I’m BAAAACK! Here’s my video showing off what post-England knitting I’ve been doing and how knitting on my trip went!

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Ravelry name: craftsbycori

Knitting All The Blankets podcast group



Back before I tumbled down the rabbit hole that is the Planner Addict World, I organized my life in a fairly simple way: Flex Binder for writing and other paperwork; my Franklin Covey Sierra Classic size planner that housed my calendar, address book, Crafts by Cori notes, finance tracker, and another section I cannot remember; and I carried around my handy-dandy notebook (aka my Jotter) for all the random notes that came into my head.

I initially wrote about that system here.

Those three items kept me pretty organized. My system has been all over the place for the last two and a half years. If you’ve been a follower of this blog and the YouTube channel, this is no surprise.

All you have to do is read through the Planners/Journals category on this blog.

My current system is my Monster Flex, which houses my planner and is my Jotter or brain dump notebook. This has been serving me well for the past couple of months. I’ve added a small notebook (Jotter) back into the mix, for the few times I don’t have the Monster Flex on me. Or I make a note on my phone and hope I remember to transfer it later.


Reasons for leaving & changing various planner systems:

Day-Timer Desk size Verona 3 ring zipper: rings were too small for what I needed to carry with me.

Day-Timer Folio size Verona 7 ring zipper: 7 rings was ridiculous to deal with. It should have been a standard 3 ring set up. The punch was ridiculous expensive as well.

Franklin Covey Classic size Sierra 7 ring zipper: I wanted to try other planner set ups. I do miss this one sometimes. The rings were HUGE! I carried the world in that book.

Regular size Flex Binder: I was playing around and experimenting. Stopped using it when I found the Mead OrganizHer Shopping Companion (aka Mini Flex).

Mead OrganizHer Shopping Companion aka  the Mini Flex: decided to use as a refillable notebook.

Various bullet journal notebooks: I filled them up.

Day-Timer Portable size Malibu in Rose Gold: Like I said in the narrative, I was pressured into trying Traveler’s Notebooks. I really loved this planner. I love the color, and still drool over it. I used this planner for 7 months straight, considering the journey I’ve been on this is Amazing!

ZLYC Standard size Traveler’s Notebook: I received a bigger standard/narrow traveler’s notebook (the CS Maverick) and it could hold more inserts.

Chic Sparrow Narrow Maverick: Used mainly for #onebookJuly2016, but it was sooooo heavy!

Foxy Fix Marina: Decided to give the Passion Planner a go to see if it really would help me with my goals.

Passion Planner Classic size: Too big and bulky to carry around with me. It stays at home.

Passion Planner Compact size: It was an experiment to see if I could have used this size. I could made it work, but I like the wider columns of the Franklin Covey vertical WO2P more.


Planner Usage Timeline:

2006-2012: Day-Timer Desk size Verona 3 ring zipper planner

2013-2014: Day-Timer Folio size Verona 7 ring zipper planner

2014: Franklin Covey Classic size Sierra 7 ring zipper planner

2015: Franklin Covey Classic size Sierra 7 ring zipper planner

           Regular size Flex Binder with self-designed inserts

           Experimenting on and off with various Bullet Journal notebooks

           Day-Timer Portable size Malibu in Rose Gold (drool)

2016: Day-Timer Portable size Malibu in Rose Gold

           ZLYC Standard traveler’s notebook

           Chic Sparrow Narrow Maverick traveler’s notebook

            Foxy Fix Marina B6 traveler’s notebook

2017: Passion Planner Classic size in Flex Binder

           Customized Franklin Covey Blooms WO2P inserts in Monster Flex

            Experimented with Passion Planner Compact pages during September

Various Links: 

DayTimer website

Franklin Covey website

Mead Flex Binder website

Bullet Journal website

ZLYC Amazon link

Chic Sparrow website

Foxy Fix website

Passion Planner website


I’ve been part of the Planner Addict World for two and a half years at this point. Lots of planning systems and styles have crossed my desk in that time. I’d like to share with you some thoughts I’ve been having about my journey.

This isn’t my first reflection either. A year into my fall down the rabbit hole, I wrote this post. When I wrote that piece, I was still planning on going into 2016 with my DayTimer Malibu Portable in Rose Gold. HOWEVER, that all changed when my friend, Canyon, pushed me into trying Traveler’s Notebooks.

Traveler’s Notebooks were interesting for me. I initially purchased the ZLYC Standard size off Amazon. Then got a second-hand Chic Sparrow Creme Wide. Somewhere in there I went back and bought the ZLYC Passport size. Granted, I never used the Wide or the Passport sizes for Planners. And, to top it all off, Husband got a Chic Sparrow Maverick Narrow. I used the Maverick for a few months before switching to a smaller size in August 2016.

The Foxy Fix Marina in the B6 size was a beautiful. I can acquire cheap notebooks to use as inserts very easily for this size at Walmart. I used the Marina until January 2017, when I decided to give the Passion Planner (the initial planner kickstarter video which led to other planner videos). I printed off the Classic PDF and put it in my Flex Binder. My love of Flex binders is not a secret and I had mentioned in the previous reflection video, that if I ever went back to a full-size planner, I would put it in a Flex Binder.

Using the Passion Planner has helped me work towards a life-long goal of publishing a book. I’ve made more progress towards publishing my book in the last six months than I have with any other manuscript. I’m continuing to use it, but it is no longer my EDC (everyday carry). Being a full-size planner, it wasn’t fun to carry back and forth to work. Which brought about a change in size once again!

May 2017, the day before I’m due to leave for a 3 day conference, I spend my evening DIYing and customizing some outdated premade Franklin Covey Blooms inserts to put in my Mini Flex. The Mini Flex got changed out for a Monster Flex (bigger rings, same page size). I still use the Passion Planner to track progress towards my goals. The Monster Flex has become my EDC and general all-purpose notebook, which I love! I actually predicted this would be my ideal planner in a post from 2015. As per my usual way of doing things, it takes several go arounds before I admit to myself the initial system I thought up was going to be perfect for me.

That’s where I stand for now. I’ve come full circle it seems, since I’m now Who knows what I’ll be using at the start of 2018 or a year from now. It’s been quite the journey, and writing these reflection posts has been eye-opening. I’ve ordered Franklin Covey Seasons WO2P inserts for 2018. I’d love to tell you I’ve found planner peace, but I know myself. As soon as I verbalize that, I’ll want to change my setup.

If you use a planner, what system has been working for you? Will you be staying in it for 2018 or trying something different? Let me know in the comments.


Necessity is the Mother of Invention

Another Flex Binder experiment I created was one in a B6 size.

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B6 = 7 inches long x 5 inches wide

My cover measures 7 1/4 inches long x 6 inches wide.

All the paper comes from 7×5 cheap notebooks from Walmart.

I’ll be taking this one with me when I travel in case the plot bunnies attack!


As promised in a previous video, here are the updated numbers for my brother’s blanket.

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#of colors = 6

# of each color = 54

Total squares needed = 324

Total squares knitted = 102

Green = 19

Black = 20

Royal Blue = 8

Cherry Red = 41

White = 14

Orange = 0


For some people, the “magic number” is the amount needed to be debt free. For others, it’s the amount that want to save to retire early, leave their current job to pursue traveling, or to start their own full time business. For me, the Magic Number is the amount of money I would need to earn from my various side hustles to retire early.

I’m 29 right now. I’d like to retire by 50, 55 at the latest. My magic number doesn’t include my retirement savings or any combined savings with my husband. This amount is all on me.

My magic number is $3.5 million. Yes, million. Why? No, we don’t have a lavish lifestyle. I took some of our life goals into account when calculating this number. I break it down below.

Quick insight into how my husband and I conduct ourselves financially. When we first combined our finances, we used my paycheck to pay all the bills since it was the reliable one, and whenever my husband did get paid, we put the money into savings. So from the very beginning we learned to live on one income, because we had no other choice. Three years, new jobs, and increased salaries later, we still use my paycheck to pay all the bills, and his for increasing our savings, paying off debt, traveling, funding the retirement accounts, etc.

We do not have children at this time, so our expenses are fairly low. We’re also debt-free except for our house, and are followers of Dave Ramsey’s Baby Steps.

Calculating my magic number:

Annual income: $46,000.00

Multiplied by 3 = $138,000.000

Why 3? 1: to replace my income; 2: to fund traveling; 3: should we have children, to help out with those expenses. Our financial roles would also reverse, with my husband’s paycheck paying all the bills, and mine going into savings, etc.

1988 + 55 years = 2043

2043 – 2017 = 26 years

26 years isn’t a long time and 2043 will be here before I know it!

So what does this mean? This means I have 26 years to save / earn $3.5 million. I laugh at myself when I see this, and unless we really went bare bones OR my crafting side hustle and YouTube channels took off, this is a fairly unreachable goal.

HOWEVER, since calculating this number, it’s really motivated me to do several things:

  1. Get all the stuff around my house written up to be listed on eBay and Amazon.
  2. Be very mindful about what I spend my side hustle money on. My side hustle account also doubled as my fun money, because my knitting is a self-sustaining hobby. I did come across a huge clearance sale on cotton yarn, so I bought it all. $166.42 for 157 balls of yarn which I will knit up into dishcloths and sell at a profit.
  3. Get to working on fiction manuscripts and nonfiction pieces for publication. I’m planning on submitting the fictional piece for traditional publication, while the nonfiction pieces I plan on selling on Amazon via CreateSpace.
  4. Knit up my yarn stash for craft show inventory, and only purchase yarn if on clearance (my normal MO with yarn anyways), see #2.

If you want to retire early, or have plans on saving X amount of money by a certain day. Make a plan, figure out how to do it. What’s your magic number and what will it mean for you when you reach it?”


I spent the beginning of the year using the Classic size Passion Planner. For the month of September, here’s how my experiment with the Compact size went:

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I decided to try to keep myself more accountable by sharing the stats for my side hustles.

Tales from a Polk County Girl–blog

# of posts: 8

# of views: 941

# of Facebook page likes: 66

Tales from a Polk County Girl–YouTube Channel

# of videos: 5

# of views: 1,078

Knitting All the Blankets / Crafts by Cori

# of videos: 2

# of views: 39

# of CBC FB page likes: 82

# of Ravlery group members: 3


Earned in September = $1.00

Overall amount = $86.89

I’m really excited about how close I am to $100 for Adsense. I’ve had an Adsense account since December 2015 and have yet to reach $100 to get a check from them. $100 is the minimum you need to have in Finalized Earnings to get a check. I’m sooooo close!