These pages were very interesting and emotional to do, but were also very emotional and therapeutic. I started with the negative things, because I prefer to end on a positive note (which you may have noticed on my blog posts). The negative thoughts page include things that are often floating around in my mind, especially on my down days. These are things that often come to mind during my worst days and are even things people have told me. Many of these thoughts have been around in my head for years, and they love to torment me, such as “You are unlovable.” Some of them are relatively new, such as “You are a waste of time.” But this page also served the purpose of things I need to shut down when they enter my mind. They are thoughts that I need to ignore, and stop telling myself. It also helps me to see these thoughts spelt out in pretty, glittery colors, because it makes them see so harmless.
I then did the positive page. These are things I can tell myself to feel better, especially when the negative thoughts creep in. This page can help me feel better about myself and remind myself of my good qualities. Many of these things are phrases people have said to me that make me feel so much better. These are things I need to reinforce to myself. The interesting thing you will probably notice is that there are many more negative phrases than positive phrases. This is because it is so much easier to tear yourself down than it is to build yourself up, which is a very sad concept. Unfortunately, it is one that is true for most of us. Therefore, I am working on building myself up by building others up (thus the point of the blog). These pages are a lot of fun to creative with and can also be really beneficial in the long run. They can also easily be referred back to and added to.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
So my first page features the color code I use for multiple pages. Each square represents a page and show what the colors represent on that particular page. This helps me keep all my different color codes straight and is a good first page to have.