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Planner Update (January 2018)

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Here’s a quick little 2018 planner update!
Basically, everything is the same as before, though there are some slight changes, which I will cover in separate posts going forward.  I have been using my two Van der Spek binders--Cappuccino and Daisy--rotating them depending on the seasons.
Currently I’m using my Cappuccino binder (for fall and winter).



Upon opening, I still have a fall picture of Vermont with a quote I love: “Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.”

On the back side of the that, I have my Vermont “Love” sticker.

For this year, I also stuck a sticky note there with a quote for 2018:

Challenges and Goals

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A new year always brings about a sense of fresh beginnings, a new start, a revamp of dreams and goals and plans.  A new year = a new you!

I’m going to get very personal here, which I rarely do, so please read this with kindness in mind.

I don’t feel new.

I have mixed feelings about moving into this new year.  I had high hopes for 2017.  I wouldn’t say I had overly high hopes, just your normal run-of-the-mill hopes, but high in terms of what it would bring me on a personal, internal level.

It turned out nothing like I had planned.

It was both the best year and the worst year I’ve had.  Well, in truth, the worst year was the year my dad died.  But it’s the juxtaposition between good and bad that made it the second-worst year, I think.  I had some great and exciting things happen (some of which will be revealed in future posts), and yet, it’s been emotionally hard, too.  

Without getting into details, 2017 finished in the opposite direction of where I wanted the year to go.  It happens.  We …

Welcome to 2018!

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Hello!  Welcome to 2018!  

It’s been almost a year since my last post--I hope I still have some readers out there!  The blog was put on hold in order to put my attention elsewhere but I have missed writing, so one of my goals is to start again.  I can’t say how often I’ll write or what the content will be exactly.  I hope to continue with some planner/organizing posts, but also broaden my topics as well, to include...well, anything and everything!  I revamped the look of the blog, so if you’re reading through a reader of some kind, hop on over and take a look.  I have had thoughts of moving the blog over to a new platform or starting from scratch.  But I think I’ll wait and see how much I actually write this year before going through all of that work.

I have some topics in mind for the upcoming year, as well as some changes to my planning and organization systems.  There will be new purchases--whoa!--and trying out some new products.

I am looking forward to sharing them all with you!

2017 Goals and Planner Set-Up

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Hello, and happy 2017!
Once again, a new post is long overdue.It seems that I just never have time to write anymore, or perhaps I don’t make time for it anymore.Either way, I do miss writing.So one of my goals for 2017 is to get back to it, even if it’s only once in a while.
Which brings me to my goals for 2017.
There are many.
I’m not sure why I have so many this year, except that I have a lot more going on these days than I used to.My life has many areas, and each area seems to have its own goals.
I had ideas for my goals swimming in my head throughout December, and shortly after Christmas, I had to get them all out.I started with a generic brain dump, just getting every idea I had out of my head and on paper.

(Forgive the bad writing, as I was riding in a car at the time.)
Once I had all of the generic ideas down, I wanted to flesh them out a little, add more detail to each one.


Once I had the details down, I created a mind map with all of the different areas of my life and all of the diff…

The State of Things

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Hello!It’s been quite a while since I’ve posted, and I have to say, it feels good to be at it again, even if this is just a post to update you on my whereabouts.
Things have been busy around here.As mentioned in my last post, we have our condo on the market.It’s not been as busy in this area as I would like, but still, it’s going.We’ve hosted several open houses, and we’ve had people make appointments to see it.No one has yet to make an offer we can accept, but people are looking, and that’s something.But it’s not just us; other condos aren’t selling either.It’s simply the market and/or the time of year.I am confident that it will sell; it’s only a matter of when.
In the meantime, we’ve been spending our weekends going to every open house we’re slightly interested in.We’ve seen some that have potential and many that do not.Either way, we’re learning what we want, what we don’t want, and what is negotiable and non negotiable in terms of true requirements.
Needless to say, my planner needs…

Guinness: The Black and Tan(ish) Personal VDS

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Back during the Van der Spek April 1 sales (yes, I’m that far behind in my posting), I bought my third VDS customized binder.So now, in addition to Cappuccino and Daisy, I now have Guinness.(Why am I compelled to name each of my binders?)
Guinness is made of the Nero nappa leather on the outside and the Barbie nappa on the inside.Each has the contrasting stitching.


The inside left has a secretarial pocket.

The inside right is the standard pocket configuration.

As far as content, the layout of my planner is still the same.

What is different, as you may have noticed, is that this planner is the standard/personal size (25 mm rings), which isn’t uncommon in the planner world, but is uncommon in my world.
Since Filofax first introduced the Compact binders back in 2011, I have used them exclusively.Carrying a compact allows me to streamline what I take out of the house with me, limiting me to only those things I truly need.Typically, I don’t need more than 6 months worth of monthly inserts and 3 …