If you follow me on facebook, Instagram or Pinterest, you would have noticed my sudden spurt of posts about planners, planning, kikki K, filofax etc etc etc. You are probably thinking... wait... werent you a family life blogger? A faith blogger? a homeschool blogger? Well yes I am, however you should know by now, my blog tends to steer in the direction of what Im focused on or enjoying at the time. That's the beauty of blogging, you dont have to be restricted to one particular topic, and your readers can enjoy some refreshing change here and there and follow your journey wherever it takes you.
So let me spend a little time explaining where I am currently at.
Call it "nesting"... or just being sick of not being organised but over the last few months my life has been turned on its head by the decision to just simply get Organised! I can no longer handle things in my home being out of order. Things not having a place. Forgetting stuff. Feeling like I am not getting enough done. Just plain over it. I also know that most of the problem is a lack of self discipline, which the Lord has so kindly been working on in me. It's only in Him that I have been able to make such fast and positive progress!
I can honestly say, this first half of 2015 has been the turn of a new leaf for me, a time of growing, developing, admitting my trouble with time management and dealing with it. Things are picking up and changing rapidly, and its a ride I do not want to get off of.
Don't get me wrong I certainly have not "arrived". I still dont wake up early enough in the mornings, I still sometimes have to rush rush rush to get out of the house on time... It is going to take time to form new habits and let them grow and strengthen, and I have given myself that room to grow without guilt. However life in the Curlyhouse has certainly changed significantly this year.
I started watching youtube videos about home organisation. I prayed about being a more productive wife, mother and homemaker, I started implimenting the things I begun to learn and see, and lo and behold, it is working. I then found the planner community. Which is perfect for me. I have always been a pen and paper type of girl. Other forms of timekeeping/planning have driven me nuts or not worked for me (for example, using a mobile phone calendar... just...awful.) I have always had numerous notepads on the go, I like to write (which is probably why I really enjoy blogging and always have blog posts that are far too long) and I like to be creative, trying my hand at many different things. Lastly, I have always been OBSESSED with stationary. Whilst other women have to stay away from shoe stores, bag stores, clothing stores etc to not be tempted... I have to steer clear of Smiggle, Typo or any stationary section of the shops, to save my pennies haha. I just love me a cute pen, pretty notepad, handy office tool etc.
Using a life planner allows me to incorporate my creativity, love for stationary, AND my desperate NEED to be organised and productive... what a WIN! So, I sold a few of my bits and bobs that I am no longer using or interested in from other hobbies, and purchased a pretty Ocean planner from Kikki K. After watching a zillion youtube videos and reading planner blogs and oogling over instagram accounts with beautiful planner setups, and joining facebook groups and you know...basically doing what I always do when I get into a "hobby"... go overboard... I fully jumped in and set up my planner, and I have to say, I am SO SO pleased with how its working out!! Using a planner is honestly changing my life. I know that sounds ridiculous. Even to me it sounds odd, since Ive always had a calendar on the fridge, and notebooks all over the place with things written in them, and even tried out bullet journalling for a while. But somehow, this is different. I finally feel like my head has a place to unload. Like I can be organised. Like I can keep above water.
|Dividers I made for my planner!|
|My Planner <3|
Becoming a diligent "planner" is making me a better wife, mother and homemaker. Because It is causing me to better manage my time, get things done, get offline more often and it just plain makes me happy. I love simply LOOKING at my planner haha. The fact that it is aesthetically pleasing as well as highly useful is such a bonus in my books.
I will be doing a youtube video on my planner, how I have it set up, and a much better elaboration on why it is so important to me, and also I plan on doing some videos on just being organised in general, as I know It is a huge struggle for so so many mums and that I haven't been the only one. Now that I am finally getting on top of it all, I want to share the love! Be patient with me. I am absolutely terrible at youtubing/recording etc. Plus time to record in peace and quiet is far and few between, so Im not making any promises, but I am super excited to have the plan set and cant wait to share with you more about this planning/organisational journey because part of why I was able to come to a place where I found what works for me, was watching other women share what worked for them! So now I have to pass it on for sure :-)
So, please know, I have not abandoned my other topics, I am just currently on a roll and sharing with you where I am at in hopes of it being a help and inspiration to you!
Have a lovely, blessed, productive day everyone!
Love Terri-lee (AKA Curly Mumma)