7 great reasons to use a notebook for better mental health

bird notebook on a bench

If you have thoughts, you’re a thinker. Every human being engages their mind all day, every day. And the mind can be exercised and optimised, just like the body, with a few simple tools. Your smartphone can do almost anything, especially with the right apps. But it’s useful to sometimes ditch your phone in favour of a trusty notebook because there are things a notebook can do for your brain that a smart device cannot. 1. Disconnecting is good for […]

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A quick-start guide to journaling: 10 essential tips for beginners

Journaling has been nothing if not life-changing for me. Every time I get stuck – with work, in life, in relationships, in processing emotions – journaling is there to help me sort it all out. Being able to have that profound impact on your mindset is crucial when you want to heal and move forward in life. However, back when I started, I had NO CLUE what I was doing. All I knew about journaling was that Dear diary cliché. […]

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The surprising origin of the postcard & how sending a card is participating in history!

Bird cards on a windowsill

The postcard has been around for over 150 years. And whether you’re sending one from your travels in far away lands, for someone’s special birthday or just sharing some awesome memories with the person you made them with, the postcard can do no wrong. It connects two people in a gorgeously nostalgic way. With the perfect design on the front and a heartfelt note on the back, you can never go wrong with sending someone a card. This humble medium […]

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What are the benefits of a gratitude journaling practice? 15 gratitude journaling prompts to get you started

how and why to start a gratitude journal

Gratitude is real magic. In your mind. Even when all you can see is how horrible things are, gratitude can turn things around. It won’t fix everything that’s wrong with the world, but it’ll take your focus away from the bad and point you towards what’s still good. The days when you think it can’t get worse, gratitude will help you heal. Not instantly, but slowly over time writing about your gratitude will have a profound effect on your life. […]

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Why you should be writing postcards: 8 forgotten reasons why they’ll always be better than email (and how to start today)

Sunflowers are the perfect thing to cheer someone up

The first postcard was sent by a dude to himself. That was by an English gent named Theodore Hook in 1840. But it wasn’t until an American, by the name of John P. Charlton, copyrighted the first American postcard (how American of him), that they really took off and became popular with collectors, known as deltiologists. Since then our communications have become quicker than instant noodles and the value of each piece of communication has gone down. I mean, how […]

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18 imaginative journaling prompts for when you’re feeling stuck and don’t know what to write

18 imaginative journaling prompts to help you when you don't know what to write

I adore Natalie Goldberg’s book Writing Down the Bones. She’s best known for exploring writing as zen practice and inspires you to take the leap and write creatively. Though her advice is mainly focused on different aspects of the writer’s craft, she has a lot of great advice that can be applied to journaling as well. Journaling is a practice that helps you comprehend the value of your life and a wonderful tool for profound self-knowledge through deep internal exploration. […]

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A gentle journaling exercise to help you find your way to forgiveness when you’re highly sensitive

How and why to forgive, how to journal for forgiveness

Whether by the words or actions of someone else, we’ve all been hurt at some point. And probably (let’s face it: most likely) will be again. Maybe you have a parent who’s overly critical of every 👏 little 👏 thing 👏 you do, a partner who broke your trust or a vindictive coworker who sabotaged the project you were in charge of. Or it could be worse; physical, sexual or emotional abuse, grief or trauma. I get it, there’s a […]

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My free gratitude journaling course is finished! It’s the place to be if you want to gain the happiness advantage

Learn gratitude journaling with this free course that has gratitude prompts for 21 days

Wowee, these past few weeks have had me up and down, and spun all around. I finally finished Thankful, my free gratitude journaling course, and I couldn’t be happier. Yes, free. I know spending hours agonising over what to write about and building a whole course on gratitude to give away for nothing seems contradictory when you’re trying to get your busienss off the ground. Trust me, I’ve had my doubts about this too. All the bro marketers and boss […]

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How to write yourself a life worthy of you & why your brain is the most important tool you have for creating real change

How to get your brain on board when you want to change how you think

Your brain is a marvel. A soft, mushy, wet marvel that can change your life. Not instantly, because making sustainable change takes time. And you’re more stubborn than you realise. Because your brain is one smart cookie and you need to get under the hood and rewire it if you want it to think differently and create lasting change in your life. Your brain is an anticipatory organ That means that your brain is constantly working in future tense – […]

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Why should you journal? Check out the life-changing benefits of journaling that you can use to achieve your goals

the lifechanging power of journaling

Do you have a regular journaling practice? I journal a lot. It’s essentially because of my journaling practice that I’ve managed to achieve any goals in my life. Almost everything started out as either with free-writing in frustration or an “I don’t know how…” journaling exercise. There really isn’t a more powerful way to start attracting and inviting in the things you want in life than getting clear on what you want exactly and why you want it. Writing these […]

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5 tips from a copywriter on writing a cover letter: this is how to bring out the best of yourself & show why you’re perfect for the job!

How to write a winning cover letter that will be read and not thrown int he trash

We used to live in communitites where we’d spend most of our lives with people we knew. But then we left that behind and started moving into cities. Cities that are full of strangers. People we’ve never met and never will. And this means you’re faced with the challenge of convincing complete strangers that they should take a chance on you. Give that job to you. Not the next person. To make that happen, you want to make sure that […]

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How to create more headspace in your everyday life with these 4 simple writing exercises

woman wearing grey knit cap

Forget trying to become a writer and just write because it’s one of the best ways to declutter your mind. Writing on paper (rather than on a computer or tab) forces your brain to really slow down and think – that’s why I prefer printable templates that I can write on myself. Of course, you can write in any way that is convenient for you – but you should be writing! This is one of the easiest forms of self-expression […]

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When God created woman he was working late on the 6th day

An adaptation of ‘When God Created Mothers’ by Erma Bombeck When God created woman he was working late on the 6th day. An angel came by and asked, ”Why spend so much time on her?” The Lord answered, “Have you seen all the specifications I have to meet to shape her? “She must function in all kinds of situations, cure herself when sick and have the ability to work 18 hours a day. “She must be able to embrace several […]

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