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Finding Stillness in the Bullet Journal

March 16, 2016

Mindfulness through bullet journaling

I’ve spent more time than is lady-like walking back and forth between rooms because I forgot what I was doing. I’ve worried so much about forgetting something that it was normal for me to lie awake in bed reminding myself of it on repeat, frantically typing it out in iPhone Notes, only to forget to look at my notes in the morning.

As a mother, entrepreneur, community activist and artist, the amount of random work and ideas I have to juggle can be detrimental to my projects, my loved ones, and my health. The stress levels get high when you have the short-term memory of a goldfish.

I’ve preached about it: the key to getting shit done is mindfulness. I can’t think of an instance where multitasking allowed quality, precise execution of a task or project. Yet, as all my fellow creatives know, it’s really difficult to remain in the moment and on-task when you I have a lot on the mind: ballet lessons, dirty sheets, crusty paint brushes, client contracts, etc.

My entire life I’ve had daily planners to help me organize my tasks; it helps to see obligations on paper. I’ve had routines, rhythms, and check-lists… but something has always been missing— my life spans further than dates and little to-do lists.

Enter the Bullet Journal– brain-child of Ryder Carroll. The Bullet Journal is quite simply any blank book, and you write your life in it. It not only encourages order and productivity, but it acts as a record. Many of us have likely used most of Ryder’s techniques in the past, but it’s unlikely that you’ve used them all in conjunction.

To get the basic gist of it check out Ryder’s Bullet Journal video:

If you are like me and don’t watch videos, here are the basics:

  • Have one notebook for everything: your schedule, lists and notes. Use your favorite kind of notebook so that you really enjoy using it and carrying it around.
  • Three main sections: (there are more, explained here):

    • Index: when you get a fresh new journal you reserve the first few pages for an index, then number each page thereafter. As you go along you add your different page topics to the index. Topics spanning several pages are indexed as such: “Topic Name: 7-12.” Your Index is an integral part because of the nature of the Bullet Journal: since you go page-by-page all your topics will be mixed up.
    • Monthly Log: the Monthly Log is made at the start of each month, and consists of one spread– a calendar on the left and a task dump on the right. The calendar can either offer up space to plan out events and tasks, or act as an actually diary of sorts by only jotting things down after they’ve already happened. The task page is comprised of things you want to get to that month, or were carried over from the previous month. I’ve shared a sample of the Monthly in the photo above.
    • Daily Log: the date is the name of your list, and your list will likely include tasks, events, and notes. Since you never know how much space you’ll need in a given day, don’t start the following day’s header (the date) until the previous day is complete.
    • Collections: collections are topics that you’ll likely revisit and add to periodically, like that “Movies to Watch” page. Other ideas might be a wish list, helpful websites, or a brain-dump of creative concepts.
  • Log quickly: put most of your thought into the title of the page (ie: Movies to Watch), and not a lot of thought into the short-sentence items in the list.
  • Use a few bullets: Ryder’s bullets are as follows… Tasks are “•”, notes are “–”, and events/appointments are “o”. If you complete a task you “x” it out. Now… I’d really recommend watching the video to find out more about other symbols and signifiers.

bullet journal monthlies

Click here for more details on the process, Ryder’s way.

The Bullet Journal changed my life because it brought me to center. Whenever my brain needs dumped I have a place to let it spill out, and when I need to refer to it I don’t have to go searching for that old envelope I scribbled on. Everything is in one place. My one journal houses my household task list, my design concepts, my art timelines, my garden plans, my packing lists, my recipes, my million-dollar ideas and and and. Because it’s a blank book, it’s constantly morphing into whatever I need it to be, depending on how my day, week, or month is panning out. Not only has my productivity taken a lift-off, but I’ve found that the space within any tasks feels bigger, with more room to move and more air to breathe.

Here’s my set-up:

bullet journal weekly

Weekly Spread

This is my main dashboard. It’s my game-plan for the week.

First off, I use boxes for tasks instead of dots because I feel better when I can fill them in.

At the top of my Weekly Spread I list four topics: Goals, Next Week, Dinners and Projects. These sections highlight my bigger ideas, so that in the sections below I can break them down into smaller tasks.

The four bottom columns include Work, PCSI (volunteer work), Home, and Other. These categories list tasks and appointments, although I mostly depend on my Apple Calendar to remind me of appointments and dates. I’ll put the first letter of the day of the week next to all appointments and task-items that have deadlines.

From here I will transfer items over to my daily pages as they come around, usually breaking the tasks down further into smaller items.

bullet journal dailies

Daily Pages

I draw out a timeline box and note the date down for my “dailies” either the night before or first thing in the morning, then dump my brain of all the things I should/want to do that day. Next I review my Weekly spread to see if I need to transfer anything over. As the day progresses I sometimes add notes about work, orders, communications I may have had, etc. with a dot as my “notes” bullet.

In the right-hand column I write down my meal plan(s) for the day, important reminders, and any notable things that happened that day.

After my mind is all cleared out I go back and assign a code to the left of the boxes if they correspond with a specific chunk of my day. For example, I’ll put a little “o” next to my Work & PCSI tasks, a “+” next to household tasks, and a triangle next to my errands. I then separate out my timeline at the top of my Daily entry into chunks of time using those icons.

I always create a timeline at the start of the day, even if I don’t really need one. It helps me either 1) stay productive, or 2) keep myself from working. Yep. I need help on the latter.

This timeline and coding system is one of the biggest things that has helped with encouraging mindful productivity in my life. It allows me to quickly see what items I should be focusing on without having to glance over any of the other notes.

Other Spreads

I thought I’d just share some of my most useful collections. If these spreads look like they took a shit-ton of time, well, then they probably did. I’m not going to lie. I can get pretty crazy about my journal at times.

Some people in the [massive] Bullet Journal world have multiple journals for different areas of their lives. However, I’ve found that having one book keeps me more present-minded. My one bound book is like my coffee and my baby monitor— I don’t have to think about keeping it with me at all times, wherever I go. It takes me one to two months to use up a whole notebook, and then if I need to reference anything (anything at all) I can just pull out the notebook from that period of time… and then I giggle and smile to myself because my Bullet Journal system is awesome and everyone wishes they had one.

bullet journal packing list & home docket bullet journal cleaning routine and gardening plans bullet journal recipe spread bullet journal habit tracker

Supplies

These are the supplies I use, or similar items (and I get a commission if you buy using these links):

Inspiration

Here are a few of my favorite Instagram accounts. I forced myself to only list 3 so that there was a limit and people wouldn’t feel sad:

  • Kim – TinyRayofSunshine
  • Dee – DecadeThirty
  • Trine – LogthatLife

For more outside inspiration click here for Kim’s super resourceful page.

Lastly, but apparently not least, I’m going to share with you the link to my planner Instagram account, and please, if you’re going to laugh because I post photos daily of my journal and not my children or animals or food, call me up so that we can laugh about it together: Honeyrozes

Meditations Productivity

Ten Ways to Practice Mindfulness without Meditating

January 29, 2016

It’s been a long time, blog world. Drie and I like to make things, and that’s the problem with being a Maker: you always want to make something new. We made a blog, but then we wanted to make other super sweet stuff. I’ve been busy making art and a school, and Drie’s been cooking up lyra routines and a Kickstarter campaign to launch her and Blue’s physical location for all the other stuff they make and collect. You kind of need to set priorities as a creative, and unfortunately, blogging hasn’t made the cut as of recently.

I grew up thinking that the key to super-charged creative productivity was multi-tasking, but now I’m finding that to be productivity’s antagonist. The opposite— being completely present in the moment— is the key to productivity. Yet, being present, as we all know, is one of the most challenging thing for humans to do. It takes a lot of practice! Practice like meditation!

I don’t know about you, but I’ve tried and tried to love meditating, but it is just such a drag! I’ve made resolutions and tried to impose rules to force myself to meditate, but nothing has worked. I’d much rather be doing something that gets me excited! That makes me jump out of bed and gets my fingers tingling! The thought of meditating— that scary peaceful place of total presence and mastery of the mind— makes me fabricate all sorts of excuses to the point where I’ll stay in bed all morning to avoid it.

I have practiced meditation for weeks at a time, and it was cool. I encouraged everyone I encountered to meditate. It centered me and made me really pleasant to be around, so I know the benefits and how it can change your life. But I’ve also done a lot of other things that are sort of like meditating, they are a lot more FUN, and they seem to have a similar effect on my life. Lately I’ve returned to “using” several of these methods in my daily life, and I’ve been seeing that the practice of mindfulness necessary to engage in these activities has been seeping into the other areas of my life as well. My overall happiness has increased: I treat my body better, feel more confident and capable, and of course, I feel more productive.

So, I made a list of ten of those things for all of you and here they are:

Get tattooed

Getting tattooed can be a great practice in mindfulness, as you bring your awareness to the specific source of pain to relieve the other parts of your body of tension.

Snowboard

Taking the risk to endanger your physical body to snowboard with grace requires deliberant trust in yourself and the natural forces. The body and mind need to loosen and relax, as you commit to the process, breathing out any fear, and offering up true vulnerability to the mountain.

Rock climb 

Rock climbing subjects you to the real, physical sensations of fear and stress to remind you of the power of breath and the present moment.

Walk

The simple experience of taking alternating steps with your left and right feet helps create a meditative state that allows you to easily be present in your body and the present moment, which can be just as profound of an experience as seated meditation.

Chant

The act of vocal repetition removes you from the physical state into the ether, in a much more present, non-judgemental place of sound.

Dance

Dancing is one of the most natural, instinctual, and easily-obtainable ways to Be Here Now. Plus, you can do it with anybody who can stand on their legs, including your dog.

Journal

Writing can curb your restless mind and cultivate awareness of your overall experience. It simultaneously provides an archive or your mindfulness practice while sharpening your ability to attend to the present moment.

Play an instrument

Regardless of ability or experience, any musician can use music practice as a meditation of completely absorbed yet relaxed concentration. The act of play not only increases your ability on your instrument, but you are also creating a sanctuary within yourself which is away from your normal active state of mind.

Draw from life

By pencil/pen drawing the things around us, we move past looking (labeling of objects) to seeing (becoming part of the experience of being). Drawing is an extraordinary practice that emphasizes the wonder of “ordinary” existence.

Eat

Eating mindfully is one of the easiest and most convenient practices to remind yourself of the miracle of life.

What things do you do to bring the practice of mindfulness into your everyday life?

 

* photo of the incredible Tasha Rayburn by Chris Black of Black Shot Photography

Inspiration

Superhighway Brief #005:
O’Keeffe style, shameless selfies & embracing fear

September 30, 2015

Georgia O'Keeffe Inspired

Inspiration Productivity

A Summer of Abundance and Growth

September 25, 2015

Paintings by Ursala Hudson

Waves of monsoons resulted in a lush, thriving summer that offered abundance in all areas of our family’s life. I like a state of constant movement — analyzing, brainstorming, and producing. I generally try not to think about how much is getting done because otherwise I get anxiety that I’m not creating enough. Therefore, it wasn’t immediately obvious if we’d even accomplished much over the past three months, but as I began listing the projects that Drie and I completed, I finally felt like I could take a deep breath and relax. Here is the recap of the projects we worked on this summer.

reflecting on the seasons for future growth

Paintings & Collages

I started the summer by returning to my oil painting, but oil painting requires patience and rotating through paintings while the others dry, and sometimes I just want instantaneous results! So I turned to painting in acrylics and making collages. It was so refreshing, and I just might keep it up until my little girls are bigger and I get larger chunks of time at my easel.

reflecting on the seasons for future growth

Ghost Rabbits dress-up 

Drie has collected quite the stockpile of amazing vintage garments over the last year, and it completely fills her entire guest room. One of our favorite past-times with two of our best friends, Betsy and Emilie, is over-dressing for parties and events. Emilie and Betsy (sisters) were both in town this summer, so Drie jumped at the opportunity to have a dress-up party, even though we had nowhere to go. The four of us rummaged through Drie’s racks and shelves and took photos for her blog that accompanies her vintage Etsy store, Ghost Rabbits. It was a little hard to part with the pieces I modeled, but I’ve scored some other beauties off of her in the months since. See the Ghost Rabbits blog post for more photos.

reflecting on the seasons for future growth

Charter school touring

I’ve been working on opening a K-12 charter school with a group of parents here in Pagosa, and this summer we were able to travel around Colorado and New Mexico, visiting innovative schools to gain inspiration before we wrote our own academic model into the charter application. The above photo is from a Montessori farm school in Española, New Mexico, that centers its curriculum around growing food.

Charter schools are public schools that do not discriminate nor charge tuition, and they are exempt from many of the state regulations that conventional public schools must follow. Our school won’t be opening until the fall of 2017, because the charter application takes about a year to write, and then the school takes about a year to open, but our group is right on track! Follow our adventures on the Pagosa Charter School Initiative’s blog by clicking here.

This charter school project has been one of the most rewarding projects I’ve experienced in my life, mostly because it’s showed me that the first step in a creative project is usually the toughest: committing. And then, as long as you have a work plan, you have a pretty strong chance of succeeding.

aerial

Aerial

Drie has been doing aerial training for a few years now, picking it up at Cirque School LA. When she returned to Pagosa last winter she had assumed she’d be sacrificing certain luxuries by moving here, including an aerial community, but almost immediately found out that she wasn’t going to have to give up on the silks after all. Her friend Sariah, whom she took her yoga teacher training from, offers non-formal aerial training at her gym where Drie also takes yoga classes.

Aerial is a fun, unique, and graceful way to stay in shape, and I’m just a tad bit envious at Drie’s strength and commitment to it. Drie is innately dedicated to caring for her body and mind in ways that express her individuality and femininity, and this summer of rekindling her love for the silks is just the beginning of what’s to come.

reflecting on the seasons for future growth

Art with the daughter

One of my fondest memories growing up in this little town I [still] live in was submitting my artwork into the county fair each August. At our county fair you can enter one item in every category of their display competition, but since this was Amelie’s first year, we focused on making one quality piece of work. She carved an Easy-to-Cut “suicide” block print with my guidance, and I only directly helped with the printing. When we saw the blue ribbon hanging from the frame after judging, we were both pretty proud.

We also did quite a few other art projects this summer, mostly creating huge messes of tiny cut-up paper, and a couple collaborative paintings. Read more about painting in acrylics with children here.

reflecting on the seasons for future growth

Folk festival 

This year my long-time buddy and graphic design colleague, Jacque, invited me to take photos for Folk West at the Four Corners Folk Festival. I haven’t taken full advantage of this local music festival in the past, but this year I had a back-stage full-access pass, with late-night shows and all meals included, and I fell completely in love. I went wherever, whenever I pleased, and heard the bands play from as close to the stage as was possible. The late-night performances were my favorite because of the small audiences and less formal set lists. The above photo is the fiddle player from the Oh Hello’s, who had all the young girls in the crowd swooning. I sure hope I get invited back next year!

vintage dress restoration

Vintage restoration

On her road trips Drie finds all sorts of delectable treasures, but oftentimes they have been discarded due to damage. The price makes them hard to pass up, so Drie takes them home and works her magic, restoring them to their previous glory. Restoration is time and research intensive, but always a rewarding experience. The amazing dress above was completely tea-stained before Drie spent a couple days giving the dress tender-loving baths and drying it in the shade. Other restored items are mixed in with her other treasures in her vintage store.

reflecting on the seasons for future growth

Gardening

Growing food at 7,000 feet above sea level is really fucking hard. In some climates you can just throw seeds around and pretty soon there’s stuff growing everywhere, but there’s only about 3 months of a growing season here in Pagosa. We have all four seasons, drought, the intense sun, and the wildlife that all require extra measures to be taken. Last year I managed to get a pretty abundant garden going before the deer ate 2/3 of it by mid-July. It was pretty heart-breaking. So, this year my dad helped me build a hoop-house. We clamped plastic to the ends, and put a shade cloth over the top, and not only has it kept the animals out, but nothing got fried by the sun! The shade cloth lets in most of the rain too, so I really only watered while my seedlings were coming up. Next spring I’m going to put plastic over the top to prolong my growing season by a couple months, but I’m not quite ready to water through the winter yet, so the shade cloth will be coming down any day now.

Stone Currents projects

This blog has been one of our largest projects this summer, as anticipated at the start-up. Drie and I were experiencing a minor disconnect, with her living *gasp* eight minutes away, and the babies napping seemingly all day long. Our blog projects and adventures force us to stay in contact and encourage us to create cool stuff both together and individually. Here were the summer projects we previously blogged about:

With the goal of inspiring our readers to reflect on periods of creativity, I plan to do more seasonal project recaps in the future. This sort of compilation of achievements is a great method to bring awareness to areas you neglect while simultaneously honoring your accomplishments. It can be a motivating and a mindful way to enter new phases with updated goals and a clearer vision. What have you produced recently?

Adventure Meditations

Monthly Adventure: The River Pride

September 18, 2015

Pagosa Walks

As we set out on this month’s adventure, we were a little apprehensive about just how adventurous our expedition would be. We had plans to visit a waterfall, but we were getting a late start and it was pretty far away for an almost-empty tank of gas. Instead, we decided to explore the river area nearby, which turned out to be much less exciting than we’d hoped, although still beautiful. At one point we attempted to wade to an island in the middle of the river for a picnic. However, with each cold, barefooted step with babies and bags strapped to us, that the island looked increasingly more distant, hot, and rocky; we agreed to turn back.

Wade in the water

weeds

After walking aimlessly in various directions, we finally tried trespassing through someone’s backyard in the direction of some shade, and found a nice spot by the river to set out our lunches. We ate with only a few tears and a bit of uncontrollable laughter, then prepared to head back home, ready to admit adventurous defeat — and that was when the real adventure began.

Pagosa Picnic

Momma and Baby

Baby cry

The adventure of an 18-year friendship is certainly one of the most educational, stimulating, emotionally tiresome, and rewarding journeys. Over Drie and I’s relationship there have been numerous trials that have allowed us the face the real shit, squash it, and continue on stronger, as companions and individuals

In junior high Drie and I had a rather heated fight concerning the size of a black bear. While we were riding our bikes, a semi truck passed us that featured on its side a huge photo of a bear laying on a bed. I said that the bear would have broken the bed, because bears weigh at least 1000 lbs. Drie scoffed at my idiocy, claiming that black bears weigh no more than 300 lbs. We were so irritated by each other’s inability to accept our own claims that we both rode back to our homes alone. At school the next day, the encyclopedia settled matters for us. Black bears generally weigh between 300 and 600 lbs. Google now settles many similar arguments for us before we get too riled up, thank the lord.

In high school I began experimenting with marijuana and psychedelic mushrooms, and at first I was fine with Drie’s decision to remain straight-edge. But then I began getting uncomfortable with her sobriety in the middle of my paranoid trips. My new favorite topic to explore was reality and the effects of drugs, but she couldn’t contribute to the conversation, so I tried to guilt-trip her into trying weed. She refused, therefore I told her that we had to break it off. We weren’t friends for three years. It wasn’t easy going from seeing each other 365 days out of the year to avoiding eye contact in a high school of 400 kids. Yet, by graduation I had enough humbling trips to realize how sucky of a friend I’d been, and we started back where we’d left off.

There have been a couple other major fights in the midst of knowing each other, but it had been several years since our last one. Our uneventful adventure-day broke the drought. I was about to lose my first and only dog to some unknown swollen-belly disease, and Drie was in denial that he could die at only 8 years-old. He was there to witness much of the growth, partying and broken hearts of our 20s, and neither of us were emotionally prepared to let our quiet parter-in-crime leave us so soon — but Drie and I handle our emotions differently, which is hard to remember with death on the horizon. I get a fierce need to debate philosophical beliefs of justice, and Drie goes to a place of anxious positivity, both methods that allow us to escape the reality of things, but aren’t exactly related, nor enjoyable to combine together. I wanted to complain about disease, conventional treatments, and talk about the end of Hank, my dog, but Drie wanted me to shut up and not admit defeat. Our brief 4-minute argument of burning tears and racing hearts ended with Drie walking home while I was left to fold up the excruciatingly heavy picnic blanket all alone (which was really just the size & weight of a twin sheet, but how could she?!). We didn’t speak for a week.

feet

I think what helped pull us out of those river-side grudges was that we both realized that 1) my dog wasn’t going to have a just nor positive end, and 2) that we needed to swallow our pride and allow one another to process life in different ways. In some relationships you simply need to go through the unreasonable blinded fits to remind both parties what it takes to continue on, and step it up. Not only do you need to allow room for different beliefs and ways of communicating, but you also need to be able to change the ways in which you suck at being a friend.

No one wants to face their sucky, prideful self, but sometimes you find yourself on an uneventful adventure and things start getting rocky, and you don’t want to admit it, but you chose the wrong path… and you decide that you’ll continue the adventure, but somewhere a little more rad.

Body & Mind Little Souls

Home Rhythms

September 8, 2015

Healthy Home Rhythms

We are creatures of rhythm. From the moment we are born we are ruled by the rhythm of the seasons, the tides, the days, the heart. Sometimes it feels right to just wing it and take life as it comes, but the practice of living life in rhythmic waves helps reduce stress, provides security, promotes productivity, and supports a tidy, cozy home.

I already had a sense that some sort of daily structure would make me more present-minded, but I lacked the training to create a functional daily routine. Then, this summer I took Kerry Ingram’s online Healthy Home Rhythms course, which offered the perfect amount of guidance to create a framework for my family’s days. Different from typical routines, home rhythms are effective because they are balanced energetically, diverse, and flexible.

After completing all the activities in Kerry’s course and seeing it positively affect my life, I began researching home rhythms more to better understand their effectiveness (nerd alert). Kerry has a background in early Waldorf education, so it wasn’t surprising that all of the sources I found online related to home rhythms were based on Rudolf Steiner’s philosophies about human development. Here’s the rundown:

Home Rhythms

Why Rhythm

Children and adults alike handle changes best if its expected and occurs amidst a familiar routine. Predictable routines allow children to feel safe and to develop a sense of mastery in handling their lives; as this sense of mastery is strengthened, they can tackle larger changes. Rhythms are not strict, they simply act as a compass. They are an intentional flow to your days and weeks, and if the rhythm is broken for a spontaneous event, the routine acts as a baseline to comfortably return to the direction and continuous productivity of the day.

In-breath, Out-breath

Rhythm is different than a routine or schedule. Adhering to a rhythm involves being mindful of the breath: breathing in the day and out the day. When intervals of energy exertion are not broken up with at least brief periods of turning inward, it oftentimes results in physical and mental exhaustion. The inhales are times of calmness and reflection, and the exhales are times of interaction with the outside world. For example, you may share an intimate breakfast (inhale), then go outside for a hike (exhale), then come inside to wash hands and clean up (inhale), followed by emptying your email inbox while the kids entertain themselves (exhale).

Daily and Weekly Rhythms

Daily rhythms offer flexible guidelines for greater mindfulness during each activity, which is vital when it comes to offering your children quality time, or a clear head for sinking into creative projects. Children also feel a sense of ease when they know what activities they can expect throughout the day.

Weekly rhythms provide structure for making and balancing time to commit to various aspects of your life. Furthermore, the repetition of the same weekly activities promotes excitement and appreciation for what makes each day of the week special.

Seasonal Rhythm

Family traditions that mark the seasons are a great way to celebrate the change that can be anticipated within the home rhythm. Young children thrive on anticipation of special days, and traditions offer a concrete way to interact with the cycles of the otherwise abstract calendar year. To help foster the excitement and appreciation of mother nature’s rhythm take lots of walks outside to the same places throughout the year and plan holidays and traditions together. Try to celebrate each season with at least one tradition.

Transitions

For both adults and children, allowing sufficient transition time reduces stress for everyone involved. Bedtime, cleanup, coming to the dinner table, or getting out the door don’t have to be times of high-energy and potential trouble. Think through all the steps that need to happen between activities and do them in the same order every time. Your children will begin to memorize the rhythm, and you will begin to realize how long it actually takes to transition. Usually the cause of perpetual lateness is the lack of allocated time for transitioning between activities.

Home Rhythms

Our Summer Rhythm

Daily Routine

  • Mom-time (usually starts at 5:30am): yoga or meditation, tea, work
  • Kids wake up, wash up & get dressed
  • Make breakfast & prep for dinner (if necessary) while kids play by themselves or help cook
  • Breakfast (alternates between pancakes or french toast, smoothie with hot cereal, and eggs with toast)
  • Home care while children join in or not
  • Baby nap & project: art, gardening, music, etcetera
  • Lunch & clean up
  • Errands, or free play while I catch up on emails
  • Baby nap & project: art, gardening, music, etcetera
  • Dinner & clean up
  • Bedtime routine: bath, stories, gratitude, song
  • Sleep

Weekly Routine

Each day I allocate a chunk of time in the morning to work alongside my children, a chunk of time to take care of the house, and I stick to a weekly cycle of dinner themes to make meal planning easier. My eldest daughter knows that tacos will likely be the dinner the evening after Stir Fry Night, so she eats her veggies and rice willingly as she anticipates the next evening. She also likes knowing that on Family Day she gets to help roll out crust for quiche.

Weekly Waldorf rhythms for children include watercolor painting, beeswax modeling, gardening, bread-making, and festival preparations. As a creative and a mother, my weekly rhythm involves art-making (painting, printmaking, drawing, collage, usually done alongside my daughter), baking, gardening, and playing music. I also rotate my “work” time during the mornings between graphic work, art, blogging, and social media, but I didn’t share that on our schedule below. Now that Amelie has started school, our rhythm will be changing, but here’s how it’s been for the past month:

  • Monday: Art, Floors, Stir fry
  • Tuesday: Garden,Groceries, Mexican
  • Wednesday: Walk with Grandpa Bill, Laundry, Leftovers
  • Thursday: Art, Bathrooms, Italian
  • Friday: Music, Floors, Meat & veggies
  • Saturday: Family time, Bedrooms & Studio, Quiche & salad
  • Sunday: Baking, Laundry, Crock pot roast

I would highly suggest taking Kerry’s Healthy Home Rhythms course because it offers an easy-to-follow step-by-step approach to creating your own system. She provides beautiful seasonal rhythm and meal planning wheels designed by illustrator Kathryn Cole that are refreshing, unique approaches to weekly schedules.  I’m a big advocate for print materials that incite joy in you so that you’re more likely to continue using your products. Poorly designed materials create subconscious feelings of unease and distress.

Does your family have a routine or home rhythm? If so, how has it affected your life? What are some tips that could make a family rhythm stronger and more effective?

Home Rhythms

** Note: This post was a self-directed review and summary of home rhythms, inspired by Kerry Ingram’s online course, and supported by additional research into the Waldorf method of using rhythmic routines in the classroom. All opinions are genuine and solely my own.