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Em Lou discusses the importance of clarity and simplicity

Updated: May 12

When life feels like too much to handle, what do you need to ensure the day ahead is filled with positivity and productivity?


Life can be overwhelming. Some mornings, the 24 hours ahead of me feel like too much to handle. Why? I’m not always sure. Grieving for my mother? Navigating life after cancer? My barber-shop quartet of mental health challenges? All of those? No reason at all?


"When Leanne sent me a copy of her first edition of ‘The Positive Day Planner’, I flipped through the pages immediately and my first thought was “I think I could actually do this”

Over time, I’ve realised there’s a few things I need on those days: motivation to get up, something to centre my mind and close all of my brain’s unwanted thoughts tabs, and cuddles with my dog.


I’ve tried lots of mindful, self-help style journals but always find that they quickly become part of the problem and eventually I’d give up on them. Finding the time to fill out the introduction and each day felt like a chore. By the time I’d given up, I’d wasted a forest worth of paper and felt no better. Another £20 down the drain!


When Leanne sent me a copy of her first edition of ‘The Positive Day Planner’, I flipped through the pages immediately and my first thought was “I think I could actually do this” (spoiler- I did and I’m on my next one).

It’s the streamlined layout of The Positive Day Planner for me - it’s unique! Having a small introduction page made starting the planner easy and refreshing because you’re not too mentally tired after completing it to go onto the first day. Its simplicity and clarity allows me to be truly present while going through each part, focuses my thoughts and I feel prepared for the day ahead instead of overwhelmed. I love using the planner to reflect on my day too.


With my dog cuddled up to my side, The Positive Day Planner gives me everything I mentioned that I need to make the day feel kinder and show me that I’ve got this.


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Em lou about:


Red-lipstick loving Bookworm Emma is an East Londoner born and raised. At 24 cancer nicked her boobs and she began blogging as ‘delightfully depressing’ to release the trauma of being diagnosed with cancer three weeks after her Ma’s death to the same disease. She gives a (loud) voice of support for people affected by cancer mixing malignant humour with raw emotion to discuss issues including mental health, medical menopause and identity.


Emma works as Social Content Co-Ordinator with GIRLvsCANCER and is the first LGBTQ+ Trekstock Young Adult Ambassador. She still lives in East London with her dog/ child, Prudie.