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Magical Monday Braindump: Pick Me Up List

To change things up a little I thought I’d do a video post!


This week why not braindump your….

Pick Me Up Activities List

If you’ve got a Life is Crafted starter pack planner, or the List & Planning pack (I’m taking down the PDFs soon so if you’re interested in them get them now!) There is a page called ‘Life Up’ that has a place for these things.

This is your go to list for times when you’re feeling out of sorts and need to help lift yourself out of these moods. Trust me, the next time you’re feeling weirdly uneasy or down you’ll be so happy you have this list!

Take action now!

Write your own list of things that will make you feel better when you’re feeling BLEH! You can keep adding to it as you go. Put at least two things on the list NOW!

On my list

My pick me up activities include:

  • Going for a walk with Zander
  • Doing a yoga class
  • Calling my sister Liane or my bestie Chloe
  • Dancing around to loud cheesy, sing-a-long music
  • Reading ‘The Nice Files’
  • YouTubing funny videos
  • Reading my personal mission statement

What’s on your list? Share one goal with us below!

If you have a lot going on in general , here’s a post I wrote about creating your own Magical Monday Braindump party and get all the ‘to dos’, ‘somedays’ and ‘gosh, darn it, I REALLY have tos’ in a list.

Life is crafted, craft yours.

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Magical Monday Braindump: Who do you need to contact?


Just call them! Photo found on weheartit

It’s Monday and I’m leaping out of bed because I’m loving what I do! Happy Monday to you all, it’s time for the (drum roll please….) MAGICAL MONDAY BRAINDUUUUUUUUUUUMP!!!!!!!

This week why not dream braindump the….

List of people you want to get in contact with again!

Those girlfriends you haven’t seen for a year. That old neighbour you want to reconnect with. The distant family member you think of often but haven’t actually reached out to in a while. Most of us probably have a few people we’d love to say hello to but have been too ‘busy’ to or feel that too much time may have passed.

Let’s take this opportunity to make a list of those darlinghearts that we are wanting to hug in person, speak to over the phone/skype or pen a letter to. Life is too short and time moves too swiftly to just think about them. Take this opportunity to make it happen! I bet they’d love to hear from you.

Take Action Now!

Use five minutes now to jot down the names of the people you want to reach out to. Then put a day down that you’ll take that action. Feels good doesn’t it?!

On My List

My childhood BFF
Aunty Ursula
Cousin in the states
School friends in Perth

Who’s on your list? Share with us below!

If you have a lot going on in general , here’s a post I wrote about creating your own Magical Monday Braindump party and get all the ‘to dos’, ‘somedays’ and ‘gosh, darn it, I REALLy have tos’ in a list.

Life is crafted, craft yours.

Magical Monday Braindump: To Do in the Kitchen

Master To Do ListWelcome to the Magical Monday Braindump Party!

Get all your To Do’s for the week out of your head and on to paper – If you think it, Ink It! Here’s the steps to creating your own Magical Monday Braindump party

Then, this week why not dream braindump your list of things you need….

To Do in Your Kitchen!

The Man and I had a big (and very needed!) cleaning day yesterday. We’ve both been slogging away at our desks for days on end and had really neglected all those mundane cleaning jobs…

So we blasted some music, divvied up the tasks (amongst smaller things, him – bathroom and vacuuming, me – kitchen and mopping).

While working in the kitchen I noticed a bunch of things that could benefit from some loving attention and decided to start a list that we can tackle at another date.

On My Kitchen To Do List

  • Organising the pantry (and checking expiry dates!)
  • Clean fridge
  • Clean and organise utensil drawer (can’t find anything at the moment!)
  • Reorganise glasses and plates
  • Scrub kickboards
  • Go through and see what’s in all the high cupboards and that mysterious place the junk drawer
  • Clean the hard to reach areas – ceiling corners, exhaust, above fridge

One of my Master To Do lists is categorised as ‘Home’ and I’ve titled one of the columns ‘Kitchen’ and put all the to dos there.

I’m not beating myself up about not having all these things done and spotless right now. I have other priorities, but my brain can rest easy knowing that I have these tasks listed in an easy to find place for when the time is right.

That is the beauty of having well organised lists! Peace of mind 🙂 Yay for that!

What do you have on your Kitchen to do list? Share with us and make me feel not so alone!

Life is crafted. Craft yours,


Magical Monday Dream Braindump: Wishlist


Hope you had a happy Easter Monday! I just learned that this is not a public holiday in many places including the US…I certainly enjoyed a 4-day weekend (totally not rubbing it in or anything…ahhhhh, 4 days…..).

So this is coming out on Tuesday instead during this 4 day week!

This week why not dream braindump your….


We all have those thing we want to have – lipsticks, gadgets, a new yoga mat, a book – but just can’t justify going out and getting them immediately.

Why not start a list of all those things and add to it when ideas come up. You’ll be such a happy camper the next time your partner/mum/friend asks you what you want for Christmas/your Birthday/just because you’re fabulous, and you can whip out your Wishlist rather than ummmmming and ahhhhing and just asking for socks!

This is also a great list to refer to when you’re working on a big goal and looking for something cool to reward yourself with when you reach that hard worked for place.

Take Action Now!

Use five minutes now to brainstorm or add to this list. Jot them away on a new list page or, if you have the Life Is Crafted List & Planning package, there is a dedicated list there!

On My Wishlist

My Wishlist currently includes a KeepCup, a Kindle, a yoga block, a camera that can video HD (the camera that shoots my current videos is an old camcorder that has to be connected to power to work as the battery is shot!).

What’s on your list? Share with us below!

If you have a lot going on in general , here’s a post I wrote about creating your own Magical Monday Braindump party and get all the ‘to dos’, ‘somedays’ and ‘gosh, darn it, I REALLy have tos’ in a list.

Life is crafted, craft yours.


Magical Monday Dream Braindump: Places you want to visit


It’s Magical Monday Life Crafters! Take this opportunity to get everything out of your head and onto paper to clear some much needed space.

If you want some guidance, I’ll be suggesting areas each week to brainstorm. It maqy just give you the space to finally add to  some of those lists you have on the go.

This week why not dream braindump

Places you want to visit!

Egypt? Easter Island? Paris? Venice? Johannesburg? Iceland? Your mum’s house?

Jot them away on a new list page or, if you have the Life Is Crafted List & Planning package, there is a dedicated list there!

If you have a lot going on in general , here’s a post I wrote about creating your own Magical Monday Braindump party and get all the ‘to dos’, ‘somedays’ and ‘gosh, darn it, I REALLy have tos’ in a list.

Life is crafted, craft yours.


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8 Steps to Creating Your Own Magical Monday Life Crafting Braindump Party!

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It’s Monday morning Life Crafters! Here’s a little Monday routine that can make a big difference in your life. The start of a magical week if you make it that way.

So let’s all do…


Doing it the first time may take a little longer, but if you do it on a regular basis it only takes 5-10 minutes! If you have the Routine pages from your Starter Pack or List & Planning pages, don’t forget to add it in!

1. Remember the mantra, “If you think it, Ink it”
When things remain in our brain we can feel disorganised and overwhelmed. Every time something pops into your head that you need to do or are thinking about doing, jot it down somewhere you can come back to later.

2. Create an easy ritual
Light a candle. Put on some of your favourite tunes. Make yourself a nourishing cup of tea or a fresh juice.

Setting up the right space for yourself can infuse you with the right mindset to get your creativity and ‘braindumping’ flow on.

3. Grab your Planner
And go to the notes section, blank page or just find a piece of paper – something you can write things down on without thinking too much if it is neat or categorised. Grab your favourite pen. You’re ready now right?!

4. Write all the stuff that is going on in your head down
Just braindump. Write down to dos, dreams, feelings, household tasks, who you need to call, what you need to buy at the supermarket, errands you need to run, projects, deadlines, giving the dog his worming tablets, blog posts you want to write, etc. You get the gist.

Don’t analyse or overthink. Don’t get tempted to get started on one of the tasks. Most importantly, don’t get overwhelmed. This is just the time to empty that gorgeous head of yours.

5. Take a deep breath and enjoy all that freed up space
By getting all those wonderfully inspiring and mundane tasks out onto paper you’ve created space for the energy, inspiration and new ideas you need to make the life you want happen.

6. Schedule it, Put it on your Master To Do List or Throw it away.
Remember you don’t need to tackle everything at once!

If it is something you need to do soon, book in a time with yourself in your planner. Jot it down in your weekly list or on a day over the next couple of weeks.

If it is something without a timeframe – A future idea or something you’d like to do someday – write it on your Master To Do list, a Someday page, Bucket List or one of your information pages in your diary.

Some of ideas area crap. It’s okay. The bad is needed so we can contrast the really good ones. If you look at something and go ‘what the hell was I thinking?!’, give yourself permission to throw it away.

7. Recycle, File or Trash the initial piece of paper.

8. Your done! Give yourself a pat on the back and celebrate 🙂
If you have a party popper handy go on and pop it over your head. And don’t forget to blow that candle out.

Life is crafted. Craft yours.

Yours in passionate planning,

Get Inspired To Give Back


(Okay, I know fireworks don’t have much to do with ‘giving back’ but they do inspire a positive ripple effect just like you can too!)

Crafting your life often includes others – how you impact them and how they impact you.
I believe things work better in balance – in order to receive, it is also great to give. Plus it feels awesome! And there is nothing wrong in feeling good about yourself when you give back.

Besides some of the common areas of life (health, money, relationships, career), one I include is the area Contribution.

There are a lot of horrendous things that happen on this planet. However, you don’t need to take the weight of the world on to your shoulders. It is a massive burden to carry and one that can end up paralysing you. Instead, do your bit. Every action has a ripple effect – from a smile to a stranger and recycling your rubbish, to helping to build new homes for people in devastated areas.

This sentiment was reinforced when a friend shared this poem with me:

“It’s 3:23 in the morning
and I’m awake because
my great-great grandchildren
won’t let me sleep.

My great-great grandchildren
ask me in dreams
What did you do
while the planet
was plundered?

What did you do
when the Earth
was unraveling?

Surely you did something
when the seasons
started failing,

as the mammals, reptiles,
birds were all dying.

Did you
fill the streets
with protest when
democracy was stolen?

What did you do once you knew?

It’s 3:23 in the morning
and I’m awake because
my great-great grandchildren
won’t let me sleep.

What did you do once you knew?”

– Drew Dellinger

What did you do once you knew?

Use a blank list page in your Filofax or planner and list ways you can give back to others. If you want ongoing motivation, print out the poem above to remind yourself. You don’t need to just give money. Giving your time and energy is just as important.

Here are some ideas of giving back, creating a positive ripple effect or taking action towards helping this planet:

  • Turn your compassion, thoughts and intentions to those who need it. Give good wishes.
  • Buy fair trade products – Fair Trade Australia
  • Sponsor a child or a village – to make yourself comfortable with knowing where the money goes, check out the charity’s annual report.
  • Use your water and electricity wisely.
  • Get into collaborative consumption
  • Support local farmers and eat seasonally
  • Commit random acts of kindness (pay for the coffee of the person at the next table, leave a post it note saying “You are beautiful” on the bathroom mirror, give a bunch of flowers to someone on the street)
  • Go on a Volunteer Holiday
  • Donate microloans through Opportunity International or Kiva
  • Volunteer your time at a local charity or retirement home
  • Give Charity Gift Vouchers with Karma Currency

What do you do – or what are some of your ideas?

Life is crafted. Craft yours.



360/30 Lists: 19-23 Oct 12

Zander was one of the responsibilities…

19. Today is amazing because…
Even though I’ve been so busy with The Man away, the animals, the Dad arriving and the pre-work launch stuff for two businesses (plus the usual social, personal and household demands) I got everything on my to do list done.

I amazed myself! Go me.

20. Favourite characters in films
I’ve drawn an absolute blank… Amelie? The dolphin at the end of Deep Blue?

21. Foods to try
I’ve tried most foods that I wanted to (I’ve even tried some I didn’t want to!). Traveling gives you many opportunities to test your palette…

A food I wish I liked are Olives. Yes, it just seems like they should be something I love. They’re salty and sophisticated and I really believe I should be an olive loving person. Alas I am not.

22. Colours of the rainbow from most to least favourite
What was that rainbow song from my childhood? Red and yellow and pink and??? [just back from googling rainbow colours].

So, from Newton’s 7 primary colour spectrum my hierarchy of rainbow colour favourites from highest to lowest amount of liking are…

23. Sports you want to try
I grew up reading lots of Enid Blyton books. I wanted to be part of the Magic Faraway Tree with Dick, Fanny and Bessie (no kidding), the Famous Five and Malory Towers. Because of the latter, I have a weird curiosity around Lacrosse. I’ve never seen it played, have no idea what the rules are or what you would need to wear. BUT I WANT TO PLAY IT!

18. Favourite Quotes/Sayings

I have soooooooo many!

One that I say often but without eloquence is “You’re with yourself 24/7. You’re there when you go to sleep at night and when you wake in the morning. No one else is. So make yourself happy and the rest will follow.”

The ‘real’ ones that popped straight into my head (because there are so many amazing ones out there are):

Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself. George Bernard Shaw

She turned her can’t into cans and her dreams into plans.

Follow your bliss and doors will open for you, where there were only walls. Joseph Campbell (okay – the poster is a bit different, but I thought it was pretty!)

And the day came when the risk it took to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. Anain Nin (again, slightly different wording in the pretty picture!)

Life is crafted. Craft yours.

What’s In My Happy Place: 360/30 Lists: 17 Oct 12

This post is part of the 365/30 List for Philofaxy October 2012


One of the happiest places I have in the world is where my Dad lives in Switzerland (as opposed to calling it our Swiss Chalet – which sounds a bit more wanky right?!).

Because we moved around so much when we were younger – we never had a real family home – except for Chalet Edelweiss (yes, very original I know). No matter where we were in the world we would visit our small town of Troistorrents at least once a year. It was the only constant abode in our nomadic lives.

To me it is a symbol of family time. Of easy days full of laughter and time. Of magical Christmases and wildflower filled summers. It holds wonderful, wonderful memories of board games, fire-side chats and warm neighbours.

Physically, it has the mish-mash collection of:

  • childhood toys,
  • 30 year-old washed-so-many-times-it-feels-amazing-so-I-never-want-to-get-out-of-bed sheets,
  • favourite mugs from which to drink Suchard Express (our fav hot chocolate eva),
  • photos and videos of crazy and touching family moments and
  • probably every pair-less mitten and glove known to man.

It is a place I wish I could get to more often in these days of having to pay for my own plane ticket. responsibilities. Whenever I have a bad day and need to ‘go to a happy place’ in my mind, I visit Chalet Edelweiss.

Life is crafted. Craft yours.