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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

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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! 

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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.

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September Challenge – Monthly Overview

If you are a regular reader,  you know I have set myself a daily planning challenge for the month of September to see if daily planning is something I could do full-time.

I MADE IT!  I COMPLETED MY SEPTEMBER CHALLENGE. In this post, I will be analysing my efforts, what I learned and what I would do differently if I had my time over again.  There also will be a special announcement at the end.

My efforts:

I think I did extremely well, considering my disability.  I have trouble sticking to stuff for an extended period of time so the odds weren’t stacked in my favour.  I did do it daily for a week or two, then things came up unexpectedly and I had to step back because life got a bit tough and my anxiety levels needed urgent attention,,  so I had to take it easy.  However, I was adamant I had to complete my daily planning challenge, to prove to myself that I can do daily planning full-time, whatever life throws at me.

What I would change if I had my time over again?

I wouldn’t change much, but I would definitely change the layout.  I would do it in portrait so  I could not only plan my day but document anything special that happened that day eg: I achieved something or did something really fun because sometimes I need to look back to remember how ridiculously amazing my life is and how lucky I am.

THE SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT!

I have noticed that people who make planners, journals and digital supplies, are charging ridiculous amounts of money for stuff that isn’t physical.  I totally understand why, because they’re time-consuming and gorgeous, but I can’t really afford or justify to spend the money because I’m not rich and  I know note-taking apps cost around $14.  I wanted to make digital planning and journaling accessible to everybody regardless of their financial position and I wanted to share all the resources I make with others in my position.  Enter the Lifestyle With Kaity Google Drive, jam-packed with digital planning and journaling resources that are free to use.  The only repayment I want is a photo of YOUR interpretations of my templates so I can share them on social media. Click here to go to my dedicated Digital Planning and Journaling page!

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September Challenge: Week 4

If you are a regular reader,  you know I have set myself a daily planning challenge for the month of September to see if daily planning is something I could do full-time.

WEEK 4

I seriously cannot believe we are a few days from October. September has absolutely flown by and I can happily say my daily planner has every day documented and I got a sense of achievement of doing something for a whole month!  I will post a separate post analysing the September Challenge because I have loads of stuff to discuss. Which brings me to this week’s tip!

THIS WEEK’S TIP

Routine.  You don’t necessarily need a planning routine, take it from me, things don’t always go to plan. I try to dedicate every second day to plan days in advance or document the days I forgot.  So don’t stress if you don’t pay attention to your planner every single day.  I don’t. If you do, well done.  Planning is meant to be enjoyable and fun, so loosen up and be yourself so your planner and/or journal is a true reflection of who you are.

Stay tuned for a full monthly analysis of the September Challenge,  plus a special announcement!  COMING SOON!