5 Ways To Use A Notebook To Change Your Life!

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If you are anything like me, you just might have a pretty notebook or two ten that you have not written a single word in yet.

If you don’t have a stash of prettiness, now might be the perfect time to invest in one or two, but really any notebook will do. One of the most powerful ways to invoke change is to write things down and make a plan. With the new year only two months old, why not try some of these ideas to help make 2017 really awesome.

A word after a word after a word is power” – Margaret Atwood

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AWESOME AFFIRMATIONS

The stories we run on repeat in our brains, reflect how our outer world appears. If we continually put ourselves down we cannot thrive. When we continually tell ourselves I can’t do this or I don’t have that we create negative feelings towards that subject and the energy you project out is what you keep getting in return. Positive affirmations repeated over and over again, gently retrain the brain to think about things in a positive way.

For affirmations to be effective, they must be written in a way that declares you already have that thing, or feel that way. Using words like when I or if I etc. will keep fuelling the negative belief because you are affirming that you don’t have it.

Think about all the things you would love to have, be or do and how you would feel when they are reality and frame your affirmations as a statement that its already happened.

Starting affirmations with ‘I am’ is very powerful as you are declaring it is so, with no room for maybe’s.

Write down every positive affirmation you can come up with, or a quick scroll through Facebook or Instagram for inspiration or google positive quotes/affirmations and start filling your book. When you need a lift or are having a tough day with a flurry of negative thoughts, read through your affirmations and feel your focus change and energy lift.

WEIGHT LOSS DIARY

The path to losing weight it one of those journey’s that can be long and arduous. Everywhere you turn their is another chocolate bar or vanilla slice waiting to be consumed. I have never been thin a day in my life and there have been a few times I have felt positively huge, so I totally get how hard it can be. So much emphasis is placed on what you CAN’T have when you want to shift some weight, but you can use a journal to focus on the things you can have and do to make it a more positive experience.

Obviously tracking your weight loss is a good place to start, but sometimes focusing on reduced measurements can be more rewarding. Use gold stars or cute stickers when you see the numbers go down for added incentive.

Make lots of lists such as exercise you actually enjoy, healthy meals that are easy to make, snacks that are good for you, clothes you would like to buy when you reach your next target and rewards such as a beauty treatment.

Adding photo’s of your success is a great motivator. You could also add pictures from magazines of how you would like to look and the clothes you would like in your wardrobe works a treat too.

Tracking everything you eat for a week or more can be confronting, but an honest list can be very powerful in helping you not eat that family size block of chocolate out of sheer terror of writing that shizz down!

BURN BOOK

This might not be the perfect choice for your prettiest notebook as some of things you use it for will be going up in smoke…literally!

Writing down your problems can be therapeutic in itself. Dumping your anger down on a page can help to release built up stress and rage.

When you have finished writing down everything that needs to go, tear the pages out and take them outside. You will also need some matches and a bowl or bucket. Set the pages alight and ask for all to released to the universe to deal with. Let it burn while you take a big deep breath or two and then place it in the bowl until it is only ashes.

If you are struggling for answers to a problem, take the time to write out what is concerning you, and then place the pen in your non-dominant hand and start writing whatever comes up. Don’t judge or analyse but let the words flow. By letting your other hand do the writing you are turning off the logical process of the brain and allowing the creative area to flow and this could be a way for you to tap into solutions that your logical thinking may not have thought of.

COMMONPLACE BOOK

This form of note keeping has been around for centuries and was developed as way of keeping handy information in one place long before the invention of computes, smart phones and tablets.

Rather than relying on memory, a common place book is an ideal way to keep track of things so that all the information remains in one place. Use it record scraps of information that you know you will want to remember them in the future.

Fill it full of quotes, ideas, cooking hints, reading suggestions, poems, movies to watch, quotes from articles or books, websites you want to check out, measurements and any other bits of information you don’t want to forget.

You can add photo’s, magazine clippings, paint chips or any other visual reminder.

This handy tool has eliminated all those little scraps of paper that I would continually jot things down on and then could never find them when I actually needed them. I leave mine on my desk but have a mini notepad in my handbag incase I need to jot something down whilst I am out and then I just add it in when I get home.

My middle aged brain is enjoying this one stop information shop!

GRATITUDE JOURNAL

We all have good days and bad days, but one of the worst things you can do for your emotional and physical well being is to go to bed angry.

Gratitude is a very powerful emotion that can open the doors to wonderful things. Giving thanks even when things are tough can really help to calm fear and frustration.

No matter how tough your day has been, going to sleep with your last thoughts being one of thanks and love will help you get a better nights sleep and will fill you with the energy of positive attraction.

Before you turn off the light, find one thing that you are grateful for that day. Even if it is just that this day is over and you have a bed to sleep in will be a good start. Write it down in a notebook that you keep beside your bed.

If you have had an awesome day, then write down more things. Flip through the book at the end of each month and bask in the feeling of all the great things that did happen. It is a surefire way to feeling good and inviting more of that into your life.

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Do you love pen and paper, or have you gone the techno way to keep things sorted?

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Planning Your Life In Full Colour!

I have been a stationary addict for as long as I can remember.

The collection of notebooks grows much faster than I can possibly use them.

I have not embraced Evernote or any of those online planning things, as I preferred the old fashion pen and paper style of getting organised.

I didn’t buy one diary this year, I actually bought three because I loved the colours, and I am using them for three different things.

One is an actual diary, one is a blog planner and one has developed into my personal growth diary and is filled with things I have learned, need to learn, tapping scripts and more. They are being filled with written notes and the occasional doodle but that is it.

I cannot walk past KikkiK or Typo without going in and very rarely come out empty handed.

BUT

I have recently discovered a whole new world of planning that I did not know existed. Obviously I have been living under a rock as it was only about two weeks ago I stumbled across this colourful addiction.

THOUSANDS of addicts join Facebook groups to learn and share, You Tuber’s have huge followings and there are Etsy stores raking in a fortune selling bits of gorgeousness like stickers and covers for planners.

Not just any planner will do; KikkiK will get a nod of approval and are the choice of many (at least we can buy them here is Australia) but my new find is the world of Erin Condren Life Planner!

Life planning the Erin Condren way

Thank you Florence for letting me share your creation. Her Instagram feed (@livelifeandcreate)is full of beautiful colour inspiration.

Each day can become a mini work of art if you want to let your creativity flow.

Add in all the practical stuff like appointments, deadlines and activity schedules and then with the help of stickers, washi tape and stamps you turn your week into a montage of prettiness. Add some inspirational quotes and sayings to give your week a real lift.

What a fabulous keep-sake to flip back through at the end of the year.

What started me on the road to discovery was finding about an Aussie girl from Perth who has an Etsy shop full of stickers for these planners such as these beauties…

Lime and Mortar planner stickers

 Lime & Mortar post these world-wide!

ECLP’s are not cheap, but full of fabulous features and you can even have yours personalised with your name and choice of cover.

You could also just collect some fun stickers, stamps and markers and start decorating the diary/planner you are using right now.

If you love it, you can always get your ECLP for next year or make a Happy Helper Book!

How do you do your diary, plain or pretty?

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Getting In Touch With Your Inner Creative For Peace And Calm

How often do you do something just for you?

Women are so good at giving of their time, energy and effort to assist others, but how often do we actually do something that is just for us?

I know I am guilty of this.

Being a single mum of two teens, I work, I am Chief Execuitve of Domestic Affairs, Managing Director of the Laundry Division, Head Chef and Senior Supervisor of Landscaping!

There is so little spare time and so little spare cash for me to indulge in my passions. Hidden away in cupboards is a huge collection of craft supplies that once were in use regularly. I might as well have shares in DMC with the amount of embroidery thread that sits in a beautiful custom made carrier that has not been opened for a long time.

Hands up if this sounds even just a little bit like you? 

We all need to nurture ourselves, we all need to do something just for us, we all need to find calm and quiet from the hectic pace we move at everyday.

I have found the perfect solution, and one of you wonderful women is going to win the opportunity to take part in a journey to your inner calm and creative!

 

SOUL COMFORT……Starts next week!

To the tired, the exhausted, the overstretched…here’s an invitation…

Life can be simple.

What if we celebrated the brave act of….taking a break?

What if simplicity, comfort, and quiet were the goal?

What if there really was a way to quiet the chatter in our minds and let us recharge our body & soul?

And what if it was fun, too?

Introducing a new eCourse . . .

Soul Comfort

Soul Comfort is a fresh new concept using art and journaling as a means to relax and comfort yourself and to get grounded while dealing with the craziness of every-day living.

This course if full of beautiful projects to fuel your creativity in very simple and easy ways that are meditational and relaxing , beautiful comforting things that will have your soul infused into them so that you want to keep them forever.

Melody (course creator and teacher) says, “I want to teach you some new habits of creativity mixed with simplicity that I have learned over the years. Being a recovering hoarder of supplies and techniques, this is really a new way to give yourself permission to do things simply but beautifully.

One of the most wonderful things about this course is that everything fits into one fabric tote bag . . . I wanted to create a whole course where all of the supplies fit into a tiny space so that you could take it everywhere you go…so that you could do it sitting on your bed, on your couch, with your family, do it with your children, in the car, wherever your day takes you. It’s incredible. This has changed my life. This has been something that I have used on my own and I can’t wait to share it with you.”

You can count on this class to be . . .

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  • interactive, encouraging, and supportive with a private community on Facebook and weekly live chats
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  • a place to learn simple new ways to journal, plus the  ”Brave Girl” way to use stitching and such to create both beautiful things you’ll love AND peaceful relaxing moments
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We’ve worked to narrow down things to quench the yearning of your soul…to be able to be creative but also to be sensitive to the mess that it makes and the time that it takes as well as the brain space it takes for complicated tools and  techniques. We will teach you fun ways to make beautiful things while relaxing yourself . . .and we’ll be participating in the class right along with you.

  • This will be relaxing, fun, and simple
  • You’ll be able to take it along with you, everywhere you go
  • Instead of overwhelming you with one  more thing to stress out about, this eCourse will help you relax, enjoy, and feel comfort and peace no matter what else is going on in your life.

It is YOUR time for some Soul Comfort. Come join us!

        • Supply List – simple, inexpensive supplies
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        • Class begins September 24. Access the online classroom through January 2, 2014.
        • Divided into 4 segments, with a new one released every two weeks to give you lots of space to breathe.

 

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You don’t need to be artistic to enjoy the benefits of creating something beautiful. This is your opportunity to let your inner creative escape. If you would love to win a spot on this e-course, or if you know someone that would, simply leave a comment and tell me why you want to take part, and one of you will be joining in next week for FREE!

The lucky winner will be drawn at 6pm on Saturday 21 September and will be notified by email.

Good Luck!

(Disclosure – I have been gifted this e-course, and I am really looking forward to making some time for me and would love to share the journey with the lucky winner if they so choose)

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Congratulations Kim, a crafting we shall go!

 


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