Releasing 2016 and Welcoming 2017 (Free New Year Planner Printable)

There is something magical about releasing one year and welcoming another. We make plans and goals for the coming year to create a better life for ourselves. Continually through out our lives we determine what we want to leave behind and what to bring into our lives.
As promised I have created a quick and easy New Years Printable to let go of the current year and welcome in 2017. My favorite part is the gaiwan painted sketch I added and the list for the new year.  Let’s look both pages over together, so grab the file and print it out (fit to page will give you the best result).

Got a few minutes before it hits midnight? Use these printable to let go of the previous year and welcome 2017 with a soulful plan to achieve your dreams.

Releasing 2016

  To let go of 2016 I picked statements that are simple but also reflective. The year was full of twists and turns but we got through it. Now is the time to look over the year with fresh eyes as it comes to a close.  My favorite memory was receiving my camera and spending time with close friends in Toronto late fall. Before both of those moments I had so much self-doubt in my abilities and was weighed down by it. It was through photography and my new job that I let it go. There is so much that each and everyone of us can do. We just have to let go of that voice that tells us otherwise. Doing so helps us realize something incredible about ourselves, that we can do anything. Looking over the previous year lets us see how much we grew and what we achieved. Only then can we go forward with an open heart.

Download the New Year Planner Printable

Welcoming 2017

  Now that we let 2016 close, we can begin to prepare for an amazing New Year in 2017. Dig deep, what do you want to accomplish, feel and release? When I started to fill out my own sheet I started with the list. I listed out things that I wanted, places or events I wanted to attend, creativity goals etc. My favorite thing on the list is creating my own stickers to use for my planner or give away. A creative focused goal always ends up on my list every year (sometimes more).  Every time I do this I look at it regularly for the first few months and then forget about it. Once October or November roll around I look it over. It is surprising the amount of things can be accomplished when we answer soulful statements. They dig into us and stay, then through out the year we somehow accomplish them. It is an amazing thing. But if we want to ensure everything (or most) things get done then lets make these goals and ideas into real plans.

Making Goals into Plans

Earlier this week I released a word of the year planner page. If you got it then then perfect, if not grab it and lets make this year count. On your welcoming 2017 page you listed out things you will do this year and other promises to your soul. With the year planner page jot down those promises, or break them down if needed. For example, one of my goals is to save up money for Blogpodium next year. For January I have put that I would print out the 52 or 26 week savings challenge stickers for my planner. Then from there I would just need to put reminders to check my progress for other months.
  Another goal is to go to continue to develop Tea Journey as a brand. I have put a “due date” in February, now this may change due to other life things that pop up but I have a blueprint. With this baby I can move things around and even prioritize what needs to get done each month.

Let me know if you would like a mini planner to track your progress with your goals and to celebrate unplanned achievements.

Happy New Year everyone! Here is to a great 2017!

Picking your word of the year (Free Year Ahead Printable Planner)

Make your year planning simple by beginning with your word of the year with these tips. And a printable planner to draft out the year ahead for a spirited intentional Tea Journey year..

 Are we really this close to the new year? Yikes. It is totally normal to start worrying about goals and plans for the following year when we are this close (like under a week). You are not alone, I have been doing the same thing  for years. But over the last few years I have been gradually adjusting how I go about it. The solution I found was picking a word of the year to shape everything you do through out the new year. Here are a few thoughts that will help you fin your word to frame 2017 to be the best it can be.

   Choose a word with the right intention

  Last year my word was freedom, I felt stuck and restricted by the world around me. My solution was to give myself permission to let go of the pressure from media, past relationships and even negative self talk. It worked, I gradually as the year passed began to speak my truth and do some crazy things that were totally me.  For 2017 I picked the word ” Forward”, I wanted to progress more with freedom by letting go of the past and really being intentional with the now.

   

Choose an action word or an emotion

 Both my words for 2016 and 2017 were very contrasting. This closing year was an emotion that I desperately needed in my life, and 2017 is very action oriented. It kinda makes me want to dance as it has so much movement to it (why not right?).  There is no wrong or right answer for this, as it really depends on the word you choose.

  For example if you want to be more loving then choose “love” or turn it into an action by choosing “loving” or “caring”.

Display your word throughout the year

   Like any goal or plan you need to see it to keep at it. A constant reminder is very important. I had picked up a flat stone at the beach and wrote my 2016 word on it. The stone still sits at my altar which I look at every morning when I wake up. Seeing the word reinforced my intention to let go and give myself permission to feel freedom.

Plan your year around your word

 Once you have your word you can make a rough plan for the year on paper. I created a printable which you can download to keep everything together. It’s super simple to use. Write out your word of the year and main things you want to do every month of 2017.  Draft it out, you do not have to commit to it. Latter this week I will have two more to help you fine tune your plans for the coming year. 

Download the 2017 Word of the Year Planner

Let’s make 2017 even better than 2016, next time we will look over 2016 and let it go. At the same time we will make plans and goals around our word for 2017 for an intentional Tea Journey year. 

Three quick and easy ways to add a creative touch to a gift

Get creative with your gift wrapping with these three super easy and cheap ways to add that creative touch. Reduce your footprint and reuse things you already may have around the house.

      

 I have been wrapping presents normally for years and it just never felt right. Last Christmas was the first year I began to add a little of myself into the wrapping of gifts to my family and friends. It adds an extra dimension to the gift over all, no matter what it is (even socks or underwear lol). It is easy for anyone to do. Here are a few things that I have done with some things I had around the house.

Get creative with your gift wrapping with these three super easy and cheap ways to add that creative touch. Reduce your footprint and reuse things you already may have around the house.

Re-use boxes or packaging

Sometimes a simple little cover over the label is needed. Others you may need to get out some paint. Matt paint works best, and if you have any trouble with it staying on cover it with a light coat of clear matt spray paint to make it stay.

Use washi tape

Covering a label or even just jazzing up a pain box. No matter what pattern washi tape you use it will look amazing. If you want to go an extra step use punches (or even a hole punch) to add “stickers” to one box and the remnants on another. Personally I am still looking for a tea punch for throughout the year.

Use project life cards or the picture side of an old card

When I got into project life I ended up with so many cards and not knowing what to do. Using them as a tag gave them some new life. But if you don’t have any simply use the front of an old card. Cut it off from the message potion and reuse it.

These ideas can be used throughout the year, not just for the holidays. Your giftee will love your gift even more because you created the packaging for it. It’s like giving love as a bonus little side gift with every one you create. Best part of all, you can still do it this close to Christmas. Happy holidays everyone.

Guide to preparing for exams in any part of your life

It may be mid November but it is the best time to begin preparing for end of the year exams or any type of exam. No matter if you are in University, College, High School or taking a class for personal development. These main ideas will make sure you can efficiently prepare and succeed in your efforts. So grab a cup of tea and read on.

Prepare Early

This one is a given but is key to getting far. Take out a calendar and plan out your study sessions leading up to your exam. Two weeks for most is enough but if you need more time then plan for it. If you have any type of exam guide have it ready along with all of your course materials. Gather it all together and set it up in a way that you can study at your desk when you need to. If you are anything like me your room looks like a bomb went off, clean up your space so it is easier to focus.

Fuel Up

There is nothing worse than be hangry while you study. Gather up things that have protein and nutrients to help you work. If you are a smoothie person, use plenty of fruits and leafy greens. Then add a bit off protein to fuel your mind. Keep other snack like things such as nuts on hand to keep yourself full. For drinks that help you think try matcha. It will give you a kick that will gradually kick in and fade out (yey for no jitters!). Also it is a relaxing beverage with L-Theanine which is said to reduce stress and anxiety. But if you are a Java drinker try using maple syrup as a sweetener and almond milk. They are all natural additives that do good for the body. For an extra kick of goodness top it off with cinnamon. It’s good to fight off colds, protects the heart among other things.

Schedule your Breaks

To be the most productive while studying take regular breaks. It helps keep you focused and most productive in your efforts. If you have trouble breaking away use the pomdroido app. It will let a timer run for a bit as you work and a beep will go off when it is time for a break. Take this time to take a walk, watch a bit of a show, knit or anything you wish that is not studying. Once the break is over the app will beep again to signal that it is time to work again. If you like that extra kick while you study then schedule in sessions for your exercise of choice. It will give you the vim and vigor to go back to study and also prime your brain to do so.

Get Plenty of Sleep

Studying late into the night eats into your precious sleep time. Which you need to absorb what you were studying that day. Wash your bedding prior to the weeks leading up to your exam to make sure your rest area is prepared. Stop studying about 30 minutes to an hour before turning in. If you have any trouble sleeping try massaging your feet, according to Chinese acupuncture there are points there that prime the body for rest. Lastly, make sure you are getting at least 7-8 hours of rest. Its that magical number that really lets you rest and absorb that information you were reviewing.

These are the magical four things you need in addition to studying your material, to confidently take your exam. I am also preparing for an exam right now and wish you the best of luck. If you are re-writing your notes or want some more guidance for your study sessions check out these blogs for printables and other information.

My Favorite oils to diffuse to boost productivity

Saje is a Canadian wellness company which has made life much more productive. This selection of their oils is what has helped me not only stay healthy but be more productive in all parts of life.

Staying productive can be a struggle without a little help. With so many options for productivity systems sometimes we want something a little simpler. Over the last year I have been experimenting with different oils and have created a collection to help with focus and resetting.

Brainstorm Collection

This set has been on my list since I got a nebulizer. Every blend in this set was curated together will wake you up and gear you up to hustle. Refresh is perfect for breaks (or if you need a kick while under the weather). Quick Study puts you in the right mindset instantly. Exhale will help you clear your mind before a deep brainstorm session (or even a meditation session). Lastly, Energy is a citrusy wake up call to start any project you have on your plate

Saje is a Canadian wellness company which has made life much more productive. This selection of their oils is what has helped me not only stay healthy but be more productive in all parts of life.

#Wellness Limited Edition Collection

When you are working mobile, this is the set to have on hand. Place a drop or so on three finger tips and massage into the crook of your neck or behind your ears. It’s the quick and easy way to use oils but be cautious, check the application area regularly. If there is any irritation, wash it off with a bit of soap and water. If you want to be a bit more cautious, then a slight sniff will be better. But let’s check out what is in here. Calm Down is perfect for when a problem is really stressing you out and you need to clear your mind. Chill Out is for when you really get into your work but need to come back to the real world (and need to relax). Get Going will kick off your work session as soon as you get to your destination. It’s a small kit that will easily fit in any bag or purse, the ultimate mobile oil set.

Saje is a Canadian wellness company which has made life much more productive. This selection of their oils is what has helped me not only stay healthy but be more productive in all parts of life.

Liquid Sunshine Blend

This blend is also called “cheerful diffuser blend”, which is so true as it blasts away the seasonal blues. On days I know I need the extra help to wake up I turn on my nebulizer, with this oil in it that I placed there the night before. While sipping my morning cup, this oil urges me to wake up quicker than usual. Perfect oil to jump on a project earlier in the day (for me that is anytime before 10am) or you have a few minutes to get ready before going out last minute.

Saje is a Canadian wellness company which has made life much more productive. This selection of their oils is what has helped me not only stay healthy but be more productive in all parts of life.
These oils can be used alone or mixed together. Such as Energy Boost with a touch of Refresh gives you just the right amount of balance, relaxed yet with a bit of a kick. Head to your nearest Saje to give them a try.