If you feel emotionally tired, angry or unmotivated; you keep overthinking your past mistakes or misfortunes; you want to change yourself, but don’t know where to start; you already tried changing, but got back to older habits; you feel disappointed; you struggle with low confidence: There are ways to beat negative thinking and emerge from it – stronger, brighter and wiser than before.Read More
Do you have goals for 2019? The holiday season is over now and it’s almost time to return to work. So after a couple of weeks of excess, it’s time to get back to it, bring that self-discipline and determination back and get it done. Staying on track after the initial high of motivation can be tough, though. This is why people often opt out of making New Year’s resolutions. But the fresh start that a new year brings should never be overlooked; it’s an opportunity to go after what truly makes you happy from a fresh perspective. That’s where these planners can really help you.
As a thank you to everyone who has been such an amazing support over the past year, I am giving away two free printables to help you prioritise self-care and plan self-care activities for every day of the month. These sheets are actually a part of a bundle deal that I’m releasing today, called “How To Own Your Sh*t”. The bundle sells for only $10. The bundle includes a fitness planner, ($6 if bought separately) and a self-care workbook with 30 activities ($6 if bought separately). The fitness planner comes with 5 healthy recipes to get you started, easy workouts and it allows you to easily record your meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks; keep track of your daily activity and exercises; and has space for reflection to allow you to improve every week. There’s even links for three of my favourite at-home workouts. While the self-care workbook has 30 different activities ranging from silly confidence boosters to deep introspective creative writing.
All planners are easy to print and put together, and if you live in Nassau, I’ll print the planner for you if you want. A small delivery fee of $2 will be charged. Purchase the Self Care Planner here and the Fitness Planner here. Or buy them both here.
If you love cooking and can’t live without it, you probably have a lot of recipes to choose from. If you don’t want to store them only on your computer, you can go old school-style and print or write them on recipe cards, which you can exchange with your friends. I need all of my friends reading this right now to know that I’m totally giving them recipe cards for Christmas. Deal with it. So today, I’m sharing some DIY recipe cards with free printables – just choose the design you like and go make them!
Bring back the nostalgia of the pre-internet days with these free printable recipe cards! Use to store your favourite recipes or customise and gift to friends & family. The great thing about being able to type in your own recipe is that you can print off as many copies as you need so you don’t have to spend an hour hand writing 5 copies of that in-demand cookie recipe all your friends are asking you for.
If you are giving a baked good as a gift, a recipe card to accompany your goodies is the perfect addition! Another great gift idea would be to print out a whole bunch of cards with your favourite recipes on them, and present them all in a recipe box!
It's Cinco de Mayo!!!!!! I'm not sure if I've ever been so happy for an excuse to cut loose, drink and party with friends. This weekend is going to be hectic but totally a blast! Tonight is night 2 of the Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival concerts and my favourite Soca artist (AKA my Trinidadian baby daddy) is performing: Machel Montano! Can you believe that I have never seen him live in concert? It saddens me to admit that. That's why I HAVE to fix it! I will be sorely disappointed if I miss my chance again.
So because the concert is tonight, which clearly takes priority, my Cinco de mayo party with friends is this Sunday. We're so excited! Even though we just had a party two nights ago, we're really going to get down this Sunday. To make this more interesting, I came up with these dinner party cards. It's a set of 20 cards: 12 are for charades and 8 are conversation questions. Charades and dinner conversation starter cards are simple to print, cut and have handy for any meal!
Whether you’re hosting a dinner party with friends or finally sitting down to a family meal after a less-than-sober Cinco de Mayo, these free printable charades and conversations starters are perfect! Download your free printable here.
Can you believe that Fall is almost over? It seems like only yesterday I was swapping out flip flops for boots. We’ve enjoyed a wonderful chill front these past two weeks (wasn’t quite a cold front, but at least we weren’t subjected to 85 degree and up weather). I love cold weather and often joke that I was probably born in the wrong country because I cannot tolerate heat. But no matter what, I will always be grateful for my home.
Isn’t that what November is for? Taking time out to remember and give thanks for the little things in life we often take for granted? Well that’s what you can expect from us at Life By Olivia this month. All month long, we are going to share things we are grateful for, big and small. You can expect more quick tips on the Facebook Page from Mechelle. We’re also going to share ways you can show your gratitude with free recipes, crafts and printables to help you celebrate the holidays in style. Afraid you’ll indulge too much at Thanksgiving dinner? Don’t worry, we’re also sharing fitness tips that you can do anytime, anywhere all month long, starting next week.
Last but not least, this month we are sharing our gratitude for you the readers. I’ve been putting together an eBook of my favourite recipes, some of which you’ve never seen before, called Sweets & Sips to be released on Friday November 18, 2016. These recipes are sure to impress while you indulge. AND if you sign up right now to pre-request our FREE eBook, we are going to send you a FREE copy of our Thanksgiving Wine Bottle Labels for you to jazz up your bottle at your next dinner. Don’t be scared if you start to see Christmas stuff towards the end of month. We’re really excited for Christmas! I can’t wait to show you all of the festive things that are in store for the rest of the month.
What would you love to see on LifeByOlivia.net in November?
Let me know your thoughts and ideas in the comments!
I may be a blogger, and a former poet/story writer, but I hate journalling. Nevermind the fact that journalling is how I got interested in all forms of creative writing; that was kid me. Adult me just cannot find the time for something like this. I even tried it during my personal therapy sessions but just could not be bothered to keep up with me. Despite being so bad at this, I still understand the importance of tracking emotions and personal growth. So I decided to try the Bullet Journal style of journalling. You've probably never heard of this, so here's the 411.
The Bullet Journal is a customizable and forgiving organization system. It can be your to-do list, sketchbook, notebook, and diary, but most likely, it will be all of the above. It will teach you to do more with less.
Note-taking and traditional journaling take time; the more complex the entry, the more effort is expended. The more effort expended, the more of a chore it becomes, the more likely you’ll underutilize or abandon your journal. Rapid Logging is the solution. Rapid Logging is the language in which the Bullet Journal is written. It consists of four components: topics, page numbers, short sentences, and bullets.
Rapid Logging relies on the use of short-form notation paired with Bullets. Every bulleted item should be entered as short objective sentences. The Bullets will help organize your entries into three categories: Tasks, Events, and Notes.
You can read more on how to do traditional bullet journalling here, but that's not exactly what we're doing here. I originally got the idea to try this from Margot over at A Hearty Home. I thought this was a great way to track my emotional progress and would also be great to use with clients, especially couples going through hardship. Using the wheel charts, each chart represents a goal that you want to work on over the span of 3 months. So each wheel is sectioned off for three months. Then they're colour coded. So using a colour pencil, crayon, paint, anything you'd like, colour each segment for each week of that month. Red obviously means it was a bad week for that goal, yellow means you did something towards it, but it could use improvement, and green symbolises that you knocked it out of the park for that week. Over time, your weeks should start to be green more often.
As a couple, goals can be increasing physical intimacy, or increasing quality time together. Each week, you would look at overall, how well did you succeed with these attempts. I've attached a note sheet for each wheel chart for you to note in bullet form any particulars on why your week went the way it did. It's very important to pay attention to the thought processes that led to each decision you made over the week that either pushed you closer or further away from your goals. By having a tangible record of this, it will be easier to track any maladpative thought patterns and correct them.
As Mother's Day approaches (May 8 — you're welcome for the reminder), it's a good time to go over some do’s and don’ts for gift giving. Let’s face it, as adults uncooked macaroni glued to cardboard doesn't cut it any more when you have a full-time job. Remember your tween years, when you'd forget it was Mother's Day until the actual day and frantically throw together a "coupon book?" Basically gifting your mother — the woman who birthed you, nurtured you and raised you— a collection of IOU's. Things like "One free lawn mowing," or "Will walk the dogs without being asked." They were chores we were going to do anyway, but we were desperate and young, and we could get away with it. Not so much any more.
As an adult, buying a Mother's Day gift is still a struggle, but it doesn't have to be. Why not go back to the classic "coupon book" that worked so well for us in the past? The only difference being this time you'll make some coupons mom will actually want.
Here, we've compiled some for you already. We’ve even left some blank for you to fill out yourself. You can print as many as you’d like to make your coupon book as thick as you want.
All you have to do, to put this gift together, is print and cut out each coupon. Then stack them on top of each other, punch a hole on the side, and tie it together with a ribbon, like so! Feel free to go crazy with the decorations, or keep it simple!
Which ones do you think you’re going to use? Stay tuned this week as we’re going to be giving you great ideas for DIY Mother’s Day gifts that your mom actually wants!
It’s my birthday week, and I’m sharing all sorts of fun all week long on my site! RIGHT NOW, I'm kicking the week off with some Birthday Photo Booth Props for you. I had so much fun making and using these over the weekend at my friend Telia's 30th Birthday Party, and so did the guests!
Birthdays are so much fun to celebrate. Whether it be a child, friend or family member’s birthday, there are many ways to make them feel special on their day. Try using these fun props at your next birthday celebration! Download them here!