Monday, June 16, 2014

What kind of blogger am I anyway?

Ya know, some days I feel like I walk around in a fog wondering what my exact calling is for my time here on earth. I live day in and day out doing pretty much the same mundane things. All the while replaying in my head that I should be doing more. I am bipolar, I could reach people. I have been abused, I could reach people. I was a teen mom, I could reach people. I am a christian, I could reach people. I struggle, I grieve, I have stories upon stories but somehow I can't find THE one way to really USE them. 

That was the reason I started this blog in the first place. I wanted to have a place where I could tell my stories and connect with people. But then I remember I'm human. I'm busy, I'm tired, I'm frustrated and sometimes I just want to sit and not think about anything. Sometimes i just can't organize my thoughts long enough to write anything down. Let alone try to type up a blog post that will make sense to other humans..... or try to think of a clever, caring, or comforting response for the emails that will flood my inbox. 

I used to feel like I could come here to this blog and just blab on and on about anything I wanted because hey, nobody was reading it any way. Truth be told, with that mentality how was I ever expecting to reach anyone, right?! I don't label myself with a specific title when it comes to blogging. I am not a fashion blogger because this post is really the only post I have done to show what I wear, and honestly the camera and I rarely get along ;) I am not specifically a mommy blogger because this post was the last one that I really updated you about my son and this was the last real update about my daughter. I'm most definitely not a food blogger because the last recipe I posted was here. And, as much as I would love to be a health and wellness blogger, this was the last time I even talked about my weight loss journey. There are many more categories but I guess the closest I come to is being a "lifestyle blogger" because guess what people, this is MY blog, and this IS my life. I wish I could promise to stop leaving you hanging with future blog posts, but I don't know if I will ever get better at this blogging thing. 

Perhaps someday I will get a schedule down and let you more into my life... but until then whether you stay or not I will try to reach whomever I can by just simply being me.

...........or being this edited, filtered version of me...........

Isn't that what life is about these days? Which filter makes you your best self (or selfie in this case haha)

Until next time loves!!


Monday, June 2, 2014

Whitney English Day Designer REVIEW!

Well darn. 

This month, well last month rather, went by WAY to fast. If I hadn't promised a review of the day designer to be up on the blog by the start of June, I definitely would have waited a few more months. In fact I will most likely have another post in the future to update this one. 

Let me start by letting you know I was not compensated for this post, I simply love being nosy when it comes to planners and seeing how everyone uses theirs so I figured I'd let you see how I use mine! (so far) All thoughts and opinions are completely my own!

Before my sister (who won't be too happy I just linked to her "blog in progress") bought me this amazing planner I had an Erin Condren Life Planner, which for the record, I also loved. I just found that my life was usually "too busy" for the small space available for each day. I kept seeing the name Whitney English pop up all over social media and did some digging. AKA Instagram stalking, using #Daydesigner in my search. I loved looking at everyone's use of the day designer and it looked like exactly what I needed. So I begged asked her to get this for me as a birthday gift. I believe she ordered it back in February or March  and I received it April 3rd. ( My day Designer started in May) The wait seemed like forever but only because I wanted to start decorating it so badly. I knew it had an April ship date, so I knew the wait would be on the longer side. Also, she ordered the "Already Authentic" version for the lesser cost and honestly, I don't know how high the standards are for not considering something "perfect" for them but I found NOTHING wrong with mine....and per the reviews neither do most others. 

Below are some of the pictures of how I use my WEDD (as my sister and I have abbreviated it haha) 

Also, here is a list straight from the Whitney English Etsy site stating what each Day Designer includes.

:: Approximate size is 9" x 9.5" x 1.25".
:: Over 350 pages!
:: A yearly calendar overview.
:: A monthly calendar overview.
:: A daily planning page for each day of the week.
:: Daily pages feature a spot for:
// Due - use to remember deadlines, projects.
// Dollars - track sales or remember what your daily financial goals are.
// Dinner - who are you eating with or what are you having?
// Don't Forget - a spot for extra reminders.
// Daily Gratitude - because gratitude changes things.
// Download - get it out of your head and onto paper.
:: Combined weekend planning pages.
:: Each day features an inspirational quote!
:: Several deep-digging worksheets to help you focus your actions on your desired outcome!

 Not sure how I feel about the highlighting and stickers used this first month

 Some days are more full, some are almost empty... I am still getting the hang of "designing my day" each morning.

 I used glitter washi and taped the velveteen ribbon to the back page of my DD. I use the ribbon as a page marker for the day I am on. **also I cut the ribbon to the shape and length I wanted**

I have decided to cover the front of each month tab with an inspirational printout, May is my birthday month of course :)

Another view of the monthly tabs.

That's about it guys. I'm sorry this first month wasn't really as exciting as I had planned. If you follow me on Instagram you will see the updates and designs I chose for my planner going forward. I will also try to get a vlog post up in the next few months as I get more familiar with it. I have plenty of black and gold washi tape, sheets, and stickers so I can definitely get more creative! Let me know what you think and if you have a Day Designer how do YOU use yours? 

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