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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! 



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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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!



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?

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!



Today is a day with nothing planned. A day to reload my batteries, to restore my sanity. What do I do? Well…

I started my day with my camera and some slow photographing. A toy lens with manual focus only, to make me concentrate on color, shape, and composition. Some playing around in post-processing as I listened to the latest episode of “creepypodden”, a podcast with creepypasta. Relaxation. To take photos purely for the fun of it, and not for a client, is very relaxing to me.

Do you like it? It actually doesn’t matter, this is for me.

As an introvert, I need my alone time. My space. I like being around people, but it makes me exhausted from time to time.

So today I may – or may not – work on my new designs for my shop. I may – or may not – photograph new products. I may – or may not – watch “Sleepy Hollow” all day, and eat everything I can find in my fridge. Today, everything gets put on hold for one day.

Tomorrow I’ll be back. Fully charged and ready to go.

It’s growing!

It’s growing!

Recently I’ve seen a lot of new sign-ups for my little e-course on how to get started with Bujo for dog trainers. I’m delighted! That means that a new crowd of dog people has found their way into the interesting world of bullet journaling. WELCOME, EVERYONE! I hope you find something useful in the course, or here on my blog.

For me, bullet journaling has actually changed the way I live. It has freed space in my brain and boosted my ideas – and helped me organize the steps to get from “here” to “there”. I am calmer, more creative, and get more things done.

Right now, my mind is set on (among other things) renewing this website a bit. Hopefully, make it more interesting. A place to find inspiration as well as useful things that help your brain too. If you want to help me by giving some feedback or make a wish I would really appreciate it – send me an email

Spread for next week. Cute dog stickers from the Etsy-shop “a planner piece”.



Goodbye July, welcome August

Goodbye July, welcome August

This last day of July is a perfect day to review the month. I’m changing my layout a bit, and as July has been a good month it feels like a good idea to finish it off with a memory page.

I need a master task list and a list of good ideas that I want to think about.

August is vacation month. My bucket list is as important as my “must-do” list, to keep me sane. All work and no play makes ร…sa a dull girl…

A monthly overview, to quickly see what goes when.

And I added a Future Log over this autumn. I looove my Filofax – this is now my second page in my notebook ๐Ÿ™‚

My weekly spreads will continue to look like this for some time. I have gotten used to the horizontal layout, and it works well!

I’ve got so many fun projects planned! This is turning out to be a GOOD year ๐Ÿ™‚


plans to start afresh

plans to start afresh

The date we leave our old house behind and start living full time in Freedom is getting closer. Every weekend we fill our trailer with furniture and other things and slowly move our whole life to Freedom. Sounds nice, right? Feels even better! 

In order to at least feel more organized, I’ve made some lists – projects we want to do in Freedom (both short term and long term), what to sort, pack, move, and unpack, and the cleaning of the old house. It makes it a little bit easier to be able to see my progress.

I did NOT get a brand new book for this – I use my Dingbats. The old pages are torn out (a good thing about Dingbats is perforated pages!). I kept my starting page, it still applies.
A blank space where I can continue my “projects”-list, and the packing list begin.
And when everything is moved, it’s time to clean. A lot.

Some of the projects need to get their own pages very soon – internet and TV for example – others, like my studio, are planned for maybe in two year’s time. But I like to write down whatever comes to mind! That way I won’t have to remember it all in my head, and I can always cross it out later.

Tomorrow morning you know where I’ll be…On my way to Freedom (with a trailer full of furniture)!

Out and out endurance – self care continuous

Out and out endurance – self care continuous

This is week three of my self-care investment. I’m proud of myself! 

As a reward and a kick to step it up, I joined Out and out endurance dog and training class. Not dog training – dog and training. Training me while out walking my dogs. Can it get any better?


Above: My setup for three weeks to come. Rรถrelseboken is about the dog’s anatomy and movements, to make sure that they get the exercise that’s right for them.

Below: This week. And a giraffe, because…well, I like giraffes! Oh, and fruit. I actually ate a banana today. I’m still alive.

My setup for the three training sessions recommended in Out and out. It’s Tuesday today, and I’ve been out running! For real! My dogs couldn’t believe it…And the stickers I’m currently obsessed with.

And last but not least I present to you…Proof! A picture from today’s run!

To be continued…

Goodbye June, welcome July!

Goodbye June, welcome July!

I sat this morning on the front porch with my coffee and my Bullet journal. The dogs were in the grass, resting. My husband still sleeping. A moment just for me.

I really enjoy my morning routine. I love to start my day by looking at what I need to do, updating my list, checking ahead. Making sure I don’t miss anything, that everything gets done in time. It’s a great start that gives me motivation and reduces stress.

Looking back at June, it has been a stressful month – the last weeks of school, buying one house and selling another, and the eldest dog got sick (she’s well now!). So I made a “goodbye June, welcome July” that included feelings I want to leave behind and replace with new feelings.

Kind of like an affirmation: repeat it and my brain starts to believe it. Out with the old, in with the new. Oh, and my theme for July is butterflies ๐Ÿ™‚

I’ve started my planning for July. Social media got a tracker, to see how often I post. I’d like to post at least five times/week.

On my master task list is a lot of fun stuff, and on my feel-good list I have three portraits that I’ve wanted to paint like forever – one of each dog.

Some pep talk for being my own boss, and a plan for how to get money. Unfortunately, I still need to pay for food and things. And a view of the month. The focus for July is moving from one house to another, and rebuilding my websites to make them suit my needs even better.

And I’m doing the BohoBerry challenge in July! It’s all about creativity, lots of fun!

And I still love my pink Filofax…