the thinking closet Tue, 03 Mar 2015 12:11:29 +0000 en-US hourly 1 1980s Fashion Plate Greeting Cards: FREE Printable Tue, 03 Mar 2015 12:09:54 +0000 First, a little poem to set the stage.  Feel free to lower the lights, put on your beatnik cap, and get your snaps ready. I am from Annie and Peter Pan on the old record player, which skipped every time we went “flying.” From homemade scrunchies and wrist-bruising slap-on bracelets. I am from open upstairs windows on hot summer nightsRead more]]> 8 Five Minute Friday: Opening Up to the Here & Now Fri, 13 Feb 2015 12:00:35 +0000 Usually when I see the one-word prompt for Five Minute Friday, a specific story will flash to mind, and I’ll know exactly where to begin when the timer starts. But not today. No, when I saw the word “when“ as the topic on which to write this week, absolutely nothing came to mind.  No story.  No vision.  No ideas.Read more]]> 10 30 MORE Last Minute DIY Gifts for Your Valentine Wed, 11 Feb 2015 12:00:24 +0000 I’m not a procrastinator.  I just work well under pressure.  At least that’s how I’m choosing to see it!  {Smile.} The tick of the clock, the quickened beat of my heart, the rattle of the impending deadline like a freight train charging down the track…they have been the soundtrack to some of my very best gift-giving. Because while last-minuteRead more]]> 11 My One Word for 2015 Sun, 08 Feb 2015 12:00:00 +0000 For the last two years, I’ve chosen one word for the year.  One word to inspire my dreams and help focus my goals.  One word to help me see the bigger picture.  One word to give a name to the tugging on my heart. Though the truth of the matter is that I don’t really chooseRead more]]> 21 “What I Love About You from A to Z” Mini-Book Gift Fri, 06 Feb 2015 12:10:47 +0000 So, I’m sort of a gift fanatic–we’ve established that fact–and some of my favorite gifts are the ones that just keep going and going (insert token Energizer bunny reference here). And going.  …  For instance: Why give the gift of one date night when you can plan out 12 Months of Dates? Why give one birthday gift when youRead more]]> 12 Reader Showcase: A Look Back at Fall 2014 Sat, 31 Jan 2015 12:00:34 +0000 Apparently, I’ve been living under a rock… …and we underwent a season change from fall to winter over a month ago.  Of course, can you blame me for being out of touch when we’ve had shorts weather recently?  (Northerners, please don’t send me hate mail.  Instead, come and visit sunny Florida!) That said, I’m lonnnnng overdue for ourRead more]]> 8 Five Minute Friday: Half a Cookie Fri, 23 Jan 2015 09:00:53 +0000 I felt a yearning I haven’t felt in a while…a yearning just to freewrite!  The kind of writing inspired by a creative prompt where you set a timer and just let the thoughts spill onto the page or screen, scritchity scratchety or tickity typity.  You don’t censor yourself.  You don’t correct yourself.  You fly forwardRead more]]> 8 Our Budget Binder & Simplify eBook Giveaway! Tue, 13 Jan 2015 16:58:10 +0000 G’day, mates! Yesterday, I shared how Mark and I are venturing into uncharted financial waters this new year: we’re going to try a cash budget envelope system.  I have to say, I was really encouraged by the flood of comments, many from others who have adopted the same system!  I’ve enjoyed seeing all of theRead more]]> 140 DIY Cash Budget Envelopes: Free Printable Mon, 12 Jan 2015 15:00:10 +0000 Mark and I are taking a leap this year and venturing into something brand new on the financial front: we’re preparing to try out a cash budget envelope system.  I know, your eyebrows just furrowed a little, didn’t they?  Mine did, too, pretty much for an entire year.  Here’s a little background on what changed that furrowed brown to anRead more]]> 36 Why I’m Taking a True Day of Rest Each Week & How It Has Changed EVERYTHING Thu, 08 Jan 2015 12:00:22 +0000 It was late August, and Mark and I found ourselves in the cool quiet north of Wisconsin.  I had just started amping up my eBook writing and was feeling the impending crunch of deadlines. In some ways, it seemed like the worst possible time to adopt a new habit that meant less work time.  And yet, it was exactly theRead more]]> 30