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Hello Day Rockstars

 
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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