Planning February 2018 Tips//Plan with Me

It seems that January is one of the longest yet quickest months, if that makes sense. As crazy as it is, February is tomorrow! Today’s post will be on some tips for the month of February and I how I plan out my month in my planner.

For starter’s, I made it a goal of mine to become more organized and have a planner with me throughout the year, so far it’s going pretty well, but this past week I was slightly slacking off. However, for the new month I am glad to pick up my routine of planning back. First, let us start with my key planning tips to provide a successful start to the new month.

Purchase a cute planner and Stationary Supplies:

  • For me personally this is a huge one, I find that have a cute planner instead of a plain old boring one will help you be more motivated to use it. I recommend the brand “Create 365: The Happy Planner” from Michael’s Craft Store they have a variety of appealing planners, and the absolute best planner stickers, but do not worry if you cannot get your hands on this one, there are many other ones out there that are just as acceptable.
  • Make it personal, decorate your planner with washi tape, make it bright and colorful with pens or markers, and put in planner stickers to help personalize your planner. I recommend heading to Michael’s, Target, or the dollar store to get cute stationery supplies for cheap. 
  • If you cannot go out and buy these supplies, do not worry because you can improvise and make your own planner with what you have.

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Set a least one Monthly Goal or more if you desire:

  • If you were to set one new goal at the start of the month, and have it inside of your planner as a reminder, I am positive that you will achieve that goal by the end of the month. This could be a goal that’s as small as, “read any new book” or as large as “applying for a new job”, make it your desirable goal. For example, my goal for the month of January was to “start my blog”, and look where I am now, posting my 10th blog post!
  • My monthly goal for February will be to read a new book and finish it because I never do and to also finish one whole course of my online class. This month is about finishing what I started 😉!

Create a Monthly Mantra & Theme:

  • If you are unsure what a Mantra is, it is a word/phrase/or statement repeated frequently that you establish and live through. These are incredibly important when you need to be constantly reminded of something, and I do not mean something you plan, it’s more of a reassurance statement for example a mantra that I know is popular is, “You can get through this”. Make your mantra personal, to what best suits you or what you think you need to hear often. This mantra should be throughout your planner, on a post-it note, on your phone, and even your refrigerator.
  • Onto my next point which is establishing a theme for the month. This may sound a bit silly, but having a theme for a month will help incorporate your goal and mantra into your life. I also find that when having a monthly theme, planning becomes more substantial.
  • My theme for the month of February is Love/feeling loved/loving others, shocker right. I decided since Valentine’s Day is in the middle of the month, I will have Love as my central theme of this month.

Try to have a routine of something everyday:

  • You may be thinking well, I already have a routine everyday, but what I mean is trying to bring a new habit into your life, making it a routine for at least a month. These are just a few common examples; meditation daily, working out for at least an hour each day, or even praying. These are almost like small goals to make a part of your daily routine. Mine for the month of January was to “Practice Gratitude: by stating three things each day that I am grateful for”, (credits to my amazing therapist who gave me this assignment).
  • For the month of February I will continue my Gratitude practice along with mindful journaling everyday this month (I love to journal and I recently bought a new journal with mindful prompts).

Now that I gave the run-down of my key planning tips, I hoped you gained some insight for this upcoming month! Now onto planning my month of February! 💖


What I do to first get started, is to go through the calendar on my phone, since that is where I keep all my important dates/appointment reminders. As a disclaimer, my planner is not as filled as I wanted it to be. I only planned my events in my planner calendar, hopefully for next month’s post I will show you how I plan my week.

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I love how this planner features an area of all things you are doing currently.
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The February Page Theme.

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I hope you guys enjoyed these planning tips, hopefully they are as beneficial to you as they were to me. Like and subscribe if you have not already. Also comment down below what you are looking forward to in February!

xoxo, Ariana. 💕

Check out my last post: Nighttime Skin Care Routine 2018 |Cruelty-Free

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Women’s March: Power to the Polls Chicago 2018|Why I March

On the Saturday of January 21st of 2017 a revolution began, known as the Women’s March. This women/feminist revolution specifically occurred the day that Donald Trump was inaugurated into office as the new president. Women activists decided to take a stand against Trump’s misogynist, racist, homophobic, egoistic, inequality evil agenda by marching throughout the country and protesting in numerous cities about the upcoming four years.

Now it is January 20th, 2018, a year after Trump has become inaugurated as president and many are here marching against Trump and his administration, fighting for human rights that have been impacted within this past year. I was given the opportunity to march with my fellow people against Trump’s agenda and his administration. I marched to the polls on January 20th, 2018 in my beautiful home city of Chicago. As an intersectional feminist it was a remarkable experience that I will never forget. Personally to me what’s real amazing is how over 300,000 people came out to the Women’s March in Chicago to protest, march, and unite.

Yesterday I marched for the inequalities that women, people of color, immigrants/refugees, the lgbtq+ community, the disabled, and the less fortunate face in today’s society. I also march for sexual assault survivors, for those that have been separated and deported from their families, for the earth, and those who have lost their life in 2017 from Trump’s America. I march to say that these marginalized groups are important and that they matter. Become an intersectional feminist, be an activist, be someone who protests what you want to change, and lastly vote because your vote matters. Remember that we can, we have, and we will demand change. The future is female and 2018 will be the year we come back!

“Change only happens when ordinary people get involved, get engaged, and come together to Demand It.”  – Barack Obama 

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At with Women’s March with the sign I made. The Future is Female ♀
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Marchers carrying signs that were some of my favorite.
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Nasty Woman.

Much love from Ariana: a badass intersectional feminist!


 

Goal for 2018|Try Something New

Even though it’s mid January, and New Years goals are usually decided during the first week, I am going to give everyone reading this a challenge on a fresh goal for the new year. The goal for all of us in 2018 should be to “Try something new“. Now some of you may be thinking well, that’s already what “I do”, but here comes the challenging part once you try something do you give up and never do it again? Most of us will have this expectation before doing something, and whenever we believe reality “fails us“, we decide to never do that again or even sometimes never try anything new again!

Trust me, I have always tried new things, but whenever something did not work out for me or one tiny negative moment ruined the rest of the experience, I found myself in a bubble at home stuck in a runt for quite some time.

As the new year came I decided that changes will be made. And now here I am! I took a risk by starting my own blog and although this is only my 2nd post, I’m glad I did! So whether it’s taking a meditation class every week, writing in a journal everyday for a month, or even joining a club that you usually would not be interested in.

Jump out of your comfort zone and take that risk, go out and try something that you will have to commit to for at least a month. At the end of the month, reflect on your journey of that experience, if it was positive then consider keeping up with it, if it was negative then at least you did your part and tried something new, that’s all that matters.

Comment down below some of your New Years goals/resolutions!⇓

With much love, Ariana.

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“Be brave. Take risks. Nothing can substitute experience.”  – Paulo Coelho