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Make Life Happen

It should be of no shock for my friends and readers to hear I am a proud, card-carrying, handwriting, weekly planner enthusiast, refusing to go to the dark side of digital scheduling (this year I’m using the gorgeous Appointed Weekly Binder Calendar). This is the only way I know how to live. Once a week, Nick (who also owns a hardcover weekly planner) and I walk through our calendars, coordinating the family’s schedule. For the most part, this process has worked beautifully.

Little did I know, our family was in need of an entirely separate calendar to involve everyone and work out any conflicts which always arise!  It all began with a class I took last Spring given by my friend Suzie Stegic, the professional organizer of Profound Change. The theme was setting up for a new season with many helpful ideas, one of which was creating a SUMMER CALENDAR for the family. I liked the sound of it instantly, my gut saying we needed it! Suzie suggested positioning it where everyone can see then adding birthdays, festivals, art fairs, hikes…anything your family wanted out of Summer. What a perfect way to honor their ideas as well as providing the power of a pen, something we continue anyway we can.

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By June the calendar was up in the pantry with lots of opportunities for kids to express their wishes in their own handwriting.  And just as importantly, the giant calendar provided a common space to combine Nick’s and my calendar and also to include soccer games, swim practices, adult commitments, etc., as well as flagging conflicts weeks ahead of time. I color-coded sports commitments, overly decorated holidays and birthdays, highlighted vacations with large caps…anything to help the family navigate each month.

When September approached, I was hooked on this process and have continued to use the large hall calendar this Fall. The kids can see which days they have sports or school commitments, when they’re scheduled to help cook a family dinner or find an open night for games or a movie. As Suzie says “That giant paper calendar makes intentions become reality. You can make a 5 year plan version! What do you want out of life??!! Put it out together in PAPER. Brain to hand, idea to physical, beautiful paper. Make life happen.”

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Regarding our paper choice, the russel+hazel Desktop Calendar Pad is the perfect size for our needs but others might like to personalize it by using family photos with a Social Print Studio’s Wall Calendar or use the Chalkboard Wall Calendar by SimpleShapes for a larger space and more writing.

This might sound burdensome or overwhelming but, I promise, this process can provide you with clarity of mind and an awareness of how to spend time with yourself or family all through written words.

 For you locals, Suzie’s classes are full right now but she’ll soon update her site with future options!!

    Timeless for the Holidays

    It’s the time of year where I yearn for a certain equilibrium in each day and try to balance the challenges of “needs” and “wants” with what is actually meaningful in our lives. When it comes to gift giving I find myself wanting to spend energy and money on timeless pieces. As we make our annual holiday list for the assortment of people in our lives, these pieces might work beautifully….

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    For your office staff who appreciate a personal gift, the custom, monogramed notebooks from Appointed are ideal for both men and women! (order by December 18th!)

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    These Thermoplastic Erasers from my favorite boutique in Manhattan, CW Pencil Enterprise, would be fabulous for the 1st-grader in your life who just happened to fall in love with cursive writing this year in school!

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    For your sister’s boyfriend, the coming-of-age photographer, the Hygge Edition of Kinfolk notecards embodies the Danish Winter lifestyle through an inspiring lens.

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    For the creative mother-in-law who is often cutting stationery or fabric, these Japanese Copper Scissors from Kaufmann Mercantile would look beautiful under the tree, eventually displayed on her desk and used on many occasions!

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    A girl’s gotta sketch in style, am I right? Why not treat the designer sister of yours to a monogramed Kelly Wearstler Sketchbook from Paper Chase Press, one she will treasure for years!

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    For the contemporary brother-in-law who appreciates fine quality, the Brass Desk Set from TRNK is a stunner, being both handsome and functional.

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    To the college-age babysitter who is often quoting her professor, blow her away with a custom, illustrated quote from the talented artist Celeste C. Clark!

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    To the mother who is always prepared with the perfect card at any moment (and also appreciates a gift which keeps on giving!), Nicely Noted makes it simple with the Monthly Card Subscriptions or the Bundle Card Collections with fabulous letterpressed themes!

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    For your partner, the astounding and world-renowned novelist, the Bindewerk Purist Wood Lined Journal found at the beautiful Greer Chicago is a must, holding both beauty and craftsmanship (pick up a Kaweco Rollerball Pen as well!).

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    To your family member who treasures documenting life’s moments through the written word, the Letters to My Future Self should most definitely find its way under the tree! (And here are all the reasons why it’s such a good gift).

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    As far as making the gift special, why not honor the reciever with a thoughtful handmade touch? I love the simplicity to the approach Artifact Uprising brought to my attention. Your guests can keep the photo for future enjoyment!

    If all else fails, bake a loaf of gingerbread for those you love. It’s nourishing, the baking process slows you down, and the aroma will remind you why these tranquil moments are so needed in our lives…And then write about it in your journal so you won’t forget next year!