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Return To Work With Me!

Last week marked my return to my service provider but I call it work because most days, I am in fact, behind a computer working. Fancy that! I’ve done a bit of work at home and while I am not necessarily in full work mode, I’m constantly thinking about how my workflow can improve and how my social media accounts’ content can engage more customers.  

I have pretty much worked every day since I left school and I have only been off sick, hmmm, let’s see, I can count my sick days on both hands, and I’ve been working ten and a half years now. I also don’t go on holidays for more than a fortnight at a time, even though I had six weeks off to travel the world and three weeks in Tasmania. I have to thank my parents for instilling a good work ethic in me.  

As you can work out from what’s written above, if I am off for an extended period of time, I’m off exploring our wonderful world, probably skiing, watching a family member play hockey or fishing. So, the period of time the I had off was all new to me. I wasn’t away nor was I sick. I was off for two and a half months in total.  

I had talked to one of my medical professionals that I see regularly and they suggested that I make a “return to normality” plan. Then I thought. I came up with an idea of a “return to work” plan, showcasing two of my favourite journaling techniques and a brand I truly believe in. It was simple. I already had all the materials I needed, all I needed was the time to construct the systems of choice.   

Each system has, as with anything, has its pros and cons. One is more of a pretty, showcase one and the other is a functional, complete on-the- fly one. Different types of systems that do the exact same job.  

First, let’s look at the Jenny Gollan Designs DigiBujo system. I am using the app Noteshelf for this, the DigiBujo is a PDF file and you just have to have a PDF annotation app to use it. Jenny has a beautiful selection of fonts and stickers, so I have been able to use stickers from my ‘stash’ to set up the DigiBuJo. Some stickers were just right but needed alterations to make them work the way I want them to. The thing that I particularly like about this system is that it’s unique to your needs etc and is aesthetically pleasing to write and type in. 

How my schedule works in the DigiBuJo.

My other system is a OneNote notebook.  OneNote is a free app by  Microsoft and works on Apple devices as well. I used to OneNote a lot, but I saw this video by Mery from Mom Behind The Computer which showed how to make a planner in OneNote. At that time I was planning to save as much money as possible as I had planned a big (and possibly expensive!) year to make my 30th year Earthside memorable. I will be the first of many people to admit that I have a problem of spending money, especially on stuff I don’t need! I also suppose at that time in my life, this system worked for me and my lifestyle. It is important to remember this was when Coronavirus wasn’t a major issue.  

I also have been watching tutorials with Michele over at One Noteworthy Life to up my OneNote game, where she uses a system based on the original Bullet Journal system by Ryder Carroll.

My schedule in OneNote.

I tend to use my OneNote system a lot more because it’s quick but I wanted to see what would happen if I did it in a DigiBuJo, I had one lying around and so I experimented. I also wanted to show my readers two different methods and techniques. I tend to use the DigiBuJo system when I am not working as much and have the time to sit down and ‘make it pretty’. 

What works for me will not necessarily mean it will work for you and vice versa.   

Whatever system you prefer to use will work, it’s all down to what you find can be tailored best to suit you and your situation. There is no right or wrong, there’s only one thing that matters. YOU!   

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CORONAVIRUS: NATURE’S WAY OF TELLING US TO SLOW DOWN?

When news of Coronavirus first broke, I was on summer holidays in Forster with my family and I thought nothing of it. I was then planning on making 2020 a memorable year as I turn thirty this spring and at that time, I was plotting ways to document my year. Coronavirus was in China, I was in Australia, so the chances of it happening here were slim.  

I have been learning many new skills during isolation.

February rolled around, at this time each year I assist in the marketing department of my local agricultural show. The first reports of a possible Coronavirus outbreak were just hitting our shores but I was knee-deep in my work, and was oblivious to the reports on the news. I just kept tabs on what was happening, world and to some extent, national news doesn’t interest me, unless it is rural or affecting small communities.  

March comes. The agricultural show goes on despite reports across the virus swirling and picking up pace. I was also planning my annual trip to the Easter Show, I had only paid my membership the week it was cancelled. I was pretty upset; I was in pain and I was mad. The next week, I was a bit more cautious about the virus, it suddenly became ‘real’ to me.I was helping to run the St Patrick’s Day celebration at my service provider, I don’t like crowded spaces at the best of times let alone at a time when a national emergency was unfolding before my eyes. St Patrick’s Day went on, but I went home early to avoid the crowd. On the Wednesday my friend and I went out looking for hand sanitiser and baby wipes because I figured that those items would be the first items to sell out, because they are such an accessible hygiene option. On the Thursday, we’d gone shopping at the local shops because my mother had said that I’d better go get my shopping fix while I could.  

It was a ghost town; it was bare and it was scary. I was so used to it being a bustling hive of activity. To see it like that, it will always stick with me.  

Saturday. The day that my world changed. My mother had a phone call from my service provider to say that they were shutting down until further notice. I thrive on routine, my routine was now in shreds and without warning, I was home all day, every day. Initially, I thought the closure would last 2 weeks, 3 weeks at the most so I didn’t start any home projects. The only things that was the same was my small business and I focused on that, I had time to build it up and improve the quality of content.    

Easter Time!

Easter came and went; I was still at home bored. My mental health was just intact, like scraping the bottom of the mixing bowl, getting out the last of the yummy cake mix, the novelty of staying home was wearing thin. I needed to get back to work or some type of work. I had helped my father outside in the garden when I was very young and loved every minute. I’m no stranger to gardening and shed work. I was getting into the slow life and the work I’m doing now is all about home-made stuff, stuff made with love. Every day I cook, do craft and help my father, all the things I did when I was at my happiest which was when I was younger.  

Now I am wondering whether this Coronavirus lockdown is nature’s way of saying “Hey, chill out!”. At the beginning of this pandemic I didn’t quite grasp the meaning, it was foreign to me and I just couldn’t understand. But as I stayed home for an extended period of time, I started to slow down as I realised that I will be in this position for the foreseeable future and I have to change into the slow life, and then appreciate the value of life in general.  

I watched the world shut down, London’s bustling Piccadilly Circus and Italy’s Venetian canals to Disneyland and the bright lights of New York’s Broadway. All shut down, all sleeping, and the benefits are out of this world. The air is clearer, streets are quieter and people have time to think about what really matters. This Coronavirus pandemic, although it’s very scary, it gives us humans time to slow down and think, what is this challenge teaching humans?  

I truly believe that we will come out of this as better human beings, each and every one of us.   

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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 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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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!

 

 

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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.

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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.

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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

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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!

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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.