No-Buy July is Here

Photo by the blowup on Unsplash

There are a lot of different reasons to consider a month of no new purchases. A reset on spending patterns, an opportunity to use what we have, or just saving money are popular reasons.

No-Buy July can be instrumental in accomplishing all of the above. The areas of no-buy are self-selected and can be as many or as few as desired.

I have decided to cut back in the areas of books and journaling supplies. These are areas I struggle most with. I’m looking forward to using my stash of supplies each day, grateful for the ability to learn new techniques. The pause is also helpful in informing future purchases. It’s a time to learn what supplies are most enjoyed and used.

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Journaling in July

photo by me

Junk Journal July is a biannual challenge on Instagram created by Megjournals. Each day has a prompt. The challenge is to use your stash of crafting supplies as well as things you find in everyday life to complete a journal page. Some supplies can include: gift bags, receipts, paper coasters…

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I use these daily

current journals, photo by me

I’ve changed my line-up a lot in the last year. I stopped using the bullet journal and began using a bigger variety.

  1. Fauxbonichi: It’s known for being a combination of layout and text. The goal is create a page or spread per day, based on everyday life.
  2. My creative journal: collages and art journaling. It’s no pressure and perfect for experimenting.
  3. My free-write notebook: It’s my cleanser. Set a timer and whatever comes to mind goes in that journal.
  4. My book journal: It keeps track of what I’ve read, and my thoughts. Some months offer a 5-bullet point review of each book.

Journaling is a unique experience, customizable for the user. There are many formats, whether you want to write pages of text or draw out your emotions.

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and their calm

Photo by Johannes Plenio on Unsplash

“It’s going to rain tonight” my husband warns, handing me the kimono I’d left outside. Sudden glee hits me.

Lately, I’ve been turning nocturnal again. My body has slowly been conditioned to be productive for any time window. It’s adapted to being awake at 3 am to open Taco Bell for 5 am breakfast. It’s lived through closing two stores, a work schedule of 2 pm-3 am. Now, I’m letting it return to its desired settings. It craves the night.

Stormy nights are perfect.

The thunder provides a soundtrack to the horror or thriller I’m reading. It’s atmospheric and more enjoyable background noise than silence.

The lightning provides sudden beauty out of darkness. Interrupting the nothingness.

Before the storm is a perfect time outdoors — nice and cool, in comparison to hot days. It’s good for reflection.

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Rachella Angel Page

Rachella Angel Page

Writer, wife, lifelong learner. I write about personal development, emotional wellness, relationships and lifestyle. rachellaangelpage@yahoo.com