How To Use a Happy Planner to Journal for Therapy

Planner Squad loves to have our Squadettes share how they are using their planners.  It can be extremely helpful to discover how other planner girls creatively use their planners for function and fun.

Mayghan shares how her Happy Planner has helped her deal with some mental health and physical concerns.  Discover how she is using her planner to journal for therapy.  We greatly appreciate her willingness to allow us a sneak peak at her life and how planning has been a tremendous benefit to her overall well-being.


You can use customized inserts to help you journal for therapy in your Happy Planner.


I have to preface this post by saying that I have never done a blog post, but I shall do my best. I apologize for how personal this post may be compared to the ones that you normally read about all things planner related. But, this journal template came about due to a personal situation, so I thought it best to give it it’s due.

Due to some crazy life experiences, I attended some therapy sessions this past summer. I’ve lived in Fort McMurray, Alberta since 2012, and was evacuated with 88,000 other people this summer during “The Beast” of a wildfire that swept through our city. The company I work for encouraged every Fort McMurray employee to go to therapy if they needed it, and they would cover 4 sessions.

I still didn’t know if my home was standing or not (it turned out to be fine, there wasn’t even any smoke damage).  Also, I’ve had a chronic pain issue (pelvic floor injury) for 9 years and residual issues from an unprovoked bi-lateral Pulmonary Embolism on Christmas of 2014.  I figured it would be a good time to “check under the hood” so to speak. 


Find out how you can use customized inserts in your Happy Planner to journal for therapy.

Using My Happy Planner to Journal for Therapy

The first thing the therapist wanted me to do was to begin keeping a journal. She wanted to track my:

  • Emotional State
  • Mental State
  • Physical Activity
  • Pain Levels

I love the IDEA of journaling l for therapy but have never been able to make the habit stick.

I went back to my boss’s house (where I was staying during the evacuation) and sat down and thought. I had just recently purchased my first Mambi Happy Planner and was loving it, and I had seen templates online. But, nothing seemed to fit what I was looking for. 

So, I decided to make one for myself. I turned it into a nice little 8-page booklet using 2 8 ½” x 11” pieces of paper, printed them on both sides, and folded them in half. I even made a cover page, so I could keep track of which week it belonged to. And after I used my Mambi hole punch, it easily slipped into place in my planner.


Check out how to use a Happy Planner to journal for therapy.


I think I really surprised the therapist the next week when I returned. But, she loved it and encouraged me to continue the way that I was going.

My goal is that once I have several months worth of entries, I will take each category and put it into a spreadsheet to see the pattern. (If there is any interest in learning more about how to do this, let us know in the comments below!)

My activity and stress levels always increase my pain, so it will be interesting to see how that correlates on a graph. It will also be interesting to see how my emotional state corresponds with it. 


Learn about using a customized insert to journal for therapy in your Happy Planner by Mambi.


What made this more fun for me is that I have had several people love it, but asked me to tweak it to suit their needs. One friend of mine asked me to remove the Pain section and replace it with a Meals of the Day section. It’s so easy to change the titles to whatever you want to track. 

For the first time in my life, I’m actually consistently using a journal. I don’t feel pressure to write paragraph upon paragraph anymore. Just a few quick sentences and I’m good until the next day! 

You can download this as a pdf if you wish, but it’s probably best to download it in a word file so you can change the titles to something that works for you. If you don’t like the emotion labels that I put in, change them! 

Don’t like the colour? Easy to change! I just chose purple because it’s my favourite colour. 


You can use customized inserts to help you journal for therapy in your Happy Planner.


Click on the Image Below to Download Your FREE Printable Journal Insert!

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How would you benefit from using a journal for therapy?  

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Mini-Happy Planner Giveaway

Enter to win this adorable Mini-Happy Planner + more awesome planner goodies at Planner Squad!  Giveaway ends Dec. 3.  Find more planner resources & freebies over at

Do you hear the bells and whistles?  Do you see the fireworks going off?  It’s time once more for a Planner Squad giveaway-let the celebration begin!

Jenn and I love to bring these fabulous giveaways to our Squadettes.  It is our little way of saying you for being a loyal planner girl.  (And if you are not a Squadette yet, what are you waiting for?  Pop on over to our rockin’ Facebook Group and jump in the fun!)

This month, Jenn selected the most adorable giveaway and we are so pumped up to get it started.  A Mini-Happy Planner!  (Bet you guessed that from the title!  You are so smart!)

We know how hard it has been for some of you to find these sweet things.  When Jenn saw this cutie, she immediately thought of our Squadettes and messaged me.  “We have got to get this for a giveaway!  The Squadettes will love it!”  Isn’t Jenn a wise one?

In case you are not familiar with the Mini-Happy Planner, I will share a few fun facts.  Happy Planners come from the glorious company known as Me & My Big Ideas (a.k.a. MAMBI).  These gems are super fun to decorate and customize.

We loved their standard size Happy Planner and fell head over heels for the Big Happy Planner.  And then, MAMBI outdid itself.

A compact ball of planner fun wrapped up in style!

Here are the details on the beautiful Mini-Happy Planner in this giveaway:

  • pages are 4.5″ x 7″
  • same laminated front & back covers that are also 4.5″ x 7″
  • undated
  • disc bound
  • monthly and weekly layouts

And here are some pictures to get you drooling over the Mini-Happy Planner we are giving away!  Squeal!

Mini-Happy Planner for Planner Squad giveaway is stylish and fun.

Inside cover and first page of Mini-Happy Planner for Planner Squad giveaway.

Monthly layout of Mini-Happy Planner for Planner Squad giveaway.

This Mini-Happy Planner for Planner Squad giveaway is adorable and functional.

Example of a dashboard found in the Mini-Happy Planner for Planner Squad giveaway.

Back cover of Mini-Happy Planner as part of Planner Squad giveaway.


I adore the black and white theme!  I think that makes it so much fun to decorate and add a splash of color to where you want it.

Mini-Happy Planner Giveaway

One lucky Squadette will win this prize package valued at over $50:

  • one Me & My Big Ideas (MAMBI) Mini-Happy Planner
  • Planner Squad Shoppe Surprise Pack (Jenn is going to surprise our lucky winner with goodies from the Shoppe!)
  • Planner Squad Shoppe $15 Gift Card to pick out even more great planner goodies!

Giveaway ends December 3, 2016 at 11:59 pm CT.  Best of luck to all who enter!




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Free Printable: Purple & Gold Weekly Happy Planner Layout

Looking for a gorgeous way to beautify your planners this Fall? Get this free printable weekly Happy Planner layout in purples & golds.

Here’s another pretty printable weekly Happy Planner layout!

When I created this weekly Happy Planner layout, it didn’t really occur to me what colors I used. It may seem like nothing but I’m from Minnesota…it’s football season…Minnesota Vikings, purple and gold (yellow)…SKOL. Yay. I’m not a football fan…in fact, we’re not sport people. I’ll watch the Twins play a game if I have tickets but I don’t follow them religiously.

Anyway, that is not why we are here. We are here for my weekly Happy Planner printable, with the pretty purple and gold colors.

Get your free printable purple & gold weekly Happy Planner layout. Pretty up your planners!

It’s looking like fall around here!

I thought this layout would go great with the theme of fall.  It kind of has some autumn-like colors in it and it makes me think of warm and fuzzy type of things. If you don’t want to use this during the month of October, I feel like this layout could also work during the month of November. It also has a kind of regal feel to it-maybe it is because there are damask and fleur de lis patterns in it. I always think of royalty when I see those patterns.


Purple & Gold Weekly Happy Planner Layout

Here’s what they look like up close. I apologize-my printer was being wonky and made this first page funny looking, I assure you that yours will not look as goofy as mine.




Goodness, I do love these colors! I had come up with 3 different ideas for this layout.  My bestie, who I always go to for advice, suggested I do this one. I am so glad I listened to her!

If you aren’t up for cutting out all the little pieces or if you want more of a certain element that is shown in these layouts, I have provided a file for those who want to make up their own layout with my creations! And you can use this tutorial from Jenn on how to correctly print directly onto your planner page!


To grab the layout and/or the DIY layout, click on the image below:

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Clipart and patterns from Freepik and Origins Curio Designs. 

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Free Printable: Fall Weekly Happy Planner Layout

Get your planners ready for Fall with this adorable Free Printable!  Fall Weekly Happy Planner Layout is full of rich autumn colors and designs.


Oh my gosh, who is ready for Fall to be here?

*raises hand*

I so am. We’ve had so much rain here in Minnesota that it is ridiculous. With the rain comes the state bird, the mosquito, and I’m so over being bit up every time I go outside. So yes, I want Fall here.

I am a huge admirer of Fall. I love pumpkins, the cooler weather, cider, apple picking, the leaves changing colors, anything that comes with Fall, I’ll take it!

Naturally, being a person who loves this time of year, I have created, for you fine people, a weekly kit that is decked out in Fall colors for your pretty Happy Planners.

Free Printable: Fall Weekly Happy Planner Layout




How I Used Fall Weekly Layout For Happy Planners



I simply love the colors and patterns in this layout. They are just the perfect representation of Fall.

I normally  decorate my Happy Planner at least a couple weeks ahead of the week that we are on.  If I need to write down something that is coming up, I can write in there without having to erase it or cover it up with pretty printables. I was super excited that I could use this weekly layout for my first full week in October!



I loved how it turned out. I got a little creative and cut up some washi to make like a checklist sticker for my boxes.

This printable comes with the usual decorative boxes, half boxes, tags and hexagons. I added in some small boxes that are kind of like the header boxes but a little bit thicker, to add a little pretty to your boxes if you don’t want to use washi tape or you need a little something extra.

I love having my little Weekly Menu box over there in the notes section of the layout because then I can look ahead at what we’re having for supper this week and plan our meals around our events for that week.




I really hope you enjoy this printable that I made for you! Don’t forget to share it and tag Planner Squad!!


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Images and clip art via FreePik and Harper Finch.

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FREE Printable Motivational Quotes For Happy Planners

Need a bit of inspiration in your life? A jolt of motivation to get you through your day? Use these FREE Printable Motivational Quotes for {Happy} Planners!


Hello lovely ladies! I’m back again with some pretty printables for your Happy Planners!!

Every now and then, we all get in a funk and need a little motivation to get our pistons running again. Am I right? Rainy days, just overly stressful weeks-the list could go on. And in those times, we need a tiny little reminder that we can push through these rough and crazy times. Today, I bring you a pretty printable with just that.

Also, summer is drawing to a close and school is just around the corner. These free printable motivational quotes are great to put in your planners to get the motivation to start the school year off with a great start.

These are also great for those who are teachers who need a little oomph! any time during the school year. And the quote boxes are not just for teachers, they are definitely great for students, homeschoolers or just about any one!!

 I don’t use the motivational type stickers that often but when I do, they are the ones that will give me the best inspiration that I think I will need for that week.

Need a bit of inspiration in your life? A jolt of motivation to get you through your day? Use these FREE Printable Motivational Quotes for {Happy} Planners!

FREE Printable Motivational Quotes For {Happy} Planners

With this pretty printable, you will get 16 beautiful inspirational and motivational sayings that will fit perfectly in the classic Happy Planner weekly boxes.  These also could fit the Erin Condren boxes, but may need to be trimmed down to fit.

I picked out and created only the best little sayings to slap into your planner for a little motivation or some uplifting thoughts to brighten your day or week or month. I love all things watercolor and I just had to had to add that special touch!  I picked out bright and pretty colors and graphics to make each of the boxes lively so they stand out in your weekly spread and you are drawn to it every time you open to that week.

I’d love to hear which ones are your favorites!! And, as always, if you use any of the pretty printables that are shared here on Planner Squad on Instagram, don’t forget to tag Planner Squad and use the hashtag #plannersquad and #squadette!

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