Whelp, January is coming to an end…. can you believe it? I can’t. We are officially sailing off into the rest of 2018, and if you aren’t careful you’ll wish it away just as easily as the last year.
Back in 2016, I left my corporate job in order to pursue a much happier life, and in doing so I found The Happy Planner. While I was working in Corporate America my entire calendar was on the computer. It followed me home on my phone and it was always with me. When I finally left my job for good, I no longer had the calendar as a ball and chain clamped onto my ankle cutting off my circulation. It was great, I felt pretty free. However, following my calendar hiatus I began to feel a little lost. I had a hard time keeping track of the things I wanted to get done and appointments I had scheduled. I somehow stumbled upon The Happy Planner which couldn’t have been more perfect, because I was indeed on a mission to plan my future happiness. It was life changing. It ended up not only serving as my calendar where I stored all of my appointments and to do’s, but also as my journal and something I used as a creative outlet. I doodled in it, wrote down yearly goals, even created a mini vision board on the notes pages in the back.
I then switched jobs, and in doing so my calendar ended up back on the computer again. My daily journaling and creative outlet was gone, and I could tell I once again felt a little lost. After visiting with a friend, she suggested that I start using a planner again because that was my form of journaling. I can’t tell you how many times I hear “you need to journal” and the time I spend with others conversing about journaling and its importance. Well, I will tell you what, when I sit down to journal in the traditional sense of the word, nothing happens. I get as far as “dear diary” and then I feel like a dweeb and my mind goes blank.
I came to realize my Happy Planner serves as my unconventional journal, and I need to embrace it. If you are looking for a creative outlet, but struggle with journaling, I recommend picking up a planner, and don’t feel confined to only documenting your appointments. Write in whatever you want. Random ideas, recipes, goals, vision boards and doodles. I actually have pages and pages of fortunes from fortune cookies, because I am weird and I think it is bad luck to throw them away. (ok, so I may be a little obsessive compulsive…we all have our flaws)
The reason I like The Happy Planner over other types of planners, is that it is fully customizable, and you can easily add different types of pages to it, as well as plastic dividers and pocket dividers, there is also a special type of hole punch you can purchase so that you can add any kind of paper you want. Happy Planning Y’all!