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One Good Thing (A Free Journaling Workbook)

Happy Friday & welcome back to my blog!  Today's the day that I've been talking about for the past 3 blog posts.  You get to download One Good Thing, a free positivity journaling workbook.


Directions:

  1. Click this link.
  2. Sign up for my mailing list.  You will receive an email entitled Marian Elizabeth Newsletter: Please Confirm Subscription.  Please confirm your subscription.
  3. Within a few minutes you will receive a second email entitled Download your free journaling workbook!  Click the link.
  4. On the next page, you are able to download, save, and print your free workbook.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to leave a comment here.  You can also send me an email with any issues and I will do my best to help.

Take care & Happy journaling!
Marian

Marian's Guide to Positive Living: Part 3

Marian's Guide to Positive Living is a 3 part blog series that will be leading up to the announcement of my new (& free!) journaling workbook on Friday February 17, 2017.

Happy Wednesday & Welcome back to my blog!  Today is the third day of my 3 part blog series about staying positive, upbeat, and inspired in your everyday life.  This is all leading up to my free 5-day journaling workbook which will be announced this Friday.

If you missed Friday or Monday's blog posts, make sure to check them out here and here!


Today is the last day in the Marian's Guide to Positive Living series and I want to talk about a subject that is near and dear to my heart - which is positivity journaling.

To be more specific, I'm going to talk about my One Good Thing experiment.

I like to think of myself as a glass half full kind of girl, but that doesn’t mean I’m always happy.  I have my own personal struggles, just like everyone else.  It was a few years ago that I first found myself being bogged down my negativity.

I was four months out of college, working a job that I hated, as well as extremely sleep deprived due to the schedule I was working. It was hard for me to find any happiness in my days.  On a whim, I opened up my latest moleskine notebook and scribbled down the date at the top.  And that was when my positivity journal began.

I know you’re probably skeptical.  You’re probably wondering what benefits a positivity journal can possibly have on your life.  

Benefits of a Positivity Journal

  • Focusing on the good, rather than the bad, will put you in a good mood
  • We're so easy to remember the negatives, but not the positives.  With a positivity journal you can change that!
  • It's an awesome and fun form of self care.

Start Small

I wasn't sure about my positivity journal at first, so I started a tag on my Tumblr called One Good Thing where I wrote down one good thing about every day on my blog.  You can view it here.  It's fun to look back on and it was an easy project (is an easy project, because it's ongoing).  With the tumblr app, I could work on it every night while typing away on my phone in bed.

Are you thinking about starting your own positivity journal?  Awesome!  Are you still feeling unsure? That's ok too.  I hope you'll come back to visit me on Friday, where you can download your free journaling workbook.  It might even give you some inspiration to start your own positivity journaling project.

Take care,
Marian

Marian's Guide to Positive Living: Part 2

Marian's Guide to Positive Living is a 3 part blog series that will be leading up to the announcement of my new (& free!) journaling workbook on Friday February 17, 2017.

Happy Monday & Welcome back to my blog!  Today is the second day of my 3 part blog series about staying positive, upbeat, and inspired in your everyday life.  This is all leading up to my free 5-day journaling workbook which will be announced this Friday.

If you missed Saturday's blog post, make sure to check it out here.


For today's topic, we're going to talk about productivity, because I always feel good and inspired when I'm getting things done, and I want to share some of my tips with you!

Tips for Staying Productive In Your Everyday Life


1.  Make a List


I learned a couple of years ago that to-do lists are my best friend.  If I don't write things down (or type them) I will absolutely forget what I want to do and get distracted by Pinterest or Netflix.



The picture above is a couple of different shots of my bullet journal from this year.  I started my new journal at the very beginning of 2017 and it's doing me well so far!  On the left side of my notebook is my food log for the day and on the right side is all of the things I want to accomplish that day.

There are other ways that you can make lists as well.
  • Notebook
  • Notes section of your phone
  • Evernote
  • Trello
  • Google Drive
  • In your email
  • On scrap paper

It doesn't matter what method you use.  The important thing is to keep track of your tasks so that you can stay accountable to yourself.

2.  Challenge Yourself from Time to Time


On days that I'm not too busy (like my days off from work) I like to assign myself new tasks or projects that I know will take a lot of work.  Sometimes you should challenge yourself because that's the only way you'll grow.

3.  Don't be Too Hard On Yourself


You didn't finish everything on your list for the day?  It's ok!  Don't beat yourself up over it.

I have my own method where everything that I didn't finish that day gets highlighted so that I know that I need to add that to my list for tomorrow.  The goal is to get everything done, but to do it at your own pace so that you aren't left feeling stressed.



That's all for today.  Check back on Wednesday for the third installment of Marian's Guide to Positive Living series and check back on Friday as well so that you can get your free journaling workbook!

Take care,
Marian

Marian's Guide to Positive Living: Part 1

Marian's Guide to Positive Living is a 3 part blog series that will be leading up to the announcement of my new (& free!) journaling workbook on Friday February 17, 2017.

Happy Saturday & Welcome back to my blog!  Today is the first day of my 3 part blog series about staying positive, upbeat, and inspired in your everyday life.  This is all leading up to my free 5-day journaling workbook which will be announced next Friday.


The topic I will be talking about in my first installment of Marian's Guide to Positive Living is living in an inspired space.

Let me tell you a little bit about my living situation.  Yes.  I am twenty-five years old and still living with my Mom and Dad.  I used to be ashamed of this but I've realized that there are a lot of other millenials in the same situation as me and it is best to be forthright, because that's life!  Everybody does things in their own time and way.

Now that that's out of the way.

I've learned that it's important to remember that it's not our house, it's their house.  My parents are happy to have me but that doesn't mean I should take advantage of them.  I buy groceries, I do chores and other tasks, I keep my room clean.

My room.  That is my place to relax, to create, to do my best thinking.  To me, my bedroom is my inspired space.  That is where I write my books.  That is where I read books!  Follow the tips below to create your own inspired space.

Tips for Creating Your Inspired Space


1.  Get rid of the clutter


That's right, friends.  Cleaning out is important and I know that from experience.  Why?  Because just a few weeks ago my bedroom looked like this.

Not Organized Room


I know.  Yikes.  Stuff everywhere.  But to be fair, I was in the middle of a deep cleanse/simplifying frenzy and it's a lot better now.

Nicely organized room!


A lot less cluttered, right?  There are a lot of reasons why I like to keep my room organized like this and here are the top reasons.

  • As a typically anxious person, have a less cluttered space makes me feel less overwhelmed
  • Less things means less distraction from the work I want to do (like writing)
  • The less things I have, the less cleaning I have to do (true story)


2.  Use your memories as decor inspo


You might take away from my need to declutter that I am a collector of things, and that is probably true.  I love to have photos, art, postcards ticket stubs, fortunes, and other paraphernalia around my room because they make me happy. They also serve as part of my decor for my bedroom walls.

Wall Art


I think my different collages and pieces of art add a lot to my room and make it pretty.  It also puts my memories to good use because these photos and postcards could be sitting off in a photo album on one of my shelves, but instead they're being displayed proudly.


3.  Stay Organized


It took me a while (as in a few weeks) to get my room to look this way, but it's finally organized.  All my work clothes are hanging up in my closet and all of my books are on my shelves.  All of my important papers are stored in file folders and in my cubby dividers.

My organized clothes!


How long will my room stay this way?  Hopefully for a while!  Because after all of the work that went into getting organized, it should certainly be a lot easier to stay organized.  I hope.


Why It's Important To Have An Inspired Space

You need to have a place that is all your own.  I think that's why some people have offices in their house.  Sure, a bedroom is nice.  But let's say you're married.  It's not really your own space, ya know?

There are a few key things to remember.
  • concise (no clutter)
  • decor (make the space yours)
  • organization (keep the things you need nearby)
That's all for today.  Check back on Monday for the next post in my guide to positive living series and check back next Friday to get your free journaling workbook!

Take care,
Marian

New Ephemera Packs In My Etsy Shop

Hey friends!  I'm back with some exciting news to share on the blog today.  I have 4 different ephemera packs listed on my etsy shop for purchase.


What is an ephemera pack?


It's exactly what it sounds like!  Each pack is filled with approximately 30 pieces of ephemera. Magazine clippings, fortunes, ticket stubs, odds and ends of papers are some common examples of what come in a pack.

What can I use ephemera for?


I'm so glad you asked, because there are a variety of things you can use ephemera for.

  • Art
  • Collages
  • Art journals
  • Sketchbooks
  • Mail Art
  • Greeting Cards

How many sets are there?


Right now there are only four, so get them while they're hot! haha.  I'm currently going through and cleaning out my paper supply so there might be more soon.  Make sure to favorite my etsy shop for further updates.

Take care,
Marian