My Breakup with the Planner Community: A Discussion

My Breakup with the Planner Community: A Discussion

I don’t know how to articulate this feeling exactly, but I’ll just say it and we can work from there. I feel like I’m not part of the planner community anymore. Blame it on COVID or grief over my father unexpectedly passing, it just feels like there’s the great divide between me and the planner community. I still plan. I know others are still planning. But the party went on without me and I’ve never been good at being fashionably late.

Go Wild is happening again and I’m honestly shocked people are going. And that shock kind of shocks me. Why wouldn’t people go enjoy their hobbies and passions? The world seemed to move on and I’m still stuck in 2019.

My sticker business is basically non-existent anymore. I started focusing on other things like my retail businesses, but the demand for stickers left almost in tandem with my supply of new designs and products. I still make stickers for myself multiple times a week, but I no longer see the point to creating new products for a crowd of crickets when other aspects of my life are more financially viable.

The new Erin Condren 2024/25 planners are launching soon and I’ll be purchasing one because I still love them, but all the hype and PR around them completely passed me by. I’m shocked it’s that time of year already. I’ve since been watching some really great preview videos to choose which planner I’m going to get. Which might have spurred this sudden urge to dust off the blog and rant a bit…

I guess I’m just feeling nostalgic. Missing who I was back in 2019 before I lost my father and gained 50 pounds. It’s like I see the planner community outside my window and they’re welcoming still and absolutely present, but I just don’t feel like I can join them anymore. I feel different. I AM different. My planners are still the same. I still decorate and purchase stickers from Wonton in a Million, but I’m on the self-imposed outskirts.

Am I ok with that? Do I want to open the window and jump back into the community? Or is my time up and I’m just holding on to the golden days of yore? It’s no longer second nature to turn on a camera to film about my planners or bring out my phone to snap a photo of a spread. Maybe I just need to come to terms with it? Maybe I’m just lamenting my woes for attention…

Or maybe there’s one other person who feels the same way. Some monumental shift in themselves away from a community they were once so entrenched in. My love and passion for planning hasn’t changed, but the rat race for views and PR samples has. I had my 15 minutes of fame and appreciated every millisecond of it, but I think it’s time to accept the person I am now and how she engages (or rather doesn’t) with a community she once so dearly loved.

20 Journaling Prompts to Help with Self-Discovery

20 Journaling Prompts to Help with Self-Discovery

Journaling is a powerful tool for self-discovery and can help you gain a better understanding of your thoughts, feelings, and experiences. It can feel daunting to stare at an empty page and not know what to write about. So I’ve complied a list of 20 journaling prompts to help you get started on your journey of self-discovery. From exploring your values and goals, to reflecting on your relationships and experiences, these prompts will encourage you to dig deeper and gain insight into who you are and what you want.

  1. What are my values and how do I live in alignment with them?
  2. What are my strengths and how can I use them more effectively?
  3. What are my goals for the future and how can I work towards achieving them?
  4. What brings me joy and fulfillment in life?
  5. How do I handle difficult emotions and situations?
  6. How do my past experiences shape who I am today?
  7. What are my relationships like and how can I improve them?
  8. How do I handle stress and maintain a healthy work-life balance?
  9. What are my beliefs and how do they impact my behavior?
  10. What are my goals for personal growth and self-improvement?
  11. How do I want to be remembered by others?
  12. What are my biggest fears and how can I confront them?
  13. What are the things I am most grateful for in my life?
  14. What are my biggest accomplishments and how did I achieve them?
  15. How do I want to change and grow as a person?
  16. What are my goals for my career and how can I work towards achieving them?
  17. How do I want to contribute to the world and make a positive impact?
  18. What are my hobbies and how do they enrich my life?
  19. How do I define success for myself and am I on the right path to achieving it?
  20. What are my deepest desires and how can I fulfill them?

How to Make Productive To Do Lists for the Entire Week

How to Make Productive To Do Lists for the Entire Week

To-do lists are an essential tool for staying organized and productive. However, creating a to-do list for the entire week can be a daunting task. Here are some tips for making productive to-do lists for the entire week:

1. List out all of your tasks and responsibilities for the week.

This could include work tasks, household chores, errands, and personal projects. It’s important to include everything, even the small tasks, to make sure nothing gets overlooked.

2. Prioritize your tasks.

Not all tasks are created equal, so it’s important to prioritize them based on their importance and deadline. High priority tasks should be at the top of your list, while low priority tasks can be scheduled for later in the week or delegated to someone else.

3. Break down larger tasks into smaller, more manageable ones.

This will make it easier to tackle your tasks and make progress towards completing them. For example, instead of just writing “write report” on your to-do list, break it down into smaller tasks such as “research topic”, “outline report”, and “write first draft”. This will encourage you to keep going on a task, and not miss anything in the process.

4. Use a system to organize your to-do list.

There are many different systems you can use, such as the traditional to-do list, the prioritized to-do list, the time-blocked to-do list, etc. Experiment with different systems to find one that works best for you.

5. Review and update your to-do list regularly.

It’s important to review your to-do list daily and make any necessary updates. This will help you stay on track and make sure you’re not missing any important tasks. To-do lists should be flexible, changing things that adjust to your day. Plans change and your to-do list needs to change with them!

By following these tips, you can create productive to-do lists for the entire week that will help you stay organized, prioritize your tasks, and make progress towards achieving your goals.

The Things I Do On a Daily, Weekly, Monthly, Seasonally, and Yearly Basis

The Things I Do On a Daily, Weekly, Monthly, Seasonally, and Yearly Basis

If your TiKTok for you page is anything like mine, then you probably see a lot of “that girl” videos. Now I’m not going to tell you to get up super early, drink a smoothie, and go run twelve miles, but these are the things I do to make sure I have my shit together. Just over here trying to be the best “that girl” I can be (plus Alex helps too).


  • Clean as I cook: This is huge for me if I want to keep my kitchen in any state of organized. If not, I’m left with a huge mess I don’t want to clean up after dinner so I leave it for future me.

  • Put clothes in hampers: The urge to leave socks in the living room and my clothes by the side of my bed is real. 

  • Clean up basement of dishes: We often spend our evenings down in our basement watching TV or playing video games. For a while I got into the bad habit of leaving dishes downstairs. Now I try to take up everything I brought down with me.

  • Put away cans: This goes along with the basement mess. Alex drinks a lot of bubble waters and cans tend to multiply quickly. We’ve put our can bin right next to the door in the garage so we can easily put them away.

  • Throw away junk mail and counter clutter: Running a business gives you even MORE junk mail than just regular life, so I take the time every day to go through it all and deal with what I need to keep and recycle the rest.


  • Wipe down stove: Now if I’m really on my game I’m doing this while I’m cleaning as I cook, but sometimes the burners are still hot and I dropped some food near the flame. At least once a week I make sure to clean up any bits left over.

  • Clean surfaces in kitchen: Another thing I’m doing daily, but weekly I do a good clean down with sprays and more elbow grease.

  • Vacuum floors: Now that we have hardwoods through most of the house I vacuum way more, but at the very least I do this weekly.

  • Empty litter box drawer: Our cats have an automatic litter box (that only one of them uses but I digress) that I make sure to clean the drawer out and replace with a new compostable bag once a week.

  • Wash sliding doors: Definitely in the warmer months these bad boys get diiirrrttyyyy.

  • Wash and fold laundry: If I’m being completely honest, this happens more like every other week. Or I’ll wash everything then wait a week to actually fold it. Laundry is three distinct steps to me and they very rarely get done all at the same time. Wash, fold, put away does not happen in a day in this house.

  • Mow the lawn: In the dead of summer this is more like twice a week, but I actually really enjoy mowing our grass. It’s a good time to listen to some music and get some fresh air.

  • Plan meals for the week: Now this definitely doesn’t happen every week, but I try to at least make a game plan of what we want to eat so I can do the next step.

  • Get groceries based on meal plan: We are a once a week type of grocery shopping family. Any longer and we won’t eat what we bought or will just have fast food.

  • Clean water dish for cats: The boys have an automatic water fountain that gives them moving water, but we like to wipe it down regularly.

  • Clean cats’ teeth: They hate this. We do it anyway.

  • Water plants: I’m very strict with my plant watering schedule and sometimes I’ll go longer than a week depending on what my plants are telling me to do.

  • Go through Monday bin of bills and paperwork: I keep a bin I’ve labeled “Monday Bin” filled with all of the paperwork and bills I need to take care of. Monday morning I’ll go through the bin, write checks, mail payments, and deal with everything I’ve added to it over the week. This is usually when I’ll write birthday cards or send wedding gifts, etc.


  • Replace kitchen sponge: Depending on how dirty it is I may do it sooner, but I always switch it after a month.

  • Clean toilets: Spot cleans happen on the regular, but a deep clean once a month is good for us.

  • Clean showers: Sammeee.

  • Rotate mattress: I often try to do this every time we change the sheets (so every week and a half or so)

  • Wash mirrors: If we’ve had guests over they tend to be more smudgy than usual

  • Rotate houseplants: They gravitate towards the sun so I rotate them every month to keep them looking straight.

  • Weed whack: In the summer we take care of growing weeds around our edges once a month. I’m sure our neighbors wish we did it more often, but that’s just not going to happen.

  • Prune houseplants: Once they’re rotated it becomes obvious if things need to be snipped off.

  • Cut cats’ nails: Or whenever they really start to hurt when we’re playing.

  • Empty basement trash: We keep a large trash bin in the basement for movie nights and guests, so it takes a bit longer to fill up. If it doesn’t start getting a smell, we do it about once a month.

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  • Dust houseplants: It’s alarming how dusty these guys can get.

  • Clean out pantry: I try to do this at least twice a year because things can get pushed to the side and won’t get used.

  • Clean out fridge/freezer: Nobody wants random things growing in a forgotten Tupperware dish in the back behind the milk.

  • Clean interior of garbage can: A good rinse down always does the trick.

  • Change HVAC filter: We are religious about changing our air filters. Our Maincoon cat has crazy long hair and really dirties up the works.

  • Wash bath mats: Honestly I probably only do this once a year if I’m being honest. That’s probably gross.

  • Weed flower beds: I honestly hate weeding. I love indoor plants but outdoor plants with weeds are the worst.

  • Take care of plants based on season: Outdoor ones I kind of just let do their thing.

  • Fertilize houseplants: Indoor plants get special VIP treatment.

  • Clean out utility drawers in kitchen: We don’t really have a “junk” drawer, but I make sure to clean out our kitchen drawers of any unnecessary things and reorganize them.

  • Wash cat beds and blankets: More frequently if they start to show piles of Gallifrey’s dark hair.


  • Wash windows: Definitely an Alex task. I hate it.

  • Mulch: Every year I try to black out the last time we mulched because it is awful.

  • Repot houseplants: These girlies like their breathing room!

  • Clean gutters: Alex on a ladder.

  • Power wash house: Alex never lets me do this…I don’t think he trusts me…

  • Repair caulking on windows and counters: We don’t do this every year, just touch ups where needed.

  • Winterize sprinklers: We call a guy.

  • Organize coat closets and clean: Our coat closets get messy and somehow accumulate random things we immediately forget we had.

  • Organize front door closet and clean: This closet is the weirdest closet we have that often gets random things put inside of it to store. Like there’s a random bin of kid’s toys in here. We don’t have kids.

  • Clean out and sweep garage: Usually this happens when spring starts to get rid of all the salt and gross dirt from the winter.

  • Schedule vet appointments: You know it.

  • Schedule yearly appointments: Get these on the calendar early so you aren’t waiting ages to get in.

Did any of these tasks stand out to you as weird or unusual? Is there anything I’m missing that is glaringly obvious to you? Let me know in the comments!

5 Realistic Goals for 2022

5 Realistic Goals for 2022

I’m not going to kid myself with workout or budget related goals. 2022 is going to be the year to go easy on ourselves and the same goes for goal setting. I picked five realistic goals that you can adapt to fit your lifestyle. 

Read 52 Books

Now this may seem like a lot for some people, but this year without much effort I read nearly 70 books. So 52 seems like a doable number of one book a week. Reading is one of my favorite (and only) ways to wind down after a stressful day of work and is something I take great pleasure in. 

90% Morning Pages Success Rate

I’m nearly a month into daily morning pages and find myself loving the process. I’ll be writing a post about my experience and what the heck morning pages are for, but basically it’s writing a few pages every single morning. The pages can be about anything, but there has to be three pages longhand every day. I know it’s unrealistic to try and not miss a single day, but my goal is 90% success. Set a goal like this for working out, eating healthier, etc. 

8 Concerts or Events

COVID allowing, I’d love to go to eight concerts or events in 2022. I miss live music, basketball games, and just having something to look forward to. I’ll wear a mask and wash my hands religiously. 

Travel 3 Times

There was a time I would travel somewhere nearly every month. I crave it despite it seeming to go against everything about my nature. I love packing for the trip, planning everything out, and getting away from the stresses of work. Three times feels completely doable with one already planned for January and a birthday trip in the works for June.

Bake 6 New Things

Baking is something that often falls to the wayside when my life gets hectic. I would love to try a few recipes in 2022 that I haven’t yet, but I don’t want to put too much pressure on myself by doing one every month. Give yourself a number to strive towards instead of just “bake more.” That way you know when you’re successful.

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The key to successful goals is to make them realistic. Maybe you already have plans in the works that a goal just solidifies. Maybe you’ve started a hobby and just want the motivation to stick with it. I much rather make goals I’m excited about rather than ones I dread that will leave me feeling like a failure when I inevitably fail at them. I also strongly recommend keeping your goals to around 4-6. Too many and they start to just feel like work.

What are your goals for 2022?

What You Should Plan to Do in January

What You Should Plan to Do in January

With 2022 right around the corner, it’s time to start preparing to start the new year off right. With new planners kicking off, here are a few thing to plan for in January.

Schedule health and wellness appointments for the entire year

Usually the next dentist appointment is scheduled at the end of the last one, but just in case they haven’t been, now is a good time to book appointments. You’ll be ahead of the curve and get more available dates and times. Schedule your yearly physical and any other check-ups you may need in the coming year.

Plan out vacations and time off

After you’ve booked all your health and wellness appointments you’ll be set to plan out upcoming time off and vacations. It’s so important to have something to look forward to throughout the year, so add some time off and trips to keep things exciting. Even if you just have a staycation.

Finish holiday gifts

Make sure you’re wrapping up your gift giving in January to say thanks to anyone you want to acknowledge from the past year. We usually send gifts to our clients and partners who have helped us be successful in the previous year.

Review your financial plan for the year

Have a big trip coming up or renovating your place? Review your financial plans for the upcoming year so your funds will be where you need them just in case you have an unexpected car payment or pet medical bill. Set up an auto deposit into your savings account every month to help you save more this upcoming year.

Plan out benchmarks and smaller items for yearly goals

It’s great to have plans and goals for the upcoming year, but save yourself the heartache by scheduling out benchmarks and break down your goals into actionable steps. Want to read 12 books next year? Write down reminders each month to help keep you on track. That way November doesn’t roll around and you’ve completely forgotten all the goals you made at the start of the year.

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Check expirations dates on passports, licenses, etc.

Nothing is worse than getting ready for a trip to find out your passport is expired. Check all your major documents to see if anything needs to be renewed this year and write it down in your planner. That way you’ll have plenty of time to prepare and won’t be caught off guard.

Schedule meeting for taxes

Now is a good time to get on top of next year’s tax season. I know it sucks, but you’ll thank me later.

Clean out your fridge and pantry

With all the holiday parties over and the leftovers piled up, now is a great time to go through your fridge and pantry to get rid of expired, old food. Check expiration dates, clean the shelves of crumbs and stains, and reorganize.

Make reservations for important holidays and occasions

Book hotels, restaurants, and other important occasions now so they’re all set and out of the way. Alex and I eat at the same restaurant on our anniversary every year, so might as well book the reservation now rather than waiting until the event gets too close and we can’t get a good time. If it’s too far in advance to book at some places, write down a reminder in your planner when you’re able to book.

Doing a few of these things now before the start of the year will help clear your mind and set 2022 up for success.