Some very BIG news!

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I made the 2016-2017 me & my BIG ideas Design Team!

I’m so very happy to announce that I have been selected in addition to 19 other amazingly talented ladies to be apart of the 2016-2017 me & my BIG ideas Design Team! Words don’t even begin to describe how thankful and honored to have been chosen to represent this amazing company. Thank you to Stephanie Fleming and Amanda Zampelli for giving me this opportunity to continue sharing and doing something I love! If don’t already, make sure to follow @meandmybigideas and @the_happy_planner on Instagram to see what all of us on the Design Team will be sharing with you over the next year starting on October 1st. You can also find links to the other 19 wonderful ladies on the Mambi blog.


Truthfully, I didn’t expect to make it.

All forms of paper crafting are a relatively new concept for me. In fact if you would’ve told me that I’d make this Design Team 10 years ago, I probably would’ve have thought you’d lost your mind. Prior to the first Happy Planners being released, I had never scrapbooked a day in my life and rarely used a paper planner. So for me, being selected among such amazing long-term talent has left me both with a feeling of complete gratitude and awe.

Finding this planner was fate at it’s best.

Coming across the Happy Planner was equivalent to kismet. I was going to be starting my very first semester at the Academy of Art in their online BFA in Fashion Design program, and I knew that this pretty planner would likely fill both a creative and functional need. It did help that I worked at Hobby Lobby at the time, and an insane amount of ladies were constantly asking for it! So, naturally, this peaked my curiosity.

Because the Happy Planner is both functional and visually stimulating, I have used it without fail since I bought my first one in July 2015. And because of this planner and the amazing company that has created it, I am constantly organized and always have loads of creative inspiration on hand.

Keep Planning a Happy Life™ and Live Creatively™

Over 450 application were submitted to be apart of this year’s design team. With only 20 total design team members being chosen, that equates to roughly only 4% of the applicants making the final cut. What I’m trying to impart to those of you who applied but didn’t make it, don’t feel discouraged or unworthy. To be honest, there were so many other ladies who I thought would for sure make it long before I did. And that’s a huge part of the reason why I’m so grateful for this opportunity, it’s the entire planner community that has been a constant source of support and inspiration for me. So, I want to do my very best because of all of you!

This community is full of so much love and support that I’m constantly blown away by how much virtual strangers truly care and appreciate one another, and I feel so very blessed to be among all of you.

Finally, I’ll leave you with some words of wisdom.

Life is full of ups and downs, but be sure to focus on the good and all of the blessings you already have in your life. This is only the second time in my entire life (31 years and some change) that I have been chosen for something that I really and truly wanted. That’s only 6% of the time in the entirety of my life! Which means 94% of the time I’ve been let down by not being picked, but I kept going. Keep doing the things you love and enjoy. Life is about accepting yourself for who you are and being happy and content that you are enough just the way you were made.

And you never know, in pursuit of one dream, you may just find something you never even thought of. For me, that’s being on this amazing me & my BIG ideas Design Team. Who knows? I may just change my major, so that I can continue within this industry that I happened upon by complete accident. It’s these unexpected changes in life that are the most meaningful and when we learn the most about ourselves. So, keep going and don’t look back. You never know what you’re gonna find on the road called Life.





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