So welcome 2018, what do you have to offer?
Welcome back ya'll. Happy New Year! It is a new year and a mental new start for us all.
I decided to take a short hiatus from the blog to think about the future for the blog and where I wanted to put my focus in most and what is the real meaning of "stay fancy" to me and how I can help readers relate to it as well. I wanted to get some time to dedicate for my own self care and come to an understanding of what it means to me. I felt that this was extremely important because I wanted to share information that was valuable and informative to viewers.
I found that "staying fancy", is a constant reminder to live in the present and be true to who you want to be, right now. A mantra that will remind you to focus on the journey ahead and to live in the now. That is my goal for 2018 and pretty much the rest of my life. My life isn't perfect and I personally felt that I was creating a blog that was catered to do so. Now I will be sharing a post the first Sunday of every month of my reflection of being fancy and I was able to incorporate it into my daily life. From discoveries and and we can relate together. I am always using my figuring out my goals method and constantly shifting and changing my purpose. Trust me, you are not alone. So please continue to join me as I prepare for the year ahead.
A couple days before the new year, my good friend and design partner decided to head out to one our favorite yogurt shops in the city and design a reflection of our goals for the year. It was nice way to spend the afternoon and reflect on our illustrations on how we felt through the past year. Now we prepare to look towards the new year.
As I prepare, I found that the following personal tools (paper and digital) and tips made a difference in my workflow and how I stay on top of my goals.
ESV Illustrated Bible
I just purchase this last year as soon as it came out and it has been the best. I love letters, lettering, and the Bible. This book combines it all into one. My favorite lettering artist, Dana Tanamachi did such a fantastic job with it and I love it! Using this bible is perfect for art journaling and being off my phone using the Bible app. I feel like I'm really connecting to God's word. Click here for more info!
Morning Pages is thing I think ever self care guru is doing. I use my morning pages as a prayer journal instead to write letters to God and write notes in for my bible study. It's my alternative for journaling but I think finding a place to journal is a great way to remember things you may forget or personal reflection. Click here for more info!
Baron Fig 2018 Planner
I am a huge fanatic about actual planners. I use my Google calendar as well but writing down what I need to get done for the week is always a great way for me to set out time in the day with limited use of digital tools to organize my life and stay on track with my goals. The Baron Fig Planner allows me to do so, with it's clean designed planner. If you like to keep it simple and clear, I think this is a great planner to start the year with. I list my todos in each day slot and I also keep a monthly goal list in the back and it works wonders for me. Click here for more info!
If paper isn't your thing
If paper isn't your thing and you are trying to go completely digital or want to use both paper and digital and dig yourself a hole and organize the heck out of your life like myself, I found a great amount of apps that I found extremely useful as I work towards my goals.
I use this platform to organize my goals and plans for the year. What I love about this platform is that you can use it for almost anything and organize it the way you want it from apartment searching to goal tracking. Its super easy and simple! https://airtable.com
I stumbled upon Notion a couple months back and it has been my go to for notes. It save automatically and I can share them on the cloud, drive and with my coworkers and friends. You can have 300 blocks for free use and pay $8 a month for unlimited. I'm definitely will be signing up! https://www.notion.so
I recently found this to be my journal app. It a 5 min journal reflection you can do each day with small prompts that ask me thoughtful question that I can answer about that day. It really easy to use and it doesn't take a long time. http://www.reflectly.io
Flora is a great app for helping me plant trees ( even real ones! ) and staying off my phone for 20 min to a couple hours. It helps me stay on track with getting my work done and staying off social media. http://flora.appfinca.com
I've used this app for a long time and it has always helped me sleep. Whether its with the peaceful sounds or the stories. Its a great way to relax and be calm! Even meditate as well so I can be focus throughout the day. https://www.calm.com
These tools have made a significant change in how I organize my task and goals for the year. These are not made able if I didn't wake up in the morning. I am currently testing out my new morning routine. I'll be sure to report to you on how I'm doing in the next post but for now, continue to stay fancy.