Creating Your Morning Routine 

Morning routines are looked at as an endless list of to-do’s and waking up at 4am to do yoga or plan, but there’s a REALISTIC morning routine that can work for you! 


Let’s be real here- we’ve ALL tried some crazy routine at some point that lasted for one day and we hated every second of it! But it doesn’t have to be a huge change, or something you’re dreading. In fact, you’ll barely have to change anything about your morning! 

So most “How to Create the Perfect Morning Routine” posts usually start off with tell you to wake up super early, and give you a list of 20+ things to do before you make it out the door. If you’re like me, and you can barely think in the morning and let alone even remember your own name, then I have the perfect morning routine process for you! 

Here’s my advice on how to find a morning routine that you know you can actually stick to:

  • Have a light routine. Do not try to plan your morning down to the second. No one wants to wake up and follow a list. Your morning routine should be natural, something you won’t have to think about; that’s what makes it a routine! 
  • Work off of what you have. If you aren’t a huge morning person, don’t try to wake up at 4am. If you hate yoga or reading, don’t force yourself to do those things just because! 
  • Set some goals for yourself. On the flip side of things, you should still pick 1-3 things you want to try out/incorporate into your morning routine. These can be anything you’ve been wanting to start like working out, or showering in the morning instead of before bed. 
  • Start with a beginning and end time. Knowing how much time you have is the biggest factor in creating a successful morning routine! 
  • Make a list of what you already do. Here’s a good place to start. Make a list of what you do immediately when you normally get up. For me, I go straight to the bathroom to brush my teeth so that’s my number one on my routine. 
  • Group Similar Tasks. If you’re like me and make your way to the bathroom first thing, then complete whatever other tasks you have to do in there, or wherever you start. If you don’t make your routine flow, your chances of it sticking with you are slim. So since I’m already in the bathroom brushing my teeth, it’s easy for me to just hop in the shower quick, and then get out and do my hair and makeup since I’m already in the bathroom. 
  • Incorporate a meal. It’s so easy to just skip breakfast because you have “no time” but it’s so important! How can you take on the day if all you can think about is how hungry you are? Plus, nothing motivates you to get out of bed in the morning more than the thought of a nice hot breakfast and cup of tea (or coffee!) 
  • Know not all mornings will be perfect. If you are inspired to be really productive in the morning and get stuff done before your day even starts, know that it’s okay if you aren’t always up to that! Sometimes we don’t always wake up inspired or motivated. Be flexible with yourself and your needs! 

I hope that this helps you to create a productive/realistic morning routine for yourself! 

More printables will be coming soon so stay tuned! 

Xoxo, Jen 

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Picking out the Right Planner 

All the time I hear people telling me “No planner ever works for me so I just don’t use them!” NOT TRUE!! There’s so many types of planners out there , it’s practically impossible to have no type work for you! From the color, to size, to inner layout, there’s something bound to fit your needs. I won’t lie, sometimes it’s hard to find the right planner, but once you find it, it’s life changing!! After I tried out countless types of planners, I finally found my match! Hopefully now through my experience I can help you all better find your specific planner type to fit your needs. With my help, you won’t have to quit on anymore planners!


The first type of planner that I’m going to mention is the bullet journal. The bullet journal has grid-style pages that are completely blank, which yes, means you do all of the work. For some this is good if:

  • You have the time to create pages every week
  • You have specific needs for a planner that you feel only you can create
  • You prefer to do your own designs/colors


I will admit from experience that for me personally, it was hard to keep up with after awhile because I would forget to make the next week’s pages and I would get frustrated and just stop using it! If you’re like me then this is probably not the kind of planner for you! If you’re interested in this planner and want to know more about it, you can read my other blog post dedicated to bullet journals here.

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The second type I want to talk about is the paragraph style. This is an open style that just shows the date, and then a bunch of lines creating a “paragraph”. This is good for some if:

  • You are just starting to use a planner
  • You enjoy simplicity
  • You just want to jot a few things down


This is one of the most popular styles that most people use. If you’ve read my past blog posts where I’ve spoke about the two planners I use, one of them is a paragraph style planner which I use for school. It’s good for school because I just jot a few assignments down throughout the day and I’m good to go!

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The third type of planner I want to talk about is the day planner. These planners have vertical columns displaying each day so that you can better separate your day. Some have hours listed on them, and others are just blank, it’s up to you! This is good for you if:

  • You have a split up schedule
  • You need a planner for work where you can list meetings/appointments/etc
  • You have a very busy life
  • You need a planner that will keep up with you


For me personally, I’ve found that this planner works the best for me! This is the Happy Planner and I’m in love with it. I always have a lot going on and staring at so many words in one spot gets distracting and overwhelming so this is the best because it splits everything up to where it makes sense to me. I used to think that all day planners were labeled hourly which I didn’t need because a lot of my plans and to-do’s don’t have specific times so I never bought one until recently when I realized all of this time I was wrong!

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I hope this post has helped you in some way to understand the style of planner that fits you best! If you still are unsure what would work or you’re torn between two styles, try printing some free pages online each for one week, and test them out! That way you aren’t wasting any money and you can have a little test run with it!

Xoxo,

Jen

Why I Use Two Planners 


Besides my beloved Happy Planner, I also use a Lilly Pulitzer 17 month planner. It may seem like a lot to have two planners that I carry with me everywhere, but they both hold two different purposes! 

This is my cute Lilly Pulitzer planner! This planner I use specifically for school purposes only. Having everything in one planner is so stressful because it makes it hard to decipher what is what. So if you open your normal everyday planner with everything inside, I think we’d all agree it 1. Looks pretty overwhelming, and 2. It takes quite a few seconds to mentally sort out what’s for school, home, and everyday events. My school distributes planners at the beginning of the year but the setup on the inside just doesn’t fit my planning style so it’s not useful to me. (And besides the fact that it’s just plain ugly!) Even though it sounds stupid, having a planner that LOOKS appealing, will draw you to use it more! Sometimes I just flip through this planner because I’m in awe of how pretty it is!! 

This is the inside of my planner! As you can tell, it is VERY colorful! The bright pretty colors make me feel like I live in a warm pretty place like Florida, and it distracts me from the cruel Buffalo, NY weather. Each day is set up in paragraph style, which makes everything very compact. For school, paragraph style is very useful because everything is all in one place so I can just take a quick glance throughout the day and easily get a good idea of what needs to get done. I’ll write the class, and then a little list of my top priorities. I don’t write anything down unless it’s a priority, because let’s be real here, the last thing I want to be doing is schoolwork! I’d rather be uploading posts and hanging out with my dog while I drink spearmint tea! 

And this as you’ve seen in other posts, is my Happy Planner! I use this for basically everything else! The days are displayed on the page vertically. I leave two boxes open on each day. One for my blog specifically (normally the bottom box) and the other for home/plans with friends/etc. (normally the top box) this is super useful for me because it’s organized in the best way possible for me! This planner is great if you have a very specific idea of what you want your planner to look like because you control it! 

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The main reason why I recommend using more than one planner, is because it helps separate your life more so that in the long run, you’re less stressed! 

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Xoxo, Jen 

How I started my Happy Planner 


Last month, I stumbled across the Happy Planner and immediately became obsessed. I originally found out about it on Instagram on the explore page which then led to me starting a “Happy Planner” Pinterest board! The following week I found myself at my local Michael’s, staring at the planners in awe. The store had a whole aisle dedicated to the line of planners. There’s three sizes: the mini happy planner, the medium happy planner, and the big happy planner. The aisle was loaded in accessories for the planner; and for each sized planner there’s specific sized stickers, pages, and dividers to fit each one! I was astonished by how many there were to choose from, and I’m still shocked I made it out of the store in less than an hour! 

This is the planner I chose! This one is the medium size which is a perfect fit for my purse! I was a little upset because the new set of planners had been released for almost two weeks but Michael’s still didn’t have them yet but I still chose this pretty one! 

The planner looks like this on the inside. Before each month starts, there’s a page dedicated to your current favorites, upcoming birthdays, dates, etc. There’s a monthly calendar, and then the weekly pages. The “notes” sheet is from a pack I bought that I slipped in on each weekly page just for a general list of things I need to complete that week! 

After I added in the “notes” pages, I added in some cute divider pockets I bought to each month (which I made sure to match them to the monthly tabs!) Inside the pockets, I have three little sheets tucked in. They came in a pack but I wasn’t aware they weren’t apart of the Happy Planner collection until I opened them up which was so sad! The first sheet is your monthly spending so you can track everything, which really comes in handy! The second one is for writing down any appointments and times that are important, and the third is about your shopping needs! I put these sheets in each pocket so I can stay more organized but not go too crazy.


I also bought three sticker sets, which I absolutely love! I go absolutely crazy with these stickers! I will admit, they were a bit pricey, so once I go through them, I’ll probably use a different brand. But the sets are so beautiful and they really make the pages pop! 

Normally I start by preparing each week’s pages about a week or two ahead of time just so that I don’t have to spend an hour putting stickers on all in one day! For each day, I leave two boxes empty, one (normally the top one) is for my personal to-dos/reminders, and the second box is dedicated to my blog! On the notes sheet, I compose a to-do list for the whole week for my blog and school, just as a whole so I can glance at it altogether! 

These are my weekly pages from the last two weeks, full of stickers and plans! Even though it looks like it would be really time consuming, it’s really not! Like I said before, I set it up in advance, and then when the week comes up I’ll add in a few more things throughout the week. So far, the Happy Planner has been extremely helpful and I love it so much! I take it everywhere with me and I receive endless compliments on it so I highly recommend it! 
Xoxo, Jen 

Bullet Journal: Pros & Cons

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Ever wanted to buy a bullet journal? Have you been inspired by your favorite bloggers or through scrolling on pinterest? Here’s what you need to know.

Bullet journals are great! They’re an amazing way to stay organized while letting people channel their creative side. But in retrospect, there’s definitely some things that pull people away from them.

PROs

They are a great way to stay organized. You can use the boxes to create a planner set up that works the best for your own individual style. So if you like the monthly, weekly, or daily set up; you can create that. If you like paragraph style or a more vertical layout, it’s all in your hands to decide.

It’s a good creative outlet. All over pinterest there’s endless bullet journal page ideas of places to travel, books you’ve read, monthly habit trackers, favorite foods, the list goes on. I used to do a page in my bullet journal every day, and I’d spend hours designing, coloring, and filling in each page. It was a lot of fun! It’s almost like a coloring book that has multiple purposes. Not only is it just for coloring, but for planning, memories, and just a collection of all of your current interests.

It’s relaxing. If you’re like me and always have to be doing something, the bullet journal is great! I would pull out my journal anytime I had time to kill or whenever I was super stressed, and it calmed me down while keeping me busy. Mostly because it made me so excited to see all of the pretty pages I was creating! But just sitting and drawing always got my mind off of anything that was stealing all of my attention and happiness that day, which was really nice.

They’re good if you have a goal in mind. If you like things done a very specific way like I do, the bullet journal is great for you. I love being in control of everything that’s being put into the pages. All of the colors and designs used are all ones that I love, which makes my soul happy.

CONs

They take up a ton of time. If you’re looking for a quick way to plan your week the way you like it, the bullet journal is not for you. It takes a lot of time to design each page, and even if you have a set weekly design, it’ll still take up a good portion of time to create. When I used my bullet journal, sometimes I would forget to create that weeks pages, and I would scramble to design the pages so I could write down whatever I needed to write at that moment and then I’d just be left obsessing over the fact that the pages aren’t as pretty as the other ones, because I rushed to fill it in. If you don’t mind spending quality time decorating weekly/daily pages, then you’ll maintain a good relationship with your bullet journal!

They aren’t for people who don’t like to draw. If you didn’t know by now, the bullet journal is all self made/created. You don’t have to be amazing at art or drawing, you just have to like doing it! If the last thing you’d want to do is draw, the bullet journal is not the best option for you!

They’re terrible for perfectionists. If you freak out over uneven lines or small marks in places, you’ll probably have a tough time using the bullet journal. Since you are in control over everything that goes into it, you’re the one drawing all of the lines and designed everything that’s going into this book. If you need everything to be symmetrical, you’ll probably get upset a lot. Even though there’s dashes to follow on each pages to guide you, your designs will never be “perfect”. I used to struggle a lot with OCD and middle school me would’ve HATED the bullet journal.