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Saturday, April 30, 2022

How Planning Transformed My Life

In the past, I’ve always been a casual planner and calendar user. I utilized as many as I could. I had a calendar on my wall at home, I had a calendar on my desk at work, and I had a teacher planner and pocket planner that I carried with me everywhere. I had so many planners that planning was overwhelming. Two years ago, Christen introduced me to Happy Planner® and I fell in love. Instead of having so many planners, I committed to having one planner for all of the planning that I do.

Katniss helping me plan.

My Happy Planner®  has many sections that help me stay organized:
  • Year-at-a-glance section
  • Month-at-a-glance layout
  • Weekly spread
  • Daily entries

Different things I use my planner for:

  1. Everyday events such as birthdays, due dates, date nights, weddings, etc. I also take it to the next level, and I have spiritual and literary events added, as well as the moon phases and Banned Books Week. Because I am an English teacher, I like to add the literary holidays because I like to plan around them and celebrate with my students. I utilize my monthly calendar for these things.
  2. School dates such as school holidays, the nine-week grading periods, field trip days, testing days, and lesson due dates. We have a lot of school dates, so I utilize the weekly part of my planner. The weekly spread is also very helpful when planning out lesson plans and to-do lists. I try to organize the weekly calendar.
  3. Budgeting. In every monthly section of my planner, there are pages for notes. I write a list of my bills and their due dates. I will also make a note of bill due dates in the daily section of the planner. I use a budget tracker to track my spending habits. You can also buy supplemental budgeting sheets to add to your Happy Planner®.
  4. Lists. Listing is very important to me. I like to keep a daily or weekly goal list and to-do list. I write these lists in the margins of the weekly section in my planner. I also have a call list that I keep in the monthly section of my planner which reminds me of the phone calls I need to make.
Rough draft of to-do lists

Other key features I like:
  • Stickers. I love stickers! When I first bought a planner, I immediately purchased cool stickers to go in my planner.
  • Folders and pockets. You can add folders and pockets to your planner to keep loose papers and it gives your planner a notebook-like feel.
  • The room to truly be creative. Not only do I like to color-code my dates but I also like to draw pictures in my planner to represent key moments in my life.

After all of this, I still do not consider myself an extreme planner. However, after changing my planning habits and consolidating all of my calendars to one catch-all planner, my life has been more organized and efficient. When I get to school, one of the first things I do is take out my planner and see what I have going on that day. Planning has helped me look ahead and not overbook myself. Planning has also helped me keep accountable in certain aspects of my life that used to challenge me, such as budgeting. Organizing to the extreme is not for everyone and you can still be a casual planner using Happy Planner® but if you are looking for an extra creative outlet in your life, I highly recommend it.

Let’s continue the conversation. Do you use day planners in your life? Join us on our Facebook Group: MMC Chat and on our Facebook page.

Thursday, April 28, 2022

An Invitation to Plan with Me

I’ve used a day planner since I was 18 or 19 years old. I’m not even sure when or why I started, but I loved writing things down in my handy planner. It helped me remember things. And for someone with ADHD, that was a super big deal. One of my earliest planners was a simple spiral-bound, 8 ½” x 11” daily that broke down into half-hour increments. It was plain, grey, and not that attractive, but it helped me keep track of my college classes and my work schedule, along with any important assignments and events. Oddly enough, I still have it, as well as several other old planners I used. They’re like a window into my life from days gone by. I find day-timers and planners to be an excellent way to document not only what will happen, but also to track what already has happened. I’ve journaled in them, added photos, decorated some of them, and even added more functionality by inserting various lists and trackers. Over the years, my planners have evolved into everything from an assortment of pocket-sized books to my Palm device and iPhone to what I now use – a Happy Planner by Me and My Big Ideas.

I love my current planner setup. I’ve been perfecting the system for several years now, and it is so streamlined that I can run through all of it automatically every Sunday when I sit down to go through the plans for my next week. My weekly planner setup actually includes everything from meal planning, grocery list making, and errand running plans down to what days I will work on editing our podcasts, writing blog posts, and what crafts I will work on during my Thursday Zoom crop. I also use a brain dump system to help plan household tasks, I run through my PowerSheets© tending lists, and I even do a little computer maintenance. It’s a whole process, and it works very well. 

I mentioned in the podcast that I’ve taken a digital hybrid approach to decorating and utilizing my planner. During the COVID lockdown, I got tired of setting up a planner with all the stickers and nothing to write in it, so I entertained myself by creating a digital template of my regular weekly set-up, and then I simply run the pages of my Happy Planner through the printer. It saves a lot of time (and money) over hunting for just the right sticker to use, and the possible color combinations are endless. 

For several months now, I have been running through this process over Zoom with my daughter, Christen. Since we both plan on Sundays, and since our activities often intersect, requiring us to plan together, it works in our best interest to just do it at the same time
together. It has been a great motivator, and I feel like we’ve had more family activities and better coordination since we started. 

Last week, while we were working our way through our weekly plans, we realized that our Modern Musings topic was going to be “Planners” this week, and we thought it would be a great idea to share our planning session with you. Normally, we would do it on a Sunday, but for this week only, we are going to do it on a Friday via a “Plan with Us – Live” session on Zoom. The session will be a slightly condensed version of what we normally do, but hopefully, it will give you an idea of just how organized we can be when we use our planners fully. We hope you will join us, and if not, then the replay will be on our YouTube channel in a few days. 

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Thanks for dropping by this week, and we hope you’ll join us for the LIVE “Plan with Us” session. If you are interested in seeing more about my custom planner templates for Happy Planner, or any of the other supplies I use, please send us an email using the email form in the sidebar, or hop on over to the MMC Chat Facebook group to continue the discussion there. 

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Heard It on the Podcast - April 27, 2022

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S2E18: Day Planners

Monday, April 25, 2022

How Planning Helps Me Connect with My Family

I have been using a day planner since I was in 4th grade. In school I was taught early on how to put my homework into my day planner to assist me with accountability. As an adult, I continued using a day planner, but more actively, when my boss gave me a Day Timer in order to effectively manage my team and daily tasks after I was promoted into a leadership position. I was hooked at that point. She had told me to research Franklin Covey methods, and that sent me on a long journey, discovering different ways to use my day planner to manage everything from little tasks to important information and goals. My family likes to stay busy, and we are always thinking up fun things to do, and using a planner helps to make sure everyone knows where they are supposed to be and when.
Grocery list in the works!

By the time I got married, I was well versed in all things to do with using a day planner, but I could see that my husband, Travis, was struggling to manage some areas of his life. He had been relying on other people to remind him of important things like doctor’s appointments. I found myself communicating events with my husband, but he would still forget or not be fully in the loop. 

Travis had told me that he wanted a planner like mine. I use the Happy Planner “Big” because the disc-bound option allows me to easily pull the pages out or add a page if needed. Travis and I set out to our local craft store and browsed their inventory. We were quick to realize that Happy Planner is geared towards women. We were disappointed that there were not any masculine options available. Travis liked the layout, but was not as enthusiastic about the colors and themes. The planner he eventually chose was designed by Rong Rong and is filled with cartoons of girls living their best life. I ended up having to laminate a new cover for him. The Happy Planner ended up not being a good option for Travis - the pages were always falling out; he was a little too rough on it, and so it caused him a lot of frustration.
This year, we went to the office supply chain and looked at Day Timer planners and similar brands. Travis chose a more costly option, but hopefully this one will hold up better. He chose a 3-ring binder that zips up, allowing him to have more control over the loose slips of papers and notes he likes to keep with his planner. So far it has been holding up. 
Even my daughter uses a Planner!
Although Travis is now using his day planner, he is not all that enthusiastic about planning itself. He does enjoy meal planning and picking out new recipes for the week. He also likes participating in brainstorming family fun activities like camping or a vacation. He has not been overly interested in planning with me when it comes to weekly planning. I have to schedule time and remind him to be ready to plan. He doesn’t find joy in sitting down and mapping out the day to day home maintenance, care and logistics for our household. He prefers to be directed on what to do each week, so I usually only schedule meeting time to plan with him when it’s something important like a family trip. When I plan what I need to do for the week, I make a list for Travis, too. On Sundays, usually after dinner, I let him know what activities and events are coming up. We discuss what the plans are for the week and I’ll present him with a sticky note with important dates and facts that he then adds to his day planner. He will update me too on any reminders for the week. We are not springing anything new on each other – just keeping the communication going. My method might not work for everyone; I can say that Travis is very agreeable – if I ever need him to run an errand, I can give him a to-do list and trust that it will get done. He just needs guidance and open communication, otherwise he will forget things all together. If you are trying to get your partner more involved, then I strongly suggest making a long list of tasks and goals, and sit down with your spouse to hash out what needs to be done by whom and when. Just pick a couple of things on the list, make a commitment to accomplish them, either separately or together, and then hold each other accountable. 

I have a new accountability partner for my planning! This year Mom and I have been planning more family activities together. We started getting on Zoom calls together to plan and realized that it was fun to work on our regular weekly planning together also. I have found that planning my week with someone else has been beneficial as I am more likely to set actual plans, rather than allowing my week to unfold as it happens. We chat, plan, ask for ideas and sometimes even swap recipes while we are planning. So far, I have filled my planner more, have taken deeper dives into my daily flow, and also feel as if I have accomplished more since we started our planning sessions. 

Cindy and Christen Planner Zooming

We thought it might be fun to share our planning session with you. We are so excited to share our first LIVE broadcast via Zoom this Friday. Cindy will be the hostess as she gives us a tour of her weekly planning routine and processes. Please check us out at 8pm CST; the details are below! If you are not able to join the live broadcast, don’t worry, there will be a recording to view after the event is over. We look forward to seeing you!

Plan with Us Live connection info here:

Time: Apr 29, 2022, 08:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

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Saturday, April 23, 2022

Today, as I got dressed for work, I contemplated my choices. I put on a company t-shirt, and pajama bottoms. This is my business attire for the day. I have one on one meetings with my team today so I need to look decent. “They won't see my pants” I tell myself, assuring myself that my choice is validated. Make-up? What is that? I hardly ever wear it anymore. 

What happened? I used to get all snazzy for work everyday. I loved having my cute work outfits, and I was starting to see drastic changes due to my weightloss surgery. My life was starting to fall into place before the pandemic. I had met the man of my dreams, became a Stepmom, had plans for a wedding, and my career was going great. Suddenly, life got altered and put on hold. Due to social distancing and sheltering-in-place during the initial outbreak of COVID-19, I started working from home. Now, I have different levels of pajamas:  sleepwear, house cleaning pajamas, and work pajamas. 

This break in routine has led to many days of not feeling “myself”.  Honestly I have survived, and I don’t have much room to complain; my life was minimally impacted, with no loss of life in my immediate family (unlike so many), and we were also very lucky to still have our jobs. We have been fortunate! So why am I so down in the dumps and feel so “off”?.  I truly believe that the change in routine, over and over again, is a huge factor.

It has been noted from many sources that getting dressed will significantly increase a person’s mood, especially if they are struggling with depression. I have always struggled with seasonal depression, and the added stress of all the changes in my routine did not help me. That’s what I feel has been going on with me since COVID-19 hit. I am aware of my struggle and working hard to take care of myself to my best abilities. 

One of the things that I have been doing without realizing during this time, is undervaluing myself. I have constantly made certain little choices and my justification of them has been chiseling away at my self esteem, bit by bit. I will tell myself things like “I don't need to put on fresh clothes, I have not done anything today.” We have all said something along those lines, and it seems harmless, but when I dissected it and looked deeper at the long term effect I discovered that I was basically telling myself that I did not earn clean clothes, as if I did not deserve to have clean clothes on. Another one that struck me hard upon realization was “I don't need to take a shower, I’m not going anywhere important.” No, taking care of my household and working from home is important even if it's just a few steps away versus a commute in a car ride. This is something going on every day, and multiples times throughout the day. At times, I would feel so down on myself. I would say things like “I’m so gross” or “I’m filthy.” It broke my heart to hear myself and to realize what I was saying in my head. I was beating myself up about being unclean, and then turning around and gaslighting myself for not doing anything around the house – convincing myself that I did not deserve to take a bath. It was a full on assault from all ends.
As I have mentioned several times in previous blogs, my word of the year is RISE and I have been trying to incorporate it into all aspects of my life, work, home, family, mental and physical health, and even in my hobbies. I consider my self-care and physical appearance as part of the mental and physical health category. One of my objectives is to elevate my personal care including my attire. My personal care encompasses hygiene, grooming, and primping as well as getting back into a fitness routine, getting my beauty sleep, and much deeper internal growth, like my daily narrative, and self esteem. 

My realization had come after speaking it aloud – it hit me. I don’t have to accomplish some major goal in order to get a decent shower! Being able to bathe and clothe myself is a human necessity and according to Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, a base necessity for me to thrive. When those basic needs are not met, we shutdown. We cannot fulfill a higher purpose if we do not have shelter, security, clothing etc. I deserve a shower, anytime I want it, I don't have to earn it. I am not required to produce some laborious sweat, or toil with some object or check off an action item, in order to pass this non-existent gauntlet I have created for myself.
Coincidently, my boss at work had a fun little survey to kick off our weekly virtual team meeting. She asked how many people wore the same shirt two days in a row. I was shocked to hear how many of my co-workers admit that they were wearing the same outfit that they had on the day prior. It was almost every single one of our fifty-plus meeting attendees. Openly admitting that they were sporting yesterday’s dirty laundry. Many of them justified this by saying, “I’m not going anywhere,” or “I’m just sitting here pushing buttons on a keyboard.” The whole conversation was enlightening to say the least. I was baffled at how many people were willing to admit their dirty little secret, amused, as well as re-assured that it was not just me. But with that reassurance, came validation for my whole concern. My coworker also undervalued himself! He doesn’t just type on a keyboard – he is an integral part of our team and a valuable member of our company. We are all struggling.

I am here, with you, trying to make sense of what my life is now -- who I am and what I need deep down inside, like so many others, still picking up the pieces and trying to carry on with our lives after (technically, still during) the pandemic.

I really like this article, A Guide to Getting Dressed When You are Depressed, by Emily Torres on The Good Trade. It really made me feel good reading it. She speaks to me. Her first tip is to put on clean underwear! That just seems silly to some folks I am sure. But to anyone who has suffered from depression, then I am sure you can relate in some way. Just remember, you deserve clean underwear, even if all you do is get right back into bed - despite having bathed or not. 

I encourage you to help me keep the conversation going. Have you been struggling with self care because of changes due to the pandemic or from working from home? Have you noticed this change with friends, family and colleagues?  Please join us on MMC chat, our Facebook chat group, or comment below.

Thursday, April 21, 2022

Manifesting Perfect Moments (Even for a Second)

It’s 2022. Am I weird that I don’t actively think about manifesting? Manifesting is all about goal-setting, right? We talk a lot about goal-setting on our blogs and podcast and it’s a subject that’s near and dear to me. This year one of my goals is to manifest great moments in my life. 

Dave Elkins from MAE

Recently, one of my coworkers and I went to a concert of my favorite band, MAE (Multisensory Aesthetic Experience), at the Granada Theater in Dallas and it was a perfect night to manifest great moments. Normally, I would leave with the crowd afterward but she convinced me to stay behind and see if we could catch the band. I’m glad I listened to her because I actually got to meet my favorite singer, Dave Elkins. This moment was special to me for two reasons: The first was that I was at their initial Granada concert when they came to Dallas seventeen years earlier and the second is that MAE was actually one of the things that got me through quarantine two years ago.

Dave Elkins and I

Aside from being incredibly nervous talking to my favorite singer, I told him that his music literally saved my life. He asked me to elaborate. Quarantine was a dark time for me. Not only was I isolated from my friends and my family, but I was also stuck 24 hours a day with my then-husband. Being stuck with someone that you don’t normally spend much time with (because I work a lot) can go one of two ways: endless gratefulness for the time spent together, or realization that maybe there was a reason I subconsciously elected to stay at work long hours at a time. 

When the pandemic started, Dave started giving acoustic concerts every Saturday on the band’s Facebook page. You can watch those videos here. I lived for those Saturday concerts. I eagerly waited for the setlists to come out every Wednesday in anticipation of his upcoming acoustic shows. I watched and commented and sang along to the music. That was one of the only things keeping me going during the pandemic other than work. When MAE announced they were touring again, I was ecstatic. I constantly checked their website for tour updates in the hope they would come to Texas. Finally, they announced a fifteen-year anniversary tour of their second album, The Everglow, and they had planned dates in Texas. I knew I had to attend the concert. Surprisingly enough, my work friend got us tickets and gave them to me as a secret Santa gift.

I don’t often claim favorites in my life unless I like everything about that particular thing, and this includes everything from bands to authors. If I claim something as my favorite, I’m going in full force. I ran across the band MAE in 2003 after they released their first single “Embers and Envelopes” from their debut album Destination: Beautiful, and quickly bought their CD. I loved every single one of their songs because I thought their laid-back music embodied my personality. I always described my love for the band as if my soul could represent a form of music, it would be their music. Over the years, MAE has been the one band that I consistently followed despite only attending one of their concerts before.

After the concert, Dave and I talked for a while. We talked about quarantine and the last time the band played at the Granada. He ended up giving me a copy of the setlist, and the band members signed it for me. Not often do I get to experience moments that I describe as perfect. To me, perfection rarely exists, and the beauty of life is in its flaws. But, that night, the stars seemed to align at that moment at that concert, and it took me back to all the moments I spent in 2020 listening to Facebook live. In those quarantine moments, the world was uncertain. We didn’t know when or if life would go back to normal. Slowly but surely, two years later, I am doing things again like going to concerts or the movies that I hadn’t done since the fall of 2019. When it comes to healing, all it takes is time.

I want to hear from my readers. What was one thing that got you through quarantine? Let’s continue the conversation on our Facebook Group: MMC Chat and on our Facebook Page.

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Heard It on the Podcast - April 20, 2022

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S2E17: COVID - 2 Years Later

Monday, April 18, 2022

Blame It on COVID

This week on the podcast, we are talking about our experiences living through the COVID pandemic. It’s hard to believe, but it’s actually been two years since the government here in Texas (and pretty much everywhere else)  shut everything down for what we thought would be a few weeks of working from home and limiting our forays out into the world. What the heck happened? No, don’t answer that. I don’t want to get into the politics or debates over COVID and whether it’s real or whatever. The fact is that the last two years have changed us – our health care, our economy, our work, our schools, our travel, our leisure, right down to our everyday lives. So where are we now, and how are we doing in wake of all the drama, misinformation, fear, and confusion? How did we make it through, and where are we headed?

While I do want to talk about all of this on the podcast, I know there isn’t enough time in the world to say everything there is to say on the topic. Rather than repeat the same things over and over, I thought I’d spend some time on the blog today sharing a couple of things I did during the pandemic that I think might have literally saved my life – from more than just COVID.

Before the pandemic, before the lockdowns, facemasks, and toilet paper shortages, I ran a little company called Crafty Neighbor and an off-shoot I named Crafty Neighbor Travel. Between the two, I organized and orchestrated crafting events including classes, crops, retreats, and even scrapbooking cruises. Aside from the cruises (we’ll talk more about that in a future episode!), one of my favorite services was hosting a weekly crafting event (crop) in my home every Thursday. Every week, I would provide a pot of coffee or soft drinks and enough table space for a small handful of crafters to get together and do their thing. Originally hosted through Meetup.com, it was a great way to socialize, learn from each other, and make new friends. And make new friends, I did…I met so many crafters and we had so much fun. Many of those crafters eventually became some of my closest friends.

To say that COVID devastated my business would be an understatement. The cruise industry, my primary field of expertise, was decimated. While the cruise industry was under a CDC No Sail Order for over 15 months, I might have been at home twiddling my thumbs, but instead, I spent 18 months as the primary caregiver to my mother, who has dementia. While other people were still working, albeit, from home, my time was focused on getting my mother the medical care she needed, and making arrangements for her long-term needs. I had no income, and I didn’t even know if it would eventually return because we didn’t know if the cruise industry would ever come back. On top of that, I missed my only source of social activity – my Thursday crop group.

Luckily for me, I am not afraid of technology, and so from the moment I first learned about the lockdown here, I started plotting ways to be with my friends without actually being with my friends. The easy answer was Zoom, and so our Thursday Zoom Crop was born. To say that this weekly virtual gathering was a life-saver would be a massive understatement. I was trapped here in my home with my husband, my college-student niece, my mentally-impaired mother, and two dogs that hated each other – one of which was not housebroken. It was all I could do to make myself get out of bed every day, and more than once I considered the possibility of just getting in my car and driving far, far away. But of course, I didn’t, and I have my Zoom friends to thank for that.

We started as just our usual group of stay-at-home moms and grandmas who usually came together in person for a few hours of crafting on Thursdays. We started at 10 AM and were usually done by 4 PM or so. As the weeks went by, we had new faces join our ranks…friends, friends of friends, and even a few who we knew, but who had never joined us before and now suddenly could because they were working from home. As the group grew larger, the time we were online grew longer. We celebrated National Scrapbook Day with a three-day, non-stop Zoom crop that allowed participants to come and go as they pleased, and had us crafting well into the wee hours of the night. As the months dragged on, we settled into a rhythm that felt as natural as getting together in person had, and it made the few times that we were able to meet in person all the more special.

One of the projects I worked on during that time was my COVID journal. I knew early on that we were living through a historic moment, and I wanted to document it from my own family’s perspective. As a genealogist and scrapbooker/family historian, it was important to me to leave a personal record of our lives, so I came up with the idea of keeping a creative journal in a small traveler’s notebook. I invited my Zoom companions to join me, and we even set a few “prompts”, including a few pulled directly from my 365 Project from a few years back. It was a great way to spend our time in quarantined isolation.

Many of us kept up with the journaling project for several months, adding on more prompts when the original list was completed. Slowly but surely, the others lost interest, but I kept my journal going, adding to it daily for several months and filling up multiple traveler’s notebooks. Eventually, my daily entries dwindled to weekly, and then even less often than that, until finally I only added to it when something important happened. I finally ended it in November of 2021, having filled up 6 travelers' notebooks with stories of our daily lives, shortages, cancellations, business closings, politics, and more. It’s probably one of the longest ongoing projects I’ve ever tackled, and I’m so glad I did it.

Between the Zoom meetings and the journaling project, I had something that held my attention and gave me something to focus on besides the death of my business or the chaos and unpleasantries in my home. The Zoom meetings gave me back my friends, and gave me a safe place to share my frustrations with the status quo, while the journal allowed me to vent, document, and come to terms with what was happening in my life and the world around me. I honestly believe that if I hadn’t been able to utilize those two outlets, I might have cracked.

The Zoom meetings have also allowed me to spend more time with my daughter than I ever could before. In addition to our Thursday crops, Christen and I have been meeting virtually almost every Sunday while we do our weekly setup in our planners. It started because we needed to plan a few family events, but it has become a weekly habit that I love.  We get to spend time together without having to leave our own homes, and it is time I would not have been able to spend with her if we couldn’t do it online. I hope that never stops. I think my friends feel the same. A few months ago, while on our Zoom chat with my crafty friends, several of them mentioned that they hoped the Zooms would continue, even after the fear of COVID was lifted. I was a bit amused by the idea and agreed it might be fun just to keep meeting online indefinitely. 

Even though a lot of good has come from my COVID experience, like many, I have a bit of PTSD, depression, and anxiety because of it, and it’s going to take a long time to heal. Fortunately, the last two years have taught me that I can be flexible, even when I think I’ve come to the end of my rope. Two years of COVID have taught me that nothing is guaranteed and that we have to enjoy and cherish each moment as it happens, because it may never come again. I have learned that there is always more than one way to do things, and sometimes all it takes is a little ingenuity.  We’ve also learned that there is more than one side to every story, and we need to all work on being more tolerant of each other. We’ve learned to live without some of the goods and products we used to take for granted. I know we have all learned that we can work from home, go to school through our computers, and meet with each other in a virtual environment right from the comfort of our own homes. And while we anxiously look forward to more face-to-face meetings with our friends and family, we have learned to incorporate virtual meetings into our lives, too. It has become common…even normal.

What helped you get through the COVID pandemic? How did you change your usual routines to work virtually? Are you still doing those things? We’d love to hear about it. Comment below or join us on our Facebook Group MMC Chat.

5 Ways to Manifest Your Best Life

Hi there, and welcome back! Since we have been heavily focusing on goals and planning, I thought we should discuss manifesting. I love this ...