How I Came up with my Planner Design

I’ve always had a planner/organizer, even when I was in middle school. Cuz you know, middle schoolers have so much going on lol! My mom had this giant planner that she carried around with her everywhere. I still have it to this day. It had her entire life in it. It’s like I can’t part with it because it was such a big part of who she was. Is that weird? She would take it to work, to the grocery store, even on vacations. So clearly, growing up I knew I needed one too. I loved the idea of having everything in 1 place – a space where I can see my day, what I have planned, take down notes, memories, etc.

My mom’s Franklin Covey

 

 

As a long time fan of planners I’ve searched and searched for the perfect planner for me, but haven’t been able to find one that hit every mark on my wish list.  So naturally, as a graphic designer I decided to design one for myself. It took me a long time to even get the design going it’s crazy. I did a lot of research on planners, why I felt like they weren’t right for me, and applied things that I thought I would find essential to my work flow. The hard part was figuring out where to start. An effective work flow system is key when you’re designing a planner so it was really overwhelming. Who would think that putting a bunch of squares onto a page would be that complicated.

While doing my research I came across the bullet journal system. The idea of versatility was really interesting to me. The idea of customizing pages, changing things up as you need to without feeling restricted – that was a DREAM COME TRUE! The planner nerd in me was so excited for this! I tried out the bullet journal system for a while but quickly realized that as much as I wanted to get creative and sketch out my layoutsfrom scratch every day/week (the creative side of my brain loved this system) I simply couldn’t do it. I just didn’t have the time, at least for now. So, I ventured to create a template that I designed when drawing my bullet journal layouts. I’ve been using since the end of 2017 and I think I found the layout that works best for me and my workflow.

If you’re interested in getting the layout you can purchase and immediately download a digital copy in my Etsy Store soon! The templates will launch on Wed. (May 23, 2018)! I have a few different templates so hopefully people can use what works best for them. If you’re a digital girl like me you can import the file onto your iPad or tablet. But if you’re a fan of the analog/paper planners(I’m still a fan) I’ve also listed the templates that I used to use when I was using the Happy Planner. If you’re using a system that isn’t available I can use the dimensions of your planner and adjust it to that size 😊 Just shoot me an email or message me on Etsy and we’ll get started.

Happy planning!

xoxo,

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The Importance of a Routine

I always thought of myself as a flexible person. Maybe because I’m so used to a new “adventure” every day. Working as an entrepreneur has given me the freedom to kind of dictate what my day looks like. Every day could be different or the same from the last. Ultimately it’s up to me, I mean, that’s kind of the beauty of entrepreneurship right? Making my own schedule?

Photo by: Sarah Pflug

Well, despite how fun the ambiguity of entrepreneurship may be I realized that having a routine is so important for me. A routine gives me the boundaries I need to stay productive. Knowing that I have a certain amount of time to accomplish something gives me more incentive to do it. Currently most of my work days look like this.

  • 6 am – Wake up and get ready
  • 7 am – Leave for work
  • 7:15 am – Prep for the day/Daily devotional
  • 8 am – Open restaurant
  • 12 pm – Work in office
  • 4 pm – Eat
  • 6:30 pm – Leave for home
  • 7 pm – Eat
  • 9 pm – Get ready for bed

The more I can stick to this schedule the more normal and together I feel. The farther I stray from it the more stressed and overwhelmed I tend to be.

If you haven’t put a routine together for yourself yet I highly recommend you try it. You definitely don’t need to follow my routine, but being realistic about what you can accomplish and how easy it is to stick to your schedule is really important. Being too strict or trying to cram too much in will keep you from staying dedicated to your time tables.

What do you include in your daily routine? Would love to see what your days look like!

Xoxo,

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Entrepreneurship Doesn’t Define Me

Yes, I’m an entrepreneur.
Yes, it’s something I’m passionate about.
Yes, it’s all I think about some times.
Yes, I’m proud to be a business woman.

But no, entrepreneurship doesn’t define me.

I’m so much more than that.

I’m a wife who loves her husband. I love watching him work, and that he’s so passionate about cooking. I love how I can help him and provide him with a place that we can both work toward something we are so passionate about. I love how he takes care of me and my little family. I love how he makes me laugh so hard I can’t breathe. I love him for who he was when I met him, the man he is today, and who he will become.

I’m a Christian woman who serves an awesome God. I’ve been through a lot during my time so far on this Earth. Lord knows what He has planned for me in the future. But through all the things that I’ve done, experienced, endured, failed, and succeeded in – it has been with God’s grace. No, I was not walking with Him the whole time. I didn’t always do what was right. But He didn’t give up on me. And no, life isn’t easier. In fact, it might even be harder sometimes but because of His grace I’ve been able to get as far as I’ve come. He’s opened doors that I would never dream of, and He’s closed doors that needed to be closed. All I want to do is to live my life in such a way that aligns with His plan for me.

I’m a daughter and friend. I’m a binge watching, cries-over-everything, overly sensitive, positive thinking, sweats-the-small-stuff, food loving, always smiling girl that will always be there if you need someone to talk to. That’s just me.

Yeah, I’m an entrepreneur too. Admittedly, it’s a big part of my life. I’m pretty sure that’s obvious. But it doesn’t define me. There’s so much more to me than  that.

xoxo,

 

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