16.01.2017.

DIY Midori Style Traveler's Notebook

Hello my beautiful friends! For those of you who are new to my blog, welcome and enjoy! Hope you are all well. I was sick last week, but I`m feeling a little better today, so I wanted to share my new baby. 
As I mentioned in my last post (find it here) I`m planning to organize my life better this year. A DIY Midori style traveler's notebook is a great project for organizing and it's simple to make. You can use whatever material you have on hand, leather, faux leather, fabric or even a placemat. I love the flexibility of this Midory system, and the fact that you can keep several different books within one cover. In this tutorial I'm going to go over making the cover. I already made my white leather one, so I`m going to show you how to make one using a simple, regular placemat.

You'll need:
Leather or material of your choice
Ruler
Cutter - Scissors
Small hole puncher
Elastic band
Marking pencils
Small ruler

Tutorial: 

Firs chose your material and lay it flat. Now, measure out and cut the leather - I made mine 21 cm x 15 cm. I'm using a scissors, bur you could also use a regular razor blade. Because my placemat have a scalloped design, I need to make a straight line on top.
Then measure 21 cm from the top and make another straight line on the bottom and cut.
I wanted to make a pockets on each side, so I didn`t cut the sides, but you can cut it to 30 (15x2) or 26 (13x2) cm, depending on size you like (A5 size is 15 x 21 cm or 6" x 8,25"; Full size is 13x21 or 5"x8,5"). Making pockets with this material is really easy, just measure your placemat, then subtract 30 or 26 (15x2 or 13x2), divide the rest in two and fold inside. I used just regular double sided tape to fix it in place. If you make it with leather, then you must sew it, but it was to much trouble to me, so I didn`t make pockets on my leather one.
Next, fold the material in half, and mark out places for the holes, right in the middle. In total I made five holes. 
Measure 1 cm (or 5 mm) from the top...
and 1 cm on the left and right from the center.
Using a hole punch will ensure the holes are cleaner.
Make one hole in the middle, fold your material in half and make a half punch. When you open it, it will make one hole - you need it to thread elastic band for the closure. 
First fold the band in half and insert elastic band in the middle of the book, leaving a loop on the other side long enough to close the book. 

If you like, you can add a little charm to make it more beautiful (before you insert elastic into a book, of course).
To secure the elastic inside (prevent it to slide thought the hole), make small piece of material with two holes. Insert elastic bands into a holes and make a knot. 

Then I pull the elastic through the holes like so. Then insert a book and tie it tight. Of course this is easy to adjust to make it tighter or looser.

And your DIY Midori Style Traveler's Notebook (Fauxdori) is finished! 
I`m currently using mine for budget tracking, meal planning, zone cleaning, grocery lists and notes, but it`s great for many other things like journaling, dairy, planning, drawing, doodling etc. I also made a laminated dashboard for my sticky notes ( I need them all the time).
You can find many inserts online for the Midori TN, but I used regular booklets, trim them to size and make cute covers (just glue scrapbook paper on existing covers) to go nicely with my theme. You can fit up to 7 or 8 inserts, but if you like them to fit nicely inside and not to overhang, then add about 3 to 4, depending of book thickness. I have only 2 right now, but I`m planning to make more for journaling and sketching. Maybe I will order Midori TN inserts later, but for now it`s just fine this way. I`m not going to use it as a planner, because I ordered my new planner already, along with some new pens, paper clips and washi (maybe I'll do a little haul when everything arrives). 
I`m really loving it so far, system is great, easy to use and you can customize it however you want. So, what do you think about my faux Midori? 
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09.01.2017.

Make 2017 Your Best Year Yet - Goals and Progress

Did you set a ton of resolutions at the beginning of 2016, and when you look back on it now, you find another year flew by without achieving it? Yesterday I opened my 2016. planner and see them. Very good goals, but a achieve just a few. Yes, that happens to all of us. It’s okay. Sometimes we can be so hard to ourselves that the moment we mess up, we give up entirely! But, it doesn`t have to be that way. We learn from our mistakes, don`t we? So, instead of giving up, we need to promise to make 2017 our best year ever. Here is how I am planning to make the new year count.

Da li ste na početku prethodne godine doneli tonu odluka i zacrtali svoje ciljeve? I sada, kada ste se osvrnuli unazad, shvatili ste da je proletela još jedna godina a da ih niste ostvarili. Ja sam juče otvorila svoj planer i ugledala moje. Sjajni ciljevi, ali ja sam ostvarila tek nekoliko. Da, to se dešava svima. I potpuno je u redu. Problem je u tome što ponekad, kada u nečemu pogrešimo, dižemo odmah ruke i odustajemo od svega. Ali, ne mora uvek da bude tako. Jer svi učimo iz sopstvenih grešaka, zar ne? Zato, umesto da odustanemo, moramo sada obećati sebi da će 2017. biti naša najbolja godina do sada. Evo kako ja planiram da je učinim važnom. 

Have financial goals
New year is a perfect time to start a thinking about your financial goals and improve your finances this year. Start planning your budget, start saving for something, or paying off your debt. My idea is to spend less and try to have a good spending plan so I can track every cent and be in a control.

Postavite finansijske ciljeve
Početak godine je savršen trenutak da razmislite o svojim finansijskim ciljevima i tome kako da ih unapredite. Počnite da planirate svoj budžet, štedite za nešto što vam je bitno ili otplatite neki dug. Moj cilj je da trošim manje, da planiram svoje troškove tako da znam gde ide svaki dinar i tako ostanem u kontroli nad svojom situacijom.

Try to progress at work (school)
Do you want to do same exact thing your entire life? Or to be a student that never stand out among others? Of course not! We all know people who give up on them self and never get promoted. Being stagnant at work is not a good idea. You lose your motivation and passion for the job. And your boss probably will notice. And that is not a good thing, we all know that. So, whether you are at job or at school, find the way to progress whether it means asking for more responsibility at your current job (school), taking advantage of educational and training opportunities, or looking for a new job that inspire you to grow. 

Pokušajte da napredujete na poslu (u školi)
Da li želite da ostanete na istoj poziciji celog života? Ili da budete student koji se nikada ni po čemu nije izdvojio od ostalih? Naravno da ne! Svi znamo takve ljude koji su digli ruke od sebe i nisu nikada napredovali. Ali biti na istom mestu na poslu i nije najbolja ideja. Vaši šefovi će to sigutno primetiti, a to, kao što znate, nije dobro za vas. Zato, bilo da se radi o poslu ili školi, nađite načina da napredujete bilo da se radi o preuzimanju novih ili većih odgovornosti, korišćenju mogućnosti dodatnog obrazovanja ili obuke ili kroz traženje novog posla koji će vas inspirisati da napredujete.

Try making money on the side
This is the best way to reach both financial and professional goals. Making extra money every month is not that difficult. You could get a second job, start a blog or make money from your hobby. The possibilities are endless! This will make you proud of your self and give you the motivation to do more. 

Pokušajte da ostvarite dodatnu zaradu
Ovo je najbolji način da ostvarite oba prethodna cilja. Zarađivanje sa strane nije baš toliko teško. Možete naći dodatni posao, napraviti blog ili zarađivati preko svog hobija. Mogućnosti su nebrojene. Ovo će vas učiniti ponosnim na sebe i daće vam motivaciju da radite više i bolje.

Do what you love - make time for your hobbies 
Working a full-time job (attending a school) with all the side hustle can be very stressful. This is why is so important to have some "ME" time and do what you love.  It will make you happy and peaceful and help you focus more on your life.

Zaposlenje ili školovanje, uz sve ostale svakodnevne obaveze može biti vrlo stresno. Zato je veoma važno da stvorite vreme samo za sebe i radite ono što volite. To će vas učiniti srećnijim, opuštenijim i pomoći vam da se bolje fokusirate na svoj život.
Try to workout regularly
I know, it`s not always fun thing to do, but it`s very good to you. If you`re like me, you will find yourself seating all day. Blogging can consume a lot of time in front of the computer, you all know that. After I finish, I feel pain in my neck, in my back and feel very weak. So, no matter how much busy are you, try to find time for working out. It really pays off! I try to walk every afternoon for a few miles, and it makes me so much better and stronger. 

Znam da vežbanje nije najzabavnija stvar na svetu za većinu nas, ali je zato dobro za sve. Ako ste kao ja, ponekad ćete uhvatiti sebe da ste presedeli čitav dan. Pisanje bloga i ostale aktivnosti koje zahteva, na primer, umeju da me prukuju uz kompjuter satima. Nakon što završim, boli me vrat, leđa i osećam se uopšte prilično loše. Zato, bez obzira koliko ste zauzeti, pokušajte da nađete malo vremena za vežbanje. Zaista se isplati! Ja se trudim da svakoga dana pešačim po nekoliko kilometara i nakon toga se zaista osećam mnogo bolje i jače. 

Try to get more sleep
We all have bad habit of staying late almost every night. And then waking up late or early, but very tired. But, if you go to sleep earlier and get up early in the morning, you will find out that you have so much more time for everything. And it`s good for your health too. You don`t have to get up 2-3 hours immediately, try with 15 - 30 minutes and you`ll see that you can accomplish way more in the morning than you could accomplish at night.  

Skoro svi imamo lošu naviku da ostajemo budni do kasno u noć. I potom se budimo kasno ili rano, ali veoma umorni i pospani. Ali ako nateramo sebe da odemo na spavanje ranije i ustanemo ranije, shvatićemo da imamo mnogo više vremena za sve. Pored toga, to je veoma dobro i za naše zdravlje. Ovo ne znači da odmah morate da pomerite vreme ustajanja za 2 ili 3 sata, za početak pokušajte sa 15 - 30 minuta i videćete da ujutru možete da postignete mnogo više za kraće vreme nego uveče. 

At the end I just wanted to remind you not to give up on your dreams and just do the best you can! And remember, no one is perfect and everyone can fail, but that`s not the reason not to try. Because, if you don`t try, you will never succeed!
My goal is to try everything I can to improve my life and become a better person. What`s your goals for 2017?

Na kraju želim da vas podsetim da nikada ne odustajete od svojih snova i da jednostavno uvek dajete sve od sebe da ih ostvarite. I zapamtite da niko nije savršen i svako može da pretrpi neuspeh, ali to nije razlog da ne pokušate. Zato jer, ako ne pokušate, nikada nećete ni uspeti! Moj cilj je da ove godine učinim sve što mogu da unapredim svoj život i postanem bolja osoba.
Koji su vaši ciljevi u 2017?