Success, Thankfulness and Joy

It’s almost the end of the first week of January. And, although I do not want to put a lot of pressure on myself so soon, it is a week that begins to set the tone, the momentum for achieving intentions and goals.

It is the week of reflecting on the past year, measuring what I did accomplish and what I may have let slide away.

Sometimes though, what we slide away from does not mean we did not achieve the goal. It just means our values may be higher elsewhere.

For example, my goal in the Fitness category was to work out at my local gym twice per week. I did not achieve this. Yet, in my Family category I surpassed my goal of spending more time with my grandchildren by taking my granddaughter skating more than I planned.

An achievement I say! And time with my children and grandchildren is high on my value list.

So this year I readjusted goals in other areas to make sure I have set myself up for success achieving my  Family and Fitness goals.

I can never say enough of how important it is to focus on what we have achieved. This sets us in a mindset  of success, and even HOPE, as we keep moving toward our dreams one step at a time.

I believe too, that our environment is important to our creativity.

I love Words. I have pictures of words, plaques with phrases and quotes, and biblical scripture stencils on the walls of my home. They inspire me.

One of my goals over the Christmas holidays was to organize my pantry and hall closet. Browsing through Home Sense, I picked up clear plastic organizers and then I saw these:

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Wooden Boxes with Phrases


I love these wooden boxes with phrases. I also bought one for my hall closet.

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Wooden Boxes with Phrases

So, if organizing just seems like too big of a goal, maybe you could find something that reflects who you are to make it more of a project of happiness for you?

In 2015, two of my favourite reads on living were the The Happiness Project and Better Than Before, both by Gretchen Rubin. Writing in a style that feels like you are having a conversation over coffee, Rubin explores how to create happiness and habits your way. She includes quizzes that reveal your habit personality style. You can find out more and download for free worksheets and information from her  WEBSITE

My intention this week: I am a creative woman.

One of my thankful moments:

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Wooden Boxes with Phrases

A walk in nature and later, playing in Photo Shop. ( One of my goals is to do 100 hours of photo editing in 2016. Why 100 hours? You can read more HERE at The Modern Day Mrs. Darcy)

Along with organizing my pantry and closet, another success this week was making the first recipe (and by first, I mean the first in the book with a plan to make each one from start to finish) from my brother and sister ‘n law’s new cookbook. This self-published gem is a gathering of recipes from family and neighbours who cooked as well as did other neighbourly activities helping my brother and sister ‘n law while they both battled cancer.

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Banana Pecan (and date) Muffins

These muffins were also to have dates, however I did forget to purchase those at the grocery store. But they were still exceptionally yummy! Next time they will have the dates! (recipe below)

And one of my joyful moments this week:

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Sharing a moment with wild horses near Sundre, Alberta. Are they not beautiful?

I would love to know:

What is your intention this week?

What are you thankful for?

What were your successes?

And what was one joyful moment?

May your week be full of beautiful moments!

Love, Lynn

Banana, Date and Pecan Muffins

Preheat oven to 350. In large bowl combine:

2 cups all purpose flour (I like to substitute 1/2 cup for oat flour)                     1 cup white sugar, 1/2 tsp baking soda, 3/4 tsp baking powder, 1/2tsp salt     1 tsp ground cinnamon, 3/4 cup old-fashioned rolled oat.

In separate bowl combine:

2 large eggs, 3/4 cup plain yogurt, 1/2 cup vegetable oil, 2 tbsp unsalted butter melted, 1/2 tsp vanilla extract, 1 1/4 cup ripe bananas (about 3)

Combine wet ingredients into dry ingredients and then fold in 3/4 cup pecan halves and 3/4 cup dates, chopped.

Spoon batter into greased or lined muffin tins. (I line muffin cups with parchment cupcake liners). Bake 18-20 minutes.







11 thoughts on “Success, Thankfulness and Joy

  1. I love what you have been doing! I am trying to be intentional as well with my time and days. Are you getting better with your guitar? Love that you are photographing everything too. I spend soooo much time editing my pictures but LOVE it. Glad you can spend precious time with your grandkids. I wish I could. Enjoy this moth!!


    1. Thank you Terri! No, haven’t played guitar since Christmas Day. Been reading a lot. This is the year to improve on writing. So although photography and guitar won’t be completely left behind, I need to keep them as rewards for writing maybe? Be hard as love both! Yes, editing photos can be so much fun. And the time flies by when playing. But really, the laundry can wait right? Have a great month too!


  2. Beautiful post, Lynn. The boxes with the sayings is new to me! That recipe looks so yummy. Very inspirational. I’m with you when it comes to the grandchildren, very high on my priority list as well!


  3. Hi Lynn – What a fun post! 2016 started off rough for me with Sweetie Mom having some physical issues. Once we get those squared away, I’m hoping to finish editing my manuscript and possibly starting an official writing newsletter. Happy New Year! Blessings, Susan 🙂


  4. Good insight, Lynn! Appreciate your encouragement. I got most of what I’d intended to do this week done, and I am thankful. Looking forward to a productive and fruitful year. 🙂


  5. A creative treat as a reward for accomplishing your creative goals? Sounds like a theme to me! Our new site had a deep sense of peace, Lynn, and I know that’s the goal. I look forward to the content this year.


  6. Lynn … this is fabulous –>’It just means our values may be higher elsewhere.’ What a super way to re-calibrate where we’ve been and where we’re headed. Sure is more helpful than beating ourselves up … and gives us a clearer vision of who we are in this season.

    Go grateful to be traveling with you …


  7. Lynn, I had to sit down and rest after reading your list of goals! My goals center around the small things such as–be sure and wear clean underwear when leaving home in case you have a car wreck and have to go to the ER. Wisdom I learned at my mother’s feet!
    Great blog—LOVE your pictures. Thank you for your visit to my little corner of the blogosphere today!


  8. OH Lynn, it is just SO WONDERFUL to come here and soak in all your wisdom and encouragement! I love that you explained and showed us how some of our goals may be shifted to make room for more valuable priorities. AMEN to THAT.

    You have lived well so far this year, my new friend. And your pictures are breathtaking!!

    I need to set firmer goals for myself. I often direct my time with what I value most: Family, Faith, Friends, and writing. Two areaa I want to be more goal oriented in is the writing and faith. I have LOADS of amazing books just waiting to be read to fill and fuel my faith- I need to MAKE the time for this. And I need to set firm writing goals to structure my limited writing times, so that I actually move FORWARD with my dream, and not stay stagnant where I am.


  9. I love how you make a point of finding the beautiful moments, Lynn. I love the photo of the horses and amazing landscape. Your boxes for organizing are cool, too, with their positive messages. Thank you. Also for stopping at my blog with your positive insight.


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