Review: Thich Nhat Hanh 2014 Diary from Vision Antics (Competition Ended)

At Christmas, receiving a beautiful diary or calendar is part of preparing for the new year. I feel that a diary must not only be useful but inspire me into new beginnings and bless my coming year. I like reminders of the best way to live my life, and if life gets a bit hectic or stressful, organising my time with words from a great spiritual teacher can make a big difference to my day.
This year I received a beautiful diary from a company called VISION ANTICS. I have seen many of Vision Antics diaries and products in various metaphysical stores and other book shops. I always felt uplifted by the beautiful artwork and inspiring and uplifting messages their products share. Vision Antics works with a range of artists who design beautiful covers and inserts for diaries, calendars, cards and journals, some of the best spiritual and metaphysical artists out there. 
VISION ANTICS:  Vision Antics began its life a quarter of a century ago as a distributor of glass plate holograms, creator of prismatic-foil jewellery and agency for the growing new wave of art cards especially those supporting organisations promoting environmental and social awareness like Greenpeace and Amnesty International.
Their fascination with three dimensional images evolved in the 1990’s through the development of cards by innovative British Artists working in box- art , multi-media, collage and occasionally traditional forms through to realising their role of bringing reflective, dynamic and beautiful work from a diversity of world cultures, nature, art, religion and literature and more.
To discover more about Vision Antics click HERE

Vision Antics also sells products by Amber Lotus that feature products which illuminate the diverse manifestations of Spirit in the world; products that focus on the diversity of world cultures, the beauty of the natural world, fantastic science as art, and art inspired by sacred traditions. Amber Lotus donates a portion of the proceeds from sales of specific products to non-profit organisations like the Tibetan Lama Fund, which is building housing for refugee monks in India.

Included in their range of products is also BRUSH DANCE and others.

The line of BRUSH DANCE products is inspired by the movement of a brush, the interplay of art and words, the dance of ink and paper, the dance of combining words, ideas and values.

~Vision Antics~ 
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What Is The Diary Like?

As some of you who read my blog may know, I love the teachings of  Vietnamese Buddhist monk, poet and activist Thich Nhat Hanh who reminds us how to find and make peace. He simplifies ways to be mindful and to allow life to flow through you in a more fluid and graceful way. He teaches great compassion and love and the diary I have for 2014 includes many of his simple yet beautiful teachings along with fabulous artwork by Adam Guan. 
The reflective art adorning the front cover really uplifts me along with the opening message :

“You are not an observer you are a participant” ~Thich Nhat Hanh

 A helpful reminder to live life moment-by-moment, and to allow simply being to enrich your experience of life.


This diary is a good size, not too large for my needs at 6.5″ x 8.5″, with a lovely hard cover and it’s ring bound which makes it easy to open and keeps the pages in great condition. With 52 pages, with each month separated into weeks, you have just the right amount of space to make plans and notes, with a short note section at the beginning of each month and pages at the back of each month to add extra notes. Each month is separated by beautiful tabbed dividers and inspirational quotes. The tabs are really great for getting to the month I need quickly and efficiently.


I like that I am able to see the month ahead before the weekly diary begins for each section. That way I can pencil in really important dates, and each month includes the full moon and new moon, important dates around the world and also the related flower and gemstone for each month, so a perfect reminder if you are looking for birthday specific gifts. You also have an additional notes section at the beginning of each month’s section to add any further important information you may need reminding of, like dentist appointments etc.

At the back is the address section with 6 double sided pages with room to fill in the name,address,phone number (work and home), mobile/cell, email and fax number of any of your contacts.

At the front of the diary is a pocket for keeping anything you need with you (tickets, receipts etc).  All of this is kept together by an elastic closure which I always find useful if I have any extra notes I may want to add into the diary but not write inside.

Overall this diary is visually stunning, clear to read and use, inspiring, and well designed and made. 

If you like what you see in this review you can purchase the diary on-line HERE along with
other beautiful cards, journals, diaries and calendars from Vision Antics here. You can also keep up to date with Vision Antics on Twitter HERE and Facebook HERE

I would like to say a great big thank you to Vision Antics for sponsoring this give-away and providing me with a review copy.
MERRY CHRISTMAS & may 2014 be full of blessings for you!


*ENTERING* – Enter through the app below, click on the first option (comment on blog) and follow instructions. This will unlock further additional entries into the competition.

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Questions being answered in the comments below relate to:
Christmas is coming up and before we know it we will be entering 2014. In 2014 what would you like to happen in your life and what would you like to see happen in the world?
(Please go through the Gleam app for your entry comment to be eligible for the competition).

*Post Disclaimer: I receiveda 2014 diary from Vision Antics UK for review. All opinions are my own. 

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Kelly Martin
Kelly Martin

Kelly Martin, author of ‘When Everyone Shines But You’ is a dedicated writer and blogger who fearlessly explores life’s deepest questions. Faced with a decade of profound anxiety and grief following the loss of her father and her best friend Michael, Kelly embarked on a transformative journey guided by mindfulness, and she hasn’t looked back since. Through her insightful writing, engaging podcasts, and inspiring You Tube channel Kelly empowers others to unearth the hidden treasures within their pain, embracing the profound truth that they are ‘enough’ exactly as they are.

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  1. December 4, 2013 / 8:35 am

    Beautiful giveaway! I would like to see abundance of love in all areas of my life and I would like to see abundance of love in all areas of the world x

  2. December 4, 2013 / 8:48 am

    lovely to hear xxx

  3. December 4, 2013 / 9:56 am

    I would like to be truly happy and peaceful in my life and the rest of the world would benefit from that as well.

  4. December 4, 2013 / 10:21 am

    I'd like to be happy every day!!

  5. December 4, 2013 / 10:37 am

    I would like my dad to start recovering through his cancer treatment which starts next year. And I also hope that there are no natural disasters at all next year, and that communities and families are safe from these devastating storms x

  6. December 4, 2013 / 10:53 am

    The most important thing on my wish list for 2014 is for my whole family to have good health so we can enjoy everything else. I would like to see Scotland achieve independence next year.

  7. December 4, 2013 / 11:46 am

    World to be happier.

  8. December 4, 2013 / 11:48 am

    I'd like to see an improvement in my health as this year has seen me mainly in bed, and for everyone in the world to also be healthier and happier

  9. December 4, 2013 / 12:55 pm

    I would my family to stay happy and healthy

  10. December 4, 2013 / 1:16 pm

    to be less tired 🙂

  11. December 4, 2013 / 2:34 pm

    I would love a world peace and for my family to be happy and for my brother in law finally get a job

  12. December 4, 2013 / 3:29 pm

    I would like me and mine to stay happy and healthy next year. As far as the world goes I hope that we can stop people going hungry

  13. December 4, 2013 / 4:41 pm

    I'd like to get my business up and running and see people throughout the world focus on love more 🙂 x

  14. December 4, 2013 / 4:42 pm

    a peaceful and happy year x

  15. December 4, 2013 / 6:20 pm

    I'd like to be healthier and for the people in my community to have a bit more patience. Not a day goes by when I I don't go past someone arguing over trivial things.

  16. December 4, 2013 / 6:26 pm

    i would like a change of career

  17. December 4, 2013 / 6:38 pm

    Lovely prize. I would like better health for myself this year, and peace for the world in general.

  18. December 4, 2013 / 7:23 pm

    I would like recover my health completely and live life fully again. And I hope for the world to be more peaceful, less war and fighting

  19. December 4, 2013 / 8:08 pm

    id like to finally do my driving test and i want to pass my last year at college

  20. December 4, 2013 / 8:58 pm

    for the world the obvious answer (well it's obvious to me at least!) would be world peace and an end to hunger and poverty. For myself…I want to have health problems sorted and get my eyesight stabilised

  21. December 4, 2013 / 10:20 pm

    I would like to recover my health and live life again, and I would like more fairness and compassion in the world.

  22. December 4, 2013 / 11:23 pm

    I would like to be happier and make my children feel happy and loved

  23. December 4, 2013 / 11:44 pm

    Good health for me and my family and less disasters across the world

  24. December 5, 2013 / 5:06 am

    For myself :- As I have been recently thinking, what was often said in the past that parents wanted / wished for for their children. Health, Wealth and Happiness. For the World :- Happiness. Most often we say World Peace, Happiness is likely to include this :- for Happiness is peace and contentment not conflict.

  25. December 7, 2013 / 10:19 am

    I would like to meet a nice man, and to have less devastation in the world

  26. December 9, 2013 / 10:28 am

    In 2014 I would like more and more people to go vegan and I would like to see/help my friend set up his store.

  27. December 14, 2013 / 12:45 am

    better health for me and everybody in the world

  28. December 16, 2013 / 4:06 pm

    For me, more positive health and for the world progress with peace and respect

  29. December 16, 2013 / 4:44 pm

    In 2014 I would like to be brave enough to stand up for my beliefs, rather than trying to conform, and I believe the world would be a much better place if everyone followed their soul rather than conforming to a supposed "normality" that distances humans from one another.

  30. December 17, 2013 / 11:27 am

    peace and happiness for everyone

  31. December 17, 2013 / 11:31 am

    Continued happiness for me & my family

  32. December 17, 2013 / 12:19 pm

    To become more mindful and content

  33. December 17, 2013 / 1:47 pm

    To inspire success & happiness to my daughters

  34. December 17, 2013 / 2:01 pm

    happiness and peace for all

  35. December 17, 2013 / 2:20 pm

    More travel for me, By "more" I mean any! I don't seem to be able to find my way out of my home town! The world needs a great big hug, I would love to have a hug the world day.

  36. December 17, 2013 / 2:22 pm

    I would like to travel and the risk of a bomb going off vanish

  37. December 17, 2013 / 5:10 pm

    Peace within thyself!

  38. December 17, 2013 / 5:26 pm

    to believe i am good enough

  39. December 17, 2013 / 6:38 pm

    forward thinking

  40. December 17, 2013 / 9:04 pm

    i would love to see a baby in my life next year and for all my family and friends to be happy

  41. December 17, 2013 / 9:36 pm

    to be healthy

  42. December 17, 2013 / 10:22 pm

    I would like to see me get medication that can help with my schizophrenia, and for people to better understand that I am not a nutter just unwell. In the world I just want people to have food and places to live peacefully. Especially seeing a change in Palestine

  43. December 17, 2013 / 10:53 pm

    I would like a yaer of health and happiness for me and family and for the world? to stop destroying it and each other. Dxx

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