The inspiration behind the Inspired Year Planner
A few years ago, goal-setting helped changed the course of my life. I had never taken the time to write down and regularly refer to goals before, and while I had been very ambitious, I hadn’t done a very good job focusing on how I truly wanted to feel. I was in the middle of burnout from spreading myself too thin between my business, raising young kids, volunteering, and the obligations of running a household.
So, I made it my goal for the year to simply slow down and enjoy the present moment. I started a family vacation tradition, rediscovered lost hobbies, and started making room for more fun in my life. Being more aware of what I cared about dovetailed into restructuring my career as well. Taking the time to write down my goals, reflect on why they were important, and committing to them gave me newfound energy and purpose. It took effort and determination, and I realized that no matter how much we try, without focusing on our intentions regularly, we can easily get derailed. The Inspired Year Planner came to fruition as I thought through my goal-setting process that year. I wanted to create a planner that, on a daily basis, helped women and parents feel uplifted, purposeful, and creative.
And, while doing so, also provided a foundation to create and focus on goals and balance. I wanted women to enjoy a planner that helped them towards the big obvious goals (finances, weight, etc.), but also the more subtle, heartfelt goals – around the way we want to feel, the balance we want to achieve, the purpose we long for, and the self-care we know we need. I designed the first version of the Inspired Year Planner in December 2015 – the name and details were different, but the concept was the same.
I used my own art in the designs, and pulled meaningful quotes that I had saved for years in journals and notebooks. The planner was incredibly successful in its early versions on Etsy. So, in November 2016, I took on my first ever Kickstarter campaign to officially launch the planners to a wider audience. The Kickstarter campaign was 120% funded in just three weeks, and I (and my family) worked tirelessly to have hundreds of planners out before the 2016 holiday season ended. Now in its third year, the Inspired Year Planner continues to be received with joy and enthusiasm by all who discover it, and I am excited to further share this amazing tool with creative-thinkers around the world.
“As a dedicated mother and ambitious business woman, I know how easy it is to get caught up in the day-to-day.
The Inspired Year Planner was born out of my desire to provide daily inspiration and momentum to making big dreams a reality amidst the hectic pace of our daily lives.
I believe we each have the desire to give – as artists, writers, mothers, entrepreneurs, and world thinkers – to our loved ones, to our craft, and to our communities. To do so fully, we must first and foremost take care of ourselves.
We shine our brightest when we pay attention to, make room for, and nurture the creative passions that we hear from deep inside our souls.”