Plan with Me: 2017 Passion Plan and Goals

Plan with me, Passion Plan, Goals

Happy New Year,

I thought I would kick off the new year on this blog by sharing another part of the Passion Planner and how I use it. Below is a picture of the Passion Roadmap that kindly includes detailed instructions.  The instruction that I regularly ignore is the one that tells me to map my goals with a timer. Sorry, not gonna happen, my handwriting alone would cause problems. 

That being said I like the way this breaks things up into 3 Months, 1 Year, 3 Years, and Lifetime. I think that allows for some very good short term and long term goal planning and even goal brain storming.

For example right now I don't have a long term career goal, because after graduating I got the job I thought I would be working to get for several years. I was extremely lucky and a lot of pieces came together at the right time, but now I don't have a long term goal. Right now I am happy and not entirely worried about my lack of long term goal, but I know I will eventually need to consider it, so I've left a space at 3 months to brainstorm that goal and one at a lifetime to input that goal. 

Passion Planner, Passion Road Map 2017

Another great thing with this is looking a progressive goals, you can see I have 'Adult Silver Skating Level' at 3 years and 'Adult Gold' as my Lifetime goal. I need to complete the Silver level before I can complete the Gold level. 

Finally on the right you will see another map, this is the gamechanger, the thing that would make the most difference. For me this is almost always a goal about saving money or cutting down on spending, because saving money can help with almost everything else. 

As you can see I don't follow every little piece of the instructions from Passion Planner but overall I like the concept and I think its a good way to break things down.

Do you set goals? If you do, do you keep track of them?

Bests, Cittie

Starting Figure Skating as an Adult: My Story


figure skates adult
Yes, Adult Figure Skating is a thing. No, I'm not planning/trying to go to the olympics. 
Okay, so I started ice skating the first winter that I could truly walk. My mom bought me double runner skates and took me down to our lake (overstated pond) to learn to skate. Keep in mind this would have been New Jersey circa 1993-94 and my mom skated because my uncles played hockey. I then skated recreationally for many years there after. 
Approximately 22 years later, I was at an event at law school and met a woman, who is now a good friend. From a brief conversation I learned that there were group figure skating lessons for adults. I had been under the impression that my dreams of being Michelle Kwan had been dead for years, and lets be honest I realize they are still pretty much dead. However, there is an entire system for adults reaching goals and competing in figure skating. 
I believe that ISI (Ice Skating Institute) has a setup for adults too, but I am going to talk about USFSA (United States Figure Skating Association). 
USFSA supports a program called Learn to Skate USA (this is a recent rebranding), which includes a basic skills program for adult skaters. This program starts from day one never been on the ice, and goes to a level called Adult Basic 6 where you begin learning one-foot spins. After you complete the Adult Basic Skills program you go into the Freeskate Curriculum and whether this is offered in group lessons specifically for adults will depend on your ice rink. My rink doesn't have Freeskate for Adults  so I am currently in a group lesson with some of the little ones who are about 15-20 years younger than me, but it surprisingly works. Outside of group lessons there is also the option of private lessons.
USFSA also has a system for adult competition, which I will cover in more detail when I get to that point in my skating.
Currently, I am considered to be in Freeskate 2 for the group lessons, though in my private lessons I feel like I'm way back in basic skills sometimes because we work on technique for skills I learned roughly in group lessons. My current goal is to take the Adult Pre-Bronze Moves in the Field Test in March, once I've tested I can compete if I want.
Recap: 22 years a recreational skater, about 1 year of group lessons, 1 month of private lessons, and I'm around Freeskate 2.
Have you ever wanted to Learn to Skate?
Locate a Learn to Skate class near you here.
Bests, Cittie

Plan with Me: What Planner? Passion Planner

Passion Planner Cover


I am starting a small series of plan with me posts and to kick it off I'm going to talk about what planner I use. 

I use the Passion Planner

Instead of doing a super in-depth review, I'm going to go over the things I look for in a planner and why the Passion Planner fits those needs.

Passion Planner Monthly Layout

Weekly and Monthly Layouts

I like to have both a weekly and monthly layout because I use them to organize different things and get different perspectives. 

The monthly layout in this planner is very simple and I use it to get a big picture view of paychecks and bills. This also helps when I am trying to figure out what weekends my husband is and isn't working.

The weekly layout (which I will discuss in more detail in other parts of this post) is particularly useful for how I think about my week. Ever since I started college I think about my week in a block schedule way and the weekly layout allows me to do that because of the use of times on each day. I do use the time block for my work at a space to create a task list for work.

Passion Planner Weekly Layout

Lines

I have pretty awful handwriting and it gets worse if I don't have lines, so one of the number one things I look for in a planner is lines in the daily sections. The Passion Planner definitely delivers on lines. 

Extra Space

I like to have a place to put a less time specific to do list, which you can see there is space for on the left hand page.

I like having the blank space on the right because it is an excellent flex space that I have used for everything from the phone number for a doctor's appointment that week to doodling. This is also an area I can put a post it without covering up my schedule.

Study Construction and a Pocket

My Passion Planner has survived a year of heavy use with minimum wear and all the pages are still inside. It also has a pocket for odd bits of paper, though I wish it had some sort of way to seal the pocket, so I wouldn't worry about small pieces of paper escaping.

Cons to the Passion Planner

All of the Pages are Black and White

I'm not entirely sure this is a bad thing, but it has occasionally bothered me. All of the pages are very simple, and black and white. This can be boring but some people might find it tranquil. I have chosen to look at it as a perfect blank slate and I can decorate it or not as I see fit.

No Tabs

There are no quick tabs for the months or the week. There is a ribbon that you can put on the current week, but I wish I could have both the month and the week easily marked. I am working on using washi tape in my 2017 Passion Planner to assist with this issue.

Overall Size

I regularly find the larger one too big to carry around all the time, but the small one is too small for the format to work for me. 

Stickers

So the main way I like to or would like to decorate my planner is with stickers. Unfortunately, very few people design stickers for the Passion Planner, most are for the Erin Condren Planner. Chelsea Brown makes some that are very nice but she's really the only shop I've found making them. I have found ways to make some for myself and use washi tape, but more on that in a later post.

What planner do you use and why? Let me know in the comments down below.

Bests, Cittie

Back to Blogging

Back to Blogging, Return from Hiatus
It has almost been a year since my last post!

I ended up taking a very long break because life happened and I had lost the passion for blogging. Over the past year I would think about my blog and miss it every once in a while but it has only been in the last month or so where I have felt like I truly wanted to come back.

So here I am. 

I have started with a new layout, I have cleaned out some of the old content that wasn't doing so well,  and I have some new things that I've added.

I have organized my posts so you can find the categories you want as easily as possible. I have added a link to my Etsy Shop - Cittie's Crafting.

All in all I wanted to come back refreshed.

As for me, a few major things have changed since my last post.

These are in no particular order:
- I have graduated law school.
- I have taken and passed the bar exam.
- I have a full time job.
- I have gotten married to my best friend after being engaged for over 4 years.
- I have taken up figure skating and it has become a big part of my life.
- My little household lost one dog (he was very old) and gained a new one (he is a little hellion). This brings the dog total to one yorkie (DaĊĦenka) and one yorki-poo (Watson).

So from here on out, there will be posts that resemble my old content but I also have a bunch of new things to share, and I'm looking forward to it!

What have you been up to?

Bests, Cittie

My Favorite Fall Lips


I've been loving berry colors this fall and I've been wearing shades darker than I ever thought I could pull off. So here are my current favorites:

Lorac- Dominatrix ($16): This is the darkest when applied and very buildable. I love the color of this one but the formula is definitely not worth the price. It's very dry on the lips and can sometimes be hard to get an even color. It does last a good while though, I would say about 3 or 4 hours. 

NYX Matte Lipstick ($5)- This is the first NYX lipstick I've tried and I love it. It goes on smooth and feels silky on the lips. It also lasts a while, about 4 hours at full intensity but it fades to a stain like look after that. I would say though this is a slightly bluer tone, this is a close Dupe for the Lorac lipstick and a much better value. 

Hikari- Cabernet ($13): This was in my September Ipsy and I have been loving it. It is a darker pink, not really a berry but it's still great for fall. The formula is creamy and lasts about 3 hours. I will definitely consider buying more Hikari products. My only complaint is the shape of the tip is a little wide for my lips and I have pretty big lips, but that doesn't change loving this. 

Rimmel Long Lasting Lipstick- Bordeaux ($5.50): This is another almost dupe for the Lorac Lipstick. It is closer in color but not as buildable. It also has a shinier finish. Like the NYX it is more moisturizing. I would say that it lasts in the 3 to 4 hour range. this is the color I wore in my Autumn Look Book and Makeup Tutorial posts. 

Revlon Balm Stain- Crush($7-$10): Well if you have been reading then you know my journey with the Balm Stains, if not let's just say it wasn't immediately love but I'm glad I stuck with them because they are some of my favorite products now. Creamy with a slightly shiny finish and they last 3 or 4 hours but will leave a stain on the lips. 

Rimmel Show Off- Galaxy ($5.50): This is more of a liquid lipstick. It is not super opaque but has good color payoff. It feel cream on the lips and leaves a stain. This lasts between 2 and 4 hrs. I really love this color because it's kind of a natural berry with my natural lips. 


What is your favorite Fall Lip?

Bests, Cittie