the Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens on Friday….

attending the New Year, New Goals, New You Seminar on Saturday…

Here is picture for thought I am sharing…

my new little friend…..Liliana!

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