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.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Hello October!

We're closing out the first week of October with a gray rainy day here in Texas. It's the perfect kind of day to stay indoors and do some blogging and reading!

After our long weekend trip at the beginning of September, the remainder of the month was primarily spent setting up my new craft room and planning, preparing and teaching classes and workshops - all of which helped the progress on my 2016 goals (MOVE, LEARN, TEACH, SCRAP, CLEAN).

MOVE - I didn't push myself to exercise much in September, but I did get lots of activity as I moved furniture and supplies into the new craft room! This month I'm back on track riding the stationary bike most days and hope to get out for some walks in the neighborhood now that temperatures are down in the 80s.

LEARN - I participated in a Productivity Webinar in September and was inspired to read Getting Things Done by David Allen. I learned and was reminded of several tips for efficiently and effectively accomplishing the things that must be done in order to enjoy more of the things I want to do. This month I'll be putting some of the ideas into practice, and I'll be sharing more on this topic in a future blog post.

I'm also planning to attend a couple of in-person classes this month - a DIY class at our local library and an Illuminated Bible Journaling Workshop at a church in Dallas.

TEACH - I taught several classes in September (& the 1st of October) - four card classes and three Bible Journaling workshops. As always, I had a fabulous time! 



Later this month, I'll be teaching more Bible journaling workshops as well as a Classic Christmas Cards Class using Authentique's Classic Christmas Collection
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SCRAP- I did not do any personal scrapbooking in September, however I did create the first few pages for a custom wedding scrapbook-for-hire project.



This month I will be completing this album and starting on a second wedding album for the same client. I also recently ordered some photos from this year that I hope to scrap for our 2016 chronological album.
 
CLEAN - With all the progress we've made moving into my new craft room, the front room is now ready to be put back in order. This month I'll be cleaning, decluttering and rearranging that room as well as painting Grandma's sewing table.

Did you accomplish your goals for September? What are your plans for October?

7 comments:

Barbara Eads said...

It sounds to me like you accomplished quite a lot in September with much more on the horizon for October. All of it sounds like pretty much fun---even if some of it is work. That's the best---when you can consider your work fun! There's nothing I like better than organizing and de-cluttering! Can't wait to hear more about yours!

Karen said...

Quite a month of accomplishment, I'd say!

Sandra said...

You must be pleased with all you've achieved

Missus Wookie said...

Getting things Done is one of my favourite books. I listen to the David Allen podcast and have used the GTD method for years.

You've got so much done on the home front and with goals this month. Well done :)

Sian said...

I'm willing to bet that you are a wonderfully inspiring teacher who carries everyone in the class along with her enthusiasm. I'd sign up!

alexa said...

My, you have achieved such a lot ... And you give such a lot,to others too. Hoping you enjoy October and I look forward to your productivity post!

Susanne said...

You've done well, love the cards.