The Happy Planner® SQUAD

CALLING ALL HAPPY PLANNER® ENTHUSIASTS!

The time has come to put together our 2018-2019 Happy Planner® SQUAD! Yep, we’ve changed the name, and we are changing a few things up. We want YOU to be a part of all the HAPPY! Talk about #SQUADgoals!

The Happy Planner® is looking for ‘Happy Planner® enthusiasts who LIVE and BREATHE all things HAPPY + PLANNING. The Happy Planner® is more than just a product, it represents a community striving to Plan a Happy Life™.

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APRIL HAPPY MEMORY KEEPING® PHOTO CHALLENGE!

I don't know about you, but The Happy Memory Keeping® system is my JAM! I love everything about it. My Happy Memory Keeping® planner has become a space for me to find gratitude. I find so much JOY in planning + keeping my memories. 

Once I have finished memory keeping a month, I always find myself overwhelmed with thankfulness. I regularly look back and think the same thing, "WOW! I did all of THAT?!" It's an awesome feeling.

This positive reaction I frequently experience reminds me of a saying, a sticker that lives on the back of my computer which says, "Gratitude turns everything you have into enough." 

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I AM A HAPPY PLANNER

I am a Happy Planner, not just because I own one, but rather the fact that I've been working in one for the past three years, and it has made me, literally, a HAPPY planner.

I love the dual meaning of this product! I love that when you intentionally invest time into it, you become the title! 

One of the ways you can become a HAPPY planner is by, 1. (For the sake of this blog post) OWNING a Happy Planner®️ - derrrrr. ;) And 2. By taking The Happy Planner®️ and making it your own! The possibilities are truly endless with this system. You just gotta try and think outside the box a bit.

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SPRING BUCKET LIST

Spring is just a few days away! It may, or may not look like it outside of your window. Regardless, it’s ALMOST Spring! 

You see, it’s not because I love Spring so much that I'm super excited about this seasonal shift, but rather the fact that it’s a NEW season, a NEW chapter. We have these AWESOME built-in reminders, reminding us of 'new beginnings', a bit of permission to hit that RESET button.  It’s also pretty stinkin' cool that nature also sees the need to change. Nature hits RESET as well. We should probably take note.

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STEPHANIE'S VLOG - FEBRUARY GOAL CHECK IN

I'm a little late on the check-in, but man-oh-man am I in the groove! 

February was a good month.  It wasn't all smooth sailing. (Bear with me, I like to speak in metaphors and use symbolism to express my feelings. Such a Pisces!)  I had to navigate some rogue waves but I also got to experience some amazing sunrises.  And you know what, I'm really okay with that because that means that I was able to make progress through the tough times as well as the easy days. 

In this month's vlog, I share my progress and also tell you what my goals (and BIG plans) are for March.  So be sure to check it out and let me know what else you want to see or know about my process or journey.  Your support along the way has meant so much to me!  I would love to be able to be there for you too!

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SPRING CLEANING

It's almost SPRING. YAY! I love Spring. It's not too cold and it's not too hot!

I wanted to take advantage of this NEW season to do a little SPRING CLEANING from the INSIDE - OUT. It's my hope that this simple 7 DAY Challenge will give both me and YOU the opportunity to LET GO of the things in our life that no longer serve us. It might be physical, emotional, or mental. Whatever it is, if it's not serving you, LET IT GO.  

Spring Cleaning... It's totally a THING. Each year I grow less organized, and less clean. I am not proud of this. Each year things get a little more crazy, a little more busy. And when all is said and done, I'm left with a mess. Don't get me wrong, I WANT to clean, I WANT to get organized... I even want to go to the extreme to de-clutter and get rid of EVERYTHING. LOL. But don't worry, I'm not going to toss everything in the trash. I literally can't afford that!

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BUILDING ROUTINE

HOW you begin your day DETERMINES the direction of your day. Well, for the most part. This isn’t completely black and white, there is some grey area of course.

I have definitely been experimenting with routine. How to build a routine, what works and what doesn’t work. It’s so easy to become overwhelmed with all the to-do’s, the plans, work life vs. personal life, and so on.

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HAPPY MEMORY KEEPING MADE SIMPLE!

I have always loved photos.  In fact, we started me & my BIG ideas 20 years ago designing stickers that were the perfect addition to our scrapbooks.  Today, my memories are documented in our Happy Memory Keeping™ planners.  It's the perfect combination of two things I love so much...planners and scrapbooks. 

I get asked a lot of questions about the process of memory keeping in a planner...like how I print my pictures?  What I do when I don't have a lot (or any) pictures?  And what's the best way to get started?  Those are all great questions, so I recorded a Plan with Me video that walks you through my process and answers all your pressing questions. 

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EMBRACE IMPERFECTION

Wanna know what the BIGGEST kill-joy is?! Comparison. BOY, OH BOY. Do I wish I could take comparison by the pigtails and toss it out out of this world (you know that scene in Matilda with Miss Trunchbull? The little girl with the pigtails? Anyways, watch the movie if you don’t know what I’m talking about!)

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WILL YOU BE OUR VALENTINE?

Since the launch of The Happy Planner® 3 years ago, I have had the opportunity to meet so many of you.  You've shared your stories and your planners with enthusiasm and authenticity.  It's been such an honor.  We even took our cameras to some of our latest events to capture some of these interactions to share with the world.  And when our team was finished creating this tribute, we were brought to tears.  Our love for YOU is why we do what we do every day.  The Happy Planner® community is like no other.  I just want to watch this video over and over and OVER!  YOU make me HAPPY!  I wish I could give each and every one of you a BIG hug...yep, I'm a hugger! 

So please accept this Valentine's Day tribute and know that you are LOVED and so very appreciated.  Oh yeah, we also created some cute wallpaper designs for you to jazz up your phones.  Feel free to share the love!

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STAMPING // GUEST BLOGGER: Jennie McGarvey

HEY #plannerbabes! It's me, Hannah! I wanted to introduce you to a friend of mine, the QUEEN of stamping, Jennie McGarvey (aka @ajmcgarvey IG!) Jennie is a past MAMBI Design Team member, and her creative ideas and SUPER CUTE handwriting have been SUCH an asset to our Happy Planner® community! I am so excited because TODAY she is taking over the BLOG as our SECOND guest blog post-er! ENJOY all the HAPPY below. ;) 

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WHAT'S IN STEPH'S PLANNER BAG?

When it comes to sharing my favorite Happy Planner® products, the only challenge I have is where to stop.  I honestly have SO many!  But there are a few that I seem to use all the time.  If you were to look in my planner bag, you'd find these Happy Planner All Stars and a few other supplies that help me Plan a Happy Life™.

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DESIGNER SPOTLIGHT - KRISTIN KELLER

Meet the talented designer we call Marge!

We are SO fortunate to have some of the most talented designers on our team.  They work so hard to bring you all the beautiful Happy Planner® products that you have grown to love.  I want to introduce you to them because I just know that you're gonna love them as much as we do. 

Before we get to know Kristin, let me answer a question that we get asked a lot. "What is the difference between your designers and the Design Team?"  Great question...thanks for asking.  Our staff designers are employees of me & my BIG ideas® who work with us to design and create the products we offer.  The Design Team, however, is a team of influencers that we select each year to partner with us to promote all things Happy Planner®.  I know, I can see how it gets a little confusing. That's why we are making some changes to our 2018 Design Team...stay tuned for more details.

Okay, now back to Kristin! 

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HAPPY MEMORY KEEPING™ IT ALL

Happy Memory Keeping™ has TOTALLY been my JAM these days! After months of investing into this planner full of memories, I find myself blown away by all the HAPPY. Even the ‘blah’ times I try to document, and I find myself grateful for those moments as well. 

The fact is… life is, well… life. And it’s not always easy. There isn’t always going to be HAPPY memory to document. The Happy Memory Keeping™ system has challenged me to find gratitude in each day. The Happy Memory Keeping™ system keeps me accountable. 

‘There are so many beautiful reasons to be happy!’ I’m sure you’ve heard this saying. And I totally believe it’s true, but do I always ACT like I believe it?

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HANNAH'S VLOG - JANUARY GOAL CHECK IN

Hi #plannerbabes!!

Stephanie KILLED IT with her first VLOG. OMG so much fun!

I am excited for MY very first VLOG evaaaaa! This was FUN and VERY different for me. 

I hope you enjoy my weirdness + realness. 

(LOTS of uh's, um's, awkward pauses, and a BUNCH of random ISH. #sorrynotsorry!)

OKAY so I don’t want to give it all away so make sure to WATCH my VLOG... BUT...

...here are the cliff notes: When I set my goals for 2018 I decide that my focus was going to be BUDGETING, along with the few others. I am still PLANNING on working on my budget during this “special season”...

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STEPHANIE'S VLOG - JANUARY GOAL CHECK IN

You guys!  I posted my first VLOG!  I wanted to check in with you in a really authentic and personal way.  So I set my camera up on a tripod at home, lit up that Diva Ring light and just started recording.  I can be a bit all over the place so I edited it a bit...to remove about 100 "ums" and I love the result.  I hope you'll give it a click and check it out.

It's about 15 minutes and I share my wellness journey through January.  My Happy Planner Wellness extension pack is proving to be an all-star for me and I love how I've tweaked my recording process to really suit my needs.  It's the best 10 bucks I ever spent.  Well, I didn't actually buy it but you know what I mean.  (wink wink)

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TRY SOMETHING NEW!

In last weeks Plan With Me (which is still available for your viewing pleasure on our YouTube channel) I talked about getting started! I gave you #plannerbabes THREE very simple tips...

1. Start somewhere! 
2. Don’t compare yourself to others. 
3. Have FUN! 

And I guess we can throw another one there... 

4. Try something NEW! 

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THREE TIPS TO HELP YOU GET STARTED

I meet so many women that look at The Happy Planner® and say, “This is all really cute and everything, but I don’t have time for all of ‘this.’” This response is TOTALLY understandable IF (and this is a big IF) the goal here was to always create a beautifully curated Happy Planner® spread that was color coordinated, had perfect hand-writing, and a little icon next to each to-do. But it’s not… like at all. The goal is...

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CREATE A VISUAL BUCKET LIST

We all know what a BUCKET LIST is but I've created something a little different...a VISUAL bucket list!  I made my first one in 2014 and again in 2016.  You can see I changed things up a bit.  I hope you put your own personal twist on yours too!

Now is the perfect time to create one of your own and it's a really easy project.

  1. Create your BUCKET LIST.  I like adding BIG and small adventures.  That way, when you're looking for something to do, you have a lot of options!

  2. Find images that represent the items on your list.  You can use magazine clippings, images from Pinterest or a Google search.  I just took screenshots and that worked perfectly.

  3. Next, size your images to 2x2 (or whatever size your page protectors are) and trim.

 

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