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What To Bring To A Planner Meetup

By Katie Poppe
on June 22, 2016
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Meetups of planner ladies are becoming exponentially more popular thanks to Facebook. Pretty much every country/region/state/city has one, and what fun would it be if you didn't meet up with the locals for coffee and lots of planning?

You shouldn't be afraid to go to your first planner meetup, even if you are going by yourself and you don't know anyone. All the ladies there have something in common, a love for planners and planner goodies. The way to make the most out of a planner meetup is to be prepared.

But what do I bring? I highly suggest against bringing all 200 rolls of washi tape and your five sticker binders, but that is up to you. In all honesty, you may or may not be doing a whole lot of planning at the meetup, it may be more of a bonding event with 15-30 minutes allotted for group planning.

But if you want to bring supplies, common things to make sure to have in your "planner bag" are...

  • your planner: You wouldn't want to go to a planner meetup without this. Whether you bring it to show off or publicly decorate, ladies will want to see it. Plus, you want to contribute to the awesome planner stack photo at the end of the day.
  • some washi: Washi samples are great for traveling planners (check out the Miss Engineer Designs Etsy shop for $1 washi samples). They are also nice to trade, so be sure to bring empty gift cards or something to wrap them around!
  • some stickers: Like I mentioned, you probably don't need to be carrying all five of your sticker binders around, but for planning time purposes, some stickers are nice to have. You can also share with other ladies at your table.
  • sticker remover: Not a complete necessity, but I always keep Un-Du in my planner bag.
  • pens: I always bring a ton of pens, even though I'm not going to use them all. At least no one will be asking to borrow mine. If you want to be super fancy, bring them in your Kipling 100-Pen Case.
  • an open mind: Be open for anything. No one wants drama at a planner meetup, so be prepared to make friends with strangers and have a great time.
  • swap items: Occasionally, a gift swap will be coordinated on social media before the meetup. It might be "Secret Santa"-style or completely random. You are not forced to participate in the swap, but you will only get a gift if you bring one.
  • destash items: Most meetups will also arrange a little area for anyone to drop off anything they don't want anymore (used or new condition). These items are free for all to pick at and take what they want, perfect for the thrifty planner. 
  • money: Whether you are getting coffee with local planners or prepared to buy something from someone, you don't want to be without your money. 
  • not your children or husband: I hate being honest (ok, no I don't) but I really don't like when people bring their children to "adult" functions. Also, your husband probably doesn't want to be there either. Take these couple hours with your new friends and have a mini mommy vacation.

Now, I have seen people bring suitcases filled with planner supplies (shout out to the Central Ohio Planner Addicts Meetup in March 2015). I have also seen ladies just bring a purse and one planner. When packing your bag, just remember that there is a high possibility that you might be going home with more stuff than you came with, so be prepared for that. 

Have you been to a local/regional/national planner meetup? What was your experience like? I'd love to hear about it in the comments.

This blog post was written by Victoria Lee Werth for the Limelife Planners Media & Creative Team. For more information about Victoria visit her on Instagram @ohmissengineer. Please share and repost this blog entry with your friends! All we ask is that you give credit to Limelife Planners and the post author.

Like Little, Like Big

By Katie Poppe
on May 31, 2016

Planner friends make the best friends, right? I've seen this all over social media because it seems like planner girls are a special breed. So special that our "real life" friends might not understand. My friend Katie has a planner, and she uses it but she still doesn't understand my obsession with stickers and washi tape and the whole planner community.

Towards the end of college, I was blessed with a little sis, Megan. I took her under my wing and found out that we have more in common than I originally thought. I was so happy when I found out that she liked planning that I bought her her own "big girl" planner (from a great sale because it was already halfway through the year).

Fast forward to the end of the year, when her planner was pretty much done. Just like me, she didn't know what to do. Do I buy an expensive planner or use the one that the school gives me for free? Because I'm a super awesome big sis, I surprised her with a brand new Limelife Planner for her birthday (which was right before Christmas), which is exactly what I thought she would like.

I ordered the planner on Black Friday and it came before she got back from winter break, so I had to hold onto it until the first week of January. While it was in my possession, I couldn't get over the beauty of it. The colors were so vibrant and the pages were so soft. I might just have to order one for myself. 

I held off as long as I could, convincing myself that I could wait until 2017 for a new planner. Limelife has so many layout options, I knew which one would suit Megan the best, but I didn't know about myself. "Planner peace"... it's a real thing. This could be the planner for me.

I continued to follow LimeLife Planners on Instagram. Eventually, I saw the opportunity to be on the Media & Creative Team, which you can read about in my previous blog post. I got my first LimeLife Planner and could not be more happy.

So all in all, I'd like to thank my lil for inspiring me. Thanks to her, I've found planner peace.

Do you have a best friend that plans? Tell me about them in the comments! Also, if you are looking for planner friends, there a lots of groups on Facebook and you might just meet your new bestie at a local meetup.

Photos and names used with permission.

This blog post was written by Victoria Lee Werth for the Limelife Planners Media & Creative Team. For more information about Victoria visit her on Instagram @ohmissengineer. Please share and repost this blog entry with your friends! All we ask is that you give credit to Limelife Planners and the post author.

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