Plan Your Best Life with Erin Condren

erin-condren-lifeplannerHaving kids and working from home means I’m working around the clock, and being organized is something I have to do in order to maintain my sanity.

I spend most of my days trying to balance blog projects with play dates, doctors appointments, baseball practice, and most recently, nursing and pumping for baby Sophia, among many other things. I manage everything by keeping myself as organized as possible, and using my LifePlanner™ is key.

So naturally I was thrilled when I got the opportunity to work with Erin Condren, showcasing the customizable planners, journals, and calendars that are perfect or organizing a busy life. I’m obsessed with great design and the Lifeplanner™ is not only beautiful, but also full of special features like laminated pages for dry erase notes, pockets for loose papers and receipts, and extra pages for notes (or doodling while talking on the phone).  It is also a great gift idea – I’m already planning to give one to Adam’s teacher as a teacher appreciation gift too.

No matter how technologically advanced society gets, there is even science to back up the importance of writing things too.

Almost every life coach or motivational speaker promotes writing down your goals to better achieve them.  So while I still use my google calendar on my mobile devices, I also believe writing down and looking at  my month is the best way to keep my life on track. Tom even knows to check my calendar if he wants to see if we have anything going on – because most likely I won’t remember it otherwise!

 I also like to keep an ongoing list in the margins of the calendar, that way I know what my goals and projects are for the current month. Anything I don’t complete, I add to the following month, and at the end of the year I can flip through and appreciate all that I’ve accomplished. It helps me to prioritize the things that I need to get done right now, while keeping in mind things I want to accomplish in the near future.  Also, seeing how much I have already scheduled makes it easier for me to say no to a project that I don’t have enough time for, or even just plan ahead for some me time.

There are so many choices for planner designs, ranging from the fun floral style I have, to luxe leather like styles that would be great for work or school. I customized mine with my name (you can also do initials), and also went for a rose gold coil binding. I love the cute stickers and sticky notes that actually turn the mundane task of planning into something creative and really fun. It reminds me of when I was a kid and I used to put stickers on my wall calendar and color in special event days – this is basically the same thing, just the grown up version!

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Thank you for visiting as always! xx

Note: This is a sponsored post, all thoughts expressed are my own. 
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  • I was looking all over for a 2009 photo to do my 10 year thing - and I finally realized why I don’t have any! Some of you may already know this, but in the beginning of 2009 I got into a bad snowmobile accident where I had to be airlifted to a hospital and ended up in a coma for 3 days and ended up having a huge hematoma in my head (thankfully it healed on its own) and I had to get surgery on my broken collarbone m that is now metal plated! You may have noticed I have one bumpy collarbone - that’s the one haha. That near death experience set in motion so many things that would change my life. Most importantly I started living life for myself, I thought about all the things I would have regretted if I actually died that day. I (first broke up with but then) got married to my love @tom_sandberg, started practicing yoga regularly, tried a lot of new hobbies including horseback riding, I had a baby, started my blog, quit my job, had another baby, and now I’m at this really weird point of life - trying to decide what’s next. Now that Sophia’s getting older I have slightly more time to invest in my career, and I’m still trying to figure out where exactly I want to put my energy. 2019 is my year of exploration ~ anyone else at a similar turning point??
  • Throwback to Sophia’s first birthday! She turns two soon and I’m at a loss for ideas...(Bahamian beach party isn’t in the cards this year) I’m a theme kinda girl so please share your ideas! #birthdaygirl #tropicalparty #bahamas
  • Notes on being an American born of Pakistani immigrants...
Thanks to @urdumom for the q’s - check my highlights for expanded answers
1. Were you ever labeled an ABCD? What did you feel about that? 
Ha! Yes - I would still consider myself an 'ABCD' (American born confused Desi) although I think 'intersectional' is what the kids are calling it these days. As a kid it was difficult navigating both cultures, simultaneously being both and neither. I still struggle with it, to be honest, but I'm just now beginning to see that it is such a blessing to be sort of an outsider. It ultimately made me much more emotionally intelligent, and also broadened my perspective. 
2. Did you get to travel to Pakistan with your parents as a kid? How was the experience? 
Yes! We traveled often - almost every year - and I absolutely loved it. As a kid it was fun playing with the goats and chickens in my dads village, or shopping in the huge maze of bazaars in the city. When I was in tenth grade, my parents even sent me to Pakistan because they thought I was getting too 'wild'. Long story short, they are so advanced in education in Pakistan, we realized me going to school there meant I had to go back two grade levels, so they gave up on that plan and the whole trip became an extended vacation. I was SO resentful that I had to come back to America! I LOVED Pakistan so much. But I also knew my parents were now out of major punishment options - so I fulfilled their prophecy and became pretty wild 😜 
3. Did you face bullying at school for being different? 
sure! My first name Itrat was something kids really liked to tease me about. 'It's a rat' was a fan favorite. Kids would laugh at me and say that my dad worked at the gas station while imitating an Indian accent like Apu from The Simpsons, and they would ask me why I'm not wearing a red dot. I remember once arguing with a girl who then called me a rag head, and I thought she meant my hair was raggedy, but my older brother filled me in that she was referencing our Muslim heritage. 
4. How did your parents keep your Pakistani roots alive at home? 
My parents are both from Pakistan, so we had the food, language, music, books
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  • Northern Cali folks, my sister Rania will be teaching a Spring course called Global Islam: Culture and Civilization - at American River College in (my hometown) Sacramento! The course is introductory but covers a wide breadth of topics including the origins of Islam, the Prophetic traditions, Arts and Literature, and modern concepts as well. There are still a couple of open spots so I wanted to spread the word in case anyone was interested! Swipe left for even more detail. Save this post, share it, spread the word! (Also side note: this is a throwback way back from Sophia’s baby shower - the most recent pic we have together because I was not about to post a flyer on the feed 💁🏾‍♀️)
  • All I need in this life of sin...p.s. a bunch of old guys kept asking us where we are ‘from’ (because obvs we couldn’t be from here 🙃) - and they couldn’t believe it was Pakistan either - im going to just say outer space next time...👽 #girlfriends #ladiesnight #gno
  • SO glad I forced myself to go out tonight with my girls, sometimes we forget how much we love each other’s company 💕 #gno #chicago #girls
  • She won’t even take a bite out of something she doesn’t like - I learn lessons from this QUEEN every damn day! 🙏🏾💕 👑 👧🏻
  • When you always think the song is about you 🎶 (Queen + Adam Lambert tour here we come!)
Also going to do more stand up comedy this year because, well - being a wife and mom - no one listens to me any more and I need my validation so...yeah
Also: wearing this coat all winter long because I’m a proud outfit repeater 👊🏽 (Also because I’m an old coat kind of girl  don’t @ me) ~
  • 1) hanging with my sister Nusrat who has been here visiting since New Year’s Eve - we are 13 months apart so basically we’re twins 👯 except when it comes to our personalities we are polar opposites ☯️ she has always been the one person who constantly humbled me  whenever I thought I was too cool (which was often) she would put me in my place (whether I liked it or not) and now as an adult I really appreciate that 
2) me doing Nusrat’s makeup as I’ve always been the resident makeup/hair/stylist in the family
 3) Sophia’s lewk 😍 
2019 is starting off pretty great I’d say!

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