If you've been following this planning mini series then you know we've reached the end. Sads! If you're just tuning in, don't worry, you can go back and catch the previous parts here, here, and here.
If there's one thing I've learned since tumbling down the planner rabbit hole it's that there truly is a planner community. There are planner girls, literally, all around the world who are obsessed with planners, stationary, stickers, and organization.
If you go on Facebook and type in your city/state and planning you're sure to be met with a long list of planner groups in your area. Search on Instagram and you'll find thousands of pictures and users dedicated to planning.
Many of the local groups host events where its members get together to share their planners, swap stickers, and just hang out discussing a common interest. For instance, in November I'm attending a planner meet in Brooklyn that is sponsored by Me and My Big Ideas, creators of The Happy Planner. Michaels recently hosted a Happy Planner event in their store.
Because the planner community is so strong, I asked them to tell you why they love it so much:
I first started planning in elementary school. I started pretty, decorative planning in 2013. I love all of the wonderful women I've met and the friends I've made. -Monét F, NY
I got my first planner in HS - school issued! When I went to college I felt lost without it and used various store bought ones on and off over the next few years. When I went back to school in 2013, I got another store bought one but in 2015 I found "real" planners after watching unboxing videos on YouTube and then I stumbled onto the community! Meeting people all over the world and sharing in fun and creativity has been an adventure over the last year! - Marie B, NYC
I always had a planner when I was younger and would use them on and off over the years. Once life got a little more hectic I found Erin Condren after searching online for something that would work for me. I used it on/off until I reconnected with an old friend from high school. Marie threw me into the wonderful world of decorative planning and I've found the community to be supportive and friendly! - Lisa C, NJ
I consider myself a life long planner. It started when I received my first agenda in Middle School. I was "hooked" it became a crucial tool to manage assignments and projects. Once I got married and became a parent, it was my lifeline to managing bills and my daughters' activities at different schools plus executive meetings. I've tried all types of planners from spiral, bound, disc bound and now Traveler's notebook. "Pretty planning" allows me to reconnect with my inner 13 yr old who loved stickers. I can't imagine my life without my planner. - Karen S, NJ
We're a tight group. Of course it has it's occasional drama like any community but more often than not it's very much 'the more the merrier'. It gives you a chance to make new friends, compare layouts, try new things, and share. I plan to overstay my welcome as long as possible.