It’s a dreary Tuesday afternoon, in the room next to me I can hear my boyfriend coughing and I hear kids playing outside. Normally my boyfriend wouldn’t be home at this time, but he threw his back out and has been in bed for the last couple of days. Today is my day off, yesterday I went to the rehabilitation centre and tomorrow I will be going as well. But instead of relaxing to recover in between my appointments I am busy cleaning the house, taking care of my boyfriend, walking the dogs and preparing for the holidays. I kind of feel like I have the automatic pilot switch turned on. So I am taking a moment for myself, to gather my thoughts and relax for just a couple of minutes.
The past weekend I had 3 friends stay at my house, for an official-grown-up-sleepover. That might not be a thing for most people, but I love having sleepovers at my house. We all sleep in my living room with loads of blankets, pillows, candy, movies and lots of giggles. This time I had to sleep upstairs in my bedroom as my back hurt too much but I am actually having a couple more sleepovers this month and am actually starting 2018 with a sleepover in my living room. This past year I have really learned the importance of friendships and made some amazing new friends. I haven’t been able to invest as much into some friends as I would have wanted due to all my medical issues this past year, so I love that they supported me all throughout this year and am looking forward to more quality time in 2018.
So as I just said I had 3 friends with me this weekend, we cooked an amazing dinner and dessert, watched tons of weird YouTube video’s, laughed until our bellies hurt and crafted for a couple of hours. I thought of some great free insert ideas because of them so keep your eye out for them. And they surprised me with an amazing gift, an A6 Hobonichi planner for 2018 in the limited Steiff edition. It made me cry and I will be forever grateful!
After my last therapy sessions before the holidays, I want to start preparing for the new year. I still need to think of some goals for 2018, I am thinking of having quarterly or monthly goals next year. I need to fill in my new planner, prepare my new journal insert and prepare my New Year’s Eve party (it is a tiny party for 3 women, 3 dogs and 2 cats) which will mostly include pyjamas, snacks, a cheeseburger pie, craft supplies and gifts. The year 2017 wasn’t my best year ever but the month December has been amazing so far and will be even more fun in the last days of the year.
My Christmas is going to be extremely laid back this year, no fancy meals or clothing. Just nice food, comfy clothing and people I love. And to be honest, I kind of love it like that.
Ok my self-care-moment is over now, I need to start preparing dinner and quickly tidy my craftroom. I am hoping to be back with a full on 2017 recap soon, I love those kind of blogposts!
I decided to add another category of printables to my freebie section; pocket Filofax inserts. I hope you’ll enjoy them, let me know if you have any other requests in this size.
I started this blog back in the summer and had so many great ideas and plans. But sometimes life just gets in the way! I spend a couple of months in bed after my accident and now I am cooped up in the rehabilitation center I have been going to. And it has been tough! Whenever people ask me how I am doing I reply with “honestly, I am not doing great”. I am doing with pretending to be fine when I am not, it is time people start answering that question honestly! So I explain to people what I have been up to and how hard it is, and I have been having some great conversations with people because of it. Because when you open up, you make room for the other person to open up as well. That doesn’t always happen, which is fine, but when it does you really connect with the other person.
I go to the rehabilitation center twice a week, for a couple of hours a time. Which doesn’t sound like a whole lot but it takes up all my time and energy at home. There is so much to learn, process, try out and think about. After most appointments I crash and spend a lot of time in bed or on the couch. I have been having extreme headaches, chest pains, am extremely tired and suffer from memory loss. Who knew those were side effects from a chronic pain disorder?! But apparently it is common and I just have to sit it out and listen to my body. Which I suck at, or so I’ve been told. So besides occupational therapy, physical therapy, and talking to a psychologist I also signed up for heart coherence training which should help me listen to my body in a better way. I had a bit of an incident two weeks ago with an intern which really threw me off, but I am really proud to say I stood up for myself and told my therapists how I felt about it and why I reacted to strongly. Today I had a good talk about it and apologies were made. I am not very good at standing up for myself so this was a big deal for me. I now feel like I can truly focus on working on myself again, which is a good thing.
So my life is on hold, or so it feels like. I do not have a lot of time to spend with my friends, work on hobbies (like my blog), clean my house or walk my dogs. I do however watch a lot of shows and movies on Netflix, sleep a ton, burn too many candles, eat chocolate and stare at my craft room. I have also been decluttering again, even though there was not a lot to get rid of this time around. I have been decluttering for 2 years now and have really downsized my belongings. I will never be able to call myself a minimalist but I am fine with that, I like stuff. I just want it all to be used and loved, everything else can go. Or as my boyfriend like to do, move it all to the attic. He has next week off work and I am forcing him to clean up the attic with me and get rid of a lot of stuff he has been holding on to for years without use.
I am hoping to have more time for my blog and other hobbies soon, after the crappy 2017 I have had I am determined to make 2018 the best year ever! And this blog is part of that plan, so keep an eye out for a lot more content! But right now I am going to take a shower and go to bed, it is only 7.30 but I am exhausted and just need to sleep.
I love going to Starbucks and trying out different drinks, but I sometimes forget which ones I tried and more important, which I loved and didn’t. I had to read old journals last week to try and figure out which Christmas special I tried last year and if I liked it or not. I decided there had to be an easier way. So I designed an insert to review Starbucks drinks because I can’t be the only person struggling with this.
You simply write down the name of the drink, the date you tried it, if it was a special and if so for what occasion, if you made any adjustments and your rating. At the bottom, there is room for extra notes.
I have made it in 4 different sizes, if you would like this insert in another size, leave a comment and I will make it for you!