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Tuesday Tips: My Life is Messy Kitchen Snack-a-Thon PLUS A Good Plan Should Make your Life More FUN!

By Kris Windley

You know how I feel about planning: it’s super important.

Because without a plan bad things can happen, but you could also be missing out on the fun stuff without one.

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When I went to Bellelive, I had plans coming out of my ears: where my kids would go all week (Grammie and Grampie and Nana and Grandad are all AWESOME!), what I would wear each day (Don’t forget to pack those shoes!), what I needed to prepare to be ready to learn the stuff, and where I would stay all week (Thanks Jen!!).

Without those plans, my trip wouldn’t have been nearly as awesome as it was.

I wouldn’t have felt as cool, calm, and collected while I was there. And I wouldn’t have come home to kids who had missed me, but were really just super happy and chill while I was away – so they got to focus on feeling proud and excited for me, and we got to have all the happy hugs.

I think I need a plan more than most people do.

And it’s not because I’m a “Type A” person who just loves to control everything and keep all of the ducks in an equally spaced row at all times.

I’m not. Just ask my brother!

Jay has always been together. Since we were kids and he opened up his own savings account to save for University while I was busy flitting about on secret (and somewhat imaginary) picnic journeys with my best friend Steph, he has ALWAYS been a planner.

It comes naturally to him, and it makes him feel safe and comfortable.

It never came naturally to me to stop having fun and start making a plan.

And it has freaked him out my whole life. Someday, I’ll tell you about the time I lived in his storage closet, but today I’ll just say that he has always felt like my flighty (he would say FLAKEY) style was insane and dangerous and totally nuts.

He has always worried that I would lose track of myself and just flake out completely.

And he’s not totally wrong.

At some point – after I moved out of my brother’s storage closet – I realized that I had to create some kind of organizational framework for myself to keep myself focused.

If I didn’t make plans for my life and my business (and my writing), I would probably disappear regularly down a rabbit hole of shiny-new-idea-tangents, and I’m not sure if I would ever finish anything.

But planning doesn’t need to be stuffy or boring.

This is one of the reasons that I love Mayi Carles so much. She is clearly creative and – OH MY GOODNESS – is she ever fun?! But she has created a line of life and business planners that will keep you from flaking out when it counts. It’s like a tiny (and adorable) drill sergeant is giving you marching orders, and our ToDo list.

Click to Tweet: Fun and plan CAN live together? Yes. They. Can!

Thank you Mayi. Thank you.

So as I am about to kickoff a series about planning here, It feels like kismet that I promised Mayi I would be a part of her latest awesome thing.

She launched an amazing cookbook last week, and I have spent many hours disappearing in the beautiful photos, giggling at her typically adorable illustrations and dreaming about eating every single thing.

And then!! I checked out the bonus materials she gave along with the digital download of her book, and I found some SUPER cute printable planners.

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So I printed them. And I planned some things. And it was fun!

And then I made these cookies!

My Life is Messy Kitchen | A good plan should be fun | Keyboards and Kickstands | Kris Windley | Writing Coach | With a K Writing Services

Aren’t they sweet? We added some extra chocolate drizzle and coconut…because why not?!

They are DELICIOUS! And we had fun making them.

My Life is Messy Kitchen | A good plan should be fun | Keyboards and Kickstands | Kris Windley | Writing Coach | With a K Writing Service

The girls and I gathered the healthy and delicious (and vegan – yay!) ingredients and put them together super-quickly.

My Life is Messy Kitchen | A good plan should be fun | Keyboards and Kickstands | Kris Windley | Writing Coach | With a K Writing Services

And we felt a patriotic rush of pride when one of the major ingredients was maple syrup. YUMMMM!! Someday I’ll tell you about the time my parents decided we should tap our Maple trees and make our own maple syrup.

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Just look at that liquid gold! Maple syrup is my spirit animal.

My Life is Messy Kitchen | A good plan should be fun | Keyboards and Kickstands | Kris Windley | Writing Coach | With a K Writing Services

We mixed it all together, and it smelled like everything was good and right in the world.

My Life is Messy Kitchen | A good plan should be fun | Keyboards and Kickstands | Kris Windley | Writing Coach | With a K Writing Services

We may have eaten a LOT of the dough before any cookies even happened. But it’s ok, because – NO EGGS! 🙂

My Life is Messy Kitchen | A good plan should be fun | Keyboards and Kickstands | Kris Windley | Writing Coach | With a K Writing Services

Should we add more chocolate? Of COURSE we should add more chocolate! Are you kidding me?

And we had just as much fun eating them!

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One bite at a time!
…or the whole cookie stuffed in my mouth while the kids look away. But who’s counting?

My Life is Messy Kitchen | A good plan should be fun | Keyboards and Kickstands | Kris Windley | Writing Coach | With a K Writing Services

And then I checked my plan to see if I had achieved my goals…Yup! We’re on the right track!

See? Using a plan isn’t a drag at all!

If you approach planning with a fun and flexible attitude, it will support you and actually make room for more fun – because the details aren’t being tricky and messing with your good-times-groove.

If you want to learn more about how to use planning to make your business and writing more fun, sign up for Tuesday Tips: Writing Tips With a K.

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In the meantime, share this post with anyone you know who loves cookies, planners or FUN! They will thank you for it.

Now go check out the cookbook and eat all of the cookies! It’s all a part of the plan.

Whether you are struggling to trade busy work for a hammock + fill your tote with fresh flowers from the Farmer’s Market (after trying all the samples) or expand your definition of dinner under a starry sky, Life is Messy Kitchen: A Quirky Guide to Sane + Happy + Clean Eating is an invitation to reset our intention around food with a sense of humor + good appetite + a taste for adventure. Learn more at:www.lifeismessykitchen.com

KrisWithaK

Kris is a writer, editor, illustrator, teacher, mother of two amazing young ladies - and enthusiastic cat-belly snuggler. A certified teacher, long-time blogger and experienced brand consultant, she writes about Writing, Business and Blogging...and sometimes about Changing the World.

Comments

  1. Yum! I can sooo relate! I plan because I am a mess if I don’t, NOT because it comes naturally. The less naturally it comes, the bigger the benefit. Thanks, Kris!!

  2. I missed that cookie recipe in the book! Down the rabbit hole I go!

    I feel you sista…isn’t it weird how Type A personalities love, love some organization, but can be so prone to distraction by shiny objects or new ideas?? The rabbit hole knows me well.

    Your post made me smile BIG! And who is Steph? Is she real or imaginary?? I must know, please tell me Chica….

    • Hahahahah! Steph is a real person 🙂 Our trips had many imaginary elements, but she is definitely very real. She was my best best best friend in grade school, and I adore her still.

      I have never been described (by someone who knows me well) as Type A, but I know that I need to organize myself – probably because of my flakey, non-A tendencies – or everything will fall apart a bit. The rabbit hole still gets me, but it’s ok because I can come back out and check my ToDo list to see where I left off 😉

      xo
      K

      • I thought maybe she was an imaginary friend. Tee-hee!!

        And now I’m thinking you gotta be a Gemini cuz that’s the twins. You know, they say 2 personalities. At least that’s my excuse for being Type A yet simultaneously being unorganized & distracted. Squirrel!!!!!

        • 🙂 I didn’t actually have an imaginary twin – of all people, you would think I would right? I think we are all on a spectrum of A and B personalities; I feel the same way about intro vs extroverted personalities too.

          We’ve all got a little bit of everything rolling around in there – just to different degrees 😉

          xo
          K

  3. Kris, I have those very same measuring cups! Don’t you just love them? So cute!

    I am dying to cook every recipe in this cookbook. Everything looks so delicious! Now I better get off of here and work on my Hulk Pancake blog post for tomorrow! 😉

    • The HULK Pancakes are adorable, Sarah!!

      We were going to do those, but cookies won out (this will happen when two voters are under the age of 16). Can’t wait to see how they turn out!

      xo
      K

  4. Those cookies look yummy!! Ya just can’t beat a plan that involves cookies! Mayi is the cutest. I’m not a great cook at all but I’m so tempted to get her Messy Kitchen guide. I have also found that if I don’t put everything on my calendar, it’s likely that it won’t get done. Happy Thanksgiving!

    • It’s a great cookbook, Cindy.

      I’m not kidding about how quickly this recipe came together either. It was a piece of CAKE! …well…it was a piece of cookie, but you know what I mean 🙂

      xo
      K

  5. I’m horrible at planning, but you make a good case for it. I’ll just have to try harder! And those cookies look absolutely delicious. More chocolate is always a good thing!

    • You can do it, Ani!!

      I was totally not a planner, and it made for some messy mistakes. When I first started making plans it wasn’t easy or natural, but it’s become second nature and it doesn’t ruin my fun-having at all!

      xo
      K

  6. K, Another great post! You always make me want to do EXACTLY what you say! You are such a good motivator! And now I’m hungry! Just purrfect! 🙂

    • Heeheee Nancy! You’re so funny.

      I find that being bossy in yellow text really works 🙂 There are only two of these cookies left…and I’m supposed to be saving them for the girls to eat when they get home.

      Maybe I should make another batch?

      xo
      K

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