So long May. It’s crazy that we are halfway through June and Summer Sixteen is right around the corner. As usual, I wanted to share my monthly favorites. This month I have a TV favorite, a couple YouTubers, and of course music. Let’s get into it. As always, be sure to click the highlights links throughout the post.
It’s that time of the month where I share my monthly layout along with my divider makeover. I started redecorating my Happy Planner divider back in October to correlate with the holidays of the month and I’ve been having lot of fun doing so. This month I went with a winter wonderland theme for my monthly spread.
As I’ve stated before, I use my monthly spread to track bills, appointments, gas, babysitting, and other events. I don’t decorate it as much as it typically serves as a reference to my weekly planning. For this month I did use some 3-D Stickers I had. Check out my spread below:
I meant to write my appointments and other events in blue and my bills in pink, but it didn’t work out that way. Details like that matter to me as a planner, but it’s not that big of a deal. In the sidebar, like I usually do, I cut scrapbook paper to go along with my theme. I really like putting the scrapbook paper on the side.
I realize why people don’t really use their monthly planners and I plan to get more creative with it in February. I don’t really put much in the monthly spread once I decorate except gas stickers. Since I just use it as a guide, I can get way more creative with it and have more fun. This is the spot where I can go sticker crazy opposed to my weekly spread where I need to leave space for writing to keep it functional.
Moving on to my monthly divider, I used silver glitter paper I had purchased from Dollar Tree. Dollar Tree is another location that is great for planner beginners from their paper tape to stickers. The labels are great to use in a layout as well. The divider was really simple as I just glued on the paper along with the extra stickers from my monthly spread. The stickers were harder to stick on this surface and even with a glue stick I was worried they would fall off. Thankfully they’ve been holding on. The other stickers are from a Hobby Lobby set. I can’t wait to decorate for February.
Be sure to click the links below to purchase stickers used plus check out my planning video!
- PineapplePaperCo ‘Birthday Reminder’
- Planner Bowtique ‘Car’
- ImagineThatByLori ‘Steelers Schedule’ | similar style – abundanceoferica ‘NFL Season Scheduling’
- OneOrangeSnowflake ‘Rainbow Bunting Banner’
New year, new start. New year, new goals. New year, new perspective. What makes January 1st different than every other single day of the year? Maybe because it’s more of a definitive start. Or, maybe it’s because people live their lives by 365 day increments.
Personally, I’ve always tried to make this timeline of when I wanted to accomplish things and when my goals wouldn’t happen when I wanted them to, I’d easily be deterred. So, what makes 2016 different? I’ll be different as far as my goal setting. I’m just writing down everything I want to accomplish and nothing more. To break it down from 366 days, since it’s a leap year, to 6 months to 3 months, to monthly is a bit much. Of course there’s things that I’d want to do monthly, but to break down and nit pick at every little thing is me not growing as a person. I have to learn to roll with the punches and realize that life will not always go as planned.
I’ve made my list and throughout the month of January here on the blog it will be all about getting focused. Whether it’s for a marathon you want to run, a room in your house that you avoid cleaning, or that class reunion you have coming up that’s making you anxious. So what’s to come here on the blog?
Motivational Monday? I definitely want to get back into my motivational monday series which will kick off with my vision board for 2016. Not setting a specific date, but Motivational Monday will be starting back this month. My main goal for 2016 is to cleanse my mind, body, and soul. I’ll be sharing my vision board, which I’ll be making for the first time in a long time. That post will go further in depth of my goals for 2016. Again just a general list, nothing more.
Planning? Of course I’ll continue my planner obsession here on the blog. Planning is very therapeutic for me and instead of just showing layouts I plan to take it a step further and provide planner tips, deals, etc. Everyone plans different and I’d like to further explore those possibilities.
Fashion and beauty? I plan to continue to create both types of posts especially with my declutter series. Throughout this month I am purging, purging, purging, and I wanted to share my tips and tricks with different categories in my home. Categories, not rooms. Big difference.
Health? I’ve had this lingering section on my blog that I’ve ignored simply because I’ve been lazy. I’ve made several attempts at really focusing, but the health will focus on more than just eating and working out. I’m taking it a step further and I can’t wait to share.
Sound Off? This is a series where I will be able to stay in touch with my pop culture side from a different perspective. I’m not sure how frequent these posts will be, but there’s some topics that I just have to speak on. ‘Sound Off’ is here to stay in 2016 for sure.
Music? My blog started off centered around music, but I won’t be doing any reviews. My thought process is elsewhere, but I still plan to share my top 5 of the month as far as favorite songs and what not.
Cheers to 2016 and cheers to Chaotic Critic. Thanks for all those that have been on this journey and hello to all those that will join.
This year I decided to switch things up in terms of my yearly favorites. I’ve usually done an entire recap of my music favorites along with my non-muis favs, but music just didn’t strike me this year. When I first started blogging it was all about music news and reviews, but I felt stuck in a bubble which is why I took the leap of faith and changed my blog name from MusicMovingForward to ChaoticCritic. The blog is clearly more than music and I’ve been in quite the planner craze, but there’s a lot more content coming in 2016 that I can’t wait to share. ChaoticCritic will be undergoing a lot of changes and I hope you all stick around for the transformation. Continue reading “Top 5: 2015 Obsessions”