what’s working :: my monthly inspiration binder

by eringoodman on December 30, 2008

in at home, what's working!

Last year during my annual “let’s get organized” New Year pilgrimage to Staples, I purchased two colorful binders and two packets of monthly dividers. One is used for keeping track of household bills (not too exciting but it works for me) and the other, which I absolutely treasure, is filled with seasonally-based activities and inspiration.

The content for my monthly inspiration binder comes from a number of sources:

  • Monthly guides from Little Acorn Learning (pictured above)
  • Seasonally-based recipes collected online, in magazines, newspapers etc.
  • Letters sent home from Lily’s wonderful Waldorf-inspired nursery school, which always include seasonal rhymes, recipes, field trip ideas, and beautiful reflections
  • Ideas/activities clipped out of Family Fun Magazine
  • Activities/recipes from Mrs. Sharp’s Traditions, Full Moon Feast, and my (many!) other seasonally-based books!

I don’t attempt to do all of the activities I’ve collected for each month, but I enjoy browsing through the the binder and choosing one or two activities or recipes to try. Or sometimes just pausing to bask in the energy of that particular month/season is satisfying enough and the activities get tucked back into the binder for next year.


I’m going to sign off again until next week. We’ve got big plans (okay not really but I’m very much looking forward to our small plans) for celebrating New Year’s Eve. And then I will be heading off for an overnight retreat (read about my first overnight retreat here) where I look forward to spending some time reflecting on the past year and dreaming about wonderful things that are to come in the 2009 — including my first workshop, “return to center: a mini-retreat for mothers” on January 24, and a combination beer-tasting/partner yoga class that I will be co-leading with John in February!

Hope you have a wonderful holiday weekend. I’ll see you next year! (I always got such a kick out of saying that when I was a kid — and ummmm…apparently I still do! ;-)



Sarah December 31, 2008 at 3:20 am

I love the idea of a seasonal binder. I might have to incorporate that into my life. Right now it’s stacks of paper tucked into my Circle Round book and around 55 ‘Favorites’ tabs on my computer.

mandy December 31, 2008 at 8:05 am

That is a super good idea….I love it that you are so organized, it is quite inspiring. My poor kids have to dig me out from under piles of seasonal crap every few months or so, poor things.

Ashley December 31, 2008 at 9:10 am

I absolutely LOVE it Erin. I spent last year building my practical home management binder and this year I want to focus more on the spiritual side of our lives. Just another sign that I need to do it!

Ashley December 31, 2008 at 9:09 pm

Oh, I’m lame…the second comment in a row on your blog.

Who cares!

Happy 2009!

Wendy December 31, 2008 at 10:57 pm

We did Waldorf homeschooling from preschool to 3rd or 4th grade. I loved the seasonal activities and recognize some of the books on your shelf. Our favorite thing was the nature corner. I do miss those days now that one is off to college soon and the other is in high school.
Thanks for visiting.

Lisa Tener January 6, 2009 at 2:35 pm

Beer tasting and partner yoga. I think Tom’s gonna love it. Let us know the date. I think we’re on for that one. Am thinking about the mommy retreat too. Sounds yummy.

Lizzie January 7, 2009 at 10:41 am

Very nice idea!

Blue Castle January 7, 2009 at 2:15 pm

This is a great idea. I’m going to borrow it. :)
Thank you!

Kim@ForeverWherever January 7, 2009 at 5:44 pm

That’s a great idea! All in one place and easy to use! :)

jen January 15, 2009 at 4:22 pm

i LOVE this!

im making one tonight!

great idea!

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