Day #11: Washi

If you type “What is Washi Tape?” into your Google browser, here is what will come up: wa-shi tape (noun) – a type of decorative colored adhesive.

“Washi” is also a type of Japanese paper

Three-drawer washi holder from Michael’s

Washi tape is one of the best parts of the planner community as well as being creative! Washi tapes brings a whole new element of decor to my planner as I match the colors to various different stickers and color sets. Some people think its trash. And I get it because there are many times where I want to throw out the window because it won’t lay down straight. But – nine out to ten times, I can make it work and it looks great!

As for my favorite places to get Washi tape – its really any craft store that has it on sale. There are plenty of places to get it at different Etsy shops. But by far my favorite is Simply Gilded. I actually just subscribed to the monthly subscription box and I’m excited to showcase the monthly goodies on this blog!

And yes – I will also continue to showcase my Washi-collection…or maybe it’s an addiction. But, who’s counting!

Day #10: Quotes

Everyone has one or two quotes they they live and breathe by. Quotes that are inspirational. Quotes that have meaning and purpose. Quotes by famous actors, authors, philanthropist, politicians, musicians, etc. These quotes are something that speaks to how a person is currently living their lives or how they want to live their lives.

As for me – I have eight. So far, I’ve transferred these eight quotes from one bullet journal to another and finally they rest in the collections section of my transformer planner.

So – here are my favorite quote that I am currently living my life by:

“When someone is cruel or acts like a bully, you don’t stoop to their level. No – our motto is when they go low, we go high. Michelle Obama

“You can’t let your failures define you. You have to let your failures teach you.” Barack Obama

“Make sure you don’t start seeing yourself through the eyes of those who don’t have value you. Know your worth, even if they don’t.” Unknown

“All our knowledge has its origins in perceptions.” Leonardo da Vinci

“You will be too much for someone. Those are not your people.” Unknown

“My mission in life is not to merely survive, but to thrive and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” Maya Angelou

“When someone shows you who they are – believe them the first time. People know themselves much better than you do. That’s why its important to stop expecting to be something other than who they are.” Maya Angelou

“A happy life is not a privilege reserves for those who appear to have it all. Its for all of us…all the time. We simply have to choose it!” Unknown

Day #9: Important Date

Okay – I’ve been procrastinating and doing everything I can to not write today’s post. It’s because it’s a hard one.

The only important date that comes to mind is July 6th, 1981. This is my sister’s birthday. This is the day she came into this world and changed my parents lives.

And on August 5th, 2016 – the world cried because she passed away.

My Sis

My sister – her name is Olivia, had just turned 35 when she died. She suffered a stroke after beating cancer. Her body was tired and she was ready to go home to her Lord and Savior.

I was devastated when she died. We hadn’t seen each other in five years and we actually argued about something incredibly stupid a few days before she passed. It was a little typical of us because we would often fight over the phone and then call each other two days later like nothing happened.

Her date of birth and date of death is a four-weeks time period that put me through a lot of different emotions and over the last two years the only thing that helps is wearing her favorite color. She loved red. Red everything! Red lipstick. Red nail polish. Red kitchen appliances. You name it and if it was read she was all about it.

So, I wear red in these days and so do my friends. All day on her birthday, I get lots of pictures send of people in red shirts and lipstick. It helps the day not be so painful and I have the best friends in the world to help me celebrate her life in this day!

Day #8: Fitness

Fitness…there is a lot to say about staying active, making good decisions with your eating habits and of course – drinking plenty of water. Seems easy, right…WRONG! Finding the write fitness routine, buying all the right things to eat and denying yourself a soda for the sake of losing a few pounds is fucking hard! Like – REALLY hard!

Another thing they don’t tell you about in the planner community – you can buy all thing things including all the fitness and health stickers and the fitness planners. But it doesn’t mean you are going to use them and its not going to help you be successful in weight loss if you aren’t putting the work in.

One of my 2019 goals is not to lose weight. Been there and done that and gained the weight back. This year – my goal is to create healthier habits, eat better and be more active. Those are small and achievable goals to well…live a better life and not feel like crap all the time. All the while not putting a ton of pressure on myself to lose 50 lbs!

Because let’s face it – losing 50 lbs would be great – but I love tacos and I live in the Midwest where its wintertime and everything is fried in butter and covered in delicious cheese sauce! It’s called baby steps and I’m okay with that.

Day #7: Storage

Okay – here is the thing about being in the planner/craft community that no one tells you about before joining…storage is CRITICAL to organization and planning.


Because you are going to need a place to put ‘all the things’ you buy from every craft store within a 50-mile radius of your home and place of employment! I’m serious – my craft room is no where near where I want it to me and it’s partially because I keep buying stuff and have nowhere to put any of it.

But – we all have goals we aspire to and while I will never have one of those Pinterest-worthy craft rooms that are photos and look all extra pretty and beautiful, my goal is to at least have a place where I can find everything.

And – this is where I start my organizational awakening starts with this.

Washi Storage from Michael’s

This small washi storage container is where it all begins with me revamping how my planner/craft storage. But first – I need to STOP buying all the planner things! As soon as I stop buying all the planner things, I can keep my craft room organized…maybe.

…check back with me in a few months and pray the Happy Planner doesn’t come out with anything new in the next, I don’t know – 12 months!

Day #6: In Progress…

We are seven days into 2019 and there are two projects on my list that I need to finished BEFORE January 31st!

#1. Complete January 2019 Goals

In December 2018 I ordered the second “Be Happy” Box from The Happy Planner. It was an exclusive box that included a special 2019 cover, stickers, half sheets, pen case, enamel pin, hat and a cute coffee mug. It also came with goal sheets where you can write down goals and track your daily and weekly progress. I fell in love with these sheets. But I haven’t used them yet.

I need to carve out some time to complete my worksheet for this month and list two to three attainable goals that I still have time to achieve this month. I’ve added it to my transformer planner which I will showcase in another post.

I’ve been seeing a lot of planning influencers on YouTube really dive into goal setting and how to be more purposeful with using sheets like this in 2019. I am never good at sticking to goals or achieving them. But what I have taken away from setting goals is based on the S.M.A.R.T method. Following this method helps setting goals have purpose and sets the tone for creating an action plan for said goal. Here is that the acronym means:

  • S – Specific
  • M – Measurable
  • A – Attainable
  • R – Relevant
  • T – Time-based

I’ll be sitting down and writing out my goals for the remaining of this month and February. Here is the site I’ll be using for guidance:

As for those YouTube influencers – here are a few videos I have watched on goal setting for 2019:

#2 – Finish “Becoming” By Michelle Obama

Last April – I found out while scrolling Amazon that the former First Lady Michelle Obama’s memoir would be released in November 2018. I immediately pre-ordered the audiobook and then two weeks before the book was released I pre-ordered two hardcover copies from Barnes and Noble. One for me and the other for my mother whose birthday was the same day the book released.

I started reading and listening to the book immediately. Hearing her share her experiences as a black girl growing up on the South Side of Chicago was amazing. What struck me about her story right away was how it was instilled in her almost immediately that when it came her academics and future career goals, she was told at a young age by her parents that if she wanted to go far and be successful, she would have to work twice as hard as everyone else. If history has shown us anything – its that black women are underpaid, undervalued and overlooked in the workplace – especially in corporate America – and that is as true today as it was yesterday.

This phrase is something that not only my parents told me also at a very young age – but my friends receive the same speech from their parents. This leads me to believe that all black girls strive to be someone when they grow up. And when you have caring and loving parents behind your – you can truly move the mountains in front of your to see the valley below.

But – I haven’t finished her book yet (insert sad face). I think when you combine work, the holidays, shopping and a birthday, priorities change and my focus definitely shifted away from picking up where I left off.

My goal is to have her book complete by the end of the month – wish me luck!!!

Day #5: Lists and Challenges

We all know the saying, “Listers Gotta List”. I am sure Happy Planner has a sticker that says this in one of their many sticker books. But – I am thinking that lists have more so evolved into challenges in the planner community.

As for myself, the only lists I typically follow thru on are “to do” lists. They are my absolute favorite because I never feel bad for not finishing something on my list. Why? Because if I don’t finish everything on my to do list – I just move it to the next day and allow myself more time to get those items completed first. It’s a win, win.

Challenges on the other hand are another story. There are SO many lists on the internet and I have found the majority of them on Pinterest. I have a board dedicated to lists & challenges and I am hoping to use some of those lists on this blog.

If are you looking for a list to complete, my suggestion would be to first figure out what kind of list you are looking to complete. Here are a few examples for your initial search:

  • Books (YA, Romance, Fiction, Nonfiction, etc.)
  • Movies (all genres)
  • Music (all genres)
  • TV Shows (binge-worthy shows)
  • Hobbies (brush lettering, doodles, etc.)

As for myself, here are a few lists (with links) that I will be working on in 2019:

I hope I can finished these lists and challenges in 2019. My one piece of advice is to make sure you give yourself time to complete your challenge and recognize the reward and benefit of completing it. Challenges like this are meant for your to have fun and be creative.

I’ll be sure to update you on how my planned challenges go for the year.