Girls…I made a HUGE scheduling mistake recently. I’ve been thinking the ‘ol brain isn’t retaining all the information I try to stuff into it on a daily basis. Ha! I bet it’s not even processing half of it much much less retaining it! I frequently ask Chris if he’s worried about my mind. He politely tells me “No…like I told you the last time.” The irony is not lost on us that I keep asking and he keeps repeating. Back to my huge mistake and new planners. All this talk about planners makes my heart so happy…I’m a happy Catholic planner girl! No really, I have all sorts of Catholic planner ideas running around in my head!
Six years ago, when we purchased our home, we set a goal to pay it off in five years. (Thanks Dave Ramsey for teaching us Gazelle intensity!) As a reward, we would go to the beach–our children have never been. Well, at the five year mark, we still had one more year to go…not too shabby even if not our original goal! We still kept pur promise to ourselves that we would go to the beach once we paid off our house. The time has come! Well, technically we have two more payments, but close enough to schedule a trip to the beach sometime this year!
A little more backstory for you. I’ve mentioned a few or frequently that our children play soccer. Well, one such lovely child has a pretty big tournament this year. Although I knew about the tournament…I didn’t really know about the tournament. You know, process dates and times and other such important facts. When Chris and I planned the dates for our vacay, “soccer” wasn’t even on our radar. Until everything was in place and the email/text came through reminding all the parents how much we owed for said, forgotten tournament. Ruh-Roh!
I’m not ashamed to admit I cried as I profusely apologized to Chris.
Chris took it in stride…like he takes all of life. Our soccer player made her wishes known, but let us know, she knew our family life wasn’t all about soccer. I cried some more while apologizing to her.
We rechecked schedules. We made tentative alternate plans with a couple of different scenarios. And after all things considered, we decided to shift our vacation back by a couple of weeks. And in God’s mercy, the new dates actually work better for everyone, including our friends we were going to visit!
Nothing like a good cry over multiple apologies to make you want to change your ways right? I was and am determined not to let that happen again. We are a family of nine and it’s silly for me to think my momma brain can process everyone’s schedules and then remember them! I had always wanted to be a planner girl, but my follow through has always been sorely lacking. Again, nothing like tearful apologies and rescheduling vacation plans to light an “I’m going to get organized” fire under myself. First on my list, beauty.
Yes, beauty. I knew that if a planner were going to work for me, it needed to be beautiful. And there are many beautiful planners out there. But they were a generic beautiful and I wanted a personal beauty. Have you heard of the Happy Planner? It’s beautiful on its own. But in researching this planner, I stumbled upon an entire community of women who beautify their beautiful Happy Planners! It’s like Bible journaling meet planner!
I have found my Happy Planner groove! I keep this lovely out on my desk and write EVERYTHING in it. I write things in it that are only a “maybe” knowing I can always put pretty planner stickers or some washi tape over a last minute schedule change. And when I say EVERYTHING, I really mean EVERYTHING: soccer schedules, work schedules, appointments, reminders to give the dog heartworm medicine, things I need to follow up with my children in school, blogging and writing, birthdays, liturgical calendar celebrations and saints feast days, paydays, to do lists, bills to pay, eating habits, Bible reading…EVERYTHING!
To accommodate everything, I purchased the larger discs for my Happy Planner. The discs, oh let me tell you about the discs! I love these discs. I can take pages out, put new pages in and the discs don’t get in my way. I love disc bound systems so much, I have moved my prayer journal over to one. (I’ll post about that soon.)
But wait, I just told you this stays open on my desk all the time. What happens when I’m out and about? Well, I have a solution for that and I’ll share that in a later post.