Welcome to the ninth instalment of Ramblings from my pages… Let’s skip over the fact that I didn’t post a rambling last Sunday, one day, I’m going to get it together enough to post this rambling every Sunday as was the intention, but that day has not come yet! This post was inspired by It’s Book Talk’s “5 on Friday: Things I’m Loving Lately” – it differs slightly, similar in that it will feature bookish and non-bookish topics, but different in that I will ramble about things I’m loving, hating, wishing for, links I’ve enjoyed, life updates – you name it, I may just ramble about it. The only staple feature of this post will be concluding it with a cool link I found around the web.
Today’s rambling topics: The Happiness Planner, Bookishly editions, HarperCollins wins, and King readalongs. Whether you read the entire post or jump to the section(s) you’re interested in, I hope you enjoy my ramblings. Note: if it’s green, it’s a link, click it!
THE HAPPINESS PLANNER
You may (or may not) have noticed a theme running through these ramblings; in past ramblings, I’ve spoken about over-committing in my blogging life, making blogging fun again, mental health days, and worry dolls. What do these things have in common? They are all linked to better self-care. In the later half of this year, for various reasons, I felt like I wasn’t taking good enough care of my mental, or my physical, health. So, I’m slowing working on improving both. Because, who doesn’t want to live their best life!?
The latest thing I’ve found, which I plan to use next year, is The 52-Week Journal from The Happiness Planner. The website states: “Instead of focusing on productivity, it focuses on “your happiness”. It is designed to help you welcome more positivity, joy, and happiness into your life by applying the practices of positive thinking, positive affirmations, mindfulness, gratitude, and self-development.” (I think it will also make me more productive.) I plan to give you a quick tour of this journal.
I purchased The 52-Week Journal in the sale for £26, it’s in the sale because, while the planner is undated, it comes with a 2017/18 Calendar Overview and Printables. Updated versions (2019/20) are available, and they have updated some features within the 19/20 planner, but this one is perfect for my needs. Each of the sheets is A4 and pretty self explanatory based on the title – there’s also a Vision Board sheet that for some reason I missed out in the photo. When you purchase the planner you have access to download more sheets from the website, again with this planner, they are dated 17/18 – with a pen and some washi tape, these will easily become 19/20.
The journal begins with a Happiness Roadmap, this section consists of exercises that help you self reflect, the idea is to get you thinking about what makes you feel happy/fulfilled. You also think about your strengths and weaknesses, qualities you want to improve, long-term goals, what frustrates/upsets you, what you’re grateful for, and much more! The idea is that if you plan ahead, you can integrate happiness into your life over the next 52 weeks. I think this will be a tough exercise, but I plan to be honest and think of it as an exercise in getting to know myself better.
For each week of the year, you have 2 pages for your weekly overview. Here, you can set weekly goals, and plan your weeks activities, specifically focusing on incorporating things that make you happy. My favourite thing is the weekly layout page, you have a small rectangle for each day of the week, and you can use them however you wish: for things you’re excited about, grateful for, to record good things about the day, what you learned that day, what you hope for tomorrow, to-do lists, meal and/or exercise plans, classes, etc. As you can see it’s wide open to use as you wish! Each week also starts with a positive quote, which I really like.
The weekly reflection pages are designed for you reflect on the highs (good/happy/proud moments), and the lows of the week (frustrations/challenges/struggles). Also to reflect on who and what you’re grateful for, what you learned, and what you’d like to improve/what you’re hoping for.
I can easily see how mindfulness is incorporated into this weekly reflection spread. The idea is to try and make each day a positive experience; by adopting good habits, a positive and grateful attitude, you can become happier, more mindful and more self aware. As the company slogan states: “Mastering happiness & success – one day at a time!”
At the end of the planner, there is a 52 week review so you can reflect on your year: your happier moments, your state of mind, what you enjoyed doing, skills you learned, personal qualities/habits learned or strengthened, what you discovered about yourself, challenges undertaken, negativities overcome, who and what you are most thankful for. There’s also a few lined pages of notes at the back of the journal too. And and pocket on the inside cover.
As you can see there’s a lot incorporated into this planner, I don’t for one second think it will be easy, but I’m ready to enter 2019, make it a successful year, and take better care of myself.
That turned out to be much longer than I planned, but this planner incorporates so much, I didn’t want to leave anything out. For more information about the planner, visit: thehappinessplanner.co.uk. This post isn’t sponsored, I just really like this planner!
We all love pretty book covers, and I recently discovered a small UK-based business, Bookishly, who make the most wonderful dust jackets for well-loved classics. I treated myself to a three book bundle from their Etsy shop, the Black Friday Etsy offer was too good to resist. But, if you visit their website, they have so many more books available, and some of the covers are simply stunning, I will definitely be buying more to as add to my collection. These are the three I bought:
HarperCollins killed it with their book mail. They sent me a proof of The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley, and they put my name on the proof!!!!! They sent alcohol too, but they actually ran a print of one binding of this proof so I could have my name on the cover (in my mind, that’s how I visualised it happening!) Can we say my most precious proof! And have you seen the UK finished hardbacks, I need to get me one of those too! (The cover is much better than the US cover, just saying.)
I’m currently on my King journey, making my way through all his books; I’m even tracking my journey in the ‘Reading Challenges’ section of my blog. Admit it, you didn’t even know I have a ‘Reading Challenges’ section, haha, don’t worry I’ve got you cover, here it is. Anyway, I try to read one King book each month, and to make it more fun, I host it as a readalong on Instagram. Book discussions take place in a DM group chat, for longer king books, I split the book into manageable weekly sections and we have weekly discussions. For his shorter novel, there’s just one discussion at the end of the book. I thought I’d let you know the schedule, so if you want to join in with any of the readalongs, DM me on Instagram – @keeperofpages. I’ve also added a ‘readalong’ story to my Instagram highlights so you can alway see what the upcoming readalong book is (if you don’t have instagram, that may have sounded like I’m speaking a foreign language, but just go with it!)
The December readalong book is Joyland
“Set in a small-town North Carolina amusement park in 1973, Joyland tells the story of the summer in which college student Devin Jones comes to work as a carny and confronts the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and the ways both will change his life forever.”
I’ll be reading the illustrated edition, but you can join in regardless of which edition you have! So if you want in, just let me know. This is one of King’s shorter novels so there’ll just be one discussion once everyone has finished reading it, so far there are 10+ of us reading along, and the scheduled date for the discussion is Sunday 16th Dec. If you know already your busy on that date, this is the virtual world, the discussion rolls over and people contribute when they can, the most important thing is no-one discussions before that date, so they don’t spoil it for anyone else.
For those of you who are super organised, January’s readalong is Pet Sematary, and for February, it’s Duma Key.
LINK AROUND THE WEB
I’m sure you all know by now, I’ve discovered a love for audiobooks, so, I was happy to stumble across this post by Book Riot, listing 50 Of The Best Thriller Audiobooks. I really like this list because it has a mix of fiction and nonfiction, and it covers several genres.
I hope you enjoyed reading this post as much as I enjoyed writing it, and you’ll join me next Sunday for some more ramblings. I’ll do my damnedest to make sure there is a post next Sunday, but no promises 😆!
If you missed my last rambling you can find it here – topics: Update: life, reading, blogging, Books That Matter UK, The Girl Who Lived Twice, HQ Crime Fiction Showcase.