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I’m in a great faith based group on Facebook where someone shared Sweet Blessings, where each month the blog shares a Scripture Writing Plan. It’s amazingly simple–copying verses into a notebook or journal each night before bed, soothing my soul with God’s word and bringing me peace before bed. It’s made more of a difference than I expected in my walk with God.

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I highly recommend adding it to your nightly routine–it’s more than just copying the Word.

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I have already set up my Christmas Journaling for 2017.

Wait–what? In..February?

No…actually, in January. I’m only posting this in January. Yikes.

Really, though! If you’re the kind of crafter I am (read: a little bit lazy), then you do it when the mood strikes.

I love Project Life (and hoard a lot of Project Life supplies, from the sleeves to the cards to random scrapbook ephemera) and purchased a tube of nifty Recollections Christmas washi tape at Micheals before Christmas, intending to do a 25-Days of Christmas journaling project with it on Project Life cards. I have done something similar the last couple of years and really enjoyed it but in 2016 the season just got away from me and it just…did not happen.

I happened to be at Target killing some time before meeting a friend for dinner and found some Christmas countdown stickers for $1 that were 70% off (it was well after January 1st after all!) and picked a couple of them up. I brought them home, tucked them next to the washi tape…and stared at them for a few days, intending to pack them up for the Christmas.

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But I was haunted by some thoughts. What if those stickers got crushed? They were rather thin, and I don’t normally pack my Christmas scrapbooking supplies away in the Christmas decorations. Would I remember what I wanted to do with them when I unpacked for the 2017 Christmas season? Would I even be able to find them? Then the thought started to niggle in the back of my mind…why don’t I just make the cards? I have the Project Life cards, I don’t need to buy anything else. Seriously, why not just make them?

After a week or so, that’s what I did. I often have decompression sessions where I sit on my bed after work and watch YouTube videos, except this time I busted out the stickers and washi tape. While I listened to a couple of interviews, something I would have done anyway, I made my count down cards and tucked them into the Project Life pockets.

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They were simple–just wanted I wanted–with room at the top to stamp or write the date and plenty of lined room to write whatever I decided the upcoming year (one year, it was something I’d done to get ready for Christmas, whether it was shopping or wrapping gifts, and another year it was answer Christmas related writing prompts my sister had tucked into an advent calendar).

I liked the simplicity so much, I made two sets. If someone wants to join me in a Christmas Journaling project for 2017, we’ll be all ready for it–sometimes, just having everything prepared is half the battle. If not, then maybe I’ll be ready for Christmas 2018, too. Either way, both sets are tucked into of of my Project Life albums and are sitting on a shelf, safe from being crumpled or crushed. They might be done a bit early, but sometimes a quick, simple project is all you need to stop your fingers itching to craft and still your troubled mind.

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The Jar is Filled
I am thrilled–through a blessing of some back pay, I was able to quickly fulfill baby step one!

My $1,000 emergency fund is established and I can move on to start chippin’ away at my next credit card again. It will be so good to see that start falling without going back up–like I mentioned in a previous post, it has no new charges being put on it (despite Dave Ramsey’s rules, I’m still not comfortable having charges like Netflix auto deducted from my bank account, but that’s another issue for another day!)

Now, I do have plans to put a bit more money in my savings account. I know I have my car insurance payment coming up in a couple of months I pay every 6 months, which is difficult to pay in one lump sum out of one paycheck, and it would help to have a bit saved to help myself cover the cost of that.

I am just thrilled to have made some sort of progress before the first month of January 2017 is over! I felt like I was kicking butt in 2017 and then everything came to a standstill, so I’m excited to see it start moving again, even if it’s going to start moving very slowly.

Slow progress is still progress–that’s why I call it chippin’ and not shovelin’!

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