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Get that #Studyblr aesthetic with these ideas.
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Good handwriting not required!
Let's be honest, keeping a journal is a never-ending creative process. Aside from making sure that your thoughts and stories are written creatively, you also have to see to it that they look just as nice on paper. So when The Calligraphy Hub posted about tips ...
 
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They're super easy to make!
If you like journaling, lettering, and basically anything that involves putting pen to paper, we're positive you'd be thrilled to know that we found a guide to make your journaling #goals happen. The Calligraphy Hub recently compiled different guides from Study Petals to make ...
 
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For when you don't know what to fill your blank pages with
Happy first day of March, Candy Girls! As you know, we're all about journaling and being creative here at the HQ and we know that you dig these things as much as we do. So as per usual, we scoured Pinterest for ...
 
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Totally practical and affordable!
If you find yourself making a beeline for the beautiful leather journal covers at the bookstore but always come home empty-handed, we found a tutorial that will make your journal-loving heart happy!All you need is some scrap leather, elastic cords, a one-hole puncher, ...
 
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From generic to specific!
If you have a journal (and more than a dozen colored pens) but don't know what to write, or just don't feel like writing diary type entries, we found the perfect solution to fill up those pages! Here are some writing prompts ...
 
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It's time to organize your life!
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No accessories? No problem!
In case the planner geeks in us haven't stressed it enough, planner accessories are life. They don't only serve a decorative purpose, they also, in one way or another, help keep you motivated to tick off all your to-dos on your ~*aesthetically ...
 
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These not-so important stuff are totally important!
Every planner nerd will probably agree that a planner is incomplete without its accessories. No matter how unimportant (we're looking at you, paper clip with a super big bow/pompom) the add-ons may seem, it adds to the beauty of the planner and the inspiration ...
 
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Aka 10 aesthetically pleasing ways to plan 2017
The good thing about the new year is that you can literally start with a blank page, in journal-speak, at least. And just like IRL, you can make your metaphorical blank pages whatever you want it to be (or look like), which ...
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PRIMO.

First. Pixie dust and paper cuts – these are the first things Wendy knew about Peter Pan. Aurora first met Prince Philip when she was sixteen. Learning how to ride a bike was also a first while I was growing up, but you are probably the first of too many. The first collection of dust and stars; maybe Luna will try to ask, who was your first? I might answer and tell her that it was you.

The first of too many stars in the sky. You are the first of too many fallen leaves during fall – and you will be the most anticipated snowflake as winter comes. A dark path that you can’t see without any light, hence, you were once the moon and there are the stars that shine so bright at night. Are we too early? Or we just really want to be ahead of time? Even in a glimpse, I would like to see the two of us connect as if we can reach the sky. There are other parts of the heavens you have never saw and other oceans you haven’t laid your feet onto – but the constellations will always wait for you. Close your eyes, love, close your eyes. Start counting backward: 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. Count backward until you see the twinkling lights that will guide you to the right path. To the right satellite; to the right person. A first.

There are many firsts – first love, first heartbreak, first sport you played, the first thing you do in the morning, the first thing you remember about the person in front of you. There are a lot. It’s actually up to us how we will consider something as a first. So, Primo, you are already a first of too many.

Bea Alamis 8 hours ago

If you know me, and know me well, I am not the biggest fan of idyllic lifestyles. With a Type A personality, I act immediately upon whatever challenge that needs to be addressed. I actually enjoy keeping my mind preoccupied: doing university work in my favourite cafe then running errands around town, grocery shopping here, updating my accounts there, photocopying documents on the way down the street - all just in time before having a glass of champagne at the bar with my friends come evening.

And so, you could imagine my bewilderment when the next challenge to be faced was an extensive self-quarantine protocol. I didn’t know what to do when my greatest responsibility in this situation was to do nothing at all. My first few attempts to combat my consternation were very much rooted in distraction and imagination. My distractions involved conducting research, writing songs, calling family and friends, filming videos, and eating chocolate! My imaginations and fantasies were centred on travelling, shopping, even clubbing (which I rarely do) for when they find a cure to COVID-19. I did anything and everything that could be considered constructive in order to pass the time, mainly hoping I could just undertake the basic human necessities to survive - that is, eat and sleep the day through - until the next day comes, until the world is closer to becoming a better place, until quarantine ends, until my flight follows through, until I see my family and friends again.

Days in self-isolation and suspended flights turned to weeks and turned to months. By the third extension here in Spain where I study Fashion Business, I had to tell myself this shall be my new normal now, that I was blessed to be healthy, that I was tired of merely existing and missed what it was like to actually live - even if just within four walls. Little by little, I began to find significance in the simple occurrences of the day: the soft glare of the rising sun beaming golden streaks through my bedroom window upon waking up, the fragrance of freshly washed bed sheets that I had painstakingly hung to fit a relatively small clothes rack without crumpling them, the crunch and tanginess of warm toasted bread topped with raspberry marmalade, the buzzing sound of a phone call from home just waiting to be answered, to the caress of a fuzzy sweater to keep warm at night. I realised, “What pleasures to be enjoyed in the pause of slow living!” Through this continued pause, which I loathed at first, I began to appreciate each moment of the day rather than wish it would pass more swiftly, moments I had overlooked so often before the lockdown. I started to find that the challenge of self-isolation was never to pause both the regular routines of life as well as the positive emotions that came with these - as initially, I thought it meant to pause all happiness, so as to withstand a time of endurance in hopes for a better tomorrow, much like a form of delaying gratification. Life is just too fragile these days to delay gratification any further.

Life has paused, but it has not stopped. Believe that like any punctuation mark in a sentence, the pause will provide the right timing of things to take place. Till then, let us not waste our time waiting. Instead, we could be in the moment, seek substance in simplicity (that is, in what we already have), And enjoy the pleasure in pause. “Practice the Pause. When in doubt, pause. When angry, pause. When tired, pause. When stressed, pause. And when you pause, pray.”

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