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And the Project Life Giveaway Goes To…

And the $50 Amazon giftcard for Project Life supplies goes to…

Katy Link who commented:

“I want to start Project Life because I used to LOVE scrapbooking, but I just don’t have the time to do it now that I have a baby!! I want to preserve every memory of his sweet little life so Project Life seems like a fun and easy way to do that!!”

Congratulations Katy! Email me at jenny@jennymeyerson.com

I’m excited for you Katy, but even more for your son. What a gift your album will be to him as he grows older!

And I was so hoping that the random generator would say all of you so I would force my husband to use our savings to buy everyone Project Life. But alas, it didn’t.

Remember I started my album last May {in the middle of the year} so don’t worry about starting late. Just start!

See you tomorrow with my first 2012 Project Life post!

Blessings sweet friends- Jenny

And the One Little Word Class Giveaway Goes To…

Before I announce the winner, I wanted to tell you how much I have been moved by the emails and comments of being inspired to start your life lists. Please let me encourage you to spend some time and start one, even if you only have 3 items at first. Remember, there are no rules and this list is not designed to overwhelm you, but to serve as a reminder to live life to the fullest and accomplish those things that you say are important. That might be 3 things or 1300 things. They can be small, like making donuts or big, like traveling to a foreign country.

 

And without further delay, the winner of the Ali Edward’s One Little Word class at www.bigpictureclasses.com is…

 

Ginger who commented:

The most unique thing on my life list??

Hmmm…not sure how unique they are, but a couple things that I have on there;

*take my hubby to an NFL game (complete 12/05/10)

*go on a foreign mission trip (complete 12/23/11)

*go ziplining through the jungle (complete 12/17/11)

*get all my photos in albums

*go skydiving

*ride the top 10 rollercoasters in the world (LOVE!)

These are just a few examples from my list :)

 

Thank you Ginger. Please email me at jenny@jennymeyerson.com and I will get you signed up for Ali’s fabulous class. Ginger, you will now be the trivia answer to “Who was the first person to win a giveaway on Learn with Jenny?”  :)

Remember that you still have a chance to win a $50 Amazon gift card towards Project Life supplies. That drawing will be on Sunday night. Go here to enter.

 

2012 was the year I…

Freezing cold as I take off my wool moon boots and parka.

It’s time. My heat is up.

Step up to the blocks.

Take your mark.

 

Lifting my head and pushing my feet off the gritty lane block as I react to the loud monotone beeping noise telling me to go.

Diving in and feeling the cold water briefly that served as a jolt. The middle of my back would arch as it was immersed by the water.

Taking a breath on the fifth stroke off of the blocks, inhaling the often stinging aroma of chlorine.

She’s getting ahead of you. Don’t let it happen. You are at her waist. Go for her shoulders.

10, 11, 12, 13, 14, now turn. Stretch that streamline. Dolphin kick, flutter kick to the surface. You are neck and neck.

Breathing every 5 strokes. You’ve blown the swimmers out on the other side. Now it’s just her. You want this Jenny. You can taste it. The ribbon is already hanging on your wall. Now earn it.

“Jenny!” You hear your Dad’s deep tone yelling from the deck in the midst of a muffled chaos from all the spectators.

Now it’s just you and her. Kick her ass, Jenny.

I take one last look at her.

 

I put my head down and don’t breathe the last 9 strokes.

My legs feel light and are in a rhythmic, 6 beat form.

My arms feel as though they are 10 feet long. I stretch out and drop my right shoulder as I reach for the wall.

I won. Of course, I won.

Glanced over to see the time board and then coach giving me that chin lift. The nonverbal “Job well done.”

That’s how I saw it happen.

And that’s how it happened. 

 

I am a believer in the power of dreams and visualization. I believe I have always been a dreamer. I take after my dad with that trait. I visualized myself swimming at a national level, and it happened. I saw myself killing the cancer cells one by one as the red poison with metal flakes infused into my IV, and it happened. I have traveled the world inside my head, and it will happen. (more…)

Planning & Prioritizing for 2012

I’m in full planning mode for 2012. So incredibly excited about the opportunities in front of me for this upcoming year. I have had several questions emailed to me the past couple of weeks. The most common question was “How do you do it all?”

First, I don’t get it all done. I try my best, but there are times it just doesn’t get done. Sick kids, long day at the hospital, plain bad days, etc. Life happens for me, just like it does for you. I don’t want my blog to suggest that everything is always perfect. Come stay with me for a week and you’ll quickly see that I have the same struggles as all of you.  :)

This blog and blogging in general is a work in progress and I don’t have all the answers. I am merely trying my best to be intentional this year in accomplishing my dreams. If you have any suggestions, I’m always willing to learn something new.  Here is how I am tackling my busy schedule.

 

 

1. Prioritize. I know that I want to accomplish the 39 things on my list before I turn 39 next November. I spread them out between now and next November on my calendar. I have 6 yet to be scheduled. But as soon as possible they will be scheduled and planned for. {I color coded those 39 items as I want to keep those things in the forefront of my mind.}

2. Set up Google calendar and google reader. Jeff and I are busy.  Trying to synchronize our work schedules, kid sport activities, and my blog calendar is a difficult task. Getting it all on a shared calendar is important to keeping things straight and I’m very hopeful that Google calendar will work.  I’m also working on setting up Google Reader to help me with blog posts that I want to read from other bloggers that I follow. A blog post just on this item will follow soon.

3. Respond to emails within 24 hours. I am allotting myself 24 hours to respond to emails. I got behind this past year and it was beyond annoying. If I don’t have an answer, I will reply immediately and then try to reply again within 72 hours with the answer.

4. Get rid of anything that doesn’t help me accomplish my goals or dreams. I mentioned in my intentional post that I went to part time at work, and quit being a girl scout leader, room mom, and team mom. I also have greatly limited my time with those who put me (or my ideas) down. Pessimism has no place in my life.  Finally, I limit my time watching TV or other activities that seem to just waste my time. Don’t get me wrong, I love TV like everyone else and can get lost in it.  It can be a nice escape – but not at the expense of not living.

5. Focus. My header says Learn With Jenny – Live, Learn, and Record. I want to make sure that my life list items point me in the direction of experiencing things that make me feel alive, that stretch my brain with learning, and that I am able to capture those memories and stories through Project Life, December Daily, and mini books. I will continue to add to my list and take things away. It’s liberating.

6. Say no to obstacles and say yes to opportunities. I’m a people pleaser, but it’s time to be intentional about what I want to accomplish in the short amount of time I have left on this earth. It might be 1 year or 60+ years. Either way, it’s time to savor all that I’m blessed to be able to experience.

* I want to thank all of you for the wonderful compliments to our video submission to Becky Higgins. And a thank you for the overwhelming response to Jeff’s guest post. He told me that if I don’t bring my A game, that he has about 1,000 women in the world that will have him. :) Never a dull moment in our house. 

Merry Christmas from the Meyersons

Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukah to all of you who celebrate! Jeff, Rebecca, Ben, Emily, Samantha, and I are so thankful for each of you. We never imagined the support we have gained over the past 6 months. I feel more alive at 38 than I have ever in my life. That in part is because of each of you. Blessings for a safe and joyous day.

 

 

Holiday challenge: Grab a friend or family member and do something adventurous this week. Let me know what you do!

Blessings sweet friends – Jenny

Meet Hank

 

Meet Hank

 

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If these shoes could speak

If these shoes could speak…

 

 

If these shoes could speak, they would say how happy they are that December has arrived.

If these shoes could speak, they would say that they love how much mom makes cupcakes and how they volunteered her to make them for teacher appreciation day and Ben’s class as guest reader. 72 cupcakes! Busy oven.

If these shoes could speak, they would say how active you are and how they are thankful that you are healthy and athletic. Blessed.

If these shoes could speak, they would say how much you love your school at Madison Traditional Academy.

If these shoes could speak, they would say how awesome it was that Rebecca got inducted into the National Junior Honor Society.

If these shoes could speak, they would say that it is great to have a little sister, but hard sometimes too.

If these shoes could speak, they would say that life is good.

 

This journaling was taken from my entry on Day #2 in my December Daily Journal. You can see that here.

 

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I love my life list. I love that it is growing and evolving. I love that this list inspired me to be more focused on living and experiencing life. I also love how this list has inspired my blog. It really reflects me and who I am.

So tonight while I was visiting twitter land, I stumbled upon this challenge to write down the 22 things that I have done. So without further delay…
 
22 at 37.9 years old
 
1. I went to 5 high schools in 4 years. Life as an Air Force brat.
 
2. I won a Presidential Fitness Award for sit ups. I’d lose now.
 
3. I stayed up for 20 hours straight to watch an entire season of 24. I didn’t have a choice. The safety of the President and our nation was at stake.
 
4. I eloped. Oh yes I did. Best weekend ever.
 
5. I ran across the Golden Gate Bridge. I love San Francisco.
 
6. I mooned my children to get them to smile for a Christmas photo shoot. I was desperate.
 
7. I went to Costa Rica. Ticos rock.
 
8. I won a Ms PacMan contest at a local Pizza Hut restaurant. Hold your applause until the end please.
 
9. I beat cancer. Cancer sucks.
 
10. I once ate an entire box of Captain Crunch with Crunch Berries after dropping the kids off for school. I made them eat eggs and fruit.
 
11. I made out at an outdoor museum in Arizona. Best visit ever. Should be given an honorary membership.
 
12. I danced in front of the national monuments in Washington D.C. Best experience ever. Here is a video of it guaranteed to make you smile.
 

 
13. My sister and I took a brillo pad to get the tar off our dad’s car for Father’s Day. It came off along with some paint.
 
14. I took a cooking class in New Orleans. Red beans and rice.
 
15. I’ve given birth 4 times. Amazing.
 

 
16. I swam competitively on a national level. Miss it terribly.
 
17. I went to an inaugural ball for George Bush Sr. in high school and danced with Ricky Schroder. I’m sure he remembers me. I loved Silver Spoons.
 
18. I ate macaroni and cheese by candlelight on Halloween. My mom forgot the candy for the neighborhood kids. Yikes.
 
19. I won $3,200 after rolling the dice for the first time playing Craps in Las Vegas. I won a man over $25,000. He kissed me as Jeff looked on. I started with $40.
 
20. I clogged the toilet at my daughter’s gymnastic center. I had to sit anonymously among other parents while a poor high school girl complained about having to unclog the toilet. She came out saying, “OMG! Did anyone see a horse trotting by?” Can you top that?
 
21. I got a perm. All humans should experience that trauma.
 
22. I went white river rafting. I have to go at least 10 more times.
 

 

I have never laughed so hard making a list. Reminiscing is just like life. Laughter, cringing, tears, and then laughing some more. Life is good. Thanks to MamaKatsLosinIt for the prompt. – Jenny
 

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My first guest post!

I am excited to have my first guest post over on Caryn’s blog, A Disposable Woman. I was introduced to Caryn from an amazing on-line community, Incourage. Head on over to her site today to read my post here and tell her I sent you!

And no worries, I have a cupcake recipe that will be posted later today. I promise it will be worth the wait.

And if you are coming over from Caryn’s site…Welcome! I look forward to getting to know you.

I’ve only been blogging since the summer. To catch you up here are a few of my favorite posts:

My story (and the story of the list)

My 52 cupcake challenge

Jenny goes to Washington (my all time favorite post and video

Jenny and Jane

Blessings,

Jenny

What do you value?

Right now, pickup a pen and a piece of paper and write down the 10 things you value.

Stop. Write. Don’t think hard. Just write.

Now that you have your list ask yourself these questions:

Does your life line up with what you say is important?

Are your values reflected in your home?

Can your children, spouse/significant others, or friends tell you what you value? If no, then are you willing to do whatever it takes to reflect that those values are important?

My list of values include:

… promoting health

… fostering loving and healthy relationships with family & friends

… building character

… emphasizing faith

… modeling a heart of service

… demonstrating a strong work ethic

… having a spirit of adventure

… showing a willingness to learn and make mistakes

… recording my family’s stories

… prioritizing homemaking/organization

After writing these down, I felt good about some of these items on my list and convicted about others. For the most part, I know what I need to do to change some things in my home to reflect these values that I wrote down.

 

My sister recommended a book, The Family Dinner: Great Ways to Connect with Your Kids, One Meal at a Time, by Laurie David. It is fantastic, and has really challenged me to see if my values and actions are in sync with one another. (more…)

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