FREE Vintage GOAL Planning Sheet – A Little Bit Of MOTIVATION

WHY GOAL SETTING HELPS ME

I suffer from depression and anxiety. I know for me this particular time of year that I always drop. I see everyone going outside and doing more because it’s summer enjoying their time, and I often beat myself up because I am not doing as much or my depression leaves me too tired to really enjoy the summer.

Often this leads to a massive drop in motivation and I do a lot less. I have lots of things I want to do but I just can’t find the get-up and go to do them.

I have however found that goal setting helps motivate me. You have to find things you really want to achieve and will be motivated to do and take little steps towards them.

THE PROCESS OF GOAL SETTING – WHAT TO DO

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To do this it is worth thinking about the top 5 values you have in your life. This may be things like achievement, family, health e.t.c. You can then come up with some short, long and mid term goals in these areas.

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Each goal can be broken down into little more manageable steps and this helps me work towards something bigger and helps me feel like I am making progress towards the things I want to achieve in my life.

I have attached the FREE PDF I have created to help me set out and manage my goals. It works along side the SMART goals principle. The idea that for you to achieve a goal it must be SPECIFIC, MEASURABLE, ATTAINABLE, REALISTIC AND TIME ORIENTATED.

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  • The main goal column provides space for you to set a general goal.
  • The 2nd column allows you to specify exactly what you will need to do to achieve that goal and helps you break it into achievable realistic steps.
  • The 3rd column allows you to set a realistic time frame. One that applies some pressure to get the action step done, but not too much that it becomes un achievable.
  • The 4th column helps you visualize what your situation will look like when you have achieved the action step. It has been proven that visualization and seeing yourself achieve a goal can actually help with motivation and your ability to reach it. This column also provides you with a measurable outcome so you know when you have achieved your action step.
  • Finally review your goal setting planner regularly and mark off when you have achieved different action steps. Marking things off is satisfying and motivates you to do more!

HOW OFTEN DO YOU NEED TO REVIEW AND CREATE NEW GOAL SHEETS?

Your short term goals planning sheet should be reviewed regularly as you near achieving your main goals.

Your mid-term goals should be reviewed every 6 months

And the progress you are making towards your long term goals should be reviewed every year.

 

 

DOWNLOAD YOUR FREE WORKSHEET NOW

 

I hope this has been helpful. I would be really interested to know what your goals are both short, long and mid term and how useful you have found my planning worksheet. Let me know in the comments below!

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Mental Health Issues?- A Starting Point For YOUR Recovery

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There are people in your community that are fighting to survive. Some are battling life threatening illnesses such as cancer and degenerative conditions. Some are desperately trying to feed themselves whilst living on the bread line. But the majority of people in your community who are fighting to survive are trying to cope with a mental illness. Perhaps, some are even trying to survive mental illness as well as these other life-threatening health and social problems.

I am not saying that the severity of mental illness in anyway outweighs that of physical health problems. What I am saying is that our 21st century community is struggling on mass with mental health issues. It is not just the emo kid that sits at the back of the bus, the ‘incapable’ teacher who breaks down in front of a class or the guy in the office who everyone thinks is a bit ‘strange’.

According to The World Health Organisation, 1 in 4 people will struggle with a mental health condition at some point in their lives. This is a well-known statistic that is on the rise.  What’s more this is only the amount of people who are diagnosed with a mental health condition and does not include the people that are struggling to cope with it on their own. It is more likely than not that when you walk down your street you will see more people who are struggling with mental illness than all other physical health problems combined.

When I say people with mental health problems are struggling to survive, I am talking about how they are struggling to meet the concept of what it is to live and have life.

People with mental health problems can find it painstakingly hard to extract any kind of joy from their day. They may also struggle to even participate in things that could bring them joy. They can be so tired and worn out that they are unable to do things that bring them meaning and life. This can be despite desperately wanting to do these things.

 

BUT THAT IS NOT THE END…

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Mental health may be the highest disease burden in the world and the 2nd biggest cause of disability, but people do not have to be debilitated by it.

With the ‘right’ support can return life, joy and meaning with in that. I say ‘right’ loosely. Different therapies and treatments are right for different people. In fact, often a combination of different therapies will support an individual and teach them how to cope with their illness better than 1 singular treatment. Finding the right amount of input can take time, trial and error and be frustrating, but people can learn to live their life.

I know what you are thinking. I personally have had countless professionals, relations and friends tell me that with the right therapy I will get better. And it can be frustrating because I know I want to get better but I just don’t know how or where to start.

 

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I do have a suggested starting point. It starts by doing a bit of research. I would suggest websites such as mind.co.uk .

In particular, go to mind’s shop section and view their list of publications. For FREE you can view online, download or pick up a copy of all their publications in your local mind. They only charge if you want a paper copy delivered.

They have booklet on everything mental health related on the Mind Website.

Including:

*Every mental health condition – Diagnostic criteria, Symptoms, Treatments that work well for the condition, medications that work well for the condition, where to access these, real life account of how people feel when they have this illness and what has helped them etc.

*All the distinct types of therapies – What they are, who they help, how they work, their benefits, their drawbacks, past user testimonials and views, how to access the therapy and useful contacts.

*All the distinct medicines used to treat mental illness – things they help with, side effects, usage time etc.

*Your legal rights when it comes to mental health in the UK – What your rights are, how to complain, who to complain to, how to take a complaint higher, useful contacts etc..

*Coping with your mental health and making sure your rights are adhered to situations such as work, study environments etc.

 

SERIOUSLY, IT IS BRILLIANT. And it has helped me SO much!

 

Have a flick through the booklets they offer that may be relevant to you. Make some notes. Identify potential illness you think may be affecting you as well as potential therapies and medicines you think may help you and match your symptoms. Then approach your GP / Doctor / Psychiatrist and ask them about these possibilities and what they can do to help you purse these.

 

I HAVE CREATED A NOTES SHEET TO HELP YOU GUIDE YOU RESEARCH – CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE PDF FOR FREE

TAKE A PHOTOCOPY OF THESE SHEETS.

ONE FOR YOUR GP AND ONE FOR YOU. THIS WILL ALLOW YOU BOTH TO HAVE A SHEET AND DISCUSS IT IN YOUR APPOINTMENT. IT WILL ALSO REMIND YOUR DOCTOR TO ARRANGE THESE THINGS FOR YOU AFTER YOU HAVE LEFT. THEY CAN REFER BACK TO THIS SHEET

 

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If you have a mental illness and are feeling stuck, try this suggestion as a starting point. I find that the more I know what is affecting me, and therefore how it can be treated the more hopeful I become about learning to cope with that issue.

 

If you know someone who is struggling with mental illness, this is a prompt to help them find some starting points for their recovery!

 

If you are not very familiar with mental illness, this has hopefully made you a bit more aware of people’s struggles and just prompted you to be a bit mindful of other people’s struggles and has equip you to be able to offer some support to people with mental illness that you may come across in the future. Your support can go a long way!

 

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So, a conclusion! Many of our nation are struggling to live a fully, happy and meaningful life because of mental illness. Often people with mental illness struggle with where to start when trying to get better or they become stuck in a ‘rut’. But create a little research project for yourself. Start with Mind and use my free PDF template to guide you through your research. Knowledge IS power. Knowing what you have and how it can be treated can really help give you a sense of hope for a less bleaker future. And you know what if you seek out opportunities to learn about your condition and how to cope with how it affects you, you can actually live a really fulfilling life!

My journey is different and mine for the making,. So is yours.

 

Love

Someone who has lived this practice, breathed it and doubted it herself over and over again. Someone still struggles but is beginning to see more little joyful moments in life.

 

 

 

 

AS ALWAYS PLEASE LET ME KNOW YOUR THOUGHTS BELLOW AND HOW YOU FOUND THIS ACTIVITY. WAS IT HELPFUL? WHAT NEEDS EDITING IN THE PDF? 🙂

 

 

 

 

Harry Potter Free Party Printables + Food & Alcoholic/Non-Alcoholic Recipes 

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Dear Finley, 

I hope some day you read this and watch/read the entire Harry Potter series. I also hope someday all this is extremely useful to you.

Love Momma

 

A year ago had the opportunity to totally nerd out on my best friend’s bachelorette party with a Harry Potter theme, and it couldn’t have turned out any better. For some reason I went head first into this as a designer and kept coming out with idea after idea. I had so much fun designing all of it. Here’s the part I can use these decor ideas over and over again for all kinds of Harry Potter themed parties, and so can you!

 

Craft Supplies Needed:

  • Dubble sided tape to apply the labels to bottles, cups and containers.
  • Scissors

 

All links on the supplies are directed to smile.amazon.com – every purchase will donate money to your charity of choice.

(Click Here) to download the ButterBeer labels

Butterbeer Recipe (Alcoholic)

Use an 8 oz. (Cut Recipe in half for 8 oz.) to 16 oz. Mason Jar or a 12 oz. – 16 oz. Beer Mug.

  • One glass bottle of cream soda, this was mostly used for visual effect
  • Captain Morgan’s Spiced Rum
  • Tbsp of vanilla ice cream – mix into the soda and rum until it looks creamy (careful it will fizz up, mix slowly)
  • Butterscotch Sauce (Drizzle around the sides of the glass before pouring and then drizzle on top)
  • Whip Cream for Topping

There are hardly any measurements we just simply poured each in to our liking. Some wanted more rum, some needed more rum.

Butterbeer (Non-Alcoholic) 

Use an 8 oz. (Cut Recipe in half for 8 oz.) to 16 oz. Mason Jar or a 12 oz. – 16 oz. Beer Mug.

  • One glass bottle of cream soda, this was mostly used for visual effect
  • Tbsp of vanilla ice cream – mix into the soda until it looks creamy (careful it will fizz up, mix slowly)
  • Butterscotch Sauce (Drizzle around the sides of the glass before pouring and then drizzle on top)
  • Whip Cream for Topping

 

(Click Here) to download the Mandrake Roots and Flobber Worms labels

Mandrake Roots – Use a savory or sweet party mix. Example: Snack Mix or Nut Mix.

Drunken Flobber Worms (Alcoholic) – Soak gummy worms in vodka over night serve in a shot glass or in a mason jar. Can also add them to any of your mixed drinks.

 

(Click Here) to download the Salamander Blood, Horklump Juice, etc. labels

Salamander Blood Recipe (Alcoholic)

Red wine works great for this or you can use the Bloody Mary recipe below

Mix all together. For visual effect add pomegranate seeds to the drink.

Salamander Blood Recipe (Non-Alcoholic)

Fruit Punch or Cranberry Juice works great for this or you can use the juice recipe below.

Mix all together. For visual effect add pomegranate seeds to the drink.

 

Horklump Juice Recipe (Alcoholic) 

The tastiest savory drink thus far! You will need Fried Mushrooms for this one, make yourself or purchase frozen. If you’re gluten-free I would highly recommend using balsamic/garlic marinated baked mushrooms.

Mix all together until liquid is smooth. Place speared mushrooms on top.

 

Lethe River Water (Alcoholic)

Serve in an 16 oz. Mason Jar

Lethe River Water (Non-Alcoholic)

Serve in an 8 oz. Mason Jar.

  • Scoop of Lime Sherbet ice cream
  • Fill with Ginger soda
  • Throw in some Flobber Worms!

 

Draught of Peace (Non-Alcoholic) – Fill a 20 oz or higher glass bottle or jar

Lavender is not mandatory but the aroma does help with stress. If you don’t have lavender, blueberries are an excellent substitution.

 

(Click Here) to download the Gillywater, Amortentia, etc. labels

Amortentia Recipe (Alcoholic)

Amortentia Recipe (Non – Alcoholic)

 

Gilly Water Recipe (Alcoholic) 

  • Splash of Blue Curacao
  • Splash of Coconut Rum
  • Splash Orange Liqueur
  • Pineapple Juice
  • Squeeze of a lime wedge

Add swedish fish or blueberries.

Gilly Water Recipe (Non – Alcoholic) 

 

Place the small potion labels on little sample liquor bottles or for no-alcoholic parties use them on Little Hug Juice Barrels.

 

(Click Here) to download the Ministry of Magic “This Way” sign

(Click Here) to download the 9 3/4 Hogwarts Express sign

10 Habits to Help You Succeed in College – FREE PDF Included

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Getting a college degree is no easy feat. Fortunately, you and your fellow students have access to a plethora of tips and tricks to make the most out of your class time and study time. One such source is provided by Opportunity International, which lists out habits to help you succeed in higher education.

Here’s a taste of Opportunity.org’s 10 Habits of Successful Students, which includes my favorite three habits they’ve listed:

  1. Sleep. You don’t want to overdo this one and miss class, of course! However, you can’t pull all-nighters to finish projects and study for tests all the time. (Trust me. I’ve tried and learned the hard way.) Get your rest so you can think more clearly, retain information more easily, and be a more pleasant person to be around.
  2. Ask questions. You should use this tip inside and outside of the classroom. If you’re confused by what your instructor is saying, do your best to speak up during class! If you’re extra shy and don’t want to talk in front of all your peers, don’t miss the opportunity to ask your instructor during their office hours or right after their lecture. Make sure you ask friends for help with studying too.
  3. Maintain a study space. Sometimes, your dorm room or home isn’t the best place to get your work done. Take the time to locate a spot that’s quiet, easy to get to, and conducive to studying.

Need help with that last tip? We’ve got you covered. Check out our Reading Environment Assessment here. It asks you to evaluate three different potential study spots by answering a few true-or-false questions. It will help you identify your best environment to get your work done. Plus, it’s free and quick to complete!

Check out more habits of successful students here. Let us know what your best habits are in the comments below!


“10 Habits of Success Students.” Opportunity International. Opportunity.org, n.d. Web. 19 July 2016.

Theory and Practice of Counseling and Psychotherapy 8th Edition by Gerald Corey 

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Plan With Us- Easter Ideas

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So the Easter school break is coming up and I thought I would share with you some ideas of things to do in the holidays, We will be doing some of these as well. I have also made up a little printable you could print off and use to plan your activities, I do this because my girls like to know the plans for each week.

 

Easter Fun Ideas

  • Decorate your home with Easter/Spring decorations or handmade arts & crafts.
  • Go on a forest walk
  • Bake some Easter cupcakes or Easter inspired treats
  • Easter Arts & Crafts (ideas below)
  • Messy surprise egg bath (explained below)
  • Egg Hunt
  • Guess the riddle (explained below)
  • Make your own flower arrangements (explained below)
  • Decorate an egg
  • Go to the park and feed the ducks
  • Have an at home Easter parade (explained below)
  • Buy some eggs and donate them
  • On Easter Sunday go to church for the Sunday service

Easter Arts & Craft Ideas

  • Make a Spring/Easter bunting
  • Make Masks
  • Make an Easter bonnet
  • Make an Easter wreath
  • Make bunny finger puppets

(Google has loads of ideas so just search away, this is some we have done in the past)

Messy Bath Egg Surprise

You will need bath slime which you can find here. You will also need to buy plastic eggs and small gifts that you can buy from the poundshop. Put the small gifts inside the eggs and make the slime bath and put the eggs in them, the kids enjoy a messy slime bath while finding lucky egg surprises too. This is great fun.

Guess The Riddle

So this is pretty simple you make up cards with little clues (riddles) on them and hide each card and then each card the clue leads to the next card in a different place, at the end of this there should be a little surprise maybe a sweet treat.

Make Your Own Flower Arrangements

Why not get a few bouquets of flowers, some Spring and Easter tubs, glasses, vases etc and all each make a little flower arrangement of your own to then display in your home.

At Home Easter Parade

Make costumes, Easter bonnets and nice food and play music and have a little Easter parade in your home with some fun games and yummy food together.

 

This is just some ideas that we have done in the past or are doing this year. School holidays can be expensive so most of these are pretty cheap as the supplies can be found at the poundshop and others you may already have in the house.

 

Plan

I made a little printable, you can download it here. My girls like seeing what is on the agenda so I made this up and will fill it out and pop it on the fridge for them to see. I didn’t add dates because we have things in between but if they know what is on the agenda for each week it is easier when plans change etc to move things around.

 

I hope this helps and if anyone has any ideas for me please comment down below as I am always looking for new inspiration.

 

Thanks for reading.

Take care & talk soon.

 

Love, Kimmy xoxo

 

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2 Minute Sugar Free Apple Pie Oatmeal [RECIPE] — The Noob Chef

 

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If I learned anything about oatmeal, it’s that it is much more cost effective to purchase a large container of quick oats and make your own variation. A large container that lasts me easily 1 month (eating it daily) costs $3.99. Now I’ll admit… for a while there I caved and tossed 2 tbsp. of sugar into my oats to sweeten things up. Over time I made a promise to myself to try and cut back on sugar where I could. That’s not to say I’m completely sugar free. (Hence my recent Buckeye recipe). But, I’m trying.

So I got to work playing around with other kinds of sweeteners: honey, sugar-free maple syrup, sugar-free applesauce, sugar-free apple butter, Splenda, etc. I’m a sucker for apples so I was aiming to make an oatmeal that tasted like an apple pie without the super jolt of sugar. The result was this recipe. It isn’t overly sweet, but the ingredients give it just enough sweetness for enjoyment while still being a stick-to-your-ribs kind of breakfast. How do you like your oatmeal? Comment below and let me know! I hope you all enjoy this recipe and as always… keep on cooking! ❤

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2 Minute Sugar Free Apple Pie Oatmeal

Yields: 1 serving

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup quick oats
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 tbsp. sugar free apple butter
  • 2 tbsp. sugar free maple syrup
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 apple, chopped
  • 2 tbsp. milk or half and half

Instructions: 

  1. In a microwave-safe bowl, pour in the quick oats and water. Heat for 2 minutes. (Note: watch your oatmeal on the last 30 seconds so it doesn’t overflow).
  2. Add in the apple butter and maple syrup and mix well.
  3. Add in the cinnamon and chopped apple and fold through. Then drizzle 2 tbsp. of milk or cream on top. Mix well and enjoy!