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Introducing the Uplift Your Everyday Journal

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As Autumn rolls in with shorter days and colder weather, the nation is on the hunt for ways to uplift their everyday and hold on to the positivity of Summer.

In fact, Google search data has revealed a 37% rise in Brits searching for ‘wellbeing tools’ over the last month and searches for ‘wellbeing’ have surged by 63% in the past 12 months.

That’s why Highland Spring sparkling water has teamed up with bespoke journal designer, Love Is My Protest and positivity illustrator Katie Smith, to create the first-ever ‘Uplift Your Everyday’ journal.

Self-care and Healthy Hydration

Inspired by the effervescence of Highland Spring’s sparkling water, the limited-edition daily wellness diary encourages positive reflection and gratitude. It also asks users to consider how they uplift their day – from a mindful moment to a big win.

Nestled inside the journal are four colourful positivity prints, featuring Katie Smith's beautiful illustrations that aim to inspire the nation to kick-start positive wellbeing habits, such as drinking plenty of water every day. Healthy hydration can be the first step in self-care and Highland Spring’s sparkling water is a can act as a refreshing pick-me-up throughout the day. The ‘Uplift Your Everyday Journal’ was created to do the same.

Healthy hydration can be the first step in self-care and Highland Spring’s sparkling water is a can act as a refreshing pick-me-up throughout the day. The ‘Uplift Your Everyday Journal’ was created to do the same. The beautiful hardback book has been carefully crafted with the aim of encouraging positive reflection and gratitude and to act as a tool to help people find a natural lift throughout their every day.

Highland Spring’s ‘Uplift Your Everyday Journal’ is just £10, and will be exclusively available from https://loveismyprotest.com/shop

Q&A With Katie Smith, Illustrator

Can you tell us a little about your journey to becoming an artist?

I’ve always had an interest in design and illustration. Growing up I would pick storybooks because of the illustrations rather than the story. So, in high school when I had to start thinking about what I wanted to do, illustration felt like a natural fit.

I went to City of Glasgow College for two years studying Visual Communication, which led to studying at Glasgow School of Art. I’ve been studying for the past three years, majoring in Illustration and I currently work as a freelance illustrator, getting to work on some amazing projects.

How have you found the experience of working on this project, designing the Uplift Your Everyday journal for Highland Spring?

I have absolutely loved working with Highland Spring on the Uplift your everyday journal. I couldn’t be happier with how the illustrations have turned out.

As an artist, you must always be looking for inspiration. Do you find yourself making notes of things that occur to you or things that you see?

I always take either a small notebook or sketchbook in my bag everywhere I go to document ideas or thoughts I have. It makes for such a clearer train of thought because once I’ve written down an idea, it almost always leads to others.

For this project, I really focussed on the word 'Uplift', what it meant to me and all of the positive, warm imagery that I associate with the word.

Do you find working on your pieces to be quite meditative? Getting into that state of focus and flow?

It can be really meditative. Whenever I’m stressed or feeling overwhelmed, I draw. If I’m ever struggling on client projects, I take fifteen minutes out to do some drawing for myself and it completely relaxes me. I can then go back to work tasks with a clearer mind which makes for much stronger work. Drawing is a great way of unwinding and taking time for yourself

How important to you is it to look after your wellness in general, and what steps do you take to look after your wellness?

It is so important to look after your wellness, it is so easy to burn yourself out, overwork or not take care of yourself.

The best advice I was ever told is: If you have one thing that you love doing and feel like you don’t have time for it, make time.”

It could be the simplest thing - having an ice cream or getting your nails done. Mine is, as silly as it sounds, to have a long shower. When I get overwhelmed or over-worked, something as simple as having a long shower is my favourite form of self-care and automatically makes me feel better.

Have you tried journaling?

I try to journal as much as I can. I find that taking just five minutes out to evaluate my day and take a rest from what can become a chaotic timetable can help me completely re-evaluate the way I think and approach tasks. Even if it’s just writing a reminder to go for a walk, writing and journaling sorts out my thoughts and makes daily tasks feel so much less complicated.

I'm really excited to start using the Highland Spring Uplift Your Everyday journal. I'm especially excited about the water tracker and the sleep tracker that it has on every page, and of course, it's got a really pretty cover too!

Do you have any advice for people who may be taking their first steps in the art world?

Have fun and experiment! When starting out, the best thing to do is go crazy, try out as many ways of working as possible, find out what materials you love using and what you don’t.

A major learning curve I found was to not put pressure on having a style, and to just enjoy making! Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t be an artist. My mum wanted me to work in a bank and the best decision I ever made was to not listen to that advice.

When is your favourite time to enjoy Highland Spring sparkling water?

I enjoy drinking sparkling water after being at the gym because it’s the pick me up and refreshment I need when I get home. A glass is even better with ice and a slice of lemon, dreamy.

Last but not least, how do you uplift your everyday?

The first thing I always do when I’m up in the morning is put on music. It’s such a simple task that wakes me up and uplifts my day. Just that five minutes, after I've brushed my teeth, as soon as I get a bit of Harry Styles on, I'm up and I'm ready to go!