Digital Life, Uncategorized

September Challenge: Week 3

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.

Let’s explore what week 3 looked like

WEEK 3:

I have been a bit under the weather but the challenge must go on! I have been forgetting to fill out the daily planner and my planner is looking extremely sad. I have only been using Bitmoji just to add some colour so that my planner is not as bare as Mrs Hubbard’s Cupboard. I have been filling in the daily planner of a nighttime, which leads us to this week’s tip.

THIS WEEK’S TIP:

Relax! Don’t panic if you are behind a few days, even great people make mistakes! This planning gig is a bit of fun and nobody will see you scrawling the day’s details at night when you are in your pink pyjamas.  So I guess this week’s message is that you can stuff up, you can be late, you can leave it undecorated, you can even ignore it but journaling is always going to be there – when you need it most.

Below are a few screenshots of my daily planner and as usual, if you want a copy of the template, don’t hesitate to contact me.

Digital Life, Life+Style, Uncategorized

September Challenge Update 2

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 2:

Week 2 has been a busy yet productive week, and today is my birthday so my planners have a birthday/celebratory theme going on!  Streamers, party hats and a beautiful birthday cake adorn the pages, all handmade, especially for this week.  I’ve always loved celebrations even though I’m not much of a party person, and especially my birthday.  So I made my own stickers in Assembly, my favourite graphic design app and even though they’re quite simple, they, along with everything I make from scratch, are made with love.,

THIS WEEK’S TIP:

A planner should be a reflection of who you are and what you stand for.  It might be plain or decorated, a simple artwork or a show-stopping masterpiece!  I am in a few Facebook groups where people turn their planners into works of art, each and every week, they always make my mouth drop in amazement and I’d admit, I sometimes get jealous because they’re so gorgeous.  But I’m a firm believer in being authentic and standing out from the crowd, without making a huge fuss,  so most weeks I leave my planners decorated in Bitmojis and stickers I’ve premade.

Below are a few screenshots of my daily planner and if you want a copy of the template, don’t hesitate to contact me. I’ve also included a screenshot of my birthday themed weekly spread!

 

 

Digital Life, Life+Style, Uncategorized

Budget Conscious Journaling And Planning

As I disclosed in my previous post, I am not that rich but digital planning and journaling can be costly. Kits, templates, pre-made journals and stickers can cost a lot of money and rightly so because they are very time consuming as well as being oh so gorgeous. I am lucky enough to have a flair for graphic design so I make the majority of my materials myself and if I can’t make it, I find an alternative.

I recently purchased my first lot of materials from Etsy, digital binder rings from Jenny Gollan, a Sydney based artist. I felt so good, I finally was helping a designer instead of imitating. I definitely feel very bad that I have to make nearly everything that I don’t have the money to buy. I know it’s wrong to take ideas from other people but I love the digital craze and I want to keep up with the Jones’.

My monthly, weekly and daily planners are nothing special, they are extremely bland compared to the spreads I see on social media. I use black and white because let’s face it, it goes with everything and I can use any colour I want to type with as well as use decorations of any colour.

Here is a short list of YouTube channels that I learn techniques from:

Everyday Awesome TV

The Mom Behind The Computer

Boho Berry

Life Is Messy And Brilliant

Jenny Gollan Designs

All these channels use different apps and I hope to touch on some of my personal favourites in a future post.

Digital Life, Life+Style, Uncategorized

September Challenge Update 1

As I wrote in last week’s post, 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 1:

I actually started the challenge before September even started. I made my daily planning template in the last week of August and set up everything the night before in ZoomNotes, the app I use for journaling. The reason I did this is so I could just get planning as soon as the first of September rolled around.

I have been planning my days in advance, so I can swipe to the day and know what needs to be done in an instant. Another reason why I do this is I am a serial offender of missing days and I have a problem with that.

THIS WEEK’S TIP

Don’t feel like you have to plan the day on the day. One day, the night before or a couple of days in advance is A-OK. Don’t be afraid to do your own thing – this is not a competition, your planner is your business.

Below are a few screenshots of my daily planner and if you want a copy of the template, don’t hesitate to contact me.

Digital Life, Life+Style, Uncategorized

Digital Planning + Journaling made easy!

Hi friends,

I LOVE my iPad!  I use it for nearly everything, but there is one thing above all else that I just can’t get enough of… digital planning and journaling.

Now,  I’m not the most organised person on Earth – no matter If I picture myself as organized.  I am not disciplined enough to do daily spreads, schedules or what not.  I  mostly keep a weekly spread (When I remember!)  and I suppose it keeps me grounded and I can’t argue with what’s written on it,  I have to do whatever it says.  But I have decided to give dailies  (as the digital planning and journaling Facebook groups call daily planners) a go for the month of September.

I have made a very simple black and white daily template to work with, to match my weekly and monthly planners.  I have named each of them, My Month, My Week and My Day,  respectfully.  I’ve chosen to put a dot grid (with low opacity so it doesn’t clash) as the background.  I make all my own digital stickers (I am not rich, so nearly everything I use, except fonts, is home-made.) and just get free fonts to use.

Then I thought some more, and I thought people who are disabled, tech-savvy or can’t write neatly, would like to learn to plan and journal the digital way.  If there are a few people wanting to learn, I will do something. If you already know how you may like to join me in my daily planning challenge for September!

If you are interested in learning about either digital planning and journaling or joining me in the September Challenge please message my Facebook page and let’s chat!

Kaity

Life Stories, Uncategorized

My Great, Big, Independent Adventure!

 

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Anybody who knows me knows that I don’t go adventuring alone and I have never travelled all by myself.  I love when I defy my own thoughts and beliefs of what I think is possible.

I had put forward a proposal for a drought relief fund-raiser at my service provider, unbeknownst to me that there was already something in the works across all of our sites – we have several departments.  When I caught wind of what was happening, I thought “I got to be a part of this, no matter what!”. Unfortunately, it was on Friday, the day I have off.

I decided to ask whether I could get support for the day. It was unlikely, but I could get transport to and from. Then, I thought some more and asked my mother if I could catch a taxi to and from if a person I know met me on either end. Mum agreed and so began the next exciting chapter in my almost 28 years of being on this beautiful planet we call Earth. Initially, I felt scared but that’s a natural feeling of being frightened of the unknown. But I calmly gathered myself and started planning my day.

Gone are the days of ringing up and ordering a taxi. These days, yes I’m going to say it, there’s an app for that and for someone like me who has a speech impediment, it is so much easier. A few taps and bang, a taxi is ordered. How easy is that?

Next morning, I woke up bright eyed and bushy tailed. Today was the day I, Kaitlin Ann Lawrence, would not only travel in a taxi all by myself but would be embarking on my first solo adventure! My morning carer came in and got me ready for my day of firsts, and she would see me off then come back to greet me on my return. She even organised the taxi driver for the return journey. I felt so independent in the taxi, on my way to help raise much needed funds for our farmers and rural communities, a cause that has always been close to my heart.  A support worker whom I know met me at my destination and I texted my mother to say I’d arrived safely.

I headed straight for the office to get the fundraising started.  A Halloween bucket served as our donation container and together we raised $140 for our company-wide fundraiser. I’m beyond proud of our efforts and I proudly handed the money over to our main office.

Then I had an hour or so until my return trip so I did my time sheets while I waited (Yes, I do my own time sheets as well) and submitted them. Then the same support worker who greeted me, helped me board the taxi home. I was met by my morning carer on my arrival home.

All in all, I learned so much in four hours and I realised I am not a girl anymore, I am a woman! I have already began thinking about the next  solo adventure and how I can make myself more independent!

Be sure to stay tuned to find out what I come up with next!

Local Matters, Uncategorized

Firstly, I’m going to lay it all bare, I’m a radio connoisseur and I love smooth voices and great tunes!  Lately, I’m a bit peeved with the stations because a fair chunk of the programs are based in Sydney and aimed at the Sydney audiences. In my honest opinion,  this isn’t fair for those who support local radio and its content.

The question I ask; Is Newcastle radio losing its local touch?

I used to be an avid local 2HD and KO-FM listener and I used to have a old transistor radio.  I used to listen to the Breakfast show on KO-FM and listened to 2HD during my school lunch hour.  Later on in my early twenties, I switched to ABC Newcastle after I listened to Carol Duncan at my Nanna’s house when I was roughly nineteen.

Carol was a brilliant broadcaster during her time at the ABC and had a huge, loyal fan base.  Sadly, back in 2014, our beloved Afternoons program was cut due to the ABC’s funding was reduced.  We lost a great asset that year and I can vividly remember being in the studio as the very last Afternoons went to air,  with my Nanna firmly in my mind.  She wouldn’t stand for this,  and I remember looking up to the Heavens and silently saying “We tried, and I’m sad we couldn’t save it”.  But I had to move on, to another radio station to try and reaffirm my beliefs that there still was a radio station broadcasting local content.

A fair few friends recommended 2NUR, an easy listening station run by the local University.  I started listening, mentally ticking the boxes of what I expected in a radio station.  I remember thinking, and even now I still think when I’m listening, “is this too good to be true?”.   I can keep up to date with local news, weather, traffic and current issues in our community whilst listening to great tunes – most of the songs I know!

Now I do most of my work at home to 2NUR and it makes my work-from-home day flow much easier and I wouldn’t have it any other way!