I’m moving

I know this blog hasn’t had a good sprucing of new content for awhile, but I took the plunge and have moved to greener pastures here:

Decade Thirty

It’s a newer, fresher look, and will hopefully get my arse into gear and update regularly. Many thanks to mates who helped me get this up and running =)

If you’ve linked back to my blog at all, please update the links accordingly. Email me if you have problems with this. Much appreciated and see you soon!


planner + logbook pages

Today marks my last day of holidays. Next week, I’m back to the grind – wrapping one workplace before transferring to another. I thought I’d share some planner pics with you:

2015/01/img_5276.jpg This is me this morning planning in the car. I’m at home having lunch right now and multi-tasking as usual (I’m also on hold with the bank – ha!). Below is a peak into my daily logbook:

2015/01/img_5275.jpg Last year’s logbook had daily souvenirs pasted in but thought I’d keep this one streamline this year… Or at least for a little while haha! Happy weekend, folks :)



Hello world! I’ve been back from my digital detox for a few days but I’ve made it a goal to lessen my time on social media. I thought I’d share this little planning hack that I made yesterday

It’s a paperclip/ribbon bookmark. I mentioned in previous posts that I used either an origami bookmark or a single paperclip to bookmark pages in my notebook. I found that over time, the paperclips would emboss and sometimes tear the pages, and the origami bookmark would fall out. The inserts I use in my fauxdori don’t come with a lovely ribbon bookmark glued to the spine like the Moleskine and Piccadilly notebooks that I’ve used in the past. So I took a paperclip and cut out a piece of ribbon I had lying around to about an inch longer than the length of my notebook. I sewed the ribbon to one end of the paperclip (excuse my dodgy sewing skills).

I then clipped the paperclip to the back cover of my insert (see pic above).

I turned to my place in the notebook and brought the ribbon over to mark it. (Excuse the random pics on the photo, I’m typing this up on my phone). Et voila! Simple bookmarking hack. Have a great day!


digital detox – holiday hiatus

I’ve decided that the Christmas break will be the time of digital detoxing. These are the current social media platforms I subscribe to: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Google+. Not to mention this blog and a smattering of other people’s wonderful blogs through Blogloving. Hmm, one can say I’m fairly connected to the cyber population.

A common question I get asked by some parents, teachers, friends, the random stranger I meet at a shopping centre, is whether digital media causes social awkwardness of children starting school for the first time. My answer’s always: what are you doing to encourage more interaction with your children, or better yet, actually being social yourself? How many times have I seen a parent pacify a child with an iPad, or friends at dinner checking-in and taking photos to upload on Instagram? Hmm, I’ve been guilty of these, and in a way we begin to isolate ourselves from that basic spoken communication and connection to the world around us. But I’m not here to converse in the philosophical debate of the changing modes of communication. (Sidenote: as a speech-language pathologist (SLP), I’m constantly advocating the role of spoken communication with my clients in order to even be remotely able to access the many forms of ‘literacy’ in this high-tech world. But this is another post, reserved for another forum.)

So this holiday break – December 24 to January 2 – I’m going on a digital detox. This means no social media whatsoever, with the goal of spending quality time with my loved ones. And if this means sitting in awkward silence and stopping myself from reaching my phone to Google some random fact about salsa-dancing chinchillas, then so be it. I perused some old Christmas photos the other day with my mum, and we spent a lot of time outdoors playing on the beach, in the backyard, in our makeshift Slip and Slide, and rollerblading on the street. There were photos of us actually having conversations (and fights!) at the barbecue table, and there was probably one photo of me on my Nintendo GameBoy being completely antisocial.

This site and my Instagram account will be on a holiday hiatus, so all comments will be answered upon my return.

From us to yours, have a Merry Christmas, enjoy the festivities and let’s all welcome in the New Year!