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Year in Review: 52 Quotes

As I've mentioned over the years, when it comes to journaling and planners, I'm All Analog All the Time. 
Here's my planner . . . 

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It's a Traveler's Journal. I've created my own "system" loosely based on bullet journaling, but . . . also not really bullet journaling at all.  I've got 3 useful sections: monthly calendars, weekly "spreads," and a random notes section. While not fancy, it works really well for me.


Each week, I sit with the weekly spread and plan out my coming week. I transfer in any meetings and appointments and specific due dates. I plan out my dinner menus. And blog posts. I set up a little weekly "tracker" to follow my progress on the five-elements-I-need-to-stay-balanced. I create my weekly to-do list. I save a space for jotting notes and shopping lists. I plot out my workouts. And . . . for fun and inspiration . . .  I find a quote to include at the top of each week's page. (Here's next week's bare-bones weekly spread -- before I start filling in the details.)


I'm quite intentional about the quotes I choose to include in my planner, although I don't get too stressed about it. The quotes usually . . . fit . . . the week in some way. Sometimes it's seasonal. Sometimes it's my mood. Sometimes it's aspirational. 

Anyway. As I was going through my 2021 planner as part of my end-of-year review, it struck me that my quotes actually kind of tell the story of my year in a slightly more . . . shall we say .  .  . esoteric way. So I typed them up for myself.

And then I decided to share them with you.

So. Here are 52 quotes from my 2021 planner, in date order. If you squint a little, you might be able to follow my year . . . in quotes.



“Begin as you mean to go on.”
Charles H. Spurgeon

“Most of life is showing up. You do the best you can, which varies from day to day.”
Regina Brett

“Anyone who claims to be a leader must speak like a leader. That means speaking with integrity and truth.
Kamala Harris

“Life is what happens while you are making other plans.”
John Lennon


“Nobody has ever measured, not even the poets, how much a heart can hold.”
Zelda Fitzgerald

“Love is the answer, and you know that for sure. Love is a flower, you’ve got to let it grow.”
John Lennon

“Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.”
Emily Brontë

“Where there is love, there is life.”
Mahatma Gandhi


“In March, winter is holding back and spring is pulling forward. Something holds and something pulls inside of us, too.”
Jean Hersey

“March is a tomboy with tousled hair, a mischievous smile, mud on her shoes, and a laugh in her voice.”
Hal Borland

“By March, the worst of the winter would be over. The snow would thaw, the rivers begin to run, and the world would wake into itself again.”
Neil Gaiman

“Where flowers bloom so does hope.”
Lady Bird Johnson

“My life is better every year of living it!”
Rachel Maddow



“The moon is the queen of everything. She rules the oceans, rivers, rain. When I am asked whose tears these are, I always blame the moon.”
Lucille Clifton

“Hello, sun in my face. Hello, you who make the morning and spread it over the fields [. . .]
Watch, now, how I start the day in happiness, in kindness.”
Mary Oliver

“Here comes the sun, and I say it’s all right.”
George Harrison, The Beatles

“I believe in kindness. Also in mischief. Also in singing, especially when singing is not necessarily prescribed.”
Mary Oliver


“You can’t make things grow. You have to create an environment where things want to grow.”
Garden Marcus

“If you’re walking down the right path and you’re willing to keep walking, eventually you’ll make progress.”
Barack Obama

“Be aware of wonder. Live a balanced life - learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some.”
Robert Fulgham

“And into the forest I go to lose my mind and find my soul.”
John Muir


“In early June the world of leaf and blade and flower explodes, and every sunset is different.”
John Steinbeck

“But tomorrow may rain, so I’ll follow the sun.”
John Lennon and Paul McCartney, The Beatles

“Live in the sunshine. Swim in the sea. Drink in the wild air.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

“In summer, the song sings itself.”
William Carlos Williams



“Everything in life is a vibration.”
Albert Einstein

“Everything I’ve ever let go of has claw marks on it.”
David Foster Wallace

“My mind works in idleness. To do nothing is often my most profitable way.”
Virginia Woolfe

“Life is about using the whole box of crayons.”

“People from a planet without flowers would think we must be made with joy the whole time to have such things about us.”
Iris Murdoch


“As I leave the garden, I take with me a renewed view. And a quiet soul.”
Jessica Coupe

“In the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside you.”
Deepak Chopra

“I learned a long time ago the wisest thing I can do is be on my own side, be an advocate for myself and others like me.”
Maya Angelou

“What matters most is how you walk through the fire.”
Charles Bukowski


“Wellness is not a ‘medical fix’ but a way of living – a lifestyle sensitive and responsive to all the dimensions of body, mind, and spirit.”
Greg Anderson

“Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.”
Vincent Van Gogh

“You don’t get explanations in real life. You just get moments that are absolutely, utterly, inexplicably odd.”
Neil Gaiman

“Sometimes you just have to jump out the window and grow wings on the way down.”
Ray Bradbury



“LIfe starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.”
F. Scott Fitzgerald in The Great Gatsby

“The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.”
W.B. Yeats

“I have woven a parachute out of everything broken.”
William Stafford

“Is not this a true autumn day? Just the still melancholy that I love - that makes life and nature harmonize.”
George Eliot

“Energy creates energy. It is by spending myself that I become rich.”
Sarah Bernhardt


“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf’s a flower.”
Albert Camus

“Books break the shackles of time – proof that humans can work magic.”
Carl Sagan

“Throw open your window and let the scenery of clouds and sky enter your room.”
Yosa Buson

“In life, one has a choice to take one of two paths: to wait for some special day – or to celebrate each special day.”
Rasheed Ogunlani


“It is December, and nobody asked if I was ready.”
Sarah Kay

“A bare tree stands with roots on both ends in December days.”
—- Kiran Bantawa in ‘Bare Trees

“Winter passes and one remembers one’s perseverance.”
Yoko On

“Happiness is a vine that takes root and grows within the heart, never outside it.”
Kahlil Gibran

“Reflective thinking turns experience into insight.”
John C. Maxwell


Thank you for hanging around with me this year.
Your presence, your comments, your support . . . all mean the world to me.

Happy New Year, my friends.
May 2022 be just a nice, "regular" kind of year; balanced, and with not too many surprises for any of us!

See you . . . next year!

Always the Garden

"When the world wearies and society fails to satisfy, there is always the garden."
            --- Minnie Aumonier


I plan to spend as much time out in my garden as I possibly can this weekend. There are a lot of weeds for me to take care of . . . both literally and figuratively. My garden is a space that revives my soul (and if ever there was a time for some reviving . . . it's now).

I hope you can find some space for yourself this weekend, too.
Relax and restore, my friends.


I'm taking Monday off; be back on Tuesday morning.

Weekend To-Do List

"Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious. And however difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. It matters that you don't give up."
 --- Stephen Hawking


I challenge you to find something to be curious about this weekend.
Be kind - to yourself and everyone around you.
And don't give up!


I'll see you on Monday.

Sometimes Mondays

. . . really do feel like Mondays, y'know?


And as a person who does not actually have a job-job, that's saying something. Because when you are "retired" - or whatever it is that I am - all days are the same. Basically. Except when they're not.

And today? Today just feels especially Monday-ish to me.

Thankfully, there are hydrangeas in the world!

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"People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad with joy the whole time to have such things about us."
            --- Iris Murdoch


Here's to a good week for all of us!


The Choice is Ours

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"New year—a new chapter, new verse, or just the same old story?
    Ultimately we write it.
    The choice is ours."

     ----- Alex Morritt

Here we are . . . 2020!
Let's choose wisely.


New year, new look!  
I'm debuting my fresh, new blog banner today.  
(Thanks, Vicki . . . for helping me come up with such a special, fun look.)

Something to Think About

It's Friday.
And I'm in a hurry.
So I thought I'd send us all into the weekend with these words from a very smart man:

"If time travel is possible, where are the tourists from the future?"
  ---Stephen Hawking



Enjoy the weekend -- and I'll see you back here on Monday.


Don't forget to check out my stash giveaway for this month!  The deadline for comments is next Tuesday, October 1 at 5:00 pm Eastern.


Wise Words on a Friday

"Today's goal:  Be careful not to sleepwalk through the only life you have.  Wake up.  Blink hard.  Stretch.  Keep moving."
                                                        --- Maggie Smith (the poet, not the dowager)

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Wise words!

Have a great weekend, and I'll see you on Monday with this month's Stash Giveaway.

The Truth of It

There was probably a time in my life . . . before I had cancer, surely . . . when I might've been upset at the thought of turning 60.  Or, at least, felt melancholy and pensive about it.

But now?


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Tomorrow, when I wake up to my first day as a 60-year-old, I don't anticipate feeling any different or looking any different or acting any different than I do today -- my last day as a 59-year-old.

I plan to fling my arms wide to embrace the day . . . and enjoy every moment that comes my way.

Because living to celebrate another birthday is a gift.
And I am so happy to be here.

"I decided if you're lucky enough to be alive, you should use each birthday to celebrate what your life is about."
                    ---Mary Steenburgen


And We're Back . . .

"The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause."
                                    ---Mark Twain


Beginning the week . . . 


(but not entirely thrilled with the time change).  

How about you?


The stained glass windows in my bathroom are glorious when the sun shines!  That's rare in the wintertime, but oh-so-fabulous when it happens.

Say It . . . On Friday

A thoughtful quote to get you through your weekend . . .

"Life is an echo.  What you send out, comes back.  What you give, you get.  What you see in others, exists in you.  Remember, life is an echo.  It always gets back to you.  So, give goodness."
                                    ---Zig Ziglar


See you Monday!