Author: CreativeKelpie

Moving into a Happy Planner

Moving into a Happy Planner

To fulfill my need of change, I’m leaving the “pure” bullet journal system for a while – I’m going to try a combination of a happy planner, business planner and my “happy book” for everything else.

I got the happy planner mini. I’m a bit worried, as I start planning it feels a bit small, but on the other hand, I wont’t have as much in there as I had in my Filofax notebook. So far I got this:

My goals for next year, and the word for 2019: Harmony.

A budget for 2019, to make sure I can pay my bills every month.

A collection of blog posts.

Monthly overview – preprinted.

My client workflow, and my client list. I actually have clients for 2019, but I haven’t transferred them yet 🙂

Project list and project planning. Again, preprinted – but with a little tweak.

And I will have weeklys and dailies when I need to, also preprinted.

I have absolutely no idea how this will work out…But we’ll see soon enough! 



2019 – harmony

2019 – harmony

2018 was a year of freedom for me. We moved, I quit my job, my husband started a new job, and I am currently in full control of what I do with my time. It has worked out very nice so far.

2019, I hope, will be a year to find harmony. To settle in, get working routines, know that I will get enough work and earn my living (that’s something that keeps me up at night sometimes…). To, even more, build a life that makes me jump happily out of bed in the morning.

During next year I will have my photography business in focus, and try to grow and expand in the direction I want to go. The Creative Kelpie, my little side project that gives me no money but a lot of fun, will stand aside a little. Maybe you’ll notice, maybe you won’t. Mostly, I think the change is in my head – Instead of feeling guilty that I don’t do all the things I planned, I will put them on hold for a bit. The result is the same, I just feel better about it 🙂

For this blog, I think I’ll work with monthly themes. My ambition is to keep blogging twice a week (more or less) and dig a little deeper in the different themes. Maybe.

January will be all about setting goals! That’s a pet subject that I work with in different ways, and I hope you will be inspired and motivated to pursue your own goals!

New year, new plans

New year, new plans

December is always a busy month. Get Christmas presents, meet the family, cook food (not me, but others do), eat food (that I do!), watch Christmas movies, get in the spirit, and for God’s sake enjoy yourself! (Can you tell that Christmas is a bit overrated if you ask me…?)

I like the days AFTER Christmas. When all is done, there’s food left, I got some nice presents, hubby’s home from work, and there’s a whole new year waiting to happen!

2018 has been a year of changes. 2019 will be a year of settlement, I think. Settle down in our new home, settle down in my work, finding my routines. It will be a good year!

I don’t feel like competing with my dogs at the moment. We kind of hang out together, and I’ve been focusing on making our everyday life work. Now, I can have my kelpies off leash in the forest, nail trimming works, and we mostly hang out together and do fun stuff. Maybe I’ll take an online-class in freestyle. That would be fun.

If you are NOT like me (at the moment at least), but actually want to set goals and achieve something with your dog, I have something for you!

To help you get all your thoughts and ambitions in order, I have made two different planner packs for 2019. They are in Swedish, easy to follow, and the two packs are not only different in design but also in content. Look through the templates and choose the package that suits you the best. Or maybe you’ll make it a Christmas gift for someone special…?

This is the one I made for 2018, updated to 2019 (illustrated with dogs).

And this is a brand new one (not illustrated)!

From the illustrated package

Don’t forget to check out the other items in my shop. I bet you find something you like!

And if you need some inspiration and motivation, as well as some help with your structure, I’ve teamed up with a good friend of mine and we’ll be hosting a workshop together! Guaranteed to make you feel on top of the world 🙂 

Take it easy this December <3




This weekend, I had a workshop for dog trainers. I always mix training and lectures, and quite a few of my students were taking notes. I knew from the beginning that I would share my powerpoints but kept silent. Why? Because the more senses you engage – the better you learn. And I find that if a student knows that they will get my own notes to read, they are less likely to write notes themselves.  I want people to learn, I want them to take notes. 

This is a fact that applies to almost everyone – with a few exceptions. If you not only listen but also reflect and write, you will learn more and remember better. It also stops your mind from wandering. But it’s an acquired skill! You need to train yourself to be able to listen and write at the same time. And no, it’s not the same to take a photo of the screen with your phone. If you want to use your phone or computer, you still have to type for it to work. You still have to make a conscious choice what to write, what is important.

Most of the time when I take notes, I know I’ll never look at them again and they are unreadable. I still do it, as it helps me remember and process what I hear. But sometimes I actually want to be able to easily see what I wrote down, and that’s when I use colors, headlines, bullet points, and really try to make it easy to follow what I mean. I prefer short sentences that are incomplete but get the core of the message.

This is the school assignment I’m currently working on. The notes are from different articles, to collect the important stuff in one place. The assignment called for some reflection, so I drew a picture to help me think. Works every time!

And these are my notes from a lecture about Instagram. 

Two different ways to take notes and both of them work for me. 

What do your notes look like?

My Happy Book

My Happy Book

One thing I love about Bullet Journaling is that it can be whatever I want it to be.

In my yellow Happy Book, I keep things that make me happy.

First of all, I keep my school-stuff (learning about photography makes me happy).

Then I put in quotes, doodle, and sketches that I just want to make for fun. It’s a place for all things creative and happy!

What will I put in tomorrow? 

I don’t know yet. Whatever makes me happy!


Time flies!

Time flies!

I can’t believe it’s bee two weeks since I visited my blog! Well, you know what they say – time flies when you’re having fun…

A little update:

November is here. 

I have a small obsession about leaves right now. The color, the shape, the texture…

My first school assignment is done. I haven’t got my feedback yet. Kind of nervous. I handled the nervous energy as I always do – turned it into something creative.

And I soon found out I needed dividers in my yellow “Happy book”. Fixed it myself!

And I got water! Running water, hot and cold! I’m in heaven…

Maybe the most important thing: my neighbor cut the grass. We now have no less than THREE big fields to train on. Niiiiice!

Oh, by the way: even if this blog has been silent, my Instagram is very much alive. I have three main accounts:

TheCreativeKelpie  if you’re all about planner stuff

KelpiePhotography if you like dog photos

and the brand new Kelpie.asa if you want to follow my life in general.

I’ve even learned to use Stories… 😀

Back to school

Back to school

Tomorrow I will start school again! One year of learning about and working with storytelling in photography, online. I’m so excited!

And such a perfect excuse to get a new notebook…

How could I resist that design? Impossible!

This is what it looks like on the inside, so far:

To find my stuff I need an index. Nuuna doesn’t come with ribbons, but the pages are numbered.

One of my favorite quotes, by Andy Warhol. He should know.

I have no idea how the year will be planned, but I guess an overview of weeks and tasks can’t hurt?

Another favorite quote, and a project planning page. Again, I don’t really know how this whole thing will work, so I’m guessing a bit.

And I’m ready for the first day of school! Now I just have to figure out what to wear…I hear that’s really important nowadays!

The shop has grown!

The shop has grown!

This morning, I finally restocked my shop with some new items!

The planner packs I put together a few weeks ago flew off the shelves. I’ve gotten some feedback and made some adjustments, and there are three different packs at the moment – brand new!

The planner packs are put together for everyone who just needs something fast and easy to plan their training, and still like a bit of color and flare.

My dogs really appreciate something to chew on,  so I’ve searched for a brand with good quality chews. I settled for Pommys, and my dogs loooove all their products! Perfect to keep them occupied while I plan our training 🙂

For the time being, I only ship to Sweden from the shop. If you live in another country everything is possible – just contact me!

What’s your vision?

What’s your vision?

What do you want?

It’s an easy question, right?
I mean – we all know what we want! I know I want a good life, lots of money, and all the time in the world to do what I love.
But…what does that look like? What’s a “good life” to me? How much is “lots of money”? And what is it that I love to do?

How can I get what I want, if I don’t know what it looks like?

I truly believe that in order to reach goals – in dog training as well as in life – you need to know what you want. You need a vision. The more details the better. They will change, of course, but making a detailed vision makes it feel more “real” and makes it easier to make a plan. Because I want to actually REACH my goal – that means I have to plan HOW I’ll reach it. What I actually need to do, what I need to learn, what I need to change, to change my world. That’s the fun part 🙂

I’ve reached a point in my business, where I have a lot of options. A lot of different roads. They all seem like fun! But as I can’t go down them all at once – I need to take some time to think about that first question: What does “a good life” look like to me? What do I really want to do?

This is my task for today:

And I challenge you to make it yours.


Setup October

Setup October

This month is all about efficiency, and my setup is nothing fancy – just what I need, and a bit of color and stickers. I’ve added a few things, but I’ll get to that 🙂

No cover page, straight to an overview of the month.


I’ve migrated some of these from September’s list, but most of them are new.
My social media spread, with a new tracker for posting in my different areas of work. Hopefully, it will be easier to read.

A new thing I added is a schedule, a basic outline for when to work with what to make sure everything gets worked on. I made sure to schedule some free time as well!

For once, I’ve made all the weeklys for this month in advance – just to see how that works out for me.

This week.
I’m trying out something new for next week: a timeline at the top of every day. The idea is to make it really visible when I do what, and plan each day in the morning.
The timeline is clearer, I believe in the concept!

And when I get here, it’s time to review and see what worked and what needs to change.

All the stickers are from Me & my big ideas – This colorful life and A planner piece.