Lent 2015

Mormons don’t participate in Lent as a religion, but I feel that as part of my spiritual journey I will take part in it this year. I have been researching it to make sure that I do it correctly and respectively.

Lent is a time when many Christians prepare for Easter by observing a period of fasting, repentance, moderation and spiritual discipline. The purpose is to set aside time for reflection on Jesus Christ – his suffering and his sacrifice, his life, death, burial and resurrection.

During Lent, people give up certain luxuries as a form of penitence and replace them with more spiritual disciplines that draw them closer to God (prayer, scripture, etc.).

Lent begins on Ash Wednesday (or Clean Monday for some Catholics) and ends on Easter Sunday. There are 6 Sundays of fasting and also a few feast days. Here is a timeline I found of the days of Lent:

  • First Sunday of Lent (Sunday, February 22, 2015)
  • Second Sunday of Lent (Sunday, March 1, 2015)
  • Feast of Saint Patrick (Tuesday, March 17, 2015)
  • Feast of Saint Joseph (Thursday, March 19, 2015)
  • Third Sunday of Lent (Sunday, March 8, 2015)
  • Fifth Sunday of Lent (Passion Sunday) (Sunday, March 22, 2015)
  • Easter (Sunday, April 5, 2015)


Things I am GIVING UP for Lent:

I was going to give up the internet completely, but I’m working on getting my Etsy shop up and running so that’s not going to work. I had then decided to just cut out certain websites, but all the websites I go on are ones I need to advertise my shop on. In the end I just decided to give up these 3 things. I think that abstaining from these during Lent will definitely make an impact and help me reach my spiritual goals.:

  1. Netflix & Hulu-Completely (this one will be hard because this is mostly all I do at work).
  2. Sugar-I had planned on giving this up anyway, why not do it for Lent?
  3. Frivolous spending-I’m going to stick to a strict budget of only buying the necessities.

Things I will be ADDING for Lent:

  1. Scripture reading: At least 1 chapter a day.
  2. Prayer: Twice daily (Right now it’s only been once).
  3. Meditation: Once a day.
  4. Journal: Once a day.
  5. Reading: One good/positive book a week (as an avid reader this is a doable goal. Especially if I’m cutting internet).
  6. Water: Eight glasses a day.

Also, Lent begins on a New Moon which I think is perfect for new beginnings.

What are you giving up for Lent?

Madison’s Pensieve

This morning I woke up around 5am and couldn’t go back to sleep even though I was still really exhausted. I haven’t been getting much sleep lately (what else is new) so I tried really hard to fall back to sleep. After tossing and turning for a couple of hours I finally decided to get up. Though I was physically exhausted, my mind was wide awake. Something that often happens to me. This time I decided I’d start one of my other new year’s goals I have: writing in my journal.

It wasn’t my typical entry of catching up because I had gone too long since last writing (this time it has been about 19 months). Those entries are never helpful in my racing mind, no sleep situations. I just wrote down the highlights of the past year and half and said I’d come back to them. I then wrote down my current thoughts that were on my mind. I wrote for exactly an hour. I wrote truthfully too. Usually I just write hinting at certain things for fear someone might find my journal and read it. This time I wrote down everything on my mind. It was very therapeutic. It has also motivated me to keep up my journal habit it because I still have a lot more to get off my mind.


Every time I write in my journal I feel like Dumbledore pulling a memory from his mind and putting it into his pensieve. I just hope no one finds my pensieve later and decides to fall into and re-live my memories. Especially with what’s been on my mind lately.

Journal writing is very therapeutic. I don’t know why I don’t do it more often. I bet I’d get more sleep. My main reason is because I feel over whelmed about having to catch up after a long break. Well after today’s entry I definitely feel motivated to keep it up. Keeping up on it will make it less over whelming. Good job Madison. Yes I just had an epiphany and then congratulated myself on it.

I thought I’d share a picture of my journal:



I modeled it after River Song’s Tardis journal. I was going to name it River after her (because I like to name things), but for some reason it just didn’t fit. Every time I write an entry, I automatically imagine myself writing to an old, wise woman. Like a grandmother figure. Not my grandma, but a nicer one. The grandmother I never had. That’s why I named my journal Mrs. Nesbit. Yes it’s after Toy Story, but I thought it would be a funny grandmother name. Every journal entry now starts with Dear Mrs. Nesbit. It’s nice because when I don’t really have something to write about (which is rare), I’ll just tell her about my day. Makes journal writing easier and more enjoyable.

mrs. nesbit

Well now that I’ve gotten a lot of mind for this morning, I think it’s time to go back to sleep.

Organization-New Year’s Goal #1

I mentioned in Hello, old friend, that I was going to make individual posts expounding more on my New Years’ goals.

Lately I’ve been feeling like my life is so unorganized. That’s why my main goal is to get my life organized, then hopefully the other goals will just fall into place.

I started by making my own planner. I bought a lined journal (on sale) from TJ Maxx. I found another planner at Target that had a cute case that included a zipper pocket. I took the case off the planner and put the journal in it.



The pocket is good for holding Post-its and things like coupons.


I numbered each page and made an index at the beginning of the planner. I designed my planner (loosely) on the Bullet Journal idea.


I made a month-at-a-glance calendar at the beginning of the January section. I even added tabs for the months. I’m only added pages as I go or a week or two ahead of time so I only have Jan. and Feb. right now.


At the start of the Jan. section I made a page to list major points in the month. The page on the left I numbered 1-31 (for 31 days in Jan) plus a letter to represent the days of the week. On the right I made a more detailed monthly to do (that I obviously didn’t fill out all the way. I also blacked out a personal event).


After the monthly to dos, I divided the pages into 7 days of the week. Each day has it’s own list + Dailies. I have highlighted events according to the legend that is shown in the previous picture.


I made a gas log to track how often I buy gas and how much I get (I recently bought a much smaller car so I don’t spend as much on gas now). I attached an envelope to one of the pages that I stick receipts in until I get home ( also need to make an at home receipt filing system).

Well that’s all I have so far on my planner. I’m just kind of making it up as I go, seeing what works and what doesn’t.

I’m working on make notebooks/journals for my other goals I’m working on too (health, spiritual, career, etc).

Organization Still To Do

  1. Put together a binder with my business plans, supply receipts, etc.
  2. Organize craft away where I make my jewelry and other things I wish to sell.
  3. Create meal plans and gather recipes.
  4. Make a health journal with meal plans and food trackers.
  5. Find out what I need to do to start going back to school (art school).
  6. Make a budget.

I plan to start on these this week. We’ll see how it goes and I’ll blog my progress.