Monday, February 29, 2016

Thin Blue Line Leather Quill Are Released!

Many of you know I am a Law Enforcement wife.  My husband and his family are very important to me.  They are brothers and sisters in blue.  When one falls the line doesn't break.  They stay strong.  

Over the last 10 years of our relationship the Law Enforcement community has been amazing.  We've met wonderful people, connected with new friends and unfortunately lost friends.  When I opened my shop I was immediately blessed by the community and their support.  In the next couple of weeks you will see The Leather Quill Shoppe opening and new lines of notebooks and binders being released.  The Leather Quill Shoppe will be our business for the love of Traveler's Notebooks, Bullet Journaling and Artisan Planning.  Shop Mandy Jean Chic and my blog will remain and go back to being more about what I love, use and enjoy sharing.  

The first release is our Thin Blue Line Leather Quill.  Leather Quill is our version of a Traveler's Notebook.  Today we released our first version, available in Pocket Quill (Field Note) and Leather Quill (Cahier Size).  Each journal purchased we are donating $5 to Under the Shield.  Under the Shield is a amazing group providing mental health to First Responders.  We sell 1000 journals and they get $5,000 and so on.  If we can get leather donated or dye donated we will adjust their donation.  We want to give back as much as possible.  If you would like to donate directly to Under the Shield CLICK HERE and you will be taken to their donation page.  Scroll to the bottom of the page.  

To purchase your Thin Blue Line Leather Quill CLICK HERE.  If you share your Thin Blue Line Leather Quill online please tag us @leatherquillshoppe.  

Thank you so much for your support! 

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Attention Traveler's Notebook Addicts! Help Us Create The Ultimate TN!

Hello My Friends!  Ever since starting my shop I have been on the journey of Traveler's Notebooks.  I am obsessed with them!  There are so many things I love about them that I decided to launch my own line!!  At you will find my line of TN lovely called "ChicDori".

With the launch of The Leather Quill Shoppe coming soon we decided that we wanted to create the ULTIMATE TN!  I believe it can be done but I need some help.  If you are a Traveler Notebook junkie like me I would LOVE it if you would take a brief survey below.  As a thank you for your time (and if you put your email below.  I will not be signing you up for any lists!) I will email you over a 20% coupon to my shop that will be good on leather products!  

Ps.... All my traveler notebook love will be moving to @leatherquillshoppe on Instagram.  Make sure to follow us there to get secret coupon codes, enter into giveaways and see behind the scenes fun.  

Monday, February 1, 2016

Creating New Habits and Routines in Mandyland

I wear many hats in my life, creative entrepreneur, coach, wife, daughter, branch operations manager, crafter, dreamer and master of nothing but student of life.  Having a full time job, social life and my own businesses ( yes that is plural!) I sometimes feel overwhelmed, that I am not accomplishing enough and so on.  We all feel this way sometimes. 

I am a creature of habit.  I like consistency and change is hard for me.  I am not going to lie or say change is easy because in Mandyland it is not.  I dislike change more than snakes.  I don't like flying by the seat of my pants, so to speak, or not having a plan.  

Recently I decided to get back into my bullet journaling roots.  My planner journey started with bullet journaling.  Recently one of my Besties, Anne Samoilov, introduced me to Boho Berry.  I have been a fan of her bullet journaling, instagram and channel ever since.  Her and Anne inspired me to bust out my bullet journal and have another go.  

I purchased a *Rhoda journal and *Pilot Metropolitan Fountain Pen and went to town.  I started created my journal for February but really wanted to start tracking my habits and daily tasks.  

Inspired by Boho Berry I created my tracker and added my habits.  Each day I will check off my habit or routine.  

Rule of thumb says it takes 21 days to create a new habit and this tracker will help me stay on tasks.  

Let's break down my habits and routines

Morning Routine
Out of bed no later than 6am
Ship pending orders
Respond to Etsy Emails 
Feed Dogs
Get Ready for Work
Listen to Podcast on Way to Work

Evening Routine
Make Dinner
Respond to ALL Comments and Emails
30 Minute Clean Time
Blog Post Scheduled for Following Day
Video Scheduled for Following Day
Take Instagram Pics for Following Day
Bed by 10:30PM or 11 PM Max

New Habits
Journal Nightly
Creative Climb- More Info Coming Soon!!
Say "Yes"-  Every day I want to try and say "Yes" to something I would normally say "No" to.  

Tips for Creating Habits and Routines
1.  Be true to what you can do and accomplish-  You don't want to create a habit of waking up by 3am every morning and being in bed by midnight.  Your health is more important.  Be aware of your limits.  
2.  Stick to them-  21 days to create a new habit.  Remember that!  
3.  Look at your goals.  What routines or habits can you create to help you achieve them. 
4.  It's ok to start small.  If creating one new habit is all you can do, that is perfect!!!  

What is a habit or routine you want to start in February?  

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