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Sunday, March 29, 2015

One of the very first things I did when setting up my planner was adding a vision board. These two pages I'm about to show you are probably one of the main reasons why I wanted a Filofax to begin with. With goals and ideas constantly evolving, having a ring binder makes it that much easier when working with tweaks and managing updates if need be.

Starting with the front of my vision board is this "yes" page I used from one of my smashbooks (the orange one), cutting it down to size. The "yes" represents the answer to all things imaginable, and reminds me that big dreams are possible and achievable with determination and the right mindset.

The images used all represent something that I'd like to continue focusing on for the year. Every time I flip to these pages, it's like a fresh boost of inspiration. It always makes me happy and smile.

To ensure that the pictures would not lift after gluing them down, I applied 2 strips of clear packing tape vertically. You could call this my DIY  laminator.

Then as I flip over to the last page of the vision board, here is where I write down all of my dreams and 2015 goals. When next year January rolls around, I can just slip the post-it note into my journal and look back at all of the things I accomplished and feel proud of myself.

I actually find it more rewarding when I can actually check off the things listed within my personal goals list. Having this visual list helps keep my motivation going and increases my power of intention.

It's time to activate dreams into reality! 

(For more details on my vision board, watch the video I did here.)

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Friday, March 27, 2015

The Journal Diaries is a blog segment where we get a sneak peek into the journals, notebooks, organizers, and diaries from people all over the world. (Click here for past posts.) My special guest today is Gert based in LA, California.

- Hi Gert! Tell us a little more about yourself.
My name is Gert and I've enjoyed crafting ever since I can remember. I was born in the Philippines and now reside in Los Angeles. I am happily married with three sons, and work full-time in healthcare. When I was younger, I wanted to pursue a creative career, but then decided to be practical and major in science since that was predictable and stable. Now that my children are older, I have more free time to get back to what I love doing.

- When did your love for journaling in the Hobonichi begin?
I purchased my Hobonichi Cousin last September. I planned to use it as a daily journal but was afraid that I would run out of things to write about. A couple of months later inspiration came in the form of Life Captured Inc.'s December journaling prompts. I followed the prompts and wrote in my Hobonichi every day during that hectic holiday month. Encouraged and excited that I was able to stick with it through the month of December, I decided to carry on and continue journaling daily in 2015. I hope I can keep it up!

- Why the Hobonichi?
I was drawn to the Hobonichi Cousin A5 because of its heft and Japanese craftmanship. It is so well made, and I love the weight of the journal in my hands. Besides being beautiful, it is also very practical. This Hobonichi helps me keep my handwriting straight and even. I even love the Japanese writing in the Hobonichi, even if I cannot understand a word of it!

- How do you find inspiration for your daily journaling prompts?
In addition to the prompts from Life Captured Inc., I also purchased the Kindle version of "365 Journal Writing Ideas" by Rossi Fox. Pinterest is also a great source for prompts. Other times I just write about whatever I'm in the mood to write about. Right now, a lot of my Hobonichi entries are lists. They are quick, easy, and fun! Inspiration for journaling can come from conversations with friends, from magazine articles, song lyrics, from practically anywhere and everywhere.

- When do you find yourself writing the most, and how often?
Most of the time, I'm alone when I journal. I write my daily journal prompts at work on my lunch break. I've journaled in my car, in coffee shops, and on park benches. Portability is one of the many great things about journaling! You can do it anywhere, all you need is your journal and a pen! I don't fine that my mood influences my journaling as much as journaling affects my mood. If I am tired, stressed, or frustrated, journaling helps me sort out my thoughts or at the very least, provides a welcome and soothing distraction. I use the weekly pages of Hobonichi as a personal diary, scribbling down a little recap of each day's events and how I felt that day. I love ending each day like this, reflecting on what happened and documenting my everyday memories before they are lost.

- Do you use any other journal besides the Hobonichi?
Yes! I also use a Midori Traveler's Notebook, another beautiful product from Japan. I use my Midori for quotes and as a photo journal. I've also added Moleskine notebooks to the lineup. It's fun to experiment and change it up to keep things interesting.

- Do you have a favorite type of pen you prefer when writing?
My favorite pen is the Pilot G-Tec-C4. It produces the perfect fine line and I love how smoothly it writes. I order it in bulk from Amazon because 1) my kids love them as much as I do and 2) I've ended giving them away to friends who have tried mine and got hooked!

- Any favorite products, art supplies, or stores at the moment?
Art supply and craft stores are my happy places, I could spend hours roaming the aisles. I frequent Michaels, Jo-Anns and Blick Art Materials. Sadly, I used to have a Michaels less than a mile from my house, but they keep moving further and further away! So now, I order a lot of my supplies online from Amazon. Right now, I am trying my hand at modern calligraphy and have a rapidly growing wish list at John Neal Bookseller.

- Other than writing and journaling, what are a few other hobbies and interests of yours?
In addition to journaling, I love reading, photography, and cooking for my friends and family.


Thank you so much, Gert, for sharing your Hobonichi and journal entries with us!

For all you wonderful readers looking to connect, you can find Gert and more of her creativity here:
Instagram: @pepperandtwine

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Sunday, March 22, 2015

Remember that sneak peek I shared with you in this post here? Well, my passport size traveler's notebook has been tweaked a little since then. Instead of trying to show you the new setup picture by picture, I decided to make a video! Let me know what you think. I'd love to know your thoughts. You can watch it here.
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Friday, March 20, 2015

Guess what, friends??

I finally got around to making my YouTube channel (which was one of my many projects/new years resolution for the year). Yes!

I'm really looking forward to sharing some fun and most asked about topics through these videos, and just cannot wait to connect with all you journal lovers out there in YouTube land. *Eeek!*

My list of ideas is short right now, but if there is anything that you'd like to see or would love to know more about, you're more than welcome to comment below, and let me know. And of course, filofax, daily planners and journal set-ups will be the first few to be filmed, so don't worry. ;)

You can expect to see a new video popping up soon, like probably within this week.

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Oh, and if you have a journaling/crafting youtube channel of your own, please link it down below. Sharing is caring!

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