Simple Steps To Help You Keep Calm & Control Stress

If you want to know more about encouraging a happier outlook, you're in the right place. Read on for some tips to keep calm and control stress.

There are so many aspects of life in the modern world that can increase stress and anxiety. Unfortunately, this makes it very easy to get trapped in a cycle of poor mental health. Opting a positive mindset can be tricky. It would seem impossible to gain a handle on every different issue you face on a day to day basis. However, it doesn’t have to be this way. There are several simple steps that you can follow, which should help you in gaining control and reaching a much more beneficial state of calm. You might even see changes in your mood in just a few days. So, if you want to know more about what you can do to keep calm and control stress, you’re in the right place. Read on to uncover some of the best self-care top tips that you can begin implementing today.

Don’t Keep It To Yourself 

One of the worst things that you can do, which can have a really negative effect on your mental health is to bottle up all of your worries and keep your problems to yourself. Trying to deal with everything that life throws on you all alone isn’t possible for even the strongest of people. Plus, there really are no reasons for you to feel as though you cannot open up to those around you. Staying in regular contact with friends and family can be a real help. Additionally, just allowing yourself to discuss any issues that may come up can be the first step in changing your ways. Sometimes those close to you are not quite qualified to aid you in resolving every issue. So, scheduling a session with a professional, such as therapy for panic attacks, may be more suitable. Do not allow yourself to feel any guilt if you decide to seek out counseling. There is nothing to be ashamed of; in fact, you should ultimately be very proud of yourself for taking significant steps towards getting better.

Engage In Beneficial Practices

There are so many practices that have been formulated to provide calm and help to balance the mind. Taking part in any of these can cause you to see some real changes. Possibly the best concept to try first is meditation. The benefits of meditation are widely recognized, and many people swear by the activity. They report being able to gain a more positive outlook and eventual ‘inner peace.’ It can be tricky to start off with, but even this is part of the process, as it teaches you how to become more patient and also increase your stamina.

Additionally, you may like to head to a local yoga group. Further, yoga is as good for your body as it is for your mind. Stretching and balancing exercises are paired with soft music and the wise words of your instructor to create the perfect environment for releasing tension and stress, and the rush of endorphins you will feel after a workout can improve your mood even more. 

There are countless ways to become stress-free and calm. These tips are just a small snippet into what you can do to control your stress! What are your favorite de-stress tips? Let us know if the comments!

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How to De-Condition Your Mind

In my last post, I shared the missing piece I often see when speaking with patients about gratitude and affirmation practices. If you missed it, check out the post here 🙂 

The short and sweet version is that embodiment is often the missing, yet most important piece of any gratitude or affirmation practice. We can shift the mind all we want but if that’s not being translated down into the body, then you’re not changing your energetic vibration and you won’t see the changes you could potentially be seeing with the embodiment aspect! 

Over time, an embodiment can come if people begin receiving positive feedback from their environment. Yet other times, it seems as if people are saying these affirmation mantras over and over in their minds but they’re not seeing any changes in their day to day lives. This may be happening due to conditioning that has to be uncovered first. The body must deal with the wounds that created the belief around control, self-doubt, judgment, unworthiness, you name it. 

There are 3 main pillars I work with when helping my patients de-condition their minds – creating a center of stillness, obtaining awareness, and choice. 

Let’s break each one of these down. 

De-Condition Pillar One – Creating A Center of Stillness

We start here because of how many people actually know how to self soothe? I wasn’t taught this as a child; my parents didn’t know how to self soothe themselves. I saw alcohol, running away and sleeping as the coping mechanisms – not very healthy and not constructive to my growth as a human. This pattern of not knowing how to cope has been happening for generations in my family. I’ve found that a lot of people had a similar experience. They see the destruction, they want to get out of it, but they don’t know how to. This is where I can help. I spend time working with people to find what they personally need in order to feel better, without the use of any other person, place or thing – empowering right?! 

By having a center of stillness one can go to when triggered allows the second pillar to come through. An aside on the definition of triggered – any strong emotional reaction that creates stress, upset, the dis-ease of the body, it doesn’t have to be extreme. 

De-Condition Pillar Two – Obtaining awareness 

This can only happen when we’re in a calm enough state to create a vantage point on the stories playing out in our lives. Having a vantage point is exactly what obtaining awareness looks like. It’s the explanation in our minds of why we do the things that we do. 

Active meditation and balancing the autonomic nervous system is a way to start gaining more and more aware of these patterns within us. I know what you’re thinking… meditation is too boring, too hard, and I’m just not doing it. I get it. I’ve thought the same thing. But when I started an active meditation practice, my thoughts changed. I was actually meditating and it wasn’t boring, it wasn’t super hard, and I actually looked forward to doing it. Yup – I LOOKED FORWARD TO IT! 

Download this “How to Guide” for a step by step explanation of active meditation/balancing the autonomic nervous system in the way that I practice and teach my patients to practice. It’s only 2 minutes per day – and it’s powerful AF.

De-Condition Pillar Three – Choice 

Once we become aware of the patterns playing out, we’re able to choose if we want to continue listening to them or if we want to act in a different way. This is the hard part. This is where change happens and you have the ability to become the person you are longing to be. 

Sometimes it’s easy but other times you know that you could choose to use the tools in your toolbox but you just don’t want to. I want you to know, that’s 100% okay. 

The goal is not to be perfect. The goal is to be okay with yourself no matter what stage of healing you are in. 

If you’re stuck in an old pattern, and you want to stay there because it’s easier – stay there, surrender to it, realize that it’s what you’re choosing, and love yourself anyway. I’ve found that once we surrender to where we are and take ownership, we take back our power. 

Let me know your thoughts regarding how to de-condition your mind in the comments below!

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Hi, my name is Sarah. I am a naturopathic doctor, reiki master, and intuitive empowerment coach. Through my naturopathic medicine internship, I began to realize that the body has a lot more to say than what I was conventionally trained to look for. I’ve found that the body stores many emotions, memories, and unhealed past events which all contribute to physical disease. I have a Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences and a Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine. I love exploring the nearby forest preserves, and being outside, specifically in a forest. Learn more about me and read more of my work HERE. Check out my own site!

Ultimate Gift Ideas List | Bullet Journaling & Planning

Coming up with gift ideas is difficult when you arn't into bullet journaling. Here is a HUGE list of gift ideas for the bullet journaler in your life!

Shopping for everyone during the holidays can be a real hassle! Coming up with gift ideas is often difficult when you are not involved in the same hobbies as the person you are shopping for. Look no further! Here is a comprehensive list of gift ideas for a bullet journaler or planner obsessed person!

Content Overview

  1. Notebooks & Journals
  2. Brush Pens
  3. Other Pens
  4. Lettering Book & Guides
  5. Washi Tape
  6. Stickers
  7. Paints
  8. Stamps & Ink
  9. Stationery
  10. Desktop Decor & Organization
  11. Other Odds & Ends

Notebooks & Journals

The most basic thing you can get someone is a notebook or journal for their bullet journal experience. There are a ton of amazing journals, but chances are, your loved one is interested in one of the following journals!

Leuchtturm1917 Dotted Journal

Moleskine Classic Notebook

Midori MD Notebook

Miquelrius Soft Bound Medium Journal

Some Lines A Day 5 Year Memory Book Hardcover Journal

Dingbats Wildlife Hardcover Notebook

Essentials Dot Matrix Notebook

Dotted Bullet Notebook – Eco-Friendly Natural Cork Hardcover

Rhodia Goalbook

Brush Pens

Brush pens are a specific type of pen that your loved one is sure to want! These pens are great gift ideas because they make it easy to do amazing lettering in your journal and come in so many amazing shapes, sizes, qualities, and colors! Here are a couple super popular brush pen sets!

Tombow Dual Brush Pen Set

Faber-Castel Pitt Artist Brush Pens

Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen

Metallic Calligraphy Brush Marker Pens

Royal Talens Ecoline Liquid Watercolor Brush Pen

Crayola Super Tips Washable Markers

Other Pens

Maybe your loved one is looking for something other than brush pens? Here are some gift ideas for other types of pens like art pens, markers, high lighters, fine liners, etc. Check some of these well-loved pens out!

Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pens Set

Metallic Markers Pens

Sakura Gelly Roll White

PILOT G2 Rolling Ball Gel Pens

Paper Mate Flair Felt Tip Pens

Sakura Pentouch Paint Marker, Medium

Pentouch Paint Marker, 1.0mm

Zebra Mildliner Highlighter Pen Set

Lettering Books & Guides

Sometimes we are gifting for someone who is interested in something but hasn’t quite gotten around to learning how to start yet. Well, these lettering book gift ideas are perfect for someone who wants to improve their handwriting and brush lettering but doesn’t know how!

Creative Lettering and Beyond

Hand-Lettering for Everyone

Hand Lettering 101

Lettering and Modern Calligraphy

Washi Tape

Washi tape is a fun way to spice up your bullet journal and it is perfect as a gift idea! The fun shapes, colors, patterns and designs that washi tape comes in is sure to excite your loved one!

Savena Washi Tape Set

Decorative Washi Tape DIY Rainbow

Wonderful Washi Tape – Geometric Collection

Washi Tapes Month Week Daytime Todo

Crafty Animal Washi Tape

Japanese Washi Masking Tape

Sunshine Washi Tape

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Stickers

So many people love to add stickers to their journals and notebooks. This as well as the immense variety of stickers to pick from, makes these sets perfect gift ideas for bullet journalers!

Holiday Seasonal Planner Sticker Sheets

Cute Nature VSCO Girl Stickers

Various Special Shaped Stickers-Flower Series

Clear Cursive Planner Sticker Bundle

Ultimate Productivity Planner Stickers Set

The Happy Planner, Clear Dates Stamps

Paints

Just like washi tape and stickers, paint is a great addition to any artistic bullet journaler’s toolbox! Giving paint is a great gift idea if your loved one is an artistic person!

DecoArt0 Media Fluid Acrylic Paint

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FolkArt Metallic Acrylic Paint

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ARTEZA Watercolor Paint

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Watercolor Paint Set

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Stamps & Ink

I love using stamps and ink in my bullet journal. It’s a quick and easy way to add art! As such, stamps and ink make a great gift idea for a planner!

Clear Stamps, Holiday Planner Icons

Planner to Do and Planner Everyday Stamp Sets

Planner to Do and Planner Everyday Stamp Sets

Hero Arts, Weather Icons

Wooden Box Number Alphabet Letter Rubber Stamp

Ubegood Stamp Pad

Tsukineko Versacraft Ink Pads

Avery Carter’s Foam Stamp Pad, Black

Craft Ink Pad Stamps 20 Colors

Stationery

People who love bullet journaling and planning often love stationery as a whole! Here are some stationery items such as cards, notepads, sticky notes, and more!

Hunger Gradient Color Sticky Note

Bliss Collections Daily Planner Tear Off Pad

 Bliss Collections Daily Planner Tear Off Pad

Marble Stationery Paper

Officemate Binder Clips, Gold

Gold Premium Cute Paper Clips

Tombow Mono Hybrid Correction Tape

American Greetings Pastel Stationery Sheets and Colored Envelopes

Recycled Cardstock Notecards with Natural Tree Design

Desk Top Decor & Organization

Being a bullet journaler can get hectic and chaotic. Trying to find places to store everything can feel impossible! Here are some gift ideas to help your loved one organize their bullet journaling tools!

Rose Gold Desk Organizer Set

Simmer Stone Desktop Letter Sorter

Desktop Organizer – Adjustable Wood Display Shelf

Desk Accessory Organization Kit

Reliancer File Organizer Triangle

Other Odds & Ends

Not every bullet journaling or planning gift idea falls neatly into one of the previous categories. However, that does not mean that it isn’t an amazing idea for a gift! Here is everything I recommend for a bullet journaler that doesn’t fit neatly into a category.

HP Sprocket Portable Photo Printer

HP Sticky-Backed Photo Paper

Glitter Shake Jars

Quickie Glue Pen

No matter what kind of bullet journal or planner you are shopping for, this list is bound to help you shop for them! Which of these was your favorite gift idea? Did you go ahead and buy any of these? Let us know in the comments!

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How to Address Mental Health Without Shame

Mental health is an important aspect of overall health. So, we’ll show you that you should have zero shame when addressing your mental health!

Mental health is an important aspect of overall health. So, we’ll show you that you should have zero shame when addressing your mental health!

Many seem to suggest that the world is getting worse and worse due to the current political climate and the potential toxicity of social media. However, to think that everything is terrible means neglecting to take in all of the information to the contrary. In fact, there is much to be optimistic about. One of these sets of optimism includes the shifting attitudes and public awareness surrounding mental health.

For many years, those with mental health issues were disregarded as being silly, or willfully irrational. It was easy to dismiss those with vulnerabilities. This is a great shame to put it extremely lightly, and will never stop being so. However, these days, many understand that mental health is just as important as physical health, perhaps even more critical.

This means that you should have zero shame when addressing the issues you may be facing. In fact, taking the time to finally accept you need help can allow you to start your journey of becoming better. It can also help you to start finding the light at the end of the tunnel. This is essential for positive living, but it first requires you to admit you are not an oddity, you are just in need of some help. After all, we wouldn’t look like someone with a sprained or broken arm as deficient. Further, only in the presence of unfortunate circumstances, and that’s precisely how we should view those with mental health issues, provided we know those circumstances can be improved or managed.

With the following advice, we’ll show you that you should have zero shame when addressing your mental health:

Everyone Must Maintain Their Mental Health

The main reason that you should feel zero shame when addressing your mental health is that everyone, no matter who they are, must maintain it. Sure, some are more predisposed to mental health conditions than others. Genetic and environmental issues can be a real factor. However, that’s not to say there are those out there ‘immune’ to mental health issues. Depression can come for anyone, as can trauma, as can intense stress, as can panic attacks. For that reason, taking care of yourself is something admirable, something that should be considered courageous and strong. The more we can spread this idea, the more it will grow. Thus, more people will feel empowered to talk about this.

There Is Hope

There is always hope. Even those suffering from PTSD or severe mental conditions can be helped through therapy, medication, or by separating themselves from a difficult situation. To feel there’s no light at the end of the tunnel is not only damaging, but it’s unfortunately false. Additionally, amazing professionals such as Psychotherapist Haley Neidich serve as a bastion of impartial help. In seeking professional help, you are allowing for the strength of support, which we can receive to be just around the corner.

You Can Become An Ambassador

What happens when you talk to someone whom you do not understand? Often, you learn that they are a person just like you. For example, you may have never met someone with dwarfism, thinking this to be a sad affliction that you are glad you do not possess. Then, in speaking to someone, you realize that they are as much a lovely and radiant person as you are. You are a person who is living their life to the full, and this completely resolves your ignorance. The same can be said for those dealing with mental health struggles.

If you have gone through trauma, or perhaps something equally as hard, and that still has an effect on the way you live your life, speaking about it can help. By speaking up or talking with someone else, others can learn how to best help themselves and seek the help they need. It can also help those without these challenges to understand your journey. Whatever opinion they come to, they will at least be able to do that with the facts in front of them, not their impressions or ignorance to lead them. Unfortunately, awareness is just like light, an absence of it will inevitably lead to darkness. However, you can serve as that light, provided you take that courageous step after first prioritizing your treatment and daily care.

To Conclude…

You mustn’t feel ashamed of your mental health. No matter how it demonstrates itself, there is always a silver lining. There will always be a potential recourse of treatment, and now that awareness is spreading, you are likely to find a loving community to surround you. The best thing you can ever do is care for yourself, and having a mental health struggle will never, ever disqualify you from that.

This post was written as a contributed post. Contributed posts are written by another party who may wish to be anonymous. Further, all posts are edited and formatted by Elizabeth Ghekiere. Want to guest post for ElizabethJournals? Learn more here.

Why Time Management is So Important to Executives

There are good reasons for just about anybody to find ways to improve how they use and manage their time, and most people find that when they start working on this, they can become more productive. For people who work in senior capacities in businesses, however, managing time well can be the difference between success, and disaster.

Time Management and Executives

Executives have to oversee progress on multiple projects, make time for lots of meetings and discussions, and dedicate some time to keeping their skills fresh, and keeping themselves on top of the latest news in their industry. This is all on top of other work they might have to do, such as preparing proposals and presentations, and of course, on top of their personal lives and self-care.

Because of this, executives need to use every means they can to track their time and how they use it. Here are some of the other reasons why, if you have your sights set on becoming an executive, you should work hard on time management skills.

How Well Executives Manage Time

In addition to time management making an executive more effective, it is one of the personal skills that senior people in leadership positions are judged so strongly on. Especially when it comes to things like hiring decisions. Someone who is applying for an executive position is likely to be asked what processes they use to make sure that everything on their plate gets dealt with in a timely way, and that they are efficient when it comes to knowing where they’re supposed to be, and who they need to make time for.

People who are looking to become candidates for good executive vacancies will need to be able to convince their contacts at the executive staffing agency dealing with the post they want that they are strong in this area, even before meeting with anybody at the hiring company. Most external applicants for senior roles find opportunities through an executive search firm. Someone like TruPath Search can look into the suitability of candidates before putting them forward for roles which will help the process to move along smoothly.

Executives Can Innovate in Terms of Company Time Management

Executives in some roles may be expected to innovate and lead in terms of company culture and help to boost productivity in general. It is important, then, that they have a good grasp on what makes managing time easier, and which tools and processes can help, so they can make good recommendations that will be implemented throughout the business. Things like meeting scheduling tools, time tracking software and even personal productivity apps can be brought in across teams and even whole companies to create improvements. So, an executive who values time management is well placed to do this.

There are lots of expectations of people in senior roles in business, and this can lead to a stressful working life. However, everything can become a lot more organized and successful when you empower yourself with good time management approaches, such as some of the things we talk about on this site.

This post was written as a contributed post. Contributed posts are written by another party who may wish to be anonymous. Further, all posts are edited and formatted by Elizabeth Ghekiere. Want to guest post for ElizabethJournals? Learn more here.

Victoria’s Dark Blue Custom Planner Plan-with-Me

For Victoria's planner, the primary color used is dark blue. Further, the layouts involved include a title page, year at a glance, monthly calendar...

Victoria ordered a custom bullet-journal-inspired planner. Victoria’s planner is a Leuchtturm1917 A5 Dotted Hardcover in Black.  The primary color used for Victoria’s notebook is dark blue. Further, the layouts involved include a title page, year at a glance, monthly calendar, weekly grid, and quote pages. Here you can read more about Vivian’s planner. 

Layouts Included

Here you can learn more about the layouts for Victoria’s custom planner.

Dark Blue Watercolor Title Page

Victoria’s title layout is a dark blue watercolor title page. For the header, “Victoria” is in a calligraphy font. Then, on the second line, “2019 bullet journal” is in an all-caps print font.

2020 At A Glance

This year at a glance features 12 months, January 2020 through December 2020, in a calendar format.  Further, the month headers are a vertical, black script lettering. Then, “2020” is at the top of the page in a print font. Lastly, “at a glance” is in a minimal script font. 

Simple Monthly Calendar

For each month, I used a simple grid calendar. The header lettering for this layout is a minimal script. Additionally, there is a column to the right of the calendar. The column is labeled “notes.”

Monthly Calendar

The left page of this layout is a calendar grid. The headers for the days of the week are in dark blue print letters. Then the right side features a dark blue brush lettered font header and two sections below. Finally, the section titles are in a minimal cursive reading “to-do” and “goals.”

Dark Blue Weekly Grid

The weekly grid layout is a weekly layout that encompasses seven days. Further, each page includes eight squares that make up the grid. Seven of the boxes are for the days of the week, and the 8th box is blank. For the headers, the lettering utilizes a dark blue brush lettering. Additionally, all of the other letterings are done using a black print font. 

Dark Blue Quote Pages

Each month features various positive quotes. These quotes are done in dark blue and black ink using a variety of font choices. To see each of these quotes view the images or video. Additionally, below is a list of the quotes used.

  • Be scared and do it anyway.
  • Be happy.
  • Your mistakes don’t define you.
  • Live a life you love.
  • Create the highest, grandest vision possible for your life, because you become what you believe.
  • Be the energy you want to attract.
  • If you never try, you’ll never know.
  • When you can’t find the sunshine, be the sunshine.
  • Don’t think about what might go wrong, think about what might go right.
  • The best is yet to be. Robert Browning
  • Forget the mistake, remember the lesson.
  • See the good.

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A Quick Guide To Amplifying Your Productivity

Amplifying your productivity is one of the best things you can do to get more done in less time. We’ll take a look at the best ways to do this.

Amplifying your productivity is one of the best things you can do if you want to make sure you can get the same amount done in a shorter amount of time. We’ll take a look at the best ways to do this below:

Set A Timer

Start by setting a timer at the beginning of each task. This can help you to stay motivated and avoid procrastination, providing you take a break whenever the timer goes off. For example, you might decide to set the timer for 30 minutes, before taking a 10-minute break. If you repeat this, you’ll probably get more done than if you were to attempt to sit and work for hours. 

Listen To Music

Music at just the right volume can help to keep you motivated and pushing forward. It’s usually best to listen to instrumental music, rather than music with a lot of words. Rap music, for example, can be too distracting. 

Exercise In The Morning 

Exercising in the morning before you get started can help to give you the energy you need to tackle the work on your plate that day. Not only will you enjoy all of the other benefits related to exercise, but you will also likely feel far more productive and clear-headed so you can complete the day’s work. 

Outsource 

Outsourcing is a lifesaver when you have a lot on your plate. Make sure you outsource smart, though, finding people who can do things that you’re not great at, such as marketing and PPC. The infographic below can help tell you more.


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In conclusion, utilizing a timer, music, morning exercise, and outsourcing can greatly amplify your productivity! How do these tips or other tips amplify productivity for you? Let us know in the comments if you have more productivity tips!

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Five Ways to Utilize Your School Notes & Notebook Review

Students tend to overlook so many important titbits while trying to keep on track with writing down notes and lectures, here are some tips.

There comes a time in every student’s life where they get so much frustrated and saturated by keeping pace with the bulk notes that taking or jotting down lectures becomes an arduous, difficult task. They tend to overlook so many important titbits while trying to keep on track with writing down notes and lectures, which often become a problematic situation during exam days.

 We know every student enrolled in different schools, the institution owns different levels of capability of striding with the ongoing work or lecture. So, to solve their concerns and shoo them away, we are discussing the five most important ways to utilize your school notes while taking a class or when reading in this piece of material.    

Exchanging Notes with Your Class-Fellows 

It is the most effective and feasible method to get hold of all the pending notes and utilizing them for your interest and gain. You can exchange your class noted lectures in turn of borrowing your classmate’s note and lecture copy. In this manner, whatever details you have missed while it was being delivered, you can easily compare and write the missed details, and in the same manner, your class fellow could use the same strategy. 

Taking Use of Concept Maps 

For students, it becomes tough to build concepts side by side while taking notes during lectures. They cannot focus on two different things, which include observing the concept and jotting it down on the paper. Because of which we often end up missing half of the details to be able to understand the concept. The best way to overcome such a situation is to make use of a flowchart/concept map.

Whenever you meet a situation where you get to do both, i.e., learn the concept and simultaneously note it down, so it is better for you to construct a flow chart by the end of the lecture, that sequences the details in order so that provides you closure of the entire topic. It is the most organized and summarized way of taking and utilizing notes alongside constructing the affluent concept of the topic. 

Using the Digital Mode of Notetaking and Squaring 

In this age of technology, where everything is now accessible within a short click, why don’t we use it for our good? Students can also take advantage of digital means for copying and utilizing notes. If we don’t get to cope up with note writing, then we can seek permission from our lecturer to capture the jotted details on board and later copy it on our notebooks. Not only this, if we ever fall in doubt over missing information on certain topics, we can seek help from the internet to get a variety of data on that very piece of information. 

Post-It-Notes 

This trick comes in handy when you are reading your notes to jot down the most important pieces in a separate section. You can always use post-it notes in your notebook to write additional information regarding the topic, which you don’t even need to carry it anywhere. Just paste the note on every right page you are noting additional detail of and carry on with your further researches and learning. 

Highlight It Out 

Highlighting notation is the most effective way of utilizing notes while reading to hook onto important titbits and details of the concerned topic. You can use a variety of colors to highlight sentences and essential details on your textbook so that when you get to re-access the topic some other time, you won’t have to go through the entire description again.    

Hamelin Notebook Review

Notetaking is an essential part of being a student, so, h Hamelin Notebooks offered to send me some notebooks. I have been using these notebooks all semester and am ready to give you a review!

First impressions

When I first got my notebooks, my first thought was the size, they are quite larger than the A5 sized notebooks or dollar store bound notebooks that I have always used. I chose the smallest of the ones they sent me to use regularly. My second initial thought is that they were thicker, hardcover, and (for someone who does not care for bound notebooks) the binding was really nice!

Once I began to peruse and play around with the notebooks, I came up with a solid list of pros and cons for these notebooks! Check out my thoughts below and get a notebook of your own!

Pros

  • High-quality paper
  • Hardcover
  • High-quality Ring Binding
  • Pockets
  • Comes with Stickers/Page markers
  • Perforated Pages
  • Connection with Scribzee
  • Grid and College Ruled
  • Ink goes on smooth

Cons

  • Large in size
  • Scribzee is similar to taking simple photos of your notes, just with different settings (to each his own, I don’t use this function)

Final Thoughts

After nearly a full semester of use, I do recommend the Hamelin notebooks. While they are larger than I prefer and I don’t use the Scribzee function, these aspects are potential pros for someone else! The larger size could be useful if you take larger amounts of notes and the Scribzee addition would be useful for someone who enjoys having digital versions of their notes! To each his own, right?

There are few other means of developing and utilizing notes for school students. Some of which involve creating a cheat sheet that includes a summarized definition, equation, formulae of the topic; others include marking pages with tabs to directly access the relevant topic. Regardless of what notebook you use or what you do with your notes...

Let us know in the comments! We would love to hear about how you utilize your school notes and what you look for in a notebook!

Meet the Author

This notebook was written by Rubab and the notebook review, formatting, and editing was done by Elizabeth of ElizabethJournals.

I am Rubab Sikandar from Pakistan. I have a Master of Philosophy in food and nutrition from the University of Agriculture Faisalabad. Writing is my passion, and I love to write on topics of all niches. Additionally, tons of my content has been published on prominent websites.

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The Power of Gratitude & The Law Of Attraction

The practice of gratitude and law of attraction are powerful. I see gratitude as a way of shifting into a future version of ourselves - one we dream about.

Happy National Gratitude Month! The practice of gratitude is incredibly powerful. It’s something that I teach my patients about on their very first visit and continues to remind them of in the future. Further, I see gratitude as a way of shifting into a future version of ourselves – a version we often dream about.

You know, the one that doesn’t have the intense reactions when things aren’t going our way. 

The one that has no self doubt when wanting to launch the business we’ve been crafting in our minds. 

The one that has no fear of judgement and can completely be herself. 

You know, the one that is actually happy living life because she knows she’ll be provided for. 

YES, it really is that powerful!

Gratitude & the Law of Attraction

You see, the more we harness the feeling of gratitude (that loving feeling in our hearts), then, we are actually sending out vibrations to the universe. These vibrations are saying that we want more of those circumstances in our lives !!

This is how the energy behind gratitude works, it’s called the Law of Attraction. Quick digression before I continue explaining how to create a life you want to live, it’s important, I promise. 

Do you remember the film, The Secret

If you have not, it’s all about the Law of Attraction. I personally don’t think it articulates it in a practical way. After I watched that film I became obsessed with my thoughts. I thought that any sort of negative thought I had would manifest. It was actually quite exhausting and anxiety-producing. This is not the way the Law of Attraction works. Just because you have a thought does not mean that that thought is going to come true. 

The Power of Gratitude & The Law Of Attraction

The “secret” aspect of the law of attraction, is that you have to continue to place out the vibration of what you want while believing that you already have it. 

Yup, you read that right. You have to believe you already have the thing that you’re wanting to call in. 

*** This is because you have to become an energetic vibrational match for that version of yourself in order for it to land.

Say you want to be a famous musician, but you are terrified in front of crowds. Well, in order to manifest that dream, you have to step into the person that can rock it in front of crowds. Beyonce Knowles actually had an “alter ego” named Sasha Fierce to help her do this!

Law of Attraction & Health

Dr. Joe Dispenza spends his time teaching people these principals while helping them heal from physical ailments by believing that they do not have the disease they are trying to get rid of. Dr. Joe has them see themselves in life without the disease, and feel into what that feels like. In doing this, his patients are actually aligning with a healthy version of themselves. For some people, it’s a spontaneous instant healing. For others, it takes them weeks, months, years. It all depends on how powerful you truly (at a bodily level) believe yourself to be. 

What this means is that we can create the life we always wanted to live – we just have to believe it to be true. We can’t just mentally believe it to be true, that mental knowing MUST be translated into the BODY. 

The Power of Gratitude & The Law Of Attraction

Embody as in feeling into that belief, knowing that it is already yours. 

Embodiment is the missing piece when I talk with patients who already have gratitude and affirmation practice. They spend time changing mentally, re-writing the tapes their minds like to play or at least recognizing that they can shift their minds. The issue here is that it is not translated down into the body. 

Concluding

Over time, I think embodiment can come if they begin receiving positive feedback from their environment. Yet other times, it seems as if they’re saying these affirmation mantras over and over in their minds but they’re not seeing any changes in their day to day lives. 

Sometimes this happens due to conditioning that has to be uncovered first, the body must deal with the wounds that created the belief around control, self-doubt, judgment, unworthiness, you name it.

Stay tuned for my next post on how to shift out of these conditioning patterns. For now, I invite you to work on the future self visualization process that I give to all of my patients on their first visit. It’s a simple yet powerful process that can be implemented daily. I’d love to know how it goes for you!

Download Dr. Sarah’s Future Self Visualization PDF here

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Meet the Author

Hi, my name is Sarah. I am a naturopathic doctor, reiki master, and intuitive empowerment coach. 

Through my naturopathic medicine internship, I began to realize that the body has a lot more to say than what I was conventionally trained to look for. I’ve found that the body stores many emotions, memories, and unhealed past events which all contribute to physical disease. 

During this time I was also on my own healing journey. It was on this journey that I began to realize how powerful awareness is.  I concluded that in gaining awareness, our perspective will shift, and in perspective shifts, our entire lives will shift and we will begin to live life authentically, with meaning. I hold space for people to explore these unknown aspects within themselves, spaces they otherwise wouldn’t explore. Through this exploration, we come to the awareness that will ultimately set them free and allow them to heal. The way I see it is that I’m just a human, supporting another human with an open heart and a nonjudgmental mind. 

I received my Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences from Western Michigan University in December of 2013, my Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine from the National University of Health Sciences in April of 2018. Additionally, I received my Reiki Master Certification in January of 2019, and I am currently in a Masters of Acupuncture program at the National University of Health Sciences, will graduate in December of 2020. 

I live in the suburbs of Chicago with one of my best friends and my dog, Reece. I love exploring the nearby forest preserves and occasionally venturing down to Starved Rock and Matthiessen State Parks. Being outside, specifically in a forest, is where I find myself happiest. I also enjoy reading, writing, and talking about universal concepts with my friends. They always joke that no conversation with Sarah can happen without it turning existential. Good way to be if you ask me!

Feel free to email me at sarahghekierend@gmail.com or DM me on IG @sarahghekiere.nd! Check out more posts by Sarah HERE.

Jenny’s Pastel Custom Bullet Journal Inspired Planner

For Jenny's planner, the primary colors used are pastel shades of pink, purple, blue, green, and yellow. Further, the layouts involved include...

Jenny ordered a custom bullet-journal-inspired planner. Jenny’s planner is a Leuchtturm1917 A5 Dotted Hardcover in Gold.  The primary colors used for Jenny’s notebook are pastel shades of pink, purple, blue, green, and yellow. Further, the layouts involved include a title page, future log, birthday log, places to go, weight tracker, savings log, self-care page, quotes, hello monthly, monthly calendar, habit tracker, sleep log, mood tracker, weekly spread, gratitude tracker, and monthly summary. Here you can read more about Jenny’s planner. 

Layouts Included

Here you can learn more about the layouts for Jenny’s custom planner.

Watercolor Title Page: 

Jenny’s title layout is a red, orange, and yellow tye-dye watercolor title page. For the header, “Jenny” is in a black calligraphy font. Then, on the second line, “2019 – 2020 bullet journal” is in an all-caps print font.

Future Log

This future log includes 12 months. Each page features three months each with a row. Then, each row has a mini-calendar. Finally, the headers for each month are in pastel calligraphy cursive.

Birthday Log

This layout features 12 different sections toped with cupcakes. Each cupcake has pastel detailing. Further, each section represents a month. The title is done in the style of a flag banner in pastel colors.

Places To Go

This page is mostly blank except the header. The header is placed on a brown floating shelf. Further, the header is in black-outlined, pastel print font. Then, to the left of the header is a potted plant that drapes across the shelf and down the side of the page.

Weight Tracker

This weight loss tracker is meant to resemble a board game. There is a starting location in the top left and a finish in the top right. In the top there is also a section to write in rewards options. The header is done in a blue calligraphy font.

Spending Log

For this savings tracker, there is a jar in the center. The jar has 13 sections. Further, each part of the jar is for one month of the year. There are also sections to write in a goal. The title is pastel in a banner with a vine doodle above it and draping down the sides.

Self-Care

For this layout’s header, “Self Care” is written in a large bold print font with a pastel pink heart in the center. The subheader states “I need…” This layout then is broken into 4 sections: rest/relaxation, expression, health, and companionship in print font. Additionally, each section has an icon image to represent the section, each with it’s own pastel color.

Quotes

Each month as well as once at the beginning of this planner features decorative quotes. Each quote utilizes different pastel colors, designs, fonts, etc. See the images for more details.

Hello Monthly

The hello monthly pages are different each month. The most apparent difference is the theme or picture chosen. Some of these hello pages feature mini-calendars. Though, each color, theme, font, etc is different. View images for more details. Also, see the theme list below.

  • November – lavender
  • December – planets & space
  • January – seashells
  • February – hanging photos
  • March – foliage
  • April – floral
  • May – tropical foliage
  • June – sunflower
  • July – watermelon
  • August – lemonade
  • September – houseplants
  • October – autumn leaf wreath

Monthly

The left page of this layout is a calendar grid. The headers for the days of the week are in black or pastel print letters. Then the right side features a pastel calligraphy cursive font header and two sections below. Finally, the section titles are in a minimal cursive reading “to-do” and “goals.”

Habit Tracker

This tracker includes spots for twelve different habits to be tracked. Each section has enough grid squares for each day. Further, the header is brush lettered in a pastel color. There is a banner coming from the top of the page, and each month features a different doodle across the bottom of the page.

Sleep Log

This spread is a square for a graph. The horizontal axis has time and the vertical axis has the day of the month. The main header is a pastel bold print font with a black script over top.

Monthly Mood Tracker

The mood trackers are different each month. The most apparent difference is the theme or picture chosen. The images are broken into enough parts so that there is a part for each day of the month. Then, each day, the image parts get filled in. Each mood is assigned to a specific color, design, or shade of a color. Next, Jenny can color in each part according to her mood or moods for that day. In the list below are the theme or imagery for each month.  

  • November – lavender
  • December – planets & space
  • January – light bulbs 
  • February – hanging photos
  • March – foliage
  • April – hot air balloons
  • May – circular foliage
  • June – popsicle
  • July – crystals
  • August – lemonade
  • September – hanging plant
  • October – leafs

Weekly

These weekly layouts were special requested by Jenny. They are more detailed than the layouts I generally do and features more sections. The various sections include boxes for each weekday, as well as a box for weekend, notes, goals, and next week. Additionally, there is a small print header, mini calendar, and several trackers. The trackers included are water tracking log, gratitude, and habits, Lastly, the subheaders for each section are highlighted in a pastel color.

Month Summary

Following each month is a summery style page. The header for this spread is a mixture of brush lettering and print lettering. There are eight sections, though they are not all labeled, and a quote in the bottom right corner which states “until next month.” Sections Youtube, Movies, and Music are labeled with icons. The rest of the labels include Netflix, memories, and “note to myself.” Each spread includes pastel-colored details.

Gratitude Tracker

These layouts are all different but with the same idea. They depict the sun and rays. Each ray of sunlight is numbered for the days of that month and “I am grateful for” or “gratitude” or “grateful” is in the sun’s center. Three shapes noted are triangular, square, and circular sun centers.

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