People are constantly pointing out to me that I don’t have a lot of free time. I suppose they’re right, but I keep busy because I genuinely enjoy being busy. I don’t do well sitting on the couch for hours. It makes me antsy.
But it does bring up the most excellent point that “free” time usually translates to “me” time. So being busy every night means that I don’t take time to relax, and everyone needs to relax. That’s just a fact.
Since I’m the queen of planning (I once put “be spontaneous” on a to-do list – I wish I was kidding), I decided to build Relaxation Time into my schedule. And, in an effort to make sure I don’t fill that time with other things, I created a sure-fire Relaxation Scheme.
I created 12 envelopes with 12 Be Nice To Kaitlin tasks and scattered them throughout my calendar. If it’s on my calendar, I can’t skip it, right?
If you like these cards, I made you a few printables! Click on the links and then right-click (on a Mac Ctrl+click) on the image to save.
12 squares of pretty paper (mine were 6″ x 6″)
2 pieces of cardstock or other thick paper (standard letter size is fine)
paper cutter (or sharp scissors & a steady hand)
list of 12 of your favorite activities
To start, we’ll make our origami envelopes.
Step 1) Fold your square into a triangle by pairing 2 corners that are diagonal from each other.
Step 2) Take the top corner and fold it down to meet the bottom edge of the triangle.
Step 3) Take the right corner and fold it just a cm or so past where the top corner meets the bottom edge.
Step 4) Take the left corner and fold it over to meet the right edge.
Step 5) Take the corner you just folded over and fold it again back to meet the left edge.
To make this easier, slide one finger inside the pocket of this piece and press another finger against the bottom corner of the diamond shape.
Step 7) To close the envelope, fold the top flap down and insert the point into the diamond pocket.
Step 8) Now that your envelopes are done, measure the inside of your envelope so you can cut your cards to size. Mine measured 1.5″ x 2″.
Step 9) Cut your cardstock to the appropriate size.
Step 10) Decorate your cards with your list of favorite activities.
Then tape the envelopes onto your calendar. In a few weeks, you’ll be able to enjoy the lovely surprise you prepared for yourself!