Hey friends! As some of you may know, I’m obsessed with planners! I found a really great cheap one at Walmart last year, and used it all through 2015! For a few years I fell off the planner bandwagon, but now that I have so many meetings (babysitting nights), events (parties), and appointments (reminders to get my hair cut), it’s impossible to imagine my life without a place to write everything down.
I loved my 2015 planner dearly, but couldn’t find a replacement that I really loved. Sure, it was just a standard weekly planner from BlueSky, but I just really wasn’t feeling any of the designs available to me, plus I knew I needed to be able to customize it.
This year, I wanted to combine my planner and journal as a sort of daily gratitude log, so it was important to find a planner that offered a full page for writing per day. I also tend to use my planner as a notebook to jot down ideas for blog posts, songs, gifts, etc., so I wanted needed more room than just a few lines per day.
I started out with the Moleskine daily planner/journal, found here. My version is hardcover, 8.25 x 5in. I like this size because its large enough to not get lost, and small enough to carry with me everywhere (which I do!). Even in my ‘smaller purse’, it fits perfectly upright with room for my makeup bag. Continue reading
Dear 2014: I can’t wait to see what you have in store for me this year!! 2013 was a year of so many changes, and I know 2014 will be just as an important piece in shaping my future. I’m excited to go back to school to pursue becoming an art teacher, I’m excited to live in Austin and experience so many new things, I’m excited to live with the one I love, and excited to see where this new year takes me. This year I want to spend more time in gratitude and thoughtfulness. Writing Today’s Letters has made me more conscious of the little things; the things that loved ones do that make me appreciate them all the more, how happy Starbucks makes me, how much I want to experience. This year I want to learn to share my life with someone, and keep a happy and healthy home of my own. I’m so very blessed to have parents and family that support me, and this year I want to make everyone proud of what I accomplish.
Dear Jacob: (yes this is the actual text I sent him at midnight lol) Happy New Year!! I can’t wait for everything that 2014 holds for you and I. I’m so very blessed to have you in my life and I want you to always remember how much I love you darling. I can’t wait to live together in our first apartment, continue school, enjoy our summer together, and even begin my sophomore year with you at my side. I’m excited to cook you dinners and watch movies together, to go to Kasbah and hang out with your friends. I’m excited to do homework in bed and go to more concerts, go grocery shopping and every other mundane chore that seems so much better with you. This year you’ll turn 21 and be a junior in college! It’s crazy to think about how much growing we have to do in 2014, and I can’t wait to have you by my side to do it all. I love you so very much, Jacob!! Happy New Year<3
Dear Mom and Dad: This past year was definitely one to test us. Through the ups and downs of finishing my senior year, and all the changes that came with me leaving home for college, I’m so grateful to have always had to both there to support me. I’m unbelievably blessed to have parents who are not only able, but willing to help Jacob and I start something new together. No matter where I live though, I know I can call you home, whether it be in Grapevine or somewhere else. Thank you so much for everything, and I hope to continue to make you proud in 2014. I love you both very much<3