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Choosing A Word For 2021

Picking a guiding word for the year is something I’ve done for a while now. Last year I decided to go with a feeling, lighthearted, and quite frankly, this year has left the vast majority of us feeling anything but, am I right?

Normally I just wait til a word pops into my head that feels right, and I go with that. Thing is, I also don’t really do anything to help that word along. Not this year!

I use Passion Planners, which come with a Roadmap to help you focus on and achieve your goal. December hit me hard and I’ve been super depressed. Rereading The Desire Map seemed the thing to do, and Bing! Lightbulb! Feelings, not goals. How do I want to feel next year and more importantly, how can I make it happen? I dropped the gamechanger part of it, choosing instead to focus on all 4 important emotions that compromised my core desired feeling: Light.

It’s not easy finding a picture to represent what I mean by light…

Light? Didn’t I choose lighthearted last year? I did. Is there a difference? Honestly, not much. The world is too heavy right now, and as any empath can tell you, it’s suffocating. Anything that isn’t heavy is how I want to feel, so light, light-hearted…same difference.

I scribbled all over my current planner’s Roadmap, which I never filled out, sifting through words and what would help me feel light, and finally, finally, narrowed it down to Delight, Comforted (a big one), Peaceful, and the hardest one to pin down, Financially Secure and Independent. I’d first chosen “like I make a difference”, and that is a part of it, but mostly I want to work for myself, helping others feel better. Which is a way to make a difference, so yay.

Then came the important part. What will help me feel each of those 4 feelings? Under Comforted I have “my journal, fleece as much as possible (soft soothes me), special treats such as hot chocolate and ice cream”. Nothing major, but little things I can focus on weekly to make sure I stay in the Light lane and don’t veer off into the No Eating for a Week and All I Want to Do is Sleep lane again. I’m still not out of that one yet, to be honest.

I’m still fine-tuning it and haven’t transferred it to my new planner. I feel good about it. I hope next year is better because of it.

Do you choose a word? What method do you use to do so, and have you ever felt the need to repeat one because it means so much to you? Let’s chat in the comments! I’m curious how others go about this.

Happy Yule!!!!

With hope and much love,

Pip 😎

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Energy Healing · Journal · Planners

Has Using a Planner Stifled My Journaling Habit?

I’ve been a fairly consistent journal-keeper since high school (oh, those angsty poems!), but over the past few years that habit has fallen to the wayside. My present journal was, if I remember right, started two years ago! It’s a 5-subject notebook, and I’m not even half-way through it. That’s not normal.

Last week I was writing a note in my planner (at that time a Passion Planner), and it occurred to me that using a planner, rather than a simple datebook, could be part of the reason my habit has dwindled.

Between trying to make a planner work for me, and social media, my thoughts are more scattered…and more public. By the time I sit down to journal, I’ve either posted a mini version of what I was thinking, or added it to the planner to, quite frankly, keep it from being full of blank pages. I’m no longer diving deep into my thoughts and feelings, and I miss it.

Is this something that’s happened to you, too? Are you ok with it, or are you trying to get back to keeping a journal, and if so, how? I’ve tried prompts, but not in a while; I may have to give them another shot and see if that gets things rolling again.

I’m curious to see your thoughts on this!

Happy Fall!

Pip 🙂

©Pip Miller – September 2019

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Journal · Planners

Admitting That I Want Things

Most of my life has been financially strapped, you know, the ‘paycheck-to-paycheck’ lifestyle. With too many times that were behind by two paychecks or so. It sucks. It’s a scary way to live, the stress ebbs and flows but never quite disappears because how will you pay rent this month is never, ever far from your mind…

Since my word for next year is transformation, I’m going to sit down today and do something I’ve never, ever, ever done before: I’m going to write a list of things that I really want. Things that I never admit to because “I’ll never have the money for it” is the first thought after, “Wow, wouldn’t that be cool?!”, followed by, “There are other things that are more important than that”. It never ends. So I pulled out my Passion Planner and started this page.

I’m going to write down every single thing, no matter how frivolous, like Funko Pops which I never buy because ‘no, spend the money on necessities’ overrides the desire for joy in my life. Even if it comes from a mini Funko.

What do you want to do differently next year? Something that seems small but in many ways is the biggest leap you can take? By writing these things down, I’m putting it out to the universe that I’m READY to live abundantly. That I am so over being poor. That I never want to have to ask for financial help ever, ever again (thanks, Mom, as always). That I want to experience things that I’ve never allowed myself to. That yes, living abundantly actually does mean spending money on more than what is necessary to live, and that by doing so, I open the door for more income to flow to me.

I’m ready. Are you?

©Pip Miller – December 2018

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Energy Healing · Health · Journal · Planners

This Wounded Healer Takes On Building A Healing Business

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In my last blog post I mentioned breathing problems, and, as with so many of us who live with chronic conditions, adding a new problem to my admittedly small list is a bit overwhelming. I shake, I have pain, and now I have compromised lungs. Woohoo. Not.

Three bouts of bronchitis and one of pneumonia over the past three years has done enough damage to my lungs that working in a manufacturing environment meant that the chemicals in the air necessitated inhalers, which didn’t help. More than once I got into my car at day’s end and sat there, gasping for air. After literally nearly choking to death on congestion while sick with bronchitis (the most terrifying thing you never want to go through, let me tell you), the fear of not being able to breathe is a constant, and as I tweeted, “You don’t realize how much you take breathing for granted until you can’t!”

What this has done – again, touched on in my last post – is create a determination to live the life of my dreams, helping others with my healing work. Planning isn’t my strong point, but I’ve turned my Passion Planner into a business planner, keeping track of blog and social media ideas, as well as client appointments and feedback. I’ve got my eye on a guide for business and blogging from Blessing Manifesting, too.

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I’m taking the need for little physical activity as message from the ‘verse to knock my shit off and run this business as a business, otherwise what’s the bloody point, right? Squandering my ability would be such a waste, and if I don’t do this, I’m going to look back one day and regret being too scared to really step up and make a serious go of it. I’ve done it half-assed over the years, having that “it will all work out” mentality, but in reality it hasn’t, and it’s because I blithely expected a successful business to just fall into my lap with as little effort as possible on my part. I tend to go through life that way, as I’m sure many of you have noticed. 😉

This journey is going to be something new for me, and I hope to be of service to you as I build this dream bigger than I could have ever dreamed!

©Pip Miller – November 2018

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Journal · Planners

Back to the Bullet Journal

Planners, planners, planners. What is up with all of them?? I’ve been through more types than I care to admit, and after a recent attempt at a Planner Pad (which, in and of itself, a FABULOUS planner) and finally admitting that I seriously don’t have that much to plan and so I tend to do more logging, I decided to give the BuJo a try again.

Rather than buying a new planner – though, I will be buying one of these beauties from J. B. Welly for next year!! – I took my already-in-progress journal/commonplace book/notebook and added the bujo to it. It’s a five section notebook, so I started the bujo in the 4th section so I’ll have room for the rest of the year.

I’m keeping it simple this time. Last time I watched way, way too many videos and had too many sections and it just went off the rails. Now I have The Alastair Method as my monthly setup (with a change brought on by this picture) simple daily pages, and a few collections. My master key is based on the one Dee Martinez created, plus her double margins on the left, too. Add to that Ryder’s tracker to the right of each page, and I’m good.

I refuse to look at all those gorgeous bujo works of art that are all over the internet, especially the ones with the calligraphic handwriting because I just can’t. My handwriting has gone to hell from the tremors (and I even dropped color-coding), so it’s better this way. Really, it is. *sniffle*

Much love,
Pip 🙂

©Pip Miller – May 2018

PS: is calligraphic a word?

Energy Healing · Planners · Thoughts

And now…a Fauxdori!

Yep, I recently jumped on that bandwagon, and found a fauxdori at Michael’s near Thanksgiving last year. It’s a pretty blue, and it’s the traditional tall and narrow size. I had a 50% off coupon, and figured this would be a great, inexpensive (for once!!) way to test out a new planner. 🙂

It came with 2 “books” (each bound insert is called a book) and a craft-holder book that I immediately took out as it tore when I tried to use it. I purchased two more books and now it’s holding 4.

The covers are basic tan cardboard, unadorned.

There’s a blank book…

One with grids…obviously I decided not to include these here. 😉

And an undated calendar. I like the blank page to the right for notes!

I don’t remember who, but someone mentioned covering the staples in each book with washi tape, so I used heart stickers that I had, and it made it pretty. 🙂 I decided to split each book into two, using each half for a different purpose until I figured out exactly how I wanted to use a faudori. This is my healing work section.

This is the front book, which is basically a notepad.

In the calendar section I decided to pull a Sacred Rebels Oracle card once a week and keep track of it to the right of the daily planner. That ended quickly and now it’s notes for the day, as mentioned above.

I’ve been carrying it with me daily, and to be honest, it’s pretty much turning into just another notebook. I’m using the calendar to note appointments and things, but the rest of the books are filling with notes about different things, and none will end up being important enough to keep long-term, I suspect. I even started one section as a BOS (Book of Shadows), but one, I’m really just now starting to see if witchcraft is a direction I want to go in, and two, it just didn’t feel right. I call myself a patchwork pagan, and I don’t really have a lot of rules for what I do. So instead I bought a 5-subject notebook and it’s become my journal-BOS-of-sorts-important-tarot-spreads-(like for the year, not daily ones)-and-other-things-I-will-actually-want-to-keep-long-term book.

I know many LOVE the flexibility of a ‘dori, and I totally get that. I guess I still haven’t found my “perfect planner”, and I’m beginning to suspect that there isn’t one out there for me. I’ve come to the conclusion that planning isn’t my thing…I’m more of a go-with-the-flow kind of person, and I end up with lots of blank pages in any planner I purchase.

I’m keeping and using the Fauxdori, and when the calendar ends at the end of June, I’ll purchase another to get through the year, but next year, honestly?, I may just buy one of those little thin date books for my purse. 5 years of buying planners and inserts has shown me, without a doubt, that all I really need it one of those and a journal.

I’m keeping my Malden, though. 🙂

©Pip Miller – January 2018

Filofax · Journal · Planners

From Bullet Journal to Filofax

After almost 2 months of using a Bullet Journal, I’ve come to the conclusion that it just wasn’t doing it for me. I love that you can tweak the original concept to make it yours in every way, but even when I streamlined it a bit, it still wasn’t cutting it. More than anything else, I discovered that I really, really need a weekly view, and while, yes, I could draw one into the BuJo by hand, I would then be creating a yearly, monthly, weekly, AND daily set-up in it. Redundant and overkill. Plus, lots of use of a ruler.

So the other day I moved back into my beloved Malden (seriously, it feels like butter; I can’t stop holding it), and mucked around with its set-up til it worked for me.  Also, hell, no, I did not pay that much for mine. Amazon FTW!

Anyway. Right off, when you open it, Hello, Kitty! greets you. I’m not even a Hello, Kitty! fan, but it’s cute, and it’s a sticky pad. 🙂 Section one has my unused pages from the end of last year, placed in upside down so I don’t forget that they aren’t actually the dailies for this year (that would so be something I would do), to be used as scribble paper.

Section two has the pages for actual lists that I want to keep, and section 3 has the week-on-two-pages for 2016 (I keep them at the back so there is a cushion between the left-hand pages and the front of the Filofax to make writing easier). That calendar came with the Malden, and it isn’t my favorite, but the Page-per-Day (the ones that are scribble paper now), while having a lot of room, didn’t help with my need for a weekly view.

I checked out the Filofax site today, and, Lo!, look what I found!!!! I didn’t even know there was such a thing!!! In the “week on one page” picture above, you can see how I drew the lines that correspond to the ones in the week-on-one-page picture in the link, and the size of each day is totally doable, because the next page is…a note page!!! I can see my week at a glance, AND have room for notes! I’m going to order it ASAP!!

As for the BuJo, I may still use some of the signifiers (like task, event, note, appointment), but nothing else. I gave it a try, but it just didn’t call to me as a permanent thing in the end, and I wish all who love the idea to pieces much happiness with it. If you’re curious about BuJos, there’s a community on G+, lots of youtube videos, lots and lots of pictures on Instagram…and probably some on FB, too.

I’ll be here, petting my buttery-soft Malden. 🙂

©Pip Miller – July 2016

Dry Life · Journal · Planners

Bullet Journal Month 2

Last month, after attempting to use my Malden as a Bullet Journal, I pulled out an old notebook I had and created my first true BuJo.

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©Pip Miller

I set it up in the traditional way that Ryder Carroll shows on his website, and went at it. I loved having everything together in one notebook, but as the month went on, I started to notice some aspects that I wasn’t happy with, such as the dailies being interspersed with collections and other things, and I didn’t like having to go to the Index to find them. I also found that I really need a visual calendar, and my Future Log wasn’t working, either.

So last night I set up July, but knew I wouldn’t be happy with it, so I played with different hacks I found online (the BuJo community across social media is just as, if not maybe larger now, than the Filofax one!), and then set it up. On the left is what is known as the “Alaister Method“, which I set up on two pages (or a spread, as Ryder calls it), and I’ve already filled one page! On the right is the traditional way.

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The Alaister Method with my signifiers.

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The key to my signifiers. I’ve borrowed ideas from other BuJo users, and came up with some that work best for me. Aside, I never refer to the date that someone died on as an “anniversary”, always a “memorial”.

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©Pip Miller

I took this from my Filofax and taped it to the very first page. SO helpful for me!!

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I came up with more ways to utilize my personal BuJo better (for instance, I don’t use weekly spreads as many others do), and the index will, as a result, have less of a “collections” focus, and more of a “where info re: this particular thing” is.

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©Pip Miller

I use the # symbol to show that an item is included in the index (for instance, keeping track of dr appts).

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I’m very pleased with how I have it set up right now, and over the next month I will be paying attention to what works and what doesn’t. Once I finally nail down a system that I really like, I will purchase one of these gorgeous Leuchtturm1917 A5 hardcover notebooks from JB Welly. It will most likely be the purple one (swoon!) and with the Graph version instead of the dots; lines work best for me. 😉

Oh, the “sobriety” signifier…I added that because today begins the 100 Day (alcohol-free) Challenge. Woohooo! As a matter of fact, that upside down package in the picture of “BuJo-less” is the tea I’m drinking today. #makeminetea

©Pip Miller – July 2016

 

 

 

Filofax · Journal · Planners

It’s Time for a Filofax Break

I’ve been using a Filofax ever since I stumbled across the wide world of internet Filofax lovers, and it’s been a love – hate relationship from the get-go.

First, I ordered what I thought was a personal size Metropol, only to discover that the seller was wrong and it was actually a pocket size. About the size of my hand and way too hard to write in.

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I soon gained 3 more (one has been passes on to someone else), and have been using a personal Fusion pretty consistently since I won it in a giveaway over a year ago.

I carry it around, yet rarely use it for more than recording what happened, rather than doing any planning. Below is the Metropol, the Fusion, and my gorgeous A5 Chameleon.
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I’ve been hearing about Erin Condren planners for a while (along with a dozen or so others, too), and pulled up the site over the weekend to see what’s up. There was a lot about them that I liked, but they are fairly expensive at a base price of $50.00, and almost every review has mentioned how heavy they are. Very heavy, from what I gather.

I found a comparison blog post between those and Plum Paper Designs. Very similar in style, fewer extras than Condron – which is OK with me: my washi-tape and bells and whistles Filofax extras phase ended rather quickly. The Plum Paper planners are lighter, you can start your year where you want to (mine is Sept, my holdover from school ‘beginning of the year’ feeling), and they start at a mere $31.00.

The biggest thing that attracted me to them was having everything in one place for the entire year, making research at a later date easier. With the Filofax, each page stands alone, and so I have alligator-clipped piles of months clipped together, and going through them gets to be more of a pain than finding what I need is worth. Major fail.

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So I’m putting the Filofax away for a year (once I get the Plum Paper) and we’ll see how it goes!

Question: I redid the blog so that the sidebar is gone, making it easier for mobile apps. Had it helped clean things up for you? Or did you prefer the sidebar? Thanks!

©Pip Miller – August 2015

Books · Energy Healing · Filofax · Journal · Planners

To Filofax or Not to Filofax

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I have 3 Filofaxes; one pocket-size, one personal, and one A5 Chameleon (love!). The personal, a Fusion (as pictured on the left) is carried with me at all times, and I’ve got to admit: a lot of times that’s all I do with it. Come to find out, I’m more of a recorder than a planner, so it ends up that I scribble things at the end of the day (or 3 or 4 days later), and pretty much birthdays/anniversaries and my guy’s doctors appointments are the only things that are written ahead of time.

Plus, it’s heavy. Not ‘Oh my gosh, what the hell do you have in there?!!” heavy, but noticeably so when it’s not in there. It’s packed full of things I carry with me and pages to use…none of which ever happens. It’s like buying a bigger purse: you shove in a ton of ‘just-in-case’ stuff, and discover that 99% of it never gets used and you’ve got a persistent backache to show for it.

So last night I pulled out Write It Down, Make It Happen, because I wanted a hardcover to read while eating dinner (you can lay a hardcover down and turn the pages), and as I’m reading along, I found a suggestion that I’m going to try. She notes that she gave a workshop in Greece and supplied her students with mini notebooks (those ones that look like composition notebooks, but are pocket-sized) and called them “Tidbit” books. They were to “take the book wherever they went and jot down concepts as they came to their mind, perhaps images they might want to write up more thoroughly later, or plans to put in motion once they returned to their own countries.”

I had just been wondering what to write in my Filofax (aka Miss Moneypenny) for the day, and reading this was like a bolt from the heavens. I remembered that I had 2 or 3 of those exact notebooks (stationery collector, what can I say), and I dug them out. Lo and behold, on one I’d written Tidbits and dated it; May 13, 2013. And I’d written in it for exactly two days. What I noticed, though, was that I’d used it more like a Gratitude Journal than a brain dump, and I’m pretty sure that’s why it didn’t last long. I also think that’s about the time I got into Filofaxes, go figure. 😉

mini notebooksI placed the book next to the bed when we headed off to snoozeville, and as usual, my brain was still running and running with ideas, so I grabbed the tiny book, headed off to the bathroom so I wouldn’t disturb Himself, and scribbled away all that was on my mind, including blog ideas (like this one). Then I was able to zonk out peacefully til morning.

I’ll be heading off to work in about an hour, and Miss Moneypenny will stay home (which means, of course, that there will be something in it that I’ll need today)., but the tidbit book is tucked in my back pocket – along with a pen that I hope doesn’t break. I’m going to play with this for a while (and once this notebook is filled up, I’ve another in the wings). And hey…I had NO idea they came narrow-ruled, too! Woohoo!

Another thought I had was to take my pocket Metropol Filofax, punch holes in a lot of index cards, fill it with those and those alone, and use it in the same manner. But it doesn’t actually fit in one’s pocket, and I think having to dig it out of my purse every time I want to jot down a random thought would be counterproductive. So I’ll see how these minis work out first.

Do you have a way to keep track of all those random thoughts and ideas that disappear moments after you think of them, even though they are sometimes very important or inspired? What do you do? Comment away!

©Pip Miller – March 2015