The More the Merrier – Tips for All Your Extra Pages

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If you are a user of the Happy Planner then you have been waiting on baited breath for the new planners that they have been teasing us with all 2016.  I mean really.  Did they need to Periscope and Instagram every last one of the new planners before we could even touch them?  It has been months of anticipation and finally they are set to be in stores within the week.  Yet with each one being eighteen months and most of us still using our planners we already have that leaves six months of pages to figure out something to do with.  What is a planner girl to do?

It seems like more often than not these days when I get into my planner Facebook groups someone is asking for ideas of what to do with all these extra pages and like everyone else I am curious as well.  So I decided to do some brain storming and see if I could come up with some ideas as to what might work the best for my sensibilities.

  1. Create an art journal where you can test out new pens and new styles of writing.  We all love our pens but sometimes we aren’t sure if they will bleed through or if the new hand lettering that we learned will fit in the boxes.  Take those wonderful extra pages and create, draw, and letter to your hearts content.  This way you will know exactly which pens work the best and which styles you can’t wait to try.
  2. Test out new layouts and ideas for the future.  This one almost seems like a bad idea to me but it is still worth exploring.  Between all the kits, stickers, stamps and washi that we all have sometimes we have more than we could ever use for one month let alone one holiday.  If we use those pages as a way to get fresh ideas for how to layout our planner then we can be more productive during our normal weeks and have a better sense of what works and what doesn’t
  3. Start journaling your life.  With a few changes to dates and a weekly sticker to cover up the calendar no one will ever know what the original date on those pages were.  This way you can journal about your day, your bible readings, your kid’s classes, or just your life.  Take those pages and set up the best way for you to write about what is going on with you.  If you aren’t sure about writing and art isn’t your thing then you can always add pictures of the day or the week and use it as a really basic project life album.
  4. Create a new planner.  If you are one of those that buy multiple planners than you might have enough left over pages to create one or more new planners.  Again all you would need is to add in some date cover ups and a weekly sticker to cover the month at the top of each week and you are set.  I personally think this would make a wonderful present for a high schooler or college student that needs to track their classes and activities but doesn’t have the money to go out and purchase one of their own.
  5. Money or Spending tracker.  You might want to cover those dates again but this would be a great way to keep tabs on what you are spending and budget out what you would like to save.  You could also use it as a tracker for cleaning, errands, to-do list, or grocery list.  Matter of fact that list could go on and on depending on what you like to keep a running count of in your life.

These are just a few little ideas that might help you as you plan out which planner you are going to pick up and what you might want to do with the rest of pages you will have left over.

Did one of these ideas inspire you?  Do you have other tips that have worked for you in the past or something that you are dying to try this year?  Share them below and let’s keep the conversation going.

Back to Basics – Planner Edition

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Back to basics is a phrase that people use quite often.  It’s a way of expressing a return to the beginning of something or maybe where you feel you were your best.  Most often when people say it they don’t really have a time or a situation in mind but more a generalization of where they would like to start.  In that respect I might be the only odd ball in the bag.  When I say it I tend to know exactly what and where I want to go back to and for me that is usually the drawing board, the beginning of the beginning.

See to me, if things were going so great or if you really liked where you were headed then you probably wouldn’t feel the need to go back.  Therefore if you feel that you need a change maybe you need to look at the foundation first before building on already shaky ground.  For me that conversation came around and hit me right smack dab between the eyes last week.  However, before I get into that I want to make a little disclaimer:

This is an open and safe space and I intend to be completely and unashamedly honest about life, love, planner peace and the reality of who I am.  In doing so I ask that you do me the courtesy of being completely honest about yourself, your struggles and who you are.  I want us to be real here and offer each other understanding, grace, and a soft shoulder to lean on.  We are on the REALLY REAL here and if that it to much for you then we understand.  It’s a hard road but I believe it is worth the journey.

Okay now back to our scheduled programing.

Last week I hit a crisis of everything.  I had poured so much of my heart and time into this blog, this shop, this project and after it launched I found myself in free fall.  I had so many things I wanted to do and say but I couldn’t figure out how to say them.  I had subscribers for the first time in anything I have ever published on a blog and while excited I became terrified and that was when the doubt set in.

I’m sure you can relate.  That voice inside that tells you that you can’t do this.  That you are going to fail and that you were crazy to take on such a huge dream.  You start to question everything that you are thinking and you wonder what to do now.  Yes that was my week which lead to a complete and total Netflix binge and a half empty planner.  Then in an effort to “look good now that I have a planner blog” I started to write in things but realized that just made the feeling worse because I couldn’t think of what to write in.  There was nothing to share.

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So after eating more cupcakes than I want to admit (but it might have been enough to feed a little kids birthday party) I decided that I need to sit down and really think.  I shut off the television, I turned off the noise, and I just asked for guidance.  Now whether you are a person of faith or not, let me tell you that in my life I know that when I ask I receive.  It may not always be what I want but I do receive and today that blessing came.

I have a goal to read 24 books this year and to say that I am off to a sad and pathetic start would be completely true.  Yet recently I started a new book and as I was reading there was a line about time being our most precious asset and everything came flooding at me.  This was my answer and I had to share it.

When I first got back into the planner community it was because I felt like I needed something to help me manage my time better.  As an entrepreneur I felt like I was letting too many things slip through the cracks and as a person I felt completely overwhelmed by life.  I’m sure you guys have been there and it might be why you picked up a planner too.

However, as I dove further and further into the plan with me videos, Facebook groups, and Etsy shops I lost some focus.  I started striving for the prettiest planner and the coolest layouts and for my spreads to look just like everyone else’s.  I stopped worrying if it was functional and started worrying if it would look good on Instagram.  I lost sight of the beginning, I lost sight of me.

Yet as I read that line and I realized that here I was with not only a wonderful tool to help me shape, share, and cherish my time but also an amazing opportunity to share that with the planner community my mind opened up like a brand new water pump and ideas started flowing again.  I felt like Elle Woods in Legally Blonde 2.  I had found my voice!

So with that in mind, when I say I am going back to basics I mean that I am going back to pens, paper, and my dream and I am moving forward into my most cherished asset.

That doesn’t mean that everything will be changing around here only that it will be enhanced by what has taken root in my mind and in my heart and I hope soon it will be able to touch your heart too.