Initial plans can lead to unintentional changes

Life is beautiful. I’m beginning to enjoy the little things more and more. I enjoy plain, simple, clean and neat things. I love organization and brightness. I recently won a Simplified Planner in an Instagram raffle and I was shocked that I won. Well, I wasn’t so shocked. I prayed everyday after I entered to get the planner. I love planners; I love organization and having to write out my plans and responsibilities. And the planner seemed perfect.

I jumped out of bed at 8:40 a.m. when I read that I had won the raffle. And two days later I received the polka dotted navy spiral planner. Although it's meant to be used in January 2015 I started writing in it. I wrote out anniversaries and birthdays. And, unlike other planners I've used, there was a bucket list page. It was a great addition to the planner and I started filling that list up.

My 2015 Simplified Planner by Emily Ley.
The designer, Emily Ley, wrote in the planner about being intentional with what you write into your planner, and to prioritize what matters most. I agree with Ms. Ley, it’s important to know what matters most. I like to keep my priorities in the forefront of my mind and clear to myself and to others.

I learned the most about being intentional when I lived on my own in college. I went away for my degree and besides learning in the classroom, I learned about moving to adulthood. I learned to be intentional with my actions and words. I was fully aware of my decisions.

Being in your 20s comes with people’s expectations that you either have everything planned out for your future or you’re wasting your life. I believe your 20s are crucial in maturing. You’re chipping away the party years and putting on the career cloak. It’s scary, nerve-wracking and exciting. But it’s also the best time to live and learn, make mistakes, grow.


Just because you write out plans, in pen, in your planner doesn’t mean you can’t cross it out and write over it. It may look messy and unorganized, but it’s honest and capricious, like life.

If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.
— James 1:5

Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.


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