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Setting goals – or not?

Setting goals – or not?

As you know I’m a “goal-setter”. That’s how I function best. BUT – I know that some people find that goals can add negative pressure and stress, and get upset if the goals are not met, and that’s not a good way to live your life (in my opinion)!

About a week ago I saw this great idea – instead of new years resolutions, or goals, a friend of mine made a Bingo fΓΆr 2019! No pressure. No stress. Just things she wants to do during the year, big and small.

Of course, I had to make my own:

This is for my life in general and my work life. Some squares are dreams I want to happen, some squares are already booked, some squares are tasks to do.

If you want to make your own and are short for ideas, here are a few tips:

  • “Just do it”-things (like 20 times at the gym)
  • Dreams you want to work on (I want to be on a Swedish radio channel and talk about dog photography, not sure that will happen but I’ll try!)
  • Things you need to plan (I want to do a summer camp for dog trainers, but that won’t plan itself…)
  • Fun things (a weekend trip to Rome with my love)
  • Things you know will happen (just because it’s fun to have some “free squares”…)

What’s on your Bingo?

(And yes, that’s a new planner. A classic sized Happy Planner, the mini just was too small.)

Januari: all about planning for the future!

Januari: all about planning for the future!

1/1. The first day of a brand new year. This will be the year I get everything right the first time around!

Oh, wait…where’s the fun in that..?

Edit: this will be the year I try new things, learn from my mistakes, enjoy the process as much as the end goal, and embrace all my flaws.

Yep. Sound like a lot more fun. πŸ˜€

January is always a month of expectations for me, setting goals for the new year, starting new projects. I enjoy learning from last year and using that knowledge when I make new plans. 2019 I know I will have to structure my business in order to make a good living without working around the clock. Even if I enjoy what I do (hey, I photograph dogs for a living – it’s about as good as it gets), I still like to spend time on my multiple non-profit-projects – such as The Creative Kelpie, including this blog. That means that I will probably write a bit less about dog training, and a bit more about my business, and my life in general.

Starting with my Big Yellow Dailygreatness Business Planner. Yep, I got a pre-printed business planner, to help me sort out my business. And so far it’s been really hard, and I’m not halfway done, but at least I have things like a “business plan” and a “marketing strategy” now! Written down! Not just floating around inside my head!

See this! It’s a business plan! MY business plan! I feel like a real businesswoman, almost like a grown-up…

The reason it’s been hard is that it’s new to me. Even though I’ve had my business for almost ten years, it’s never been my main source of income. I’ve kept my books in order (with a little help) and I’ve spent the money as extra pocket money. I like to buy things. 

What I found out this fall was that I spent A LOT of time doing things that didn’t generate income. Fun things, but I need to change that. So now, I have business goals. Look!

And they’re useful too! And I know why I have them, and where they will lead!

And that’s the reason I got this pre-printed business planner – to get some help with the hard and boring stuff, the necessary stuff, the stuff I didn’t even know I needed. I mean dog training and plan my own life – I KNOW how to plan that. Business? Always room for improvement!

My business goals all got two actions each, and then I focus on three Big Ones for the next quarter. Everything is written down with the What, Why, How and When neatly in order. Even the How Much.

Every Sunday I will set some time aside to review the week and make plans for next week. This week has already begun!

Some help to prioritize to the left. A weekly overview to the right.

And daily tasks every morning of course.

Top three of this week, top three each day. No appointments all week, until the weekend. Nice! I’ll get LOADS of stuff done!

Alongside this, I have my much smaller and easy-to-grab Happy Planner. This week:

Today’s tasks are almost done!

January will be all about goals. Setting them, keeping them, and feeling good about them. Once a week: every Tuesday. Enjoy!



I got a tip from the FB-group, to show some really quick-to-do spreads. She called it Speed-BuJo, and I’m so stealing that name – it’s a great name. And a great idea!

One of the first thoughts in my head, when I started Bullet Journaling, was “I’ll NEVER find the time to do this!”. I saw all the fancy spreads that you find on Pinterest and Instagram. But then I watched Ryders movie, and it calmed me down a bit. I’ve listened to his book as well, it’s really good for someone like me who needs to focus on what’s important.

I mean, I LOVE doing fancy stuff! When I have the time. When I don’t, I don’t. My Bullet Journal is a tool to manage my life. That’s it.

So, I’ve put together some quick spreads to help you start the new year! The most time spent on a spread: 2 minutes. 

I’ve used an old Rhodia Goalbook, I just cut out the pages I had used for something else (that I never finished).
Overview of the year. Perfect for things that you already know will happen – like big competitions, vacations, vaccinations.
Two goal-pages. On the first, I write down my three top goals: my WHAT and my WHY. On the second, I make sure that my goals are SMART.

So far I’ve only used a black pen and a ruler, and if you’re better at keeping your hand steady than I am you may not even need a ruler.

Personally, I want a bit of color, so I used some highlighters on my next spread (takes about 10 seconds):

My big goals get divided into smaller parts. From my goals, I decide what we need to focus on during this year, both me and my dog. Again, I pick three big things that I want to work on in a lot of different ways.
Every month get an overview, a focus-area, and a to-do-list.

That little splash of color is very pleasing to my brain. When I want something even more pretty, stickers take about five seconds extra. 

To the left, my session review. When, where, what works and what needs training. Both me and my dog. Comments on the bottom. To the right, a “step-by-step” for a certain exercise. What’s the end goal, what steps do we need to complete to get there, and a date for every step.

There it is. The beginning of my Speed-BuJo! Steal, copy, and change to suit your needs.

Flip-through of my Happy Book

Flip-through of my Happy Book

Today I want to show you what I use my “Happy book” for! I think it will be even more important during 2019 if I stick to my Happy Planner as my main planner. The perfect place to put anything and everything that just…makes me happy!

Moving into a Happy Planner

Moving into a Happy Planner

To fulfill my need of change, I’m leaving the “pure” bullet journal system for a while – I’m going to try a combination of a happy planner, business planner and my “happy book” for everything else.

I got the happy planner mini. I’m a bit worried, as I start planning it feels a bit small, but on the other hand, I wont’t have as much in there as I had in my Filofax notebook. So far I got this:

My goals for next year, and the word for 2019: Harmony.

A budget for 2019, to make sure I can pay my bills every month.

A collection of blog posts.

Monthly overview – preprinted.

My client workflow, and my client list. I actually have clients for 2019, but I haven’t transferred them yet πŸ™‚

Project list and project planning. Again, preprinted – but with a little tweak.

And I will have weeklys and dailies when I need to, also preprinted.

I have absolutely no idea how this will work out…But we’ll see soon enough! 



2019 – harmony

2019 – harmony

2018 was a year of freedom for me. We moved, I quit my job, my husband started a new job, and I am currently in full control of what I do with my time. It has worked out very nice so far.

2019, I hope, will be a year to find harmony. To settle in, get working routines, know that I will get enough work and earn my living (that’s something that keeps me up at night sometimes…). To, even more, build a life that makes me jump happily out of bed in the morning.

During next year I will have my photography business in focus, and try to grow and expand in the direction I want to go. The Creative Kelpie, my little side project that gives me no money but a lot of fun, will stand aside a little. Maybe you’ll notice, maybe you won’t. Mostly, I think the change is in my head – Instead of feeling guilty that I don’t do all the things I planned, I will put them on hold for a bit. The result is the same, I just feel better about it πŸ™‚

For this blog, I think I’ll work with monthly themes. My ambition is to keep blogging twice a week (more or less) and dig a little deeper in the different themes. Maybe.

January will be all about setting goals! That’s a pet subject that I work with in different ways, and I hope you will be inspired and motivated to pursue your own goals!

New year, new plans

New year, new plans

December is always a busy month. Get Christmas presents, meet the family, cook food (not me, but others do), eat food (that I do!), watch Christmas movies, get in the spirit, and for God’s sake enjoy yourself! (Can you tell that Christmas is a bit overrated if you ask me…?)

I like the days AFTER Christmas. When all is done, there’s food left, I got some nice presents, hubby’s home from work, and there’s a whole new year waiting to happen!

2018 has been a year of changes. 2019 will be a year of settlement, I think. Settle down in our new home, settle down in my work, finding my routines. It will be a good year!

I don’t feel like competing with my dogs at the moment. We kind of hang out together, and I’ve been focusing on making our everyday life work. Now, I can have my kelpies off leash in the forest, nail trimming works, and we mostly hang out together and do fun stuff. Maybe I’ll take an online-class in freestyle. That would be fun.

If you are NOT like me (at the moment at least), but actually want to set goals and achieve something with your dog, I have something for you!

To help you get all your thoughts and ambitions in order, I have made two different planner packs for 2019. They are in Swedish, easy to follow, and the two packs are not only different in design but also in content. Look through the templates and choose the package that suits you the best. Or maybe you’ll make it a Christmas gift for someone special…?

This is the one I made for 2018, updated to 2019 (illustrated with dogs).

And this is a brand new one (not illustrated)!

From the illustrated package

Don’t forget to check out the other items in my shop. I bet you find something you like!

And if you need some inspiration and motivation, as well as some help with your structure, I’ve teamed up with a good friend of mine and we’ll be hosting a workshop together! Guaranteed to make you feel on top of the world πŸ™‚ 

Take it easy this December <3


Time flies!

Time flies!

I can’t believe it’s bee two weeks since I visited my blog! Well, you know what they say – time flies when you’re having fun…

A little update:

November is here. 

I have a small obsession about leaves right now. The color, the shape, the texture…

My first school assignment is done. I haven’t got my feedback yet. Kind of nervous. I handled the nervous energy as I always do – turned it into something creative.

And I soon found out I needed dividers in my yellow “Happy book”. Fixed it myself!

And I got water! Running water, hot and cold! I’m in heaven…

Maybe the most important thing: my neighbor cut the grass. We now have no less than THREE big fields to train on. Niiiiice!

Oh, by the way: even if this blog has been silent, my Instagram is very much alive. I have three main accounts:

TheCreativeKelpie  if you’re all about planner stuff

KelpiePhotography if you like dog photos

and the brand new Kelpie.asa if you want to follow my life in general.

I’ve even learned to use Stories… πŸ˜€

Back to school

Back to school

Tomorrow I will start school again! One year of learning about and working with storytelling in photography, online. I’m so excited!

And such a perfect excuse to get a new notebook…

How could I resist that design? Impossible!

This is what it looks like on the inside, so far:

To find my stuff I need an index. Nuuna doesn’t come with ribbons, but the pages are numbered.

One of my favorite quotes, by Andy Warhol. He should know.

I have no idea how the year will be planned, but I guess an overview of weeks and tasks can’t hurt?

Another favorite quote, and a project planning page. Again, I don’t really know how this whole thing will work, so I’m guessing a bit.

And I’m ready for the first day of school! Now I just have to figure out what to wear…I hear that’s really important nowadays!

The bucket game

The bucket game

Even though I try to make the life of my dogs as pleasant as possible, there is one area that I could improve: nail trimming. They cooperate, I can trim their nails without problems, but they really, really, really donΒ΄t like it. They put up with it because I make them. Gently but firmly. With treats and praise, but still…they would choose not to participate if they could.

Am I happy with that? I was once. I’m not any longer. I’d like to think that I learn more and become a better dog trainer as the years go by, and now I see all around me new ways to train the dog (or any animal) to freely participate in and have control over “not so pleasant” procedures that need to be done. As the animals get a voice, the right to say “no” and to be listened to, things like nail trimming, ear cleaning, taking blood samples, vaccinations, and so on, become less stressful and the animal freely participates. It chooses to do so to get a reward. It’s in control.

Yes, I know this has been going on for a while. Sometimes my mind is sloooow on the uptake…But better late than never, right?

For those of you who have only a vague idea of what I’m talking about, here’s an explanation of what I want to train:

1. The Bucket Game

As explained by amazing Chirag Patel: https://www.animaltrainingacademy.com/podcast/training-tidbits/chirag-patel/

2. Start button behaviors

The podcast Drinking from the toilet is always worth listening to, here with two of my friends: https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/hannah-branigan/drinking-from-the-toilet/e/51441310

And if you have no patience, here’s the quick version:

Bucket game (my version, not exactly as described by Chirag)

  1. Teach a trick, like “put paw on hand” (or look at a bucket of treats)
  2. Add duration.
  3. Add distractions.
  4. Add touching paw, nails, pull on nails.
  5. Add do the same with a pen.
  6. Add do the same with nail clippers.
  7. Trim one nail.
  8. And so on.

The important thing is: she is free to remove her paw at any time, and that makes me stop. She is in control. If she doesn’t put her paw on my hand at all – we don’t play. Again – she gets to say when, and she gets to say “no”. It’s up to me to do this in small steps and make it rewarding.

Start button (again, my version)

  1. I show clippers – she looks at clippers – click – she gets a treat. We get a rhythm going.
  2. I interrupt the rhythm. She does something – anything. Clippers come out – click – treat. The behavior she chooses is her start button behavior. When she does that she tells me she is ready for the clippers.
  3. We build a chain. I put a treat on the floor. She looks at me > I put out my hand. She gives her paw > I pick up the clippers. Her paw stays put > I continue. She removes her paw > I stop.
  4. We build new chains for different procedures. Lift back paws, put head on chair (ear cleaning), put top of nose in my hand (check and brush teeth). And so on.

My spread looks like this:

We’ve come a bit further than this, I’ve started to pull on her nails a bit.

The training looks a bit like this, so far:

It’s really interesting to work with! For both of us, I think. I’ll keep you updated on our progress.