Passion planner-Thoughts.

Hello darlings.

Can we talk planners?

Back in the day before smart phones I was a devout user of dollar store calenders and pocket journals like this. Small chubby notebooks like this were my jam (affiliate link back there). I wrote everything in them, chunks of stories, my work schedule, bus times, everything.

This is also how I developed my love of this specific pen. Always purple. Back then, that was my ultimate treat myself thing was one of those pens. My current very favorite pen (that I use daily) are these. Also always in purple.

Now that we live in the future, I’ve mainly been using my google calendar for stuff. I share it with my partner and use it for appointments, budgeting, bills and whatnots but it wasn’t really fulfilling. And not really doing what I needed.

In the last few years, paper planners have been trendy. I’ve seen lots of styles and whatnot. I’ve tried Bullet Journaling. From their site:

Rapid Logging

Note-taking and traditional journaling take time; the more complex the entry, the more effort is expended. The more effort expended, the more of a chore it becomes, the more likely you’ll underutilize or abandon your journal. Rapid Logging is the solution. Rapid Logging is the language in which the Bullet Journal is written. It consists of four components: topics, page numbers, short sentences, and bullets.

For me, when I tried this system, it didn’t really work with my brain. For me, a big part of this process is slowing my brain works. I think this method would be great for folks who want quick easy and very open planning.

After that I started researching Passion Planners. I read a lot of reviews and watched videos and ultimately treated myself to the UNDATED MONDAY COMPACT TIMELESS BLACK.  Y’all.

First up the quality is very nice. The construction is solid, the paper has a nice feel and color. From their website:

WHAT’S INSIDE

  • Passion RoadMap: Annual exercise that helps you define, and create actions for your goals in 3 months, 1 year, 3 years, and throughout your life.
  • Weekly layouts starting on Monday
  • Annual and monthly overview calendars
  • Monthly reflection questions to keep you focused on your progress
  • 28 additional blank pages
  • 28 additional gridded pages

WEEKLY LAYOUTS

  • Weekly and daily focuses to keep your attention on the most important tasks.
  • Weekly plans from Monday – Sunday, 6 AM – 11 PM. Every day, broken down into 30 minute sections to help you manage your time.
  • “Good Things That Happened” section to keep you focused on the positive.
  • A motivational quote and challenge to inspire positive action.
  • Personal and work to-do lists organized by priority to encourage work-life balance, because very often we forget to take care of ourselves.
  • “Space of Infinite Possibility” where you can take notes, draw, create, write, brainstorm or customize to your needs.

For me this is what I needed. I’ve been using it for a couple of weeks and I am super in love. In love enough to start personalizing it with stickers from artist Jesse Dewyer (the amazing mermaid) and some from the Evil Supply Co.

cover

[image description: image of a black planner with a fat great white mermaid sticker in the lower left, a pink and purple rose sticker and a graveyard dirt sticker on top]

It is A5 size 5.5”x8.5” and fits in my purse very nicely. There is a little pocket on the inside where I have some stickers and extra notes.

Okay, so overall I am very into this.

If part of your planning/journaling is some down/quiet time to spend with yourself I think this system is great. There is enough structure to include work/creative life and space for other stuff. I also get to indulge my love of stickers, I have some other color pens that are gonna be incorporated.

How do I use it?

I do the weekly plans as you can see in the photo below (sorry it is blurry)

inside

[image description: pages in a passion planner with purple writing, and a green 13 sticker]

My handwritng isn’t as arty as you might find if you search the hashtag #pashfam but I’m making it my own.

Lastly, I really appreciate their charity program. For part of the year they do a buy one and they donate one thing that is pretty great.

I will be posting more photos as I get more into it. You can follow me on Insta @weebeasty to see what I do with it.

Overall I’m giving it a 9.5/10 ONLY because I hate the color of the ribbon. Super petty I know but whatevs. Also, if you decide to pick one up, do me a solid and come back here and I can give you a referral. I’ll be saving up to buy another one because I love them.

That’s all y’all.

Do you use planners? Show me yours.

Crafty Post- Yarn Lust Edition

Hello friends.

Tis the season of a lot of brand new yarns coming out.

If you haven’t seen one of my craft post a few notes. I am a crocheter. Trying to learn how to knit actually gave me anxiety attacks and I cried so…yeah no. Also, I have a terrible wool allergy, a lesser alpaca allergy and it sucks. The worst part is my undying love of beautiful multi color and painterly yarns that do not come in non-wool.

SO imagine how completely stoked I am for some awesome stuff.

First up from one of my favorite yarn brands Premier.

The other week I saw on facebook they released a new yarn and LOOK at the Sweet Roll Yarn. I mean..y’all. Y’ALL. LOOK at all of them. I just..I want them all. I want to make giant, beautiful shawls with them.

I just…UGH. I literally moaned out loud when I saw this too. Also from Premier. Gradient YARN BOXES. So gorgeous. No guesswork. I NEEDS IT PRECIOUS.

Also from premier, I don’t work with lace yarn pretty much at all because so much of it is wool. BUT LOOK, HARK wool free lace yarn. 

One of the problems I have as a crocheter with a wool allergy is that I have a terrible time finding certain types of yarn. Mainly anything super bulky or roving-ish. That being what it is, I really like playing with using say a strand or worsted with a strand of sport for big hook work.

While we’re talking, crafting, I still have the idea that I’d like to try selling my big shawls either online or maybe at craft fairs/stores. That’s one of those things that I find very intimidating. Investing in myself and my simple craft that way. I might try it out,\.

Also, if you know folks who crochet or knit, pro tip. Stuff takes a long time to make. Don’t ask them to whip stuff up because it takes a while.

I have a little bit of a want to try and get into stuff like this.  Mainly because online hasn’t been great for me in terms of people buying stuff I want to sell. However, I do live in Seattle and I don’t really know how well I’d do navigating spaces that heavily white.

What else?

I’ve been reaching out to some fiber artists about finding myself some yarn like this, that is not wool. I really want to try making arty HUGE crochet projects, blankets, lapghans, rugs but everything I’ve found on my own is wool and that is a no go. This whole wool allergy shit is bullshit. It makes doing fiber arts really fucking hard.

I almost feel like I’m going to have to source materials and learn to make my own yarn which poses problems. DIY is fun and all but it takes so much time and money. I already tend to feel really conflicted about spending on my hobby. Poor Kid Guilt is real and given my track record with selling stuff, I tend to feel really bad about it.

Stuff is very complicated.

I’m thinking about it all.

Before I go, here have a looksy at my fave yarns page. I’ll probably update that with some new ones later this week.

Do you make stuff? Feel free to tell/show me the things.

Cold Weather Style Feels.

In the past few months I’ve discovered (old news I know, but I AM OLD deal with it) Strega/Dark more fashion. Thank you tumblr.

One of the features of these styles I am in love with are a lot of the beautiful knit type items folks layer with. So, to that end, I’ve decided to make myself some of those because reasons.

I already crochet and have started a couple of my big giant shawls for myself. I have been looking into arm knitting as well.

I’m looking at making one of these shawls.  I have a terrible wool allergy so a lot of the projects with the awesome huge chunky yarns have been inaccessible to me until, DUN DUN DUN… (affiliate links ahead)

Bernat Mega Bulky yarn. I saw this yarn not long ago and want it so bad. I love how it looks. I want to try it out.

Red Heart Boutique Twilight Yarn in Armour delivers the sparkle with no wool and that jumbo size.

Another favorite is Lion Brand Homespun.

Back to the Dark Mori. I’m SO into the idea because I love the idea and being that I’m outside a lot, I feel like it should work. That said, I’m terrible at it. I’m going to try harder this fall and winter. I think giving myself teh task of making myself some of the top/upper layer accessories will help get me started

I’m collecting up images and inspo and when I’ve got some more of my shit together I’ll post some of my actual outfit ideas.

I think I might have a little bulky yarn hidden in my stash and this weekend I’m gonna try to dig out some of my shawls for wearing.

Also in this cold weather fashion trend of mine, I’ll probably angst about my struggle with finding appropriate shoes that I can afford.

Are any of y’all crafty? Show me the stuff you make. I promise I won’t bite you if you’re cool.

Coming up soon, we’re gonna talk buying leggings, we’re gonna talk about Fall/Winter textures AND OMG I’m super stoked I’m gearing up for a quick and dirty guide for newly naturals.

I’m really excited about what’s happening in my new little blog here.

Thanks for visiting.

ALSO, if you want to see more of my choices for woolfree awesome yarns, check out this link (also linked above) of some of my faves. ALSO I’ll be adding a craft section to my Amazon store as well.