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!