Friday, 12 May 2017

Putting a binder together for your Silver Lining Journal 

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Putting a binder together for your Silver Lining Journal is so simply and it's a great away to keep EVERYTHING in one place!  Simply print a month’s worth of sheets, write the date and question and you’re set. You’ll need a place to actually keep your journaling.  So you can use a cute pineapple binder or any binder for that matter - I went for a plain white one. I would do a month at a time – you don’t want to overwhelm yourself and burn out before you get started. Print off enough pages for the month and writing in the date and the question for each day – you can doodle and add any extra bits as you - each day doesn’t have to be perfect right now - We’ve got a great Pinterest Board with loads of inspiration for date headers and doodling!!

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How to use the your Silver Lining Journal :
A five year journal is, just as it sounds, a journal you keep for five years. In this 5 year you answer a question, writing down just one or two lines- a few minute of your time at the end of the day make you think of something positive about your day to go to bed on a happy note – that’s all it takes. The great part is that you record your answer in the same spot for five years, which is a great way to see where you were, how far you’ve come or where you need to improve. Also the benefits of writing what’s going on during your cycles, is you don’t have to wonder “did I feel this way last time” – it’s crazy what you forget on this journey!!

Each box has space to:

Answer the Question- simples
The Day – day of your Natural Cycle, Clomid days, IUI, IVF, FET, adopt process, Pregnancy days-weeks-months or simply what day of the week it is that year.
Your Mood – How you’re feeling physically and/or mentally
Your Movements – How you got some exercise in – a walk, yoga, the gym, a hike, cleaned the whole house, chased after 10 crazy kids or did 10,000 steps at work
Clean Eating – good or bad, what did you eat today
Vitamins – What vitamins you’re taking
Medications – What medications you’re taking (you can even fill this part in early to know when and what!)
Appointments – Doctors, Fertility Specialist, Scans, Operations, Test Days,
To-dos – Make appointments, Order Medication, take time for you or to be with friends and family, Get to the gym or yoga class – Anything & Everything!
Notes- This can be anything and everything you feel you need to add or make a note of in your journal.

Use the cut out banners and circles for "highlight" days & moments.
First Appointment - Blood Test - Sperm Test - Start Date - Scan Date - Follicle Count - Trigger Day - Egg Collection- Embryo Up Date - Embryo transfer - Insemination Day - Welcome Home - TWW Countdown - Official Test Day - BETA Count
Fertility Affirmations - Hello AF - Clomid DaysOvulation - LH Surge- Took a Peak and Tested Early - Rainbow BabyBFPBFN
(Donor, Surrogate, Adoption, pregnancy milestones and baby milestones coming soon)

What you'll need:
A Binder
12 dividers (One for each month) - I just made my own
Plastic Wallets - For medical papers
Hole Puncher
Page Markers - to make easy to find where you are in your journey.

Once you’re all set up and running it won’t be so overwhelming (and maybe one day I'll put it all together in a premade book for true simplicity). But I have found this an incredible distraction and a great way to navigate my why through my (ballpark figure) 80th TWW & the journey that's unfolding. The HuffPost outlines 10 Surprising Benefits You’ll Get From Keeping a Journal – the highlights for me are Evoking Mindfulness, Achieving Goals, Emotional Intelligence, Strengthen Your Self-Discipline, Healing and Self-Confidence. I hope you find this journal this and so much more!

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