the idea café newsletter

☕ #1: Welcome to the first Mistral Spirit Newsletter!

The Idea Café Newsletter, birthday edition 🎂 Happy Sunday! ☀ It’s Ioana from Mistral Spirit writing to you from my university apartment, the day before starting the Very Final Semester™ of undergrad. There are so many things I’m excited to share with you… first and foremost that this newsletter, Idea Café, is launching today! 1.… Continue reading ☕ #1: Welcome to the first Mistral Spirit Newsletter!

academia, academic, ideas & perspectives

ideas || woke up to a cancelled online exam… am I getting older and more irritable or is the world just going crazier?

I woke up this Monday morning and headed to my computer to write my very last online, open-book, 24-hour exam of the semester - more of a time slog than anything truly difficult. After which, this would be my week to decompress, get back into a routine, and enjoy some holiday prep. But I logged… Continue reading ideas || woke up to a cancelled online exam… am I getting older and more irritable or is the world just going crazier?

lifestyle, productivity

lifestyle || the single biggest productivity myth

What's something you're currently working towards that will take TIME? Last week I shared an Instagram reel about assembling a shelf, paired with a caption about the biggest productivity myth. I wanted to turn it into a blog post to make it a bit more permanent. Sometimes when there are so many things going on,… Continue reading lifestyle || the single biggest productivity myth

fitness, lifestyle

lifestyle || join our ongoing 30 days of movement challenge in December 2021!

Are you in? On December 2nd, we kicked off a new DAILY challenge in our Vibely virtual community for us to complete together this month! I've been working through the EPIC 3 series by @carolinegirvan since the start of September, and much like when I did NaNoWrimo (a challenge to write a book in a month), I… Continue reading lifestyle || join our ongoing 30 days of movement challenge in December 2021!

bullet journal, creativity, journaling & balance

creativity || december 2021 set up & reindeer watercolour drawing

It's the final month of the year and almost time for Christmas & New Year's! One of my favourite months of the year for the creativity, relaxation, and celebration (but let's be honest... major minus points for the cold). ❄ So let's dive into the bullet journal spread for December... In this photo post I'm… Continue reading creativity || december 2021 set up & reindeer watercolour drawing

bullet journal, journaling & balance

creativity || november 2021 bullet journal spread: browns & pinks

Another month has come and gone and we're heading into what's scarily beginning to feel a bit like... winter (at least here in Canada). Happy November! 🍂 In this photo post I'm sharing: My "after the pen" finished October bullet journal spreadHow I set up for November in my bullet journal, including the colour palette… Continue reading creativity || november 2021 bullet journal spread: browns & pinks

ideas & perspectives, productivity, things i learned

lifestyle || the one goal I’ve been putting off | join me in getting accountable & setting milestones

In which I talk about a goal I've been putting off, ask for your advice, and make myself accountable by telling you about it. Oh, and invite you to do the same on our new Vibely challenge. I've been toying with the idea of starting a newsletter for almost a year now. It's one of… Continue reading lifestyle || the one goal I’ve been putting off | join me in getting accountable & setting milestones

bullet journal, journaling & balance

creativity || my october bullet journal setup & tips for decorating yours!

I had fun taking out the washi tapes for my October bullet journal set up and wanted to share the results before the month was up! In this post, I'm sharing: Close-ups of the spread I madeA review of how I'm using my bullet journal despite moving digital with my main task management systemMy top… Continue reading creativity || my october bullet journal setup & tips for decorating yours!

academia, digital organization, note taking, productivity

organization || digital study tip | doing readings directly in OneNote

OneNote is a fantastic application for digital studying, textbook reading and note-taking. If you're not currently using it, maybe you relate to some of these scenarios: You're printing materials over and over to have physical copies just so you can annotate them.You might be struggling to read long articles in a restrictive PDF reader because… Continue reading organization || digital study tip | doing readings directly in OneNote

bullet journal, digital organization, ideas & perspectives, organization, things i learned

organization || bullet journal plus digital system | things I’ll do differently next month

As I mentioned in my recent blog post about 3 Todoist tips for students, I've started using a combination of Notion, Todoist and Google Calendar to organize my ongoing and upcoming projects... which has replaced the need for my usual monthly bullet journal calendars (like the one below). Digital tools are more practical for the… Continue reading organization || bullet journal plus digital system | things I’ll do differently next month

digital organization, organization, productivity

organization || two things I’m still figuring out in Todoist

https://www.instagram.com/p/CTzXixTLNFf/ Managing multiple projects in Todoist has been fantastic so far - it's flexible, it integrates with Google calendar which I can't live without, and it's got well-thought-out features that help with categorizing, grouping and prioritizing tasks. If you're a student, I recently shared a 1-minute video with 3 Todoist workflow tips that have helped… Continue reading organization || two things I’m still figuring out in Todoist

bullet journal, digital organization, organization, productivity, videos

organization || 3 Todoist workflow tips for students | digital task management

I'VE GONE DIGITAL 😲💻 This past month I've used a combination of Notion, Todoist, and Google Calendar to organize my ongoing and upcoming projects. Here's a glimpse at how I'm using Todoist for task management, and 3 tips I'll be incorporating into my student workflow specifically! https://youtu.be/sqqu43Azirs I started using Todoist relatively recently, but in… Continue reading organization || 3 Todoist workflow tips for students | digital task management

lifestyle, organization

join our new Mistral Spirit virtual Vibely community: a place to connect & continue the conversation!

Hello, is this thing on? If you saw my stories yesterday, thank you for helping me brainstorm for … what?! Let me explain… Hey I'm Ioana! Mistral Spirit started as a space for bullet journal systems, organization strategies, creativity, and my journey towards a balanced, fulfilling and healthy lifestyle. It's a blog, YouTube channel, Instagram… Continue reading join our new Mistral Spirit virtual Vibely community: a place to connect & continue the conversation!