My First Fail

My OCD need for organization has been the butt of many jokes in my life. My children find it hilarious that I can’t remember what I had for dinner last night, but I can tell you if someone moved my stapler two inches. (Maybe that’s just my OCD and not my need for organization, but that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.)

I’ve always been a ‘neatnik,’ as my mother would have said. I like things to have a place and for things to be in that place. There are things I don’t do – like organize my clothes by color or season or things like that (because I don’t have the time, nor do I care, frankly). When it comes to my office and files, however, I want everything neat and tidy.

I started using daily planners in college to help keep track of homework, due dates, etc. I’ve been using them ever since. However, I usually have just purchased a generic daily planner and used those. I like having my month laid out so I can see everything at once. The planner was something I liked and used because I wanted to, but once I had children, it became a necessity.

A few years ago, someone mentioned a bullet journal and I was intrigued. I did some research and decided I would try it.

Huge failure.

My need for perfection ruined my use of the bullet journal. I felt like I had to not only be an expert at using the bullet journal, but also be a fantastic artist and decorate it beautifully as well. Which, of course, didn’t happen, and I got so frustrated I quit using it and went back to my generic planners.

Fast forward to about 6 months ago, and I discovered the planner/sticker community on YouTube and Etsy. I was instantly hooked – a way to stay organized with a planner and make it look cute and fancy, but with stickers! As I dove deeper into the idea, I realized a sticker business was something I was interested in. I could work from home, set my own schedule, have some extra income, and satisfy my own need for creativity and organization.

I don’t know if this business idea will work out, but that’s part of the fun, right? I might succeed, I might fail. Either way, at least I will have tried, which is more than most people can say. I’m still working out the logistics of everything – setting up my Etsy store, making product, learning about incredibly boring things like sales tax and online business, but it’s all slowly coming together.

I’m also a huge procrastinator and I suffer from sometimes debilitating bouts of imposter syndrome, but I am determined to see this through. So follow along and watch me fail and learn.

Tuesday Font Fatigue

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I’ve been a planner and organizer my whole life, but finding this whole planning sticker community has been fascinating. However, something I’ve noticed as I’ve been doing research has brought to light something odd.

I’ve been watching a lot of videos about bullet journals, Happy Planners, and the Erin Condren planners, as well as a ton of YouTube videos about running a sticker store on Etsy.

Do you remember Comic Sans font? The font that was everywhere in the 80s/90s and then suddenly became the red-headed stepchild of fonts (my apologies to any actual red-headed stepchildren, no offense intended). Poor Comic Sans became a font to be avoided at all costs. It has practically disappeared from use, except as a joke font.

But while watching all these videos, I noticed that one font kept appearing – the Tuesday font. (If you like it, you can purchase it from your favorite font site.). It’s everywhere. It seems like every spread I see – whether in a bullet journal, in a planner, etc. – everyone is using it.

Now, don’t get me wrong – I think it’s a pretty font. But I have Tuesday font fatigue. There are a million different fonts in the world – why is everyone in the planner/sticker community (it seems) using this one particular font?

I don’t know, but I do know that I will be finding other fonts to use. Here’s hoping that others will do the same.