Postcard Project 2015

Happy Friday!

I’m really excited to share this awesome idea with you all. The idea actually didn’t come from me though. It came from a lovely girl who is in one of the planner groups on Facebook. She wrote a post a few weeks back explaining how she wanted to create a book full of postcards from each U.S. state, and asked if group members would participate. I would’ve loved to, but she already had the state of NY covered (bummer right?) I still thought that it was a brilliant idea, so I got inspired to start my own project ๐Ÿ™‚

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This is the little logo I designed for the project.

If you would like to participate, send me an email at heart.dreenie@gmail.comย with your name and state. That way I can keep a record of which states I have and don’t have. One you are chosen, send me postcard from the state you live in with some encouraging words or perhaps a favorite quote. I will have the Postcard Project logo in the sidebar so everyone can access the page quickly, and see which remaining states I need ๐Ÿ™‚ I will continue to update weekly on the progress, and let everyone know when I have all 50 states covered! I’m really excited about this, and I hope you are too!

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-Ladreena-

One Lovely Blog Award Nomination!

Happy Monday everyone!

I’m so excited to announce that Emily of Createyou86 nominated me for the One Lovely Blog Award! I started this blog about three months ago to share my love for creativity to the world. It’s truly an honor to be acknowledged with this award. Thank you!

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The One Lovely Blog Award nominations are chosen by fellow bloggers for those newer or up-and-coming bloggers. The goal is to help give recognition and to also help the new blogger reach more viewers. It also recognizes blogs that are considered to be โ€œlovelyโ€ by the fellow-blogger who chose them.

The guidelines for the One Lovely Blog Award are:

โ€ขThank the person who nominated you for the award.
โ€ขAdd the One Lovely Blog Award logo to your post and/or blog.
โ€ขShare 7 facts about yourself.
โ€ขNominate 15 bloggers you admire and inform nominees by commenting on their blog. ย (Although, I will choose 6 bloggers that I have come across so far)

7 facts about me ๐Ÿ™‚

1. I was born and raised in New York City.

2. I love Hello Kitty.

3. I have a pet hamster named Max.

4. I started creative planning in March 2014.

5. I love writing to penpals.

6. I have a teddy bear named Pooh that I’ve had since I was a baby.

7. My favorite color is pink.

Here are my ย blogger Nominees!

Organiseyourlifeandmind.blogspot.co.uk

Euhnella.blogspot.com

Journeyintoteal.blogspot.com

Whathappensonthebackstreet.wordpress.com

Girl-organized.com

Blogs-by-lauren.blogspot.com

Once again thank you Emily. Make sure you check out her blog as well as the blogs I nominated!

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-Ladreena-

Vision Board 2015

Hello my fellow planners,

Today is the last post of the “New Year, New You” series with Emily of Createyou86 *TEAR* I would like to thank her for such an amazing opportunity. I definitely wouldn’t mind collaborating again ๐Ÿ™‚

Today is all about vision boards. What exactly is that you may ask. A vision board to me is a more visual representation of your goals. The previous posts talked about setting goals, keeping goals and what it takes to achieve your main goals. Now that all goals are in place, it’s time to create your vision board!

This is where you can let your creativity run wild. You want your board to be appealing so you are intrigued to look at it everyday. Write your goals somewhere on there. Accompany it with inspiring quotes, magazine clippings, sayings, whatever motivates you ๐Ÿ™‚

Here is my finished board:

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It hangs up on my bulletin board in my kitchen. It’s a friendly reminder of what I want to accomplish this year. I love looking at it

Be sure to check out Emily’s page to see how lovely her vision board turned out. On behalf of Emily and I, we hope you enjoyed this blog series. If you did, don’t hesitate to leave a comment below.

Have a great day!

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-Ladreena-

How to start off your planner + Free printables!

Hello to all my planner friends!

This post is definitely my favorite to write about. I get so excited talking about my planner and how I decorate. The topic of this post came from a conversation that started in a planner group on Facebook. The girl was amazed at how creative you could get with your planner. She wanted to start, but didn’t know how to. I believe we’ve all been in her shoes lol. Even I’m still learning different techniques in how to plan effectively.

Choose your planner

This one is the most obvious. There are so many different planners out there, Filofax, KikkiK, and Erin Condren are just a few that seem to be dominating the world of planners. They are a bit on the pricey side though. If you are just starting out, I would suggest buying an inexpensive planner. The reason why you ask? So you can have a feel of planning before committing to an expensive planner you may not like. Plus they have tons of cute designs and sizes to choose from. I have a Mead planner from Target that I am still using until June of this year. (If you want to take a look at my planner click here) I contemplated with getting an Erin Condren planner months before finishing my current planner, but I’ve learned to love my planner a lot. I’ve customized it so much. It’s my first baby! ๐Ÿ™‚

“Play around” with your new planner

When I say play around I mean start getting a feel of how you want to organize your day. It took me a few months to be content with the way I lay out my week. When I first started, I tried the color code system, but I found that it wasn’t for me, for others it may be. I use a lot of different color pens, but some of you may like to use only black and blue. The point is everyone is different and unique with how they like to plan. There is no right or wrong way to plan, have fun with it!

The fun part…decorating!

I love decorating my planner. If you are just starting out, I suggest going on Instagram, Pinterest or Youtube and search planner decorating. Believe me you will be so inspired! I like to decorate with stickers and washi tape. My favorite store for planner accessories is Target. Their one spot dollar section always have the cutest stationary things for your guessed it, a dollar!

Decorating makes my planner so inviting. It also encourages me to do tasks and stay motivated. I designed these to-do list printable for everyone to enjoy! I hope you liked my tips on how to start planning. Don’t forget to head over to Emily’s page to see her views on planning.

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-Ladreena-

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Action Goals? What’s that?

Good afternoon everyone!

Okay, so you have your goals in place, now what? In today’s post, I’ll talk about action goals.

What are action goals?
They are the steps you need to take in order to achieve your ultimate goal.

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Last year I didn’t go anywhere for vacation, however this year I would like to.

The Ultimate goal here is to go somewhere for vacation. Although a destination hasn’t been determined yet, I can still continue with my action goals. These are the steps I need to take in order to achieve my main goal:

1. Pick a destination, obviously lol
2. Request days off from work.
3. Save money and budget.
4. Compare prices of flights/hotels.
5. Book the trip.
6. Plan Itinerary.

Like I spoke about in my last post, it is important to keep goals fresh in your mind by putting them somewhere you visit frequently, whether it be in your planner or on the fridge. In addition to that, keeping a separate notebook for goals is also beneficial. I have one, and it has helped me stay more on track, especially with action goals in place. Think of it as your own guide to achievement. I hope this post helped you with your goal plans. Remember to go over to Emily’s page. She has more in depth information on action goals and even more tips to stay on track! Next post is all about Planners. Can’t wait, see you then!

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-Ladreena-

Making goals…and keeping them

Hey everyone!

Ever since starting my planner, I’ve been more inclined to make bigger goals for myself. It’s not the first time I’ve thought about my future. I know many of you can contest to having those five and ten-year plan assignments in school. Back then, I really didn’t put much effort into it, just enough for a good grade. Now that I’m much older, I can use that assignment more realistically.

I don’t know about you, but I need to take baby steps when it comes to setting goals. Right now I am working on monthly goals, and one year goals. I made a section in the back of my planner to keep a few monthly goals.

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This has kept me on track with my goals. I did pretty well trying this method out. Although some weren’t completed, at least I know which ones I still need to work on. I think one of the main reasons why I wasn’t completely successful is because I have them in the back of my planner, instead of somewhere more visible. If you’re wondering how I did in December, I completed all except one. (I definitely did overspend that month)

Remember 3 Tips:

1. Take baby steps if you have to. It could be by months, weeks or even daily ๐Ÿ™‚
2. Make sure to include goals in your planner, but in a place that you see frequently.
3. Don’t get overwhelmed. Take it one day at a time. Some times things get into the way of us accomplishing our goals. If you weren’t able to complete it, make sure that it is on top of the list.

Head over to Emily’sย blog to get more tips on goal setting. Next week we will share some goals that both her and I would like to accomplish. See you then!

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-Ladreena-

Reminiscing + free printable!

Welcome back to the second post of “New Year, New you”

When setting new goals for yourself, it’s always best to reflect on the past year. In my last post, I shared a few of my favorite moments. Today I’ll share some lessons learned in 2014. I believe it’s important to recognize what you’ve learned in one year, so you can plan for the next.

There are 3 lessons I’ve learned, and they are:

1. Having more confidence ย 2. Multitasking and ย 3. Planning

Having more confidence

Growing up, I was an extremely shy child. I was always too afraid to talk to others or voice my opinions. As I got older, it has gotten a lot better. Creating this blog has made me even more confident in everyday situations. I’ve learned that I won’t be able to please everyone, that’s just life. Knowing that,ย I’m a much happier person! It’s such a rewarding feeling to be able to freely express myself, and not worry about the response of others.

Multitasking

Now that I have a blog, social media is more in demand. I also engage with the planner community and have pen pals, so I have to make sure to carve time out for those things, as well as my personal life such as work, daily chores, my boyfriend etc. I’ll be honest, it was a little overwhelming at first, but I am managing it better now. There’s still room for improvement though!

Planning

This was a huge lesson for me. Learning to plan has made me such a better person. It’s definitely been a life changer.

One of my favorite quotes is ” A goal without a plan is just a wish” by Antoine de Saint-Exupery. This quote is so true. You can have all these goals, but if you don’t plan them through, they are just hollow thoughts, or wishes.

Please enjoy the free printable I created! Use it to jot down your notes and goals! Also don’t forget to check out what Emily over at Createyou86 learned in 2014. ๐Ÿ™‚ Next week, we will share some tips on how to stay on goals make. See you then!

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-Ladreena-