Hi my name is Vanessa Garcia, I am in a serious relationship/borderline marriage with the Erin Condren Horizontal, but I casually date the EC Vertical and/or my personal sized Kikki K on occasion. Sometimes a girl just needs a little excitement in her life.
What Planner Meetup will we typically find you at? East Valley
Tell us what you plan for in your real life.
Currently, I work part-time as a beauty advisor for Sephora, where I play with makeup and make people feel beautiful all day. By night, I run a sticker shop on Etsy full-time. Papered Kiss is my sticker lovechild and is something I want to see flourish in the next few years. As for my more “out-there” aspirations, I always dreamed of being a professional video editor, specifically the type to make movie trailers and/or professional beauty videos for cosmetic companies. However, part of my heart will always wish that I could be a singer/songwriter. I’m only 25, so who knows what the future holds?
When did you get started planning?
I’ve been into planning, making lists and writing schedules for myself since I was 11. I was always so incredibly jazzed about school “agendas” (as they were called back then) and would never dread being required to use them as my classmates did. I had an obsession with gel pens and mutli-colored markers, color coded schedules, and post it notes; all signs point to MAJOR planner addiction. I found the Erin Condren back in 2012 and bought my very first Life Planner in 2014. Since then, my life has completely changed and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.
When did it dawn on you to decorate your planner.
When I got my first EC, I knew that I wanted to make sure it was decorated and perfect since I spent nearly a quarter of my meager college paycheck on it. 2014 I started with stickers and washi, and now each week has a full blown themed kit. We’ve really evolved on the sticker front and I couldn’t be happier.
Tell us a little about your planner journey.
I started with the school provided agendas, moved up through all the Wal-Mart and Target brand planners I could beg my mom to get me throughout middle school, and then my last year of college I splurged and got my first EC. I don’t imagine I’ll ever use anything else as much as my EC, but I’m always on the hunt for the ever-elusive “planner peace.”
Are there any goals you’ve achieved or life projects you are proud of that you’ve tracked in your planner?
Honestly, it’s not something that I’ve directly tracked but still something I was only able to accomplish with an intimate relationship with a paper planner and that’s taking charge of my mental health. After years if misdiagnosis and severe anxiety, planning has helped me find solace in the small victories and I feel I’ve finally grown into my true self with the help of planning and designing my life. I know there’s no master checklist to find peace within yourself, but you just can’t put a price on that. To me, it makes all the time and money spent 1,000% worth it.
When do you fit planning into your busy schedule?
I typically set aside time on Sunday evenings or Monday mornings to map out my week. On the crazy off-weeks where I don’t plan, things typically don’t go well.
Tell us about your favorite Planner accessories.
I’m really into layering my tulle bow clips with cardstock clips from Southern Mess Design! My favorite is one where her polar bear clip is wearing a hat that matches my little lilac bow. Honestly, how can you not smile at the cuteness?
Do you own a shop related to planning?
Yes! I run the shop Papered Kiss, come say hi sometime! You can find it herewww.paperedkiss.com
When you are not in the planner world, what do you do with your time?
In my limited spare time, I sing, snuggle my two chi-pups, play board games with my friends, film and edit planner and beauty videos, and I record a podcast called Confessions of a Girlboss with my best friend in Canada!
We are a collaborative community of planner enthusiasts that meets monthly to share ideas, tips, tricks, our lives and all things planner related. It doesn't matter if you are an experienced or novice planner there is something for everyone!
Have our monthly updates send right to your inbox. Everything from new member introductions, event updates, the latest podcast episodes, and special offers just for you!
GET IN TOUCH
We'd love to hear from you if you
have any questions about the group, upcoming events, the podcast, collaboration. Don't be a shy!