Taking Stock June + 5 Tips to Win the Rest of Your 2019!

Taking Stock

Howdy my SJ FAM! Welcome back to our Taking Stock posts! 😀 How are you feeling about your 2019 so far…?

Whether you’re feeling pumped up or need a little boost, I’ve got something for you today…


5 Tips to Win the Rest of Your 2019!

As the year grows ‘older’, it’s easy to feel like the energy we had on New Year’s has dimmed. Can you relate? This can be especially scary if you’re ‘falling behind’ on your goals…

Honestly speaking, I was in a bit of a funk some weeks back and I couldn’t write… I’d gotten so caught up in ‘goal-chasing’, that I had stopped doing what really matters: self-work.

I then realized the need to stop, check-in and hit that reset button!

This is why I love our Taking Stock Posts, because it’s our safe space where we can let that hair down and reflect, without any pressure, or judgements….

And though I don’t know what your story is, I do know this- you are not alone. 🙂


Success leaves clues ~Tony Robbins



Win Your Morning, Win Your Day!  

What is your Morning Routine?

I can attest to this: how you begin, sets the tone for the rest of your day.

When you start out feeling purposeful, your day takes great shape, preparing you to deal with life’s curve balls.

Tip>> Check out this POST for more on setting a Morning Routine for champions. 😀


Feed Your Creative Soul

We spend a huge chunk of our lives doing ‘what we have to’. When it’s all said and done- are you truly happy?

And when you wake up or go to bed at night, is your heart dancing…?

Make time to learn something new simply for the joy of it. Whatever you choose, do it without any expectations… 🙂


Exercise and Eat Well

This one can be a struggle, even for the best of us! But the truth is,  eating right and exercise translates into our overall well-being.

So, find what works for you, start out small, & work your way up… Consistency is king. 😉


Keep a Journal

Journaling is like self therapy… I love keeping a journal because I feel more in tune with myself.

Journaling has a cathartic effect, that allows us to tap into our subconscious.

And who knows, you might even stumble upon solutions to a problem you’ve been trying to solve in your business or personal life. 😉



Reassess Your Goals & Move The Goal Posts

Think about it… You could easily be working hard to attain a goal that’s no longer a priority.

Take time to reassess: are your goals still important to you? And what have you learned in the past 6 months… What can you do differently?

The answers to these questions might place you in a better space to win in 2019.


Bonus: Find the Humor in everyday life!

My brother is one the most optimistic people I know… He is solution-oriented and you’ll hardly ever hear him complain. 🙂

I recently observed that he spends time before bed watching the show: Just For Laughs Gags. You’ll literally hear him laughing his heart out from the next room! 😀

I bet this small positive habit, somehow contributes to his optimistic outlook.

Consider what cracks you up…? Find ways to add some laughter and joy to your life. 🙂



Taking Stock June 2019


Buying: More fruits, starting today. Lol. 🙂


Craving: A good cup of milk tea, lactose not-withstanding.


Cooking: Up more ideas for Scrapbook Journeys. 🙂


Drinking: Red Tea from Organo Gold.


Enjoying: My journey back to Yoga.


Taking Stock


Feeling: Thankful to God, and optimistic about this second half of 2019… It can only get better, right? 😉


Learning: How to take better care of my skin. 🙂


Listening: To the ‘How I Built This’ Podcast by Guy Raz.

It’s super inspiring, particularly for entrepreneurs, or if you are thinking of starting a business.


Making: YouTube Playlists for everything!


Missing: My long hair. Still debating whether or not to grow it back…?


Noticing: Tiny, positive effects of meditation…


Check out the Headspace App. It’s perfect to start practicing meditation for 3 to 10 minutes a day.


Playing: No games. Am I the only one without games on my phone? 😀


Reading: Between the lines. Haha, just kidding!


Thinking:  About re-reading either ‘Half of a Yellow SunorAmericanah’ by Chimamanda.

Have you read either?


Wanting: Books to add to my Library… Any suggestions?


Watching: Old reruns of Survivor.

First: mad props to Jeff Probst, who is the real OG of hosting TV Shows!!

Secondly: Just wow!

Survivor totally makes you feel like you can achieve ANYTHING you put your mind to! Seriously, it’s incredible what humans can achieve, even under the harshest of conditions. Just wow!

Let’s unleash our inner Survivor Spirit, shall we? 😀


Wishing: For a white book shelf.


Working: On picking back up the habit of writing 750 Words daily. 🙂



Thank you for reading! I hope you enjoyed our Taking Stock Post + the Tips!

I’d love to hear from you, do leave a comment down below. 🙂 Cheers to the second half of 2019!


<<Stay Inspired Always>>


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  • Reply
    Susan Mwenda
    June 16, 2019 at 9:56 am

    Love this Marion,

    I definitely need to learn how to meditate, currently listening to the book “More than enough ” by Elaine Welteroth. Yoga is always on my my list to practice so I need to get with it. Laughter is definitely the best medicine. Thanks for all the great tips

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      Scrapbook Journeys
      June 17, 2019 at 9:23 am

      Oh wow- sounds like a good read! I will look it up 🙂 Yes, perhaps you can try Home yoga, check out Yoga With Adriene videos…It’s my go-to every single time. Thank you for reading dear. Cheers to you! 🙂

  • Reply
    June 14, 2019 at 5:56 pm

    Wow!! Just last night was wondering what happened to our nice pieces of writing from you ??
    Thank you once again for jump starting my life train. Much appreciated and God bless

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      Scrapbook Journeys
      June 17, 2019 at 9:21 am

      Hahaha, and your kind thoughts helped me write this, albeit instinctively. Thank you, I really appreciate you always taking time to read and comment. God bless you too as you Jump-start! 🙂

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    Esther Neema
    June 14, 2019 at 5:46 pm

    Officially on reset button as well. Time to take stock. Thank you for this!

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      Scrapbook Journeys
      June 17, 2019 at 9:20 am

      Ayee! That’s the spirit Neema! Reset button- enjoy this time 🙂

  • Reply
    June 14, 2019 at 4:45 pm

    I love it when you take stock
    So much to reflect on..
    Awesome read

    • Reply
      Scrapbook Journeys
      June 17, 2019 at 9:19 am

      Yay! That is great to hear- really! 🙂 I am genuinely glad you like our Taking Stock posts, it can be a tough one to write, so this makes my heart smile. Cheers! 🙂

  • Reply
    June 14, 2019 at 3:32 pm

    You should have left some dotted lines for us to fill at the end of yours. hehehe. Kidding. But yeah I have no games on my phone. Wanting to gain weight (you haven’t heard that line before or have you? learning to live my own pace, guess am picking flowers on this journey, Thinking about a major change that should shock me too. Reading becoming by Mitchell Obama and two paragraphs down then I came to read your blog… hehe.

    All the best with the second half of the year. smile more.

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      Scrapbook Journeys
      June 17, 2019 at 9:17 am

      Hey hey! Thank you for reading… haha, you have all the dotted lines you need right here 😀 😉
      Loving your responses, keep going! I like the idea of picking flowers on the journey, good stuff… I wish you a good one and all the very best too!

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