Names and Numbers

First, thanks to everyone who's commented, emailed, or called to welcome me back to the blogsphere. It's heady stuff, and I'm humbled.

As some of you know or have noticed, I have changed the name of my blog from Town & Country Mom to Town & Country House. I made the change for a couple of reasons. When I first started blogging in 2009, I had no idea what to name my blog, but I had just been described by a dear friend as a town-and-country type. Of course, I took it as a compliment, (especially since I'm more of a very-small-town-and-country type), and decided I'd become Town & Country Mom.

Turns out, that "town and country" is fairly strong in the Google keyword/seo word world, and my little blog benefitted from that. It also turns out that there were several other blogs with "Town and Country" in their names, including another Town and Country Mom, who smartly purchased the domain This savvy Town and Country Mom is quite a bit younger than I am, in the throes of hands-on motherhood, and living in the country, so I knew that when I resumed blogging in earnest I would choose another name.

I'm embarrassed to admit how long this actually took. In my defense, I wasn't planning to keep Town and Country as part of the new name. I considered at least 20 other options, but, often, the name itself was already taken, was too similar to another blog's name, or didn't have the domain name available. Then, shortly after the first of the year, I googled Town and Country House, and I was shocked when only a handful of real estate companies appeared before Town and Country magazine's entry. What can I say? Sometimes the obvious eludes me. So, here I am again, hoping to write posts that offer a little inspiration, a little lift, a little practical encouragement.

I've been reading from the book of Psalms most mornings for the past couple of months, and Psalm 90:12 has been rattling around in my brain lately. The verse says: Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. I'll be honest. I'm not exactly sure what that means, but I'll hazard a guess to say that we number, or count, those things that we value. We keep track of what's important to us. By numbering our days, we learn from the past and plan for the future. By appreciating our time here on earth, our heart grows in wisdom.

Now for the practical part. I'm addicted to a new (to me, at least) calendar system. For one thing, it's free. And for another, it shatters the work-life balance myth. Work is part of life, not in opposition to it, and I love that this system acknowledges that. It's called the Bullet Journal, and in this high-tech, Google calendar, Outlook, iCalendar world, the Bullet Journal is refreshingly analog. If you are tired of keeping a work calendar and a personal calendar, a home calendar and a school calendar, then you might just love this thoughtful, flexible system.

Watch the video first, and then, if you're interested, check out the Bullet Journal website. The video and site were created by an Art Director named Ryder Carroll, who seems to be simply paying forward the wisdom he's learned from others. Pretty cool.

I started using the Bullet Journal system a little before Christmas, and I love it. The flexibility and the ease of indexing are its genius.

I chose a Moleskine notebook because I knew I'd be able to find more as I filled them, but, of course, there are endless options of journals to suit your style. 

Have you heard of the Bullet Journal method? Do you have a favorite planner or calendar?

No matter what system or method you use, make your days count!


  1. Thank you for your sweet comment! It seems that the bloggers I used to read are no longer writing... Perhaps a new season in their lives. I am using Bloglovin to read blow now - I'll add your new name to my list! xox


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