It’s a Ring Thing

This time last month, I watched Rachel’s ‘Planner Evaluation Session’ videos on YouTube, and looked on, enrapt, as she went through all her different planners and shared her pros and cons for each. It didn’t come as much of a surprise that Rachel ended up back in rings though, but what did come as a surprise was that I started hankering for set of rings of my own!

I can’t remember the last time I used a ring-bound planner – it was probably in the 80’s when Filofaxes were first all the rage. I didn’t have a Filofax to hand, but I did have a ring-bound planner that I’d picked up at Wilkos and was using to store notes from a particular project. Well, out went those notes, and in went some dot-grid paper that I’d reclaimed from a half-used Leuchtturm1917 notebook …

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Track It – Review It

Now that the end of April is approaching, and I am beginning to look forward to the start of May, it’s time to review both my life and my planning system.

Toward the end of every month, I like to look through my bullet journal and Passion Planner Pro and spend some time reviewing how things have gone – both in regard to how well my planning system has served my most recent needs and with regard to how well I am living. Let’s talk about my planning system review first.

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Planners 2020: Three Months In

We’ve reached the end of March 2020 and the EllieBeth Designs Creative Planning Team are taking a look at where we are with our planners, what’s changed since the beginning of the year and what’s stayed the same.

Despite the fact that the world has changed almost beyond recognition these last couple of weeks, my planning system hasn’t. Since last July, I’ve been using my Passion Planner Pro as a weekly schedule and my bullet journal for everything else. Now more than ever, in these uncertain times, I’m using both to help keep my head on straight. I’m planning what I can plan for, and tracking the habits that help keep me well. I’m also still stickerating, which is great for lifting my spirits. There’s something comforting about laying down stickers and something hopeful and vital in all the colour.

One thing that is new to me though is the Rhodia Dotbook that I’m using for my bullet journal. I was getting fed up with lugging heavy hardbound notebooks around, so I thought I’d try the Dotbook which has pure white paper, a soft cover and 80 pages – enough for two months’ worth of bullet journaling. I’m glad I tried it because I love it, so I shall definitely be buying more.

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Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained

We’ve all done it, right? We’ve all decided that every day/week/month for the next week/month/year, we’re going to [insert goal/intention/resolution]. If you’re anything like me, you’ve also failed at doing whatever it was you said you’d do as frequently as you said you’d do it. Failed … ugh … I hate that word! Let’s get rid of it. Let’s remove it from our vocabulary, at least when talking about ourselves and our objectives.

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Back On the Team at EBDUK!

Hello! So, it’s been a while since I posted here. Lots has been going on, and I’ll come to that in a future post, but today I wanted to pop on and let you know that I am back on the EllieBeth Designs UK Creative Planning Team!

I’ve been using EBDUK stickers in my bullet journal and Passion Planner Pro for a few years now, and I still love them just as much as I did when I started – they really do brighten up every day – so when the opportunity came for me to rejoin the team, I jumped at the chance.

I have a discount code that you can use to receive 10% off your EBDUK orders. It’s NATALIE10. This is an affiliate code which means I do receive ‘Rainbow Rewards’ each time it is used, but that is at no cost to you.

In March, I will be using the ‘Serendipity’ collection to decorate my bujo, so do stay tuned for my next Plan With Me video. Here’s a sneak peek. Until then … happy stickerating! xxx

Here I Go Again …

Hello! After watching Anna Brims’s EBDUK event vlog yesterday and re-hearing Rachel Blundell talk about how her self care looks like going to the gym, I’ve finally admitted to myself that I REALLY need to work on the physical aspect of my recovery from mental illness. At the moment my physical wellness habits are still playing second fiddle to my mental wellness habits, but now it’s time to make them a priority – to quote Rachel: I need to make sure I’m able to do all that I’m meant to do – soooooo after doing a bit of research, I might have just ordered myself a Passion Planner Pro. It was only £12 from Amazon – I guess because it’s dated and started in January, but that’s fine with me. Now I just need to figure out what stickers I’m gonna need! xxxx

The Finding Hope Challenge 2019

Hello! Today I’m launching the @crafting.out.loud Finding Hope Challenge 2019. For detailed info, please watch my YouTube video below, but the basics are as follows: over the course of July we’re going to journal about all the things that give us hope, that feeling of positive expectation, the things we look forward to, so that by the end of the month we’ll have built up a ‘hope bank’ from which we can make withdrawals during times when our hope needs a bit of a top-up. Also, I’ve created another craft along kit to go with this challenge. Again, details are in the video. I do hope you’ll join me in creating this really useful wellness tool. xxx