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Planner Series Part 6: Favorite Planner Resources



This is the last part of my Planner Series.

DIYFish planner pages.  Their Facebook Group is super helpful and full of inspiration.

I love love love Wild Olive’s blog planner.  Before I’ve crossed out the headings for the little sections on the sidebars and used them for tasks I needed to finish that week, but not on a specific day.

Droplet on Etsy has a nice planner you can purchase and print for a diy planner.  They’re fun and super pretty!

Happy Planning!



Running: Week 2

This week my running didn’t feel as strong as last week.  I started to feel nervous about being able to increase my distance enough to completely run the Color Run.  A big motivating factor that is keeping me going is that I paid for this race and it’s only 8 weeks away.  No skipping out!

Monday I doubled my running time, running every other side of the block instead of one side.  I ran four laps and felt super strong.  This was my first am run and the weather was glorious.  I really enjoyed it.

Tuesday I took a late run.  I took Liam with me and he pooped out on the second lap.  We came home early.

Wednesday was my bad run. I went out around 6 in the afternoon and ran two laps.  My calves felt so tight I could barely lift them.  I came home and realized I only ran 13 minutes.

Thursday I knew I needed a good run under my belt or I was going to feel crappy the rest of the day so I got up early and repeated Monday’s workout.  While I certainly felt tired, I felt much stronger than Wednesday.

Friday was a Just Dance workout.

Since my training plan starts today, I decided to take Saturday and Sunday as rest days.  I wanted to have fresh legs before I started Color Run training.

8 weeks left!

Friday Social


If we were having coffee today, I would tell you I finished all of Harry Potter this week.  I feel like there’s a big hole in my life now.  On to something else.

If we were having coffee today, I would tell you running was not as easy as last week.  I bumped my run up from running one side of the block to every other side.  My first run on Monday felt really strong, but Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s were less than stellar.

If we were having coffee today, I would tell you I am super excited about the Build eCourse Virtual Retreat.  It’s a 2.5 day online event where every few hours there will be Q&As over specific topics like design, marketing, and monetization. You have to be a member of the Build eCourse to participate in the retreat, so be sure to sign up here if you’re interested!  P.S. I am an affiliate of the Build eCourse, so I get a percentage of your purchase if you use my link.

Happy Weekend!


My Updated Feed Reader

I love Evernote.  It’s where I save everything from the internet I want to remember or articles I want to read later. I transitioned from Google Reader to Evernote using Feedly and IFTTT.  I loved that I could open and clip articles straight into Evernote and do it all in one place.

Evernote recently updated, forcing you to open all links in Safari on the iPad.  I emailed them thinking it was a bug, and they wrote back that this was correcting a bug because you could open links in the Evernote browser and bypass Safari parental controls.  All links are forced to open in Safari and there isn’t an option for a web clipper on the iPad.

I downloaded EverClip and while it’s a nice app, it’s annoying to open Evernote and EverClip, then copy something in Safari, then go back to EverClip and tell it to send it into Evernote.  Are you dizzy yet?

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Today I updated my IFTTT settings.  Rather than send everything from Feedly into Evernote, I’ll run through all of my feeds, save the ones I want to read later and IFTTT will automatically send them into Evernote.

Same process, much fewer steps.

Running: Week 1

Since graduating college, I wanted to be a runner.  I read a lot of Healthy Living Blogs and they were all runners.  I immediately started Couch to 5K and completed about three weeks before puttering out.

I’ve done that twice now. I didn’t want to run so much as I wanted to be a runner.

I knew going into this that I have no problem starting, my issue is keeping motivated when it sucks.  So far it seems to be going well!

This time I’m doing the Nike Running 5K Training plan, which is 8 weeks.  I have two weeks of warm up runs before the plan really starts.

Here’s Week 1:

Sunday I went to the track with a friend and alternated running 100s, walking 400s four times.

Monday was a rest day because I was dead.

Tuesday I went back to the track and ran 100, walked 200, alternated six times. Tuesday was way harder than Sunday.  Both mentally and physically

Wednesday I ran the block around my apartment with Liam.  It’s equivalent to a track where one side is 100 meters and I really like being close to home.  I tried using the Zombies Run app and while I am sure it can be very fun I had a hard time making it work.  I don’t keep a lot of music on my phone because it kept running out of space.  I couldn’t really make the app work with podcasts.  Liam had a blast running.  He’s a pretty fun running partner.

Thursday I did the same workout as Wednesday.  Liam pooped out halfway through so I dropped him off at home after two laps and went back and finished another three.  I really like running close to home and not having to drive back after a hard workout.

Friday we were going to take a rest day and needed to work a little harder to hit our fuel goals.  Tony and I started playing Just Dance 4 and had so much fun we didn’t want to stop.  We both earned our Water goal on our FuelBands by crushing our goal by 50%.

Saturday I had plans to go back to the track with a friend, but she had to cancel.  I ran the block around my apartment using the Nike Running App.  It worked well playing over my podcasts and I liked that it would stop tracking as soon as I stopped moving.  My legs were pretty dead from jumping around the day before.  After one mile it told me my pace.  I am slow, but I’m moving.

Sunday I took Sunday off.  After running 5 days and Just Dance kicking my butt, I thought a rest day was much-needed.

Overall, I’d call Week 1 a success!  I’m excited to see how Week 2 goes.

Friday Social



If we were having coffee today, I would tell you this week has been absolute chaos.  Oh my goodness I am so excited for the weekend.

If we were having coffee today, I would tell you running is going really well.  I ran four times so far and I feel really good.  I’m excited to keep going.

If we were having coffee today, I would tell you I had my first guest post today!  I’m over on RuKristin talking about my Currently card process.  Check it out!

Planner Series Part 5: Additional Sections


This is part 5 of a 6 (ish) part series on designing your own planner.

Your planner doesn’t have to just include a calendar in your planner.

I use mine to keep track of gift ideas, blog post ideas I haven’t fully hashed out yet, and anything that I want to brainstorm or keep track of that isn’t time sensitive.

Use your notebook for meeting notes, to plan a big move, or start a cleaning checklist.

Keep lots of blank paper for brainstorming or notes.

It’s your planner.  Use it for what you need.

I’m Doing the Color Run!

When I first saw the Color Run was coming to Manhattan, I was super excited!  I’m always jealous of the Color Run pictures that come across Facebook because I’ve always wanted to do it.

Unfortunately, I already had plans for that weekend and couldn’t do it.  Until those plans were canceled. I’m doing the Color Run!

It’s on September 13th, which gives me ten weeks to train.  As of right now, I’m planning to do the Nike Running Couch to 5K, which is 8 weeks long.  The plan is super daunting, so I might switch to C25K, but I have a week or so to decide.

I’m committed to actually running this thing.

Until training starts, I am starting to warm up.  While I have started C25K three times, I’ve never finished it.  I am a super beginner.

Yesterday, I went to a local track with a friend and we started.  We ran 100 meters, walked three, and did that four times.  So we did about a mile total.

I’m so excited!

Friday Social



Happy Independence Day, American friends!  I am already enjoying my extended weekend and am excited for grilling and fireworks.

If we were having coffee today, I would tell you this has been a crazy week.  I am super excited for a long weekend.

If we were having coffee today, I would tell you I have discovered blackberry mojito green tea and I am in love!  (Starbucks is now serving it, and I literally bought the leaves at Teavana a week before the announcement. Funny.)

If we were having coffee today, I would tell you I am working my way through the last Harry Potter book.  A lot of things happen in this book that I don’t remember.  I’m excited to see where it goes.

Here are a few of my favorite links from this week:

Write for Yourself Today

The Productivity Secret that could Change Your Life

Why We Need to Write Things Down

The Future of Blogging

The Most Important List I’ve Ever Made

Anatomy of a Blog Post Part Two


Planner Series: Choose Your Calendar Format



This is Part 4 of a 6 (ish) part series on designing your own planner.

Now that you’ve considered what you need from a planner and found a binder, it’s time to evaluate what kind of calendar you want to utilize.

Do you only have one or two events you need to keep track of? A monthly planner would be great for that. Maybe you need more space to track to-dos throughout the week or your days are so varied you need to schedule hour by hour.

I use a combination of a few monthly calendars (one for general notes and one as an editorial calendar) and weekly calendars. I like being able to see all of my week’s tasks in one view so I can look forward and complete things before I plan to.

Spend some time this week considering what kind of calendar you would want to utilize. I really think it’s best to experiment and see what works best for you. Since you’re making it yourself, there’s always room to change and adjust as you need to.