How to focus on yourself when the world demands too much every day

Free Printable For Planner - Personal Growth Journal Pages
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How a complete health crash taught me to start spending time on myself to get the most out of my life…and how I do it…

Are You Running on empty?

I believe we all need space to grow in order to thrive. It’s easy to find yourself running around and spending all your energy on others but we need to focus time on ourselves to live our best lives and be happy. To grow as women and to find out who we are and what we love, this kind of self-care is so important.

Often the last person on the list for us to spend time on is ourselves.

  • Do you feel that at the end of the day you have spent most of your energy on others with little left for yourself?
  • Do you find that months and even years flit by quickly and you don’t seem to have achieved anything?

free-printable-for-plannerI have been so often felt like this. Running round after everyone else and putting my own happiness and growth at the bottom of the list. There was a time years ago when I stopped doing any of the things I liked doing. I just worked like crazy, came home, cooked food for everyone and went to sleep. Then got up the next day and did it all over again, and again and again… 

And guess what happened. Even though I couldn’t or wouldn’t stop, my body did it for me. It MADE me stop. I ended up with pneumonia and was forced to take time out. Lying in bed feeling pretty sorry for myself  I learnt a valuable lesson.

Take care of yourself or you can’t take care of others. As they say “Apply your own oxygen mask first” or you won’t be any use to anyone else.

So after the pneumonia episode I determined to focus on myself a little more and spend time every month carving out a little bit of me time and prioritising my own personal growth and goals. I needed to find a way to focus on my own needs and I found it… through Journaling.


Journalling is a practical way of spending some time on your own personal growth and happiness.

But Even with the best intentions

It’s easy to let time slip away from you and for good intentions to fall by the wayside. Your time is incredibly valuable. Once time has gone you can’t get it back or earn more. You need to get the most out of the time you have.

Writing things down with pen and paper makes it real.

Goals set in stone are much easier to achieve. You can get so much more done when you have set an intention by actually writing it down with real pen and paper. 

Why I love Journaling

For years I have developed my life through journaling. My notebooks have been the way I have worked things through and set personal development goals. Journalling is brilliant as it allows you to do true inner work and heal yourself. It’s a true window into your soul.

It’s amazing what you discover about yourself when you sit down with your journal…

Now, I’m an artist and I love doodling and drawing. I really enjoy creating my own layouts and hand-drawn designs for my journal but I realise not everyone feels comfortable with drawing their own pages.

Setting up the pages can be a chore in itself and can put you off starting your journal.

I usually only share my journal page designs with family and friends but now I want to share them with you for free, so you can make a start on focussing on yourself for once.

FREE Lotus Personal Growth Planner – Printable & Colourable Hand Drawn Journal Pages


The key to focussing on yourself when the world demands too much every day

Monthly Personal Growth Planner helps you to set goals and achieve them. Inspiring quotes and beautiful artwork to colour as you work through.

Pages come in 2 sizes. US Letter for printing for a binder and A5 which is perfect for adding to your journal or bullet journal.

Feel like your old self in 21 days


How you can use the planner to carve out some me-time

This is a set of journal pages that I use all the time. I’ll run through how I use it, but please feel free to work out your own methods.

I love to take the time on the last day of the month to set my intentions for the month ahead.

That way I have a direction and aim.  

I print out the pages and sit down peacefully with a cup of tea.

Then I look back at the month just finished and assess how I did using the Month Achievements Overview sheet. 

Next, I decide what I want to learn or change in the month ahead using the Personal Growth Plan goals sheet.

The pages are colourable so I will spend a bit of time relaxing and colouring as I meditate on how I want to grow in the coming months. Coloring gives your mind valuable space to daydream and visualise the life you want.

Setting my personal growth aims like this with my planner has become a comforting monthly ritual and I feel it helps me to achieve my aims.

My Personal Growth Planner covers four life areas…

  • New Skills To Learn

    Learning something new every day is a brilliant way to keep your mind alert and prevent ageing.

    What new skills do you want to learn this month? Make a list

  • New books to read

    I love reading but there never seems to be enough time in the day to get through all the books I want to start. If I prioritise two or three books per month and aim to finish them I find I am more likely to put aside the time to read.

    Reading can be a great way to de-stress and make a little me-time. 

    Write down a few books to concentrate on this month.

  • New Habits

    According to Phillippa Lally a health psychology researcher at University College London, it takes between 18 to 254 days for people to form a new habit. This is on average longer than the 21 days we are generally told it takes. Therefore actually writing down and tracking your new habit goals becomes even more important from month to month. 

    As this planner is printable you can print out as many months as you need, set habit goals from month to month and focus on what you want to achieve. 

    Examples might include:

    •  I will drink more water every day.
    •  I will prep healthy meals to take to work.
  • Personal Reflections

    The personal reflections area covers anything not part of the other areas. Personal ideas you may want to work on.

    It could cover things like:

    • I will not let my bosses attitude at work affect me when I go home
    • I will make sure I have a reconnection meal out together with my partner each week
    • I will feel gratitude and love towards my body every day instead of negative feelings

Your Main Goal.

I like to set the main goal for the month. Something I want to achieve over everything else. For me, this month it’s being able to sight-read the notes when playing my Trombone. This is a REALLY big and tricky target for me as I find sight-reading incredibly difficult so this is my overriding goal for the month which I will concentrate on the most. 

Again, writing it down makes it real and me accountable.

Your Month End Overview

At the end of the month, I love to sit down with my journal and look at what I have got done. The Month Achievements Overview sheet makes this easy. It gives me a lovely feeling of achievement. 

Then I can print out another set of planner pages and write down my goals for the next month. This way I feel like I am achieving my goals and moving forward.

FREE Colorable Monthly Personal Growth Planner Download

I’m giving away these planner pages to you for FREE.
You can download the PDF file below

You will receive

Lotus Personal Growth Planner Pages

Monthly Personal Growth Planner helps you to set goals and achieve them. Inspiring quotes and beautiful artwork to colour as you work through. Pages come in 2 sizes. US Letter for printing for a binder and A5 which is perfect for adding to your journal or bullet journal.

A PDF file of the Lotus Personal Growth planner to print out at home [nothing will be shipped]

The file contains 2 different page sizes

  • US Letter size {8.5”x11”} – This size is perfect for printing out to use in a binder
  • A5 size {148 × 210 millimetres or 5.83 × 8.27} This size is perfect for using in Bullet Journals, Moleskine Journals etc.
  • Printable pages Include:
  • 4 beautifully designed and hand-illustrated pages.
  • Cover Sheet with a motivational quote
  • Personal Growth Plan Goals sheet
  • Month Achievements Overview sheet
  • Motivational quote colouring sheet
  • Undated so you can print out a new set of sheets every month to continue to track your personal growth

Print out more pages for the next month and keep moving forward with your personal growth.

Download the Free planner here…

Are you ready to take a bit of time out for yourself?

Grab my FREE Lotus Personal Growth Planner now and start journaling your personal growth goals into reality.

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Menopause and Perimenopause can be a tricky time to pass through. I certainly had a turbulent journey. I learnt a lot from my intense battle. I rediscovered my Menopause Mojo and you can too. I truly believe that Menopause can be the start of the best part of your life. I am an Artist, Certified Transformation Life Coach, Holistic Health Coach, Hypnosis practitioner and woman's health researcher. NB. I am not a doctor or qualified to give medical advice. I merely share what has worked for me. I hope it can help you too. x