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To Filofax or Not to Filofax

©Pip Miller

I have 3 Filofaxes; one pocket-size, one personal, and one A5 Chameleon (love!). The personal, a Fusion (as pictured on the left) is carried with me at all times, and I’ve got to admit: a lot of times that’s all I do with it. Come to find out, I’m more of a recorder than a planner, so it ends up that I scribble things at the end of the day (or 3 or 4 days later), and pretty much birthdays/anniversaries and my guy’s doctors appointments are the only things that are written ahead of time.

Plus, it’s heavy. Not ‘Oh my gosh, what the hell do you have in there?!!” heavy, but noticeably so when it’s not in there. It’s packed full of things I carry with me and pages to use…none of which ever happens. It’s like buying a bigger purse: you shove in a ton of ‘just-in-case’ stuff, and discover that 99% of it never gets used and you’ve got a persistent backache to show for it.

So last night I pulled out Write It Down, Make It Happen, because I wanted a hardcover to read while eating dinner (you can lay a hardcover down and turn the pages), and as I’m reading along, I found a suggestion that I’m going to try. She notes that she gave a workshop in Greece and supplied her students with mini notebooks (those ones that look like composition notebooks, but are pocket-sized) and called them “Tidbit” books. They were to “take the book wherever they went and jot down concepts as they came to their mind, perhaps images they might want to write up more thoroughly later, or plans to put in motion once they returned to their own countries.”

I had just been wondering what to write in my Filofax (aka Miss Moneypenny) for the day, and reading this was like a bolt from the heavens. I remembered that I had 2 or 3 of those exact notebooks (stationery collector, what can I say), and I dug them out. Lo and behold, on one I’d written Tidbits and dated it; May 13, 2013. And I’d written in it for exactly two days. What I noticed, though, was that I’d used it more like a Gratitude Journal than a brain dump, and I’m pretty sure that’s why it didn’t last long. I also think that’s about the time I got into Filofaxes, go figure. 😉

mini notebooks

I placed the book next to the bed when we headed off to snoozeville, and as usual, my brain was still running and running with ideas, so I grabbed the tiny book, headed off to the bathroom so I wouldn’t disturb Himself, and scribbled away all that was on my mind, including blog ideas (like this one). Then I was able to zonk out peacefully til morning.

I’ll be heading off to work in about an hour, and Miss Moneypenny will stay home (which means, of course, that there will be something in it that I’ll need today)., but the tidbit book is tucked in my back pocket – along with a pen that I hope doesn’t break. I’m going to play with this for a while (and once this notebook is filled up, I’ve another in the wings). And hey…I had NO idea they came narrow-ruled, too! Woohoo!

Another thought I had was to take my pocket Metropol Filofax, punch holes in a lot of index cards, fill it with those and those alone, and use it in the same manner. But it doesn’t actually fit in one’s pocket, and I think having to dig it out of my purse every time I want to jot down a random thought would be counterproductive. So I’ll see how these minis work out first.

Do you have a way to keep track of all those random thoughts and ideas that disappear moments after you think of them, even though they are sometimes very important or inspired? What do you do? Comment away!

©Pip Miller – March 2015


health · Journal

It’s a Green Smoothie Kind of Day

I haven’t been feeling up to par the past few days, and my stomach has been bugging me most of all. Yesterday my guy bought some veggies for me, and I’m starting out the day with a green smoothie to see if it helps.


This one has spinach, cucumber, frozen strawberries and blueberries (hence the mud color), flaxseed and chia seeds. Oh, and water.

As with most smoothies, it tastes a whole lot better than it looks. 😉


I tend to just toss in what I have, which can make for some really interesting smoothies, let me tell you! I’ve actually dumped a couple, they were so bad. I downloaded a couple of books from Amazon onto my Kindle, because I’m sure having a recipe to follow will most likely create delicious-tasting drinks. 🙂

The first is Smoothies for Weight Loss, and while that is a goal of mine, that’s not really the reason I’m drinking them. The second is 40 Green Smoothie Recipes for Weight Loss and Detox – I’m sensing a theme here. 😉 I’ll tell you straight up from the start, though…there will be NO kale involved! I don’t care how good for me that stuff is, it tastes god-awful. Period.

Do you have a favorite smoothie recipe you’d like to pass along? Have you ever done the 30-day smoothie challenge that was going around a couple years ago? What did you think of it?

Let us know!!!

©Pip Miller _ March 2015

healing harmony · Journal

Interesting Feedback


*may be TMI for guys* 😉

Just received this in an email…unexpected results from weekly distance healing sessions!

“Has anybody else mentioned that the sessions affect their periods/menstrual cycle in a positive way? I used to have late periods up to two weeks but since having regular healing they have been either or time, or even early.”


©Pip Miller – March 2015

healing harmony · Journal

Roses for Protection

Are you an empath, a Highly Sensitive Person, or do you just feel the energies around you a bit more than others? Working in a metaphysical store, my days are filled with people coming in who are looking for a way to protect themselves from others’ energies, or to find a way to navigate their days without being overwhelmed and exhausted.

A few years ago I stumbled across a brief mention in a book (which one, I can’t remember) that roses have been a form of protection for centuries. I did a little research on the web, and came up with this article, and it’s the only one I’ve found about the subject.

When a customer asks for guidance, I give a much shorter version than in that article; I tell them to imagine that they are surrounded by roses with the roses facing out. The roses will absorb and transmute negative energies and only allow in and out positive ones. Alternately, if there is a specific source of negative energies, I suggest that they envision that person/space/whatever surrounded by roses facing IN, to contain the negativity before it spreads. I’ve used this method with astonishing results, which is what led me to recommend roses before anything else.

I also mention to imagine a rose between them and another person, facing the other person at about solar plexus level, to keep things calm and safe.

I’ve had great feedback from these suggestions, so give them a try! No, it doesn’t matter what color the roses are, just imagine them!

If you’d like something even more boundary-setting, say while you’re in Walmart, I tell people to visualize that they are inside a disco ball; the dozens of mirrors will keep that chaotic energy bouncing everywhere but at them. They invariably laugh when I bring this up, but again, great feedback, so try it, too.

If you do, let me know what happens!

©Pip Miller – March 2015