Life

Make A Plan / Get To Work Book

I truly believe that one of the best ways to put your mind at ease and deal with stress is to have an efficient planning system that works for you. I am a lover of the new digital world, but my brain works best when using a physical planning system. Nothing beats putting pen to paper. Over the past month, I’ve been using my Get To Work Book. Today I’ll be chatting about what I love, what I don’t, and everything in between. (This is part two of the two-part blog post series on the Get To Work Book).

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As a student, its vital for me to have a place to clearly note down all my deadlines, assignment and important events throughout the school term. Having tried many planners over the years, GTWB is right up there.

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What I love

I love the simple, monochromatic design. As a person who is both a lover of colour and monochrome, if I feel like a colourful spread, I can just add washi tape, stickers and doodles. For other weeks, I can stick with the monochrome. It has just the right amount of structured goal-setting and reflecting spreads without it feeling as if it takes up the whole book. I also really enjoy the vertical design of the days in the weekly spreads -perfect for long lists of tasks. The monthly calendar is also a huge bonus – its so hard to find a planner with one nowadays. And the perforated monthly print/calendar is just an added bonus. I’m not usually a fan of ring-bound books, but this binding is super sturdy and strong.

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What I love less

The only criticism I have of the book is that it is a bit big and heavy to take to school every day. However, on days I really need it, it isn’t too bad, and I find a way to make a plan. (Seriously the only thing I don’t love about the planner).

If you want to invest in a high quality, effective and aesthetically pleasing planner, Get To Work Book is a goodie. As far as I know, their January – December 2018 planner is sold out, but the July 2018 – June 2019 planner drops in April.

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All in all, the Get To Work Book is the perfect addition to your organizing tools, and I’d highly recommend it!

Its almost February – have a good one!

Nabeela x

 

 

On Exercising + Sticking With It

persistence /pəˈsɪst(ə)ns/ – “The fact of continuing in an opinion or course of action in spite of difficulty or opposition.”

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Anyone who knows me well (or even just knows me – ha!) will know that I love exercise. For me personally, over the last few years, the most difficult thing has been sticking with it and being consistent. Its only too easy to workout when we have time and the moment exams start, drop it all and spend our days rolling around in study notes and eating potatoes. (Don’t worry, you’re not alone).

But these past two months have been the best months of exercise I’ve had in a long time, or dare I say ever. I’ve managed to stick with it, even during exams and hectic times. I’ve made mental notes on what I’ve been doing differently that has kept me on track and I thought I’d share – sharing is caring after all.

01. / Be flexible

No pun intended. The quickest way to fall out of routine is by trying to stick to one. Instead of saying to yourself that you don’t have time for a 20 minute workout, and skipping it all together, do a 5 or 10 minute one. Don’t try to stick to a plan that’s too rigid and leaves no room for adjusting. Work around your other commitments. Think of your workout as an appointment with yourself – don’t let your health take the back seat.

02. / Enjoy it

I know I’ve said this before, but I can’t emphasise it enough. If you dread your workouts, because they’re too difficult or consist of many exercises you don’t enjoy, chances are, you’re more likely to skip them. Instead, do exercise that you enjoy and is doable for your personal fitness level.

03. / Be realistic

I personally find that if I do workouts that are too intensive, my body takes days to recover and it sometimes means that I only workout once in that week. Slowly building yourself up is key. I prefer to do more manageable workouts 2-3 times a week. Don’t overdo it and give your body enough time to rest and recover.

04. / Have a goal

Having a goal makes exercise feel more purposeful. Its easier knowing that you’re working towards something. Make your goals realistic, specific and time-bound.

I hope you can take even just one thing away from this!

Nabeela x

And just a quick disclaimer, I’m no expert. This is simply based off personal experience.

Fresh Starts + Goal-Setting / Get To Work Book

Though I don’t believe that a new year is the only time to make fresh starts and set new goals (after all, every day is a fresh start), it is a great time to lay out plans for the year ahead, set goals and carve a path to achieve what you’ve set out to do. 

With 2017 drawing to a close, it may be a good idea to take some time to reflect on what you have achieved this year,  what you may want to work on and what goals you want to set for 2018. I personally find that the more SMART my goals are (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-bound), the less likely they are to hang in the air, and just remain goals.  

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Luckily for us, there are incredible people out there creating awesome, well thought-out tools to help us reach our full potential and plan out our days so they are filled with productive tasks, enjoyable hobbies and much sought after time to relax. One of these people is Elise Blaha Cripe, the founder of Get To Work Book and the host of the wonderfully interesting podcast, Elise Gets Crafty. Get To Work Book has been created to help one to achieve goals by working on them in small, manageable chunks and one day at a time so that they can become a reality. Its all about getting stuff done. 

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I love the clean lines and minimal colour palette

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I sent Elise a few questions about goal-setting and the Get To Work Book. Here’s what she had to say…

What inspired you to start Get To Work Book?

I really wanted a planner that was simple in design without a lot of extra colors or flourishes. I had learned a lot about working towards big projects over the years and was excited to incorporate some of those aspects.

If you had to give people one piece of advice when it comes to goal-setting, what would it be?

Start with something that is manageable but still hard enough to feel exciting. Tell people about the goals you are working towards and document your progress as you go.

Do you think there is added value in putting goals on paper and not just keeping them in your head, or in an app on your phone?  

For me, absolutely. I am a very visual person and “seeing” my tasks on paper can keep me motivated. I also like the sensation of crossing things off which is never as satisfying on my phone.

How do you stay inspired to keep on hustling, and how do you ensure that you still have time for yourself?

I have found that “making breeds making” so the more I stay engaged and creative, the more creative ideas I have. When I am feeling uninspired, I try to return to an old hobby in order to get my momentum back. I’m an introvert and so making sure I have personal time is a huge priority – just as important to me as work.

I hope this inspires you to take action and make your goals happen. You can do anything if you set you set your mind to it. 

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You can pick up a copy of the 2018 Jan – December Get To Work Book here.

Nabeela x

PS: Stay tuned for part 2 – a more detailed review early 2018

{Disclaimer: I was sent a Get To Work Book to review here on my blog. As always, all my opinions and thoughts are my own, and I would never recommend a product that I don’t truly love and believe is worthwhile}

Lately 05 / Wanderlust

Hello

It’s been a while since I’ve written a little life update, but I wanted to fill you in, so that you can watch out for the fun stuff that’s to come!

I’m going to be doing some travelling during the winter holidays. I’ll be going around Europe, mostly eastern. I’m so excited to travel, and I am ready to be inspired and to soak up everything! I’m leaving on my birthday – best present ever, right?

I’ll be posting some visual travel diaries here, and you can find some travel snaps over on the ‘gram too, so follow along there too if you like.

I am looking forward to a journey of personal growth, cultural experience, and of course, a bit of a tan! (CT winter has been pretty harsh).

I hope to return being a little more travel savvy, with lots of pretty pictures, a head full of inspiration, and memories to be cherished always.

Yours in wanderlust,

Nabeela x

Slow Living / Bedtime Rituals

Being as busy as we are, it can be easy to forget the importance of taking some time in the day to relax and unwind. It’s safe to say that senior high doesn’t leave me much time to myself, so I’ve made a conscious choice to take some time each day for relaxing and down-timing. 

My preferred time to unwind is just before bed. It’s the time I feel most calm (probably because I’m so tired) and I know that everything important is done, so I don’t feel as if I’m wasting time either. It also helps me to settle down a bit quicker once I get into bed. 

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These intentional rituals have become my favourite part of the day. I savour this time to myself and look forward to it each day. 

Soothing facial ritual 

I use a minimal amount of all-natural products on my face. I love putting lovely-smelling goodies on my face. I find the natural scents and fragrances of my products relaxing and calming. I love going to bed with my skin feeling soft and squeaky-clean. 

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Balancing Cleansing Balm / Purifying Treatment Oil / The Everyday Cream

Reflective/ relaxing time

I like to keep my room airy on hot summer nights by leaving the windows wide open until just before I hit the pillow. I have an overactive mind, so I keep a journal where I can write my thoughts and whatever is taking up space in my brain. I also take some time for stretching (I spend quite a bit of time playing school sports so my muscles are often tired) and prayers. 

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Reading 

I adore reading. I find it relaxing and  entertaining, so it’s the perfect end to any day for me. Once in bed I like to read for a while until I’m sleepy. 

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I keep my room completely dark at night as I find I sleep best like this. Try out a couple of rituals until you find what works best for you. It can be so satisfying to know that you have a few peaceful rituals to engage in every evening before bed. 

I find that I feel calmer and more at peace before bed rather than frazzled and frantic. 

Self-care is absolutely essential to our well-being. Let’s make it our priority. 

“Self-care is not selfish. You cannot serve from an empty vessel.”

Nabeela x

Listen Up / Podcasts

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I love taking the time to relax and unwind over weekends, but sometimes, because we’ve become so accustomed to always doing something, just lying around all afternoon can feel unproductive. Enter podcasts. Over the last few months, I’ve come to love podcasts. They can be listened to anywhere and require zero effort, but, if you listen to the right ones, they can offer you incredible words of wisdom and inspiration. I thought that I’d just share a few of my favourite podcasts with you.

The Minimalists

Functioning Minimalist

Pardon My French

Elise Gets Crafty

How She Creates

Clever

Good Life Project

I thoroughly enjoy listening to episodes of these podcasts and often find myself taking away invaluable nuggets of wisdom away from them.

Have a listen if you’re in need of some inspiration or just want to listen to something a little thought-provoking. What are your favourite podcasts?

Nabeela x

The Edit / 01.

Hello there

I’ve decided to start doing The Edit over here on the blog to share things I’m loving with you. I haven’t quite decided how often I’ll write them yet, but we’ll see. First, let me fill you in on what’s up over at Miss Artsy-Crafty HQ.

So, you may have noticed my absence around here, namely because finals were just crazy and in between studying and sleeping, there wasn’t time for much else. Its now summer holidays and some fun content is coming soon! (Don’t forget about this fun DIY though!)

Also, I’m working on my card range which will be launching in early 2017! Final formatting, printing quotes and packaging is under way! I can’t wait to share my brand and products with you!

You may have noticed that my site is now at missartsycrafty.com, which I am very excited about too!

Now, onto The Edit:

Wearing

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The Circle Ring by Famke

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Bamboo Revolution Watch in Original Natural Tan

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Nude Wear Cozzie in Cappuccino (they’re great for wearing underneath your surf shirts and boardshorts because they don’t shine through!)

Listening To

Elise Gets Crafty

Functioning Minimalist

How She Creates

Reading

Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

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www.chloelarkin.com

I’m so happy that summer is in full swing. Beach days, here we come!

Have a wonderful holiday and festive season with your loved ones!

Nabeela x

PS: If you want any extra information about my card range or if you’re interested in selling them, please pop me an email at missartsycraftyblog@gmail.com

 

Point Taken: Bullet Journal 

Hello

2017 is fast approaching and so naturally I’ve been trolling Pinterest looking for some planner inspiration. And then I came across the bullet journal. 

Now, I’ve heard the term before, but I never knew what it was. After reading one cheat sheet, I was so confused! What on earth is a future log?! And an index? In a planner?!
 But, it seemed to be popular, and ‘easy’. So I did some more reading and checked out the official website, bulletjournal.com 

So, the question I guess is, what is bullet journaling? The answer? A customizable planning system that is based around bullets. Yeah. That’s it. And it’s AWESOME 

It’s described as the analog planner for the digital age.
What intrigued me is how customizable it is. You write as you go along. You add what you need. You take out what you don’t. You use just the amount of space necessary.

If you’re like me, the ordinary planner just doesn’t do it! Some days there’s too much space, other days not nearly enough. The bullet journal is perfect if you change your system as the year goes along, and if you find yourself making little notes and lists everywhere. 

Here are the basics of Bullet Journal: 

The Index 
All your pages are numbered and you fill in the index as you go as a quick find for any of your notes. 

The Yearly Log 
This is your typical year at a glance. 

The Monthly Log
Your typical month at a glance.

The Daily Log 
Your daily notes, events and tasks.
 
Modules 
Other spreads such as book lists, goal lists, etc. 

The Symbols 
The system is based around these symbols used for what is known as rapid logging: 

•task 

-note

<scheduled 

>migrated 

*important ( signifier) 

I’ve just started bullet journaling and I love it! 

It’s practical and functional. You can use any notebook. It’s a new kind of organized.

I’ll write soon about how it’s going! 

Nabeela x

Lately 04 / Minimalism

Hello

Recently, things have been quite quiet over here. My excuse? School is literally taking up ALL my time. Grade 9 is crazy busy, as we still do 11 subjects. We’ve handed in subject choices for next year, and I can’t wait. Also, if you missed it, I ventured into an area that is new for me in terms of blogging. I’ve been having a bit of a creative block, in the sense that the things I’ve been making aren’t very ‘bloggable’. I wrote a post here about bedside table styling – be sure to have a read!
Summer is coming, which means longer days of sunshine and bliss. I’ve been reading lots of wonderful books this year, to unwind and relax. Some reads I would definitely recommend are Quiet by Susan Cain and Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert (if you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you’ll know I’m a fan of this book. Its so good!). Also, lately I’ve been listening to podcasts too. They’re great, because its almost like reading a book, but you can do something else that doesn’t require to much concentration at the same time. Some of my favourite podcasts are all of the Elise Gets Crafty podcasts by Elise Blaha Cripe and Magic Lessons by Elizabeth Gilbert. Also, although its old, Susan Cain’s TED Talk, ‘The Power of Introverts’ is golden.

I’ve also been reading up about minimalism. Its something that interests me because minimalists always seem so happy, spending their time only on things that they truly love. I’ve been doing lots of decluttering, physically, mentally and digitally.

Other than that, my days have been filled with school, occasional runs and promenade walks and lots of watercolour painting. Also, my #366 challenge is still going strong over on my Instagram.

Holidays are soon, and I can’t wait for a bit of a breather from the mad daily routine, before finals start. Hopefully, I’ll have some more content coming soon. (I’ve been so two-minded about what I post. Sometimes, I’ll have an idea, but when I do a photoshoot, it just doesn’t seem to ‘work’. Anyone else feeling the same?)

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Keep on keepin’ on.

Miss Artsy-Crafty xxx

Bedside Table Styling

Hello

I’ve decided I’m going to try writing about something different, because I’ve had a bit of writers/makers block, and so I’ve been feeling uninspired to write about the topics I usually do.

I find myself constantly changing up the style of my bedside table in my room. There are two reasons for this. The first one is, I love so many different styles that I always want to experiment and change things up. The other reason is that I get visually bored really easily, so I feel the need to change the small details in my room if they’ve been a certain way for too long. In this post, I’ll be sharing some ways that you can style your bedside table. They’re all a mix of my favourite styles. I find that I revert to a mix of the ‘the reader’ style and ‘the minimalist’ style.

The Maker

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For this style, I’ve used an interesting art print and the plant to add interest. The paintbrushes make for a cute display, as well as the magazines and books, which relate to crafting and creativity.

The Minimalist

I’ve used a basic art print, a studio-style lamp and plants to make this style cohesive. The monochromatic books and ceramic ornament also tie in with the plainer colour scheme.

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 The Explorer

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Whilst still sticking with the studio lamp, I replaced the art print with some Instax photos. Also, I placed a travel journal and Instax Camera on the bedside table to add interest. The plant just ties together with the plant-life in the photos above it.

The Reader

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The final style is for the person that loves reading and just wants reading material at their bedside. Piles of magazines and books can look cluttered, so try styling them with plants in a neat pile for a more cohesive look.

I feel like all of these styles are very achievable and easy to pull together. I hope you are inspired to spend a few minutes styling your bedside table into a way that makes you happy!

Also, Happy Spring! (South Hemisphere people x)

Miss Artsy-Crafty xxx

{PS: If you want to know where any of the photographed items are from, just leave a comment and I’ll let you know! I didn’t include it in the post, because it can be a bit of a drag to read through.}

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