The Happy Planner. Everything you need to know.

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The Happy Planner

Good morning everyone! Happy Friday! I hope you have all had a fantastic week! Today I am telling you all about one of the things I love, Planner. Not just any planner though, I discovered the happy planner around 3 years ago now and I have been completely obsessed with this planner ever since. 

It certainly took me a lot of research and debating before I actually made my first purchase to own a happy planner but I have never regretted the decision to start my planning journey with them.

As a lover of planners anyway, and a massive writer of to-do lists, Choosing the right planner is honestly a massive deal, especially when you are wanting to stay organised and on top of life.

Want some tips on staying organised? check out my methods of organisation, here.

So, What actually is a happy planner? 

Designed by the company, me & my big ideas, The happy planner is an expandable, disc-bound planner system. So pretty much, your ultimate life organiser. That combines the need for organisation, with being creative. Pretty awesome right? 

WHAT MAKES A HAPPY PLANNER SO SPECIAL?

There are so many styles and customisations that you can make to your planner. You can style your planner however you want to. With a massive range of different sizes, inserts, discs, and accessories. There is literally so much to choose it’s overwhelming at the start. 

With a few box kits available as well, these give you a kick start in being able to customise them.

Staying creative and crafting is so good for your mental health, Check out my reasons why crafting is so good for your mental health post, here.

BUYING A HAPPY PLANNER IN THE UK.

There are 3 options available to us in the UK wanting to obtain a happy planner and it’s accessories. 

Through The Happy Planner website directly.

The Happy Planner website (TheHappyPlanner.com), although based in America, does ship internationally. You definitely need to check out the website either way, as there are so many useful tips and so much inspiration to be gained from following their website. Including their free Happy downloads.

I admit that I have never purchased directly through there website, but this was because I was not sure of how many fees would be occurred by doing so this way.

Through Amazon & Amazon global. 

The first time I purchased The Happy Planner, I brought a classic, vertical, un-dated similar to this one here, through Amazon Global. The reason I chose to purchase my planner this way is because I had never brought anything internationally before. 

Although I did take some time to google the International shipping regulations I found these a bit daunting as I really wasn’t sure about the charges. My cousin once told me that she had to pay over the cost of an item before so I really couldn’t afford that to happen at the time. 

My planner took around 3 weeks to arrive and I thought that was brilliant and there was no further charges on international shipping as this had already been included in the at a fixed rate. 

Through a UK craft supplier website. 

Some UK craft stores are doing the hard work for you (the importing from America) and supply Happy Planners and a variety of accessories as part of their online stores. My favourite being Craftelier. I would try a google search of ‘Happy Planner UK Supplier’.

WHAT TYPES OF PLANNER CAN I GET?

My favourite planner type is the classic size with a vertical layout however this year I am using a Journal style layout. Which with how 2020 has been, was probably a lucky choice! The journal has a lot of freedom to be used as an organiser as well as reflecting on a day to day basis.

Basically, you have 3 decisions you need to make when buying a Happy Planner. Firstly what size do you want? You can get a happy planner in a mini, classic or big size, as well as skinny classic or a skinny mini.
Next, what kind of layout do you want to use? The vertical, Horizontal, Dashboard, Monthly and Hourly.
Your last decision you have to make is whether you want your planner already dated or not. I prefer the Undated, It gives you freedom of how you want to plan your year, and organise your planner.

The Happy Planner

WHAT ASSESSORIES CAN I GET TO GO WITH MY PLANNER

Ok, so I am addicted to official happy planner accessories and supplies. I have a cart shelf full of my sticker books and planner supplies.

Types of accessories:
  • covers
  • sticker books
  • Dashboards
  • Page markers
  • Happy Punch
  • Filler Paper
  • Discs
  • Envelopes
  • Tabs
  • Dividers
  • Pocket Folders
  • Decorative AccessoriesCovers
  • Stencils
  • Stamps
  • Adhesive Pockets

The happy Planner inserts are also a love of mine. 

Inserts and extensions such as: 
  • Plain lined pages 
  • Bullet journal sqaures 
  • Budget planners
  • Wellness planner
  • Christmas Planner
  • Wedding Planner
  • Fitness Planner
  • 6 Month extensions

BUT CAN’T THIS BE COSTLY? 

Not necessarily. There are no limits to what you do with your planner. So you could opt for buying the planner itself and customising it in other ways to buying official happy planner accessories. 

The Happy Planner discs

Also using crafting and stationery supplies, such as sticky notes, and washi tape and non-happy planner formatted stickers is a massive option to still keep your planner creative and full of life.

There are so many amazing Etsy sellers that sell stickers they have designed especially for the planning community. I have brought numerous planner layouts from Etsy, as well as using my happy planner sticker books.

HOW CAN I BE CREATIVE WITH MY HAPPY PLANNER

There are so many amazing Instagram accounts that dedicate their profiles to their planner customisations alone. You should check these out. they are so inspiring. especially under the #happyplanner #plannercommunity hashtags.

I love to fill my planner pages with a variety of stickers, to do list blocks, as well as inspiring quotes.

Addicted to stationery like me? check out my signs of stationery addiction post, here.

WHAT ARE THE MAJOR PROS THAT KEEPS ME GOING BACK TO THIS PLANNER?

Firstly the removable pages are a massive love of mine and the fact that you can add extra pages and inserts into your planner. Making the planner fully customisable for user requirement. Which is not something that is optionable with a lot of planners, so it is my favourite feature.

I didn’t really know much about the customising planner’s world until I found this planner, and now I find myself wanting to invest in some of the other planners around as I would love to trial Erin Condren’s life planner.

What are your guy’s experiences with this planner? Is it something that you are considering buying? have I missed anything?

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my confidence journey – starting a youtube channel.

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At the beginning of this year, I wrote a list of goals of things I wanted to achieve this year moving forward with my online presence and businesses. One of those goals connecting to improving my confidence was to start my very own youtube channel. It seemed like something I would really enjoy as I love to talk! I just had one massive hurdle that I would need to start overcoming. Yep, my confidence.

Read my 2020 goal post, here.

Sometimes it doesn’t matter how much you actually want to start a new project, something like confidence can hold you back so majorly. I have always found that my confidence has been my biggest letdown. So, I know it is about time that I really start pushing myself outside of my comfort zone. I mean no one would ever get anywhere if they didn’t push themselves for reachable goals. without goals we don’t tend to develop with our passions and hustles.

And it has actually been working so far!

Can you actually believe how much a small recording like this has really boosted my confidence this week! I didn’t think it was going to get such amazing feedback from my friends and family as it did. that doesn’t mean that I am not saying it is the perfect video because in no way is it, however, I really have started a journey that I am looking forward to seeing where it takes me. I am also looking forward to learning more about video editing.

Are you a confidence seeker as well? check out my bringing confidence into 2020 post, here.

I hovered over the upload video button for a while. I had recorded my very first youtube channel video on my phone a few days before but the confidence was something I was still struggling with before I could actually upload my little bubble of sunshine.

Here it is… My youtube channel AlexaJade blogs and My first video.

Want to see more videos from me? Hit subscribe on my youtube channel, here.

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November here we are…

Happy November! Is anyone else feeling pretty excited that its less than 2 months till Christmas now? which means its even less time till the Christmas decorations come out! EEEE.

I love the day that we put our tree up! I can not wait. October sped by us pretty quickly. Of course, hoping that you all had a spooky Halloween! Yesterday we had brilliant fun, as we went trickle treating and carved pumpkins yesterday with friends.

November has come as almost a shock, not even realising October had flown past so fast, bad I know. This year has really sped by under the circumstances. I feel like it has only been 5 minutes since we were getting back from the most amazing adventures at Disney Land Paris.

God that was a good time! I wish I was back at that moment, I went there with a girlfriend and came back to be honoured to call her my Fiancé.

November news
This was one of my favourite moments!

Big news…

As some of you already know or read back in past posts, I have had a complete rollercoaster of time lately. Especially with my health taking a massive nose dive back in February. After countless visits to the doctor’s surgery and hospital, Major surgery and constant flow of scans. I can still say I am none the wiser really with what has been wrong, or is wrong with me now.

With the major disappointing time with leaving my job, I have finally begun to put myself out for some major changes.
I have been spending some time, writing business plans, countless lists, and getting the business ready I am taking the massive leap of faith. Heading into the world of the self-employed! (Argh, I know right! Whoah, Brave?)

November

So what will I be doing for work?

Since it is me that is talking here, I am pretty sure, that you know that it isn’t going to be completely straight forward. I’m going to be doing a mixture of things, including buying and selling, continuing with my blog & craft. Since I got my Cricut, I am crafting even more than ever before. I am also working on a special project right now! But I will be keeping this completely secret! It is basically a watch this space kind of things.
Taking this time in my leap forward to appreciate everything that I already have, every experience that I have received and using them to build and grow.

Obviously I am well aware that this is going to be far from an easy ride but I have my motivated and determined cap on. I’m already getting myself ready to learn more skills, and practice the ones I already have. (like the organisation and the bookkeeping).

November

So what are my goals this November?

  1. To continue to remain focused on building my business, and not give up on what I am doing!
  2. To bring more blog posts per week and get organised to media and content.
  3. Craft more! I’m hoping to be doing some fairs around Christmas, to sell what I have already created.
  4. Upload more to my Etsy Store.
  5. Take every opportunity that comes at me!

That is enough for now right?

So that is it for now! and To be honest, I think that those goals are pretty big enough to keep me going for more than a month, well that’s the plan anyway.
All I can say now is bring on December! when it gets even busier.

Love you All …

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Monday Motivation – Using Mondays for the best.

Hello Monday! every week you come around again. Even though we don’t really want that back to work feeling after a lovely chilled weekend. We all have that early morning wake up call on a Monday.
6:30 my alarm went off this morning, and I quickly hit the snooze button, actually, I hit that luxurious ‘SNOOZE’ more than a few times. Monday Motivation is upon us.

This particular Monday I am feeling extremely positive! probably where my Monday motivation has come from. Today especially marks a year of change, development, aspiration, not to mention a bucket list of goals that have been accomplished! 

There is an importance to have motivation.

The days in our lives can slip between our fingers if we let them. Sometimes we won’t know that it has even happened until it is too late. Really it’s important to remember the actions and behaviours that have built where you are in life right now. It’s not about remembering a day, a moment, or a time. It is about learning from your mistakes. Using past experiences to work on a positive outcome for the rest of your life!

Do you ever scroll through Facebook and have a look at the ‘on this day’ memories that come up? If you are like me it will be an “Omg is that really what I was saying” or, “Can’t believe that was 5 years ago”. Not to mention the “Oh look I was ill again today last year as-well” (That’s a frequent one hey). I’ve realised how easy it really is to focus on a negative attitude. Which 9 times out of 10 have been mirrored from someone else. You then watch it kill the inspiration, and personality of a person. 

Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.

When you have things that can get in the way like Anxiety, depression and an odd panic attack over something that 5 minutes later seems silly. Keeping yourself on the right track is really an important mind matter.
It is easy for one person to call judgement on another, to slate every movement, every photo, every written word, and make it into something that is perceived in the wrong way.  Not everyone will understand everything you do in life, but by staying motivated and true to yourself, your heading in the right direction. 

monday motivation

This year we have been through the mill and back, but we’re coming out the other side stronger and better day by day. 
I and Em within the last month have both given up smoking!
I’m finally getting made permanent at work. (which is proof in itself that persistence and determination works). The best thing is today we celebrate a year of life change, living, and goal setting for the future!

Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. 

Motivations starts here…..

— Confucius 

Motivation is so important in life. We don’t really realise it or think about it because we never really miss it until it is gone. I can’t list the number of times I’ve used not feeling very motivated to do something as an excuse.
There are so many ways to stay motivated. However, you don’t always need to go over the top to get your motivation back on track! When it comes to blogging I often sit in front of the laptop or a notebook for ages and achieve nothing!. I’ve now learnt a few tips and tricks for helping me stay on the path to positivity. I call it ‘I got my Mojo!’

5 things that help me stay motivated!

Never be afraid to put pen to paper… 

At the end of the day, Laptops, phones and all these smarty gadgets that we have now. They haven’t always been around, and coming from a stationary obsessed girl, who has about a million notebooks and believe me that is never ever enough! weather your blogging, planning an event, keeping lists of things to remember, or just bored, a pen to a piece of paper can give.
I and Em have been keeping a memory jar this year, writing down thoughts and memories to look back on when we’re ready! small things like that will keep a positive mind and value what you have now, keeping you motivated for what’s coming in the future! 

Read … read…. and read some more!

When your feeling down or unsure what to do with yourself, have you ever tried looking through Pinterest, reading other people blogs or ideas? picking up a book and being inspired by a fictional character, or even a real person! (Hey Some of those self-help books aren’t that bad you know!) 

Know your own worth!

I’m having a ‘de ja vu’ moment when I say this one! Literally I’ve been talking about this recently, but as a person, we never really realise how beautiful we are as just people! Always finding a way to think ourselves down. We are all criminal to this kinda thing. I’ve noticed in a lot of books and blogs I’ve been reading recently regarding anxiety and happiness that if you write down 1 positive thing a day about yourself, and read it every week, you will begin to learn your own value. 

Stop worrying about what other people think

Well I personally know that when you have Anxiety worrying about what other people think is something that is a continuous fight! Not everyone has a positive nature about life, but just because you come across someone who gets a kick out of trying to knock someone down, doesn’t mean they are gonna win over you. 
When reading in the blogging networks I’ve joined the constant thing is, worrying about what others think. But, the moment you stop caring what everyone else is thinking your attitude will change! MASSIVELY! Who cares? I mean let us face it, you could be reading this blog right now thinking what an idiot I sound! but hey that isn’t gonna affect me, because I have stopped letting it, The empowerment in the phrase ‘I don’t care’ it is bigger then you think. Because the minute you let go! the minute you will start thinking so what, you are already winning. my #effyourbeautystandards post here is a brilliant point of this.

Know your limits

It’s ok for things not to go to plan every now and then, just because you are not feeling the creative vibe one day, doesn’t mean you are underachieving at whatever it is your doing. It’s just a bad 5 minutes! take a break, and then go back to your challenge with a fresh head! and a positive attitude. You get further that way! Your own mental health is what is important.

Set goals and smile as you reach them

If you were sat there thinking I’ve forgotten a massive motivation tip! you were wrong!, I just thought I’d leave the best for last!
If you don’t set goals,  what would you really be working towards in life? weather its a career or personal goal, unless your aiming high, your not going to be moving. I always try to set, yearly, monthly and weekly goals! Nothing drastic, but believe me it helps. 
Even using a planner to keep your goals! and set yourself tasks to keep you on track! it works! and planners are obsessively addictive! I mean you could have a massive goal but have many mini-challenges in the way before you reach that. Just remember the moment you achieve your goals just enjoy that buzz you get. 

I hope you enjoyed this post and my slight rants. Enjoy your own Monday motivation!

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