I have been fighting the tugging for a long time and then it happened. I am going to blame it nicely on my friend Lisa who brought me TWO bags of Sonic ice and a get well present. The get well present is what I believe started the happy downfall of being....
wait for it....
a planner girl.
That term is NOT me so that will be the first and last time that I refer to it and just to get it all out, I doubt I will ever attach a paperclip to the top of my page with a strip of fabric attached to it but don't quote me. I said ever not never, so who knows and please don't get me wrong. I love to look at the 100 million cutesy things people do with their planners and I feel my heart skip and jump when I look at all the ways to "set-up" planners but just like me and my "simply-complicatedness," I get very overwhelmed and overstimulated and then I shut down almost instantly.
I have arm wrestled for months to try and understand the whole planner craze and now I realize that I was totally overthinking it. I could not rationalize having several planners. I have a binder, my own binder for the love of Pete. I also have a working spiral bound calendar that I got at Rite-Aide for like $7.99 so I just could not justify the need for another. Oh, not to mention I have an unused "Day Timer" and a smaller Traveler Notebook that I bought last year at WhimSoDoodle.
Anyways, I have been reading, listening and watching the past couple of months, trying to figure it all out and quite honestly really trying to "dis" the whole planner thing. My thought was, and I have said it out loud several times, "The world does not need another planner" and then I just last week, I read and and highlighted a few things in "The Artist's Way" by Julia Cameron that changed my prospective:
- We often resist what we need most
- I don't have to understand something to do it (example: I do not have to understand electricity to use it) #DUH
- Theory doesn't matter as much as the practice itself
From left to right, the binder with the design on the spine (which I am sure has a name) is my Documented Faith Binder by ADORNit. It is a three ring binder that has 12 dividers and a years worth of blank calendar/planner pages. I have been arm wrestling with this for a bit and I will tell you more about that later. The Binder next to that is the same, but I collaged the printed cover with layers of old paper and paint. I transformed it to my style and sorta love it. Yep, I gave myself permission to change it up and guess what??? so can you! No rules with Documented Faith. Next is my cheesey spiral bound planner from Rite Aid which I must say has been very handy and useful but I have needed a little more for that one so that is where the next planner comes in, It is the A5 Filofax Malden Ochre and it is a beauty. I had first ordered the personal size but when I got it instantly knew it was too small. This is going to be my personal/semi business planner, at least that is what I think. Lastly, the get well gift from my friend Lisa. A Midori Travelers Notebook, similar to the one that I bought last year at WSD, so yes, now I have two . I sorta love them both and I am letting myself love them both.