academia, academic, productivity

what it means to be your own friend (feat. my last bathroom selfie in Goodes Hall)

Earlier today I took what will likely be my last bathroom selfie in Goodes Hall. (Hopefully in equal part because I'll grow out of it and because I'm about to graduate from undergrad. 😋) Isn’t it an amazing feeling to be fascinated by an area of study? The utter excitement that comes along with it!… Continue reading what it means to be your own friend (feat. my last bathroom selfie in Goodes Hall)

books, Literary Commentary

book review || The Course of Love by Alain de Botton

I started off really liking this book, and to be fair by the end I still feel that there were some great messages. What intrigued me the most was the start, which refreshingly challenges our obsession with how two people "fall in love" rather than "stay in love". Then the story takes off, alternating between… Continue reading book review || The Course of Love by Alain de Botton

academia, academic, Law, the idea café newsletter

☕ 3: Tenant fixtures and other things I think about on a Friday night

…like the fact that I'm graduating in 6 weeks! Idea Café is an email newsletter from Mistral Spirit sent straight to your inbox (mostly) every second Sunday. If you love it, consider checking out the Mistral Spirit YouTube channel for more organization strategies, joining the book club, and sharing this newsletter with a friend. ♥ Currently: my brain is… Continue reading ☕ 3: Tenant fixtures and other things I think about on a Friday night

academia, digital organization

first thoughts on the Supernote A5 X digital note taking e-ink device

We’ve got a new digital note-taking gadget in the house! It’s a second-hand Supernote my boyfriend got to streamline his many stacks of engineering notes. There are plenty of great online articles to learn more from, but in essence it’s a device that uses e-ink (similar to Kindles, Kobos and other e-readers) and a digital… Continue reading first thoughts on the Supernote A5 X digital note taking e-ink device

journaling & balance, Literary Commentary, Psychology, the idea café newsletter

☕ 2: Writing is an act of ego: the problem with Atomic Habits and why I’m giving it 2 stars

This post first featured in my bi-weekly Sunday newsletter, Idea Café on January 24, 2022. Find out more about Idea Café and read the archives here. I'll be discontinuing the classic WordPress blog updates today, so please make sure you're subscribed to my new list if you want to stay in touch! Writing is an… Continue reading ☕ 2: Writing is an act of ego: the problem with Atomic Habits and why I’m giving it 2 stars

digital organization, note taking, organization, videos

a complete digital system for uni organization: OneNote + Todoist + notebook | get organized with me

My completely DIGITAL organization system for the final semester of my undergraduate university degree (Commerce at Queen's University) combines all the studying strategies I've learned since my first year! The organization tools I use are: OneNote for note-taking, Google Calendar which synchronizes with Todoist for time & task management, and a plain notebook for those… Continue reading a complete digital system for uni organization: OneNote + Todoist + notebook | get organized with me

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 || 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