Spring Clean Your Planner

If you made some new year’s resolutions, how are they going? Have you been making progress, or going in circles? Let’s have a spring clean. If you’re using a bespoke paper planner, such as a bullet journal, here are a few questions to ask yourself as you check-in with your goals:

  • Are you using your planner? And, maybe a better question - do you look forward to using it? If you set up your planner and haven’t looked at it since, we need to figure out why that fuse fizzled. Changing habits can be difficult. The brain resists travelling off it’s well-worn path! Make your planner worthwhile, make it fun, and make time to use it!

  • Are your pages working for you? It can be hard to change direction, especially if it means pages half-filled in or totally abandoned. You may find that you need to change up your approach every once in awhile to stay effective or to keep the journey interesting. Don’t be afraid to experiment! Forgive yourself. Turn the page. Your planner is a tool, and in this case it has helped you to move forward. Leave the page as a reminder of your journey, or rip the old page out and start fresh. This process is all about what works for you.

  • Have you gotten sh*t done? Every quarter year is a great time to look back in your journal and see how far you’ve come. Check off all the things! Let go of anything that is no longer relevant! We often reach a goal and come up with a new finish line without celebrating that victory. Take a bit of time to congratulate yourself. You’re doing a great job.

If you’re new to Planning on Paper, I hope you’ll be able to join us on Saturday, April 27 at Gotamago’s studio/shop in Toronto! We’ll start from a blank notebook and build a system that’ll grow and change with you. Details and registration can be found at Gotamago’s site.

Bullet Journaling with FairchildTV

Early in the year, we filmed this fun spot with Michelle Poon at FairchildTV. Michelle brought her own paper planner and we spent a lot of time trading ideas and, of course, having fun with crafty supplies.

I love sharing fancy pens, stickers, and rubber stamps, but essentially, a planner is a tool. Your planner will take some dings. And planning on paper will look different for everyone. Whether you’re stenciling ribbon banners with your Copic markets, or scrawling with a ball-point… if you’re getting closer to your goals, you’re doing it right!

Note: FairchildTV is presented in Cantonese. And I’ve got subtitles!

Shop small, shop local

Where to find Edgar and Martha Handmade this December:

Frost Fair - Saturday, December 1, 2018, 10am-5pm, Fort York, 250 Fort York Blvd, Toronto, ON M5V 3K9, free admission!

“Have some holiday fun with the whole family at historic Fort York. Shop for unique gifts made by local artisans, including jewellery, heritage-inspired reproductions and holiday greenery. Enjoy military and musical demonstrations alongside children's drill sessions, games, crafts and dress-up. Print your own Frost Fair souvenir on a Mackenzie House press. Visit our Volunteer Historic Cooks to sample period recipes and stop by the Heritage Café for lunch.”

Happy to be participating once again at this craft show in a museum. The crowd was mixed between visitors to this historic site and neighbours from the Fort York neighbourhood. Last year we had a primo view of the Morris dancers, and even got to participate in a couple of routines. This year we’ve got our fingers crossed for skating on the Bentway!

Gladstone Hotel Marketplace: Textile Edition - December 16, 2018, 10am-4pm, Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1J6, free admission!

“The Gladstone Hotel invites everyone to get ahead of the shopping rush with our Textile Edition. Vendors will present unique artist-made objects, wearables, fashion accessories, and home decor items for sale. This market will showcase a range of handcrafted textile items in various techniques and price points aimed at holiday gift giving.”

It’s our first time at the Gladstone Marketplace, and we’re excited to be participating in this textile show! Gifts made of cloth and fiber make the best gifts - they symbolize warmth, softness, and protection. Make a day of it and make a check mark next to everyone on your list at the Gladstone, handily located between the West Queen West and Parkdale neighbourhood.

Planning on Paper back at Watson & Lou

I get all hepped up with planning goals three times a year - January (resolutions!), May (spring cleaning!), and September (back to work!). If 20 years of Labour Day weekend stationery shopping taught me anything, it's that September is the time to treat myself to a new pen, start a new notebook, and set a course for success.

On September 20th, I'll be back for another Planning on Paper workshop at this beautiful downtown Peterborough shop, and we can't wait. Come along to design and set up your own bespoke system that works for you and your goals.

Find all the details and registration at Watson & Lou. I'll see you there!

Planning on Paper at getmoving physio

Edgar & Martha has been a duck lately... all appears quiet, but under the surface we're flapping around like crazy. We've been designing and testing new products for the winter markets, and preparing for back-to-school season. Many of us see September as a new beginning, a time to get organized and get stuff done! And so we've lined up a bunch of Planning on Paper workshops to help you do just that.

May I introduce Trish Dyke-Brunelle. Trish is someone that I’ve looked up to for a very long time. Trish became my Big Sister as she was starting out in her career as a physiotherapist, and I was an awkward pre-teen. We would meet up to try a new activity, volunteer at a community event, or head over to her place for crafting, and always talking, talking, talking. She was the one I came to with the big stuff, because I knew she’d be good for a no-nonsense, no-shame discussion on whatever I threw on the table. We drifted a bit as I went into high school, and Trish had her first baby. A very busy time for both of us, but thank goodness for the internet! We now keep up with each other through the magic of Facebook and Instagram, and I’m always impressed with Trish’s compassionate and enlightening posts as @vaginaphysio. She is fierce in her advocacy for women’s health, and is still an amazing role-model.

On September 22nd, I’m overjoyed to be presenting a Planning on Paper workshop at GetMoving Physio, Trish’s clinic in downtown Barrie. Click here for Eventbrite, for all the details and to register.

Testing, Testing, 1, 2, 3...

Last night a group gathered at the Weight Watchers Centre on the Danforth to discover the concept of vision boards, and create their own. The group had bravely volunteered to test our new Get to Goal Workshop. in which we spend time crafting a carefully thought-through goal, and then charting a course-correcting tool that will keep our motivation going: the vision board. 

Vision boards are something of an exercise in trust, and I want to thank the group for coming with an open mind, for offering supportive and constructive opinions on the workshop, and for putting your trust in me. Keep an eye on your focus, and I hope the universe delivers your goal in a specific, measureable, accountable, realistic, and timely way! 

And the group raised $150 to support PWYC dinners at The Danforth Church! Yay! Thank you so much! And thank you to Weight Watchers for hosting!

Let me know if you would like to host a Get to Goal or Planning on Paper workshop. Or, if you're an individual interesting in attending, sign up for our newsletter at the bottom of this page, and follow us on Instagram or Facebook to stay in the loop.

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We'll be back at Gotamago on June 2nd for Planning on Paper! Lichia, Christopher, and Melody have built a beautiful studio space and shop in a corner brick building at Woodbine and Lumsden in East York, Toronto. The sun coming through the big front windows creates a gorgeous place to spend a Saturday, planning your life and setting your sights on what comes next. Register here for one of the last remaining spots.

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