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!


9 fun things to try

Even though my activity status on this blog hasn’t been very regular, I still seem to find the odd time, now and again, browse through the net and social networks. I thought I’d share some of these interesting finds, and I’m going to choose at least two of them to do next year.

1. Snail mail

When I was younger, I used to have two pen pals I regularly wrote to, and since email became the norm, I haven’t actually kept in touch with either of them. I used to write monthly letters to friends back in Brisbane when I lived interstate or overseas, and now that I’m living back here, I just don’t do it. A couple of months ago I came across Papered Thoughts’ Mail Tag post inspired by the lovely Bianca Jagoe of Goodnight Little Spoon. It’s a fun way of getting to know someone through the post. I love following this hashtag on Instagram!

2. 52 Lists

If you hadn’t guessed already, I LOVE making lists! I found this link by Moorea Seal, who creates pages for your lists. There’s also the lists created by Pippa of Meet Me at Mike’s. I’ve done a couple of these before and loved the concept, and was definitely a task that I can keep coming back to when I had a spare moment.

3. 52 weeks of drawing

In a past life, art was basically my life. There was never a moment when I didn’t have a sketchbook to draw in, actually, it didn’t really matter what was around me, I was always drawing. The Paper Mama released this awesome mind map/illustration of weekly challenges. This will definitely be something that could set off those artistic sparks again.

4. Doodle-A-Day Challenge

In the same light as above, Stick Girl Productions posted these cute prompts on her Instagram feed.

5. “1 Page at a Time” by Adam J. Kurtz

I bought Keri Smith’s “Wreck This Journal” many years ago, and invested a good year into it, only to lose it during one of our many location moves. I’ve been enquiring at several local bookstores for this book, but no one seems to have it. I might have to order it online after all that!

6. “Currently…” lists

Lists again, I know! Gotta love them! There are so many versions of these, that I just need to pick one and run with it haha!

7. Photo A Day Challenge

I see these all the time on Instagram, and I think I’ve always been seriously time poor, and end up taking crappy photos

8. Journalling Prompts

I’ve wanted to get back into daily journalling and there are several websites that I use for journalling topics, when I’m out of ideas. This might be a good idea going into next year.

9. Free Planning Pages

I’ve considered publishing a few planner page creations onto my website. There are a lot out there, and it’s just a matter putting them out there now, I guess.

So, my questions to my lovely readers are:

  • Which two challenges should I do?
  • What tips do you have in motivating yourself to keep going on each challenge?
  • Where do you get your inspirations from?

Happy Sunday everyone!


weekly bullet journal

So I know that it’s been over two months since I’ve posted on this little blog of mine, but I’m surprised that it generates some daily average of 300+ views. Thanks, everyone, and please continue with the comments and questions, etc. I check every now and again, even though life and work has gotten the best of me at the moment.

You are probably all very sick of me blogging about the bullet journal, and I’m fairly certain that I’ve changed planners and formats more frequently this year than any other year! I came across Plannerisms’s ongoing debate a few days ago, and I can absolutely relate to her planner conflict! For me, I think having two separate planning systems has buggered me over. My work documents can potentially be subpoenaed and I have to surrend them to the company once my contract finishes this year. I’m not too keen on other people knowing about my personal life, and it just looks unprofessional. And yes, I know that I promised to post a blog up about my work bullet journal, but I’ve somehow lost that post somewhere in the abyss of my laptop desktop. I’ve got a bit of a break coming up, so I’ll try to get that up and running.

So today’s treat is a peak into my personal weekly bullet journal. I know last post I mentioned that I went back to grid paper, used the TDW, etc., but now I’ve returned to my beloved Castelli weekly planner.


This is my one book wonder! I bought the binder pouch on the outside from Daiso a few days ago and it holds my trusty Uni Jetstream 101 black pen, and two different coloured highlighters.

binder pouch

The Castelli weekly planner is formatted in a similar fashion to the Moleskine and Leuchtturm1917 weekly planners but it comes in a 15 month book, with lots of useful information at the front. I discovered today that it has an information page dedicated to the meanings of Latin terms. Yes, I know, it’s the speech-language pathologist side coming out in me! Anyhoo, below is a sample page.

weekly bullet journal spread

Excuse the white marks, I needed to deidentify a few bits of it. I write all my events and appointments on the weekly side (left page) using this format: time event @ location, e.g. “1830 dinner @ friends place”. Below is a close up of some of the tasks.

top spread

How I use the weekly bullet journal system:

  • I use the ‘tasks‘ bullet (square) with the in progress/incomplete and complete annotations as my original post from many months ago but I don’t use the GTD ‘@contexts’ anymore.
  • I list all the tasks that need to be finished (attempted) that week. So, call this a ‘brain dump’, if you will.
  • I don’t have a set time to plan, but I guess it’s usually somewhere between finishing off reports at home and sleeping, that I decide to allocate a task to a given day. This is what the numbers to the left of the task boxes signify. If I know something needs to be completed on a day, then I’ll write that in.
  • When I look over my planner for the day, I scan the left side of the margin to any numbers that coincide with today. For example, if the day is August 25, then I scan down the left side of the margin, until I see ’25’, and I see that I need to ‘recharge my mobile phone’ and ‘MirLend Day 6’ journal entry.
  • Migrated tasks have the arrow and then a date assigned to it. If I don’t have a date for it, I highlight it pink for when I do a monthly task scan – it stands out more this way.
  • For daily notes, I use the ‘dot’ bullet followed by the date. For example “3108: purchased a Canon D100” (see picture below)
  • I also have different icons to signify ideas, books, sellers, websites, etc.
  • I haven’t hashtagged any of these notes, but I usually place a hashtag to the left of the margin next to a note when I’ve added it to a collection. For example, in this section, I’ll place a hashtag next to the ‘lightbulb’ icon when I’ve placed that entry into my “Ideas List”

bottom spread

The one thing that the Castelli planner doesn’t have is a ribbon to mark your place in the year. I had some coloured paperclips from a previous stationery haul, so I decided to use them as bookmarks. The yellow marks the yearly calendar, the green is the start of my collections, the blue is my current place in the planner, and the pink is a spare.


I’ve been (re-using) this planner for about 5 weeks now, and so far so good. So, internet community, what are some planner modifications you’ve made since you last visited my blog? Have you ditched your current planning/organising system? If so, what was the clincher?


chill out

We break from our regular programming to chill out.

BugLite and I have been trying to make a conscientious effort to spend Sunday afternoons chilling out. We both have super stressful jobs and finding time to relax on a weekend is a rarity. We realised that this will become non-existent when kids come into the picture, so we’re trying to make the most of our kid-free lives.

During our chill out sessions, BugLite normally sits under a tree and reads and then quietly contemplates. If you know him, he’s the kind of guy who can’t keep still and always finds things to do, so having him slow down for an hour is a mega effort. I have been going back to some drawing and it’s mainly been simple pen drawings as of late.



I’m proud of these given that I haven’t really drawn anything for a good three years. And because lately I haven’t had much to be thankful for, I really look forward to chill out Sundays :)


PS. Thanks for your feedback on my little side poll. I’ll be posting more organisation hacks (hopefully) soon!


Hello, lovelies! This is a quick post again (yup, working through this weekend) to ask new and existing readers to complete a super quick poll on the side bar regarding some upcoming ideas for posts. Much appreciated, and happy weekend!