Friday, 24 August 2012

All Stars Guest Post by Ray Blake - How to overcome procrastination

Ray from My Life All in One Place agreed to do an All Stars Guest Post on my Blog. Yay!!!


I am a natural procrastinator. Often, I won't undertake a task until it is very nearly too late. This isn't usually because of a lack of time or a lack of skill, but a lack of will. Of course, leaving everything to the last moment can be a disastrous way to operate, so I have to curb my natural tendencies as much as I can.

The best way I have found to tackle procrastination is to lie to myself. I first came across the technique in the writing of Mark Forster and it capitalises on the comparative ease with which we can fool our unconscious minds.

You need to say to yourself that you are not going to actually do the job you're putting off, but rather that you are just going to prepare to do it, or start it by taking some very trivial action, and then stopping.

Here are some examples:
  • I'm not going to call the customer, but I will look up the number and make a note of it. 
  • I'm not going to write that blog post, but I'll just brainstorm to identify the main content and ideas. 
  • I’m not going to go shopping, but I will start writing a lis.
  • I'm not going to clear the spare room, but I will find some bin bags and boxes that will help me.  
The idea is all about creating momentum. I often find that once I've finished the minor task, I just carry on into the major one. Even if I don't, I have genuinely accomplished something and made the job just a little bit smaller anyway.

Thank you so much, Ray. I think this is very helpful! I am planning on doing more posts on this subject and I like your approach!

Thursday, 16 August 2012

Great inspiration with Goddess Leonie's Creative Goddess E-Course!

If you are female you must have heard about Leonie Dawson! Not only did she create the phantastic 2012 Workbook and Calendar that has been so popular amongst Filofax bloggers (If you haven't already, you should read LimeTreeFruit's setup of her 2012-Leonie-Workbook right now!), but she also offers lots of awesome e-courses that are just sooo refreshing and inspiring and happyness-inducing (is that really a word? Well, it is NOW!)!
When LimeTreeFruits tweeted about the Creative Goddess E-Course, I was intrigued, followed her link and - just like the impulsive woman I am - became a member of the GoddessCircle. I could have bought the Creative Goddess E-Course separately, but I figured I'd rather have it all!

That's how I started the Creative Goddess E-Course, together with a group of other woman from around the world. Now, it's a 6-week-course, and I'm only well into week 3, but I.LOVE.IT.SOOO.MUCH! (yep, I yelled...)
It is so liberating to create and paint not on the basis of various techniques (like I have been tought), but simply through your intuition. Each creative assignment is accompanied by Video's and Meditations. Especially the meditations are soooo powerful and deep and wonderful! (plus, I'm a sucker for a good Australian accent, hehe)
I've learned so much in these past 2+ weeks, and life just has become more fun and more filled with joy.
Totally admit it: I'm a hippie at heart! Ha ha!

So if you feel you would love more creativity and wholeness in your life, you should totally check it out!

And stay tuned for the presentation of my "Goddess Filofax" in due time ...

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

All Stars Guest Post by Femke: Mr. Bag

I'm all new to this whole All Stars thing that was such great fun last year. I wasn't involved then, because I didn't blog yet last year ;-) This year I'll try to make up for my losses!

I'm very happy that sweet Femke from Deligted has agreed to write a post on her handbag addiction love. I'm sure you'll love it as much as I did!


Judith was so kind to let me ramble about the perfect bag on her blog and after careful consideration, I have decided on these tips and tricks to find the perfect handbag.

First of all, ladies, keep in mind that the perfect handbag does not exist. If you’re a bag addict like myself, you will keep looking for the perfect bag, and while every bag has its pros and cons, you will always find a fault with it.

Second of all, after careful research for many years, I think I may have determined a questionnaire to decide if the bag you’re lusting after is Mr. Bag now.

  • Is it a colour that matches 90% of your outfits? If yes, then buy it. If not, buy it anyway.
  • Can you carry everything with you? If yes, buy it. If not, leave it at the store (yes shocking, I know). There is no use carrying a bag with half your daily essentials and having to carry another bag to carry the other half. While I support having multiple bags, this is just ridiculous.
  • Does it match your current filofax? If yes, buy it. If not, does it match any of your spare filofaxes? If yes, buy it. If not, find a filofax to match this bag so you can still buy this bag.
  • How much is it? If you can afford it right now, buy it. If you can’t really afford it but you can do the angel eyes look (OHMYGODINEEDTHISBAGWILLYOUBUYITFORME?) to your dear husband/boyfriend/girlfriend/parents/others, let them buy it for you. If that doesn’t work, pull out your credit card and cut it in half. You are not going in debt because of a bag.
  • What purpose does this bag have? Will it be a night bag, school bag, work bag or diaper bag? Determining the purpose of the bag will be useless because if it’s Mr Bag now you will use it anyway until you’re bored with it.
  •  If the bag is expensive, determine if you are willing to spend X amount of money on the bag (will it be perfect? If in doubt – don’t buy it because it is a lot of money). If you are, see if you can afford it, and if you can justify spending the money (if you cannot justify it, you must not buy it. Because I don’t want you to starve or go in debt because of a bag, because to be honest, it is just a bag. I try to tell myself that on a regular basis).  

I do have to warn you, once you start with a bag collection, you cannot stop. And then you will end up like me, with a huge bag collection. I don’t even have room for more. And so, I’m selling a lot of my handbags. Not only because I don’t have enough room for them, but also because I have been lusting after this amazeballs bag and I need it before it sells out. And because it’s a Marc Jacobs bag. I’ve sold only a couple and I am sobbing each time I’m sending out one bag. But, I cannot justify that much money right now, so selling my bags will mean I can save up for this fabulous bag.

Other bags that are on my wishlist (maybe I should call it the “dream on list”) are:
  • The Hermes Birkin
  • The Mulberry Alexa
  • Any Marc Jacobs bag
  • Even though I’m not a real fan of Louis Vuitton, I would LOVE to have one bag for my collection.

And then I would store all my bags like in a museum and surround myself with them on days I feel sad.

I really need to stop now, because I am getting desperate. Hope you all enjoyed reading this post as much as I enjoyed writing it! And thank you Judith for hosting me!  

Thank you very much, Femke!!!!

Video with Travel Filofax update

In case you missed it (which would mean that the Philofaxy Webfinds are NOT part of your Saturday ritual - shame on you!), I've posted a video in my channel with an update of how I used my Travel Filofax, and my superbig Travel Journal (aka Flow Magazine vacation book).