MY HAPPY PLANNER AND HOW IT WAS WORTH THE $23 + tons of pics // how this weekend went and yes i cried


YOU ASKED FOR A POST ON MY PLANNER SO HERE I AM (hope you enjoyed lookingstalking my planner photos hehehe I KNOW YOUR PLANS YOU CANNOT FOOL ME)

basically I have had a couple different planners over the past two years. The first one actually worked pretty fantastically, but legit was gigantic. I don't think I've ever had a notebook so large. Then, I moved on to my bullet journal, which was super small, but I had to make a new week sheet like constantly bc I never had enough time to plan ahead....which was really really hard for me bc I couldn't write down something which would be happening a few months in advance. uhg.

aka I was forgetting birthdays and big things like that SORRY MY FRIENDS.

I finally reached the point after I graduated and I just knew the bullet journal wasn't working anymore. I needed SOMETHING but it couldn't be something that was too small or too big, utterly blank or way too busy, covered in sections which I would never use, etc etc etc. 

I searched and searched and searched -- and found THE HAPPY PLANNER. (it lives up to it's name jsyk)

I first found it on Amazon, which was pretty neat but I was heading to town that day so I was like "okay I'll look at Walmart." THEY HAD IT. but for like $23.00. I cringed and winced and cried and whined and begged people for money (no not really jk) and finally was like "its like $2 a month." so I snapped out of it and calmed down. lol

of course tho I got home and shared about it on my insta story and a girl I know messaged me and was like I GOT THAT AT COSTCO FOR $12 AND ITS 48 MONTHS WITH STICKERS AND MARKERS TOO *crashes and booms and moans and sobs in the background*
nah. I'm fine. really. *groans* 

But, still, no matter what, it's been worth it. I'm able to plan AHEAD which is huge. I'm able to look back -- also there is enough space for me to add different things each month (like right now I am keeping my nano word count at the bottom + what I've written for the day just for my own mental count). I just really really love the freedom of having the planner planned and set for each week. (aka i'm getting lazy or really busy? I'll take the 2nd please) 

also its really cute. *grins* 

THIS WEEKEND GUYS OH GUYS OH GUYS REMEMBER HOW I TOLD YOU I WAS SO EXCITED ABOUT IT gosh. it was like a wonderful thing + a half. so so so memory filled. All I can keep thinking about was the laughs and stories told and the hugs then the saying goodbye and my grandpa telling me to go away bc I was crying. (in a total loving/choking on emotion way) 

well so far today has been the most relaxing of my entire summer. It won't last, sadly. but hey, I would get bored anyway. I'm thinking of doing another boho hair wrap also keep an eye out for my monthly post soon. It's gonna be a good one *grins* 

WHAT DO YOU USE FOR A PLANNER??
HOW BUSY/LAZY IS YOUR SUMMER?

THINGS ARE CHANGING - how life is hectic and how i'm SO SO SO EXCITED ABOUT THIS WEEKEND // DIY UPDATE PICS


its just been one of those crazy hectic weeks where you run and run and run around getting so many things done but the gigantic pile of things NEEDED to be done keeps growing and its like HELP.  It's a neat hectic though. I'm learning so much. I'm enjoying so much. Our house project is going fabulously and I'm in love with how the kitchen is turning out. Absolutely in love. (also absolute is my newest and most used word of late) 

Last night I found out that the other library near us is hiring as well, so I quickly applied to there *crosses fingers* also also also today was like 900000 degrees or something -- work was so hot but on the bright side we got baby potatoes and OMW THEY ARE SO CUTE. After work, Sarah and I ran to our library where they were having a meeting. Its like a meeting where the teens can come and talk over ideas for new events....of course I'm like no longer a teen sooooo #whocares


I also got my first 3 slips into the grand prize box today. uhm. don't ask (UHG HOW IS SUMMER READING ALREADY ALMOST DONE?!??!?!)

We went kayaking on the river on the weekend.....totally forgot to bring snacks or water for the 4 hour trip. #badidea BUT WE DID GET ICE CREAM AFTERWARDS. which was actually 100% accurate bc it was national ice cream day and we didn't even know it. *nods* 

I get to maybe volunteer to be the librarian's right hand lady at the summer reading finale party*coughcough* (more like instant rule enforcer and loud speaker) BUT STILL. this growing up thing is hard but I'm working my way into still doing the things I love -- can't stop me hhehehee

I bought a fidget spinner today. #ifell


ALSO THIS WEEKEND GUYS. oh. my. word. okay so my grandparents are coming for a visit (the ones i visited on the east coast) and its like SOO exciting bc now we get to show them our favorite places and idk. I just can't wait to see them again <333333 

I'm so behind in my word count for nano its not even funny...i had to lower my goal I think twice? It's really hard to let myself do that, but at the moment, life is so full and I'm really loving that and it's okay. I'm still writing poetry and keeping conversations going on in my head with my characters. #writers I will finish this novel -- then I have some new ideas (I think I'll do a post on those later k)

btw MY HAPPY PLANNER WAS SO WORTH THE $23 DOLLARS LIKE IM NOT EVEN SORRY I SPENT THAT. (i mean still its expensive *cough*) do you guys want me to do a post on that?? I think I asked but am not sure #mybrainisfried

did you know that Wendy's has $0.50 frostys right now? well, now you do. get one. (or like 55029508629886 like i have)

BYE FOR NOW

WHAT ARE YOU DOING THIS WEEKEND??
WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING RIGHT NOW? 



87 POUNDS OF BLUEBERRIES + TAKING A GAP YEAR + FIREWORKS + PAINTING STAIRS // whats new [camp nano day 11]


me: *peacefully listening to music* *realizes its christmas music* *screams and scrambles to turn it off* NO CHRISTMAS MUSIC IN JULY OK

I'm kinda falling behind in a lot of stuff, yet not. Idk how that is possibly a thing, but I just keep on moving the things I didn't get done on the to-do list for the new day and so forth until everything is completed. except, during nano, I would not recommend doing that for your word count. You'll end up having to write 3k in one day or else you'll be so far behind..... totally not speaking from experience. nah. who me? nope. *hyperventilates* 

actual footage of me somedays
but then again, there are so many beautiful moments. Like sporadic adventures such as buying a pop-up camper off of craiglist and playing in moonsand with the little boy there. WHAT IN THE WORLD IS MOONSAND MADE OUT OF. its like moss and sand and uh. idk. its really neat and I'm slightly obsessed. shh.

or I could talk about picking a lot a lot of blueberries. that's basically all I have to say. Just don't expect me to eat much else after picking for two hours straight. One for the bucket, two for me - that's how I roll. *grins* 

My grandpa brought fireworks over on the 4th and yesss that was terrific. We had never really done anything like that before...so it was just one of those things that you'll always remember. Always.

painting stairs on the other hand hahahhahahahahahaaaaaa just isn't the funnest thing to do. (don't ever try painting half at once and then doing the other half like a day or so later. doesn't work. YOU SEE THE LINE VERY CLEARLY. *moans and yanks at hair* #thethingsyoutry)
lets face it this is also me 
and yes, I am taking a gap year. I did orientation and testing for college (yes I survived) but after a lot of thought and prayer and talking and pro vs con lists I was just like "YA KNOW WHAT not right now" and seriously the second after I made that decision, all I felt was relief. I'm still working my summer job + just applied for a job at my library (PRAY PLEASE) and going day by day, writing my novel, gardening, swimming and sibling bonding --- I know this is right.

btw, I am so overwhelmed with jane maree --- she did this amazing post about my poetry book IM JUST SOBBING K

also I'm craving a crazy baking experience. any dessert suggestions???

EVER PICK BLUEBERRIES (or any other fruits?) 
WHAT DECISION HAVE YOU MADE RECENTLY THAT BROUGHT RELIEF? 

WHY IN THE WORLD AREN'T BOOKS RATED LIKE MOVIES ARE?????!!! // encouragement + neat t-shirts [day 6 of nano]

countless times have I picked up a book and put it back down bc I don't really know the content in said book -- like UUHHGGG. Okay, with DVDs you pick it up, flip around the back and read. You get a little bit about the movie, who made it, the actors, and then waaaaaaayyy down in the bottom it'll say "PG" or "PG-13" or "R" and then under those letters it'll be like "for language and brief violence."

WHY OH WHY DOES HOLLYWOOD HAVE THIS BUT THE SIMPLE BOOK PUBLISHERS DONT??

like I get it. People have different standards. Everyone has that line that they don't cross -- of course the line is at various spots for each individual. but if movies can do it why can't books be rated??

I'd love to be able to flip around a book to see "PG for so and so". You get a better picture of whats in the book. It's almost as if publishers DONT want this. Because admit it, reading a book is waaaaaayyy different than watching a movie. yes, actors can do a really good job -- sometimes even the music/film work can make a film JUST SO AMAZING.

yet. yet. yet.

What would you say is valued and cherished? Books. Yes. They have lasted for so long and now what's happening to them? They're becoming dirtier and dirtier (not saying there haven't always been junky books cuz hahaaa yeah they've always been there) and books are slipping farther away.

sooooooooooooo maybe we need to change the way we do book reviews. Often, I see a review and think OH this book is neat! But, rarely do I hear the reviewer point out the negative side (unless its about some cheesy part) and I'm like uuhhg. Because, I would REALLY like to know -- I'd like to save myself from having to slam the book shut and walking away mad and disgusted for days.

WE ARE THE REBELLION.
 
we can change this. we can make a movement. I'm really excited for the day when we will walk into the library and see our friends published books on the shelves. We will be like Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. We will, guys. Don't give up. don't give in.

F I G H T . 

just know this. The faster you give in, the quicker you lower your standards, the less likely you'll have to make an impact. to change the world. 

let's stop raving about a book just bc it's being raved about. Lets stop forgetting about the Lord's name being taken in vain on page 27, just bc of the really good characters + story plot in the end. Lets stop bending and start standing strong. 

Come on, my friends. We've got this.

btw LOOK AT THE SHIRTS MY FRIEND AMANDA MADE FOR ME FOR MY GRADUATION PRESENT AHHHH

ARE YOU WILLING TO FIGHT AND STAY STRONG??
WHAT WOULD YOU WANT YOUR CUSTOM T SHIRT TO SAY?

HATE VS LOVE PERSPECTIVE // a post in which julia shows you the pretty sky + randomness [camp nano day 1]


there is one thing i hate

that i can't eat all the ice cream i want

that i live so far away from so many people i dearly dearly love

that some books are too long and some aren't long enough

the fact that airplane tickets cost so much

also the fact that i can't flap my arms and fly

that i have laughing fits randomly

knowing that winter always comes again

and also there are things i love

that i can eat ice cream often

that i have people that i love so dearly near

that books are books no matter what

yeah airplane tickets aren't cheap if they were nobody would value them as much

that i can't flap my arms and fly that would be weird

the fact that i do laugh a lot

and knowing that summer will also always come again

you see

it isn't really about the thing or how you feel about it

it's about how you look at it 


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btw, I'm entirely apologizing for this post ahead of time. I am on paint fumes (i did the bathroom (was in there all day) BUT YES I AM REALLY REALLY HAPPY WITH HOW IT TURNED OUT AH #chalkedpaint)


#whatiamfeeling 

  • am dying over how today is day 1 of camp nano how how how idk
  • also am eating filled licorice
  • and listening to amazing music -- go look up Emile Pandolfi k and 
  • mary poppins is on so i want to go watch it bc i am mary poppins k


try looking at things a little differently tho. I think you'll be surprised.

EVER TRY CHALKED PAINT BEFORE??
WHAT IS YOUR PERSPECTIVE? 

JUNE HAS SLIPPED AWAY EVERYONE AHHH HELP HELP HELP HELP // monthly wrap up post jk mainly gifs


W H A T  I  D I D :

walking up the stairs in pitch black darkness then suddenly sneezing. Idk how I didn't die

driving to the park on a Saturday with the windows down and The Gospel blaring with my bros and dad like YUUS

taking senior photos!!

lugging couches down 11 floors in an elevator - just a normal day here

shopping at menards with my sisters and coming home with 15 gallons of paint don't ask. Just don't.

(one week later)
Yup. You guessed it - still painting


bought a HAPPY planner (post on that later) and ouch it was $23 LETS HOPE IT IS WORTH IT.

91 DEGREES IMMA LOVING IT

sitting on brand new couches and just looking at the hard work done getting it to look like this and ahh

walking around barefoot in the store (I CARRIED MY SHOES I PROMISE)

picking 7 flats of strawberries (aka 56 quarts)

(Two weeks later)

still painting bro.

uhmmmm ruined my bedroom floor bc of water ouch


S I L L Y  S A R E :

*is setting up camp cabin name* WHHHYYYY. EVERYONE STEALS MY NAME.

*is accepting camp nano cabin invite*
"idk. The people seem sketchy to me"

-me *brings new jacket into Sarah's room* "the only way I will be able to wear this is if I turn the AC up really high"
- her *bursts into laughter* "well you can save it for fall"
- me *walks away sadly*

- Sarah " we really need to prep for nano"

- me "WILL YOU PLEASE STOP"

"Did you know that you can't splash under water?" - Sarah
"I'm writing this down." - me

*sare in store* "you know I could be an alien in disguise just pretending to be your sister."
*me slowly pulls out phone*
*sarah bursts into laughter*

"well, obviously we know if I ruled the world, it would be way more organized." - Sarah

H O W  L I F E  I S  R A N D O M :


driving along the road in town and look out the window to see a guy on his lawnmower riding down the sidewalk????

*my dad walking past bedroom door*
"jsyk you can't take a shower bc there is no hot water"

gardening until 11 pm to get the garden planted before 90 degrees hit

*sister in said garden with me*
"If I were a plant, I'd want to be planted at night. bc then you can wake up in the morning."

*driving home while the sun is setting*
"It's a full sun!" - my dad

being in the store all mature like (for once ha) and then this teenage girl is sitting in the cart with her 8 bro pushing her #whereismyshoppingcart


*in post office*
"Have a nice day, ma'am!" -lady at desk
*me and Sarah walk out to car silently* *me start engine then turns to sarah*
"Why did she call me ma'am?" - me
"Idk" -Sarah 

T H E  S I B S  S A I D :

*little sis licks finger and sticks into air*
Me - "what are you doing?"
Her - "checking the wind"

Me : "what's your favorite food?"
Little sis : what's my favorite food? CAKE."

"sister I need to tell you something. When I wake up..I smell like macaroni." - little sis

"Can I read your poetry book? I mean, why do you want your friends to read it but I haven't yet?" - bro
Me - "Uhm..idk"
"How much is it?"
"$10"
"Oh okay. Well good thing we are siblings cuz I can just read it for free." - bro

*outside working on garden* *little sis runs out and grabs hose*
"Come on team! We can do this!"

*me at park with sibs*"This is my friend!" - little bro
"Do you know his name??" - me
"Uhmmm....Cliff....??"
*random little boy sarcastically* "it's Canyon."
*me bursts into laughter*

"Sister! When you go under you HAVE to close your eyes, mouth and plus your nose. Do like I do!" *little sis in pool talking to older sister who's been swimming longer than she's been alive*

*little bro taps my forehead while laying on the couch*

- me "please stop"
"Oh but I was just trying to see who's in there."

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June is one of my most favorite months and now its slipped by HOW HORRIBLE OH SADNESS OVERLOAD. *pulls myself together* I know its dumb, but I really like how June looks when written? Don't even try to comprehend that. but no matter what WHERE DID THE MOMENTS GO. still tho, I wouldn't trade where I am at for anything -- each day is crammed and each day I sleep sound and hard bc this is life and this is good. 

WHAT THING MADE YOU LAUGH THE HARDEST?? 
ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO JULY? IF SO, WHY? 

POETRY BOOK BEING SOLD IN AUSTRALIA + MONEY MANAGING + 56 QUARTS OF STRAWBERRIES also living at menards????


my life at the moment is a major blur (aka why these photos are in this post) of "I'm so busy." "I'm so tired." a feeling I'm sure you all know/feel. also, I must admit, being graduated has affected me more than I had thought. Like, okay, my bedroom is set up for the julia-who-had-school. My planner worked better then because I would actually SEE it when I sat down. Now?

well, basically I've got 3 out of my 4 drawers in my dresser half open with stuff hanging out of them. IM TRYING TO FIND THINGS. My desk has layers and layers of papers -- legit. also books, cds, pens, random wrappers (mmm i want more licorice now). ITS LIKE WHAT NOW. And, all of this is because of work/life. I mean, lets face it, we allll rush into our room .2 seconds before leaving the house looking for that shoe.
IT HAPPENS.

I UNDERSTAND.

BUT NO MATTER WHAT IT IS DRIVING ME CRAZY.

I'm constantly forgetting what I'm supposed to do, where I need to go..like twice now I've returned library dvds WITHOUT THE DVD IN IT. #sorrylibrarians My mind is rather...messy. so as Sarah calls it, I'm trying to "get my life organized". (TOTALLY NOT WRITING THIS POST AND RESEARCHING FOR A PLANNER WHILST MY ROOM IS A WRECK *nervous laugh*) I think I actually found a planner which will help me tho???
Here it is : PLANNER.

The one thing its lacking tho is  -- BUDGET HELP.  I really want to be able to work, earn money, splurge once in a while, but also set aside said money. I MEAN THATS SMART RIGHT?? I'm still searching for something on that... any ideas?? 

yesterday Sarah and I picked 56 quarts of strawberries. just thought that was random enough to share.

AND YES YOU READ THAT TITLE CORRECTLY. A FEW COPIES OF MY BOOK ARE GOING TO AUSTRALIA. all of my friends are so amazing i love you all. AND UHM like *sobs* aliyah wrote a review for my book!!!!!! SHE MAKES ME CRY. read it here : POST

Yesterday I was at Menards for the 2nd time this week (yes more projects hehehe also why i am busy wow) and one of the employees looked at me and said "wow you are like living here now!" I laughed and said I loved the place. also, there was an adorable little girl holding her daddy's hand who's name was Julia there, so yes, this place is gold right. 

btw, sometimes I sit down and posts are written about things I'm thinking about and other times? Well, sometimes I just write, as if you were sitting right next to me and we were having a conversation. This is one of those posts. 

Thanks for being my friend, friend. You're always here to read these wacky things I call blogposts. I'm sorry for being such a nut sometimes.

[oh and i still haven't seen cars 3 but wanna, hbu?]


ANY BUDGETING TIPS/PLANNER PREFERENCES?? 
TELL ME WHAT YOU DID THIS WEEK 
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