Passion Planner for Dreamers

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One of the harder aspects of following your dreams is staying organized with the nitty gritty work involved. You have new skills to learn, new habits to form, small goals, big goals, and milestones you’ll want to document along the way. Previously I’ve kept a hodge podge of journals, notes on my phone, emails, and notes on my computer. Add a super busy schedule and hating my iPhone calendar. The Passion Planner for dreamers is a dream making tool.

I missed a paper planner. I remembered the lesson I learned in middle school that writing something writes it to your brain.

It was art class (the beginning of my artistic passion) and I’d forgotten to write down the homework from the night before.

I sheepishly told my teacher that I’d had to do the drawing homework in home room because I thought I’d remember it but when I got home it had left my brain and I didn’t have the backup note. She chuckled and said its a law of the universe and that the very act of writing it down is what helps you remember.

I’ve gone to the office supply stores and looked through planners but I wanted something more. Or something less. They just didn’t inspire me and felt like a bigger chore.

I wanted something that would simplify my life, not make planning events a redundant process on my phone alerts and in the planner to remember.

I resolved to use my phone but the iPhone calendar is terrible. You can’t see any events in the monthly view and when you tap a time and date to make an appt it doesn’t always pick the time and date you’re tapping. Every time I’ve updated the iOS I’ve had to reset my settings and which calendars are synced and if it automatically generated an alert. I’ve misplaced events and had alerts not load. I’m sure it’s user error, but after so long of trying I’m assuming I just don’t jive with the interface.

Between momming, business owning, helping with the restaurant and keeping up with the girlfriends who keep me sane, I need help getting more organized. I pretty much resigned myself to be treading water for the time being.

Recently my friend Rachael, from our military high school in Germany, posted a link on her Facebook to the Passion Planner and how awesome it has been for her.

I clicked through was very quickly impressed with the woman who had invented it. Angelia Trinidad created it out of her own frustration of lacking direction after college. So she studied and worked to make a tool that would work like a life coach and help her create a road map to her dreams.

I immediately knew that I had to try it and share it with you, dear reader, to help you organize your dream journey.

I bought one. I’m not being paid or compensated to write this. In fact, she won’t even know I wrote it unless she stumbles across this among the many other raves you’ll find online. The photo is amazing and from her Instagram account.

After just a week with it, I’m saying that it’s amazing. The planner is so simple and beautiful and effective you want to smack your head against a wall for not thinking of it sooner.

But you’re too excited and grateful so you’re motivated to start filling it up! This will help you brainstorm, set and follow goals, keep up with appointments, and even manage to do lists. But the best feature is that it combines all of this with mindfulness and counting blessings along the way. Those blessings are the life force of following your dream path when it gets tough.

Angelia is so passionate about her planner, you can earn a free printable copy by sharing it on social media. Though I highly recommend the actual printed version. It’s beautifully made and very affordable compared to some planning systems. I got the 8.5x11in undated version and it took only a few minutes to date it. She includes three years of calendars in the front to make this easy.

I will update over the weeks and months of using it. I strongly urge you to investigate and see if this speaks to you. Please share your thoughts and experience with us in the comments! Dream on, dreamers. A dreamer with a full tool belt to get through the humps and celebrate the highs is a successful dreamer. Fill your tool belt!

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