Key Planners


Every year in January I work on a creative project.  This year, I have been working on Key Planners.  My maiden name was the sound "Key" in it. So I thought it would go well with planners.  I have created 8 planners that may be helpful to print out to keep you on track in your life. 

Right now I am selling printable planners on Etsy. If you would like a planner that I don't have let me know.  Also, let me know if you would like to know how I set this up.  When I create something new I like to share my process with others.

Lisa 

Staying Healthy - Year Around

I thought I would create a post about how I am staying healthy in 2020.  This August I started with a calendar. My goal was to walk 3 miles a day for 6 days a week.  I went to a nutritionist at Geisinger Grays Woods.  She gave me a calorie goal based on what we talked about.  I then stayed at that calorie goal most days as well as walked 3 miles a day.

Five months into walking three miles a day I celebrated with a Christmas present Stitch Fix purchase.  A personal stylist uses a computer algorithm to pick out clothes that will fit my body that is in style. I did this last year at Christmas too and kept the entire box.

Back to the plan.  Though the journey I have been trying to keep snacks down to 100 calories.  I also tried to eat more fruits and vegetables.  Trying new things helped me with this.  I love English cucumbers but don't love things like already peeled pomegranates. I also love cotton candy grapes and blueberries. These are things I don't normally buy year-round due to the expense but they are worth it.

I did not want to walk every day.  So sometimes I would chart my mood with a smiley face.  Then I could see that I made it through a bad couple days with sad faces and back to happy ones. I marked major events on each page to figure out how I would get the three miles a day in.  Thanksgiving, Weddings, Christmas, and Birthdays were figureoutable.

Five months into walking three times a day, I started walking more.  I tried the Peleton free app and loved it. I realize that I do have some space in my life.  I have two daughters age 4 and 7.  Sometimes the 4-year-old would pull on my shirt so I could not walk on the treadmill.  I had to sometimes plan my walking around that.  I included walking while shopping. If I went for a swim with my kids I included that too.  What I am saying was I was a little flexible and not very rigid with my miles.  I then started tracking the amount that I walked after a mile.  Those little bits added up over the weeks too.


I ran into obstacles along the way as things increased. Some days I traveled and I had to figure that out.  My socks started rubbing my skin to where it was bleeding, so I bought new socks.  I could not drink from my water bottle when jogging so I needed to get one where I could. My pants started to fall down so I needed to get tighter ones. As I put in the miles I needed a new pair of shoes. Then when I achieved some of my weight goals I felt guilty that not everyone around me had done the same. But I continue forward for my health. I tried to put myself first so I could be a better person to help others and maybe motivate others too.

I also started following a few people on social media that I would like to share with you.  Lori Hoy - Full Fit Life was a friendly face every morning.  She wakes up before I do and always shares encouragement to keep trying to be a better person inside and out. Lindsay Tarentella is a Mom of three girls and gets up before she teaches a whole classroom of kids to take care of herself first.
I also have a few podcasts I listen to including the Lifecoach School Podcast that keeps my mind aware of what it is thinking. Over the holidays I walked instead of drinking or taking more naps to relax. I am really glad I did because I saw changes in my body in a positive way.

List of Tips

  1. Rip off a calendar page and write your goal at the top.  Give yourself at least one rest day and stick with your goal. 
  2. Weigh yourself once a week and add it for that day of the week on the calendar. 
  3. Start thinking about events that may make some days difficult to complete your goal. 
  4. Think about how many calories you may actually consume a day compared to how much you are burning.  
  5. Do it!
Make changes as you go and complete your health goals.  Tracking your calories may also be helpful until you get into a healthier pattern of eating. Reward yourself with non-food things like new workout clothes, shoes, or apps to keep you motivated.  I hope this post motivates you to try something new or different in your health journey.  Many of you share on facebook, Instagram, and posts, so I wanted to share back with the community. 






About Lisa Rusczyk

Author Dr. Lisa Rusczyk is the founder of CZYK Publishing which includes the Greater Than a Tourist travel books, 50 Things to Know books, and Charlie the Cavalier Children's Books.    Lisa has a Doctorate in Educational Leadership who happened to start writing her first book 50 Things to Know Before Having a Baby after her little girl was born. Her book sold over 1,000 copies in the first year on Amazon. Today, she has more than 50 books. Lisa and her husband have two daughters, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named Charlie, and love to travel.  Further, she shares this information with the public via this blog, FacebookYouTubePinterestTwitter, and recently on a local television station. She loves to teach others in a concise way in digital format.  Lisa is known for her simple and effective tips.

Raising a Child with Dyslexia: What Every Parent Needs to Know, author Don Winn Book Review



Something that you may not know about me is I grew up with Dyslexia.  I would often switch around letters and numbers, and actually, I still do.  But I have learned different ways to deal with my brain doing these tricks on me.  Enough to earn a Doctorate in Education! 

This book talks about what dyslexia is and is not. It also gives great tips on how to get started right away from birth. 

If anything, being a parent with dyslexia makes it hard to read this book with so many words without proper spacing and headings.  So that is my only complaint. But I am underlining and staring things in the book so I can go back and learn more about myself and my child as they learn. 

I have learned a large amount from this book and I can use the techniques on myself, my children and others around me to help them. 

From the publicity manager: 


Dyslexia and ADHD challenges can make children feel inadequate, misunderstood, and frustrated both in and out of the classroom. However, teaching children to cope effectively with these challenges will create inner strength and benefits that will empower dyslexic children for their entire lives.
In the new book, Raising a Child with Dyslexia: What Every Parent Needs to Know, award-winning children’s author Don Winn explores how learning difficulties affect kids in a number of ways and illustrates how those who care for them can better understand their challenges and cultivate learning and emotional growth. Winn writes from his personal experience as a lifelong dyslexic reader and writer.
Raising a Child with Dyslexia is a user-friendly guide which provides detailed assistance to parents and educators who want to help children with dyslexia achieve their best life. This compassionate and helpful handbook will help parents watch for signs of dyslexia in their growing child at every age. More than that, Winn provides advice about when to go to a professional, how the testing process works, and how to support your child both at home and in the classroom.
Raising a Child with Dyslexia explores:
  • How parents can help their child at home
  • How grandparents can take part in helping their grandchildren at home
  • Tips on working with your child’s school to create an optimal learning environment
  • Symptoms that warrant the diagnosis of a professional
  • How to offer a safe space for children with dyslexia to learn and grow
  • Specific techniques in helping a child deal with the difficult emotional fallout of dyslexia, and much more!
In addition to his first parenting book, Winn has written picture books exploring the dyslexic experience, as well as many other educational topics for children. His last book, There’s a Monkey in my Backpack!, explores the experiences of a young girl with dyslexia—how she comes to terms with and accepts her dyslexia, as well as her feelings about herself. The book includes questions for discussion that parents can use to help their child sort out how they feel about dyslexia and themselves.  

You can find this book on Amazon (affiliate link): Raising a Child with Dyslexia: What Every Parent Needs to Know







About Lisa Rusczyk

Author Dr. Lisa Rusczyk is the founder of CZYK Publishing which includes the Greater Than a Tourist travel books, 50 Things to Know books, and Charlie the Cavalier Children's Books.    Lisa has a Doctorate in Educational Leadership who happened to start writing her first book 50 Things to Know Before Having a Baby after her little girl was born. Her book sold over 1,000 copies in the first year on Amazon. Today, she has more than 50 books. Lisa and her husband have two daughters, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named Charlie, and love to travel.  Further, she shares this information with the public via this blog, FacebookYouTubePinterestTwitter, and recently on a local television station. She loves to teach others in a concise way in digital format.  Lisa is known for her simple and effective tips.


Greater Than a Tourist: San Rafael, California, USA: 50 Travel Tips from...














About Lisa Rusczyk


Author Dr. Lisa Rusczyk is the founder of CZYK Publishing which includes the Greater Than a Tourist travel books, 50 Things to Know books, and Charlie the Cavalier Children's Books.    Lisa has a Doctorate in Educational Leadership who happened to start writing her first book 50 Things to Know Before Having a Baby after her little girl was born. Her book sold over 1,000 copies in the first year on Amazon. Today, she has more than 50 books. Lisa and her husband have two daughters, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named Charlie, and love to travel.  Further, she shares this information with the public via this blog, FacebookYouTubePinterestTwitter, and recently on a local television station. She loves to teach others in a concise way in digital format.  Lisa is known for her simple and effective tips.



Wood Walk in Closet System Planning - Lundia

As you may know, last year we bought a new house.  One thing the house did not have was any closet organization.  The closets were empty when we moved in. So as we moved in we used what we had but it was not enough.   

I looked at many different products on the market.  Many of them were made from particleboard and not real wood.  Lundia USA products are made from real wood.  That means no formaldehyde in a small space in my home.  Perfect! 

I found their website at http://www.lundiausa.com/closet_systems.htm .  I sent them the dimensions of my closet by measuring each side with a tape measure.  I then told them about my project including the size, hanging space, shelves, and drawers I wanted.  I added the color and drawer pull style.  


They then sent pack these beautiful drawing of my closet with suggested components and price.  This drawling really put everything together.  I was excited to see something and not just the box of a walk-in closet that I had. 

Getting this system will making putting clothes away and finding them much easier.  My clothes should also be less wrinkled. 

Choosing the shelf and hanging space is individual to everyone.  My husband and I don't hang many of our clothes and prefer them laying on the shelves.  That is why we choose more shelf space.  






The items were delivered on a pallet.  I started taking the boxes apart and started assembly. We started by putting together the frames.  Then we added the hang bars, shelves and drawers.   All this can be seen on the video below.  Each pieced was nicely painted and high quality.  After reading directions, my husband and I quickly put the bars, shelves, and drawers together. We are very happy with the finished product.  We will use this system daily and love the closet organization for years. 














The Recom group gave me a discount on this item in exchange for a review of their products.  All opinions are my own. 







About Lisa Rusczyk

Author Dr. Lisa Rusczyk is the founder of CZYK Publishing which includes the Greater Than a Tourist travel books, 50 Things to Know books, and Charlie the Cavalier Children's Books.    Lisa has a Doctorate in Educational Leadership who happened to start writing her first book 50 Things to Know Before Having a Baby after her little girl was born. Her book sold over 1,000 copies in the first year on Amazon. Today, she has more than 50 books. Lisa and her husband have two daughters, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named Charlie, and love to travel.  Further, she shares this information with the public via this blog, FacebookYouTubePinterestTwitter, and recently on a local television station. She loves to teach others in a concise way in digital format.  Lisa is known for her simple and effective tips.


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