2015 Day Planner for Moms

The 2015 Janalin Hood Day Planner is designed for moms who want to be intentional with their goals.

Did you read my last post about the woman at the library that told me I needed to get up earlier? I have spent some time thinking about her ideal, and instead… I am going to embrace something else.

Intention. That’s my plan in 2015.

2014 brought many great goals for me. And I wrote them down and attempted to keep up with them. But as with many ‘resolutions’ mine didn’t hold the year through.

One aspect of my goals last year was to keep our schedules more organized and I bought a planner. I used the Whitney English Day Designer. It was beautiful. I loved using it and it really helped me keep our family’s schedules on track. But… it was more for a working professional. I felt like I needed some help focusing on the bigger ideas of motherhood and not just a daily time keeper.

So through the year I made notes on what I needed to have to be at my best as a mom. First off I needed a mission. And goals in writing of what I want to achieve. And if you are like me you need a breakdown (and deadlines) to make sure the goals are completed. I needed TO DO lists. And I needed focus each day to complete a few things.

Because the hardest part of being a mom is not losing sight of the big picture, right? I know I have so many things that I want to accomplish but it seems unattainable because I don’t have hours at a time to designate to a task.

So, without further ado… here is the 2015 planner I have been working on the past year.

The 2015 Janalin Hood Day Planner is designed for moms who want to be intentional with their goals.

Pretty covers! We had to change from the original navy background because of binding colors. We did increase the size to 8×10!

A planning section begins the book! Ten pages to define what you want to accomplish, break down goals into steps, planning a steady rhythm-like day, and more.

Monthly View

 

 

 

 

 

 

The monthly spread has a column for notes on the left side. The monthly view notes all Federal Holidays. And finally the right column is where you make your dreams into plans- designating tasks, deadlines, and incentives to make things happen in 2015!

Week at a Glance

 

 

 

 

 

 

The weekly spread has your entire week before you for optimal planning. Monday through Friday are designed to help you get things done. Your day starts with designating the top three things that need to get done today. Then there are reminders of daily intentions (faith, love, fitness, phoning a friend, and reading). Finally your day starts with sections for morning and afternoon with spaces for lunch and dinner plans. It is no coincidence that there are four lines with check boxes for morning and afternoon! Plan on tracking the water you are drinking along with your day. Saturday and Sunday are light…. take a break and enjoy your family! Each week also has a quote or verse to keep you inspired.

At the end of the planner you will find a section for notes.

I will be photographing a hard copy next week! Yay! The planners will be ready to ship January 9th. The first printing will be January 2015-December 2015. But we will take ‘custom’ orders that allow you to choose what month you would like the planner to start, followed by 12 full months of monthly and weekly pages.

This year I will be sharing my mission and my intentions with you all and will blog about them. I’ve got some lofty goals on the paper now and I can’t wait to share them with you!!

The Etsy shop is live!  The link to your planner is here! https://www.etsy.com/listing/216682279/2015-janalin-hood-planner-pre-order?ref=shop_home_active_1

“Just get up earlier”

Just get up earlier

“Just get up earlier.”

That was the advice that I got from a woman at the library today. And I know she’s right. I could be a little bit more put together… my day less frenzied… if I would get up earlier. I know I should. But the honest to God truth is-

I’m. Exhausted.

And when you’re exhausted… when you haven’t slept the whole night in over a year… When you feel like you’re taking continual naps… the idea of an alarm clock is impossible.

In these last several months of exhaustion I’ve been blessed beyond measure. I have a wonderful husband, three healthy children, and so much family to be thankful for. Look at him.  This baby, who isn’t so little anymore.

 

Just get up earlier

 

This wonderful gift from God…is growing up on me all too fast. I’ve been making sure I take time to marvel in him. Marveling at every new thing that he does. Marveling at the things that make him laugh and the number of wrinkles that I have to wash in his legs. And on the days that I’m exhausted and I feel like are so long… I look at this wonderful gift.

 

These fleeting moments… I know how lucky I am. Many mamas that don’t get this chance. And so in this season I will be thankful. I look for the brightness in each day and I see the joy in the face of my babies. And for that Lord, I thank you.

Project 52:9 {Monotonous}

Project 52:9  |  janalinhood.com

Project 52:9  |  janalinhood.com

As part of a personal project documenting my memories of this place in my life called motherhood I am doing a 52 week journal, called Project 52.  I encourage you to join me in preserving ever fleeting memories.  If you wish to join and have a link to your project, please leave a link in the comments.  A year from now you will wish you had started today.  xo

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Linking up to: Danielle  |  Mercies in the Morning

Project 52:8 {Delight}

Project 52:7  |  janalinhood.com

Project 52:7  |  janalinhood.com

As part of a personal project documenting my memories of this place in my life called motherhood I am doing a 52 week journal, called Project 52.  I encourage you to join me in preserving ever fleeting memories.  If you wish to join and have a link to your project, please leave a link in the comments.  A year from now you will wish you had started today.  xo

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Linking up to: Danielle  |  Mercies in the Morning

Project 52:7 {Hard Work}

Project 52:7 www.janalinhood.com

Project 52:7 www.janalinhood.com

As part of a personal project documenting my memories of this place in my life called motherhood I am doing a 52 week journal, called Project 52.  I encourage you to join me in preserving ever fleeting memories.  If you wish to join and have a link to your project, please leave a link in the comments.  A year from now you will wish you had started today.  xo

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Linking up to: Danielle  |  Mercies in the Morning

Marriage. It’s worth fighting for.

It’s Valentine’s week and every year I get hopelessly lost in the red, pink, glitter and hearts.  I love love.  It’s really easy for me to celebrate this holiday with my husband and children.

But this week I got a phone call from a girlfriend.  Out of the blue (to me) she told me that she and her husband are getting a divorce.  That they were speaking to the attorney tomorrow.  She was telling me how she was worried about custody issues of their child and my heart was literally breaking as she spoke the words to me.  Our friendship is extremely long distance… we had lost touch in the past and just recently began talking again… so I was not in a place to ask questions about the how, what or whys.  In fact I am not sure that I need to know.  I promised her my prayers.  And honestly that is the most important thing I can do.

In our book club this month we are reading Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas.  The book is about how to view marriage as a catalyst as a way to make us holy, not happy.  And I feel compelled today more than ever for each one of us to encourage one another in our marriages.  Because it isn’t easy.  Because our spouses see every single one of our imperfections and we live with theirs.  The feelings that we had- the infatuation- when we fell in love are no longer front of mind in the everyday monotony of keeping the kids fed, clothed, and bills paid.  But there is something so very special in marriage that is worth fighting for.  Especially if you have children.  That bond that no two other people can replicate.  Their mom and their dad.  Together. The security of knowing that even when the going gets tough that leaving is not an option.

We HAVE to start looking inward and changing our own ways.  Praying more.  Praying a lot more.  Because not one of us is perfect.  And the way to perfecting a marriage is to practice humility– giving up our prideful nature of always putting self first. Today I ask you please pray for my friend.  Pray for your own marriage.  And put humility into practice.  Because our children need us to be together.

And I’ll end this with a question.  How can we encourage one another in marriage? 

Project 52:6 {Playful}

Project 52 by Janalin HoodAs part of a personal project documenting my memories of this place in my life called motherhood I am doing a 52 week journal, called Project 52.  I encourage you to join me in preserving ever fleeting memories.  If you wish to join and have a link to your project, please leave a link in the comments.  A year from now you will wish you had started today.  xo

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Linking up to: Danielle  |  Mercies in the Morning

Project 52:5 {Tiresome}

Project 52 by Janalin Hood

Project 52 by Janalin Hood

As part of a personal project documenting my memories of this place in my life called motherhood I am doing a 52 week journal, called Project 52.  I encourage you to join me in preserving ever fleeting memories.  If you wish to join and have a link to your project, please leave a link in the comments.  A year from now you will wish you had started today.  xo

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Linking up to: Danielle  |  Mercies in the Morning

Our Birth Story

Every Good and Perfect Gift

Our Birth Story  |  www.janalinhood.comThe day began like any typical day when you are being induced. I was up only 4 hours after going to bed the night before. And although I knew I needed more than four hours of sleep prior to such a big day I could not let the home duties rest. Yes, the bags had been packed for weeks but the laundry pile was bothering me… as was the fingerprints on the front door and the dishes in the sink. I did all I could, minus putting the laundry away and called it a night.

The next thing I knew the alarm was not so kindly waking me for my shower. I stumbled into the hot steam and pondered the coming days events. Being induced is a strange thing to do. I remembered my last pregnancy and the induction and the feelings were the same. Once we had arrived at the emergency entrance I froze… didn’t want to go in and submit myself to what was to come.

We got settled and started the pitocin just a little before 9am. It was strange being all alone in the room with the man I married seven years ago. We really hadn’t been alone, totally alone, like this since our last baby was born two and a half years ago. Instead of having awkward conversations wondering what to talk about we enjoyed one anther’s company and the moments of silence as well.

By 11am my doctor came in and broke my water. I was dreading this part, as last time it seemed that the water would never stop, but it was no big deal this time. More pitocin and harder and harder contractions followed. By 2pm I was having a hard time breathing during contractions and was ready for the epidural. I was 4 centimeters.

The epidural was expected to go without incident as it had in the past. I remember looking forward to seeing the man with the medical cart more than any other person on the hospital staff. And I welcomed him with the same warmth that I had the previous two times I had delivered. Only this time it was different. Something went wrong. Possibly the local anesthetic they gave me before the epidural was inserted didn’t work… we don’t know… but all I know is that the insertion of that needle was the most intense pain I have had during any of the three deliveries I have had. Julie, my labor and delivery nurse, was compassionate and helpful. Holding my hand, wiping my tears, and not showing any sign of flight when I couldn’t keep from screaming in her ear. I seriously was contemplating changing my mind about the epidural as it took him two times and what seemed like an eternity to get it in place. But he got it done and I was relieved to be done with it.

A few hours went by in the late afternoon and I dozed while Vic patiently waited watching the baby’s monitor and the rate of my contractions. We were estimating a 6pm delivery since I had been 4cm at 2pm, but just after 4:00pm Julie checked me again and I was a very loose 8cm and totally effaced. It was going to be go-time VERY shortly. Julie started to quickly gather the things that she needed for delivery and had other staff bringing the newborn things in and I could tell that I was going to be ready soon. She had called the doctor and he arrived just at the time I was ready to push. We waited for a good contraction and I pushed for a series of two full 10 seconds, and then an additional second or two… and he was born.

Our baby boy was silent following birth and I was scared. I asked if he was okay and Dr Snider assured me he was. Daddy declined to cut the cord, saying that that was what he paid the man in charge to do. Everyone laughed and I finally got to hear our baby boy cry. Relief. They gently wiped him with a towel and placed him on my chest. This was the first time I had immediately held a newborn after delivery and was in heaven. Our newest son looked just like his brother and it was surreal thinking that we were now a family of five. I then watched as they took our little man to the table in the corner of the room and took weighed, measured, and foot printed him.

I was so very thankful everything with the epidural ended up okay. We were able to leave the hospital the following day with a healthy baby and recover at home.

The tears, the pain, the dollars, that go into having a child are so trivial in comparison to the joy they bring in return. I am on my knees with a grateful heart knowing that my greatest legacy is wrapped around the little souls of my children. Perpetually praying for wisdom and guidance to grow and shape our new son. Because these years that some call the hardest are indeed difficult and full of sacrifices. But sacrifices that in turn show us how He loves us. May this child, this gift, be pleasing to You Lord.

Project 52:4 {Handsome}

Project 52 by Janalin Hood

Project 52 by Janalin Hood

As part of a personal project documenting my memories of this place in my life called motherhood I am doing a 52 week journal, called Project 52.  I encourage you to join me in preserving ever fleeting memories.  If you wish to join and have a link to your project, please leave a link in the comments.  A year from now you will wish you had started today.  xo

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Linking up to: Danielle  |  Mercies in the Morning