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Coffee Shops in Batangas, Part 2

It’s been a while since I posted about coffee shops here in Batangas. And it shames me to admit that while I intended for that to be part of a blog series, I have not made even a single follow up. *hides face* To remedy that ~somehow~ here are a coupla reviews of other relatively new coffee shops in Batangas City that I like: Kaffeine Café and Mary Laine’s Cafe.

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How My Bullet Journal Helps Me

I have been regularly using my 2 bullet journals for a little more than 3 weeks now. I started for fun, just to have something ~somewhat~ worthwhile to do during the year and hopefully do a little organization in the process. Then due to necessity, I made a separate journal for work. And I haven’t looked back since. 😁

Truth be told, I find the system as a whole more effective when used in the work environment. I mean, I have too little going on in my personal life at the moment to require any hardcore planning. But I must say that lists are dead useful, especially for a scatterbrained person like me.

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Savings Tracker

Expenses are a necessary evil. I mean, who really wants to go around throwing money away, right? But bills have to be paid, food must be bought.. you know the drill. I will be the first to admit that I suck at money management so half the time I have no clear idea where my salary went and end up short. And so when there are unexpected expenses, I barely manage to get by.

So this coming year, I want to be on top of my finances. It’s gonna take serious effort and some creative planning, but with the envelop budgeting system firmly in place and careful logging on my BuJo, I should be able to actually do it. To supplement the envelop system, I borrowed Kara of Boho Berry‘s Savings Goals Tracker from here. Once again, I made the table on the computer, meticulously measured and scaled to fit my BuJo as another Dutch door attachment. 😉

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Analog Year

These days it’s so easy to get caught up with technology. Like, I pick up my phone to set a reminder and the next thing I know.. it’s 30 minutes later, I’ve checked and rechecked my social media feed, liked, hearted, and commented, and totally forgotten why I picked up the phone in the first place. That ever happen to you as well? It’s annoying, really. And frankly, quite disturbing too.

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12.23.16 brain dump

The monster’s running wild inside of me. So lost, I’m faded.

  • Loving Faded by Alan Walker feat. Iselin Solheim. Gorgeous music, delicate yet edgy melody, haunting lyrics and vocals. Conjures up images of worn Victorian lace and tulle in grayed, washed out texture.
  • Just realized I really love beaches and clean turquoise waters. Like Boracay, Kawasan Falls, and Kalanggaman Island. And I realized I travel mostly for them. I wanna go to Palawan too, Coron specifically.
  • I can’t believe it’s almost Christmas already. I don’t feel ready. But I’m excited to make red velvet loaf with cream cheese filling and baked macaroni for Noche Buena tomorrow.

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Monthly Planner FREE Downloadables

So I am sort of on a planner roll right now, what with the excitement of doing bullet journaling for the first time. Truth is, this early, I’ve already put in several collections in it. For my kid, our finances, books and movies, and of course, this blog. 🙂

In my last entry, I posted a free habit tracker, mostly because I was tinkering around on the computer while still on planner high. And because I couldn’t well enough leave it alone, here I am again with another free downloadable. 😉

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2017 Starbucks planner X Bullet Journal Habit Tracker

Habit Tracker FREE Downloadables

I have a confession to make: I actually feel more excited than usual for New Year because of my new planner/journal. 😁 While this is not exactly my first time using a planner, this is my first attempt at bullet journaling. But since I am not using a blank notebook as per the original BuJo requirement, there are some components that my small planner cannot accommodate. One of which is a HABIT TRACKER.

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2017 Personal Theme: Balance

First, a tiny review of my 2016 Personal Theme, which is Live Boldly. Was I able to apply it in real life? Well, not exactly all the time, but where it counts, then YES. I felt that I was able to do more things that made me happy. My solo travel pushed through (though I have yet to blog about it) and I was able to go more or less everywhere I intended to go. I learned new things and [literally] drove further out of my [literal] comfort zone (thank you Waze!). I generally don’t give a damn what others say right from the start, and I’m happy that that still holds up to now.

Now, my 2015 and 2016 personal themes were quite contradictory, what with one calling for less and the other for more. So this coming year, my personal theme would be kinda derived from the two. From one pole to the opposite, I now want temperance and moderation between the two. And that is why on 2017, I will strive for BALANCE.

There are a lot of things I want to achieve and do in the coming months, and I know that a lot of them would require some sacrifice one way or another; delayed gratitude, if you will. Something I am not exactly good at, and so I have to work hard for. Trips and experiences won’t pay for themselves, and that’s on top of the groceries, bills, tuition, etc. Time must be managed wisely, not just squandered on frivolity and narcissistic pursuits. You know the drill. Work hard so I can play hard as well. if not harder.

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