Today, I'm blogging about planners.
(And they said my blogging dreams wouldn't come true.)
Today isn't a "typical" Lacy Blaine blog entry (if there is such a thing). I usually give screen space to more substantial matters, like spirituality and womanhood and pictures of flowers.
You know, deep stuff.
But today, in honor of summer, I'm serving up some lighter fare on the blog (because let's be real, it's far too hot to cook up anything heavy).
Despite the light menu, this post is gonna be a bit lengthy, because when it comes to useful and beautiful things. I have a lot to say. If you usually come here to read my 300-word musings, this post may not be for you. But if you love planner talk, welcome. I wrote this for you. And also, can you come over for dinner tomorrow night? Because we obviously understand one another.
Enough chit chat. Let's dive into the review!
Full disclosure: I LOVE planners.
The love affair began when I hit Junior High in all my awkward glory and my school started giving out flimsy blue planners with our Panther mascot emblazoned on top. I think some wise adult wanted us to master time management in the midst of our fashion faux pas and first crushes.
Well, I'm still a diehard procrastinator and I'm still pretty darn awkward, but I've coveted the feeling of a planner in the palm of my hand at the beginning of a new year ever since.
Nowadays there are far more tech-saavy options to "get your life in order", but the planner habit stuck with me through puberty and beyond. Despite my frequent iPhone usage, I've never been able to find a worthy replacement for good ole' fashioned writing things down. Besides, appointments, tasks, and reminders seem so much prettier when they're on paper.
Needless to say, as a long-term planner lover, once I got wind of the the Simplified Planner (SP) craze a year or so ago, I started paying close attention. The creator of the SP is Emily Ley: a lovely Southern gal, mother of two, and graphic designer with a shop full of squeaky clean and colorful paper goods.
It's not hard to love Emily Ley's design work and it certainly doesn't hurt that her planners have created big buzz year after year. The SP is notorious for selling out in a matter of days, and as new lines and designs continue to be added to her collection, Emily shows no signs of slowing down.
If I'm being honest with you (and with myself), I wanted a piece of the hype. I was following Emily's Instagram account, watching YouTube tutorials of happy Simplified Planner users all over the world, and asking most of the long-suffering people in my circle if getting one of these hot tickets seemed like a good idea. (As if they care what sort of planner I use, God bless them. I've decided that real friendship is humoring your friend's planner problems.)