Guest Post: My Favourite Planner, by Natalie Benton.

my name is Natalie Benton and I’m the blogger behind Gorgeous and Geeky (Click here to view.). I ‘met’ Lydia from Mademoiselle Women in June on Twitter, and we quickly decided on writing a collab post. I hummed and hawed for a few weeks about what I wanted to write about and thankfully Lydia didn’t get sick of my indecision. We came up with a few ideas, but when I saw Lydia’s recent “My Planner Wishlist” post (click here to post) , I knew I wanted to write a post about my favourite diary.


2017 edition. 

I was that nerdy kid at school that loved going to get school supplies (particularly Lisa Frank) in anticipation for the start of the school year. Therefore, around November I start looking for my planner for the following year due to my excitement for a brand new start with new supplies. In 2015 I stumbled upon the Every Day Matters Diary for 2016. I feel in love! It was everything I wanted in a planner: colourful, inspirational, week-to-view, and A5 sized. The charming artwork immediately grabbed my attention and the insightful content found inside made me click “add to cart.” I was incredibly impressed with the 2016 edition that I purchased the 2017 version last year. Dani Dippiro from Positively Present (Click here to view) has been creating these diaries since 2015; her goal was to help others “make the most of every day in the year” and “live more positive and present lives.”

June 2017-Insparation. 

Once it arrived, I finally had the opportunity to look through all the pages and discover the exciting features to this diary. Each month you are presented with a theme and an affirmation, which helps to cultivate positivity throughout the day-to-day tasks we routinely do daily. This month’s affirmation is “I seek inspiration in every situation,” which relates to me particularly due to my job as a mental health support worker; there can be stressful situations in which I must remain calm and find inspiration to turn negatives into positives. I try to incorporate every affirmation into my career because that’s where I spend the majority of my time and it’s imperative that I remain positive and supportive.

Week-to-view layout. 

I was thoroughly impressed with all the ways this diary encourages me to be positive. Each week, you are given a task which enables you to grow internally. In March, this diary highlighted the importance of forgiveness and challenged me to forgive myself in the above activity. I won’t lie: I don’t always get to take part in the weekly activity due to time constraints, but I enjoyed the refreshing perspective I developed when I had the opportunity. Apart from the weekly exercises, I was impressed with how much space you’re given to write our daily tasks. I absolutely love writing out to-do lists because I feel accomplished and productive when I complete an item. Because my partner and I work so much, we try to plan our meals and who will cook depending on our schedules. We actually lost weight by doing this!

Weekly quote. 

Have a careful look at the week-to-view photo…what do you see at the top right? A quote!! If you are like me, you have your quotes inspiring quotes everywhere. This quote from Henry David Thoreau is quite profound; it’s probably one of my top 10 favourite quotes.

Monthly Reflection.

Finally, I wanted to write about the monthly reflection feature. At the end of every month, there is space for jotting down what you’re grateful for. I find this interactive portion exceptionally important because it is so easy to forget how blessed we are. I love looking back at these; it makes me feel happy and content. We’re in a technology age where we’re constantly bombarded with ideas of what we need to look like, what we need to be successful, what we need to own. It can be difficult to remain happy, positive, and fulfilled when you’re slammed with the idea of not being good enough or having enough. Therefore, it is crucial we take a step back and look at what we have to be thankful for instead of seeking out more and more external happies.
I hope you enjoyed reading about my favourite diary. I sincerely hope Dani will continue to create these diaries for years to come; thankfully, she’s already released her 2018 version. You can find it here (click to view). I would like to thank Lydia for allowing me to write this post!
If you’d like to check out my blog, you can find me at Gorgeous and Geeky (Click here to view). You can also find me on Instagram (Click here to view) and Twitter (Again, click here to view). If you follow, I will be sure to follow back. If you have any feedback on this post or would like to share your own favourite diary, please send me a DM! I love getting to know new people!

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