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A Sentence A Day~October

This month for my Sentence A Day, I am going to take part of a 31 Day Challenge to combat my feelings of being overwhelmed at different aspects of my life.  This will be a real challenge, keeping it to a sentence a day!  The 31 Day Challenge will help you walk through the different aspects of your life, prioritize them and keep them in your clearly defined focus. I'm ready to be focused!

For past editions of the A Sentence A Day journaling, check out these links:     MayJuneJuly,  August and September.

October 1.  Starting where I am right now: a full week of travel and work presentations, running two blogs, teaching two college classes, balancing family and friends, and time for myself.

October 2.  Recognizing that my life is full and that I am happy about it, makes me wonder if I am a product of adult ADD, and that I need all this stimulation in order to feel.

October 3.  Examining my priorities has helped me to realize that I think everything is a priority, and we all know that cannot be true, so I pick my family, my work, my college classes and my blogs, in that order.

October 4. I am working on my planning and that is really helping me with being overwhelmed, because when I have a plan in place, I feel like I am in control.

October 5.  Another thing I have learned, to combat the feeling of being overwhelmed, have fun with friends!

October 6.  I am remembering to count my blessings and to drink my water, which seems to help me focus and be more aware of what I have to do.

October 7.  The weekends always make me feel excited, as I get to plan or not to plan, and both feel right!

October 8.  I took a day trip to a wonderful place to see a statue that represents pioneering women everywhere, and took the time to say a prayer of thanks.

October 9.  Went to my hometown to attend their annual cancer dinner with my mom and spent the night in her apartment.

October 10.  Took a picture of my high school best friend and put it on Facebook and got the sweetest reply from her, doing things for others is a wonderful feeling!

October 11.  NOT a stress free day when you have to work with overworked and underappreciated teachers who feel you are the perfect punching bag.

October 12.   Driving to my next school allowed me a bit of time to enjoy the fall colors and a peaceful ride with my music.

October 13.  I had the best time watching school children tell adults how important it is to find win/win solutions to problems and that you need to sharpen the saw daily.

October 14.  Spending the day revising a presentation that consultants across the state will use to inform teachers is an awe-filled task.

October 15.  Such a great time with our book club watching Girl on the Train and having dinner together.

October 16.  Date Night with my husband to see the Symphony at 3:00 and Howie Mandell at 7:00 and loved the differences!

October 17.  Spending the day with my colleagues doing work that will help teachers work smarter, not harder.

October 18.  TWO DAYS with the amazing Jan Chappuis as we learn how to share good formative evaluation with our state's classroom teachers.

October 19.  I am overwhelmed with information to share with our teachers, but in such a great way!

October 20.  A day to unwind and to get prepared for the upcoming weekend and next week, so needed after so many days on the road.

October 21.  My husband and I shared a dinner out with friends at an amazing restaurant where the food was O U T S T A N D I N G and the company even better!

October 22.  The band had a full weekend with the first night at the Moonshine Whiskey Bar and I am always amazed at their incredible talent.

October 23.  One of those days when you know that you made a good decision to build a house in a neighborhood that supports you 110%.

October 24.  The most special day of the year, better than Christmas and the Fourth of July, is our daughter's birthday, who is 31 this year!

October 25.  Book Club night is always so much fun with the group who loves to read and discuss books so much, likes a great glass of wine and wonderful snacks!

October 26.  As I read over these sentences, it looks like I have more fun than overwhelming feelings.

October 27.  I am enjoying a lovely overcast, fall day, with nothing more to do than to fill out some papers for work, read a couple of articles, and pack my bags for tomorrow's presentation!

October 28.  Today I was with a group of eager educators, who want nothing more than to do what is best for their students and their teachers, which makes me so eager to do my best for them.

October 29.  Today my feelings were overwhelmed multiple times as my dear friend Linda had her friends at a painting party to celebrate her 65th birthday, one we were not sure she'd make it to, when she was diagnosed with liver cancer a year ago.

October 30. A day of relaxation and harmony while we enjoyed another beautiful day!

October 31. There is such satisfaction in seeing the faces of happy children trick-or-treating!

This is October, 2016!

Would you like to comment?

  1. All wonderful♥

  2. Aw, this is such a great way to journal without feeling the pressure of needing to sit for an hour and write. Great post!

  3. I love this!! I've been getting on myself for NOT writing lately. I have a thousand journals with very little words. I could totally set aside time for a sentence. Kudos to you for getting October down in the books!

  4. You are truly a blessed woman. Thanks for sharing.

  5. I like this idea because writing down just a sentence or two every day is manageable for all of us. At first thought, I said that short entries aren't enough to make any difference; however, I thought better of the idea as I read on and pictured myself doing it. It usually is the 'little things' in life after all.

  6. This is so cool! It's not overwhelming to write a sentence a day but a great way to reflect back on the month!

  7. I really love this idea. I bought the Fiveminute Journal thinking it would help me focus my journaling, but it made me feel overwhelmed. I think a sentence a day sounds more manageable and more fun.

  8. I like this idea of writing in a journal I have wanted to get back into this but it always seems so overwhelming but this I totally could do.

  9. This is such an interesting challenge, and looks like a good exercise for me too. Wish I'd seen this earlier. Perhaps I'll choose a month to do this myself. This is definitely a neat way to journal without having to sit for HOURS (literally what I have to do!) xx Adaleta Avdic

  10. This. This is everything. I would be a much more consistent journaler if I only needed to do one sentence a day! Love seeing your look at the month

  11. I love this self reflection that you do each month. It really helps to look back at your month and see what you've accomplished!

  12. I really love this idea. I can write a sentence a day! Low pressure, but still writing daily!

  13. Dana Vento8:20 AM

    Wow, nice post. I love writing at journals too, makes me relaxed a little bit.

  14. I would love to do this, too. What a fun way to journal your daily happenings with just one sentence.

  15. I love this idea of writing a daily sentence. It's a great way to flash back our day. The sentence on October 6, counting the blessing is a beautiful way to feel grateful about our lives.

  16. Love this idea! I can relate to Oct 7th, I love the weekends where we plan and do lots of stuff, but also those lazy weekends of just chilling and spending time together.

  17. Sounds like a great challenge!

  18. Oh man I need to do this! I used to sit down and journal every day and then things got too crazy. I love the idea of just sitting down for a few minutes and writing a bit out.

  19. What a great way to remember moments! I would love to try this next month!

  20. This is a great exercise and a great way to capture your days bit by bit. I love that Oct. 16 was a date night! That's my anniversary.

  21. What a fun idea! It really gives you the chance to look back over your month and get a feel for what happened each day! My days are a blur sometimes so it would be nice to have this reminder!

  22. What a great idea! So interesting to read your sentence for each day! I'm so glad that it seemed like you had many more fun than overwhelming days this last month!! : )

  23. Looks like you've had a balanced month, there are busy days and there are relaxing days too. I love this little project, it allows you to reflect on the month!

  24. This is amazing Terri! I think this is a great idea! I wish I was doing this already and am going to try it this month!

  25. This is a cool project!!! I love it. I want to do this for december!! It seems very neat!!! I like this better than a journal because I get bored easily.

  26. I have the best intentions of journalling... and then.... life happens and sleep.

  27. Wow, yeah, it would be both hard and liberating to stick to just one sentence a day! Thank you for sharing.

  28. Omg just love this!!!!! More this is the type of journaling I could get behind! One sentence is easier than a page!!

  29. This is a great idea for a post. Would be good to see how it changes every month. Would love to do this.


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