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      Mid Year Check In

      Mid Year Check In


      Hi Gorgeous! Can you believe we’re almost half way through the year? 2022 has been flying by! This week, we’re going to be revisiting the goals we set at the beginning of the year. First, let’s remember some of our favorite moments from the past 6 months. For us, our highlights have been several months of sold out boxes, expanding the team, and co leading Plan to Inspire. We want to say a HUGE THANK YOU to each and every one of you who have made this year what it has been for us!  We can’t wait to see where the rest of 2022 will take us 👏

       thank you to all of our customers


      Now, let’s get on to the mid year check in. Where are you at with the goals you set at the beginning of the year? Have you been able to check any of them off? Do some need to be revised or taken off the list completely? Has anything from your vision board happened? 


      Before you start answering all these questions, take a moment to center yourself and remember that failing is ok! You are only one person and having goals, dreams and ambitions are a wonderful thing! Just because they did not get accomplished the first time around doesn’t mean you aren’t able to refocus and tweak the energy and goal involved. 


      Once we’re ready, let’s review our accomplishments and see what changes we can make to our plan. Start by checking off the goals you have accomplished. Remember, there might be some goals that you have made progress with, but they might need the entire year to be completed. Don’t forget to congratulate yourself on how far you’ve come! 



      Next, let’s check in on the goals that you had challenges with. There’s so many reasons why you might not have been able to achieve those goals, so this is a great time to check in and decide if this is something that the current you still wants to achieve. If it isn’t, than cross that bad boy off too! If it is, ask yourself how can I adjust this goal so I can have it accomplished by the end of the year? 


      One way to help adjust your goal is to break it down into smaller, more attainable goals. It also is helpful to journal or meditate on why they are important to you. One of my favorite quotes is, “ A done something is better than a perfect nothing” (which is a slight variation on a Robert H. Schuller quote). This encourages me to make a little progress here and there rather than be overwhelmed and not try at all.  



      And there you have it; you’ve set yourself up for the successful rest of 2022! We’ve been working on some big things for the rest of 2022, so don’t forget to subscribe to our social media as well as our email list to be the first ones to hear all about it! As always, thank you for checking in with us and we STILL believe in the power you have to make change! 




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      Create With Us - Featuring May's Subscription Box

      Create With Us - Featuring May's Subscription Box


      Hi Gorgeous! This week on the blog we’re going to show you how you can use May's subscription to create fun designs. First, let's talk about what was included for this daisy themed box. This month we gave you STICKERS galore! With a 4 pack of Fabulous Planner stickers, a pack of die cuts and a handy mini book of stickers, we're certain you'll have enough to last you all month long (and then some)! Also included in this box are a set of double ended pastel markers and the cutest daisy pen. Summer is going to be here before you know it, so toss your hair up in a cute messy bun with the scrunchie we sent your way! To wrap this box up, we included a yellow translucent post it pad, an adorable daisy bookmark and a beautiful roll of clear backed washi tape. 


      May's Subscription Box Pictured: Stickers, Pen, Markers, Scrunchie, Bookmark and Washi


      Today we’re gonna focus in two products from the box, the daisy pen and the marker set. We’re going to use these to create some fun doodles and try out hand lettering.  *Disclaimer*  I am still very new to hand lettering so my form isn't perfect, but I think it's great to still be able to share and teach you all what I've learned so far. There are so many different styles and fonts for hand lettering, so I picked one that is easily achievable with the thicker, angled tip side of these markers.


      Set of 6 Double Ended Pastel Markers


      One of the biggest things to remember with hand lettering is that you want to think of this as a drawing you are creating versus writing. Slow and steady will give you best results. With hand lettering, you have two fundamental motions, upstrokes and downstrokes. Upstrokes should have little to no pressure on the marker. If you find you are struggling to get the lines thin, make sure you are picking the marker up in between strokes and you can also adjust how you are holding the marker so you are only drawing with the very tip of the angle. Downstrokes should have a fair amount of pressure, the more pressure the thicker the line will be. Keep in mind, these are markers and not brush pens, so don't go TOO firm with the pressure. 

      Below you'll see the type of hand lettering you can achieve using these rules, as well as, a break down of the strokes for 'A'. I highly suggest practicing each letter a few times, especially those 'S'! Take these strokes slow and be conscious of wether you drawing an up or down stroke so you can have the best accuracy. Again, I'm still learning, so I'll be the first to admit, my 'S' still needs a lot of help, but I'm not going to let that stop me from creating and enjoying this skill!



      Next up, the doodle portion of the design. Pick up the daisy pen and flick it around like a magical fairy wand (oh was that only me?). Now you're ready to doodle. I don't think this requires a lot of explanation. The most important part is to keep it simple and let it be imperfect. Personally, I think the funky and slightly off bits add so much more character. Just have fun and see what comes naturally to you. Here are a few example of some super easy one anyone can do.



      Here’s the super fun part, we’re gonna bring the two together. Begin with the hand lettering. Keep in mind what you're creating this on, if you're using blank or drawing paper, don't be afraid to bring out a pencil and ruler to sketch out where you plan on putting your design and letters. I actually love to do this in my bullet journal or grid section of my planner. It really helps with scaling out the design. In the example shown below, you'll see I wrote several words, but start with whatever you're comfortable with. When I first started, I typically liked to pick one word that embodied my mantra for the week. Next, frame your hand lettering with some of the doodles you practiced. I made a curved floral vine and added sets of flowers at the top. Last, add some final embellishments and doodles. 


      Hand Lettering Design: The Fabulous Planner Box


      And there you have it, your own custom little design! Now that wasn't too hard, right?! As always, we’d love to see what you create with this box, so don’t forget to tag us on Instagram, Facebook and Tiktok. If you aren't already subscribed to our monthly box, CLICK HERE sign up ... here's a sneak peak at the upcoming theme.


      Upcoming Theme: Getaway




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      Alice's Tea Party: A look into the March Subscription Box

      Alice's Tea Party: A look into the March Subscription Box

      Hello Gorgeous,

      Welcome back to the blog! This week we are discussing March's subscription box. We've got a fun and whimsical theme headed your way just in time for Spring. So brew yourself your favorite cup of tea and get ready to check out the goodies.  ☕️

      Items included this month are a pair of scrapbook pages, a coloring page, a habit tracker notepad and colored flags. As well as, a pen, a roll of washi tape in an adorable boba print, 1 of an assortment of enamel pins and a tea packet. And of course, a 4 pack of stickers and pack of vintage Alice in Wonderland die cuts. Some of my favorites for the month are the coloring page, die cuts and the scrapbook pages. Let's take a closer look!



      First up, the coloring page. Isn't this such a fun item to include!? It really takes me back to my childhood and is so reminiscent of simpler times. Personally, I LOVE to sit back and color. It's a great way to unwind from a stressful day or take some time to just be unplugged from the world. This sheet is 5" x 7" and printed on thick paper. Most mediums can be used to color it in, such as crayons, markers or colored pencils. Once you color yours in, snap a pic and post it to your Instagram stories and tag us! We want to see your creations!  📸



      Next up, are these STUNNING vintage art style Alice in Wonderland Die Cuts. These are perfect to spruce up your planner or decorate your inserts for the month. A few of my favorites are the mushrooms, the "drink me" stickers and the rabbits (I mean who DOESN'T like rabbits? 🐇 ). I plan on using the "drink me" die cuts to remind myself about my water intake.  



      Last but certainly not least, we're checking out the scrapbook papers. These measure 4"x 6". I personally like to use these a bit differently than they are intended. I use them as "snail mail" to check in with friends and family. The red themed page I am planning on sending to a friend with a packet of our favorite tea and requesting a face time date so we can catch up. The blue themed page I am using as a birthday card for a friend. I find hand written notes are a great way to show you care and that you are taking some of your time to think of them. 



      And that's all for now folks! Thanks for taking the time to check out a few of our favorite for this months' box. As always, we'd love to hear from you about what your favorite items are so don't forget to tag us on Instagram or join the Facebook group. One final note, we just want to say THANK YOU for supporting our small business, it means the world that you choose to support us and our brand! 



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      GO WILD! : A First Timers Experience & Guide of the Event

      go wild socal


      It’s been almost 2 weeks since Go Wild SoCal happened and while it was a BLAST, I can definitely say, I’m still recovering from it (probably because I’m an introvert). If you don’t know what Go Wild is, it’s a huge Planner Party (yes, you heard that right!) that gathers everyone that loves planners, stickers and stationery in general. Welcome to our crazy club! 


      I’ve always wanted to attend one but never had anyone to go with me and they were all in other states. I also would think about how expensive that would be: tickets + flights + hotel and everything else. Tickets cost close to $500, which is a little pricey in my opinion, but between all the speakers, events and goodies it was worth it to purchase when it came to my neck of the woods. So I had no excuse and decided to jump right in. It was now or never, right?! Or so I thought….

      The party was first scheduled for 2020 and as we all know, covid knocked it off course. After being rescheduled, we finally got to get our planner party on! I’ve gotta say, wow… it was THE PARTY!!! I will admit, it was a bit much for my introverted self, but there were so many highlights. I loved meeting so many customers and people from the planner community that I hadn’t been able to connect with in real life. I even got to meet THE Alicia Silverstone (Cher from the movie Clueless) ☺ my all time idol since I was a kid! 

      This is where I give you all the ins and outs of this event, so grab a drink or snack and let’s talk about all things GO WILD! I’ll start with the beginning of the event weekend, the Shop Summit.






      The Shop Summit is a full day of workshops about business, sales, marketing and a lot of inspirational talks that help to light that fire in you and your business! This year, we had Stephanie Fleming from Happy Planner with the best motivational, “you can do anything” talk! Followed by Lameka Alston from Capitol Chic Designs. She spoke about her journey, which included how she got started and how she got her line at Michaels. Her talk gave us some really great insights, especially in regards to the “behind the scenes” of the industry and included a lot of information that people don't typically freely give out. 


      Then, we had Brooke from BBBrooke sharing her licensing story with Disney. For me, this was the most inspirational talk because I always thought that in order to license a big brand like Disney, you had to be a big company, and that wasn’t her case back then. It solidified that when you really want something and give it your all, you will always find a way to make it happen! As well as, there is opportunity for everyone, you just need to know where and how to find it. One of my biggest takeaways was the meaning of FAIL. “First Attempt In Learning”. That blew my mind! Sometimes we want to give up when something doesn’t go our way and we think we failed, but really that was just the first attempt. 


      After lunch we had a networking session where we asked our table mates about their businesses, goals, and such. This was then followed by a not so sexy session about Small Business Law. That’s the part of business we never want to deal with but in the end we have to. It consisted of talking about why businesses need an LLC and other requirements.


      To finish the day, we had a workshop with Lauryn Wang from the Go Wild team about digital marketing tools and, in my opinion, it was my favorite session of the day. Although I already knew most of the tools she presented for social media management, she gave us so much information in such an easy way to understand. It definitely was the session I took the most notes on. All in all, the Shop Summit left me with so much information. Now onto the GO WILD experience!




      The event started on Thursday with a welcome party sponsored by Krissyane Designs. My favorite part was the karaoke! My least favorite parts were the lines to get a drink and the fact that it was SO COLD (the party was held outside, likely due to COVID). But alas, we got through those drink lines and they helped warm us up and get our dance party on! They also had the cutest cupcakes!



      The sessions started super early at 8am on Friday. I was so happy to be sponsoring a table at the event which meant I could get into the ballroom before the storm of guests and allowed me to find a fun table to sit at. I overheard that people were lining up at 2am in order to get in first and sit at a nice table. Once I got my sneak peak, I understood the excitement.  




      Trust me when I say this, some of these tables were TO DIE FOR!!! I’d like to think my table was one of those lol I heard great comments from everyone that sat in my sponsored table. My theme for the table was Barbie and all things PINK! Very on brand, don’t you think? Part of my reasoning for this theme was it originally was going to align with the subscription box for that month, but due to COVID the box came out prior to the event being held. So, the million dollar question, what was in the box?! Let me tell you, SO MANY THINGS! It included nearly everything in pink that I stock, with highlights such as our 2022 planner, notepads, a Go Wild pouch, and STICKERS, STICKERS, STICKERS…did I mention there were some stickers? The list goes on and on but that is just some of the highlights of what I was able to offer for my table.



      Now you might ask what table I sat at? I got to be at the table sponsored by Zebra Markers and Highlighters and OMG!!! I have never seen so many pens! I got the full set up and I’m so happy about it! I even ended up gifting some of it to a friend. I definitely feel like I hit the jackpot with my table choice. 



      Here are some other sponsored tables that I saw! 



      After all the excitement of the picks at the table, it was time for the party to start! We had so many good speakers on stage, while I hadn’t heard of everyone, by the end of the talks I had some new people to look up to! My favorite speaker from Friday’s session was Cindy Baldo. She spoke a lot about how to find joy in the little things in life and that spoke to me on so many levels. I absolutely hate doing house chores but she made me see that differently. She gave examples on how to find joy and reward yourself while doing the chores. It was great! The sessions went on until about 1:30pm and then we had the afternoon off. 

      Friday night we had the Wild Crop, which I think it’s a new thing for Go Wild. The Fabulous Planner also had a sponsored table for this portion of the event. We had all sorts of freebies ranging from stickers, washi tapes, journals, pens and even notepads. The Wild Crop was actually WILD! It was a little chaotic, but I think anytime you have such a huge crowd (about 1600 people) it’s really hard to keep it organized. 

      Then, on Saturday it was a half day of sessions again, closing with the keynote conversation with Alicia Silverstone. She spoke about her vegan life and how important it is to have good nutrition and a balanced life. While all the sessions on Saturday were amazing, I was just SO excited to see Alicia! When she got off the stage, I ran to her and asked for a picture. I also gave her one of our planners and a handwritten note. I was on cloud 9; it was a childhood dream coming true! Unfortunately, I had to leave right after that so I wasn’t able to go to Planjama but I heard it was a blast too!! 


      IT’S A WRAP


      My final remarks are that while it was a bit of an overwhelming event for me (re: due to being an introvert), it was such a great way of connecting with our great community! I do think that I would have preferred for the workshop to be one entire day, rather than be split into two half-day sessions. Or move the sessions to the afternoon because it was pretty brutal to be hanging out so late and then getting up at 7am the next day. That’s just my opinion and I will admit, I’m not much of a morning person. I do think the event needed a bit more structure because there were a few hiccups here and there, but overall, it was a super fun experience. 

      The best part of Go Wild, is that no matter how shy or introverted you are, you will make tons of friends! Everyone is super friendly and in the best mood possible. It was a great event to network and make new friends, so make sure to bring tons of contact cards. They also had so many fun attractions like a photo booth and vendor booths.

      From a business perspective, I’m really happy I paid for the licensing and sponsored a table. The exposure you get as a business is insane and I got to meet so many people that had no idea that The Fabulous Planner existed! Also, every time I released a Go Wild collection it sold out very quickly. Totally worth it! 




      It was a great event overall, I really enjoyed meeting so many people that also enjoy all the things that I do! I’m almost positive I would go again (it would depend on the location). Let me know on Instagram (check out the Go Wild highlights on our page) or on the Facebook group if you’ve been to one of the Go Wild parties and what you thought about it?

      The Power of Positive Affirmations

      The Power of Positive Affirmations

      Hi Gorgeous! This week we’re diving into the power of positive affirmations. We here at the Fabulous Planner believe in the power of planning, but some times you need a little something more. There comes a time where you have to provide yourself with a little self care. One way to take care of yourself is to practice reshaping your thoughts with positive affirmations. We live in a negative world and it’s easy to fall into that rut! Positive affirmations help take us out of the negativity that brings us down. 

      Let’s start with how to create positive affirmations. First, access your negative self talk, what are the things that pop up in your mind thorough the day or week? For example, “UGH, I’m such a failure, I can never get everything done”. Once you’ve settled on the negatives you want to flip, you will word them in a positive, opposite manner. You’ll want to keep these statements short and simple. As well as, begin with “I” or “My”. Avoid saying “I want” or “I need”. You’re going to be repeating these statements throughout the day, so make sure they are written in the present tense in a similar manner to the example below.

      Now that we have created our affirmations, how will we utilize them? The most common way, is to repeat them throughout your day. Think of this as a form of meditation or a few moments to check in with yourself. Start off with repeating your affirmations twice a day for a few minutes at a time. The key is to make sure you are being consistent, so make a plan and stick with it. Another way to utilize them is to put them around common places you visit, such as a vanity, in your car, in your phone etc. You want to be revisiting these words to give them the power to reshape your thoughts.

      Another thing I like to do, is when the affirmations don’t seem to be working, take some time to yourself and journal on it. Ask yourself the important questions. Why is this true? Why is this important to me? Does my affirmation need to be worded differently? You can be surprised by the insight you gain from a bit of journaling!

      If you’d like a little extra inspiration, I highly suggest checking out Morgan Harper Nichols on Instagram. She’s an autistic artist and writer who creates wonderful, uplifting posts. We want to close this one out by saying, we believe in your power to create and plan for the life you want! 


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