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Christmas isn’t over! Until Saturday, January 2, 2016 at 9pm PST, I’ll be hosting a giveaway for someone to win one 5.5"x 8.5" Compact Passion Planner 2016! I know it’s not directly fashion-related, but the Passion Planner has been tremendously helpful for me during my time in fashion school. I thought it would be cool to help someone else achieve their goals. This is not a sponsored giveaway and it’s open to the U.S. only - you can enter by leaving a Disqus comment on this post (click the Keep Reading link if you’re seeing this on your Tumblr dashboard). One entry per person. Winner will be randomly selected using I’ll contact the winner by email once time is up. 

Please continue reading for my full review of the Passion Planner.

From my Instagram.

Passion Planner is literally what it sounds like: it’s a planner that helps you plan your passions. Created by Angelia Trinidad is 2013, this ultra-customizable, millennial-oriented calendar planner combines a weekly calendar (broken down by the hour, Sunday - Monday, 6am – 11pm), monthly calendar, to-do list, journal, sketchbook, gratitude log, and fabric pocket / pencil bag all into one portable notebook. The layout is attractive and engaging, including motivational quotes, weekly challenges, and reflection questions to stimulate your brain whilst encouraging productivity. The outside is made with high-quality faux leather (vegan friendly!) and it has an attached book marking ribbon. It does a lot within 212 pages.

Benefits vector from the Passion Planner home page.

As someone who appreciates office products made for picky, hyper-organized individuals like myself, I feel that Passion Planner perfectly caters to my need to feel like I’m in total control. I schedule all my activities in it. I schedule time for cleaning, washing clothes, feeding my snakes, scheduling blog posts, making lunch, going to work, hanging out with friends, doing homework, and working on personal projects. Balancing school, work, and my personal life is so much easier when I physically write stuff down (digital planners don’t cut it anymore). It takes just a few minutes every morning to keep myself on track.

This planner forces me to prioritize the most important activities before things that don’t need my immediate attention. Every week I create a section for PRIORITIES THIS WEEK next to a section titled HOMEWORK FOR NEXT WEEK so I don’t spend time shopping for buttons when I should be hand-basting a dress. The different colored pens denote my five classes (purple, burgundy, pink, and teal), work (green), and my personal life (black). The red pen is for circling the most urgent activities. 

I doodle little symbols on the days that I need to take my immune tablets, post a blog, and even on the days that I menstruate (DIY period tracker!). I’ve started taping little paper keepsakes on past weeks when memorable things happened (business cards from networking, movie tickets from hanging out with my boyfriend, small notes from new friends). The gridded papers on the back are filled with inspiration lists, brainstormings, sewing instructions, my semester schedule, a master supply list for school, and a few dozen Bruce Lee quotes. 

I basically spill my overflowing brain into my Passion Planner every day. It effortlessly organizes my life like a coin sorter.

By far my favorite part of the planner is the small box to the left of every week titled Good Things That Happened. I faithfully fill it out as good things happen to me. It’s an easy way to remind myself of all the things I should be thankful for. I have so many! Here’s a condensed list of everything I’ve written down so far:

- I’ve kept up my dyed hair instead of cutting it off
- Blogged consistently throughout the academic semester
- 4.0 in school
- Wore makeup every day of the semester and my skin cleared up
- I finally bought myself a new computer
- Discovered Trueburger! Best burgers in Oakland
- Helped in a fashion show and I’ll be styling for an upcoming fashion show
- Made cool friends in school - many of whom are just as passionate about fashion as me
- Didn’t get sick! Not since January. I credit these things for keeping my immune system in check
- I met Natasha at Halmoni! She inspires me so much and I would never have had the opportunity to participate in a fashion show without her
- Discovered that I love draping! I feel like draping and concept development are my two strengths right now in school
- Snakes are doing well - they’re both happy and they’re continuing to grow
- Bought tickets to Paris and I’ve been practicing French non-stop

And my personal favorite:

- “Accidentally touched something sticky on the bus and didn’t die!”

The woman of the hour, CEO Angelia Trinidad! Taken from her website.

As you can probably tell, I take my planner everywhere. Which is why I prefer the smaller planner for portability. The 2016 Passion Planner also comes in size 8.5"x11", if you prefer a bigger layout with more writing space. Undated planners are available in both sizes if your school/work week doesn’t line up with the traditional Sunday through Monday schedule. 

If you’re still unsure, you can try it out, no string attached - almost all versions are available to download 100% FOR FREE. All you have to do is organize the pages in a binder. I love that this company has made their product accessible to people who can’t drop $30 on a planner. They are truly committed to helping people reach their goals.

Follow Passion Planner on Instagram, Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, and Pinterest to learn more about all the work they do. And don’t forget to leave a comment on this post if you want to enter my giveaway! Tell me, what are your goals for 2016? Is there something you’ve always wanted to achieve in life that you’re starting to explore? Or have you settled on a career/project and are trying to maintain momentum? I’m curious to know!

Previously: Vintage Christmas chic in Verte

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