Thursday, September 07, 2017
Hello Stranger. I know! I know! I've missed you too.
It has been SUCH a long time. I've started a few blogs but none have stuck, and I always come back to my old favourite. I do enjoy looking back through my old posts, although it is a little worrying that I'm not that much further along in the organised-ness department.....
I feel like I have a huge amount to say as a catch up post, but no real idea where to start.
Why have I come back to this blog?
Because I want to start writing more, I want to get back into blogging and this is a safe space for me to ramble about whatever I want. In theory it should be easy for me to find something to say fairly regularly if I can say whatever I want to.
I've had a bit of an ephiphany recently regading life goals and dreams and I wanted to write it somewhere. To see it in writing. There are so many people sharing stuff online and a lot of it has helped me recently, I thought that I could add my view and story and if it helps one person in any way then I'm paying it forward.
I've become a bit of a self-help junkie, I have read a LOT of self-help books, listened to podcasts, read blog posts, articles, followed pinterest boards, printed out booklets, followed plans, found challenges all in pursuit of defining my life purpose, my big goal, finding my why, being happy, finding joy, being organised, more productive.... you get the point.
And I've noticed that I've spent so much time thinking, planning, pondering, wondering that I haven't achieved anything. Nothing has changed. I'm still the same, I feel no closer to finding my life's purpose. I don't feel like I have a massive gift I need to give to the world. My house is still in need of a good de-cluttering session. And I still have a lot to learn.
BUT I have realised this doesn't matter.
What matters is that I am here. I have a great family, I have my own business, I have friends, I have a house. I don't need to have a big goal, I get so sucked into planning for a future that may or may not happen that I don't DO - I don't take action and I feel I'm missing opportunities for fun and excitement right now.
I don't keep my house in the manner it deserves to be kept, so that we enjoy being here. I don't spend enough quality time with my family playing with little miss or date nights with hubby. I don't see my friends as much as I'd like. I don't put the effort into my business that it deserves. I don't spend enough time looking after myself, eating properly, exercising and laughing.
So I am not going to worry about setting big goals. If anything that the last 3 years have shown me is that things can change, and they can change so quickly. What I wanted 3 years ago, 5 years ago, 1 year ago isn't necessarily what I want now! What I like now, I may not like in 6 months, 3 years, 10 years time. And that is ok. But I am fed up of wishing that things were different now, they aren't going to change overnight. It is going to take time and effort and I want to enjoy the journey.
I am going to enjoy my time from now on, to what I want and see where it leads. Not make excuses, say yes to things I want to do, say no to things I don't. To take chances. To dress up. To see people. To try things. To do. To take action. Play. Laugh. Be happy.
I'm not saying I won't set goals or plan, but they will be smaller and more focused.
Are you a big goal person or are you enjoying the journey? Or doing both? For me letting go of the feeling I need to have a big goal has given me a huge sense of relief, but who knows, maybe 3 years down the line this will all change again.
Thursday, January 14, 2016
I like the month to view pages, but really want to have February's ready to add dates to rather than having another diary to update.
I added a 'week to view' page layout for the first week, where I can add a bit of planning detail for the week ahead. my issue then is that I am duplicating information again in the daily journal pages. Which are starting to get a bit messy.... :-/
For the second week I created a '2 days per page' layout for the week ahead, with space for planning, and to add my daily journal notes. When I remembered to! This has worked a lot better for me, but doesn't really take into account the flexibility intended for the bullet journal.
I want to have everything in one place and I do love the idea of the bullet journal, but I am beginning to feel that soon it is going to start getting too complicated to find the information I need. It already takes me a while to find my monthly trackers....
I have been thinking that maybe a planner would be better for me - to have all the dated information in one section, and able to keep lists etc in another section. But I have found planners (in particular Filofax binders) difficult to write in with the binder being too bulky and the writing space to small. Until I discovered the Filofax Clipbook. I haven't yet purchased one as I decided I wanted to give my little notebook a fair run at it... but I keep thinking about it. It seems to lie flat, it's a good A5 size, I can use the principle of the BuJo, with the addition of being able to take out and add sheets of paper easily. I just need to decide whether to go for it or not.
Saturday, January 02, 2016
Sunday, February 16, 2014
Thursday, February 13, 2014
Monday, February 03, 2014
Well folks, I did it! Nearly.
It's not perfect but it's definitely an improvement. It's better. I did most of what I set out to do and have a list of what I want to finish. I haven't done my cleaning schedule yet, but I will.
I know that I get a bit....disheartened, shall we say....reading blogs posts about people who get everything done, who seem to have their life perfectly organised. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy reading them and I get so inspired, but sometimes I just want to know that somewhere out there is someone in the same place as me. Hopefully this post goes to show someone else that I'm 'there' too.
On the more positive, here is my newly organised kitchen and some of my favourite bits.
Likewise, this cupboard was a nightmare! Everything was stacked on top of each other & the Tupperware pots were taking over.
My 'command centre' is still a work in progress and will eventually include our cleaning schedule & tasks. But for now it's amazing the difference a meal planner, calendar and 'at a glance' weekly guide has made.
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
My main sticking point is the cutlery drawer and utensils storage. I am waiting for a magnetic knife rack to go up on the wall, which will clear some space and I can then work with what I have left to organise.
There are a couple of spots that need a bit of finishing off - on top of the fridge needs clearing, I want a shelf put up above the tumble dryer, my metal shelves need to be better organised, and I want to give the kitchen a good clean before I am finished in there for January....but I am pleased with my progress and it is definitely so much better than it was!
I haven't yet sorted out a cleaning schedule, but will soon. I am giving myself this weekend to get the kitchen project complete.
I already have my project lined up for February....but more on that soon.