I wouldn't call myself a planner-addict. In fact, for most of my life, I've been slightly anti-planner, viewing them as a bit robotic for my tastes. I wanted to live my life as brightly colored and 'spur of the moment as possible'. But the last few years has seen a massive planner surge. I've watched an exaggerated million "Plan with Me" or "Agenda Tour" videos on YouTube over the last few weeks, and I think they've cracked my hesitance a bit. Inspired by September's "New Journey's" theme and goals that I have for myself as a newly thirty-something, I've decided that it's time to experience life on the other side of the tracks. Time to embrace organization.
With the insane popularity of the Erin Condren Life Planner, I was a little hesitant, especially with its hefty price tag ($50/$70-Rose Gold). But after watching so many customization videos, I thought I'd give it try. Once I'd finalized my purchase, however, I questioned whether there wasn't another planner that felt more me. The Life Planner has a ton of wonderful editions, including a beautiful Rose Gold Collection and the ability to customize/change covers at will. I'm a paper/journal/pen enthusiast, and as cheesy as it may sound I think that the right notebooks are like true love. You just know. One night whilst waiting for my Life Planner to arrive, I somehow stumbled upon Mandy's blogpost showcasing photos of the most glorious planner I have ever seen. It captured my natural affinity for unicorns, and mermaids, and fun, and floral, and I literally jumped up and down for a few minutes. I knew I'd found "the one".
The Ban.do Florabunda 17 Month Agenda
Ban.do's large Florabunda Agenda is the stuff of dreams. They've certainly done such a wonderful job making planning fun and individual. It comes with a gorgeous sticker page, and any planner that comes with such adorable stickers is the right choice in my book. They have included specially coded messages (and a key to decode them) on various pages, giving it this awesome Harriet the Spy factor. I love all of their activity suggestions on the weekly pages such as "Get Warm and Cozy with Some Peppermint Hot Cocoa", "Test Drive a Fancy Car", or "Host a Pumpkin Carving Contest". Each month comes with two full Notes pages for those of us who love jotting everything down. And I love their listing of unconventional special days (which are also highlighted on Monthly pages) such as, "Send a Card to A Friend Day", "National Gingerbread House Day", and "National Thrift Shop Day".
I chose a beautiful illustration from one of my childhood favorites, Dinotopia, to customize my inside cover. I'm so excited to begin using this planner and really observe how it affects my day to day. The planner community is such a wealth of fanciful ideas on how to make your planner more than an agenda, and more like a scrapbook of moments as I would with my journals. It's challenging becoming Claire Dearing but someone's got to do it!
PostScript: If you find that you're more of an Erin Condren girl, here's a link to receive 10% off on your next purchase...