FRIENDS

FRIENDS

by Molly Jo Realy @RealMojo68

I really, really want to dance in a fountain with my girls. Y’all know what I’m talking about: The opening credits to that wonderful, iconic TV show FRIENDS. Three guys, three girls. Dancing, playing, having fun.

Frankly, My Dear . . . : Dance in the Fountain

Frankly, My Dear . . . : Dance in the Fountain

Some weeks ago I was enjoying conversation with my Mississippi bestie, whom we’ll call SuperGirl, and my Georgia bestie, whom we’ll call Paige. Yes, that Paige, of Paige’s Plantation Part One.

In the course of conversation, guided heavily by our love for all things coincidental and identifiable, I happened to mention my current binging of FRIENDS on Netflix. In particular, after choosing to #EmbraceTheCrazy, I celebrate my affinity for Phoebe and her near-Bohemian/Gypsy character. Okay, maybe those aren’t exactly demonstrative of her character. But, you know. Whatever.

So, we haven’t known each other as long as, uhm, they have. You know, the original FRIENDS. But we do know each other as well, and that’s gotta count for something, right?

So here’s the fun part. This year at Blue Ridge is the first time we will all three be together. #truestory! SuperGirl and I met two years ago before Paige attended. Paige and I met last year when SuperGirl couldn’t attend. And this year, hello! The cosmos smiled and here we are. All three. Together. Smashing, isn’t it?!

It’s been a little unsettling for some of us who are the introverts of the group (I won’t say who, but, uhm, not me), who are nervous about meeting the other one they haven’t met. Oops. Did I just give it away? My bad.

So, anyway. In less than a week we’re hanging at Blue Ridge, learning to be better writers, and we even have our daily coffee hang out: Clouds! How perfect is this ~ our own version of Central Perk!

Frankly, My Dear . . . : FRIENDS and coffee.

Frankly, My Dear . . . : FRIENDS and coffee.

But back to the dancing thing, because this is about all of us, not just me. We also have a motto. Or is it a mantra? Whatever. It’s in three parts. Which is kinda neat, cuz there’s three of us. So, it’s Deal with it. Let it go. Dance it out. I bet you can’t guess which part is mine.

Oh, and you want to hear the best part? They totally identify with Monica and Rachel, too! SuperGirl thought she could hide it, but please. Everyone knows she’s a neat freak and loves to cook. She’s so obviously Monica. And Paige? Paige is the one getting ready for a major life move. She’s so Rachel. Could I be any more right?

And me? Well, I’m still Phoebe. In fact, I’m now Penny-Lily-Scarlett-Phoebe. I’m pretty sure you can figure out the Penny and Scarlett, but Lily will have to wait for another time.

Call me any of the above. I’ll answer. Just don’t call me Smelly Cat.

Frankly, My Dear . . . : New FRIENDS

Frankly, My Dear . . . : New FRIENDS

So, okay. Now it’s your turn: Which FRIENDS character are you most like?

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With an intimate group and a great coffee hang out,
~Molly Jo

And Frankly, My Dear . . . That’s all she wrote!

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Happy Planner: Conference Style

Happy Planner: Conference Style

by Molly Jo Realy @RealMojo68

Nippers, NOLA, and a Happy Planner

Nippers, NOLA, and a Happy Planner

Hey y’all! Remember when I fell in love with my Happy Planner? And the Meal Planner pages to track the holiday foods and monthly meatloaf recipes?

Of course, I also bought my Planner to help with the social media, writing, and editing projects.

Happy Planner Page: Social Media MoJo

Happy Planner Page: Social Media MoJo

In less than three months, I’ll be at the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference. Immersed for five days with fellow writers, agents, publishers, teachers . . . friends. It’s pretty much my equivalent to a big family reunion.

One of the most important accessories a person can have at any conference is a notebook and calendar. There will be classes to take, people to meet. Projects to share and shop out. It’s important to be able to track all this information. And for me, it’s also important to have a creative outlet for journaling.

So I took a few extra pieces and designed my own Happy Planner. Of course, my main writing focus is NOLA, so I made sure to add those little touches as much as possible.

Grab a glass of tea, sit back, and let me tell you all about it.

Happy Planner: Conference Dashboard

Happy Planner: Conference Dashboard

The dashboard is a tabbed, plastic divider. Think of it like a large bookmark. Some people use it to hold their sticky pads for writing notes. I also use mine as a motivator. Each day, several times a day, I’ll be reminded to be productive and, as Dwayne Pride of NCIS: New Orleans says, “Learn Things.” All this one needs is a honkin’ big coffee cup sticker.

Happy Planner: Conference Style - supplies

Happy Planner: Conference Style – supplies

The beauty of the Happy Planner is even if you pick up a calendared version, you can purchase inserts and accessories. I knew when I first bought my Planner, as the months passed, I’d take them out and put them into another Planner, like a memory book. Since the extra covers come three sets in a pack, I had two left over to choose from. I picked the stripes/dotted combo because the dots remind me of ~ wait for it ~ Tiffany Blue. Like y’all didn’t see that one coming, right?

The Planner inserts are designed to easily slip onto the discs, so whether you have five or fifty pages, they lay flat and secure.

Happy Planner: Conference Style - I Heart Discs

Happy Planner: Conference Style – I Heart Discs

The six-month calendar extension pack is so my friend. Since the tabs are undated, instead of using them as monthly inserts, I use stickers to identify each day I’ll be on my trip, including travel time.

Happy Planner: Conference Style - Day Tabs

Happy Planner: Conference Style – Day Tabs

Each month-at-a-glance layout will be used for that day’s highlights, while several week-at-a-glance layouts have been converted:

  • “What They Said . . . ” will be a collection of quotes to inspire and motivate
  • “Growth Spurts” track those “Aha!” moments

This leaves two week-at-a-glance layouts to be used however the day requires. Perhaps autographs from fellow conferees? Notes to and from God? They can be anything.

Happy Planner: Conference Style - Week-at-a-Glance Pages

Happy Planner: Conference Style – Week-at-a-Glance Pages

I picked up photo pocket inserts and a fuse tool, so I can make photo/glitter/memorabilia pages (as inspired by Me & My BIG Ideas blog post “Valentine’s Shaker Pocket“). Oh, and twelve small containers of glitter. Hey, they were on sale, okay? And who doesn’t love a good shake of glitter now and then?

Happy Planner: Conference Style - Photo Pages and Fuse Tool

Happy Planner: Conference Style – Photo Pages and Fuse Tool

Of course, no Planner is complete without a Bucket List, yes? I queried my friends for suggestions, and as you can see, This Girl is going to be pretty busy.

Happy Planner: Conference Style - Blue Ridge Bucket List

Happy Planner: Conference Style – Blue Ridge Bucket List

Finally, an ample supply of lined and graph pages. Because you never know . . . I may feel like writing something.

Happy Planner: Conference Style - Writing Pages

Happy Planner: Conference Style – Writing Pages

A few stickers, some washi tape, and my Happy Planner is almost ready. Of course, I’ll post photos as more pages are ready, but I’m pleased as punch with the initial layout.

Happy Planner: Conference Style - MoJo Front Cover

Happy Planner: Conference Style – MoJo Front Cover

Am I missing anything? Let’s plan on Blue Ridge, y’all!

Happy Planner: Conference Style - Countdown Sheet

Happy Planner: Conference Style – Countdown Sheet

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With a big gulp of sweet tea and lots of Happy Planning,
~Molly Jo

And Franky, My Dear . . . That’s all she wrote!

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