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Plan With Me – July

Hey everyone!  Wow.  I can’t believe that June is almost over already!  I know that I’d promised a June Plan With Me post, as well as a journaling challenge, but once again, life reared it’s head and conspired against my productivity.  This time, however, it was for a positive thing!  We spent every bit of our free time moving my S/O out of his house in June, and into mine.  But it’s not over yet.  We’re moving again at the end of August, this time, to what will be to our house, which is so exciting!  What’s not so exciting is the packing and actually moving piece.  Because of this, I’m refraining from any in-depth snail mail and art swapping until at least mid-September, and I won’t have a lot of time to spend here over the summer either.

Nevertheless, we shall persevere and I will definitely be back to weekly posting once we’re settled in to our new place.  I felt bad that I didn’t get the June Plan With Me Posted though, so I wanted to ensure that you got a July Plan With Me!  Read on to see what I’ve done – and what mistakes I made this month! Continue reading “Plan With Me – July”

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It’s the Little Things…13 (Mostly) Little Life Changes that Make a Tremendous, Positive Impact

Lately I’ve been writing a lot about Bullet Journaling, in particular, my Bullet Journal, but this week, I wanted to shift gears a little and talk about some small lifestyle changes that can make a huge difference in your day-to-day quality of life.  I was actually inspired to write about this by this BuzzFeed listicle.  For some reason, it popped back into my “For You” feed even though it’s 4 years old, and I like to peruse this type of content to see if there are any small changes I can try to make in my daily routine to make life a bit easier.  I then looked through a few more listicles and realized that, hey, I actually do most of the things suggested – and a few more of my own.  So today, I want to share with you the things that I have found that not only make my life easier, but have given me an overall better quality of life too.

This is especially important for me as someone with Fibromyalgia.  Part of keeping flare-ups and the associated depression at bay is maintaining, and doing, these 13 things to make life better for me.  Hopefully, something in the following list will inspire and help you too!

Please note that if you suffer from serious mental illness or depression, nothing on this list will supplement or replace medication, therapy, and medical care!  If you need help, please – reach out.  If you’re suicidal, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255.

Now, on to the list…

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Bullet Journal Weekly and Daily Layouts

Last week, I shared my Traveler’s Notebook with you, and how I incorporate my Bullet Journal into that system.  As promised, this week I’m going to share my weekly and daily spreads!  Of course, I actually changed my weekly spread layout for this week, so I have two different layouts to share.  That’s the beauty of this system though – when you get tired of one layout, or find that it no longer serves you, you can change it up the next day or the next week!  So let’s dive right in, shall we?

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Using a Traveler’s Notebook with Bullet Journal

Hey everyone! I mentioned in my my last post that I had moved my Bullet Journal to a Traveler’s Notebook (TN) system and promised I’d share more with you, so here it is.  Let’s talk about the TN and Bullet Journal hybrid – a best of both worlds!

I have to admit, I was hesitant about this whole idea at first.  It seemed that using a TN and the associated inserts with the Bullet Journal spat in the very face of the Bullet Journal concept which was to streamline and simplify your planning (I know, I know…hyperbole much? 😀 ) but the more I thought about it, the more I realized that this could actually work without taking away from bullet journaling!

For one thing, for busy people, migrating “permanent” spreads into a new bullet journal is daunting.  I was, well, am, no exception to that rule, and I realized that some of these spreads that I consider permanent or at least long-term (like my annual goals and bucket lists) might be better off in a TN insert.  So, I bit the bullet (er…sorry…) and bought a TN from Elrohir Leather as a Yule gift to myself.

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Plan with Me – May 2018 Bullet Journal Walkthrough

I can’t believe that it’s May already! This month snuck up on me and I almost, almost wasn’t prepared. I found myself cramming to get May in my Bullet Journal set up last week and somehow…I made it! I thought that it would be nice to share my May layout with all of you before it got too cluttered with, well, being filled in!

As you can see, I have moved to a Traveler’s Notebook. This beauty from Elrohir Leather was my Yule gift to myself and no, it’s not three dimensional! One of my dear friends got me a matching pocket sized journal for my birthday.

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Creative Experimentation

imagesOne of the things I’ve been doing a lot of since the new year is experimenting with new (to me) techniques in different art and crafting endeavours.  All of these have been created for swaps through Swap-Bot, and some were certainly, in my mind anyway, more successful than others.  Each of these, however, brought me out of my comfort zone, surprised me, and gave me the confidence to keep going, not to mention the desire to start creating and experimenting more for myself and not others through swapping!  Read on to see two of my favourite experiments in the last couple of months. Continue reading “Creative Experimentation”

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A Slow Return – On Goals and Motivation vs. Discipline

wp-15234643526051175877254.jpgHello everyone and thank you for remaining faithful over the long months in which I’ve been absent. The end of 2017 saw some pretty major life changes, and family losses, which, when coupled with the looming holidays, took me away from everything I held dear. Yes, even Bullet Journaling! Seriously guys, I didn’t journal or track anything
in November or December.

I entered 2018 hopeful though.  I was back to creating for swaps on Swap-Bot and mapped out my goals for the year – and yes,  I returned full force to Bullet Journaling too.  And then, I dislocated my left shoulder in a bad, bad way. Continue reading “A Slow Return – On Goals and Motivation vs. Discipline”

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2018 – Our Best Year Yet!

It’s been too long that I’ve neglected this site, and so soon after starting it too, but we had some family crises just before the holiday season got into full swing, and my attentions were everywhere but here.  I believe it’s important to prioritize family and health over anything, so that’s what I ended up doing over the remainder of 2017 and unfortunately, this site suffered for it.

BUT! It’s a new year, a fresh slate, and it’s gotten off to a great start.  I have a lot in mind to grow this site for 2018, including starting a YouTube channel, showcasing bullet journal flip throughs, new craft tutorials, and seeking your input for content as well!

I’ll also be hosting a couple of give-aways in 2018, so if you’re into arts, crafts, stationery, and ink, please stay tuned!

In the next few posts, I’ll also be showing you my 2018 bullet journal set up (spoiler alert:  I’ve moved into a Traveler’s Notebook!), reviewing the TN system, introducing you to my Magpie Journals, walking you through a DIY journal making process that doesn’t require glue or sewing (and it works and I am so ecstatic about this three days after I successfully created my first one!), and so much more.

So, check back here weekly for new content and I can’t wait to see more of you in 2018!

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October Bullet Journal – A Walk-Through

October CoverI am, admittedly, late in sharing this, but I wanted to show you all my October Bullet Journal setup.  I kept it fairly simple this month – no 30-Day Challenges this time around!  I did, however, keep with my monthly collections and I hope you’ll enjoy seeing how I use my Bullet Journal!

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Let’s Talk About (My) Pinterest Fail…

It’s Friday, the end of my week, and I thought, You know, Phe…let’s end this week on a light note.  To that end, I thought I would share one of my many Life Blooper Reels with you because, let’s face it, that archive is getting full.

So, among my friends it’s no secret that I like to batch cook my lunches for the work week – and I really like to try healthy(-ier) recipes.  Pinterest has been my go to source for new recipes for a while now, but it’s also fairly well known that no recipe survives initial contact with me.  I am, when all is said and done, a fairly decent cook.  I tend to tweak recipes to make them “better”, and usually, I just use them as general guidelines though when I’m cooking gluten-free foods, I tend to follow them to the letter.  (Full Disclaimer – I am not a Celiac sufferer and don’t often go down the GF road however, I have found that when making healthier snacks, eliminating flour and processed sugars, including coconut sugar, makes for a still satisfying, much better for you snack.)

Of course, even following certain recipes to the letter is never a guarantee of success, as anyone who remembers the Saga of the Sadness Muffins can tell you…but, tonight, we’re not talking about the Sadness Muffins.  We’re still trying to suppress that memory a year later… Continue reading “Let’s Talk About (My) Pinterest Fail…”