Hello Day Rockstars

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.

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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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