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, Life+Style, Uncategorized

Yoga: My Life On A Mat

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Me with my fabulous yoga teacher and creator of Yoga Loft Newcastle,  Cveta.

I started yoga back in 2015 because I hated the gym I was at and I needed to keep fit.  I was also going through a tough time with anxiety as there was a lot going on in my life at the time.  My friend,  Amy suggested yoga as it would help not only my physical health but my mental health as well.  Anybody who knows me well knows that I don’t stick to things, I do something for six months and then I quit, get bored or walk away.  Not this time, three years down the track and I’m doing the best yoga I’ve ever done.

Yoga is a form of gentle exercise, with a focus on stretching and breathing.  I am a proud student of Yoga Loft Newcastle and I attend the Yin class on Monday.  I don’t do any tertiary education so yoga is also a time for me to learn and grow, listening to our teachers talk about anatomy, chakras and how a pose helps our bodies.  I also do my yoga practice completely blindfolded so I don’t get distracted, but it deepens my practice because my sight is taken away so my sense of hearing and touch are heightened as I need these senses to do yoga.  I never knew how much I relied on my sight, no matter how shocking it is, until I tried to do yoga with an eye mask on.

My classmates are my Yoga family and for the first time in forever, I’ve found somewhere I feel I belong outside of my family and close friends.  I’ll explain, I’ve never felt like I belonged anywhere outside of my family home and I felt like an outcast wherever I went.  Now when I enter Yoga Loft,  it’s like a sanctuary, quiet, peaceful and comfortable,  and it’s like coming home.

My family has noticed a change in my personality and my day-to-day anxiety levels have dropped dramatically.  Both, Mum and Dad plus other family and friends, are so supportive of what I do and they notice when I haven’t done yoga! For Christmases and birthdays, I get yoga clothes and equipment that I need instead of typical presents.  I believe that is a sign that my family and friends love the way yoga makes me feel and that they want me to keep achieving great things on the mat!

Life+Style, Uncategorized

How To Make Awesome Instagram Stories

If you, like me, love Instagram, you would have seen people have upped the ante on their Instagram Stories over the past few weeks.  Sick of lagging behind with my own Instagram Story style, I searched the web for answers.   Nothing came up that I liked, so I did what Mama Cass Elliot told us:  You Got To Make Your Own Kind Of Music…

I recalled that there was an app that did collages and other cool effects called PicCollage.  So I redownloaded it and played around with it, to see if I could create my very own Instagram Story style.

Here’s a short video of how I use PicCollage to make awesome Instagram Stories.

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Disney – The miniseries: Part Four: The Future and 100 Years Of Magic

I often ask myself “will Disney be my life forever?” and it is mostly followed promptly by “It will always be a major part of your life but it’s your choice and yours alone.”.  I don’t remember a time when I didn’t obsess over Mickey Mouse and Disney, and this is why I still do what I do.

I have a nephew/godson named Oliver,  and he is the future.  Oliver is not even two and already he is shaping up to be another Disney fanatic.  I know this isn’t something to be celebrated but I feel so happy that somebody will be there to carry on my legacy once I’m no longer around.

Speaking of legacies, this year’s Disney On Ice celebrates Walt Disney’s legacy – one hundred years in fact.  Although Walt didn’t see one hundred himself, his life and body of work still inspire millions of people every day. 100 Years Of Magic was originally created way back in 1999, and this is the third time it’s visiting Newcastle. After numerous remodels, this version includes modern smash hits such as Frozen and the Disney Princesses to timeless classics such as Toy Story and The Lion King.

Making memorable moments is synonymous with Disney On Ice.  I know first hand how valuable these memories are and Disney On Ice has the ability to connect the young and the old plus lets the child in all of us roam free for an hour or two.

Disney On Ice – 100 Years Of Magic skates into the Newcastle Entertainment Centre from July 13-15, just in time for the middle of the Winter School Holidays!