10 things to look forward to (self-care month day 13)

self-care month day 13

Morning! Happy Saturday to all.

Today’s self-care task involves a journal entry again (aren’t you glad you treated yourself to that new one?).
If you have read some of the past entries on my blog, you may have seen that sometimes, I like to just make a list of things that I am looking forward to. It gives me momentum and makes me feel positive and excited about things to come.

They can be small things or big things, it really doesn’t matter. But this simple list will make you feel excited and happy for the rest of the day. Cont…

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Journalling (self-care month day 4)

Welcome to day 4 of self-care month. I hope you’re already beginning to feel the benefits of spending just a few minutes a day looking after yourself. I know I am.

The next task is about journalling. I really believe that journalling is just a wonderful way to get out anything that is bothering you. Whether you even know that it’s bother you or not journalling has a way of getting it out. It’s cathartic. Cont…


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Most Important Tasks

In my Leonie Dawson workbook that I filled out at the beginning of this year there was a page called

12 Zen Habits (From Leo Babuta at Zen habits.net)

They are all pretty useful and zen and go as follows

  1. Set your 3 MIT’s (most important tasks) each morning
  2. Single task (focus your attention)
  3. Zero inbox
  4. Process emails once a day
  5. Exercise 5-10 mins a day
  6. Work while disconnected
  7. Keep your desk decluttered
  8. Clear & declutter home for 15 mins a day
  9. Stick to a 5 sentence limit on emails (make your words powerful)
  10. Say no to commitments & requests not on your important short list
  11. Eat fresh fruit & veg everyday
  12. Follow a morning routine

I think we can all pretty much agree that these ‘Zen Habits’ are worth thinking about as we go through our days. In fact I have them stuck on the wall in front of me right this very second look


My favourite one is number 1. I actually do use this one every day now. Having 3 MIT’s is great because it isn’t overwhelming. It its an endless to do list. It is just what actually matters to you the most on that day. Sometimes there is time for more. Some days I have achieved my MIT’s by 11am and I have the rest of the day to frolic..or whatever. I take 5 minutes every morning to figure out what the 3 tasks are for that day that i definitely need to do. If i think of 4 i have to choose which ones are the most necessary to my day.

Todays MIT’s for example are

  • Write blog post
  • Go to appointment
  • Start assignment

Today is pretty standard actually. Often my 3 MIT’s have something to do with self-care (appointment-actually for hypnotherapy) something for my business (today-write blog post) and often something to do with studying because there is basically always something I really need to do for that.

Other days, I know immediately that My number 1 priority is self care. Sometimes my MIT is actually to find time for a quick nap, or a bath, or just to read alone for a while. On days when I’m not feeling that great I know that that needs to be taken care of first.

Some days it is to do something fun with my family, to visit my grandma, to clean something, to business plan, to organise something for charity, to find time for yoga or a walk or to write in my journal if I haven’t done that for a while, to create something if i haven’t done that for a while.

You get the picture. I need to sit down each morning and actually give myself a few minutes to think about what the day holds in store for me and how I can work out when to do my MIT’s.

Why don’t you try it? Could you list 3 MIT’s today?

Peace out,

Imogen x


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Morning m’lovelies, hope you’ve all a weekend full of self-care, relaxation and joy! Well at least a bit! Even with essays due, a kiddies party to host and family time this weekend I still managed to make sure i was taking care of myself. Did you?

Today I want to talk about gratitude. Expressing gratitude daily for the things that we have and are is one of the simplest ways to bring joy into your life, without really making any effort.

I first starting writing a gratitude journal when I was introduced to Simple Abundance by Sarah Ban Breathnach by the lovely Alison at Brocante Home, this is probably 7 years ago now and I have been writing it daily ever since. The idea is that at the end of the day you write in a journal 5 things that you have been grateful for that day. No matter how hard your day has been, there is always at least 5 things to be grateful for.

My basics are

  • Mine and my family’s life
  • My home
  • Food to eat
  • Clothes to wear
  • A bed to rest in

But usually, day-to-day it is the little joys that I like to be grateful for. The happier I am, the more I find to be grateful for and the more I show gratitude for my life, the happier I feel. Pretty amazing hey! Make it a routine then it will be easier to keep up with it. I write mine before going to sleep and leave it on my pillow so I don’t forget.

You would be amazed at how life changing something so simple can be. I really, seriously urge you to do this, if you never follow any other of my amazing Life Balance tips (as if, haha!) you must try to write a gratitude journal.

This is a pretty short post today but I think i have covered how important I feel that this is!

Enjoy the rest of the day you gorgeous lot,


Imogen x