This post shows pictures of how I decorated my 2018 planner by month. Please be careful if you’re using data as there are a lot of pictures.
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Last year I fell off the bandwagon for decorating, but this year I hope to keep up with decorating my 2018 planner as I prepare to switch over to Bullet Journaling for next year!
My 2018 Planner:
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For January, I did a 21 days of yoga challenge. As stated in my Pre-Wedding Fitness Plan post, I belong to Brett Larkin’s online yoga community called Uplifted. If you haven’t heard of Brett Larkin, you really have to check her out. She offers online classes on Youtube that are free, or you can join her in depth community with a bunch of perks!
This post goes into detail about the classes that I did for the challenge with links!
It was okay. Not enough movement for me. Lying back was difficult since I don’t have any bolsters to use and my pillows didn’t give enough support. The poses on the knees also REALLY made my knees sore the next day. Definitely recommend LOTS of padding if you have bad knees.
Mostly kundalini in this one, so I wasn’t really into it. However, I tried the chanting of ‘ong namo guru dev namo’ and found that I REALLY love this chant. There’s something so relaxing and “freeing” about it compared to sat nam. The chant of ong namo guru dev namo means roughly “I bow to the divine inner teacher within me/my own creative consciousness.”
I skipped this class and decided to do the “Find Your Style: Vinyassa” class instead. I really love vinyassa because of the dance like movements that are used from one pose into the next. It also allowed me to focus on breathing, which calmed me down and helped me to feel more relaxed and centered.
It’s now been a week since you got engaged! Hopefully you are all still on cloud nine!
This post isn’t as heavy as the last post, but still worth looking into, especially if things have changed.
Topics for One Week Later:
How are you feeling this week?
Have any of your previous feelings disappeared from a week ago?
Have any new feelings risen since your journal entry last week? If so, what are they and where do you think they came from and why?
Have you and your fiance had a serious discussion about your plans for the future already? When did this conversation occur? If you haven’t talked yet, you really should.
Continue to enjoy your time as a newly engaged couple and keep working on communication with your future husband! Spend the next few weeks talking about serious matters that involve your future, such as children, work, expectations, etc.
Telling friends and family you’re engaged can be a daunting task, but you’ve done it! Congrats on another accomplishment! Now that you’ve told your parents and your friends. It’s time to delve into their reactions and comments and how you reacted to them.
Questions After Telling Your Family and Friends You’re Engaged
How did your parents react? Did they sound genuine or forced?
What about facial expressions/body language?
What did your parents say or ask? How did you react to their comments and questions? Why do you think you reacted that way (if they had negative comments and questions).
Overall, were they welcome to the idea of you marrying your partner?
Onto your friends! Answer questions 1-4 again, but about your friends.
If there’s any negative comments/questions, why do you think your parents/friends responded the way they did? Is there anything in particular about you or your fiance that makes them think the match isn’t a good one?
Do you feel confused after telling your family and friends? Why?
If you feel confused, maybe now is the time to think about getting premarital counseling to make sure that your fiance and you are definitely on the same page about your life goals, especially if you haven’t talked about these things already.
What’s next? After telling friends and family you’re engaged, it’s time for you and your fiance to relax and enjoy being engaged!
Why My Wedding Fitness Plan is Different from Other Brides
While searching the internet for wedding fitness plans, I realized that most of the plans are designed for brides that want to focus on losing fat, toning muscles, and losing weight. All those things are great, but those aren’t things that I want to focus on for my own personal wedding fitness plan.
How My Wedding Fitness Plan is Different
My wedding fitness plan isn’t designed specifically for losing weight so much as it is designed for staying healthy and keeping off more weight. How is that possible, you ask? Well, read on! I got engaged at the end of August, and I’m getting married at the end of September this year, so I decided that January was a good time to start my wedding fitness plan!
My Plans by Month
January’s fitness plan consists only of 21 days of yoga followed by meditations every single day. I belong to Brett Larkin’s Uplifted Community where we are able to use any of her training plans. For January, she had the 21 days of yoga challenge, which I used for the entire month. Some days I did two classes together with rest days in between, which allowed me to finish the 21 days two days before the end of the month.
<<For a more detailed post check out: January Wedding Fitness Plan coming soon!>>
I joined a 100-day fitness challenge where I have to either do exercise every day or exercise, diet, and meditation. I wanted to do 100 days of exercise, but with how busy I am, it’s hard to do it, even if it’s only doing 15 squats! That’s when I decided to focus mostly on exercise, meditation, and diet for the next 100 days. My exercise consists of 45 minute walks with my dog on the days that I don’t do yoga.
<<More details: February Wedding Fitness Plan coming soon!>>
Answer the following questions in as much detail as you can (this is mostly to record these memories as well as help pinpoint emotions). If you haven’t already, please check out my Emotional Awareness Engagement Journal landing page where you can find all the links and info about this Engagement Journal.
How did the engagement happen?
What were you thinking about when he/she proposed?
How did you feel when he/she proposed?
Did you notice any changes in his/her behavior in the weeks before the proposal? The day of the proposal?
Were you expecting the proposal? What made you think that it was going to happen?
How do you feel right now when you think about the fact that you are now engaged and getting married?
All of the journals are going to focus primarily on your feelings during your engagement and for you to note any differences in feelings and what may have occurred to make you feel that way. For more information and a list of all entries, please check out the: Emotional Wellness Engagement Journal post.
If you would like to record your entries online, I recommend using Google Docs. Or I recommend using a cheap notebook, which you can find on Amazon:
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Welcome to my Emotional Awareness Engagement Journal post! This post will provide you with: the journal itself and links to all entries in order.
What is an Emotional Awareness Engagement Journal?
So many times, women get engaged and immediately focus on wedding planning that they often cruise through the engagement with little thought or awareness to how they are feeling about everything that is happening. This journal is designed to help you focus on your feelings throughout this new chapter in your life and hopefully shed some light on new emotions that surface throughout the entire wedding planning process.
Do I need anything to buy anything?
No. If you keep your documents online in Docs or use Word, or if you already have some notebooks at home, you don’t need to buy anything. If you prefer writing things down, like I do, you may want to purchase a notebook, any kind will do, and you can order them or purchase them from wherever you like, including the dollar store.
DISCLAIMER: I am in no way a therapist/psychologist. This journal is just for you to keep track of your own emotions. It’s up to you to decide what to do with negative emotions and seek professional help if it comes to that (for example: couple’s counseling before marriage).
*NOTE: If some wedding planning items are done before or after, you can do the entries according to your own timeline. Some of the entries may contain two items together, in that case, you can omit the # that contains the duplicate entry.
These entries are a WIP (work in Progress), so they will be released as soon as I have edited them. (I’m also getting married this year).
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