Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Evernote for digital lifestyle

One of many ways to living a digital lifestyle is to use technology as much as possible. One of the app that I have been using for a long time and still learning to set it up is EvernoteIn the simplest form Evernote is a note taking app that is universal enough for multiple platform. Evernote can be what ever you want it to be because it can captured almost anything like text, photos, videos, audios and many more.

Evernote


Back in 2012 I used Evernote for basically everything, now I am trying to limit the way I used Evernote. I am in the process of reviewing what I captured in Evernote because there are so many apps I am using right now like Todoist, Goodnotes, Calendar 5 which sometimes can make my workflow a little bit complicated. 

As always when I want to learn something new or new ways of doing things, I turned to youtube for inspiration and knowledge.


Here are a few channels that I have come across during my research that I totally enjoyed watching


1. How Nora Conrad used Evernote
2. Using Evernote for Travel Planning
3. Using Evernote to Achieve Long Terms Goals
4. Carl Pullen Working with Evernote Series - I am totally obsess with this series!
5. How to Use Evernote Effectively: Top 5 Things You'll Want to Know
6. Evernote Tutorial 2015
7. Learning to use Tags
8. How I plan with Evernote
9. How To Plan Your Day Using Evernote
10. MY EVERNOTE SETUP: BLOG/BUSINESS/PERSONAL

My plan for my new Evernote setup are as follows

1. Re organize my tags and setup nested tags
2. Limit Evernote for Notes, Emails, Receipts, Recepies, Reference Materials, Travel Plan
3. Keep track of everything that I have in my Evernote
4. Re organize my notes and notebooks. Backup and archives old notes and notebook
5. Standardise naming convention through out my notes
6. Add Evernote as one of the tools that I used daily and become part of my workflow

Living a digital lifestyle can be fun and effective. Learning how to use technology is a key to successfully implement digital lifestyle. Evernote is on of many tools, if used effectively can help you out in a long run.



Sunday, September 17, 2017

Day 17: Important women in my life

List 17

Important women in my life
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The lists reads

  • my mother
  • my daughter
  • all the ladies in memory keeping industry
  • my colleague 
  • my ladies friends

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Day 16: Tasks I am putting off

List 16

Tasks I'm putting off
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The lists reads

  • clean out our living room
  • groceries shopping for this month (I'm running out of rice)
  • talking to him even though he doesn't want to talk
  • working out daily
  • clean out my kitchen and pantry

Friday, September 15, 2017

Day 15: Playlists for today's mood

List 15


Playlists for today's moodUntitled

The lists reads

  • In a car playlist
  • Quran
  • Ballad from the 80's

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Day 14: I can't stop talking about ..

List 14

 I can't stop talking about ..

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The lists reads

  • memory keeping
  • travel
  • TV shows I am obsess at the moment
  • the new announcement
  • Apple watch

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Day 13: Hobbies I started but never kept up {#30dayslists}

List 13
Today was insane! Apple finally announced the new iPhone X. People get excited with this new phone. The price is crazy high and it's going to be way high in Malaysia.

Moving on to today's prompt, it's all about hobbies especially the one that I didn't get the chance to finish or continue doing.

Hobbies I started but never kept up

Day 13: Hobbies I started but never kept it

The lists reads

  • Project 365 for 2015
  • morning pages
  • collecting Healthy Recipes
  • Knitting
My world collapse in a matter of seconds and I just didn't feel like documenting the darkest moment of my life. So I decided to abandon Project 365 for this year. There's no point remembering these moment. I wish I could take a pill and forget about everything.
Anyway, morning pages was fun to do for awhile but to keep it up is a bit challenging. I might pick up this hobby again.


Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Day 12: Ways I can Encourage Others {#30daysoflists}

List 12 Option 1

Ways I can encourage others
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The lists reads

  • call them and just talk
  • give them a gift
  • take them out for lunch
  • movie night out
  • sharing my passion with them

Day 11: How I keep up with the news {#30daysoflists}

List 11
There are so many news or content created every seconds. Keeping up with them can be a challenge. That is why some relationship doesn't work because we failed to communicate what is happening especially about what works and what doesn't works.

How I keep up with the news
Day 11: How I Keep up with the news

The lists reads

  • facebook
  • twitter
  • Whatsapp group
  • word of mouth

Monday, September 11, 2017

The Lucky Ones by Mark Edwards

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What the book is all about?
"When a woman’s body is found in the grounds of a ruined priory, Detective Imogen Evans realises she is dealing with a serial killer—a killer whose victims appear to die in a state of bliss, eyes open, smiles forever frozen on their faces.
A few miles away, single dad Ben Hofland believes his fortunes are changing at last. Forced to move back to the sleepy village where he grew up following the breakdown of his marriage, Ben finally finds work. What’s more, the bullies who have been terrorising his son, Ollie, disappear. For the first time in months, Ben feels lucky.
But he is unaware that someone is watching him and Ollie. Someone who wants nothing but happiness for Ben.
Happiness…and death." excerpt from amazon.com

What do I think?


I just finished reading this book last Thursday. I was having trouble concentrating when I started reading the book. I was having trouble of my own and it makes my mind wonder uncontrollably. I always like Mark Edward’s story and characters. Somehow I just can’t get into the story at first. This doesn’t feel like a typical Mark Edward story. Then when I get to know a little bit about Ben, I can totally relate to his situation which is kinda similar with what I am experiencing at the moment. The kind of pain he is going through. And then there’s this serial killer who killed people at their happiest moment. He made this victim very happy before killing them in the end. 


I really enjoyed reading this book. I am glad I read it till the end because the ending was epic. It gave me hope that life do happened after a divorce, no matter how ugly the divorce get. 

I recommend this book if you like a little bit of mystery and a little bit of thriller. Even though this is not Mark Edward's best work, I still enjoy reading it.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Day 10: Ways to disconnet {#30daysoflists}

List 10
Staying connected all the time can be really exhausted. Sometimes it's a great idea to disconnected from the connected world and just enjoy the moment. There are so many ways I can put in my list to just disconnect from the world. Here are a few that I used over and over again.

Ways to disconnect

Day 10: Ways to disconnect

The lists reads

  • read a book
  • take a nap
  • write in my journal
  • jog/walk in a park nearby
  • left my phone in a bag and just look up
  • print photos and make a memory book

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Day 9: Newest addition to my home {#30daysoflists}

List 9
I love home decoration and my favorite place to shop for home deco are at Ikea and HomePro. I also have been dreaming to installing laminated floor at home. Alhamdulillah I finally have the opportunity to do so.

Newest addition to my homeDay 9:  Newest addition to my home

The lists reads

  • Noxxa Pressure Cooker
  • SONy Bluetooth Speaker
  • Laminated Floor 
  • Shoes Racks
  • Ikea Lamp
  • Essential Oils

Friday, September 8, 2017

Day 8: Books to Re- Read Over and over again {#30daysoflists}

List 8

Ahhh books. I have always love reading books. There's something about reading a story in a book that can spark the imagination in me. This is can really be very long but for now I am keeping it to a minumum

Books To Re Read Over and Over Again

Day 8: Books to Reread Over and Over Again

The lists reads

  • Getting things done by David Allen
  • 7 Habits of highly effective people by Stephen R Covey
  • The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  • Follow You Home by Mark Edwards
  • Talking as much as I can by Lauren Graham
  • The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson
  • The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Day 7: My go to outfit [#30daysiflists}

List 7

This is an easy one. If I could wear this outfit everywhere and every time I will definitely do it.

My Go-To Outfits

Day 07: My Go To Outfit

The lists reads

  • Levis Jeans
  • Long Sleeves T-Shirt

#thursday3 {7.9.2017}

It's Thursday and it's time to document three facts about my life this week. The most horrible thing happened to me this week and I choose not to document them here but to put them in my DayOne App. 

I am at my lowest point of my life right now and I discovered something about journaling. It is definitely the best tool in the world to help me deal with emotional turmoil. I just need to find the time to do it and not skip the process. I have been trying Morning Pages for the past few weeks. I am in love with the process and the idea of dumping all of your conscious thoughts on paper is so liberating. Not editing and filtering. Let all of them go, even your darkest thoughts. I can't believe that those dark thoughts and feelings has been inside me for a long time. Admitting them to myself is the first step of letting them go.

#thursday3 (07.09.2017)

#thursday3

1. I have finished reading The Lucky One book by Mark Edward. This book is not one of Mark Edward best work but I still enjoyed the story. I secretly wish that the "Viper" will do what he did to Ben with my current situation. Hehehe...

2. I suddenly feel excited again. Having a plan to be who I wanted to be and what I wanted to do is amazing. I am definitely putting all of my bucket lists of places I want to go into my action for the next five year plan. Thinking and planning about all those exotic places really helps me to focus on the amazing thing in life

3. I am in love with audiobook. Somehow listening to the stories and reading about them gives me the best experience of both world.  I am currently listening to Close to Home by Robert Dugoni. I am excited to find out what Tracie Crosswhite has been up to. I am also have four books in my audiobook queue. I hope I can finished all of them this month.

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Think about it this way…If you take one picture and write down three facts each week — at the end of the year you’ll have more than 50 photos of yourself and 150 facts about what life has been like. It would make such an epic All About Me book — and most of the work is already done." - rukristin.com 
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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Day 6: Please don't ask me to .... {#30daysoflists}

List 6

To whom it may concern, yeah you... you know who you are

Please don't ask me to ...

Day 6: Please don't ask me to

The list reads

  • live a lie
  • pretend that everything is okay when they are not
  • stay quiet when you treat me like shit
  • stay when you obviously have checked out
  • be someone that I'm NOT
  • to change how I am just to make you happy

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Day 5: My excuses for being late {30daysoflists}

List 5

If I am ever late this is the excuses that usually the reason why I am late.

This is my take on today's prompt

My excuses for being late ..

Day 5

The lists reads:

  • traffic jam
  • heavy rain
  • wake up late
  • family emergency

Scrapbook layout with Affinity Photo

I heard about Affinity Photo on one of digital scrapbook facebook group that I'm on. This app is suppose to be Photoshop killer. The price of this app is way more cheaper than Photoshop. I am always excite to learn new apps and new technology. I got curious to see what this new app can do. 

What better way to learn about a new photo app other than making a scrapbook page. It's the best way to learn about effects, text, layers and brushes. It's not easy to find the exact same function in Affinity Photo because they called it differently, like when you want to add images you have to choose Place and if you want to save images as a jpeg format you have to export it. I still can figure out how to cut images once you place them. I still have not explore layer mask and filters. 

THESE ARE A FEW LAYOUTS I MADE USING AFFINITY PHOTO APP

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(Kit from Explore M3 Bundle by Dwan Inskip)

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(Kit form Storyteller September 2017 )


Monday, September 4, 2017

Day 4: I feel my best when .. {30daysoflists}

List 4

I am extremely happy that today is unexpected public holiday. That mean I have one extra day to chill at home and not think about work. I spend the day watching Zoo season 3. I can't believe that this story got more interesting from episode to episode. The person that I never would have thought survive this animal apocalypse is Jamie and yet she ended up being the toughest woman in that world and the richest one. Maybe I could be like Jamie, have a strong will to survive and do anything to make sure that I am still breathing tomorrow.

This is my take on today's prompt

I feel my best when...


Day 4: I feel my best when..

The lists reads

  • I get enough sleep
  • I dream of my happy life
  • travel with my family
  • I binge watching my favourite TV shows
  • I had a bowl of ice cream
  • I learn new tools or new technology 
  • I had 30 minutes of intense workout


Sunday, September 3, 2017

Day 3: Favorite treats to have on hand {30daysoflists}

List 3

I used to love eating treats especially ice cream and chocolates. Imagine my surprise when I went to United States I found out that ice cream and chocolates were so cheap. I ate them like I ate rice. It was definitely not good for my body weight. Now I tried to avoid them as much as possible but chocolate is still my kryptonite. I do have them occasionally. 


This is my take on today's prompt

Favorite treats to have on hand ....

Day 3: Favorite treats to have on hand

The lists reads

  • chocolate cadbury
  • Ngan Yin peanuts
  • Potato Chips
  • Nexus biscuits
  • sneaker bars
  • thick and creamy yogurt
  • caschew nuts

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Day 2: I am excited for .. {30daysoflists}

List 2

It's finally weekend and usually on Saturday I went out for a morning jog but somehow this morning I felt like staying in. I will probably do my workout at home and plan for today's meal. I am not sure if I want to cook or order a take out. If I feel a little bit adventurous I might try a new recipe 😁 ❤️😍.

This is my take on today's prompt

I am excited for ....

Day 2 : I am excited for...

The list reads

  • 30 days of lists challenge 
  • vacation plan at the end of the month
  • Star Trek Discovery
  • new adventure ahead
  • new management at the office
  • learning Affinity Photo for MacOs
  • September 13 (in Malaysia) for Apple Event at Steve Job theather
  • the new iPhone announcement
And there are a few new book release in September which I am looking forward to like the new Tracie White series, Sleeping Beauty by Stephen King and his son Owen King - I just got to read this book!

Friday, September 1, 2017

Day 1: But First .. {30daysoflist}

Welcome to the first day of 30 days of list for September 2017. It's finally here, September the month of change and the month of list. I have been doing this project for the longest time and I have tried many ways to host my lists. This time around I choose a simple notebook with a few touches of colors, washi tape, stickers and project life card to decorate my page. Decoration is an option this time. I had so much fun preparing this notebook. I do miss writing my stories and a physical notebook but the convenient of digital makes me stick to digital for most of my planner and journaling.

List 1

This is my take on today's prompt

But First...

Day 1: But first

The list reads

  • brush my teeth
  • morning Solah
  • recite Quran
  • eat overnight oats
  • watch youtube channel
  • workout with T25 SPEED 2.0
  • Vacuum my room
  • take a shower
  • be ready for the day
Super simple and nothing fancy. These are basically my morning routine which can be different if it's a holiday or during the weekend. Lucky for me September 1st is a public holiday here.

September is for ..

I am so scared and excited for September 2017. Part of me wanted this month to be over fast and part of me wanted it to last as long as possible. Such a conflicting month to be living in right now.

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September is for .....
  • this is going to be the month that is going to change my life forever
  • September 12 or to be exact September 13 here in Malaysia, the Apple Event 2017
  • travelling month for me and my family
  • 30 days of lists for September 2017 - I am so looking forward to be in the creative zone again
  • Learn to use Affinity Photo for mac and for iPad. Add photos on a layer isn't as smooth as I thought it would be. I am still struggling to make a scrapbook layouts
  • Fully utilised 5 minute journal on my iPhone. It's a great idea to train your brain to see the good in every day
  • now I finally have the time to read more books and to consume more stories
  • finished reading Getting Things Done

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Getting Ready for 30daysoflists September 2017

30Lists Facebook Header Image - September 2017

I need to keep myself busy and occupied for September. Thing are going to get ugly really fast in September. If I didn't prepare myself I might spiral and fall down into a darkest path. Pain can easily consume me. I signed up for September 2017 30 days of lists challenge again this year and this time around I decided to use a notebook. A simple line notebook which I dedicate a page for each list. I need to keep my hand busy with decorating pages, printing stickers, write the lists and even do some doodling and coloring.

I am so ready for September challenge

30 days of lists

30 days of lists

30 days of lists

30 days of lists

I just so nice to have something tangible to look at when the project is over by the end of September. I might print out a few photos of myself and paste them in this notebook as a reminder of what I looked like at this point in time.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Mixed Media Effects πŸ¦‹

I am currently obsessed with my iPad and Apple Pencil. ✏️ My latest obsession is Digital Art Journaling. I can't believe how easy it is to make a page look like an Art Journal by using the right Digital Papers and the right apps to make a page you are proud of. 

Tools that I am using
iPad Pro 9.7" ( I wanted to upgrade to iPad Pro 10.5" but I think I will wait)
Apple Pencil
GoodNotes app
I use build in paper that comes with GoodNotes app
Digital Kits supply in my collection
Internet connection to search for images 



I saw this Mixed Media Kit at http://the-lilypad.com and I was totally hooked. I have not buy a lot of digital kits this year but for this I make an exception. There are so many things that comes to mind for this kit alone.

1. Digital Art journaling - I made this page with my iPad using these kits except the alpha element which is from Storyteller September 2017 kit.

Digital Art Journal


2. Digital Planner - This year I have totally gone digital with planning. I ditched all of my paper planners for iPlanner from digitallyspeaking.net . I am obsessed with digital planner. I can write and decorate and doodling as much as I like. It's super easy and convenient at the same time.

3. Digital Scrapbooking - I have not make any digitally scrapbooking lately. Having your heart broken again can really makes you fall of creative bandwagon. I think this kit might be the cure that I need. Super inspirational and messy at the same time.

4. Project Life layouts- I can definitely see myself making a few journaling cards with this kit. I am just in love with the color. This might be the thing I need to kick start my Project Life obession again.

5. Digital Cards - I have not make a card in a really long time. I might start again. There are so many cards that I can make with this kit like Birthday Card, Happy Anniversary Card, Friendship card and Welcome to the Club card. 

6. 30 days of lists - I am thinking of joining the ladies from 30daysoflists for September. What better way to start my September other than use a kit that help me get back into creating and journaling. Doing this project digitally can be fun but the same goes for making the list with a notebook and print things out.

It's good to be making layouts and creating again. I really need the inspiration and the boost. Digital Scrapbooking and Journaling is definitely the best world to be involved with.

BE YOU - BE CREATIVE - BE HAPPY 


Thursday, August 24, 2017

Love yourself // #thursday3 24.08.2017

I have no idea why this week or even this month moved a little bit slower for me . Time is definitely move differently for different people. Somehow I felt like September will never comes which I know sounds ridiculous.

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#thursday3

1. I am currently having trouble focusing on an audiobook. My mind tend to wonder to other things. I have no idea why I am having trouble paying attention to The Lucky One by Mark Edward. I never had this problem before with this author.   

2. Letting go of the life that you know and love is not an easy thing to do. It's scary and it's huge. All I can do is focus on one small task and keep moving forward. 

3. Daily affirmation that I have been repeating to myself this week is I AM STRONGER THAN I THINK- REPEAT AS NEEDED

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Think about it this way…If you take one picture and write down three facts each week — at the end of the year you’ll have more than 50 photos of yourself and 150 facts about what life has been like. It would make such an epic All About Me book — and most of the work is already done." - rukristin.com 
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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

The longest year ever!

This year has been such a long year for me. I have never felt like the days move slower before. Is it just me or something is up with the universe. Does anyone feel that way too? I wonder.


I felt like the things that happened in January seems like a long time ago. Like a  a distant memory for me, the time when I though everything was okay. And then Bamb! Just like that my whole world collapse and changed instantly. I felt like I have been living a completely different lives in less than seven months timeframe.


longest-year


Here are some random stuffs that shook my world to the core

- I used to enjoy hiking and camping as an activity that I can do with my loves one. Now that seems like a distant memory. I might sell my hiking and camping equipment in the near future because I don't think I will ever do that activity ever again!

- My father has to move out from our home this month. I no longer has a place that I can call home at my hometown. The house the we grew up in is no longer available to us. I loose the only place where I feel closer to my dead mother.

- My immediate boss decided to retire way before his time. When the day came I felt kinda sad because I like working with him. The way he look at the world is so different and sometimes pretty amazing. I am not sure who my new immediate boss will be like. I am still waiting.

- We as a family finally have the opportunity to make a plan to travel together as a one big happy family. I am so looking forward to our trip later this year

- My colleague and friend is going away to further her studies and will be working under me anymore. I felt sad because I am going to loose someone I could trust as a friend and as a coworker. Hopefully our friendship will remains.

- My whole world is crumbling at the same time and I am doing the best I can to keep it together. I might loose everything I hold dear but I still have to go through it. It has to be done in order for me to move forward. It feels such a long time ago when my family were still together and we were happy. Now everything is falling apart.

- Waiting for the next Apple event seems like forever. So many beautiful things are made in technology world and I so glad that I stick to Apple because of it's simplicity. Oh I also bought my first Macbook Pro ever this year. I feel like I am living a dream. I just love the new keyboard. And now there's a lot of rumours for iPhone 8 and I am so nervous that the price is going to be expensive and I still buy it.

- SEA Game 2017 is happening right now and Malaysia is a host. So some of my team member join to volunteer  for the event and they will not be at the office for more than two weeks

- The General Election rumours has been lingering for awhile now and nothing seems to be happening at the moment

- There seems to be a lot of speculation and rumours about centralisation of IT personnel in the government but somehow there are still no clear direction about our scheme in the near future. Is it happening or not seems to be the question people are asking

- I totally stop doing Project 365 and project life pages since July. I just can't bring myself to document the most horrible thing that has happened to me again. I just have to kept those feelings private at the moment. I really missed doing scrapbook project. At the moment DayOne app and 5 minute journal has become my best friend

- I finally have the budget and the opportunity to install laminated floor in my house. Things seems to look pretty different at the moment.

Wow! I can't believed all of these happened and are happening in 2017. I am hoping and praying that the next few months will be a great month for me. Things might get though in a few weeks but I have to believe that I am strong enough to face it. May Allah help me in my journey.

2017 please be good to me for the rest of the year
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