The Under-Appreciated Hand

Last night, I had a classic me mishap. Desperate to guzzle down a glass or two of my favorite sweet red wine, I was trying to get the plastic covering off so that I could take out the cork. I normally do this by slitting the plastic down the side with a knife, which is exactly what I was trying to do when tragedy struck. Okay, so it wasn’t a tragedy, but it hurt like hell. The knife slipped, and slit my left index finger right on the knuckle. One hour and one trip to the emergency room later, I arrived home with liquid stitches on the cut and a stick taped to my finger to keep it straight. Of course my thought was “Hey, at least was my left hand, and not my dominate hand.”

I would like to say that today; I have a newfound appreciation for lefty. I have never realized how much I use my non-dominate hand until today. Showering with one hand, awful. Putting in contacts, not possible (wearing the glasses today). Doing my hair, a big ole pile of nope. Currently rocking a sad, short excuse for a ponytail with a crapton of bobby pins. I also happen to drive with my left hand, so while still doable, getting to school this morning as a bit more challenging. And now here I sit trying to type without being able to use my left index finger. I have made more errors whilst typing than ever before.

While I understand that my injury is next to nothing, my post isn’t trying to milk my cut for everything it’s worth. I want you to appreciate your non-dominate hand, because it does a lot more work than you think. We are so caught up in all the cool things our dominate hands can do, we often forget about the other hand there in the shadows. So today, I want you to thank your non-dominate hand for all it does. After all, it’s not its fault it can’t write.

So thank you left hand, for helping me wash my face and style my hair. Thanks for taking control of the steering wheel, and thank you for allowing me to type super fast. I appreciate you!

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I’m Glad You’re in my Life

This was such a fun page to create. First off, I love how colorful and full it is. It was so awesome to list all the people I’m thankful for in my life. It reminds me that I’m not alone and I have a lot of people in my corner. This is a great page to look at when you’re feeling down and alone.

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Things I Suck At

Ironically, this was one of my favorite pages to make. Not only did I get to play with fonts, but I found it oddly uplifting to admit to myself the things I’m not so good at. I am usually the first one to admit my own flaws, so it was empowering to write them down on paper. Who knows, maybe I’ll eventually be inspired to get better at these things.

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Habit Tracker

This page is a monthly grid system. Each of the six pictures represent different habits I want to build, which I write in my key page. Each day, I fill in the square for each habit I did. This is perfect for if you are trying to start or end a habit. As you can see, I’m doing really good at reading everyday and not so good at flossing.

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Caffeine Intake

First of all, I apologize for the blurry picture, and yes I realize caffeine is spelt wrong. Whoops! So this page is probably one of my most important ones, as a caffeine addict. I added this after my doctor told me I needed to cut back and stop drinking coffee after 3. The numbers are obviously the date. Next to the date, I draw in how many cups of coffee I’ve had during the day. The bottom list of dates is where I right the time of each cup. Don’t be fooled: this is after my wake up call. Limiting myself to one or two cups a day has not been easy!

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Birthdays!

If like me, you are really bad at tracking people’s birthdays, than this is the page for you! I decided to go with a 12 layer cake formant, with each layer being a different month. Then I just put the date and name of people of who’s birthdays I want to keep track of. I also like this formant because I can always add more later. I’ll never forget a birthday again!

 

Spending Tracker

Using another year grid page, I track how much I spend every day. At the end of the month, I total it up and compare it with how much money I made. This will help me better budget out my money, and stop the excessive spending I’ve been very guilty of lately.

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My Sleeps

I use this page to track how many hours of sleep I get every night. Since have trouble falling asleep and staying asleep, this page has been helpful in determining my sleep patterns as well as trying to figure out what keeps me awake. Again, I used a full year grid. img_2260

Health Log

Because I suffer from headaches, stomachaches, and back pain often, I use this page to track those things as well as days that I am tired. I used a year long grid for this page as well, and use a color code system like the mood tracker page. This helps me to track the parts of my physical health that often affect me the most. As you can see, the most prominent of the four are headaches and back pain. img_2259