Planning for the New Year

Monday, December 29, 2014

Welcome, welcome, welcome ya'll!

As you can tell I am so super rested from my recent holiday vacation to Florida to see my family! If you want to see pictures of our fishing trip or my several shopping hauls be sure to follow me on Instagram! (@aubrey.eastway)

Okay, enough with the shameless social media plugs. On to our topic right? First, let me introduce you to my newest obsession, true planner love. Introducing...

Why yes, I am one of those people that name their planners. #noshame. Named "Zesty" after "Lemon Zest" I can't help but smile every time I glance at it! However, I really wanted to tell you why I am so in love with it, besides its vibrant color.

This is a tool. It has helped me in my everyday planning, in keeping track of expenses, in monitoring my water intake, scheduling all my appointments, and it's also a release for my creativity. Not only can I maintain a level of consistent productivity but I can also do it in a crafty way.

Isn't that little bow cute? Well it's a DIY! You can find templates and tutorials all over the place! But I highly recommend the one over at one of my favorite vlogger/blogger, Alexis' blog, Strange and Charmed! She is seriously the You can also click on the picture below to be taken to her super informational video with instructions to DIY the bow yourself! 

DIY Planner Bow Clip

If you don't have a planner for the new year, I highly recommend getting one. It doesn't have to be a Filofax or an expensive one. You can get super cute ones at Target - spiral bound, ring bound, or just bound! You can literally personalize any and every planner on any budget, with a little ingenuity and creativity of course! 

Enough of my planner obsessed rant. I wanted to show it to you so that I could really drill in this one idea.

If you want to reach your goals, you have to plan for them. 

I realize that some of you don't need to have everything on paper in front of you like I do. I also know that there are some pretty sweet apps and online calendars that can prove to be very beneficial to the techy in us all. But you have to plan to reach your goals. You absolutely have too! You need to have ways to check your progress, and the only way you can do that is by planning check points. 

Think about it. This time of year is all about setting new goals and starting fresh. Anyone can chase after a dream for a month, but it takes dedication, planning, and enthusiasm to preserve that drive! Having manageable bite size chunks that progressively lead up to reaching and maintaining your goal is the best and most efficient way to reach them. 

On Thursday, I plan on taking you through my entire planner, discussing my New Year's Resolution, having a printable available for your use and download, and also announcing some really exciting news! 

Keep coming back because I have so many ideas and fun things planned for the New Year!



  1. I echo the "it doesn't have to be an expensive one." Expensive is fine, but so is any planner that you love. :)

    1. Most definitely! First starting off in the planner world I thought that I absolutely had to have a Filofax, but now being knee deep in it all, I realize that any planner would have helped me from the get go! :)

  2. Is that a Finsbury? It looks like one! And that yellow is fabulous!! I named my planner as well, and it's so fun to talk about it, ha :D
    I entirely agree with your sentiment, so far as any success you wish you have should be planned for. How else will you know that you're getting any thing done if you don't know what you need to do?!!? :)

    1. Hi Jessica! It is a finsbury! All my planners are LOL! I don't know why I gravitate more to them! I've tried the maldens and a chameleon and nope...I'm a finsbury girl :) What kind of planner do you have? What's it's name?? :D I hope you come back tomorrow to see Zesty's set up and get your printable! Happy New Year!