How to rock the workbook

 

I’ve had a few emails from peeps asking my advice on how to best put the workbook together so I thought I’d show you what I’ve done, with a couple of extra ideas, too.

Like last year I wanted to put the workbook into my A5 Filofax (a 3-year-old acqua Finsbury), so I printed out the sheets onto A4 paper, printing two pages to one sheet of paper (had to fiddle around with the settings to get that to work *ahem*). I cut the printed pages in half and punched holes using a Filofax hole punch (have never regretted buying this) — and that’s it. Didn’t take more than 20 minutes and now the pages are safefy stored in my Creative Dream Journal (you can read more about the CDJ over here — it’s one of my favourite things).

 

 

If A5 binders are short on the ground you could also print the workbook pages at actual size and put them in a regular binder. Or even sandwich the printed sheets between two pieces of clear plastic (or card) and have them professionally bound with wire binding (the sort of stuff you’d use for college projects, like this). Doing this gives the workbook more heft making it easier to write in. If you plan to come back to your workbook again and again I’d suggest adding in some extra blank pages, too — turn it into a full-on journal!

Obviously all of these ideas are dependent on you having ink in your printer (or a printer, for that matter) so I’d also suggest reading through the PDF on your computer and journalling straight into a notebook. I’m going to do this for some of the questions, the ones that are asking for lots more thought and planning…

But in all honesty, it doesn’t matter whether your print it out or not — what matters is sitting down and thinking about the questions. I often feel like i’m careening through the days and months completely out of control and at the mercy of the winds so doing this journalling work helps me feel like I have a say in the direction I travel. If nothing else it’s fascinating reading back what I wrote last year.

 

 

It’s been fun getting glimpses on Instagram and Facebook of how you guys are rocking the workbook — the photos above show how Jillian, Tammy, BrianaLisa, Trina, Esme and Kaz are using theirs. I especially love how Jillian and Briana lit candles to accompany their journalling — this does feel like quite sacred work, the sort that deserves a bit of ritual around it. Or you could just go the coffee and cake route, obviously ;)

Have you dug into the workbook yet or are you saving it for New Year? Maybe waiting for a quiet moment to yourself? I’m planning to block out a whole evening to dig deeply… there will definitely be candles involved.

Let’s make 2013 the best year ever!

The title of this post is quite possibly the most over-the-top hyperbolic headline this blog has ever seen, but it’s exactly what I’m feeling right now. I’ve just come back from a weekend retreat with my girls, and I’m tired and in need of a good night’s sleep in my own bed. But as tends happens when you spend time with friends who’ve seen you through good times and a lot of bad, I’ve returned feeling seen and understood. I’ve returned feeling fortified, holding in my heart a clearer idea of what I want and how I can open my self to it.

2012 has been a big year for me, work-wise, and now we’re in December I’m reflecting on what I’d like to bring into my world in 2013. And I can tell you now — there’s a lot I want to bring in. Oh yes, a LOT. Whether I can do it remains to be seen, but what I love most about a new year is the delicious POSSIBILITY of it. The blank slate and the clean page.

The promise of the NEW.

So, just like I did last year, I’ve put together a workbook to help me say goodbye to this year and prepare for the new one. The workbook’s been updated and expanded and I’ve also created a month-by-month planner so I can really plot out the next 12 months.

I got so many emails last year thanking me for the workbook, it was crazy! So it’s my very great pleasure to give you this gift today:

>> Click here to download the 2013 workbook <<

>> Click here to download the 2013 monthly planner <<


I really hope you’ll take a bit of time this month to print out the workbook and work your way through it. I’ve been reading back what I wrote last year and it’s so illuminating to see where I was in my head and heart and what I hoped to call in — and what came and what didn’t. There were quite a few surprises in 2012 (living in London? Didn’t see that coming this time last year) so I’m excited to see what 2013 brings. We can plot our path to a certain extent but it’s also fun to leave space for the stuff we can’t possibly imagine right now.

I don’t make resolutions but I do choose a word to guide my course through the year (more on that soon), so there’s space for that in the workbook, too. Writing down your intentions is incredibly powerful, so find an hour to yourself, roll up your metaphorical sleeves and dig in…

LET’S DO THIS!

Something for the weekend

[music] This is ridiculous and brilliant: Russian Unicorn (via my sister)

Warm spicy apple & carrot drink | spinach salad with warm bacon viniagrette | cosy winter warmers

Turn your Instagram shots into a fab calender for 2013

Fun and innovative iPhone docks | Ollo clip

Why a seven-year-old should help run your life — smartness from Nisha

[audio] Jen Louden & Christine Arylo talk about self-love

Vintage paperback Pelican covers

When it’s time to move on: Four powerful questions for honouring all that’s been — smartness from Rachael

How to sit with your emotions

Loving this DIY advent tree

This I believe: 43 lessons from 43 years

A walk down Bleecker Street circa 2001 (i love Bleecker Street!)

How to uncover your values (and why you’d want to) — more smartness from Tam

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Just a quick update on what’s coming next:

Registration for the January sessions of both Unravelling and Blogging from the Heart will open this Wednesday, December 5th. Check out this page to see what time you need to be online to register. I’m counting down the days till class starts as I’m at my happiest when i’m with my course peeps, making videos (in the new flat!) and connecting :)

Plus I have something extra special for you on Tuesday… here’s a sneak peek:

Have a great weekend, loves! x

Something for the weekend

Joan Didion on keeping a notebook

Gorgeous food collages

Pointless but still awesome | fruit papers

Found this fascinating: first Paris apartments

The power of unconditional acceptance – wisdom from Kris

Keep Cups | Brellis

Don McCullin’s first time with a DSLR

[audio] Fabeku tells the truth about entrepreneurship

Want this so bad

Millet & pumpkin winter salad | Spinach & kale soup | raw bars

101 ways to make your ebook sexy

Yep, I’m looking for a knight

These would make amazing xmas presents

“I’ve started telling my daughters I’m beautiful” — wisdom from Amanda

Happy weekend, loves! xo