Hello Day Rockstars

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🖤 HELLO SAMANTHA 
 
 
Name: Samantha Oxford

Occupation: Co-founder and Centre Manager Boulder Hut (www.boulderhut.com)
 

Home Town: Chester

Planner: Selva Original

What's your favourite thing about your Hello Day planner?

It’s so beautifully designed it makes planning a delight. 

Do you think your planner has helped you? If so, in what way?

It’s helped me to juggle running a business and household without getting overwhelmed. 

Any suggestions on how you use your planner and how you could suggest others use certain pages of their planner?

I use the month spread to put in engagements and events then plan out meals for each week. I use the weekly spread to plan my life outside of work and the daily is my to do list. At the end of each day, I go through the list and carry forward any tasks I haven’t done to the next day which enables me to switch off for the evening and have a good rest.

 

What makes you happy? 

Being with my family and friends, and especially climbing with my partner, Ant, and son, Jack.

 

What is your guilty pleasure?

Red wine with cheese and biscuits.

 

How do you like to spend your valuable ‘me’ time?

I enjoy taking our dog for a walk and shopping (but not at the same time!)

 

What book or podcast would you recommend and why?

I’d highly recommend Jay Shetty’s On Purpose podcast, I always feel uplifted and motivated after listening to it.

 

What is your proudest achievement in recent years?

My proudest achievement is opening Boulder Hut, an indoor climbing gym. From being just an idea in 2011, raising the investment required in 2017, to surviving Covid closures and now having two centres, it blows my mind that it’s actually happened.

 

What's your one pearl of wisdom for everyone else out there?

Practically anything is possible. If you put energy and action into what you want, miraculous things can happen, just have faith and don’t give up.

 

What is your Instagram handle so we can tag you?

@sammi_joey

@boulderhut

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Sam

Firstly, thank you for letting us know about Boulder Hut! We loved it and the girls especially did! Dave the instructor was just great and made the whole experience so much better. We admire your drive and perseverance to get the centre up and running, and not only to survive Covid but to come out stronger with TWO centres on the other side. Keep living by your own pearl of wisdom and thank you for being a Hello Day supporter. 

xx Kirsten 

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🖤 HELLO SOPHIE 
 
 
Name:  Sophie
Occupation:  Marketing Manager 
 

Home Town: Llangollen pronounced “clan, gock, len” North wales 

Planner: Dusk Original

What's your favourite thing about your Hello Day planner?

Where do I start? I have an OBSESSION with notebooks but never keep them for long. But Hello Day is FABULOUS! It has everything I need to keep my life on track. I can see everything in front of me and as I'm quite forgetful, I can put everything in there so I don’t forget :) 

 

Do you think your planner has helped you? If so, in what way?

Oh absolutely! I have finally managed to get a good grip on life both home and work, having a husband that works shifts, a 3 year old, 2 dogs and my awesome Job at Boulder Hut life gets pretty hectic! I wouldn’t be without my Hello Day! 

Any suggestions on how you use your planner and how you could suggest others use certain pages of their planner?

I just write everything in it. From my meals, to my to do list for work. Oh and the water reminder has been a godsend! I’m hopeless at getting enough water but now I get a helpful reminder every time I open my planner :) 

 

What makes you happy? 

My daughter, my dogs, my job and my friends

 

What is your guilty pleasure?

Ok. So I love Bargain Hunt! I watch it like it’s going out of fashion 😂 

 

How do you like to spend your valuable ‘me’ time?

I cycle, I binge watch Bargain Hunt, I watch F1 and I just love to be outdoors in the hills of snowdonia 

 

What book or podcast would you recommend and why?

My favourite book in the world is The First Casualty by Ben Elton’s it’s my favourite book in the world, it’s 2 stories intertwined and it al comes together at the end! WW1. Highly recommend it! 

 

What is your proudest achievement in recent years?

Definitely overcoming PTSD after I had my little girl. I was very poorly and was 12 minutes from death the day she was born. On top of that, I suffer with Depression but I’m proud of myself for having it all under control! I’m loving life right now! 

 

What's your one pearl of wisdom for everyone else out there?

"If you don’t ask, you don’t get” I live by this saying 👀

What is your Instagram handle so we can tag you?

its_just_sophette

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Sophie

Thank you SO much for being such a Rockstar and sharing with us!! I completely share your pearl of wisdom!! It never hurts to ask is mine :) Dave has already searched for your book recommendation (so thank you for that), and we just want to say how happy we are that you are loving life right now, and that your planner helps you to stay organised at home and at work! Keep rocking at life!!

xx Kirsten 

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🖤 HELLO KELSEY 
 
 
Name: Kelsey Beckman
Occupation: High School Teacher
 

Home Town: Wichita, Kansas

Planner: Selva Original

What's your favourite thing about your Hello Day planner?

Ok, I don’t really know how to answer this because it’s all my favourite thing! But I do really love the pages at the beginning of each month where you write down your goals, and then at the end you go back and reflect. I really love that page. And also the simple fact of all the things the planner keeps track of, that I can go back and look at later, to see how often I did actually work out, or how much water I’ve been drinking - and maybe that’s why I have a headache today.

 

Do you think your planner has helped you? If so, in what way?

Basically it just keeps me focussed I guess. And that monthly page I like because it reminds me that I do need to celebrate my wins! It makes me pause and reflect on what went well that month, because I’m really bad at just focusing on the things that I didn’t get done, or the goals that I didn’t achieve - but that reminds me that I am making progress, whether it feels like it or not. So I really like that page to just pause and reflect, and it’s really been helpful for me and my mental health. It also keeps me on budget because sometimes I’ll make a month a no-spend months - so it helps me keep track of everything.

Any suggestions on how you use your planner and how you could suggest others use certain pages of their planner?

I like to write down everything in there. I like to keep track of all of the books I read on then notes page at the beginning of each month. I also keep track of all my spending in there, and keep track of what I eat. And sometimes I’ll even use the bottom section of each day page as a meal planner, which has been helpful because if I’m struggling to find something to eat, I can go back to my planner from last year and it gives me ideas from a year ago. I even write down how I’m feeling, because I’ve been having a lot of headaches lately, so I’ll write down the days for my doctor. 

 

What makes you happy? 

Travelling and taking pictures! Both of those really help me to be more in the present than I am in my daily life. So both of those things make me super happy.

 

What is your guilty pleasure?

Sugar in any form haha! Especially pie - I am a pie addict!!

 

How do you like to spend your valuable ‘me’ time?

This its going to be really weird but I’ve started decoupaging again, which I used to do a lot when I was younger. Recently I’ve started to decoupage whilst I listen to DJ sets, so I dance and decoupage. So yeah, that’s how I spend my me time! I dance and I cut up magazines and paste!

 

What book or podcast would you recommend and why?

Man this is a real struggle for me! So many books! The Alchemist - classic. Recently I read a fiction book called The Lincoln Highway. It was amazing! I haven’t read a good fiction book that I enjoyed that much in a long time, so I’d really recommend it. And I’m also reading a book called invisible Women, and it’s all about gaps in data about biases between men and women, and how women get left out of a lot because of these data gaps. It’s very fascinating. And I don’t listen to a lot of podcasts but I really enjoy the Liturgist podcast. I don’t necessarily agree with everything they say, but they cover a lot of the things that I learned ini church growing up in a very different light. So that’s been really interesting for me.

 

What is your proudest achievement in recent years?

I bought a house and I completely remodelled it myself. Officially tomorrow is my final repayment on all of the remodelling projects, so I’m really excited about all of that.

 

What's your one pearl of wisdom for everyone else out there?

First of all, as I’ve become an adult, two of the rules I’ve made for myself are: always go pee when you have the chance haha! Because you never know when you will again. And, always take a jacket. So those are two really good pieces of wisdom. And the other one is, don’t save things. I used to be really bad about saving things like really nice notebooks, or I wouldn’t burn candles, or use bath bombs because I was just holding on to them for a special moment. But I‘ve leaned that if you use those when you have them, then you can create those special moments. It doesn’t need to be something that you keep waiting for. You can create that special moment. So don’t save things - use them and love them.

What is your Instagram handle so we can tag you?

@kelseybeckman

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Kelsey

We love you and we loved reading your answers so much!! Thank you for giving such a thorough and wonderful answers! We just picture you dancing around your room with pie in one hand and paste in the other - haha! 

And thank you for being such a wonderful friend and supporter of Hello Day over the years.  

xx Kirsten

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🖤 HELLO BINNY
 
 
Name:  Binita Shah-Patel
 
Occupation:  Social Media Agency Owner
 

Home Town: London

Planner: Tortoise

What's your favourite thing about your Hello Day planner?

The daily quotes which I highlight in pink every day as well as the layout of the pages. It also looks gorgeous on my desk! 

 

Do you think your planner has helped you? If so, in what way?

It definitely has made me use my time more efficiently and plan better. As a result I have been able to take on more clients as well as have a better work/life balance. I have to juggle my personal life, business, clients, husband and my food and travel blog and I do it all in my planner!

Any suggestions on how you use your planner and how you could suggest others use certain pages of their planner?

I like to use the yearly spread to write down books I have read as a mini habit tracker as well as note down my total income and expenses at the end of each month so it makes life easier for that tax return. It's something I started after I submitted my last return as I realised I had to get better organised. I also use the monthly note section to note down what invoices I am expecting to be paid and then tick them off there. Also as a social media manager I need to know all the themed days about so I write them all in my planner in advance - it can help with content inspo when you are stuck for ideas. I also share weekly themes on my Instagram every Sunday :)

 

What makes you happy? 

Animals, sunshine, wine, travelling and spending time with my husband and friends.

 

What is your guilty pleasure?

Twix, kool-aid and listening to Nickleback loud in my office 

 

How do you like to spend your valuable ‘me’ time?

By putting my phone in a different room and reading my book distraction free. Or if possible, a massage at a spa!

 

What book or podcast would you recommend and why?

The code of the extraordinary mind by Vishen Lakhiani and am also loving The Diary Of A CEO with Steven Bartlett as a podcast. 

 

What is your proudest achievement in recent years?

My proudest achievement is setting up a business from scratch after 10 years in Investment banking and building it up to be a success. It has been blood, sweat and tears but everyday I wake up and absolutely love what I do.

 

What's your one pearl of wisdom for everyone else out there?

Don't waste your energy worrying about what others think about you/your business/your life. Focus that energy on self love and improving your life as at the end of the day no one else is steering the wheel of your life except you...

 

What is your Instagram handle so we can tag you? 

@binnysfoodandtravel and @bspsocial

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Binny

Thank you for being such a HUGE Rockstar and such a great supporter of Hello Day! We love hearing about how much your planner has helped you to be more organised :)

We love that you love what you do, and that you are rocking at life and business! Dave and I completely share a love of what makes you happy - we all need more animals, sunshine, wine, travelling and time with loved ones in our lives 😍

xx Kirsten

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🖤 HELLO BETH 
🖤 HELLO DAY's NEW MANAGER
 
Hello Day ManagerName:  Beth Juncker
 
Occupation:  Hello Day Operations & Office Manager
 

Home Town: Newport, Shropshire

Planner: Mid Year Tile & 2022 Flock Weekly

Your favourite planner?

My Flock weekly. It's the perfect size to carry around with me and reminds me of all those important dates like Birthdays! I'm terrible at remembering birthdays (my family can vouch for that!) so the Flock weekly will really help with that!

 

Your favourite non-planner Hello Day product?

It's really hard to choose just one! The gold brass rollerball pen is dreamy. It's really comfortable and smooth to write with and who doesn't love a bit of gold?! Plus its refillable so once the refill runs out you can just replace that and continue to use it again and again!

Your favourite thing about working at Hello Day?

Obviously working with all the beautiful products is amazing, but working with the Hello Day team is the best bit, especially Millington - she is such a cutie!

 

Your favourite food?

Thai or Italian and chocolate. Lots and lots of chocolate!

 

Your favourite recent TV series?

The Mandalorian. I've just finished watching it for the third time! Series 3 can't come soon enough!

 

Your hero or role model?

My mum. She had the biggest heart and was always helping others. She was a huge animal lover and growing up we had a menagerie of rescue animals.

She was an avid gardener and general plant obsessive! We would spend hours talking about plants or be out in the garden together pottering around, sewing seeds, taking cuttings etc. When I think of home I think of her beautiful country garden with the mass of purple wisteria growing up the house and plants or cuttings on every window sill!

She was also very creative and had a wicked sense of humour. All my best qualities are from her.

 

Favourite bands?

Depends very much on my mood as I have an eclectic taste in music, from classical to cheesy pop to rock and grunge! But I'm an Indie girl at heart, so my go to's are The Amazons, Kings of Leon and Catfish and The Bottlemen.

 

How would your friends describe you?

Always there for them, a good listener and brew maker! Always has a pain au chocolate ready for breakfast!

 

One of your favourite things to do on a weekend?

Watch Gardeners World and pottering around in my garden with copious cups of tea!

 

A piece of advice for those who read this?

Never be afraid to be who you are. You are capable. You strong. You just have to believe!

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Beth

Yay for officially being a permanent part of Hello Day! Thank you especially for managing so well over the Christmas period, keeping Hello Day going whilst allowing us to finally visit our family in the USA!! We apprecate you and all of your dedicationand hard work! 

xx Kirsten & Dave & Millington
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🖤 HELLO VICTORIA
 
 Name:  Victoria Warwick-Jones 
 
Occupation:  Counsellor
 

Home Town: Redditch

Planner: Mid Year Carrara

What's your favourite thing about your Hello Day planner?

My favourite thing about my planner is the quality and presentation of it. I always feel very professional with it, especially now that I have the leather cover too.

 

Do you think your planner has helped you? If so, in what way?

My planner has helped me by having plenty of space for appointments,  to do lists, goals and notes to myself all in one place.

  

What makes you happy?

Helping people makes me happy, I feel honoured to support others in their time of need.

 

What's your guilty pleasure? 

My guilty pleasure is watching married at first sight with my other half, eating chocolate and drinking gin.

 

How do you like to spend your valuable ‘me’ time? 

Me time is precious and I like to get outside as much as possible. Wrapping up warm and sitting outside when its windy really helps to clear the mind and refocus your energy. 

 

What is your proudest achievement in recent years?
I am proud to have got through 4 years of counselling study and to have qualified whilst so much is going on in my life. Being a mum, working and having fibromyalgia can be challenging and then a pandemic was thrown into the mix. I am proud that I am in a position to be there for others. I am particularly proud of my work with vulnerable children. 

 

What's your one pearl of wisdom for everyone else out there?

My pearl of wisdom, be true to yourself, don't try and change for anyone other than yourself. Be authentically you and in return you wont have regrets.

 

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 Victoria

Huge congratulations on successfully completing your training as a qualified counsellor. You should be very proud of managing this on top of everything else in your life! And the fact that you find it so rewarding helping others just makes it all the more satisfying and worthwhile. 

Thank you for also being such an active member of the Hello Day Rockstars Facebook community! We really appreciate your support and contributions!

xx Kirsten
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🖤 HELLO VICKI
 
 Name:  Vicki Jobson 
 
Occupation:  HR advisor

 

Home Town: Live in Northumberland from Hoylake on the Wirral

  

Planner: Had a planner every year. Started with spiral and have had petite last 2. But have pre-ordered a spiral tortoise this year 😍

 

What's your favourite thing about your Hello Day planner?

It looks so good, I get so many compliments. And I also love taking pictures of the quotes and sending them to friends that needs to hear them. The quotes have also helped me get my head straight more than once during those peak stress times!

 

Do you think your planner has helped you? If so, in what way?

Oddly I feel trapped when I have a strict schedule or plan to adhere to. Which makes me flakey. I use the planner to take engagements out if my head and put them somewhere until I need to know about them. I rarely look further than a month ahead. That gives me enough notice so I don't miss things. I've already bought all of October's birthday presents 🎁 🤗

 

Any suggestions on how you use your planner and how you could suggest others use certain pages of their planner?

That's the beauty it's so versatile. I doubt 2 people will use it in the same way. Some weeks I used every function, some I hardly use any. My tip is relax, it may take a few days to get in the swing of it but be flexible try things and don't beat yourself up if one part isn't for you. I guarantee there will be lots that are.
 

What makes you happy?

My cats Norman and Vera for sure (after my husband and 2 sons obviously!)

 

What's your guilty pleasure? 

I'm too old for guilt these days but I am currently binging greys anatomy. Can't believe its taken until 2021 for me to start it

 

How do you like to spend your valuable ‘me’ time? 

 If its not watching greys I really relish time alone in my car singing along to the radio

 

What book or podcast would you recommend and why?

I enjoy fiction, I've just finished freckles by Cecelia Ahern which was good.
Choose one of the following questions to answer: What are you aiming to achieve in the next 12 months? I've just gone for promotion and hoping I'm successful. I'm also moving house soon. The next 12 months is full of new beginnings. I'm hoping to see people I've missed so much in the flesh a lot more.

 

What are you aiming to achieve in the next few months?
I've just gone for promotion and hoping I'm successful. I'm also moving house soon. The next 12 months is full of new beginnings. I'm hoping to see people I've missed so much in the flesh a lot more.

 

What's your one pearl of wisdom for everyone else out there?

I'm feeling full of wisdom as I approach 40 in a couple of weeks. My 2 pieces of advice are Don't judge anything too hard and let things go. It certainly feels nicer

 

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Vicki

Thank you for being such a great supporter of Hello Day since the beginning. You are a true Hello Day Rockstar and cheerleader! 

I LOVE how much you love Norman & Vera and that they are of course in your photo in regal glory 😂. We wish you great success and happiness with all of your plans for the next 12 months, and hope your planner can continue to help you feel organised and in control. 

And keep sharing those quotes around - that's a lovely thing to do!!

xx Kirsten
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🖤 HELLO PHILIPPA
 
 
Name:  Philippa Pattison 
 
Occupation:  Family, Children and newborn photographer

 

Home Town: Newcastle Upon Tyne 

  

Planner: Dusk Daily Planner

 

What's your favourite thing about your Hello Day planner?

My favourite thing about the hello day planner, well I’ve not just the one, I love it’s size- big in size-it means business! I love the separate monthly and daily planning pages it makes my work and private life so easy to organise and I just love it’s style! I’ve never seen such a beautiful planner! 

 

Do you think your planner has helped you? If so, in what way?

Yes, yes, yes! The planner makes organising life simple from monthly to weekly to daily plans and goals! I like to start my day writing down my tick list so my day runs a smoothly as possible and my deadlines are met! 

 

Any suggestions on how you use your planner and how you could suggest others use certain pages of their planner?

I write my all monthly plans on the monthly planning page then use the daily pages to write down my daily goals, tick lists and appointments. Do it! 
 

What makes you happy?

Turning the music on loud and dancing in the kitchen with my little ones. 

 

What's your guilty pleasure? 

All things country! I can’t get enough of country music! 

 

How do you like to spend your valuable ‘me’ time? 

Time is precious with little ones around so I love making plans with friends catching up over food and cocktails. 

 

What book or podcast would you recommend and why?

I love all things crime and if your fascinated by the drug trafficking trade and international prisons then check out Hotel K, Snowing in Bali, No More Tomorrow’s, Operation Playboy and for that fictional taste of paradise The Backpacker! 

 

What is your proudest achievement in recent years?
I am so proud of my business, Let Them Be Little Photography! Having left my previous role following the arrival of my little ones I set out on my new career path! One I had never even considered and so different to my previous role in the Criminal Justice System. Having never used a DSLR ever before I began my journey and some four years on I am loving life and absolutely loving my profession! 

 

What's your one pearl of wisdom for everyone else out there?

Follow your heart, when it’s time to move on in life do it, leave the drama behind, don’t listen to the Debbie downers of the world and do what’s right for you! 

What's your IG handle?

Letthembelittlephotography 

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Philippa

Thank you so much for being such an amazing supporter of Hello Day for so many years!! It means so much to us :)
You should be so proud of Let Them be Little Photography. Your photos are amazing and we salute your bravery for following your heart and making your new path such a success!!! We love that your planner helps you to plan your days and achieve your goals. 
Keep dancing with your little ones and enjoying life!!
 
xx Kirsten
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🖤 HELLO JAIME 
 
Name: Jaime Louise
 
Occupation:  Leisure and Spa Operations Manager

 

Home Town: Swansea, currently living in Portsmouth

  

Planner: Mid Year Coast Planner

 

What's your favourite thing about your Hello Day planner?

The layout is perfect, it helps me keep my work life on track and balanced. And the daily quotes are uplifting and help you to see things differently and more positively

 

Do you think your planner has helped you? If so, in what way?

I've tried a lot of planners over the years and this planner is fantastic. I love that there is a page a day and it's split into different sections which really help to layout my day and stay focused. 

 

Any suggestions on how you use your planner and how you could suggest others use certain pages of their planner?

Take each page as it comes! I like to add a bit of colour to make things stand out as well 

What makes you happy?

Sunshine, flowers, going to the beach, exploring new places and seeing friends and family

 

What's your guilty pleasure? 

Grey's Anatomy and chocolate 

 

 How do you like to spend your valuable ‘me’ time? 

Curled up with a book or going for a long run 

 

What book or podcast would you recommend and why?

Anything by Sophie Kinsella she has a way of bringing the characters to life to make you feel like your living within the pages

 

What are you aiming to achieve in the next 12 months?
I started running a few years ago and have really got the bug, the next 12months I'm going to focus on achieving some personal best times in a half marathon 

 

What's your one pearl of wisdom for everyone else out there?

Life is for living so find something in everyday that makes you happy, no matter how big or small 

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Jaime

I love your words of wisdom - to find a little happiness every day, no matter how small. Some days it's easy to forget! And I completely share your love of Sophie Kinsella!! I read several back to back a few years ago :)
 
Great work with the running! You can definitely build up to a half marathon and you'll feel AMAZING once you've achieved it! Make sure to keep us posted in the Rockstars Group!
xx Kirsten
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🖤 HELLO LADY CLARE 
 
Name:  Lady Clare Nixon Hindes
Occupation:  Sr. Representative, Account Management for a Contact Centre

Home Town: Originally from Co. Fermanagh in Northern Ireland now living in Belfast

Planner: Spiral planner in Tide

What's your favourite thing about your Hello Day planner?

The flexibility within the planner and the fact I can add my own touches. Sometimes I like to use stickers, sometimes different coloured pens sometimes it’s a basic pencil but I can change my planning style to suit what I need without having to change my planner

 

Do you think your planner has helped you? If so, in what way?

Just because something is labelled doesn’t mean you have to use it that way. For example the Top To Do section I use for the weather so I can plan any outfits my daughter might need, I put my husband’s work schedule in so if I am thinking about making plans I can see what he is working and lastly is for my self care for example – log off work at 4pm! Have that hot shower! Catch up on that podcast that makes you laugh.

 

Any suggestions on how you use your planner and how you could suggest others use certain pages of their planner?

I don’t have any practical tips on how to use the planner because most times I go by feeling rather than anything that I can rationalise. I guess if there’s a suggestion, it’s to take time for your planning and reflecting. Even if it’s five or ten minutes. It will become second nature, and it such a wonderful opportunity to check in with your life, where you’re at and where you dream to go. 

 

What makes you happy?

Clean, fresh bedding! I have white cotton bedding which people thing is a nightmare to keep clean but a good boil wash and its spotless and a delight to slip into.

 

What's your guilty pleasure? 

Old real lifestyle tv episodes like Real Housewives from like 10 years ago…I love the watching them with their Blackberry’s and wearing clothes from long ago

 

 How do you like to spend your valuable ‘me’ time? 

Singing at the top of my lungs in the shower. My neighbours have heard me, my husband has been on the xbox playing online with friends and they’ve heard me. Can I sing? No! Does it stop me? No! Life is short, hit that Mariah note!

 

What book or podcast would you recommend and why?

I love a good podcast! My dad wrote a porno is hilarious! Another one called Help! I sexted my boss is good for a laugh. I also love anything wrote by Marian Keyes. She is an Irish writer who is a recovering alcoholic with a wicked sense of humor!

 

What is your proudest achievement in recent years?
I remember someone once asking me what I thought my best feature was and I replied my cracked nose and when they looked puzzled as to why my slightly bent nose was my best feature I replied saying it had got broken in a fight with a girl in High School and it reminds me that I am tougher than I look.
The same comes from my proudest moment. In 2019 I lost a baby, our daughter was still born at 38 weeks due a knot in her umbilical cord. Something so rare it has a 0.05% chance of happening, it can’t be predicted or spotted on an ultrasound. Losing her was the hardest thing I hope I ever have to go through. Shortly afterwards I discovered that I was pregnant again (a gift from our first daughter I am told). In the middle of a global pandemic lockdown I had our second daughter Poppy, who thankfully was perfectly healthy. If you had told me I would lose a baby, go through a second pregnancy, only to give birth in the middle of a global pandemic I would have told you that you were crazy. My proudest moment? Getting home with Poppy, handing her over to her Daddy for the first time in several days as he wasn’t allowed to visit us in hospital and thinking “Yes Clare! You’ve done it! You’ve made it through everything. You are tougher than you look”

 

What's your one pearl of wisdom for everyone else out there?

There is a great Einstein quote it says “It's not that I'm so smart, it's just that I stay with problems longer”. You don’t have to be the smartest person in the room you just have to be the most persistent and persistence wins every time.

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Lady Clare
 
What a heartbreaking yet inspirational story you have shared with us. I am so sorry for your loss! And yes, you are clearly very tough to get through these trials and come out stronger and so amazingly positive!!
Thank you for being such a Rockstar and cheerleader for Hello Day. We're so pleased to hear how much your planner has helped you in your first year as a mother to Poppy during lockdown.
 
xx Kirsten
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🖤 HELLO MYRTHE
 
Name:  Myrthe Peters
Occupation:  End of life Doula & Birth Doula

Home Town: Brisbane, Australia - Dutchie Down Under!

Planner: Hexx Petite

What's your favourite thing about your Hello Day planner?

Can I have multiple faves?! I love the inspiration that’s radiating of the brand. Hello Day/Kirsten genuinely wants you to reach for the stars and she has brought in so many gentle nudges to encourage in addition to the excellent planning strategies. I also love the layout and that there is SPACE to write things out and add/clip bits in. 

 

Do you think your planner has helped you? If so, in what way?

It 100% keeps me accountable. I literally have never achieved as much in my life as since I’ve started using Hello Day. When I’m procrastinating, and believe me when I say this happens on a daily basis, I only have to grab for my HEXX Petite to get back on track. It allows me to create a calm and manageable overview of the tasks at hand and …. celebrate wins when I achieve them, big and small! And quite importantly, we have the opportunity to share what’s happening - challenges, opportunities, achievements - with one another in the Hello Day community. Sharing with like minded women makes it so much more tangible and meaningful!

 

Any suggestions on how you use your planner and how you could suggest others use certain pages of their planner?

I don’t have any practical tips on how to use the planner because most times I go by feeling rather than anything that I can rationalise. I guess if there’s a suggestion, it’s to take time for your planning and reflecting. Even if it’s five or ten minutes. It will become second nature, and it such a wonderful opportunity to check in with your life, where you’re at and where you dream to go. 

 

What makes you happy?

Giving back makes me truly happy. I feel so rewarded when I can do something (unexpected) for someone else. Something that is meaningful and thoughtful that creates more connection.

 

 How do you like to spend your valuable ‘me’ time? 

I love to be in nature and getting back to the sensory experience of that. Nature is the one place where I can truly recharge and drown out all the hustle and bustle from everyday city life and demands.

 

What book or podcast would you recommend and why?

One I started listening to recently and to balance out some of the heavier podcasts I tend to listen to is “Smartless” by Jason Bateman, Sean Hayes & Will Harnett. Honestly, it such a great laugh! 

 

What are you aiming to achieve in the next 12 months?

I’m currently setting up my own Doula Business (End of Life and Birth, but main focus for now is EOL). The core idea is to normalise important and necessary conversations about our end of life and to make this an accessible and safe space for everyone.

 

What's your one pearl of wisdom for everyone else out there?

These three words literally have changed my life: I get to! I get to buy fresh fruit & vegetables, I get to walk my dog (in the rain!), I get to cook food tonight. Honestly, give it a try. It’ll instantly put a smile on your face. 

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Myrthe
 
Thank you SOOOO much for everything you have contributed to Hello Day and the Rockstar community!! I am so proud to call you one of my best friends, and that's because I think you are an exceptional human being and I am privileged to have you in my life. You are always a rock of support and encouragement, even though we live on the opposite sides of the world from each other! As much as I want you to be closer, I am so happy for you and your adventures, I am excited to see where your life takes you. I am so proud of you for all that you have done to start your own business and I know you will help so many people with your loving spirit. Thank you for being our Rockstar this month, thank you for being so involved in our Rockstar Facebook group, and thank you for being wonderful YOU! Love you lots! xoxo
xx Kirsten
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🖤 HELLO PAULA
 
Name: Paula Gardiner
Occupation: Specialist Teaching Assistant 

Home Town: Brighton, East Sussex

Planner: Coast 20/21 Spiral planner, Chic with 6 month insert and lots of accessories!!

 What's your favourite thing about your Hello Day planner?

I love my Hello Day planners for their beautiful and unique designs. The page layouts offer all that I need along with plenty of space for my planning, appointments, to-do's and everything in between.

 

Do you think your planner has helped you? If so, in what way?

I am currently using my Coast 20/21-my first HD planner-, it has helped me to set goals, plan for both work and home life, keep all of my appointments and meetings clear in sight and keep me on track with my daily H2o intake and fitness. I have used many planners over the years, never quite finding one that suits my needs, but my HD planners really do offer everything that I need to plan and set goals. 

 

Any suggestions on how you use your planner and how you could suggest others use certain pages of their planner?

I love the daily quotes and the Monday Pep Talk is always inspiring and motivating for me. 

 

What makes you happy?

I Iove to journal and also enjoy papercrafting, Yoga and long walks along the beach.

 

What is your guilty pleasure? 

My guilty pleasures are dark chocolate and red wine!

 

How do you like to spend your valuable ‘me’ time? 

I love to include long beach walks and meditations in my 'me' time, of which I plan each week!

 

What book or podcast would you recommend and why?

I have recently been introduced to Hygge (the Danish way of living well) and can honestly say this way of living is bringing more joy and happiness into my life. The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking is a favourite read of mine. It has lots of ideas and tips of living a more relaxed and fulfilled life.

What is your proudest achievement in recent years?

One of my proudest achievements was when a selective mute pupil that I had been working with for many months was finally comfortable and confident enough to speak with me. I felt so much pride and joy for this young child who had overcome so much. 

 

What's your one pearl of wisdom for everyone else out there?

My one pearl of wisdom.....live in the now 

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Paula
 
Thank you so much for being this month's Rockstar!! I can SO relate to your guilty pleasures and how your spend your me time - beach, wine and dark chocolate all day long!!! And your work sounds so fulfilling :) Thank you for being such a wonderful Hello Day Rockstar, for your advice and you pearl of wisdom.
 
xx Kirsten
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🖤 HELLO LEE-ANNE
 
Name:  Lee-Anne Brown
Occupation: Social Media Coach for Creatives - Founder of Citrine VA 

Home Town: Warwickshire

Planner: Carrara Daily Planner Original

 

What's your favourite thing about your Hello Day planner?

100% the Top to-do's and 10 Minute Accomplishment each day! This helps keep me on track day-to-day and find time for little things I want to achieve.

 

Do you think your planner has helped you? If so, in what way?

I love the whole design of the planner; Daily planning, lists, the AM/PM section, as well as the quotes at the top of each day. Oh, and I love the monthly round up section/budget bits. With Client work I'm so organised, but my business always seems to take a back seat but these little bits help me plan to stay on track.

  

Any suggestions on how you use your planner and how you could suggest others use certain pages of their planner?

Planning is key to achieving your daily/monthly goals. Plan ahead quarterly and then plan ahead monthly - you can't go wrong if you use the planner to its full advantage. 

 

What makes you happy?

My partner, my children and my business... oh and stationery! 

 

What is your guilty pleasure? 

Apps & Technology - I love learning new tools for my business.

 

How do you like to spend your valuable ‘me’ time? 

The last year I've learnt a lot about myself and one of the main things is that meditation is so powerful. I have bought crystals, an oil diffuser and all sorts. My morning rituals to start the day are little things I do for me. 

 

What book or podcast would you recommend and why?

Book - She Means Business by Carrie Green is amazing! I've recently just signed up to her 3 day challenge in April which I'm looking forward to. Podcast - I'm slowly getting into these so I'm yet to recommend one yet.

What is your proudest achievement in recent years?

I have been a VA for a few years now but last September 2020, I quit my part time job and I rebranded to "Citrine VA". I've been through a massive change in my personal circumstances so I started some self development work. I wanted something good to be proud of myself and show my children, you can achieve great things when you put your mind to it! So, I dived right in and I was fully booked with client work within 6 weeks! I've now embarked on a course with Tech Pixies and am now CPD certified in Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Pinterest - next CPD coming up is Strategy! I'm very proud of what I've achieved; my little girl Halle often tells people; "My mum is a specialist in Instagram, we want to be Instagram famous!!!"

 

What's your one pearl of wisdom for everyone else out there?

Be afraid and do it anyway! Research, research some more and then plough in, don't have any regrets - life is too short! 


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Lee-Anne
 
You should be SO proud of yourself and your achievements over the last 7 months!! You've set such a great example for your children and they clearly see and feel the positivity of your success! You are totally worthy of Rockstar status!!! Keep setting and smashing your goals - and we're so pleased that your planner helps you to be a success.
xx Kirsten
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  🖤 HELLO SALLY-ANNE
 
Name: Sally-Anne Labbate  
Occupation: Contact Lens Optician

Home Town: Nottingham 

Planner: Currently using Stems original planner for home/family, the Chic notes, Porté weekly planner and Caché notes for work. As you can tell I ADORE HelloDay🖤🖤🖤🖤

 

What's your favourite thing about your Hello Day planner?

I love the designs – every year there has been a design that I have connected to for sentimental reasons. Sakana reminds me of my Grandparents who used to keep Koi and other fish in their garden pond and so as soon as I saw it in the launch my decision was made. The Stems is because of my Grandma who had the Monstera plant growing in the corner of the room. I always remember her telling me as a toddler that it would bite me if I touched it. Hahaha, it worked because I never touched it, and to this day I have never touched this plant. I chose the Stems to remind me of her mischievousness, which we have definitely kept alive in the family.

 

Do you think your planner has helped you? If so, in what way?

I am not a natural planner and whilst I can plan, I have to work incredibly hard at it and I find it quite exhausting. Using the planners has really helped make things easier for me by providing that structure and I find that it really steps me through the planning stages so removes some of the effort. I love the sharing of tips from other rockstars as I can evolve my planning skills. The planners have helped me organise the work/life balance – I use the spiral planner at home for all things personal, family and school related and I use the Chic for work. I close one and move to another helping me mentally leave work at work and then concentrate on the family. With two little people at school there are lots of things to keep track of so it definitely helps me with staying on top of things. 

  

Any suggestions on how you use your planner and how you could suggest others use certain pages of their planner?

I would caveat this answer with the fact that I don’t feel qualified in any way recommending planning tips. That being said, I would definitely recommend having split planners to keep work and home separate, especially during current times where working from home can be quite intrusive. I find that physical act of packing away my day and closing my work diary helps with the separation. Having invested years at honing the skill of work/home separation, I have found working from my home very disconcerting, so having two planners has become even more symbolic of late. I use the clips to insert school holidays etc into the planner so I always have these with me. I use the month intro pages to keep a track of my deliveries that I am expecting, blimey a shopping tracker – is that bad??

 

What makes you happy?

My family and the dawn of every single day. My husband would say buying shoes LOLs 

 

What is your guilty pleasure? 

I have stumbled across a silly little game on my phone where I get to act out my career aspirations of running a coffee shop and making people happy by serving them their favourite beverages, maybe one day. I love reading and when I just need a quick easy read that doesn’t require my brain to engage nothing beats a quick fire romance.

 

How do you like to spend your valuable ‘me’ time? 

I am a woman of extremes, so on one end of the spectrum I love fighting and training hard at my Krav Maga sessions, the colour of my bruises are nothing but spectacular, but we refer to these as Krav Make-Up. I’m looking forward to the time the club can reopen. At the other end of the spectrum I have recently taken up crocheting, so I am making all manner of things, from hats, to amigurumi toys, blankets, bags. It really helps quieten the brain as you have to keep count and keep place in the pattern.  In addition to this I also love candle lit home spa baths, recharge those batteries with a glass of Rose.

 

What book or podcast would you recommend and why?

I love Pride and Prejudice and re-read it every year at this time of year.

What is your proudest achievement in recent years?

Has to be balancing working from home, home schooling and parenting AND just because that wasn’t enough we recently added a puppy into the mix. He’s a Sproodle (Springer and Poodle) called Roman. 

 

What's your one pearl of wisdom for everyone else out there?

Just be yourself, do what makes you happy and be kind to others – you never truly know what people are battling.


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Sally-Anne
 
I just love the image of you doing brutal martial arts one moment and then crocheting a blanket the next. 
Congratulations on nailing the balance of work life, home life AND homeschooling!! You are clearly a total rockstar and I love that Hello Day has helped you to achieve this balance that you value so dearly. ESPECIALLY if it made enough room in your lives to bring in Roman!!! He is ADORABLE ♥️ ♥️ ♥️
Thank you so much for sharing.
xx Kirsten
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🖤 HELLO LUDOVICA 

Name: Ludovica Bolcato
Occupation: Sales Manager, Yoga teacher, Student
Home Town: Italian living in Milton Keynes, UK
Planner: Stems Original and Chic Black

 

What's your favourite thing about your Hello Day planner?

I love the unique style of the Stems planner (I’m a huge monstera plant lover) and planning your days ahead seems way easier when using it. I’m also adoring my new Chic, which I’m using as my gratitude and reflection journal.


 

Do you think your planner has helped you? If so, in what way?

Absolutely, I think writing down your tasks (no matter how big or small they are), ideas and plans is an invaluable tool to keep you engaged and motivated through the year. I’m a visual person, so I need to write long to-do lists and I really enjoy striking out activities after I’ve completed them.

  

Any suggestions on how you use your planner and how you could suggest others use certain pages of their planner?

I would suggest to start putting into your planner the “big stones”, which are those big and important activities you have to remember. Then, I’d write the “pebbles”, which might be smaller actions or daily routines. Lastly, I’d fill in any gaps with the “sand”, which are those smaller activities that might pop in at the last minute.

 

What makes you happy?

Walking in the nature.

 

What is your guilty pleasure? 

Medjool dates filled with almond butter. And a glass of red wine.

 

How do you like to spend your valuable ‘me’ time? 

Me time” could be anything from spending time in the nature or reading a book or having a bubble bath while soaking my skin in a luxurious mask.

 

What book or podcast would you recommend and why?

I’ve just finished reading “How to Fail” by Elizabeth Day and I absolutely loved it. I think we don’t fully appreciate how important is to fail in order to truly find ourselves. For me it was a big eye-opener as I often feel the (generational) pressure of doing things at a specific point in life only because “this is what used to happen 10 years ago”.

What is your proudest achievement in recent years?
My proudest achievement this year was launching my yoga website and small business. It felt pretty crazy to even think I could do that at the beginning of the year as I have a full time job and I’m also a Nutrition student. My planner definitely helped me keeping my head focused - and my passwords protected ;)

 

What's your one pearl of wisdom for everyone else out there?

Don’t be afraid to be different or to do things at your own pace. You are the writer of your own script in life. Embrace who you are and be ridiculously proud of what makes you YOU!


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Ludo
 
I love your pearl of wisdom!! You should be RIDICULOUSLY proud of yourself for your amazing achievements!! That's amazing that you managed to launch your Yoga site whilst working full time AND studying!! I am so pleased your planner has helped you to be a total Rockstar!! 
We also recommended the How to Fail podcast in a recent blog. You are totally right about the value gained in 'failing'. 
GRAZIE MILLE LUDOVICA!!! 
xx Kirsten
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🖤 HELLO SALLI

Name: Salli Maddalo
Occupation: VA & Social Media Manager
Home Town: Chislehurst, Kent
Planner: Chic with 6 month page per day insert (I am on my 3rd)  & now Stems!!! I also have and regularly use the luxury meeting notes folder, notebook… I think that’s it. 

 

What's your favourite thing about your Hello Day planner?

It is just laid out exactly how I need it to be. It has space for me to plan ahead the day to day tasks/appointments and room for my to do list to be in one place. I have my weekly plan and goals and reflections - it just does it all (without having a bunch of stuff I don’t need)

 

Do you think your planner has helped you? If so, in what way?

100% I use the weekly planner at the start of each month to book clients in so I know who I am working with each week and when their social media content is due to run out. 
It reminds me to exercise, drink water and meditate each day and focus on what I have achieved… which has been so much since using the planner. 

 

Any suggestions on how you use your planner and how you could suggest others use certain pages of their planner?

The weekly tasks page is a great way to break down big jobs into manageable pieces. Remember that not everything on your to do list needs doing right now. Big projects won’t get done overnight either so break them down and put sections to complete each week. Before you know it your overwhelming schedule looks manageable because you don’t need to think about ’the next bit’ till the week it’s scheduled in for! 

 

What makes you happy?

In life, my daughters, Keira (age 14) & Lexi (age 9). As a single mum with a chronic illness that can sometimes be challenging for us all, over the last 6 years our lives have had their ups and downs. But I have worked hard to build a life that can support us all & to show the girls that you can achieve anything you want in life if you just trust the process and never give up the fight. 
When they say ‘Wow mum that’s amazing’ each time I get a new client or take my business to the next level, I feel proud to be showing them what us women can achieve. 

 

What is your guilty pleasure? 

Bingewatching reality tv in my pj’s and not leaving the house for days. Sorry not sorry!

 

How do you like to spend your valuable ‘me’ time? 

Alone time is so key to me to help reduce my sensory overload and my keep my energy levels well stocked due to my condition (M.E.). So for me, it’s restorative yoga (I follow Yoga with Adriene on YouTube), meditation, hot baths/hot tubs, sunbathing (obviously weather permitting), learning about tarot and spirituality for personal growth. These all help me on so many levels. Oh and I sew a lot too. I make memory quilts from clothing items. Its my creative outlet! 

 

What book or podcast would you recommend and why?

So many that I can recommend and all depend on what stage of life you are at. My most memorable and life changing books would be: 
The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod - it has changed the way I approach every day and now I get up at 5:30-6am most days and I was NEVER a morning person. 
The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy - really changed the way I looked at business and tasks in life. How your seemingly small and insignificant almost unconscious choices in life eventually led you to where you are, whether good or bad… was up to you.
And my most recent recommendations are Gabrielle Bernstein’s books The Universe Has your Back and Super Attractor - much more spiritual but these books have come at a time when I have needed to learn to let things go more. And trust and stop stressing and reduce anxiety and grow my faith in the universe. She is my guru and she has no idea!
What is your proudest achievement in recent years?
My proudest achievement in the last few years would be simply getting to where I am today. I was broke, bed bound and on benefits 6 years ago. Depressed, anxious and a miserable person. I was a shouty mum and I was so unhappy and no idea how I would get out of it all. But I did. And every stepping stone along the way has led me to here. And here is an exciting place as my business is expanding rapidly and frankly… its scary but exactly where I want to be!

 

What's your one pearl of wisdom for everyone else out there?

You cannot control what happens to you in life but you can control how you react to it and how much you let it affect you. That is where your power lies. Focus on personal growth and the rest will fall into place.  

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Salli 
 
Wow!! What an inspirational Rockstar you are!! Such an amazing example of what you can achieve when you change your mindset, set yourself goals and commit to working towards them and staying accountable to yourself.
I am so happy and proud that Hello Day helps you to lead your best life and continue on your amazing path.
 
xx Kirsten
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🖤 HELLO DEDRA

Name: Dedra Davis
Occupation: Children’s Book Author
Home Town: Waco, Texas, USA
Planner: Coast Original & waiting for Tide

 

What's your favourite thing about your Hello Day planner?

Besides the fantastic owners and creators? What do I not like would be an easier answer! I love the style, the simple colors inside, with the black and white outside. I love how organized it is inside, and I love how easy it is to use. I also must admit I love that a few times a year, I turn the page and see one of my quotes sandwiched between famous quotes from brilliant, famous people. I get teary-eyed every time! And I would be a liar if I didn’t admit I love that it is from the UK.

 

Do you think your planner has helped you? If so, in what way?

It helps me stay organized and keep track of who I have queried and when, as well as rejections. I also use it as a simple journal, and of course, appointments. She is so beautiful; she begs me to write in her!

 

Any suggestions on how you use your planner and how you could suggest others use certain pages of their planner?

Daily! Use her daily!

 

What makes you happy?

Beautiful weather, my family, my dogs, friends, and wine, out in nature.

 

What is your guilty pleasure? 

Buying pretty things for my house!

 

How do you like to spend your valuable ‘me’ time? 

I enjoy spending time in my backyard—watering, gardening or just sitting. And I love to write. It calms me and feeds me. Revising a manuscript or writing a new one makes me feel alive. I also enjoy watching movies with my husband.

 

What book or podcast would you recommend and why?

Well, I write picture book manuscripts, and I read at least ten a week, so anything by Peter H. Reynolds or Tammi Sauer.

What is your proudest achievement in recent years?
I am on the road to publication and doing all I can to make that happen. I am proud of my persistence, my patience, and my positivity while waiting on my yes.

 

What's your one pearl of wisdom for everyone else out there?

Be you. Dream big. And follow your dreams, no matter your age! “Dreams don’t have deadlines. Dreams don’t have wrinkles!”

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Dedra

We love including your beautiful quotes in our planners. I LOVE your words of wisdom because they are SO true!! Thank you for being such a fantastic supporter of Hello Day over the years. You have beautiful words and a beautiful soul!

xx Kirsten

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🖤 HELLO KATE

Name: Kate Owen
Occupation: Student Welfare Manager
Home Town: Rotherham
Planner: Coast Original

 

What's your favourite thing about your Hello Day planner?

The goal planning - 100% my favourite thing. I’m finding it so much easier to stay on track with it all and use the space at the bottom of my daily page to write down my goals of that day. I’ve achieved so much more because of this feature in such a small amount of time.

 

Do you think your planner has helped you? If so, in what way?

Absolutely, I honestly don’t know what I would do with out it. I love how much I can rely on putting everything I need in there. It’s like my accountability partner. I wouldn’t have achieved any of my goals this year with out this planner and I wouldn’t be able to track my mental health as well - I’m more organised and willing to write in it when I’m mentally well; I had no idea I was like this until I started using my hello day diary. 

 

Any suggestions on how you use your planner and how you could suggest others use certain pages of their planner?

As I stated earlier I always used the bottom sections of the daily page to write down my goals for the day which all feed into my yearly goals. I also don’t fill my monthly/weekly pages till the last few days of the previous month/week. I find it helps me prepare for birthdays and upcoming events better and not noticing them a few days before I need to action them.

 

What makes you happy?

Football - unfortunately it’s not been as great not going to any matches at the moment but just watching it

 

What is your guilty pleasure? 

Pumpkin pie and Ice cream. I only carve pumpkins so I can make pie! 

 

How do you like to spend your valuable ‘me’ time? 

‘Me’ time always starts with a lovely walk or run just to clear the mind.

 

What book or podcast would you recommend and why?

I’ve just finished reading becoming by Michelle Obama and I loved it. It’s really important that we step into different peoples shoes in our lives and I love how she always does this. She is such an inspiration and someone I will always admire.

What is your proudest achievement in recent years?

My proudest achievement this year was losing 2 stone during lockdown and keeping my well-being high. I was determined not to let lockdown ruin me or my mental health. So with the help of my hello day planner I was able to organise all my days and balance my wellness, work and goals. I have become a much more rounded person because of my determination in lockdown and I am incredibly proud of the changes I’ve made. 

 

What's your one pearl of wisdom for everyone else out there?

‘Life is like a box of chocolates; you never know what you’re going to get’ so don’t waste any opportunity. Try everything once, and stare fear right in the eye.

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Kate

It makes me so happy to read how your Hello Day Planner has helped you to be more productive, achieve your goals and helped you to maintain and improve your wellbeing during this difficult year. A HUGE congratulations for losing 2 stone during lockdown!! That's AMAZING!! You're a true Hello Day Rockstar and we salute you 💃🏻

xx Kirsten

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  🖤 HELLO EUNESTER
Name: Eunester Simms
Occupation: Beauty Therapist/masseuse
Home Town: Manchester
Planner: Chic Grey

 

What's your favourite thing about your Hello Day planner?

  1. The designs, the ease of use, the magnetic clip is really strong nothing ever falls out of my cover and like the name of the cover it’s just so Chic. 

 

Do you think your planner has helped you? If so, in what way?

  1. Yes definitely, it’s so compact, lightweight and easy to carry in my bag. I use my chic for my wellness notebook so being able to take it with me out and about is a bonus.

 

Any suggestions on how you use your planner and how you could suggest others use certain pages of their planner?

I’d say tabs & sticky notes are a planners best friend, they just make keeping track of pages in your planner a whole lot easier. I use Avery tabs to mark and colour code and my sticky notes are just for rough drafts and important lists.

 

What makes you happy?

My kids, my home office area and my planner(s), ooh and my multitude of Twsbi fountain pens.

 

What is your guilty pleasure? 

Currently Morrisons tuna and sweet corn pasta, I’ve been having it for Lunch every weekday for the past few weeks.

 

How do you like to spend your valuable ‘me’ time? 

On an evening after a long shift I like to relax with a cup of chai tea, watch YouTube planner vids and listen to relaxing sound and an app called Calm. It’s really relaxes my mind.

 

What book or podcast would you recommend and why?

I haven’t had much time to read lately but my last book still waiting to be finished is The Unwelcomed Visitor by Denise Welch. It helps with ways to cope with depression but I’m still on the third chapter and I did find it helpful when I was reading.
What are you aiming to achieve in the next 12 months?
I’m aiming to finish my degree in beauty therapy and hopefully start my own mobile beauty/massage business ( providing this current pandemic calms down and life resumes ) when I am fully qualified. 

 

What's your one pearl of wisdom for everyone else out there?

No matter how tough life gets I know that that situation won’t last forever and I’ll be more cautious and stronger for the next one.

 

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Eunester

Thank you so much for being this month's Rockstar. I am so pleased your Chic helps you on a daily basis as your wellness notebook, and we wish you all the success in the world with finishing your degree and launching your business.

xx Kirsten

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🖤 HELLO JENNA

Name: Jenna Kane
Occupation: Dance teacher/ fitness instructor
Home Town: Peterborough
Planner: Academic and Petite 

 

What's your favourite thing about your Hello Day planner?

Helps to keep me organised in my business and accountable for goals I set myself.

 

Do you think your planner has helped you? If so, in what way?

Yes definitely. It helps me to allocate tasks and work through them to be productive and not waste time. I feel a sense of achievement when I work my way through my to dos and hit goals I’ve set.

 

Any suggestions on how you use your planner and how you could suggest others use certain pages of their planner?

I use the notebooks and notes at the start of each month to jot down ideas to be able to refer back to for inspiration should I need content ideas for my business promotion. I have a few lists- social media ideas, blog posts, songs for choreography, dance theme ideas 

 

What makes you happy?

My children and seeing the joy they have when we do activities together. I use my petite planner for planning things for them.

 

What is your guilty pleasure? 

So questionable 90’s playlists!

 

How do you like to spend your valuable ‘me’ time? 

I’m quite creative so I love crafting. I do a lot of crafty things for the children or making things for us to do activities together. I have just taken out a craft subscription so I can have some time out for me as I do tend to work a lot and need some release time.

 

What book or podcast would you recommend and why?

I rarely get the chance to read and it’s something I wish I did more. I did love Fearne Cotton's happy audiobook as when I listened to it a few years ago it helped me make some important decisions about what made me happy and lead to me pursuing my dream of opening the studio! 

What is your proudest achievement in recent years?

Building and opening studio. It’s something I’ve dreamed about for so long to have my own space and to create a dance home for my students. Being closed over Covid has been fought and having Our first birthday in that time wasn’t how I imagined it but ready to come back fighting stronger than ever knowing how much the classes mean to people health and well-being.

 

What's your one pearl of wisdom for everyone else out there?

Be brave and authentic to yourself. Within the dance world you can spend a lot of time trying to please other people and try and be what someone else wants you to be. My ethos is that I teach my students to strive to be the best version of THEMSELVES and to know that who they are is enough. Self acceptance and happiness within ourselves 🧡

 

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Jenna

I LOVE your pearl of wisdom, Thank you so much for sharing all of this with us. You should be SO proud of opening your dance school, and I love the Too Wordy prints from your Hello Day planner on the walls. I hope you have a really strong year ahead after the reopening.

xx Kirsten

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🖤 HELLO KIM
Name: Kim Wright
Occupation: Investigator Management Solution Specialist (not as grand as it sounds)
Home Town: Sandhurst, Berkshire
Planner: Sakana & Chic Grey (One for work & one for personal)

 

What's your favourite thing about your Hello Day planner?

I love the cute & funky design, but that goes without saying! My favourite thing is the little positive & inspiration quotes throughout. I'm a scribbler, so always make sure I highlight these so they don't get lost amongst my notes.

 

Do you think your planner has helped you? If so, in what way?

Massively!! Especially with the recent pandemic. I had to start working from home so planning my day has been imperative to keeping myself productive & motivated.

 

Any suggestions on how you use your planner and how you could suggest others use certain pages of their planner?

I think the uses are endless!! However for me it keeps me accountable. I have scheduled my workouts, my free time to relax & then my work day too. I used to use just one planner for it all, but as I mentioned above I'm a scribbler & found separating work & personal life in a separate planner easier.

 

What makes you happy?

My family & friends are all I need to make me happy, & yes that includes my cat Dottie.

 

What is your guilty pleasure? 

I'm a sucker for a good rom com & a large G&T! Plus I'm the biggest chocoholic you have ever met! 

 

How do you like to spend your valuable ‘me’ time? 

I love my fitness & it's my favourite way to unwind & spend time with myself. Although, I also love relaxing with a good book too.

 

What book or podcast would you recommend and why?

I have a few but my favourite books are the Harry Potter Series #bigkid I love disappearing into a different world. Also on the total other end of the spectrum 'Back yourself' by Tommy Gentleman is more of a self development book. I know & have worked with him personally & he is very good at what he does. I would say definitely one to follow on social media. He even has his own podcast as well.

What are you aiming to achieve in the next 12 months?

I would like to start working towards being able to work more for myself. I don't mind my job but being stuck in an office 9-5 isn't something I see myself doing for much longer.

I have a few ideas but nothing set in stone yet. I'm excited though.

 

What's your one pearl of wisdom for everyone else out there?

Who you are in this moment is who you are!

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Kim

Thank you so much! I am so pleased to hear your planner has helped you to better manage your life through the pandemic. I TOTALLY share your guilty pleasures - LOVE a big G&T on the sofa with a rom com (& a fur baby)!! Thank you for sharing your goals to start working more for yourself - it's totally achievable!! Make a plan and work towards it one day at a time :)   

xx Kirsten

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🖤 HELLO EMMA

Name: Emma McDonald
Occupation: Florist (Stems) @emstems & Business Development Coach & Website Designer (Empire) @em_trepreneur
Home Town: Home is in the Highlands but you’ll find me in the Scottish Borders.
Planner: Chic Grey, Meeting Notes Folder & Coast Daily Planner

 

What's your favourite thing about your Hello Day planner?

My favourite thing about my daily planner has to be the aesthetic & space to write lists and notes to myself. I think because the planners are so beautiful I’m more inclined to take mine everywhere and in doing so I keep on track much easier.

 

Do you think your planner has helped you? If so, in what way?

I sometimes find my head feels so busy it’s hard to know what to do first. Between work and home life, it's non stop 24/7. I use my planner for reminders (the month view pages are my go to when I need to check availability for event enquiries at work or to check what after school activities I'm playing taxi for) and I also use the notes space for daily to-do lists which keep me on track each day.

 

Any suggestions on how you use your planner and how you could suggest others use certain pages of their planner?

I use my planner in a way that works for me. I probably don’t use it to it’s full potential but it works and makes life feel less chaotic. I don’t know that I have any planner tips other than don’t let your 4 year old son get near your planner & don’t drop it in a puddle! Heartbreaking!

 

What makes you happy?

I find happiness in the outdoors. I love walking up mountains and finding incredible views or paddle boarding in lochs nearby with friends. I love the simple things in life & I love to see others around me doing well.

 

What is your guilty pleasure? 

I think my guilty pleasure is probably arriving at the airport 4 hours before I'm due to depart just so I can roam duty free smelling all of the perfumes & trying on all of the sunglasses.

 

How do you like to spend your valuable ‘me’ time? 

Me time is SO important! When I feel like I can't focus or I'm going to burn out I literally run for the hills! Well, I don’t run, I walk, but I escape to find some views. I love any adrenaline filled sport too as I struggle to switch off in day-to-day life. Skydiving, mountain biking & snowboarding are some of my favourite sports as I can be fully in the moment when doing them. One of my goals is to get my own skydive license. There is no feeling like it!

 

What book or podcast would you recommend and why?

When it comes to podcasts I’m a crime addict so I go between Crime Junkie, My Favourite Murder & They Walk Among Us. I have enjoyed listening to Unlocked during lockdown too. It’s been interesting learning how lockdown has affected people in different walks of life.

What is your proudest achievement in recent years?
I rarely feel proud of myself as I can always do better (in my head anyway!) however for the first time recently I felt so f***ing proud of myself. CV-19 flipped my life upside-down and I went from having the strongest year ahead with the salary of dreams & mortgage on the horizon to being offered a food bank referral within days. Watching my business crumble and having no control over the situation absolutely broke me. I have never felt so low but I found energy from somewhere (looking back I don’t know where) and changed the direction of the business and managed to keep the roof over our head, food in the fridge and the business afloat. It was a sink or swim moment and I’m so relieved I was able to pull my shit together and swim.

 

What's your one pearl of wisdom for everyone else out there?

I think especially now we have to remember to stay positive, nothing is forever, be open to change & remember that all progress takes place outside of the comfort zone.

www.stems.me.uk 

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www.instagram.com/emstems

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Emma

Thank you so very much for sharing with us. Firstly I COMPLETELY share your guilty pleasure haha!!! (Except we don't arrive as early so I'm always running around duty free in a rush!!). Seriously well done for staying strong, adapting and getting through this C-19 pandemic, which I know has been devastating for Florists. Your words of wisdom certainly ring true and you are an inspiration to us. I have always admired you for all of your constant hard work and energy.  

xx Kirsten

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🖤 HELLO GEMMA

Name: Gemma Spinks
Occupation: PR Consultant
Home Town: Milton Keynes, UK.
Planner: Chic Black Daily Planner

 

What's your favourite thing about your Hello Day planner?

  1. I love that it’s daily, it means if you have a bad day then you can open a blank page the next day and start afresh.

 

Do you think your planner has helped you? If so, in what way?

It changed my working life. I know that sounds extreme, but it really did. Work is always busy and I would always have multiple lists of things to do. The planner just helped me to get organised and make priorities, whilst also ensuring I took time for myself too. It became a bit like a work bible and I would be lost without it.

 

Any suggestions on how you use your planner and how you could suggest others use certain pages of their planner?

I actually use the planner on a daily basis, so I write my long list at the start of the week in a separate notebook and clip it into the planner. I then take tasks from that list and add them to the planner each day, this way you don’t feel like it’s a huge to do list and you can tackle it in small, realistic chunks. It also helps to plan your week this way, especially if you have meetings or work non traditional hours.

 

What makes you happy?

Apart from family and friends, singing and shopping make me very happy.

 

What is your guilty pleasure?

I am a very big Take That fan, so much so I get sick with excitement every time I see them live.

 

What book or podcast would you recommend and why?

I love the Happy Mum Happy Baby podcast by Giovanna Fletcher. I find it really relatable and it made me chuckle no end on my commute to work.

 

What are you aiming to achieve in the next 12 months?

I am making a big work change in the next 12 months so I am really looking forward to the challenge and excitement of it all. No doubt the planner will play a huge part in keeping me on track with all the new day to day actions.

 

What's your one pearl of wisdom for everyone else out there?

My favourite quote “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”

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Gemma

Thank you so much beautiful for sharing and I'm so happy to hear that your Hello Day Planner has helped to transform your work habits for the better :) Like you said, life begins at the end of your comfort zone so remember that when you embark on your work change over the next year. We wish you all the success in the world.

xx Kirsten

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  🖤 HELLO NATALIYA

Name: Nataliya Borener
Occupation: Interior Designer (@nataliyaborenerinteriors) + Rug Slinger (@drift.home.collection)
Home Town: New Braunfels, Texas
Planner: Original Daily in Carrara

 

What's your favourite thing about your Hello Day planner?

I love how the planner is so pretty and well organized, always keeping me focused and on task!

 

Do you think your planner has helped you? If so, in what way?

Definitely! It has been a game changer in my life and my business. I feel like I've been so much more productive since I became a customer of yours almost 4 years ago. I break out all my tasks per day per client, and use the column on the right to schedule how the tasks fit into each day. The Quote of the Day is always inspiring, and I'm the worst at drinking enough water, so that's so helpful too!

 

Any suggestions on how you use your planner and how you could suggest others use certain pages of their planner?

I love sitting down on Sundays and planning my upcoming week. The planner makes it easy to do with the weekly page at each new week.

 

What makes you happy?

Time with family & friends, and travel!

 

What is your guilty pleasure?

Chocolate, staying at home in pjs, and jamming out to 90's music

 

How do you like to spend your valuable ‘me’ time?

This might be odd, but I love just sitting in silence! My mornings are my quiet time where I can reflect before I start the day. 

 

What book or podcast would you recommend and why?

Oohhh only one? I am currently reading "Die Empty" by Todd Henry and it's great, but I definitely recommend "Big Magic" by Elizabeth Gilbert for anyone who is in a creative profession.

 

What is your proudest achievement in recent years? 

My proudest achievement was walking away from a toxic work environment and starting my own business. I've worked the hardest I ever have in my life, but it's been so worth it! Also, being able to give back has been so rewarding.

 

What's your one pearl of wisdom for everyone else out there?

It's never too late to begin doing something you love. If you want something bad enough, you can make it happen!

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Nataliya,

One of our customers since our very first year, I am so grateful for you! And one of my favourite things is that you have bought the Carrara planner every single year!! If that's not faithfulness, I don't know what is. Thank you! And I am so very proud to see all that you have achieved, starting a new business and kicking butt! You dedicate yourself to your work and doing what you love, you travel and see the world, and you are ALWAYS smiling - ALWAYS! You are such a ray of light and inspiration, thank you for being a true Hello Day Rockstar! 

xx Kirsten 

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🖤 HELLO NAOMI

Name: Naomi Howard
Occupation: NSPCC Safeguarding Consultant/Integrative Psychotherapist
Home Town: Leicester
Planner: Currently Coast (loved Chic Grey last year too 🥰) I also have the luxury leather planner cover and luxury meeting notes folder.

 

What's your favourite thing about your Hello Day planner?

The monthly date planner and the daily to-do lists! I work full time, am studying a Masters degree and have therapy clients so I need to be well organised and know exactly where I am supposed to be and what I am supposed to be doing. These help me stay completely on track.

 

Do you think your planner has helped you? If so, in what way?

Yes, I love how reflective it allows me to be and I’ve realised just how important celebrating my successes is, no matter how small. The weekly win help my mental health, I know that even if I have had a tough week there will have been a win in there and that’s so needed.

 

Any suggestions on how you use your planner and how you could suggest others use certain pages of their planner?

I really enjoy taking pictures, even if it’s just of some flowers or my dog. I print them off and stick them in my planner. That way I can look back on my yearly memories or because I carry my planner with me everywhere, just when I need a boost. 😊

 

What makes you happy?

I love learning, gaining new knowledge or a new skill really makes me happy and feel like I am getting as much out of life as I can. On the other hand, I also love dancing around the kitchen to my favourite playlist with a glass of wine in hand!

 

What is your guilty pleasure?

I have a lot of books on my bookshelf to read but I am a sucker for a romance suspense book, those always magically find their way on to my kindle!

 

How do you like to spend your valuable ‘me’ time?

Listening to music, watching Marvel films and walking my dog - my border terrier Stan is my partner in crime.

 

What book or podcast would you recommend and why?

This is a tough one because I have so many. Podcasts I love are How to Fail with Elizabeth Day as it’s all about how our perceived failures make us who we are and how they can be turned it to positives.
I also recommend the Rewatchables if you love films, they rewatch popular films and then run through categories like best scene and who won the movie....it always makes me want to re-watch the films discussed!
 

What is your proudest achievement in recent years? 

My proudest achievement is becoming a qualified Psychotherapist. I graduated in November last year after studying a 3 year degree whilst working full time at Childline. My Dad also got diagnosed with a terminal brain tumour during that time and passed away in September. Writing a dissertation whilst he was at end of life was one of the hardest things I have done. I’m so sad he didn’t get to see me graduate but I know he will always be with me, always by my side 💕

 

What's your one pearl of wisdom for everyone else out there?

I love this quote

“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
So I guess my pearl of wisdom is don’t let someone else tell you your value. You are important and you matter 💕

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Naomi,

Thank you so much for being a Hello Day Rockstar. You are an inspiration and you should be proud of your achieving so much during such a difficult time. We salute you!

xx Kirsten 

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🖤 HELLO SAM 

Name: Sam Richardson
Occupation: Insurance Broker
Home Town: Bristol
Planner: Petite Smudge, Chic and Sakana.

What's your favourite thing about your Hello Day planner?
My favourite thing about my planner is the monthly goal planning, I like to review at the end of the month and see if I have achieved everything I had wanted to, I also like the quotes and daily affirmations as they make me really think at the start of the day.
 
Do you think your planner has helped you? If so, in what way?
Yes it has, now I make time to plan and be more organised, because it's a pleasure to use my planner, so I feel more focused and really enjoy my Sunday hour where I plan my week.
 
Any suggestions on how you use your planner and how you could suggest others use certain pages of their planner?
I just enjoy the structure of the page, I do use the left daily lined section to write my daily meal and exercise plan, as I am following a weight loss routine I like to keep a record of my food points.
 
What makes you happy?
Spending time with my family and dog, cooking, a good book and an old favourite film.
 
What is your guilty pleasure?
 
How do you like to spend your valuable ‘me’ time?
Reading and writing in my journal
 
What book or podcast would you recommend and why?
I enjoy Happy Place with Fearne Cotton, I am interested in her outlook on life and she has interesting guests.
 
What is your proudest achievement in recent years? 
I have in the last 12 months lost just over 2 stone and managed to keep it off, the reason I would mention this as my proudest achievement is that not only has it had health and fitness benefits, but feel that it has changed my view on myself as a person, making me feel more confident, not just in the way I look but that I can achieve something that really is just about and for me.
 
What's your one pearl of wisdom for everyone else out there?
Be true to who you are, and treat others how you wish to be treated.
 
Also a quick shout out to the HD Wall Planner as it truly is a godsend, I have stickers for my son and partner so we all know what's going on!!
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Sam,
Thank you so much for being our first Rockstar in the Spotlight! So very grateful for you and your love of Hello Day! And so very proud of you and your achievements and sharing them with us. You inspire us!
xx Kirsten 
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