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Setting goals – or not?

Setting goals – or not?

As you know I’m a “goal-setter”. That’s how I function best. BUT – I know that some people find that goals can add negative pressure and stress, and get upset if the goals are not met, and that’s not a good way to live your life (in my opinion)!

About a week ago I saw this great idea – instead of new years resolutions, or goals, a friend of mine made a Bingo fรถr 2019! No pressure. No stress. Just things she wants to do during the year, big and small.

Of course, I had to make my own:

This is for my life in general and my work life. Some squares are dreams I want to happen, some squares are already booked, some squares are tasks to do.

If you want to make your own and are short for ideas, here are a few tips:

  • “Just do it”-things (like 20 times at the gym)
  • Dreams you want to work on (I want to be on a Swedish radio channel and talk about dog photography, not sure that will happen but I’ll try!)
  • Things you need to plan (I want to do a summer camp for dog trainers, but that won’t plan itself…)
  • Fun things (a weekend trip to Rome with my love)
  • Things you know will happen (just because it’s fun to have some “free squares”…)

What’s on your Bingo?

(And yes, that’s a new planner. A classic sized Happy Planner, the mini just was too small.)

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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! 



Why all the stickers?

Why all the stickers?

The last month or so I’ve gone completely sticker-mad. I think it’s because it’s so hot right now, my mind is set on “low energy”. My brain just loves shapes and colors, and this way I can get that without more creativity involved than choosing the right sticker, peel it off, and put in in the right place. It’s a little bit like making a collage. I find extremely relaxing.

In order to suit summertime lazy days, I’ve changed my weekly design. It’s horizontal, three boxes each day, and the last three boxes are for the week’s projects.


  • I no longer have my hour schedule, and that is actually a bit of a problem that I will have to solve for next week.
  • It feels a bit…messy. Or maybe I just need to get used to this layout. 


  • My stickers fit perfectly.
  • the extra box gives room for whatever – memories, gratitude, quotes, pictures, doodles.
  • I use every last bit of the paper. Somehow that feels good.
  • I like the overall look.

I’ll just stick with it for a few weeks and make minor changes, and see where I end up!

Stickers have also made my self-care spreads easier. This is my fifth week of eating better and moving more, and it feels really good!

To plan dinners ahead of time instead of in the store makes it easier to choose healthy (or adjust the rest of the meals if I want to eat at McDonald’s). I looked at the statistics, and I have increased my steps with 1/3 since I started to track them. This week I added “veg of the day” (it can be a fruit), to start eating more greens. I also count my calorie intake, at that has stopped my evening snacks. I’m on my way to a healthier me!

My out’n out training gets a spread of its own. Three sessions every week with cardio or strength, during my dog walk. This is my third week going, and I’m starting to notice the change! It feels GOOD!

I discovered early that I more willingly look at a spread that is colorful and fun. That means that the stickers actually help me get things done!

My favorites are (and I get NO benefits from the companies for writing this):

Fitness stickers from Me & my big ideas

Planner basics from Me & my big ideas

This colorful life from Me & my big ideas

Natural history from Pepin

Weekly planner stickers 

And there are about a million others…