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.
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.
And then I made these cookies!
They are DELICIOUS! And we had fun making them.
And we had just as much fun eating them!
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.
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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