My Top 10 Favorite Prank Videos

I absolutely love watching pranks. It’s one of the few things that can actually make me laugh obnoxiously loud to the point of not being able to breath (yes I’m heartless, I know). So I thought I would lighten things up this week, and share my top 10 favorite prank clips. I hope you enjoy!

1. Scare Tactics- Rat Monster

2. The Carbonaro Effect- Crabby Transformation

3. Just For Laughs Gags- Crazy Clown

4. The Carbonaro Effect- Oral Tracking Device

5. Just For Laughs Gags- Pink Elephant Prank

6. Ed Bassmaster– Skippy Stare

7. Scare Tactics- Grandpa Has Returned

8. Just For Laughs Gags- Join the Army

9. VitalyzdTv- Miami Zombie Attack Prank

10. Scare Tactics- Crop Circle Showdown

Happy Monday!

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How To Find Contentment: A 5 Step Guide

I wrote a blog post not too long ago where I mentioned learning to be content with what you have now in every situation you are in, and I had someone ask me shortly after, “how do you learn to be content wherever you are?” Well I don’t like to give open ended advice without any specific and measurable steps you can take, because we are so often inspired by the quotes we see and hear, but we usually don’t know how to follow through, and the inspiration is where it stops.

I love planning and dreaming of the future, but it does have a dark side. Specifically, getting so focused on dreaming and working towards the things you want to have that you start to be unhappy with your current life. This is something I struggle with consistently, and I think it’s fair to say it’s probably a pretty common problem with a lot of people. We let what could be make us depressed, and don’t enjoy the things we have right under our noses.

A major symptom of discontent is trying to fill ourselves with physical things that don’t work, and are often times unhealthy. Eating all the time, shopping ourselves into debt, sex, constantly reading self-help books to fix our lives, being jealous of someone else’s life instead of happy for them, living for the future, wandering from place to place, jumping from job to job, etc. We tend to fill our lives full of things trying to make ourselves happy, but none of those things have the ability to do that. They are just temporary distractions. Here are five steps to find true contentment, not a cheap imitation of it.

1. Identify the things you are grateful for right now.

So many times we think of all the things we want in the future with the poisonous belief that they will bring us happiness. We fail to notice all the things currently in our lives that are absolutely wonderful. Pull out a piece of paper, and make a list of everything in your life you are grateful to have, all the things that bring a smile to your face. It can be something as big or as small as you like. The majority of the stuff on my list ended up being the people I have, because let’s face it, people make our lives much greater than any material object ever could.

2. Focus your energy on the things you have, not what you don’t.

Now that you have a list of everything you are grateful to have, start focusing  your time and energy on those things. Anything you are striving to attain in the future is not going to make you a happier person, it will just make you a different person. To constantly focus on what you don’t have isn’t healthy. It leads to a sense of dissatisfaction with your current life, and once you get to that thing in the future you will just move on to the next thing you don’t have.You will only find contentment when you start enjoying and pursuing what you are happy with now.

Happy with your momma? Then go out to lunch with her, invite her over for fancy tea, or go to the movies together. Thankful to have a warm and cozy bed to sleep in every night instead of a box in an alleyway? Then snuggle up with your pillow and under your covers, and recognize how blessed you are to have it. Love the hot meal you get to eat every night (or cold if you like eating cereal)? Then enjoy every bite, instead of just mindlessly tearing through it as you watch TV. Start actively enjoying what you have and who you have no matter how big or small they may be. Live and breath in the moment you are living. Notice what is going on around you. Talk and laugh with the people you come across. Even in the bad situations there is always something to be gained, knowledge and wisdom.

3. Cut out negative thinking.

Every time you have a thought about something you are unhappy with or a complaint, write it down. I’m not telling you to do this so you can dwell and stew over all the horrible things in your life, but so you can identify the negative thoughts you are having daily and catch them in your spider web (notepad) and squash them (or karate chop them into pieces, whatever you prefer)!

To squash it (or karate chop) you can either embrace the hand you were dealt and find something good in it, or you can do something about it. That’s it. Constantly dwelling on something you dislike over and over again does nothing but give you a sour attitude and discontentment. Nothing is ever do or die. The bad things we are worried about usually pass by much more easily than we imagined in our head without all the explosions and certain doom we expected, and the things we are miserable about are only made more miserable than they actually are by the thoughts we have.

There are plenty of things we could all complain about, but what’s the point if you’re not going to do anything about it? There are plenty of good things we could choose to focus on instead, like the fact that your kitten has the cutest little paws in the history of ever, or that your best friend just gave you the rest of her lunch, or that you laughed until you peed just a little bit with your Aunt Mildred. Start making a gratitude list every week of the things you’re thankful to have or the moments that made you smile. There is no point in thinking about the negative aspects of your life and all the things you don’t have unless you are actively working towards squashing them. Instead dwell on and enjoy the things you are glad to have.

4. Give to others.

Joy comes when you aren’t constantly trying to make yourself happy, but instead are trying to give a little happiness to someone else. When you focus on other people instead of yourself all the time, your mind will have less time to come up with reasons to say “woe is me!” You will be helping combat the world of misery and negativity, but the magical part is that you will unintentionally be starting in yourself.

What would make you happier, if you gave yourself a cookie or if someone else gave you a cookie? Either way you’ve got a cookie, but if you gave it to yourself, well that wouldn’t mean very much to you. You would just get to enjoy the cookie. But if someone else gave it to you, then you would get to enjoy the cookie and the fact that someone else thought of you. The person who gave you the cookie would also feel good, because they would see and feel the happiness that they gave to you. Do you see how much joy can be brought into the world by someone giving away one cookie compared to just keeping it for themselves? Can you tell I really like cookies? If you want some ideas on how to bring a little joy into someone else’s life, then you can read my post on 20 Ways to Brighten Someone’s Day.

5. Have a lot of Jesus.

If there’s any ingredient that’s the most important part of the recipe for contentment, this is it. It’s like the flour to the bread. We try quenching our thirst from the well of objects, movies and books, careers, moments, addictions, even people, but they always leave our throats itching for more. There is only one source of figurative water that will never leave you wanting more, and that’s God. He is the everlasting source of contentment. Every time we try to turn to the things or moments in this world, we find ourselves always wanting more, because that sense of contentment lasts for about five seconds. With God we are never starved from contentment and true joy. It’s when we turn away from Him that our throats run dry. If you don’t know where to start with God, there is a great free online Bible study called Agape Bible Studies that you can sign up for, and you never have to leave your house.

This list is not a magical pill that will make you content for the rest of your life. The pursuit of contentment is a DAILY battle. Some days we let ourselves lose. I do way more than I would like. Those are the days that I only focus inward. I don’t live in the happy moments and people I have, I let negative thoughts creep into my mind, I am stingy with my time and annoyed at anyone who infringes on it, I ignore God all day, and I just don’t take action on anything. They are the days that I sit alone in a room and drown myself in books or movies, whatever I can find to distract me, but we have to stop distracting ourselves with temporary happiness and open our eyes. Every day we have to take up our swords and slash through all the monsters that jump out at us as we travel down our path of life. Contentment is a choice, not a circumstance.

“’What day is it?” Asked Pooh
‘It’s today,’ squeaked Piglet.
‘My favorite day,’ said Pooh.”
― A.A. Milne

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20 Ways To Spend Time With Your Husband

Photo by: Caley Newberry Photography

Sorry for the delayed post this week, but seriously my brain has been like scraping metal together lately. Anyways I thought I would post something a little lovey dovey this week, since Valentine’s just happened, and there’s all this love in the air mumbo jumbo going around. Plus, I really like spending time with my husband. It’s easy to think you have to do something big in order to spend time with your spouse, but there are plenty of little moments you can snatch that are just as (if not more so) meaningful. So without further adieu here are twenty moments you can share with your husband.

1. Watch the sunrise or sunset together

Ultimate cheesy romance movie scene situation! The sunrise/set is beautiful, and is a perfect moment to share with someone you love.

2. Clean together

Cleaning stinks, but not as much as when you don’t do it. Why not make it more meaningful by doing it with the one you love. Turn up the music, and get it done. You will have accomplished something together, and there won’t be any bitter feelings about one of you doing all the cleaning by yourself.

3. Cook together

I’m pretty good at cooking, except for the fact that I don’t like doing it, mostly because I’m lazy. It makes it a lot easier when you have someone to do it with, and a lot more fun. Make sure you turn on some music, and give him a smack on the butt with a wooden spoon. Well, maybe that’s not the most sanitary thing…

4. Dance together

Every now and again my husband and I break out in random goofy dancing (or singing). We don’t really discuss what just happened afterwards and just go on about our business, but I believe it brings us closer.

5. Stargaze together

There is nothing more beautiful to me than the stars. My husband and I have been catching all the meteor showers lately. Grab a big blanket and something hot to drink, then discuss the vastness of the universe.

6. Throw the football around

…or any ball for that matter. Doesn’t matter, just do something fun and playful. If you want to make a day of it, wait until game day, get some wings, and toss the football around during half time.

7. Go to a drive-in theater

The regular movies are great, but at the drive-in you can still chat or make comments without getting shushed. You can cuddle up to each other, and bring whatever food you like. We personally prefer Chinese takeout.

8. Go out for coffee, smoothies, or milkshakes

Sit at a cafe table, sip on your drinks, and stare deeply into each other’s eyes. First person to blink loses.

9. Cuddle

Walk up to him and demand to be cuddled with! That’s what works for me anyways. Skip the nagging and begging, and tell him like it is sister!

10. Create something together

Pick out something you can make together. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy. Just draw each other’s picture and hang it on the fridge. Or maybe put together a new piece of furniture, and try to figure it out without instructions (but maybe keep them nearby just in case).

11. Sit around a fire, and discuss life

I love sitting around a fire. It’s where I’ve had some of my favorite memories and conversations. There are so few distractions, besides maybe a wolf lurking in the woods if you’re in the country. PLUS you can roast marshmallows.

12. Go for walks together

Your doing something healthy together, getting some fresh air, and an interesting conversations is bound to come up. Maybe because you just saw old man Walters through his window in nothing but a towel, but still interesting.

13. Laugh together

Share the sillier moments of your day or some of the funny stories you’ve heard. There’s nothing I like to do more with my husband than laugh. If that doesn’t work, then just tickle him.

14. Play with your pets

Get a string and make fluffy run in circles, while you both giggle repeatedly, or try playing Frisbee with old sparky.

15. Go out for breakfast

I love breakfast. Bacon, scrambled eggs, waffles, bacon. I always feel it’s better to try and start the day on a good note rather than just end it on one. Make breakfast a special date with your honey instead of dinner. You’ll be a bright and shiny smiling thing for the rest of the day…until someone cuts you off in traffic.

16. Figure out a crossword together

Bring out your inner old people, and try to decipher a crossword together. It’s actually a lot more fun than it sounds.

17. Go to an arcade

Bring out your inner children and a pocket full of coins. Spend the whole afternoon playing games, and trying to win that gigantic teddy bear on the wall.

18. Try out a new restaurant

Pick a new restaurant you have been meaning to try, and finally go out to eat somewhere instead of ordering takeout all the time.

19. Netflix marathon

Pick a show on Netflix to binge watch together like Making a Murderer, or have an all night scary movie marathon!

20. Go thrifting together

See all the cool and quirky (or hilarious) stuff you can find! Maybe you’ll find something awesome like a figurine of a cat in a top hat that you can proudly display in your home.

There you have it, twenty ways to spend time with your husband. Now go get him, yank him by the ear, and tell him like it is!

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Creating a Morning Routine

Creating a Morning Routine

So lately I have been putting a lot of focus on creating a morning routine for myself. It is my goal for this year after all. Have I actually implemented my carefully crafted morning routine yet? Well, let’s just say it’s a work in progress. I have mastered the art of pressing the snooze button (except for those times when I unknowingly turn the alarm completely off instead…oops), throwing my hair up in a bun, and running out the door with coffee to go. I have managed to wake up 20 minutes earlier than usual though, so progress is progress.

I believe you should start out every morning with something you love. It sets you up for the rest of the day. Waking up early and establishing a morning routine instead of rushing around and hoping you have time to wipe off the drool from that night’s slumber makes you feel like you’ve got your crap together. It enables you to be in the moment instead of feeling like you are always one step behind.

Below I have described four components of the perfect morning routine. Obviously you shouldn’t include every idea I have listed out in your routine. Just craft your ideal morning, and put it into action! Your mornings should be simple, and perfect for you.

Something to Wake You Up

So your alarm goes off, you throw your head under your pillow and scream something to the effect of “I don’t want to wake up!” and your life slogan is “I hate mornings.” Well, you’ve definitely got to do something to get you going. Here are some ideas to get your mind and body ready for the day:

Do some sort of puzzle or brain teaser to wake up your mind, such as Sudoku or a crossword puzzle.

Go for a morning run to get your heart rate up.

Do some Yoga to get you focused and energized.

Take your pups for a walk, and breath in the fresh air.

I recently read a post that mentioned how a girl prepares a well insulated thermos of earl grey tea before bedtime and sets it on her nightstand, so it’s ready to sip on in the morning when she’s trying to wake up. Something about that just sounds so luxurious. The point is drink caffeine, so coffee of course.

The Most Important Meal of the Day

Is it the most important meal of the day? I have no idea. That’s what they say. Is it awesome? Oh yeah. Food, I love food. Can’t say enough about it, so of course I feel that’s what you should start your day off with. Make it something you enjoy eating. If you hate oatmeal, then don’t eat oatmeal. If you like the way oatmeal makes you feel, then eat oatmeal. Pick a lovely spot like a clean dining room table next to a window, or a cafe table on your back porch.

If you want to start your day off healthy and feeling great, then prepare a smoothie or some healthy weird food I’ve never heard of that you’re really into.

If you’re more into a quick breakfast, but still want to keep it healthy, then have a granola bar and some yogurt.

 You could have the whole shebang, and make some eggs, bacon, and homemade pancakes or waffles.

Maybe keep it simple, and just have some fruit like a banana. This is my preference, because I’m lazy. And I really like fruit.

A tall glass of water is also a great way to start off your morning to rehydrate your body. It will give you a great boost of energy for the rest of the morning, and is great for your health. If you really want to kick it up, add some lemon juice.

Coffee, must have coffee. Or tea if you prefer, but yes, must have coffee.

Prepare for the day ahead

One of the best things you can do for yourself in the morning is get your head and your time in the right place. This is what really sets you up for the rest of the day, and causes you to stand in a superhero stance wherever you go intimidating people into giving you the last cookie. Here are some ideas of how to get yourself ready for the day ahead, but I’m sure you can think of a few more that would work for you:

Review your schedule for the day, so you are relaxed and on top of your game.

Spend some time meditating and clearing your mind or focusing on something specific. This is great to do, while eating breakfast.

Make a list of things you are grateful for. Sometimes we wake up and think of all the negative things we are unhappy with. Let’s fix our attitudes!

Get your spirit in order by studying the Bible or praying.

Make a list of things you want to get done for the day.

Complete some home chore, so you are already ahead of the game, such as emptying the dishwasher or preparing the veggies for that night’s meal.

Take a shower and do all that other stuff you have to do, so you aren’t stinky and scary looking.

Coffee, so you aren’t a dysfunctional lunatic.


One of the best ways you can get yourself out of bed in the morning is to have a treat planned for yourself, something you like to do. This is going to be different for everyone, but here are a few ideas:

Listen to a favorite podcast.

Watch the news. I used to be a weird Today Show fan girl… I love you Savannah Guthrie!.

Relax in a cozy spot, and read a good book.

Listen to some of your favorite tunes, while you are getting ready.

Eat the rest of that pie from last night. Actually maybe not… But yesss eat the pie.

Read your favorite blog, ahem.

Coffee. Get one of those fancy coffee makers that you can schedule to start brewing first thing in the morning, and let the smell lead you out of bed.

Morning Don’ts

Under no circumstances should you include the following things in your morning routine. No circumstances!

Don’t start the morning off checking social media or your email. You will waste a huge chunk of your precious morning time {“let me just check Facebook real quick” one hour later…. still on Facebook}, and all you will be doing is filling your mind with the negativity of people’s complaints and useless boring things.

Don’t hit snooze! Not even once! You’ll be heading down a slippery slope my friend.

Don’t forget to put on deodorant.

Don’t not drink coffee.

Steps to Make it Happen

It’s not always easy to establish a morning routine when all you want to do as soon as the alarm goes off is snore in peace until you just naturally wake up, so here are a few steps to help push you along to get that morning routine going.

1. Decide on when and what you want to do each morning, and write it out.

2. Estimate how much time you will need for each thing, and calculate what time you need to wake up.

3. Start going to bed earlier. It’s time to be old people.

4. Wake up ten minutes earlier every week (or month in my case), until you reach your goal wake up time.

5. Focus on one thing from your routine at a time until it becomes a habit, then add the next thing you want to include until your mornings run like clockwork, specifically a cuckoo clock, because they’re awesome.


And finally here are some extra tips to enhance the whole morning experience:

Prepare the night before by laying out clothes for the next day or setting out stuff for your breakfast.

Open the blinds and a window to let in some sunshine and fresh air.

Have the “Circle of Life” set as your alarm tone.

Drink coffee.

My Routine

What does my perfect morning routine look like, you ask? (pretend you asked!)

1. I wake up at 5AM, and maybe have a banana and some coffee, while meditating and clearing my head.

2. I finish my breakfast, then read a few chapters out of my Bible.

3. Then I throw open the Yoga mat, and do some Yoga for about 20 minutes.

4. Next, I write for 30 minutes or more, because mornings are when my mind is at the top of its game.

5. And finally I get ready, and either listen to music or watch the Today Show.

Creating a Morning routine

Mornings are great. It’s a new day, your mind is clear and relaxed, and the light outside is gorgeous. With that said, they aren’t always easy to be in the mood for, so if all else fails just get a t-shirt made that says “I don’t do mornings” so people will know not to mess with you.

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Colorado: Gorgeous Mountains , Cliff Divers, & the Necessity of a Regular Getaway

I’m currently living it up in Colorado with my husband. I’ve always wanted go to Colorado, because my mother grew up there and told me how gorgeous it was, and boy she wasn’t lying. My husband’s sister just moved there, so we thought it would be a good opportunity to finally visit.

Garden of the Gods

I personally believe you should go on some sort of mini vacation every quarter, with maybe a big one thrown in the mix somewhere. Most people would probably say this isn’t a feasible belief, but it most certainly can be. A vacation doesn’t have to be this big grand thing. It can just be a nearby city for a weekend, or even just one night. Last year I went on a trip with my mom and my best friend to a Hot Air Balloon Festival a few hours away, and we only stayed one night and shared a room. The festival was free, and we explored the cute little town it was in (also free). Another way to afford going on mini vacations is to be more frugal with how you spend your money. We don’t really spend that much on “stuff” (I’m a pretty big cheapskate), so that allows us to either put our money into savings or go on the occasional mini vacay’.

We’ve spent the majority of our time exploring Colorado Springs, staying with my husband’s sister and her family, and we got plane tickets for a little over a hundred bucks each, so it’s been a pretty affordable trip. PLUS they have been showing us hospitality out the wazoo, and feeding us every night.

One of the first things we did was visit Garden of the Gods, which is a park in Colorado Springs with huge sandstone rock formations. It was incredible, and had plenty of trails to walk through and explore (also really neat at night, but also kind of creepy).
Casa Bonita

The next day we went to visit my husband’s best friend who lives in Denver, and went out to lunch at a restaurant called Casa Bonita. It is ridiculously cool. They have a waterfall and cliff divers INSIDE the restaurant. No kidding.

We visited the historic small town of Manitou Springs. They had all sorts of neat (and unique) little shops all down the streets. One of the cool things about the town is all the mineral springs they have located throughout, which are believed to have healing properties for the body and soul. You can fill up your own cups or water bottles from the springs. I decided to take a swig myself, and… it was absolutely disgusting. It may be because I was expecting it to taste like especially fresh tasting water, or it may just be the fact that it was absolutely disgusting. Who knows? It’s probably just an acquired taste sort of thing…  They also had an awesome arcade area indoors and out, with several photo booths throughout, so of course we had to take advantage of that.

Pikes Peak Cog Railway

My absolute favorite thing so far has been the mountains. They are gigantic compared to what I’m accustomed to. We got to ride up the Pikes Peak Cog Railway on Pikes Peak, and it was amazing. The weather didn’t allow us to go to the very top, but we still had a gorgeous view from what they called “inspiration point,” which just so happens to be the point that inspired the song “America the Beautiful.”

We still have one more day to explore, which is either going to be spent visiting the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park (the place that inspired Steven King to write “the Shining,” and also where scenes from Dumb & Dumber were shot), or the Great Sand Dunes National Park. I guess we will see…

Some other really awesome things in Colorado that I want to do one day include:

  • the Manitou Cliff Dwellings
  • Skiing in a cute little town like Telluride
  • Driving up Pike’s Peak
  • Going to the Red Rocks Amphitheater
  • Driving down Trail Ridge Road
  • the Mesa Verde National Park

Garden of the Gods

Colorado is great, and most definitely beautiful, but the best part of the trip for me has been spending it with our family, playing board games, and getting to know them better. Can’t beat a trip like that.

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How to Set Up a Planner: the Method to My Madness

Is your home filled with sticky notes and random scraps of paper? Are annoying little thoughts of things you have to get done constantly floating around in your head? Do you ever wonder, “how the junk am I going to get all this done?” Then you *dramatic pause* need a planner. My planner is where I schedule out all the tasks I need to get done, so I don’t have to worry whether I WILL  get them done. It’s where I write things down that I want to get out of my head. It’s where I plan out all the fun stuff I want to do, so I can see them and get excited. It’s where I map out all my dreams and goals and top secret non-evil plans. It’s my personal therapy for my jumbled up and noodle headed mind, and if I didn’t have one I would be way crazier than I already am, which is saying a lot.


Before we get into discussing the actual method to my madness, I am going to tell you what I believe are the essential materials you will need to set up your planner listed below.

How to Set Up a Planner: The Method to My Madness


Ok, first things first, you need to choose a planner that perfectly represents you. For me, I chose a bright pink A5 Filofax planner that came with timed weekly planner pages. Usually something like the Filofax would be WAY more than I am willing to spend on things, but 1. I really love planning, 2. I chose one of the cheaper options available, and 3. it was a Christmas present, so I didn’t buy it. I would personally recommend some sort of binder type planner, because you can add and remove pages to customize it to fit you, you can keep useful things inside of it, and they are just way more awesome. If you would prefer the traditional bound planner, then why are you reading this? Stop reading this. If you’re actually cool and want an awesome planner, then continue on.

Planner paper


In addition to your dated planner pages you will want some cute paper to plan out all your dreams, and plans, and weird stuff you don’t want anyone to know about. I personally prefer bright and colorful paper for mine, which I bought from the Etsy shop Kiddy Qualia for my Filofax planner, but I’m sure you can find plenty of other options on Etsy or Office Depot, etc.


Every good planner has to have dividers, and I’m not talking about monthly dividers. My planner is basically my brain in paper form. How would I ever find anything if I didn’t divide it out into sections! Luckily my planner came with dividers, but if yours doesn’t have any, then look some up on Etsy. They have plenty of cute options. You could also research some do it yourself tutorials on Pinterest if you’re more of a crafty chick.


Of course you must keep your absolute favorite pens in there. Mine is called Le Pen. It’s similar to a Sharpie pen, and doesn’t bleed through the paper, plus it’s adorable. I keep several colorful options at all times. When I’m writing out my schedule I use a different color for different things, such as blogging, my job, church, personal, etc.

Zippered Pouch


I have to have a pouch in order to store my different pens, stickers, sticky notes, stamps, and cute little things I like to look at. You can find one on Amazon to fit whatever planner you choose. Beware of packing it too full of stuff though, because it can make your planner way too bulky and a little annoying.

Setting Up a Planner: the Method to My Madness


As mentioned above I like to keep stickers in my planner to decorate my pages when I’m feeling it. I usually purchase all of mine from the Dollar Tree, but I seriously love the printable ones from this blog. I’m just a little too lazy to cut them out myself. I also keep a large stock of Washi tape for decorating or for blocking out time in my schedule for things I have planned. You can purchase Washi tape from Hobby Lobby, Michaels, Target, the Dollar Tree, lots of places. Other things you can keep in your planner include, cute sticky notes, cool shaped paper clips, coupons, pictures, meaningful cards or letters, whatever you feel!


Now, on to the set up. It took me months and months to finally get my planner how I wanted it. I designed a lot of the stuff myself, because I couldn’t find anything that exactly fit my needs. I divided it out into five sections, which you can read about below (side note: if you already have a planner I would love to hear what sections you keep in yours). CAUTION! You are about to step inside my brain. Make sure you keep your arms and legs inside the vehicle at all times, and enjoy the ride.

2016 Collage


Every good planner needs to have an adorable cover page. Of course in the front of mine I keep a picture collage of what I want my year to look like. Behind that I have a list of my goals and vision for the year, as well as written goal plans for each goal. If you want to learn more about these sorts of things, then read my post on the Ultimate Guide to Planning the Most Awesome Year Ever.

Planner pages


The first section of my planner is for scheduling. Basically the most important part of any planner. I designed my own planner pages and calendar, because 1. I couldn’t find any for sale that were exactly what I wanted, and 2. the only ones that came close weren’t cute at all. I like having a week laid out on two pages, so I can see everything I have planned at once for the week. I also must absolutely have a timed planner, because ever since I was a small child I have obsessively planned out my day hour by hour. It’s a soothing therapy for me, especially when I’m stressed, and have a buttload of stuff to do, or if I just want to have a really awesome day, and I don’t want to sit around thinking, “hmm, what should I do today?” It also features a personal and work to-do list section, a place to write out what we are having for dinner that night, and a section to write out what I’m grateful for each week, because I really need to work on that. They are pretty much the perfect planner pages for me, because they just have everything right there. No more fumbling around to find this or that. Also, some sort of page marker is a must to find what week you are in easily. Luckily mine came with a cute removable ruler from Filofax. I actually use it to measure things more than I thought I would.

Monthly calendar

I keep a monthly calendar at the front of this section, which I didn’t have last year. I realized I needed one, because it’s a lot easier to look at my schedule quickly to make sure things aren’t conflicting, and see what awesome events are coming up, like meteor showers. I also included a section to write out my goals for that month.

Daily schedule

The final thing I keep in this section is a printout of a stock daily schedule that I drafted to keep me on track. I like routine, with random (well thought out and extensively researched) adventures thrown in, and having this in there really helps me out when my mind is spaghetti, and all I can think to do is curl into a ball and binge watch Netflix.

To Do List with Hearts To Do List Planner


The next section in my planner is for all my lists. I keep a list of wardrobe pieces I want, things I need to buy, things I need to do around the house, design plans for a room in my house, my passwords, etc. I got the adorable to-do list with heart shaped bullet points pictured above from Kiddy Qualia on Etsy. I also keep a bunch of my spaghetti head lists in this section for when I’m stressed out. If you want to know what spaghetti head lists are then read my post on the Cure for Chronic Spaghetti Head. I make TONS of lists for everything. Before I had a planner I used to just have random pieces of paper with lists scattered all throughout my house. Having them organized into a planner is so much better.

Fun list ideas

I also like to keep a fun list in this section for quick reference when I’m looking for something to do. It includes a list of things to do instead of watching TV on the front, and a list of restaurants, and things to do in different cities on the back.

Produce season schedule


My next section is for meal planning. I keep a list of what produce is in season, and a list of the dirty dozen and clean fifteen, so I know when the best time to buy produce is, and what I should be buying organic.

I have a list of menu ideas for breakfast, lunch, and dinner for quick reference when I am planning out my meals for the month, as well as a meal schedule I planned out to make it easier and quicker to plan my meals (i.e. pasta on Mondays, pizza on Wednesdays, international foods on Thursdays, soup on Sundays, etc.)

Menu planner
I also made these cute menus pictured above for meal planning, which I like to keep a stack of so I can plan out all my meals for the month. I heart them so much. They make my life so much simpler. It has a week on one page, and a section for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. You can make your own, or look up some cute ones on Pinterest.

Bucket list


The next section is where I map out my goals and aspirations. I keep a list and drawings of my ideal life, my bucket list, a map with all the places I want to travel and have traveled marked, house plans, etc. It’s pretty much just my fun life dreaming sparkly section. This section is also top secret, so that’s all I’m really going to say about it.


My last section is a work in progress. It’s basically for anything blog related. I keep a pretty mission statement for my blog at the front, I have a list of blog post ideas, and I have a daily blog checklist to keep me on top of my game. I would love more suggestions of what to keep in here from all you blogging and planner gurus.

So, what are some weird and wonderful things you like to keep in your planner?


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8 Things I’ve Learned In My Twenties

I wholeheartedly believe a person’s twenties are one of the hardest times emotionally in a person’s life. You come out from being a shiny teenager with a limited knowledge of the world, to being thrown out into the muck of reality and decision making. You are no longer told when and where to be. You are no longer told this or that is what you are doing with your life, which is great, but is also really scary and kind of actually sucks.   All of a sudden you are faced with two of the hardest questions to answer. Who the heck am I, and what am I supposed to do with my life!? You are in this nasty scary world with the soft skin of a baby, and haven’t yet developed the tough hide of a seasoned adult. It seems like most people this age end up going through some form of depression. But there is also a lot you can learn in your twenties if you pay attention, so here are 8 things I’ve learned so far:

1. Not everyone is who you think they are.

As a teenager I hadn’t quite developed the ability to see past people’s crap, so I fell for fake smiles and conversation, and therefor had a pretty good opinion of most people. I lived in a shiny rose-tinted bubble, and then, somewhere in my twenties, it popped. I found out people I thought were great were either a. mean and judgmental or b. completely crazy. This was probably the hardest, and definitely most discouraging, lesson I have learned so far. I kept thinking to myself, “is anyone who they seem, or is this entire world full of nutters?” And the answer to that question is… yes, the world is full of nutters.

Thankfully I have also learned that we are all a bunch of imperfect humans, raised differently rarely with the same opinions. As we get older we gain reoccurring faults that we don’t realize we have or we’ve learned to ignore. There is no one person that could ever fully meet your expectations. The only one who fits that ticket is God. Once I realized that, it started to matter less and less how perfect other people were.

2. You can’t please everyone.

Chances are if you are pleasing one person you are upsetting someone else. Everyone has differences of opinion, and all of them think their opinion is right.  This includes me, but my opinions are actually fact, so you know… Anyways, there is always going to be rude people judging and criticizing you for something you have done. If you turn the heat up, people will complain it’s too hot, if you turn the heat down, people will complain it’s too cold. 

The first thing you need to realize is…haters gonna hate. Second, as long as you got your life right with the Lord it DOES NOT matter what other people think. For goodness sake do not live your life trying to please everyone. You will be running around in circles, and you will never feel contentment. 

Most people think the best way to deal with criticism or judgmental attitudes is by retorting with some snarky remark or the rolling of their eyes (*raises both hands and jumps up and down*), but that only spreads the negativity. Kindness and love is always the best response. It’s the water to the flame of negativity, and it usually, not always, results in the person feeling ashamed even if they don’t admit it or show it. Regardless of how they react to your kindness it’s good for your spirit. Treat others as you would want to be treated, even if they don’t happen to be treating you that way in the moment, and all you want to do is shove pie in their face and smush it around.

3. Stop living your life in phases!

When you’re young you wait to graduate high school, when you graduate high school you wait to graduate college, then you wait to find a husband or wife, then you wait to buy a house, then you wait for children, then you wait on promotions, then you wait for retirement, and then I’m guessing somewhere in the midst of all those phases you do the same thing with the stages of your children’s lives. Once I graduated high school I thought all that waiting mess was over, but then I learned it never ends. We are always looking forward to the next big thing, thinking, “then I will be happy!” Guess what? That’s never true unless you’re dead and going to heaven. We are waisting precious moments and time waiting for something better to come along. Stop living for tomorrow, and start living in each day. Learn to be content in the mess you are in, because NEWSFLASH we are always going to be living in a mess, because we are messy humans in a messy world. 

Stop being a bunch of waiters and start being a bunch of livers! That doesn’t sound as catchy as I hoped it would, but you get the point!

4. Don’t base your self-worth on having a significant other, and don’t constantly worry about finding a spouse.

*Cheesy line alert* You are never going to be happy in any relationship until you are happy with yourself. I’ve seen it time and time again through friends or other young people that think finding a husband or wife is life’s ultimate goal, the thing that will bring them happiness and complete them. That train of thought creates the perfect conditions for an unhealthy relationships. Nobody can complete you (that’s God’s job), and when you expect that of a person it puts way too much pressure on them, and you will be sadly disappointed and just as unhappy as you were before.

I personally don’t feel anyone should be in a relationship until they learn to be happy by themselves. We make ourselves discontent by wishing for the things we do not have. Take the hand you were dealt, and make it awesome! There is no point in sitting around and waiting for a better life. Live now, and forget about ooey gooey love stuff until that’s the hand you are dealt.

If you keep pining and pining after having some arm candy, you are going to be so desperate that you end up settling for the first loser that you can find. Being single and alone HAS to be better than being married and miserable.

Most people say that as soon as you stop looking that’s when the right person comes along. I believe this is true because 1. you exude a lot more confidence when you’re not desperate for a guy or girl, therefor attracting the right kind of guys or girls. 2. You can trust your judgment more when you don’t have the bias of desperation, and will in turn pick the right guy or girl. You will stop waisting your attention on all the muck that comes strolling along, and only reserve it for the best of gems. And 3. maybe there’s a little bit of serendipity thrown in there too.

5. It’s ok to cry, and be emotional. 

Some people equate being emotional to being unstable. I’m thinking specifically of some men I’ve heard claim women shouldn’t be in charge or do this or that, because we are too emotional, causing women to feel ashamed and insecure. I could just as easily say men shouldn’t be in charge, because they are so easily influenced by what’s in their pants, but both statements are idiotic. We are ALL influenced by our emotions, stress, faults, health, drama, hormones etc. from time to time.

We try to put on some fake little persona like a bunch of robots, because we are trying to seem macho or strong, but the problem is that it’s fake! Don’t ever let someone make you feel ashamed when you get emotional, or feel the need to cry. Those emotions are there for a reason, and there is a reason we have tear ducts. They alert us to issues in our mental health, help us feel compassion towards others, and provide us with an outlet. 

So if I want to cry, I am going to cry. If you want to judge me, fine. I will just imagine myself shoving pie in your face and mushing it around, but instead will just give you a sweet little smile… through my tears of course, and I’ll probably be eating the pie.

6. Everyone has faults.

I struggled with something for years that made me feel awful about myself. I kept it from people, because I didn’t think they would understand, or they would look at me differently. This caused me to hate myself. I felt like an imposter.

A lot of this low self esteem resulted from seeing how few faults the people around me seemed to have, and if they did they didn’t seem to be anything major. It wasn’t until later that I realized everyone has things they hide about themselves, and then they slap on smiles and act like everything is dandy. This creates an illusion in ourselves that we are the only ones that struggle with {insert whatever it is here}. We don’t feel like we can talk to anyone about it, or admit it, because we fear being judged, and it slowly eats us away. We fear being labeled as a freak, weird, stupid, or whatever.

To overcome this we need to first, realize whatever we are struggling with somebody else is struggling with as well, probably someone you know and probably more people than you would think. There is nothing new under the sun after all.

Second, we need to be able to open up to each other, and stop hiding all our imperfections all the time. Find someone you trust to talk to about what you struggle with. Most of the time they will admit their own dark struggles back to you. We need people to build us up and encourage us. The more we keep it to ourselves, the more we just wallow in our own filth. We need someone to help pull us up and wash the mud off, to tell us, “you’re not a freak, and you can overcome this.”

Third, stop beating yourself up, and start changing today, not hoping it will get better in the future. Sometimes the shame of what we do can hold us back from actually changing or trying to have a relationship with God, because we don’t think we are good enough. Stop thinking about how awful you are, and do something about it.

This whole “everyone has faults” mentality shouldn’t be used to make an excuse for yourself, always hold yourself accountable. The point is we are not in this struggle alone, and you my friend are human.

7. How to change the world.

One of the worst things about living on this earth is all the hate, negativity, and scary things that exist in it, and how it seems like there is nothing we can do about it. When we think of changing the world, we think about really big things, so we don’t attempt to do anything, because what is there big that I can actually do that will make any difference? This is so false. The world is changed through many small actions. Bad things that happen in the world start with one person’s action, and the same thing is true of good things.  You change the world when you smile at someone, you change the world when you show someone love, you change the world when you tell someone something positive, you change the world when you stop and notice all the people around you, the broken and grumpy and sad people. When you share positivity with someone, that in turn gives them the strength to share it as well. The positivity that you gave one person could have affected hundreds by the time the day is over. The same thing is true though of negative actions.

The man who angrily honks his horn and flicks his hand up at me, just causes me to sneer back and walk through wherever I was headed with a grumpy look on my face darting angry glances at anyone who dares to get near me, causing them to think “what’s her flippin’ problem?” thereby souring their mood. You know how hard it is to be nice after someone has been rude to you? Really hard. That’s why so many people in this world are walking around so grumpy all the time. If we would just realize that someone else probably caused them to feel this way, we might show a little more compassion, and stop this negativity train in its tracks.

“Those who are hardest to love need it the most.” -Socrates

So when you are discouraged because you see some sort of negativity happen, combat it with something positive. Attack the world with a smile and love. Things others would react towards with anger react with love. Do the unexpected. That’s how you change the world.

For additional ideas on how to change the world read: 20 Ways to Brighten Someone’s Day

8. Finally, moisturize every day so you don’t have to pick breadcrumbs out of your wrinkles.


One of the saddest things about all these lessons I’ve learned, and that I’m hoping you glean something from especially if you are under the age of twenty, is that you are probably going to have to learn them for yourself. The best teacher is usually the hard way, but sometimes, if you are lucky, when you read something enough times it will finally stick. So hopefully you came reading this with a mind full of glue.

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2015, the Year of Bacon, Stress, & Adventures

I believe people like to read about and see what’s going on in other people’s lives, because it gives them ideas and inspiration for their own, so I am going to share some of the adventures and stories, as well as a few of my favorite things from this past year. It was filled with bacon, meteor showers, stress, lots and lots of stress, and the people I love.


new years prank

I rang in the new year for 2015 with a ridiculous and fun prank with a few of my favorite friends, one of those who happened to be running pretty late. One of my other friends had also invited a guy she had been dating whom none of us had met yet, so we decided that we would have three of us act as hostages tied to chairs with gags in our mouths, while the others hid. As soon as she got there the guy (whom she had never seen before) walked out of a back room with a “gun” a.k.a. an Airsoft rifle as we all squirmed in our seats. I went so far as to have a fake makeup bruise and dab water under my eyes for tears. Did she fall for it? No. But luckily she did fall for my husband jumping out of the closet behind her with an airhorn. Regardless it was super fun to plan out. But just so you know I DON’T recommend this, as the poor soul you pull it on might either fall into a heap on the floor, or pull out some super human karate moves and make the other guy fall to the floor.


My husband made me a “davebox” when I was sad because my birchbox was taking too long to get here. He filled it with bacon, chocolate chip cookies, and other awesome treats. It was the sweetest and most adorable thing ever.

gatlinburg trip

I went on an all girl’s trip to Gatlinburg, Tennessee filled with hiking, yummy breakfasts, and belly laughs.

hot air balloon

I went to a hot air balloon festival in Helen, GA with my mom and my best friend. It was incredible seeing all the colorful and huge hot air balloons take off. Plus, we also go to ride on tubes down the river. So much fun!

My best friend and I finally finished watching the entire series of Gilmore Girls after almost three years of watching it every Thursday night. *Tear* it was amazing!

I released my blog in July! It’s always been my dream since I was a wee one to be a writer (ever since I won a writing contest on “I love you mom because” in the 4th grade by spelling sweatheart instead of sweetheart), and I’m finally making it happen.

Cumberland Island Travel Guide

I went to Cumberland Island, GA, which you can read about in my post here. It’s an island filled with wild horses, seashells, and gorgeous live oak trees covered in Spanish moss.

color run

I participated in the Color Run, and went to Six Flags with my best friend all in the same day, and didn’t die! Plus we bought season passes for 2016!


My husband made me this super impressive card for our anniversary. I’m talking cut out arms and legs and glued them all together type of made. He’s the best.

Star Wars! The movie was awesome! Literally one of my favorites! Rey is the bomb and oozes girl power!

Our land

And finally…we bought land!! Ahhhhh!!! One step closer to one of my other dreams, owning an adorable little cottage in the woods.

Favorite Things

Reading area

I finally created my perfect reading area/lazy work area. The recliner was a hand-me-down, the bookcase was a gift, and I got most of the books at estate and garage sales for a couple of bucks.


I bought a diffuser and some essential oils. I love it, because it naturally scents my home without all those harsh chemicals you find in traditional room sprays, etc. And apparently the essential oils are supposed to do good stuff for your mind and body.


My husband bought me this super awesome Harry Potter coloring book!


The songs I was obsessed with in 2015 included:

“Love Yourself” by Justin Bieber

“Sound & Color” by the Alabama Shakes

“Smoke Break” by Carrie Underwood

and “Try a Little Tenderness” by Otis Redding, which I could not stop listening to!

Books I Read

Some of my favorite books I read this year included:

Dracula by Bram Stoker. I seriously loved this book more than I thought I would. It was dark and creepy and awesome.

Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith a.k.a. J.K. Rowling. This is her third detective novel, and it’s by far my favorite. She did a really good job of making the villain twisted, and kept my interest the entire way through.

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath. This is a semi-autobiographical book about a girl’s decline into mental illness and depression. Although sometimes I felt like I understood a little too well, this book was really interesting and insightful.

Favorite Cat Pictures

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2015 was a good year, but it was way too stressful. This year is going to be full of writing and cutting things out of my life.

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How to Have the Best Birthday Ever

I am going to be 26 tomorrow. 26! Blows my mind. Some of you may be scoffing at me right now, but I just don’t feel adult enough to be such an adult age. This is prime baby producing, house buying, generally just having your life together age, none of which are me at this point. I do have reading glasses, and drink lots of coffee though. Does that count?

I am out of town, as usual, at Exposure Youth Camp, but when I get back I will be celebrating by buying myself fresh flowers, eating as many chocolate chip cookies as I like, and then going to the Medieval Times! I am forcing my husband to buy me one of those princess hats that has a ribbon sticking out of the top to wear to it (hence the not being adult enough to be such an adult age thing).

Now, on to how to have the best birthday ever! I’ve put together a handy little guide to ensure your day is a sparkly confetti filled birthday full of awesomeness. Just make sure you include everything on the list.

  • Set your alarm to play an amazing song, so you start your day off on the right foot.
  • Wear anything that identifies you as the birthday girl (or boy). Hats, shirts, buttons, sashes, princess hats, flashing headbands. This is to ensure you are told “happy birthday” an adequate amount of times.
  • Eat as much of the food you love as you want. Cupcakes, sushi, steak, cookies, bacon!!
  • Demand things. My best friend hates my birthday, because I’m such a brat. Is this the person you should strive to be? No, but it’s my birthday, so back off ok…and get me a cupcake…and a balloon…and a card with a cute kitten on it.
  • Dance!
  • Use some of your birthday money to buy yourself something glamorous. If no one gave you any money, then demand it from the next friend or family member you see. “It’s my birthday Stacy, just give me your money!”
  • Have a yummy breakfast.
  • Pull pranks on people. It’s your birthday, they shouldn’t be allowed to get mad at you.
  • Remind people that haven’t properly acknowledged you that it’s your birthday.
  • Make yourself a birthday playlist of all your favorite music to fill the less festive moments, because every moment should be festive on your birthday!
  • Wear something that makes you feel great, and do your hair up real nice.
  • Go on an adventure! Ride a rollercoaster, play hide and seek somewhere completely random, drive somewhere new, play laser tag, do something fun.
  • Pick people to spend the day with.
  • Have a party! If no one is throwing you one, then throw your own silly. Have a dinner party, a game night, invite everyone out to eat somewhere fancy, or just fill a room with balloons, give everyone confetti, and tell them where to be and when you will be arriving, so they know when to yell out “HAPPY BIRTHDAY!”

Well I hope this helps you plan the best birthday ever, and don’t forget…Tomorrow is my birthday, so I expect birthday wishes and cupcakes.

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The Ultimate Guide to Planning the Most Awesome Year Ever

Hey it’s December, which means it’s time to start planning for the new year! Yay! Fun! Unless you are a negative Nancy or Nathan who says things like, “Oh, nobody ever follows through on those pointless new year’s resolutions,” in the best grumpy old man voice you can muster. That doesn’t mean it’s not fun, and there are ways you can make your resolutions more achievable. Plus it doesn’t just have to be resolutions. How about a New Year’s vision?

Well, in order to plan the THE MOST AWESOME YEAR EVER!… you can start by listing out everything you want to do next year. What do you want it look like? What were you lacking this year that you want to have in 2016? The key to this is being very specific. This year I got to participate in the Color Run, go to Six Flags, bought a piece of land, went camping on Cumberland Island, stargazed more than I ever have, and whole lots more fun stuff. All things I probably wouldn’t have done if I hadn’t planned them last year. PLUS it gets you super excited for the coming year, and fills you with all kinds of hope and promise and ooey gooey things.

After you’ve made your list, it’s best to only choose the stuff you really want to accomplish next year, because if you load too many things on your plate, you probably won’t get many done. The fewer you have the better you can focus. So grab a scrap piece of paper and a pen, and let’s get started.


Make a list of all the adventures you want to go on, and then pick your top three (or less if you’re not very adventurous, and I guess more if you don’t like being told what to do). This could include fun events you want to participate in or places you want to travel to. I’ve made a list of ideas below if you’re befuddled.

  • Marathon
  • Renaissance Faire
  • Sporting events
  • Comic-Con
  • A festival (like a hot air balloon festival)
  • Climb a mountain
  • A state park
  • A specific tourist attraction
  • Road trip
  • Camping trip
  • Train trip
  • Theme parks
  • Mountain retreat
  • Overseas vacation
  • Beach trip
  • Boat trip (like a whale watching tour!)
  • Concerts


Pick three things you want to accomplish in the coming year. This would include things you want to learn, goals, self-improvement, etc. I’ve made a list of ideas below.

  • Become a Yoga expert
  • Get rid of some nasty habit
  • Learn to cook healthier meals
  • Learn self-defense
  • Find the perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe
  • Read the entire bible
  • Lose weight
  • Create a morning routine
  • Start an emergency fund
  • Save a certain amount for a house
  • Drink more water or eat more veggies
  • Learn telekinesis


Now, one of my favorite parts is creating a New Year’s vision. What do you want next year to look like? A.K.A. what do you want your life to look like? Make it happen! Envision your version of the most awesome year ever.

  • What do you want to do more of? star gazing and meteor showers, nights around the fire with friends, nature walks, drive in movies?
  • What do you want your life to look like? Bunches of snuggly kittens, early mornings, people you love around a table sharing a meal, running through a field of flowers?
  • What are some awesome quotes or mantras you want to focus on? Hakuna Matata, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, or shake it like a Polaroid picture? You know…whatever inspires you. My quotes this year are a couple on writing and this one by Albus Dumbledore, “It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.”


I also like to include some mini goals when I am planning the next year without limiting myself to just a few, because, well, they’re mini. You aren’t likely to feel overwhelmed by a list of restaurants you hope to try out next year as you would climbing Mount Everest, or as guilty for not completing it. I personally like to make a separate list of some of the books I hope to read in the coming year, but maybe there is something that would be more applicable to you to include, such as a list of records you hope to find, or a list of birds you want to watch (because you’re a nerd! a big old nerd! embrace your nerdiness.). These would mainly be things that wouldn’t take much planning to accomplish, because you just you know, do them.

2016 goals printable

Oh, and guess what? I’ve made a fancy printable for you to write out all of your fancy plans and goals on, so you can throw out that frumpy old scrap piece of paper. I’ve even included a section for you to doodle on and write out your vision for the year. Just click on the image above, and print it out.


2016 Goal Plan Printable

Now the next step is to break your goals down into steps, and create an action plan for them. I’ve made you yet another printable, so you can do just that!

If you want to save $1,200 for an emergency fund, then you would need to plan to save $100 every month. I will use one of my goals as another example, creating a morning routine. First, I would write out a list of what I want my routine to consist of, then start waking up 10 minutes earlier every day until I start waking up at my goal time (and going to sleep earlier, eek!), and then slowly start implementing each thing I want to be apart of my routine.

Next, organize your plans, and pick a specific month for your adventures and mini goals, and deadlines for your bigger goals.


2016 Collage

Now the last and final step, my favorite part, make a picture collage of your adventures, goals, and vision for next year, and put it somewhere you will see it constantly! I like to put mine in the front of my planner with the year on the front, so I see it almost everyday and get inspired.

Happy planning!

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