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For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved paper and pencils, markers and crayons, stickers and glue. Browsing the isles of an office supply store, stationary shop, or craft store has long been a favorite pastime. My husband jokes that if I’m in a bad mood or having a hard day, all he has to do is take me on a date to Staples or JoAnn’s and I’ll immediately feel better. He is not wrong.
In my roles as wife, mama, teacher,
maid housekeeper, etc, I’ve found there is a never-ending list of things I need to do. The laundry, the cleaning, the lesson planning, the paperwork, the permission slips, the birthday parties, the cooking… it really never stops. Being a grown up is great when I get to eat ice cream whenever I want, but not so great when all the details and tasks threaten to overwhelm me and send me to the looney bin. I’ve found the only way I can keep my head above water is to have a plan for the things that need to get done in life.
I transitioned to an electronic calendar years ago and it served me well. But, to be honest, I discovered a few months ago that I need switch back to a paper calendar because of the way that I’m wired. I think one reason I love office supplies so much is because they appeal to my love of both form and function. I love making a list but I also want my list to be pretty, ya know?
I came across the new Happy Planner by accident and was not prepared for how much I would love it. Because it is “disc-bound,” it can lay flat and fold back on itself (like a spiral notebook) AND pages can be added to it (like a binder notebook.) It’s the best of both worlds! After a few weeks of using my planner, I realized I wanted to incorporate a space for meal planning and grocery lists so I made a custom insert page. And you know what? Knowing that I have a cute little meal planning form to fill out and a place to keep up with my grocery list actually motivates me to plan meals for the week. It should be embarrassing to admit I am the same little girl that would do anything if it was presented in form of a sticker chart, but… it’s oddly freeing.
After searching for inserts for my planner and not finding anything that I loved, I continued to make lists, forms, and templates that were both pretty and customized for my life. I may be the same stationary-loving little girl that I’ve always been, but you know what? I am not alone– there are LOTS of us out there! The recent trend of coloring books for adults (which I also love!) is further evidence that I am in good company.
And so, I am excited to share some news with you… I’ve opened a shop on Etsy featuring many of my printable designs for the Happy Planner and other planner systems (Letter/A4/A5 sizes.)