Why Sometimes the Best Thing for Your Blog is Not Blogging

Why Sometimes the Best Thing for Your Blog is Not Blogging

One morning I woke up and just didn't want to. It felt like a chore and responsibility. It wasn't fun anymore. So I simply decided not to. 

So as you may have noticed I've been a little MIA for a while now and I do apologize for the disappearing act. I woke up one morning and "the plan" was to work on the blog before heading to my full-time job, but then I was hit with intense feelings of disdain and resistance.

Why?  

For one I wasn't enjoying it. I'm the kind of person who generally will want to do the "right-thing" or the responsible thing whether I'm enjoying it or not for the simple reason that I said I would. When I make a commitment I put a lot of pressure on myself to keep to it - that is until I hit my breaking point and then I'm done.

Is this just me?  

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Get Inspired! My Awesome 2015 Reading List

Get Inspired! My Awesome 2015 Reading List

Hello Gorgeous! 

As long as I can remember I've always loved reading, to the point as a child I use to read 3 to 6 books simultaneously because I couldn't pick which one to start with lol . To this day when I read, especially fiction books, it allows me to escape into the lives and worlds that the author has taken the time to create for us. This is great for when life throws you some curve-balls and your mind just needs a distraction from the real world. My goal for 2015 is to try and find balance between the important aspects of my life including my job, side hustle, spirituality, family, friends and other passions I enjoy. I recently realized that one passion I haven't made time for is reading. I always feel that I'm too busy or that something else needs to take priority and it gets pushed to the side, something I'm sure many of you can relate to. The reality is that reading does to my brain what exercise does for the body. It re-energizes, provides a sense of accomplishment and puts a smile on my face :)

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Day Designer - My First Impression

Day Designer - My First Impression

Hello Gorgeous! 

So a little while back  I decided to spoil myself by splurging and investing in the
Day Designer planner by Whitney English.  Although I may have a *cough cough* small addiction when it comes to stationary items, I've never previously invested this much in a planner . It actually took me forever to decide whether to buy it or not. I've been a regular YouTube watcher, and had been seeing reviews on several different planners and three caught my eye: the Erin Condren Life Planner, the Simplified Planner by Emily Ley and the Day Designer.  I thought it might be interesting to give you my thoughts and first impressions of the Day Designer and why I chose this one over the other two planners. 

Let me start off by explaining why I didn't choose the Erin Condren Life Planner or the Simplified Planner. The EC Life Planner was actually the first what I've dubbed "high end" planner, that I was exposed to. I fell ABSOLUTELY in love with the gold foil design on white background cover, yet I couldn't justify spending the money when the layout of at a week at glance really doesn't work for me. I need room to write my friend, lots of room :)

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Giveaway Winners & Weekly Wishes #8

Hello Gorgeous!

So here we are at the beginning of another week. Hope you had an amazing weekend :)

I've been looking forward to today's post since I get to announce last weeks Giveaway Winners!! So let's get straight to the fun part! :) As many of you might  know I hosted a giveaway for two beautiful 2015 Planners and the lucky winners are: 

@simplycutesy 


Portuguese_Sensation 
 

Congrats to both of you!! I will be contacting you today with all the details :) Although I felt a little like a fish out of water at first, I  really enjoyed hosting the giveaway. It was a fun experience, and hopefully one I will be able to repeat again soon ;)

It's funny, I never realized how much of a impact a change in a weekly schedule can have on my energy levels and motivation. I've been wondering why I've been feeling deflated and just plain tired when it hit me. I think its been all the changes to my schedule with the new job. My schedule has changed three times since I started! I finally now have a routine at work and have really started to settle in. Now I need to focus on doing the same for Chrystal Designs. I also want to try and schedule some coffee shop time to see if it helps my productivity. This blog, website and a special project I'm working on really are dreams of mine and I want to start dedicating more time to it. I mean this blog is one of the key reasons I changed jobs in the first place! So I'm off to conquer my dreams and passions ;) 

Have an wonderful week! 

LAST WEEK'S WISHES 

  1. Finalize 2015 Goals: ya...not so much...But I do have a mentoring session this Wednesday in which I will have to discuss my goals so will need to get it done by then :)
     
  2. Post 2 times this week: hoping that I will have better success at this one this week. 


THIS WEEK'S WISHES 
 

  1. Send 2015 Planners to Giveaway Winners: Now that the winners have been announced :) I plan to have the planners sent out to the winners this week.
     
  2. Post 2 times this week: I really want to post at least twice this week and hopefully build some momentum. 
     
  3. Work on Goals: As mentioned before I will need to get this done by Wednesday and hopefully after my session will be able to finalize them :)
     
  4. Outline a Chrystal Designs schedule: I want to dedicate certain mornings to working on different aspects of Chrystal Designs and give myself a little more structure which will hopefully help me focus. 

 

So what are your goals for this week?  I'd love to hear about them!
Leave me a comment below! They always make me smile :)

 

Linking Up With: 

The Nectar Collective Weekly Wishes 

Giveaway! Win a 2015 Planner!

Hello Gorgeous! 

So I'm bouncing around  in my chair as I write this. Why you may ask? Because I'm excited and yet super nervous at the same time - I REALLY want this to go well. 

I've decided to do a giveaway for all of you!! :)

 

chrystaldesigns_giveaway

I want to be transparent because it super important to me to be genuine and down to earth with my readers - please note that this is not in any way shape or form a sponsored giveaway. I bought both planners  with my own money and realized that I wouldn't be using them. I was wondering what to do with them when it hit me - Why not do a giveaway? So here I am :) 

I'm really grateful for the support I've gotten since launching this blog, whether it be through seeing comments on blog posts or people choosing to follow me on Twitter, Instagram, or Bloglovin.  Plus it honestly warms my heart (I know it sounds cheesy lol). It also fires me up to want to completely throw myself into writing and planning posts , to the point that I've recently felt very frustrated with myself. Yet I realized the other day...I'm actually doing it. I've been beating myself up about not posting more often and not being able to dedicate more time to all the projects I want to achieve with this blog, and feeling unsuccessful when I realized - I actually have a blog. A year ago this was just a passing idea and yet here I am doing it :)

With 2015 starting I thought it would be appropriate to give away two planners so you can keep track of those daily steps you need to take to achieving your dreams, goals and passions!! 

Here are the details:
 

Each planner is high quality, bound and made in Italy. The blue planner has a week on two page layout while the black has a day per page layout, which includes a page for each day of the weekend. Since this is my first giveaway and I'm still new to all of this I'm currently only able to ship to Canada and USA (excluding Alaska, Hawaii and U.S. Territories). A random winner will be chosen to receive the blue planner and a second winner to receive the black planner. I've decided to use Rafflecopter to host the giveaway (see below). I chose them mostly because it is what I've personally seen used most often on other blogs, and it was very user friendly. 

***Please note that the planners are bilingual, meaning that all the weekdays, months and such are written in both English and French. Also, although many of the major US holidays appear, it is primarily Canadian ones that are printed.  I've included some pictures below for you to see and feel free to contact me should have any questions.


Blue Pierre Belvédère Planner   with a week on two pages  layout (Approximate Dimensions: H 9 3/4 in x L 7 in x W 1/2 in)

Blue Pierre Belvédère Planner with a week on two pages  layout (Approximate Dimensions: H 9 3/4 in x L 7 in x W 1/2 in)

Black Pierre Belvédère Planner   with a day per page layout (Approximate Dimensions: H 8 1/4 in x L 5 3/4 in x W 1 in)

Black Pierre Belvédère Planner with a day per page layout (Approximate Dimensions: H 8 1/4 in x L 5 3/4 in x W 1 in)


The Giveaway will run from January 15th to 20th 2015. 

 

Starting a Blog - My Why

Hello Gorgeous!

So wasn't sure I would make it to positing today as I wanted to but here I am :)

I've been thinking a lot about this blog and the direction I want to take it in. How to make it my own. I know I definitely want this to be a place of positivity and encouragement. A place where we help one another achieve our passions and dreams because you know what, life is HARD and there is enough negativity in this world that we don't need to add more to it. This also about me making the best I can from the life that God blessed me with. It's about being honest with myself about what I really want and finding it. But it requires hard work. I can talk about the inspirational and motivating aspects all I want but to achieve any of this takes planning, and requires that an action be taken every day, whether big or small, towards going after the things I want and not just letting life slip away.  So here is a little about myself and this blog. 

Someone that has known me for years took a look at my website-blog the other day and gave me some feedback. They said that they loved the design and that picture I chose for my profile really showed the down to earth person that I am but they felt that my purpose wasn't clear. That what I wanted to accomplish wasn't immediately apparent when readers came to visit. So I explained my long term goals and got immediate support, encouragement and excitement. Which felt great :) But although I want to eventually share my long term goals with all of you, I'm not there yet. This got me thinking about the short term and figuring out my why. So I've been pondering it over for a few days -- I'm an over analyzer as you will soon discover . So here I am writing this at midnight lol when I should be sleeping. Especially since I have to be up in five hours. But that's me - the night owl and the over analyzer with an impulsive nature. I'm also someone who is genuine.  I've always loved helping people. I've always been the go to person among my friends and family for help, advice and support. I'm the person that as one very good friend put it - she likes to spill it to lol.  I try my best not to judge except when it comes to hypocrisy which is my biggest pet peeve, that and being cold. And I like, scratch that, love to plan and organize, research and figure out the best systems for getting things done. But that also leads to what I mentioned earlier -- over analyzing. To the point that sometimes I take so much time trying to figure out how to do it that I don't get anything done! But I always feel like I need to know where I'm going and what the plan is. I like knowing where I stand which is not I logically realize always possible but the emotional side of me doesn't seem to care.  I'm also someone that takes too much on my plate and then never stops. I sometimes struggle to find balance and to stop and smell the proverbial roses (one my favorite flowers by the way, as well as hydrangeas). Yet the past three years have thrown a lot of trials my way, and I realized that not only is life short but that we have to try and make the times when bad things aren't happening moments where we can smile. 

Which brings me to my purpose. I want this blog to be a place where I can share with you articles, tips, tricks and ideas on how I'm figuring out how to balance all the things that make me smile in this complicated thing we call life.  Yet it's not just about organizing ourselves since each person has their own style but to help you figure out what works for you. Hence this is why I keep referring to this as my new adventure.

And one more thing about me to which my friends can attest to is - I'm a very private person - so putting all this on the internet is a HUGE step towards  achieving my dreams. 

So here you are, a little piece of me.

Now tell me about you! What type of tips and help are you looking for to help make your passions come to life? What do you need help with to find balance?