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Leonie’s WorkBook and Violet Domino Juiciness

As I wrote about the NY MeetUp that reminded me that Jenna asked about the planner that Leonie offers.

I thought I could show it off here a little bit.

I first print out her workbook to go on my “Me” Filofax.

That didn’t work out well as it was too small and her drawings way to beautiful to be squished like that.

Baroque in action! Always 🙂

I use it anyway, trying to write in between the tiny blank spaces.

When I joined the circle, I decided to get a new Filofax just for her stuff (anything justifies a new one right?). So I got a Violet A5 Filofax Domino as a birthday gift to myself.

NOW looks amazing! Big pages and room to write!

 I re-wrote everything I had from the smaller size and added a few more.

One of the things that the workbook offers is a worksheet of to-dos for your current year. It has 100 slots but I barely filled in 70.

I wrote down even things that just had a very remote possibility of happening.
And look how EXCITING! Guess which one was one of them???

Hehehehehe and the THIRD MeetUp is about to happen this year! oh happiness! Hehhehhehehe

Side note —> a while back I read someone’s post that highlighting a done task of your to-do list will give you an energy boost as you can read everything you accomplished. And well, it’s  highlighted so it’s pretty clear of how far you have been so far. Totally agree with that! I want to pet myself on the back every time I read one of the highlights!


She has many beautiful drawings all around and what I like the most are the motivational reminders spread throughout the book. Like those ones:

It is very juicy all around:

The highlighted part of the picture below reads:

[…]the sweet joy of reuniting with yourself after a long, heart sick separation[…]

And inside the box:

That’s the blessing of life – to take you where you need to be. Everything is taking us home

SO beautiful!

And there it is the rest of the to-do list. A work in progress:

The following juicy page tells you how to get things done. How to break down in steps huge plans and projects. Note that she mentions a “To-do List” Notebook, to be used to write down those huge tasks’ steps.

HA! That was a cry to get a Slimline! hehehehe
I got an Amazona from Susanna but ended up not using it for that purpose thou.

More “breaking down” strategies:

And the Medicine Bag! For when you are not that excited, a quick fix to uplift your mood.

Now, the calendar.
I had not used it at all, because I don’t carry an A5 with me, it stays home. All date planning goes on my Personal sized ones. And shrinking down the pages to Personal would make it too small to write.

But it can be useful if an A5 is your main planner.

On the left side there are her motivational writings and a box of goal and another one for to-dos for the month:

The right side has the calendar:

So that’s it! I though I would give a quick overview of Leonie’s workbook!
Thanks for reading again, and I think I am done for today! 
Three posts in one day was a LOT for me! 😀
See ya!


Filofax MeetUp: Chicago

How can it be so hard to get back on track after ONE WEEKEND out-of-town vacation inside the same country you leave? Geesh! Still so much to catch-up online and offline.

Online IS more fun so here we go: Chicago Meet-up! Yay!

I was planning on bringing all the Filofaxes I have, but then really, it is not that I was driving down there, right? I had to get into a plane, fit all the A5s in one single-carry-on, plus shoes, clothes, other filofaxes and leave room to bring back goodies?

No way!

So just a selected number of portable ones were supposed to come with me.

I was still at the hotel room, sorting out my babies, getting ready and then I realized.

I forgot my Amazona! Argh!

One of the lighter ones to carry (it’s a slimline) I left home. Bummer.

Oh, and when I got back home, while unpacking I realized my pink mini Finsbury was still safe-and-sound wrapped around some shirts. Never made it to the MeetUp! That’s what happen when you are too small, you just get lost inside a suitcase.

Anyways, there they were, the ones that actually made it:

Natural Snake Domino in the purple box, Compact Raspberry Chameleon in the black box, Compact Red Chameleon, Mini Spring Green Chameleon and my dearest Baroque.

And there we were, on our way, waiting for the subway:

Isn’t it pretty? I LOVE subways! Makes me feel back home 🙂

I got a little lost walking around the area even with my GPS/IPhone in hand but it wasn’t bad at all. Very pretty place!  The name of that neighborhood explained it all:

So, of course, as I was lost and wondering walking around I was the last one to get there at the Mancini’s restaurant.

As I walked towards the Filofax table and saw the “is it her?” smiley faces looking at me I suddenly realized that no one knew how I looked like!

or even worse, no one knew MY NAME! LOL

yes, that is very obvious to anyone that reads my blog, but I never thought of that!

When I started this blog I was concurrently (ui, a big word for me) looking for a job. I really didn’t want any HR personnel finding my first post where I put out there how messy my last year was – school & work – and that I had to find a way, as a new years’ resolution, to put myself together.

Well, anyway, I guess I did a VERY good job hiding behind LimeTreeFruits! 😀

So, introductions made, clarification of names and all there I was sitting around all the stars I follow and  their celebrities Filofaxes.

It really felt like a celebrity show for me!
I recognized all the faces and the organizers. Like watching a TV show or something and getting to meet all them in person afterwards. Very different experience. I had never met celebrities before!

Didn’t take long, even before we order, to have some understanding souls pulling out their organizers to fulfill my biggest craving ever: TO SEE A MALDEN!

I SAW IT AND TOUCH IT! Not just one actually, three at the same time!

They are really amazing. Feel very good to the touch and HOW FLEXIBLE! They can carry literally everything; Jordan’s is humongous! Really, it really fits it all!

I was pretty sure I took a pic of the three Malden’s thickness but I can’t find it. I guess I didn’t.

Well, moving on.

I just could not hold myself from bringing up questions and Filofaxes to the table. Here it is the first group shot with just  few of them:

How great they look? and the little goodie bag that Jill gave to all of us:

Very nice! I always get stickers with a purpose, like reminding me of appointments or things I need to do, never just for fun. I love it! I may get into a new habit now! 😉

My perfect combo even materialized that day! I didn’t expect that.

When I was hunting for an Almond Amazona, it was “to-go with” my baby spring green. I couldn’t find a personal size, got the slimeline and ended up not using them together at all.

But here it is the dream combo I had in mind:

Juicy, huh?
A side note to the yummy food we had. Look at the deserts! To die for:
The memorable moment we all look forward to see on those MeetUps – the Filofax pile!
They worked hard on it! Ain’t that easy to balance so many.

Ta-da! How gorgeous.

I loved seen the bronze Domino in person. I even checked right there at the restaurant if still had it on sale.

Yep, still there.
Will see how long I will wait.

Another pic that I could swear I took was a side-by-side comparison with the Raspberry Chameleon Personal & Compact. Can’t find anywhere so obviously I didn’t take it.

But you can have a slight idea of the thickness size. Third from the bottom is Sandra’s Personal and third from top is my Compact. Can you see the difference?

Also note Jordan’s Malden which is as thick as the A5s at the bottom! A more “regular” sized one is Jill’s Malden, fifth from the bottom.

After that ginormous amount of pasta & sweets we needed to burn off the calories.
So we walked as far as we could – right next door to Paper Source:

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 There I was very surprised to find a HAIRY “Domino”! HA! Look at that!

Even the way the rubber band is attached to the side was similar!

I was holding off but the ladies did some real shopping there:

Shop ’till you drop

Next, we went to another store VERY FAR AWAY – right across the street.

Aha! A Filofax counter full of organizers!
I have never seen that many. Really! I can’t imagine how dazzling a real Filofax store would be. I was impressed to see so many “celebrities”:

I always wanted to see a Raspberry Metropol in person and there it was.
But I didn’t like it much. I guess after handling so many leather ones, it felt very “plasticky”.

The orange Domino is beautiful thou! My first Filofax was a Personal Domino and I remember debating a lot if I should order orange or pink. Maybe one of these days I will find a lame excuse to get the orange. hehe

Than! Another unexpected thing happened there: I touched a Holborn!

oh, boy! Have you seen/ touched one?

It’s amazing! I played with it a lot – opened, closed, opened again, checked every slot, checked every pocket, tucked my whole hand fingers into one of them to see how deep it was, tucked two of my cards on the cc slots just to “feel it” and almost put the whole organizer inside my purse “to try it out”. I realized the shop owner could confuse my last move as an attempt to sneak out of the store with an unpaid item so I didn’t.

But it really got to me!
I couldn’t help but notice that there is a wine compact one coming up at Pens&Leather! 

*breathe, breathe*

I came back home to investigate the Compact Holborn further and found out the card slots are different then the personal size. I guess all compacts have them vertically.

My recent love for compacts should be a subject for another post. I won’t extended this post any longer, I promise! 🙂

And didn’t I behave on my Filofax purchases? My only item – a FlyLeaf! hehe
I have never seen one – in person – with the “f” tab on the side.

(I just noticed how many “I have never seen this before” came up on this post. I really don’t live inside a cave with internet connection as it may seem like)

To summarize: I had a GREAT TIME on my first Filofax MeetUp! I am so happy to have found such a great, warm and welcoming community!

I can’t wait for the next one! Really.

I already posted it on Philofaxy but just to make sure you don’t miss it, I will re-post it:

***If anyone is up to a tiny-meetup in August 4th or 5th in NY, please give me a shout!***
A coffee in the afternoon to talk Filofax will work just fine, nothing super-big.

To finalize, cheers to amazing Filofax MeetUps!

Thanks again for reading and hope to see you in New York! ;D

My B-day (French letters, Goddess Circle and Filofax)

Happy birthday to ME! Yay!

Very wonderful b-day celebration. Celebration for the last entire year. Reaaaaallly!!!!
Very very happy this days – I already said that a gazillion times in other posts, I know – but truly I am!

Tonight, my favorite restaurant, DH and me, myself and I taking care of me, myself and I.

This past year has been a very introspective, clarifying and revealing year. I learned so much and am finally acting on “taking care” of myself.

I was going to give me as a b-day gift a membership to Leonie’s Goddess Circle.

The excitement of the decision OF COURSE didn’t hold me from purchasing it waaaay back in May (my b-day is really today June 14th).

“Ok, ok”, I thought to myself, “it’s ok, I can certainly enjoy it a little earlier, nothing wrong with it, I can even get ready for one of the courses before June”.


I found so many wonderful women to connect, so many “super-hero” stories hidden around and feel so much more inspired to take care of myself!

All the courses printed out, I needed, I really NEEDED somewhere to store it, flip thru pages and take notes.

Hhhmmmmmm……..Let’s think together… A place to store all the pages? A place to have all the lessons and take notes………..what…..could………be…..?



And it is a GORGEOUS one! My iPhone is not making justice to that beauty’s color.

A while back I tried to use my 2012 Year Planner  on my Baroque but it didn’t worked out well, because it was too small.

Look how perfect now on a Domino A5 size:

And look how much stuff I printed out already (and there are more courses to print still!):

One more pic just because I really love Leonie’s stuff and the shinny rings on my Filofax 😀

I also gave myself another gift, that it was very unexpected.

At the Circle I met a bunch of creative ladies and their work.
One of them, I already mentioned in one of my posts. She is a Canadian artist that sends letters out to the world.

Actually, painted letters. How cool is that?

And I receive mine TODAY! on My B-day!

ooooohhhhh joy! I was so thrilled to see it sitting there on the mail box! There  was just something to it. Receiving an actual letter!
I just loved it!

Look how cute and cozy:

It came with a tiny envelope with a magnet inside and a page from Hemingway where he talks about Paris – where the letter came from.

Oh, gosh! really so happy!

To top it all off DH gave me the best gift ever!……I was about to take a pic of it at the restaurant (Instagram! HA!) but he didn’t let me. So I am just manifesting here that I am very happy with it.

I am really thankful for this past personal year.
And I am SO looking forward to this shinny and glittery brand new one!

Many blessings, love & joy

Filofax Swap 2 – The attempt!

Phew! How did a whole week went by like that? Time flies! And things really change. Really fast actually.
So, here we go with one more update.
When I started writing this post I had a plan and a specific Filofax in mind. I even envisioned how this post would look like! 😀 Huge mistake! I had no idea!
Let’s put it out there: Personal Chameleon in Red. 

THAT was the plan! 
Then Anita Lin came into play with her juicy video of the Personal Snake
ohh sweeeet pain!
Have you seen the video? Did you hit play? Ok, here you go one more time in case you missed the first link —–> SNAKE!
Isn’t that gorgeous? 
And it is here with me!!!  *giggles* 🙂
So, let me rewind a bit to state the obvious. I quickly changed my plans and decided that if I was going to get a bigger size other than a pocket Filofax that SO unique Personal size had to be it!
One thing happened while it flew from UK to USA thou. 
My so-called work Filofax arrived. A gorgeous A5 Acqua Chameleon. 
in action: at work!
Then, while nibbling around, playing with it and smiling (a lot) at it at work, I realized that most of my personal note-taking happens… AT WORK.  Hmmmmm, so yeah, you guessed right. I started using it for both, personal things and work related stuff. 
Look how nice and neat:
I have two sets of tabs. The top one personal and the bottom one work.
Once again, a very straight forward set-up.

  • Notes – self-explanatory. Anything random that I can’t forget goes there. Later on I sort out those notes and put them on the right category.
  • Health – doc app, food log, exercise log, WW points track, etc.
  • “Funzies” – that means hobbies, thoughts, ideas,  and the like. Even more random than “notes” but as the made-up name implies, notes that are fun, thoughts that make me happy, and broken down tasks on how to accomplish my nourishing goals.
  • Classes – class notes, schedule, timeline, degree plan, etc.
  • Shopping – all the lists separated by stores that I go more frequently.
  • House – barely a cleaning schedule (argh! who likes cleaning?), a timeline for home repairs and projects and broken down steps and tasks for moving out.
The other tabs are work related so we will skip that. 

I used that Filofax for personal planning for a long time but I quickly realized that although I LOVE how much room I have to write, my weekends couldn’t handle it. It was way too heavy to carry around. Just to have coffee with friends it was way too much weight for me on a Saturday. 
And the breaking point: I really need to have visual fun with my Filofaxes. Well, the one for personal stuff at least. 
Of course all the organizing possibilities of a Filofax are crucial and the main point of it but I need fun colors, fun stickers and fun tabs. Because it was a work organizer I was restraining myself from all that.
I didn’t want to open that gorgeous and classy Acqua Chameleon during a meeting and have all the fun stickers, tabs and Bic-color-“fashion”-coding popping out. Specially in an environment that NO ONE uses a paper planner. I am the only one. 
So, yeah, tuning down the “fun” and focusing on “functionality” really helps me at work, but oh gosh! on my weekends? I really want to feel happy when I open my Filofax, I don’t need to feel so professional.
Soooo there is a sequel!!!!  Filofax Swap 3 has been slowly tested and developed! 
Would it be the absurdly sexy Snake? Would it be the very first idea of a red chameleon?  
Hang on tight! Updates are coming! 🙂
And to end it with a loving family pic, here they are all cuddly:
And the most alert guardian of all, fearlessly protecting my treasure with his life:

————————–> Keep tuned to Filofax Swap 3 – The Content Attempt! ——————–>


My lovely first Filo hanging by the vanity…still waiting for my inserts from Day-timer… to hopefully finalize my 2012 setup!

Meanwhile I have been buying Filofaxes from Ebay like crazy! Well, the deals were good, what can I say? 🙂
I got a gorgeous Belmont pocket size that is so pretty I was afraid to use it. The leather is so soft and smooth! I got two personal Finsburys although I decided that one of them will go for sale pretty soon as we didn’t “click” as well. Also I purchased a pocket classic that I am very content and has been filling its purpose wonderfully! Anyway, pretty soon I am hoping to upload some pics of my setup for those other ones as well.

It has been a very good process for me to sort out and experiment with different organizers, purposes and layouts. Feeling very content and peaceful those days! A big thanks to my organizers helping me achieve a more well-ran life!

Filofax First Moments!

Here I am, last day of the year and finally putting together my very first post on my new blog. Excellent 2011 wrap up! This first one will be an homage to a bright insight regarding my new organizational tool! Better saying an homage to awareness of how I looooove paper & pen!  I am so excited with this discovery! I always loved it but just recently realized I have that special bond with paper & pen.
 I have been using solemnly my ICal to organize my live thru the past two years and I don’t know how I survived!

I just finished my first semester in grad school, and oh boy! How chaotic that was! I am glad it was like that so I could finally see how I need to update myself in organizational methods!
And by update I mean going back to paper & pen, yay!
Also this Christmas was the first one we had out-of-town family coming over. I also started a new job in the midst of it. So many little projects to be done and things to get prepared. If I had been just a little more *organized* throughout the year, we would had gone thru the Holidays much merrier and joyful. What a mess the last few months! Enough with the complaining, I got THE solution:
(drum-rolls) taaa-daaaaaaaaaa: 
Exits IPhone enters Filofax!
Oh boy, I am so excited! I am so excited! I ordered my first one! But I am getting ahead of myself, let me back up some…
First of all, right at the beginning of my research for the perfect system to get me on “top of things” I landed on this lovely website:
My stomach went upside down! How could I gave up paper? Look at all that fun! 
I continued thru the past few weeks avidly discovering and reading blogs on the subject as well as doing some experiments of my own. I ended up purchasing two Franklin Covey from Ebay, one classic size and one pocket size. I played around with them and found pros and cons. Hence, many cons came to my mind – ugliness, bulkiness, etcetc – after digging in deeper into Filofax’s blogs! In special the expert folks from Philofaxy and the inspiring ladies at Caribbean Princess and Gala Darling! Oh, how could I dare not try one out? Yes, I have NEVER used a Filofax! I dearly remember my mom caring it around everywhere she went thou! Good memories. Mom can’t be wrong. And then I went in the quest of my first Filo!

Ebay didn’t cut it. I wanted the feeling of getting my first one from the real store. In my case “real store” means because there is no actual Filofax store in my city. 
After days of browsing, searching, reading, searching some more, checking blogs, pictures of wonderfully organized Filofax I purchase my very first one! A personal pink Domino! I am so excited that hurts! It was a long week waiting for that FedEx…
I ended up choosing that one for two good reasons: 1-Very affordable, hence SALE; 2-According to my blog research this one has good size rings that can handle tons of fun sheets and inserts.
Well,well, the long torturous week pass by and finally it arrived! I must say I got spoiled looking at pictures of Filofaxes online and the lovely black box they come in. Mine didn’t! :-/ Argh! Disappointment! Certainly, SALE and AFFORDABLE mean less fancy so no black cute box to open. Straight out of the shipping box:

Oh it’s fine! Details, details! That doesn’t really matter! 🙂 Moving on, here is the full view of my first Filofax beauty:

So pretty! Now other angles & views:

I have tons of idea on how to use my new cutie to help me get organized with school, house and work but hadn’t settled in one format yet. I did however purchased a few supplies for it:
And how fun is that? I am so excited! look at that “bandage memo” post-it thingy! And all the pen colors from that german brand that I just found! Oh, boy! 
Now one thing I must mentioned that disappointed me, and I gave to it more importance than the lack of a black box: When totally opened, the back of the cover forms some “bubbles”. It doesn’t maintain the cover smooth when opened flat. Sure, if the binder is opened I will be writing or reading it and won’t look at the back…but even thou, I didn’t like it, seemed not well crafted or something. Here is a pic of that “bubbled” back part, but it is not showing them very well:
Oh well! Moving on! 🙂 I can’t help but feel extremely excited and happy with my Filofax overall and here goes some more pics, heehee:

Ok, enough with the silliness. 
As I mentioned earlier I have been researching some organization systems and tools and ended up purchasing two Frankley Covey binders. I didn’t like the binders but loved some of the inserts. One of them, shown below, is a ongoing to-do list that can move around with the Filofax ruler:

At that moment – as I tried to figure out how to organize my tabs – I had no problem setting up the stickers and jot pad handy in the plastic sheet and pocket respectively. Here it is how it was looking like that day:
And my first entry:
So since the 17th I have been changing things, moving around some others, and having tons of fun! I will post another update of it once I settle down on a layout!
As I am an pic freak, just for “funzies” here are some more:
Have a fun, colorful and exciting New Year’s Eve everyone! Thanks for reading!