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planner ritual and capturing magic

my planners for the past 5 years

This girl loves a good planner. I am always on the hunt for the perfect one and have tried many different iterations. I love having a hands-on book for scribbling and dreaming, need it really, as I could never be one to have a completely online organizer.  I have also found over the years my planning is not very linear. It's sort of a mish mosh and jumbles of thought threads. While I adored the creative and well organized pages of Planner Pad (awesome tool for those who like a structure and well designed outline), I found it was too restrictive for me. So a few years ago I switched to a weekly Moleskine, which I love. The size is perfect and it holds just what I need.

In the weekly calendar section, I don't actually write my appointments and schedule. I use the daily spaces for my gratitude practice and log in big and small things that bless my life. I've done this for so long that I now seamlessly live this gratitude whether I write it down or not. So this year I am shifting things a bit and writing a combination of daily blessings and baby steps that I am taking towards my yearly goal of embodiment, related to my Word of the Year. I want to capture the momentum and intention of the day to day, the progress. This feels good and right. There are blank pages alongside each week, and on those I tend to compile my To Do's. 

My actual calendar and scheduled dates are on a Google calendar I share with my husband so we can easily coordinate. I even put the days of my period on there which has been helpful for both of us in many ways! Oh, to be a woman! Also, in a separate, large blank journal (I don't like being boxed in my lines!), I also keep an inspiration notebook full of ideas and projects and doodles and notes. A lot of magic happens in those pages. For random thoughts on the fly I have a tiny Moleskine in my purse and also use the Notes on my iPhone. Everything eventually gets integrated and funneled into my inspiration notebook.

My yearly ritual of creating a cover for my planner is one I savor and adore. There always emerges a color story and an illustrated narrative of where I am and where I want to go. They are as unique as the years that unfold between their pages!

I use a sheet of blank sticker paper cut to size (which you can buy at Staples for about $15 for a pkg of 25 sheets), and collage my images as I would onto a journal page, with lots of glue and then a final clear coating. Once it's finished, I just peel and stick. So easy and it seems to wear fairly well. 

This year's message is clear. Keeping it wild! Fire. Nature. Alchemy. Stories. Love. And I really love the golden hues with pops of pink that came through. 

The quote reads, "Overcome the notion that you should be regular. It robs you of the chance to be extraordinary."

Off I go!


  1. I love it Mindy! I love the skull, the pentagram, all of it! Are those beads on the skull or were they already on the picture? I am really intrigued by how you did your cover. I've never seen the sticker paper. It's a great idea. Once you have your cover stuck on the journal, do you the give it another coat of gloss mod podge? I meant to ask you as well, about the gold buttons (I can't think of the right name for the now!), were they just a row and you put them on the sticker paper? And one more question--(sorry), what type of glue did you use? I just love your cover!

    1. Donna! thank you for all of this lovely enthusiasm! i usually add clear coats as needed, once or twice a year. the glue I use is a regular old glue stick (can never have too many!). all the images are as is, and I did not add any embellishments… just chose them for they're texture and sparkle!

  2. Beautiful - love reading through your process with scheduling and notebooks. Being the planner nerd that I am, I have tried SOOO many over the years only to give up midyear for one reason or another. Format didn't work for me - too restrictive, too loose, too whatever...but have found a great one that I love for all the reasons that keep me coming back to it, using it, and working with it. Plus, I adore her story. Have you tried Looks like you are off to a beautiful new year, buon anno! xx

    1. Love having a fellow planner nerd ;) and can't wait to check out the one you suggested! omg! a beautiful years indeed… and thank you for being a part of it! that's what makes my days so full of light <3

  3. I love planners and have the passion planner too but none meet all my needs so this year I am creating one that has everything I need todos, schedule, art, magic everything! I love yours and you have given me some ideas to add

    1. I love the idea of making you own! i did this too one year… made a whole binder with different pockets and sections. it was fun, but a lot of work.I would love to see what you create, Breanna.


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