life Planners

Things Making Me Happy

August 19, 2023

My planner switch. YESSS I’m doing it. Going from disc-bound Inkwell Press –> Aura Estelle undated weekly + blank Stalogy notebook. I loved many things about the IWP system — the paper especially! But at the end of the day it didn’t feel like me. I want gridlines + simplicity and I don’t want anyone writing my headers for me these days!

The kids are excited about their activities. I mean, at least they are going in with enthusiasm . . . A/G are mostly doubled up on their choices (gymnastics / dance / piano) and C is just in soccer for now because even though it’s just one activity, it’s a lot (3 practices every week and games most weekends, sometimes both Sat/Sun).

My run felt *slightly* cooler today! Apparently it was 78F / 93% humidity but it felt better than usual to me, especially with a light rain coming in at the end (rain without thunder/lightning = not that common here in August and I welcome it!).

We have very little going on this weekend. Piano / dentist are done and other than Barbie (going in afternoon), tomorrow’s calendar is clear. YAY.

Podcast Rec: Planet Money –> Vacation and Why the US Takes So Little of It. (I take mine!)

Honestly I’m just looking forward to really immersing into this next phase.


  • Reply Grateful Kae August 19, 2023 at 6:22 pm

    That planner spread looks almost perfect to me- bigger than the Wonderland? That’s what I was using until I mostly now switched to digital. But the only thing I would love to add to that spread would maybe be a big blank chunk at the top or side somewhere where I could list a brain dump of to-do items for the week. I used to do that in the top margin of the wonderland (though it was tight space wise), and then I could select a couple items from there each day to assign myself and list in the daily box/column at the bottom.

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger August 19, 2023 at 9:51 pm

      It’s A5 so probably same as your wonderland unless you have their B6! There is actually a blank page between each weekly spread which can be used for goals lists etc !

      • Reply Grateful Kae August 19, 2023 at 10:02 pm

        Oh wow, that’s cool! I also didn’t notice at first glance that it’s 8 columns, so that first column can be a general to do list area! Tempting!! But I feel like digital is making a lot of sense for me right now…. I feel like we have so many constant changes and unknowns.

  • Reply Lisa of Lisa’s Yarns August 19, 2023 at 9:29 pm

    That aura looks nice!! I was searching around for a possible alternative to W222. I want something bound with minimal guided goals/etc. After watching some Amanda’s Favorites content I think I will probably just stick with the W222. I kind of fell off using it the last several months. It seems like the busier I am, the less I use my planner? But so much of my day is dictated by my outlook calendar. I am bummed that I didn’t keep up with the monthly review as I leaned on that quite a bit when writing my self review last year. I think I have plenty to say for my review this year since my meeting count is multiples of what I did in 2022. But I want to get back on track.

    I will have to listen to that podcast about vacations. My company moved to ‘plan your time’ meaning we have no set policy and you take what you need. I am sure they did that because a) people took less off than their yearly allotment and b) there is no accrual to pay out when they leave. I have been trying to track my time off. I have taken a few blocks off this year but I need to take more random ‘shouldless days as those are the most relaxing for me!

  • Reply San August 19, 2023 at 10:17 pm

    I love gridded paper. I feel like it’s much more common in Europe… you can’t find it here that easily but to have a planner that comes in grid is awesome!

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