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Wellness Planner 2019

I started my Happy Planner journey in late 2018. I had watched countless videos on YouTube of various #plannerbabes who planned in a myriad of different planners: Happy Planner, Erin Condren, Bloom, Leuchterm 1917 (bullet journal), Plum Paper, etc. I was intrigued by prettiness of all the various planner styles yet were also functional in nature. That really appealed to me.

I had tried my hand at bullet journaling in late 2017 and although I liked the results, I really didn’t enjoy the process of starting from scratch every single month. I know for many, they find that process very soothing and enjoy it but I truly did not. I wanted the customization of doing my own spreads without having to actually do them?!? I know, it doesn’t make much sense to me either.

Eventually, I decided to purchase a Happy Planner and when I bought it, I was very certain that I would only need the one. I planned to use it for my business and social media and couldn’t see a function for another. Countless Happy Planners that I watch on YouTube would have 3, 4, 8 planners and I didn’t really see a need for that many. I mean seriously, what could you possibly do with more than one?

Of course, shortly after purchasing my Big Happy Planner, I purchased a mini Happy Planner. At the time, I was using a Traveler’s Notebook and in my mind, I was just swapping one for the other and therefore not really adding another planner in my line-up.

So what does this have to do with a Wellness planner? During the hectic holiday season leading up to Black Friday 2018, I was using my big Happy Planner as a landing spot for projects in my Etsy shop, YouTube, and social media accounts. But more and more, as I was feeling the stress of the season, I would use my Big Happy Planner to journal about that stress.

Prior to that, I admit, I sneered at this sort of thing. I realize that it was due to ego and thinking that I could hold everything together and everything was “fine”. For the new year, in conjunction with my quarterly vision/goal/OLW board for 2019, I decided to incorporate wellness into it. Hence, my 2019 Wellness Planner. For me, this planner encompasses my health, mental, and financial journey to becoming a stronger me.

The whole process is making a little nervous. Although I can be a bit narcissistic in nature, that doesn’t necessarily mean that I want to change how I am and what I do. But if I truly want to become better, I need to 1) give myself permission to do so and 2) change my mindset that its okay to thrive and not just survive. I have a lot of personal self-esteem issues so that plays into this as well.

I don’t know where this journey will take me. I’d be lying if I didn’t say I’m a bit nervous about working on so many things at one time and fearful that I’ve set myself up for failure. And since I’m doing videos and a blog about it, that means I have an audience around it as well. But that also gives me accountability and I think that’s what I need.

I hope you join me on this journey. As I’m new to blogging, I don’t even know if you can leave feedback or a comment but if you can, I’d love to hear about your own journey or feedback on mine. I truly believe that 2019 is going to be my best year ever!


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A VISION, A GOAL, A WORD| January 2019 – March 2019

I’m starting 2019 in a very different mindset than I’ve ever had before. I’ve never been one to set New Year resolutions or goals that I wanted to achieve. I’ve always thought that hard-work and perseverance is all I need and when it comes down to it, I can accomplish what needs to get done. I feel that I’m creative and ambitious and yet if I’m perfectly honest, a procrastinator and prone to fits of laziness.

But as I’ve started my Happy Planning Journey (October 2018) and as I’ve been on an Etsy Journey (November 2017), I’ve come to realize that without a few key pieces, the old adage of ” A dream without a plan is just a wish” is truly an accurate statement.

For 2019, I had thought I’d do like I’ve seen many others do and do a separate vision and goal board as well as One Little Word. Yet, as I sat down at the end of 2018 and thought about these things, they all seemed to be intertwined. My vision sets the tone for my goal; my goals set the tone for my word; and my word helps me bring my vision and goals to life. Perhaps its just the way my mind works – I don’t think that something like this is a one-size fits all type of thing.

Check out my YouTube video as I go through my thought process on how I created my quarterly “A vision, A goal, a word” board that I will utilizing to keep my on track. And FOCUSED. That’s my word – it might be my word all year but that’s my One Little Word. And because I plan to review this both monthly and quarterly, I think I can set up small wins for myself that will truly make this my plan to achieve.