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Planning for happiness: Happy Planners, Bucket Lists & a New Year!
I love a new year. Obviously so, since I have written about it several times over the course of my blogging journey. I even launched my first blog on New Year’s Day, so many years ago!
New Years are fresh starts; blank pages. Full of possibilities and hope in the new. We make resolutions and intentions and we look ahead.
This year, to kick off my New Year’s, I am setting myself up for success for not just the beginning of a new year, but a whole year – and beyond!
Last year my girlfriend bought me a Happy Planner as a gift, and since the moment she placed it in my hands, I have been in love.
Happy Planners (and other planners similar) are more than your mother’s Daytimer. It’s a planner. A journal. A vision board and goal setter. A memory keeper and scrapbook. Happy Planners are what YOU make of them. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll recall I post the occasional picture of spreads I am particularly fond of.
Completely customizable, you can get a Happy Planner in multiple sizes and layouts. Last year I had a Classic (medium sized). This year, I went with the Big and a Mini. Big because my Classic wasn’t big enough for all the things I used mine for, and Mini to carry in my purse. I am so old school, I like to physically write things in. My brain can remember what I write better than what I type. The sound of pen to paper locks things in my head, whereas just putting things into my Google calendar may or may not stick.
With something as customizable as a Happy Planner, you can expect to find so many things to customize them with. Stickers, papers, folders – the list goes on and on! There are groups on Facebook dedicated to the brand specific Happy Planners, but also to memory planning, bullet journaling and other ways people are getting into planning and having fun with it.
You can get Happy Planners at book stores, Michael’s, Joann’s, Hobby Lobby, and even Amazon. Certain places, like Michael’s, get special releases of certain designs, so it is always fun to check out the store and see what they have in stock. Over the weekend, Michael’s even had their craft room open as a Planner Bar for anyone wanting to come in and use their supplies and meet other planner girls.
My youngest daughter and I both love our planners and often do our planning sessions together. We pull out all the stickers, washi tape rolls and gel pens and go to town – usually while binging on something shameless, like Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. I am going to miss when she goes off to college later this year, but we have already agreed to hold our planning sessions for when she comes home every 6 weeks or so. Even though I will enjoy these last months of her home-school education, I look forward to time with my college girl, it’s going to be a great year for her, too!
Part of having a happy future is planning for one.
One of the things I am planning for is more Bucket List items. And there’s no better way place to keep these plans, than in a real bucket!
I picked this adorable bucket up at Hallmark, but had not really put it to use. After pulling it out on New Year’s Eve, I wrote in chalk (the black band around the bucket is perfect for chalk writing!) the year and a few things I wanted this year. I then took the cards inside and put some big, but attainable, items I wanted to achieve this year on them. As I achieve them, I will take a photo from my handy little HP Sprocket, and attach it to the back of the card to commemorate the moment. Because these cute little cards are already hole punched, I plan to use them and make ornaments out of every completed card. I love Christmas, and I leave my decor up until Epiphany (January 6th), so having completed bucket list items to hang on my tree and reflect on for the next new year will be a great way to usher it in.
This next year sees a lot of changes for myself and my family. Lots of things we are closing the chapter out on, but many new things to be excited about and look forward to. By setting out my intentions on what I want to achieve and accomplish this year, I am setting myself up for success from the start.
If we want to be successful, we must plan for it!
Be sure to join me as I continue to plan happily. If you are in to Happy Planners and memory keeping, be sure to join me on my Facebook page where I will share my monthly spreads and tips, tricks and any other fun things I discover while planning.
Happy New Year, Peaches! May it shine bright for each of you!