The Heystack // vol. 2
Plus a fun (free) new tool for cultivating habits.
A few weeks, I saw this IG post from Essential Calendar, loved it, and knew I needed something like this.
So, I made one, and want to share it with you if this piques your interest.
A few notes about how I’m using this tool…
This is a tool to help me notice and steward myself well (I just learned the term self-stewardship as an alternative to self-care and I’m obsessed).
I’m using this for my personal life, a mix of hobbies/practices I want to establish and household care tasks I want to form patterns for accomplishing. I did not include things I’m already doing regularly (reading, listening to music, cleaning out the dishwasher, etc.)
I want this sheet to read my back life to me and help me see and understand patterns in how I care for myself and my surroundings instead of using it as a to-do list.
That said, I’m also hoping it will nudge me a good direction when I feel disoriented. I often view my work as projects, and that serves me well in so many areas of my life, but “project brain” does not serve me well in cultivating habits. And when I emerge from working on a project, I often don’t know how to tend the things in my life that are not projects. I foresee this tool acting like a map in my life to help me get my bearings when emerging from “project brain.”
So use it as you will. I left my examples so you can see what I’m planning, but You’ll want to make a copy into your own Google Drive to customize it, and you can do that by tapping “File” then “Make a Copy.”
Alison Lush on KC Davis’ podcast.
For the first time in maybe my life, I’m finally make headway in establishing patterns and habits that keep my home functional and comfortable. It’s been a lot of work, KC Davis has been a huge part of that journey
Preliminary Advent plans.
I just purchased these cards from She Reads Truth for our family last night. Excited to utilize this resource, and SRT is currently offering free shipping on their Advent line.
If we had more capacity and/or bigger kids, I’d be doing Parent Cue’s Advent Experience box.
I have issues with some of the tone and content of this video, so please watch knowing that. I choose to share because I’m new-ish to the concept of a Commonplace Book and have wanted to learn more. Kern has some really beautiful thoughts and practical reflections on the practice of maintaining a commonplace book and I’m excited to implement them.
October was a fun and rich reading month. I listened to a lot of books. Here are some highlights: The Winners by Frederick Backman, The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell, This Beautiful Truth by Sarah Clarkson, and The Bullet that Missed by Richard Osman.
A Man Called Otto.
I’m excited to see my beloved “A Man Called One” contextualized for a U.S. audience and ushered into U.S. pop culture (which I absolutely understand is a double-edged sword when considering source material from a non-US author). Also, I think Tom Hanks will be *chef’s kiss.*
New meals for our rotation.
We’re going strong with the Minimal Mom’s Meal Planning System, but need to add a few things to freshen things up. Here are a few Smitten Kitchen recipes I’m hoping to integrate into our plan. I really love that these recipes draw from a similar ingredient list or from foods we already make.
If you plan to use the habit tool I shared above, could you let me know? Drop a comment, send an email or tag me on Instagram. I’d LOVE to see how you’re using it.
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