I am not one for big goals at the beginning of the year, but I do like looking back at the previous year and think of a few small things I would like to change. But I always keep it manageable, because I do not feel better when I am looking at goals that seem impossible. And I do not make yearly goals as you never know what will happen in your life. I didn’t reach some of my 2017 goals simply because my life changed so much. So here are some list for the first 3 months of 2018 in which I will turn 30, which is a big deal if you ask me!
Read 5 books. I have started my first and I am loving reading for a bit before going to sleep. It helps quieten my brain before I go to sleep and I just love reading but never take enough time to do it.
Use my stuff. Buying new things is great, but using your things is so much better! I have a lot of paper, pens, washi, stickers, embossing powders, stamps, yarn etc. So my goal, for now, is to use my stuff. I am getting some crafty bits for my birthday next month but they are high-quality things that I can really use and love. But no Etsy or Aliexpress purchases for me anytime soon, which is hard for me. But I want to appreciate my things more and save money to purchase a Silhouette Cameo next year.
Crochet at least 5 days a week. I am finishing a blanket at the moment but have a lot of projects to work on next. It helps me relax and forces me to rest enough during the day.
Journal my heart out. I have been journaling for a long time but the last 4 months I have really discovered my love for daily journaling. I really like to take about 30 minutes a day to write about my life, thoughts and feelings.
Self-care is a priority! I am learning to take care of me and listen to my body. I never realised how hard that is when you’ve ignored that for most of your life. So I am slowly learning what it takes, I do not have a set plan for it but I will figure it out and try my best.
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 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!
Besides actual planning, I also love to track things in my planner. Like which books I read, what shows I watched and which movies I saw. I have made these inserts for you to use for the exact same thing! I hope you will like them as much as I do.
Go check out my other printables for ringbound planners and travelers notebooks.
A couple of weeks ago I made a new insert for myself and I have now made it in a couple of sizes and decided to share.
I use this insert to plan on intensity; which is a great way to plan for people with chronic illnesses, mental illness etc. You fill in what you did at certain times and then colour code the activities on their intensity. Example: taking a shower takes a lot of energy for me so that is a high-intensity activity for me. Watching a movie on the couch is a relaxing activity.
I use four colours:
red: high intensity
yellow: medium intensity
lilac: low intensity
I have made this insert in a lot of sizes, for you to download. You do not have to use this insert this way, it could also be used for general planning/tracking or any other way you would like. If you are missing a particular size, leave a comment and I’ll get back to you.
I felt the urge to change my planning setup for a while now but wasn’t sure how and what I wanted to change. So I did what I always do when I feel the urge to change stuff. I grabbed some paper and started writing down what I needed in my planner(s) and what I liked and disliked about the current setup. I am loving my A6 Travelers Notebook but I wanted to make it a little less chunky for the next couple of months as I will be taking it with me a lot more often but I do not need everything in it all the time. So I decided to move into two planners! My actual planning portion is still in the A6 Travelers Notebook from Meadowgate Leather, and all the other things are in my Filofax Malden. The Malden will stay home, while my A6 TN will travel with me.
Most of the inserts in this video are available for download here, if you are looking for TN inserts, click here.
If you need some advice on how AliExpress works, go here for my guide filled with tips and tricks. If you already know how to use the website, keep reading. I am sharing five of my favourite purchases and will try doing this every month.This month it’s all stationery related but it won’t be like that every month, although I do love my stationery. There are so many amazing things to find on there! I have listed the prices as they are today, prices change daily so they might be different when you check.
If you want to check my previous post about favourite AliExpress purchases click here.
I bought this case to store my fountain pens, I tend to have a lot of fountain pens inked up as I have a lot of different colours of ink and I can never choose so I ink up loads of pens. It comes in really handy, it keeps all your pens save and it’s quite compact for a case that holds 12 chunky fountain pens.
You get 3 sticky pockets but I gave two away so I can only show you one. There are 2 of the ones shown above, the second one is mirrored and the last one is a cardholder. You take them off the transparent paper and just stick them wherever you want. I put one in a travelers notebook which came without pockets. This way I can still take some stickers with me. The quality is really good and they come in super handy.
These washi tapes are enormous! These are the biggest tapes I own, you can see the size in the background, each square is 1 centimetre. They are stunning and definitely stand out in my collection. You can choose from a few more designs so go check them out if you are in the need of some wide vintage looking washi tape.
I am in love with these stickers, there are 40 different designs in each package and they are perfect for autumn and winter. I love the colours, style and quality. They are great to use in your journal or planner but the quality is good enough to even put it on a notebook, laptop, phonecase etc.
Two months since the last time I wrote a personal update; it’s a shame!
Who knew being bedbound and trying to recover from that takes up all your time?! Even though I am feeling horribly at the moment, I decided my blog needed some attention. The thing about recovering from being bedbound is that you suddenly want to do EVERYTHING because you couldn’t do it for a while. But after being quite busy for a few weeks I kind of collapsed on Tuesday, and am back in bed now. Whoops! I kind of knew it would happen, but I was stubborn. So I had to learn it the hard way. I had to cancel all my plans for this and next week and have a bit of a reality check.
So let’s get back to the diary part.
In August my cat Sparrow died of poisoning. Which was quite traumatic, to be honest. To see a 5-year-old healthy cat drop dead within minutes, was horrifying! I was so shocked someone would actually kill a loved cat for no reason at all, Sparrow was an absolute sweetheart! I miss him so much and he can never be replaced. He was the first pet me and Jasper got together and it was so sad seeing how destroyed our other cat Jack was. He wouldn’t eat, was searching for his brother for days and wanted to cuddle full time. The poor guy! He is alright now but as Jack has never been an only cat, we decided to search for a friend for him last weekend.
We really wanted to adopt an adult cat from a shelter so last weekend we jumped in the car and drove to a few shelters nearby. The first shelter (‘t Heerveld, for my fellow Northern Dutchies) was amazing. The rooms for cats were spacious, there was lots of information about the cats and the people were really nice. As we have two adopted Spanish Greyhounds and our other cat Jack we couldn’t just adopt any cat. We loved a couple of cats there but weren’t sure they fit into our household. So we decided to give it some more thought and visit another shelter (De Swinge). It only had a few cats so we didn’t think we would find a cat there, but you only need one cat to fit into your household and we found the perfect cat. We were looking for a calm cat, who wasn’t too dominant but also not scared. It needed to be able to stand up to the dogs (or at least not run away) without bullying them (Jack bullies the dogs, we call him Terror Jack). And last but not least, it couldn’t be too scared/nervous as there are dozens of cats in our neighbourhood. We adopted a gingery-white cat and named her Lizzy, after Elizabeth Swan from Pirates of the Caribbean, as all of our cats are named after characters from that movie.
It’s always a little scary adding a new cat to your household, will the cats get along and will she be happy? But she is doing great! She and Jack were done hissing after about 2 days and now they co-exist without issues. According to Jasper they were playing together for the first time yesterday evening. She is perfect with the dogs and she is getting more used to our house. She is extremely curious and follows us around all over the place. She isn’t scared of anything, she just stares at you when you make a lot of noise or anything. I am sure she and Jack will be buddies in no time.
Last week I had my first appointment in the rehabilitation centre I will be visiting VERY often the next couple of months. After my fall, nearly 4 months ago, I need some help getting my life back. We discussed what areas in my life I needed help with, she did a full physical check to see if I maybe needed a scan or x-ray (which I did not) and it was a really good appointment. It was my first doctor’s visit where I walked in and the doctor had read my entire file and knew everything about me, and my file is LONG. I was impressed! In a couple of weeks my actual treatment is starting and I am very nervous but also excited. I went to the same rehabilitation centre 6 years ago and it was extremely tough and hard but I learned so much!
We are all caught up now, phew! I will do one again soon, promise.