I decided I needed a month-at-a-glance for the month of August in my planner and I didn't want to draw one. So I printed one off of the Internet at www.print 2017calendar.com. I printed it onto card stock and trimmed it to fit my planner.
Then I took a strip of invisible tape and put one edge on my ruler a quarter of an inch in. Look very closely at the picture and you can see it.Then I butted my calendar up to the edge of the ruler and pressed the rest of the tape onto the top edge of my calendar. Voila! My tape is nice and straight on the top edge of my calendar with a perfect quarter of an inch hanging over the edge. Remove the tape from the ruler (NOT from the insert) and trim the excess tape on each side of the insert.
Now do the same thing on the other side of the insert. Take a piece of tape and put on the top edge of the insert without the tape touching the opposite page. Once the insert is positioned in the “valley” press the other edge of the tape to the opposite page as close to the “valley” as possible. Now your insert is securely attached to your planner. I added washi tape for some pizzazz.
So now that you know this easy peasy way to add pages to your planner, the sky is the limit. Just think of the possibilities: calendars, trackers, printables (like my calendar), etc. etc. etc. I hope you find this little project interesting and doable.
Stay cool in the summer heat.
Gift — Fabric Covered Book —Blank Journal — Blank Notebook — Student Notebook— Personal Journal — Teacher Notebook — Diary — Gift for Student — Meditation Journal — Smashbook — School Notebook
We all look forward to summer, the lazy days of summer. But are they really lazy or do we feel this compulsion to keep ourselves and our children busy at all times?
I am a big proponent of downtime for children. I think they need a break from their hectic school schedules. They need to sleep in and recharge their bodies. You know, growing is hard work for the body. It can't be go-go-go all the time. But they also need structure. Kids left to their own devices can have, ummm, unintended consequences, shall we say.
If you can afford it send your kids to summer camp. There are all kinds of camps. There's something for every kid. It gives them something to look forward to. And, hopefully, inspires them. Being away from home helps kids develop independence and self esteem. For your younger children how about a day camp close to home? That might avoid the homesickness issue for the young ‘uns.
And lots and lots of unscheduled time. Yes, kids will be bored. But boredom is the mother of creativity. Don't cave into the initial whines about being bored and there’s nothing to do. If you give them the space, they will figure out ways to entertain themselves. Let them be (within reason, of course. Let's not be unsafe.)
I'm sure it's very difficult to manage summer if the kids are home and you have to work a full-time job out of the house (or even in the house — that might be worse!) But I think summer planning is essential to maintain your sanity. And there's a balance of providing activities for the kids but not so many that you're a crazy mess. A balance of doing stuff without additional stress, that's what summer is about.
Make those lists. Having it written down will help keep everyone on board with a slower paced summer.
Have a safe & sane rest of the summer.
OK, this is a longish post, but, I think, worth it. So grab a cuppa and snuggle in for some reading. I hope you enjoy.
It seems everyone (including me) is obsessed with bullet journaling (BuJo), which really isn't journaling at all. It's a method of time management and planning developed by Rider Carroll. But more about that in another post. What I want to write about today is personal journaling. First of all, what exactly is personal journaling?
One definition I found online “a personal journal is a record of your observations, feelings, and reflections on your experiences.” Here's the link to that article. Well, you might be thinking, how does that differ from a diary? Think of it like this — in a diary you basically record the happenings of your day. And in a journal you may record the happenings of the day but you also record your feelings, emotions, and reactions to those happenings.
So why would you want to journal? Well there are as many reasons as there are grains of sand on the beach. But there are some main reasons such as wisdom, stress reduction, personal growth, to chronicle your life, and healing. For a more complete list check out appleseeds.org. Let's look at these five reasons to journal.
Personal Growth — your journal allows for complete freedom of expression. You don’t have to filter your thoughts or reactions for family or friends. You don’t have to be politically correct. Journaling helps you develop your self confidence in your thoughts and ideas. Journals are a great place for spiritual exploration and development. The journaling process can help you clarify what you want your life to be. It's a great place to work on your personal goals and the steps you have to take to achieve them.
Healing — Sometimes we need to heal from something that happened to us. Writing about it will help work through the emotions surrounding this area. As we write about it, we can delve even deeper into our feelings and emotions to try to understand what happened and how to move on. Of course, seeking professional help to work through our issues and hurts is a great way to heal. I’ve had counseling in the past, and it really did help me to understand what happened, my role in what happened and developing a strategy to move forward. And my journal was along for the ride and really helped in this process.
Chronicle Your Life Story — life happens in the day to day activities. By journaling every day, you capture your life as it is unfolding. You’ll have a record of your personal story as well as your family’s. You will treasure this life story. As we live longer, (wink, wink) the details start sliding out of our memories. By keeping a journal, you will have a record of important events as well as day to day activities and your thoughts and moods.
According to Maud Purcell, LCSW, CEAP, in her article, The Health Benefits of Journaling,
“The act of writing accesses your left brain, which is analytical and rational. While your left brain is occupied, your right brain is free to create, intuit and feel. In sum, writing removes mental blocks and allows you to use all of your brainpower to better understand yourself, others and the world around you.” Pretty cool huh? You can read the entire article here
If you want something to get you started go to pageflutter and check out:
30 DAYS OF EMPOWERED JOURNALING
GIVE YOURSELF THE POWER TO BE YOU
This is a guest blog by Elizabeth who is usually over at jihielephant.com,
Now that you are already to go, I have three words to say: JUST DO IT!
Thanks for stopping by & happy journaling,