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Why plan seasonally? Each season brings its own events and responsibilities. For instance, if you live in a cold climate, winter brings the extra chore of shoveling snow regularly to clear a path for your car in the driveway. If you have a yard, spring brings the extra chores of gardening, weeding, mowing the lawn regularly again, etc. Though these may be considered minor changes, if you’re already on a tight schedule and overworked like most of are, these chores can get overwhelming fast. If you happen to be pursuing long-term goals on the side, guess which tasks get put aside to make room for these seasonal changes? You’ve got it. Suddenly the time you were using to write the great American novel is spent catching up on the laundry. Bummer.

June is less than a week away and that means summer is here.  Summer is not my favorite season mainly because I’m not crazy about the unbearable heat the South East is famous for. Being in Georgia in the summer is like being in Antarctica during the winter. Air conditioning becomes my very best friend and we spend a great deal of time together.

I have 3 kids and I spend my days answering many, many questions. Hot topics include ” Can I have this?”  “When can I have it?” And the ever popular ” Can I have ALL of it?”. I have all the answers, I’m the I-ching, the Dalai Lama, and the Wizard of Oz all rolled into one mom shaped package. I give my children the answers they need with a grace and wisdom beyond their years — No, kids. The answer is No.

But there is one question that penetrates my peaceful exterior and strikes panicked frustration into my heart.

What’s for dinner?

Spring is here which means bikini season is just around the corner. A time of year when women over the age of 25 everywhere feel that panicked flutter in their hearts and reach for the dumbells. Me personally? I’m just a girl..standing in front of a salad. Asking it to be 3 tacos, queso dip, and a double margarita.

Whatever you’re torture of choice may be, spring usually comes with the all the panicked motivation you need to get in shape fast. As a planner geek and Bullet Journal enthusiast, my favorite part of this yearly ritual is – you’ve got it – tracking it! After all, what’s the fun of sweat and starvation without a good OL’ checkmark at the end of it? None at all, I say. None at all.

Time for another monthly planning session! April is around the corner and I’ll be honest, I’m happy see March go. March proved to be as tumultuous a time as I expected. After several school events, a big family wedding, and unfortunately, 2 funerals, I’m in need of a lazier month. April isn’t completely the snooze fest I’m dreaming of, but It’ll do.

We all know bullet journaling is addictive. It’s even more addictive to watch how other people journal, and compare yourself. I often get caught up gazing at all the inspiring bullet journal pages I have streaming thru my social media feed on a daily basis. The colors..the fonts..the productivity.. if I were a cartoon my eyes would be giant glossy hearts, and there would be some kind of soft rock playing in the background.

As a parent you might feel starting a bullet journal is out of your reach. A notebook without crayon scribbles AND accomplished tasks…dream on. I’ve got band practice, bathtimes, dinner to cook, toys to trip over, crying fits to sooth, homework to resent, spills to clean, sleep to be abruptly woken from, more spills to clean, etc.

What do you want to accomplish this year? January usually brings with it the conviction to have a better year than last year, and the idealism that convinces us we can do it. But by the time March rolls around, maybe you’re starting to feel a little burned out. Personally, my conviction to have a great year has become a burning conviction to sleep in. The couch is starting to look a lot better than the treadmill, and I’ve developed a very well reasoned argument against low-carb diets. The beginning stage of any new habit is hard, and it doesn’t start to feel good until you get over that hump. If you’re one of the many who’ve hit a rough patch on the road to success, here’s a simple tool to get you back on track.