How a Journal Helps Me – Journaling for Mental Health

How a Journal Helps Me – Journaling for Mental Health

How A Journal Helps Me – Journaling for Mental Health

I can remember when I started journaling.  I was 15 years old, the beginning of grade 10, and my first journal was an orange Hilroy lined exercise notebook.  Pretty much the same ones I currently buy for my kids now.  Some things do not change.  My journaling routine was to write in the book before bed.  I would basically write about my day.  I would date it on the left side just like I would my school notes but I didn’t write ‘Dear Diary’ or ‘Dear Journal’ at all.  I would just start writing.  It wasn’t until I was well into adulthood (mid-twenties) that I realized by rereading entries what my journals actually were to me.  My journal was my way to express my feelings, document my day and story and where I worked out a lot of my issues and a place to encourage myself. At the end of each entry I would end with a mantra (I didn’t know at the time that was what it was but it felt right to do) – Bonnie you are strong and intelligent and you deserve goodness in this world.

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Here is How a Journal Helps Me – Journaling for my Mental Health

laughing Recognize Negative Thought Patterns 

When reading back through your entries look for patterns.  Is there anything that you repeat? They could be words, thoughts, feelings?  For example – while in university I realized a constant pattern of frustration when it came to balancing school work and life.  This frustration was leading to a feeling of unhappiness.  Once I consciously said to myself, ok, I’m unhappy with the current state of balance in my life, I journaled about how I could create more balance and maybe what it would look like.  I decided to open up and start volunteering for those activities that I had always felt connected and enjoyed.  I began coaching softball and bowling for kids as well as volunteering at the local museum.

laughing Clarify Your Thinking

This one can apply to your personal life or in your business.  When you want to make a clear plan for something I find when I write it down it gives me clarity of focus. It can help you stay on track and motivate you towards your goal. I noticed that once I started journaling as a 15-year-old and kept going with it I developed what I called my ‘five-year plan’. As an adult, I wanted more so I bought Write it Down Make it Happen by Henriette Anne Klauser (that was about 18 years ago now) There are probably newer books out now that help with the same thing.  I believe this type of system works for me because of physical writing down what I want I have announced it to the universe somehow, the action itself helps cement it in my mind, I look back on it and I’m reminded of what I what so I can stay the course or reflect and make the necessary changes.

laughing Can Help You Relax

After I’m done journaling I feel relaxed and calm.  Especially when I do my gratitude journaling. Here is a post I have done in the past about developing a gratitude practice.

laughing Boost Creativity 

How does that work? Well, sometimes if we write things out we can discover our roadblocks and then make a plan for dealing with those roadblocks. When our minds are clear from toxic negativity it is more open to create and blossom.

There is no right or wrong way to journal.  No special equipment (I started with that old orange Hilroy notebook) is needed. Just find a comfortable place and set a time and let the words flow.

 

Bonnie Dani

Bonnie Dani

CEO of Everything in my life

Bonnie is an admitted book, planner, craft, coffee and chocoholic. She loves sharing her passion for books, journaling, mindfulness, meditation, crafting and gaining confidence in developing our creative souls. Former high school teacher now she is the creator and owner of Adalinc to Life Blog. You can drop me a note at bonniedani@adalinc.org
DIY Reversed Sequin Corkboard

DIY Reversed Sequin Corkboard

DIY Reversed Sequin Corkboard

Recently, my daughter and I took a walk through the Justice Store for girls.  I usually never do that because of the onslaught of all the cuteness, and coolness that makes even me a 40 something woman want to be a tween again. Who can walk out of that store with daughter in tow and not purchase anything? While I did succumb to a reversed ice cream sequin shirt, we also stumbled upon a silver reversed sequin corkboard in the room decor section.  It was around $50 Canadian. I wasn’t prepared to pay that and the crafty soul inside of me thought I bet I could make one myself.  So here is what I did!

I purchased a reversed sequin fabric from Amazon. We decided on the blue and pink one as she loves mermaids right now. I had bought 1 yard for about $28 Canadian. So far still cheaper than Justice. And actually, I still have lots left over to make other things from the 1 yard. Bonus! I did end up purchasing pink glitter ribbon as well but I already had a corkboard at home and I was determined to use it. Originally, I also bought purple paint to paint the frame of the corkboard too, but in the end, I glued the pink glitter ribbon over it.

First, I removed the existing frame from the cork board and my original idea was to paint the frame purple.  When you see the project finished though you will see that we glued pink glitter ribbon to the frame instead.  I will explain at the end why I changed my mind.  We are allowed to do that when in the throes of creative exploration. We realized something doesn’t work so we try something else. My daughter really wanted the pink glitter ribbon added so I just went with it.

DIY reversed sequin corkboard

While my daughter was painting I cut the fabric to fit the corkboard. As I wanted to fit the fabric back into the frame I cut the fabric to .5cm from the edge. I don’t usually work with fabrics so I should have watched this Youtube Video before to see her trick for keeping the mess to a minimum.

*WARNING* CUTTING THIS FABRIC DOES MAKE A HUGE GLITTER SEQUIN MESS.

I did this on my kitchen table and so sweeping it all up was pretty easy although, for days, I was still finding Glitter everywhere! I just used scissors, and for a more precise cut, I used my mini Exacto knife to trim the edges where needed.

Once I had the piece cut to the size I wanted I then used hot glue to adhere the sequin to the corkboard.  I only placed glue on the length and width of the board edges making sure to smooth out from the center to avoid air pockets. Next time I would adhere to the fabric with the glue from the center of the board slowly pushing the air pockets out as I placed the fabric down on the board. *SIDE NOTE* I did try an adhesive spray on the backing of the fabric but that didn’t work at all.

DIY reversed sequin cork boardThen I refitted the cork board back into the purple frame.  In order to do this, I removed any hardware staples from the frame in the 1 corner I had loosened.  And then with a bit of muscle, I was able to refit the cork board with the sequin back into the frame.  This is the tricky part as depending on how tight the fit is sometimes the sequin would pop out but with a bit of dueling, I prevailed and then hot glued the corner of the frame once I was happy.

DIY Reversed Sequin Cork Board

Here is where the pink glitter ribbon comes in. I didn’t really like some of the edges where the sequin didn’t quite tuck properly.  I had some pink glitter ribbon and thought it might be wide enough to hide where the frame meets the board.  This was an old cork board that I was attempting to upcycle and I did not want to go out and buy a whole new one.  So we used the pink glitter ribbon. And it worked perfectly! And my daughter and I liked it better.  The pink glitter ribbon gave it even more of a pop.

Here it is placed on her desk. Now I just have to convince her to use it as the cork board because she is too scared to pin things into it.  She doesn’t want to wreck it she says.

DIY Reversed Sequin Cork Board

It isn’t a perfectly fitted piece but I made it work and most importantly my daughter doesn’t need her mama to be perfect. Process over perfection.  It was less than the $50 one at Justice and multi-colored as well. I do have leftover fabric so I’m thinking of other projects.

Share with me some of your ideas!  Reversed sequin is so much fun!

DIY Reversed Sequin Cork Board

 

 

 

 

Bonnie Dani B.A., B.Ed

Bonnie Dani B.A., B.Ed

Owner and Creator of Adalinc to Life

Bonnie is an admitted book, planner, craft, coffee and chocoholic. She loves sharing her passion for books, journaling, mindfulness, meditation, crafting and gaining confidence in developing our creative souls. Former high school teacher now she is the creator and owner of Adalinc to Life Blog.

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Selah’s Painted Dream Book Blog Tour

Selah’s Painted Dream Book Blog Tour

SELAH’S PAINTED DREAM BOOK BLOG TOUR

I am happy to post today as a part of the BeachBoundBooks Blog Tour for the children’s novel written by Susan Count, Selah’s Painted Dream. The tour will run from May 7 – May 29, 2018. Read on to discover more about this children’s novel, read an excerpt and enter the Rafflecopter Giveaway at the end of the post. 

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Title: Selah’s Painted Dream (Dream Horse Adventures, Book 3) | Author: Susan Count | Publisher: Hastings Creation Group | Publication Date: May 7, 2018 | Genre: Children’s Novel | Number of Pages: 174
Description: Thirteen-year-old Selah’s life is about as perfect as it gets. She has horsy friends at school, and on weekends, she rides her black mare on Grandpa’s farm. Training the horse to do upper-level liberty work is what makes her heart beat.

But one word can ruin a perfect life—moving.

A move would separate her from her horse, so she plots to get her name on the farm mailbox instead. She’s sure she could persuade Grandpa—except he’s overly distracted by a sheep-loving neighbor.

Determined not to let Grandpa’s new sweetheart take her place in his heart, Selah puts her hope in a painted dream horse from Grandpa’s past. When she snugs up the girth and buckles on her spurs, Selah rides to win.

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Selah elbowed the farm kitchen screen door open balancing her orange juice and bag of donuts. She set the glass on the table between the two porch chairs and dipped into the bag. 

“If your mother knew you had donuts for breakfast every Saturday morning, she would put a stop to it.” 

“It’s our special secret. Awh. These are still warm.” 

Grandpa folded the morning paper into his lap. “So, I’ve not heard much about Austin from you.” 

“What’s to tell? I hate it. It’s too far from here.” 

“There’re some really nice areas for horseback riding. Bastrop, for one.” 

An old truck rattled down the driveway way too fast, blaring the horn. A dust cloud billowed from the road. Grandpa rose from his chair. The tan Ford skidded on the gravel as it stopped. Mr. Noah, from a neighboring farm, leaped out and strode to the deck. 

“Chief ’s been trying to call you, Ed.” 79 

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Grandpa grumbled at his cell phone as he tapped the ringer on and moaned at the missed calls. “Why didn’t he call the house phone?” 

Mr. Norris shrugged. “He said you never answer it either. The Bartons have an emergency. Ellie’s disappeared.” 

“Oh no.” Grandpa threw the newspaper into the chair behind him. 

“One minute she was in the yard playing with her puppy, and the next she was gone. Deputy Bob’s called out the search and rescue team. She’s been missing for almost three hours now.” 

Selah’s heart sank. “Ellie is only four. She’s helpless out there.” 

Grandpa pulled his Search & Rescue backpack from the closet and crammed his feet into his snake boots. “Have they checked the neighboring farms?” 

“The teams on site are combing the area around the Bartons for tracks and scanning with thermal imaging for any sign of her. Chief is already at the scene. He’s calling in all the resources this county has, including the bloodhounds from the prison.” Mr. Noah fidgeted with the coins in his pocket. “I called Katie, and she will meet us at the Bartons.” 

“Wise move.” Grandpa tucked a water bottle into his pack. “She really knows The Grasslands well. If anybody can find Ellie, it will be Katie.” He threw his pack over his shoulder and strode to the truck, calling instructions to Selah. “Stay by the house. Do the rest of the morning chores because I won’t be back until we find her.” 

“But, Grandpa.” She raced after him and tugged on his sleeve. “I could help.” 

He drew her into a hug. “I appreciate your heart, but a search is no place for you. We hope for the best, but we never know what we’re going to find.” He kissed the top of her head as he released her. “Practice your liberty work with Dream.” 

Other books in the series…

A story of love and determination in the face of adversity that will steal your heart.

Twelve-year-old Mary longs to have a horse of her own, but she’s limited to reading horse books. A talented artist, she spends her days on a blanket in the grass sketching the horses at the farm next door. She falls in love with one of the foals and is outraged to learn the filly is considered worthless as it was born lame.

Mary befriends and enlists the help of twelve-year-old Laura, whose family owns the horse farm. Against the better judgment of the farm manager, a brief reprieve is negotiated for the foal’s life. The girls conspire to raise money to save her, but time is running out. Sadly, it appears the expensive surgery the foal needs has little chance to correct the problem anyway. Mary isn’t about to let her own disability hold her back. She sacrifices what she holds dear – the trust of her papa, to gain her heart’s desire. But she could lose everything in her struggle to save the foal.

TxAuthors Best Book Award Winner for 2017 – Juvenile – Coming of Age
Feathered Quill – 2017 GOLD Award – Children’s Fiction – Animals
Purple Dragonfly – 2017 First Place – Disability Awareness

A delightful read. Plenty of twists and turns which makes the book a great little adventure. Selah embodies perseverance, hope, determination, compassion, and spunk.

Twelve-Year-Old SELAH’S quest to be equestrian superstar is impossible without a horse. Then she spots buzzards circling in the grasslands behind Grandpa’s farm. They’re stalking a horse trapped in wire and Selah is its only hope. But the mare she rescues might be a bigger challenge to her dream than not having a horse at all. When an old friend of Grandpa’s and a world renowned horse trainer offers to work with the wild and defiant mare, Selah jumps at the opportunity. She trains with a fierce determination to equal the equestrian talent of the deceased grandmother who instilled the love of horses in her. But when the horse causes mayhem at the trainer’s facility, he sends them home. Selah must gather her courage and face up to the trainer or watch her dreams gallop away.

American Horse Publications – FIRST PLACE – Equine Fiction….. Feathered Quill – GOLD Award…..Readers Favorites – GOLD Award…..

About the Author

As a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, American Christian Fiction Writers, and Texas Association of Authors, I take studying the craft of writing seriously. Revision is my super-power.

Instilled with the need to create, I love building projects and writing adventure stories. I’m a life-long equestrian and owned by a Rocky Mountain Horse. I adore grandchildren, horses, bunnies, mochas, and forest trails.

I’ve published three books in an equestrian series. I write at an antique secretary desk that occupies a glass room with a forest view. Fittingly, it once belonged to the same wise grandmother who introduced me to the love of reading via Walter Farley’s horse books. That desk has secret compartments which hold memories, mysteries, and story ideas.

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Prize: One winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card or $25 PayPal cash prize, winner’s choice
Giveaway ends: May 29, 11:59 pm, 2018
Open to: Internationally
How to enter: Please enter using the Rafflecopter widget below.
Terms and Conditions: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. A winner will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter widget and will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winner will then have 72 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new draw will take place for a new winner. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible entries received. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. This giveaway is sponsored by the author, Susan Count and is hosted and managed by Stacie from BeachBoundBooks. If you have any additional questions feel free to send an email to stacie@BeachBoundBooks.com.

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Bonnie Dani B.A, B.Ed

Bonnie Dani B.A, B.Ed

Writer, Educator, Blogger, Mom

Bonnie is an admitted book, planner, craft, coffee and chocoholic. She loves sharing her passion for books, journaling, mindfulness, meditation, crafting and gaining confidence in developing our creative souls. Former high school teacher now she is the creator and owner of Adalinc to Life Blog.

How to Make Workout Wear With Your Silhouette Machine

How to Make Workout Wear With Your Silhouette Machine

 

How to Make Workout Wear With Your Silhouette Machine

I love creating unique and personalized items.  This is the freedom of having a silhouette machine gives me.  In previous posts, I have shown how I use my silhouette to make planner stickers, planner folders, and planner desk accessories but I have also made t-shirts and mugs for family members.  I still use the Silhouette Portrait that I got 2 years ago.  It has gone through many blades and I’m on my second cutting mat. I also have a Silhouette Mint and Curio machine and I have been slowly working on projects with those as well.

But today the focus is on how you can make a cool and unique workout wear for yourself or others.  Here is the supply list for this project:

  1. FAVOURITE WORKOUT WEAR – I chose Athletic Works Dri-More 93%Polyester and 7%Spandex.  You could put these designs on a cotton shirt as well but you would have to adjust the temperature setting of your iron or Cricut heat press or any other heat press you use.  Please read the temperature instructions for the heat press you are currently working with for accurate results.
  2. SILHOUETTE/CRICUT CUTTING MACHINE
  3. HEAT TRANSFER VINYL – I used the Siser Heat Transfer Vinyl *I have found this vinyl to adhere the best in any of my projects* I have only ever tried Cricut Heat Transfer Vinyl before but I prefer Siser.  The colour I used was Siser Easy Weed Pink Metallic.
  4. WEEDING TOOL 
  5. IRON OR HEAT PRESS – For this project, I used the Cricut Heat Press which has made my life so much easier than using my iron.  With any heat press always follow the instructions for the material you are using.

How to Make Your Own Workout Wear with a Silhouette Machine

  1. Find a design that would like to add to your shirt. Below you can pick up this Silhouette cut file, pdf or SVG file for free.
  2. Open up the design in your Silhouette.  I work with Silhouette so the instructions will reflect that. Once you are happy with the set up don’t forget to mirror any text you want to cut out.  I have forgotten many times.  Then you are ready to send to your cutting machine.  In the next step, I will show you the cut setting I used with my Silhouette portrait but you will know your machine best.  Also depends on how old or sharp your current blade may be.  
  3. SEND PROJECT TO THE CUTTING MACHINE – First, you have to choose what type of heat transfer vinyl you are cutting and then check to see the actual cut settings.  If I have a new blade I pretty much follow what is given but if my blade is older and well used then I usually find I’m adjusting the force. I usually adjust the force by ‘2’ up if needed until I’m happy with the cut. Always test cut your machine. make workout wear with your silhouette machine
  4. WEED YOUR PROJECT 
  5. HEAT PRESS ON TO YOUR SHIRT – Depending on the method you are using check out the settings recommended for your heat press.  I will be using the Cricut Heat Press. Here is the quick reference quick for the Cricut Heat Press – for my project, I’m using Siser Pink Metallic HTV and I’m pressing onto a tank top that is 93% polyester and 7%spandex.  I began with their recommended settings. Also, do not press directly on your table always have a heat resistant mat in place to work upon.  Cricut offers one but I have found a bamboo cutting board that has done the trick for me.  You don’t want to ruin your table.  Another tip if using a wooden cutting board, don’t use your cutting board that you also use in your kitchen. There are smells that have made their way into the board and will transfer to your clothing.  Keep that onion smell in your kitchen.  Use a dedicated board for your craft work. 
  •  According to the Cricut heat press instructions it says to pre-heat your garment for 5-8 seconds before placing your HTV on. Then proceed to place your HTV project onto your garment.  I like to use a piece of parchment paper between the heat press and the shirt. 
  • This is just a regular piece of cooking parchment paper I like to use in between my garment and heat press.
  • Heat press according to directions.  Again, I begin by following the recommendations but I always end up pressing a bit more. I had to push slightly on the heart press and I actually ended pressing twice for 15 seconds before I removed the plastic.  And then after I removed the plastic I heat press (with parchment in between) again twice at the same temperature for 15 seconds each time.  

And then I was done.  The pressing only took 60 seconds in total!  Wow!  Way faster than my home iron.  Loved it!  My own unique workout tank!  

If you would like to create your own workout wear I have the SVG/PDF/Silhouette File available as a free download.  Please share with me on Instagram or Twitter using the #adalincblog or share with me on my Facebook page.

Bonnie Dani

Bonnie Dani

CEO of Everything in my life

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Make Your Pinterest Business Account Ready for Spring

 

Spring is the perfect time to clean out our homes so why not our social media accounts as well.  Today I’m solely focusing on Pinterest as it is my number one social referrer everyday. As with all things in social media everything is in constant flux.  Normally, when we declutter we want to get rid of things but that is not the case with Pinterest.  Pins from 3 to 4 years ago are still bringing in traffic to my site even though those pins are less than ideal.

Today I will tackle some housekeeping or updating items for Pinterest and also tell you about a sale in the Pinning Perfect Ecourse from Blog Clarity.  I am an affiliate for this course but it is the only course I have every needed to stay on top of Pinterest and making it my number one referrer to my blog.  The price will be going up later this year so if you are interested there is a $25 discount available only on March 15th and 16th (Code only works on Thursday and Friday).  So let’s make our Pinterest account spring ready!

Here our my top 3 tips to check out to make your Pinterest Business Account Ready for Spring

First, did you check out Pinterest’s Top 100 Trends for 2018.  Here are the categories that may apply if you are writer, mom blogger, craft blogger and a few other interesting ones. You want to be creating posts or pins that will hit what is trending in Pinterest search bar.  It help make you more revelant. My top 5 were:

  • Pom Pom Decor
  • Removeable Wall Art  – As a Silhouette Crafter I’m going to have to explore this one a bit more.
  • Living in the Present
  • DIY Jewerly
  • Self Care Topics

I encourage you to explore the article for more ideas.

Second, have you checked out the new Section part of your boards? You should already have a board for your blog or business.  Now you can create separate sections to help people navigate to find the specifc posts, information or products easier.

Make Your Pinterest Business account ready for spring

 

Third, did you know you could archive boards.  If you click on the edit button you will see an archive button.  You may want to consider doing this if you have not posted to a board for a while. According to Pinterest it can improve your revelance and notifications. Here is the article for all of the lastest Pinterest tools. 

Now it’s your turn.  Go and spring clean your pinterest business account.  If you want to tackle improving your pinterest strategy I encourgae you to check out the Spring Sale of the Pinning Perfect Ecourse.

If you are simply overwhelmed by the look for the course or don’t have the time and are looking for help with your Pinterest account from set up, strategy to pin creations I will launching my own Pinterest Virtual Assistent Help soon.  Subscribe to my newsletter and snag my launching code when I launch. 

 

Bonnie Dani

Bonnie Dani

Educator, Writer, Blogger, Mom

Bonnie is an admitted book, planner, craft, coffee and chocoholic. She spends her free time buried in books or craft supplies. When she is not creating she loves helping other women find their creative centre. Former high school teacher now she is the creator and owner of Adalinc to Life Blog and Boutique.