Free Printable – June Cover [original artwork!]

Boom. June, Summer.
We’re almost there…

You can’t proper say “summer” without a cool, pinky calendar. Hanged to the wall, it constantly reminds you that is time to commit yourself to a summer full of fun and exciting experiences.

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[.pdf single files – A4 regular print size]

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Printable – Non-Fiction Reading List 2018

No longer having the urge of incoming exam’s sessions to spur me to study and stay up to date (I graduated this summer, yay!), I decided to consistently keep the pace.

My brain is “trained” for a certain load of study and mnemonic effort, and I do not want to see it lazy down quickly because of my own laziness.

I decided to throw down this first list, to be updated in a few months (usually I review the books read and my progress every three months or so, and then four times a year).

This is not something definitive, but an overview that can give me the right “feeling” and tell me at a glance what I’m looking for:

As you can see, I’m trying to focus on the study of mindful practices related to personal and professional organization.

In this way, I want to build a strong “mental” foundation for the agenda I’m going to design for 2019. (That’s a great, right? I’ll talk about it in later articles, so stay update!).

Don’t worry, here it comes the free printable!

Non-Fiction Reading List 2018

Click on the image on the left and grab your free Non-Fiction Reading List 2018.

What’s included:

  • a .pdf printable, A4 size
  • original digital illustrations 
  • a pretty and useful checklist to keep track of your love for knowledge <3

"I would love the same, but...blank!"

You can purchase “Reading ‘n Sleeping” Perpetual Checklist on my Etsy shop!

Have a nice week!

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Block and Burnout: the Resources whe can use to avoid them

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Week 36 is about to end, and I look back at it with a sense of progress. I am developing several important projects, but it’s to late to speak of them clearly. During the last week I managed to start a couple of those projects and this makes me happy. Recently I felt ashamed. because I have not used my planner very much. Actually, I was preparing the planner you see in the pic above and that one, finally, has an excellent structure. I love it. I’m organizing things in order to shot a short flipthrough, but I believe that it will be released in December, so that I’ll have a few pages to show it to you.

Today, however, I want to start talking about the blocks, block planner included. More generally, I will introduce the topic of Resources that are at our disposal in everyday life, how the use of these Resources can fall into unbalance and generate burnout linked to a given activity. I will not cover everything with just one post and, in order to avoid boring you, I decided to split it in more than just one article. Let’s start with the introduction,  and enjoy your reading!

Planning Block: when planning it's exhausting

Probably it also happened to you: one of your passions suddenly loses its sweetness, and all its attractiveness seems to have vanished. This is what happened to me in the last few months with planners. I have tried in many ways to modify the layouts and the uses of the various journals acquired in search of inspiration; I’ve been looking for new ideas through Pinterest and Instagram; I watched tons of videos about planners. Nothing, zero. Each layout I prepared was condemned to “die” unused, each journal being filled up for a very few pages and abandoned. This is what I call the Planning Block syndrome, or Planning Burnout. It comes when we have used too much of the External or Passive Resources and very little, or at least none, of our Internal Resources. We have outsourced too many of the functions that should remain under the control of our vigilant and mindfull mind, and not an action that a support can take (either paper or digital).

Internal, External and Passive Resources?

Let’s dig deep in the topic. Internal, External and Passive Resources are at our disposal, but what are they and and how can we use them to get the most out of productivity and serenity? Let me show you.

Internal Resources are all those qualities / abilities / habits / knowledge that allow us to move to the best in the professional, social, and personal space. As you will already know, these resources are not limitless: you often hear about the fact that your power of will, for example, needs to be used wisely because it will decrease pretty soon. Some examples of Internal Resources:

– the education received (the level of empathy, responsibility, emotional control);
– acquired skills (theoretical and practical knowledge, scholastic and non-formal);
– traits of personality (tendency to optimism / pessimism, mild / high stress tolerance, etc.).

External Resources are all those objects / people / relationships with which we have a frequent interaction, and that help us in our daily life. Some examples of External Resources:

– objects (like home appliances, they perform for us some important and routine functions);
– people (a babysitter or a partner can, among other things, help us with the domestic workload).

Trusting on External Resources is a good thing, and it is important. It allows us to create new relationships based on trust and collaboration, lower our burden of commitments and consequently the perceived stress.

Passive Resources are objects / habits that we use to develop over time, and allow us to present ourselves to the best in everyday life. They also enhance some of our faculty somehow. Some examples of Passive Resources:

– Objects that allow us to expand our capabilities and faculties (such as your smartphone, computer, planner, or agenda);
– Daily habits (if good, they will help us increase perceived well-being and lower stress levels, if bad ones will be additional obstacles).

Passive Resources are actually the toughest ones to acquire because they require a lot of continuous work (planners or the calendar apps should be updated very often, but also the goal of losing weight or developing the habit of going to sleep early in the evening requires a lot of effort and time).

 

Warning: We can influence and modify all resources at our disposal! With some of them it will be simpler (the resources with which we have less ties / frictions, probably), with others it will be very complex (relationship with parents / partners, for example). Through the power of active will you will approaching Resources that can resonate with your purpose (having an affirmative relationship, being hired for a good job, etc.). You could surround ourselves with valid Resources, and only with them, if you would to. I promise to talk about this specific topic and the dark side of Resources in a forward post.

This introductory article ends here. I would say that there is so much information to process and evaluate! Let me know in your comments if you liked this action, and if you find the “subdivision” of resources is compatible with your person and your daily life.

Next week I’ll talk about how Resources work with each other!

With love,

[Disclaimer: This site is not intended to provide auto diagnosis elements or diagnosis of any type of disorder or syndrome. It’s recommended, in case of strong discomfort and self doubt, to contact a psychotherapist.]

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Teddy Bear Day [+ Tutorial!]

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Good Teddy Bear Day to ya all! Let’s briefly skim the Teddy Bear topic: did you have one? What color was? Mine was white (originally, then turned into a dirty cream color because of continuous usage and no wash at all I suppose), and I do not have a hint about the name. I’ll bring the issue in front to my Adorable Mother aka Poppy.

Trivia

The legend of the Teddy bear is linked to the story president Theodore Roosvelt. In 1902, President Roosvelt was invited to an hunting trip, which seemed to be unsuccessful. By failing to conquer any bear’s head, Roosvelt’s collaborators sought the possibility to build up a positive image of the president through the press, in any way. The solution was simple and cruel: they tied up a bear cub to a tree (actually the “cub” was an old bear) to allow the president to kill him. The stories tell that Roosvelt he did not dare to kill the bear so barbarously, eventually leaving it free. The press dropped like vultures on events.

In spite of any hypothesis about the outcome of the events, the episode had great resonance in the general public. Two married couples of Morris and Rose Michtom, craftsmen, exposed a few months after the first specimen of plush toy in the showcase of their store, calling it Teddy Bear.

Absurdly Simple Tutorial: How to draw a Teddy Bear

Drawing a teddy bear is really, really, really easy peasy lemon squeazy! Follow five simple and easy steps:

Begin with those basic shapes and begin to draw several teddy bears: you will notice, at some point, that your personal style emerging. Continue to work on the teddy bears: create clothes and accessories to customize them and, perhaps, change their expression. Are they prettier when angry or surprised?

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Il risultato finale!

If you’ll try the Absurdly Simple Tutorial let me know in the comments, and share your Teddy Bear!

With love,

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[FREE PRINTABLE!] Brain/doodle dump + Celestia The Unicorn

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March = Light. I’m repeating myself, right? I love, love, love wake up in the sunlight, doing yoga or just meditate with the powerful energy of the sun: it’s one of those simple yet fundamental things that make me thank every time I became aware of their blessings. 

This is also the best time of the year for long afternoon walkings, to recharging our Vitamin D (thanks to sunlight!) and eat a lot of fantastic things like gelato, milkshake, crepes and so on.

I’ll be hit the road again in my seasonal attempt to come back to run again, because I hate to run in the cold and dark of the winter.

But let’s talk about serious things with this week’s free printable, with the sweet Celestia as main character (thank Jenn for giving her a name!):

"IDGAF I'm a Unicorn!" - FREE Printable!

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This week’s printable is a set for your “brain dump“. If you don’t know what braind dump is, I’ll explain it in a few simple words (for more information please refer to Julia Cameron’s page, since she is the creator of “Morning Pages”, a particular way of brain dumping).

To brain dump is to make space and order in your thoughts and feelings. No meditation or chanting required, no fancy walkings in the woods searching for your True Soul, none of that. You just need to sit down (in the morning of before going to bed) and write down all your thoughts as you became aware of them. You will not read them again, and you need to follow no rule at all. Just write freely and empty your mind of thoughts and stress.

Julia Cameron suggests to write down three pages every morning, but since I don’t have plenty of time in the morning, I just go with one

I found that this practice is working extremely well even if done with doodling. In your set you’ll also have a “doodle” dump sheet. Use it to brain dump while drawing and sketching!

Here all the links for download:

Download is totally free but I would really love to receive some feedback from you, so please comment here on the blog or tag me in your pics if you use it!

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With love,

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[Free Printable!] Planner Cover for March

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March is almost here and this means that Spring is coming back! March is a special month for me since

a) it hosts my Birthday! (yeah I’m a stubborn Aries)
b) the temperature begin to rise at a life-friendly level
c) light is back! No more making up slamming my face against the door!

To celebrate this upcoming month, I prepared a spring-themed doodle. It was designed as a planner cover in the first place, but then I realized that it was a very cool wallpaper too:

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“March” is a free printable and you can choose from different versions as:

Versione adatta alla stampa in formato A5 (metà di un foglio di carta per fotocopie):

Download is totally free but I would really love to receive some feedback from you, so please comment here on the blog or tag me in your pics if you use it!

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With love,

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