Thoughts on 2016 & the New Year + 2017 Planner Giveaway!

Thought on 2016 & the New Year + START Planner Giveaway // Happily Lindsey blog

Many of you probably have no clue that ‘Happily Lindsey’ is my second attempt at blogging. My first attempt was from a good place, but just SO wrong in SO many ways! First off, I called it ‘Buongiorno Fashion Blog’ because I was learning Italian and thought it’d be super cool to include Italian in my style blog’s name! haha (*insert face palm*)

I seriously started blogging in June of 2016 and really started doing my homework (and changed my blog’s name, of course!). Blogging has the appearance of being easy and not involving much work, but gosh that seriously couldn’t be any further from the truth! Blogging takes a lot of effort and successful bloggers DO THEIR HOMEWORK. It takes a lot of studying. You have to care about your Instagram feed and learn about things like search engine optimization (SEO). There are so many things you don’t realize you have to know/care about until you start studying blogging!

Blogging clicked once I started doing my homework and also after I realized that it takes a community to find happiness and success blogging. Something about becoming a mother made me realize that  1) you need the support of others (whatever you do, don’t go it alone!!), 2) you need to *promote* your blog content (this is key!), and 3) you have to flat out LOVE what you blog about. There will be highs and there will be lows, but if you love it enough, you will stick with it and see it through. Perhaps the instant bond I felt with other mothers made it click for me, but blogging is about connecting people and *helping* people. I realize that it may sound silly that a life and style blog could help people, but it does! Sharing sales and style ideas with others can actually make a difference. I know I personally turn to other fashion and lifestyle blogs for advice on beauty products, style trends, etc. before I purchase something!

It sounds cliché, but once you turn your focus towards helping others, you’ll find happiness and true success.

As I look back on 2016, I’m humbled by how much I’ve learned, the relationships I’ve developed, and the opportunities I’ve had because of blogging. It was a very hard year, but it was also an exceptional year full of personal and professional growth. It’s important to look back and reevaluate our successes and failures. How else can we improve?!

Writing things down has always been extremely helpful for me. It helps me retain more in my poor brain that suffers from #pregnancybrain and #mombrain on the daily (I’m not pregnant, but I feel like it’s never left me and now has turned into #mombrain!). It keeps me sane and somewhat organized. Something about physically writing something down versus typing it into my phone makes it stick (I’m sure there have been studies about this!). I’ve always used a planner, but this year, I’ve finally found a planner that takes the gold.

Let me introduce you to START Planner! They have designed the best planners. I’m so blown away. They call themselves the master problem solvers, and that title couldn’t be more true! We all have the potential to reach our goals, but we have to write them down and have a clear picture of where we are going. No matter what your 2017 New Year’s goal or resolution is, START Planner has the tools to help you get there. They are masters at organization. And that is key. Organization helps us create a clear and defined path to help us reach our goals, whether they are financial, professional, health, or personal!

Thought on 2016 & the New Year + START Planner Giveaway // Happily Lindsey blog
Thought on 2016 & the New Year + START Planner Giveaway // Happily Lindsey blog

I selected their Hustle Original planner. It’s amazing! It will basically help me organize my whole life!! haha (…but seriously!) There is space to meal plan, make financial goals (and track income, expenses, etc) and even a place to outline vacations and holiday gift giving (I always seem to forget how involved that can be until November rolls around!). Click here to learn more about this planner.

Alright here’s the best part of this long, rambling post: I’ve teamed up with START Planner to give one of you a FREE planner!

1) Enter contest HERE.  (You automatically get a free party download!)
2) Comment on my Instagram photo with one goal you have for 2017!

Giveaway ends January 5th at 11:59 pm CST.

Good luck and I wish you all a very happy New Year!


**Thank you START Planner for the amazing Hustle Daily planner! I received this free in exchange for my honest opinion.**


Thought on 2016 & the New Year + START Planer Giveaway // Happily Lindsey blog





  1. January 1, 2017 / 4:22 pm

    YES to everything you said here. Couldn’t me more close to the truth. I’m thankful to have met you through blogging, Em! And yay for beautiful planners for the new year!

    XO, Aubrey |

  2. itsahero
    January 1, 2017 / 6:10 pm

    I have been totally dying to get this planner! Heading over to enter the giveaway now! 🙂

    • January 1, 2017 / 7:23 pm

      It’s amazing! I hope you win!! xx

  3. January 2, 2017 / 5:55 am

    This is such a cute planner! I really need to to get organized this year. Fingers crossed!

  4. Rojielyn
    January 2, 2017 / 3:40 pm

    i love planning too 🙂

  5. January 3, 2017 / 12:51 pm

    I love this Planner! I just started digging into it and setting goals! Happy New Year!

  6. January 4, 2017 / 2:56 am

    This is what I need! I already have a great planner but I love the looks of this one. Great post Emily!

    Lidia |

  7. January 4, 2017 / 2:57 am

    I need this planner! I love the look of it too. Happy New Year!!

    Lidia |

  8. January 4, 2017 / 6:21 pm

    Emily, I loved reading about your blogging thus far! It definitely is just that – a journey. Discovering what uniquely works for you and constantly finding that perfect fit. You’re doing an amazing job with it, so I’m excited for where you’ll take your blog this year. So glad we were able to connect in 2016. Cheers!


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