Monday, June 26, 2017

Go Wild 2017 Planner Conference Recap

I've been planning in a paper planner ever since I started middle school and we were given an academic planner to keep track of anything school related: assignments, tests, projects, extra-curricular activities, etc. 

^One of my previous Life Planners^

Almost nine years ago, I purchased my first Erin Condren Life Planner. I have been using an Erin Condren planner ever since. The EC planner is seriously my favorite planner. I use it to keep track of everything: work schedules (including when I substitute), birthdays/anniversaries of family & friends, medical appointments, fun events such as marking when I have a planner meet up, when library books are due, when I receive happy mail, etc. Next week, I will be making a post reviewing the 2018 Erin Condren Life Planner but today's post is going to recap the amazing experience I had earlier this year when I attended the Go Wild Planner Conference in Nashville, TN with a ton of amazing planner girls!

^Another previous Life Planner^

On, Thursday, April 20th, a few of my friends and I headed to Nashville, TN for the conference which was held this year at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel. Before our hotel room was ready, we went out to lunch at an awesome place called Biscuit Love. We also spent some time taking photos at various murals in downtown Nashville. Two stores we went into were Paper Source and Reese Witherspoon's store Draper James. When we got back to the hotel, we checked in and got situated. The event registration started at 6pm and we got our first set of swag that included an amazing Go Wild tote, t-shirt, Krissy Anne Designs stickers, a water bottle, hand sanitizer, and more! The first event was the happy hour party with Stephanie Fleming, the creator of The Happy Planner. This was the only event that was off-site and not in the hotel. My friend Melissa and I didn't go to this event but we had friends that did. During this event, we received new Happy Planners delievered to our hotel room door. It was quite a fun surprise!
^On our way to Nashville, TN!^

^At one of the murals in Nashville, TN^

Friday was the big kick-off! We had many different speakers during the 2 full days of the conference. On Friday, our first two presenters were Mica May, the owner of May Designs, and the amazing & talented Cindy (aka Llama Letters). The next speaker, Shay Shull, was such a thrill for me because I've been a devoted reader/follower of her blog (Mix & Match Mama), which is my favorite blog, for a few years now. During the Question & Answer, I raised my hand to ask a question and was so surprised when they called on me. I was so nervous that I was shaking and I thought I was going to drop the microphone. After Shay answered my question, I was handed one of her cook books and it was signed too! I was so surprised. After each session, we had little breaks to get refreshments, meet with other fellow planners, and the speakers. I was so excited to meet Shay and she couldn't have been sweeter. When Shay was announced as a speaker at Go Wild back in January, I was so excited that I wrote it in my planner. The last speaker of the day on Friday was Olympian and motivational speaker, Michelle Carter! Her session was so motivating and inspiring! I took notes during all of the presentations because the speakers were so talented and inspiring and I wanted to remember their words of wisdom and advice. After the events were over for the day, we did some exploring around the hotel, had dinner, and just relaxed the rest of the night.

^Meeting Shay Shull! I could barely contain my excitement!^

Saturday was the second (and final) full day! We had another round of speakers. First up was the admin panel (the admins of the Planners Gone Wild Facebook group and other planner related Facebook groups), which consisted of Amanda, Jen, Betsy, Lameka, & Claudia. Then we had the Kit Life girls (Jessica, Liz, & Jen). Our third speaker of the day was Christy Tomlinson (owner/creator) of The Planner Society. The fourth speaker was Whitney English who is the owner of The Day Designer. Our key-note speaker for Saturday was the one and only Erin Condren! It was so inspiring to hear speak and listen to what she had to say. After the keynote, I stood in line to meet Erin Condren. I also meet her the day before but I wanted to meet her again.

^Erin Condren & I. She complimented me on my shirt and I said "my shirt. Your outfit is amazing. I wish I could rock an outfit like you do!"^

^It was so amazing to meet Erin Condren. Without her planners, I never would have found the planner community and I wouldn't have the amazing friends I now have.^

After Erin's key note speech and meeting people, we had the rest of the afternoon to do whatever we wanted before the Planjama party that night. My friend, Lisa, her husband, and I did the gondola tour in the hotel, checked out a few of the gift shops, and ate amazing burgers at the burger place before heading back to our rooms to get ready for the Planjama party.

The Planjama party was so much fun. We had the best time talking, dancing, and having fun with our planner friends! It was such a wonderful time!

^Watching the water show before the party started.^

Sunday morning we checked out. We stopped and got doughnuts at Five Daughter's Bakery and then had lunch at The Flipside before getting on the road to head home.

Go Wild 2017 was an amazing experience. It was honestly one of the best experiences of my life and I'm so glad that I got over my anxiety and went. I had the best time ever, met so many amazing people, and gained so much confidence in knowing that I didn't let my anxiety get to me. My friends and I are saving up for Go Wild 2018 which will be in Austin, Texas.

^I took this photo right before we checked out of hotel.^

Friday, June 16, 2017

Five on Friday/Friday Favorites: June 16th, 2017

^I'm linking up with these blogs for Five on Friday & Friday Favorites.^


Five on Friday:

1. Hip Bursitis

Within the past month and a half, I've been diagnosed with left hip bursitis. I have been having pain in my left hip for the majority of this year and after visiting my regular doctor, he sent me to an orthopedic doctor where I had X-rays and was given the diagnosis. I'm currently doing 3 days a week of physical therapy until the second to last week of July. I'm still in a lot of pain but therapy has been going well. I always have exercises that I do at home that my PT gave me to do. Unfortunately, my doctors didn't want me working this Summer because of this and because of the fact that I have to go to PT three times a week so I had to regretfully leave my Summer job which I was loving.

2. The Graduates

Tomorrow my niece and God-daughter, O, graduates from elementary school. Her elementary school goes through 6th grade so tomorrow she will be graduating and in September she will be heading into middle school (time sure does fly by!) and 7th grade. During one of my trips back home to visit, when O was little, I remember she was taking a nap when I first got to my sister's house, and when she woke up, I went up to get her out of her crib and I go in her home and she sees that it's me, and she breaks into this hug smile and raises her arms up in the air because she wanted me to pick her up. My nephew, J, graduates next week from elementary school. He will be leaving 5th grade and elementary school behind and going into 6th grade in September. J and I were on Facetime together last week and he kept saying how much he misses me. I told him that I missed him more because the aunt always misses the nephew/niece more than the nephew/niece misses the aunt and he said that's not true. It's crazy to see how grown up my nephews and nieces are getting and how fast time is flying by. Being an aunt is sincerely my greatest joy and nothing else compares to it.

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3. David Wright Article

I couldn't help but start to cry while reading this great article about David Wright. I sure do miss seeing him playing every day for the New York Mets.


4. Book Recommendation

I recently read a great book. It's called Invisible Ellen by Shari Shattuck. I found the book randomly at a book store by my house called Book Warehouse. It was less than $8 and it was a hardcover book. It was such a great story and now I can't wait to get my hands on the second book, Becoming Ellen.

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5. Quotes & Funnies

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Friday Favorites:

Favorite Product:

Coco Shea Cucumber Aloe Gel Lotion
 I purchased this product in the beginning of Spring and I knew I had to include it as a favorite. It's from a new line of products that is sold at Bath & Body Works. It's one of my favorite lotions to date and it's especially nice for the Summer months as the aloe gel in the formula has a cooling effect when you apply it to your skin. I definitely recommend it.
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Favorite Book I've Read (so far) This Year:

^This is a great mystery novel and I read this while I was on vacation in Turks & Caicos. I never really liked reading mystery novels until a few years ago. I had watched a great Lifetime movie and found out that it was based on a book. It was actually based on the first novel in a series as I came to found out. I was sucked into the book just like I was the movie and I have know read and own all of the books in the series. It's an Amish mystery series by Linda Castillo. The main character is Kate Burkholder and the series is called The Kate Burkholder Series. The 9th novel in the series comes out next month and I'm so excited. Since I found myself loving this mystery series so much, I have been reading more mystery books. I really enjoy them! Here is a little more about, The Girl Before, from the book's page on the Amazon website: "In the tradition of The Girl on the Train, The Silent Wife, and Gone Girl comes an enthralling psychological thriller that spins one woman’s seemingly good fortune, and another woman’s mysterious fate, through a kaleidoscope of duplicity, death, and deception." I highly recommend checking this novel out especially if you love a good mystery.

Music Favorites:

I've been listening to a lot of country music and also I'm listening to Ed Sheeran a lot as well. I'm listening to all of my favorite country singers and groups and I'm also loving the new singer Brett Young and his self-titled album.

Here are some songs I'm loving lately:

Craving You -Thomas Rhett & Maren Morris
Suitcase -Steve Moakler
Hurricane -Luke Combs
Home To Me -Sarah Darling
Lights Down Low -Jessie James Decker
Barefoot & Crazy -Jack Ingram
Think Of You -Chris Young & Cassadee Pope

What artists/songs/albums have you all been enjoying?

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Time Is Flying By...

I am trying to get caught up with a lot of things, including blog posts, however, I've been working a lot and have just recently been diagnosed with hip bursitis so life has definitely been busy lately.

Here are some upcoming posts that I will be making in the near future:

-Erin Condren 2018 Life Planner Picture/Review Post
-Recaps of the 3 1/2 days I spent in Nashville, TN in April for the Go Wild Planner Conference
-Trip Recaps of my trips to Turks & Caicos (one in 2012 and one this year)

I will also be making posts with different link-ups that I join in with!

For now, I just wanted to write and say that I hope you all are having a great start to June. Also, how is it June already? Since graduating from college, I feel like the years just fly by so quickly!

Do you have any fun plans for the upcoming Summer months? I would love to hear about them in the comments!

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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

What's Up Wednesday: May Edition



1. What We're Eating This Week...

Monday: Pizza
Tuesday: Salmon & Caesar salad

and I don't know about the rest of the week.

2. What I'm Reminiscing About...

I've been thinking a lot lately about our annual Summer vacation we took while I was growing up to Lake George, NY. To this day, this is still one of my most favorite places to visit. A few years ago I had the opportunity to go back to Lake George while I was visiting my family in NY during the Summer. When we used to go there every Summer growing up, it was always a dream of mine to one day have a Summer house on the lake. Obviously, when I was a kid, I wasn't realizing the cost of a Summer house on the lake. LOL.


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3. What I'm Loving...

That during my three day weekend, I was able to Facetime with my nephew N on Sunday and my nephew J on Monday. I love getting to Facetime with my nephews & nieces especially since I don't get to see them in person nearly as much as I would like to.

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4. What I've Been Up To...

I finished up my first full year of substituting last week. I love being in the classroom and working with the kids. Today is the last day of my after school care job. At home, I've started deep cleaning my room going section by section and re-organizing and de-cluttering as I go.

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5. What I'm Dreading...

I'm so heartbroken over the fact that I will not be able to go to NY to visit my family this Summer. This has me very sad and depressed as I miss my family immensely and I only was able to go to NY twice last year (once for a three day weekend for my nephew N's communion and for one week in the Summer) and so far I've only been able to go back to visit once this year and it was just for a few days.

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6. What I'm Working On...

Deep cleaning my room, catching up on blogs & Youtube videos, making videos for Periscope & Youtube. I'm also working on a blog schedule.

7. What I'm Excited About...

An upcoming planner meet up with my friends!

8. What I'm Watching/Reading...

Watching: The shows that I watch that are still on --> Pretty Little Liars, Famous In Love, Good Witch, Downward Dog. And as always, lots of New York Mets baseball games!

Reading: Shaken by Tim Tebow
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9. What I'm Listening To...

Ed Sheeran

10. What I'm Wearing...

Shirts/Tank tops, jeans/shorts/capri's

11. What I'm Doing This Weekend...

I will be continuing to clean my room and get caught up on things. That's the only plans I have as of now.

12. What I'm Looking Forward To Next Month...

Planner Meet up with friends, Niece A's birthday, Nephew S' birthday

13. What Else Is New...

I recently received my 2018 Erin Condren Life Planner. I will be doing a blog post about it this weekend or early next week!

Bonus Question:
What's Your Favorite Vacation Spot?

 Lake George, NY as I mentioned above. I have so many very fond memories made during our week long vacation there every Summer growing up. I also fell in love with the Caribbean and it's ocean during my first trip to Turks & Caicos in February of 2012. I was very lucky enough to be able to go there again this past February/March and I hope that I am lucky enough to go back to the Caribbean during my life. I also wish that it was possible to trade the Atlantic Ocean for the Caribbean ocean. I would be at the beach all of the time if that was possible.

^Turks & Caicos in February 2012^

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

2016 Book Survey

Well since we're almost half-way through the year, I decided I should finally post my 2016 Book Survey! 😁

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Just A Note: These past two years (2016 & 2017), I have been so behind on so many things including reading. I'm hoping to rectify that and other things I've gotten behind on due to various things including lots of sickness, two surgeries, and a busy schedule the last few months.

2016 Book Survey:

1. Currently Reading?

My (Not So) Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella

2. Your Book Goal of 2016?

75, I think?

3. How many books read in 2016?

41. I had started the year off good but after my first surgery in the Summer, my reading amount went downhill.

4. Fiction/Non-fiction ratio?

38/3

5. Male/Female authors?

1/40

6. Favorite Book(s) Read?

Among The Wicked (Book #8 in the Kate Burkholder series) by Linda Castillo, Me Before You -Jojo Moyes, After You -Jojo Moyes, Amazin' Again -Greg W. Prince, One True Loves -Taylor Jenkins Reid

7. Least Favorite(s)?

Everybody Rise -Stephanie Clifford, Room -Emma Donoghue

8. Longest Title?

A Parcel For Anna Browne -Miranda Dickinson

9. Shortest Title?

A few books I read, had one word titles.

10. How Many Re-Reads?

0

11. How many audio books?

0

12. How many of this year's books were library books?

3

13. Favorite cover of a book you read?

Amazin' Again -Greg W. Prince

14. Most Disappointing Book?

Room by Emma Donoghue. I liked the movie but I didn't find the book to be as interesting as the movie which normally, for me, is the opposite. I usually like the book more than the movie.

15. Book that had the greatest impact on you?

Wildflower by Drew Barrymore

16. Book you wouldn't recommend to your worst enemy?

I don't have one.

17. 2016 read you recommend the most?

Among The Wicked by Linda Castillo, which is the 8th book in the Kate Burkholder series. U recommend the entire series as it is one of my favorite book series'. I also recommend One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid.

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

What's Up Wednesday: April Edition



1. What We're Eating This Week...

Monday: Pasta & Meatballs
Tuesday: Chick Fil A
and I'm not sure about the rest of the week

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2. What I'm Reminiscing About...

The amazing experience I had attending the Go Wild Planner Conference with so many amazing and inspiring ladies, including Erin Condren & her amazing team, and my favorite blogger, Shay Shull of Mix & Match Mama Blog!


3. What I'm Loving...

Being a part of the most amazing community... the planner community. I have met so many amazing women through this community and it has changed my life forever in the most positive way!


4. What I've Been Up To...

Traveling to and from Nashville, TN for the Go Wild Conference, spending quality time with my mom, substituting in the classrooms, and trying to organize my room.

5. What I'm Dreading...

Deep cleaning my room and organizing it!

6. What I'm Working On...

Getting back into blogging and making Youtube videos.

7. What I'm Excited About...

I'm really excited that the 2018 Erin Condren Life Planner launches next week! This will be my 8th one!


8. What I'm Watching/Reading...

Watching: Regular TV shows, NY Mets baseball games, LA Clippers playoff games, and NY Rangers playoff games!
Reading: I've been slacking really bad in the reading department so far this year. I'm still reading My (Not So) Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella.

9. What I'm Listening To...

Lots of country music: Kenny Chesney, Luke Bryan, Sam Hunt, Tim McGraw and I've also been listening to Shawn Mendes a lot too!

10. What I'm Wearing...

New clothes from Torrid!

11. What I'm Doing This Weekend...

Hanging out with some of my local planner friends, unpacking & organizing from the conference, spending time with my mom, watching the NY Mets baseball games.

12. What I'm Looking Forward To Next Month...

Celebrating my Mom on Mother's Day!

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13. What Else Is New...

I think I covered everything!

Bonus Question:

What is your favorite Spring/Summer shoe?

I usually wear sneakers/Keds all of the time. For Summer time, I also like wearing sandals/flip flops but I can't wear them a ton or my feet (I have bad arches) start to hurt.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

What's Up Wednesday: March Edition



1. What We're Eating This Week...

1. Monday: I honestly don't remember what we had.
Tuesday: Steak, Corn, Tater Tots
Wednesday: Salad & Sandwiches

2. What I'm Reminiscing About...

The amazing time I had on my trip to Turks & Caicos at the end of February/beginning of March.

3. What I'm Loving...

The planner community.

4. What I've Been Up To...

March has been a really busy but fun month! I was in Turks & Caicos for the first 3 1/2 days of March, I substituted a lot, I attended two planner meet ups. At one of the meet ups, we had a baby shower for one of our friends who is pregnant with her first child! This month, my nephew J, turned 11. 

5. What I'm Working On...

Trying to catch up on everything, including: deep-cleaning my room, catching up on blog posts & Youtube videos, making a schedule for my blog posts, organizing a ton of things, etc.

6. What I'm Excited About...

I'm so excited that I'm substituing more! I absolutely love working with children and it's definitely my passion. Seeing children learn, challenge themselves, work hard, and have fun is such a wonderful feeling and to be a part of that is so amazing and rewarding!

7. What I'm Watching/Reading...

Another area where I am behind. I have a ton of shows to catch up on and I have definitely not read as much as I've wanted to, so far this year.

Watching: Chicago PD, Chicago Fire, Chicago Med, Chicago Justice and all of my other TV shows. Starting Monday, baseball is back and I'm so excited!
Reading: I'm currently in the middle of My (Not So) Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella.

8. What I'm Listening To...

Shawn Mendes, Oscar Issac, Kenny Chesney

9. What I'm Wearing...

The regular staples... shirts, dress pants, jeans, etc.

10. What I'm Doing This Weekend...

I'm planning on doing some more cleaning in my room on Saturday and then just relaxing and on Sunday, I'm hanging out with my friend, Lisa.

11. What I'm Looking Forward To Next Month...

I have so many fun things happening next month, including a week off from work for Spring Break and my sister C, BIL A, niece A, and nephew M are coming to visit that week! I'm so very excited to see them and spend quality time with them. I will be attending a huge planner conference in Nashville, TN with friends of mine which I'm really excited for. I'm also super excited to go to Nashville for the first time. I'm also really looking forward to the start of baseball season on Monday, celebrating World Autism Day on Sunday, and celebrating Easter on the 16th.

Bonus Question: What is your favorite Spring thing to wear?

I would have to say bright colors, even though I wear them all year round. I also love capri pants!