Tuesday, January 16, 2018

A Look Inside My 2018 Planner

I am all about organization (or at least trying to be organized). I have been all about my planner the past few years. I've been using a Happy Planner and bullet journal the past few years. It's worked pretty well using the two since the planner helps me plan in the future and keep track of all the plans I have while the bullet journal helps me stay on top of my to do lists and keep all of the collections/lists I like to make in one place. This year though, I'm attempting to combine the two into one. 

Get ready for a photo heavy post all about how I did made my Happy Planner into a planner-bullet journal combo. I'll also be linking a lot to different items I used to make it, but this is in no way sponsored I just like these products and am linking in case you want these items, too.

I have this planner that perfectly reflects my love for food, cactus, and bright colors. The moment I saw this planner at Michael's I knew I needed it. One of the benefits of using a Happy Planner is that with the discs you can easily add or remove pages. 

I also used the Happy Planner Punch to make my own dividers with laminated scrapbook paper. I found this adorable cactus scrapbook paper that perfectly matches the planner cover and put it at the front. I love it! 

Then I have typed up my collections, printed them on cardstock, and hole punched them with the Happy Planner Classic Punch so I could add them into the planner. I put the essential collections I refer to everyday at the front of the planner and then at the back I have the collections I like to have, but don't refer to often. 

Then I have the planner section. The Happy Planner has this little month planning page, then the monthly calendar spread, and your weekly planning pages. 

I mostly used stickers from the Planner Basics sticker book and the Creative Year Holiday Sticker Book to decorate my pages here. These sticker books are so handy and give you all the stickers you could ever want and they're all organized. If you're just getting started decorating planners, these are the way to go.

After the traditional planner, I have my bullet journal section. I have a striped pocket folder and then some collections I typed and printed on cardstock. The collections I have here are my blog improvement tips, self-improvement, self-care and affirmations, to watch/to read list, my budget, wishlist, and teaching page.

I've divided the collections from the bullet journal monthly and daily logs with scrapbook paper. I decided to divide up the monthly and daily logs by season.

In my winter section I have a weekly cleaning schedule I try to stick to and a weekly TV schedule (even though I never watch tv). 

I bought a few packs of the Note & Graph Paper to add for bullet journal monthly and daily pages. For my monthly January log I have 3 habit trackers for exercise, reading, and no spend. I am trying to track my spending as well, so I'm tracking where/what I'm spending money on and how much money I spent there. Also, I photographed this at the beginning of the month. I swear I've kept up with the habits!

Lastly, I found a scrapbook paper with pizza, so of  course I needed to buy it and I put it in the back.

I know this was super long and photo heavy, so cheers for you if you actually made it through this whole thing. This is working really well so far. I like having one planner that fits everything I need it to be - a place to plan, house all the lists I make, and track everything I want to. 

What do you use to keep yourself organized? Are you like me and super high maintenance when it comes to your planners? Let me know in the comments!

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Currently Binging

With time off for the holidays, I've been binging a lot of podcasts and shows lately. With time off there's nothing better than lying around binge-watching a good series. Podcasts are something I didn't really get at first, but now I love listening to podcasts while I'm doing stuff around the house or in the car. In fact, I've been listening to podcasts more than I've been watching shows. Most of the podcasts are crime related, but please don't think I'm a psycho!


- Philosophize This | This podcast fulfills my desire to learn and better understand the ideas that have shaped our world. Stephen West does a great job explaining the ideas in an interesting and easy to understand way. For me its fascinating to think about all the different ideas and theories the brilliant thinkers throughout history have come up with. 
- Uncivil | Uncivil is a great way to learn about US history and the untold stories of the Civil War. Jack Hitt and Chenjerai Kumanyika find the untold stories of the division that's always existed in the United States and how those moments led us to where we are today. The stories are highly interesting and infuriating as you learn about the injustices suffered. They're the kind of stories that need to be heard if we really want to start improving our country and addressing the damage that has been caused by white America.
- Unsolved Murders: True Crime Stories | I love watching crime shows and this is the perfect compliment. The podcast goes through the crimes and suspects. My favorite episodes are of old Hollywood. Its so intriguing to hear about these old Hollywood stars, high profile gangsters, and unsolved murders.
- True Crime Obsessed | This podcast is like talking about true crime documentaries with your best friends. Each episode is centered around a true crime documentary you can find on Netflix (like the incredible mini-series The Keepers). Hosts Gillian and Patrick chat about the documentaries and the crimes itself. I love how chatty and goofy Gillian and Patrick are and how I can compare my reactions to the documentaries to how they react to the people and filming in the documentaries.
- Serial Killers | I love Criminal Minds and this podcast goes with it perfectly. Like Criminal Minds, the Serial Killers podcast has episodes in which they explore the killer's background as well as episodes detailing the crimes and eventual capture of the killer. It's so interesting to learn about the psychology of the killer and how they were caught by the police.
- Lore | All the spooky stories you can handle, from trolls to ghosts to killer dolls. Aaron Mahnke does a great job of telling compelling stories and building up the suspense. I love listening to this...just not right before bed 😝

TV Shows

- Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath | I love Leah Remini's sass and some of the stories uncovered on this show are so unbelievable.
- Escaping Polygamy | This is a reality show about 3 women who escaped from a polygamous cult as young girls help others escape from polygamous cults and start new lives on the outside. It's really crazy how hard it is for people to leave these cults and what goes on in these groups. This show is highly interesting and I love seeing the women who've escaped helping other girls and women escape the abuse and start over.
- Bob's Burgers | Cartoons are my favorites and the Belchers are such a lovable family in the most ridiculous situations. The kids are each so different from each other, but get along great which is nice to see. This show is the one reason I might need Hulu (but for now I just watch the current season on Fox's app).
- Parks & Rec | The characters on this show are so great and I love Leslie Knope's enthusiasm, Tom's divaness (that's totally a word), and Ron Swanson and April Ludgate's complete lack of interest. The show always has the best wacky situations and character humor. I laugh so hard when I watch this show!

What have you been binging lately? Let me know in the comments!

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Best Moments of 2017

2017 was a good year for me personally. It was my first year after college and it was a great start. I love my job and have put a lot of energy into it this past year. Aside from a job I enjoy, the other major highlight from this year has been adopting my fur child, Maya, spoiling and loving her every day. Having a pet really makes a difference in your mental health and improves your life! I couldn't recommend adopting a pet enough if you're thinking about it this year. Anyways, here are my 10 best moments of 2017!

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Things I Wish I Would Have Done Differently This Year

2017 has been a good year for me personally. I got my first "adult" job doing what I love and have been there for a full year now. I've gotten to learn a lot of different things about teaching, language acquisition, comprehensible input and other language nerd type things which have helped me become better at what I do and better understand how to help students really get language. I also was able to move to a new apartment, got a cat, and went on my first big trip with a friend. Still, there are a few things I wish I would have done differently. So here are a few things I'd like to have been better at this year and will hopefully do more of in 2018.

Things to do differently in 2018