Continue to keep my plants alive! Gurl. I’m so freakin proud of myself. The 2 plants I bought are still alive! Thank the Lawd!! I even bought a rosemary plant that I’m trying to keep alive, so far so good. Stay tuned on Instagram, I’m going to try to share my plant adventures.
Read 1 book. Right now, “Soar” by Bishop T.D. Jakes is my book of choice. If you have not heard of T.D. Jakes you must must must watch this Q&A with Steven Furtick about this book. Entrepreneurs, this one’s for us. I’m determined to finish this by the end of the month so I’ll give you my in depth review once I finish it.
Exercise and make better food choices. I didn’t work out as much as I wanted to in June. Ok, lessbehonest here, I haven’t worked out as much as I wanted to all year. Work came first. Work is my excuse for why I haven’t had time. That changes this month.
Make time for skincare, hydration, and vitamins. I’ve got my routine down, just need to not be lazy and work it into my day.
Further my relationship with God. This is a big one for me. I’ve mentioned before that my faith is the anchor for my life. When I’m not centered and making time daily to grow my relationship with God I feel completely off in every aspect. Work, personal, mindset, everything.
I’ve got big, big plans for you June! I feel like I say that about every month lol.
But really, life has been great! Not saying that life is full of ups. Trust me, every day is a challenge. I never know what kind of hand I’m going to be dealt. But because my goal in April was to focus on “faith” and May was to “simplify.” I know my outlook toward every day life has changed in the last 2 months because I’ve shifted and made an effort to focus on the right things. I feel more at peace about things, I appreciate all the good things so much more, and I have more room for things that lift me up. Why fill myself with negative things when positivity is so much better!
That being said, this month the keyword is “Balance.” Balancing life between work and personal life has never been my strong suit, TBH. I think it just goes with the type of person I am. I’m a work-a-holic. If I’m into something or I find it useful I’m 110% dedicated and hard core about it. I guess you can call it passion lol! But like I said, that doesn’t lead to a balanced life.
“Balance, peace, and joy are the fruit of a successful life. It starts with recognizing your talents and finding ways to serve others by using them.”– Thomas Kinkade
Aside from work goals (restaurant sales goals, posting 3 blog posts a week, and creating content 5 days a week) I’ve created 5 fun personal goals for this month to keep the balance. I’m going to keep track of these goals in my Digital Planner to keep me on track.
Be a “plant lady.” Guys, this goal is the one that probably gives me the most anxiety. I am so bad at keeping plants alive. Even low maintenance plants die at my hand lol! So I bought 2 plans at the end of May and I am determined to keep them alive and watch them grow!
Finish our backyard patio. This one is pretty embarrassing. We started on this DIY project a year ago and it’s STILL not done. We have a really nice covered patio attached to our home and we wanted to extend it out because we have such a big back yard that we don’t use. The project came to a screeching halt when we moved the restaurant at the end of 2017 and continued until recently because we’re lazy AF. But Charlie and I agreed that it’s finally time to finish this one. Mind you, we still have a LONG list of home improvement projects we want to complete. But, one step at a time.
Start exercising again. I miss exercising which surprises me lol! I know I’m not at the place where I used to be (working out 4 days a week, sometimes 2-a-days) but I just want a little pump. I miss that feeling after a work out.
Go to church. I’ve been watching/listening to sermons weekly but it’s so different when you’re physically there in person. This is the one thing that truly turns my attitude and approach on life a complete 180 degrees.
Make time for creativity. I guess the graphic designer in me is yearning to come out. Now that I don’t really get to draw and hand letter as often as I used to I want to make space to excercise the creative side of my brain.
Hope you have a happy June everyone! Half way through the year, let’s keep it going!
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.
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.