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Filling out my Travelers Notebook

Filling out my Travelers Notebook

If you Google “Travelers Notebook”, you’ll get tens of thousands of hits.  Shops, reviews, blog posts, videos and all types of tutorials.  It was a bit overwhelming when I started.  I wanted direction, but there was just SO MUCH information out there.

So I dialled back the crazy and just thought about what I had been using in my ring binder.  Month, Week, Notes, Projects.  Easy, that’s three notebooks.  So off I went in search of Australian sellers, and there are loads of great options out there, just not any that fulfilled my individual needs.  So I decided to make my own.  It’s really not that hard, and for someone who used to do papercrafts, it allowed me to use some of my existing knowledge and tools.  I made two grid books, and a quarterly insert that has month view in the front, followed by week to 2 pages with a small grid notes section.

Apart from notebooks, the other things that are handy to have in a “TN” are things like a dashboard and folders and pockets of all shapes and sizes.  Dashboards are good to help protect notebooks from damage when put in bags and what not.  They’re also good to store sticky notes.  Mine is more decorative than functional, and is simply some printed pictures that have been laminated.  What I do use a lot are folders and pockets.  The “Kraft” folder, I made from a sheet of scrapbook paper.  It’s not as sturdy as actual Kraft board, or a thicker cardboard, but it does the job.  I’ve reinforced the spine with some clear packing tape, and put a clear card holder on the inside.

The tri-fold plastic pockets was interesting to make.  It’s made from a full A4 plastic letter file, which was about $2 from the Newsagents.  Some clever folding, cutting, and washi tape, and I have two full length pockets, and two shorter pockets.  This is where I keep my larger items like stamps, stickers, tabs and flags, along with some sticky notes.  This is the second one I’ve made, the first being for my regular size TN.

Lastly, for the time being, is my card holder.  I like having card slots in my TN, it gives me somewhere to put my stencils (from Paws Plan Create), small sticker sheets, glue strips and other little bits and pieces that require a little more security than a pocket.  I simply cut up an Ultra Pro TCG card sheet and taped two sections together.

There are other inserts I’m considering for it too.  I’ll just wait and see what needs arise.  That’s the great thing about planners like this, you can change the setup as your needs change.  Or chop and change the planner as it needs it.  I’m excited for this new size, and my new set up.



Keeping Myself Organised

Keeping Myself Organised

When I was in high school, I loved the start of the new year because it meant I could play with new stationery and my new yearly diary. The practice lapsed after high school, and then everything went digital. And for me, this is when things started to get lost.

Last year I got back into using a paper planner. I fell in love with it all over again. It really helps keep me on track, and on top of things. I can jot down notes while I’m on the go, and the best bit is that I FEEL good about having it.

Last year, I managed to grab myself a great deal on a couple of Kikki-K ring binder planners. First an A5/Large size, and then a Personal/Medium size. I loved how customisable they are. You can move things around and add or subtract as the need arises. I also got one for my birthday this year, and I love them all. I will be finding other uses for them however, because I’ve moved to a different type of planner.

The Travelers Notebook style planner is more compact than a ring binder, and almost as open to customisation. It’s basically a group of booklets that are put into a cover. Each book is for a different thing. In mine I have the actual planner which I print up for 3 months at a time. I use a monthly and weekly spread, so I can fit 3 months in a nice little book.  I also have a few notebooks for general notetaking and projects.  Also some folders that allow me to keep a hold of loose notes and receipts etc.

I’ve just changed from a regular size “TN” to an A6 size. It’s more compact, and fits my hand and my handbag a little easier.  My regular sizes were bought second hand, but this cover I bought new.  I ordered it from Crazy Organized on Etsy, they’re based in Australia and all of her covers are made to order.  It only took a few days before my beautiful TARDIS blue Notebook cover arrived.  If I decide taht this is the size that I will keep using, I may just order myself a full art cover.

But for now, I love my TARDIS blue cover.  It’s beautiful, and I absolutely love it!


Life, Priorities, and Changing Them Both.

Life, Priorities, and Changing Them Both.

I have been getting in my own way for a very long time.  It’s often the case.  You find reasons NOT to do things, find things that are holding you back.  The fact of the matter is, the main reason that you’re not doing something, is yourself*.

priorityquoteI’ve always thought that if you want to include something in your life badly enough, you will take the time to make it happen.  One example is my knitting.  I take my knitting with me to school drop offs and pick ups.  I’ve often had people come up to me and say “I wish I had time to knit”.  They don’t realise that they do.  But it’s not a priority in their life.  Which is perfectly fine, we all have different things that are important to us.

Priorities can change, though.  Mine have, somewhat recently.  Looking after myself has not been a priority for quite a while.  I have been fooling myself, that merely surviving has been taking care of myself.  It hasn’t.  I haven’t for quite some time.

I have gained an excessive amount of weight over the past fifteen or so years.  Way more than I ever imagined I would.  I have been married for 12 years, and have an 8 year old son, and I’ve not really been able to, or made it a priority to get rid of it.  Along with the excess weight, I’ve gained a couple of health problems, including Plantar Faciitis, and heel spurs.  I’ve been fortunate that my blood pressure and cholesterol levels have continued to be in a healthy range.

I have spent a long time trying to “cope” or “accept” my body, but my public bravado of “love myself the way I am” was, and is for me, complete bullshit.  I don’t love being this way, I’ve never been able to really accept being this overweight.  When I was at a good, healthy weight, I was happy to call my self curvy and svelte.  I’ve never been “thin”, I’m happy not to be “thin”, but I’m miserable being overweight.  This has nothing to do with society’s definition, I don’t really care what anyone thinks about how I look, do my hair, or what clothes I choose to wear.  I’ve just been constantly uncomfortable, out of breath, depressed, and tired.

Well, it is now a priority.  I have started to, and will continue to, take care of myself. Just before my birthday I made the decision to change some things.  Well, quite a few things.

changequotesocratesAfter seeing my sister and best friend have some pretty great results with some changes they had made in their diet, I thought I’d give it a try.  There is no specific “name” to what I’m doing, but it’s close to “Low Carb, High Fat”.  (I’m not doing “Paleo”)  I have removed most grains from my diet, including wheat, rice, corn, and oats.  I have stopped using refined sugar, substituting where needed with other options, like xylitol and maple syrup, but I am trying to remove sweeteners altogether where possible. I have succeeded in weaning myself off having sugar in my tea, and, for the most part, my coffee.  I am making sure I eat protein at least twice a day.  I am including extra “good fats”, like olive oil, coconut oil, and avocado oils.  I am eating fruit, but it’s no more than 2 pieces every 3 days.  I am overloading on vegetables like zucchini, dark leafy greens, cabbage, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, and broccoli.  I am eating cheese, yoghurt, cream, and other dairy.  I’m unable to substitute nuts, nut flour, nut oils/milks due to my son’s allergies, which makes some of the grain free variations a bit of a challenge. To some, it might seem like a huge sacrifice.  I must admit that the convenience of things like bread and pasta is missed, but I’ve never been one to shy away from cooking.  Plus I’m already used to boycotting certain foods/products due to dealing with my highly allergic son’s diet needs.

dancingI am also returning to dancing.  I’m starting slow.  I’ve been out on a few social nights with my sister, which has been SO much fun! I’m also trying to get to a class night at least once a week.  Doesn’t matter if it’s swing or rock’n’roll, the idea is to get out and about, meet the people who have started dancing over the last 10 years, and see how the scene has changed. The scene I remember is gone, which is sad.  But I am looking forward to exploring the new one.

What has taken me by complete surprise is that I am seeing a rather tremendous change already.  I have shed almost 5kg since my birthday, my sleeping has improved, and I find that I am waking up more alert.  The carpal tunnel discomfort that I get from time to time has decreased as well, which has been a welcome side effect.

This is the start of a long journey.  But it has been a good start.


This is as it pertains to me.  I’m certainly not making judgements on anyone elses life.