#PlannerAddict (pt. 1)

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Hi, my name is Lisa, and I'm addicted to planners.

No, seriously guys, I cannot express to you how much I love planners in words. However, I am hoping through this post we can scratch the surface of my deep (maybe unhealthy?) obsession. This post is going to be the first post in a multi-part series. I have A LOT to say about all of this and it might take a while. So grab a cup of coffee and snuggle in...

In order to understand why I love planners so much today, we have to go back to when it all began. When I was about 12 years old, I lived in an extraordinarily small house with my parents, grandparents, cat, and dog. Space was tight, so tight that there was a stacked washer and dryer in a kitchen closet. Well, with five people living in this tiny home, my mom decided it was easier to take our laundry to a wash and dry place once a week. Every weekend I would help her load up our Subaru with piles of clothes and off we went.

Now, these were the days before every person, child, and animal had a smart phone or device. Therefore I had to entertain myself without Netflix while waiting for the laundry to finish. In the small shopping plaza next to the laundromat was a tiny art supply and paper store. I began to treasure my weekly time looking around this rare gem of a store. Stamp collections lined the shelves, deeply pigment ink pads drew my eye, and paper of the most incredible patterns were arranged in perfect rows. It was a magical wonderland for my young creative imagination to unfold.

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The store was cleverly named Just Playin' Artz, and it's sole employee was the owner, Ginny. She was a passionate, corky, and abundantly creative person. As the weeks grew on, going to Ginny's store became more than a once a week deal. She frequently held stamping workshops, card making classes, and all kinds of DIY craft tutorials. (This was before the days of Pinterest - making it so much more impressive back then) Ginny quickly grew into a trusted mentor and teacher. She would patiently share and teach her love of the arts with me. It fostered a bond that I still hold very dear to my heart.

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Eventually, like most kids, I got involved in more and more activities at school and my time with Ginny faded into the background. Luckily, I continued to have excellent mentors in school who helped me grow into the artist and designer I am today. Middle school brought conventional art teachers, digital media and editing classes, and many hours spent creating and crafting at home and with my best friend Emily. Middle school also brought me my very first planner!

Back in those days, planners were called "agendas" and they were super ugly. Usually the cover was the school logo and inside was boring and bland. And thus, my planner decorating days began. Armed with a plethora of stamps, inks, papers, and stickers I decorated my planner inside and out, every single year until I graduated from high school. And since you sometimes needed your school planner for things like a hall pass, I never used anything other than my school assigned planner.

Once college rolled around, I actually switched to a totally digital system usually Google Calendar. Basically because of the intense and ever changing schedules I was dealing with, using a paper planner would have been impossible. It probably would have been 90% space used by crossed-out and re-scheduled classes, rehearsals, and shows. However, when I graduated from college about a year and a half ago, I went back to my paper planner love full force!

In September of 2015, I began a new job as a full-time nanny. With the prospect of a new job, I decided I wanted to have a planner again. I had seen the Passion Planner online, and I was totally in love. Five long awaited shipping days later, I had a beautiful, full size, black leather bound passion planner.

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As it turns out, even if you haven't been using a planner for the past five years, you can jump right back into it. I ended up using my classic black Passion Planner every single day from the time I bought it until it was finished. Which is really incredible because it's all too often the story that you will buy some planner with the hopes of magically becoming more organized. Only to find out a week later, the planner does NOT help you and it becomes another sad unused addition to your bookshelf.

One of the most notable things about the Passion Planner is it not only keeps you organized, but it makes you set goals. In doing this, you are able to break your goals down through the entire year in order to accomplish them. The first thing this planner has you do before you write in a single date is to fill out a passion map.

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This passion roadmap allows you to define your goals into sections - lifetime, three years, one year, and three months. They don't even have to be realistic. It forces you to dream and dare to take leaps in order to unlock what you're passionate about. After you write down everything you want to pursue, the planner has you break it down into timelines and steps. This allows you to decide what you need to do in order to achieve these goals realistically. Finally, you can go through and write in your monthly, weekly, and daily tasks to reach your passion.

I am such a huge believer in this method, because it gives you something to look forward to when planning. For example, one of my goals I broke down was planning a trip to California. So while in my weekly breakdowns, I was scheduling work, appointments, and dinner dates, I was also scheduling my bite-sized steps to a dream trip I had always wanted to take with Dylan! (Which by the way, we are scheduled to take this trip the first week of May 2017!)

The Passion Planner is only the beginning of this #planneraddict saga. In my next post I will be covering my current planner - The Happy Planner, as well as talking about the planner community on social media. I can't wait to keep sharing all of this amazing content with you guys, because it's so fun to write about. I hope you enjoyed this week's post!

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