Is there anything more fulfilling than a shopping spree at Chapters? I mean, Michaels Craftstore, Aritzia and Sephora are high up on that list too. But for me, Chapters is a place of solitude. I could spend endless hours waltzing through the isles of books, usually sitting in front of the poetry section scoping out a new read. Once I am done, I head to the knick-knack/journalling section as they always have something there that I feel I NEED in my life.
Just the other day, Alla and I had gone to Chapters to get a few nonsensical things. Mostly in search of our next favourite poetry read or journal prompt as these items fill up our cups. This was also the day I had a prolific discovery within. If you follow my stories, you will know what I am referring to. A few days back, I woke up feeling rejuvenated and re-enerrgized based off of my intentions and my goal re-orientations. On that day (the day of Chapters) I decided to package away a few of my journals that I had been writing in, only to refocus on a select two that were centred around my main focuses in my life. I even tossed away my current agenda and started writing in a new one. It was surreal feeling to wake up with a shift in attitude, mindset and intentions for myself, my blog and my body. I felt if I did not execute the spring cleaning and shift my journal writting (which is one of my forms of therapy) I would continue to feel this heavy anxiety. It was my body's way of telling me that I have too much going on and what I am journalling and working towards is not what I truly want to be exploring - at least not right now. It was just a couple days ago, I woke up and understood that my purpose in feeding my soul was to focuss on pursuing my intentions of self-love, body-love and creative exploration through every facet of my blog and passions. Whether that is exploring a new cafe, playing Scrabble with my family or taking a mid-day walk, I need to make me happy without restrictions of time constraints.
I am really focussed on filling up my cup in whichever ways I can while setting mini realistic intentions as opposed to over-filling my plate with specifications/time stamps that tend to leave me overwhelmed and discouraged when I "fail". By packing away some old journals (that I still love) and refocussing on my body-love journey and my intentions for my whole self - I am feeling excited and motivated which are two things that have been lacking in the journey of Gena.
I feel more creative and I am truly at a place of happiness wondering where the journey follows. As per usual, I am side-tracked from the original intention of this entry, but nonetheless, I am always happy explaining what I have been thinking and feeling. As a blogger, I am more than happy to share every facet of me and when I feel the need to keep private, I do...got to have a healthy balance in life - moderation is key, especially being a comfortable over share-er.
SO WHAT IS THIS BLOG ABOUT GENA? WELL, I decided that with all my new goodie purchases, they have left me feeling all sorts of wonderful and I know there are people out there who feel the same was as I do in terms of the irrational love for stationary and books. This entry is catered to all of you who do! Down below is my mini-haul of all the things I recently purchased from Chapters with little bios and the reasons why I bought / love them. Click on the names to find direct links to each item, excluding the blank note cards which are an exclusive in store item.
I love pens! I mean, when I saw the set of rose-gold and gold coated pens, I knew I needed them in my life. I love it when my journals and pens match which makes for an easy purchase with these. Although a little pricier ($14) for each set, pens are a staple at my job (taking orders), journalling and school - so an investment that's worth the spending.
As soon as I found this box situated in the journal section, my heart leaped. What an amazing and therapeutic idea to write letters to yourself with pre-made prompts. These letters are a wonderful way to practice self-care. I find journalling to be an amazing practice that I have been following through with lately. Words have always been a form of therapy. Whether I am listening to motivational speeches, listening to music, writing in my own journals or wriitting for my blog - words have become a part of my healing and my happiness. Almost like a time-capsule, these letters that I can slowly start to write to myself can be written moments that I look back on. I think this is a creative way to spend some time with self-love and care. I know that when I showed Alla the box, she had to buy one for herself too.
A huge shout out to Alla for pointing out this book in the poetry section. She decided on purchasing this one for herself and I couldn't help myself but to buy a copy too. These poems speak to many arrays of both positive and healing themes. From discussing and embracing difference to discussing romantic loves, there is a piece for just about anyone. Alla even claims this book to be one of her top 3.
After purchasing The Princess Saves Herself in This One, Amanda Lovelace's poetry is enriched with bravery and a fearless attitude. Her speech although foreign to the poetic terrain, fills you up with the realities of the world. I am more partial to this book over the first as her words on self-love and women are more relatable this time around. Although her words are empowering in the first one - her first book discusses many tropes on abuse which is something unfamiliar to me. Although for those who have (unfortunately) faced this, I know her words can be a sort of comfort, healing and therapy.
I am all for game nights. Most card games have become a staple in the Economou house when entertaining. From What Do You Meme to Skip-bo, we are always happy to integrate a new game into our Friday nights. I found Most Likely To in the game board section and with its hilarious premise of proposing who in the group would do the following, you just know your friends and you will get a kick out of it.
KATE SPADE BLANK CARDS
I am always looking for blank cards to keep on hand especially when giving out thank you cards (Yes, I do that). I think its always great to have them in case you have an upcoming occasion and do not have the time to hand-select a personalized one (which hurts my soul when I don't). Sometimes, life will get in the way despite your preference of personalized cards (me). I was debating on getting these, but the black and white stood out more to me (perhaps because it is the theme of my blog). Nonetheless, these blank cards are only found in store.
One of my favourite purchases if not my favourite purchase from this haul. I opted out most of my previous journals to add this one into the mix. Geared towards goals and intentions, this guide has the first dozen pages in search of your values, what you value most, what you for see your ideal life to be (relationships with yourself, career, friends and bodily objectives) while having tools and templates to help achieve set intentions. I love, love, LOVE this particular journal. This design is easy to follow and all to help build towards your dreams. Set up like a planner, this journal becomes your guide to fulfilling intentions and the steps you will take to make them happen. I am in love with it and am happy for how this has transcended my previous experiences that have I have often given up on and been left feeling discouraged. I feel as though now with my new journal, I am feeling more present and feel immense forgiveness through this process as I am making it apparent that success isn't in a linear path line, but in always getting back up and trying again with a positive focal point in mind (such liberation).
I have been trying to make time for meal-prepping or at least be more present in the kitchen to make dishes that I love and make me feel good. With this adorable binding, I can keep a record of specific dishes that I love to jot down their recipes, directions and all. As you all can tell, forms of stationary fill up me up - thus I can even write down family recipes or make this completely my healthy lifestyle recipe guide. Whatever comes of this, I am just happy to purchase items that are to helping me fulfill my intentions aka more time creating dishes for me and my loved one.
Thank you all for reading along! I hope you enjoyed some of these picks as much as I did!