Friday, January 23, 2015



Time is rolling along this month at a fast pace and I'm jogging along trying to keep up.  Does that sound like you?  Seriously, I don't know if it is just me trying to keep up or if everyone else feels the same way.  We live in a fast rapidly changing world of technology where once we lived at a slower pace where people wrote letters and waited for a reply, it seems unreal and most unlikely today! Personally, I'd enjoy a slower pace but NOT that slow either, there must be a happy medium. 

Speaking of moving along, have you noticed Sunshine and Lollipops is getting a face lift? A new and improved format arrangement?  What do you think so far?  We are moving toward changes in content and posting on a more consistent basis. My 2015 goal is blogging on a regular weekly schedule. After three years of blogging rather inconsistently,  I've come to the realization blogging takes more thought and more preparation time and more planning than I have been willing to admit and it is important to me. It is important to make more time in my schedule to produce blog worthy posts rather than scramble at the last minute to meet a blog deadline.  This stuff (planning, blogging consistency) doesn't come naturally for me because I'm more of a fly by the seat of your pants kinda gal. But I am trying to change my fly by the seat of your pants style in order to bring you better and more consistent content. To help me with scheduling I've purchased several calendars (pocket and planner) to jot my notes in (because I'm old school), AND printed out a free monthly blog planner online AND I'm making use of an online calendar.  I know, it's a bit overkill, isn't it? Perhaps this is where I go wrong in my effort to keep everything written down (little obsessive that way), but I DO love planners and calendars! How about you? What methods do you use to keep track and on schedule?  

Planning ahead is key to keep things rolling along so I've also created a fun way to track my progress each month in a mini three ring binder (previously a SMASH journal converted to Blog Journal).  It's strictly for blog post ideas and a visual way to keep track of my TO DO and NOTES. I'll share one with you each month.  Here's my January planner pages: 

Goals for 2015 
Monthly Blog Calendar 

WORD Reminder 

Please join me each week for posts featuring Sketchbook Tuesday and Travel Journal Thursday, Heartstrings (featuring crafts, sewing, Home Decorating) Knitting with a Mission, HeART Craft (features Paint/Paper & Collage and Monthly Calendars).  Looking forward to celebrating my fourth year in Blog land with you! 

Bee Creative! 


Anne Payne said...

You are an ambitious soul! I will be eagerly awaiting all the great things you share with us.

I'm still as inconsitent as ever in my blogging but maybe that is my consistency!!! hehe

So hop on over there and see my photos I posted. Yeah. Shameless begging here :)

And I don't know how you missed the giveaway.


Linda said...

Hi Suzy. I like the changes in your blog so far. Sounds like you have a lot to "focus" on, and its making my head You have a lot of great goals, and I look forward to seeing them happen. Just make sure you don't stress yourself over it. Are you still working with your ARC Planner? I love seeing your posts and decorations with that. Anyway, I enjoy reading your blog and look forward to your future posts...Linda E.

Susie Murray said...

Thanks Anne! Ambitious or crazy, not really sure but it is the beginning of the New Year so hopes are running high. Sorry to miss your giveaway but I'll come check out your photos soon. Love u.

Susie Murray said...

Hi Linda thanks for stopping by! My head is "spinning" too with great ideas for the New Year. I don't have an ARC planner but this year I've made my own which I'll be sharing each month. More art work and regular posts, so stay tuned!