How I Plan and Stay Organized

Picture: Salt Mines in Maras, Peru by Kyla Alexandre

If you have been here a while, you would know that part of my brand is organization and part of being super organized comes from having a really solid planning system. Today, I will run you through my organization system so you can pull some of my tips into your own system. I know at first this may seem like a lot, so I recommend experimenting with what works best for you. There are SO MANY different resources for planning and there is one for everyone out there. Planning keeps you motivated and on task, allowing you to create structure in your day and minimizes the amount of stress in your day to day life. It also gives you the ability to see things ahead so you can avoid procrastination. 

I use four methods to keep myself organized:

    • Day designer (https://daydesigner.com/ or https://www.target.com/s?searchTerm=day+designer&facetedValue=toxcg)
    • Google Calendar
    • Note pads
    • Journals (for organizing thoughts and ideas)

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What to Do When You Need to Pause

Picture: Downtown Livermore, CA by Kyla Alexandre 

There are times in our life where everything feels like it is moving 150 mph and there’s no way to stop that overwhelming sensation. Today I am going to share how to know you need a break and take the steps you need to get your head back into the right space. 

First things first, when are you in a state that tells you that you need a break? Well, let me tell you. There are a few things you should make note of when you are evaluating how you feel. If you feel like you have lost control of what is happening around you, or you can’t help but feel overwhelmed and/or other negative emotions. Sometimes we take in too much at once and not even realize it. This typically means you need to take a step back and take a break. So how do you take a pause when there, unfortunately, is not a pause button for your life? 

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Spain and its Highlights

Picture: Valdepenas, Spain by Kyla Alexandre 

*Writers Note: Welcome to the start of a new series where I take you into the highlights of some of the places I have visited. My intent is to help out with those of you who are planning trips and want my tips for the places to go. If you have questions or want more advice, feel free to contact any of our platforms*

During this time of unknown and uncertainty, I’ve spent a lot of time the past few months looking through pictures I’ve taken of the places I’ve been. I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to travel a lot, and therefore I’ve seen some wonderful places in the beautiful world we live in. As things start to slowly get back to normal, travel will start to occur more frequently. Today I am going to share some of the places I’ve been and their highlights of places you must see when you visit. We are staring with my summer trip of 2018 to Spain and Portugal.

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Why Journal?

(Picture: My backyard by Kyla Alexandre)

I don’t know about you, but I think a lot and sometimes I think too much. Because I am such an over-thinker, there are times where I need to get out the thoughts in my head and put it somewhere in the world and that is why I journal. There are things that I think about that I do not always want to share with someone and journaling is that “step in” person to vent to. I have an unnecessary amount of notebooks that all serve various purposes for either poetry, doodles, and thoughts. The notebook I grab the most is the one that I journal in. That notebook holds my lists, thoughts, letters, memories, life lessons, and anything that I feel the need to get out of my system. 

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Good Things Happening In Our World

(Picture: Madrid, Spain by Kyla Alexandre) 

The world has flipped itself upside down and inside out. People are overstocking and facing the same thing at the same time. There is so much negativity in this world it almost becomes impossible to see any light at the end of the tunnel. This whole experience is causing a strain on people’s mental health. We have been in lockdown for about two months now and are adjusting to this absurd new normal. At this moment, we are driven by the hope that this will end eventually. News outlets are full of corona this and corona that with very little about the good happening in the world. The biggest lesson to take out of this is to know that no matter how crappy something is, there is ALWAYS something good that will come out of it. Let me share a few. 

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My Top 20 Songs

(Picture: I’m going to be honest, I have no clue where this was taken but it was taken by me: Kyla Alexandre)

If you have been here a while, you would know that music is somewhat of a lifeline for me. Nothing gives me more joy than when I can exchange music with people. Music is something so special to a lot of us, and with the craziness of the world right now I am going to share my Top 20 songs of all time (plus a few others because you can never have too much music)

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A Letter to Those With Mental Health Struggles

(Picture: Lima, Peru by Kyla Alexandre)

Dear Friend,

Times are tough, I know. I know these times are especially hard on you. Being left alone with our thoughts with no set and stone routine is a recipe for disaster. There are a few things I want you to know:

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(Picture: Lima, Peru by Kyla Alexandre)

Dear Friend,

Times are tough, I know. I know these times are especially hard on you. Being left alone with our thoughts with no set and stone routine is a recipe for disaster. There are a few things I want you to know:

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The Importance of Not Talking

(Picture: Nördlingen, Germany by Kyla Alexandre)

With all of the focus I have put on myself recently, I have been thinking a lot recently. In this hiatus, I got a really bad cold with laryngitis which meant I could not talk for a few days. For those of you who know me, I talk a lot so this was a difficult yet eye-opening time for me. Not talking forces you to simply observe the world. Sometimes we have to take a step back and see what is going on around us. 

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An Update:

(Picture: Santa Cruz, California by Momma Alexandre)

There are a few things I feel the need to address before we hop back into our regularly scheduled content. I was MIA for a very long time for various reasons. For one, I was in a very negative headspace the last few months and I felt that it would be very hypocritical of me to write content about positivity when I could not even follow my own advice. Secondly, I lost my touch. I was working on fixing myself and dealing with a lot that needed my focus. Lastly, I was not satisfied with the content and the way I was working with the website. I have come up with new ideas for content and what I want to do and I am ready to put my heart and soul back into this.  

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The Importance of Habits

(Picture: Lima, Peru by Kyla Alexandre) 

As the new year comes around, people start making resolutions that only last a few weeks. I have a few things to say about this… 1) who said the new year was the time to make changes? Why can’t you do it at any time? 2)The reason why they fall through so quickly is the flawed system behind maintaining these new changes. So, how does one change their life and create new habits effectively? Well, I am going to tell you. But first, I have to give credit to the person who inspired this article. I will link the podcast, done by one of my biggest inspirations (Kalyn Nicholson), that inspired this.

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