Order & Organizing
"O" in our A-Z Word of the Year Challenge

I’m not the most organized person. I wish cleaning out my space charged me up like other people, like my husband. The difference between us has caused some friction over the years. For Father’s Day instead of buying him something, we lightened the load by going through the laundry room cupboards, our books, and the storage shed with the old paint cans etc. It was so appreciated, I think I’m going to clean something out and get rid of unused stuff every year for his holiday.

“Order is the shape upon which beauty depends.”

Pearl S. Buck

Actually, I want to go through other cupboards, nooks and crannies, and even the studio (again.) Of all the places where it is the hardest for me, it is definitely the studio. So many things have those two “P” words I use too often: possibilities and potential, which make it challenging for me to discern what to keep and what to toss.

Even with that challenge, I am determined to live out my word of the year LIGHT by lightening the load.


Taking steps toward order and beauty is a biblical pursuit as well. Isaiah 45:8 NOG says:

“Yahweh, heaven’s Creator, who alone is God,
He created the earth, shaped it, and established it all by Himself.
He made it fit and orderly and beautiful for its inhabitants.”

Important Questions to Help Organize

Here are the questions I am asking myself as I am look at and pick up each item:

  • Does this bring me joy and beauty?
  • Do I use this?

When going through books, my personal weakness, I ask myself:

  • Will I read this again?

If I cannot answer “Yes” to any of these questions, it needs to go. 

“We live in a beautiful and orderly world,
not in a chaos without norms,
even though this is how it sometimes appears.”

M.C. Escher

The Golden Ratio

The pages shown here were done according to the Golden Ratio, also called Divine Proportion and represented by the Greek letter Phi. It is a proportion of 1 to 1.618…. and if found throughout nature, including plants, growth cycles and the human body. It is a concept that relates the parts to the whole in such a way that the whole is to the larger part in the exact same proportion that the larger part is the smaller part. This creates beauty and harmony.

I made a whole journal about it. While I was making it I said to my daughter, “If I had to marry a math concept, I’d marry the Golden Ratio.” She said, “Mom, you just went to far.” (Teehee) Seriously though, whenever I get stuck with layout, design or need inspiration for where to put things in my art, I rely on the Golden Ratio.

Here are a few pages of my Golden Ratio journal:

Art tends toward balance, order, judgment of relative values,
the laws of growth, the economy of living –
very good things for anyone to be interested in. 

Robert Henri

Living Your Word 2019 Opportunity!

Bernice Hopper, and Mary Brack, and I share insights through blog posts for keeping an Everyday Calendar Journal. We will be using the journal to record events, experiences and relationships; to explore our word’s meaning in visual and fun ways. If you would like to connect with others in creative way about organizing your word, your ideas, thoughts, prayers, events, or your projects all in one place, you are invited to join our Facebook group: Everyday Journals ~ Living Your Word of the Year.
URL for Facebook group:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/203309083575277/

URLs for Instagram: #livingyourword2019


Bernice: https://newlycreative.com

Mary:  www.foundonbrighton.com

Valerie: https://valeriesjodin.com/blog/ (this one :-))

Stencils Used in This Post

A-Z Posts

A Gift of Peace ~ Shalom Prayer

The beautiful guiding prayer of The Maranatha Community has been read and heard by millions worldwide. It has helped transform my thinking and used to bring about inner healing. In this post I’ve use the sound-track from the original Shalom CD (with permission) to overlay it onto my original artwork to create this video rendition.

7 Reasons Why I include a Word of the Year in my Bullet Journal

Video and written reasons on the benefits of including a Word of the Year in a bullet/calendar/everyday/anything style of journal

A-Z Word of the Year Challenge Journal Pages

This post shows my finished journal pages of the A-Z Word of the Year Challenge & links including A-Z of my Mystery and applying it to a word of the year.

Reaching the Zenith with Zeal – A-Z Word Challenge

Moving toward a zenith, the highest point in life, with passion and zeal sounds fulfilling and to me. I would like to live with such purposeful intention.

Yearning and saying Yes – Y in A-Z Word Challenge

What I yearn for I tend to say ‘yes’ to. That is why it is so important to nurture my heart, be aware of what or who I give my heart to, what I focus on, and even what I see and hear.

How I Choose a Word of the Year

Video and written steps on how to choose a Word of the Year to focus on and live by. Visit my blog for creative ways to journal and live your word this year

The Treasure of X in the A-Z Word Challenge

The mysterious treasure and paradox of the letter ‘X’ in the A-Z of Mystery journal. Scripture and questions to consider in this journey of life.

Wisdom from Above – W in A-Z Word Challenge

Seeking wisdom “the ability to think and act using knowledge, experience, insight, understanding and common sense; unbiased judgment, and compassion.” What do I have grace and time for?

Vision – Valor – Victory ~ V in A-Z Word of the Year Challenge

V in the A-Z Word of the Year Challenge I was almost asleep one night recently when a phrase floated across my mind and I knew it spoke truth and asked to be written down. So I pulled myself out of bed and went to my journal to write: “Vision with Valor lead to Victory.” This got me thinking of what this means to me personally. I went to the first A-Z journal I did with Bernice Hopper’s challenge back in 2013. Here is my V for Vision for that: Vision is a key word for me right now, and… Read More

Living in Unity – U in A-Z Challenge

We are bound together in a common life. Seeking unity with one another is a worthwhile pursuit. “How wonderful it is…to live together in harmony.

Living Time Now – T in A-Z Challenge

“We live in the past of the future,” I heard Jonathan Cahn say. So I am choosing to make today count like a time traveler! It’s like I am actually able to go back in time and change the trajectory of my future. If I were looking back from tomorrow or next year, that is exactly what coming back to this moment would be like.

Shine Your Light! S in A-Z Challenge

It’s time to Shine! What does it mean to shine? “How do I shine as myself, with God, and others?” To shine looks differently for us individually, but my guess there are also some common things we long for, need, and value.

Developing a Rhythm for Life – R in A-Z Challenge

Seeking to establish a fulfilling rhythm of daily life, working from rest and resting from work in a fulfilling way. Every living thing has a rhythm. “R” for Rhythm in the A-Z of Mystery Word of the Year Challenge.

Being Quiet to Hear – Q in A-Z Challenge

Getting quiet is important in order to hear and discern what to do. Listening prayer is a way to do that. Suggested questions & art reflections on Q-Quiet in the A-Z Challenge included

Living with Paradox – P in A-Z Word Challenge

Paradox is holding two opposites as true at the same time. We live in paradoxical times that have polarized relationships and our nation. We tend to paint other people with harsh, broad brush strokes of black or white. Living with paradox requires empathy and invites reconciliation, seeking to understand a viewpoint opposite of our own.

Celebrating Nature – N in the A-Z Challenge and NEW Stencils Released

Celebrating Nature with a Word of the Year active challenge and NEW leafy doodle stencils. Included are artful inspirations and a how-to stencil Washi tape video, comparing medical tape with white Washi tape.

M-Inspiring Your Creative Muse in Living Your Word of the Year

The word ‘Muse’ is filled with mystery. Muse is associated with memory and music. We may sense the connection most when we hear a song from our past, bringing back all sorts of memories, and we feel transported back to a specific event or time. Google Dictionary defines Inspiration as:” the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative” or “a sudden brilliant, creative, or timely idea.”

L-Looking Back with New Eyes to Move Forward

I’ve been reminded to look back in order to move forward. At first it sounded counter-intuitive and non-productive, but after doing it, I see the value of taking a fresh look at what I have, what I’ve done, and stop to look, listen, and be grateful. It was the prompt I needed to Live this moment, to be present without the pressure to perform.

K-Keys to Living Your Word of the Year

A key is a small thing that opens a larger, important experience. A question can be a key to the answer you’re looking for. A key can unlock a mode of transportation that can take us on a journey to another place. A key can open up a space of a new world. A key can bring us home.

J-Journey Living Your Word of the Year

If you are here now, you are on this life journey, and so am I. My journey is taking me back, like revisiting these journals with journey themed pages and bringing to mind my faith journey. I am grateful for the process, even though at times it was hard to see on the path… What is your journey…

I-Intentional Living the Word of the Year

Now is the time to be intentional! It’s been a very busy time and I feel on the edge of being overwhelmed. That puts me in danger of letting the default of shutting down take over. I’m determined to grow past that into healthy purposeful action.Keeping a journal has become the most helpful tool to living with intention and staying focused on what I believe is important in life.

HOW? The Question Growing Out of My WHY

Asking myself the simple question, “How?” Is leading me in a life-changing evaluation of how and where I spend my time and energy.
My “how” needs to be an outgrowth of knowing my “why.” How is the way we live out our Why. I am grateful to know who I am and why I do what I do. However, sometimes I get confused on “how” to move forward from the deeper place of who I am and knowing my why.

Growing in Goodness & Gratitude with Your Word of the Year

G – Growing in Goodness & Gratitude I’m feeling the need to release grumbling and embrace gratitude as my “G” word. Grumble feels like a heavy word to me, like carrying around a dirty burlap bag of rocks. Gratitude feels light and hopeful. What better way to become grateful than to list what I have to be thankful for and to focus on the goodness of God, and good things! Building on the “F” Flow with the Fun post of last time, I’ve decided to do some “Grateful Groove” in my movement, during my worship dancing time. The combination of… Read More

A-Z of Mystery Journal – M – Music

The Mystery of Music – M in the A-Z of Mystery Journal “Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.” – Victor Hugo Music is what feelings sound like, it speaks where words fail, soothes the mind, flows from heaven to the soul, and sings the prayer of the heart. Isn’t it amazing how music can bring back a memory so strong we feel the reliving of it. Music helps us remember facts. Remembering music is one of the things our brains hold onto, when other memories and facilities fade. I think… Read More


  1. I would have to agree that marrying the Golden Ratio would be great. As a teacher I have often pointed out the pattern and challenged students to try and find a part of nature that does not follow the pattern. I have used it in my art, both large (designing sets for a play) ir small (bookmarks) and it never disappoints.
    More importantly, God’s design and creation of this is perfect as always. It humors me (and maybe Him) when we figure out these absolutely awesome designs of His making. He is a great mathmetician in every bit of us and everything around us. “It was good.” said God. Indeed!!!!

  2. I love your page on spirals and growth. I often think that humans (being animals) do receive value from fragrance in plants just as insects do and maybe one day we will find out what and how that works. In the meantime I swallow lung fulls of sweet smells using one of the senses that God gave me. Your thoughts today made me think again about growth and communication and how one idea can lead to another then two more, then three, then five, etc. As unique humans with minds that think and contemplate, this spiral of ideas, thoughts, connections, can be internal but what if they are also between other humans, as well? What if we could all work together to solve problems instead of seeing differences as an enemy? Oh yeah, that would be heaven on earth and it will happen. Louis Armstrong’s What a Wonderful World has similar thoughts and is one of my favorite songs with his wonderful voice. Your post today really caused lots of thought bubbles to pop into my head and I’m enjoying the effervescent feeling!

    • Dear Mary, Thank you for your insight. Your “thought bubbles” make me smile. It almost seems like you are responding to my next alphabet letter scheduled to post, “P.” We must be tracking… 🙂

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