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Everything you need to kick ass in 2018 (Self-Care Sunday #39)

Have you set resolutions or goals for the new year? Chances are most, if not all, of you have. But have you thought about what you need to help you achieve your goals? Whether you’re looking to be more productive, work on your self-confidence, make a big career move or simply learn to take better care of yourself, the following toolkit will help you to kick ass in 2018.

The diary

Busy B 2018 diary review

Busy B 2018 diary review

Everyone needs a good diary and you can’t go wrong with the Busy B Life Diary. With duplicate schedules to help you manage your heavy workload, family life and/or side hustle, it’s the ultimate organisation tool. Check out my full review here and buy it here.

The life-changing books

You Do You by Sarah Knight book review

Sarah Knight is a freaking genius. I’ve read two of her three books (don’t worry, I’m working on the other one) and they have actually changed my life. If you’re one of those people who needs to learn to stop giving a fuck about what other people think and put yourself first for a change, you need these books in your life. Check out my own personal fuck budget here and buy The Life Changing Magic of Not Giving a Fuck here. Read my full review of You Do You here and buy it here.

The statement tee

Good Enough t-shirt from The School of Life

I’m a sucker for a slogan tee and this ‘good enough’ tee from The School of Life is the perfect fit. I regularly struggle with self-confidence, mum guilt and Imposter Syndrome (quite the combination, ey?), so this is a great reminder to myself (and the world!) that, actually, I’m good enough. It’s a super-comfortable fit too and my new favourite tee.

The Self-Help Book

The Self-Help Book from The School of Life

The School of Life’s statement range also includes a couple of fab journals. The Self-Help Book is perfect for unloading your busy mind and processing the million and one thoughts you have a day. Find out more about The School of Life here.

The Self-Care Project

The Self-Care Project by Jayne Hardy - book review

The Self-Care Project by Jayne Hardy - book review

It’s so important to remember to take time for yourself, not just once in a while, but regularly. You know how they say you should always put your own oxygen mask on before you help others with theirs? Well, the same applies to self-care. You’re no good to anyone, least of all yourself, if you’re not well rested, happy and healthy. Jayne Hardy’s Self-Care Project is a fantastic resource and workbook to help you figure out how you can best help yourself. Check out my full review here and buy it here.

Gratitude/happiness journal

gratitude journal

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed with the pressures of work and family life. Taking a moment at the end of the day to record what has made you smile, or what you’re grateful for, can help you reflect on the things that matter most.

Want something a bit deeper? Fearne Cotton’s Happy journal is gorgeous, with space to write a little something every day, plus regular prompts and challenges. I’m keeping mine by my bed to update every night.

Buy it here.

The productivity tracker

Make It Happen productivity tracker review

Make It Happen productivity tracker review

Whether you’re a working parent or a blogger with a full-time job/side hustle, it can often feel like there’s just not enough hours in the day. This productivity tracker could save you time in the long run. After using it for just three days I was able to identify patterns and adjust my workload accordingly to get more done. Check out my full review (and win a copy!) here.

Inspiring books

creative pep talk by andy j. miller

creative pep talk by andy j. miller

I’ve read several books this year which have given me a much-needed creative boost or burst of inspiration. Creative Pep Talk is a beautiful collection of illustrations and words of wisdom from 50 artists, including Helen Dardik, Lisa Congdon and Oliver Jeffers. Buy it here.

A Glorious Freedom is one of my books of the year and a welcome reminder that age is just a number. Feeling like you’re too old to start a new career or embark on a new hobby? Bullshit! Check out these truly inspiring stories for a dose of ass-kicking reality.

a glorious freedom book review

a glorious freedom book review

a glorious freedom book review

Check out my full review here and buy it here.

So there you have it. Everything you need to kick ass in 2018. Let me know how you get on.

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