“Planner? I don’t know, I’m really more of a journal kind of girl. I don’t think I’d really use a planner much. I don’t leave the house enough to really need a planner…”
Those were my first words to someone when I was first introduced to the world of planning. I’m a homebody. That’s partially why I homeschool even, I hate to leave the house unless I absolutely have to. So, if I don’t leave the house much, why in the world would I need a planner? Being a homeschool mom and running a blog (well, two now really), managing a 4H club, American Heritage Girls meetings, grocery shopping, my etsy business, virtual assistant business, (and so on?!) doesn’t keep me busy enough to justify planning (!!). “That’d be such a waste of precious money”, I remember saying.
Wow. I was wrong. So very very wrong.
I kept going to Hobby Lobby after that and scoping out those Happy Planners that MAMBI makes and everyone was talking about. I’d pick it up and look at it, ooh and ahh over the pretty cover, but kept telling myself (for some crazy unknown reason) that I just wouldn’t use it enough.
They Call it the “Happy Planner” for a Reason
Then one day when I was strolling up and down the planner aisle in Michaels, a bright red sticker started screaming at me.
CLEARANCE! HAPPY PLANNER! BUY ME NOW! I’M SO INEXPENSIVE! NO MORE EXCUSES! WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?!
I listened. I mean, how could I not with the sticker yelling at me like that? I picked out my very first Happy Planner, and the rest was history.
I was so excited! I even sat in my car being my steering wheel and got on periscope to talk about how excited I was about it! I took it home and immediately sat down and started filling it out. By the time I got done filling it out – I couldn’t believe how full it was. Honestly, it kind of freaked me out and really made me take a step back and evaluate my life more. If my days were this full, it was no wonder I have so many anxiety issues! Good grief! Apparently I left my house more than I realized! So, I took stock of my life and decided it was time for some things to give. I started scaling back on activities and prioritizing, and the stress level started to go down.. a lot.
Now that I have my planner, I’m realizing just how much smoother my life seems to run. I’m so organized! I don’t have to email people for reminders on dates and times or upcoming events that I kept forgetting in my cluttered brain. It was a miracle! I was hooked. Planning had changed my life, and I swore right then and there that I’d never go back to a pre-planner life.
One Planner Wasn’t Enough
Then, I started realizing that I wanted (and needed) to further organize my life (and homeschool, and businesses..) so I finally sat down and made myself my own travelers notebook (also known as the “FunkyDori“, which is now available in my etsy shop).
You guys. You don’t even know how happy my travelers notebook makes me!
I have everything I need organized in one place. I fell in love with the fact that I could add a new insert booklet for anything I could possibly need. And it was so much easier to carry around in my purse than my Happy Planner was.
So now I have two planners [I may or may not have a 3rd one on its way to my mailbox currently]. One that stays home and organizes my blog and business, and the other organizes the rest of my life and goes with me everywhere I go.
I can’t wait to share my journey with you and tell you more about my planners, how I made them, how I decorate them, so on and so forth.
Stay tuned.. we have so much more to talk about!
What is your favorite planner? What do you use it for? Tell us all about it!!