This year's planner is free from The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. Good thick paper and lots of space to make notes on. But naturally, I like designing my own instead of simply working with the default. And while I love the brand, I don't need it over-peppering my pages.
The general idea was to visualise the themes I want for the year -- they mostly have to do with my creative journey and also my quiet quest for my beloved. The images are gathered from various sources, with Pinterest being most invaluable. Putting them together on a page strengthens my vision of what I want and keeps me focused. Every day as I open this notebook I pass through the pages and am reminded of what I am working towards. And more than templates or cliches of success and satisfaction, I have made it a point to capture as much nuance and flavour I could for my kind of fulfilment. Hence the strong traces of magic and nature thread through everything.
Soon there will come a day when I don't need to borrow so much from what others have done, because I will be able to capture and create my own images, which means I will also have the TIME to do so, which means I will have sufficient money to keep myself from having to put in time for the kind of work that derail from my true journey.
But as I have always said, there is a Timeliness to Things. I just have to be patient, and to stay true, and to do what I can within each day that is given to me.