How Will You Spend This Summer?

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Embrace the Chaos Journal

How will you spend this summer?

At Brush Dance, early summer is our busiest time of year.  We are shipping orders out to our largest customers, coordinating time away (because even though we’re crazy-busy at work, everyone deserves a break), and working quickly to finish up our 2019 (!!) calendar designs. It’s busy!

In my personal life, I have already traveled some to see friends and family, and there are another couple of trips on the horizon.  I won’t even mention our home remodeling project. When it’s like this, there’s only one thing to do – Embrace The Chaos.

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2018 Mindful Living Karma Planner

Actually, I like to think of it more as “Embracing the Organized Chaos.”  I am the kind of person who enjoys making lists, being organized, and knowing what is coming next. I don’t mind if the plan changes last minute because I know that I can fit any priority item into my schedule.

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2018 Pathways Wall Calendar

Priorities. That’s the key, right?  Figuring out what is most important and then setting things up so that we can treat those things like the priority they are.

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2018 Inspired Living Wall Calendar

In no particular order, my priorities for this summer:

  • Brush Dance projects
  • More practice with drawing/watercolor
  • Visiting with family and friends
  • Play board games (we like Carcassonne, Settlers of Catan, and Boggle)
  • Goal: Complete an entire week’s worth of NY Times Crossword puzzles with my husband
  • Watch trashy TV (reality show junky right here)
  • Create some quiet moments
  • Say Yes.  Accept what comes. Embrace the Chaos!

 

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2018 I’M Perfect Wall Calendar

Hoping you have a perfectly imperfect summer!

 

Happy Birthday Renee Locks!

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2018 Live With Intention Wall Calendar by Renee Locks

 

On Wednesday, Renee Locks will celebrate her birthday, and we are celebrating right along side her.

One of my favorite Renee stories:  I’ve been with Brush Dance for something like 12 years – Renee has been here much longer than that.  When we first met all of those years ago, she greeted me with, “You don’t look like the president of a company.”  Uh..thanks?

We became fast friends, and I regularly tell people that when I grow up, I want to be just like Renee.  She is a kind environmentalist who is quick-witted and honest. She is political and doesn’t mind sharing her opinions with those around her. Renee raised her family largely on her own in the San Francisco Bay Area where she still lives. She is a yoga devotee, a teacher, an optimist, and – of course – an artist.

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2018 Live With Intention Mini Wall Calendar by Renee Locks

 

Happy Birthday Renee!

 

 

 

Memorial Day

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Inspired Living – 2018 Wall Calendar

Today is Memorial Day in the US. We are grateful to all of the men and women who have given their lives for our beautiful country.

Brush Dance offices are closed today, though our website is always open.

This is also a good time to let you know that our 2018 Calendars and Planners are expected into the warehouse any day now.

Finally, we are active on Instagram and will be posting there over the long weekend. I hope you’ll follow us there for more daily inspiration.

Getting Started With Your First Bullet Journal

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Leuchtturm1917 Dot Grid Notebook for Your Bullet Journal

This is the second post in our series of Bullet Journaling.  Our first post was a  list of resources and now you’re ready to dive in.

People who Bullet Journal (BuJo) include the following kinds of pages in their notebook. You do not need to include everything listed here – include what works for you. The whole idea behind a Bullet Journal is that it is your custom-made planner.

Let’s dive in!

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Bullet Journal Index Example

Table of Contents/Index: so you can find important pages in your book. I always have the best intentions of keeping my Table of Contents organized. If you want an Index, reserve several pages at the beginning of your book and number all of the pages of your notebook.

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Future Log: I like to reserve pages at the front of my notebook (or sometimes at the very end) for my Future Log. This log is used to keep track of, you guessed it, future projects, tasks, and topics. Here, I use one page for every two months. I’ll use an entire page for December (it’s a big month around here), and another entire page titled “Next Year.”

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Topics: each page in your BuJo will have a title. Titles might include the name of a project you’re organizing (Kitchen Renovation, for example), or simply today’s date.

Bullets: this is your list of tasks, events, and notes that are related to your topic. These are usually short entries. As you can see above, I’ve listed out some of the items that may be involved in a kitchen reno.  I also place an underscore just before each item – while I don’t see this used in all BuJo, I do this for all of my big lists.

We like the Leuchtturm dot grid notebooks for Bullet Journaling, but you can use any notebook. Brush Dance also carries the lined version of Leuchtturm and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with using those. See all of the Leuchtturm notebooks right here.  These high-quality, hard cover books have the following features that seem tailor-made for your Bullet Journal:

  • a handy index at the front of the book
  • 249 numbered pages
  • two ribbon bookmarks
  • a useful pocket at the back of the book
  • an elastic band closure to keep it all together

That’s it! With just a few basics, you’re on your way to your first Bullet Journal. Next time, we’ll take a deeper dive and look at some of the (many) ways to customize your Bullet Journal.

Bullet Journal Resources

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We’ve talked briefly about Bullet Journaling here. It’s such the thing right now – all of the cool kids are doing it.  Karma does it. Shawna and I dabble, too.

Today, I want to give you some resources so you can learn more about Bullet Journaling and decide if it’s for you. In a future post, I’ll talk about how I use mine.

The original Bullet Journal system was created by Ryder Carroll. He has an Official Bullet Journal Facebook Page (with nearly 80,000 followers!).

Other Facebook Groups include…

Bullet Journal for Moms

Bullet Journal for Mindfulness

The Boho Berry Tribe

 

My favorite place to look for inspiration is Instagram.  Here’s a quick list of some of the people I’m currently following there, but really, just search #bulletjournal or #bujo to see the latest – it’s what I do when I’m looking for some fast inspiration.

planningroutine

showmeyourplanner

my.life.in.a.bullet

craftyengineergirl

 

On Pinterest, there are at least a jillion ideas for Bullet Journaling.

There are some really amazing people out there blogging about Bullet Journaling. Some of my favorites include…

Tiny Ray of Sunshine

Boho Berry 

Christina

So. Where to start? All you need is a notebook, a pen, and a short list of things you want to do today or in the future. I like Boho Berry’s series of posts/videos for BuJo newbies. Her handwriting is insane and her page spreads are perfect-perfect. That’s a little intimidating, but she’s also has a down-to-earth and realistic approach to getting started.

 

I hope you’ve found this helpful. I’ll be back soon with more about Bullet Journaling and how I’ve made it work for me and my busy days!

 

2017 Calendars

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Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul.

The end of the year is quickly approaching – 2017 will be here before we know it.

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Love the moment and the energy of that moment will spread beyond all boundaries.

Calendar nerds around the world love this time of year – moving into a new calendar, adding all of those special dates to the squares. You know what I’m talking about, yes?

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Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. 

At Brush Dance, we have a wall calendar for everyone. Our 12″ Wall Calendars are perfect for hanging in your office or kitchen.

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One day at a time, make it so beautiful it will be worth remembering.

Our 7″ Mini Wall Calendars are perfect for school lockers, office cubicles, and inside pantry doors.

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Enchanted Dreams

Our inventory of Calendars and Planners is lower than usual as we sprint to the end of the year. What we have left is discounted – shop here.

 

Items Featured In This Post

Hello Love Wall Calendar featuring the photography of Georgianna Lane

Butterfly Wings Wall Calendar the art and photography of Cynthia Louden

Dreamer’s Realm Wall Calendar – artwork by Catrin Welz-Stein

Live with Intention Mini Calendar – art and calligraphy by Renee Locks

Enchanted Dreams Mini Calendar featuring the art of Kristina Swarner

 

 

 

 

 

Order Now for Delivery Before The Holidays

 

 

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Live with Intention – 2017 Calendar

 

Here we are already – the middle of December.  Christmas and Hanukkah will be here before we know it.

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2017 Mindful Living Date Book

Some of us here have finished our shopping and are waiting for the big day. Others are still working their lists.

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Luxe Linen Candle from Aquiesse

If you’re planning to order for the holidays (and we hope you are), you’ll want to get on that before the end of this week. Between “interesting” weather patterns this time of year and all of us last minute Santas making delivery people so busy, we can’t promise delivery if your order arrives after this week.

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Big Bucks Coin Purse from BlueQ

We have mindful gifts ready to ship today for everyone on your list.

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Joy is not in things; It is in us

We recently received a huge order of Leuchttrum Journals. This red one has been selling out all over the place. Perfect for notes, bullet journals, or list making. (Get one for yourself, too.)

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Leuchtturm Notebooks Available Now

And finally, if you’re looking for fun hostess gifts? We’ve got your back.

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