So as always December rolls around and I begin to reflect on how much The Handy Homegirl blog and YouTube channel has grown and what are the ways I can improve my growth. I start by looking back and comparing my planners from the previous years and boy oh boy, did my organization and planning go a rye this year.
Here are my planners from 2015 and 2016. In 2015, I was much more organized. I wrote down everything, even highlighted like a mad woman. Part of me wants to blame it on the fact I was pregnant that year. Counting weeks and months, documenting the babies growth and keeping up with doctor appointments made me an organization freak-a-zoid. #nesting
2016 I fell all the way off. I barely wrote anything down, and it somehow managed to be Royal’s coloring book. Plus I hated that the calendar boxes were small. I gotta get that girl her own coloring utensils for Christmas #notetoself
So for the year 2017, I will make a VALIANT effort to organize my ideas, life stuff, engagement strategies and blog content because this year was an epic fail. Just being honest.
When I get a planner for the new year, I feel so optimistic and proud. Like Supergirl flying through the air on a mission to slay DIY and kick home decor’s pretty little butt. I had planned on going to Target to purchase my planner like I do every year but found out from a new blogger friend of mine, Nicole Patterson from She Does A Bunch blog, about these neat planners from Me & My Big Ideas called The Happy Planner. Nicole also has an Instagram page @sdabplans dedicated to @meandmybigideas planners. That alone had me hooked.
I am going to give you guys a little planner tour, and I will let you know what I think of it in a few months.
First things first, I love the bright and colorful cover art. Plus, having a daily reminder of how good looking I am will never be a minus in my book. The planner I purchased is a 12-month calendar spanning from January 2017 to December 2017.
When you open the cover, there is an awesome quote on the backside and a “this happy planner belongs to:” space on the opposite page.
The monthly sections are separated by colorful tabs.
Each month has a cover page where you can jot down monthly goals, birthdays and dates to remember.
The calendar is pretty standard with a side column for content ideas and notes.
Now this love! Large writing spaces. My other planners did not have this feature. I hope this works better for me.
The final page is for notes. Now right off the bat, I would prefer more note pages to come with the planner. The Happy Planner sells additional sheets for notes separately. I currently have another notebook for notes, so I will keep using it.
For fun, I picked up a pack of The Happy Planner stickers. There are cute reminder stickers and to do stickers to decorate the planner.
I have begun planning for the next year, and I hope you all are excited to see all the amazing projects I have in store. Until the next time! Chiao!