Well, it is almost 2016. Ten days left in 2015. I had forgotten just how badly 2014 ended last year (and 2015 began) – with me losing my voice and my husband needing a molar extracted, all while we were out of town at my in-laws. Sigh…hopefully this year will end better and 2016 will start with a great family trip to Monterey (already booked – we just need to stay well for it). I thought I would do a Countdown to 2016 with my Ten Things I’m Looking Forward To in the New Year. As you all know, I recently changed my word of the year from Grounded (which I still like – and relates to my new word I think) to Myself. So, I’m going to focus on Ten Things that Myself is looking forward to – starting out with positives rather than changes that need to be made. I’m looking forward to a spectacular 2016! So, let’s start the Countdown with (referral links included):
I have had serious planner envy for a couple of years now. I tried to win an Erin Condren planner multiple times and once I got close. But, I ended up with one of her journal items instead. It was nice, but not a planner. I just could not justify spending $50 on a planner, or so I thought. But, because of my recent focus on MYSELF, I really thought about how much I WAS spending on planning items. I’ve bought apps (anywhere between $.99 and $4.99). I’ve bought multiple cheaper planners. Never totally happy with them, but thinking I could “make it work” only to lose the ability to “make it work” and give up on it (anywhere between $4.99 and $12.99, probably two or three a year). And every single review I see of this Erin Condren planner is a RAVE! And there are so many people online who have hacks and ways to use the planner and some real ways of maintaining interest and using the planner well. I figured, I might as well just drop the funds (Christmas present to myself) and get one for 2016. It should arrive on Christmas Eve before I leave for my in-laws on Christmas Day, so I’ll be able to work on getting some of it filled in while I’m there! I am very, very excited about it. I got the Vertical layout out of the three to choose from:
I toyed with the hourly layout, but felt like it was too constricting. I also got some “Do-it-all Dots”:
I have some favorite Erin Condren visuals that I’ve found online (not that I will be able to keep mine looking as good as these, but I can dream!
I like the cover of mine – “Let the Adventure Begin!” Because this is MY year and it will be an adventure, to be sure! I will obviously need to get some cute stickers as well. I already have some colored pens I should be able to use…