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Friday, December 30, 2016

A Planner and a Plan for the New Year!

Are you ready to Sparkle in 2017? I am. I’m ready to cast off some dull routine and embrace my inner creative spirit. But I need a plan (or at least a semblance of one) and some accountability to make it happen---that’s what this post is about.Year to Sparkle Planner from Homeschooling Hearts & Minds

A couple of weeks ago, I was at a dinner party with my family where this conversation happened:

(young seminarian): “What do you do Mrs. A.?”

(me): “Well, I homeschool our children. And I run a homeschool blog. And…”

(my daughter): “You pretty much live and breathe homeschooling, don’t you, Mommy?”

Hmmm, yes, I guess I do.  I have gotten into a rut, it seems. My life has become centered around my offspring. Not that this is a bad thing, mind you. But, as my children get older and closer to leaving the nest, and as I get older and reminded of my mortality, I’m realizing that this may be the best time to pursue some dreams.

Or to, at the very least, get out of the humdrums?

a year to sparkle planner cover page

So, here’s the deal:

I’ve created a personal planner for 2017 called “A Year to Sparkle.” 

It’s pretty and practical, but its focus is on choosing weekly/monthly goals and taking a personal inventory periodically to see where I’m at.

I’d love for you to join me in this journey, so I’m making the planner available for free!

When you fill out this form, you will be added to the Homeschooling Hearts & Minds mailing list and you will receive a link to subscriber only freebie page where you can download the planner.

If you are already a subscriber, you will find the planner on the subscriber only freebie page, which is linked at the bottom of the emails you receive from me.

Here are some samples of the planner (please note, ignore the lines that look thicker---for some reason Adobe wants to display them that way onscreen, but they don’t print that way, nor do they appear that way in Google Drive. The colors are also a bit more subtle in person.):


a year to sparkle planner calendar page 1 mon to suna year to sparkle planner calendar page 2 mon to sun

For each month, there is a two page calendar spread.

There is a Monday-Sunday option and and Saturday-Friday option. Why? Because I thought it would be fun if I could start with the weekend first, but realize some of you might prefer to start with Monday.

I’ve used 4 color combos throughout the planner (you will see all 4 in the samples) and the months cycle through the colors. The other pages are also available in all four colors. You may mix and match as you choose (only the calendar pages have dates).

a year to sparkle weekly log mon to sun page 1a year to sparkle weekly log mon to sun page 2

There is a two-page spread weekly log (both Monday-Sunday and Saturday-Friday options).


a year to sparkle personal inventory pagea year to sparkle weekly goals page

Personal Inventory page (where am I right now?) and Weekly Goals page (where do I want to be?)

The point is to keep it simple and achievable. I’ve divided my goals and inventory into: heart, mind, and body. Why? Because I tend to neglect at least 1 or 2 of these areas on a regular basis and I want to improve overall this year.

a year to sparkle daily log page

Lastly, there’s a daily log. You can use this to record your goals, to dos, and even meal plans for the day, as well as to keep a diary of what you did.

I think that A Year To Sparkle can be so much more than a planner---it can be a diary of your journey through 2017.

Subscribe to Homeschooling Hearts & Minds to get your free planner files here.

If there is interest, I may start an accountability group on FB---let me know if you would like to join such a group.

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