Plum Paper Designs: A Gift From the Organizational Gods

No, I don’t really believe that there are organizational gods. It was just a good post title.

Anywho. Like many of you, I live a ridiculously busy life. When I say “ridiculously,” I actually mean that it’s comical how busy I am. Some people have weekends; I just have “days when I’m not in the office.” And while others work 9-5 jobs with evenings at home, a 7am to 10pm day is a regular occurrence for me.

In short, I have to be organized or I will die.

Ever since I was in elementary school, my life’s organizational method has always involved a bound daily planner and a pencil (note: never a pen. I’m a trained musician). T sometimes lovingly ridicules me for sticking with my old-school system instead of going electronic––after all, I do own several iOS devices. But to me, this is too important a part of my life to change. It’s always worked for me in the past, so I’m sticking with it. Plus, you know, pretty paper products!

Which brings me to the actual point of today’s post: the planner itself.

For several years now, I have purchased year planners from various bookstores or office supply stores. I’m extremely picky about my planners––they have to have enough room to write on each day, have a layout that makes sense to my brain and eyes, include only 12 months instead of 18, etc. etc. Every year, I’ve had to come to accept that my perfect planner simply does not exist, and I always just go with the least objectionable option.

And then I stumbled upon Ginny’s blog, A Modern Commonplace Book, and her review of these planners by Plum Paper Designs. Lightbulb to “on.”

(Honestly, I’m a little embarrassed to admit that I had never thought of ordering a planner off of Etsy. We’re going to call the last few years of my organizational life “the dark ages” and move on.)

After reading Ginny’s glowing description of these wonderful and necessary life managers, I decided to bite the bullet and design one for myself. I chose the “Family Planner” because of the ability to create my own seven sections for each week based on my own needs. I ended up going with Anytime, Morning, Afternoon, Evening, Dinner, Practice, and Teaching. This combination seemed to fit my daily and weekly needs the best. I was also able to decide when to have my planner start (I chose June) and how many months I wanted it to be (I chose 13, to have it last through the end of June 2015). Finally, I selected from the many adorable options for the cover design.

I placed my order a few weeks ago, and my beautiful new planner arrived in my mailbox this morning.

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ImageAs you can see, I’ve already started filling it up. You may also notice that I am indeed ridiculously busy, and that’s just what I already have booked in June. Would I lie to you?

All in all, this seems to be the perfect option for me. I can tailor-make it to fit my real-life needs, and it has the best layout of any planner I’ve ever had. Check them out for yourselves, busy friends, and have fun!

Note: I am not being compensated for this post in any way by Plum Paper Designs. I’m just an excited customer!

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Randoms For Your Monday

It’s been a long time since I posted, partially because I’m so freaking busy, and partially because I feel like I don’t have anything interesting to say. So here are a few random facts about me and other thoughts.

1. One of the things I love most about being a singer is the work uniform… that is, I love wearing fancy dresses. I have a board on Pinterest called “Dress Envy” and it’s one of my most frequently used boards. I was at the mall today on my lunch break and I had to stop and look at the gowns and day dresses. I have a recital coming up, which is a great excuse to buy a new gown, right?

The gown for last night's concert. I love it, but somehow it was a little smaller when I first bought it...

The gown for last night’s concert. I love it, but somehow it was a little smaller when I first bought it…

2. I’m a master at eating in my car. The other day I ate pasta with a fork while driving. It’s really just out of necessity, since I’m almost always either engaged in an activity that prevents me from eating (like singing), or driving to or from work or rehearsal or whatever. The bad news is, my car is full of empty food containers and silverware. And no, I have never once gotten pulled over or gotten in an accident because of eating.

3. Our city had a really bad sports week. Between the Sharks losing to the Kings and the Warriors losing to the Clippers, it’s pretty safe to say the Bay Area hates L.A. right now. Few people are more depressed about it than T, who promptly and grumpily shaved off his beard after the Sharks threw away Game 7.

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T and I at the Sharks game we most recently went to, before the playoffs (and the sucking) started.

4. T and I have an unhealthy relationship with our cats, Nora and Nigel. We spoil them and treat them like people. As a result, they can be quite the troublemakers:

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KITTEHS.

And finally…

5. We are going to be an aunt and uncle in October!!! T’s older brother and his wife are expecting their first baby. We don’t yet know the due date or the gender, but that info should be coming to us soon. We’re SO excited, and of course T’s parents are beside themselves. Can’t wait to welcome Baby W into the world!