Let me share with you my four must haves this 2012.

PLANNER. I used to admire my friends who would really take the time to write their TO Dos for the day in their daily planner and then tick off each and every tasks after they were accomplished. Last year I had 2 planners, a Belle De Jour and a small one, but as the saying goes you can’t serve two masters at the same time, so these planners ended up with more blank pages than filled ones. I used to take pride in the fact that without my TO DOs all neatly jotted down in a daily planner, I still get things done. But then last year, due to aging I guess, I had cases of important things left undone or bills that slipped past the due dates because I had completely forgotten all about them. I finally accepted the fact that I really need to make good use of my planner if I want to put some sort of order in my life. This would help me focus more on urgent matters that need my immediate attention.:)
POCKET DAILY GOSPEL. If there’s one thing that I love to do with my body, it is to feed and nourish it with good food. And since I had pretty much succeeded in that part already as evidenced by my ballooning weight, I had to give much attention to feeding and nourishing my soul too in order to keep the balance in myself. A daily dose of God’s word from the Daily Gospel will do the job perfectly for me. It has, by far, the most generous serving of food for the soul.:)
ROSARY. Praying the rosary everyday gives me so much consolation. There is faith in knowing that Our Lady is looking upon my family and interceding for me in heaven everytime I pray the rosary. That she is embracing my whole family in her cloak of love and protection. There is also strength in knowing that she fully understands what my heart needs for she is a woman, a mother and a wife too.
DREAM JOURNAL. The idea is not my own. It is some sort of a bucket list or dreamboard. I started this project about a year ago. I would cut pictures from magazines of things that I wish to have for myself or words that represent the states of being that I would like to find myself eventually. I started sticking them on a little black book. Slowly and surprisingly, things from my dream journal began to happen to me. I found myself experiencing the very same things that I wished for. I also started having some of the things that were just mere pictures in my dream journal. Through generous gift from families, and well deserved purchase and win from online contests, some of these dreams came true. It made me think that this line from my favorite book, The Secret, really holds some truth to it, it goes something like, “ Make a command to the universe. Let the universe know what you want. The universe will respond to your thought. The universe will rearrange itself to make it happen to you.” There are still a lot of dreams waiting to happen in my journal, but I am really in no hurry for them to happen. The dreams can take their own sweet time in coming, maybe this year or the next. I am willing to just sit it out and wait because I am sure eventually they will come.:)
These things may not be as fancy as the iPhone 4s or as techie as a Samsung Tab but I believe these tools would help me lead a more organized life, attain a deep sense of well being, possess an unwavering faith and dream more big dreams for myself–which in essence are my goals this 2012.
Ooops, I promised my daughter that I won’t insert a giveaway here but I just can’t resist. In keeping with my January as a month of giving, I will be giving this simple planner/journal/book mark set and this Notebook Journal/Belle De Jour Chronicles and Forget-Me-Not planner inserts set to one two lucky commenter commenters. You can plan your own life and start your own dream journal with these.

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5. Contest ends on Friday, January 13 Saturday, January 14. Winners will be announced on January 15.:)
Updated: January 13, 2011

About Me

I am better known as Nan’s widow, Bianca Angela’s mom, and Woodrose’s Mrs. Dela Cruz.  I am a full time teacher and mentor, a freelance writer for various print and online publications, a marathoner, and a curator of inspiring faith stories.
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