I love looking through all of my old journals and planners. I don’t have the planners from when I was in middle school and high school because my parents had a terrible flood in the basement and I lost them all!  As I was looking through them I stumbled upon my little pocket moleskine that I had when I worked in Clinical Informatics.

In my nursing career I worked for many years at the bedside I then worked more on the administrative side in informatics. I really loved and enjoyed this time in my career and worked very closely with physicians and nurses and ancillary at a different level.  During this time I had a desk but I had to be out on the units and on call for staff. I needed to be very portable and so my one planner was a pocket one! I did have a desk planner as well but I loved having this pocket planner for on the go.

As I hold this little planner in my hand all I can do is smile! I realized that by keeping these planners I am capturing little snippets of my life. I can look back and be reminded of all of my OB appointments when I was pregnant with my first daughter who is now almost 5. I am looking back at all of the projects, deadlines and go lives that I was a part of. I was 8 months pregnant during one of the go lives and remember waddling around and remembered how crazy my schedule was. As I flipped through the pages and saw all of the physician names which many are now retired or no longer at that hospital I was just flooded with all these memories. They all flashed before my eyes and I just could not help but smile. I loved this time of my life and to have all these wonderful memories come back made me realize how wonderful it is to have a planners. I am so grateful that I have always enjoyed having planners and having them capture my days. I was even putting a recipe at the back of this planner. I recall getting this from one of the ladies that I use to work with. I remember her sharing with me how this is a must try and I’m so glad that the post it’s are still here in the back.

I love that when I use this planner I don’t worry about my handwriting or what I am writing. Things get crossed off and I don’t really worry about the aesthetics of the planner. This is how I have been using planners all of my life. I was unaware of pretty planning until I became a member of the planner community. I do enjoy very much the beauty of decorating your planner but I still really enjoy so much how raw these pages are.

I never really realized  how a planner is able to capture so much. Something that most people don’t think twice about or think that it’s just something that you write down appointments is actually al little time capsule.

 

 

It’s capturing your life as it is happening. It’s having a little recorder  with you each and everyday capturing your schedule. When the year is over place it on your shelf and pull it out every so often and see how it jogs all of your memories!! I really have been so impressed and happy how this worked out for me!!

 

Let me help explain the title, ‘What I want from my planner when in the wild’ .  I believe it’s been a running joke in the planner community that when ever you see a planner that is not your own in public you snap a picture and say it’s “in the wild”. It’s pretty rare to see someone walking around with a filofax and so when you do, excitement floods you and you need to snap a picture. I have not had too many encounters of this but I did see a woman using her Kate spade planner on the plane once. I wanted to so badly flip through her planner and just see what she likes to keep in there. She was busy the entire flight writing things and flipping the pages, I just stared. She may have noticed but I could not help myself.

With that said now that my older daughter is nearly four and a half she seems to have a relatively busy little life and I now work outside of the home. I found that with two kids and having doctor appointments alone  needed a space in my planner. When going to appointments with my travelers notebook I noticed people staring at my notebook which I didn’t necessarily care but if I had any other embellishments then it was just distracting and I ended up having to pick things up off the floor, I even had a time that something went flying at the receptionist. I just need something clean, simple and secure. When I leave for work I really need a fair bit of information with me at one time. I need patient info, some key orders, address, family names, emergency contacts, log ins, patient ID and the list goes on. When taking out this magical planner, again ,something big and distracting I found I was losing things, If something was dangling it was really distracting when talking with patients. People are really focused on the distraction and well it just does not feel very professional to have stickers and ribbons and such popping out when discussing patient care.    

I automatically needed to look for something beautiful, functional and professional. A favorite was one I had found at Gigi New York but it is so so expensive. Luckily google helped me out and I found that on a site called graphic image I was able to find this beautiful cover at about the third of the cost. I don’t see it listed any longer and that might be why it was at such a discount but boy oh boy am I in love with it.  The look of this is just beautiful. It is a notebook cover. The beauty of this is that I can use it as a discbound system or really any kind of system. I have just placed the spiral notebook that it came with. A Leuchtturm A5 notebook fits perfectly as well, the possibilities are endless with a notebook cover.

I love the sleek and clean look. Yes, people still might ask but because I have a notebook in there they just assume that it is a notebook and I get fewer questions. Things do fall out and I just have a pen attached to a pen loop so I can always easily jot down thoughts, ideas and appointments.

This of course is not my ONLY planner because of course I have more but it works really great for when I am in the real world. I can easily and quickly grab it and it works at the grocery store, doctors office and at patient homes. For now its great! Do you love seeing planners in the wild too? Do you see many? Please let me know!

 

 

 

 

Do you like to listen? Let me clarify, do you like when someone shares stories and just talks and you listen? I was unaware how much I love to listen to stories but more recently I seek it out. What sparked this recent desire to listen, well I have two kids now so most of the time if I have any piece of electronic on it’s playing kids songs, a kids movie or a kids app. I spend a fair share of my time in the car, driving to doctors appointments, soccer practice, school and work and so I decided to find my own thing to listen to. In searching for the perfect thing to listen to I stumbled upon season one of the Serial podcast.  If you have not heard this I HIGHLY recommend that you grab a cup of your favorite drink and dive in. In a nutshell the podcast follows the very strange case of Hae Min Lee and her murder in 1999. Why do I say it’s strange, well her ex boyfriend Adnan Syed is placed into prison and is still serving from the time he was seventeen for a murder that they did not fully have evidence to put him away for. The story has so many twists and turns, one minute you are saying he is innocent the next maybe not so much. I listened to this everyday as often as I could. I would place one ear bud in my ear while cooking dinner, folding laundry and you guessed it while driving my car.

That was it for me I was addicted to listening to stories. I wanted more after this! I am currently listening to Missing Richard Simmons.  Just the same I began plugging an ear bud in my ear while taking Hank my dog for his walk. Could not stop listening to the tale, I had no idea how many lives Richard had changed and how weird his disappearance is. It’s just fascinating to just sit and listen and have a story be told to you. I can understand completely what my daughter feels when I read her stories at night before bed and how she pleads with me to just read her one more. There is something that really pleases my senses to just listen. It also allows me to multi task so I can do more than one thing like cooking dinner but still getting my fix.

Now the whole mysterious thing might not be your cup of tea and I can understand that, for example if I dare share any of these two podcasts with my husband he could not be more disinterested than if I took him to a nail salon and forced him to watch them paint my nails. I have recently become pretty obsessed with audible as well. I was hesitant at first because I really do love having a book in my hands and taking part in the act of reading but I have to say the other day I was folding laundry and I started to listen to Norse Mythology and before I knew it I was 7 chapters in and quickly looking for my notebook to take notes. I never realized how much I love storytelling up until now. I guess it was always kind of in the back of my mind that I loved them but never really allowed myself to be told them.  I like listening to other podcasts too but I find that my mind really loves stories and it makes tasks go by quickly and being stuck in traffic not really a bad thing.

Something else that I have noticed is that I really love to listen with headphones. I know this seems silly but I have tried to listen on my computer and it just does not have the same effect. When I put in my  I just am immersed and nothing else penetrates. I highly recommend this experience with all of you. Do you listen to podcasts or books on tape? If so please share because I just can’t get enough and I’m afraid of running out!!

During Halloween time I love to seek out some of the creepiest books out there. I usually turn to Stephen King or his son Joe Hill. Once I read Horns I was immediately obsessed with Joe Hill and  have read every one of his books since then. I think the creepiest by far is NOS4A2, that book is just terrifying. I love to be just scared senseless. Well, the other day while looking for something creepy I ran into  a thread of people sharing some of their favorite Stephen King books and Geralds’ Game was mentioned a few times. I had never heard of it before but happened to find it at a Half Price Books store. I was beyond excited and felt as though it was meant to be. geraldsgame

Without giving away much of the story I couldn’t wrap my head around how this could happen and how we could turn this into an entire book. I should have known that a master like Stephen King could take something so simple and twist it into something that is a complete nightmare! He really and truly turns something that seems innocent and fun into something that quickly becomes your absolute worst nightmare!

The book is of course written as any other Stephen King book with great detail so you feel the pain that the main character is experiencing as well as the creepiness of it all. Something I love about this author is that he holds onto the more classic feel of a horror scene. He is just so great about setting the scene whether it be in a hotel or even in a high school, he manages to just make it creepy. He does the same at this cabin, something that should be jovial and a place to spend happy summers suddenly is a desolate and creepy place.  A fun sex came turns bad and now as the reader we spend some painful minutes with the main character. There is a scene with some blood and gore so perhaps for those of you with a weak stomach you may want to skip a few pages. King manages to involve a dog in this book and not as a friendly companion but instead as a feared beast!

The book is told through the eyes of the main character and all of her feelings and voices. There were times that I wanted to put the book down because I was just so creeped out. I’m using the word creepy alot but it’s really and truly what I felt the whole entire time.

If you are searching for the creep factor and just some great classic horror entertainment give this book a whirl. It’s housed on my shelf with my other King favorites!

Have you read this book?!? If so please share your thoughts!

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Recently Avery reached out to me and had shared that they noticed I use alot of their products within my planners. I couldn’t believe that they noticed but I was so flattered. They had shared with me that they are having a go with planners and would like to see what I could come up with. I personally love making my own planners. I have found in the past that whenever I find myself in a planner rut or I can’t decide what I want I make my own. I love making my own planners and it helps me to play with all different kinds of layouts.

Many times I watch videos and watch people struggle with planners and they buy so many things and then feel frustrated and lost, this is where I reccomend making one yourself. You can just buy a notebook and draw out what you would like your layouts to look like or if you would like to dry rings you can pick up a binder and see what you like as a set up there. The options are just endless when you start making your own.

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Pictured on the left is a really gorgeous planner choice. I love this one but I also love the binder that allows you to slip in your own picture so you can really personalize the planner!

 

dsc_0457You can see that I went a little crazy with printing out stickers. I can not get over how fun and easy the software is to use. If you haven’t seen my video be sure to check it out and see for yourself how much fun I had!  On some of the labels I choose and image from Pinterest and others I went with the images available from Avery.

dsc_0464I used a full sheet  of the Avery labels and printed out some fun Starbucks stickers and some Christmas countdown stickers. For these larger sticker sheets I love love using my gyro cut to kiss cut them. It’s such a great tool to have with me at all times and I just love it! You can cut a bunch of stickers all at once or just do them as needed. dsc_0463

 

Something else that is really great when you print on these Avery full sheet labels is I can use my copic markers and I can add some great colors and really personalize my planner stickers.

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In the picture featured on the right I printed on full sheet labels also but this time I used the software that is available on the avery site. I love the really cute images that they offer and then I added my out text, I added Olivia’s School where the little school house is and I just thought it was adorable and eye catching to just pop into my planner.

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The little donuts are also on the Avery page I thought they were just the perfect sticker to use for my little newborn. The poor little newborns I feel go in all the time, at least once a month for shots and wellness checks and I thought I could keep on top of it with these super cute stickers.  With colored stickers I think they are great to use for color coding but because I don’t do much color coding I put ‘remember to’ so that I can highlight important things  and the bright colors stand out in my planner!dsc_0472 dsc_0472

Moving on to tabs, this is what can make your planner very personal. Many people tend to change these with the seasons and I can see why. It not only makes it pretty but  also is a place that your are drawn to and you want to open the  planner. It’s fun to dress up the planner just to keep your interests. Not dsc_0473everyone likes to do this but I do on occasions. I used little rectangle stickers again to add headers on the tabs and I like how they turned out. I found some really cute images of a squirrel and so I added that along with the text. I also thought it would be fun to do some personal art work to once again make it feel personal. It’s so much fun to add personal touches to really make it feel like your own. January has the little snowman and a little heart tree for February.

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In the picture on the left I took out the inserts and printed an image that I found on pinterest. I love doing this because it dresses up a page without adding too much bulk to the planner. I also feels like it keeps it simple and clean. I also feel this makes it more appropriate to bring to a meeting and have out in front of others without it feeling too much like a scrapbook.

dsc_0482A final touch that I wanted to add was that you can add Daytimer inserts or Franklin Covey as well as the inserts from the dollar spot at Target!! Just because they have seven holes doesn’t mean that it doesn’t fit into the three ring punch.

There are just so so many options when you choose to do everything yourself. I personally love to do this whenever I need a little reset with my planner or just feel lost or overwhelmed. I think that when you are able to just figure things out on your own and use inspiration from all kinds of sources your mind is forced to focus and select things that work for you.

I really enjoy all the Avery products and have been using them for a very long time to make my planners and journals feel very personal. Check out my coordinating video!  Do you use any Avery in your planners or journals?

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