2017 Goals and Challenges (January Update)

2017-goals-and-challengesHello Lovelies!

It’s a little over half a month into the new year so I thought a little mid month update post was in order. I didn’t make any “official” resolutions. That’s not to say that I don’t want to lose a bit of weight and to eat healthier but I’m not going to beat myself up about it. I will be setting up a weight page in my planner (when I get new paper). This is mainly so I can see my progress. I’m a visual person, always have been. So by seeing the progress and maybe putting in a fitness vision page, hopefully I can keep my head up. Even if I falter, I can still see the progress and motivational things I put in. I’m not going to be setting a goal weight, instead my goal is to just make some progress. Hopefully that will keep me going and by not setting a true goal, I can be happy about what I do accomplish.
I have set up a few other goals and challenges for the year and month. Little fun things that I enjoy. Check them out below ↓

Reading

I have started using my Goodreads account that I set up last year. My goal for this year is 100 books read. So far I have 10 books down. *Whoo!*
I am in several planner groups on Facebook one of which has a separate reading group. The group has yearly reading challenges and great book conversation. I am doing one of their reading challenges where each month I need to read a certain type of book. January is a dystopian/apocalypse graphic novel. I chose Saga, but have only finished Vol.1. I suppose I could check this month as finished but I have decided to read the other volumes. Anybody else doing any reading challenges or have certain goals? I’m thinking of doing a weekly (maybe every other week) post about the book(s) I’m reading and my thoughts. Perhaps you could post other book ideas that you are reading or have read and enjoyed. I don’t have all my books for the year yet. I love getting sugestions!

Listing

I have started listing again, but with another group. The same Facebook group I listed up above, started an “unofficial” FB group for listing. It’s for the members of the main group that love listing and wanted to do it with the women we all know and love. I am slightly very behind(of course) since I haven’t had too much time for myself. I am getting caught up so if you would like to see some of those lists (or to follow the hashtags to see others) then follow me @mydailyblissblog

2017 Planner

So here’s the thing. I really don’t have my 2017 planner set up like I would like it. I am far from planner peace. Even though I don’t have that (seemingly) mythical planner peace, I do have a little something to get me by.
Right now I am using the Classic Happy Planner. I have been “using” it since July 2016. Since the beginning of the year, I have been using it more. It took me some getting used to, since I normally use horizontals and this is a vertical.
Overall, I like it. I don’t have any stickers so I just use my Papermate Ink Joy Gel pens that were given to me in a RAK. I wish I had some sticker kits to use but it’s okay without. I’m not too sold on the discs. They feel kind of flimsy and feel kind of cheap. I keep expecting one to break on me. I do like the ability to add and take things  out, though. I didn’t buy the hole punch since I found a single hole punch and scissors do just fine. The hole depth and shape are different, but it seems to hold everything just the same. I haven’t had any issues.
I keep looking at the Erin Condrin and My Prima Planner (I am in love with Breathe). They are a bit out of my price range at the moment so I’ll be waiting to try one of those.

So tell me…

How is your year so far? Do you have reading goals or challenges? Any book suggestions? What are your 2017 planners like if you have one?

As always, I hope your day is filled with Bliss ♥

 

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I’m Back and With a New Planner Love

I’m Back!

*Warning- Long post and picture heavy

Hello Lovelies! I just got my computer back so I should be slowly getting back into posting. The fan went out in my computer so a friend offered to clean and fix in between his other customers. It took a while since he had been slammed and wrong parts were sent, but I finally have it back. 

I was so happy when my husband walked in with my laptop that I actually squealed! I may over-react to things. I finally got to play one of the computer games I got for Christmas. By the way, Five Nights at Freddy’s is a fun game especially if played at night. I startle very easily and the jump scares definitely get me.

Enough about the games and computer for now. On to the next point of the post!

My New Planner Love!

Last week, I received my new planner that I ordered from My Rubber Stamp on Etsy. Shipped out fast through the shop and they even threw in a roll of washi tape. From just this transaction, I would buy from them again.

Now for the planner. I purchased the Webster’s Pages Personal Lavender Stripe planner

So pretty! Can't to set her up and move in. #websterspages #lovingit #planneraddict #personalplanner #planner

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Overall, I love it. There are some cons to it and some things that might make me question my love for it over time. Let’s get the cons out of the way.

Some of the stitching could have been done better, but I wasn’t expecting perfection due to the price.There are a couple of inperfections to the cover, but you really have to be looking for them so not a deal breaker for me. There are a couple fray spots and things that I will be trimming up soon. The rings are a different story. A couple do have slight gaps and do not line up properly. One time I opened them to slip things in and out, but they got stuck (top kept open while the bottom set closed) when I closed them. I had to open them again and close. They have not done that again so far. Sometimes the pages do grab onto these rings and I can see myself getting frustrated later on. My concern is that they will slip more as I use the planner longer but I’m making sure to pay attention as I close the rings. Right now it isn’t so much of a deal breaker for me.

Pros for the planner, I think, out weigh the cons for now. I absolutely love the color. My planners tend to run around the aqua/teal color scheme and of course my black DayTimer. This was a great change. The snap closure seems very secure. When I pull it open it doesn’t feel loose or like it could tear from the leather like some cheaper planners sometimes feel to me. I have heard some people complain about the strap, but I love it. It is a long strap. When the planner is closed it seems as though there will be plenty of room for me to fill the planner with accessories, other printables, ect. with the ability to still close.
I love the prints of the dividers and dashboards that came with it. They are very pretty. I’m not yet sold on the divider labels (Write It Down, Memory Keeping, Lists To Love, Staying Inspired, Calendar). Some I can use like Calendar and maybe Lists To Love. Depending on how I use this planner, I could probably use the others. If not, I will try to find a way to relabel without ruining the dividers. The paper that came is very nice. Smooth and kind of thicker. I can’t tell you how stamps and most pens work since I don’t have anything but the very basic things right now. My planner came with Month on Two Pages (October 2015 – December 2016) and Week on Two Pages (July 2015 – December 2016). It also came with samples of their other section inserts. Webster’s Pages have inserts for each of their planner sections that you can purchase separately. I haven’t tried to use them yet so I can’t really review much on them. They feel like the same paper the calendar are on. The Stay Inspired paper is very pretty with different scenes on the pages. Some people print small pictures and place on these papers or anything that they seem inspired by. Below are some pictures. Reminder- I shoot from my phone so they are not the greatest. Hover over them and they should have captions about what each picture is showing. They should be in order from front to back.

Overall. it is a good planner for anyone starting out  in ring binders or can’t afford one of the more expensive ones (like Filofax, Kikki-K, ect.) right off the bat. If you are like me, I have trouble waiting and I really wanted to see how I liked the personal sizes. These come with all the basics to get started unless you choose the binder only option. As you get on, you may like to decorate more which puts washi tapes, stamps, and pens more into play. If you have trouble writing small you may have trouble with the calendar. I’m used to A5 sizes so this has been an adjustment. It is my first personal size. So far, I really like it. It feels great in my hand and travels easier than my A5’s. I have considered purchasing another one because I like to use different ones for different things. I’m really liking a few of their newer line out.

I hope you all enjoyed the post. Can’t wait to start things back up. Thank you all for stopping by! I hope your day is filled with Bliss ♥