Happiest New Year!
In taking stock of the things that worked and didn’t work last year, I came up with a few things I’m going to take with me into the new year and I thought I’d share them with you!
Facebook Share Group
Last January when I finished the book One Thousand Gifts, I was busting to share it with my friends and family.
I decided I’d try to start a book study with some of them and use a facebook private group as a gathering place for our group. We started slow, doing only a chapter a week, everyone commenting several times during the week on whatever stood out to them about the current chapter.
It was sometimes conversational, bouncing thoughts off of one another. Some weeks it took on the role of support if one of us would share a prayer need. We finished up One Thousand Gifts and after taking a few weeks off started a new book: A Shepherd Looks at the 23rd Psalm by W. Phillip Keller (I’ll never view the 23rd Psalm in the same way, this is an amazing book)
After finishing this book and taking time off at Christmas, we’re starting One Month to Live in January, even adding a few friends!
I love the connection our Share Group provides and getting insights from everyone, not to mention the prayer support! See there, facebook can be used for some good purposes!
(If you have problems starting a private FB group, just google: How to start a private facebook group for detailed instructions)
Next, something else I loved doing…
Snapfish photo books
I’ve done these for the past 2 years and I love the results. They are thin books with good quality photos. Easy to store as opposed to the giant, bulky photo albums I’ve been collecting for 30 years!
The ideal way to do this is to upload your photos and create pages every month. This way when you get to the last week of December, you don’t have an overwhelming amount of photos to upload! This year I did upload almost every month but I didn’t start creating my photo book, so I have a big job ahead of me!
And the last thing that really worked in 2011 (and I did it again!) …
There’s also room for text on every month. This year I added some of our favorite quotes from Ann Voskamp’s book, One Thousand Gifts to each month.
Pinterest! For most of you that’s ’nuff said. But in case you haven’t tried Pinterest, check out my post HERE!
Before I heard about Pinterest I had a file on my computer “inspiration” where I kept photos and web URL’s …I would sometimes go through those photos, and I was inspired by that folder…but honeys that does not compare with the inspiration I get from Pinterest!
And lastly, my gratitude journal.
After reading Ann Voskamp’s, One Thousand Gifts, I started counting gifts (from God). I purposed to continue the discipline all year and try to retrain my negative brain to pay attention to the simplest of blessings. I wanted to get to 1000. But as I approached the thousand mark, I knew I’d keep going.
I keep a little journal separate from my prayer journal and I used to take the journal with me until I discovered the 1000 gifts app!
I’m on my second journal and passed 1000 weeks ago, I love it. Hunting for gifts is invigorating and keeps me focused on good things so I’m going to “practice” counting gifts throughout 2012!
So those are some things that worked for me in 2011! Have you got anything that worked for you in 2011 that you’ll be repeating in 2012?
Wishing you a divine day my friends…