Best Laid Plans

Ep 73: Two Journals for Cozy Reflection Time

December 20, 2021

JMB Living Quarterly

This journal might actually may have found its way into my 2022 planner stack. It has plenty of space to write every day with fairly open prompts, and is luxuriously produced with lovely paper that is a pleasure to write on. It also has lots of ‘magazine style’ seasonal content.

It came packed with a few goodies (including a magnetic clip-style bookmark!) and is lovingly produced in the USA by a small company that is led by a woman (Julie). I plan on keeping mine by my bed as a much-preferred scrolling alternative (though I’ve been better about that lately, it’s always good to have OTHER things to do, especially when anxious!).

You can find the JMB Living Journal here— it retails for $44.95 for each issue but the price drops to ~$36/issue if you purchase a yearly subscription.

cozy Jan-Mar cover image!

Oprah’s The Life You Want Planner

I ordered this on a whim because — well, OPRAH! I have to say I was definitely not disappointed in either the quality or contents of this affordable ($24.95 for a year’s worth!) journal. Yes, I consider this more of a ‘journal’ than a planner – it’s filled with themes and thoughtful prompts and I think it leans significantly in that direction.

It is a hardback linen-covered book that lays flat pretty well. The whole book is printed in color and is filled in quotes (many by Oprah πŸ™‚ ) and photos, many of nature. Each month has its own theme, and every week there are multiple prompts to promote reflection. There’s some blank space too for brainstorming.

The pages are matte and the paper is a touch less luxurious than the JMB above, but still completely serviceable. The pages are not slick and smudge-prone, nor are they flimsy. Bleed-through did not happen with my gel pens (though I gravitate towards finer tips).

The bad news is that this planner is sold out and you have to reserve a copy that will arrive after the new year (it’s undated, so that isn’t the end of the world). You can reserve here.

The good news is that I am giving my copy away! IF you would like it, please leave a note to that effect in the comments and I will randomly draw someone tomorrow.

left: 3 of the monthly themes. right: wheel of life exercise

Note: I am not an affiliate of either of the above companies and purchased both journals myself.


  • Reply Rachael December 20, 2021 at 6:01 am

    Interested in the planner!:)

  • Reply Amanda Koehler December 20, 2021 at 6:09 am

    Interested in the planner as well!

  • Reply Miranda W December 20, 2021 at 6:16 am

    JMB looks so nice – going to check it out now.
    I’m also interested in trying out Oprah’s planner! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Amy d December 20, 2021 at 6:51 am

    I would love the plannee!

    • Reply Krista Lusby December 21, 2021 at 12:44 pm

      Listened to this podcast this morning in the car. When you mentioned google calendar in the beginning, my phone responded and opened google calendar. HA!

  • Reply Kelsey December 20, 2021 at 6:58 am

    Interested in the journal 😊

  • Reply Amanda December 20, 2021 at 7:01 am

    I’m interested in the planner!

  • Reply Margot December 20, 2021 at 7:29 am

    Interested in the planner!

  • Reply JGold December 20, 2021 at 7:51 am

    I would love to try the Oprah planner

  • Reply Sarah December 20, 2021 at 8:00 am

    I’d love to try the planner! It would help me stay organized with internship and grad school! πŸ₯³

    • Reply Mrs. Candid December 20, 2021 at 10:07 am

      I am aware that you wouldn’t be able to ship it overseas, yet want to say that I am interested 😊 btw, very nice and detailed BLP style review of both the planners. Love the JMB cover.

  • Reply Allie H December 20, 2021 at 8:00 am

    And you get a planner! Would love this as a busy mom of 4!

  • Reply Katie December 20, 2021 at 8:10 am

    Would love the Oprah planner!

  • Reply Cynthia December 20, 2021 at 9:02 am

    I would love Oprah’s journal/planner.

  • Reply Susan December 20, 2021 at 9:56 am

    I would love the Oprah planner!

  • Reply Samme December 20, 2021 at 10:01 am

    I would love to try it!

  • Reply Sarah December 20, 2021 at 10:21 am

    Would love the Oprah planner!

  • Reply Krista December 20, 2021 at 10:53 am

    I would like the planner/journal!

  • Reply VL December 20, 2021 at 11:05 am

    Interested in the Oprah journal, thank you for the share!

  • Reply Molly December 20, 2021 at 11:14 am

    Ooh interested in the Oprah planner : )

  • Reply Kim W. December 20, 2021 at 11:42 am

    Love love love the planner giveaway! Please include me!

  • Reply Rebecca December 20, 2021 at 11:55 am

    Interested in the planner!

  • Reply Jordan December 20, 2021 at 12:23 pm

    I’m interested in the planner as well, thank you!

  • Reply Gina December 20, 2021 at 12:40 pm

    I’d love to use that planner!

  • Reply Louisa December 20, 2021 at 1:49 pm

    I would love to try this planner!

  • Reply Sarah K December 20, 2021 at 2:12 pm

    Interested in the planner!

  • Reply Linda M December 20, 2021 at 4:08 pm

    I’m interested. Thanks

  • Reply Kristin December 20, 2021 at 5:00 pm

    I would love to check out the Oprah planner!

  • Reply Kristin December 20, 2021 at 5:01 pm

    I would love to check out the Oprah planner. I typed my email address wrong in my first entry. Oops.

  • Reply Kenzie December 20, 2021 at 8:20 pm

    I would love to try the Oprah planner! Thanks for the opportunity. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Britney December 20, 2021 at 8:20 pm

    I’m interested in the Oprah planner

  • Reply Jenn N December 20, 2021 at 9:25 pm


  • Reply Lesley December 20, 2021 at 9:54 pm

    Interested in the planner!

  • Reply Joanna R December 20, 2021 at 10:29 pm

    Interested in the planner too

  • Reply Connie C December 21, 2021 at 10:18 am

    Pick me, pick me. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Dominique December 21, 2021 at 3:59 pm

    I’m interested too.

  • Reply Rebekah M Carpenter December 21, 2021 at 10:17 pm

    Journal planners are my favorite!

    Though I swore I would try to go digital this year… 🀷🏼

  • Reply Kara Duffin December 21, 2021 at 11:00 pm

    Would love to try the Oprah planner

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