My Rule of Three

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The plans ahead for 2016!
The plans ahead for 2016!

My first post of the new year! The beginning of a new year always fills me with mixed emotions; excitement, wonder, apprehension and determination. I am not one of those people who make resolutions simply because I know myself too well to know I am not going to keep them! Instead I have adopted a system which makes the whole year count as the time to make changes.

January is a crappy month (sorry Mum!) and there seems to be this ridiculous need for the world populous to suddenly decide they need to be better than before but we all know it never lasts. My husband dreads the new year for the simple fact he can’t enjoy being in the gym! The awful ‘New Year, New ME!’ crowd floods in thinking they are going to mould their bodies into buff, muscular temples to which ladies will swoon and men will drool over. Yeah…no!  Give it until February and the gym is once again quiet and hubby can go on with his powerlifting regime like a true champ (he’s closing in on a 600lb deadlift goal!)

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A sample of my ‘Rule of Three’ page. As you can see October wasn’t very successful but that’s fine!

Last year I started my ‘Rule of Three’ system in which I take a moment at the start of the month to think about what I would like to accomplish and I list three things I think I could actually get done during the month. I don’t hold myself strictly to these goals because I can’t stand making myself feel guilty over such small intentions however if I do get them completed I feel very happy and congratulate myself on my small accomplishment. I make a point of not paying attention to the pressure of making the new year ‘The Year of Change’! I wait until February to really get into whatever plans I have made and I use January to have a really good think about things I would like to do, see or achieve before writing it all down in one long list. After making the list I then have ideas to use towards my Rule of Three goals for each month. Some of my goals have been carried over from 2015 because I need it to be warmer outside – you can’t paint a desk in a garage registering -10 degrees!

If you are looking for a new way to get through some goals, why not give my idea a go? Don’t commit to a mountain of over-thought plans and dreams but instead try for smaller more achievable goals that can be done throughout the year. Make it more than just about you – include your surroundings, your home, your kids and family. Don’t get me wrong; it’s good to have big dreams but ensure you make the path towards them realistic!

Here’s wishing you success in your quests throughout 2016!

It’s official – I may have a planner supply addiction!

When it's all stored away, my addiction doesn't look so bad...
...Yeah, even I was surprised once it was all out!
…Yeah, even I was surprised once it was all out!

Instagram, I blame YOU!

A year ago I didn’t have this problem but now it’s a completely different story and I think it’s official – I may have a planner supply addiction without realizing it! For those who follow my rambling blog you will know I ditched Facebook a while ago and I haven’t looked back; however I think Instagram has replaced that and I place 98% blame on my enjoyment of the app for starting my journey into the world of washi tape and planner mania! The more I searched for stuff, the more wonderful photos I found of stores and self-proclaimed ‘Planner Geeks’ that showcased beautifully laid out diary pages and filofax collections.

My very modest collection of Filofaxes and my striped Websters Pages Planner alongside my amassed 'collection' of stationery!
My very modest collection of Filofaxes and my striped Websters Pages Planner alongside my amassed ‘collection’ of stationery!

I am not, thanks goodness, a ‘Planner Addict’; by that I mean I don’t feel the need to purchase over 15 Filofaxes! My addiction is the stationery side of things – the paper, stickers, tape, pens…you name it, I love it! Walking into a paper store or art store has always excited me so that aspect isn’t new, but the kawaii/japanese washi tape side of things is new and that’s my downfall. The colors, the patterns, those darn cute little bits and pieces just ignite my passion for creating something that I’ll enjoy looking at everyday. I like looking at my diary/Filofax/planner pages and seeing my week planned out with important dates highlighted by a silly little smiling cat or a weekend expedition made more eye catching by a beautiful washi tape border. This month, being October, sees my organizer pages dotted with little Halloween stickers and I love it!

October Pages, complete with Halloween stcikers!
October Pages, complete with Halloween stcikers!

I know many people choose to turn their passions into a business venture but I honestly don’t think I could do that – all that wonderful ‘stuff’ would probably see me, and my daughter, hoarding everything and driving my husband bonkers with all the little bits everywhere (Potting Shed!) For now though I will enjoy my new found hobby and try very hard not to go overboard whenever I visit The Paper Place or Etsy.

Ever since I was a child, stickers have been a weakness....and growing up has done NOTHING to stop that!
Ever since I was a child, stickers have been a weakness….and growing up has done NOTHING to stop that!