Stonger Together: Our BIG Announcement!

Twenty years ago, my mom and I were excitedly planning the growth of our brand new company, me & my BIG ideas®. Fresh from a successful first trade show and busy fulfilling orders, we knew we were on the right path. We had created products that we loved, and as it turned out, other people liked them too! We were in business!

In the two decades that followed, we focused on building a strong team and a brand that our customers would love and trust. In 2015, we launched The Happy Planner® product line and since then, have experienced exponential growth! It's been a real blessing to see our products make a difference in the lives of so many. Our brand messages of Live Creatively™ and Plan a Happy Life™ have empowered so many to embrace creativity and positivity to live life to it's fullest! We believe in our brand so passionately that we have been dreaming BIG! We want to share our brand and products with as many people as possible!

In planning our next steps, we knew we wanted to take things to the next level. We dream BIG! That is what led us to search for a partner who believed in our brand as much as we do. Who wanted to work with us to take me & my BIG ideas® and The Happy Planner® to new heights.

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Happy & Healthy Holidays - Week - JOY

Joy is a word that we are all familiar with and one that we hear a lot about during the holiday season. But what is joy…really? And how is it different from happiness?

Here’s how I differentiate the two.

Happiness is an outward expression of positive emotions. Joy is a more profound, internal feeling of peace, gratitude, and purpose. Each sentiment is meaningful and necessary. But finding the joy of your soul and building a life around the pursuit of it? Well, now you’ve just leveled up!

How then, do we find our JOY? Well, there are many ways to identify the things in life that bring us joy. One of my favorites comes from the mental state of FLOW. Positive psychologist, Mihály Csíkszentmihályi, describes flow as "being completely involved in an activity for its own sake. The ego falls away. Time flies. Every action, movement, and thought follows inevitably from the previous one, like playing jazz. Your whole being is involved, and you're using your skills to the utmost.” You are completely immersed in an activity.

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Happy & Healthy Holidays - Week 5 - SELF CARE

Self care is a hot topic these days. To a lot of people, it means mani-pedis and treating ourselves to a face mask. And while those can certainly be part of a good self care Sunday, they aren’t the whole story. In my opinion, self care is about taking care of your mind, body and soul. It’s about listening to what you need at a particular moment and honoring it.

A great way to learn this practice is to write things down in…wait for it…your Happy Planner! You can start by using the worksheet download listed below. At the beginning or end of every day, take a few minutes to ask yourself the following questions:

  1. How am I feeling?

  2. Is there something I need?

  3. What can I do to receive what I need?

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Happy & Healthy Holidays - Week 4 - CREATIVITY

I believe that we are all creative beings. That there is magic inside all of us that can create something from nothing! Creativity is not reserved for artists or writers. It’s for all of us who dare to put our imaginations to work. There’s no room for fear and here’s the best part…you can’t fail. Trying = success in the creative space. Doesn’t get much better than that.

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Happy & Healthy Holidays - Week 3 - PRESENCE

Do you ever find yourself somewhere and your mind starts wandering…thinking about ALL THE THINGS that you have to do? You may as well not even be there at all because you are a million miles away, obsessing about the future. Or the past. What a waste of a perfectly good moment in time. I do this ALL. THE. TIME…and I don’t like it. So it’s REALLY important for me to focus on being in the moment and mindful of what is happening in my life right now.

During the busy holiday season, it’s way too easy to be three steps ahead of ourselves and miss what’s going on around us. You’re not alone. It happens to ALL of us and it will continue to happen. But I have identified 4 tips and ideas to help you fully enjoy the Gift of Presence this holiday season. Here they are!

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Happy & Healthy Holidays - Week 2 - HEALTH

This week, we are putting the HEALTHY in Happy & Healthy Holidays.  I know it's not what we are usually focusing on during the hustle and bustle of the season but it's what we NEED to be focusing on to get the most out of this magical time of year.

Think about it.  When we were kids, the holiday season was a time of delight and wonder.  We didn't feel stressed out and exhausted.  Why?  Well, for one, we had someone looking out for our health and well-being.  I mean, even Santa was watching to make sure we got enough sleep every night.  Now, as we are firmly planted in adulthood, we're on our own.  If you don't take care of yourself during the holiday season (or beyond), Santa isn't coming to save you from your unhealthy habits.

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Hey everyone, it’s Stephanie! The holidays are my FAVORITE time of the year, but this can also be a season of OVER-COMMITTING, OVER-INDULGENCE, and OVER-SPENDING — if you’re not careful. However, if we enter into this season being a little bit more INTENTIONAL & MINDFUL about our actions we can totally change that. That’s great news!

The Happy & Healthy Holiday challenge + emails are here to help remind you of what this season is all about. We love and appreciate that everyone celebrates this holiday season differently and we want to encourage you to embrace what makes you HAPPY & HEALTHY.

Let’s do this together! Sign up for this meaningful challenge and join me. Here’s what you can expect!

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I have been using a HORIZONTAL ‘Faith Edition’ Happy Planner® for two years now. In this planner, I typically journal notes from my current bible study. When The Happy Planner revealed the new layout for The Happy Planner Girl® - Faith Warrior, I was so excited to try something new! This planner uses a S.O.A.P layout for your Bible study. S.O.A.P is an interactive way to study scripture.

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HAPPY HERO // Jazzlyn Garcia

Meet Jazzlyn Garcia! Jazzlyn is a 6th-grader in the planner community who loves The Happy Planner® and has a HUGE heart for others.

Jazzlyn has been donating to St. Jude's since she was in 3rd Grade after watching the movie, "The Heart of Christmas" on Netflix. She was touched. Her response to this film was gaining a sincere desire to help kids and their families in any way that she could.

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So, I don’t get out much. I’m definitely a homebody and I don’t travel. EVER. Flying is a major fear of mine, so I avoid it at all costs. Our SQUAD BOOTCAMP is coming up soon and it is the trip of a lifetime! One I definitely can not pass up! So, fears pushed aside, this is HUGE! Since I’m not used to traveling, I feel I really need to prepare for this. And in true planner babe fashion, I am prepping for it the only way I know how- putting pen and stickers to paper! I have converted this ‘WANDERLUST’ Happy NOTES™️ into a travel planner/journal. 

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BIG 3 // GUEST BLOGGER: Nita Patterson

For quite some time I’ve played around with the idea of memory keeping, but there were THREE THINGS keeping me from committing.

OBSTACLE #1: I was the feeling that I needed to track something everyday. My life is busy but it’s not always full of things I want to highlight. 

SOLUTION: I came up with my “BIG 3”. What were the three most significant things that happened in my week?  This could include date night, devotionals/scriptures, fun moments or special events. So instead of seven days worth of photos, you only need THREE things to focus on.

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When The Happy Planner® came out with a Happy Planner KIDS™ I was so excited, but when I saw there were planners designed with boys in mind I was even more ecstatic! As a #plannerbabe and a mom of two boys, it thrilled me to see that The Happy Planner® thought of ALL kids. I promptly purchased two of The Happy Planner KIDS™ "Cool Dude" sets and presented them to my boys. I wasn't sure if they'd be interested, but I was pleasantly surprised at how excited they were! They wanted to dig right in! They read every sticker, flipped through every divider, and checked out every part of their new planners. 

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Hi, I'm Mary Ellen! I just began planning in January of 2018 and I can't get enough. The Happy Planner® has literally changed my life in such a positive way! I just started a YouTube channel (Planning with Bumble) and I'm having so much fun inspiring others by sharing what I create!

Sometimes life throws us curve balls and we don't even know where to begin to get back on track. In these times, I've always turned to planning to help me refocus. I am currently finding myself in a period of transition and I have a lot of choices to make. I have so many ideas floating around in my head and it's so helpful for me to get it all down on paper. It's time for some major goal I decided to create a 'LIFE GOALS' notebook! It will help me to reevaluate my life...figure out what I want my life to look like, what is currently moving me toward that and what is holding me back. I plan on working on this slowly and steadily throughout the next couple of years. I'm not going to push myself...I'm going to go at my own pace, work on one small goal at a time and break each goal down into manageable steps.

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Budget planning can be stressful! I love to use bright colors and stickers to bring a little happiness while reviewing my budget. 

The Happy Planner®️ 'Budget Review' sheet, taken from the Budget - Extension Pack - Classic allows me to REVIEW where I went wrong the previous month, and ask myself 'how am I going to improve on my mistakes,' as well as set up new and/or improved GOALS for the upcoming month.

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I am sure you have heard! The Happy Planner® recently released a new product line and it’s an amazing addition to the brand! The NEW Happy NOTES™ line consists of several notebooks, a variation of paper styles, fun covers and in all three sizes: MINI, CLASSIC and BIG!

I really wanted to come up with a fun way to use the new Happy NOTES™ and this cover gave me the idea to use it as a “Wanderlust” notebook! I love my Happy Memory Keeping™ planner, which is perfect for day-to-day memories, but I wanted a special place for larger photos and more journaling space for my adventures. 

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