Why I love my IWP planner & suggestions on how to use it: 2018 edition

Last updated: 1/29/18 {3 daily boxes}

If you’ve been following me for any amount of time, you’ll know that I started paper planning again in 2017. I wanted to start writing my goals down instead of keeping them in my head or in Wunderlist/Evernote because research shows that you’re more likely to accomplish them. In the summer of 2016, I started researching which planner I wanted to use. Like the nerd/researcher/overthinker that I am, I created a note in Evernote with the various planners I had heard about and listed the pros and cons of each one ?

I ultimately settled on the Inkwell Press planner* because it had everything I was looking for. It’s more than just a planner because it has so much goal setting incorporated into it. It’s also BEAUTIFUL with quality features like their 140 GSM paper, but also functional which was something else that was important to me. So enough of my back story – let’s get into the planner!


My goal setting process

It’s been a while! This post should probably be an update on me since I’ve been kind of MIA on social media, but I’ll save that for another post because I want to talk about something that’ll flow a little more easily, which is my goal setting process and goals. I know today is just another day when you think about it, but there’s something about the new year that makes it a great time to reflect and set goals. That’s what I did all day since I was feeling motivated.


Biz update & next steps

It’s my birthday! 🙂 I decided today was the perfect day to make my announcement because I needed a deadline before I let my perfectionism continue holding me back yet again. I’ve mentioned this on social media a couple times already, but have been wanting to “officially” post about this for so long, so here goes:

There’s no more “Debt Free Like Annie” because I’m working on something bigger.


I have no control over my kids

The irony of this picture. Earlier today I decided that I’d post a picture of our family command center once the kids were back so their bags could be in the picture because I was really happy with how it came out. “Family command center” yet I have no control over my kids, specifically the older two.

The ugly secret of working moms

Hubby shared an article with me the other day titled “The ugly secret of working moms” that I loved because it is the TRUTH. I’ll copy/paste a quote from it that I think sums it up well:

“We’re expected to do our jobs as if we don’t have children — and then raise our children as if we don’t have jobs,” she said. “If you think about the model of the ideal mother, it’s the person who sacrifices everything for her child. The ideal worker is someone who can drop everything and go on a business trip at a moment’s notice, and who can stay late — not leave at 5 o’clock to pick up kids. So if you’re trying to be both, then you are faking it.”

I can relate to this SO MUCH and I’m sure other moms can too.