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5 Perfect Planners for 2015

We all have big plans for 2015, and we need somewhere to write them down and keep them organized. That’s why the best way to set yourself up for success in the New Year is to start with a new planner or agenda. I’ve used a number of different planners over the years in all sizes, layouts, and colors. I’ve also found that as my life has changed, my agenda has needed to change with it – from student to employed to self-employed – each has required a certain type of organization. However, the one thing that has never changed when shopping for a planner is finding one that is charming and inspiring. So, I’ve rounded up 5 perfect planners for 2015 to cater to all your scheduling needs. Plus, each planner is beautifully designed to suit your personal or professional style. Make 2015 the year you plan for success by organizing your time, tracking your progress, and dreaming big! Start the New Year with a fresh new agenda to write down your goals and aspirations for the year ahead!



Gain an outlook for the weeks and months ahead with The Big Calendar’s Weekly Planner. This hard-cover agenda with sweet floral watercolor design is sure to help you maintain an organized schedule in 2015! Includes yearly calendar, international holidays, notes pages, and monthly overviews upon request for no additional charge.


Sara Pinto

This Sara Pinto Weekly Planner is the most affordable of the planners showcased and features an assortment of three available patterns, including this unique and girly camo print. Includes three year snapshot view, monthly view, notes pages, weekly view, special days, future planning, and telephone/address section.


Etsy 2

As a writer, I’m quite partial to this Ninj & Ninj Weekly Planner, which features a Shakespeare quote from a Midsummer Night’s Dream on the front cover: Though she be but little she is fierce. It’s also perfect if you’re petite like me! Includes 12-monthly weekly planning pages with notes section, 2015 and 2016 years at a glance, monthly overviews between each month, separeate notes pages, and storage pocket.


AOC May Designs

A friend gave me a May Designs Agenda a couple years ago, and I absolutely adored it. May Designs agendas are completely customizable – the planner pattern, monogram shape, typography, colors, and inner pages. If you want an agenda that absolutely suits your style and organizational needs, look no further than May Designs!


She Plans

I splurged on this ShePlans agenda for the New Year. If you know me, you know I’m a major maker of to-do lists, so this was the perfect planner for me to kick off 2015! Includes A LOT!

• Colorful laminated Monthly Tabs
• Notes Pocket in the back of the planner
• National holidays on both weekly & monthly pages
• 10 pages of notes (including a specific tab for notes) at the back of the planner
• A User’s Guide – great information on how I use my To Do List Planner
• Important Dates & Personal Goals for 2015, by month
• Gift Giving page to jot down ideas as they come to you throughout the year
• Holidays & Observances at a glance for 2015, 2016 & 2017
• 2015 & 2016 calendars at a glance

• inspirational quotes & space to reflect upon those quotes
• large format calendar for maximum writing area
• national holidays

• My MASTER LIST of things to do
• Monthly “at a glance” calendars for previous, current, and next month
• Moments that make this week special section to reflect on the week with gratitude

EACH DAY includes
• Today is Special section to note birthdays & celebrations
• Appointment times from 7:00am – 7:00pm
• Evening Plans for meal planning, late night practices, or anything you’d like to accomplish at night.

Please note:  In order to celebrate the holidays with her family, Ashley (owner of ShePlans) only has printables available Dec 20th-28th. All planners will be available for sale beginning on the 29th. Ashley is awesome to work with, so feel free to send her a message if you need additional assistance purchasing your planner.

Holiday Gift Guide – Shop Small, Part I

It’s that time again…

…for obligatory Holiday Gift Guides.

However, instead of approaching another gift guide with bitterness and bah humbug, this year I’m sharing a gift guide I truly believe in: one that advocates shopping small.

My first job in high school was at a small, family-owned gift shop. It was there at the age of sixteen that I first recognized my affinity for small businesses. In fact, over the past decade I’ve worked for and partnered with small businesses and startups exclusively. So, for the 2014 holiday season my gift guide is particularly close to my heart.

Over the next six weeks – yes, Christmas is just six weeks away – I’ll be showcasing a variety of gift ideas from a number of small businesses around the country. Today, I’m kicking off my 2014 Holiday Gift Guide with items from one of my favorite small businesses based in my hometown, Atlanta, GA.

N A T I V E   B E A R

2015 Wall Calendar, $25

Native Bear Calendar

Call me old school, but every year I need a new paper calendar (preferably an interesting one I can gaze at while daydreaming). This psychedelic/bohemian Native Bear 2015 Wall Calendar does the trick. It’s the perfect way to brighten a desk, refrigerator door, or bare wall.

Block Printed Recycled Cotton Tea Towels, $20 ea.

FotorCreated Native Bear

Who doesn’t enjoy a pretty, patterned dish towel? I know I do! (Particularly now that I’m minus a dishwasher in my new NYC apartment.) These hand printed beauties would be a great hostess gift at your next holiday party or an affordable option for a gift swap.

Handprint Canvas Zipper Pouch, $35


Every girl needs an endless supply of pouches in her life. It’s just a simple fact. They help organize our purses, work totes, gym bags, suitcases – really the uses are limitless, and you can never have too many. This one is nice and sizable (7″x9″) to hold all those necessities.

About the Business:

Native Bear is an Atlanta-based design brand created and operated by artist Leela Robinson. Like many successful small business owners, Leela (nicknamed Bear) started her craft as a hobby. Since the its first sale in 2011, Native Bear has matured into a flourishing home and gift brand. All of Native Bear’s wares feature Leela’s original designs and illustrations. In addition, Native Bear makes a commitment to use environmentally conscious production methods and USA made resources and vendors whenever possible.