Happiness Addiction?

I’m pretty sure I’m developing an addiction.  I find myself weighing bills versus craft items for my planners.  I just started this “glam planning” adventure mid-January of this year.  It’s part of my personality to be both impatient as well as do something to the fullest.  I got my Erin Condren and then within a month had my Plum Paper.  I was pretty firm that the MAMBI Happy Planner wasn’t for me; the disc/arc binding just seemed awkward and weird.  However as my obsession has allowed my mind to open a bit more.

Recently, my husband has really been passionate about cooking at home and cooking new recipes.  I took this as an ideal opportunity to try out this disc system.  I convinced my mother (who is currently living with us as she recovers from various life changes) that the MAMBI Create 365 Recipe “planner” was a worthy investment.  This way she could write down her family recipes and combine them with the ones my husband was coming up with.  And so that arrived yesterday.  Now, I think I’m aching to get the actual Happy Planner.  My rationality still has it’s grip on my senses though.  I have nothing to really plan in it and I would just be duplicating what’s in one of my other planners; there’s really no value in getting it now, and yet, even as I write this my “addiction” is thinking of counterpoints- like “hey, you can use it to track social media!”

This is a good point actually.  My husband, while mildly concerned, is excited by my excitement.  He thinks that I should start my own youtube channel for my “plan with me” (which terrifies my inner anti-social monster making her angry).  I’m not sure that I’m quite there yet.  There isn’t really anything new I’m doing as far as structure, I’m just combing things that others might not have.

He also supports me having my own Etsy shop and eventually and independent website that would allow for complete custom orders.  He even got me a course on Adobe Illustrator so I could get more familiar with that and stop using MS Paint or Word (which he finds so funny).  With me being a full-time student and other things going on at home, this all seems so overwhelming.  But it doesn’t cause me to hate planning, it’s not turning this hobby into a painful job.  All in all this falls in line with what where my future is going, it just feels so fast.

I do look forward to being more active and creative.  I used to scrapbook pretty much everyday, and then life crashed hard and I haven’t had that outlet in a long time.  I’m very excited about this passion, but I do have some fear of it getting away from me and getting me in trouble somewhere down the line.

Currently, I’m developing some ideas that I can do over the summer to make a little money to sublet my planner expenses, but that will come in its own blog post.

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Let’s Get Started!

So, for one, this is my first attempt at what I call a “big girl blog.”  I’ve used LiveJournal for years (I’m nostalgic like that) and in talking with my neice (she’s here!) we decided it was time we both took the plunge and created our bgb’s.

That being said, the only thing I can think of to blog about with what’s going on in my life is my new obsession in the “glam planning” world.  I’ve always loved planners but they always just seemed so “grown up” and professional, whereas I felt I was a little more creative than just black and white jot things down.  Thanks to buzzfeed, when they posted an article about jazzing up planners (18 Planner That Will Make You Want to Get Your Shit Together) I found my calling!

I’ve been into scrapbooking (I swear I’m not an old lady, though I do have 7 cats in my family) and making handmade cards, this just meshed right in!  I did all kinds of research and watched countless hours of youtube planners (so far I would have to say my heart belongs to Vinamae) and I selected to start with the popular Erin Condren Life Planner!

Being a full time college student with an anxiety and major depressive disorder (which unfortunately caused me to lose the pt job I had), this little hobby quickly became a weekly meditation for me. I love the ECLP, but between home life and a heavier school load, I didn’t have enough room for my assignments and tasks.  I quickly went to option number two for school: the Plum Paper Planner! I love that it’s similar enough to what I was familiar with in the ECLP and gave me more than enough room to break everything down for classes.  I had to admit to my loving and supportive husband that I was now officially addicted.

Money is, of course, pretty tight but the trade off is priceless.  I able to support the needs of my family more fully thanks to the mental clarity this provides as well as it’s obvious planning and organizational functions.  So when it comes to stickers, I browsed my scrapbooking closet (stop snickering) and utilized the left over stickers and items I had there, plus the office supplies I had collected in the work field.

Thanks to Vinamae’s channel, I found Dru Cortez’s Vintage Glam Studios blog and downloaded the free printables she posts.  Her designs are amazing and adorable and there is a wide variety; even though my sticker collection from etsy shops has grown, I still use a lot of her designs in both my planners.  I just use the very common Avery Sticker Project Paper in my HP inject printer that I’ve had since I was printing custom made wedding invitations and cards for my friends and co-workers.

That about sums up the beginning of this adventure.. We’ll just have to see how this whole blog thing works out as time goes on.  Should be rather interesting.

-SBP