Code Word: Simplify

My theme for 2015 is simplify, which I mentioned in Do You Have a Theme Word for 2015? I Do. I thought I’d post an update on how this is going.

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2014.

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2014.

This basket used to hold all these things. But, my sister gave me an amazing gift so I now have a new holder for everything. A pretty tote that Sheila made for me.

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2015Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2015Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2015

Isn’t it beautiful? And it came filled with lovely items such as pens, highlighter, post-its, notepads, legal pads, notebooks, and an apple scented candle.


Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2015tea, this wonderful mug, and a gift card to my favorite restaurant – Applebee’s. And man, did I feel appreciated. So many wonderful things.

The back of the mug says “And thanks for putting up with us. With Love, The Sisters.” Because I proofread stories for them. Even though I hate to. I am loved <3

Anyway, my tote organizes things nicely, with special pockets along the outside for all my favorite pens and other items. I love it!

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2014My binder is mostly updated with article locations. It will be so handy when finished. I wont have to waste so much time looking up where specific articles are.

Creating this planner was a great idea. Each month, I can work on any number ofPhotograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2014. projects. And, with no self-imposed deadlines on my own projects, I have a greater sense of freedom. No more rushing to get things done at the end of an already busy month. I just pencil those few things into the next month and call it good. Way less stress.

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2014.I am completely loving my new tablet. It is simply amazing! So happy I decided to get it. There are many things that are quicker and easier to accomplish on it than is the case with the laptop. This saves me some time each week, and is an easy way for me to get things done when I only have ten or fifteen minutes between other projects.

After downloading a notebook app, I am able to quickly make notes when I only have a couple of minutes. I have a notebook set up for each blog and channel. More to come on this app and others that I find useful.

Things are coming along with my simplification efforts, and I am pleased.

How are your theme word efforts coming along. Share in the comments below, or email me at I always reply to emails!

Have a wonderful day!


About Shannon L. Buck

Hello. My name is Shannon, and I'm a single mother of two young adult daughters, and Memay to one precious Little Man. I work as a writer from my home in Orono, Maine, and as a Front Desk Agent at an inn. Writing is my life, second only to my daughters. I enjoy writing nonfiction, as well as fiction in a number of genres. At some point, I would like to travel. It would be a true writing adventure.