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I am a BIG lover of the Bullet Journal concept – I’ve been doing this for about four years now, and I feel that it has helped my organization immeasurably. I like having everything all in one place, and I like the visual system that the Bullet Journal model provides. However, I need to do a better job of utilizing some of the long-range planning features of the model — which will be a goal of my upcoming school year, methinks.

Check out this webpage for some insanely creative and beautiful ideas for your Bullet Journal:

These Inspiring Minimalist Bullet Journals Will Brighten Up Your Monday, Stat by Lindsay Kellner, mbg Sr. Wellness EditorJuly 10, 2017 5:17 AM

Another week, another Monday, midsummer at that (for those of us in the States, anyway)! For many of us, Monday Blues are even more palpable in the summer. After a weekend of sun-soaked fun, it takes every last ounce of willpower to rise early and go into the office, peeling ourselves away from the warmth and sunshine. Even the best of us need a little inspiration to keep it going.

After being seriously inspired by our bullet journal how-to video from this spring, it’s safe to say that minimalist bullet journals have become a new obsession.

We pulled the best wellness-forward journals, focusing on technique, goal tracking, and of course a minimalism vibe to give you some ideas on how to tackle all your projects, from the big-picture visionary stuff to the day-to-day to-do lists:

1. A monthly dashboard.

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Photo Credit: @journalspiration

One way to manage your life big-picture—is it time to check back in on those resolutions?—is to create a monthly dashboard. This way, you can carve out some time monthly and make weekly goals based on how your larger goals are changing each month. “Goals” are what you’d love to do, and “Important” is what you have to do or need to remember.

2. A wellness or yoga tracker.

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Photo Credit: @journalspiration

If you’re trying to start a new habit, it takes a renewed commitment every day. Having a tracker that visually shows your progress is like the gold star method, version 2.0.

3. A to-do list and thought container. Photo Credit: @thegiverwrites

If you watched our video, you already know how to create a basic bullet journal to-do list. On the opposite page, create a catchall for the thoughts you have throughout the day, especially if you’re juggling more than one project. Chances are that productive thoughts pop up about Project B while you’re still working on Project A. Plop them here so you don’t forget and can keep chugging along without stopping to deliberate.

4. A series of daily goals.

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Photo Credit: @productiveandfree

If your monthly vision is set in your mind, write down a series of daily goals to get you at least one step closer by the end of the month. Even if the daily goals are super small, like “spend five minutes reading about personal finance,” every little bit counts! Consistency wins, always.

5. A running weekly to-do list. Photo Credit: @journalspiration

Pictured on the right-hand side, this running to-do list of things needed daily that come to mind and can be written in as you think of them. This is helpful if you’re extremely busy, if your days and weeks look different, and/or if you’re a “list person” who just needs a place to keep track of it all.

6. A food diary.

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Photo Credit: @daintilynoted

This bullet journaler has been trying to get into shape, starting with diet and a daily goal of walking 10,000 steps. Making it beautiful provides even more motivation to get those steps in!

7. A daily log…or work of art.

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All right, we know—not everyone is going to have this kind of skill. But we like the idea of adding a little something extra to our daily lists; whether they’re purely decorative or a functional reminder of the “end goal,” a little beauty goes a long way.

8. A list of happy news from around the world.

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This one is seriously fantastic. With all of the hardship in our personal, professional, and global lives, it’s too easy to lose sight of our progress. “Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times,” is a great reminder. Aren’t these gorgeous???! I know! I don’t have anywhere near the artistic skills that are needed to pull off something like this, but my mind has been whirling (more like creaking along some days!), trying to figure out how I can adapt these ideas and make them work for me. That Happy News idea is friggin’ brilliant, eh? Wow. Love it. 🙂

Happy Hump Day, mes amis. – hope your day is off to a great start! 🙂

xxx

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Are You Kidding Me?

The stupidity of life in Texas just doesn’t quit – today, Governor Abbott declared the state 100% open, at 100% capacity, and ended the mask mandate. Are you kidding me? Here’s a news story reporting the details of this latest shit show:

https://www.google.com/amp/s/abcnews.go.com/amp/Health/wireStory/texas-biggest-us-state-lift-covid-19-mask-76208428

Here’s hoping that people still do the right thing, wearing masks and keeping their distance….but, what worries me is that so many people in this damn state voted for Ted Cruz, thus certifying that they aren’t necessarily playing with a full deck.

Wherever you are, I hope you’re staying safe – keep your masks on, friends, and social distance like a mo’fo. All of us have to work together if we are going to get through this….regardless of what stupid ideas Governor Abbott has. Bloody reckless.

Xxx

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The Marsh Family Strikes Again!

Two of my favorite quarantine pastimes in one great video – the Marsh family AND sea shanties! Woohoo! Behold:

Those angelic-voiced children get me every time! ♥️ If you need me, I’ll be over here dancing a sprightly jig around the living room, much to the dismay of my dogs. 💃

Xxx

PS: This one is to raise money for charity – even better! 🎶

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Steal My Sunshine

I had a tough day recently which started with someone close to me telling me that they felt a shift in my energy and that I was off, asking what was wrong. This was all news to me as I was in the middle of living yet another kick-ass day, so I replied that I was good, all was well, that I wasn’t sure what was meant by me being ´off ´. A fair response, yes? I was then met with: ´You don’t know? Oh, really? Alrighty.’ Gotta be honest, friends….this exchange (via text, yet) REALLY pissed me off. Big time….and I don’t often get angry. Grr.

A few short hours later (after my sparkly morning continued to deteriorate by my supervisor trying to pick an argument with me – I refused to take part so she had to give up), I saw this little gem:

Brilliant, eh??? I KNOW!!!! It’s true!! Whatever was being perceived had bugger-all to do with me, and everything to do with the perceiver…which is okay. I don’t have to own it, I certainly don’t have to feel badly about it – because I did NOTHING wrong. NOTHING. It’s like a twist on the old adage ‘What others think of me is none of my business’ – I’m just gonna keep on doing me, and let others work their own issues out. Yaa me! ✨

What’s rockin’ your world today, friends?

Xxx

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To Make You Feel My Love

You know what this world needs? More love. The kind of love where your picture is on their phone as both their wallpaper AND their screensaver. REAL love. Some of us express it well – others, not so much. Psychology Today offers this suggested list for those people: 10 Ways to Express Love

Keep love alive from wedding day to every day with spouse, family, and friends. Love is a choice as much as it is a feeling or a decision. Those who give love receive love. Recently we have seen research talking about conflict resolution and conflict recovery in terms of lasting romantic relationships. Each of the studies had me rethinking the work of Elizabeth Schoenfeld, a researcher at the University of Texas, Austin, who revealed that men and woman show love through affection – but that each takes a different tact.Wives did so “by enacting fewer negative or antagonistic behaviors, husbands showed love by initiating sex, sharing leisure activities, and doing household work together with their wives.” Love Knows No Gender Difference – Health Information – Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Ten Ways to Express Love

Here are 10 ways to express love to your special someone, your friends, family, children. By expressing love we bring ourselves joy knowing that love is not just a Valentine moment, but an ongoing, free flowing experience that enriches our lives.

Express gratitude. Tell someone how much you appreciate their presence in your life.

Send flowers for no reason other than to say “Thank you for being you.”

Set aside time to give the gift of listening. Make a date if you must, in your own home or at a quiet little neighborhood place, for coffee or a drink and just listen to each other’s thoughts.

Keep anger at bay. During stressful times think of this image. If an ember flies from a fireplace onto your rug, it will burn a hole. Flick it off immediately and the rug is safe.

Be thoughtfully generous with gifts. Remember what is special about a person in your life and buy gifts that are unique to them. I had to forgo a trip to Paris because it conflicted with a business meeting in San Diego. My sister purchased a designer umbrella picturing the Seine, the Pont Neuf, and the Eiffel Tower as a reminder that there will always be another time for Paris.

Order fortune cookies with love sayings or Italian Baci candies with love notes and keep a glass jar in your home filled with them. You might also intersperse with gratitude sayings.

Offer an act of kindness. Say to your love or someone you care about, “What can I do for you today that will make your life easier and less stressful?” Then do it.

Write a note and send it via the U.S. Mail. Here’s a simple start: “I am so grateful that you are in my life. I love you for a million reasons.

Make time to be together for events that bring you both pleasure.

Be forgiving. We all have quirks. When one surfaces that makes you want to scream, either gently say something or switch to the positive-quality channel.

In the book, “Around the Year with Emmet Fox: A Book of Daily Readings,” Fox challenges us to make this commitment by saying: “I have chosen the path of Love. My own heart is to be my workshop, my laboratory, my great enterprise, and love is to be my contribution to humanity.”

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All of these are good ideas, most of them not exactly earth shattering…but I am pretty crazy about the idea of the “positive-quality channel” – I kind of love that, don’t you? It’s so easy (way too easy) to get sucked into the negativity drain that seems to be everywhere around us, instead of focusing on the things that are going right. This is something that I have been working so hard on – I don’t know if I’m making progress or not, but I am trying. I really took it to heart when I heard this gem: is it better to be right or to be happy? I’ve always HAD to be right (because I usually am 😜)…being right mattered so much. I wanted to be the smart one who does everything right – and I’ve no idea why I ever cared. Being right fills me with indignant satisfaction, which can feel nice in the moment – but happy makes me fuzzy and lasts a much longer time. I like happy.

Wherever you go today, I hope that you are loving someone…and that they are loving you. Out loud. With a picture of you on their phone and everything. 🙂

Xxx

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Live and Let Die

I LOVE listening to performances from BBC Radio One’s Live Lounge, specifically when artists do cover versions of other songs…. AWESOME! I fell down the rabbit hole today and had the most amazing soundtrack to my work day – here’s what I was listening to:

This is SO good

Excellent, eh? Do yourself a favor and hit up BBC Radio One Live Lounge Covers on YouTube….you’ll be in for a treat of a soundtrack! 😀

xxx

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Free Hugs

Are you familiar with this story?

Sometimes, a hug is all what we need.

Free hugs is a real life controversial story of Juan Mann, a man whose sole mission was to reach out and hug a stranger to brighten up their lives.

In this age of social disconnectivity and lack of human contact, the effects of the Free Hugs campaign became phenomenal.

As this symbol of human hope spread across the city, police and officials ordered the Free Hugs campaign BANNED. What we then witness is the true spirit of humanity come together in what can only be described as awe inspiring.

In the Spirit of the free hugs campaign, PASS THIS TO A FRIEND and HUG A STRANGER! After all, If you can reach just one person…

How it all started:

I’d been living in London when my world turned upside down and I’d had to come home. By the time my plane landed back in Sydney, all I had left was a carry on bag full of clothes and a world of troubles. No one to welcome me back, no place to call home. I was a tourist in my hometown.

Standing there in the arrivals terminal, watching other passengers meeting their waiting friends and family, with open arms and smiling faces, hugging and laughing together, I wanted someone out there to be waiting for me. To be happy to see me. To smile at me. To hug me.

So I got some cardboard and a marker and made a sign. I found the busiest pedestrian intersection in the city and held that sign aloft, with the words “Free Hugs” on both sides.

And for 15 minutes, people just stared right through me. The first person who stopped, tapped me on the shoulder and told me how her dog had just died that morning. How that morning had been the one year anniversary of her only daughter dying in a car accident. How what she needed now, when she felt most alone in the world, was a hug. I got down on one knee, we put our arms around each other and when we parted, she was smiling.

Everyone has problems and for sure mine haven’t compared. But to see someone who was once frowning, smile even for a moment, is worth it every time.

Why did it get banned?

Public liability fear and red tape. But it’s all okay now! Make sure to check your local laws before embarking on your Hugathon!

Special Thanks

I would just like to thank Sick Puppies for their incredible song “All the Same” which the Free Hugs campaign video would have never been the same without.

Great, eh? Bloody hell I miss hugs.

Xxx

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True Colors

I want you to read these words:

I saw this posted in a Facebook group that I am part of (Shout out to the Buddhism Daily Practice group!), and I felt stopped in my tracks. This is me. I am this. I have spent a lifetime hiding the things I perceive as flaws, never giving anyone the chance to love the real me….I’ve hidden her away. Then, when relationships end and I’m feeling blue because they didn’t love me as I was, I have no one to blame but myself – of course they didn’t love me as I was, I didn’t even let who I am out of the box (where I’m safely hidden) to see them. It’s my own damn fault. 😥

In retrospect, I can pinpoint the moments that people got too close and I had to cut bait and run – with some, it happened early…others lasted a long while before I bolted. The reason they lasted? They didn’t look too closely, didn’t ask too many questions, they didn’t grab a shovel and dig.

I may be older but I’m not sure I’ve grown wiser, despite all of the work I’ve done on myself in recent years. I still struggle with transparency, with being open, and with sharing myself with others. I still throw up walls at every opportunity, and I don’t know why. I’m not such a bad person, why must I protect and hold tightly to my truth the way I do? Surely I can’t be the only one who does this, right?

Xxx

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Drunken Sailor

Growing up in Canada, the daughter of a Scotsman, I found myself endlessly attracted to sea shanties, calling them the ‘music of my people’. When maritime Canada group Great Big Sea hit it big, I was overjoyed and couldn’t stop my arse from jigging every time I heard their tunes….I still can’t. Imagine my delight when TikTok (of all places) decided to make sea shanties the hottest thing – who knew? Check these out:

Why are sea shanties big right now? Besides the fact that they are beyond awesome, they’re helping folks to feel connected: ‘Behind this phenomenon, though, is the need to connect with each other in difficult times. For many, the pandemic has exposed a curious relationship with our past, and a significant disconnect with generations-old skills and knowledge around survival, the ability to make and to make do.’ Isn’t that great?

I don’t have TikTok (I’m not that cool), but I have a friend that sends me videos by a Scottish singer @natidreddd…I am CRAZY for her:

She could sing the phone book and I would think it was the greatest thing I had ever heard. LOVE her!

Where are you on the whole sea shanty thing? Send me your favorites – we can jig together! ✨

Xxx