10 Year Challenge With A Twist

Thanks to Jenny in Neverland for doing this awesome post that inspired me to respond with my own twist on the 10 Year Challenge.jon-tyson-520850-unsplash

The last ten years have been a roller-coaster ride for me. I just turned 25 so if I’m honest, I don’t know anymore what kind of problems my 15 year-old self had. What I do know is that to say that the years that came after were a mixed bag is a huge understatement. For a very long time, I was struggling with depression and anxiety. I’ve overcome quite a lot of obstacles and I’m not sure I will ever be able to leave that part of me behind. I‘ve struggled with mental illness to a degree which made everyday life almost unbearable for at least 6 of those 10 years .

But I’ve also had huge upsides during that time that my 15-year-old self could have never imagined. I overcame some of my insecurities and started studying American Studies, which I love (I’m currently writing my thesis). I started my own business and I’ve maintained a healthy partnership for almost 5 of those years.  I’ve had the courage to stop seeing people who were making me miserable, and through that, I was not only able to see that I was capable of having meaningful and healthy relationships with other people and that I deserved and needed to realize that I am worth something no matter how much I fail at a something.

The biggest thing I probably learned in the last 10 years is this: it’s all about your mindset. The worst situation won’t be half as bad if you don’T roll around in your negative feelings and instead focus on manageable and healthy solutions. The second thing is this: don’t be too proud to seek help, but let yourself be the one who decides for you.

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What are the things that you’re proud of that you accomplished in the last 10 years? Let’s chat about our experiences!

Too busy to take care of yourself? Here’s how you can change that!

We all know how hard it can be to take a few minutes of our days to do something we really enjoy, especially when we’re busy and our mind is all over the place. At least, that’s how I feel a lot these days. However, there is a simple way to spend more time on things that make you feel better, make you healthy and happy. 

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My Perfect Morning Routine

My solution to this is to wake up one hour earlier.

Before I started tackling the self-care topic, I usually got up at around 7am and then spent  10 to 15 minutes in bed or on my phone, sometimes I woke up early to wash my hair, but that was it.

Now, I wake up at 6:00am, or even 5:30 am and spend that hour doing things I love. I paint, I bullet journal, I drink coffee in peace, make a tasty smoothie, practice yoga or go for a walk. It doesn’t matter whether you want to have a kick-start or a smooth start in the day. As long as you do something you love, the day will be so much better!

Also, you have more time in which you don’t have to feel guilty for not working on some thing or other. The big problem for me was that whenever I read, painted or just chilled on Netflix, I usually felt really bad about it because I’m always busy and have deadlines. But, if I wake up earlier, then nobody can bother me on the phone, on social media or via email. Nobody needs me, nobody waits for my response. It’s true “Me Time” like I simply can’t have in the evenings, even if I don’t work until late.

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How do you manage to make time for yourself and your hobbies? When do you wake up in the morning`Let’s Chat in the comments!

How to Stick to Your Resolutions with a Bullet Journal

Why my Bullet Journal is my life coach

We all have goals and resolutions we want to stick to. Be it losing a bit of weight, eat healthier or organize better. If you’re like me, then you know that struggle is real, especially when you’re busy. Obviously, having great resolutions is only part of the deal. But actually sticking to them and turning resolutions into habits is the tough part.

My Bullet Journal is really helping me to stay focused on resolutions I have set myself. It’s actually quite easy, if you use a habit tracker.

The steady way to accomplishing your goals

Throughout the month, I keep track of my resolutions and accomplishments with a (habit) tracker. You can design it however you like, it should just show whether you stuck to your own goals on each day of the month. Since I’m just starting out and I want to keep it simple, my goals last month were to wake up each day at 6 am and drink enough water (at least 2 liters).

 

I used a simple chart to keep track of how much I drank, when I wake up and a few other small things.

Here are some designs I found especially great:

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Why it works so well

It works so great because when you don’t follow your own resolutions, you do get frustrated when you have to leave a day blank, or mark a goal as ‘not accomplished’. Seeing that every day when you write in your Bullet Journal can give you a motivational boost to do better every single day of the week!

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Do you have a habit tracker? What do you do to keep yourself motivated to work on your resolutions? Let’s chat in the comments!

My First Bullet Journal: Setup

My First Bullet Journal

Hey everyone! I’ve talked a bit about my Bullet Journal before, and I’d like to show you some of the things I included in mine. As I said before, I didn’t start at the beginning this year, because I didn’t even know there were such things until a few weeks ago. :S

I started the Journal to appreciate myself more and get more confident.

I don’t know if you struggle with this, but I certainly do. More often than not, I’m too negative and self-conscious about myself, my work and my social life. I tend to over think and end up being a total, disorganized mess. 😀 So when I learned about Bullet Journaling, I decided to give it a go and make sure to use it to appreciate the little things and highlight positive moments, my accomplishments and goals, and be a bit creative.

This is what it looks like so far.

My first page and the table of contents are basically just the necessities. Really interesting for me personally was the first Goal Page. Even though I started in March, I wanted to set some goals with things I wanted to do/achieve in 2019. Some of those were to finish my bachelor thesis, paint more and to take better care of myself.

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The next page is really important to me as well. It features my daily morning routine – the ideal one, at least. As monthly goal, I’ve set myself the task of coming as close as I can to that routine. I love to take a walk right after I’ve woken up and do something in the morning that grounds me and keeps me motivated throughout the day.

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Another page I was really excited about was my habit tracker and sleeping log. As my perfect morning routine starts at 6 a.m., the sleeping log was a great motivation to actually keep rising so early! I even managed to wake up at around 6 every day except for once ( was out the night before hehe) and I’m really proud of that. The habit tracker is really great and keeps me motivated. It’s so satisfying to put that little dot on the day I did something that’s important to me.

I made that photo quite early so there isn’t much there, yet. By now it’s much fuller and it’s still a lot of fun! As you can see, the whole theme kind of revolves around night skies, stars and clouds. I do most of the coloring with water colors or water color pencils and fine liners. The clouds I make at the end with my white Uniball gel liner. I really love that pen as you can’t see through it, even when the colors underneath are really dark!

Lastly, I want to share my March spread with you. I chose a sun because it reminded me of a fresh start. I used water colors to paint it and then drew some lines with my pen for more contrast after it was dry. I love Tolkien and his work so much, I really had to include that quote on the first spread. It says “In the end, it’s only a passing thing this shadow. [A new day will come.] And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer”. It captured exactly my feelings when I first started with this journal.

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What theme do you have in March? What kind of things do you keep track of with your habit tracker? Let’s chat in the comments!

Creativity and Self-Care, Here I Come!

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I’b back and I’ve decided to not only focus on books on this blog. I’ve changed so much in the past year or so, it just wouldn’t do the blog, or me any good to only write about books. I want to talk more about popular culture, self-care and the environment and I want y’all to be part of that.

I’ve created a section called Self-Care and Creativity in which I’ll be posting exactly that. How to be creative when it comes to daily tasks, bullet journaling, writing and other stuff. This blog is called Ribbon Reviews, so you will see reviews of products, books and everything else I use and try out. You can see my first post on Bullet Journaling here.

The other new section is called What’sUp and will be for all things pop culture, social and environmental issues and things to talk about. My first post is about privilege, You can read it here.

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