When Life Gives You Lemons…

Hey everyone. You may or may not have noticed my absence recently. Truth is I have been extremely unwell. In the last 6 weeks I have spent just over 4 in hospital having various operations and I am currently 10 days post op from a very major complex surgery.

As such my blog and life have been neglected and I’m just beginning to pick everything back up.

I’ve been re-evaluating things during this period, there is nothing like a quick glance at possible death to make you filter what’s important to you deep down and what isn’t and I’ve realised a few things.

I love my blog and it’s one thing I really want to continue writing, however, I will be adding the occasional ‘this is my life post’ rather than posts purely about books/writing/stationery. I hope you don’t mind, and those who do feel free to bypass.

It’s been a dark few weeks but things are looking brighter and I intend to share that with you. I’m chosing to make a Lemon Cheesecake with the lemons life has given me lately.

I’ll be back soon with a proper content post. Until then stay safe, enjoy life and grab yourself a slice of cake:)

Emma-Louise x

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Planner Discontent…

I seem to have hit a bit of a planner funk lately.

There seems to be a combination of different reasons. The first being that there has been many changes in my life over the last 6 weeks and as a result I’ve found the purpose for my planners has changed. What they contain is different. 

Secondly I’ve also found that I lack the time I was spending decorating and such therefore the plainer pages didn’t inspire me.

Thirdly I am waiting for a new planner to arrive which keepa getting delayed by the manufacturer. It was suppose to be here late July, then early August,  then late August and now probably September. I had only set up my planner until August due to this. As a result of not knowing I floated about for the first week or so of the month.

I hate feeling that I am not together,  in control and a huge part of that is the planners. They contain everything about my life so I always know what’s going on when and where.

I have managed to find some temporary resolution by resorting my planner to adjust for the next couple of months.

I will post my new set-up in a post next week. 

My question to you is how do you cope with life changes and planner discontent? Have you found a way around it and if so what tips and tricks would you offer?

Thank you for reading. 

The Stationery Geekette x 

6 Months To Change My Life

I have been part of a Facebook group known as UK Planner Addicts (UKPA) for some time now. It’s an amazing group full of beautiful,  intelligent and amazing women (mostly, there is the occasional man there too). The group has off shoot groups for all other aspects of life such as fitness, beauty etc.
A couple of months ago one of the lovely admin Stephanie set up a group called 6 Months To Change Your Life. The aim of this group was to support each other, bolster motivation and give advice to others looking to make a concerted effort to make huge life changes within a 6 month period.

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I joined straight away as this speaks to me so much. I am constantly trying to make changes, aspire to my dreams and tick off my goals as I want a different life for myself and my family.

Upon joining the group I looked at my life goals and where I wanted to be in 6 months time. Not all of my life goals are achievable within this time but I can make inroads towards them.

I picked all the goals off my list that I thought I could get through by challenging myself over the 6mths.

This was my final list.

Home
To move, somewhere cheaper and smaller.
Declutter
Re-Organise

Health
Loose 2 stone
Drink more water
Eat more fruit and veg

Excercise
Increase pace
More varied excercise

Finances
Save on bills
Rework debt plans

Mind and Soul
Silent time
Read more
Put myself first more
Look after myself better (hair, nails etc)

Social
Arrange more meet ups
Write to penpals promptly
Make more effort with family

Career
Free Online courses
Enrol on TA course in August

So that’s everything. I’ve managed to knock a few of these off the list already. I’ve been breaking them down month by month and as some get ticked off I add more.

Another little task that was posted in the group by Stephanie was to work out your 3 core values. To look deep within to find what was most important.
This I found difficult as the list was huge. I managed to get it down to 3 as the words I picked encompassed others that I wanted to choose.

My 3 core values are:
Growth
Love
Independence

So this is my pledge….

I intend to make changes and work towards my life goals, seeking to improve my life and the lives of my children.
Between the dates of March 14th and September 14th I will work harder than before to challenge myself to actively make these changes. To achieve the life of my dreams I must work for it.

I will keep myself accountable by posting monthly updates of what I have achieved, what I plan for the next month and where I’ve let myself down (hopefully this won’t ever appear!).

I’d love to hear from anyone else taking part in this challenge or one similar. How are you finding it? What are your goals?
For those who are not doing something like this maybe you could challenge yourself to make changes towards your life goals.

Thank you for reading.

The Stationery Geekette x