Last Updated on May 23, 2022 by Thalia
This week’s guest is the one and only Carly from The Journal Life.
I have been following Carly on Instagram since some point in 2019 and she has been an inspiration of mine ever since then.
(Not gonna lie, I totally fangirled when she followed me back!)
We now have regular conversations in the DMs and Carly’s daily digestible content brings comfort to me when I need it most and encourages me to keep going and not give up.
It’s such an honour to have Carly guest appear on my blog and share more about her mental health and well-being journey.
♡ Thalia xx
Hey! I’m Carly, Life Coach, Positive Psychology Practitioner and all-around multi-passionate creative.
I help women to find their authentic selves, take back control and be the author of their lives.
I’m also on a mission to deconstruct social constructs and expectations that say as humans we should be achieving certain things at certain ages.
Everyone is entitled to live the life they want to rather than the one they think they should!
I work with clients in 1:1 and group settings as well as running courses, creative workshops and masterclasses.
Wellness Q&A with Carly From The Journal Life
What does a healthy work-life balance look like to you?
For me, the first and possibly the most important part of a healthy work-life balance is enjoying what I do for work – because not enjoying it can be very unhealthy.
When I was working in my 9-5 I was constantly rushing around trying to fit in work, the gym, social activities, life maintenance and all the rest and it was almost impossible.
Now I work for myself, I am grateful that I can organise my days to ensure I am getting the rest I need, working as much as is required and balancing all the other things too.
Some days that may mean having a slow morning and working a little later, other days it’s starting earlier and finishing earlier.
I’m also a fan of naps and I sneak them in whenever I can for a little recharge.
Learning to switch off in a digital world is also part of this balance. I’ll be the first to admit I’m not the best at it but I am slowly getting better.
When I do have a full-on social media break I tend to delete social apps from my phone.
How do you make sure you are regularly prioritising your mental and physical wellbeing?
Over the last few years, I have become quite in tune with myself and know when I need to slow down or take a break.
Listening to my body and my mind really helps with this!
When I start getting clumsy, feeling fatigued or irritable it usually means it’s time for some time-out.
Time-out usually looks like getting out in nature, switching off for a few hours or days (depending on what I can actually do work commitments wise).
It can also look like managing my time/tasks better to ensure I’m getting the things done I need to do and some of the less important things can be done another day.
Checking in with myself regularly through writing in my journal is also super helpful too.
How do you show yourself self-love and self-care? Are there any particular activities you indulge in and what inner work do you do?
Oooooh! Creativity is a big one for me when it comes to self-care. Popping on a film (usually something animated with lots of colours), and getting my watercolours out or collaging bits and just zoning out.
That’s like therapy to me.
I also love to cross-stitch. But this is something I haven’t done in a while and I have a unicorn that’s half-finished – that’s one I’ll get out in the autumn/winter for cosy nights in!
I also love to read. I’m getting into this more and trying to spend time reading when I would usually be scrolling.
Self-love is more about showing myself appreciation and gratitude and acknowledging what I am capable of.
I try to journal about this!
Personal development is also part of my self-care and self-love routine, and learning more about myself and about the world around me.
And then of course I love a good bag of Pick ‘N’ Mix and that makes me happy all day long and is important for my self-care.
But quite frankly I’m all about the simple things in life and I do tend to find joy in the small things around me and these really help to boost my energy levels and my mindset.
What is your favourite productivity hack?
Well, I used to be (and kind of still am) a pen and paper kind of gal.
I used to live through my Filofax, however, (and Thalia I think this one is thanks to you) I discovered Notion and I LOVE it.
I use Notion and my Google Calendar to plan out my life. Chances are if it’s not in my calendar I will not attend because that thing tells me where I need to be and when, LOL!!
This helps me massively when it comes to planning out my weeks and I use time blocking to chunk out time to get all my tasks complete.
Notion has been a huge game-changer for me and I can’t recommend it enough, well all of the above really!
Which self-help or personal development book would you recommend and why?
Ooooh, this is a tough one because there are so many!
I think I always recommend The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle because it’s one that’ll definitely change your outlook on life.
But DISCLAIMER – you have to be ready to read it otherwise it’s not going to land the same.
What would you say to your 21-year old self?
Hmm, I always struggle with these ones ya know.
My 21-year old self was pretty content back then and was about to hit up Vegas for the first time and have a wild week with her best friends.
But if I had to think, it would be to prioritise adventures and experiences more so than she did. I’m grateful to her though because she’s always been headstrong and known what she wanted.
Maybe just letting her know that some things are going to take longer to come to fruition but they will so hang in there and just enjoy the journey.
And lastly, what’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
Being ready is a lie.
You will never be ready. That thing you want to put out into the world will never be ready.
Just do it!
Where to find Carly and The Journal Life
For more journaling, creativity and life tips, follow Carly on Instagram at @thejournallife
And to learn more about Carly and how she can help you, head to thejournallife.com