There are lots of tools for emotional and physical healing out there, but today I want to talk about using your planner to heal yourself.
First, though, I have big news. I am officially a Passion Planner Ambassador!
Originally I was not accepted, but they ended up opening up more slots for Ambassadors and they said my application was one of their favourites. So now I get to be an Ambassador for a planner that’s helped change my life.
If you want to get 10% off any order with Passion Planner, use the referral code KATJE10 with your purchase!Go here to make your order.
Planning for Healing Change
In the planner world there’s a lot of focus on hustle, on crushing goals and making dreams happen. That’s all well and good, but it’s no longer my focus. I have discovered, through years of planning and journalling and an on-again, off-again relationship with those activities, that where the true value in planning lies for me is in healing.
When I focus on planning as a road to healing my trauma, I am better equipped to truly make my goals happen — or to realize I actually have different goals from what I thought I did.
We all have trauma. Some of us have had quantifiably less than others, but it doesn’t make their pain or need for healing any less.
Some people have trauma from their early childhoods and their families, and others have experienced it later in life.
Regardless the source of your trauma, you can work to heal it.
I am a planner, but I have feared commitment for many, many years now. I flitted from planner to planner, not willing to settle down with any one of them, always finding something lacking in each. Even when I did think I’d found “the one” I would invariably change my mind, and have a different planner for the next year.
Throughout the years, I keep coming back to Passion Planner. I have an on-again, off-again relationship with that planner, since I backed the first Kickstarter. (I think? I’m pretty sure I did. It has been…a long time.)
This year, I started with a Polestar Planner for my business life (and a Witches’ Datebook for my personal). I love them both. I didn’t love them enough to actually use them on a regular basis.
So when I saw a sale on Passion Planner in June where I could get a FREE dated planner when I ordered a certain amount of other stuff in my basket…I quickly bought some stickers and a very pretty yellow Passion Planner for 2020.
So what it’s halfway through the year? I wasn’t using the other planners. When it doesn’t work, pivot.
I’m pivoting back to Passion Planner.
And I’m applying to be an Ambassador. Passion Planner is the one I keep coming back to. I love other planners as well, but Passion Planner is the one I use.
I really did not post much this year, huh? Now watch me scrambling, trying to make up for it in the last month. Classic Katje!
So early this year I posted about my DIY planner made with an IKEA catalogue and crafting tape. I did not abandon that project! Actually as time went on, I expanded my sources for creating the collage. I cut up some old Barefoot Books catalogues to create more collages, and for December I’m using part of a wildlife calendar. (As of writing this, I still have not done December. Talk about behind.)
I also got washi tape in addition to the dollar store crafting tape I was using. The month collage pages of my planner look pretty awesome.
Hey everyone! Hope your holiday season and your January were pretty good.
It’s been a while since I’ve been on here….January was mostly reserved for me recovering from 2016, and I fell ill a few times. The rest I had was sorely needed, and I hope to have more energy and focus in the near future.
One thing I’ve been working on a bit is my DIY planner. I started this project in 2016, hoping to have it ready by 2017 but that didn’t happen. So I’ve been working on it in January and now February, trying to get it mostly complete sometime soon. So far I’ve got all of February written out and the March title page.
I decided I wanted to do something special with the title pages, and it occurred to me I could do mini-manifestation boards, especially as I’ll be looking at my planner every day.
Manifestation boards, or vision boards, or treasure maps, are something I’ve toyed with off and on since I was in high school and we made one as part of youth group at church. This was years before “The Secret,” and to be honest I’m not a huge fan of the ideas from The Secret or its followers. I believe that desire is a powerful tool, but not as all-powerful as some followers of The Secret seem to believe it is. There are lots of situations we simply cannot change by force of will alone.
However, I do believe that what we interact with on a regular basis does have an effect on us, so seeing (or hearing, touching, smelling, etc) something everyday will work some sort of magic in our lives, for good or for ill.