Friday, 12 July 2013

Learning To Be Satisfied - My Filofax, My Style.

I am a scavenger.
I search for things to own

I look at the things around me and want want want.

And when it comes to Journals and Filofaxes,
I am either on a never ending quest
Or a folly for fools.

I have always kept a journal and own a Filofax (or two),
but have envious eyes on the work of others
it always leads me to dissatisfaction.
I want my journal to be the best!
The best for me
and a source of admiration for others.
I want my handiwork to leave it's mark.

And then,
in the midnight hours
I search the web for pictures of other people's binders.
Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Google images... and on and on!
Oh, I have it bad!

And then,
like an addict
I feel a sense of inadequacy and need
I must have something more!
I need to have perfection!

And then,
I am not happy with my pages
they should be neater
they should be more decorated
I want a better pen
Perhaps more expensive paper?
the pages should be complete,
they should be like ......

And then,
I stop
I breath in
I take stock of myself
and take a moment to be focused.

I am trying to reach the unreachable
I am desiring the things I do not have
I covet the order and effort of others
I feel everyone has the perfection I lack
and feel sad that I am not good enough
When in fact,
the thing I want the most
 is already before me.

I AM in possession of a wonderful and creative book
I love to write in my journal and Filofax.
I enjoy the solace of writing
and sharing my thoughts and dreams
Placing and pasting and cutting and ordering.
Making it uniquely mine
The joys of stealing away to a quiet place
to have some private moments with just the two of us.

I can WRITE.

I look at my own work.
This simple book
This part of me.

Now I see it in a different light
Sure, I admire other people's work
But what I have done in mine is also worthy
It is admired by others - they have told me so.
And I begin to see it more clearly
What I have is amazing
and remarkable
and valuable to me beyond words

Because it is full of myself

If I ever was completely happy with it,
I would soon get bored.
Daring not to tamper with perfection

But it is NOT perfect.
And that's it's beauty!

It is a developing work of art
Individualized and growing
And as it grows - I grow.

My envy now turns to pride
and settled thoughts about my books and words

I like it.

I really do.

And now
In the midnight hours
I am happy with my work

At last!

Monday, 8 July 2013

OH FILO! - A Song In Five Parts

Sung to “Stranded at the Drive-in” from the musical GREASE

Stranded in a carpark!
Time to write and share,
reached inside my backpack
and you’re not there!

FILO, Where are you?
I left you back at home!
How am I to occupy
an hour on my own?
Must create with washi tape
Some borders on the si-yi-yide
Oh why aren't you here?

Oh FILO baby
Some day,
When all my work is done,
Some how, 
Some way
Our two worlds will be one
I’ll open you,
Embellish you
and write until I sleep
Oh please, where are you?

FILO my darlin’
I want you real bad...
you know it true!
Ya gotta believe me when I say....
I’m helpless without you!
I can’t believe
that I would leave
You sitting on the bench!
my red fil-o-fax
called FILO



Monday, 1 July 2013

Kent from Oz's THE NEW ME Wellness and Weight Loss Planner

Hey Filofax Community.

I want to share my Wellness and Weight Loss planner with you.

The New Me Filofax Wellness and Weight Loss Plan

It is not a diet plan with recipes and telling you what to eat
It is not an exercise program
It is not a miracle worker - it is just a tool
It is not constructed by health professionals - just little old me

And please seek medical advice before undertaking any weight loss of exercise programs. It makes sense and vital to doing it all right.

It is a planner which you can use to act as a guide through your own weight loss and personal wellness and fitness plan
I wrote this to act as a guide to keep track of my eating and exercise, but I also wanted something to help me stay focused and reflect on this journey.
and it is a journey.
I am grateful to the online support of the friends from the Facebook Filo Dieters United

So here it is. 
I am sorry that it is only in A5 size, but if there is a creative person out there who can convert it to Personal or pocket size let me know.

The layout suits an A5 Filofax

I have included a food/activity journal page and a reflection page for 50 days.

You may just print out the food page or even put the reflections at the beginning and the food journal at the back.

It is up to you.

The questions are only a guide. 

We will each have our own reasons for starting a weight loss journey. 

Make the planner all about you.

Spend time reflecting each day. Focus on the REASONS why you succeed and have failed.

Often diets are useless because we still approach them with the same mind sets that got us unhealthy.

An example of the reflection Page

Each day I try to fill out a reflection page per day along with my food entries.

It is totally up to you

I also fill in everything I eat and drink, the exercise I do and how I feel. It helps to be honest with my self.
There is also sections to write things that inspire you, and a statement about WHY you are on this journey.

It is always good to reflect and stay focused and that helps to stay on track.

The food tracking page has an exercise and food planner section

You may want to write calories or carb levels in the food sections.

They are open enough for what you need to do.
I personally just track what I eat, but check the goodness of the foods as I prepare them.

That is what I will do once I reach my goals.

It is all about making good choices.

Answer the questions in any way you like.
Add more of your own,
Don't answer if you don't want to.

I tried to come up with the 50 areas that I personally wanted to cover in the reflection pages.

Feel free to make your own ones.

Here's the link for A5 Full version

Here is a Week on 2 pages slimdown version for A5 filofaxes.

Remember it is a journey.

Do it for YOU.

Enjoy and aim for success!