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!

books

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?

academic, economics

ideas || Choosing Foreign Aid: Emerging Markets and the U.S. – China Battle for Strategic Global Influence

There seems to be two global economic systems emerging with different institutions and goals, one led by the United States, one by China. Which system do you think will be more attractive to emerging and developing markets, and why? I just finished a course this semester called Business Government and the Global Economy. It was… Continue reading ideas || Choosing Foreign Aid: Emerging Markets and the U.S. – China Battle for Strategic Global Influence

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

bullet journal, organization, videos

creativity || huge washi tape haul | unboxing & swatching my package from The Washi Tape Shop!

I swatched all the washi tape I own, including a new package The Washi Tape Shop sent me recently! I've been obsessed with these tapes for decorating my bullet journal, scrapbooking, and just generally incorporating into my own art. I'm also especially excited for some of the original designs coming to The Washi Tape Shop… Continue reading creativity || huge washi tape haul | unboxing & swatching my package from The Washi Tape Shop!

videos

creativity || journal with me timelapse | our new apartment

A cute timelapse of my creative photo journaling process. In January 2021, we moved into our new townhouse apartment and it's in the most beautiful location near the waterfront. I had some fun photos from our first few weeks, during which we re-painted the walls a brighter colour, waited for desks and furniture to arrive,… Continue reading creativity || journal with me timelapse | our new apartment