The circle is complete (in six years or so).

When I was 18 and applying for university studies I was dead set on becoming a high school teacher, even though I was in the exact same age as my future pupils. I realised that when I started university, ans I switched to younger children. Ages 9-12 (approximately) was NOT for me, but I still loved the theories behind teaching. It took me a while to realise that I was in the wrong place, and I dropped out of the teaching programme completely. Somewhere between dropping out and a few months back I decided that I wanted to become an accountant, and today I have no idea where that idea was born. Maybe some late night out with my friend who has a bachelor in economics..? Or maybe I associated my meltdown with the imagined failure of dropping out and thought I had to chose a different path? I don’t know and I honestly don’t care. Anyway, I applied for one of the business programmes at Jönköping University and I really liked it in the beginning, but the more I read the less I understood. I had no interest in economics. And I didn’t really fit, or the programme didn’t fit me.

Meanwhile, on the other end of campus…

Jönköping University does actually have the programme I want; Degree of Master of Science in Upper Secondary Education. Well, at least that’s the degree I get. I will probably become a teacher in Swedish and English for high school students. That’s what I wanted five years ago. Or was it Swedish and History? Can’t apply for another year though, so back to work it is.

Isn’t it a bit ironic? Feels good though, these extra few years have made me stronger and more sure about what I want and who I am. And I think I am in a better age as well, wouldn’t want to be 18 trying to student-teach (is that a word?) a bunch of 17 year old pupils about grammar. Now I’ll be 24.

I just had to write about this to clear my head and tell a tiny bit of my story.

5 things I do before school starts.

Hi there!

I just finished a list, you know what I’m talking about. Then I looked at the list and realized that it could make a fine blog post, because I’m sure someone else has a similar list. If you do, please share yours in the comments! Anyway; here’s my list and I will specify further down, because why not? Enjoy, and I hope you find something useful!

  1. Buy new supplies
  2. Pick an outfit for day 1
  3. Pack a personalized ‘first aid kit’
  4. Get back into the ‘wake up at 6 am’ rhythm
  5. Set up planner for school

And here we go.

1. Buy new supplies

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I already have all the pens I need, or, I have way too many pens that I need to use before they dry up. I have planned on using the Staedtler Triplus Fineliner for my review and reflecting note taking, whatever ballpoint pen I can find for note taking during lectures and I will probably alter between the Pilot Frixion Light Highlighter and the Ballograf Friendly HighLighter when reading. I got myself two pen cases, one to grab during class and one to only take out of the bag when around people who know me. Wouldn’t want to scare people away with my crazy stationary addiction right away. Guess which one is which?

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I did, however, order some new notebooks, A4 for in class note taking and A5 for review and rewriting. Nothing fancy, just those cheap ones that do the work. I already have tons of post it’s, as you can see, so I will try to use the ones I have before ordering new ones. I actually prefer the original yellow ones, weird, right?

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I marked my notebooks and maps with my two colors. Since I will have two classes at the same time for the majority of the next four years I thought I could make things easy for me. I think I saw this tip on some YouTube video, to make it easier to find the right notebook in your backpack.

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2. Pick an outfit for day 1

I do believe I have this one figured out. How about this;

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The text says; I can fit my TN and one personal sized planner in here!

Maybe not those exact clothes, but that is pretty much how I look every day. And the bag I do need, I have no black bag in a smaller size, you know, the personal planner size. I have a backpack, but I don’t need that on day one.

3. Pack a personalized ‘first aid kit’

I bet you can think of at least a few things that you always forget at home. Or is that just me? Those are the thing I will put in my first aid kit. I always forget painkillers and band aids. So that’s some of the things I will put there.

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The thing about this kit is that once I take something out of it I have to put it back or refill as soon as I’m at home. Not everything is pictured, I will try to put everything on this list in the kit, not sure how it will fit though. I will probably have to put the chewing gum in a and some other things in a separate place in the backpack. I think I picked up a few extra things when shopping the other day…

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4. Get back into the ‘wake up at 6 am’ rhythm

Yeah… about that…

No, just kidding, I love waking up at 6 am even on weekends. That fist cup of coffee in the morning, preferably all alone so I don’t hurt anybody, priceless.

5. Set up planner for school

Check. I’ll share more on this in September, since I’m not sure how the current setup will hold up. But I will have all the important information in my A5 Malden in Ochre and the planning part in my Personal Malden in Crimson. Don’t they look perfect together?

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I hope you enjoyed this post, please leave a comment if you did! Or if you have any questions or suggestions, on pretty much anything.

What five things will you do before school starts or before going back to work?

Have a great day,
xoxo
Frida

One Book July 2016; the wrap up OR; did I really learn something?

This blog post will have a corresponding video on YouTube soon. You can easily find your way over there through this link (will open in a new tab).

Hi there!

Soo… One Book July, eh? One book, one pen, one month. I sure did stay in one book, if you do not count the million scraps of paper lying around the apartment. Okay, so I maybe did not do as well as I thought I did when I went over my notes and assembled my thoughts (read; scraps of paper). I generally trow paper around me, nothing unusual there. But I wanted OBJ to be the month that would change that. I don’t think it was.

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I haven’t had a problem staying in one book since I started using more flexible planner systems in early 2014, but I had a habit of switching planner every week. Especially the inside of the planner, since I only had my A5 Malden for the better part of a year. That little problem I solved by stop making my own inserts and start buying DIYfish’s – sure, it was waaay more expensive but I felt like I had to use the things i bought. So, that worked.

I still had one problem though; I wanted to have everything in one binder, even things I didn’t use, so I kept my calendar part light. I only had one weeks worth of daily pages inside at a time and therefore I often lost information or couldn’t check up on what had happened. I keep 99% of the useful information on my daily pages, so taking them out was a big mistake I never acknowledged. Until One Book July 2016.

I sat down, took a good look at my planner system. Realized I had a DIYfish addiction. And that I had to use a Travelers Notebook until I could get my head to agree to keep my daily pages in my planner. And I took everything that wasn’t necessary and put it in a personal sized binder for reference. I didn’t refer to it more than a couple of times all month.

So yeah; During One Book July 2016 I learned what I already knew, but had to come to terms with. I have to keep my planner part with me at all times, other than that I need scraps of paper to write on until I can do something with that. I tried doing that in one Inbox booklet and it was okay, not perfect but it worked out fine.

I also tried journaling during July. With no pressure to it. It was amazing. Had I done it every day I bet I would have used up the whole booklet, but I didn’t. I think I’m going to try to do it one a regular basis though, I could notice a significant drop in “bad days” and panic attacks when writing every day. (Not relevant so I won’t go into that. I wasn’t even going to mention this, but it’s such a big part of my life so it’s hard to ignore.)

My corresponding video is once again really blabbery, but I think I’m getting a hang of things, give me some more time. Let’s say goodbye for now, and hope that I didn’t miss too much. Still working on the taking pictures for blog posts part.

Hugs and kisses, see you next time!

Frida

My August Setup in my Personal Filofax Malden Crimson

Hi there!

I’m so glad you found your way to this blog post, that was created to clarify what I talk about in the corresponding video over on YouTube (link down below). I am a chatterer, even in my own language, so imagine how much worse it gets when I don’t feel comfortable talking. It will probably improve over time, but until then you will hopefully get some questions answered here!

Link to the video on YouTube, since I can’t embed the video yet. I don’t even know if that’s possible. I’ll look into that!

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First of all, if you want a really good look at the planner I hope you watch the video. He’s gorgeous. And, as I say one million times in the film, a beautiful planner. You can even hear me realize what I’m about to say every time I say “beautiful… planner”, I find that hilarious.

In my Personal Malden I keep my calendar and not much more, due to the ring size and the condition of the rings. The other parts I keep in my Fauxdori Travelers Notebook, my A5 Malden and a Kikki.K in Medium. I will show you the TN and the A5 in separate videos since they are important parts of my system, while the Medium Kikki.K serves as a reference binder for my Personal Malden.

For my calendar I use DIYfish, I have found that the grid is what I need and love. I don’t use a set you can find in her shop, but a few different inserts put together to make the perfect system for me. That’s the beauty of DIYfish, you can do whatever you want, if you have the time for it. For it is time consuming to assemble a whole months worth of DIYfish pages, no matter what inserts you use. I find that some what therapeutic so for me it’s not a problem. But if you don’t want to put that time down, there are several lovely ladies over on the DIYfish facebok group that can do it for you. Just a tip, I love these inserts and if you’d like to try them I think you should! I will put up a video showing you my different DIYfish inserts in the future.

As I say in the video, I will not explain how I use the pages, and that applies to this post as well. Now I think I have touched the hings I didn’t like with the finished video, I always tend to find things while editing (or rather; while saying “cut”, “yes” and “no” to my wonderful boyfriend while he edits the video). But if I try to record again I will probably not do it, and that would be worse! And that’s why I put this blog to use again.

Next time I’ll include some pictures, and I’ll try to snap some and upload here tomorrow, because today I’m tired after battling YouTube all day.

What about you, how many planners will you stay in for August?

Hugs and kisses, see you next time!

Frida

My every day Mobile Office

I don’t know about you, but I tend to keep a lot of the things I use in my bag all the time. When I get home I always place my bag next to my desk/the space I use for planning and creativity. I have a pretty simple bag from H&M, and I have vowed to stay in it until I find The Bag. (I have a pretty specific picture of how my Perfect Bag will look like and work. I am pretty sure it will blow up in my face someday, but hey, a girl’s gotta dream?) Anyway, in my current bag I always keep my mobile office, the things I carry with me at all time, and the base consists of the three P.

1. Planner

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I NEVER leave home without my Personal sized Domino. Never. Ever. I want to be able to scribble down anything anywhere and I do use my DIYfish LMI v2.2 Do2P for a thing I call “A List” as well as daily planning. And I can’t get through a day without my List.

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If my bag is not too heavy I like to bring a notebook for writing on the go, you never know when inspiration hit you. I received my very first Traveler’s Notebook the other day, a fauxdori made by Ray Blake over at mylifeallinoneplace.com. And I’m loving it. I think it has replaced my regular notebook, but I’m not entirely sure yet. I feel like it’s not flexible enough as I like to tear out pages if I’m not satisfied with them (this does not apply to my BrainDump, BlogDump or other list based notebooks, and they stay in my Raydori).

2. Pens

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Every time I leave home without my pen case I get the perfect opportunity to sit down and do my color coding or I get and idea where I need to do a mind map (color coding is essential here). So now my Stabilo Point 88 is a part of my Mobile Office and they stay with me at all times. Besides the Stabilos I also bring my Sharpie Pen and my Pilot Hi-tecpoint V5 Grip. I realized they were my favorite gel pens when my black one ran out of ink the other week. Now I’m planning on stockpiling.

3. Post-its

In a transparent zipper pocket I have a lot of sticky notes, preferably of the Post It brand. I wouldn’t last a day without post-its, and you can imagine the happiness I felt when I realized that their 3 in notes fit perfectly on my DIYfish inserts in Personal size. 😀

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So, yeah. That’s my Mobile Office, or the things I always have in my bag. Besides my three P I also carry a variety of paperclips and some highlighters. The highlighters are mostly out of habit, from when I studied at the teaching program a few years ago, and since I’m hoping to get into the business program in the fall I feel like it’s no use taking them out. Now I just need to find The Bag.

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