Welcome! I'm Melissa Gross, a dynamic and interactive teacher and speaker called to lead and encourage Christian women in their walk with the Lord through classes, workshops and retreats incorporating Bible study, devotionals, illustrated Bible journaling, paper crafting and mixed media projects that merge faith and art bringing God’s Word to life so you can find renewed excitement to dive into the Word, use your creative gifts, and apply the Truth as you draw closer to the Lord and serve Him in your everyday life. This site is where I share my everyday adventures, Bible Journaling pages, scrapbook layouts, handmade cards, and other crafty projects, as well as information on my upcoming workshops and events. I also post photos, ramble about books I'm reading, stuff I'm organizing, and other FUN bits & pieces of my wonderful life.
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
September Review - October Preview
*21 Layouts - 1 was digital, 8 were two-pages, 3 were 8 1/2x11, 3 were 8x8, the rest were 12x12
*3 art journal pages
*2 pieces of Mail Art
*Blog Activities - Pass the Book:Year Two, Sian's Storytelling Sunday, FamilyX12 Blog Hop, Ten on the Tenth, Ginger's September Mail Art Exchange
*Online Classes - The Mother LOAD, Double Take, Learn Something New Every Day, Library of Memories Community
Throughout the month, I tracked my September 2011 Goals on the first layout I created last month. I have enjoyed having this little reminder of my goals, although I am disappointed that I lost focus about halfway through the month. Since I also kept up with reading Shimelle's Learn Something New Every Day prompts throughout the month, I thought I'd share my observations on my goals.
2. Then the bathroom dust disaster happened and I lost focus on my exercise and limited Coca-Cola drinking. I'm one of those people that doesn't function as well in chaos, and that was the state of our home the last half of the month. The front room table was filled with folded clean clothes (I did about a gazillion loads of laundry over several days as everything in the master closet had to be cleaned), the floor in the front room was filled with dusty items from the bathroom cabinets & master bedroom, our bedroom was filled with all the remaining closet items once we decided to have the bathroom & closet repainted before putting everything back. The lesson here is that I need to work harder to maintain focus on my healthy living goals even amidst chaos.
3. I am quite pleased with my goal of maintaining a daily quiet time - I only missed four days this month. As I looked back at those days I realize I had a huge to-do list (cleaning, washing, etc) and jumped right into my list thinking I would stop later for a break and do my quiet time. Obviously this does not work for me - I must get it done in the morning, first thing!
4. While I did not complete a layout every day, I am very pleased with the number of layouts and other items I was able to create during September.
*BPC Double Take workshop
*BPC Library of Memories Community
*BPC Giving Well Workshop
*I also have several BPC self-paced classes I'd like to work on this month as time allows
*Create cards for November & December
*Work on handmade Christmas gifts
How did y'all do on your September goals? What are your goals for October? Are you thinking about Christmas yet?