Elisabeth Grover
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Journaling Your Way

In the last post, I looked at the basics of journaling your way and the process that can give such pleasure. Looking through others ‘Bullet Journals’ I have found lots of inspiration for spreads that resonate with me.

Weekly Spreads

Most of my spreads are weekly. The benefit of this kind of journal is that you can choose how you format it and I like to experiment. I have tried vertical and horizontal versions depending on how I feel at the time. I enjoy creating the boxes and thinking about the week ahead and how it will work for me. There’s something quite meditative about drawing the lines and lettering.

I feel envious when I look at others lettering as there are so many amazing accounts with beautiful lettering but then I remind myself that it’s the process and not the finished art.

Daily Spreads

At the moment, I haven’t got enough to write about in order to create a daily spread but when I start work again, I will use one. I have done this one as a practice to see how useful it would be for me.

Monthly Spreads

A monthly spread is good as it provides me with an overview of the month ahead. I tend to use a standard calendar type monthly and paint around it with my watercolours to create a little interest. I love the work of Little Coffee Fox and this is one of her monthly spreads.

Step Tracker

As part of my recovery, I have been measuring my step count daily. Having my step count in list form inspires me to continue on those days when I don’t feel like going out. It’s also good to see how far I’ve come.

I use a simple list form for my step tracker with steps, mileage and hours of sleep which I take from my Fitbit data.

The Mind Garden

I have a couple of pages for my thoughts and scribbles and I call it the Mind Garden. I have used some watercolour paint to create an interesting background and I sit down with this page when I have random thoughts.

Sometimes I use it as a Morning Pages kind of journal as I find it really helpful to write my thoughts and feelings on paper. There’s something about switching off from the laptop and the phone, finding a pen that I enjoy writing with and finding the space to write.

The Garden Sanctuary Goals

I have a few pages which I dedicate to my business goals. To separate the areas in my journal, I use Washi Tape so that I can look at the journal and immediately distinguish each part. Washi Tape is similar to masking tape but comes in a range of colours and patterns and is so pretty. For those in the UK, Susie B and Colour Splash Supplies have great shops on Etsy.

Values and Quotes

I love having a page of my favourite values on one page. It helps to ground me when I can surround myself with words that resonate with me. Quotes that motivate me are part of this page too with simple watercolour shapes.

Other Spreads

Pregnancy Spread – a month by month account to help visualise where you are on your journey. You can add your appointments to this and also news items or personal diary items that you’d like to remember. It’s a special time in your life and this is a great way of remembering it.

Birth Plan Spread – the power of visualisation to create your birth plan in your head has been shown to be hugely beneficial to your mental health. How about making a spread with all the aspects of birth you’d like to incorporate.

Birthing Affirmations – in the same vein, you could use your birthing affirmations in a spread.

Relaxation Spread – Ideas for self-care activities on one page.

Exercise Tracker – A log of the exercises you do in a week.

Over to You

I hope I’ve inspired you to get your pretty pens out and find a nice book to journal your life in. If you have missed my previous post about starting your own journal, you’ll find it by clicking here. Good luck and let me know how you get on.

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A Little Space

IMG_2542 As a holistic practitioner, I felt that my first blog post ought to be about living my values. You’ll hear me talking about values in my posts as I find that the words that represent values, and what those words mean, really inspire me and make me who I am.

This morning, I wrote about making time for yourself for a feature in my forthcoming newsletter and it prompted me to start here.  It’s hard to give to others when you are tired and feeling over burdened with no space to think. So I thought I would start my blog by taking a picture of me having time to myself in The Garden Sanctuary before my children get up. You can see ‘Bumble’ my therapy space in the background.

A little about my morning ritual. Although my four children are older now, I have been prioritising this space for a long time, even when they were little. The only thing that changes is the venue. Inside V Out. I’m not keen enough to sit outside in the winter even though I would like to! I am a morning person so this is the ideal time for me to mentally create my day. Evening’s may work better for you, or during the day, and that’s great too. As long as you are building that time in and prioritising it daily as you would any other diary event, it doesn’t really matter when it is.

I get up out of bed as soon as I wake and I make myself a large cup of herbal tea. On a lovely day like this, I’ll take it out into the garden to sit and reflect on the day ahead.  I have a lovely little water feature which gently flows in the background so it helps to clear my head before the day begins. I use a journal idea which I have adapted from Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way  called The Morning Pages. She advises hand writing three pages of A4 a day which I haven’t been able to achieve ( I am human after all!) so I adapted the idea and cut it down to one page of extra large moleskine journal. That way it’s achievable and I do it daily. I’ll be writing more about this in subsequent blog posts as I think it’s been a real help in getting all my ‘stuff’ out before I start my day.

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I have a separate Moleskine book for a list of 20 affirmations that I’m currently working on. When I’m writing, I think about how great I will feel when I am achieving them. One of my affirmations is to be a certain weight again. As I’m writing the affirmation down on paper, I think about what it’s like to wear size 10 jeans and I embrace that wonderful feeling. I do the same with the other 19  affirmations so this does take some time. I don’t do it daily, maybe three times a week but in between those times, I am thinking about the feelings I will get when the affirmations come true.

In the following blog posts, I will talk about journal writing, affirmations and making time for yourself in a busy life as well as posts about alternative health, aromatherapy, mindfulness, creating calm in your day, meditation and visualisation.

Before I go, I will leave you with an image of my mindfulness trainer, Coco the Dog. As soon as I sat down to create this post, she decided to dig up the garden in search of buried treasure (those lovely ants). Yes, it was a good lesson for me as I felt the stress levels rise whilst chasing her unsuccessfully around the garden.

Note to self: In order to do one thing really well, I  can only do one thing at a time.

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