SoftThistle Life

Kenzi the Yorkshire Terrier got the chop!

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Poor Kenzi... her hair is awfully tuggy and easily matted, and the best we could do was to give her an all over shave! I'm sure she feels much more comfortable, but damn she looks comical now! 

If I'd known she'd end up such a skinny-malinky long-legs (it's a Scottish thing... don't ask!) I'd have named her Twiggy! 

Still, she is her usual adorably annoying little self, trying to lick every piece of perfumed skin she gets near and jumping up into my arms for snuggles. 

Hey, she is part of the SoftThistle family after all - she was never going to be normal! Happy Hump Day everyone! β€

Soul Love: Believe It To See It

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I really love these #truthbombs by Danielle LaPorte. 

They always seem to know what I need to hear!

Sometimes, you have to believe it to see it.

To me, this is a reminder to have confidence in myself. Something that has been in hiding from me for the last few weeks. 

Here's the thing: I got a car, and I've put on about a stone in weight. 

And as my weight has always been a huge issue for me (huge being the operative word), my confidence just plummeted. 

I think a combo of that and being single again.

Don't get me wrong, I *love* being single, and I would much rather this than in a relationship where I'm stifled and unable to be myself, but it has knocked my confidence. I think it does with most people doesn't it?

So when this baby jumped out at me, I understood what it meant, for me, straight away:

Time to step out of the bubble and get back to being ME!

And the three crystals I added? Well I'll tell you a little about them too!

  • Chrysocolla. A stone all about communication. 
    I'd been bottling up how I was feeling, and I know that's no good for me, so I brought this beautiful blue-green stone out to help me talk about how I was feeling. 
    I had a good long chat with my mum, and also two of my besties, and felt *so* much better for it.
     
  • Clear quartz. The perfect stone for healing, positive thoughts, and balance. I had become anxious and down - in need of some healing kindness, along with some balance to help with my weight issue. And with the rubbish "summer" weather we've had over the holidays, I'd been staying in or using the car, and just vegging out all day with the kids. 
    I've started up a small 20 minute daily yoga practice and have swapped out all fizzy drinks for water. I'm feeling much more confident in myself from doing this alone! I'll be writing a post about it soon, so be on the look out!
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  • Citrine. One of my favourites! This zesty stone is filled with abundant and positive summery energy. It can help with wealth, positive mindset, bringing joy into your life and generally is a pretty kick ass crystal! 
    I figured it couldn't hurt to have some awesome positivity when I had been feeling low and was starting to let myself wallow in negativity. It's ok to have an off day, but I don't want to let myself stay that way for long. I mean it's depressing. Literally. 
    So this baby has been reminding me to be positive, change my mindset and look for the silver linings. Something I love to do. 

It's definitely all helped. 

I'm definitely believing in myself more and seeing the results. 

And if nothing else? It's pretty to look at! ;) 

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Planner Sunday

Marylin Muir8 Comments

Sunday is one of my favourite days of the week. 

You wanna know why? 

It's the day I get to look to the week ahead and plan out what I'm doing. 

It's the day I choose from my rather large collection of washi tape to decorate my filofax and use pretty coloured pens. 

Basically, I get to play with my planner supplies and have fun with pretty things! 

It's become a bit of a ritual for me now. 

Once the kids go to bed, I get into a comfy top and leggings (if I'm not already), find something to watch on Netflix (I'm going through Arrow at the moment! Oliver Queen... *grins*) and gather my supplies!

I start by choosing a colour theme for the week. Do I want black and white? Pastels? Neons? 

This week it was green and black. 

Isn't this tape adorable? I used up the last of it doing this layout, but I think I may need to get some more! 

Once I've done that I get out my stamps and add them in... matching in colour, obviously! 

I love the hydrate stamp the most! It's been really helpful to keep an eye on my water intake and make sure I'm getting enough! (Can you tell what day I'm writing this on? Thank god for scheduling!)

Then I look around my sticker collection and see what I can add. 

I prefer a mostly minimal look, as I love having lots of space to write in!

Once I've decorated, it's time to check the following:

  1. our family calendar for any appointments.
  2. my editorial calendar to schedule in when to write my blog posts (this is a new one, trust me!)
  3. emails for any webinars I'm signed up for.
  4. twitter chats, see what sounds interesting and pencil in the times if I can make them. I like to attempt to make it to two of these a week. Not only are they fun and great for ideas, I'm finding more like minded people to follow and get to know, which has to be a good thing, right?

And that's about it! 

Once I'm finished that, it's time to open up my Desire Map Planner and get clear on that for the week ahead, but I'll save that one for another post!

Do you have any Sunday evening rituals, planning or otherwise? I'd love for you to leave me a comment and let me know!