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

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!

books, ideas & perspectives

QUESTION: would you join a book club?

EDITED 05-17-21: Our Facebook book club now exists! You can join it here: Join the book club: https://www.facebook.com/groups/mistralspiritbookclub Original Post: Would you join a Facebook book club? Let me know… because I really, really want to start one for us! Some of my favourite moments from this past year have been chatting about a book… Continue reading QUESTION: would you join a book club?

books, Literary Commentary, Philosophy

ideas || When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

As thought-provoking as this book was, I am GLAD to be done reading, discussing, and thinking about it. "When Breath Becomes Air" was written by Paul Kalanithi after he was diagnosed with cancer at 36. He was in his last year of neurosurgery residency (read: he had his whole career ahead of him) at the time. The book is interesting in many ways. First, he's both the doctor and the patient, and he shares that perspective. Second, his writing is unique in that he was a huge literature lover and just all-around a very well-read person! Third, it puts the onus of answering some of the book's big questions on you: the reader. The odds of getting cancer in a lifetime are something around 1 in 3 right now. So it reads like a simple, universal story: this is his story, but it’s just as much your story, my story, everyone’s story. Really heavy stuff. I recommend it, but be mentally ready when you read it!

fitness, lifestyle, organization, snapshot, videos

lifestyle || the reality of work-life balance | a student’s transition to the 9 to 5

https://youtu.be/fPIkTBkm8AY Listen to this video as a podcast: https://anchor.fm/mistralspirit OK, let's be honest. A *full-time job*, great relationships, crushing your goals, maintaining your side-hustle AND dealing with administrative tasks like laundry, cooking, and surprise repairs ... you can't have time for everything. It's impossible, isn't it?! (AND I didn't even include a commute 😲) I'm… Continue reading lifestyle || the reality of work-life balance | a student’s transition to the 9 to 5