Digital Life

App review: Zinnia Journal

My very first Zinnia page

As most of you are staying in, you probably know how I feel. Sluggish, bored and a bit anxious about what’s going on in our world. How are you keeping busy during this time? I have been flexing my creativity muscles and I have been journaling. At the beginning of this year I started off a OneNote planner  and journal as the system I was using wasn’t as flexible as I needed it to be and I needed to save my money because I was planning an exciting year ahead since I am turning thirty (And now that plan is out of the question ). My requirements changed so my method had to be changed.   

I am an avid user of Pixite apps, especially Assembly. I was making all my templates and stickers myself to use in  OneNote, I was posting my stuff on Instagram and tagging Pixite and Assembly. One day Pixite commented and suggested that I try their brand new app called Zinnia. Although the app is mostly subscription based, I had given it a go and I instantly fell head over heels.   

Art journaling has been a goal of mine for  a few years now but the right app had to come along. Zinnia was the app and once I had a play, I knew I would be needing a subscription to enjoy the full benefits. I now have set up a few journals  including a business bullet journal.

The number one thing that I like about Zinnia is all the templates, embellishments and stickers are pre cropped and ready to have text entered. It’s simple enough to use yet complex enough to make high quality pages. Some of the suggested uses include planning, journaling and scrapbooking. I still make my own templates and stickers, but now I’m also making embellishments and washi tapes. I even made my own scrapbook kit! Everything’s now designed to fit Zinnia journals, and are  available to download through my  Google Drive.  

Keep your eyes on my Instagram and Faceboook accounts to see all my Pixite  creations.  



The 2019 Newcastle 500 was my first V8 event and I was very excited to see how the accessibility was like because I have Cerebral Palsy. I never followed the Supercars real close growing up in a town dominated by rugby league, but I kept up to date with events such as Bathurst 1000. I grew up loving sport, rugby league and hockey were my jam, but car racing always scared me because of the noise. When Newcastle 500 was first announced, I was thinking “Wow, what an opportunity for Newcastle! The Supercars are coming!” fully aware of the media coverage it got, both nationally and internationally. It would be two years down the track until I could attend in person.

On Friday morning on the 22nd November 2019I went through the gates, I had no expectations because I just got a General Admission ticket at the last minute. I just wanted to keep it as a surprise and just experience it as my adventure unfolded. And was I surprised! The Newcastle 500 is much more than just the final stop on the V8 Supercars tour. It’s a wonderful community event where everybody is made to feel welcome, no matter your ability. Car racing to me always looked like a non-inclusive, chauvinistic sport, it only took a trip over the bridge (via 2 lifts, which were awesome) into the centre of the action for me to change my mind. 

It was like a carnival atmosphere with food vans and games to be played, merchandise plus sponsor tents and the biggest surprise of all ramps were everywhere making my way around easier than anticipated. I felt a bit overwhelmed that a sport as big as the V8 Supercars had worked so closely with the City Of Newcastle to make it as accessible as they possibly could, even ensuring people with disabilities had the best view in town. I sat on a platform near the start line and it was amazing! Even though my ticket was just General Admission the view of a lifetime.

I have never felt much prouder of my community than I was on that day. I would like to thank everybody from staff at ticketing, the volunteer that looked after my spot when I went to explore the rest of the facility, the V8 Supercar organisers and Newcastle City Council for taking inclusiveness to the next level and making my first V8 Supercars event spectacular.  

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A disability does not define a student

A school in Gary, Indiana has given out a Most Annoying Male award. It was awarded to a 11 year old boy on the Autism Spectrum. I find this very disturbing as I have a disability myself and I had trouble at school, as well as identifying another issue.

Where was the Most Annoying Female award? Was there one? Or  was the Most Annoying Male award completely made up, just because they needed to give every student an award  at the end-of-year presentation?

Regardless of the reason, it is very disappointing that the teachers couldn’t see any positives and had to resort to negativity. When I was at school, not everyone got an award and I was lucky to get 10 merit awards in the school year. On Presentation Day, I didn’t get many class awards but got awards for languages and academic achievement. I wasn’t an angel, I didn’t tow the line but I shone in my favourite subject, Languages Other Than English (LOTE) where I studied mainly Italian, but a bit of German and later Indonesian. Not bad for a girl with a speech impediment!

Why couldn’t the teachers at this school in Indiana see the positive things that this child does?  Aren’t we supposed to be teaching our children empathy, compassion and inclusion?  Teachers should be setting the ultimate example for the next generation not doing the complete opposite.   What did this ‘stunt’ teach the students present at the award  ceremony?  Nothing. Nothing except apathy, inconsiderateness and exclusion.  The three things that a child should never, ever learn.

Every child has a right to feel safe and respected at school, as well as the right to an education.  Learning is an essential part of life and you never stop learning.  A student’s disability does not deprive them of these things that non-disabled people can freely access. 

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What’s been happening + ambassadorship

Hey, I’m still here but I apologise for the lack of material being published. I have been doing so much work, and I have run out of time to get posts written and published. I have been really into my planning and journaling, which leads me to the news I want to share.

I have been working as an ambassador for Jenny Gollan Designs, the company that I get my journaling supplies through. I am part of a global team of ladies who share my passion for creativity and art. I have learned so much about many different things while doing something that I love. I love the fact that I can be a brand ambassador for a product that has basically changed my life for the better.

My DigiBuJo is a mix of functional journaling and planning and scrapbooking/memory keeping. I do have a background in general craft specialising in papercraft and scrapbooking, so I have taken the techniques I’ve learned on paper into the digital world and so far most techniques work the same, if not better.  The best thing about it is the fact that I don’t have to rely on somebody to be “my hands” and dictate what I want done.  Now I can do craft, planning and journaling completely unaided which has been only a pipe dream until recently.

Want to put the Jenny Gollan Designs range of journals, planners, Procreate brushes,  fonts and other delicious products to the test? Hop on the Jenny Gollan Designs Etsy store and use KAITYCOUPON to get 20% off


Start the New Year with me: Setting up and investing in a good planner

If you are a regular around here, you would know I tried digital planning last year, using a template I made entirely from scratch. Although I had lots of fun, it was a lot of hard work setting up every week and some weeks; I didn’t feel like doing it. In November, I fell ill, and everything just got put on the backburner (including this blog), so I could focus on getting better in time for the festive season.

I finally weighed the options up, whether I purchase a digital planner or continue with my DIY version. I bought my dream planner by Australian designer, Jenny Gollan. I initially went with an American designer, but as time wore on, I became extremely dissatisfied with a lot of things. So I went back to my belief of buying Australian where I can to supporting Australians. I hope I can review the DigiBuJo soon, and tell you how I like it.

As far as my planner goes, I feel the need to be more or less on top of everything and know when people are away, medical appointments and just simple things like when I go away to the Easter Show etc. I am a bit of a creature of habit and one of my “Planner Goals” is to document what I did. I’ll give you an example: Today I went on the train to the new Interchange and caught the Light Rail to Hunter St, so I’m hoping that I can not only get organised but try to document what I did for the next 12 months.

Fingers crossed that I can get that review started this week because I’m looking forward to sharing my thoughts on the DigiBuJo.

Stay tuned!!

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Start the New Year with me: Setting goals, simplifying life and enjoying the results!

Over the past few years, my life has been a pattern of setting a goal, working for it, achieving that goal and look towards the next goal.  Last year, all I did was live and breathe goals and didn’t really do anything else besides work to be my best.

“2019 will be different.  It’s time to simplify my life, identify what is weighing my soul down and look at life positively.” I thought because I want to improve my thinking.  I want to break free from the bad and focus on the good. 

Simplifying life just means going back to eating healthy, meditating, yoga and exercising.  It also means carving out time to do something that I’ve always wanted to do – keep a visual you could say yearbook full of photos, artwork, remnants and journaling. I want to document everything I not only achieve but things like events, photographs and items that I want to remember.

Basically, my aim for 2019 is to live life to the absolute full, whilst living simple.  It sounds like hard work, but I look at it this way, the less money I waste, the more money I can spend on stuff that I really want or if I go out, I can buy silly stuff like the traditional showbag at my local show.

In the next instalment of my New Year series, I will show you how I’m staying on top of everything using a journal! 


Start the New Year with me: Getting organised

It’s 2019, and I decided to start this year with doing instead of planning. What I mean by this is instead of planning to do something, I do it. I shall give you an example, I always plan to clean my room before January ends so that my workspace is clean and organised for the year ahead. I’m sure that you can relate to what I’m about to say, by February, my desk is still messy and my room cluttered.

This week, I unexpectedly got a chance to carry out the dreaded clean-up, I could have done something else like go shopping but I stayed true to the month’s mantra “Do instead of planning” and I would love to add that my room is looking awesome!

I decided to take the cleaning a step forward by adding the year’s mantra “Let Go” into the mix. I threw out the majority of my artwork that was no longer serving a purpose and chucking it in the rubbish. Then, I hung up my artwork I did for the Easter Show a few years ago and my dreamcatchers are now all together.

The next thing on my list is to start the other major component of 2019, which is planning and embracing every single day. I will show the way I’m doing this once everything is set up.