Plan With Me: June

Ahh the beginning of the month, a fresh new start. Technically any new day can be a fresh start, but there’s just something about the beginning of the month that just breathes all things new and refreshing!

This month I decided to share with you all how I plan out my month, even if I am not in school. One thing I had to get used to this past month was transitioning from having a strict organized schedule, where I could see what was happening weeks in advance, to something a lot more lose and unpredictable. I’m sure we are all used to this, going into summer mode takes a bit of time to get used to. My summer days are slightly predictable in that I know when I work, but other than that nothing is set in stone. Usually not having everything planned stresses me out, but my motto for this summer is “Go with the Flow”. This is me, actively trying to embrace the endless possibility of a summer day.

But without further ado, let’s get into planning the month of June! (Also, just for reference, I use ban.do 18-month agenda from August 2017-December 2018.)

The first thing I do is fill out everything I already know. I’ll start by putting in when I work, any birthdays or events happening this month, and the list of pre-determined blog ideas that I have scheduled (I’m uploading 4 times a week this month, so get excited!).

Once that’s done I turn to my goals for the month. But right before doing that, I take a look back at my goals from the previous month. I am a firm believer in reflecting and thinking about what we did right or wrong, and what we can do to improve or change things if need be. This definitely carries through when I am actually planning and setting goals for the month ahead. By going back to last months goals, I can see what I didn’t get done and needs to be ASAP. Or maybe there were things I didn’t do because I procrastinate them or didn’t have enough time. But really the goal is to find out the reasons why I didn’t accomplish certain goals, so I can learn from them, or look back on things I did that helped me accomplish a goal.

I divide my goals into 3 categories. The first being personal goals, now this can be anything from booking a doctor’s appointment, a haircut, how many books I want to read, go to this event etc.

Next is my blogging goals, this month my blog is going to be one of my top priorities, so I created some goals to help me stick by that.

Lastly, I have my financial goals. I don’t have my entire work schedule for the month of June yet, but I can usually estimate how much I will earn in about a week. But regardless, I set a range of how much money I want to save up this month and how much I will be able to spend. A new little thing that I added to my agenda this month was an expense box in each day’s slot. This way, when I get home at the end of the day I can see how much I spent, and at the end of the month, I can see which days I spent the most and where that money went exactly.

Another different thing I wanted to do for this summer was make an idea’s list of fun activities to do during the summer. Whether that be getting drinks, going for a picnic, stopping by the cutest little coffee shops. Really just ideas I can jump to when we all hit that point in the summer where we don’t know what to do with ourselves.

So that is how I planned for the month of June. But do remember summer is upon us, which means we have a lot more time to go out and explore and embrace the fact that we are not bound to a schedule, so make the most of it!

Thanks for reading and have a wonderful day!

Sarah

My Updated Notebook+Stationery Collection

My Updated Notebook and Stationery Collection

I have a sort of unhealthy obsession with all things notebook and stationery. Put me in a bookstore or a stationery store and you could leave me there all day (give me some coffee and food and I am never leaving)! Today I decided to share with you all some beautiful and amazing notebooks, pens and post its.

If this post interests you, make sure to check out my previous favorite notebooks post by clicking here: https://thelifewedreamof.com/2017/03/17/my-favourite-notebooks/

(Just to let you know that everything is from indigo.ca (not an affiliate link) except for the post-its… I just have an actual obsession with the store).

Motivating Pens

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Sometimes we need those little bursts or little quotes to keep us going. I know that when I’m going to be knee deep in a 15-page essay, a little motivation will go a long way. We tend to buy the standard blue and black pen, but spicing things up or making things cuter adds to a certain aesthetic but personally, it makes me more motivated to write. I love how these pens are adorable and have the most inspiring little quotes on them, which motivates me to conquer the world.

Goal Getter

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We all have goals but keeping them in one place where we can constantly go back to is the key to making these goals a reality. I use this notebook to write down and structure my short-term goals that are contributing to a long-term goal. The notebook breaks down your goal, gives you a slot for a deadline, makes you set your Why for the goal, predict the outcomes you will face and the necessary steps to take, as well as what you will reward yourself with once your goal is reached. This notebook keeps me organized and accountable.

Effortlessly Herself

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When I read the quote, it stuck with me and I knew I had to have it. The quote reads “She was one of the rare ones so effortlessly herself, and the world loved her for it”. Every time I need a reminder of who I am and where I’m going I go back to this quote and let it guide me in my way.

There Is Beauty in Simplicity

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As aesthetically pleasing as this notebook is, I use it more for the practicality it offers. I have multiple notebooks like this one but with different covers because they make the perfect notebooks. I use them in class to take notes, for miscellaneous things and this one is being used for anything to do with habits and my blog.

Quote Away

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This is my dream/vision notebook. Anything I want to do, any dream of the future that I have is marked down in this journal. This is where I dream big and not let anything hold me back. When I first saw the cover, I knew that this journal would hold all the dreams that had to come out of my head.

Meet Me in Paris

This is the cutest set of post its I have ever seen; however, this is not from indigo, unfortunately. I bought them with the intention to use them when I plan my study abroad semester in Paris in a few months.

I love writing, dreaming and thinking. Notebooks, pens, stationery in general, are the tools I use to express who I am and what I want from life, and how I am going to get there. Before anything on this blog is published, it all starts off in these notebooks. Writing for me is like keeping a record of my life, and thoughts and I write so much because there are so many ideas and dreams that I want to reach and accomplish.

I hope this gave you some motivation to pick up a cute notebook and pen and write whatever you feel the need to write. Comment down below which one is your favorite notebook.

My Love of Bookstores

A bookstore is constantly alive and awake, even when there is no one in it. There is always something that catches your eye or a quote that resonates with you in a way only words can. I walked into the bookstore today with the intention of doing some retail therapy, rather than hit the mall, I hit the bookstore.

The minute you open that door you are hit with that incredible smell, which some have tried to replicate but it can’t be done unless you stick an actual book to your nose. Then everywhere you look there are all these books! And you can’t help but marvel at just how many people have written books, how many stories are in those books and possibly how many you can buy without breaking your bank account.

But then comes the part I love the most: browsing through the books. I walk up and down the aisles and whichever ones jump out at me are the ones I look at. I get this feeling inside me when I’m in a bookstore. I automatically feel calmer, and at ease with everything. For the time I am in the bookstore the outside world doesn’t exist, and everything happening in my world is put on hold.

Every time I walk into a bookstore its mostly because I need answers. The funny thing is, the answers never come to me in the bookstore itself, and sometimes not even in the books I buy. Rather I come to understand bookstores as a place to let your mind relax, wander, dream and process your life. Our minds in bookstores are simply reflecting the minds of thousands of authors and the characters they have created. The characters all have a challenge to overcome, as do we. The bookstore becomes a tool I use to understand those challenges and figure out how to overcome them or gain the motivation to do so.

Simply to say, if there were no bookstores in the world I seriously do not know how I would be able to face anything in life.

Thanks for reading and leave a comment down below if you love bookstores just as much as I do, or if you don’t like them!

Sarah

Sunday Morning Thoughts — 4

Welcome to another Sunday morning thoughts!

Now I am cheating a bit because these thoughts did not come to me on this gloomy Sunday morning… wait the sun seems to be peaking out!

Rather it was last night right before I fell asleep and was reflecting on the royal wedding that this thought about the fairy-tale life came to mind, and I just wanted to share it with you all.

When we were little girls, we often saw a fairy-tale ending as being a princess with a castle, and a pumpkin turning into a carriage. But as we grew up, and discovered more about the world and ourselves, that idea of a fairy-tale life started to change. The interesting part is that it became so different for everyone.

For some, a fairy-tale life may be living in Bali or owning a penthouse overlooking central park. Or perhaps it’s traveling the world with a loved one; having a house with a white picket fence; owning your own business, or staying home and raising your children.

All this to say that every woman has a different idea of a fairy-tale life, and is no longer confined to the stereotypical idea of princess=fairy-tale happy endings. But then again if that’s your dream or ideal life, then go ahead!

We should not judge or criticize a woman for what type of life she deems to be fairy tale worthy! Every woman deserves the right to freely follow their heart and live the life they want. And no one should be allowed to say anything about it!

Thanks for reading, and have a wonderful Sunday!

Sarah

Hard Work Pays Off

Working hard pays off. We prove that to ourselves time and time again. So why is it that when things get tough we forget what we’re made of? Why do we forget who we are and what we have accomplished so far?

I get it when we’re in the time of actually hustling and bustling, we think to ourselves when will this end? Is all this work truly worth it? Why am I doing this in the first place? All reasonable and normal questions. The part of that thinking that causes problems is when we start thinking if whether or not we should give up.

Giving up seems tempting, it really does. Often the relief we know we will feel becomes very appealing. The only thing is, is that there will be this little voice in the back of your head saying “what if”? What if you had kept going or what if you had just gone one step further?

Whenever I think about giving up I take a step back from everything and examine if I really want to truly give up. Often times those haste decisions we make to give up on something is just that, a hasty decision. Its not a well-thought-out decision, nor does it reflect all the things, time and energy that you have put in, up to that point.

I understand that sometimes the hard work of the goal you are trying to reach becomes too much, but if it is something you truly want I do not think you should ever give up. Working hard does pay off, and sometimes we just need that small reminder to fuel the rest of our journey.

I hope you never give up on your dreams and keep pushing through.

Hard work pays off.

Thanks for reading and have a wonderful day!

Sarah

I Hope…

I hope you one day you get to travel the world, explore your town and find the little things in life.

I hope you find what makes you laugh, cry, jump for joy, hungry, sad, or even mad.

I hope you live life to the fullest.

I hope you overcome those fears in your life that are blocking you from pursuing the path you know you were meant to be on.

I hope you dance in the rain, watch the sunrise and breathe in some fresh air on a mountain.

I hope you fully accept yourself for you truly love.

I hope you allow yourself to be open to others, to yourself and the world.

I hope you are open to love and to giving love to others.

I hope you live a life you are proud of.

I hope you live the life you have always wanted.

 

Thanks for reading and have a wonderful day!

Sarah

Resetting After a Long Semester

Hopefully, you are done with school, or at least very close to the end of it. A special sorry for all of you brave souls who are taking summer classes, you deserve a medal!

This past school year has been beyond brutal as I am sure many of you in school can understand. And the weirdest feeling is that we hope the end is so close, but once we get to the end it feels weird to not have to be studying, stressing or panicking. In a matter of just hours, you can go from intense cramming to having absolutely nothing left to do. While this is a relief, it can also come as a shock, as it does for me every single time the school year comes to an end.

The end of the semester is a rather draining and hectic time of year, and usually pushes students over the edge and into this mental state that is nowhere near healthy. When its over, the only question that remains is how do I go back to normal? How do I get you of this mental state? Which is why today I wanted to share 3 tips or tricks on how to reset or recharge after a long semester.

1) Accept the grades
This one is definitely a hard pill to swallow. We all anxiously wait by our computers and refresh the page a hundred times a day just to see if a new mark was posted by our professors. Once the mark is posted we usually chicken out and avoid looking at it, but eventually, curiosity gets the best of us and we look at the grade.

Once you do check the mark, accepting it is the hardest part. When we get a mark lower than what we expected we feel this disappointment. When we get a good mark, we wonder what we could have done to get an even higher mark. Hopefully, you are noticing a pattern… we never accept that we did the best we could at that moment and in those circumstances. You worked your butt off, put all your energy into your school work, but at the end of the day, there is nothing more you could have done. The mark is in the system and that’s the mark you got. (Obviously, if you believe its unfair for whatever reason, then contest it and fight for the mark you think you deserve.)

Look at your mark and understand that you did what you did and that what you got is what you got. If you want to move on from this school year, you need to accept the mark you got.

2) Reward yourself
Its been a long semester, and you have probably pushed off your needs or wants and overall self-care because it wasn’t on your to-do list. When you reach the end of the semester, there is no problem with treating yourself or rewarding yourself. Plan a mini vacation, treat yourself to a spa day with the girls, go to a museum.

Heck, sleep for 12 hours straight! This is the summer you have nothing else to do! Okay maybe you have other things to do but catching up on your sleep is extremely important.

3) Go with the flow
I also talked about this in my last blog post, but really, I think this will be my motto for the summer. During the semester I plan and schedule everything imaginable, and you need to if you want to stay on top of everything. But during the summer, you might have some commitments to follow, but other than that you probably don’t. Take the summer to just go with things and take whatever comes your way. Someone suggests to go for ice cream, go for ice cream. Spontaneous day trip? Why not! Enjoy the openness of summer and how freeing it can truly be.

Thanks for reading, and to all you students out there you really do deserve this break!!

Have a wonderful day!

Sarah